To escape the hustle and bustle of urban cities’ life and to seek for tranquility, the Mekong Delta is such an ideal place. 

This delta is well-known as a rice bowl of Vietnam, which contributes the biggest part in making it in the top 5th world rice exporters. 

Dominated by the lowest tributaries of the mighty Mekong, this land is a water world, comprised of low-lying paddies and rivers bordered by dense mangroves and palms, and famous for many early-morning floating markets. 

The Mekong provides a great chance to observe and learn about Vietnamese tradition and local life thru rural daily routine. 

With an immense, interlacing network of channels and canals, boat trips will offer passengers a real insight into the local's life on water. 

Due to flat topography from Saigon, you will hardly find excursions to towering mountains like those in the North, though the Mekong delta trips to Vinh Long, Can Tho, Sa Dec, Tra Vinh and especially the night in Chau Doc before crossing over to Cambodia will be memorable experiences with numerous activities in each destination. 

If you are able to book early, let get a deluxe river-cruise linking Saigon and Phnompenh which will be another great selection for high-class relaxation and enjoyment.


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  1. Food & Drink
  2. Travel Guide
  3. Activities
  4. Recommended Tours

1. Food & Drink

The region of Mekong Delta appeals to both domestic and international tourists with its impressive cuisine that reflects its culinary culture. Tourists can enjoy countless opportunities to try the simple but irresistible local cuisines for a once in a lifetime experience.

Each dish embraces the unique generosity in the region’s nature as well as its inhabitants, who give their dishes a defining characteristic as well as a soul.

Cuisine in this region is prepared from home-grown products, following a cooking style generally described as “wild and generous”.

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits come in the best shape and fragrance during the months from June to September.

The most joyful way to taste the lush and ripe tropical fruits is to take a trip to the orchards along the Mekong river, let yourself be guided through the rich home-grown fruit heaven, pick your favorite fruits and taste them on-site.

Some famous fruit orchards are Cai Be and Vinh Kim Orchard (Tien Giang Province), Cai Mon Orchard (Ben Tre Province), and Vinh Long Orchard.


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Elephant’s Ear Fish

Elephant’s Ear fish is another regional specialty of the Mekong River Delta.

The fish is served hot and upright on the table with its scales and fins on. The fish is tender inside but crispy outside.

Take a piece of fish together with salad, cucumber, herbs, starfruits, green banana slices and rice noodles, wrap them up neatly using rice paper, dip it in the fish sauce and enjoy!


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Coconut candy

Coconut candy is a nationwide famous specialty originating from Ben Tre Province.

It is made from coconut milk and cream, extracted from fresh coconut flesh.

The candy is wrapped by edible rice paper before being coated with another oiled layer, in order to prevent the candy from sticking to the wrapping.

Ben Tre coconut candy is sold across the country and exported to many parts of the world too.


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2. Travel Guide

The Mekong Delta region consists of 13 provinces, including Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, An Giang, Dong Thap and Hau Giang.

The region has been widely known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam thanks to its lush green rice fields and large Mekong River, where bountiful harvests of dozens of millions of tons of rice are produced every year.

It is strongly characterized by its lifestyle afloat a tightly linked network of rivers, canals and streams.


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3. Activities

Stay at least one night at a town in Mekong delta to catch the morning floating market, take biking tour or a rowing boat for a day trip to the fruit and flower garden.


Overland to quiet corner of Mekong Dealta at Sa Dec or Tra Vinh, staying at eco homestay. Enjoying rural life with coconut farm, flower garden.


Discover the Delta by rowing boat, stop at wetland national park for bird watching.


Deluxe river cruising from Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Cambodia downstream to Saigon.


Visit to the Cham muslim village in Chau Doc, then historical house of Marguerite Duras, the famous French novelist.

4. Recommended Tours

Ho Chi Minh City/Ben Tre Cruising One Day


Ho Chi Minh City/Ben Tre/My Tho Biking one day


Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long Explore 1 day


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