“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.
The uniquely southern charm with its welcoming introduction to life along the river is the real draw, and visitors can explore quaint riverside towns, sample fruits bartered in the colourful floating markets or dine on home-cooked delicacies before overnighting as a homestay guest. Other highlights include visits to local orchards, flower markets and fish farms. There are also bird sanctuaries, rustic beach getaways like Hon Chong and impressive Khmer pagodas in the regions around Soc Trang and Tra Vinh.
Those seeking an idyllic retreat will find it in Phu Quoc, a forested island dotted with pretty beaches, freshwater springs and empty dirt roads (ideal for motorbike adventures). Good diving and white-sand beauty have led to its growing popularity, with a mix of cheap bungalows and five-star resorts along an uncrowded coastline.” lonely planet
MOTORBIKE TOUR THROUGH THE MEKONG
Visit the Mekong Delta to understand why it’s called the rice stock of Vietnam, why a sampan tied to a coconut tree can evoke nostalgic. There you will find the simplest people, who would not care much about the luxury life of the city. Just walk idly in My Tho or Vinh Long or Can Tho and discover daily life of the Vietnamese on the river and arroyos, taste the sweet and fresh coconut juice and smell the particular fragrance of the rice paddies. Further down to Soc Trang, the mysterious Khmer culture is hidden behind the gate of Hinayana temples. The Mekong River with its intertwined branches will lead you from one surprise to another. The hospitality of the people is the most impressing. They welcome you like relatives coming home. Mekong delta is not also the biggest fruit gardens of Vietnam. Food here tastes different from other places. Beside the common food the local dishes also comprise of snakes, tortoises, bats, eels…
we can pick you up at Ho Chi Minh city, or down to the region from Central Highland. feel free to take a look on our tour list or contact directly to us for more information.
NOTE: These are just examples tours throughout the trail you can pick and choose your destination once you arrive in Vietnam, or arrange them with us prior to your trip. Feel free to discuss it with FRG. We will be happy to provide you with further information about places you would like to visit, or we can provide you the our email contact before leaving home, so that you can discuss your route and options. Once you book the tours with FRG, we will free pick you up wherever you are in Vietnam.