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
Con Dao Islands
Phu Quoc Island
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.