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Mekong Delta - Top Famous Attractions 

The Mekong Delta, which is also known as the Western Region, has plenty of appealing tourist attractions with natural scenery, rich culture, and outstanding cuisine. If you are interested, below is a detailed list of the best places to visit in the Mekong River Delta.

1. Can Tho

Can Tho is Mekong Delta’s biggest, busiest and most developed city. This city is located right in the center of the Mekong Delta, hence the name “Western Capital” due to its ideal location, approximately 100 kilometers from other Mekong provinces. 

Can Tho

The hustle and bustle Can Tho

What it famous for

Thousands of boats pass through here every day, carrying products, making Can Tho the Mekong Delta's political, economic, cultural, and transportation hub. 

Can Tho also known as a riverine city, has a system of interlaced rivers, and a large area of lush orchards and fields. This place is also the home of three ethnic groups living together, hence the cultural diversity and unique lifestyles - a typical cultural feature of the South. 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Can Tho is from June to August since it was the fruit season. You can go shopping for tasty Vietnamese fruits here.

Where to go

Here are some famous spots in this city: Cai Rang floating market, Ninh Kieu Wharf, Binh Thuy Ancient House, Ong Pagoda, ...


2. Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang Floating Market is a unique and typical type of market that can be found only in the Mekong Delta. Located on the Can Tho river, 46 Hai Ba Trung street, Ninh Kieu district, the market is about 6 km away from Can Tho city center. From Ninh Kieu Wharf, it takes 30 minutes to reach this place.

What it famous for

Cai Rang Floating Market was recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2016 for its unique characteristic. If you want to learn more about the Western Region lifestyle, this is the most typical, bustling, and famous market for its culture. 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit this attraction is from 4.00 - 5.00 in the morning. By this time, the boats had begun racing to the market, you will not only be immersed in the lively atmosphere, bustling with buyers and sellers but also have the opportunity to admire the beautiful dawn. 

Arrive at the market center around 6.00, you can even have breakfast right on the boat, a great way to try traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

Cai Rang floating market

Fresh fruits in Cai Rang floating market


3. Cai Be 

Only 70km away from Can Tho, Cai Be has long been known as the West Region's fruit orchard. Tangerine, rambutan, and durian are all well-known fruits from this place. 

Cai Be's orchard

Lush Orange orchards in Cai Be

What it famous for

Besides being a fruit paradise, Cai Be also is the land of floating markets and traditional crafts. Visitors to Cai Be can enjoy the rustic countryside atmosphere, as well as the beauty of fruit gardens, rice fields, and peaceful riverside. The people here are extremely friendly and welcoming.

Where to go

Cai Be has many tourist attractions that draw visitors. These are some famous places to visit: Cai Be floating market, An Binh island, My Thuan Bridge, Cai Be Cathedral, Cai Be Orchards...

What to do

It is recommended to take guided tours to explore Cai Be and its rich culture as it helps travelers get closer to the local’s daily life. You can choose to explore Cai Be with Mekong cruises. If you prefer to travel independently, you can also appreciate the place by bicycling on the canals' side roads.


4. Tan Phong Islet

Tan Phong Islet is a famous tourist destination located between the Tien River and the right bank of Cai Be floating market and just over 20 km from My Tho city. 

What it famous for

Tan Phong has a size of over one thousand hectares, the climate here is fresh, cool, and alluvium is accreted, so it becomes a suitable land for orchards with fruits such as rambutan, longan, pomelo, orange, etc.

What to do

In addition to visiting lush orchards, visitors can cycle around the island to enjoy the natural scenery, or learn about handicrafts such as knitting coconut leaves, knitting baskets, and making rice paper, …

For culture lovers, listening to “Đon ca tai tu” will be an unforgettable experience. You will clearly feel the Western culture through these songs. Besides, you can also enjoy traditional foods while listening to the artists, which can satisfy all of your senses. 

Tan Phong Islet

Experiencing "Don ca tai tu" in Tan Phong Islet 

In conclusion, Mekong Delta is an area that deserves to be explored with its rich culture, friendly people, delicious cuisine and tranquil scenery. Hope this guide can help you get a glimpse of some famous places to visit in the Mekong River Delta.


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