A system of rivers and channels, juicy rice fields and small villages in between: The Mekong Delta has a magic of its own with beautiful nature and a laid-back lifestyle.
While the rest of Vietnam is often hectic and crowded, the south and especially the Mekong Delta have a more relaxed vibe.
It’s a tough and tiring job to work for one of the many coconut factories. There are no machines used, everything is made by hand. The average worker earns 5 US dollars a day.
Every bit of the coconut fruit is used, nothing goes to waste: Shell, fiber and meat are used for different products.
Candy factories use the coconut meat and add different flavors to make coconut caramel candy for example.
Hand-woven bamboo mats are another product of the Mekong Delta. They are put under mattresses as a protective shield against bed bugs. It takes two people to get the weaving done.
For many people boats aren’t just an important mode of transportation, but also their homes.
The bright green of the rice fields stand in stark contrast with the brown-greyish water. Due to the warm weather and the water the Mekong Delta is a very fertile region.
In many places you will find floating markets in the early morning, that you shouldn‘t miss out on.
And another must is of course: fish. You can’t eat enough of fresh Mekong Delta fish.
As investment in hydropower and construction projects ramp up, ecosystems and communities along Southeast Asia's longest river are paying the price.
A piece of the moon sold at auction will now go on display at the Tam Chuc Pagoda Complex in Vietnam. The meteorite was blasted off the moon and traveled 384,400 kilometers to Earth.
Vietnam’s north with the capital Hanoi is a draw for many tourists. The south is less crowded but offers some highlights: the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta and the alleged island paradise of Phu Quoc.
Cambodia has recently reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with Thailand. New railway lines in the region are expected to give a fillip to economic activity.
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