Nestled in the Vietnam countryside where the Mekong River empties into the South China Sea is the Mekong Delta region. The region is full of natural beauty where the birds and green vegetation thrive. The Mekong Delta is within a short trip to cities such as Ho Chi Minh City. There are plenty of places and activities to explore while visiting the region.
The Mekong Delta Vietnam is also known as the River of Nine Dragons. The area was given its name by the way the Mekong River splits into nine branches. After the split, the branches wind through the land creating the delta. The amount of water in the delta depends on the time of year. Due to the weather, it is recommended to visit the Mekong Delta during the dry season. The dry season is split into two times running October to November and again in April and May.
Travel to the Mekong Delta Vietnam is mostly by bus. The region’s waterways also make travel by boat feasible. River cruises and charters allow for easy travel between the towns and sights. Taking a plane into the Mekong Delta is possible. A few small regional airports dot the landscape around a handful of towns. The main air hub is in Can Tho. Once in the region, bikes can be used to explore the trails and villages. It is suggested extra time be figured in for travel. The weather can be very wet and make land or water travel difficult. It is always good to plan ahead especially if not visiting during the dry seasons.
Once in the Mekong Delta region, there is a variety of activities. The main draw to the region is the beautiful countryside. The different opportunities to explore the land are to boat the tributaries, hike the trails, or take river cruises down the many rivers and tributaries in the Mekong Delta.
One of the highlights of a visit to the Mekong Delta Vietnam is the Cai Rang Floating Market. Visitors can experience what trade and life are like in a region where water is the main transportation. The area also features a rich history that can be explored at the Ong Pagoda and the Can Tho Museum in the region’s largest city, Can Tho. The Binh Thuy Ancient House is another location one should put on their list of places to visit. The town of Sa Dec features the house of “The Lover”. It is the home of Chinese businessman Huynh Thuy Le and served as the setting Marguerite Duras used in her novel The Lover based on her affair with Le.
Lastly, another major draw to the Mekong Delta is for bird watching. Because of the delta make-up, it is the perfect place for birds to nest. One of the best places to experience the birds is at the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary near the Cambodian border. Another major area for bird watching is Tram Chim National Park. The park features one of the largest varieties of birds in the Mekong Delta region.
If you are looking for an adventure in an exotic location to explore, the Mekong Delta Vietnam is for you.