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THE MEKONG DELTA

 
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Vietnam’s ‘rice-bowl’, the Mekong Delta is a rich fertile region of flat farmland interlaced with thousands of waterways and tributaries of the mighty Mekong. Known locally as Cuu Long, or the ‘River of Nine Dragons’, the Mekong splits into two reaches as it makes its final path through Vietnam before finally dissipating into the South China Sea.

The Mekong Delta was likely inhabited long since prehistory; the empires of Funan and Chenla maintained a presence in the Mekong Delta for centuries. Archaeological discoveries at Óc Eo and other Funan sites show that the area was an important part of the Funan Kingdom, bustling with trading ports and canals as early as in the first century AD and extensive human settlement in the region may have gone back as far as the 4th century BC. Angkor Borei is a site in the Mekong Delta that existed between 400BC-500AD. This site had extensive maritime trade networks throughout Southeast Asia and with India, and is believed to have possibly been the ancient capital to the Kingdom of Funan



The river provides a lifelong flurry of activity and commerce among its waters and is interspersed with seemingly endless rice fields, colourful floating markets, isolated villages accessed only by boat, and a populace of constantly smiling people.



Annexed from Cambodia by the invading Vietnamese in the 17th Century, the Delta remains home to descendants of the former Khmer Empire and the region is scattered with a working collection of temples and resident Buddhists that continue to use the Khmer language as their mother tongue.



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