Mekong Delta – Vietnam
Immerse yourself in an inspirational journey of self-discovery in one of the most coveted geographical destinations. The memories won’t stop – no matter where you are from, Mekong Valley will evoke a strong reminiscence of your fond memories. The unique ecosystem has the beauty it deserves. The diversity of the communities living around the delta are distinct and highly cultured. In fact, the Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s main food basket. The delta is proud to provide almost a third of the nations yearly food crop from a meager ten percent of its land. The magical land, as graceful as it sits between Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh, is an agricultural mystery. Vietnam’s envied rice bowl. Other crops that can be found in Mekong Delta include sugar-cane groves, coconut palms, and fruit orchards. Just like any other world attraction, Mekong valley has its nickname. Vietnamese natives living around the delta named it Cuu Long- meaning The nine dragons.’ The name references the nine tributaries of the Mekong river. There are many places to visit in Vietnam but the Mekong Delta remains to be the biggest tourist destination in Vietnam.
Mekong Valley was the final modern-day Vietnamese annex. The region was once part of the Khmer Kingdom. Furthermore, the Khmer Krom sparsely inhabited Mekong Valley until the close of the seventeenth century. Cambodians who maintained control of the region until the eighteenth century still refers to Mekong delta as Lower Cambodia. A group of Khmer militants attempted to follow up a claim of ownership for Mekong Valley. The Khmer Rouge invaded Vietnamese villages and initiated massacres. The altercation resulted with to Vietnamese army Invading Cambodia and ousting the Khmer Rouge in 1979 from power. Progressing on to the eighteenth century, the Viet Nguyen would extend their sphere of influence into the Delta. However, onwards to the 1860s, France would take over the reins of the government. Ethnic diversity consists of Chinese, Chams, and Khmer. The conical-hatted insignia of Vietnamese farmers tending to their land has remained a fond memory with me ever since visiting Mekong Valley. Surprisingly, the history of Mekong has not been a green agricultural story as witnessed by its current farming stand. Agricultural has been widely adopted in the region just recently.
What to Expect
Sinking into Mekong Valley’s adventure is like boarding a boat to pilgrimage. You will never forget what you saw. The experience alone is invigorating and will offer the chance of a lifetime. Daily scenes include kids riding water buffalos, conical-hatted farmers and vendors tending to their farms and groceries, incense sticks along the road, flocks of storks sauntering a sanctuary and Khmer monks. Another important scene includes floating boat houses and high rising monk pagodas.Mekong Valley provides a wide array of tourist activities. The various activities are suitable depending on which part of the Delta you decide to visit. Traveling to the northernmost point of Mekong Valley, My Tho gives you an opportunity to engage in boat trips. Such boat trips enable you an easy glimpse of Tien Giang, the northernmost tributary of Mekong river. My Tho is the most visited place in Vietnam and Mekong Valley. A tantalizing site of the fruit orchards in Ben Tre will also submerge you into deep curiosity and take you away. For bird lovers, Visiting Cao Lahn will offer you the kiss of joy. Conclusively, you could also visit Sa Dec to enjoy beautiful sightseeing of exciting river scenes.
Planning Your Trip
Embark your Mekong Valley travel escapes by spending two or more days in the restaurant-rich town of Can Tho. A day or two in this town will enable you to refresh and recharge empty batteries. After Can Tho, visit the floating markets and get to wander away curiously on what it takes to live on the water. Explore the swamplands of Can Ma at the foot of the Delta. Pull up along your route to the Northwest of Can Tho at the Soc Trang (Khmer stronghold). You could enjoy the Khmer stronghold if you are lucky that your travel will coincide with Oc Om Book Festival. Around the festival time, the community stages spectacular boat races.
Best Time To Travel
The dry season is the most suitable period to travel to Mekong Valley. Mainly because the region usually floods with seasons. The dry period runs from December to May.