Around 120km away from Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong (in Vietnamese we call “Miền Tây”) appears with a totally different environment, landscape and people. Last Sunday, I went to My Tho, a town belonged to Tien Giang, a province in Mekong. If we go by car, we can head to My Tho by Trung Luong Highway in about 1h20′.
Mekong Delta is the destination where you can find the image of Vietnam in the past. The locals are very friendly. They are willing to help you for every concern that you have. There are a lot of trees, Vietnam’s ‘western-er’ plant a lot of fruit trees in their garden. It makes the atmosphere clean and clear at the area. If you know anyone in this place, they can take you to their garden to pick and enjoy the fruit right on the spot. At the time that I went to My Tho last week, they had grapefruit, guava, banana, rambutan, orange, persimmon, chili, mango, guava, etc. Depend on the time in a year so they have different fruit trees planted. This is a fruit garden that I have gone to:
Also, some people plant a small flower garden in there home. It looked really beautiful and makes the house more eco.
One of the destinations that you should visit when going to My Tho is the local markets. At this place, people sell the fruits that they picked from their garden. Because the gardens are usually nearby the market, the price is cheap than buying in cities (around 1/3 cheaper if you buy the fruits in supermarkets at the cities). Business people come there to buy in large quantity. Then they transport to Ho Chi Minh City, and sell in the supermarkets.
The market here is quite fun, sellers call us to buy their products, people talk out-loud to bargain, chatting voice is everywhere. All together makes a really vibrant picture. If you intend to buy, they are happy to give you a try of their products. However, you should beware when coming there, the road is very muddy and slippery. Absolutely you don’t want to be dirty and bring the mud home 😉
Moreover, at Mekong Delta, the foods are really delicious. Nevertheless, it’s a bit sweet. I mean it’s delicious in its way, because the locals would like to eat sweet a little bit. The cuisine is really Vietnamese style. If you are planning to travel Vietnam for food, Mekong is definitely a place you shouldn’t miss.
I will show you guys some special things of Mekong to end up this post 😉