Rice paddies, charming rivers and canals, floating markets and quaint towns are just a few of the beautiful spotlights you can witness in Mekong Delta. The rich alluvial soil produces the abundance of rice, fruit, and vegetables that adds to the wonders of the place. Mekong Delta’s beautiful landscapes, unique culture, and simplicity of life makes ideal get-away destinations for all tourists who seek to experience a peaceful, productive environment opposite from the stressful city they have been.
There are also grand feasts held in place. To avoid getting confused with what’s going on during the events, you must have a local guide with you. Or if you can’t have, you better study the culture and tradition of the place ahead of time. During these events, numerous of loud people and other tourists will be hitting the streets. You better organize your accommodation in advance to avoid running out of vacant rooms.
Settle your bags first
If you want to explore Mekong Delta, it is highly recommended to accommodate their comfortable homestay which will give you access to their boating activities through Delta communities. Make sure to have your tour during the dry season, which is from October to May. Because during the rainy season, a large portion of the region is under water and inaccessible.
Start early and end it happily
To begin your journey, you can hire a private boat to help you explore Mekong Delta or book a package tour from Viet Fun Travel or any available travel agency. If you prefer to enjoy your visit without any guiding tour group, you can start by renting a small boat that will take you to Cai Rang and the Phong Dien floating market. To get the best view of the place, you need to get up early as the beautiful sunrise is setting the backdrop for the Can Tho Bridge and then markets. Later on, you will go to have a fun tour to the busy market where you will be able to buy fresh fruits to bring with you on the tour. And a glimpse of rice noodle factory, where you can see the action of making the rice noodles.
Another market named Phong Dien will give you a clearer view of floating markets which sells foods like noodles, condiments, meat, and fish. It is a smaller market with approachable people that will make you feel comfortable at your tour.
When you pass through a canal, you will see a lot of small villages dotted along. You can ask your tour guide to drop you off to take a short walk through the gardens, orchards, and rice fields to see their local agriculture.
If you don’t have anything for lunch yet, you can head to small restaurants which open around 10:30 am. They serve a yummy fried fish with fresh rice noodles and veggies; they call it elephant ear fish. There is nearby karaoke too that cause the atmosphere to get lively.
Other activities will be provided by your tour guide or your driver depending on the package tour you avail. Make sure to get familiarize with the place and plan the places you want to visit. Ha Tien, Mekong’s best beach at Hon Chong and Chau Doc bird sanctuary are also places recommended for you, and if get lucky, you will be able to experience these place with your tour guide!
And the suggestion, if you plan to visit Mekong Delta to witness their colorful markets, visit them from Jan to April. Because fruits and vegetables are in seasons during those months. But however, a unique getaway experience is waiting for you!