Exploring the Fruits of the Western Region of Mekong Delta

Glory fills the world with virtue, and, like a beneficent sun, covers the whole earth with flowers and with fruits
- Luc de Clapiers -

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From the nature's gifts of lush coconut palms and tropical fruit trees, to the unique fruits of the water coconut and water cabbages, this is the reason the Mekong Delta is hailed as a biological treasure trove.

This is only one tiny part which offers that glimpse of the life and the gems making up that larger picture of the entire delta population which flows into larger areas in the vicinity defined by the Mekong's boundaries.

That would include the triangular region with My Tho on the east of Chau Doc, and Ha Tien in the northwest while anchored by the southern part defined by Ca Mau, including the Phu Quoc island before touching the South China Sea at the tip of the south.

This is only the western region; with its immediate proximity to Saigon; or today's Ho Chi Minh City (161 kilometers away).

It is already that window to the portrait of life on the Mekong Delta, though this part would have been slightly hidden yet has her side revealed to the modern calls of commercialization.
However, it is also not a mass tourism as I have observed, for there seems to be limited groups heading into the waterway and even into this part of the cavern.

Perhaps it is the capacity of the waterway, or perhaps it is the season in which I was there.

As the Mekong Delta area is famed for its flooding due to the tropical thunderstorms and rainfall, there are certain months which are recommended to visit to avoid the strong merciless torrents of rain and getting yourself stranded on the boats as the rain continues to batter away.
I would know, for I experienced it during my trip.
Nobody was dry on the way back (thankfully, the rain only came at the end of the trip, though we still had a scary experience with the brutal patters of rain hitting at us while we were on the boat and we could not even see a thing); the raincoats which were handed last minute by the tour guide proved to be defenseless against the furious weather too.

Months of December to May would be the best bet, to avoid the fury of the rain and to optimize your experience while visiting.

This will be more of a photo diary through the scenes of the life here, in this western region of Mekong Delta as we are led through the offerings of their fertile land and provocative scenes of nature as the landscape.




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The Water Coconuts (they are not the same as the Sea Coconuts)
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Honey drink with sour lime
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Tropical fruits
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Coconut candy is one of the local products here
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Inside a small local coconut candy production
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Dark skies as we board our board at the end of the trip
Little did I know I was about to face the wrath of nature as well, to round up the trip by letting me in on that famous massive downpour which always occur in this part of Mekong Delta.
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From tasting the fruits of the tropics (which are the same with what we have back in our country), to the sweet farmed honey and the array of local Vietnamese dishes for lunch and then to the peek into the local residences and businesses, it sums up the brief itinerary of this guided tour into the lives on the Western region of the Mekong Delta.

Perhaps the end was a little unexpected with the sudden downpour which caught the entire boat by surprise in that blinding and aggressive watery attack from the skies, but it was also perhaps that final touch to complete the full portrait of the actual life right in this area.

As they always say, what starts with nature, always ends with nature.

Nature always has her way of telling her story, and that unexpected twist, was perhaps her final touch ups to the Mekong Delta's Western Region experience?


I would think so.






*Author's Note: 
This is not a sponsored/promotional post, and solely based on author's personal expenses, opinions and preferences and do not represent the general public. 
Experiences vary from one individual to another.
You do not have to agree with me.

This is based on my personal experience and is told in a subjective manner, entirely from my perspective.

Photos all belong to me and are copyrighted.





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