Exploring Mekong Delta and Southern Vietnam



Exploring Mekong Delta and Southern Vietnam

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The Mekong Delta is a unique region where life on the water has remained unchanged for centuries. Closest to Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho is known as a launching pad for boat tours, as is Vinh Long, which lies to its south. Can Tho, the delta’s largest city has several lively floating markets in its vicinity. To see some floating architecture, head to Chau Doc, where most people live and work on the water. Khmer culture is prominent in Soc Trang and Tra Vinh, while nature lovers will delight in Con Dao National Park. The shores of Phu Quoc Island boast beautiful coral reefs, and Ha Tien offers secluded beaches.

Sights at a Glance

Towns and Cities
My Tho
Ben Tre
Tra Vinh
Vinh Long
Cao Lanh
Can Tho
Soc Trang
Bac Lieu
Rach Gia
Chau Doc
Ha Tien


Phoenix Island
Con Dao Islands
Phu Quoc Island

Getting Around

Once considered a remote backwater, the Mekong Delta now has airports in Can Tho,Con Dao, Rach Gia, and Phu Quoc. While highways are quite reliable, rural roads usually offer bumpy rides in erratically scheduled buses. Many travel agents in the delta and in Ho Chi Minh City organize trips through out the south by coach and car. However, the best way to experience the delta is by boat. With more than 1,740 miles (2,800 km) of canals, the waterway system is very well developed. The public transportation system is adequate although private boat tours offer more comfort. Bicycles and motorbikes are available to rent everywhere.

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