Mekong Delta in Vietnam – A travel guide to Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta Vietnam is a fertile land of Southwestern Vietnam. It is renowned as waterway instead of roadway because many villages of the delta are developed based on rivers. The distance is almost 200km from Ho Chi Minh city and there are many types of transportation which you can reach Mekong Delta. You can choose travel by boat, bus, motorbike, private car or join a tour from a tourism agent. It depends on your travel conditions, you can choose the suitable vehicle to visit Mekong delta. Coming to the delta, there are many attractions you definitely will not miss out some activities such as visit floating markets, explore traditional villages and enjoy dedicated cuisines. In this article, we are sharing travel information and tips about this special destination of South region Vietnam.

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1. Mekong Delta location in Vietnam

Mekong Delta lies on the west of Ho Chi Minh city which is also called Saigon by locals. The total area is more than 40,000 km and it makes Mekong delta become one of the most important agricultural regions in Vietnam. In addition, Mekong Delta is especially located adjacent to the Southeast region, to the North is Cambodia, to the Southwest is the Gulf of Thailand, and to the Southeast is the East Sea.

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Mekong Delta consists 12 provinces and one city such as Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Dong Thap, An Giang, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau. Thanks to the beautiful and harmony landscapes of this place have attracted many tourists come to explore daily.

 2. Mekong delta weather

The weather in Mekong Dekta region is humidity throughout the year. It devides clearly in two seasons which are dry and wet. The wet season will start from May to October, and the dry season lasts from November to April. Sometimes, the thunders, floods and storms also hit the province during wet season, it heavily effect to the life of locals as the marjority works belong to agriculture. You might check weather forecast carefully before your trip to avoid wet season in the delta.

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3. What to do at Mekong Delta

Visit Cai Rang Floating Market

Experience the floating markets at Mekong Delta is a memorable experince to many travelers. You should wake up early to discover special activities of selling and exchange goods in early morning at Cai Rang floating market. Diverse items are selled such as tropical fruits, handicrafts souvenirs, necessities, food, drinks, coffee…. With the friendliness and warm welcome by locals, you will feel like home when you enter this attraction. The bustling floating market will send you a positive energy to start the day freshly.

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Explore local villages by bike

One of our recommended activity is riding a bicycle around all villages in Mekong Delta. You will enjoy the peace and quite almostphere. In addition, you can stop anywhere on the route to capture wonderful photographs. The diverse culture of different ethic people who live in the villages will share you interesting customs and cultures. There are some ethnic people such as Khmer, Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese. Each community has their own customs and stories, you can interact with locals by the traditional crafts and agricultural techniques. Locals barely speak English so you might need a local guide to lead you or communicate via translation digital apps.

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Enjoy local gastronomy

Traveling won’t complete without trying dedicated local cuisines. With the diverse ethnic groups in Southwest region, Mekong delta has provided many specialties to travelers. The foods of this region usually add sugar and ofen using coconut milk. Therefore, the taste always sweet in most of cuisines.


Different provinces in Mekong delta have their own cuisines such as Long An has Can Giuoc sausage, Tien Giang jass shrimp paste, Long Thuan has grapefruit oil, Ben Tre has cononut products (coconut candy, coconut jam, coconut wine, coconut mask, etc…). In addition, Vinh Long is famous for Nam Roi grapefruit, tomato jam,etc…Dong Thap with lotus wine, puffs, banana jam, Lai Vang spring rolls, dragon fruit jam, lotus heart and lotus seeds, …etc….

Visit Mekong Delta Fruit Orchards

Beside being famous or popular with rice paddies, Mekong Delta is a promiment destination with many fruits. There are 4 fruit gardens that welcome many tourists daily and each garden has their own fruits for tourists discover. All tropical fruits are delicious and exciting for visitors discover. Coming here, you will have many opportunities to try different type of fruits such as rambutan, mango, durian, logan, guava, orange, plum, etc…

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Our tip is having a compassionate local guide to share you all travel advices in Mekong delta. You won’t be disappointed with his/her guidance in Mekong region especially learning all different type of fruits from Southeast Vietnam.

Discover Sam Mountain in Chau Doc Town

Another exciting activity is enjoying the fresh and quite atmosphere of Sam Mountain in Chau Doc town. The beautiful of green lush mountain scenery will attract your travel passionately. From the top of Sam mountain, you will emerge yourself with panorama view on the entire area of Chau Doc town. The charming of the town creates unique experiences to many travelers from domestically to internationally. The region nowadays become famous to visitor’s discovery.


Explore Tan Lap village

Being nominated one of 10 top most popular eco-tourism in Vietnam, Tan Lap village has attracted dozens of tourists come and discover daily. Its is about 110km away from Ho Chi Minh city. Visiting this floating village you will be immersed in the unique nature of the Southern Vietnam River.


Coming to Tan Lap village, you can go to the road with longest cement construction through the cajeput forest in Vietnam. The diverse of eco-tourism at this place will attract your exploration to nature landscapes interestingly.

Visit Tra Su Mangrove Forest

Another attraction of eco-tourism is Tra Su Mangrove forest, you will be acttracted by the biodiversity of this place. With the lush greenery, Tra Su Cajuput Forest has captivated many nature travel moods of worldwide visitors. Explore the tranquil waterways, majestic cajuput trees and abundant wildelife that make this forest special.


Tra Su Mangrove promise to be a tempting destination in Mekong Delta to everyone with the beauty of natural scenery. It serves as a testament of Vietnam’s commitment to preserving the pristine forests and showing casing the breathtaking landscapes that define the country’s  natural heritage.

Explore Ninh Kieu Wharf at night

Ninh Kieu wharf is located on the right side where the middle of the junction with Hau river and Can Tho city. It is the symbol of Can Tho and this attraction is long with river landscape. Especially in the evening, the city is light along the riverbank. There are many activities of trading and exchange goods at the night market that tourists want to discover.


At the market, most of tourists enjoy to taste sweet cakes as a specialty. Besides that, you can disover banh tet with green leaves, orange cake, pork skin cake, coconut leaf cake, etc…. In addition, many other items will be selled at the market such as clothes, fruits, handicraft souvenirs, etc…You can be freely to discover this bustling market in Can Tho.

4. How to get to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh city

The distance from Ho Chi Minh city to Mekong Delta is approximately 193km. There are various transportation methods that you can choose to travel. It depends on your travel requirements, you can choose a suitable vehicle.

Join Mekong Delta Tour

Booking a trip Mekong delta tour from a travel agent is our first recommendation. You won’t need to hassle your time to look for information to plan your itinerary, the agent will plan for your full-day activity in Mekong. Explore Vietnam Travel has many tour options to travel from Ho Chi Minh city to Mekong Delta that you might consider. It depend on your time, you can stay in the detla from one to  three days to discover all the attractions. With the guidedance by our passionate tour guide, you will enjoy your day ulmost. Do not hesitate to contact us for any travel information in Vietnam.

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Book a Private Car With English Speaking Driver

This option is convenient for travelers look only for transportation. We believe car is a suitable vehicle to travel in a long distance. We provide service with professional and friendly drivers, you can contact us to book the service. Our door to door services will not make you feel disappointed. In additon, because it is the private car trip for your group so you can tell the driver stop at any places in the route for capturing photos. It gives the flexibility in your travel. Explore Vietnam Travel always here to be your best travel companion. Our drivers will communicate smoothly to coordinate your travel needs with a detailed program in a day.

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Travel by boat or cruise

Travel by boat or cruise is a luxurious option for high-class experiences. There are several boat tours depart from Ho Chi Minh city that take you go to different part of Mekong delta. The cost of this opion is expensive but it is defintely worth it for travelers. It is special transfer to worldwide travelers and a journey more than two hours by boat is worth it.


Travel by motorbike

 Discover Mekong Delta freely by motorbike is a saving cost option. You can rent a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh city and drive follow the map to Mekong Delta. By travel this way, you can enjoy the freedom and flexible schedule. You won’t belong to any group tour, you explore the landscapes on your own paces. The cost of renting the motorbike around 150,000 VND – 200,000 VND/day. You should check the motorcycle’s conditions carefully before departure because you are going to drive in a long route.


Travel by bus

Travel by bus is consider as the cheapest option to go to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh city. The bus system is well-developed in Vietnam. There are vaious buses which depart in Ho Chi ;Minh city and arrive some destinations in Mekong Delta. The duration of travel can be vary and depend on the distance. The price is ranging from 60,000 VND to 200,000 VND. The bus will pick up and drop off at main bus stations. Especially, it is always crowded when the peak season come. If you plan to travel by bus, you might book it in advance to keep the seats.


5. Is Mekong Delta worth visiting?

With the friendliness of hospitality in tourism, Mekong Delta is an ideal vacation destination to all travelers. Many mentioned attractions and activities are waiting you to discover. Especially, trying tasty local cuisines and tropical fruits from this agricultural region is recommended experiences. Different transportations to Mekong Delta have their own distinctive advantages, you can choose a suitable vehicle. Moreover, if you want a local tour or informative trip, you should join the tour with our passionate guide. From all reassons above in this article, Mekong Delta is worth visiting destination in South Vietnam.

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