Mekong Delta - Vietnam

The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: đồng bằng sông Cửu Long “Nine Dragon river delta”) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 km² . The area covered by water depends on the season.// Vietnam WarDuring the Vietnam War, the Delta region saw fighting between NLF guerrillas and units of the United States Navy's swift boats and PACVs. As French colonization began in Cochinchina, the first nationalist revolt, on t

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nhatminh :

the geography of the mekong delta

Kevin :
"Here's some interesting sites that I've reviewed. They have some general information about the Mekong Delta for you. "The Mekong Delta is the bottom half of Vietnam's two rice baskets, the other being the Red River Delta in the North . This vast delta is formed by the deposition of the multiple tentacles and tributaries of the mighty Mekong River..." "In the south, lies the Mekong Delta, and the flat southern tip of the country. The Mekong river starts in China, flows down through Thailand and Cambodia, and then splits into 9 smaller rivers when it reaches southern Vietnam..." "The Mekong delta, covering about 40,000 square kilometers, is a low-level plain not more than three meters above sea level at any point and criss-crossed by a maze of canals and rivers.""
Wen Por L :

What do you think of the American patrols in the Mekong delta? any historian want to help out here? they say that patrolling in the Mekong Delta had the most death rate during the war

fiveamrunner :
"I wish I could help you, but I never got south of Da Nang..."
J. S. :
"Read Col. David H. Hackworth's book 'Steel My Soldier's Hearts: the Hopeless to the Hardcore Transformation of the U.S. Army 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam' - it deals with American patrols in the Mekong Delta."
rick s :
"Not patroling is an excellent way to set-up a Khe Sanh seige. Although to be fair, a few Rifle Companies of Marines and surrounded. by 50,000 NVA soldiers had few options, other than direct fire and Operation Niagra. Also strategic value, bread basket to Vietnam is another factor. NVA soldiers must eat. I'd say the Marines might dispute the death rate in the Mekong, as I Corps had some very large operations and battles and was always hostile."
Maggi :

at cantho?

April P :
"Here are a couple links.... Hope this helps!"
kako :
"I stayed in one called Phuong Dong. A tourist type of place, I think I paid about $20 a night. OK, nothing special. But clean. It was inside the town, not on the river."
"victoria hotel at can tho region, mekongdelta is one of the most popular in the area."


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Date: 2008-02-05 16:35:05

Jolted to read John Kerry's insensitive references to, "the Swift Boats we loved while we were in uniform on the Mekong Delta" -"the boats we honored when we were in uniform in Vietnam". Kerry earlier called the war an atrocity. Remarks especially sickening for those who, like Jane Fonda, sided with Vietnam fighting Japan, France and U.S.

Date: 2008-02-05 16:35:05

The Mekong Delta is the heart of the south of Vietnam.

Date: 2008-02-05 16:35:05

Rice is Vietnam’s source of pride, accounting for huge export revenue. What few know is the insufficient funding applied to this industry.

Date: 2008-02-05 16:35:05

On the isle of An Binh, located in the Co Chien River in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, is the more than century old Cai Cuong house.

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