- Time does matter
Life in Mekong Delta is woven by water and season. It is most vibrant in spring (flower season or Tet Holiday: late January – February) and early summer (fruit season: April – May). The flood season (September – November). If you have free time, let do it in 2 days: get up early to see the floating market and enjoy the local live here.
The must eat in Mekong Delta is deep fried elephant-ear fish (“Ca tai tuong chien xu”) rolled with herbs in rice sheet and served with dipping sauce.
The must do in Mekong Delta is getting in a small rowing sampan to explore its complicated canal system, cycling through tranquil villages and lush rice fields, and visiting a local market in the mainland.
A great guide will fill the gap with fun: chatting with you and teaching you to weave jewelry and flowers from coconut leaves.
- Set your expectations right!
You must know that “fruits and vegetables sold here are seasonable. Therefore, there are times you can find tens of tropical kinds (From Jan to April, usually) which can give your cameras amazing shots, so is time of lacking types due to seasons and crops.
- Be clear with what you get, bargaining hard yet you pay for the quality
You must enquire for what is included and destinations of the tour. Mekong Delta is very big comprising 12 provinces and 1 central town. Can Tho, My Tho and Chau Doc are touristy yet vibrant (in high season). Ben Tre, Long Xuyen and Dong Thap are less visited and more typical of Mekong Delta.
With small tour sellers, you will sometimes felt obligated to pay lunch for the guide and boat/ car drivers. Some even ask you to tell other tourists about your Mekong Delta tour with them. Do not agree to talk to any other customers about your experience, you can offer to write a review and that’s probably best.