Exploring the fruit-laden orchards of the Mekong Delta region

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Thriving mandarin trees laden with fruit
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NDO – Have you ever visited a grove of mandarin trees laden with juicy fruits in Lai Vung district, Dong Thap province? Have you ever lost yourself in a maze of cherry trees in Go Cong district, Tien Giang province? Have you ever wandered through a paradise of gandaria and tasted their sweetly sour fruits in Vung Liem district, Vinh Long province?

Those lucky travellers venturing into the Mekong Delta region might have fallen under the sleepy charms of the fruit orchards which spread across the fertile land.

Fruit trees grow all year round in the Mekong River Delta, and whenever you visit the land, you will be treated to the latest crop of fresh exotic seasonal fruits.

Families can pick fruits and enjoy their fresh taste right from the branch

Tien Giang province is one of the first stops for those interested in fruity specialties of the Mekong Delta during their journey from Ho Chi Minh City to the southernmost province of Ca Mau. Located along the north bank of Tien river, Cai Be is known as the largest fruit producer in the Mekong River Delta.

Walking through the orchards in the district, visitors can pick ripe fruits right from the trees, and enjoy the succulent taste of fresh fruit. Cai Be is home to many delectable fruits rich in flavour, such as mangoes, oranges, and star apples.

Also in Tien Giang province, fresh star apples grown in Chau Thanh district have recently been exported to the US, making Vietnam the first country in the world that is allowed to export the fruit to the country.

Leaving Tien Giang, travellers are welcomed to Ben Tre province, where Cho Lach district is located. Surrounded by the Co Chien and Ham Luong rivers, the district is bestowed by mother nature with a tropical climate and verdant growth all year round. The fertile land is famous for its delicious and tasty durian, rambutan, grapefruit, longan, and mango.

Next stop on the itinerary is Vinh Long province, which is widely known for the brands of Nam Roi pomelo and Tich Khanh rambutan. If you are lucky enough to arrive during the harvesting season, you might be invited by the orchard owners to pick ripe rambutan fruits like a true farmer and taste them at the peak of perfection.

Fruit stand along the Quan Lo – Phung Hiep national road with most of the products on display being bunches of mandarin oranges.

The joys of the Mekong delta region are not limited to its bountiful orchards, visitors can also experience community-based tourism (homestay) to explore the daily life of Southerners. They can also try their hands at river fishing and cook their catches into delicious dishes as a reward for their work.

Children excitedly try their hands at catching fish with bamboo traps

The fish are then barbequed for delicious meals

And on such golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, with joy and love triumphing they can ride by bicycle to bask in the tranquillity of village life under the leafy shade of fruit trees while breathing fresh air filled with the aroma of fruit and flowers. In the evening, visitors are delighted with the beautiful melodies of ‘Don Ca Tai Tu’ (Southern amateur music), which have been honoured as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humankind by UNESCO.