Update: 09:44 | 30/10/2018
“Floating season” in Mekong Delta, when the water level is on the rise and the rivers and canals expand, takes place from the seventh to the ninth lunar month. The annual floodwaters carry nutrient-rich alluvium to farmland and provide a bounty of fish, shrimp and other aquatic species. It also marks the start of a unique tourist season in the region.
This year, the season started two weeks early, with the water level 30-50 centimeters higher than usual. Currently, most of the rice fields have been harvested. Floodwater has covered residential areas, roads
The annual floodwaters in the Mekong Delta provide a bounty of fish, shrimp, and other aquatic species.
Among the major sources of income for Mekong Delta residents while surrounded by the rising water are
On their boats, locals sell various specialties of “floating season”, such as lotus stems, water lilies,
Young farmer Huy was swimming to the
He said that his family produces only two rice crops a year and they are off during the flood season to let the farmland “relax” and conserve nutrition for new crops. When the water level is low, the family cultivate fast-growing vegetables. If the water level is high, Huy earns income from casting a fishing net and collecting
The Mekong Delta region’s cuisine is renowned for many appetizing dishes made from local specialties and using unique cooking methods, such as chicken and rice steamed in lotus leaves, straw roasted fish, braised duck with fermented tofu,
“Floating season” is a good time for foodies coming to the Mekong Delta to taste dishes made from the signature vegetables and herbs of the season, including
Along the streets in Tan Hung district, Long An province, travelers can buy dried lotus seeds, fresh lotus seed pods, lotus stems, and lotus seed milk.
With only VND25,000 (US$1), one can buy around 20 lotus seed pods, in which lotus seed can be used to cook elegant sweet soup with palm sugar.
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On the way from the downtown of Tinh Bien district to the Nui Cam tourism site in An Giang province, there are dozens of street stalls selling ‘banh
Collecting wild leaves and vegetables as ingredients for the stalls provides a good source of income for local residents during flood season. Gourmets having a tasty dish of
Meanwhile, the aromatic, juicy