In Southern Vietnam, the Mekong River splits into nine branches, forming the fertile Mekong Delta. Life here revolves around the river, with daily activities adjusting to its changing waters, fisheries thriving during floods, and rice fields planted as waters recede.

Towns buzz with vendors selling fresh produce, and river traffic is constant. Smaller streams reveal orchards, Buddhist temples, and family homes along the banks.

The Mekong Delta, centered on water, showcases a timeless lifestyle. You’ll encounter orchards, rice paddies, and lively floating markets.

Top Things to Do in the Mekong Delta:

  • Explore Cai Rang Floating Market

The Mekong Delta, called the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam,’ produces much of the country’s fresh produce. Cai Rang is one of the biggest floating markets, where boats filled with fruits and vegetables gather to trade. For a close view, ride a traditional boat through the market.

  • Stay with a Local Family in Vinh Long

Vinh Long is a key transit hub with many family homes along its streams. These families now welcome visitors, offering simple yet clean guest rooms and home-cooked meals, giving you insight into their way of life.

  • Walk Through Sa Dec

Sa Dec, once a stopover and a former US patrol base, is a quiet trading port with French colonial houses. Visit the Huynh Thuy Le Old House, which inspired Marguerite Duras’s novel “The Lover.” Walk through the riverside market and see stalls selling fruits and vegetables.

  • View from Sam Mountain

In Chau Doc, near the Cambodian border, Sam Mountain offers great views of the delta. Climb the mountain to see colorful temples, a trail of ceramic dinosaurs, and sunrise views. Cafés and shops along the path make for a pleasant breakfast stop.

  • Cruise on a Converted Rice Barge

Take a one- or two-night cruise on a converted rice barge like the Bassac fleet to see life along the Mekong Delta. These barges are charming and well-furnished, with guides sharing their history as you visit local villages and markets.

  • Best Time to Visit:

Visit between October and March for high water levels, enabling boat markets and river trips. January to March offers the best overall weather but can be more expensive around Tet (Vietnamese New Year). For lower hotel rates, consider late September when the monsoon has ended, and the harvest begins.

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