As the Mekong River heads towards the South China Sea in Vietnam, it splits into nine smaller rivers and innumerable streams that form the huge, fertile region known as the Mekong Delta, and often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. This is one of the most agriculturally productive areas in Southeast Asia, growing enough rice in its endless lush green paddy fields to feed the whole of Vietnam as well as producing a wide variety of fruit and fish.
- Learn the local culture and traditions in the nearby villages
- Explore the off the beaten track areas of the Mekong by bike
- Hire a quirky sampan for a private overnight cruise
- Visit the floating markets & villages
This whole region is a lush, gleaming water world of streams and canals where bustling floating markets just outside Can Tho are a daily focus for people to buy and sell their goods. A boat ride through the markets and canals to experience the incredible diversity of river life or a bike through through the paddy fields are a real highlight.
For those with a little more time available, a week long cruise up the mighty Mekong River, one of Asia’s most exciting and enigmatic rivers, offers a fascinating insight into the very different, but inextricably linked rural communities of Vietnam and Cambodia. This is a world of floating markets, canals, floating villages, catfish farms, Cham communities and the stilted ‘waterworld’ of Kampong Chhnang.
Lazy days can be spent watching the world go by as you cruise upstream from the bustling Vietnamese delta into Cambodia, culminating with the great Khmer Temple of Angkor. Daily land-based excursions offer an intriguing diversion as you explore some of the more remote villages and other highlights in this extraordinary region, whilst enjoying all the comforts of a thoroughly comfortable boat.