Vietnam's Mekong Delta (I) - Hot, Wet, Green


"Ceaselessly the river flows, and yet the water is never the same, while in the still pools the shifting foam gathers and is gone, never staying for a moment. Even so is man and his habitation." -- Kamo no Chomei (poet, 1155-1216)

The Mekong Delta’s tributaries in southern Vietnam, between Ho Chi Minh City and the Cambodian border (Kampuchea), transfer huge volumes of water drained from the Himalayas and passing almost 5,000 kilometers (2.5 thousand miles) through China, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. Much of Vietnam’s rice and fish comes from the delta region. Inhabitants include Khmer, Chinese, Cham and Vietnamese people.