Mekong Delta, or Cuu Long in
Vietnamese is the bowl of rice and fruit in
Vietnam, the delta is composed of more than 10
sections divided by 9 rivers nicknamed as the
nine headed dragon.
In addition to its main town Ho Chi Minh City,
southern Vietnam is undoubtedly known for the
Mekong Delta. A horse in nine provinces, the
brown waters of the Mekong is divided into two
main arms interconnected by a network of
secondary rivers before emptying into the East
Sea. The delta consists of vast stretches
naturally flat and verdant rice fields, hence
its nickname "rice bowl of Vietnam." A region of
luxuriant vegetation, the Mekong Delta is
typically described with the canal navigation,
fishing, and especially the houses on stilts
that rise above the murky waters of the river.
The Mekong Delta, despite its intensive
cultivation remains the stronghold of nature. In
this naturally rich and prosperous delta, water
and rice are the local economy. Agricultural
work, fishing, transport, traditions,
pleasures…almost everything depends on the
river. Here, we do not work on vogue. The
landscape of marshes and rose gardens,
traditional houses on stilts, the various boats
that ply nonchalantly on channels, give the
Mekong Delta incomparable charm.
Visit the delta may be limited to a boat cruise
along the two main branches of the river, which
already gives a real feeling of immensity. But
this first approach does not take full advantage
of the geography of the site. Also, this boat
ride may be supplemented by stops in different
localities in the Mekong Delta.
After an early start in the morning, visitors
get gradually closer to the territory of rice.
Bicycles and boats are kings and queens of this
country, its inhabitants are traders as art
objects as hats or food.
It's a long day when visitors get to discover
villages, rivers, canals, boats and crafts, but
also the exceptional cooking served in a
traditional house in the middle of fruit trees.
Take a boat trip on Sunday mornings and see the
floating markets, boat each displaying its
products with a fixed sample at the top of the
mast, small boats delivering or taking delivery
of fruits and vegetables with larger boats.
After visiting a village market with fruit,
vegetables meat or fish, visitors take the bus
to get into a local restaurant halfway on the
return again to enjoy culinary specialties of
South Vietnam in a beautiful garden.
This extension in the Mekong Delta was an
opportunity to taste the delicious tropical
fruits and other local specialties like candy
coconut or rice cakes.
The discovery of a new way of life on the water,
small canals, arroyos, floating villages and
orchards have been a very nice way to finish
your holiday in Vietnam.
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