THE MIGHTY MEKONG
The Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam’s most unlikely pockets of geography. The Mekong, 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 iconic landscapes.
Here you can tuck into Vietnam’s freshest food, get lost in a myriad canal network, and crisscross farms on a bicycle.