Being a very rich, beautiful and lush area, Mekong Delta is the southern most region of Vietnam end of the Mekong River. It splits in Cambodia into two main rivers, the Bassac (Hau Giang) and the Upper River (Tien Giang), then in Vietnam into a more complex system, creating a maze of small canals, rivers and arroyos interspersed with villages and floating markets. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river and boats are still the main means of transport to access villages.
What to expect
Located in the southern most region of Vietnam, the Mekong delta was formed by the sediment deposited by the Mekong river, the process which continue today; silt deposited extend the shoreline at the mouth of the river as much as 79 meter per year. The river is so larger that it has two daily tides. At the low tide season boat event could not move in the canal.
The land of the Mekong Delta is renowned for it richness and almost haft of it is under cultivation. The area is known as : "Vietnam' basket of rice". The Mekong Delta produce enough rice to feed the entire country
Other products from this region are: coconuts, sugar cane, fruits, fishes and prawns. Also this is the primary rural area, it is one of the most densely populated regions in Vietnam.
The Mekong river is one of the greatest River in the world. And its Delta is one of the world's largest.
The highlight of journeys to Mekong Delta are boat trips through small canals, floating markets, exploring the local daily life by staying overnight on islands and visiting family run factories, tasting local specialities. The most renowned places in the Mekong Delta are My Tho, Vinh Long, Can Tho and Chau Doc. This is also a natural passageway from southern Vietnam to Cambodia either by road or by river. The typical tours to Mekong Delta could take you about 2 to 4 days depend on the places you want to go.
Normally the tour will go to Can Tho where you can see the biggest floating market in Vietnam or Vinh long where you can enjoy home-stay as well as tour to Cai Be floating market. However, if you have a short time, it's still worth to take a day trip to Ben Tre or My Tho.
There is an option of taking a tour to Vinh Long, Can Tho and thence to Chau Doc with overnight stay in a riverside hotel. There're increasing in number of travelers take the speed boat to Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
You can visit the Mekong Delta all year round but the best time is from June to September.
The most convenient way to get to one of the Mekong Delta destinations is by road. Here is a list of distances in km between Ho Chi Minh City and destinations for your reference.
Vinh Long is 136km from Ho Chi Minh City, 70km from My Tho, 34km from Can Tho. The inter-province bus station is 5km from the centre of Vinh Long. There are buses between Vinh Long and Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, My Tho, Long Xuyen, Sa Dec, Rach Gia, and other Mekong Delta destinations. National Highway No.1A and No.53 also runs through the province.
Cantho is 169km from Ho Chi Minh City, 34km from Vinh Long, 62km from Long Xuyen, 63km from Soc Trang, 104km from My Tho, 116km from Rach Gia, 117km from Chau Doc and 179km from Ca Mau.
Soc Trang is 231km from Ho Chi Minh City, 60km from Can Tho. National Highways No.1A links the province and Can Tho, Bac Lieu.