FD tour of the Mekong Delta (SPV 2015)


| May 15, 2020

The Mekong delta is Vietnam's rice bowl: a fertile region of flat farmland interlaced with the thousands of waterways and tributaries of the Mekong. Known locally as Cuu Long, or the ‘River of Nine Dragons’, the delta's waters are interspersed with rice fields, colourful floating markets and isolated villages accessible only by boat. The region remains home to descendants of the former Khmer empire and is scattered with a collection of working temples and resident Buddhists that continue to use Khmer as their mother tongue. Visit the waterfront pier in Cai Be and board a motorised sampan (traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat) for a journey across the upper reaches of the Mekong delta. See how local people make their living by trading agricultural products from their boats at various markets throughout the delta, and cruise through narrow channels to small villages, where travellers can visit local workshops, orchards and farms.

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