April 27-28, 2004
The Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam's two great rice baskets, the other being the Red River Delta in the North. This vast delta is formed by the deposition of the multiple tentacles and tributaries of the mighty Mekong River which has its origin in the Tibetan highland plateau 2,800 miles away. From its source, the river makes its way through China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam before flowing out into the South China Sea. The Mekong's Vietnamese name, Cuu Long, means Nine Dragons for the nine mouths that terminate the flow of this great river as it is absorbed by the sea.
There are many travel agencies in the Pham Ngu Lao area of Ho Chi Minh City where I stayed. It was easy to arrange this two-day trip that included transportation in an aircon bus, a lunch and breakfast, and overnight accommodation at a hotel in Chan-To right on the Mekong River.
For once, I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.