The UK travel publisher, Rough Guides, included the Mekong Delta on its list of Ten Best Value Destinations to visit in 2015.
The site depicts the Delta, which lies at the terminus of the namesake river as “a riot of vivid colors and flavors.”
Prices are cheap and the Delta boasts endless options for exploration by motorbike and boat, according to the list, which targets independent and frugal travelers.
Most of the Delta's locations attract few foreign tourists--the exception being the island of Phu Quoc, which has become renown for warm waters, shallow shores and clean, white sand beaches.
This year's Rough Guides list also included Kosovo for its open tourist sites and cheap rooms; the UK’s rugged Peak District; the Canary Islands which is now open to budget airline routes; Karnataka, India’s southwestern state; Northern Ireland where one can visit real-life castles; Portugal; Northwest China for its captivating scenery and cheap food; Oaxaca a coastal region in Mexico that's free of crowds; and Queens – the cheapest and most lively borough in New York City.
Photos of the Mekong Delta captured by tourist Ngo Huy Hoa:
The Mekong's coffee-brown water meets the sky.
Rach Mieu Bridge crosses the Tien, one of two Mekong tributaries in Tien Giang Province.
Co Chien ferry in Tra Vinh Province. Many ferries criss-cross the Delta's abundant waterways.
One of many small bridges in the Delta.
Banh bo, a sweet soft delicacy made from rice powder
Boats and mangrove palms provide popular scenes in the Mekong Delta
A family living on a boat.
A neighborhood built on water.
A not so busy road in the Delta
The brilliantly green rice fields, shaded by coconut palms.
A corner of a fishing village
Banh cong, another Delta delicacy made from rice batter, mung beans and shrimp deep-fried and served with fresh vegetables and fish sauce.