Tasting Honey Tea, Mekong Style in Vietnam

Although the rushed, over crowded and impersonal tour that I joined to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam was far from enjoyable, it did have the occasional small highlight that made it all worth it in the end. One of those moments was stopping at a honey bee farm, which at first appeared to just be another rushed stop where I wouldn’t be able to see anything from the hordes of tourists shoving their way in front of me, but resulted in tasting the quite unique tea of the Mekong Delta.

Bee Hive at a honey farm in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

One of the bee hives at the farm

Bees at a honey farm in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Bees and honeycomb on one of the slides from a bee hive

After unsuccessfully listening and viewing our guide’s speech on the farming of the honey bees and extracting the honey, we were directed to a seating area on a raised wooden patio with a few small tables, each set with a tea pot and a few small glasses on sauces. Seated at one of the tables, my honey tea was prepared, unlike any other cup of tea that I’ve tried.

The local honey is poured into the small glass, followed by a squeeze of lime and sprinkled with some dried honeycomb. Then the fairly weak tea is poured into the glass from a height.

Making honey tea at a honey farm in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Honey is poured into the glass, followed by a squeeze of lime.

Dried honeycomb added to make honey tea at a honey farm in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Dried honeycomb is sprinkled into the glass.

Making honey tea at a honey farm in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Finally, the tea is poured into the honey mixture.

After stirring this strange mixture together I took my first sip. It was delicious, very sweet and a little zesty. Each ingredient seems to make its appearance on each sip. I was just expecting a cup of tea with honey in it. This is much more than that and I helped myself to another cup.

Delicious honey tea in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

A tasty glass of honey tea, Mekong style.

This type of honey tea is apparently unique to the islands of the Mekong Delta, and I was happy to have been able to try it. After the stress of the days tour so far, it was a welcome relief, even if only for a moment.

Have you tried a unique cup of tea while travelling? Share your experience in the comments below.

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5 comments… add one
  • Sand In My Suitcase Oct 18, 2014

    Lime, honey and tea – great combo! The Brits and Aussies say a cuppa always restores you :-).

    • Dean Wickham Oct 18, 2014

      It was a great combo! A cuppa certainly does go a long way…for me that usually means coffee, but a good cup of tea is good too 😉

  • I really enjoyed Turkish tea. And while mate in Argentina was not something I liked early on, I came to appreciate it.

    • Dean Wickham Nov 10, 2014

      I’ve never tried mate. Is it only in Argentina or is it a general South American thing?

  • Honey makes tea so much delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

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