WELCOME TO THE MEKONG DELTA
The Mekong Delta is a network of tributaries in southwest Vietnam, between Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia. The river itself starts in the Himalayas and passes through China, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia before reaching Vietnam, which partly explains why the waters are so murky.
More than half of Vietnam’s rice and fish comes from the delta region, so you can see how vital it is to the Vietnamese economy and diet. Life in the area revolves around water, from the famous floating markets to the vast agricultural industries; a variety of fruits, flowers and livestock grow in the region.
In addition to its well-known floating market, this city is only two hours by road from Ho Chi Minh City and features stunning pagodas and local orchards.
Can Thơ is the biggest city in the Mekong Delta region and home to the Cái Răng floating market. Here, you’ll see hundreds of boats packed with more varieties of fruits than you ever thought possible. Can Thoserves as the cultural centre for the surrounding rural areas.
Can Giờ Biosphere Reserve
Rich mangrove forests and wetland ecosystems make up a valuable portion of the Cn Gi Biosphere Reserve, which is protected by Unesco. Without this biosphere reserve, a lot of productive agricultural land would wash into the ocean. It also aids in protecting the area from corrosion. The biosphere reserve offers a variety of trips, and because it is so close to Ho Chi Minh City, it is an excellent place to start a trip through the Mekong River Delta or for a day trip.
For those crossing the border between Vietnam and Cambodia, Châu Đoc is an easy stop along the route. It’s known for its religious and ethnic diversity, which includes Khmer, Chinese, Cham and Vietnamese people. Like most of the Mekong Delta, the surrounding areas are lush with rice paddies and spectacular rural scenes. For a real treat, stay at the Victoria Nui Sam.