Where to go in Mekong Delta?
The Mekong Delta is a treasure trove of adventure. The place where the Mekong River runs into a series of tributaries, spanning 15,000 square miles, the Vietnamese call the area Cuu Long, which means “Nine Dragons,” a reference to the nine tributaries that snake along the ocean. While life in the Delta primarily revolves around the river, the area encompasses a large section of land, too.
World-famous for it’s biodiversity, there are way more than seven sights to see, whether you’re into food and culture, architecture and history, or wildlife spotting. Just be sure to keep the camera ready because the Mekong Delta is a sensory overload to be sure.
Let’s find out with us 5 most favourite destinations when coming to this beutiful area!
1. River boat cruises
For the first-time visitor to Asia, a Mekong River Cruise is a fantastic starting point. A river cruise through the Mekong Delta of Cambodia and Vietnam is quite a different animal from being on the rivers of Europe, where cruise lines enjoy a booming business. From Vinh Long or My Tho, there are several tours taking visitors along the river and its various canals daily. Some tours stop at flower farms, rice paper factories, and nearby temples. Two of the most beautiful, historic, and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast.
Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see and more about the experiences you have and the people you meet along the way.
2. Tra Su Indigo Forest
This fascinating ecotourism site in the An Giang Province is a vibrant (but dry) forested area most of the year and it turns into a flooded forest in September and October, during rainy season, which are considered the best times to visit the region. The Tra Su indigo forest has 4 types of plant community: Alkaline submerged arbor, that is Melaleuca cajuputi, gaining 85% of areas and evenly distributing throughout the area; arbor on waterway banks, irrigation ditch sides; aquarium on waterways, irrigation ditches; Herbaceous plant submerged on acid soil.
On jungle animals, approximately 70 water bird species, 11 animal species, 20 reptile species and 5 frog species. On fisheries, 25 fish species are recorded high economic value.
3. Floating market
If you ask people there : Where to go in Mekong Delta, 99% the answer might be “floating market”.
Vietnam’s floating market get a lot of impressions from international tourists because of original and abundant products as well as friendly and nice attitude of the southern Vietnamese.A special thing about floating market is everything is implemented on the boat drifting on the river. In a river area of 1km length, there are hundred boats and canoes gather together, creating a very impressive and bustling scene.
The sellers and also rowers use their amazing skill to juke their boat in that crowded place without causing any accident. Vietnam’s floating markets are not only have fruits, but also many other products, from foods, meats, seafood to clothes, foot-wears, groceries; from souvenirs, crafts to weird stuffs like snakes, trionychid turtles or chameleons.
4. Vinh Trang Pagoda
When mentioning to tourism in Mekong delta region in general, people normally think about cruising along Mekong river to some villages and tropical fruits gardens. However, if you are interested in religion and truly want to enjoy the unique experience, you should not miss Vinh Trang pagoda, an ancient architecture in Tien Giang province. Built in the 19th century, the temple sits on about five acres of land with a courtyard bursting with fruit trees, and an inside stuffed with effigies of Buddha and other religious figures. It’s the perfect place to find a quiet moment of tranquility and escape the throngs of people milling the streets.
5. Sam Mountain
From Long Xuyen, you haveone has to travel almost 60km to get to Sam Mountain which lies west of Chau Doc City, at approximately 2km from the frontier between Vietnam and Cambodia. The 230m high mountain does not only offer beautiful landscapes, but it is also where many historic remains deeply loved by the inhabitants of Nam Bo plain are located. Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tao Ngo Garden, and Bach Van Hill are among the famous sites to visit near Sam Mountain.
After this article, I hope you get useful information and the answer for you question “where to go in Mekong Delta” is quite clear, isn’t it?
Once travel to Vietnam, you will never regret, trust me! Thank you for reading and see you soon in my next entry ^^