Rather than unifying those who lived around it during the early
stages of history, the river has rather acted like a dividing line
between countries, often being used as a defensive dividing line
and a natural boarder.
Possibly the most famous part of the river is the Mekong River
Delta, known in Vietnamese as the 'Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long' ('Nine
Dragon river delta') where it meets the South China Sea. Places of
this vast delta are yet unexplored, and here, you can find an
incredible amount of animal species, including the Laotian rock
rat, which people previously believed to be extinct. It is also on
the Mekong Delta where you can find a range of floating markets
including Cai Rang. Buzzing and vibrant, these places are famed for
their incredible amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables, traditional
Vietnamese foods served from the boats, and crafts. Of course,
these markets start at around 5am and end at around 10am, so an
early start is a must.