What interesting activities for tourists to do in Mekong Delta?
Mekong Delta Tours is no doubt one of the most famous places in Vietnam, as it provides travelers with off-the-beaten-path experiences. If you’re planning to visit Mekong Delta, it’s important to find out which activities to participate in during your trip. There are a wide variety of things to do while you’re in the Mekong Delta. Below Sao La tours have listed the top activities in Mekong Delta to make the most out of your trip.
What to know about Mekong Delta Tours
Mekong Delta is made up of 12 different provinces, including Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Kien Giang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Soc Trang, Hau Giang, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Tien Giang, and Long An. It’s located beneath the southern central region of Vietnam.
The ideal time to visit Mekong Delta Tours
The Mekong Delta is always highly appreciated thanks to its pleasant weather all year round. However if you don’t want to encounter occasional rain then we suggest coming to the delta December to March. The temperatures might be a little high May to August, but you will get a chance to taste different kinds of fruits in the area.
In case you would like to enjoy the festive atmosphere, visit the delta in November (or the 15th of the 10th moon) to join the Oc Bom Boc Festival. Other than that, the locals also celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year (or Tet) around February every year.
Best things to do in Mekong Delta Tours
Go on a cruise trip along Mekong river
Cruise trip might be the first thing that comes to your mind when planning a trip to the Mekong Delta. During the cruise boating trip, you can both enjoy the beautiful sights and explore the locals’ culture. You’ll be impressed by the stunning riverscapes as well as the impeccable harmony of humans and nature. Cruising not only involves admiring things afar. You can even discover more places by boat than going on a normal trek.
There are many Mekong River cruise options for you to choose from. Standard cruises that cost around $250 - $300/person are Le Cochinchine, Bassac Cruise or Mekong Eye Classic Cruise. There are also more luxury cruises that cross the border to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, which usually range $1000 - $2000.
Shop at Mekong Delta floating markets
Floating markets are one of the most famous symbols in the Mekong Delta. Visitors can go on a motorized boat to discover the dynamic atmosphere of the local floating markets. Along the Mekong river, you can find many floating markets such as Cai Be (Tien Giang), Cai Rang (Can Tho), Nga Nam (Soc Trang) or Phung Hiep (Hau Giang).
The markets open very early in the morning, at around 4 to 5 am. Here travelers can buy fresh fruits, enjoy the local specialities such as banh mi, bun rieu and many other types of noodles. You can also try different types of drinks like coconut water, soy milk or coffee. Hiring a boat will cost around $15 - $39 for 1 boat depending on the number of passengers.
Enjoy fruit buffets in the Orchards of Mekong Delta Tours
The delta is not only considered the “rice bowl of Vietnam”, but is also the biggest granary of fruits. You can taste different kinds of fruits while exploring the floating markets or try them out garden-fresh right at orchards. By taking part in this activity, you’re also joining hands to promote agro-ecological tourism in Vietnam.
The most famous orchards in Mekong Delta are Cho Lach (Ben Tre), Tam Binh (Vinh Long), Tan Quy (Tra Vinh), Cai Be (Tien Giang) or Phong Dien (Can Tho). While you’re at the orchards, feel free to walk around the places, pick and taste any fruit you like.
Sample the Mekong Delta cuisine
If you have visited northern Vietnam, you’ll notice the slight changes of Mekong Delta cuisine compared to the North. Some of the must-try local foods are Pia cake, Bun Rieu, Hu Tieu, Vietnamese pancake etc. Test your bravery as you try and taste the Coconut Larvae. The most special thing about Mekong Delta cuisine is that the locals always make use of different kinds of flowers. You can even hear some strange dishes like flower hotpot.
Pay a visit to the attractions in Mekong Delta Tours
While in Mekong Delta, you might want to have deeper insights about the locals’ culture and history through visiting some famous tourist sites. The must-visit destinations include Ca Mau Cape, The Seven Mountain, Ba Chua Xu Temple, The Bat Pagoda, Xiem Can Pagoda, Dong Tam snake farm, Tram Chim National Park and so on.
Spend an evening at Ninh Kieu Wharf
Ninh Kieu Wharf is located in Can Tho city, which overlooks Song Hau river. Here you can stroll through the night market and try out a myriad of street food and enjoy a romantic evening with your partner while walking hand-in-hand on the Love Bridge. The bridge immediately catches the eye with two shining giant replica lotus flowers.
As you can see, the Mekong Delta has so many things to offer, natural, cultural to historical aspects and so much more. It’s always good to be accompanied by an experienced tour guide to deepen your traveling experience. Contact Sao La Tours today for a perfectly organized trip to the Mekong Delta with a professional local guide.