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Best Places to Visit Along the Mekong River

The regions along the Mekong River and especially the famous Mekong Delta, are one of the largest and most fertile areas in Southeast Asia. It is famous for its dense system of rivers and canals, terraced rice fields, floating markets and unique small towns.

You will have the chance to experience the authentic daily life of locals and learn more about the fascinating culture of the two countries along the Mekong river – Vietnam and Cambodia, the two must-see destinations on every Mekong river cruise. Given the Mekong Delta’s seasonal flooding, the best time to visit the delta is in the dry season, which runs from December to May.

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Here is our list of the Best Places to visit along the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia:

Discover the many floating markets in the Mekong Delta

Rice may be the staple crop, but coconut palms, fruit orchards and sugar-cane groves also thrive in its nutrient-rich soil, and the sight of conical-hatted farmers tending their land is one of Vietnam’s most enduring images. To the Vietnamese, the region is known as Cuu Long, “Nine Dragons”, a reference to the nine tributaries of the Mekong River, which dovetail across plains fashioned by millennia of flood-borne alluvial sediment.

The floating markets are one of the symbols of the Mekong Delta. There are thousands of rivers and canals interconnecting to each other, which creates a good opportunity for the development of floating markets. All types of goods can be found in those markets – from commodities to daily goods. Be sure to visit some of the most popular markets such as Sa Dec, Cai Be, Can Tho or the Long Xuyen.

Marvel at the stunning Tra Su Mangrove Forest

The Mangrove forest is a location in the An Giang province of the Mekong Delta, this fascinating natural wonder is a vibrant forest area that is dry most of the year. During the wet season, the area turns into a flooded forest, making it perfect for a guided boat tour.

Enjoy an authentic Sampan boat ride in My Tho

Board a sampan, a small rickety wooden rowboat, and paddle your way through small canals of the giant Mekong tributaries. This is the best way to get around in the Mekong and you will come across flower farms, fruit orchards, rice paper factories, temples, river restaurants and all sorts of attractions by the water. Ben Tre and My Tho are the best places to do this as you will be able to avoid boats full of tourists that normally head to Can Tho.

Visit the Vinh Trang Temple

Vinh Trang Temple is the greatest pagoda of Tien Giang Province with plenty of beautiful trees. The stunning architecture is an intriguing mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian styles.

Explore the Quang Duc Pagoda

Quang Duc Pagoda maintains a shiny appearance with ornate wooden doors opening a path to a giant golden sitting Buddha flanked by flowers. Located on Mau Than Street is one of the biggest and most active Buddhist temples with monks living in the premises.

Discover vibrant Ho Chi Minh City

The largest city in Vietnam is a mixture of Vietnam’s storied past and vibrant present. Walking through the city you can visit historic temples, the War Remnants Museum, and popular rooftop bars in the city centre. A must-see site are the famous Cu Chi Tunnels outside of the city that were used by the Viet Cong during the war. Make sure to stop at the Ben Thanh Market to do some shopping before going back home.

Visit buzzing Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the heart of Cambodia. The capital city is a vibrant cultural hotspot with influences from France, China, and more. Be sure not to miss the beautiful Royal Palace or Silver Pagoda to see some of the world’s finest architecture.

Experience the breathtaking Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is arguably the crown jewel of many Mekong River tours. Situated outside of the city of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest religious complex. The sprawling compound includes the main mound temple, concentric walls, and a 3-mile moat. The temple represents traditional Khmer architecture and has become the defining symbol for Cambodia.

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