Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

The Mekong River, which begins high in the mountains of Tibet, ends its journey in Vietnam's southern delta. Before flowing into the sea, the river branches into nine tributaries, known as Cuu Long or the "Nine Dragons". These rivers are the south's life-blood, nourishing the delta's paddy fields and fruit orchards.

Eighty percent of Vietnam's population lives in rural areas and no region provides a better glimpse into traditional country life than the Mekong Delta. Take a cruise through the delta's tiny canals in an open boat and you'll pass stunning tableaus of people hard at work in their paddy fields, water buffaloes, tangled fruit orchards, simple, thatched-roof huts, fishermen, and excited, waving children. In the delta's towns, the river remains the central focus of life, ferrying travelers and goods to market and linking the delta with the world beyond. Take a few days to explore the floating market in Can Tho, the islands around My Tho, and the hillside pagodas of Chau Doc. Just a few hours from from the Delta unfolds at its own, slow, steady pace. This is Vietnam's heartland, a place where time is still dictated by the river and the rice harvests.

Long Xuyen

Long Xuyen

Long Xuyen is the center of the commerce in the area of the Mekong Delta. 100,000 people live in this city, the capital of the An Giang province. Not far from this relaxed town are the ruins of the The Oc Eo civilization. Long Xuyen is also famous for its Christian population.

Ben Tre

Ben Tre

The entire Ben Tre province is crisscrossed by a network of small rivers and canals, making itself a major rice producer of the region. At 1.25 m above sea level, Ben Tre is prone to flood that give its richness and vibrancy. Ben Tre is a little province in the east of Mekong Delta, being wedged between two main arms of Tien River. Ben Tre...

My Tho

My Tho

The capital of Tien Giang is My Tho (meaning “the good perfumed herb”), a well-preferred retreat centre for Ho Chi Minh City residents.

Chau Doc

Chau Doc

Chau Doc in An Giang Province is a small but busy town on the west bank of the Hau River. Head south west from Chau Doc, within about 5km there is the holy Sam Mountain, with a complex of temples and pagodas, including the Nguyen Dynasty Tay An pagoda, lady Chua Xu, temple and the tomb of the Thoai Ngoc Hau

Can Tho

Can Tho

Can Tho is economic center of the Mekong Delta. All waterways lead to Can Tho and as such it is major destination fortravelers. Cai Rang is the most popular wholesale floating market and is best seen during the morning. Phong Dien is farther afield, while Phung Hiep and Tra On are farther away again, being sited within the Hau Giang and Vinh Long...

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