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Cruising the Mekong Delta

By Viator, May 2014

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The Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam’s most dynamic and interesting regions -- a stark contrast to the largely modernized Ho Chi Minh City. The agricultural zone produces more than half of Vietnam’s rice and a wealth of other produce. As an important hideout for Viet Cong guerrillas during the war, the Mekong Delta also played a vital role in the country’s history, so if you really want to understand Vietnam’s past and present, plan to make a trip to the area.

Since the Mekong encompasses such a large region, you’ll serve yourself well by planning to spend at least a couple days exploring it. On a four day tour, you’ll get to see rural Vietnam in depth with local boat tours of the deltas and waterways, visits to floating markets and villages of stilted houses, drive through the picturesque rice paddies and learn about life and livelihood along the river banks.

If you have limited time in Vietnam, it’s possible to get a taste of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. A Mekong River cruise from Ho Chi Minh City will take you to the “rice bowl of Vietnam” to see the canals, waterways and floating markets that make the region famous. Once back in the big city, you’ll have a much better understanding of Vietnam’s people, culture and economy.

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