Best Time to Visit Mekong Delta in Vietnam

Best Time to Visit Mekong Delta in Vietnam

By Ruby ZhaoUpdated Aug. 12, 2021
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More than perhaps any other destination in Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is heavily affected by the weather because boating is the main form of transportation there. The best time to travel to the region is between November and January when it is cool and the water level is at its highest.

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Where Is the Mekong Delta?

The Mekong Delta is a river delta that covers over 35,000 square kilometers and lies directly west and south of Ho Chi Minh City. It is named after the river that carved it, the Mekong, which stretches over 4,500 kilometers, making it one of the 10 longest rivers in the world.

The Mekong Delta region consists of small, island-like segments of land interconnected by winding waterways. When you stand on one of these islands it is difficult to remember that you are surrounded by a river and not a lake or ocean.

The river itself plays an instrumental role in the lives of many Vietnamese people. It not only provides water for agriculture but also a means of transportation and support for the local fishing and farming communities. It is one of the most important and symbolic natural features in all of Vietnam.

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The Weather in the Mekong Delta

Boats are the primary means of transportation in the Mekong Delta so traveling during a season when the water level is high and the temperature is cool is highly recommended.

There are two main seasons in the Mekong Delta: a rainy season and a dry season. The temperature in both seasons is generally comfortable, although some months (November to January) are considered more comfortable for traveling.

Dry Season: December to April

From December to the end of April, Vietnam gets a break from all the rain. During this season, while occasional rains still occur, you can expect clearer blue skies, brilliant green landscapes, and lower levels of humidity.

The average temperature from December to February in the Mekong Delta ranges from about 22ºC at night to about 32ºC in the daytime.

It starts to get hot in March with a temperature of about 34ºC in the daytime and it reaches its highest temperatures in April and May (about 35–38ºC in the daytime).

This season is excellent for outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, and experiencing the local culture. On nice days local musicians will often sit outside and play their instruments. If you are feeling adventurous you can try walking between the villages or simply take a relaxing boat ride in the shade of the trees.

Cycling to Mekong Delta Fruit Garden Cycling to Mekong Delta Fruit Garden

Rainy Season: May to November

The rainy season begins in May and continues through most of November. While rainy, this is also the hottest time of the year and the humidity is often uncomfortably high. The heaviest rainfall occurs in June and July.

This period is considered to be the low season for traveling in the Mekong Delta. What is the advantage of traveling in the low season?

  • Summer is the best time to eat fresh fruits that have been grown locally, such as dragon fruits and mangoes. Fishing is also said to be better during these months.
  • You will enjoy lower prices for tours.
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Tips for Packing

Temperatures in both seasons stay warm enough that a light jacket is adequate. It is always recommended to take a waterproof layer and clothes that will dry quickly. Much of the Mekong Delta is easily accessed by boat and the heavy rains mean that things are often damp or wet.

Shorts are acceptable, and will not draw scorn from locals, as are sandals, although if you plan to do lots of walking a pair of well-soled shoes might be more comfortable. Do not forget to bring bug repellent and sunscreen!

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What to Do in the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta region offers numerous activities suitable to all kinds of travelers.

Be Like the Vietnamese at a Floating Market

The winding waterways of the Mekong Delta make land travel difficult. To overcome this problem, the area has become a hotbed for floating markets. Cai Rang is one of the most famous and best floating markets in the area.

Cai Rang Floating Market

Expect an intimate atmosphere with vendors selling fruit, vegetables, and gift items from stand-up rowboats. Here you can truly see how important owning a boat is if you live in the Mekong Delta.

Do you know why each boat has a pole with a type of fruit or something else attached to it? Join us at Cai Rang Floating Market to find out the answer. It is the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Although you will see some travelers there, it is still used as the main trading place for the local people.

Try the Local Delicacy and Taste the Fresh Tropical Fruits in Orchard

The Mekong Delta is considered to be the granary of Vietnam because of its fertile soil and abundant sunshine. The fruits are extremely sweet. Take the opportunity to visit a local family and feel refreshed with a jackfruit, a mango, or some durians.

Mekong Delta Fruit Garden
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At lunchtime, you must try the nem nuong. This is a delicious rice roll filled with pork and vegetables. No trip to the Mekong Delta would be complete without trying at least a few. When traveling with us, your travel advisor will recommend the best place to have an enjoyable lunch.

Take a Sampan Ride Through the Narrow Canals with Fruit Trees Lining the Sides

You will feel so relaxed sitting in a sampan with a local villager steering it. You can try to steer it yourself for some nice photos. Remember to take plenty of sunscreen as there is no shade when you’re in the boat. A bamboo hat will be offered to you as well.

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Wander Around the Local Villages and Trek in the Nearby Forest

Xeo Quyt Forest is a magnificent sprawl of swamp and forest. It’s located 35 kilometers southeast of Cao Lanh. You can explore the park’s trails on foot or by boat.

The overgrown channels conceal what is left of the Viet Cong headquarters that this forest once kept hidden from US forces. You can come here to enjoy beautiful scenery and first-hand history.

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