Top things to do in Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is best-known for its rustic natural landscapes, attractive regional dishes and unique cultures. This land has come into the harmonious combination of a little wind, sunlight, alluvium with a bit of water, warm affection from nature. A tour to the Mekong Delta always brings visitors unforgettable experiences about discovery top things to do in Mekong Delta trip.

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Must-visit destinations

Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang is one of the famous floating markets of the Southwest, specialized in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region. It is located only a few kilometers from the city center of Can Tho. From Cai Rang Bridge, the market stretches about half kilometer downstream Can Tho river.

Cai Rang Floating Market

Colorful and bustling atmosphere of Cai Rang floating market

Precious evening, from far-and-wide, boats full of seasonal vegetables and fruits like mangoes, durians, bananas, oranges, coconuts and so much more left their villages to head for the sunrise market. Until the early morning, hundreds of boats gathering together makes the area extremely animated and the water surface colorful with various tropical fruits. The large sized anchored boats create meandering lanes for smaller ones to weave through. All create a bustling and joyful atmosphere that can attract anyone.

Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary

Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary is located on the territory of Nha Mat ward, Bac Lieu town, about 6 kilometers from the east of town and from the north of Bac Lieu sea. This is a conversation area where lots of birds gather here to reside and give birth. It covers some 107 hectares and lies within the remaining 385 hectares of forest area. The sanctuary is now home to 46 bird species consisting of rare and precious species: Giang Sen, Dien Dien, Co Ruoi and so on, 60 fish species, seven frog species, 10 species of mammals, eight reptile species, and 100 species of plants. On the ground is a massive number of eggs, and in the air, you can witness some species with 2 meters wing-spans.

Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary

Beautiful birds in Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary

Moreover, the rich flora and fauna of the enclosure gives the lush, natural area a feeling of wonder and enchantment. Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary is a favorite destination of both nature lovers and researchers and visitors will easily find several types of birds listed in Vietnam’s “Red Book” of endangered species of plants and animals. The area is also popular place for photographers who come to the sanctuary for one-of-a-kind shots of the breathtakingly beautiful birds.

Fruit gardens

Trees laden with fruit are grown throughout road and waterway line in the Mekong Delta. There are many fruit gardens for you such as Binh Thuy orchid garden, Phong Dien, Sau Duong, Phung Hiep and others. Coming to this area, you can appreciate special fruit at the very cheap price and see the very natural countryside with the simple life you cannot envision.

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

Located in An Giang Province, Tra Su Cajuput Forest is an 840ha special-purpose forest surrounded by a 645ha buffer zone. The forest is home of many colonies of water birds, bats and various others such as rare and endangered animals and reptile species. It is also habitat for a vast diversity of flora with over 140 specified floral varieties which represent the second largest number of plant species in the Mekong Delta region. Therefore, Tra Su Forest is an ideal destination for ecological and scientific research tours in the Mekong Delta. The locals divided it into many distinctive sites to make getting around easier, including fishing area, bird sanctuary and bat sanctuary, all of which cater to specific demand of different types of tourists.

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

Must-try dishes

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits

Mekong Delta is famous for orchards

Mekong Delta has a reputation as cloud nine of orchards. You can enjoy tropical fruits all year round and especially they are extremely delicious and cheap. Tasting the aromatic flavor of nature and fresh fruits is a really distinctive feeling of real life.

Pia Cake

Pia Cake

Pia Cake is one of the most famous specialties of the Mekong Delta

This is one of the most famous specialties of the Mekong Delta. The cake is in moon shape made from rice flour, durian, green peas, pork fat, the yolk of salted duck egg. In the past, this is simply made with cover made from rice flour with green peas and pork fat inside. Nowadays, it has many types with different fillings made from lotus seeds, pineapple, avocado, so on. This dishes is soft and sweet with strong scent of durian will lure your taste. Chewing a bite of the cake, savoring a cup of hot tea, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of countryside will bring you time of joy and happiness.

Elephant Ear Fish

Elephant Ear Fish is a popular fish in the Mekong Delta; therefore, it will be a big shortcoming if you visit the Mekong Delta without enjoying this fish. The dish’s weird name is derived from its appearance which looks like an elephant ear. Almost restaurants and homestays in the Mekong Delta serve this dish as a specialty of the region.

Elephant Ear Fish

Elephant Ear Fish

To gain its absolute best, the dish has to be cooked in a traditional Mekong style. The whole fish will be fried to crispy perfection and then cut into pieces and put it upright in a plate, with its scales and teeth still attached and a flower in its mouth. The proper way to enjoy the fish is to roll it in rice paper along with pickles and dipped in fish sauce, chili and lemongrass. And to make the dish more delicious, you should eat this fish along with some kind of vegetables and herbs.

Coconut Candy

Coconut Candy

A coconut candy factory in Ben Tre

Coconut candy is one of the most popular candies in Vietnam and is a specialty in Ben Tre Province, where is the homeland of coconut. The locals produce coconut candy in a very simple way. Fresh grated coconut is squeezed to obtain coconut milk and then mixed with sugar, and finally boiled until the soft crack stage. Immediately, the producers have to cut it into thin strips and continue to cut these thin strips into the smaller pieces of candy because candy will be sticky when it cools. The final products are coconut candies with a nice shine and nutty flavor. Besides, when producing coconut candy, they are usually mixed with durian or pandan leave flavor or roasted peanut to create a special flavor.

Hu tieu My Tho

Hu tieu My Tho

Hu Tieu My Tho

This is really illustrious due to savory sauce and delicious Hu Tieu thread. I bet you are mouth-watering when seeing a Hu Tieu bowl full of pig’s intestine and liver, sliced barbecue pork, meat, dried shrimp, noodles and broth.

The Mekong Delta contains rustic and beautiful natural scenery along with plenty of delicious local dishes therefore  promises to bring tourists many memorable and interesting experiences during your lifetime.

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