Check out our guide to the Mekong Delta: best time to travel, things to do and what to eat and start planning your trip!
Known as the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta in Southeast Vietnam is one of the world’s greatest river regions. With magnificent natural landscapes, wonderful food and above than that, friendly Southern people, the Mekong Delta is such an ideal tourist destination. Explore this travel guide to plan your own Mekong Delta trip or go on Mekong Delta tailor-made tours to make the most of your journey!
Best time to visit Mekong Delta
Dry season, which starts from November to March is the best time to visit Mekong Delta, also the best time to visit Vietnam in general.In this season, the temperature is around 28°C, the humidity level is low; therefore, you can expect more pleasant weather with clearer blue skies and calm water.
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What to do in Mekong Delta
You can partake in Mekong Delta tailor-made tours with a tailor-made itinerary designed just for you to make the most of your travel. There are many online tour operators providing Vietnam tailor-made tours and Mekong Delta tailor-made tours. Otherwise, you can plan your own trip with these below-suggested activities:
Experience the floating market
Experiencing the floating market on a boat is one of the top things to do in Mekong Delta. Paddling your way down the river, you can buy good directly from merchant ships or try tasty local dish for breakfast on a boat.
Cai Rang Floating Market
There are many floating markets in the Mekong Delta for you to consider: Cai Be, Phong Dien, Nga Bay, etc, but the most popular one is Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho Province. These floating markets open early in the morning (from 3-4AM) and get busy around 5-6AM. Therefore, you should remember to get up early to enjoy the most exciting activity in the region.
Relax on a river cruise
Spend your day relaxing on a cruise along the Mekong River is such a best way to get the most out of the colourful life in the Mekong Delta. From the cruise, you can feast your eyes with the rustic scenery of lush vegetation, fruit orchards, ancient temples and enchanting villages. Gliding through wonderful water landscapes, you will also have the chance to take a closer insight into the local life of people in the water world of the delta.
Go bird watching
If you are interested in bird-watching, you can’t miss a visit to Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province. This is an ideal spot to watch more than 300 bird species and also one of the most attractive eco-tourism destinations in Vietnam.
What to eat in Mekong Delta
Bun Ca (Fish noodle soup)
This noodle soup is made from fish caught from the Mekong river, thin noodle and soup cooked from fish bones. This is a popular dish in this region and people here often have it for breakfast.
Hu Tieu (Noodle Soup)
Hu Tieu is a common type of noodle made from familiar ingredients such as meat, shrimp, clear rice noodle and served with soup and a variety of herbs. With sweet taste and distinctive, Hu Tieu Sa Dec and Hu Tieu My Tho are two most popular dishes in this region
Lau Mam (Hotpot with macerated fish)
The hotpot is made from macerated mud carp fish, cooked with bone broth or coconut water and added with meatballs, shrimp, thin slices of pork, chicken, and other vegetables To enjoy hotpot, people often gather around the table and put ingredients into the hotpot.
Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Sizzling Cake)
Banh Xeo is a savoury Vietnamese dish made from rice flour and stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts, and pork. Banh Xeo is served with fish sauce dipping and a variety of Vietnamese fresh herbs. It is advised that you should taste it right after it is cooked to enjoy the crispy Vietnamese Sizzling cake.
Banh Pia(Pia Cake)
Banh Pia is a famous speciality in Soc Trang Province in Mekong Delta. The cake’s crust is made from wheat flour and the filling is made from rice sticky flour, salted duck egg, pork fat and mung bean paste. Durian or taro flavour is optionally added to the cake. This is a speciality that tourist travelling to Mekong Delta can buy for friends and family as a gift after the trip.