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 – VINH LONG – CAN THO (200 km)
Depart for Vinh Long, in the Mekong Delta. There we will board a boat to take us for a ride on a major branch of the Mekong River. Visit the Cai Be floating market. We will stop on a small island to visit a shop that produces rice cakes and sweets made with coconut milk. Our boat ride will continue along small tributaries of the river that are sheltered by lush vegetation. An exotic lunch featuring a fish called “elephant ears” will be served in a park planted with tropical fruit trees, which will be followed by a dessert of local tropical fruits. After lunch we will travel by road to Can Tho, the biggest city in the Mekong Delta (35 km). Dinner and overnight in Can Tho.
Day 2: CAN THO – SAIGON
Wake up early for a ride on the another branch of the Mekong River, the Hau Giang. Visit the Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most well-known in the delta. Transfer to the airport in Saigon for your departing flight or to downtown. End of our services.
Have a good journey!