Floating season carry nutrient-rich alluvium to farmland and provide a bounty of fish, shrimp and other aquatic species. Floating life, river-culture becomes more lively from August to November of the lunar calendar. Dong Thap Muoi and An Giang are the first places in the region to welcome the season. Floodwater has covered residential areas, roads and fields in Dong Thap and Long An province, and the vast fields now become busy with boats, which are used by the locals both as a major means of transport and a means to catch fish.
Where to go in floating water season in Mekong delta
Tra Su Cajuput Forest
October and November is best time to visit Tra Su Cajuput forest. It is approximately 30 km from the town of Chau Doc, is a unique wetland ecosystem conservation area of natural habitat of Mekong Delta. In flooding season, travelers will actually find it exciting and interesting while cruising into the forests to experience the beauty of white cajuput flower blooming under the shining sunshine. The cajuput plants line two sides along the forest’s roads, which is, at that moment, submerged under the floodwater whilst the duckweeds cover on the surface of the water. Sometimes, you can hear the birds singing and the oars stirring under the water, which disturbs the peaceful and quite atmosphere in the cajuput forest.
Bung Binh Thien
Bung Binh Thien is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the Southwestern region of Vietnam. It is located near the Vietnam-Cambodia border and connected with the Binh Di River in An Phu district, An Giang province. Bung Binh Thien consists of two lakes named Bung Lon and Bung Nho. Every August when the water level in the Mekong River rises, flowing into Bung Lon and Bung Nho to make the two lakes become one. The vast lake is covered by lotuses, water lilies and water hyacinths.The lake water is crystal clear but it just rises and lowers, not flowing. The lake is connected with the Binh Di River, which is bloodshot with alluvium. Oddly, that bloodshot flow becomes blue and fresh when it touches the mouth of the lake. This strange phenomenon looks very clearly in the flood season, making Bung Binh Thien one of the lakes with the most interesting natural phenomenas in the world.
Thap Muoi’s lotus field:
When you decide to visit the Mekong River Delta in high-water season, you should not miss out the wonderful opportunity to explore the immense lotus fields in Thap Muoi. It is about 130 km to the south of Ho Chi Minh City. You will have the opportunity to watch the lotus bloom and feel the sweet aroma of lotus. Your soul is completely immersed into the charming and soothing atmosphere around while the lotuses’ scent, beauty and taste are widely spread over the air.
Tram Chim National Park:
The national park of Tram Chim, which covers about 7588 ha of Tam Nong District, was recognized as one of the Ramsar Sites, whose rank is 2000th all over the world.
When the high-water season comes, Tram Chim seems to dress up with new colorful cloth and becomes so lovely.. When coming here, you will be overwhelmed in the bird sanctuary with plenty of birds flying crowdedly over a corner of the sky. Additionally, visitors also have a chance to see 16 rare species of birds such as Red Sarus Crane, Black Crowned Stork
With its dense system of rivers and canals, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has become famous for floating markets which attract tourists with their abundant farm produce sold directly from boats.
Far about 6km from Can Tho city in Cai Rang River, Cai Rang floating market has long become the must-see tourist attraction in any Vietnam tours to Can Tho. Just after 30 minutes from Ninh Kieu wharf, tourists will set foot on Cai Rang floating market, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mekong Delta. As one of the three largest floating markets in Mekong Delta, Cai Rang is exceedingly busiest with the large number of buyers and sellers along with hundreds of multi-size boats closely parking together right from early morning. If you want to experience the busy scene here, you had better pay a visit to this destination around 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM to have the best experience of the locals’ daily life.
What to eat in Mekong Delta in Floating water season
Linh fish hotpot and Dien Dien Flower
The linh fish hotpot is a special dish of Mekong Delta. In Floating water season, the water from upstream of the Mekong River brings with it alluvium and many products that flow with the water. Spirit fish is also considered a gift that nature's mother gives here. In the floating season, this fish is as small as a chopstick and fat sweet meat. This fish is make into many delicious dishes however Linh fish hotpot and Dien Dien flower is the most popular dish.
Dishes from paddy field rats:
It is a big miss when you visit the Mekong River Delta in the high- water season without trying one of the most famous and typical dishes here made from paddy field rats. Let’s try grilled rats. The rats used to make the dish are those which often eat rice in the field so that they are safe for making dishes. You may hesitate at first but after trying some, you can be into this yummy dish.
Grilled Snakehead fish
Snakehead fish is one of the most popular fish in the Mekong River Delta and the locals are so creative in making various scrumptious dishes from it. It is very easy to catch snakehead fish in the high-water season. Snakehead fishes washed, are regularly using a long stick from mouth to tail, after burying the fish on dry haystack on fire, then plug the stick into the ground or get covered up and burning straw until the ashes . When fish cooked, scrape off the scales were scorched layer to reveal white meat and fragrant.