After arriving in the capital we instantly wanted out. Logically the first stop on our two months in Vietnam would be to explore the Mekong Delta. After shopping around, looking at tours we decided against it. Carly and I aren’t really organised tour people, so we set about doing it ourselves. First things first, getting from Ho Chi Minh to Ben Tre (our first stop).
Mien Tay Bus Station
Mien Tay bus station is the main station serving the south of Vietnam from the capital. You can travel to almost all of the small towns and cities in the Mekong delta from Mien Tay, it really is a hub. It’s located on the west side of the city, about a 150,000 VND taxi ride from district 1.
The station itself is huge, very busy and very very local. Carly and I were the only westerners there. Luckily for us the booths to buy your tickets are very well signposted, with prices and times right in front of you.
After walking up and down checking out prices we went with the company ‘Minh Tam’. The tickets cost 70,000 VND per person, which is pretty cheap for a two hour bus ride!
The guy that sold us our ticket was very helpful, he made sure we were waiting in right spot and guided us to our bus when it was time. We were grateful, it was all a little overwhelming, a very hectic station!
The Bus From Ho Chi Minh To Ben Tre
The bus itself was good. Comfortable and air conditioned with a few food stops along the way. It had reclining seats, plenty of legroom and even wifi!
The ride took about 2 hours, a little bit bumpy in places but if you’ve travelled through Vietnam before that won’t come as a shock to you.
Arriving In Ben Tre
We arrived at Ben Tre, the end of the line for this particular bus. The station is a few kms out of Ben Tre itself, but the staff we’re happy to arrange us a metered taxi. Our accommodation was out of town, south side, over the river and it only cost us 80,000 VND. So if you’re staying in town expect to pay no more that 50,000.
So there you have it, the easiest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Ben Tre without signing up for an organised tour!
We recently spent 2 nights in Ben Tre. Read about where we stayed here.
After that we are heading onwards to Can Tho and see how we go from there.
I hope you find this post helpful. Hope it inspires you to skip the tour and go it alone for a more authentic Mekong Delta experience!
If you’ve visited this part of Vietnam before and have any tips or recommendations for us, we’d love to hear them in the comments!