Mekong Delta Region Travel Guide
The Mekong Delta (or "Nine Dragon river delta” in Vietnam) 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. The great ideas for activities in Mekong Delta is boating through the canal system and road biking.
My Tho (Tien Giang Province)
My Tho sprawls along the bank of the northernmost branch of the Mekong River. Its proximity to Saigon has made My Tho the most popular destination for day-trippers who hope to catch a taste of authentic Mekong delta life. Here visitors can take a sampan along the waterways, visit orchards and try the local famous food of Elephant's Ear Fish.
Boat trips are the highlight of a visit to Mytho. Usually,destinations include a coconut workshop, a honey bee farm and orchard gardens.If time allowed, should not miss Vinh Trang Pagoda, a beautiful and well maintained sanctuary and Dong Tam snake farm, a center for breeding snakes producing venom for exportation.
Cai Be (Tien Giang Province)
Nearby Vinh Long, it is the bustling Cai Be Floating Market, where you can see wholesalers on big boats hang a sample of what they sell from the top of a long pole. It is also a leisure time for boating to see small canals and visit orchards.
Visiting Cai Be Market, you will have a great photographic opportunities as all manner of produce is traded from boats, communicate with the local, take sampans along canals to visit local houses and enjoy fresh fruits.
Ben Tre Province
Ben Tre, located at the end-stream of Mekong River , is a good place for boat trips. Exclusively, Ben Tre is famous for coconut candy. During journey, you will visit traditional family -run factories where women boil large cauldrons of sticky mixture, rolling it out, cutting into small squares and then wrapping them into paper for sale.
It is possible for a day trip to Ben Tre from Saigon . In Ben Tre,boat trips to island are highlights beside other activities including visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, enjoy traditional music and see coconut candy production process at a local factory.
Vinh Long Province
Vinh Long is a medium sized town along the banks of the Mekong River, about midway between Mytho and Can Tho. It is the islands in the Mekong River make trips to Vinh Long beautiful. Most of the islands are given over to fruit orchards and the narrow canals are often straddled by flimsy-looking wooden bridges made from the trunks of coconut palms or bamboo and known as monkey bridges. A glimpse of country scenery and simple lifestyle at the river.
In Vinh Long, visitors can visit tropical fruit gardens and boating along canals to islands. Popular places are Mr. Sau Giao's FlowerGarden, Mr. Muoi Day's Stilt-House, and Mr. Hai Hoang's Old House. Homestay and join daily activities with the local people are also highlights of the trips.
Vinh Long has many pagodas, communal houses such as Van Thanh Temple, Long Thanh Communal House, Tinh Xa Ngoc Vien, Phuoc Hau, Tien Chau,Saghamangala pagodas...
Dong Thap Province
Lying within the area of Mekong River Delta Region, Dong Thap province shares the border with Cambodia. Thanks to the fertile alluvial soil,the province has supplied the country with various agricultural products such as rice, fish and fruits. Not only rich in agricultural products, Dong Thap is also endowed with beautiful kinds of flowers such as lotus and water lilies,which bloom at sunrise and sunset.
Dong Thap is known with two popular destinations: Sa Dec, theofficial capital and Cao Lanh, the main town. Tourists can visit Sa Dec where flower farms and flower gardens flourish. The common scenes to be seen are boats and barges carrying colorful flowers moving along the complex network of rivers and canals. Cao Lanh is another well-known town, not for beautiful flowers, but for historical places. The most famous one is Hoa Long pagoda,which houses the tomb of Nguyen Sinh Sac, Ho Chi Minh’s father.
Besides, Dong Thap is also well-known for other attractions including the bird grounds of Tam Nong, Tram Chim, Nodol Pagoda; and Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) swamp forest. Landmarks of Go Thap Archaeological siteare Doc Binh Kieu temple, the 19th century Co Tu tower and Ba Chua Xu temple.In Dong Thap, visitors can enjoy the delicious taste of Canh chua, a sour soupmade of fish from Mekong River, and So dua flower.
Can Tho Province
Can Tho is the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta . It is also the largest city in the region which is connected to most other population centres in the Mekong Delta by a system of rivers and canals. These waterways and the colorful Cai Rang Floating Market draw interest of tourists coming to Vietnam.
The most interesting thing to do in Can Tho is take a boat ride through canals and visit Cai Rang Floating Market. Outside of the town is the stork garden at Thot Not where hundreds of egrets, herons and cormorants gather in the treetops to roost late in the afternoon. Can Tho is usually combined with the trip to Chau Doc , a little town near Cambodian border.
Chau Doc (An Giang Province)
Deep in the Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town is 280 km (174 miles)south-west of Ho Chi Minh City close to the Cambodian border. Such proximity to Cambodia has been nurturing the eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures and historical richness. Chau Doc is near the picturesque Sam mount where the Sam mount lady is worshipped. The Sam Mount Lady Ceremony is held every April of lunar calendar (May) every year.
A highlight of a visit to Chau Doc is a boat trip on one of the small paddle boats that collect near the western end of the park to many floating raft houses and fish farms. A second attraction, just outside Chau Doc, is Sam Mountain - more of a hillock in fact - which has reasonable views over the surrounds. The views are pretty rather than spectacular, though when combined with a visit to the pagodas around the hill's base, this makes a worthwhile afternoon jaunt. Chau Doc is also the closest large town to the Vietnamese/Cambodian river border crossing. If you're heading to or from Phnom Penh by boat, you'll pass through Chau Doc, so try to allow for an overnight stay. Cruise the Mekong River between Chau Doc and Phnom Penh takes 5 hours.
Kien Giang Province
Kien Giang is located at the south extremity of the country. It shares a 54 km border with Cambodia, has 200km of coastline, and comprises 105 islands. The main ethnic groups in the area include the Kinh, Hoa, and Khmer.
The tropical monsoon climate is hot and humid all year round. The annual average temperature is 27°C and the annual average rainfall varies between 1,600 mm and 2,000 mm. The rainy season lasts from April to November and the dry season from December to March.
Phu Quoc Island is a large island where tourists enjoy spending time throughout the year. Other famous sites include the Temple and Tomb of national hero Nguyen Trung Truc in Rach Gia, Tam Bao Pagoda, the Bird Sanctuary, Tan Hoi Pagoda, and Mac Cuu Tomb.
Kien Giang is a province in the western region of South Vietnam.It borders the Gulf of Thailand to the west, Cambodia to the Northwest, an Giangand Hau Giang provinces to the east and Northeast, and Minh Hai province to thesouth. Kien Giang is 240 kilometerssouth of Ho Chi Minh City.
The province is home to several ethnic minority groups. They include the Kinh, the Khmer and the Hoa. Kien Giang is endowed with beautiful sites, cultural and historic relics that attract many visitors the year round. There include the vast submerged forest at U Minh, Phu Quoc Island, and Ha Tien town. The several islands under the control of Kien Giang serve not only tourist and economic purposes but are also of military interest.