Mekong Delta The Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. Boats are the main means of transportation, and tours of the region often start in nearby Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) or Can Tho, a bustling town in the heart of the delta. An unforgettable trip of seeing the Mekong Delta is to take a boat trip along Mekong River, you will pass swamplands, paddy fields, water buffaloes, tangled fruit orchards, and excited, waving children. In the delta’s town, the river remains the central focus of life, ferrying travellers and goods to market and linking the delta with the world beyond. To explore the the life of local people in Mekong Delta you take a few days in Cai Be, the floating market in Can Tho, and the hillside pagodas of Chau Doc. A visit to the Mekong Delta is so memorable because of the region’s diversity. Everyday scenes include children riding on the backs of water buffalo or cycling to school through country lanes, rice workers stooping in a sea of emerald, market vendors grinning behind stacks of fruit.
- The winding waterways of the Mekong Delta make land travel difficult. To overcome this problem, the area has become a hotbed for floating markets. Cai Rang is one of the most famous and best floating markets in the area.
- The Delta is thought to be the ancient capital of the Funan Empire – a multi-ethnic empire that dominated the area from the first to the sixth centuries. After the fall of the Funan Empire the area was much influenced by the Chinese and Khmer Empires.
- The weather in the region is marked by two major seasons: rainy and sunny. The temperature in both seasons is generally comfortable, though some months are considered more comfortable for traveling.
- The rainy season begins in May and continues through most of November.
- From December until the end of April, Vietnam gets a break from all the rain. During this season, while occasional rains still occur, you can expect clearer blue skies, brilliant green landscapes, and lower levels of humidity.
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From December until the end of April, Vietnam gets a break from all the rain. During this season, while occasional rains still occur, you can expect clearer blue skies, brilliant green landscapes, and lower levels of humidity.
This season is excellent for outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, and experiencing the local culture. On nice days local musicians will often sit outside and play their instruments. If you are feeling adventurous you can try walking between the villages or simply take a relaxing boat ride in the shade of the trees.