Mekong River Delta
Area: 40,576.0 sq. km.
Population: 17,590.4 thousand habitants (2015).
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Khmer, Hoa, Cham.
Cai Rang Floating Market (Can Tho Province)
Provinces: An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Ca Mau, Can Tho City, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long.
The Mekong River Delta is a particularly important economic - cultural region of the South.
The Mekong River Delta has a great advantage in rice farming, fruit tree planting and tourism development. It is known as the largest granary of Viet Nam. The region boasts several significant national tourist destinations, creating favorable condition to develop various types of ecotourism, cultural tourism, cruise tourism, sea and island tourism…
NATURAL AND ECOTOURISM
Fertile alluvium of Mekong River with 2 main branches of Tien River and Hau River, the canal system along with forests and sea - islands create diversified ecosystem and unique landscapes for Mekong River Delta. The region has national parks, bird sanctuaries with countless species of rare and valuable birds, animals and plants such as Tram Chim National Park, Thap Muoi Stork Sanctuary (Dong Thap); Phu Quoc National Park (Kien Giang); Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary (Ben Tre); Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary (Bac Lieu); U Minh Thuong and U Minh Ha National Park, Nam Can Mangrove Forest, bird sanctuaries of Cha La, Dam Doi, Ngoc Hien (Ca Mau)... The Mekong River Delta also attracts visitors by lots of colorful flower gardens and immense orchards such as Sa Dec Flower Village (Dong Thap), Thanh Tam Flower Village (Long An), Cai Mon Fruit Village (Ben Tre)…
The bustling floating market days in the early morning such as Cai Rang (Can Tho), Phung Hiep (Hau Giang), Cai Be (Tien Giang), Nga Nam (Soc Trang) ... or islets with sunny all year round such as Phung Islet, Oc Islet, Tien Islet (Ben Tre), My Phuoc Islet (Soc Trang); Thoi Son Islet (Tien Giang)… are also distinctive beauty of the Mekong River Delta.
In addition, the traditional folk festivals with unique cultural identity such as Ba Chua Xu, Ook om bok, Ngo boat race, Bay Nui cow race... and gentleness and hospitality Southern people are also interesting tourism products for tourists.
To the Mekong River Delta, visitors can enjoy folk art forms including cai luong, tones of ly, ho or traditional songs and dances of Khmer people. In particular, the Mekong River Delta’s provinces also preserve and develop art of Don ca tai tu music and song – Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity recognized by UNESCO.
Boats are the main transportation vehicles of local people in daily life in the Mekong Delta. A boat trip is definitely worthwhile, for the incredible experience of awakening in the early morning to contemplate floating markets and peaceful villages in this region. Cruise along the Mekong River and its small canals and estuaries, visitors can enjoy the unique cultural experience and the idyllic scenery; taste local specialties such as fresh coconuts, seasonal fruits, natural honey, honey wine, coconut candy and learn how it is made…
Visit the Mekong River Delta to experience types of eco-tourism, culture tourism and wallow in green fruit gardens. The Mekong River Delta willingly welcomes visitors to enjoy and explore.