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We just got back from a two-day private tour to Mekong Delta spending the night in a homestay (which was pre-arranged by Mrs Trang of Eviva tour).

Different from the previous trip, we wanted to experience the daily life of local people in the Mekong Delta. “Abundant” is the best adjective to describe the delta. Created by alluvium of mighty Mekong River, the Mekong Delta is the biggest rice-growing region in the country and Vietnamese often refer it as Vietnam’s rice basket. The region is crisscrossed by the chocolate-coloured canals encompassing green fields and peaceful villages. This fertile delta nourishes the cultivation of not only rice, but also sugarcane, fruit, coconut, fish and shrimp which sustains life of its inhabitants. Everything grown in this land has its own purposes. For example, rice, fish and shrimps are used for daily meals; leaves are for salads and soups; fruit is used for desserts; banana stems are for rope and floating raft and water hyacinth is used for feeding cattle. Life of people here also depends on the river. With the help of our tour guide, it is not difficult to find a three-generation family that was born, lives and earns their livings in their vessels and homes on the water.

Fruit in Mekong Delta

Floating market of Cai Be is the most popular “work place” of people here. The daily life in Cai Be floating market starts from early dawn with noises and shouts of busy people and ends at noon. Dozens of boats carrying large amount of sugar cane, pineapples, jackfruit, pumpkins and vegetables were rowing around. Each boat has a tall wooden pole which displays a sample of what the boat’s owner sells, so that goods can be “advertised” and seen from a long distance.

Besides, there were many boats offering local soups, snacks and even coffee for dealers and buyers attending the market.

Customers generally use smaller boats which are filled with various products purchased.

We spent our night at a local family who offered homestay options. Everything was very simple and pretty much as what we expected from a Mekong Delta homestay – no hot water, no TV and of course, no wifi. The host was open, friendly and easygoing. She showed us around the backyard garden and duck farm where she collected almost everything to prepare for our meals. For dinner we had a selection of delicious Mekong food including duck soup with bamboo and a deep fried fish with mango sauce that was freshly caught from the river outside the house. All was cooked perfectly and full of flavour. To accompany the main dishes, we had fresh salad, vegetables and lots of other tropical fruit. I have included some photos below showing all the weird but juicy fruits growing in the garden of our host family.

If you are planning to travel to Vietnam, I really recommend a Mekong Delta trip with home-stay to get a much closer insight into the way of life in this wonderful part of the world.

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Imagine yourself on a rustic boat in the middle of a lush green world of a typical tropical forest, admire the very distinctive species you have never known of its existence. Come to these untouched forests of the Mekong Delta Vietnam and experience the most get-in-touch-with-nature moments of your life.

 Tra Su Forest in An Giang

Just about 20 km southwest from Chau Doc, Tra Su Forest is an evergreen ecosystem of cajuput trees lining in dusty paths and a flooded mangrove forest. The forest of 850 hectares is a natural paradise which homes 140 types of flora, 70 species of birds, 11 types of animals, 25 species of reptiles, and 23 kinds of fish. After getting on a rustic narrow boat, you will begin your journey into the world of an endless green. You will find yourselves zipping through a living carpet of water lettuce, so dense that you might forget that you are actually on the water. It costs 150,000 VND ($6.66 USD) for a boat. So if you are by yourself see if you can split a boat with another group.

Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap

The picturesque Tram Chim National Park, awash with tall grass, homes over 230 different birds, from slender-necked storks to the towering sarus cranes. The national park spreads around on 7,000 hectares of waterlogged land. Visit Tram Chim Park, you will have chance to admire the majestic flooded forests on boat, which will come within a few hundred meters from the various species of birds. You might also want to see the panoramas of the park’s greenery and birds in flight from the watchtower. There are several different routes for you to go around the park. The shortest route lasts for about 45 minutes (VND500,000 per boat) offer you a brief glimpse of the park. Longer routes will take you deeper into bird-watching territory.

Tan Lap Floating Village in Long An

Tan Lap floating village is an attractive tourism destination, exclusively for young backpackers. Located in the heart of Dong Thap Muoi Area, the village is a typical flooded land of the region. It is home to cajuput forest, lotus – water lily, water hyacinth, wild rice and hundred species of birds and fishes. Visit Tan Lap Floating Village Eco-tourism Site, you will have chance to walk on the path through cajuput forest and enjoy the panorama view of the cajuput forest from the observation tower. You may also want to take a boat along Rung Canal. It only costs 50,000 VND for one ticket with rowing boat and 130,000 VND for motorboat. The boatman will guide you to explore and learn about the vast eco-system of the forest.

U Minh Ha National Park in Ca Mau

Located in the southermost province of Ca Mau, U Minh Ha National Park is another natural gift of the Mekong Delta Vietnam. The 8,000ha national park has diverse varieties of flora and fauna typical of a seasonal wetland. The flora system includes immense cajuput forests on peat soil, seasonally flooded grasslands and vacant swamps. Visitors can use a boat or take in views from a 25-metre high tower. Freshwater fish are now reproducing in the park’s submerged forests. Visitors can join local people to fish, or collect honey from beehives.

Source: Blog.evivatour.com

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