If you have loved Mekong Delta at first sight, why don’t you take an adventure to explore rural lifestyle and find out many things nice? Let’s note some tips for a perfect Mekong Delta trip.
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Mekong Delta is very potential destination for tourism which is original and different from all other regions in Vietnam. The delta has a pleasant tropical monsoon climate with two alternate seasons: dry and rainy. Dry season runs from November through April or May with average temperature around 28 °C and the rainy season is from May till October.
Mekong Delta is blessed with pleasant weather and peaceful landscape
Mekong Delta gets plenty of rain and hot, humid weather during the southwest monsoon from April to September, with June and July being especially wet. The southwest monsoon brings heaviest rains from May through October, giving additive effects on Mekong high flows, thus causing floods at various depths in scattered areas. However, there is no problem to visit the Mekong Delta in the rainy season – typically when the rain normally lasts for only about an hour.
At the beginning of the rain season, mostly in April, May and June, it has comfortable climate with light rain and warm weather so that the visitors can have a good time exploring the river areas and fruit gardens. Furthermore, travelers may be interested in festivals which occur in Can Tho around this time such as the Cholchonam Thomay (New Year) Festival and the Opening Crop Festival.
From June to September, it may be hot and humid but the greatest variety of tropical fruit is available only in these months.
During October and November, occasional flooding is expected, especially in remote areas around Dong Thap and Tra Vinh, so stay informed of regional weather forecast ahead of your trip if you are travelling in these months. Flood season, also known as the floating season, often last from August/September to November. Residents in the Mekong Delta area do not consider flooding as s natural disaster. The flood, however, sweeps everything away and brings a new face to the delta with its rich brown alluvial water. This is also the income season for local people with abundant fish and water vegetables. Farmers engage themselves in fishing either for home consumption or as an 'off-season' business. The waterfront life is most fascinating in this season. During the floating season in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, wild water lilies grow everywhere in rice fields covered by water. Even though the weather at this time is not really perfect, you have the advantage of more favorable prices and significantly fewer tourists.
Given its seasonal flooding, the Mekong Delta reveals its best during dry months from December to May when the sky is crystal clear, the land is lush and the water is calm.
To sum up, Mekong Delta can be visited all year round with fruits are available in four seasons and fresh environment. It is most vibrant in spring (flower season: late January - March) and early summer (fruit season: April - May), the best time to visit Mekong Delta, also the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general.
Located quite near Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta is easily accessible.
From Ho Chi Minh City, both tourist and local use buses to Ben Tre, My Tho and Can Tho. A bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre usually takes about 04 hours and costs VND 69,000 (around $3). 2 main bus stations in Ho Chi Minh City are Mien Dong Bus Station and Mien Tay Bus Station. On the other hand, in Ho Chi Minh City, you can also easily book a complete 2- to 5-day Mekong Delta Tour, where everything for you is regulated.
From Cambodia, it is easy to travel from Kampot to Ha Tien in Kien Giang Province. Besides, bus connection between Phnom Penh and Can Tho are now available.
Speed boat from Cambodia to Chau Doc
It is quite easy and convenient to travel from Cambodia to Mekong Delta by waterway. Several daily boats are available, connecting Phnom Penh and Chau Doc in An Giang Province, from slow boats to speed boats. Visa (e-visa is not accepted) can be obtained at the border, boat crew will handle the entry process. A journey on a slow boat can take up to 10 hours while the speed boat takes around 5 hours. Speed boats by Hang Chau Boat Company leave 7.30 every morning from International Phnom Penh Port at Sisowath Quay. Going by waterway is absolutely a perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Mekong River.
Mekong Delta is not only a perfect place for sightseeing, experiencing the unique and authentic culture but also a great destination for shopping.
Talking to Mekong Delta, the first image appearing is crowded and bustling floating markets. Floating markets are very popular in Mekong Delta, among which Cai Be, Cai Rang, Phong Dien and Ninh Kieu are the biggest and most outstanding ones.
Floating Market - A feast for the eyes
For those who are looking to get a taste of the local culture, cuisine in the Mekong can be quite interesting. Local favorites include:
A fruit orchard in Mekong Delta
Elephant’s Ear Fish
Hu tieu My Tho
In general, the Mekong Delta is truly a unique experience, unlike anywhere in Vietnam. One of the most attractive features of the Mekong is the local hospitality. Whether you want to come and discover a charming river town or enjoy the most fascinating landscapes in Vietnam, the Mekong Delta will never make you disappointed. A camera is a must in your pre-departure list when travelling to this land.
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