Chào mừng Wanderlusters! Vietnam is a treasure of amazing places to see and great experiences to have and one such breathtakingly beautiful place that you cannot leave out of your Vietnam itinerary is Mekong Delta.
If you are all set to embark on a journey through the mystical lands of Vietnam, Mekong Delta is the place for you. Open your imagination’s eye and imagine swift waters intertwining together, along the lines of waters, the lush and verdant rice fields that go as far as the horizon does, floating markets on colorful boats around you if you feel like buying something and just pure bliss.
That is the Mekong Delta for you. Here, you get to experience nature like nowhere else. It’s like it’s playing a song of sounds and visions for you only you can hear and enjoy.
Let’s put on the iconic conical hat and dive into a burst of quirky and captivating things to do in Mekong Delta as we take you through the top things to do on your tour to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City.
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Why The Mekong Delta?
When people talk about Vietnam, the Mekong Delta isn’t usually what you think of immediately. And you might question what is so special about it, but believe you us, this place is a treasure chest of unique experiences and off the trodden path locations that will make your trip absolutely unforgettable. From adrenaline-pumping river cruises to soul-soothing sunset strolls, the Mekong Delta has it all.
And do not even get us started on the food. We suggest you prepare your taste buds and palette well, because they sure will not see it coming. The Mekong Delta offers such a unique explosion of flavors that you want another bowl, another plate, no matter what.
Whether it is slurping on a steaming bowl of hu tiu (a local noodle soup) while sitting on a tiny plastic stool by the roadside or nibbling on the succulent fruits, the flavors here will definitely leave you wanting more.
If relaxation is what you are after, do not worry, because that is also something you can indulge in here. When in Vietnam, you can do as the Vietnamese do. You can try immersing yourself in their way of life.
Are you a fishing kind of person? If yes, then this place will be the best for you. You can learn traditional fishing techniques, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try your hand (quite literally) at catching a fish with your bare hands.
How To Get To The Mekong Delta From Ho Chi Minh City
There are many ways for you to get to the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City and here are the options you can choose from:
Bus: You can take a bus from the Mien Tay Bus Station (also known as the Western Bus Station) and Ben Xe Mien Dong (Eastern Bus Station).
Cab/Taxi: You can book a private cab or taxi or hire a driver to take you there.
Boat: This is the most scenic way to get to the Mekong Delta. You can book a cruise or take a normal boat ride.
By Motorbikes: You can take a motorbike and go for a ride as the National Route 1A to the south heads directly towards the Mekong Delta.
Best Things To Do On Your Tour To The Mekong Delta
Now that we’ve told you how to get to Mekong Delta and convinced you why you have got to give it a chance and for those of you who do not need convincing, without wasting any more words, let’s swim through a quick list of the best things to do in the Mekong Delta.
It’s River Cruising Time
If you are a lover of boats and ropes and all that is sailorish, you will definitely have a fun time river cruising at the Mekong Delta.
The cool river-swept breeze in your hair, the sun smiling gently at you, and the harmonious sound of water as you cruise along the mighty Mekong River, this is what your cruise experience would feel like.
All you have to do is hop onto a traditional wooden boat and let the water flow take you through the labyrinthine network of canals, also known as “The Venice of Vietnam.” Keep on the lookout for lush green rice paddies, water coconut groves, and stilt houses along the riverbanks.
Shop At The Floating Markets
Imagine shopping but on markets that float! Yes, you read that right. At the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, you will have quite an experience. The chaotic floating markets are the perfect blend of hustle and bustle along with the true spirit of Vietnam.
Cai Be, Cai Rang, and Phung Hiep are a few of the most famous floating markets where local vendors on their boats come together to sell a variety of fresh produce and local specialties.
From succulent, colorful fruits and vegetables to steaming bowls of pho (because, of course), you’ll find yourself amidst a celebration of life where people of Vietnam trade.
Get Ready For Some Fruity Fun
If fruit is your kind of fun, then read on. The Mekong Delta is a haven for tropical fruit lovers. You can prepare yourself to devour some of the most exotic fruit delights like dragon fruit, mangosteen, rambutan, and durian (also known as the “king of fruits”).
You can hop on a bicycle, race through orchards of fruits and fill your baskets with the fruit you’ve picked yourself. And if you are still not satiated with all the fruity fun you can even do a fruit tasting.
Test Your Balance on The Monkey Bridges
Hold onto your conical hats (or helmets) because this experience will test your balancing skills. The monkey bridges that crisscross the Mekong Delta are quite famous and these seemingly treacherous bamboo structures are almost half the reason why people love to come to the Mekong Delta.
So all you have to do is take a deep breath, summon your inner balance master and make your way across these thrilling bridges. Quick tip: do not forget to click amazing pictures.
Breathe In The Tra Su Cajuput Forest
If you’re tired of all the exhilaration, you should head to the Tra Su Cajuput Forest. It offers a tranquil haven for all the nature nerds and people who like to watch birds. Get on a sampan boat and glide through the emerald-green waterways, adorned with tall cajuput trees.
Do not forget to keep your eyes glued to your surroundings and you might even find egrets, herons, and other exotic bird species.
Definitely remember to bring along your cameras and have fun photographing the natural beauty of the place as the mirror-like reflections on the water create stunning visual compositions.
Get Ready For The Explosion of Flavors
Like we said early on, the Mekong Delta is one of the most renowned places for its unique and flavorful dishes. And now you can indulge in all the place has to offer. The place has some of the most mouthwatering local delicacies on display.
They include, “banh xeo” (a Vietnamese savory pancake), “hu tiu” (a rice noodle soup), and “ca kho to” (a type of caramelized fish in a clay pot). You must remember to pair your meals with the local specialty, “nuoc mam” (fish sauce), which immediately adds a savory and tangy twist to every bite.
Also Read: Top 10 Noodle Dishes From Around The World!
Explore The Vibrant City of Can Tho
You simply cannot leave the Mekong Delta without exploring the exuberant city of Can Tho. You can spend time wandering through the bustling streets of the city, visiting the enchanting Ninh Kieu Wharf, and experiencing the exquisite charm of the Old Market.
And of course, the stunning sunset over the Hau River. An experience you will cherish forever, because it is something straight out of a postcard painting.
The nightlife of Can Tho is also quite lively with street performances making the streets come alive, entrancing live music, and plenty of local food to keep you going.
So that was it Wanderlusters. Now you have a full blown list of the magical places that you can visit in the Mekong Delta to add to your itineraries.
So pack your sense of adventure and your trusty mosquito repellent, and let the Mekong Delta work its irresistible charm on you. You never know, your experience at the here might just become your favorite story to tell.
Some FAQs For You
You will definitely want to catch the dry season whenever you wish to visit the Mekong Delta. Hence, the best months to visit the Mekong Delta are November and February.
Oh, you most certainly can take a dip in the Mekong Delta. Just make sure you bring your swimwear and floaties. Also, beware of crocodiles while doing so. They are generally tame but it is advisable to be on the lookout for them.
There is a lot you can buy at the markets of the Mekong Delta, be it for souvenirs or gifts. Conical hats, spices, traditional local handicrafts, colorful scarves and showpieces from the floating markets, the list goes on.
Yes you most certainly can live in the Mekong Delta region. There are many homestays and other places you can choose from for your stay.
Light clothing with hats is advisable and of course, do not forget sunscreen.