Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

MEKONG DELTA, VIETNAM TRAVEL GUIDE

9/30/2019

Mekong Delta is a series of steams branching out throughout the southwestern areas of Vietnam. According to our guide, the stream has a mud-dish color since it passes by China, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.
Mekong Delta: southwestern region in Vietnam
Country: Vietnam
Coordinates: 110.0634° N, 105.5943° E
What to eat: Seafood, Pho (rice noodles), Coconut mouse, fruits, etc.
What to do: nature exploration, boat rides, trekking
Ideal time to visit: November to March to get the warmest temperature and good wave conditions
Language: Vietnamese/English
Currency: Vietnam Dong. (Philippine Peso: 53PHP = 1USD = 26,000 VND)

Iain at the Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography

Iain, Nathan, Cheloi & Renz (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
Monks at the Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda (c) Renz Mina Photography
HOW TO PLAN YOUR MEKONG DELTA DAY TRIP:
1. DIY
A do-it-yourself trip is always the best way to imerse within the community. The trip is based on your own pacing and interests. To know how to travel to Mekong Delta on a day trip, you may read Mekong Delta DIY Tour by Frugal Frolicker

2. BOOK WITH KLOOK
For a hassle-free trip, we booked with Klook. It is our go-to travel app when for tours. They offer arranged trips where you can visit the sites with fellow travelers. For Mekong Delta, they offer two trips that can suit your interests:

Full Day Excursion To Mekong Delta - 832PHP +/-

🚩Vinh Trang Pagoda
🚩Boat ride along the Tien River
🚩Lunch at Tortoise islet
🚩Boat ride to An Khanh in Ben Tre
🚩seasonal fruits & honey tea snacks with Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by the locals
🚩Visit a coconut candy family business

Our Tour Guide (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh - 3,068PHP +/-
🚩Exploration of the tunnel systems &  introductory video about how the tunnels were made and how Vietnamese people survived in the harsh conditions during wartime in Cu Chi Tunnels
🚩Special tea and cassava snacks similar to guerrillas’ food during the war
🚩Lunch at a local restaurant

🚩Boat ride along My Tho River

🚩Short bicycle ride around the village in My Tho city
🚩Visit a coconut candy family business
🚩seasonal fruits & honey tea snacks with Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by the locals

Why book with Klook? 

It was easy and accessible since we booked it online and received the confirmation instantly. It is actually cheaper compared to other tour agencies-- you can see how much you've saved, and this spared us from booking scammed tours. So in all our travels, we trust Klook!
Honeybees (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
Cheloi holding the honeybees (c) Renz Mina Photography
We booked the Full Day Excursion To Mekong Delta since our goal for the day was Mekong Delta.

VINH TRANG PAGODA

Vĩnh Tràng pagoda is one of the intricately-designed pagodas we've seen in Vietnam. 

Reclining Buddha at the Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda (c) Renz Mina Photography



Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography

Jovelle at the Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
TIEN RIVER & TORTOISE ISLET
We cruised for 30 minutes along the Tien River towards Tortoise Islet for lunch.

View while cruising at Tien River (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
View while cruising at Tien River (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography

Our lunch (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
CRUISING TO ALONG MEKONG RIVER
This would be the highlight of the Mekong Delta trip, although, cruising along the streams was too short-- probably less than 10 minutes.

Kat cruising along Mekong River (c) Renz Mina Photography
Vietnamese woman driving a boat along Mekong River (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
Rae, Cheloi, Iaian, Jovelle cruising along Mekong River (c) Renz Mina Photography
COCONUT CANDY
After our boat ride, we were dropped at a local stop where a family creates coconut candies. We got a chance to taste not just coconut candies, but also different fruit flavored candies. They were also selling coconut oil and even make-up made of coconut!
Nathan with a python, a pet by the local familu (c) Renz Mina Photography
Creating coconut candy (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
Dead Snake & Scorpion Wine (c) Renz Mina Photography
Dead Snake & Scorpion Wine (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
FRUITS, HONEY TEA AND SOUTHERN VIETNAMESE FOLK MUSIC
Our first stop was at a local community where they harvest honey. We got to taste local-grown fruits served with homemade tea mixed with honey which has the perfect amount of sweetness. We felt welcome as they serenade us with southern Vietnamese folk music.

Honey Tea (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography

Vietnamese Musicians (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
Vietnamese Musicians (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography

Vietnamese Musicians (c) Jovelle Palicpic Photography
It was a brief visit and although we went to different locations, we knew it was not enough to see and experience of Mekong Delta. Mekong Delta is a unique destination and we can't wait to explore it more!


FOOTNOTES:

Photos by Jovelle Palicpic and Renz Mina | Shot with Canon 70D and Samsung NX300 | Mekong River Delta, Vietnam | Aug 2019

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