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Mekong Delta

Southern Vietnam & The Mekong

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Introduction

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.

Mekong River at sunset
Mekong River

Paradise Islands

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.

Boat on the shore at May Rut Island, Phu Quoc
May Rut Island, Phu Quoc

 

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Top itineraries in Southern Vietnam & The Mekong

Phu Quoc in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong & Phu Quoc

10-day tailor-made holiday from £1,780 pp incl. flights

Between cruises on the Mekong Delta, private tours of Ho Chi Minh City's history and a luxury beachfront stay on an island paradise, this is your chance to showcase the highlights of southern Vietnam.

Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay

Highlights of Vietnam

12-day tailor-made holiday from £2,995 pp incl. flights

Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights by River

15-day river cruise from £4,995 pp incl. flights

Pair the Angkor-Wat and Golden-Palace headlines of Cambodia and Vietnam with their off-the-beaten-track gems on this luxury Mekong cruise. Think all-inclusive open bars, full-board dining and excursions that range from cooking classes to rickshaw tours.

Fishing Boat, Mekong River, Vietnam

Vietnam & the Mekong

14-day tailor-made holiday from £2,715 pp incl. flights

The Mekong Delta is often referred to as 'Vietnam's rice bowl'. This rich agricultural land supports a thriving population of farmers, who make their living amidst the abundant waterways that form the mouth of the mighty Mekong River, one of the world's great waterways.

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Top places to stay in Southern Vietnam & The Mekong

Panorama, Palms, La Veranda Resort, Vietnam

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

Historic hotel

This boutique colonial-style beachside resort is located on one of Vietnam's most picturesque islands, Phu Quoc, and offers an atmosphere of indulgent and intimate luxury

Facade, Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, Chau Doc, Vietnam

Victoria Chau Doc, Chau Doc

Traditional hotel

Victoria Chau Doc is an attractive riverfront property and a great base to continue your journey to Cambodia

Facade, Victoria Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Victoria Can Tho, Mekong Delta

Traditional resort

Victoria Can Tho is a characterful colonial-style property, and is the best available in the Mekong Delta

Where to go in Southern Vietnam & The Mekong

May Rut island in Phu Quoc, Kien Giang, Vietnam

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is Vietnam's largest outlying island, located off the south-west coast in the Gulf of Thailand. It's largely untouched by tourism, and just a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City, making it a perfect spot to escape to for some beach relaxation.

A view of rice field with palm tree in mekong delta province in harvest season in Chau Doc, An Giang, Vietnam

Chau Doc

Chau Doc is a bustling centre and important trading post for the agricultural business of the Mekong. Located right on the border of Cambodia, a large Khmer population brings its own traditions to the floating markets, making them some of the liveliest in the land.

Aerial view of Cai Rang floating market, Mekong delta, Can Tho, Vietnam

Can Tho

Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta and its local canal network plays host to bustling floating markets. The waterfront is Illuminated at night by a series of floating restaurants, bars and hotels – it's a truly unique destination.

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When to go to Southern Vietnam & The Mekong

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The weather in southern Vietnam is at its best between December and May, while the wet season runs through the summer and autumn, ending in November. However, during the wetter months, downpours tend to be short and sharp, and travel during this time is certainly possible, although heavier-than-normal rains can lead to some flooding in the Mekong Delta. Southern Vietnam tends to be hot throughout the year, with temperatures rarely falling below 20ºC.

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