Mekong Delta traditional trade villages | Three unique prisms


Although brought to the World long after the rest of the country, Mekong Delta, a large wetland of Southern Vietnam bears its own unlikeness that you can hardly ever find somewhere else. Mekong, on one hand, is a star in the category of Vietnam countryside tour. On the other hand, the utmost serenity this Southern delta has got to offer you makes it a great contrast to other parts of the country. Traditional trade villages are a typical sample behind the reason why you should make it to this ending part of Vietnam.


Serene Mekong Delta

Sa Đéc rice powder village   

Sa Đéc City, Đồng Tháp Province, is one of the largest foodstuff transit spots all over Mekong Delta. Most of the locals think about Sa Đéc as a paradise of flowers. However, the tradition of making rice powder is another big name that contributes to the formation of Sa Đéc reputation. The rice powder village has been existing for over half a century. Its high productivity has been able to meet the consuming need of Saigon, its surrounding area as well as other ASEAN countries.


Rice powder

There are two basic types of products. Fresh and wet rice powder is handed over to food manufacturing factories whilst dry powder is stored for upcoming usage. With the rice powder used as the main ingredient, Viet like us are able to come up with countless food elements such as phở, rice noodles (hủ tiếu), vermicelli noodles (bún), rice cakes and so on. Sa Đéc rice powder is famed for its savor of chewiness, softness and a unique rice fragrance. Once your trip to Southern Vietnam is sorted out, do not forget to contact a local Vietnam local tour operator for a customized trip to this village.


Rice noodles

Lai Vung fermented pork roll village

Lai Vung District in Đồng Tháp Province has long been known all over the Southern domain of Vietnam as a long-founded fermented pork roll village. Located in the Northern face of the Hậu River, Lai Vung Village was born roughly over 60 years of age ago and proudly listed in an archive of nearly 30 trade villages in Đồng Tháp Province.


The making of fermented pork roll

Lai Vung fermented pork rolls are Mekong exotic food with its special taste. The progress of finalizing a piece of fermented pork is painstaking including various different stages. Just in case you are wondering, pork is first smashed, while pork skin then is shredded into small pieces, which are all mixed alongside with pepper, chili, and Indian Coral tree leaf and then wrapped around with fresh banana leaf and left to rest within 3 to 4 days to form fermentation at around 27 to 30oC. A well-made fermented pork roll must contain finely selected and fresh meat as well as flavors used must be balance and the whole roll are perfectly wrapped. Various Vietnam travel agencies are offering available packages to Đồng Tháp Province so do not worry about missing this impeccable trade village.


On the inside

Châu Đốc fermented fish paste

Châu Đốc fermented fish paste making village at Sam Mountain, An Giang Province manufacture multiple highly reputed types of fermented fish paste that drive a great attention of Vietnam locals in the area in every single of their visit to Châu Đốc. Châu Đốc fermented fish paste is the king of all exotic cuisine, which is made out of a great fusion of exclusively rewarded natural ingredients on this land. They are the palm sugar from the Palmyra trees found on the mountainous region, the rice mash essence coming from the rich alluvial rice paddies, and last but not least, a must-have add-in of a prosperous source of fresh-water aquatic products.


Fermented fish paste paradise

Nowadays, many households following this type of career choose to combine traditional manual progress along with modern technology with a view to producing diversified kinds without losing the initial taste and essence. If you have a chance to visit Châu Đốc in a Vietnam countryside tour, especially the Sam Mountain’s complication, give it a go to try this type of unique delicacy.

The list of long-established trade villages in Southern Vietnam and Mekong Delta virtually does not end here. However, these three above are the best iconic candidates that give you a good look into a part of Mekong soul, which plays an important role in offering you the finest essential Vietnam tour you have ever found.

Can Tho – the top destination for Vietnam countryside tour


Can Tho City, located in the center of Mekong Delta is the economic and cultural center of the south-west area of Vietnam. It has a complex of rivers and canals such as Hau River, Can Tho River, Thot Not, O Mon canals. Can Tho is considered as “the green lung of Mekong Delta”, which create a simple and poetic beauty for the city.

Can Tho is a perfect countryside in Vietnam where you can take a boat trip along Mekong River, visit orchards, cycle through immense rice paddles.

Many travel agencies offer Saigon – Can Tho tour, so that you can easily move from Saigon to Can Tho. From the vibrant and crowded city of Ho Chi Minh, coming to Can Tho, you can have an absolutely lovely countryside tour with a peaceful and natural environment. Here are some places that you should visit when traveling to Can Tho.

Long Tuyen Ancient Village

Long Tuyen Ancient Village

Long Tuyen ancient village

Long Tuyen is located in the south of Can Tho city, on the southeast part of Can Tho River. The village is not only famous for historic and cultural relics but the attractive natural scenery. Long Tuyen features typical lifestyle in Mekong River Delta with its channel landscapes and orchards.

The architecture and culture in Long Tuyen are unique because it is the combination of various cultures from Western to Eastern, including Chinese, French, American, Cham, and Japanese. The village also possesses six of 18 national relics in Can Tho, including famous locations such as Binh Thuy Temple, Nam Nha Pagoda or Binh Thuy Old House.

Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stock Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary is located about 60km from Can Tho city. It is actually a private garden owned by farmer Nguyen Ngoc Thuyen. In 1983, a flock of various kinds of storks suddenly gather in his garden and live here since then. Today, there are thousands of storks nesting in the garden, including 11 different kinds of storks such as fly stork, egret, heron, pelican, woodpecker, etc. Visiting Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary, you can have the chance to see the view of birds returning home in the late afternoon after a whole day of seeking food in other places. Watching thousands of storks flying around and gather in the garden is very exotic scenery.

Cai Rang floating market

As you know, floating markets are the one-and-only feature in the Mekong Delta area. And Cai Rang floating market is amongst the three biggest ones in Can Tho. It is open all day but is at its busiest from the sunrise to 9:00 AM. In the river area of about 1km length, there are hundreds of boats and canoes gathering together, selling and buying diversified products, from local agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood to other services such as coffee, drinks, etc. Visiting this special market, you can get to know the amazing cultural aspects of southerners.

Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market 

A special thing about floating market is everything is implemented on the boat drifting on the river. In a river area of 1km length, there are a hundred boats and canoes gather together, creating a very impressive and bustling scene. The sellers and also rowers use their amazing skill to juke their boat in that crowded place without causing an accident.

Also, Cai Rang Floating Market is a place for enjoying wonderful local foods and drinks as well as discovering Sothern Vietnamese culture. You can find floating restaurants, floating bars, floating gas stations, and many other floating shops. A lot of special dishes of the South are presented here, including Hu Tieu (Kuy Teav), beef noodle, bun rieu, and other traditional cakes. Sitting on a boat beyond an immense beauty of Mekong River and enjoying tasteful foods is an extraordinary experience in your trip.

Tay Do night market

Tay Do night market

Tay Do night market

Tay Do night market is located about 1km from Can Tho center of the city, on the west side of Hau River. It is not only a trading market but also an entertaining activity as well as tourist destination. Although it has operated in recent years, Tay Do night market is considered to be a characteristic of cultural tourism in Can Tho. It is trading center of southern provinces. It also has many other services such as foods, entertainment. Tay Do night market has the architecture in harmony with the surrounding landscape and environment, imbued the southern Vietnam style. Stalls are divided by very scientific, clear, neat. The road to the market is asphalted and wide. Visiting here is the best way to study culture and tradition of Can Tho people.

My Khanh orchard

My Khanh orchard

Boat trip in My Khanh Orchard

My Khanh orchard has more than 20 kinds of fruits including a lot of tropical fruits such as mango, rambutan, durian, etc. You can walk in this large orchard and pick up your favorite fruits and enjoy the fresh air of a countryside village. This is the best place that you can see very ‘Vietnam Southern’ features for your countryside tour. Also, you can join a lot of activities such as cycling, boat trip, and experience the life of landlord in the feud time.

Your Vietnam countryside tour to Can Tho can bring you a lot of interesting experiences because of Vietnam Southern lifestyle. Can Tho is always the top destination when you travel to Ho Chi Minh City and wonder where to go in Southern Vietnam.