Exploring the colorful rhythm of the flood season in Mekong Delta
Every season, Mekong Delta has its own beauty. If the dry season attracts tourists by ancient Champa temples or fruit-laden islets, the flood season will make tourists feel much more unforgettable with many interesting experiences here.
You may be worried about the weather but believe us, the flood season is extremely vibrant and colorful. It also characterizes the river terrain in the Mekong Delta.
If you are curious about the flood season here, let us take you to the lively world of Southern Vietnam at this time.
Why is it called the flood season?
The Mekong River brings many benefits for cultivation and fisheries, especially during flood seasons. The supply of irrigation water, sediment and alum washing for rice land, along with the abundant amount of fish and shrimps, have made the residents here rather live with floods than building dams like in the Red River Delta.
That’s why it is called the flood season. Perhaps, it has created an attraction for this place, making it one of the highlights of Southern Vietnam tourism.
What to do in the Mekong Delta in the flood season
Visit Tra Su melaleuca forest
Tra Su melaleuca forest
If you come here in the flood season, renting a boat to explore the canals will be extremely interesting. In the flood season, the water overflows with green duckweeds.
In Tra Su cajuput forest, coming to the tourist area, you will see the fixed price for each service. The boat trip is about VND 60,000/person. If you're lucky, you may experience catching fish by nets with the fishers.
Have breakfast on Cai Rang floating market
Traffic in the Mekong Delta is mainly boats, so floating markets are considered as the spirit of the place. These markets are really worth visiting during your trip to Vietnam thanks to its unique beauty.
Here, the most famous one is Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho. You will have countless unforgettable memories here, such as buying fruits or eating "hu tieu" on the river, watching the bustling trading scene, etc. Note that you should get here early in the morning, from 5:00 am, to avoid being late.
In Cai Rang floating market, you contact Mr. Thai (093 9729 609) to book tickets.
Travel through canals on boats
Visiting the Mekong Delta canals on boats
From August, water from the upper Mekong River in Cambodia flows to the Southwest, through An Giang, Dong Thap, and other branches of the Mekong River into the sea.
Sticking with that river scene are boats. They have become an indispensable image in people's lives, a unique cultural beauty that this place has.
Boats are the best way to observe the river life of the local people. So, we recommend you to book a boat tour in the Four Holy Animal islets (Dragon - Unicorn - Turtle - Phoenix islets). You will be able to go through rice fields, floating houses, go biking on fruit-laden islands, and meet friendly fishers.
Also, the tour package here is relatively cheap, about VND 400,000 - 500,000/guest. You won't have to worry about your itineraries and experiences.
Admire the bird species in Tram Chim
In the flood season, the landscape in Tram Chim bird sanctuary (Dong Thap province) is like wearing a new coat. Trees are more abundant, and all bird species also gather here to find food.
Guests will experience the feeling of sitting on small boats to go deep into the quiet creeks, listening to the storks, cranes, cauldrons, or lesser whistling ducks every time they fly by.
Explore floating villages
The scenery of many Mekong Delta fishing villages in the flood season (nld.com.vn)
The two most popular floating villages in the Mekong Delta are Tan Lap and Chau Doc.
Chau Doc floating village is a typical image of the idyllic life of the Southwest river people. Along the Hau River are fish rafts and floating houses lined up to form a village. They stretch for several kilometers.
Tan Lap floating village is located in Long An province, about 100 km to the west of HCMC. Located in the center of Dong Thap Muoi, Tan Lap floating village is a wetland with diverse forest habitats.
Running through Tan Lap floating village is Rung canal. In front of the village is the peaceful Vam Co Tay River. Looking from above, Tan Lap is like an oasis hidden in the immense melaleuca forest each flood season.
Although the dry season is more recommended, the rainy season has its own exciting and unique features. If you need further information about the Mekong Delta tours, feel free to contact us. Don’t hesitate to like and share the article with others if you find it useful for you. Thank you.