Deep Rooted Solutions

How Mangrove forests can protect the coastal areas and rice fields of the Mekong Delta from storms and flooding It seems like the time of dramatic pronouncements of climate forecasts: a United Nations report released in October said humans have just over a decade left to reverse the course on climate change, and this should … Read more

The Chocolatiers of The Mekong Delta

Exploring the past and future of Vietnamese chocolate The Vietnamese have a saying: Phi cua Troi, muoi doi chang co, meaning “Waste what God gives you and the next ten generations will go without.” Likely no one has mastered the art of multi-purposing quite like the humble people of the Mekong Delta where absolutely nothing goes to waste. In a small riverside workshop … Read more

Take me to the River

Explore the beautiful tapestry that makes up the Mekong Delta On a fine Saturday morning I was picked up at 8am and taken down to Saigon Pier where at 8:15am I and several other travelers boarded a speedboat that would take us south to explore the Mekong Delta. I started chatting with a fellow companion who informed me that … Read more

Mekong Delta

Mekong Quilts, the social enterprise known for their handmade quilts and bamboo bikes, are offering visitors an opportunity to visit the women and villages behind the products. Local NGO Anh Duong, under the umbrella of the NGO Mekong Plus, is working to alleviate poverty in the region through training and microloans. Every year groups of … Read more

A Silver Lining

For farmers suffering the effects of a severe drought, the rain couldn’t come fast and heavy enough Unprecedented levels of heavy rainfall caused chaos across Vietnam the past few months—flooding homes, destroying businesses and washing away motorbikes—prompting a deluge of pictures and videos on social media. I rarely come across somebody who doesn’t have an … Read more

Mekong Mania

With its meandering waterways and flourishing farms, the Mekong Delta is a place not to be missed The Mekong Delta is a maze of rivers, arroyos and canals, providing a much calmer alternative to transport than the roads. This complex network spirals off a split in the river in Cambodia and fertilizes the lush landscape on … Read more

Life Along the Canal

Meet the people adjusting to life among the rising tides The delta of the Mekong River is one of the most threatened delta areas in the world. As a result of climate change, the country is plagued by more rain, more floods and salinization of the lower reaches of the river. In 2009 architect Joep … Read more

Due South

How water brought wealth and then disappeared from the city The delta of the Mekong River is one of the most threatened delta areas in the world. As a result of climate change, the country is plagued by more rain, more floods and salinization of the lower reaches of the river. In 2009 architect Joep … Read more

Take Me to the River

The gentle ‘put-put’ of a single- cylinder Chinese diesel engine is the soundtrack to the waterways of Vietnam. While large, modern, metal-hulled freighters and sand barges have taken over much of the heavy lifting required for Vietnam’s rapid modernization and industrial development, the more traditional wooden boats, skiffs, barges and coracles still ply their trade … Read more

Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, Gateway to the Mekong Delta

Set where the Chau Doc River meets the Hau River (a branch of the Mekong), most travelers treat Chau Doc as simply a waypoint on the road to Saigon, The Pearl of the Far East, or Phnom Penh,The Pearl of Asia, on the river route connecting the two, arriving late in the afternoon and leaving … Read more