The Delta region is formed by the various tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. The Mekong is one of the world's great rivers, beginning its journey in the mountains of Tibet and winding its way for 4,500 km through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam. The Vietnamese name for the Mekong is "Cuu Long" meaning 'Nine Dragons', symbolizing the nine major tributaries of the Mekong that flow through the Delta to the East Sea.
The Delta is an incredibly fertile region of rice paddies, fruit orchards and mangrove swamps and is known as Vietnam's "rice bowl" as it produces the majority of the country's rice supplies and exports.
Over the centuries, local residents have created an ingenious system of dykes, canals and waterways for irrigation and for transportation. Perhaps the best way to view the daily lives of the people in the Delta is to take a boat tour through some of these waterways. A brief float through the Delta provides a vivid glimpse of life in Vietnam's rural areas, where nearly 80% of the country's population still lives.
One of the world’s most fertile areas, the Mekong Delta is home to countless rice fields and tributaries across thousands of square miles of flat land. An overnight cruise in the Mekong Delta is definitely worthwhile, for the experience of awakening in the early morning to find floating markets and villages floating around you is incredible. The small sizes of the Bassac Cruise, Song Xanh Sampans and Cai Be Princess are perfect for glimpses into the local ways of life while relaxing in the comfort of a floating boutique hotel. The restored colonial vessels of Pandaw Cruise, Toum Tiou Cruise and brand new luxury Jayavarman Cruise (RV Mekong Explorer), The Jahan Cruise and RV La Marguerite shipping link between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveller as it makes it possible to connect three important destinations on one trip with easy plane connections at either end: Saigon the exotic Frenchified former capital of South Vietnam, Phnom Penh, the quaint Cambodian capital, and the stupendous World Heritage monuments at Angkor.
Global Travel & Tours can arrange a tour of this beautiful and fascinating region, either by road from Ho Chi Minh or by a combination of boat and road. A great way to enter Vietnam is by boat from Phnom Penh into the heart of the Mekong Delta at Chau Doc.
The only luxury hotel in the heart of the Mekong Delta, the four star Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Cantho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the riverbank, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants. Built in colonial style with low-rise French architectural design, the four star Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. The hotel is located right on the banks of the Bassac River crossing and is an ideal base to explore the fascinating Chau Doc region.
Ben Tre is situated in Mekong Delta with a complex network of rivers and canals, 85 km from Ho Chi Minh City and 14km from My Tho. It has advantage to develop ecotourism with many green fruit gardens. Ben Tre is the granary of Mekong Delta. There are agriculture productions such as rice, corn, pineapple, custard-apple, star apple, durian, mango, longan, and many more. Industrial trees are tobacco, sugar-cane, and cotton. Especially, Ben Tre is homeland of coconut. It is known with Ben Tre coconut candy, My Long Cai Mon flower and ornamental plant. Other popular places are My Hoa Bird Reserve, Con Phung (Hillock of the Coconut Religion), Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary, Vien Minh Pagoda.
Can Tho is located in the center of the 11 provinces of the Mekong Delta. 170 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Taking a boat along Hau River as well as visiting the daily floating markets provides ample photo opportunities. A speciality of the region is eel, which is served in floating restaurants along the river banks. Thot Not Stork is worth a visit in the late afternoon when the birds return to their nets.
Chau Doc Located west of the Mekong Delta between Tien Giang and Hau Giang Rivers and shares a 95-km border with Cambodia. It is next to Cuu Long River and is constituted of a few midland areas and low mountains. The main ethnic groups are the Kinh, Khmer, Cham, and Hoa. Famous sites and attractions are Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Clay Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tao Ngo Garden, Sam Mountain, and Bang Lang stork sanctuary.
Vinh Long is a riverside town located in the Mekong Delta. Visitors can view the area with a boat ride on the Co Chien River, which flows through this provincial capital. Visitors can also explore the central market, Cho Vinh Long, as well as the nearby Khmer temples of Chau Thanh. The beautiful Bonsai Garden is another nature site not to be missed.Back to top