Are you a traveler? Do you want to experience new things around the world? Do you love discovering a unique culture and beautiful landscapes? You are really keen on losing in the peaceful countryside with a simple life? Let’s coming to Vietnam and fulfilling your desire by visiting Mekong Delta in Vietnam. And searching for Top Things to do in Mekong Delta is the first thing that you should do on your trip.
Mekong Delta Overview
The Mekong Delta (Nine dragon river delta in Vietnamese) is in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. That river flows through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The delta shares border with Cambodia in the north, the Gulf of Thailand in the southwest, and the East Sea in the southeast. Moreover, the Mekong splits in Cambodia into two main rivers, the Bassac (Hau Giang) and the First River (Tien Giang), then in Vietnam into a more complex system, creating a labyrinth of small canals, rivers, and streams.
The Mekong Delta lies to the west of Ho Chi Minh City, forming a triangle stretching from My Tho in the east to Chau Doc and Ha Tien in the northwest, down to Ca Mau and the South China Sea at the southernmost top of Vietnam, including the island of Phu Quoc. Also, the main towns of the delta are My Tho, Vinh Long, Can Tho and Chau Doc. Driving the south from Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho is the first major Mekong Delta town you come to.
Besides, this land has a humid tropical climate with equatorial features. The annual average temperature is 24 – 27°C. There are two distinct seasons here; the rainy season is from May to October and the dry season lasts from December to April.
Top things to do in Mekong Delta
The vast delta is a water world that moves to the rhythm of the Mekong river where boats, floating markets, houses exist upon the innumerable rivers, canals, and streams. Additionally, it attracts tourists over the world by its natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, the daily life of local people, and unique activities,… There are a variety of activities you should enjoy such as experiencing a boat cruise, tasting fresh tropical fruits directly from the gardens, exploring the floating market,… We are sure that they will make you have a meaningful and unforgettable trip to this amazing delta.
Here are interesting activities for experiencing the Mekong Delta that you shouldn’t miss:
Take a boat cruise
The life of people in the delta connects closely to the rivers, so making the boat on the waterway is the best way to understand it. Sitting on the boat cruise, you will enjoy the river life of Mekong, and discover beautiful sights as well as authentic pictures in the rural area in Vietnam. Along the small canals, you have a chance to view the rice paddies, brick kilns, lush orchards, Buddhist pagodas, and floating markets. Besides, the traditional lifestyle and friendly local people will leave a deep impression on tourists when rowing boat excursions through the hidden small canals. What is more, tourists can taste some local food like honey tea or coconut candy and sit to relax on the wooden boat of the shaded water-coconut trees.
Besides, if you want to rent a boat to experience, make sure be careful in the rainy season. But if you are an adventurous traveler, the high water level will be an idea for you to explore the labyrinth by rowing sampan.
Visit floating market
Mekong Delta has a lot of vibrant floating markets, which makes the Mekong Delta become unique and outstanding in its neighborhood. The floating market is the place where the local people sell their products directly from the boats. There are various goods to sell, and hundreds of boats gather to buy and change products every morning. All the products are transported to the market by boats and rafts. From 3 a.m, all the floating market in Mekong Delta is really in full-flow. In addition, Cai Rang Floating Market is the biggest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta. It is one of the most famous markets for its variety of fresh fruits and other local products.
Tourists can visit floating markets by motorized boats. By coming to the floating market, you will have a great opportunity to experience how people exchange goods and other commodities on their boats. The perfect time to visit the floating market is in the early morning. At that time, it reflects the light from the sunshine, so the scene is really lively and colorful to take photos. Besides, some boats are also even served as coffee shops where you may sip a cup of coffee, tea, or fruit juice. Don’t miss to taste some local specialties like Hu Tieu, Banh Canh, Xoi, Bun Ca making your hunger fulfilled. Furthermore, you can chat and learn more about lifestyle and culture with friendly locals. It’s so interesting, right?
Fruit buffet in orchards
When coming to Mekong Delta, you don’t miss visiting the tropical fruit gardens. Thanks to the tropical and pleasant climate and natural condition, apart from rice paddies, the Mekong River also famous for its tropical fruits. The fruit orchards seem to be all year round and become the ideal place attracting both domestic and international tourists. There is nothing greater than picking and enjoying a variety of fresh and ripe fruits with your hands.
Some of the well-known fruit gardens in Mekong Delta include Phong Dien (Can Tho), Cai Be (Tien Giang), Cai Mon (Ben Tre), etc. Especially, the Cai Be fruit garden is one of the largest orchards with a wide range type of fruits all around the year. The perfect time for fruit-garden-visiting is summer as it is the blooming time of many signature tropical fruits. In the peak time of the summer, tourists can escape from the summer heat by sitting and hiding in the shadow of big trees under the lush garden and trying tasty and fresh fruits.
You can customize your trip in order to fit with the harvesting season. Adding these fruit orchards to your lists when visiting Vietnam will be a smart choice that will not ever let you down.
Overnight in a homestay
Why don’t you stay overnight at a homestay to experience the culture and customs of the Vietnamese? In the Mekong River, there are a lot of home-stays, and these locate on tranquil islands of the delta, surrounded by wonderful orchards. It’s an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle city, right?
Staying a homestay with the local family in the Mekong Delta, you will have a chance to know more about the lifestyle of South Vietnam from your host. Besides, you can see and listen to the sounds of nature and sights of villagers working. Moreover, you can also share your national culture with locals, and homestay is actually a two-way cultural exchange.
We hope that all of the above information gives you an overview of the best activities in the Mekong Delta. Don’t hesitate to discover and experience new things in Vietnam, you not only find out about unique culture but also have a lot of fun and make friends with locals. It is so interesting for you to plan Vietnam now.
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