The Mekong Delta or the West has many very attractive tourist attractions. If you like to travel, you can refer to the Mekong Delta travel experience that Saco Travel suggests for you below.
How is the way to Mekong Delta?
- By air: The West has the largest airport, Can Tho, you can go to Can Tho airport and then take a bus to other provinces.
- By car: You can go to Mien Tay Bus Station (address: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City), then buy tickets to routes in the western provinces.
- Motorbike: If you depart from Saigon, you can choose a vehicle as a motorbike because traveling by motorbike will have the advantage of journey, go, rest, stop arbitrarily and not lose time or miss places beautiful spots during the journey.
Ideal time to travel:
The West has a warm and sunny climate all year round, and the weather is mild, so most tourists come to visit in any season. Each season coming to the West has its own interesting and unique.
Usually in the summer (around June, July, and August) is the ripe fruit season in the West, so if you like to explore the verdant fruit gardens, you should go in the summer.
From September to November is the flood season, coming to the West in this season you will see the whole field flooded with water, everywhere you can see water. Traveling to the West this season, although you can’t visit many places, but if you come on the right days when the water is floating, there are also many interesting things.
From December to January, February of the solar calendar is the time near Tet. Coming to the West on this occasion, you can visit famous flower villages such as Sa Dec, Tan Quy Dong, Vi Thanh…
Top places to visit when traveling to the Mekong Delta
Eco-tourism area Tan Lap Floating Village, Long An
Tan Lap floating village located in Moc Hoa district, Long An province is the first destination most loved by many people. It can be said that this is a famous tourist destination thanks to the natural time, geographical advantages, and human harmony. Thien Tho, Tan Lap Floating Village has an area of 135 hectares covered by the vegetation of the melaleuca forest. Convenient location, you can move to this tourist destination very easily, you can move by many forms of motorbikes, tourist cars, Grab Bike, … Nhan Hoa, on popular social networking sites Tiktok, Facebook on a “hot trend check-in” Tan Lap Floating Village.
Ticket price is 60,000 VND for boat passengers and 130,000 VND for motorboat passengers.
Con Phung tourist area, Ben Tre
Con Phung is a very famous tourist destination in Ben Tre located in the population of “four spirits” which are islands named Long, Lan, Qui, and Phung. About 2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City by car. Coming here, visitors can participate in many unique games such as cycling on monkey bridge, swinging rope across the river, crocodile fishing, bottle feeding…
Price is about 10,000 – 40,000 VND per turn.
Dong Tam Snake Farm, Tien Giang
Dong Tam Snake Farm is a horror tourist destination that was once voted in the Top 10 horror tourist destinations in Vietnam. And the cooler the human nature, the more I like it.
Dong Tam snake farm has about 400 species of snakes, more than 50 species of venomous snakes here are raised for venom, medical needs and export. Coming to this “snake museum”, visitors can see live snakes with their own eyes and be instructed by experts on how to avoid being attacked. Snakes here are freely raised in a protected fenced area, divided into areas according to the nature of each species such as python breeding area, venomous snake area, water snake area…
In addition, this place is also a small zoo, where you can learn some rare animals such as Bengal tiger, bear, crocodile, tortoise, ostrich, swan…
Snake farm is open from 7am to 17.30pm, ticket price is 30,000 VND for adults and 20,000 VND for children over 6 years old.
If you travel here, remember to take good care of small children.
Garden of Phong Dien, Can Tho
Tourists come to Phong Dien garden to enjoy the false fruit gardens. This year, due to drought, the fruit is slightly less than every year. Traveling to Phong Dien, you can enjoy western specialties, participate in bold local games such as wading in ditches to catch fish, rowing boats, going monkey bridge…
Tickets to experience at Phong Dien garden houses from 20,000 VND to less than 100,000 VND depending on the service.
Wind power field, Bac Lieu
Standing from the city center. In Bac Lieu, you can see giant propeller turbines nearly 20km away. This is the only and largest offshore wind farm in Vietnam.
The ideal time to take photos in the wind power field is from early morning to about 9am to watch the sunrise and avoid the sun, or in the afternoon to watch the sunset. The largest wind power field in Vietnam for visitors to visit and take pictures from 6am to 4pm.
Entrance fee 30,000 VND one time.
Chau Doc Market, An Giang
It is also a culturally diverse city like Sa Dec (Dong Thap), but Chau Doc has cultural characteristics of the Cham, Khmer, in addition to the Kinh and Chinese. Especially the culinary style here, famous for all kinds of fish sauce. Chau Doc Market is known as the “kingdom of fish and dried fish” with hundreds of products made from local fish, the most delicious is the floating season fish such as fish paste, carp, snakehead fish…
The market is located in the city center. Chau Doc, is the place where not only fish sauce and dried fish are concentrated, but also many different dishes. In the market, you can find famous specialties such as fish vermicelli, num-bo-hok vermicelli, jaggery juice, beef cake, Nam Vang noodle soup… at affordable prices.
Tra Su Melaleuca forest, An Giang
This is one of the largest and most beautiful Melaleuca forests in the West, about 20 km from Chau Doc. The flooded forest is covered with immense green by the branches and leaves above and the carpet under the water surface.
Arriving at Tra Su at about 7am – 9am, visitors can see many species of birds looking for food, gathering throughout the forest, even flying close to people. If you come from 4pm to 6pm, go up to the high observatory to watch flocks of birds descending to their nests in the tall trees.
In addition, the bamboo bridge through the forest will help visitors fully explore the space of Tra Su primeval forest.
Tickets to visit the Melaleuca forest cost 190,000 VND per person because they have to rent a whole boat. If traveling in groups of 7 people or more, the ticket price is 95,000 VND per person.
Mekong Delta specialties
There are many great local specialties that you should not miss while in the Mekong Delta. Up to 70% of the fruit consumed in Vietnam is grown here, so make sure you fill up with as much dragon fruit, grapefruit, coconut juice, mango, jackfruit, mangosteen and durian as you can.
You can even eat the freshest berries from the tree if you visit a local orchard. Some popular ones are Cai, My Khanh and Phong Dien orchards. A tour of the orchard would be of great help to show support for the hard work and origins of these farmers.
Discover Mekong Delta cuisine
In addition, discovering the authentic cuisine of the Mekong River served on various floating restaurants is a must for all visitors to the region. Since trading activities start early in the morning, many pho women even start their stalls around 3:00 a.m. to serve both local sellers and shoppers. Despite the limited space, those small floating restaurants are full of fresh ingredients from Vietnamese spices and herbs, rice noodles, to a large pan of broth to create flavorful dishes.
Boating along the river, you can find a multitude of local dishes including fish noodles (fish noodles), Sa Dec noodles (dry noodles), vermicelli (crab noodles), banh mi (Vietnamese baguettes) and fish sauce hot pot (salted fish hot pot). For just 30,000 VND (~$1.50), you can treat your hunger pangs with a hearty meal, some traditional banh xeo for dessert, or even a cup of Vietnamese coffee.