The Mekong delta is a extended River delta in the amount of 39,000 square kilometers in the southwest of Viet Nam. The Mekong is one of the most important rivers in South-East Asia. For the border to Viet Nam the river branches off to Tien Giang (Upper River) and the Hau Giang (lower River). In Vietnam, both rivers fanning out in a labyrinth of rivers and canals, with hundreds of large and small islands. It is a beautiful area.
People dry rice, coconut husks, lemon grass and other herbs on the side of the road. There is plenty to see, the many floating markets, where all kinds of merchandise is traded is one of course you should not to be missed. Rice, pineapple, red peppers, bananas and mango are just a few examples of the dozens of crops that are grown here.
Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the mighty Mekong River.The delta, which yields enough rice to feed the country with a sizable surplus, was formed by sediment deposited by the Mekong. The process continues today, with silt deposits extending the shoreline by as much as 80m per year. The river is so large that it has two daily tides. Lush with rice paddies and fish farms, this delta plain also nourishes the cultivation of sugarcane, fruit, coconut and shrimp. Although the area is primarily rural, it is one of the most densely populated regions in Vietnam and nearly every hectare is intensively farmed.
Can Tho is the biggest city of the Mekong Delta,located in the heart of the Mekong Delta.It is home to charming riverside landscapes, paddy fields, floating markets and myriad canals in Vietnam with an estimated population of 1,5 million ( in 2012 ). The most famous activity in Can Tho in the morning is certainly the visit of the floating market, but there is much more to the city; buddhist pagodas, delicious food and fresh fruits and the beauty of the Mekong delta..
Since the early years of My Tho until now, core economic activities in My Tho are tourism products, fishing and agricultural products. Bananas, coconut and longan are easily can be found in the city. Besides that, My Tho city is the biggest producer of dried fish and other seafood products from Mekong region. On year 2010, there are 17 markets located in wards and commune in My Tho.
Highlights along the route
Long Xuyen to Chau Doc
You will pass through huge expanses of paddy fields as you follow the canal system all the way to Chau Doc, close to the Cambodian border. This is a great way to see the river lifestyles of the local people. The canals are alive with boats transporting goods and the banks are lined with houses and fish cages. In the floating village, where the houses are built above fish cages, in which they grow the infamous Bassa catfish. This area round Chau Doc has a large Khmer community, which combined with local Cham people and Chinese, forms a diverse melting pot of cultures.
Cycle through the rural area of Dong Thap which is known as “the big rice basket” of Mekong Delta.Cao Lanh is a new town carved from the jungles and swamps of the Mekong Delta region
Tra Vinh to Can Tho.
The area from Tra Vinh to Can Tho is populated by Khmer people. The regional architecture is interesting and there are many Khmer temples.One of the most scenic spots is Ba Om Pound 5 km from Tra Vinh it’s a pond with beautiful lotus flowers, surrounded by hundreds of years old trees whose roots protrude above the ground.
My Tho to Vinh Long
The route takes us through narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fields of sugar cane, through the lush green landscape of the delta, crossing rivers and canals by numerous, ubiquitous, fascinating ferries. A section of biking cuts off road onto gravel and dirt lanes, and weaves around hamlets, across water channels, and through quiet dense vegetation.
Can Tho to Long Xuyen
The route weaves through morning market bustle along the banks of the very busy river. Absorb the sights of endless cottage industries, timber merchants, coconut shredders, small docks loading/unloading rice, and tiny vibrant markets. The farm produce now includes large fruit such as jackfruit hanging from trees by the paths. We encounter mat weaving and wooden boat building today as well
- Cycle past brilliant green rice paddies, endless canal networks, monkey bridges and peaceful villages.
- Take an early morning boat trip to a vibrant floating market
- Get acquainted with the locals and their cottage industries, so as weaving mats, coir making sweets, rice sheets etc.
- Visit a local market and you discover an array of exotic foods and products
- Visit the famous Tay An pagoda & temples, the largest Smiling Buddha statue in South East Asia and Sam Mountain overlooking rice fields and Cambodia
- Enjoy delicious meals, the Vietnamese cuisine is world renowned with its combination of Western and Asian influences
- Cycle alongside the Cambodian border where you will see Khmer people in their stilt houses alongside sugar palm trees