Where to go this weekend By Xuan Lam in HCMC Ben Thanh Tourist in HCMC is offering an exciting tour called 'Homestay Weekend' to the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Ben Tre to enjoy the region's peaceful waterways and clean country air. Public relations executive Cao Ngoc Minh says that the tour targets foreigners in HCMC, especially foreigners in foreign representative office. "We start the tours on the 2nd and 4th weekends of the month so the traveler can have time to relax after hard working days," she said. The next tours depart on the mornings of July 25, August 8 and August 22 from HCMC to Vinh Long Province. On the way, the tour stops at the Cao Dai Temple before reaching Vinh Long's An Binh Village where a cycling tour is arranged. On bicycle, visitors can see some of the villages' lifestyle and visit ancient Tien Chau Pagoda. The tour operator arranges a homestay on an island for foreigners to stay with local people. For those who do not like to let their … [Read more...] about Where to go this weekend
Mekong delta where to go
Huynh Van Ngot says that since his family reinforced their roof and pillars last September, they have felt safer during storms. "I asked my sons to place four sandbags on the corrugated tin roof and anchor the interior pillars to concrete poles fixed in the ground with zinc wire," says the 67-year-old resident of Long Binh Commune, Go Cong Tay District, Tien Giang Province. "When last year's ninth storm (Typhoon Usagi) blew the roofs off neighboring houses and uprooted surrounding trees, I was really scared," Ngot says. The old man learned how to reinforce his home from Oxfam, an international non-government organization that has worked in Vietnam since 1955. "The Oxfam agent also encouraged my family to build a clean toilet in our house instead of using open-air toilets built over catfish ponds, which pollute the environment. I found her suggestion reasonable, so I followed," says Ngot. Strengthening the house and building a hygienic toilet are just two of many changes that took … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Mekong Delta responds to climate change
Head of the Cultivation Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Tri Ngoc spoke about the inundation of Cambodian rice in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's rice granary. What do you think about the absurdity in the Mekong Delta, where Cambodian rice is flooding the market? It is normal, like Vietnamese rice also overflows into Thailand. This is the nature of the market mechanism. Traders are buying low-quality rice of Vietnam to sell to Thailand at higher prices. Similarly, when rice prices in the Mekong Delta are higher, Cambodian rice overflows in. It seems problematic that paddy prices fell to VND2,500/kg but farmers couldn't sell their rice, meanwhile Cambodian rice is imported into the market. What is your opinion about this? That is a different matter. Vietnamese farmers have been pursuing rice productivity and are not interested in high-quality rice. Meanwhile, Thailand and Cambodia have one rice crop per year and they only grow long-term paddy varieties … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta importing rice as usual?
The Mekong Delta (in Vietnamese: "đồng bằng sông Cửu Long" ("Nine Dragon river delta") 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 China Sea, North towards Chau Doc, or West towards the island of Phu Quoc. The Mekong Delta forms both the far southern region of Vietnam and one of countrys two main ricebowls. Dominated by the Mekong River and its many tributaries, the surrounding lands are comprised of low lying rice paddies and the rivers are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries of the hectic Mekong River highway provide a … [Read more...] about The Mekong Delta in brief
Clam and oyster have turned out to be main incoming source that helped many households in Mekong Delta to become wealthy. Nguyen Van Dao, General Director of Joint Stock Company Go Dang - currently the leading clam exporters of Vietnam reviews that, clam and oysters are sea products that have potential markets in Europe, Asia, Americas. Clam meat is exported with prices ranging from 3.5 - 4USD per kg; the whole clams 1.8 - 2USD per kg ... These are fairly attractive prices However, recently, the clam farming is "on the U turn" because clams die off, pushing people into hell, pile on debt We visited Tan Thanh commune, Go Cong Dong district (Tien Giang province) in the Mekong Delta where famous clam farms are located to find out the causes why clams died in large numbers. Ngo Phi Truong - an official at Go Cong Dong district's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the mass dying of oysters occurred some years ago but this is the worst case he has seen in the … [Read more...] about Farmer breeding clams in Mekong delta suffer losses