1 hour by car from the supercharged city of Saigon, make way for tropical and aquatic ecologists in the arms of the Mekong!
The Mekong Delta is an extremely fertile region, crisscrossed with water and land, canals, arroyos, drawn with verdant checkerboard rice fields whose rice is reputed to be the most fragrant in the country. This generous land is home to abundant fruit gardens, fish farming and shrimp farms developing there, and all this together contributes to saying that the Mekong Delta is the “rice bowl of Vietnam.”
Floating markets on the Mekong
The floating markets of the Mekong are an immersion in the lively world of river trade where huge barges collapsing under the weight of fruits and vegetables trade daily and crisscross it tirelessly.
Aquatic wandering by slaloming in the canals reveals the richness of the land with the abundant fruit gardens of a verdant universe. Small stops for fruit tasting, visits to coconut workshops, or small brick or rice cake factories.
Cruises under the stars of the Mekong Delta
For a cruise for two, with family or friends, very pretty teak wood boats with a dozen bedrooms invite you to spend a romantic night on board and glide nonchalantly to discover the activity of the Mekong and the people who live along the river.
The big boats of the wholesalers of this river market of Cai Be are each specialized in the sale of a species of fruit or vegetable and use a long wooden pole on which their product is hung.
The scenery of hundreds of boats coming to stock up is a sight not to be missed.
Things to do in Cai Be Market:
Impressive floating halls where hundreds of loaded and colorful boats, overflowing with fruits and vegetables, gather every day.
Things to do in Cai Rang floating market:
Phung Hiep floating market 30 km from Can Tho.
The impressive and colorful spectacle of rowing boats loaded with fruits and vegetables are the original hallmark of this floating market. They also sell snakes and turtles.
In Soc Trang, you will approach the Khmer culture with its very beautiful Khmer temples.
Things to do in Phung Hiep Floating Market:
The Tra Su Cajeput Forest, also called “the bird park” is a forest immersed in water over more than 850 hectares. It is a unique and magical getaway in the Mekong Delta.
Thousands of cajeputs were replanted there after the Vietnam War and today, it offers magnificent landscapes for lovers of calm and birdwatching enthusiasts.
Nothing better to reconnect with nature, in an incomparable calm, in the heart of a totally green environment.
The waters of the mangrove are completely covered with green vegetation “green lentils” and look like a huge lawn bed.
Things to do in Cajeput forest in An Giang:
Located 85 km from Saigon, Ben Tre, the land of coconut trees is in the heart of the Mekong Delta.
Known for its scenic rivers, coconut trees, and agricultural products.
Things to do in Ben Tre:
160 km from Saigon, and located in the heart of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta, renowned for the beauty of the site and the hospitality of the inhabitants.
Things to do in Can Tho:
130 km from Saigon, in the heart of the Mekong Delta, so famous as a region of flowers. The many canals that surround it make this charming town a real little “Venice”.
Things to do in Sa Dec:
Situated on the Hau River, which is a tributary of the Mekong River. Known for its diverse population of ethnic Vietnamese, Cham, Khmer, and Chinese people.
Things to do in Chau Doc:
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It is much warmer there, all year round. Alternation of the rainy period and the dry period:
The best time to travel to the Mekong Delta is in the dry season.
If you have 1 day to visit Mekong Delta
If you have 2 days to visit Mekong Delta
Day 1: Saigon – Ben Tre – Can Tho
Day 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Saigon
If you have 3 days to visit the Mekong Delta
Day 1: Saigon – Ben Tre – Can Tho
Same as day 1 of option 2
Day 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Chau Doc
Same as day 2 of option 2
Day 3: Chau Doc – Tra Su Forest – Saigon
The Island Lodge is located in My Tho, Tien Giang. Built on the banks of the ocher river, at the end of a winding road between cassava plantations, longan trees and betel palms, the latter respects the style of the native buildings.
Close to Can Tho town, the Victoria Can Tho Resort is a tranquil retreat on the banks of the Hau River, amidst beautiful gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.
A peaceful retreat located on green Con Au, a secluded island on the Hau River in the Mekong Delta with 60 rooms and 5 pool villas accessible only by boat.
Azerai Can Tho offers seclusion and privacy on campus surrounded by plenty of green space and centuries-old banyan trees. 2.5 hours drive from Saigon, the resort is located in the heart of Can Tho city, just a few minutes drive away.