Southern Vietnam and the Mekong Delta form the ‘rice bowl of Asia', a rich agricultural land that supports nearly 18 million people who live and thrive among its matrix of canals and waterways. Climb aboard a riverboat and you'll discover one of Vietnam's most wonderful locations, full of floating markets, tranquil tributaries and beautiful bonsai gardens.
The Mighty Mekong
Beyond the city limits of Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong opens up, meandering through rolling countryside towards the Vietnam Sea. The epicentre of the river is Can Tho, the largest city in the region. From its wide, waterfront boulevards to its busy floating markets, it’s the perfect base for exploration. A luxury cruise along the river is perhaps the best way to acquaint yourself with life on the Mekong – go all-inclusive en route to Cambodia or bookend a short cruise with time in Ho Chi Minh City. Either way, you’ll observe locals going about their day in the surrounding rice fields and fruit orchards, and embark on the likes of rickshaw tours and temple visits each time you dock.
Some of Indochina's most beautiful coastal stretches and peaceful outlying islands can be found on Vietnam's southern coast, where long white beaches and crystal clear waters give way to rich forests and misty mountain peaks. Offshore, Con Dao’s chain of fifteen islands are ringed with colourful reefs and pretty bays, while Phu Quoc offers equally beautiful white-sands relaxation and the pristine jungle of Phu Quoc National Park. Uncover hidden waterfalls and snorkel among rainbow coral formations and brightly coloured fish during your stay. You’ll also enjoy some of the country’s best seafood.
May Rut Island, Phu Quoc