Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta forms the far southern region of Vietnam and is the rice bowl of the country. Dominated by the Mekong River and its many tributaries, the surrounding lands are a waterworld comprised of low-lying paddies and rivers bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries form a vast, dizzying network of canals and channels and for the independent traveller, these waterways are a great way to explore the Mekong Delta, best done at a leisurely pace.

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You could easily spend a month exploring this part of Vietnam, yet the vast bulk of travellers spend no more than a handful of days here, generally as a part of a hurried tour organised out of Saigon. If you do it yourself, the journey will take longer, it will cost more and it won’t be quite so comfortable — but you won’t be stuck in a prepackaged bubble throughout the region and chances are you’ll get to meet some ordinary people. See our Mekong Delta primer for the best way to tackle it independently.

Phu Quoc Island is developing rapidly and considerable steps are being taken to make it into the next big thing in Southeast Asian tourism. A new airport, paved roads, a slew of construction and a rare visa exemption deal for select nationals are being thrown in to sweeten the pot and lure Asian travellers.

The island’s dozen bays, fishing villages and pretty beaches are begging to be explored by motorbike. Phu Quoc will do the trick for beach bums looking for a fancy resort, budget digs or something in between.

15 destinations in Mekong Delta

Learn more about Hai Tac
Hai Tac

A backpacker’s treasure

Learn more about Sa Dec
Sa Dec

For lovers and flowers

Learn more about Can Tho
Can Tho

Come for the floating markets

Learn more about Nam Du
Nam Du

A taste of magic realism

Learn more about Hon Son
Hon Son

Island escape

Learn more about Chau Doc
Chau Doc

Next stop Cambodia.

Learn more about Vinh Long
Vinh Long

Island homestays

Learn more about Ben Tre
Ben Tre

Big skies, verdant scenery

Learn more about Rach Gia
Rach Gia

Next stop Phu Quoc!

Learn more about Tra Vinh
Tra Vinh

A Khmer town in the Delta

Learn more about Cao Lanh
Cao Lanh

Drop off the map

Learn more about My Tho
My Tho

A Delta taster

Learn more about Hon Chong
Hon Chong

A decent R&R stop

Learn more about Ha Tien
Ha Tien

Cambodia bound?

Learn more about Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island

Island time!