The Mekong Delta Vietnam is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of nine tributaries. To the Vietnamese, this region is known as Cuu Long or Nine Dragons.
The delta is a comma-shaped flatland lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City. It is by far the country’s most productive region in agriculture and aquaculture. Often referred to as Vietnam’s rice bowl, this is the biggest rice producing region with more than a third of the country annual food crop. The rich alluvial soils here can produce up to three harvests a year. Other prominent products include coconut palms, sugar cane, seasonal fruit and fish.
It is said that Mekong Delta seems never cease to amaze visitors by its diversity. Vast paddy fields, lush orchards, swamplands and intricate network of canals and rivers flowing through the region like arteries. Needless to say, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river. Many villages are often accessible by waterways rather than by road, and people earn their living on the water as well. Its major towns include My Tho, Vinh Long, Can Tho and Chau Doc. Given its seasonal flooding, the best time to visit the delta is in the dry season, which runs from December to May.