Mekong Delta Map
The delta is a web of waterways from the Mekong River that covers an area of about 60,000km across three provinces. It is called the 'rice basket' of Vietnam because it yields 50% of all the rice supply in the country, as well as other produce. This landscape, consisting of rice paddies, sugar-cane fields as well as fruit and vegetable gardens, is home to a population of about 17 million. As expected, most of the inhabitants are involved in farming and fishing.
Most tourists are encouraged to visit the Mekong Delta, as no trip to Vietnam would be complete without it. Life along the river is something to see, and the region's southern charm is truly refreshing after visiting the country's busy cities. There are organized tours available in the region, and these include trips (by bus and boat) to fruit orchards, craft villages and floating markets. Some tours also take travellers to what used to be Viet Cong hideouts, because the delta used to be a hideaway for guerrillas.
Other Mekong Delta attractions include fish farms, flower markets, and bird sanctuaries. Indeed, the delta is a recommended stop for all nature lovers.