Which Vietnam regions does the Mekong River touch?
Vietnam is one of six countries where the Mekong River flows through. The Mekong region here is also called the Southwest or the Mekong Delta. The topography of the plain with interlacing canals has made this place a unique culture and majestic nature, attracting many tourists to explore.
If you are planning to come to Vietnam to visit the Mekong River, you need to know the geographical features and outstanding activities here. That is what will be raised in this article.
Let's find out.
How long is the Mekong River in Vietnam?
In Phnom Penh, the Mekong River starts to be divided into two branches by flow from North to South. To Vietnam, the right bank is called Hau Giang or Hau River and the left bank is Tien Giang or Tien River. Both flow into the vast delta region of South Vietnam, about 220-250 km long each.
In Vietnam, the Mekong River is also known as the Cai River or Cuu Long River. The flow of these two branches is very large, about 6,000 cubic meters/second in the dry season up to 120,000 cubic meters/second in the rainy season. It carries a lot of alluvial deposits to the Southern Delta.
Which Vietnam cities and provinces does the river touch?
Tien River and Hau River flow through Can Tho city and provinces of Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, An Giang, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, and Soc Trang.
The life in the Mekong Delta
Tien Giang, Ben Tre and most of Dong Thap province are on the left side of the Tien River. The provinces of Vinh Long and Tra Vinh, a majority of Dong Thap and An Giang provinces are located between the Tien River and the Hau River. On the right of Hau river are Long Xuyen province and Ca Mau peninsula.
Top must-do things on the Mekong Delta River
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.
Perhaps, it has created an attraction for this place, making it one of the highlights of Southern Vietnam tourism.
Visit orchid islands
One of the features in Mekong Delta is the fruit-laden islands. Of which, the most famous are the Four Holy Animal islets (Dragon - Unicorn - Turtle - Phoenix islets) because coming here, you will be delighted to eat tropical fruits such as rambutan, mango, or dragon fruit, etc.
Depending on the season, the gardens here may have different fruits. However, usually in the summer (around June, July, and August), it is the ripe fruit season in the Southwest.
Particularly here, we recommend you to book a boat tour because the tour package here is relatively cheap, about VND 400,000 - 500,000/guest.
Take a deeper nature exploration on a boat
Traveling around the Mekong River Vietnam by boat
The flood season in the Mekong Delta is considered to have the most colorful life. Trees are richer and all species also gather here to find food.
If you come here in the flood season, renting a boat to explore the canals will be extremely interesting. If you're lucky, you may experience catching fish by nets with the fishers. Also, the boat will take you to the rice fields, Tra Su melaleuca forest (An Giang), or bird sanctuaries, etc.
Taste “Hu Tieu” (Southern-style Pho) at 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.
Go on a cruise tour
Cruise tours are the best way to explore the river life.
Stay in a Mekong Delta cruise
Joining the Mekong Delta cruise tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many famous spots between Cambodia and Vietnam such as Angkor Complex, Royal Palace, Tonle Sap, etc.
If you don't have much time, then you should spend 4 or 5 days on a Mekong River cruise to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap to sail closer to the local villages and traditional workshops in Vietnam and explore the bustling Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Hope that with our guides on the Mekong River in Vietnam, your trip will be more convenient. 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.