12 Facts About Mekong Delta


Mekong Delta was likely inhabited long since prehistory; the civilizations of Funan and Chenla maintained a presence in the Mekong Delta for centuries.

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The kingdom of Champa, though mainly based along the coast of modern Central Vietnam, is known to have expanded west into the Mekong Delta, seizing control of Prey Nokor by the end of the 13th century.

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Mekong Delta installed a statue of Tribhuvanakranta there to mark the southern most extent of Champa.

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The Mekong Delta became a territorial dispute between Cambodian and Vietnamese in the succeeding centuries.

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Vietnamese seizures of indigenous lands and colonization of the Mekong Delta were later incorporated into the modern ethnonationalist Nam tien theory.

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Present Mekong Delta system has two major distributary channels, both discharging directly into the East Sea.

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Mekong Delta is the region with the smallest forest area in Vietnam.

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Population of the Mekong Delta has been growing relatively slowly in recent years, mainly due to out-migration.

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Mekong Delta is by far Vietnam's most productive region in agriculture and aquaculture, while its role in industry and foreign direct investment is much smaller.

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Mekong Delta is not strongly industrialized, but is still the third out of seven regions in terms of industrial gross output.

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Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road.

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Mekong Delta cuisine relies heavily on fresh products which is abundant in the new land with heavy use of seafoods and unique ingredients of the region such as palm sugar, basa fish and wild herbs and flowers such as dien dien, so dua, keo neo.

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