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Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

The comma-shaped flatland stretching from Ho Chi Minh City to the southwest of the Gulf of Thailand is the fertile Mekong Delta. To Vietnamese, the region is known as Cuu Long or “Nine Dragons”. The name is originated from the nine tributaries of the Mekong River that enter the South of Vietnam before emptying into the sea.

Mekong Delta
The delta, which is often referred to as Vietnam’s rice bowl, is the biggest rice producing region pumping out more than a third of the country annual food crop. The rich alluvial soils here can produce up to three harvests a year.  Other prominent delta products include coconut palms, sugar cane, seasonal fruit and fish.

Mekong Delta seems never cease to amaze travelers by its diversity. You will be astonished by vast paddy fields, lush orchards, swamplands and intricate network of canals and rivers flowing through the region like arteries. Needless to say, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river. Many villages are accessible by waterways rather than by road, and people earn their living on the water as well. Its major towns include My Tho, Vinh Long, Can Tho and Chau Doc. Given its seasonal flooding, the best time to visit the delta is in the dry season, which runs from December to May.

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