Cần Thơ, the biggest city in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, is a three-hour bus ride south of Ho Chi Minh City and the central traffic hub for discovering the southern tip of Vietnam. Cruise boat operators will offer to take you either northwest across the Cambodian border and all the way to Pnohm Phen, or around for the day to floating markets and the surrounding villages that are connected only by waterways. Longer two or three-day tours lead you to relaxing beaches in the southeast and tropical islands. Despite being one of the densest populated areas in the world, the tiny region produces more rice than Japan and Korea together and offers a variety of flora and fauna protected in many wild sanctuaries and national parks.
Photos by Dan Sandoval
This article was first published in CHENGDOO citylife Magazine, issue 62 ("year of the snake").
Photos by Dan Sandoval.