When you think of the Mekong Delta, some of the first words that spring to mind maybe lush, fertile and tropical, a small number of adjectives which sum up this stunning region of Southeast Asia quite eloquently. This part of the country has always been a haven for crop farmers, due to its rich, nutritious soil and ideal climate. Often referred to as Vietnam’s rice bowl for this very reason, local farmers spend their time taking it easy while setting about their daily routines. More than half of Vietnam’s rice crop is grown in the area that makes up the Mekong Delta and other frequent attributes include vegetables and exotic fruits such as coconuts and mangos. Fishing is also a very popular past time here as there are hundreds of different species scurrying throughout the cool waters. Each Mekong Delta Cruise Tour can be adjusted to accommodate your exact requirements, however a ride along the Mekong River will offer you everything from tranquility to adrenaline. From the enchanting sight of the mountains to the excitement of the river’s most challenging sections, a Mekong River tour will fill you with enough emotion to last you a life time. Choosing to enjoy part of Vietnam Tour Package here will introduce you to the true serenity of the southern part of the country and will allow you to forget about the chaos of the busy cities, if only for a short time.
The Mekong Delta is a place riddled with adventurous attributes, so you’ll never be short of scenic and cultural assets to enjoy. Why not scribble a visit to the Cai Be Floating Market into your Vietnam tour and enrich your visit with a gentle cruise along the Tien River. This watery landscape is laced with fruit tress for as far as the eye can see, a kaleidoscope of tropical colours dangling from the vegetation like droplets of natural perfection. This part of your Vietnam tour will give you the opportunity to have a dabble at gardening with the locals, a simple activity which will make you feel humbled and delighted to be of assistance. What’s more the locals are incredibly friendly and their warm smiles will be enough to make your heart fill with tranquility and content.
Your journey through the Mekong Delta will even offer you the chance to visit Cambodia and explore the iconic city of Phnom Penh. During these unforgettable cruises, you will be able to drop by the Tra On Floating Market and learn the secrets of the crispy fried sticky cakes. You will be able to help the locals prepare the ingredients while other guests in your Mekong River cruise party will be invited to peel longans. There are numerous other stops along this tour including brief visits to Lap Vo and Vinh Long, where you will witness the majestic site of the ancient houses and the brick kilns. Once you arrive in Phnom Penh, you will be at the centre of the Khmer culture and will be spoiled for choice in regards to attractions and ancient sites to visit.
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The local Cham community is present throughout a number of the villages situated within the Mekong Delta and the Chau Giang District is well worth passing by during your cruise. Any Vietnam tour will give you an insight into the richness of this diverse culture, however a stop at Chau Giang will be quite an education. Served only by one small mosque, it is surprising to learn that this small ethnic group once ruled the coastal region of Southern Vietnam, between the 2nd and 9th centuries. Watching some of the locals weave silk is a humbling sight and the fact that many of the local’s houses double as catfish farms is intriguing and inspiring.
The Tra Su Cajuput Forest should be a prominent part of any Vietnam tour, let alone a ride along the Mekong Delta. This eco friendly neighbourhood covers an area of more than 2000 acres and is home to a bird sanctuary too. This nature reserve is protected by the government and is an oasis for a plethora of different species of bird, fish and land creature. These meandering canals will open your eyes to the undeniable beauty of some of these exotic creatures, so keep them peeled for the wonderful array of fish that bask here, not to mention the numerous snakes and turtles that can be seen commuting through the thousands of Cajuput trees. There are numerous home stays and guest houses available in this section of the Mekong Delta and you will be thrilled to know that your view will usually consist of bamboo trees and tropical fruit gardens.
As with any Vietnam tour, take precaution and plan ahead. Chances are that there will be little to no shade during the daytime while you are on the river, so pack accordingly. You will almost certainly need mosquito repellant and staying hydrated is key to enjoying every moment of your journey. Some of the larger establishments throughout the Mekong may accept US Dollars, however it’s best to be armed with Vietnamese Dong to ensure you encounter no disappointments.
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