Life on the Mekong Delta

For two magical days, we cruised along the peaceful waterways of the Mekong Delta in south western Vietnam, watching life on the river. We tried local fruit and freshly caught fish on lush island orchards and visited brick, rice paper and coconut-candy factories before retiring to our lovely homestay on the river in the province of Vinh Long.

Our awaiting cruisers

Dawn on the delta

Sampans - the local form of transportation on the delta

An incredible sight on the river - boats overladen with rice husks used for fuel in the region

The Mekong Delta (in Vietnamese: đồng bằng sông Cửu Long “Nine Dragon river delta”) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southwestern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi). Lying between the Hau and Tien rivers in the centre of the Mekong Delta is Vĩnh Long – a province well known for fishing, abundance of tropical fruit and smiling faces.

A church near the floating market in Vinh Long

One of the first places we visited, and last, was the Cai Be floating Market in Vinh Long province. Most trade activity takes place early in the morning. Vendors advertise what produce they are selling on masts high above their boats.

Pumpkin farmer traders

Cai Be floating market

Pomelo traders

Eyes are painted on the boats to scare away river crocs!

Cai Be floating market

Cai Be Floating Market

Prawns and the Basa and Tra catfish are among the many types of fish that exist in abundance in the waters of Vĩnh Long.

Local fisherman

Crab pots (I think)

Traditional houses in the Delta

Gathering water hyacinth

Its rich, fertile soil makes Vĩnh Long an ideal location for growing of many exotic fruits, including the mangosteen, rambutan and durian.

The garden of Eden (one of the many islands in the province)

Local morning market

Our delightful homestay for the night!

Next up, we leave the “rice bowl” of Vietnam and head into the cooler climate of the South Central Highlands and the honeymoon town of Dalat.

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