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Red River Delta in Vietnam

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The world is a mysterious place full of countless recorded bodies of water, be that lakes, rivers, oceans and more. A whopping 72% of the entire Earth is covered by liquid, of which only a rough 1% is drinkable, therefore it comes as no surprise that a vast majority of this beauty is used for transport and excursions (just like on our extraordinary cruises). One special river found specifically in the north of Vietnam is the Red River Delta. This river is the second largest in Vietnam and the Delta itself is one of the highest populated areas in the whole country. 


red river delta in Vietnam


Where is the Red River Delta? 

The Red River Delta is a strategically important area for economy, foreign affairs, society, defences and politics. It spans roughly 120 km long and a huge 140 km wide in the center of northern Vietnam. It rises in China’s province Yunnan and passes course 1,175 km southeast through tapering gorges, where it realigns its route to enter Vietnam. Most of the region is no more than three meters above sea level, some of it even one meter or less! This has a simple cause and effect - there is a phenomenal risk factor for flooding in the immediate and surrounding areas. Nearby canals help protect the delta from the floodwaters specifically. The Red River is used as a main highway and mode of transport between Vietnam and China. This integral transportation route has been used by the local communities for centuries. The river contains a large quantity of silt - this proportion of soil is generated from the surrounding lands, including the red lands from where it takes its name. Traveling down the river the material is deposited in the river’s delta, a chunk of environment that spans over 7000 square km. The regional biodiversity is distinguished by flat topography of delta, midland and some mountains including substantial mineral resources such as coal and limestone



The Red River Delta upholds a rather fluctuating volume throughout the year and has become famously known for its remarkable flooding in history. In 1971 there was a huge flood killing 500 people in the surrounding areas with damages causing effect to a further 2.7 million. Unfortunately, due to the time period there was a crossover with the Vietnam Civil War, causing little documentation to have been made around this subject. We do however know that the destruction wiped out valuable crops causing further hardship during this horrifying time. 


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Red River Delta Community and Lifestyle



A total of eight provinces are combined with two municipalities to create a mass population of almost 23 million people. This is a shockingly high body count for such a small area! Given that the Delta utilizes only 5% of Vietnam’s real estate a massive 20% of the entire countries population lives here. Due to such a large population the living spaces are generally very closely packed, limiting the improvement of living standards. Historically noted and still to modern day up to 80% of the inhabitants here work in the agriculture field. Most of the land in the Red River Delta is dedicated to rice cultivation, making this area the second most important rice producing area in all of Vietnam (the first being the Mekong River). Other crafts have been learnt by natives to produce fine silks, wooden furniture and even pottery. Generally speaking, locals in the area choose to wear clothes of simple style and color and are elegant, spiritual, hardworking people. Residents here enjoy Vietnamese cuisines inspired by Chinese and European counterparts in addition to their cultural activities; folk games, Cheo singing and water puppet shows, a tradition that dates back as early as the 11th century. 


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How Do I Take My Next Vacation From Memorable to Exceptional?


If the concept of scouring Vietnam and the riveting Red River Delta has you getting your passport at the ready, don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Rainforest Cruises for more information! Our experts will help recommend the best cruises to suit you and your dream destinations. We can give you the highlights and key information about each itinerary to help you choose the cruise that is best for you - we even provide lists for what you need to pack in your suitcase! We promise to handle all of your requests as best as we possibly can to accommodate you and your travel companions. To explore the phenomenal Red River Delta or the Mekong River with us please show your interest by sending us an enquiry or calling 1-888-215-3555


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