This huge river delta is often referred to the lifeblood of Vietnam and is home to a bustling rural culture of floating markets. Here you see boats chug past carrying fresh produce, flowers, plants up and down the many river branches and canals. The region is formed by intricate tributaries of the mighty Mekong River and is filled with rice paddies and mangroves and is rich in culture as it is in its mix of Chinese, ethnic Khmer and Vietnamese.
In the heart of the Mekong Delta is the city of Can Tho with a population of more than one million making it a vital centre. It is found on the southern bank of the Hau River, a bigger branch of the Mekong, about 170kms from Ho Chi Minh City and is regarded as the country’s wseetern capital. Here in the urban area of Cai Rang you can visit perhaps the most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta region.