Mekong Delta is one of the most attrative destinations in Vietnam. This region is well-known for its rich culture and amazing cuisine. Below is some useful tips for you when traveling there.
How to get there
From Ho Chi Minh City driving is both tourist and local buses to Ben Tre, My Tho and Can Tho. A bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre takes four hours and costs VND 69,000 (around $3). 2 main bus stations in Ho Chi Minh City are Mien Dong Bus Station and Mien Tay Bus Station. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can also make it easy on yourself book a complete 2- to 5-day Mekong Delta Tour, where everything for you is regulated.
From Cambodia, it is easy to travel from Kampot to Ha Tien in Kien Giang Province. Besides, bus connection between Phnom Penh and Can Tho are now available.
It is quite easy and convenient to travel from Cambodia to Mekong Delta by waterway. Several daily boats are available, connecting Phnom Penh and Chau Doc in An Giang Province, from slow boats to fast boats. Visa (e-visa is not accepted) can be obtained at the border, boat crew will handle the entry process. A journey on a slow boat can take up to 10 hours while the fast boat takes around 5 hours. Fast boats by Hang Chau Boat Company leave 7.30 every morning from International Phnom Penh Port at Sisowath Quay. Going by waterway is absolutely a perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Mekong River.
Mekong Delta is not only a perfect place for sightseeing, experiencing the unique and authentic culture but also a great destination for shopping.
Talking to Mekong Delta, the first image appearing is crowded and bustling floating markets. Floating markets are very popular in Mekong Delta, among which Cai Be, Cai Rang, Phong Dien and Ninh Kieu are the biggest and most outstanding ones.
Other shopping locations
– Chau Doc Covered Market: Bach Dang Street, Chau Doc Town, An Giang Province
– Phu Quoc Pearl Farm: Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province
– Ngoc Hien Pearl Private Enterprice: Duong Bao Street, Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province
– My Tho Central Market: corner of Trung Trac and Nguyen Hue streets, My Tho Town, Tien Giang Province
– Central Market In Can Tho town: Between A1 and A2 streets (Near Dona Hotel In Tran Phu Street)
– Co-Op Mart Ben Tre: 26A Tran Quoc Tuan Street, Ben Tre City, Ben Tre Province
– Viet Artisans: An Binh Island, Long Ho District, Vinh Long Province
For those who are looking to get a taste of the local culture, cuisine in the Mekong can be quite interesting. Local favorites include:
– Tropical fruits: Mekong Delta is not only famous with rice but also tropical fruits as the majority of Vietnam’s fruits come from the many orchards of the Mekong Delta. Visitors can enjoy the seasonal fruits all round year. The real treat is the price of fruit here. Some suggestions for visiting Mekong Delta fruit orchards: Phong Dien orchards (Can Tho), Cai Be (Tien Giang), Tan Quy (Tra Vinh), Tam Binh (Vinh Long), Cho Lach (Ben Tre) with the famous brands of fruits like Vinh Kim star apples, tangerine Cai Be, Vinh Long grapefruit, Cai Mon durian, Hoa Loc mangoes, Hau Giang oranges… The region offers some of the world’s most interesting eco-tour of rice paddies, fruit orchards, flower growers, and riverbeds. Taking tours in this area supports the local economy and encourages responsible environmental stewardship.
Elephant’s Ear Fish: You’ll find Elephant’s Ear Fish as a speciality dish in the Mekong Delta. So-called because of its appearance, the lightly fried, crispy fish is served upright, with its scales and teeth still attached and a flower in its mouth. You assemble a spring roll yourself with the fish meat and herbs.
Bun Rieu: Again, this dish can be found throughout Vietnam, and in some variation in neighboring countries. However, in the Delta this dish is served with a wider range of choices than usual. Choose from soft shell crabs, prawns, fish and the ubiquitous blood pudding. Combined with the freshest vegetables you’ll ever find and it’s a mouth watering surprise.
In general, the Mekong Delta is truly a unique experience, unlike anywhere in Vietnam. One of the most attractive features of the Mekong is the local hospitality. Whether you want to come and discover a charming river town or enjoy the most fascinating landscapes in Vietnam, the Mekong Delta will never make you disappointed. A camera is a must in your pre-departure list when travelling to this land.
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