Mekong Delta region is one of the must-visit destinations in Vietnam. Coming here, visitors feel like being at home although the sights are different. Local people are indigenous, friendly and helpful. What are the characters of Mekong Delta people in Vietnam? They live with love, are generous, hospitable, and easygoing.
Historical and environmental condition
Vietnam has 3 regions: Southern, Central and Northern. The Southern is divided into the Southeast and the Southwest (The Mekong River Delta or the West). Because the history of formation and the environment is different, each region has different characteristics. More than 3 centuries ago, generally, the Southern was still fallow. In the forests and in the rivers, there are many wild beasts, toxic insects such as tigers, snakes, crocodiles. Every year floodwater comes down from the upstream of the Mekong River, so houses are swept away, and people drown. However, floodwaters bring back much silt and many fish shrimps. In General, once upon a time, living conditions in the Mekong River Delta, there were many advantages, but also not less difficulty.
Characters of Mekong Delta people in Vietnam
Living with love
As mentioned above, once upon a time, the Mekong River Delta was the wilderness; In the forest, in the river, there were many dangerous animals, toxic insects. Every year, floodwaters poured down from the upstream of Mekong Delta. When many people from Central Vietnam and a few from Northern Vietnam went into Southwestern Vietnam, they had to face those difficulties. They were afraid and realized that under such natural conditions if they were not united, they would die, so they depend on each other to live. This thing leads to a deep affection between people. They are willing to help each other when having sickness, difficulty.
As mentioned above, the Southwest has many rivers, canals and fertile soil, so finding food is very easy. This creates the generous character of the Western people; in dealing with people they don’t just think for themselves. When guests come to the house, if they stay for a short time, the hosts serve tea, for a long time, the hosts serve rice and wine. During the war, in areas where there were many bombs, people had to evacuate to other peaceful areas; they are warmly helped by the people here for months.
Because, long ago they were far from their homeland, their original background; they did not have many relatives. Therefore, they needed someone to share their joys and sorrows in life. Whenever there was a guest coming to the house, they also welcomed happily and regaled kindly. In the Vietnamese folklore, there is a proverb sentence, “Visitor coming home, not having tea, also having alcohol.” (Vietnamese: “Khách đến nhà, không trà thì rượu”) or,
“Catch a snakehead fish to grill by fire,
Make a white alcohol tray to treat a friend coming from far.”
“Bắt con cá lóc nướng trui,
Làm mâm rượu trắng đãi người bạn xa”)
The western people are very easygoing. In customs and rituals (Weddings, death anniversary …), they carry out very simply, not too many details. When someone makes a mistake with them, they easily forgive. In daily communication, they are very approachable. About words, they are very direct; they think anything, saying that thing, not crooking or ulterior.