The Mekong River is possibly the most scenic of the mighty rivers that run through Southeast Asia and nowhere more so than at its most southern point where it fans out to form the nine rivers that make up the delta flood plain. The area is the most agriculturally rich and is the centre of rice and food production, fishing and fruit growing. This area is how most envisage Vietnam, picture post card rice fields with farmers in pointed hats, stilt villages and a life style unchanged in decades.
Deeper in to the Delta you will find the egret sanctuary of Thot Not and the captivating town, on the Cambodian border, of Chau Doc. Here you can explore the floating villages and the many temples on Sam Mountain. Chau Doc is a long drive but well rewarded as it is away from the tourist hordes and offers a great overview of life in this fascinating part of the world, quintessential Vietnam. It is also possible to travel by boat to the Cambodian capitol of Phnom Penh from here.
This remarkable area is best explored by boat and a number of day trip or longer river itineraries are available.