When traveling to Vietnam, one of the most beautiful destinations which travelers do not miss is Mekong Delta. Because there are so many interesting things you can visit this place such as floating markets, islands, farms, rice-paddy fields, handicraft villages, tropical fruits gardens and you also can enjoy the typical folk music in Southern Vietnam.
The best way to discover the daily life of local people who live along the river bank of Mekong Delta is by boat.Start your trip from Ho Chi Minh city by private transfer or shuttle bus to Ben Tre - the first stop of your trip to explore Mekong Delta. In this place, you can choose a suitable boat for your journey. On the way to discover this area, you can see so many kinds of boats going for their business on the Mekong and its smaller canals and tributaries. It seems very interesting when traveling by boat.
On the way to discover Mekong, you can stop to visit coconut’s factory where you can see the workers use their hands to make a lot of products from coconut such as coconut candy, cooking oil, fish food, and wine. Continuing explore Mekong, you will have another chance to visit brick factory. This bricks are made in the old style, by hands, so they look like the small Cham temples. Keep your boat trip to the small and quite village, you will have a chance to walk around and discover the real Mekong Delta village life, besides, you also can take a Xe Loi “ a kind of motorized rickshaw” to travel deeply into the forest where you can visit so many different kinds of fruits.
Stay in Ben Tre with a home-stay will be the good idea if you would like to more understanding about daily life of people in this place. In the home-stay, you will have a chance to enjoy the delicious speciality of Ben Tre.
Not far from Ben Tre is Can Tho, the heard and business centre of Mekong Delta with population of more than two million people. In this place, you can take the boat to visit the biggest Cai Rang floating market. Get into the boat from Ninh Kieu harbor from early morning, you seem can smell the incense smoke from the offerings on the prows of the boats on the river. When you reach the market, it is really impressive with all the several of goods are selling and buying on the traditional wooden boats. There is a very special thing you can see in this market is each of boat business one thing only. After market, the boat will bring you to some traditional handicraft villages, besides; you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals.
Take a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat to visit Cai be floating market on Mekong river also is the best idea, because during the boat cruise, you have an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes along the river and rustic life of people in the Mekong Delta. In the market, you can buy the fresh tropical fruits from local’s own boats and have a chance to talk with them to understand more about their culture value.