Mekong Delta

Situated in the southwest region of Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta is known as the largest delta in Vietnam which unexpectedly forms a natural triangle stretching from My Tho to Chau Doc and Ha Tien, down to Ca Mau and the marginal South China Sea. The long-time deposition of numerous tentacles and tributaries of the mighty Mekong River starting from the Tibetan highland forms this vast delta. Before flowing into our country, the river separates into two branches: the Upper Mekong – Song Tien and the Lower Mekong – Song Hau. Vietnamese people named this delta “Cuu Long” which means “Nine Dragons” describing the nine mouths terminating the great flow of the river.

Can Tho floating market

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 output that makes the country the 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 to a huge aquaculture industry with fish, shrimp, crab, and so on, most of which is exported.

The Mekong Delta is divided into 13 provinces with a total population of around 18 million including the Kinh, Khmer, Cham, and Chinese people which creates the diversity of culture of the area. The popular religions of local people living here are Buddhism, Cao Dai, Islam, Hoa Hao, and Catholicism. Due to the location right along the river, life in the Mekong Delta mostly base on the waterway and therefore, some villages are even only accessible by boat instead of road transport.

Mekong experience

The most popular tourist areas in the Mekong Delta include My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Soc Trang… Wherever you go, in the Upper or Lower Mekong areas, you will find relaxation and freshness with its beautiful scenery, tranquil atmosphere, and friendly people. Coming to the Mekong Delta, you can explore quaint riverside towns and villages on a horse cart or pushbike, sample fruits freshly picked from trees, visit local cottage industries, flower markets, and fish farms, dine on home-cooked delicacies and enjoy an overnight homestay in a local house. Another highlight of the visit to the Mekong Delta must be floating markets. This is a type of great, colorful reflection of this peaceful and rich water land. 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 stuff on a rod as an 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 big cities.

Just spend one, two days or more exploring this beautiful land and you surely will fall in love with it.

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