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The Mekong Delta is delimited by the tributaries of the Mekong River. This area, which is criss-crossed by a dense network of canals, is fertile and excellence for the cultivation of rice and growing fruit trees. The sun shines all year round in Mekong Delta. There is no winter and rate storm. However, every year between August and October, the water of the Mekong River rises flooding the delta.
In this territory, there is the Thap Muoi Stork Garden, the U Minh forest and the salt forests of mangroves that had not yet been exploited only a decade ago. There are also immense fruit orchards; the most impressive of which are located on the islands in the river. The Mekong Delta River is much appreciated by those interested in ecological tourism.
As for the local inhabitants of the Mekong Delta, are spontaneous, sincere, straight forward and hospitable. To enjoy this whole culture experience, visitors can attend performances of traditional “cai luong” theatre that can be seen in this area.
Mekong Delta best time to visit?
You can visit Mekong Delta at all time of the year but May and June are considered as best time and peak season in there. The temperatures in southern Vietnam do not change much throughout the year, the average is about 30 degrees Celsius. The dry season in the Mekong delta is between October / November and April / May. Usually the rain showers are brief and heavy, mostly in the afternoons, but after an hour or so it clears up again.
Mekong Delta what to eat?
Mekong delta is home to different tropical fruits such as durian, coconut, banana, pineapple, dragon fruit and so forth. Another must-try dish in Mekong Delta is deep fried elephant-ear fish rolled with herbs in rice sheet and served with dipping sauce and snake meat.
Mekong Delta where to stay?
There are many accommodation options in the many provinces of Mekong Delta. The tourist can find out a lot of great hotels, hostels and home-stays. But, you should stay in home-stays with local people to explore their daily life, culture and many traditional foods.
Mekong Delta places to visit?
Vinh Trang Pagoda
Built in 1849 in an area of 2,000m2 with many beautiful trees, Vinh Trang pagoda is the greatest pagoda of Tien Giang Province. The splendid but simple features of this Buddhist construction are a result of the harmonious fusion of Asian and European architectural styles. Inside, there are many precious statues made of wood, among which is a collection of 18 Bodhisattvas sculpted in 1907. These works of art represent the pinnacle of sculpture in the Mekong River Delta.
Address: Nguyen Trung Truc Street, My Phong Commune, My Tho City, Tien Giang Province.
Cai Be floating market
The Cai Be floating market is held where the Tien Giang River forms the border between the provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre. It takes about an hour to reach the market from the Vinh Long City.
Approximately 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other products are anchored along the banks of the river, from 5AM to 5PM every day. The merchandise sold in each boat is hung on a pole in front of the boat to attract customers.
Dong Hoa Hiep Ancient Village
Dong Hoa Hiep village was established in the 18th century, there are currently more than 3,000 households, scattered in 6 hamlets with the main source of income from the specialty fruit orchards of the South: Hoa Loc mango, oranges, blue-skin grapefruit, longan,Vinh Kim star apple, etc. Dong Hoa Hiep also has traditional craft industries such as making rice, rice paper, rolling milk cake…
One of the most impressive destinations for tourists in the ancient Dong Hoa Hiep village is the Ba Duc ancient house with the East-West architecture. The house was built in 1850 among a garden of more than 2 hectares with longan, milk, grapefruit, oranges, etc, creating a rustic scene that is no less poetic and romantic. If the front of the house is French style with round columns and curved dome, the interior is a special Vietnamese architectural space. The house still retains many precious and beautiful items, showing an elegant and great hobby of rich families in the ancient South.
Tan Phong Island
Tan Phong Island, which is famous for growing large and succulent rambutans in beautiful garden next to floating market. Also, an interesting site to visit is the Catholic Church situated on the riverside.
Con Phung (Hillock of the Coconut Religion)
Con Phung (Phoenix Islet) in located in Tan Thanh Commune, Chau Thanh District, Ben Tre Province, near the Rach Mieu Bridge. Con Phung stands in the middle of the Tien river between My Tho and Ben Tre, 12km from the city-center(by road) and 25km (by waterway). Con Phung has an area of 50ha.
Visitors can see the original architecture of the site of the Coconut Religion Holy Land. In Con Phung, there is a handicraft village that produces furniture with material taken from the coconut tree. As well, there are families who raise bees that make honey from the longan flower. This product is sold on the spot.
Xeo Quyt Historical Relic
Xeo Quyt is located in My Hiep Commune, Cao Lanh District, Dong Thap Province. In the past, it served as the headquarter of the Party Committee of Kien Phong Province (the name used during the US and Saigon puppet administration) founded in late 1959. Now, it becomes a wildlife reserve covering 20 ha of flooded indigo forest in My Long and My Hiep Communes.
During the tough anti-US resistance, amidst the dense military posts of the US and the puppet troops and brutal raids and bombardments, this headquarters survived indomitably.
The base area during the anti-US war has been preserved intact under the canopy of the indigo forest and lygodium that used to shelter small camps, paths, canals, and bomb shelter and midfields of the provincial Party Committee headquarters until the liberation of the South (1975). To tour around Xeo Quyt, you can row a boat or walk (in dry season).
You can rest and relax by a lotus lake or under the shades of fruit trees in a garden or taste local specialities in Xeo Quyt Reataurant.
Tram Chim National Park
The Park is located in Tam Nong Distric, Dong Thap Province, in the lowest area of the Mekong River water logged plain submerged and the center of Dong Thap Muoi. The climate is similar to that region close to the equator; it has a great deal of rainfall and sunlight.
The Park has six main plant populations: Lotus society is a habitat for the sardinella, snails and wild ducks.
An Binh Island
Visitors will be delighted by the gardens of An Binh Island. The Island covers an area of about 6,000ha with several fruit orchard are opened to the public. The tourists can walk among the trees, relax in hammocks, try all kinds of delicious tropical fruits and sometimes ones have a meal or stay overnight (known as home-stay).
Floating markets in Can Tho
Visiting floating markets is one of the attractive tours in Can Tho City. Every day in the early morning, hundreds of boats gather to form a market. Trading activities take place all day, but the most exciting time is in the morning when boats are loaded with agricultural products. In floating markets, trading activities take place in boats. Buyers should see the goods hang on the poles at the boat prow.
Cai Rang floating market is just 5km from the center of Can Tho City. The market is at its busting between 6AM to 9AM. Cai Rang can be seen from the road bet getting there by boat is more interesting.
Binh Thuy Communal House
Binh Thuy Communal House was built in the 19th Century, is located in Binh Thuy Ward, 5km from the center of Can Tho City. The architecture of the Binh Thuy Communal House is different from the communal houses in the North. The front and the back buildings are square, and each side has six rows of columns. All the bases of the columns are very wide, which make the buildings more stable. The roofs the tow front buildings were built overlapping each other.
Phung Hiep floating market
The Phung Hiep floating market is situated where seven branches of the Mekong River and canals converge in Nga Bay Town. The Snake market is located close to the floating market. Visitors from all over the world come to that market to taste snake liquor and to see dangerous snake dance.
From Long Xuyen, one has to travel almost 60km to get to Sam Mountain, which lies 6km west of Chau Doc, approximately 2km from the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. The 230m-high mountain does not only offer beautiful landscapes, but it is also the site of many historic remains deeply cherished by the inhabitants of Mekong Detal.
Tra Su Cajuput Forest
Tra Su Cajuput Forest is located in Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien District, about over 20km from Chau Doc and 10km from the Cambodia border. It which included an 845ha special-purpose forest surrounded by a 645ha buffer zone is the habitat for many colonies of water birds, bats and various other such as rare and endangered animals and reptile species. The flora is equally abundant and splendid with over 140 specified floral varieties, including many medicinal herbs of high value.
The natural aspect of the landscapes is give a wonderful dimension by the few small farmhouses that are irregularly placed here and there, perched high up on stills above the flood plain with their rudimentary bamboo celling made out of cajuput trees.
The best time to visit Tra Su is at the high water season, from September to November. At this time of the year, the entire forest floats on a vast area, so a motor-boat is the only way to travel around. Indeed, rowing along the green mysterious canals is a particularly good idea or going for a bit of fishing in quiet contemplation.
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