Why the Mekong Delta?
A UNESCO-listed scenic landscape
Known as Vietnam’s rice bowl, the Mekong Delta produces more than a third of the country’s annual food crop, and as a result, is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages. Lined with lush rice paddy fields and fish farms, the Delta’s main attractions are the colourful river life and floating markets. Day tours from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho are a popular way to see this fascinating part of Vietnam. From My Tho, you will take a boat trip to Can Tho, the delta’s biggest settlement. Situated on the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is a popular place for boat trips and famous for its nearby floating markets. To get the best out of these, an overnight stay in Can Tho is recommended.
Mekong Delta Highlights
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to the Mekong Delta.
Cai Rang Floating Market
The biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang is a bustling hive of commerce seen at its best in the morning from around 6 am to 7 am, before the heat of the day takes hold. This is a wholesale market, where the larger boats tie goods to a long pole above their boat to sell to smaller traders.
The epicentre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is a buzzing town with a lively waterfront lined with sculpted gardens, an appealing blend of narrow backstreets and wide boulevards. It is also the perfect base for nearby floating markets, one of the major attractions is to boat along the many canals and rivers leading out of town.