Mekong River is a major trading route linking China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is the 7th longest river in Asia, and 10th longest river in the world.
Mekong Delta is 59 miles from Saigon, we took a private tour and according to our itinerary the trip to the Mekong Delta should take at least 2 1/2 hours, but due to road repairs and Saigon's infamous traffic it took us almost 4 hours! wow! We left Saigon so early to catch the Floating Market but when we arrived there the sun was already up.. like 10am!! And to our dismay, not much vendors were left in the Floating Market!
Well, check some photos I have taken from our river cruise:
|Local vendors from the Floating Market unloading their unsold goods..|
|Our boat for the day..|
|These boats are use as "floating stores" early morning and "home" to some locals during the day|
|houses along the river|
|you can see here so many ladies driving the bancas, actually i saw more lady banca drivers than guys!|
Cruise along their lake, unfortunately again... this time we had low tide!
Most of the villager's livelihood is something out of ... longan, they make candies and other pastries out of it.
If you want an extraordinary travel experience, I won't recommend this leg of the trip simply because the place will remind you so much of our provinces in the Philippines. But if you are up to explore Vietnamese culture you won't be disappointed!
Map Source: http://chinaview.wordpress.com/2007/01/21/china-secret-deal-of-shipping-oil-up-the-mekong-river-raising-concerns/