The Mekong Delta is one of the leading rice-producing regions in the world. Fishing and aquaculture provide a steady supply of fish, snails, shrimp, crabs, and frogs, both for domestic consumption and for export. And the Delta produces an incredible array of fruits and vegetables. In addition to jackfruit and star fruit (below), you can find pineapples, mangoes, dragon fruit, bananas, durian, sweet potato, taro, squash, and more.
The Delta is also a center of commerce and industry. During our trip we saw a constant stream of boats bringing building materials and other products up and down the river. Construction projects were crowding out the small shanties that line the river banks.