The Mekong Delta is a fascinating glimpse into past and current traditions. One of the joys of the Mekong Delta is visiting small cottage industries that dot the region. Often referred to as the “Rice Bowl” of Vietnam, and also the ‘Fruit Bowl’ due to it also being a treasure-trove of delicious and unusual fruit production.
The intricate network of waterways also means easy transportation routes to deliver goods — everything from handicrafts to candies to food to bricks is made in the delta. Rice paper making is fascinating from boiling and then grinding rice into flour, which is then mixed with water and spread over a fire oven to steam the mixture into a rice paper sheet.
The same process is used to make noodles for many of the famous and delicious soups popular in Vietnam.
Another interesting cottage industry is brick making, utilizing the river clay which produces the red bricks used for house building that you will see as you travel around the country. It’s incredible to still be able to see these handmade crafts just like they have for hundreds of years.
From Ho Chi Minh city, the drive is between 2 – 3 hours depending on your initial destination where you will begin your exploration by boat. A one-day trip certainly showcases the wonderful waterways, houses on stilts lining the River and home industries, but for a true experience an over-night option can allow you time to visit the busiest floating market.