Transportation Project Statement



Transportation is an important issue in the Mekong Delta region. Residents use a wide range of transportation methods, including bikes, motorbikes, busses, and boats. Due to the large number of canals, boats are particularly valuable. The current transport system also suffers from inefficiency and congestion; consider ways to improve the system as a whole.

Design Projects


EWB and Habitat for Humanity invite you to consider one or more of the following design projects:

  • Development of an affordable boat design or the upgrading existing boat designs. For example, consider the efficiency of current engine and hull designs; are there better designs available?
  • Improvement of the transport system. Identify the existing deficiencies in infrastructure or management and develop a plan to address them.

Design Considerations


When designing a solution, the following issues have been identified and should be considered a priority. The proposal should consider:

  • The appropriateness and usefulness of the solution for the Mekong Delta residents.
  • Costs, both purchasing costs, and maintenance costs. Also, the availability of maintenance i.e. sourcing spare parts and expert mechanics.
  • How the solution will hold up in a tropical climate. Remember that the water table is very high and the Mekong Delta region frequently floods.


Additional Information

The communes in An Minh district are not organised into villages but rather the houses are spread out along the banks of the canals that criss-cross the district. The canals form the same purpose as roads in our communities and so boats are the main form of transport. 

You can find a map of the An Minh district showing the canal network on the maps home page

The boats are both powered and non-powered. Diesel is the main fuel and can be purchased for $1.2USD per L in the communes. 

Along the canals are paths on which motor bikes and push bikes can ride. There are small bridges across the canals for both people and bikes. Ferries also transport people and bikes from one side of the canal to the other.