The Mekong Delta is the biggest delta in Vietnam, located where the Mekong River divides up into nine mouths that run to the sea. Rich and fertile, this region is Vietnam’s agricultural heartland, full of tropical fruit orchards, fish farms and rice paddies.
This photo was taken while we were enjoying a peaceful paddle in small rolling boats along the delta’s seemingly endless water-coconut channels. We are wearing typical conical hats on our heads to protect us from the sun. These channels, lined with water coconuts to prevent the land from eroding, not only bring water to the fruit farms, but also serve as the main transportation avenues.
Local people use many different types of boats to travel along: long tail boats, boats with diesel engines or rolling boats. Rolling boats are small and easy to row with a wooden paddle; they are economical and therefore very popular – each family typically owns one or two of them. We even had the chance to steer the boat during our cruise under the watchful eye of our friendly captain. It was an opportunity to take a deeper look into the daily life of local people, but also to simply lie back and relax.
The full-day adventure we were on was the perfect way to escape Ho Chi Minh City and discover the lush fields and countless canals of the Mekong Delta. You can cruise through the waterways, try making coconut candy, ride motorised carts, visit a honey farm and taste some of the local tropical fruits such as pomelo, longan, durian and dragon fruit, along with the culinary specialties of the local cuisine – elephant-ear fish, spring rolls and fresh boiled prawns with coconut juice.