The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long, "Nine Dragon river delta" or simply Vietnamese: Đồng Bằng Sông Mê Kông, "Mekong river delta"), also known as the Western Region (Vietnamese: Miền Tây) or the South-western region (Vietnamese: Tây Nam Bộ) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southwestern Vietnam of over 40,500 square kilometres (15,600 sq mi). The size of the area covered by water depends on the season. The region comprises 12 provinces: Long An, Đồng Tháp, Tiền Giang, An Giang, Bến Tre, Vĩnh Long, Trà Vinh, Hậu Giang, Kiên Giang, Sóc Trăng, Bạc Liêu, and Cà Mau, along with the province-level municipality of Cần Thơ.
If you’re planning this same drive and want to know all about it – how long it is, how long it takes, and where to stop along the way – read on. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything about the drive between Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta.
As the crow flies, it’s roughly 707 miles between Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta. Luckily, we can’t skip over all the good stuff and have to drive – that means seeing some of the sights and countryside between these two points.
For driving, it is roughly 978 miles or 1575 km between Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.
In terms of travel time by car, the 978 miles drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta takes 22 hours 34 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Ho Chi Minh City and end in Mekong Delta.
This is a really long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would be if you drive with stops.
Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Mekong Delta, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.
Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.
Road trip: 4 days of driving
With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.
Travel time: 22 hours 34 minutes hours on the road with 4 overnights
Start at Ho Chi Minh City.
Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Quốc lộ 14, QL.14, DHCM and stay for about 2 hours.
Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in Quốc lộ 19, QL.19. Stay overnight.
The next day, drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Đường Hồ Chí Minh, QL.14, DHCM and stay for about 2 hours. Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in Cách Mạng Tháng 8, QL.1A. Stay overnight.
The next day, drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Quốc lộ 1A, Kỳ Nam and stay for about 2 hours. Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in Đường Nguyễn Chí Thanh. Stay overnight.
Finally, drive for about 1.6 hours and arrive in Mekong Delta.
To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.
Departure airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
Arrival airport: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.
Getting to the airport: 5 minutes
Getting to your destination: 31 minutes
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SGN to HAN and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.
Commercial flight time: 1 hour 27 minutes
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 4 hours 4 minutes
Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.
Flight time from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta is 1 hour 25 minutes under avarage conditions.
Our flight time calculator assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/hr or 434 knots.
Actual flight times may vary depending on aircraft type, cruise speed, routing, weather conditions, passenger load, and other factors.