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Need suggestions about our trip to Saigon - Mekong Delta

Posted by Maryhass on 21/9/2017 at 22:01

My family including a kid of 8 is preparing for the trip to Saigon in December. We intend to spend 4-5 days in Saigon, then move to and stay in Mekong Delta for one week. This is second time I have visited Vietnam and want to be involved in a lot of activities and explore many destinations. Very excited about floating markets and villages. How'll be Mekong Delta in December? After google search, I find that some areas in Mekong Delta have great flood. Does the flood obstruct our trip? Any suggestions about things to do? Thanks.

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Posted by Want2BHappy on 22/9/2017 at 15:53

December is generally lovely weather in the Delta and you'ld be unlucky to have major flooding.

But weather these days is getting a little bitty Old Testament, so who knows.

I'd say go for it and then make alternative plans if it turns out that there is a problem. You don't need to book ahead anyway...

Background reading: http://www.marecentre.nl/people_and_the_sea_5/documents/TranThiTrieu.pdf

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Posted by somtam2000 on 22/9/2017 at 17:06 admin

Yeah I wouldn't be too concerned about the weather - December should be great.

There was a story recently about how the floating markets are shrinking in size as the Delta modernises and shifts to land-based markets and supermarkets. You can read the piece here.

Aside from the floating markets, around Vinh Long, there are some popular homestays—more here.


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Posted by shahfieldd on 22/9/2017 at 22:12

One week in Mekong Delta is enough for you to explore a lot. December is in flood season in Mekong Delta but the flood here is not regarded as a natural disaster. Moreover, the locals catch a host of sea products that are processed into many unique dishes. You can try the food in floating markets. In reality, floating markets and villages are the most impressive ones in provinces of Mekong Delta. There are some famous floating markets here such as Cai Be, Cai Rang and Long Xuyen. But I like Cai Rang the most because types of goods here are more diverse than other markets. For accommodations, it is suggested to do homestay provided by Mekong Delta Tours. The homestays often have cottage roofs and wood floor so the air is so cool. The surrounding area has many trees.

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Posted by Maryhass on 3/11/2017 at 02:18

Sorry for being so late in thanking all of you for offering useful information!

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