Step into a land of natural wonder, from vast wetlands, to pretty orchards, and emerald paddy fields. The Mekong Delta stretches from Ho Chi Minh City to the Gulf of Thailand, and is known as Vietnam's rice bowl. Rice, as you'd expect, is the main crop, but the land also cultivates coconut palms, sugar-cane groves and fruit orchards. Incredibly, this region provides around a third of the entire country's annual food crop from only ten percent of its overall land mass. Locals know the Mekong Delta as Cuu Long, or "Nine Dragons", due to the nine tributaries of the river, and there are 12 main towns within this area of the country. The delta's biggest community is based in Can Tho, and is popular with travellers for its excellent restaurants and floating markets - the biggest and most famous market is based nearby, in Cai Rang. There's also fascinating smaller communities, like the famous Tan Lap Floating Village, which literally sits on the water. Visit Vinh Long and My Tho for boat trips, and a chance to view the picturesque Tien Giang tributary. Ben Tre is home to the lush fruit orchards, whilst Cao Lanh is an ideal escape for bird lovers, and Sa Dec is a place of beauty with flower nurseries and stunning river views.