To escape the hustle and bustle of urban cities’ life and to seek for tranquility, the Mekong Delta is a good choice. This delta is well-known as a rice bowl of Vietnam, which contributes the biggest part in making it in the top 5th world rice exporters. Dominated by the lowest tributaries of the mighty Mekong, this land is a water world, comprised of low-lying paddies and rivers bordered by dense mangroves and palms, and famous for many early-morning floating markets. The Mekong provides a great chance to observe and learn about Vietnamese tradition and local life thru rural daily routine. With an immense, interlacing network of channels and canals, boat trips will offer passengers a real insight into the country’s life. Due to flat topography from Saigon, you will hardly find excursions to towering mountains as same as in the North, thus the “Mekong delta trips” to Vinh Long, Can Tho, Sa Dec, Tra Vinh and especially the night in Chau Doc before crossing over to Cambodia will be good choices, with numerous activities depending on the treasures of each province. If you book early, getting in a deluxe river-cruise linking Saigon and Phnompenh will be another great selection for high-class relaxation and enjoyment.
The region of Mekong Delta appeals both domestic and international tourists with its impressive cuisine that reflects its culinary culture. Tourists can enjoy countless opportunities to try the simple but irresistible local cuisines for a lifetime experience. Each dish embraces the unique generosity in the region’s nature as well as its inhabitants, who give their traditional dishes a character and a soul. Cuisine in this region is prepared from home-grown products, following a cooking style generally described as “generous and wild”.
The Mekong delta region consists of 13 provinces, including Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, An Giang, Dong Thap and Hau Giang. The region has been widely known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam thanks to its lush green rice fields and large Mekong River, where bountiful harvest of dozens of million tons are produced every year. It is strongly characterized with its lifestyle afloat a densely linked net of rivers, canals and streams.
Our pick: Staying at least one night at a town in Mekong delta to catch morning floating market, take biking tours or rowing boat in the day time to the fruit and flower garden.
Overland to quiet corner of Mekong Dealta at Sa Dec or Tra Vinh, staying at eco homestay. Enjoying rural life with coconut farm, flower garden.
Discover the Delta by rowing boat, stop at wetland national park for bird watching.
Deluxe river cruising from Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Cambodia downstream to Saigon.
Visit to the Cham muslim village in Chau Doc, then historical house of Marguerite Duras, the famous French novelist.