Mekong Delta Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
An interesting region of the country on a Vietnam vacvation is located in Southwestern Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a network of distributaries emptying into the South China Sea from the Mekong River, which originates in the Tibetan highland plateau 2800 miles away.
The Vietnamese name for Mekong Delta is Cuu Long, meaning nine dragons, for the nine mouths that terminate the flow of the river as it absorbs in the sea.
In Vietnam, the Mekong Delta covers a region of 39,000 sq kms (15,000 sq mi) and lies west of Ho Chi Minh City, forming a triangle stretching from My Tho in the east, Chau Doc in the northwest, and Ca Mau in the south, including the South China Sea and the island of Phu Quoc.
Firmly under Vietnamese administrative control in the late 17th century, after its detachment from Cambodia, the Mekong Delta was then part of Cochinchina, France’s first colony in Vietnam, later becoming part of French Indochina. In the 1950s, the Mekong Delta’s patrolled waterways were the site of the First Indochina War, with the communist coalition league, Viet Minh, after France’s re-occupation post World War II. The Mekong Delta was then site of battle coined as the Second Indochina War, between Viet Minh and the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Following independence from France, Vietnam was attacked in the 1970s by the Khmer Rouge, who unsuccessfully tried to reclaim the Mekong Delta. This led to Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia and subsequent downfall of the Khmer Rouge.
Much of life in Mekong Delta revolves around the river, with some villages accessible only by boat. Agriculturally rich, the Mekong Delta provides lush rice fields, yielding half of Vietnam’s supply of rice. In addition, dubbed as a ‘biological treasure trove’, the Mekong Delta features over 10,000 new species discovered in previously unexplored areas, all adding to the attraction of a Vietnam vacation.
Mekong Delta’s largest city, Can Tho, is the economic, cultural, and scientific centre of the region. Noted for its floating market, rice-paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals, it is also home to Southeast Asia’s longest cable-stayed bridge.
Home to Cai Luong, Vietnamese folk opera, Mekong Delta offers visitors a glimpse into Vietnamese rural life and its Viet and Khmer culture on Vietnam vacation packages.
Vietnam Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Vietnam, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Vietnam's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Vietnam for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Vietnam tours today!
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