For foreigners visiting Vietnam, especially those coming from countries with different climates, to try as many fruits as you can should be in your to-do list. And, local food orchards in Mekong Delta are perfect destinations to treat yourself with the freshest produce right on the spot. The Mekong Delta is the Best Nature Retreat in Vietnam and also the largest supplies of fruits in the country.
The weather here does not have any rapid change during the year so you can feel free to visit anytime. However, if you intend to visit local food orchards in Mekong Delta, the best time would be in summer, from June to August, when almost all kind of fruits are growing in profusion, and there are also Fruit Festivals conducted by local authorities.
Address: Vinh Thanh Ward, Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province
Cai Mon is one of the most well-known local food orchards in Mekong Delta. Its name comes from the fact that this land is blessed with large natural canals and fruitful all year round, which attracts a considerable number of bees and the development of honey-making business.
Incredibly fruitful trees
Some typical Vietnamese Fruits that you can expect to try here include rambutan, durian - a popular specialty of Ben Tre, plum, jackfruit, and pomelo. The orchards can be so abundant that there seems to be not enough space for both the fruits and the leaves to be in the same branch. This place is also famous for growing beautiful flowers that are exported to lots of international markets, such as bougainvillea, dahlia, and marigold.
You can also buy and take home your favorite fruits here at reasonable prices
Coming to Cai Mon, besides tasting the fresh, delicious fruits, you also have chances to learn some agricultural techniques to increase the productivity and quality of these products, to try Southern Vietnam signature dishes - such as Coconut Worms, and, of course, to bring home as many flavorsome fruits as you want.
Have a great time under the shade of trees and try out some Mekong Delta specialty
This is how Duong Dua - Coconut Worm looks like!
Address: Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province
Cai Be is where many top local food orchards in Mekong Delta are located. It supplies numerous types of fruits for both domestic and international markets. The charming scenery of hundreds of fruit farms here makes it popular among tourists.
With about 15,000 hectares of orchards, Cai Be accounts for ⅓ the number of fruits that Tien Giang Province supplies. Besides typical fruits of Western Vietnam like durian, mango, rambutan, mangosteen,..., these species also have different unique cultivar. For example, you might be taken aback when eating a mango here because it might smell like pomelo or durian in Cai Be orchards.
Some fruits at Cai Be Orchards
Each orchard here would have entrance fees varying from VND 10,000 to VND 50,000 - depending on tourism seasons.
Address: Vinh Kim Ward, Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province.
Vinh Kim is another well-known orchard of Tien Giang Province. The signature fruit here is Lo Ren Star Apple, which is famous for having big sizes, pretty, shiny skin, and attractive aroma as well as taste.
Vu Sua Lo Ren
There are also many different flavorful fruits you can find here including Go Cong Watermelon and Acerola Cherry, Ngu Hiep Durian, Mac Bac Mamey Sapote, and more. The appealing scents of all fruits blend create a pleasant space that you can hardly find anywhere else other than local food orchards in Mekong Delta.
Go Cong Watermelon
Go Cong Acerola Cherry
Ngu Hiep Durian
Mac Bac Mamey Sapote
Coming to Vinh Kim, you could rent a bike and wandering under the luxuriant trees and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the rural area.
Address: 335 Lo Vong Cung, My Khanh Ward, Phong Dien District, Can Tho City
If you are looking for more experiences of activities in local food orchards in Mekong Delta, you can take a look at My Khanh Ecotourism Village. Other than eating succulent fruits, there are many more services that are offered involving trying being a farmer, boat rowing, fish catching, and other recreation.
Visiting My Khanh Village can give you some ideas about the life of Vietnamese farmers
My Khanh Orchard is full of lush green trees that belong to more than 20 species. All the fruits grow in profusion, and they are all grown naturally, following qualified standards so you can fill your stomach with them along with refreshing air and melodious birds singing.
Address: Binh Thuy District, Can Tho Province
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With the scale of just about 100 households, Con Son (Son Islet) is an ideal place to spend a whole day among lush orchards.
You can try all the fruits here including guava, pomelo, star apple at super affordable prices compared to ones (that are already inexpensive) of which other local food orchards in Mekong Delta. Moreover, the local cooks would teach you how to make some traditional Vietnamese cakes and also offer buffets of them. After you are satisfied with the inviting fruits, the villagers would treat you with their signature home-cooked dishes.
Peaceful scenery of Son Islet
Address: Long Ho District, Vinh Long Province
Cu Lao An Binh is a small islet comprising of only four wards and is 15 minutes away from the mainland by boat. It is said to be a heaven for those who would love to immerse themselves with the tranquility of rural life.
Some of the most dominant fruits here are rambutan, longan, mango, guava, and jackfruit. Like other local food orchards in Mekong Delta, the amount of what you can eat here is counted per “stomach” not kilograms or pounds, which means you can eat until you can take it no more.
Cu Lao An Binh is an island of fruits
Most of the services here are home-based businesses, offering their own fruit-bearing gardens or secret recipes of regional specialties. Therefore, instead of a luxurious experience, you can expect to receive the real, indigenous experience with the most hospitable welcome.
As Mekong Delta is blessed with a suitable environment to efficiently grow fruits, you can easily find local orchards here. At which, you can enjoy newly-picked fruits from numerous types and have a relaxing time among pleasant air and warm sunshine.
Also, check out our Mekong Delta Tour to have more authentic experiences with this friendly and modest land.
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