The Mekong River is the longest in Asia. Its source lies high on the Tibetan Plateau, and it makes its way through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, before eventually entering the South China Sea in Vietnam at the Mekong Delta. The river here divides into a number of broad waterways that bring rich silt to the soils of the delta, resulting in a region where rice grows abundantly and every rural family’s garden boasts a multitude of tropical fruit-bearing plants, including coconuts, bananas, mangoes, pineapples and pomelos.
After a 90 minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City, we finally laid eyes on two of the Mekong’s waterways near the town of Ben Tre. Here many people live in floating dwellings on the water, making a living from fishing and fish farming.