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Vietnam - Mekong River canal

 

The vast Mekong Delta is known as ‘The rice bowl of Vietnam’

The vast Mekong Delta is known as ‘The rice bowl of Vietnam’ and covers 13 provinces in the south-west of the country. The mighty Mekong and its numberless waterways seep across this region and create a fertile waterscape.

Rice fields, fish farms and orchards dot the countryside.

The Mekong’s floating markets bustle with trade and every boat’s prow is painted with eyes to ward off ‘river monsters’. Water coconut palms trail across the river’s surface and cycle ways perch on its banks.

In addition to rice the Delta produces shrimp, coconut, sugarcane and fruit, and many small producers allow visits to observe traditional production methods. Rural home stays afford an added insight into the local culture.

Can Tho, the Delta’s largest city, is a popular base for visits to floating markets and also has excellent restaurants.

Chau Doc’s sacred mountain has sweeping views to the border with Cambodia

Far away Chau Doc’s sacred Sam Mountain (Nui Sam) has sweeping views to the border with Cambodia.

Tropical Phu Quoc Island was once known for its black pepper and fish sauce but is lauded by travellers for its diving, kayaking and fine beaches.

 

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