Being considered as the well-famous as the “Rice bowl” of Vietnam, Mekong Delta River brings the magic inside that appeals all those who have come to this immense land.
Vietnam is unquestionably one of the most appealing destinations all over the world with its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. If being occupied in the crowded cities, so then just discover life beyond the urban center of the Southern region with a tour to the glorious Mekong Delta. This colorful treasure is rich with meandering waterways and flourishing farmland creating an unforgettable experience that will leave tourists the most wonderful moments.
Life revolves around the maze river and canal networks here and many areas are accessible by boats only. Known as Vietnam’s Rice Bowl, the region covers a vast area of endless paddy fields, producing around half of Vietnam’s agricultural output. Rice, however, isn’t the only products. Mekong Delta River in Vietnam is also abundant with mangoes, papayas, dragon fruits, coconuts and pineapples. They can be found at hustle and bustle Cai Rang Floating Market, Cai Be and Phung Hiep Floating Market where vendors float around on boats with fresh produce and other goods, often hanging from tall wooden poles. Right at these markets, visitors can trade and bargain for local specialties that they will find nowhere else but in Mekong Delta Vietnam only. Surely, a Mekong delta tour to Cai Be floating market in one day will be your worthwhile experience.
Vietnam is a culinary world and the Mekong Delta brings its own unique flavors. The abundance of rice and crops means everything when visitors will delve into a world of noodle soups, minced pork and pate wrapped in banana leaves, rice paper rolls stuffed with pineapple, banana, lettuce and basil or pancakes with coconut milk, ginger, peas and shrimps. Therefore Mekong Delta is considered a foodie heaven from rice products to plentiful tropical fruits and schools of fishes as well.
In particular, the Mekong Delta River is highlighted by lush orchards overflowing with tropical fruit, floating markets and villages built on stilts but it’s really the locals who warmly call the Mekong home. The Vietnamese are hospitable, kind and resilient people so there are plenty of opportunities for tourists to socialize with the locals and get in touch with local culture. The area is deeply rural, but it’s also one of Vietnam’s most densely populated regions. The people in this region are made up of Vietnamese and people of Cham, Khmer and Chinese as well origin that accounts for the variety of religions that add to the cultural diversity of this delta. Being not a big area, but there are various types of religions practiced here including Buddhism, Catholicism, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao and Islam.
The Mekong Delta (in Vietnamese: “đồng bằng sông Cửu Long” (“Nine Dragon river delta”) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres. The size of the area covered by water depends on the season. The heart of the Mekong Delta are Can Tho, Vinh Long and Sa Dec Provinces, from where it is possible to reach the remotest confines of the delta, South towards the mangroves and the South East Asia Sea, North towards Chau Doc, or West towards the island of Phu Quoc.
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