EXPLORING TAN LAP FLOATING VILLAGE

A road in Melaleuca forest

Tan Lap Floating Tourist Area is nominated as one of the top 10 ecotourism sites in Vietnam. If you are planning to explore this floating village, but you do not know how to go and what to eat, refer to the experience touring Tan Lap village below. Let’s explore Tan Lap village, which is one of the most famous destinations in Mekong Delta adventure.

Tan Lap floating village

Tan Lap floating village

Tan Lap village, about 100km from Ho Chi Minh City, is a pristine wetland of Moc Hoa district, near Long An and the Cambodian border. Linking with the Dong Thap Muoi area, the village creates a vast green area with dense canals and Vam Co Tay river.

The nature of this place is dominated by the ancient Melaleuca forests, lotus ponds, lakes and hundreds of bird species and endemic amphibians that make up the diverse ecosystem.

The road passing through the floating village

The road passing through the floating village

It takes more than two hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Tan An (Long An); from 1A Highway, turn right on Highway 62 and go straight to Moc Hoa about 60km, you will come to Tan Lap floating village where is a famous spot for Mekong delta tours.

From a distance, it was possible to recognize the tourist area thanks to the well-designed gateway. Just spending about five minutes in the forest, surfing on the river, catching the cool breeze, watching the peaceful countryside scene will make you feel really relaxed. In the rainy season, which starts in late August and finishes early in September, you also see the pink lotus floating on the water.

The highlight for people who visit the village is the 38-meter high tower. It is seen as a fire watchdog or fire direction to quickly put out a fire. The tower with a panoramic view of the extensive mangrove forests. Tourists will be excited due to the beauty of the blue sky and the hovering birds.

The floating village is a destination suitable for big fans of taking photos and the peaceful atmosphere. If you plan to visit some other places, it can be combined with the Floating Pagoda, medicinal garden or Tan Hiep border for shopping.

When taking Mekong Delta group tours to Tan Lap village, you can see from the tower a road through the jungle forest that is 5km long and only about 1m in width. There is a winding road, with a couple of turns so that you will discover many interesting things. Along the two sides of the road is the tall Melaleuca tree, its body wrapped in vines. The sunshine makes visitors feel like the mystery. Sunlight through thick foliage, shining down to make your Mekong Delta adventure tours more fanciful and romantic.

You can encounter many insects, wooden bridges or a monkey bridge, smell the smell of mud moss, which feels like a world of adventure. Every noise disappears, making room for the birds singing, clones or the motorboat.

In the dry season, the leaves filled full of the street, so travelers can hear the sound of footsteps on the dried leaves echoing in the middle of the forest. It is the romantic scenery that led people to describe it as the love road of the Tan Lap floating village. Walking among the fresh green nature, everyone feels relaxed, gentle, and peaceful. If you do not know the way, do not be too worried, because the turns are designed to get back to the starting point.

A road in Melaleuca forest

A road in Melaleuca forest

However, there is no food service to ensure the trip perfectly, so you should bring more food to eat on the way traveling. Come here, you can enjoy the typical dishes of the South West such as hot pot chicken, crispy fried fish, prized fish or fried eel sausage. Price ranged from 100,000VND back. After your Mekong Delta adventure, remember to enjoy the fish baked in lotus leaves or other specialties at the restaurants in the floating village to get all special taste here. You can also buy souvenirs, especially pure honey of Melaleuca forests for donation.

Traveling to Tan Lap floating village for 1 day, you can buy soft drinks or other snack foods in the resort.

The floating village

The floating village

In brief, Tan Lap village is a highlight for Mekong Delta adventure. Tourist not only discover the unique kind of forest, local food, but they also immerse themselves into the peaceful nature. Hope you will have an unforgettable trip there.

Vietnam all-inclusive packages: Ca Mau – Southern extreme point

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There are four extreme points which mark Vietnam’s mainland. Towards the North we have Ha Giang Province, the East – Khanh Hoa province, the West – Dien Bien Province and the South – Ca Mau Province.

Though often overlooked by international visitors, they are still among the top must-go destinations in Vietnam for domestic travelers.

Here, we will first talk about only Ca Mau. We will give some brief information about Ca Mau and explain to you why it attracts so many Vietnamese.

About Ca Mau

It is known as the Southern tip of Vietnam. With an extended coastline of 307 kilometers, you can say that it is surrounded mostly by water and only shares its Northern border with Kien Giang province and Bac Lieu province.

It was named “Teuk Khmao”, meaning “black water”, by the Khmers who once inhabited the area and lives with its name till now. “Ca Mau” is actually the Vietnamese translation from the word “black” of the previous inhabitants.

One of its đặc điểm nổi bật is its dense rivers and canals systems with seven big rivers naming Ong Doc River, Bay Hap River, Cai Lon River, Ganh Hao River, Dam Doi River, Trem Trem River and Bach Nguu River. There are also two types of forests here: salt marsh and cajuput.

Its is also home to the islands of Hon Khoai and Hoi Chuoi.

There are two main seasons here. The rain season is from May to October and for the rest of the time, it is dry season. And although being surrounded by the sea on three sides, it suffers from little coastal hazards.

Its population is made up majorly by ethnic groups of Khmers and Hoa, but there are also Kinh and Tay people.

So, why Ca Mau?

Unlike other parts of Vietnam, Ca Mau is a fairly young land and is only about 300 years old. Though having rapidly changed over the years, it is still quite rugged and has yet got that touristy feel to it.  Though it does not have many attractions, there are these few spots that keep visitors coming to Ca Mau.

The Cape of Ca Mau

The Southernmost point of Vietnam is 118km away from the centre of Ca Mau City.

Many travellers come here not only for the purpose of setting foot on the southernmost point but also to have the chance to watch the sun. This is the sole location in Vietnam where you can see both the ocean sunrise and mesmerizing sunset in the time span of one day.

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The cape of Ca Mau

From this point, you can also see Hon Khoai Archipelago, located 20km away from the mainland.

The Cultural Park

It is only 2km from the centre of the city.

Here you can find amusement parks, monuments, botanical gardens and so on. Do not forget to take a glimpse at many tropical species such as python, snakes, monkeys, and crocodiles.

The highlight of the park is The City Bird Garden.  Also known as Lam Vien May 19th Park, this is the place where thousands of precious birds reside, nest and gather every year. You might even see some teals and swans swimming around in this garden. A harmonious space of nature with natural ponds, forests, and animals that visitors cannot forget.

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The City Bird Garden

Hon Khoai Island

If you prefer that untouched beauty then this is the place for you.

It belongs to Ngoc Hien District, Ca Mau Province and is 14km away from Nam Can Town. It is also part of Hon Khoai Archipelago, a group of five magnificent islands. It is the biggest and the highest surrounding by the other four.

Its primitive forest with at least a thousand types of plants and hundreds of species of wild animals leaves a deep impression on visitors.

Here you can also enjoy the poetic beauty of the seashores with white cobbles.

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Hon Khoai’s lighthouse

And challenge yourself to reach the highest peak of Hon Khoai Island and discover a beautiful French lighthouse. Take the chance to discover your surrounding using the telescopes of the lighthouse. The most spectacular thing you will find might the Cape of Ca Mau. Its beauty from afar astounds the visitors.

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The Cape of Ca Mau from afar 

For many people who travel to Vietnam, getting around is usually not the hardest part. However, it might not be true when you come to Ca Mau.

To make things easier for you, you might want to consider looking at some Vietnam travel packages and take some help from a travel agency.

Two long-founded festivals in a far-off Mekong province

Boat racing – A part of Ok Om Bok

Sóc Trăng, an extremely lesser-known city in the outlander visitors’ eyes which is located near the end of Mekong Delta, is definitely somewhere you may have never heard of before. The thing is, Sóc Trăng has been something every single Southern Vietnamese get to know right from their early ages, especially thanks to the city’s delicacy of Pía Cake. However, Pía Cake is not the only thing the makes Sóc Trăng a special destination. With over 10 traditional Vietnamese festivals originated from different varieties of ethnic communities, this province attracts a huge number of visitors each year. The two below are chosen from the two most recognized groups of citizens who have taken root hundreds of years by far in this land.

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Khmer people

Lantern Auction Festival

Lantern Festival is a common phrase widely used for a special event in the East Asian countries where the Lunar calendar is still playing a big part, the January’s Full moon day. The festival is annually held by the Chinese community in a Chinese temple. The event does not aim at auctioning off the best-looked lanterns yet giving out the meaning behind for those who pursue the business career with prosperity as long as happiness, wealth and the best of health. Hence, the value of each lantern can vary up to millions of Dong. Every lantern given out is written with well-wished lines such as “May your wealth be plentiful”, May you earn huge profits every day” or “May you be blessed and happy”. As you may beware, Chinese are those who extremely dignify and value the field of business and trading, which means Chinese businessmen everywhere highly appreciate relevant wishes like those.

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Chinese in Southern Vietnam

Operating the Lantern Auction event, the Temple’s Board of Management initially target at creating an interesting union for their own community itself, while in return, participants are able to donate a sum of money for social benefits. Paying a visit to this one-of-a-kind festival, you can not only have a deep insight into other cultures around you but admire a unique architecture at the Chinese temple where the event takes place. The building was wholly constructed in precious wood and stones delicately carved. The elegant pieces and pictures carved upon rooftops, pillars, entrance door as well as horizontal paintings still remain strong and sharp details made by the old artisans. The temple can now be found at Nguyễn Văn Trỗi Street, Ward 1, Sóc Trăng City. Down for a memorable trip rather than just a sightseeing tour? Let the best travel agency in Vietnam sort it out for you!

The temple where Lantern Auction Festival is held

The temple where Lantern Auction Festival is held

Ok Om Bok

Officially recognized as an iconic festival of the Khmer dwellers in Mekong Delta, Ok Om Bok is one of the three most important festivals of the Khmer community and bears a strong meaning in spiritual life. Therefore, many tourists choose it as the must-go destination for their best travel agency in Vietnam when they come here at the festival time.

Ok Om Bok falls on the Full Moon day of Lunar October and can be seen as a form of worshipping the Moon. According to Khmer’s perception, the date is the ending in one Moon’s circle around the Earth as well as the end of harvest season. As a result, Ok Om Bok is held with a view to expressing gratitude towards the Moon for its protection of an abundant crop.

Boat racing – A part of Ok Om Bok

Boat racing – A part of Ok Om Bok

On the Full Moon day when night falls, Khmer people start setting up a table containing essential offerings such as sticky rice, yam, coconuts, bananas, sweeties and many more. Amin the table, a pot of hot tea is always displayed. After each turn of pouring tea into a small glass, Khmer people are supposed to bow their head once to show their appreciation towards the Moon. Afterward, a gaudy and sparkling lantern ceremony will take place at Bà Om Lake. Apart from being released into the surface of the lake, these colorful lanterns are also floated to the high night sky. Imagine standing under a dark sky lit up by hundreds of lanterns amid the sound of joy and celebration of Khmer people in an off-the-beaten-track It is believed that these lanterns are expected to bring in good luck and chase away evil spirits.

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Night lanterns

Because of such meaning, Ok Om Bok regularly appeals to local visitors who aspire a mind-blowing journey every year. You may not have thought of this special festival when mapping out the best tours in Vietnam coming up, yet this in-depth reveal is going to be a worthwhile expectation that any Vietnam travel agency is excited to offer you.

A far-out floating market in Southern Vietnam only natives know

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Many of you may have heard a lot about our sensational Cái Răng floating market that pops up a lot on mainstream travel magazines. This can be used as one of the biggest icons gaining a reputation for the wetland of Mekong Delta and ending alluvial soil located at the end of Vietnam. However, is it an actual fact that the large Mekong Delta gave birth to the only Cái Răng floating market? The answer is obviously NO. Today’s post is walking you to another highly well-known floating market in the lives of local Mekong citizens, but not foreign travelers. Let’s dive in!

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Ngã Năm in its first hours

Mekong Delta, born with a spectacular tropical monsoon climate featured a richly fed alluvial soil, is able to give out a prosperous amount of tropic fruits you are possibly having at home. The number of harvested fruits in this wetland turned out to be over-counting that led peasants to a need of trading. As you may beware after getting advice about several Mekong Delta tours, this ending domain of Vietnam is packed with an immense network of rivers and canals, which means traveling and trading on the water surface have become something impeccably essential. The locals, accordingly, tend to transfer collected crops to a section of a river close by as a business gathering venue or let’s say, floating trading fair. As time goes by, its exceeded the initial character of a habit and turned into a traditional career, which has been passed down to generations of the local sub-regional Mekong dwellers. Floating markets were then born and chosen as a highlight in your upcoming essential Vietnam tour.

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Abundant tropical fruits

Ngã Năm floating market is an intersection of five different rivers: Cà Mau, Vĩnh Quới, Long Mỹ, Thạnh Trị, and Phụng Hiệp. Ngã Năm falls into the list of one of the oldest and recognized floating markets recorded all over the area of Mekong Delta. Beyond, Ngã Năm is seen as an important transit waterway spot connecting the surrounding localities such as Bạc Liêu, Cà Mau and Hậu Giang that shapes the role of this floating market. With such topography features given, Ngã Năm has witnessed an enormous potential in the local travel industry.

Sóc Trăng Province, a place where Ngã Năm floating market was born, is virtually a land with a harmony of pristine village scenery and battlefield sites. Given that fact, Sóc Trăng is definitely an offbeat destination that you should have long placed beside your list of mainstream things to do in Mekong Delta. Buddhist temples, holy shrines, warfare historical relics alongside with multiple ecotourism parks such as Tân Long Stork Garden. In terms of intangible heritages, Sóc Trăng may reward you with specific values of traditional folklore singing performance (Đờn Ca Tài Tử) and festivals. This countless number of statures will surely blow your thought of a regular Mekong Delta tour away.

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Tân Long storks

Every day at around 3 to 4 in the morning, the whole segment of the river starts getting to be a tumult as hundreds of electric boats gather up. The most crowded moment in a day is frequently roughly 5 to 7 am. During the Tết Holidays, Ngã Năm floating market will be specifically open all day round, which also means the place becomes even more packed and huddled. Right from the very first hours of a day, Ngã Năm is open for business with its center welcomes countless of boats transferring goods in an oral hubbub. Staring down from the sideway river bank, the whole area gets dazzling and shining in the twinkle tiny bulbs. Merchandise found at Ngã Năm floating market can be listed as everything, from daily consumption such as food to furnishings. Several popular types of freights are named as following: fresh food, rice, fruits, television, fridge and washing machines.

Up to now, this Ngã Năm floating market still remains its original daily activities of the local Mekong dwellers. A pleasant Mekong Delta day tour to this destination will surely give you a bonus at how diverse and impeccable the World can be.

Try a day working as salt-maker in Bac Lieu

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If you always think that Mekong Delta tour to Bac Lieu is not interesting to explore, this article can make you rethink the land.

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Salt field

As a great source of salt in the Mekong Delta, salt fields are a feature of Bac Lieu Province. The salt fields are divided into rows with large squares. Under the hot sun, salt farmers are attentive to work with the salt crystallized in the sparkling white. Bac Lieu has quite clean sea water with high salinity, which helps people in here have the good and quick harvested salt. Salt-making village seems to exist only in the dry coastal areas of the Central, yet you can find one in Bac Lieu where people have been living thanks to this traditional profession of making salt, which is a great experience for your Mekong Delta tour.

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High-quality salt

When you enjoy Mekong Delta tailor-made tour to Bac Lieu, trying a day from morning to night to visit the salt makers here, observe the process of making salt will be a great experience in your life. The salt here is because of not only the salty taste of the clean sea but also the hard-working of Bac Lieu people.

Coming here, you will find out that when people refer to the fish of Mekong River, they will think of Bac Lieu salt that is mint to make a wonderful sauce. Salt here is special for its whiteness and high ingredients of nutrition in the salt. In the early morning, you can see many salt makers work hard, which is a beautiful and lively picture.

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Hard-working salt-maker

According to local people, Bac Lieu salt-making village here has long appeared since the beginning of the country. Bac Lieu has two salt-making districts: Dong Hai and Hoa Binh. Previously, it was called Ba Thac salt (from the ancient land of Hau river), then Long Dien salt (because of the largest area of cultivation). Bac Lieu salt is so famous that it can supply salt for all six cities in the South and Indochinese countries.

If you are wondering things to do in Mekong Delta, then a tour to Bac Lieu salt making village must be a wonderful option. Why? Although the production process of Bac Lieu is not different from that of Soc Trang and Tra Vinh provinces, the hierarchy of sun drying in the production process in each province will have different names. In salt production, water exposure is an important determinant of salt quality. The impurities in the seawater through the drying stage will gradually settle in the evaporator and will produce a white and clean salt product due to not many impurities.

Today, the people of Bac Lieu still maintain the traditional and scientific method but gradually replace the human with more modern machinery. However, salt making village in Bac Lieu, like other salt villages, always have to depend much on the weather. This job of making salt is very precarious and extreme as the salty sweater of local people.

In a local voice, a man expressing, “Salt once made, if no one buys then the local will get hungry for the whole season”. Every season, salt maker wish for sunny weather, the favorable weather to salt crystallized. Take a whole day long scraping but a late afternoon rain will make the work in the day become nothing. There is a season when the people here are anxious to overflow of seawater or floods, which can affect on the quality of salt. As a result, the local people always have to find secondary jobs to earn for their lives instead of completely sticking to the village.

As of the difficulty in making salt, many areas of salt fields have been converted to shrimp farming. But some Bac Lieu salt-making villages are persistent in their existence and development not only for their livelihoods but also for their pride of the region.

Over the ups and downs of history, in 2010 Bac Lieu salt making village was officially recognized as a traditional village. The salty sweat still falls on the field to make the best quality salt as well as to prove the sticking and enduring of Bac Lieu salt making a village.

Take a Mekong Delta Vietnam private tour to Bac lieu salt making village will give you the chance to admire the beauty of this region and understand more about a unique part of Vietnam culture. Believe it or not, this is sure one of the best experience of your lifetime.

Closer to nature in Tram Chim National Park

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You want to understand the environment and discover more about the diversity of nature? Then Vietnam tour packages from the US to Tram Chim Vietnam national park must be a right choice for you.

Tram Chim National Park – Dong Thap is a favorite destination for many tourists. Natural beauty, peaceful life here helps visitors forget the tired, stressful life, which makes Tram Chim always attract a large number of visitors. And to make your Mekong Delta tour simple and convenient, in this writing, I would like to share experience travel guide Tram Chim self-sufficiency.

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Rare birds in Tram Chim

The most beautiful time of the year for Tram Chim tourism is in the floating season from August to November lunar year. If you decide to have Vietnam tour packages from the US at this time, you can enjoy a lot of specialties of Tram Chim such as sausage, roasted mouse, etc. but in floating season, there will not be many birds. If you want to watch the birds you should go to spring in February, 3rd lunar month.

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Tram Chim national park

To ensure that your travel to Tram Chim convenient and funny, you should book tickets in the peak tourist season. You should book early about 6h-7h because if you go late it will end the boat and the weather is sunny. If you want to watch the sunrise, you can go from 5 am.

Tram Chim tourist ticketing place at the front desk, fare on each route near, the average price is 800k / boat about 12 people. If your delegation has few people can recommend grafting. There are two types of canoes for you to choose.

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Biosphere Reserves

According to the experience of Tram Chim National Park, when you go on a boat trip, you can order food on the canoe while enjoying the scenery. If you want to save time, you can choose a Vietnam travel agency to help you or you can choose a canoe to explore Tram Chim by yourself. There is a guide to the list of common plants, rare birds to let you discover yourself.

Going down to see the scenery is a most attractive and interesting tourist activity in Tram Chim. Natural scenery changes from the Melaleuca forests to the pink lotus fields, white lotus to the golden dawn fields will make you overwhelmed by the peaceful beauty of nature here.

In the water, the immense water will make you ecstatic, in the white lotus field, tens of thousands of white stork wings create a wonderful scene. Travel guide Tram Chim National Park in full, you not only enjoy the natural scenery, relieve stress but also you also enjoy countless different birds, there are rare birds are included. The Red Book is like a red-headed crane, along with hundreds of other birds and fish. Not only that, from the Tram Chim National Park, you can see the unique rice fields here.

There are many interesting activities in Tram Chim that you can participate in such as cut rice, put up socks, set aside, if you want to participate, there is the staff organized the tour for you. Tour price is about 1 million VND / 12 people including meals.

Wildlife games in Tram Chim always attract tourists such as fishing, river bathing, taking pictures with flower fields. You can bring your own fishing rods and dishes will be processed for you to enjoy. You can immerse in the river, photographed with golden flowers in the fields. No need to be too fussy and have to go so far on the golden brazier, you will have great checkout pictures that are not available anywhere.

In your Vietnam tailor-made tour, you cannot miss the chance to try the delicious, attractive food in Tram Chim. If you go in the floating season, there will be many toothsome dishes, such as crispy fried anchovy fish, crab hot pot, dried fish snake salad, fish hot pot, etc. Most of the specialty dishes of the river region Western you cannot find in other places to take this chance to find the unique feature of a part of Vietnam cuisine.

What should Tram Chim tourism be prepared for? Because you do not go too long, you do not have to carry too many items out of your personal life. If you choose to travel to Tram Chim, you should pay attention to choose comfortable things, wear shoes or cardboard, carry a hat to protect the sun and especially carry mosquito cream, swimsuit because you can bathe yourself under the cool blue river. When traveling, it is advisable to prepare drinking water and some fruit, cake to coat when you are hungry.

Top 7 destinations for South Vietnam group tours

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The South of Vietnam is naturally gifted with pleasant weather all year round, making it a beautiful destination that is always haunted by both domestic and international travelers. Not only does the South possess exquisite natural settings, but it also has valuable history and culture. If you are wondering where to go in Southern Vietnam, check out the following attractive destinations:

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Once called “the Pearl of the Far East”, Ho Chi Minh City (better known as Saigon) is now the biggest metropolis in Vietnam. It is named after the great leader of Vietnam during the Vietnam War against French and American invaders. It is the combination of the ancient Oriental architecture works and the modern western vibe that makes Saigon one of the must-stop places when traveling to the South.

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Saigon by night

Saigon is home to several significant historical and cultural vestiges such as the Independence Palace, the Central Post, “Cho Lon” (the Big Market), and Cu Chi Tunnels. Also, there exists several shopping malls and amusement centers, which are exceptionally suitable for kids and youngsters.

Ca Mau

Another worth-visiting destination for Southern Vietnam tours is Ca Mau Province. Ca Mau is the southernmost province of Vietnam, which is home to the famous Cape of Ca Mau – the only place in Vietnam where people can see both the sunrise and sunset.

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Cape Ca Mau

Additional to the Cape of Ca Mau, the province also steal travelers’ hearts by the evergreen mangrove forests – a diverse ecosystem with various species of fish and birds. U Minh Forest in Ca Mau is classified as a rare and abundant forest, providing habitats for over 250 species of plants and birds.

Bac Lieu

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Wind farm in Bac Lieu

Despite not receiving as much attention as other attractions in the Southwest, Bac Lieu is definitely worth paying a visit. Visiting Bac Lieu, not only can you listen to the stories about the son of Bac Lieu Mandarin who was a really rich and open-handed man but you can also be left in awe by the stunning scenery of the biggest wind farm of Vietnam. The majestic wind farm has been an endless inspiration for photography enthusiasts.

Tra Su Mangrove Forest

Located in An Giang Province, Tra Su Mangrove Forest covers an area of more than 850 hectares and possesses a rich bio-ecosystem. The forest is extraordinarily magnificent in the flooding season and is one of the most famous attractions of the Mekong Delta.

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Tra Su Mangrove Forest

Travelers will go aboard the boat to ride through the small canals amidst the dreamy green carpet of water fern to reach every corner of the mangrove forest and observe the diverse ecosystems with several species of animals and birds. The tranquility that the forest offers can hardly be found in the bustling cities.

Can Tho

The biggest city in Mekong Delta has many things to offer, and the most notable one is Cai Rang Floating Market, which is considered to be a must-visit for any group tours in Southern Vietnam. It is one of the 5 biggest floating markets in the Southwest.

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Cai Rang Floating Market

The floating market is a distinctive feature of the southwest people, where the market is formed by the gatherings of tens to hundreds of boats that carry different kinds of goods. A visit to the market will give you a chance to explore a trading day of the locals, get to know more about their customs, and enjoy the appetizing taste of the local specialties.

Dong Thap

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Dong Thap Muoi

Dong Thap cannot be a better choice for southern tours. The province possesses several attractive destinations such as Tram Chim National Park, Xeo Quyt Mangrove Forest, Dong Thap Muoi Lotus Field, Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House, and Lai Vung Tangerine Garden. Travelers will be able to immerse themselves in the quietness and peace of the southwest countryside without tolerating the hustle and bustle of the daily city life.

Phu Quoc

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Long Beach, Phu Quoc

The biggest island of Vietnam is a beach paradise with many stunning beaches that are suitable for swimming, sunbathing, and watersports. Some other beaches are poetic, quiet, and exceptionally suitable for romantic dates. Besides, there are also a water park and many luxury resorts where tourists can get served with the best services.

Travelers can also get closer to the local life by visiting the traditional villages such as the pearl farm, the fish sauce factory, the pepper plantation, and the dog farm.

South Vietnam is a perfect destination for Vietnam group tours. The enjoyable experiences that Southern tours offer will definitely satisfy you. 

Long Xuyen Floating Market – a must-see for Mekong Delta group tours

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Mekong Delta in the southwest of Vietnam holds an irresistible appeal that would steal travelers’ hearts at the very first meet. You will be left in awe by the lush mangrove forests, the vast green rice fields, and the huge fruit gardens separated by a widespread network of small canals and rivers. Floating market is one of the most distinctive features of the Southwest, where travelers can get a deeper approach to the life of the locals. And Long Xuyen market is among the most famous floating markets in Vietnam.

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Long Xuyen Floating Market

Stretching for more than 2 km along Hau River, Long Xuyen Floating Market is located in My Phuoc Ward, Long Xuyen City, An Giang. Unlike other famous floating markets in the west that have been commercialized such as Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho and Cai Be Floating Market in Tien Giang, Long Xuyen Market still retains many of the pristine features of the traditional southwestern market.

Very early in the morning, when the sun even does not rise yet, hundreds of sampans gather on the river to start a new trading day. People are busy shopping, loading, and unloading goods. The most popular products sold at Long Xuyen Market are vegetables and fruits from different parts of the Southwest. The market also plays as a gathering place of goods to supply for the wholesale market in Long Xuyen.

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“beo hang” – a distinctive feature of the floating market

“Bẹo hàng” is an interesting advertising method of the floating market. Due to the distinctive feature of the floating market that the boats stay extremely close to each other, it is really hard for the buyers to approach the boat. Additionally, the goods are put in the cabin, making it difficult to find the items they are looking for. Therefore, the sellers hang the samples of their goods on tall bamboo poles so that the customers can easily see even from far distance. If the items are sold out, the samples will be taken down.

The noisy yet exciting atmosphere of the floating market is another interesting to explore in your South Vietnam group tours. The market is full of the noisy sounds and the laughter of both the sellers and buyers. The sale happens quite quickly because the price is very reasonable and the customers do not need to bargain. It is the typical cultural identities of the southwestern people.

More interestingly, coming to Long Xuyen Floating Market, travelers can enjoy the special dishes and snacks of the locals without having to ride the boat to the eateries. You can catch the image of several women who are riding the boats through the crowded market to sell several types of noodles, cakes, snacks, and drinks. Do not forget to have a floating-style breakfast, sample the special southwestern dishes such as “bun rieu”, “bun ca”, “banh tam”, or take a sip of coffee or coconut milk while gliding on the river. These enjoyable experience would definitely last a lifetime.

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The floating market sells several products

A tour along the river will also enable visitors to get to know more about the locals, whose life is tied with river and boat. You can also catch a glimpse of the local farmers who are catching fish on the river and the fields. The glorious sky at dawn adds more color to the peaceful and poetic picture of the morning in the Mekong Delta.

Finding ways to Long Xuyen Floating Market is very easy. Just go to the ferry terminal of O Moi at My Long Ward and find the boat owners. Go aboard and they will take you to every corner of the market. The rental is exceptionally reasonable, also. It only costs you around 200,000 VND for two people for a 2-hour-long trip along the river.

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Long Xuyen Floating Market is undeniably worth visiting

The bustling morning market of Long Xuyen is undoubtedly a must-try experience when traveling to southern Vietnam.  Not only can you enjoy the heavenly tasty specialties of the southwest and buy home the fresh fruits, but you can also get a closer look at the daily activities of the locals. The tranquility of Mekong Delta will ease your soul and leave you with the unforgettable experience.

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 the 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 of the beautiful 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, the boat is the primary means of transportation for 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 is 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.