- Location: southwestern Vietnam
- Status: Vietnam’s largest rice basket
- Population: around 16,700,000 (statistics 2009)
- Area: about 39,000 square km
- Vietnam's most productive region in agriculture and aquaculture (with the smallest forest area)
- Includes: Can Tho City, An Giang, Ben Tre, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long
Lying immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta has long been an attractive destination for its beautiful landscapes with green fields and sleepy villages along Mekong River, fruit orchards, colorful floating markets and its biological treasure trove.
In 2012, this southernmost region of Vietnam was given a great honor to be rated as one of the "Best-Value Destinations for 2012" by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book.
The Mekong Delta region is largely inhabited by ethnic Viet, with Khmer minority populations living primarily in the Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, and Muslim Cham in Tan Chau, An Giang province. There are also sizeable Hoa (ethnic Chinese) populations in the Kien Giang and Tra Vinh provinces. That diversity in population creates unique and colorful features for the region.
Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Taking a boat trip to explore the green and tranquil countryside along the legendary Mekong River, visitors will not only have chance to visit floating market where sellers and buyers bargain and exchange agriculture products on boats but also can taste local specialties while listening to "Cai Luong" - a form of Vietnamese folk opera.
There are lots of beauty-spots to visit in the Mekong Delta, but the most renowned places are Can Tho, Ben Tre, My Tho, Vinh Long and Chau Doc. Being the heart of this rich agricultural region, Can Tho has been considered the metropolitan city as well as an important trade hub. Here visitors will discover the daily life of the locals through visiting Cai Ranh floating markets, Binh Thuy Communal House - valuable monument of art and architectural style in the newly-expanded South Western area, Buddhist pagodas and other famous places like My Khanh Tourist Village and Phu Sa Tourist Site. Ben Tre is well-known for the natural scenery of very small islands namely Phung islets, Oc islets and Tien islets, the ecological environment of Vam Ho Bird Yard, and vast orchards. With many islets like An Binh Islet, laden orchards and many historic cultural monuments like Van Thanh temple of literature and Long Thanh Communal House, Vinh Long is a destination for watery and garden tourism. Chau Doc is a district and also is a town in An Giang Province. Coming here, travelers can choose to visit The Lady Temple (Mieu Ba Chua Xu), Tay An pagoda or Sam Mountain.
More excitingly, this region is also appeal to visitors for local specialties like tropical fruits and seafood. Visitors can forget the favor of Cai Rang fermented pork roll and Rice pancake (folded with shrimp, meat and soy bean sprouts) in Can Tho city; the sweet taste lingering on the tongue of fresh coconuts, My Long rice paper, Cai Mon mangosteen, Chin Hoa durian, Phu Le alcohol in Ben Tre province; Vinh Long delicacies with Nam Roi pomelo, green orange, 6 RI durian, Vung Liem fermented pork roll, pottery, and Chau Doc with its special product of "Mam" which is made from fish and other delicious delicacies.
• Enjoy an ecotourism in Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam
• Take the chance to explore the daily life and activities of local farmers
• View natural and peaceful sceneries along the way such as local farm, monkey bridge, orchard and traditional house
• Take pleasure from a biking tour and explore the surroundings on your own pace
• Pay a visit to Cai Be floating market and ramble among numerous barges of local products
• Sail on the canals and view the peaceful scenes on the riverfronts
• Walk around the surroundings to explore the beauty of nature
• Interact with local farmers and feel their kind-hearted characteristics
• Explore Cai Be colorful floating market with various local fruits and vegetables
• See how people make special products such as rice-net, fish & soya sauce, cooking salt,...
• Have a visit at workshop where you can see people's activities
• Observe peaceful time on a rowing boat to see traditional house
• Embark a luxury boat and visit Cai Be floating market
• Stopover a local workshops to see people's activities such as making rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice
• Take a rowing boat and sail along beautiful canals
• Enjoy some kinds of fruits and listen to traditional music
• Transfer to Hung Vuong Pier and head to Ben Tre River
• Have sightseeing of the riverfronts and the activities based on water such as fishing or water transferring
• Visit brickwork as well as coconut processing workshop along the small canals
• Drop by a local family and observe their daily life and activities
Ut Trinh homestay - a local house with typical Mekong archutecture is located on An Binh Island, surrounded by gardens, bonsai trees and a variety of tropical fruit orchards.. Come to enjoy the family atmosphere, good food, ancient house with basic but comfortable rooms, orchards with a nice homestay experience with...