Mekong Delta Inn
The ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’, the scenic Mekong delta is sandwiched with stunning hues of greens, between soothing blues above and below. We had two options for the day trip- a full day trip or a half day one. We chose the former.1. Vietnamese artefacts showroomFact: Vietnam’s arts and crafts use a lot of processed egg shells. We made a brief stopover at one such showroom and were in awe of the stunners that ranged from plates to dining tables and even sofas. Didn’t buy any as the prices quoted seemed on the higher side.
The River of Nine Dragons, or Mekong, is one of the world's mighty rivers. We realized at this point in our travel that we have followed the route of this river throughout. We started high in the Tibetan Plateau eight months ago, down into China, across Laos, and now the full length of Vietnam. Twenty six hundred miles from its origin, we followed the river down to the southernmost tip of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta. This rich, fertile delta is fed from soil washed from the high plateaus and all points in between. Fifty thousand people depend on this river for their livelihood in Vietnam alone and with multiple dams being built in China, the environmental impact will surely be felt downstream. We took a Mekong Delta Day tour out of Saigon and were joined by 13 others. Transferring over to canoes we explored up into the far reaches of the canals and waterways that weave the fabric of life in the Mekong Delta.
Cai Rang Floating Market
Hire a boat to witness the early morning Cai Rang floating market, which is the biggest of all the floating markets in the Vietnam Mekong Delta region and enjoy a bowl of noodle for breakfast on the floating market. It is the least explored city in Mekong Delta with hardly few tourists wandering along its streets.