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The Mekong Delta is the alluvium land, where I grew up on boats upstream with my family.
For every summer vacations, I followed my parents to transfer bricks and tiles to Can Tho, Vinh Long, Ben Tre … I saw tourist-boats carrying international travelers to Cai Rang Floating Market, fruit gardens in Vinh Long, water-coconut trees on both sides of Ben Tre. I always dreamed that one day I could present stories about my hometown to them.
The Mekong Delta is the downstream delta of the mighty Mekong River. The Mekong River is one of the longest and largest rivers in the world with a length of over 4,350 km, originating from the upstream Tibet stretching through countries like China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia. and Vietnam, and flows into the East Sea.
The Mekong River in each country is called by different names, such as Lan Thuong (China), Irrawaddy (Myanmar), Mé Nam Khong (Laos & Thailand), Mekongk (Cambodia), and Nine Dragon River (Vietnam). Although it is called by different names, the common meaning of the river is that the Mother River always brings a rich source of enrichment for people living along the river.
Travelling to the plains, there are actually many ways to get there from waterways, road, and air. To journey from Saigon, you can use means such as the bus, speedboat, motobikes. If you are starting the journey from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang; Travel agencies suggest you fly to Can Tho. One of the outstanding journeys for a long trip is the upstream or downstream between Vietnam and Cambodia.
If you only have 1 day to visit the Mekong delta, obviously you can only visit a small part of this place, such as My Tho is the closest, Ben Tre, Cai Be, and the furthest is Vinh Long. Because My Tho is the nearest destination, it is also the most popular and the most crowded, very touristy.
Visit the Mekong Delta should not missed
Rowing boats through small canals: Women who are honest and hard working, wearing traditional clothes of the Southern region, exhibit their flexible and skillful rowing through peaceful canals. Hire on of these ladies to row you along the Mekong, watching orchards on both sides. This is a common mode of transport for people here.
Visit the old houses and craft villages: Depending on the destination you choose, you can see the peaceful life of those living in wooden houses, some over 100 years old, not destroyed by tropical climate and insects. Traditional craft villages produce confectionery, coconut candy, rice paper, popped-rice, weaving mats and carpets from hyacinth, jutes, bamboo, …
Those are some of the highlights of this affluent land. I hope you can find something interesting from these tips to help you arrange a good travel itinerary. This article only lists recommended place, but has not given a specific journey. You can refer to the journey from Saigon – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Cambodia. For more information, don’t hesitate to email or contact Sagomeko!