In addition to the tropical climate found here, the Mekong Delta gives the area unique landscapes, particularly charming characteristics, and a special floating lifestyle of the people. Pay a visit to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and it’ll be a unique experience.
Starting from Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River runs through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam before it goes all the way to the South China Sea. The river brings life any location it passes through, and it is such a favor from Mother Nature for Vietnam that by the time it reached our territory that it separated off into 9 smaller branches. In addition to the tropical climate found here, the Mekong Delta gives the area unique landscapes, particularly charming characteristics, and a special floating lifestyle of the people. Pay a visit to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and it’ll be a unique experience.
The river life
Mekong Delta, or the so-called Western region of Vietnam, is a large area which is comprised of 13 provinces – each one comes with a unique beauty and charm to it. It will be unfair if I just recommend 1 or 2 places in the region and leave out the others, so in this article you will find out recommendations ofwhat you can experience in the delta (see, do and eat), how to do it right (best time to visit and how to get there), and provide you with 2 ideal itineraries to experience Mekong delta for 1 or 2 days. In short, it will be a complete guide for you to experience all that the Mekong Delta has to offer in Vietnam, so read on.
Facts About the Mekong River & Delta
Mekong River is the 12thlongest river in the world and the 7thlongest in Asia. It runs through 6 countries in total (China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) and locals of different countries have given it different names that mean different things. The Vietnamese call it as the Nine Dragons River (Song Cuu Long) due to the separation of the river into 9 arms. 9 dragons to the Vietnamese mean 9 rivers. However, there are only 7 river branches left nowadays as one branch was blocked off by human intervention since it had some negative effects on the life of people there. The other one was blocked off naturally.
Since the very beginning, it was the Khmer people that settled right next to the border between Cambodia and Vietnam. Later on, through the emigrating during the invasion and the wars, the land welcomed the Kinh community (Viet people) and Chinese. Now, it is a mix of 3 different communities, but the Khmer’s culture still has a strong effect on the life here.
Many animals live in the Mekong Delta. The river has since given prosperity to this land and has made it a kingdom of birds, crocodiles, and amazing biodiversity. Not only that, but this area of the country is also the main supplier of tropical fruits (70%) and also is the major producer and exporter of rice (60%) of the country. Local residents have adapted to such an amount of water by coming up with floating houses and floating markets. Try picture these. They are basically houses and shops on boats that people live in without going offshore much. Because of this floating lifestyle, the Mekong
Local residents have adapted to such an amount of water by coming up with floating houses and floating markets. Try picture these. They are basically houses and shops on boats that people live in without going offshore much. Because of this floating lifestyle, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam has intrigued not only foreigners but also local travelers who have never heard of this before.
Traveling is not only about the places you go to but also about the people you meet and the cultures you experience. Choosing to visit the Mekong Delta means you’re giving yourselves a chance to experience is the authentic lives of locals that depend on the river to make a living. And believe me, people on this land are just so special. They are so friendly and won’t hesitate to help you with directions if you need, or even welcome you over to their home for a lunch or the night – all without asking for anything in return. They are not competitive – they are happy with the life they are living even though it isn’t that easy. The Mekong Delta will welcome you with peace and an escape from the cars, the traffic noise and incessant honking of motorbikes you find in the major cities.