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Rice paper is left to dry in the sun - one of the better stops on a typical Mekong Delta tour.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long Travel Guide

  
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Dong Band Song Cuu Long is the Mekong Delta region in the south of Vietnam. It is the extreme southern end of the Mekong River and the area around Ho Chi Minh City.

As all deltas, it receives the bounty of the siltation from the upper Mekong, and as such is a very rich and lush area, covered with rice fields. It produces about half of the total of Vietnam's agricultural output (in fact the delta produces more rice than Korea and Japan altogether), and is the place for timeless sceneries of farmers planting or harvesting rice.

A little boat on the mighty Mekong.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

The Mekong splits in Cambodia into two main rivers, the Bassac (Hau Giang) and the First river (Tien Giang), then in Vietnam into a more complex system, creating a maze of small canals, rivers and arroyos interspersed with villages and floating markets.

Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river and all the villages are often accessible by river as well as by road.

Joss stick factory along the Mekong River.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

If the most populated places are rather much visited, as soon as you get away from the crowds, you are getting in touch with the nice people of the delta and their always welcoming attitude. Consider a trip to sleepy Ben Tre just over the river from My Tho or Khmer-culture influenced Soc Trang in the very southwest to get that real life feeling.

It compromises cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Cai Be, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Con Dao, Lung Xuyen, Mui Ne, My Tho, Phan Thiet, Tay Ninh, Vinh Long and Vung Tau.

Other nearby destinations are Ben Tre, Cat Tien National Park, Phu Quoc and Song Trang.

There are even floating 'convenience stores' on the Mekong River.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>






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