Top 5 Things to Do in Mekong Delta
by Blake Johnson Feb 17, 2017
Mekong Delta or Nine Dragon River Delta is in the south-western of Vietnam. The “rice bowl” of Vietnam is one of the tourist hubs besides Hanoi capital and Ho Chi Minh City with a lot of rice paddy fields, the cross of hundred of rivers and canals as well as its unique culture. Visitors will definitely have unforgettable experiences when they travel here with the following top 5 things to do in Mekong Delta
1. Paddle down the Mekong Delta
With the dense system of waterways, life in Mekong Delta seems to float upon the water. It becomes one of the outstanding features which will bring to you the completely new experiences. Using rowboat is the best way to explore the beauty of this land. You will have feeling that you will never have when travelling on the road. Just sitting on the rowboat, letting a Vietnamese wearing a conical hat paddle it and feasting your eyes on the beautiful sights of green or yellow rice, lush of orchard, lines of coconut trees, the coconut candy factory and the quite villages with the houses floating upon the rivers, you will feel somehow excellent. You should not miss it, because it also is a chance for you to take a close look to the peaceful, rustic life in Vietnam.
Floating market is the thing which makes Mekong Delta famous and unique from its neighbor areas. A visit to this market is fun way to eat, enjoy the busy and noisy atmosphere and observe the commerce of the people on their “floating stores” in action. All the goods from fruits to lively animal are available on the boats. Therefore, you can have some drinks like tea, coffee and juice from some boats. You also can enjoy your meal with Hu Tieu, Banh Canh, Xoi, Bun Cha from others. The people here will welcome you with their friendly, hospitable manner. All will make you refresh and absolutely become one of the best experiences on your trip. You can enjoy your trip on some well-known floating markets such as Cai Rang in Can Tho and Cai Be in Tien Giang.
Visiting floating markets is one of the best things to do in Mekong Delta
3. Stay overnight at local homestay
Your trip will be perfect when you experience the overnight at local homestay. It is a good way for you to approach with the indigenous people and the peaceful, rustic lifestyle in Mekong Delta. You will feel like a culture exchange when you stay there. You will live in a house surrounded by coconut palms, green trees, walk in the dirty path, catch fish with your hand, ride bicycle with children, and sit on the oxen cart to “explore” the beauty of the countryside. Moreover, you can have an opportunity to enjoy meals prepared by the friendly host and the cozy atmosphere with the local people. I believe it will be great time for you to remember.
4. Visit Vinh Trang Temple
Vinh Trang temple is located in My Phong Commune, 3 kms far from the centre of My Tho city, Tien Giang province. It is built in the middle 19th century for dedicating to Buddha. It used to be demaged seriously by French, but now it is restored and becomes one of the popular destinations to visit. This temple includes five buildings, two ornamental yards and 178 pillars. It attracted many visitors by the combination between Asian and European style in architecture, its own history and beauty.
5. Visit Binh Thuy Communal House
Another place in which you can see the culture values in this land is Binh Thuy Communal House. It is situated in Can Tho and built in the 19th century. Binh Thuy Communal House or Long Tuyen Communal House in the past, was called Bon Canh Thanh Hoang by King Tu Duc. Beside having chances to participate in many activities in Thuong Dien and Ha Dien ceremony held every year to workship the God of Agriculture, visitors also can contemplate the unique architecture of this house like the square buildings in the front and the back of the house and several beautiful wood carvings as well as traditional craftmanship, for example, the image of fish which is turning into dragons decorated on the roof of the house.
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