Among the places that one should not forget to add to their itineraries when visiting Vietnam is the Mekong Delta. This network of waterways and canals offers tourists a delightful cruising experience that gives a glimpse into the Vietnamese way of life around the waters. Many tour companies provide cruises along the Mekong Delta – and there is simply too many interesting spots to check out to cover it all in a single day.
Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang offers the biggest and most crowded floating markets in the entire Mekong Deltaperhaps due to its close proximity to Can Tho. It is best to check out the floating market action early in the morning, through a small private boat accompanied by a guide, and see real trading in action. Those catching up with breakfast may also delight themselves in various local snacks and soups that are offered by the small boats in the delta.
Vinh Trang Temple
This Buddhist pagoda is worth a trip when cruising along the Mekong Delta. It features enormous statues of the Buddha which looks impressive. It can get pretty packed with tourists wanting to experience the place so visiting there very early in the morning or as the sun sets is the most recommended time of the days to get some peace and quiet. The temple is among the oldest that you can find in the Mekong Delta and you can get a guide to explain to you more about the history of the place.
Sau Hoai Rice Noodle Factory
If you are interested or just plain curious about how noodles are being made in Vietnam, this is the best place to visit so make sure you have it in your itinerary the next time you visit the Mekong Delta. The rice noodle factory is a wonderful and interesting cultural production which makes for a great side trip before heading back to see the floating markets once again. Do not forget to taste the noodles yourself as well as the various Vietnamese traditional cuisines that you might see along the way.
Quang Duc Pagoda
This beautiful, serene and authentic Buddhist pagoda features ornate decorations and a well-maintained shiny appearance. A lot of tourists do not just love the serenity that this place gives off but also the architecture that it offers. It is unfortunately pretty close to a street so meditation in the temple may be a little difficult with all the noise coming from outside.
Tram Chim National Park
Nature lovers will enjoy a visit in the Tram Chim National Park as it is one of the Ramsar preservations in the world and home to various species of birds. The park is best enjoyed aboard a motorized boat that will get you deep into the place. It is a great place to enjoy not just the birds but also other aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. With so much going on around the Mekong Delta, a visit to the national park is indeed a refreshing break.