Mekong Delta Region Travel Guide
Mekong Delta belonged to Mekong River’s delta system; it is very wide, populous and rich, it comprises of 12 provinces and 1 city (An Giang, Ben Tre, Ca Mau, Can Tho , Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long)
The Mekong Delta is a landscape carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens and slashed with mighty waterways. It's a water world where boats, houses, restaurants and even markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that flow through the region like arteries. At time you can quite simply lose sight of land.
Mekong Delta has fruits in the four seasons and fresh environment, plentiful resources combined with a quintessence of culture, history of four ethnics such as Viet, Khmer, Chinese and Champa. Mekong Delta also has many folk festivals which show kindness, hospitality and tolerance of Southern people.
In particular, these are various attractive spots which are waiting for expats discover like: Ben Tre coconuts forest with many products produced from coconuts; Tam Nong Bird Sanctuary, Sa Dec Flower Village (Dong Thap); Can Tho and Tien Giang Floating Market with thousands of fruits; Ha Tien and Phu Quoc islands and beaches (Kien Giang) with thousands of islands; That Son Seven Mountains (An Giang); Nam Can Arenga Forest, Ca Mau Cape and so on.
The best time to visit Mekong Delta
The good time to visit is spring (flower season or Tet Holiday: late January - February) and early summer (fruit season: April - May)
How to get Mekong Delta
The Mekong delta is near to Ho Chi Minh City, and Can Tho is merely 4 hours' drive away, so it is easy to access by road, although there is only one main road, and as such it is rather crowded.
There are some flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, and Ho Chi Minh and Rach Gia. There are also some flights and speed boats between Rach Gia and Phu Quoc Island.
The Mekong delta is also a natural passageway from southern Vietnam to Cambodia, which can be entered overland or by river. Visas on entry to Cambodia are possible at some (but not all) entry points; however visas for Vietnam must be obtained in advance.
Things to do in Mekong Delta
- Understand more about local life by enjoying floating markets on the Mekong (the Cai Rang and the Phong Dien floating market are particular)
- Visit with local minority Cham villages
- Feed Catfish at a Fish Farm
- Listen To Traditional Vietnamese Music
- Climb Cave Pagoda
What to eat
The must eat food in Mekong Delta is deep fried elephant-ear fish (“Ca tai tuong chien xu”) rolled with herbs in rice sheet and served with dipping sauce and snake meat.
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