The Mekong Delta in south-east Vietnam is one of the world’s greatest river regions. It is the twelfth longest river in the world and the seventh longest river in Asia. The delta is a hive of activity and serves as an important transport and agricultural hub. Know as the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’, it has lush rice paddy fields and colourful fruit orchids, enchanting villages and floating markets. More than half of Vietnam’s need for rice and fish is supplied by the Mekong. Life thrives on the delta which is the habitat of hundreds of species of animals and fish.
Maintaining a very traditional life, the locals have adapted well to the life on the water, travelling, fishing, trading and even eating on their boats. The Mekong means ‘mother of waters’ in Lao. The water here in the Mekong has been considered holy as the river starts from the Himalayas and passes through China, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia before reaching Vietnam.
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Just of a short distance from the delta region, you’ll find an island with beautiful white sand beaches. Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, it has a total area of 574 square kilometres and approximately 103,000 people living in that area. This island is known for fishing, agriculture and rapidly-growing tourism sector. When you visit Phu Quoc, don’t forget to try their popular fish sauce and black pepper. This island attracts a lot of tourists as one may experience many exciting activities such as snorkelling, deep sea diving, Night Squid fishing, Private boat tours, Visiting bee farm, Jeep tour, Safari and many more. One can also visit the Phu Quoc National Park, which is considered to be the most valuable place in Phu Quoc.
Vinh Trang Temple
It is a Buddhist temple near My Tho in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Originally built in 1850, it has been through colonial wars, neglect and tropical storms. There is a giant Buddha statue tower over the beautiful grounds of this peaceful temple. The beautiful structure features a mix of Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian architectural styles. The giant Buddha statue and the beautiful garden has made this place a major tourist attraction in Southern Vietnam.
Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market is located just 6 kilometres from Can Tho. You can tell what each trader is selling by what's tied to the long pole of the boat. This floating market is the biggest and most popular market in the Mekong Delta region. The exciting 30-minute boat ride from My Tho can easily take you to the Cai Rang Floating market. This famous market situated on the Cai Rang River, which was originally formed to meet the trading needs of the people. The trading atmosphere at the market is found to be amusing to the tourists. This market is known for having a wide range of collection of local products and delicious food such as Pho, Hu Tieu, Com Tam, bun rieu and many more. Although the market is open all day, it is advised to go early in the morning when the sun is not too harsh and the weather is cool.
Tram Chim National Park
Tram Chim National Park is the home for several rare birds, especially the Sarud Crane. This 7000 hectares park was created in 1985 to protect over 230 different species of birds. The visitors get the see various birds by boat. One can choose among the three routes offered by the park. Each trip is accompanied by a driver and a guide.
Tra Su Cajuput Forest
Tra Su Cajuput Forest is known as the Green Wonderland in Vietnam. With a very rich ecological system, the forest offers marvellous beauty of immense wetland, emerald green duckweed carpet and dense cajuput forest. The best time to visit Tra Su Cajuput Forest is from July to December when water covers the entire forest, enabling boats to ride around it. While riding on the boat, you will be lost in a green paradise with cool and fresh atmosphere with the bird’s twitters. It is home to 140 species of plants, more than 120 species of water birds, bats, reptiles, animals, fish, including rare and endangered species.
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