To be honest, the Mekong Delta has been a brilliant escape from the pulsating urban area many travelers love and choose for a long time. The Delta region is endowed with the serene charm of the rural countryside and embellished by the idyllic trait and hospitality of the inhabitants here. Apart from going on a sightseeing trip of lush fruit orchards, you also try other stimulating summer activities in the Mekong Delta, which helps you perceive more the water area where the life is actually simple and the locals are innocent and hospitable. Some suggestions for you if you are seeking fascinating experiences from this trip comprise walking through lush fruit orchards, soaking up the fresh and peaceful atmosphere, being rowed through canal by sampans, enjoying hotpot with linh fish and cork flowers (lau ca linh bong dien dien), draining ditches for fish, and exploring floating markets.
Walking through lush fruit orchards
A great diversity of fruits is among the most outstanding characteristics of the Mekong Delta. Fruit crops vary with the season, and especially when summer is approaching, the locals will be always busy with harvesting fruits at their plantation. Also, the summer draws travelers the most since they can obtain a chance to touch ripe fruits and more interestingly savor it right at the local gardens. The most famed and common places to have this experience consist of My Khanh (Can Tho Province), An Binh (Vinh Long Province), and Cai Be (Tien Giang Province). Types of fruit found in those orchards are star apple, durian, jackfruit, pineapple, papaya, dragon fruit, watermelon, persimmon, banana, orange, mango, rambutan, etc.
Soaking up the fresh and peaceful atmosphere
When joining a summer Mekong Delta trip, you will realize that though the landscape here is clearly rustic, the green of lush gardens, rice fields, forests, and palm trees along narrow canals covering everywhere creates a charming natural painting with the difficult-to-describe beauty. It will be a fantastic feeling to submerse yourself into the tranquil ambiance which you have not ever found anywhere else. The best activity to get a taste of the tranquility here is taking a stroll or cycling along the countryside lanes and local gardens. The aroma of the countryside will be exposed in front of your eyes step by step, and it will leave something amazing and unforgettable in your heart.
Being rowed through canal by sampans
With the complex system of rivers, channels, and canals, the Mekong Delta is an ideal place to enjoy a rowing sampan ride with the cool shade of palm trees. Especially, enchanting images of vaults formed from palm leaves bending down on the water while you are rowed through the narrow canals will get you interested so much. The locals who take you on the water by sampans will let you witness small houses with typical gardens of the countryside and experience the moments of living their rustic life. Before starting the sampan trip, you are provided with a conical hat – a traditional hat of the southwestern Vietnam; it is not merely a tool to protect you from the sunshine, but also brings you a new experience of wearing something traditional from Vietnam or putting yourself in harmony with the rustic life. It is surely a deserving sampan trip!
Enjoying hotpot with linh fish and cork flowers (lau ca linh bong dien dien)
For the people of the Mekong Delta, hotpot with linh fish and cork flowers is referred to as the best food they definitely recommend any visitor to their hometown. Linh fish is an excellent ingredient of many famous dishes, such as linh fish braised with canes or shrimp paste, linh fish covered with batter and fried, and especially the above hotpot. The hotpot impresses any traveler due to its tangy flavor. Although the food is listed in the rural cuisine, its value is not different from other culinary delights in sumptuous restaurants. What makes it more eye-catching is a variety of colorful ingredients, and the wonderful aroma will tantalize you so much. To find a perfect hotpot with linh fish and cork flowers you should set foot in Dong Thap, Can Tho, Long An or An Giang Province.
Draining ditches for fish
Of course, there is an abundance of fascinating activities you can experience when deciding the Mekong Delta is one of your stops in the journey to explore the Vietnam’s charm. However, what you find it very hard to ignore is draining ditches for fish, viewed as a beautiful feature in the culture of the river people. Because the Mekong Delta is home of the complicated system of tributaries, rivers, channels, canals, and ditches, draining ditches for fish is supposed to be closely associated with the locals’ life. Coming here, you can become a local gardener and try this activity as a game. It is actually amazing to catch fish from the ditches and have it smoked in the straw as your lunch. How great!
Exploring floating markets
Being taken into account as a typical trading form of the Mekong Delta, floating markets always fascinates lots of international and domestic travelers when summer is approaching. Even wonder why the travelers often choose to visit the floating markets in summer? It is because this is the fruit-harvest season here. The locals gather at the market day and night, but you will find the hustling perspective in the early morning. Getting onto the boat to the floating markets is a way to understand the culture and the life of the locals; more than that, you can answer the question concerning the reason for the locals to cling to the life on the river even though they have enough money to buy a house on the ground. Just like the markets on the ground, they also trade goods like vegetables, fruits, cloth, etc. However, fresh fruit is the most outstanding since it is directly transferred from the farmers’ plantations, so it is absolutely delicious. Some well-known floating markets are Cai Be, Cai Rang, and Phung Hiep.