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The Mekong Delta region, mien tay in Vietnamese, is one of the most beautiful and bizarre natural landscapes in the country. And encompassing almost everything south and west of Ho Chi Minh City , it is also one of the largest. Here we take a look at what not to miss if you decide to venture south of Saigon.
- Fruit farms
The Mekong Delta region is one of the most fertile swaths of land in Vietnam, and the absence of four seasons means that delicious tropical fruits are available at virtually any time of year. So dig in!
- Floating Markets
Mekong markets are some of the most vibrant in all of Vietnam, taking place mostly on water while agile hawkers paddle around to sell their produce. They are found across the delta, but the most well known are in Can Tho and Ben Tre.
Mekong travel trips should also take you to some beautiful temples that are unique in Vietnam. Perhaps most interesting are the Khmer pagodas, which are reminiscent of those temples found in Cambodia or even Thailand.
Other than fruit (see above) and rice (see below), the Mekong Delta region is also famous for its fresh, delicious and cheap seafood
- Rice fields
The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s rice basin, and produces many more times the amount of rice than anywhere else in the country. The rice fields are expansive and beautiful, and contrast interestingly with the terraced rice fields found in the north.
Being the delta of one of the world’s great rivers, there are a countless number of estuaries, streams and canals to explore by boat. Halong Bay has long been famous for the cruises, but Mekong river cruises are also increasing in popularity. Contact us for more details.
You should also relax like a local during your Mekong Vietnam adventure, and there is no better place to do this than in a hammock. Hammock cafes (caphevong) are everywhere but you will also find places to lie back and relax in hotels and restaurants.
Good Mekong tours like those offered by Wlink should also include plenty of interaction with the locals. The residents of the Mekong are said to be the most friendly and welcoming in all of Vietnam.