Known to the Vietnamese as “the River of Nine Dragons”, the Mekong spreads out over the south of Vietnam as an intricate network of tributaries and waterways. The delta is a lush, tropical world of rice paddies, mangrove swamps and canals with overhanging foliage where boats, stilt houses and markets float on the life-giving waters of the mighty Mekong.
Blessed with nutrient-rich soils, the Mekong Delta is described as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, and at just ten percent of the country’s landmass it produces almost a half of Vietnam’s annual food crops. A cone-hatted farmer working the field with a water buffalo is still a common sight here, the rustic way of life very much in evidence throughout the region. Thrown into the mix are bustling market towns, Khmer temples and remains of Viet Cong bunkers.
Take a sampan trip to a colourful floating market at the crack of dawn and let your oarsman take you on a relaxing ride through a water labyrinth. And if rising early isn’t really your thing, then explore the area on two wheels and experience the legendary hospitality of the local people first-hand.
With constantly burning incense, this Chinese temple is located in the center of Can Tho by the river and it is a popular place for local people to worship the God of Fortune and other deities.
Enjoy a serene boat trip through green wetlands of the forest where you can spot many unique birds.
This beautiful Pagoda built on the side of Sam Mountain is a great viewpoint to see a rural area with rice fields.
Xeo Quyt is a beautiful lush forest where you can take a canoe tour and explore bunkers used by Vietcong generals during the War.
Ba Chuc Tomb is a memorial commemorating the Khmer massacre of over 3 thousand innocent villagers in 1978.
Cai Be market has shrunk significantly since it was first opened, but it is still a relaxing boat tour where you can shop for flowers and other goods, watch locals living by the river, and visit local orchards.
The biggest and most famous floating market in Mekong Delta, where you can buy local goods and observe authentic life of the communities living by the river.
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