Top 10 must-visit destinations when traveling to An Giang

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An Giang Province is located in Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam. Although An Giang is developing rapidly on economic and social aspects, its pristine beauty is still well preserved. Especially, An Giang is well known for its festivals and exhibitions of souvenirs as well as pictures and documents. Therefore, if you long to travel in An Giang but do not know much about it then in this article, we would like to introduce you some interesting places in An Giang that you should not ignore during your Vietnam family packages.

Bung Binh Thien

Located about 30 km from Chau Doc, Bung Binh Thien (the lake of the sky) is located in An Phu District, An Giang Province, which is very close to the Cambodian border. In the floating season, it is exceptionally beautiful with yellow flowers among green water hyacinth. Moreover, Bung Binh Thien is surrounded by Cham villages with the ancient and special cultural values.

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Bung Binh Thien

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

Tra Su Cajuput Forest in Tinh Bien District, with an area of about 850 hectares with rich ecosystem, is a symbol of the beauty of floating season in An Giang. Having a boat row amidst the winding river, wading in all corners of the cajuput forest, and listening to birds singing on the treetops will definitely be very-difficult-to-forget experiences in your family package tour to An Giang.

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A boat row in Tra Su Forest

Ta Pa Rice Paddy Field

In the floating season, Ta Pa Rice Field in Tri Ton District looks like a huge carpet with green rice fields and rows of palmyra trees. It is regarded as the unique terraced field in the Mekong Delta. Standing on the hill, you will be able to take a bird’s eye view over the beauty land of An Giang.

That Son

That Son or Seven-Mountain Area is the typical seven mountains among 37 mountains in two districts of Tri Ton and Tinh Bien. Cam Mountain, having a height of 705 m and a circumference of 28,600 m, is the highest mountain in That Son and possesses extraordinarily beautiful scenery.

Oc Eo Remains Site

This is a large and famous ancient remains site in An Giang. At present, Oc Eo Remains Site not only welcomes collectors and archaeologists coming here for research purposes but also attracts both domestic and international tourists who come to discover the remains and vestiges of a brilliant development period of the ancient An Giang and Mekong Delta.

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Oc Eo Remains Site

Ba Chua Xu Temple

Ba Chua Xu Temple is located at the foot of Mount Sam in Sam Mountain District, Chau Doc. This is not only an ideal place for pilgrimage but also an interesting place for your Vietnam family tours where you can enjoy the fresh air of Mount Sam at an altitude of nearly 300 m and have the panoramic view of Chau Doc and Vinh Te Channel.

Chau Doc Market

Chau Doc Market is considered as “the kingdom of fish sauce” with many stalls selling all kinds of fish sauce and dried food. If it is your first time to An Giang, do not miss Chau Doc market in your plan for Vietnam family packages with a lot of interesting experiences about the daily life of people living in the floating region.

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Chau Doc Market with different kinds of fish sauce

Chau Doc floating village

The most unique tourist attraction in Chau Doc is certainly the floating village – the distinctive cultural characteristics of the river region. In these floating villages, boat is the primary means of transportation of every family. Here, each raft like a separate house stretches along the two riverbanks. In particular, recently, some people tend to raft for settlement on the river. The life of the family is happening on the 4-meter wide and 7-8 meter long raft.

Cham Village of Chau Giang

The community of Cham ethnic group lives in An Giang is really large, forming the Cham village alternating with Kinh people. The largest Cham Village is probably in An Phu District. To visit the Cham Village of Chau Giang in the Vietnam family package tours, tourists just have to go through Chau Giang Ferry to Con Tien. The village is peaceful and tranquil with unique stilt houses and mosques with round tower architecture because all of the Cham people here are Muslim.

Tinh Bien Market

About more than 1 km from the Cambodian border is Tinh Bien Market in the center of Tinh Bien Town. Visitors really love visiting this market to buy fruits as well as delicious but cheap dishes made from insects. In addition, some of the items from Thailand, Cambodia are also sold here at very affordable prices.

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Insect dish in Tinh Bien Market

Chasing the infinity | Where to get the finest shots in An Giang

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Along with the boom of tourism, technology and social media have allowed travelers worldwide with endless ideas for popular channels such as Youtube or Instagram, which means carrying a good camera along with you to every step during your travel seems to be something inseparable. If you are in search of a country where a sudden triviality can be turned into a great masterpiece, Vietnam is your choice. Even though you are a part of private tours in Vietnam or wandering around on your own, anything you catch sight of during your Vietnam tours can possibly reveal a story or leave you an impression. Today’s post leads you to a far-away land in Mekong Delta where its nature is an infinite topic for photography fans, An Giang.

Victoria Núi Sam Lodge Hotel

Proudly recognized as the most upscale hotel all over An Giang Province, Victoria Núi Sam Lodge is located peacefully in the middle of breathtaking rural scenery and surrounded by an immense network of canals and solemn Buddhist temples.

Victoria Núi Sam Lodge was constructed based on the modern minimalism style while still living in a great harmony with the romantic natural circumstance. Especially, each room is designed with a French-influenced entrance door leading to a massive outdoor balcony, which is featured with a gigantic swimming pool where you can take a deep rest ad zoom out to the vast rice paddies afar. If you ever have a chance to contact a local tour operator, do not forget to request a customized Vietnam private tour for a night over here.

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Victoria’s interior

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Outdoor swimming pool

Tà Pạ Mountain and Lake

Though lying within less than 1 kilometer away from Tri Tôn Central Town, Tà Pạ Mountain bears a wild and mystic beauty. There is a hidden Khmer pagoda located right on the top of the mountain whose height was recorded to be less than 200 meters. The close by massive natural Tà Pạ Lake is enclosed by the escarpment. The lake captures visitors’ attention by its pure jade water, which was resulted from a long stone exploit progress and recorded to be 17 meters in depth. Though born as a natural effect, this Tà Pạ complex easily captivates its tourists due to a unique beauty.

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Tà Pạ Lake

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Poetic scenery

Châu Đốc floating village

One of the most focal points in the list of top destinations in Vietnam, especially in the region of Mekong Delta is Châu Đốc floating village, a typical uniqueness of the river civilization. Boats and junks are the most basic means of transportation of each household. On the surface of the river, each raft is equipped with multiple mobile houses on top linked to one another stretching both of the banks of the river. Each owner owns at least 3 to 4 floats along with an additional raft as a way of traveling.

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Châu Đốc floating village

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The village from above

Trà Sư Cajuput Forest

Moving further to Tịnh Biên District with approximately 100 kilometers, you will catch sight of a Bazan path leading to Trà Sư Cajuput Forest. Both sides of the thoroughfare are adorned with infinite rice fields and tall shady palm trees leaving a poetic impression, especially when dusk starts to fall. Covering the area of roughly 850 hectares, Trà Sư Cajuput Forest is dressed with a vast smooth greenish shade of floating water-fern, especially when the flooding season arrives. The best experience is to sneak through little canals on a small wooden boat in the middle of a salt marsh jungle. Occasionally, birds and storks will gather somewhere on the top of the trees afar while leaving behind their peaceful birdsongs. As days go by, Trà Sư is gradually recognized as one of the most sought-after Vietnam private tours in Mekong Delta area.

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Floating water-fern

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From above

Apart from those four lesser-known destinations above, you may feel like adding in the main attractions of the cities such as Thoại Ngọc Hầu Mausoleum, Black Lady Temple, Châu Giang Brocade Village, Tây An Pagoda and so on. An Giang, on the other hand, is known to be home of the massive Óc Eo ancient civilization that initially shaped the sensational Khmer Kingdom in the twilight of history.

A look into gigantic villa of a Mekong rich kid | Travel to Bạc Liêu

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Bạc Liêu is an outstanding province in the area of Cà Mau Peninsula, a large wetland at the end of the S-shaped country, Vietnam. However, it seems like apart from the local dwellers, foreign tourists have very little acknowledgment towards taking a Vietnam tour to this city. One of the achievements that Bạc Liêu has gained for itself is the sensational villa of a mandarin’s son that none of the Mekong citizens have ever heard of. Does your travel to Southern Vietnam highlights this? If not, you may think twice.

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Villa’s front face

The building is now located at 13 Điện Biên Phủ Street, Ward 3, Bạc Liêu City, right next to the massive Bạc Liêu River. It was first constructed in 1919 when Trần Trinh Huy, the man character I was mentioning above, was reaching his early 20s.

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Mandarin’s son portrait

The house was built based on a French architect’s designation and every single material was brought directly from France. After its inauguration, the villa was recorded to be the most magnificent building all over Mekong Delta at the time. Huy was infamous for his stories as a rich kid who led a loose life. He was a VIP customer to plenty of high-end hotels in Saigon, gambled away with all of his cash and even flew in a helicopter during his visits to his own rice paddies. Some rumors were made about his one outrageous paper note-burning story just for boiling eggs.

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Trần Trinh Huy and his first lady

Over a century has passed, yet the edifice has still maintained its basic beauty. Each boulon was carved with an artistic letter P on top, which proved its origin from the splendid Paris. This is typically a spacious villa, which was once called as a “Big House” in the local term. Currently, the site is a segment of “Bạc Liêu Mandarin’s son hotel-restaurant complex” attracting thousands of visits. If you are thinking of signing up for a Vietnam private tour visiting Bạc Liêu, you will definitely have a chance to witness this gigantic manor.

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A corner of the interior

Its ground floor has two different bedrooms, two large fancy lobbies along with massive stairs leading to the second floor, which was equipped with three more bedrooms and two other spacious lobbies. The first steps into the house will surely leave you breathless with elegant construction details that grant the whole house with luxurious ambiance. Golden lights were furnished to illuminate the whole interior, which accordingly offers a cozy atmosphere.

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Vintage telephone

A massive alter stands solemnly upholding the master’s heydays. When dusk takes over the whole site, you may be left breathless once standing on the balcony zooming out to the peaceful landscape sleeping when the Sun is gradually gone. Beyond, there is a restaurant placed right close by the villa, where you may find it hard to have a cup of coffee inside the master’s campus.

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Fancy classic furnishings

Moreover, the place has remained a spectacular room known as “the Master’s room”, which used to be owned by the Mandarin’s son himself, Trần Trinh Huy. Visitors are allowed to make a reservation to stay in the room. The thing is, it must be booked a month in advance. The bedroom I fully equipped with a king-sized double bed, air conditioner, television and a desk. Other furnishings are all exquisite and subtle, especially a nostalgic telephone made in the French colonial age which is still able to function. After a long progress of renovation, the edifice of Bạc Liêu Mandarin’s son has gained its reputation as one of the most sought-after attractions all over Mekong Delta. This lesser-known city owns such a great potential to be a famed focal point in customized Vietnam private tours that you can consider a visit to the ending land of Southern Vietnam.

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Artifact

Beside this sensational icon, Bạc Liêu is able to offer you various attractions such as a wind-power site, Bạc Liêu Bird Sanctuary, ancient longan orchards, a vast mangrove forest, and way many more. Are you looking for hidden gems that other tourists hardly ever know? Do not hesitate to find the best private tours in Southern Vietnam for yourself.

Flower Village – The Colorful World Of Mekong Delta

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The Mekong Delta is located in the southwestern part of Vietnam, where the Mekong river ends and approaches the sea. Much of the area in the Mekong Delta is covered by many small rivers, the tributaries of the Mekong River. Therefore, life in this area is very unique and different from other places in Vietnam. 

Your vacation will not be perfect if you are not well prepared. So you should choose the best time to visit Mekong Delta. In Mekong Delta, the rainy season begins in May and lasts until August. However, the rains in this region are usually short and won’t affect your tour seriously. Because of that, visiting Mekong Delta during these months is not a bad choice at all.

Thoi Nhut Flower Village, Can Tho Province

Tho Thoi flower village of Can Tho is a place to visit in the Vietnam countryside tours, indeed Can Tho. It is quite poetic, especially at the end of the year when the chrysanthemum garden bloomed like a flower carpet yellow sky.

In the first days, this flower village only about a dozen flower growers includes mainly daisy flowers. Over time, the growing of flowers has become more common, from small-scale investment into large flower gardens, not only provide flowers in the area but also to the neighboring areas to the faraway provinces.

If you have a chance to visit the West, this is an ideal place.

Follow some of Vietnam countryside tours, you will have the opportunity to visit Thoi Nhut flower village Can Tho and feel the very own features of this place with the gentle romantic dream that not everywhere there.

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Thoi Nhut one of the beautiful flower villages in Mekong Delta

Cai Mon Flower Village, Ben Tre Province

This flower garden is known as a village producing flowers, one of the two flower baskets provide flowers Tet. If you have a Vietnam tour for family, you can visit Cai Mon flower garden – Cho Lach to feel the colorful paintings and scenery of the garden to be able to export flowers to other places.

Cai Mon flower village is famous for flowers such as yellow apricot, marigold, paper flower, daisy flower, raspberry, carnation, flowerpot, coconut … and many kinds of roses.

The highlight of the village is Cai Mon flower garden is the kind of ornamental plants such as leaves, flowers, plants, animals, antique, rare jewelry …, through the hands of the talent of artists have created eye-catching shapes and attractive.

Going to Cho Lach, you will have the opportunity to discover and enjoy the immensity of the colorful river, surely you will never forget this exciting trip. Here you are not only immense in colorful flower fields but also have the opportunity to enjoy the special fruits like coconut, durian, rambutan or mango and so on. You will be impressed Countryside tours in Vietnam because of that.

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The farmers are taking care of the flowers in Cai Mon Flower Village, Ben Tre Province

My Tho Flower Village, Tien Giang Province

It located in the suburban area near the center of My Tho City belongs to Tien Giang province about 10 km and more than 3 km away from Trung Luong T-junction in My Tho direction to My Thuan.

You will absolutely be stunned by the colorful costume of My Tho Flower Village in Mekong Delta if moving along Highway 50 and coming here.

Just like the above flower villages, My Tho flower Village is planted and provided for nearby areas. Because of its convenient place, which is just 70km away from the center of Saigon, My Tho flower village appeals to a large number of visitors to contemplate the beauty of flowers.

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The flowers are blooming in My Tho Flower Village

SA DEC FLOWER VILLAGE

Considered as the center of flowers and ornamental plants, Tan Quy Dong Flower Village in Sa Dec became one of the attractions for tourists while traveling south, especially the Lunar New Year.

Flower growing is one of the main jobs of a part of people in Sa Dec. In recent year,  the income from a flower is not high but they have no intention of leaving it. They said that this is their traditional job which has been famous for both local and international tourists for a long time.

Another highlight of this village is the friendly people. Whenever seeing people coming from other cities, the locals are willing to come to show them the way to the best flower fields without begging for any money. Some owners here also allow the young to come to take photos for free.

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Sa Dec one of the biggest flower suppliers in the country

3 days in Mekong Delta

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Mekong Delta adventure today introduce you a trip to Mekong Delta in 3 days. The best time to visit Mekong Delta is in the summer so you should schedule your work properly.

Day 1: Tien Giang – An Giang

  • Tien Giang: Fruit kingdom

Located southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang is a coastal province in the Mekong Delta with a coastline of about 32km. Tien Giang has relatively flat terrain. The land here is a neutral alluvial soil with less acidity. The characteristics of soil combined with climate characteristics of humid tropics have created favorable conditions for the Tien Giang land to promote the development of agricultural fruit trees. It is not too exaggerated to say that Tien Giang is a “fruit kingdom” because there are more than 68 thousand hectares of land for fruit trees, which is the main source of fruit for the domestic market and international export.

In Tien Giang, up to 10/10 district towns are growing fruit trees. Depending on the characteristics of each region, there are some kinds of fruits such as: Annona Xiem ( Tan Phu Dong),pineapple (Tan Phuoc), Durian and Rambutan ( Cai Lay), Grapefruit and Mango (Cai Be),dragon fruit (Cho Gao), breast milk (Chau Thanh) … Following the tours to Tien Giang, visitors can paddle trip to explore the orchard. In addition, Tien Giang also has many famous attractions such as Vinh Trang Pagoda – one of the most unique pagodas in the Southwest, Dong Tam Snake Farm with hundreds of different snakes, Cai Be Floating Market – Tien Giang’s main fruit transfer station, Thoi Son Island is an interesting tourist destination.

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A meeting of Cai Be Floating market

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The beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda in the morning

  • An Giang – Tourist paradise in floating season

An Giang is a fourth largest province and the number one about the population in the Mekong Delta. This is also a province bearing bold characteristics of the soil, terrain of the river in the South with canals, golden rice fields, and especially large mangrove forests. In An Giang, there are 3,800,000 hectares of Melaleuca forests and 500 hectares of wet tropical forest with more than 150 species of rare plants. The forest system of An Giang not only owns great value in terms of resources and ecology but also helps to promote the development of An Giang tourism.

The reason for the name “tourist paradise in floating season” is An Giang gathered 3 locations where have beautiful scenery in the floating season of the South. The first is Tra Su Melaleuca forest – one of the unique and most typical nature preserves the wetland ecosystem of the Mekong Delta. Second is Bung Binh Thien – the freshest lake “beauty from heaven” in the Southwest. And finally, Ta Pa field – “green rice paddies”.

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Bung Binh Thien in floating season

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Tra Su Melaleuca forest

Day 2:   Ca Mau

  • Ca Mau – southernmost of Vietnam

Ca Mau is one of the tourist destinations in the South that many visitors love and want to set foot on. One of the reasons for the great attraction of Ca Mau is probably because of its unique geographical location. Located in the Mekong Delta, Ca Mau is the southernmost coastal province of the country. In other words, Ca Mau is the last province of the beautiful S-shaped land of Vietnam.

Coming to Ca Mau, tourists can visit and take photographs of Ca Mau landmark – the southernmost point of Vietnam. Moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the land with Ca Mau Floating Market – a popular floating market in the Southwest, Hon Da Bac – coastal landscapes, Hon Khoai – the most beautiful island of Ca Mau, “Duoc” forest Nam Can – Biodiversity Conservation area with many kinds of rare plants, U Minh Ha National Park – “unique natural forest kingdom”, Ca Mau bird sanctuary – living area of hundreds of birds …

In addition, Ca Mau also has a very attractive attraction is Thi Tuong Lagoon, one of the largest natural lagoons in the Mekong Delta. Dubbed the “Lake of the middle of the plain”, Thi Tuong Lagoon is one of the tourist attractions in the Southwest in the floating season attracting a large number of domestic and international tourists. You should not worry about things to do in Mekong Delta adventure tour when coming here.

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Thi Tuong Lagoon in the sunset

Day 3: Can Tho

Known as “the capital city of Southwest area”, Can Tho is the largest and busiest city in the southwest region. The land of Can Tho was exploited and officially appeared on the map of Vietnam in 1739 with the name Tran Giang. Over the past four centuries, Can Tho is now one of the most important economic and social centers in the Mekong Delta region.

“Capital” Can Tho is the most popular Southwest tourist destination. This place gathers a lot of attractions and places to discover where have become popular long time ago. Can Tho owns a system of interlaced rivers, enormous straight fields, the orchard immense … Not only that, Floating Market Cai Rang – the largest floating market in the Southwest, Ninh Kieu wharf meeting from the nineteenth century and other destinations such as My Khanh Eco-tourism area, Bang Lang Stork Garden Tourism, Binh Thuy Ancient House, Can Tho Museum, Night Market Tay Do …

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Panorama of Ninh Kieu wharf

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Binh Thuy Ancient house

Chau Doc, the special characteristics of Western River Water

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Chau Doc is a provincial town in An Giang province, just off the border of Vietnam and Cambodia. Coming to this promised land, visitors can visit not only the famous sights such as Sam Mountain, Chua Xu Temple but also a boat ride around and learn Cham culture, Khmer. Chau Doc is always in the top tourist attractions in the South.

You will feel great because of the opportunity to Travel to Chau Doc Vietnam, the “land of human love” is often referred to music performances! The people who are living in the west of Vietnam are moderate but also extremely liberal, have opened many myths, from the fertile, fertile plain to the majestic mountains.

So where to go in Chau Doc? When is the best time for touring in Chau Doc? Whether or not Chau Doc is beautiful and ideal?

Best time to travel to Chau Doc?

Like other western provinces, Chau Doc has a tropical monsoon climate with two rainy and sunny seasons. In general, with the typical river climate, Chau Doc is suitable for visitors to visit and travel all year round.

This article will introduce top things to do in Chau Doc.

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

You will enjoy the fresh nature, green, peaceful and enjoy the rustic food, love this countryside. .With a variety of ecosystems and impressive beauty of nature, Tra Su mangrove forest is considered as a “waterway” and has become an attractive tourist attraction attracting many visitors. This is one of the top things to do in Chau Doc.

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Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

This vast forest stretches over 8,000 hectares, which has an incredible number of birds. The majority of the forest is a wetland and there are limits for visitors so that the bird’s breeding grounds are not disturbed. You will have the opportunity to soak in experience with some delightful activities including a short high-speed boat trip and a 20-minute quiet paddle along narrow canals through shady green hills. Even if you only found a few birds, not even one, it was a beautiful trip. The reserve is 23km to the west of the town.

Chau Doc cuisine

Besides, you can also experience Chau Doc’s most exquisite cuisine at Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, where there is a great international food menu (grilled lamb prices, duck breast), dishes with a French accent (talerino tart, gratin dauphinoise) and fine Vietnamese food, such as grilled squid with green pepper. Apple pie with cinnamon cream makes a great taste.

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Chau Doc Cuisine

When you travel to Chau Doc Viet Nam, you do not miss taste dish in here. It is a very rich combination which creates the unique flavor of the west.

Floating Houses – House in Chau Doc

Chau Doc floating village is a land of cultural traditions, one in the religious centers of the South. This made your Chau Doc tour funny.

There are also rusty houses, floating floats including empty metal drums, both of which are a place to live and a livelihood for their residents. Coming to this place, visitors will find it interesting to feed their own fish, drop bait down the raft, a whole population of catfish jumped to scare for food looks exciting, thousands of size fish, splashing water splashing to splash all wet floor.

The scenery on the river is cooler and cooler when it’s dark. At this time the activities on the village are no longer busy, the family gathered together after a day of hard work. Floating villages floating on the Bassac River. If you come to Chau Doc without ever coming to the floating village, it is a mistake.

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The village is like a floating city on the river

Chau Doc Floating Market – Market in Chau Doc

You need to wake up at dawn to see the bustle of this floating market. The action is the busiest from 5 am to 6 am when locals gather to buy fresh produce such as fish and shrimp. This market is less colorful and calmer compared to other emerging markets.

Not far from the floating village is Ba Chua Xu Temple, Hang Pagoda, Mam village … attractive places when visitors have the opportunity to Chau Doc.

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Ba Chua Xu temple

 

Cruise along Mekong River, Vietnam

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Mekong Delta is the largest delta in Vietnam, considered as “Rice bowl”, an agricultural miracle that pumps out more than a third of the country’s annual food crop. To the Vietnamese, the region is known as Cuu Long, “Nine Dragons”, a reference to the nine tributaries of the Mekong River, which dovetail across plains fashioned by millennia of flood-borne alluvial sediment.

Travel to Vietnam, Mekong Delta is a must-visit, because it brings you lots of interesting and special experiences. One of those is taking a cruise along Cuu Long river, and visit different destinations along the trip. It is advisable to contact the tour operator to arrange for a tailor-made Mekong delta tour. Along the Cuu Long river, you will have a chance to taste the most delicious food on a boat in floating market or visit immense fruit orchard or stock sanctuary with diverse species of stocks.

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Cuu Long river (Source: Internet)

1. A cruise in floating markets

Mekong Delta has left a deep impression on tourists by its attractive lifestyle on the river and delicious breakfast dishes. Thus, it is quite exceptional and awesome to take a floating market tour along Mekong River and enjoy everything here.

Floating markets are gathering places where the locals can buy goods, but nowadays it is also an attractive destination for tourist. Every day, it is crowded with hundreds of boats with various kinds of products. Tropical fruits (coconut, rambutan, banana, grapefruit, watermelon…) or even domestic products (bowl, cooker…) are sold most commonly in the market. Along with goods and items, some small sampans also serve as café shops or food stores. It is quite possible to stop by one and then enjoy an iced cup of coffee, soft drinks or a noodle soup for breakfast.

Generally, the best time to visit floating markets is in the early morning, because everything in this moment is very vigorous and colorful: fresh atmosphere, the flavor of delicious hot dishes, peaceful of local life on the river. All are very special.

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Skewers and rice noodle soup selling boat (Source: Internet)

2. A cruise in fruit orchards

Mekong Delta is not only famous for immense rice field but also is the main supply for fruit for the country. It is missing if you do not add fruit orchards in your Mekong Delta adventure. Mekong Delta offers visitor various kinds of fruits all round year.

Here, visitors can take a stroll around fruit gardens and taste fresh delicious fruit right under fruit trees. If you want to stay overnight here, then there are small resorts located under the shadow of green trees, with affordable price.

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A fruit orchard (Source: Internet)

In addition to fruit orchards, many regions also offer interesting eco-tours to rice paddies, flower growers, and riverbeds. Imagine you are on a boat bobbing along the river under shades of green trees and breathe in fresh air or landing on somewhere and have lunch there. Lunch dishes are typical for the western regions of Vietnam.

mekongreviews is sure that you hardly find an adventure like Mekong Delta adventure. In some eco-tours like My Khanh ecotourism, Can Tho Province, tourist can have a chance to experience country life of local people such as fish catching, tasting grilled fish right on rice fields or boat racing…

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A cruise on fruit orchard (Source: Internet)

Mekong Delta adventure will be probably a memorable experience for you. Clearwater with breath-taking landscape around, friendly and hospitable local people altogether will satisfy you.

3. A cruise in stock sanctuaries

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A stock sanctuary in Can Tho Province (Source: Internet)

Mekong Delta is also famous for diverse stock sanctuaries. To enter these gardens, visitors must travel by boat. Here you have a chance to enjoy peaceful landscapes with lotus or bang lang flowers, cool water and especially numerous stocks and other species of birds also gathering here. The best time for watching storks is in the early morning when stork fly away for food or in the late afternoon when they return to home after the whole day seeking food from other places. Thousands of storks perching on rice field or bamboo trees create a vigorous picture of nature. The garden is now a popular destination for both domestic and international visitors.

The Specialities Of Mekong Delta Tours

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The Mekong Delta is a famous destination which attracts tourists because of beautiful places and unique culture. It also offers many exciting attractions, activities, and excursions. Spending your holidays in this region, surely, you will have many wonderful and memorable moments.

Things to do in Mekong Delta

Floating markets

Cai Rang Floating Market

A part of Cai Rang floating market (Source: Internet)

One of the favorite experiences in Mekong Delta that nowhere else have is floating market. As there are many rivers and canals interconnecting to each other, it is a good opportunity to develop floating markets. The special thing in those markets is that everyone, both merchants, and customers, uses boats to sell and buy their goods. All kinds of goods can be found in these markets, from commodities to daily goods. In addition, remember to try local food sold on boats such as Hu Tieu, Banh Canh, and Bun Ca. Moreover, it can be a great chance to chat and know more about the life of the friendly people here. Some famous floating markets are Cai Rang, Cai Be, and Phung Hiep.

Fruit Gardens

My Khanh Garden

The entrance of My Khanh Garden (Source: Internet)

Being one of the most fertile lands in Vietnam, Mekong Delta is extremely famous for luxuriant orchard gardens. Thanks to the temperate climate and advantageous natural conditions, fruits seem to be all year round, which makes it an amazing place for both local and foreign travelers. There is nothing better than picking and enjoying ripe fruits by your hands.

Visiting the gardens, tourist can also go fishing and enjoy special local food in these gardens. It is definitely a small paradise of Mekong Delta. Some lot of famous fruit gardens in Mekong Delta are Cai Be Garden (Tien Giang), My Khanh Garden (Can Tho), and Cai Mon Garden (Ben Tre). Furthermore, it is a big chance to broaden your knowledge by knowing the typical fruits of each area.

National Parks

Tram Chim National Park

Tram Chim National Park from above (Source: Internet)

Taking Vietnam tours to this region, tourists can have a chance to visit a lot of National Parks. They are interesting places worth exploring in your Mekong Delta trip. There are many tours to visit national parks in Mekong Delta today. There are four National Parks in Mekong Delta: Tram Chim National Park, U Minh Thuong National Park, U Minh Ha National Park, and Phu Quoc National Park. These Parks are home to a diversified range of birds, plants, mammals, and species listed in the IUCN Red List.

Specialties

Banh Bo Thot Not

Banh bo thot not (Source: Internet)

One of the things that can clearly display the culture of Mekong Delta is its specialties. It will be obviously a big miss if you don't try any local food when taking a trip to this water region of Vietnam. There are enormous tasty dishes and exotic sweets you shouldn't ignore. Most of the ingredients making these wonderful dishes are from local sources, so they are unique and fresh. Each province in Mekong Delta has its own specialties; for example, Soc Trang is so famous for Banh Pia, which is mainly made from durians; My Tho is well-known with Hu Tieu My Tho; Banh Bo Thot Not is a special sweet of An Giang; and a popular specialty of Ben Tre is Coconut candy, which you can buy as a gift for your family and friends after the trip.

Folk songs

Folk Songs Performance

Folk song performance (Source: Internet)

There is nowhere you can listen to better folk songs than Mekong Delta. This is one special kind of musical art, which reflects the lifestyle of Southerners in general and Mekong Delta people in particular who live on the land and along the Mekong River. Through the songs, the locals want to express their feelings, emotions, and industriousness as well as encourage them during hard times. There are instrumental group and singer who wear traditional Ao Dai. You can see how instrumentalists play dan nguyet, dan tranh, dan co, and guitar Phim Lom. And certainly, you will have a chance to listen to the beautiful traditional music as well as the sweet and soft voice of local singers. That is the reason why this performance has become more and more popular in Mekong Delta.

Mekong Delta is one of the two largest deltas in Vietnam. More and more people travel to this destination every year. mekongreviews thinks that it is really an ideal destination for those who want to find the peaceful atmosphere and experience the simple life in the countryside.

Planning to go on a Mekong Delta Tour? Several things you need to know

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My friend, Amy, is going on a tour around Mekong Delta next year. Since this will be her first experience trying this, I’ve given her some advice which I believe is very useful for the trip. Have a look if you’re having the same plan!

Mekong Delta

Mekong delta’s full of green color (Source: Internet)

Know the place you’re going to

Having a basic knowledge of the Mekong Delta is the first and most important thing. Even though you’re going on a tour, prepare yourself with some key information about Mekong Delta tour. This will help you to make the right choice amidst the matrix of Vietnam tours. Below are some snippets.

The Mekong Delta stretches from Ho Chi Minh City southwest to the Gulf of Thailand. In Vietnam, it provides the biggest source of rice as a staple, yielding over a third of the country’s food crop annually. So yes, you’re going to tour through a lot of paddy fields. What’s more, the delta is home to a large area of orchards and coconut trees. 

The delta is also known as "biological treasure trove". So in case, you’re an animal lover, get ready to come across plentiful lizards and mammals! Most of these species in Mekong Delta are unique and no other places to be found.

In Vietnam, the delta is made up of nine distributaries and hundreds of streams. Hence, boats, floating houses, and markets will definitely be part of your trip and you’ll be surrounded by water.

A fruit farm in Mekong Delta

Harvesting fruit (Source: Internet)

Choose a reliable tour operator

Now find a place to put your trust in. Tour operators will play a vital role in the quality of your journey. Will they provide you with unforgettable experiences, or merely same old things that you have already been through?

I suggest you set some criteria before going for a tour operator, at least these:

First, the itinerary must be clear. You’re acknowledged about the provinces you will tour (An Giang, Can Tho, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, etc). Will those places have something unique to offer, such as fruits, biodiversity, etc.?

Secondly, you must know what activities you’re going to take part in along the trip. The tour operator should give you some information about the fees. Now measure if your budget can adapt to the cost, whether the activities are suitable for yourself and family members or not. In case you’re going with a child, ask the tour operator if he/she is entitled to a discount or any other benefit.

Thirdly, a trusting tour operator must have a business license, the staff are helpful and flexible in order to handle unwanted situations. In addition, the contract must be clear.

Remember, the quality of your Mekong Delta tour depends largely on the operator, so make a wise choice.

Be fit and safe

Obviously, you need to be in a good health condition to travel in Mekong Delta. So bring with you some basic medicines in case you’ve got down by the tropical weather.

Insurance is also recommended, as you may encounter some problems such as theft or injuries. Besides, check the location of the nearest hospitals and police stations in case of emergencies.

Last but not least, strictly follow the tour operator’s guideline! Should any problem occur, do not hesitate to ask for help. They are there to make your trip go smoothly.

Travel like a local

In this case, I mean, get involved in the local activities and go sightseeing as much as possible. Here are my top three destinations.

Cai Rang Floating Market: the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary in Chau Doc: a super big home to birds

Xeo Quyt Forest: definitely one of the most worth-visited attractions in Dong Thap

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary (Source: Internet)

The Mekong Delta has so much more to offer, so make a list for yourself!

A tour around Mekong Delta will surely give you a lot of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Keep in mind my advice at mekongreviews and have a good trip ahead!

Where to go in the Mekong Delta

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Thanks to the region’s diversity, a visit to Mekong Delta, which comprises 12 provinces, is so mesmerizing. There is no need to worry about where to go and what to do in the Mekong Delta. 

Can Tho

Can Tho

Can Tho (Source: Internet)

If a population of around a million people makes Can Tho the biggest city in the Mekong Delta, its vibrant student population, colorful floating markets, diverse cuisine and walkable city center make Can Tho the most popular of the Mekong Delta destinations and even one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam.

Sprawling for miles from its waterfront promenade out to the surrounding green/yellow rice paddies and forest, Can Tho seems to be a veritable metropolis well worth visiting on a Mekong Delta tour. Most people travel here with the main aim of visiting the famous floating markets but a handful of lesser diversions on dry land will help make you excited and keep you amused in the meantime.

In Can Tho, which is imbued with the culture of water, canals are considered as streets, giving great beauty to this big city – the economic, cultural, and political center of the delta. Almost tourist to Can Tho, whose simple, poetic beauty is created by the river villages, densely populated, affluent villages hiding in the shadow of coconut trees is beginning to have doubts about how charming and exciting Can Tho floating markets are.

Can Tho Floating Market

Can Tho floating market (Source: Internet)

Having existed for a long time in the region, it basically is a market specializing in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region, where people sell and buy goods on water. These highly recommended markets on the water like Cai Rang floating market, Phong Dien Floating Market are famous for making the most of the experience in the countryside. In Can Tho, which is a potential landscape service for tourists, you can also pay a visit to Ninh Kieu Port and Bang Lang Garden.

What’s more? Can Tho has a lot going for it in its mixture of old and new. Some of the best restaurants in the delta, tons of proper old-school Vietnamese eateries and a pretty riverfront can be found here.

For all these fascinating features, Can Tho is a perfect starting point for anyone hoping to see what South Vietnam has to offer.

Ben Tre – the Kingdom of coconut

Ben Tre

Ben Tre (Source: Internet)

An area of fertile flatlands, extensive waterways, intricate canals, sand-hillocks, green paddy fields and lush fruit gardens, Ben Tre is not only one of the major agricultural suppliers in the Mekong Delta but also a place to visit in this region. Cultivated alluvium by the two rivers Co Chieng and Ham Luong, Cai Mon Fruit Garden in Ben Tre is the largest fruit garden in the South, where you can taste various agricultural produces, especially fruits such as coconut, durian, shaddock, etc.

Ben Tre wins travelers’ heart by the vast green orchards – the haven of fruit specialties where you are allowed to stroll around, pick the fresh fruits from the trees by yourselves and try directly as you want. In addition to this special feature of Ben Tre, this province also has other natural, cultural and historical tourist attractions for you to visit such as Vam Ho Bird Garden- where you can learn the lives of thousands of birds on the tree and satisfy your photography favorite; Dua Religion Site, Tuyen Linh Temple and Dong Khoi Village.

In terms of its scenic beauty, sleepy and laidback atmosphere, historical significance, exotic cuisine and the warm welcome of lovely locals, Ben Tre is a peaceful getaway away from the city’s chaotic vibe.

Dong Thap

Dong Thap

Dong Thap (Source: Internet)

With a jaw-dropping natural landscape rich in cultural and historical treasures, Dong Thap province which is home to three national parks: Tram Chim, Go Thap and Xeo Quyt holds great potential as a stunning and diverse tourist attraction in the Mekong Delta. On a Dong Thap tour, do not miss Thap Muoi – a large area full of brilliant lotus and purple water lily flowers in flood season; Sa Dec flower village, where you will always be welcomed by hundreds of species of precious flowers and plants. Stunning dishes to eat in Dong Thap including Rice Steamed in Lotus Leaves (Com goi la sen), Hotpot with Paddy Crab Paste (Lau rieu cua dong), Sa Dec Rice Noodle Soup (hu tieu Sa Dec), Snakehead Fish smoked in rice straw (ca loc nuong trui), Hotpot with Linh Fish and Cork Flower (Lau ca linh bong dien dien), etc. are also a reason for a trip to this spectacular province.

Whether it is Vietnam holiday or family tour, mekongreviews promises that the Mekong Delta will be a one-of-a-kind experience.