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Mekong Delta

General Info
The Mekong Delta, the largest delta in the country lies in the south west of Ho Chi Minh City, roughly forming a triangle stretching from My Tho in the east to Chau Doc and Ha Tien in the northwest, down to Ca Mau and the South China Sea at the southernmost tip of Vietnam.
This vast delta is formed by the deposition of the multiple tentacles and tributaries of the mighty Mekong River which has its origin in the Tibetan highland plateau 4,800 kms away. Before reaching Vietnam, the river divides into two branches: the Upper and the Lower Mekong that is called Song Tien and Song Hau respectively in Vietnamese.
The Delta itself is called Cuu Long, means Nine Dragons for nine mouths that terminate the flow of this great river as it is absorbed by the sea.
Apart from the main rivers, the Delta also dominated by a dense system of small canals, rivers and arroyos.
The soil of the lower Delta consists mainly of sediment from the Mekong and its tributaries, deposited over thousands of years as the river changed its course due to the flatness of the low-lying terrain.

Boasted as the ‘rice basket of Vietnam’, Mekong Delta is the most fertile land in the country with evergreen orchards and seemingly endless rice fields dotted with sleepy villages. Mekong Delta produces almost half of Vietnam’s rice out put that make the country second largest rice exporter in the World. Here tropical fruits are grown everywhere providing the land fresh taste all year round. Also, the Delta is home of huge aquaculture industry with fish, shrimp, crab and so on, most of which is exported.
The Mekong Delta is divided into 13 provinces with total population of around 18 millions. The people in this region are made up of Vietnamese and some people of Khmer, Chinese and Cham origin. This accounts for the variety of religions that add to the cultural diversity of this area. The religions practiced here are: Buddhism, Catholicism, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao and Islam.
Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road.
The most popular tourist areas in Mekong delta including My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Soc Trang… Wherever you go, Upper or Lower Mekong areas, you will find relax and fresh with its scenery, air and people.
Here you have a chance to get in touch with the nice people of the delta and their always welcoming attitude.

Coming to the Mekong Delta, you can explore quaint riverside towns and villages on horse cart or push bike, sample fruits freshly picked from trees, visits to local cottage industries, flower markets and fish farms, dine on home-cooked delicacies and enjoy overnight home stay in a local house.
Other highlight of the visit to Mekong Delta must be floating markets. This is type of great, colorful reflection of this peaceful and rich water land.
Boats loaded with produce from nearby orchards and farms converge to the floating markets. Here, on the junction of the river, big and small boats, with and without engines, buyers and sellers, all gather for an exciting trade on the water. Sellers hang their sample stuffs on a rod as advertisement and so you will know where and who you need to come for your deal. From here, stuff will be distributed to the markets of anywhere in the delta or to big cities.
Just spend one, two days or more to explore this beautiful land and you surely will fall in love with it.