BRIEF INTRODUCTION:

 

Southern Vietnam covers the Mekong Delta, the extreme southern end of the Mekong river. As all deltas, it receives the bounty of the siltation from the upper Mekong, and as such is a very rich and lush area, covered with rice fields. It produces about half of the total of Vietnam's agricultural output, and is the place for timeless sceneries of farmers planting or harvesting rice.

 

The Mekong splits in Cambodia into two main rivers, then to Vietnam they are named: the Lower river (Hậu Giang) and the Upper river (Tiền Giang), splitted into a more complex system, creating a maze of small canals, rivers and arroyos interspersed with villages and floating markets. Life here revolves much around the river, and all the villages are often accessible by river as well as by road.

 

Can Tho is the capital of a province of the same name and is located in the very heart of the Mekong Delta. The largest city in the region with boulevards and an elegant waterfront which connects it to the rest of the Mekong Delta via a system of rivers and canals. A boat trip along these canals is the highlight of a trip with a visit to the nearby floating market (in Cai Be or Can Tho) early in the morning.

 

If you are guided by an able guide, you will certainly enjoy your stay in Mekong Delta.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

- Area: 39,000 sq km

- Population: 18 mil (13 provinces)

- Aver. annual temp. | humid.: 27C or 81F | 82%

 

Places of interest:

- Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho)

- Cai Lay eco-biking

- Cai Be province (home-stay available)

- My Tho province

- Ben Tre provice

- Chau Doc province (home-stay available)

- Vinh Long province (home-stay available)