If you want to see a totally different culture and way of life on your dream Vietnam Tour vacation, then have your wonderful journey bring you to the southern end of Vietnam. Here you will find the Mekong Delta which is about four hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. It is a very big area composing of 39, 000 square kilometres of beautiful rice paddies and criss-crossing river systems and canals. You will be surprised how rich and fertile this land is and how it beats the rice production of Japan and Korea combined.
The reason why the way of life here is totally different compared to what you were used to is that life here almost revolve totally around the river. If you travel here on your next Vietnam Tour, you will get to experience how to buy fresh fruits on a river market. You will also go from one village to the next using river highways, and you can observe how they farm mostly on and beside the river. You will see however that instead of domestic farm animals, what they breed is shrimp, Tra catfish, and basa fish, most of which are for export quality.
Some of the highlights of your Vietnam Tour package on the Mekong Delta are of course a private boat ride on the traditional Vietnamese long-tail boat. The boat can bring you to many places because most of the interesting places there like the coconut candy farm and the honey bee farm and restaurant are inter connected by narrow canals in the middle of a lush river palm vegetation. You can also sample exotic fruits along the way as there are many fruit orchard along the riverbanks. As you explore the islands and villages along the Mekong River, don’t forget to shop at the local floating market where every fruit stall and market wares are on a small boat. Having a small boat for a shopping cart could be a unique story worth telling back home.
If you wonder what a floating super market looks like, go to the largest city of Mekong Delta on your Vietnam Tour visit. Here, in the lively port city of Can Tho, you can start shopping for your groceries at 4 am in the morning! Kidding aside, even the largest floating market, Phung Hiep market, which is at the crossroads of 7 major canals, is already bustling with activity starting from 5 am until noon. Vietnamese prefer early shopping because it is cooler and you can buy the freshest produce if you are the early worm.
Be prepared to glide along the maze of boats carrying different fresh farm products of the very fertile Mekong Delta. Samples of different goods for sale are hoisted on very tall bamboo poles so that you will be able to see them even if you’re still far away. Choose from a distance what you would like to buy and then simply weave your way between larger boats so you could get closer to the boat that have the goods you’re interested in. If you cannot get close enough due to intense traffic, then simply do what the locals are doing, let the pineapples or the cabbage fly through the air between the vendor and the shopper! That’s weird huh? Well not so weird if you are in Vietnam, and the good thing is that your best Vietnam Tour vacation package can take you there.