Mekong Delta or also called as Western Region or South-western region is a place in Vietnam where the Mekong river merges with the sea. It has been nicknamed a ‘biological treasure trove’ because more than a thousand species of new plants, mammals, fish, lizards have been found here.
The lush green area of the Mekong Delta is a beautiful place to visit. The crisscrossing network of water streams and canals provides a quintessential Vietnamese countryside experience.
What to see in Mekong Delta
Apart from experiencing the countryside, there are many Viet Cong bunkers, pagodas, Buddhist temples, islands, and beaches to discover as well. Following is a list of must-see places in the Mekong Delta-
Sao Beach– this beautiful white sand beach is located a few kilometers away from An Thoi. Its crystal clear water makes this place even more picturesque. There are restaurants to dine in as well.
Hon Son Island– located on the southern shores of Vietnam, this is a beautiful and relatively untouched mountain island. There are some large rock formations located here. On the northern side, Bai Bac and Bai Bo are famous beaches. Bai Bang on the eastern side is popular for its horizontal coconut palm.
Long Beach– this beach provides breathtaking sunset views due to its west-facing orientation. If one is on a tight budget then this beach is a good choice for accommodation. The nightlife and night markets are within a walking distance.
Ba Chuc Tomb– this is a memorial dedicated to the memory of the villagers killed during the Khmer Rouge. The memorial has two parts- the ossuary and the memorial room.
Pirate Island- true to its name, this island was a haven for pirates for almost 500 years. The island is blanketed with beautiful vegetation and crystal clear waters. Pirate treasure fantasies are abundant here. The best beach to visit is the Bai Bac beach.
Xeo Quyt Forest– located 35 km southeast of Cao Lanh, this forest has a thick and green canopy of tall trees and vines. This was a perfect place for Viet Cong soldiers to hide in their bunkers. A tour of the same is provided. A tour of the forest, as well as the bunkers and minefields, is provided.
Cavern Pagoda– also called Phuoc Dien Tu has two sections- the lower part and the upper section. The upper section has two parts- the main sanctuary and a complex of caverns and grottoes. The temple provides an amazing view of the countryside.
An Thoi Islands– located on the southern tip of Phu Quoc, it is a cluster of about 15 islands and islets. The white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters make this place a must-visit destination. The islands can be visited with the help of chartered boats.
Tra Su Bird Sanctuary– this huge forest is home to a number of bird species. Most of the area is cordoned off for the tourist but the rest of the place can be visited with the help of a speed boat.
Ong Temple– a Chinese temple, it is situated inside the Guangzhou Assembly Hall. The continuous burning of the incense sticks provides a great spiritual experience.
Apart from these must-visit places, there are several other areas worth exploring. Huynh Thuy Le Old House, Sa Dec Flower Village, Xa Long Pagoda, Thach Dong Cave Pagoda, and the like are some other areas to visit.
Where to stay in Mekong Delta
Homestays are a popular way of accommodating in the Mekong Delta. Living among the locals can provide a different experience altogether. Homestays located on the islands are a perfect way of living and experiencing Vietnam. Homestays can be booked with Sinhbalo Adventures.
Where to eat in the Mekong Delta
There are few restaurants located on the islands but mostly good places are located outside My Tho. In Can Tho, some good and affordable restaurants are located.
What to do in the Mekong Delta
Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and speed boating are available on almost every island in the Mekong Delta. On Bai Bac island, boat trips are quite famous and during the night one can go out fishing to get a view of sparkly shapes of fish. On Hon Son island, apart from swimming and lounging around the beach, a tourist can go hill trekking as well.
As far as shopping is concerned, the Cai Rang Floating market is the biggest in the Mekong Delta. A bustling wholesale market comes to life during the wee hours of the morning and is definitely worth a visit. Phong Dien floating market is less crowded to visit.
Night markets on islands and beaches are a great way to shop as well.
The Mekong Delta is a paradise to visit. From its several picturesque beaches to crowded markets and clear waters make it a place worth visiting and relaxing.