Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, also known as the Western Region is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres. The size of the area covered by water depends on the season. The heart of the Mekong Delta are Can Tho, Vinh Long and Sa Dec Provinces, from where it is possible to reach the remotest confines of the delta, South towards the mangroves and the South East Asia Sea, North towards Chau Doc, or West towards the island of Phu Quoc.
The Mekong Delta has been dubbed as a “biological treasure trove”. Over 1,000 animal species were recorded between 1997 and 2007 and new species of plants, fish, lizards, and mammals has been discovered in previously unexplored areas, including the Laotian rock rat, thought to be extinct.


Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road.
The region is home to cải lương, a form of Kinh/Vietnamese folk opera.

Literature and movies
Several movies have been filmed in the Mekong Delta and depict the culture of the region. They include The Buffalo Boy and The Floating Lives.
In the movie Apocalypse Now, Lt. Col. Kilgore captures this location for the American soldiers to surf (due to its 6-foot peak), justifying it with the famous line, “Charlie don’t surf”.
Nguyễn Ngọc Tư, an author from Cà Mau Province, has written many popular books about life in the Mekong Delta.

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