The Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta, at the southern end of Vietnam, is a vast and low plain which is divided by the "Nine Dragons", or branches, of the mighty Mekong River. This prosperous region produces close to half the agricultural production of the country. It is a world of rice fields, orchards and canals, where water and earth are intrinsically interlaced, and in many places a boat is the most convenient way of transportation.
During the Vietnam War, the Delta region was home to intense fighting between Viet Cong guerrillas and units of the United States Navy, and, for many, the area is best remembered as the fictional setting for the film "Apocalypse Now". Fortunately, this image from the past little reflects the vibrant energy and explosive optimism found in the Delta today.
From the floating markets of Cai Be to the bustle of My Tho, the gardens of Vinh Long through to the fisheries of Chau Doc, a voyage in the Mekong Delta is a continual delight for the senses and a passage into the heart of Vietnam itself.