THE MIGHTY MEKONG
The Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam’s most unlikely pockets of geography. The Mekong River, one of the world’s great rivers, begins in Tibet, descends through China, touches Myanmar and Thailand, winds through Laos and Cambodia, and ends right here in southern Vietnam. But before it spills into the sea it splinters into several smaller rivers, feeding the land with nutrients and perfecting the land for farming.
An enormous nutrient-rich patch of land didn’t go unnoticed by early settlers, which is why it’s been fought over for thousands of years, from early struggles between the Cham and Khmer right up until the civil war. But peace won out in the end, and now it’s one of Vietnam’s must-see landscapes.
Explore our Mekong Delta itineraries that give you plenty of opportunities to devour fresh food from Vietnam’s “rice basket”, lose yourself in the vast display of canal networks, and crisscross farms and rice paddies by bicycle.