Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

Every August and September is the rising water season of the Mekong River. Mekong river delta getting more hurried and busier. This land famed for the orchards in various kinds of fruit, a lot of migrant birds gathered and making the nest on the forests, the immense lotus fields, the vivid floating market with buying and selling activities, Mekong river delta changed its appearance in the autumn. I realized that the autumn is not only the nostalgic and romantic scenery of Hanoi but also a colorful and vivid scenery of Mekong river delta.

Immerse yourself in natural scenery in Tra Su indigo forest

30 km from Chau Doc Town, Tra Su indigo forest located in Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province is the most typical wetland forest of Mekong river delta. With the peaceful and romantic scene, Tra Su indigo forest is a place must visit if you have a chance travel Mekong river delta.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

In the water rising season, this 845-hectare cajeput forest submerged by the water, creating a breathtaking wild swamp. We rent a motorboat to sightseeing in the forest, it’s my first time here so I really impressed with this scenery. Like as lost into the green fairyland: the green of cajuput, the green of duckweed covered full of water surface, the green of water spinach alternated with duckweed. The air so fresh, in the wind there’s the smell faintly of cajuput flower. For those who travel to the Mekong river delta for the first time like me, this immense green carpet is an unforgettable impression.

Going deep into the melaleuca forests, we moved from motorboat to the no engine wooden boat. It reduces the noises which badly affecting the living space of the birds here. At the sunset, I have seen the birds flying up covered the whole sky, they find way back to the nest. The sound of paddles touch the water, the voice of birds stir up a quiet afternoon, I just stayed there silently, listening and enjoyed the breathing of the wild nature. Got a funny incident, a piece of droppings fall on my head, maybe next time I should bring a hat and umbrella to protect from the droppings and the unexpected light rains in this season.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

We stop and take a break at a thatch hut, well, maybe we should get some food. People built the thatch huts for tourists to stop and enjoy the characteristic local foods of Mekong river delta. Foods here very plentiful and multiform such as cá lóc nướng (roasted snakehead fish), lẩu mắm (salted fish hotpot), however, there’s a unique dish that I’m very interested to try, chuột đồng nướng (roasted field mice), the most famous dish of Tra Su indigo forest.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

Thap Muoi’s lotus field

If you’re a photographer or love to take photographs, should visit Thap Muoi’s lotus field. In the rising water season, lotuses available everywhere, from the immense lotus ponds to the fields. Especially, I have seen at Phuoc Kien Pagoda, Chau Thanh district, Dong Thap, there’s a kind of lotus which its leaf so big that a person can sit on it. The field Thap Muoi’s lotuses has a diameter of more than 2 km, looks like a giant green carpet with the highlight pink color of lotuses.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

Sightseeing the lotus field, you have to move by a wooden boat. My friend said the good time to photograph the lotus is about June, July when the lotus gets full bloom most. It’s September now, I’m late. So I will come back here at blooming lotus season in future.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

There’s a lot of young girls who want to take the cute and romantic photos with lotus field, they hired clothes of locals and posing with the immense field. I have a chance to be a farmer in one day: watching the lotus field by wooden boat, picking lotus, fishing and catches frogs … you can enjoy some local dishes cooked with lotus and what you caught right at there.

Tram Chim National Park

Tram Chim National Park in Tam Nong District, Dong Thap Province is a famous spot of the Dong Thap tourism industry, attracting many people. With an area of up to 7,000 hectares, this is a very rich ecosystem with more than 200 different species of birds, including the red-crowned crane which was listed in the World’s Red Book and more than 130 plant species, like a green oasis. Tram Chim is one of eight most important bird conservation areas in Vietnam and also the last of Vietnam’s grassland.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

Sitting on the wooden boat gliding on water, I see the bright yellow of bông điên điển (Egyptian riverhemp), the pink of lotus, the purple of water lily, the green of cajeput forest… all created a fresh nature painting. It is so fun to watch the storks flying up and swooping down on the fields catching prey. Go deep into the cajeput forest, the more amazed and excited I got when seeing a very busy and lively sight from more than dozens of species of birds nesting and live all year round in this forest. It’s really most wildernesses and rustic of Mekong river delta.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

If you want to see thousands of birds flying up covered the whole sky, should go to Tram Chim in the early morning. The higher the sun rising, the fewer birds gathered. Besides, you also saw the farmers spreading the net, catching shrimps and fishes in the field.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

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Cai Rang floating market

In this trip, I come to Cai Rang floating market again. It’s great to seeing and enjoy the scene of busy tradings, the boats with full of various kinds of fruit dancing on the wide Hau Giang river. Just as other floating markets of Mekong river delta, people moving by various kinds of boat and gathered on the river, turn into a floating market. Now, though the road network has developed to a great extent, the floating markets still open and grown, even it gets more bustle by a lot of tourists.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

Cai Rang floating market often open pretty early, from dawn till 8-9h daily. Each of boat only sells a few kinds of goods, the seller often placed a long pole which hangs kind of goods they sold.

This market gets busiest at 7-8h. It’s closed in Lunar New Year and Double Fifth Festival. People not only sell fruits and farm produces but also includes other services: phở (noodle soup), hủ tiếu (noodle with seasoned and sauté beef), cafe, pub…right on the boats. These boats usually small size find its way through the large boats offered services served needs of people.

Mekong River Delta: What To See In Autumn

In the bustling and immense sight of this floating market, I feel like as be open up myself more, feel the distinction of the life here, understand the honesty, kindness, and simplicity of Mekong river delta resident.

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