A day in Vietnam – Exploring the Mekong River

by Hélène

 

When I think of Vietnam I’ve always imagined people working on the streets, wooden houses,  crazy traffic, colorful markets, kids in conical hats, tasty food, so doing a trip to the Mekong Delta Region was a must for me.

I was so excited and happy to get a glimpse of this Vietnamese life and get the opportunity to experience it with my own eyes.

A day in Vietnam – Exploring the Mekong River

Due to the timing (we had only 27 hours in Vietnam), we choose to do a private tour with a local guide named Tien. He is a really sweet guy, super friendly and really eager to make us happy.

After an hour and a half drive, we boarded on a long wooden boat. We learned about the Delta river and how this part of Vietnam is the agricultural heart. 
 

Also, we visited a coconut candy factory and got the chance to try some of the candies and coconut wine.

Tasting some of the local fruits was a cool experience. I loved eating especially the bananas, it was so tasty and delicious.

 

After that, we climbed into those really tiny sampan boats, conicals hats on. This part of the tour was definitely my favorite: I enjoyed cruising in this small river and how quiet it was.

After that, we stopped to get some lunch at a local restaurant. Everything was ready for us when we arrived, we were really surprised. The food was really good (and they had plenty of vegetarian options which was really great)
Even if I felt the tour was a bit “touristy” in my opinion (because this tour includes stops at different souvenir stands where people are trying to sell you some products), however I didn’t mind that much since I know tourism has a big part and helps the locals to live.
Our tour to the Mekong Delta stopped in the early afternoon. We said goodbye to our amazing guide Tien and headed back to our hotel.
Doing this tour was really a cool experience. And now all I want is to come back to Vietnam as soon as possible.
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