Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the mighty Mekong River. Its inhabitants – stereotyped as friendly and easygoing – have long toiled on the life-sustaining river, with their labours marked by the same cycles governing the waterways.
The delta, which yields enough rice to feed the country with a sizable surplus, was formed by sediment deposited by the Mekong. The process continues today, with silt deposits extending the shoreline by as much as 80m per year. The river is so large that it has two daily tides. Lush with rice paddies and fish farms, this delta plain also nourishes the cultivation of sugarcane, fruit, coconut and shrimp. Although the area is primarily rural, it is one of the most densely populated regions in Vietnam and nearly every hectare is intensively farmed.
Day 1: SAIGON – BEN TRE - CAN THO
Depart for Ben Tre, in the Mekong Delta. We will take a boat ride on the Tien Giang River, a branch of the Mekong River, navigating amidst the lush vegetation. After lunch we will transfer by road to Can Tho, the biggest city in the Mekong Delta. Dinner and overnight in Can Tho.
Day 2: CAN THO – SAIGON
The early morning will be devoted to walking along the Hau Giang, the branch of the Mekong River, and visiting the floating markets of Cai Rang and Phong Dien, the famous floating markets. All the goods are transported to the market by rafts and boats. You will have excellent image as all manner of produce traded from ships, communication with local, enjoy fresh fruit. Transfer to the airport in Saigon for your departing flight or to downtown. End of our services.
Have a good journey!