The Mekong Delta is an unmissable region of Vietnam. Situated south of Ho Chi Minh City, it’s a vibrant tropical paradise, rich in local culture and verdant scenery.
The highlight of any visit to the Delta is taking in one of the area’s magical floating markets. The region is a patchwork of rivers, canals, and tiny streams; road and car use is a relatively modern addition, long predated by transport and trade on the water.
The floating markets – many of which date back centuries – are held at strategic confluence points across the Delta. Local people travel from miles around, bringing boats selling fresh fruits, tropical produce, poultry, clothing, all manner of domestic goods, and livestock.
Starting from a hotel base in Can Tho, Cai Be, or Vinh Long, your visit will be on a private boat, getting right into the thick of the action! Note that the markets work to a traditional farming schedule, so the best time to visit is just after dawn when they are at their busiest and most vibrant.
We’ve put together a guide to the very best markets in the Mekong Delta below.