Exploring Myriad Mekong

Nov 4, 2013 by

Presenting the emphatic landscape of serene villages and lush green fields, Mekong Delta is often known for its floating markets, sleepy towns, home cooked delicacies and cultural diversity. It is located in the south western Vietnam where the Mekong River flows towards and empties into the sea. It spans a huge area in south west Vietnam- 39,000 square kilometers. Offering a combination of a dreamy journey and challenging tourism, Mekong Delta has a wealth of landscapes that can be explored by travelers. As an impulsive wanderer you can be rest assured that it’s worth taking chances in Mekong this year if you’re yet to visit the place. Here are some facts about the place:

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Geography

The sediments deposited by Mekong engendered the formation of the delta region and the river itself has acted as the lifeblood of one of the most populated regions in Vietnam.

Places to Explore

Phu Quoc: The largest island of Vietnam, stretching 15 kilometers south of Cambodia and 45 km west of Ha Thien, Phu Quoc lies in the Gulf of Thailand. The place presents a combination of large tracts covered in water and deep forests as well. Touted as the next “Phuket”, it’s already a rage among Western tourists who seek a sunny sojourn. It would be advisable that as tourists you make the most of the daytime by indulging in kayaking, diving and beach lounging since there is hardly anything to do during the nights.

Floating Markets: The region is home to some of the most beautiful floating markets in the world. Here the shoppers can buy goods meant for regular use. The shopkeepers have their products displayed at the long poles that enable buyers to see and choose them. You even get to enjoy mobile cafes that are comfortably snuggled in the large sampans. Some of the famous floating markets of Mekong Delta are SA Dec and Cai Rang.

Chau Doc: Situated just a few kilometers away from the Cambodian border, Chau Doc plays home to the Cham, Chinese and Khmer. The cultural diversity, its eye pleasing floating markets and historical sites act as immediate draw for tourists. Quan Cong temple and Thoai Ngoc Hau mausoleum are some of the places worth visiting here. It also serves as the initiating point for thrilling excursions to Sam Mountain. The tactfully placed tourist hotels make way for some great view including that of fish farms and floating houses.

How To Plan A Visit To The Place

Planning your itinerary way before you head towards Mekong remains important. But there’s no need to make it too rigid as it’s always advisable to keep the impulsive streak alive. If you are looking forward to a budget trip don’t forget to book business class flight tickets now. Conduct due research and book cheap hotels as well. Even if you’re contacting a travel agency it won’t be prudent to rely on them completely and give up on detailed research. Do browse through the relevant resources online to avail due information. Thus, you’re set for a good journey ahead.

Author Bio: Sam Payn is an enthusiastic travel blogger who’s well documented travel experiences make for some great reading. Most of his blogs focus on his trips to South Asia.

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