Top Things To do In Mekong Delta Vietnam For Families And Kids

Cruising the Mekong Delta from Cambodia to Vietnam has been an incredible experience!

Our cruise was an option of either 8 or 10 days, and you can see some of our amazing Cambodia adventures in article one or article two on our website.

Let me share with you some of the fun activities offered to us on our G Adventures cruise.

Find Some Water Buffalo

Water Buffalo
©Exploramum and Explorason – G Adventures cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam – Water Buffalo

Take a stroll beside the river or waterways, and discover grazing water buffalo in the splendor of the Vietnamese countryside.

We walked right by them!

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Watch A Buddhist Funeral From Your Riverboat

Funeral
©Exploramum and Explorason – G Adventures cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam – Funeral at a Buddhist temple

We had the privilege of anchoring near two different Buddhist funerals.

Mourners are dressed in white, and with much music, these funerals can go on for all day and night.  (It is sometimes hard to tell if it is a wedding or a funeral from the music).

Quite a sight to behold.

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Visit A Bird Sanctuary In A Wooden Row Boat

Rain did not hamper the spirits of some of our passengers.

Wooden rowing boats gently glide through the water plants that grow beside the Australian Paperbark trees that are planted in rows.

But this is not Australia – this is Vietnam!

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Wander Through A Local Market

Check out the all the colour and activity of the local Sa Dec market (30,000 inhabitants only in the area).

We stroll beside the Mekong River, as local ladies chop up chicken feet with scissors, and as mud crabs try in vain to escape their silver trays.

The aroma is at times pungent, and there is quite a bit of noise, but it is a great place to meet the locals and ideal for photographers.

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Fall In Love With A Love Story

Parents might enjoy this more than the kids.

A visit to Huynh Thuy Le’s Chinaman’s House from Duras novel ‘The Lover’ will educate you on an original love story between a French and Vietnamese couple.

I wanted to buy the novel after visiting here. Very inspirational! The movie is also available but I believe is quite raunchy.

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Send You Kids To School

Whilst you can’t leave your kids here at Trung Vuong Primary School, it is fun to visit a local school.

The children here enjoyed practicing their English and playing together.

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French and Chinese Fusion – Kien An Cung Pagoda

A beautifully historic family pagoda that is worth wandering through.

The old Chinese beggar was very dramatic with his ripped clothing and eager to put his hand out the minute we exited the door.

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Hold a Snake, Pet a Snake, or Try Snake Wine

For the brave, you can hold a snake, pet a snake, or try snake rice wine.

Personally, I was not so brave – the banana rice wine was all I needed to try! This was sweet and delicious.

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Learn To Make Edible Rice Paper

Rice Paper
©Exploramum and Explorason – G Adventures cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam – Rice Paper for Spring Rolls

Have some fun learning how to cook the rice paper used for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Then you can also sample the sweet variety with coconut and sesame seeds which is delicious, or the traditional kind used for savoury food.

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Visit A Wholesale Floating Market

Floating Markets
©Exploramum and Explorason – G Adventures cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam – Floating Markets

Produce is suspended on a bamboo pole to show what wares are for sale here in the wholesale Cai Be Floating Market.

These are larger boats, and quite different than the Thai kind of floating market.

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White Giant Buddha Statues In The Sky

Stroll through a French inspired Pagoda and talk with the local monks.

Then walk through the pretty gardens to view either the giant white buddha or the giant sleeping buddha statues that seem to almost float in the clouds.

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Popped Rice, Popping Noodles, Sweet Treats, and Vietnamese Tea

There are many types of tea to try in Vietnam, and it seems to be served wherever you go.

Then the kids will love watching the rice pop (a little like popcorn) and see how the caramel sweet treats are made.

See how the caramel sweet treats are made.

Finish off with some tea and samples.

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Vietnamese Singing And Music

Sit back and listen to the melodic sounds of traditional and country Vietnamese music and singing.

I also thought their traditional clothes were beautiful!

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Try Tea, Honey and Royal Jelly

I am not much of a tea drinker, but I loved the sweet honey and orange tea we tried.

Others also ventured to dab their finger amongst the bees for the freshest of honey.

Great for young and old to enjoy.

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A Taste Sensation – Try Local Vietnamese Fruits

I adore the freshness and flavours of Vietnam.

As we listened to the traditional music of Vietnam, platters containing a myriad of fresh fruits were presented before us to sample and enjoy.

Of course, more tea was served too.

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Mud Skippers, Water Coconut, And Wooden Boats

Have you ever seen walking fish? Mud Skippers swarm the banks and seem to hop along on two legs as they dart in and out of the mud that nestles at the base of the water coconut palms.

Locals will don your head with a Vietnamese hat, and row you along the tributaries.

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Try Red Snapper

Red Snapper
©Exploramum and Explorason – G Adventures cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam – Red Snapper

A trip along the Mekong Delta is not complete unless you tuck into some of the local culinary delights.

Red Snapper is served whole with the skin, scales, head and tail, all intact.

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Note: This cruise is only suitable for children 12 years or older.

Mekong River
©Exploramum and Explorason – G Adventures cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam – Mekong River

 

 

 

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