The Mekong Delta is the southernmost territory of Vietnam, located southeast of Cambodia, is the most fertile land and has the largest population in Vietnam.The Mekong Delta develops based on rivers. Many villages can only be reached by the waterway instead of by roadway. This region is the cradle of the art of amateur music and has since developed into Cai Luong theater art.There are a lot of unique attractions and thrilling activities that await you to explore at the Mekong Delta.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the beauty and highlight some attractions in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam for you to consult and plan with your friends and family.

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Mekong Delta In Vietnam

From Floating Markets to Rice Paddies – The Allure of Mekong Delta in Vietnam

1. Where is Mekong Delta in Vietnam

The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam, also known as the Western Region.It is located adjacent to the Southeast region, to the North is Cambodia, to the Southwest is the Gulf of Thailand, and to the Southeast is the East Sea. This is the largest delta in Vietnam, with an area of more than 40,000km². Riding south from Ho Chi Minh City leads to the pulsating Mekong Delta. Teeming with wildlife and lush mangroves, here the locals live in harmony with the mighty river.

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Explore Rice village in Mekong Delta

2. Vietnam Mekong Delta map

The Mekong Delta region has a total area of provinces of 40.547,2 km², including 1 city of Can Tho and 12 provinces: Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Dong Thap, An Giang, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau.

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Mekong Delta map

3. What to do in Mekong Delta Vietnam

3.1 Cai Rang Floating Market

Floating Markets of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, The Mekong River flows 4,350 kilometers from its origins in the Himalayas through seven different countries, eventually spilling into the South China Sea. When traveling here, visitors can experience shopping at Cai Rang floating market, where goods are very diverse and almost do not lack any items. The main products are specialty fruits and vegetables of the Mekong Delta, in addition, there are handicrafts, necessities, food, drinks, coffee services…

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Cai Rang Floating Market

3.2 Explore Local Villages

The Mekong Delta region in Vietnam is known for its network of rivers, canals, and fertile land. This region is home to many different ethnic groups, including the Kinh, Khmer, Cham and Chinese-Vietnamese people as well as home to many small, traditional villages that offer insight into the local way of life.  Each community has distinct cultural practices, languages and festivals. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit local villages and interact with residents to learn about their traditional crafts, agricultural techniques and daily rituals.

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Explore Local Villages

3.3 Bike through the Countryside

Because most of life happens near and on the water, boating is a great way to see the sights. However, to get a closer look at this beautiful part of the Vietnamese countryside, there is nothing more affordable than traveling by bicycle. You’ll get the most unique and up-close view, as opposed to on a bus or train, and can stop whenever you want to take photos or just to admire in the peace and quiet.

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Bike through the Countryside

3.4 Sample Local Cuisine

The Southwest is proud of its fascinating culinary heritage, clearly influenced by its cultural diversity, especially, influenced by Chinese, Cambodian, and Thai cuisine, characterized by usually adding sugar and often using coconut milk.

Long An has Can Giuoc Sausage. Tien Giang has shrimp paste, Kim Sa sour shrimp paste, Long Thuan grapefruit oil, and dried catfish.Ben Tre has coconut products such as coconut candy, coconut wine, coconut jam, pure coconut oil, coconut mask, and coconut handicrafts. Vinh Long is famous for Nam Roi grapefruit, tomato jam, Cu Lao May spring rolls, grapefruit peel jam, plum jam, and Phuoc Khang seed sauce. Dong Thap with lotus wine, puffs, banana jam, Lai Vang spring rolls, Dragon fruit jam, lotus heart, lotus seeds,…

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Local Cuisine

3.5 Mekong Delta Fruit Orchards

The Mekong Delta is not only famous for the country’s largest rice granary, but also has 4 fruit gardens that are places to visit and enjoy for many tourists. All typical Southern fruits are concentrated, and each garden has its own unique products. Come here, visitors have chances to try many delicious fruits such as rambutan, mango, durian, longan, guava, mango, orange, plum…

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Mekong Delta Fruit Orchards

3.6 Visit Sam Mountain in Chau Doc Town

With the lush green mountain scenery, visitors can not only enjoy a fresh, quiet atmosphere but also take beautiful photos. Standing from the top of Sam mountain, visitors can see the entire panorama of Chau Doc and Vinh Te canal. Sam Mountain impresses with its wide view of the plains in the region and especially the border, helping visitors freely admire the charming scenery and mountains in An Giang

sam mountain in chau doc
Sam mountain in Chau Doc

3.7 Tan Lap Village

With a rich ecology of plants and animals., Long An is a healthy land with many favorable conditions for developing eco-tourism. Among them, the most prominent is Tan Lap Floating Village eco-tourism area.This place is a large primeval melaleuca forest and mysterious paths leading into the forest.

Coming to the Tan Lap floating village eco-tourism area, visitors can stroll on the road that the longest cement road through the cajeput  forest in Vietnam, about 5km, or take a boat down the Rung canal, immerse themselves in nature on a distance of more than 3 km around the cajeput forest.

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Tan Lap Village in Mekong Delta

3.8 Visit Tra Su Mangrove Forest

This is an ideal location in An Giang province, this attractive ecological area is the driest forest area of the year. But during the summer rainy season, the area turns into a flooded forest, making it an ideal place for boating.Coming here, visitors can choose motorboats, bicycles, and motorbikes to visit. Visitors will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty, in Tra Su Mangrove forest, there are also beautiful and unique man-made structures that impress tourists such as the Bamboo Van Step Bridge, a structure that gathers all types of works. Vietnamese bamboo in all parts of the country.

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Visit Tra Su Mangrove Forest

3.9 Visit Ninh Kieu Wharf at night

Ninh Kieu Wharf is considered a symbol of Can Tho. This is a long-standing and attractive place because of its river landscape. Ninh Kieu Wharf at night, has a lighting system along the riverbank. Locals and tourists walk and participate in buying and selling activities at the night market.

Coming to Ninh Kieu Can Tho, visitors can freely enjoy a lot of kind sweet cakes and “specialties” of this place such as banh tet with green leaves, orange cake, pork skin cake, coconut leaf cake,… besides that, there are display many street which sells a different items, there are streets selling clothes, streets selling vegetarian food, and there are streets that only sell fruit…. freely available to visit and choose for tourists

Ninh Kieu Wharf
Ninh Kieu Wharf

4. Best time to visit the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

The weather in Mekong Delta Vietnam has a warm and sunny climate all year round and mild weather, so almost any season is beautiful for tourists to visit. Each season has its own interesting and unique features, blessed by nature with a temperate climate and four fruit seasons all year round, so it is very suitable for tourism and entertainment activities here.

However, many tourists often choose to travel in the summer because this time is the ripest fruit of the year. Visitors have chances to visit rambutan gardens, orange gardens,… At the fruit gardens visitors can also pick fruits and enjoy them for free, enjoy coconut water or honey tea or visit craft production facilities in this land of rivers.

Nevertheless, from September to November is the time when a large flood of water from the upstream of the Mekong River flows to the entire field. You can see water everywhere. When traveling in this season, you cannot visit many places. But the floating water season here is equally interesting.

Each season has its own interesting things, so you can consider visiting this land depending on your interests.

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Mekong Delta Boat

5. How to get to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh city.

The Mekong Delta distance from Ho Chi Minh is about 193 kilometers. Depending on your journey and interests, you can choose the best route as well as the proper transportation that is suitable for your journey.

5.1 Join Mekong Delta Tour

If you book the Mekong Delta tour from Ho Chi Minh city from some local tour operators, you do not need to waste time looking for vehicles, finding places or accommodation. Moreovers, means of transportation at tourist attractions in the Mekong Delta are mainly boats. When going on a boat, you need a large number of people, usually 6 people or more.

Therefore, when going on a tour, you can completely rest assured because there will be a tour guide arranging the seats. There is no need to wait for enough guests to start the tour. So you can refer to the Can Tho Tour or Mekong Delta Day Trip From Ho Chi Minh – Deluxe Group Tour with a local experience guide from VM Travel.

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Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta tour

5.2 Book a private car with driver English

Another way to visit the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh is by hiring a private Car with Driver English . You can be flexible to arrange your time, follow your own trip for scenery or attraction. The drive will introduce and explain in English to ensure you can understand and discuss together during the journey.

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Private Car with Driver English

5.3 Bus

Taking the bus to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City is considered the cheapest and most convenient way. It takes 3 hours to get there with a price of about 60,000 VND to 200,000 VND. The bus departs many times a day and they usually pick up passengers at the main bus station, the bus stop or even at your accommodation. However, it is quite crowded in the high-peak season and you have to book the seat in advance or miss the seat

5.4 Motorbike

Hiring a motorbike may be an ideal option for your journey. You can follow the map and actively go anywhere at your own pace.  Drive through the scenic roads or stop at cafes along the way or taste a bowl of Hu Tieu My Tho on the street. The Mekong Delta is amazing for anyone who loves to get around on motorcycles.

6. Is the Mekong Delta Worth Visiting?

With the beauty of nature, including lush rice paddies, intricate canal systems, and lush greenery. You will experience exploring nature by motorboat or  cano that offers an opportunity to witness the floating markets and traditional river life, which can be a memorable experience for you. The Mekong Delta is renowned for its delicious food, including fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and unique local dishes. You can go to the fruit garden to explore and try many tropical fruits at cheap prices. Moreover, visitors can explore local markets, villages, and traditional ways of life, making it an excellent place for cultural immersion and understanding the daily lives of the local people.

From all of the reasons mentioned above, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam definitely is an ideal option to choose to travel in Vietnam.

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Mekong Delta in Vietnam

The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is a unique destination that combines natural beauty with cultural and recreational attractions. Its picturesque landscapes and diverse range of activities make it a must-visit spot for travelers in Vietnam.