The clay pagoda with candles that have burnt for 50 years | Mekong Delta Tour

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Amidst the new modern buildings and houses of Soc Trang City quietly nestles a small pagoda called “Buu Son Tu” (Buu Son Pagoda), which is only more than a hundred years old. Small and new as it might seem, Buu Son Pagoda, also called “Dat Set” Pagoda (the Clay Pagoda) is a hub for not only Buddhist followers but also travelers when paying a Mekong Delta tour. The pagoda has gained its reputation for its special clay sculptures and giant candles that have burnt continuously for more than 50 years.

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The pagoda looks like a resident house

History

Despite officially named “Buu Son Tu”, the pagoda is better known as “Chua Dat Set” – the clay pagoda, because of all 1991 small to big statues, 02 towers, 04 mythological animals, 04 giant candles and 03 super tall incenses, are made from clay.
According to the descendants of the Ngo Family, in the early 20th century, the pagoda was just a small temple used as a private practicing place for a man named Ngo Kim Tay. His son – Ngo Kim Dinh had a son called Ngo Kim Tong, who had a really bad health condition. When he turned 20, his family supposed he could not recover from a serious sickness so they took him to this family temple to pray and practice Buddhism teachings. Miraculously, he became healthier. Hence, Ngo Kim Tong decided to follow Buddhism and became the abbot of this pagoda.

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All the statues are made from clay

In 1928, when he was restoring the pagoda, he dreamed that the Buddha showed him to the west to get the clay to build statues. In spite of not having undergone any sculpture or architecture classes, he has created valuable sculpture works of significant religious values.

Architecture

Aside from its sacred religious atmosphere, it’s the architecture that makes the pagoda a must-see for a Mekong Delta tour. The Clay Pagoda is situated in a 400-square-meter, looking nothing much different from other resident houses of the locals. The building is not big, with a metal roof, wooden frames, and wall. The back side of the pagoda faces the street. The roof has 02 layers with the spire architecture on the top and a lower roof spreading like wings.
The pagoda consists of several small sections including the entrance gate, the outside altars, and the palaces to worship the Buddha, Buddhist deities, and the Jade. There are also small temples 9to worship the mythological animals, the ancestors of Ngo Family, the Earth God, etc.

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A sophisticated sculpture in the pagoda

Taking a Mekong Delta culture tour to the pagoda, travelers would not help themselves from claiming when seeing the exquisite clay works here. Ngo Kim Tong contributed his 42 years to make 1901 small to big Buddha statues, more than 200 animal sculptures, and several towers and censers. The most outstanding works among them are the 13-floor Da Bao Tower with 208 clay Buddha statues and 156 dragons, Bao Toa Tower with 1000 statues on 1000 clay lotus petals, and Luc Long Dang – the 6-dragon light. Those complicatedly designed clay products demonstrate the delicate care of the sculptor. It is the results of not only the skillful hand of the maker but also the pure mind of a loyal Buddhist follower.

The candles that have burnt for tens of years

Admiring the over-lighting candles in the Clay Pagoda is one of the top things to do in Mekong Delta. In the very last years of his life, Sir Ngo Kim Tong stopped making sculptures and turned to cast candles. He bought the pure wax without impurities from Saigon and melted it out to make candles. As the sizes of the candles are too big to fit any molds, he used the steel (for metal roofing) to shape giant molds of 2.6 meters high to pour the melted wax to make candles. It took 2 days to finish 1 candle and 1 month for it to become completely dry. Ngo Kim Tong also carves words and dragons along the candles to make them more appealing.

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The candles have burnt for tens of years

Having continuously done this work for months, he cast 06 huge wax candles, each of which weighs 200 kg and is expected to light in 70 years, and 02 smaller candles weighing 100 kg. The small pair of candles were lighted in 1970 when Ngo Kim Tong passed away. It has been 48 years since then but they are expected to light for 4-5 years more till it burns out.
Furthermore, there are also 3 super-tall incenses in the pagoda. Each of them is 1.5 meters high and weighs 50 kg. It is believed that once it is lighted, it would take years to burn out.
The Clay Pagoda does not have either excellent exterior architecture or a large size, yet it is still a unique pagoda that can hardly be found anywhere else. It is a one-of-a-kind spiritual destination for Mekong Delta private tour, where visitors can immerse yourselves in the quiet and sacred space and blow away the stress and fatigue of life.

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Visit pretty bonsai villages in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam

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The Mekong Delta of Vietnam is a charming land with a lot of stunning destination, hospitable and friendly people, and pretty bonsai villages. In addition to the large attractive orchards, you can visit a lot of beautiful bonsai villages in your Mekong Delta tour. Especially, in the spring, you can enjoy the best tours in Vietnam in these heavens of flowers and bonsai.

1. Tan Dong Quy Village

Tan Dong Quy village is located in Sa Dec town, Dong Thap province. It is one of the biggest centers of flowers in the east Mekong Delta. This is one of the most attractive tourist destinations that you shouldn’t miss in your Mekong Delta tour for family, especially in the late winter, right before the Tet holiday. At that time, this land looks like a colorful sea of flowers with millions of flowers blooming and showing their gorgeous beauty.

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Tan Dong Quy village

There are chrysanthemum, lily, gerbera, marigold, chrysanthemum morifolium, etc. Besides, there are jardinières of hollyhock mallow, dahlia flowers, ornamental pepper, and hundreds of South Vietnam rare plants.

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Flower garden in Tan Dong Quy

In the time before Tet, this village welcomes a lot of visitors coming here for sight-seeing, taking photos, and buying flowers for Tet. It creates a bustling atmosphere and makes you feel the happy atmosphere of Vietnamese traditional Tet.

2. Cai Mon Village

Cai Mon is one of the most famous flower villages which is known as the “kingdom” of bonsai. This village is located in Vinh Thanh commune, Cho Lach district, Ben Tre province. Like other flower villages, Cai Mon is most busy before Tet. Many trucks filled with flowers and bonsai are heading towards many other regions of Vietnam from this village.

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Flower field in Cai Mon village

Visiting Cai Mon flower village, you can see how the villagers grow these flowers and trees. You can visit the flower fields, seedling nurseries, and bonsai shaping area. Villagers in Cai Mon grow a great number of flower species, including marigolds, paper flowers, daisy, chrysanthemum morifolium, dahlias, carnations, etc. Besides, you can see many beautiful bonsais which age hundreds of years old like the apricot blossom, fig tree, Chinese banyan, star-fruit tree or Carmona microphylla that are bent into artistic shapes.

3. My Tho Village

Another flower village you shouldn’t miss in your Mekong Delta group tour is My Tho. Although it’s not as famous and large as Tan Dong Quy village and Cai Mon village, it’s still a must-see destination. It’s located nearest to Saigon, only about 70km. So, you can easily get there from the city. Obviously, the busiest time of this village is before and during the Tet holiday when thousands of visitors come here for a sight-seeing trip at Tet. Walking through a sea of colorful flowers in the bustling atmosphere of Tet, you will have a really enjoyable trip with a lot of fun and happiness.

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My Tho flower village

There are many kinds of beautiful flowers in this village like chrysanthemum, yellow sophora japonica, chrysanthemum morifolium, Dutch chrysanthemum, cockscomb, lisianthus, gerbera and more.

4. Phuoc Dinh Village

The next destination in your Mekong Delta tour is Phuoc Dinh village which is major in apricot blossom. This pretty village is said to be the “capital” of apricot in South Vietnam. Located about 3km to the city center of Vinh Long, this pretty village is the most famous apricot flower village in Vietnam, recognized since 2009.

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Apricot flower

Now, there are over 550 apricot trees that are over 100 years old in this village, 1000 trees aging 50 to 100 years old, and hundreds of under-50-year-old apricot trees. These trees are grown, watered, and looked after carefully. Therefore, the flowers look very beautiful, lush, and charming. Every year before Tet, a lot of people come to this village buy a pot of apricot tree to decorate their house on Tet holiday. And during the Tet holiday, this pretty village attracts a great number of visitors to come for sight-seeing.

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An old apricot tree in Phuoc Dinh

These are the four most beautiful, attractive, and famous villages of flower and bonsai in the Mekong Delta. Visiting South Vietnam, you should visit these pretty flower village and enjoy a wonderful sight-seeing trip, especially during the Tet holiday, when these lands are most stunning and colorful with millions of flowers in different kinds.

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The best hotels and resorts for a nice trip to the Mekong Delta

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The Mekong Delta is a picturesque land and an ideal destination for a wonderful Vietnam honeymoon. In addition to stunning landscapes, there are many luxury and beautiful hotels and resorts you can stay and enjoy a memorable Vietnam honeymoon tour.

1. Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa

This beautiful resort is located in Cai Be, Tien Giang. This is the most ideal accommodation for you to experience the life in the Mekong Delta when visiting Tien Giang. There are 50 hotel rooms and 25 bungalows. Especially, you will have a stunning river view when staying in riverside bungalows built right on the river.

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Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa

2. Victoria Sam Mountain Lodge Hotel

Imagine that you will get up in the beautiful wild nature of Sam Mountain in a morning and feel the wind blowing into your room, it would be a wonderful experience in your Vietnam tours. And Victoria Sam Mountain Lodge Hotel will give you more than that. This hotel is designed in simple concept but it is still very luxury and beautiful.

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Victoria Sam Mountain Lodge Hotel

The interior is decorated subtly with high ceiling, brick floor, and warm-color wooden furniture, making you feel light and comfortable. Especially, every room has a door designed in French style leading to a private 12-square-meter outdoor balcony. From the balcony, you will have a beautiful view of a pretty and peaceful valley. The most impressive place in this hotel is the swimming pool, where you can enjoy a relaxing time and look over the rice field on the mountain foot.

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Stunning view from the hotel

3. Victoria Can Tho Resort

Victoria Can Tho is the first 4-star international standard resort all over the Mekong Delta. Located nearby Hau River, this beautiful resort has 92 rooms designed in the architectural style of the French colonial period. You will feel like you step into a classical castle in a green, lush, and picturesque orchard full of trees, flowers, and fruits.

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Victoria Can Tho Resort

Each room in this resort is a perfect combination of traditional beauty and international standard facilities. They have both Vietnamese architectural beauty and the unique attraction of French architecture. Victoria Can Tho will actually give you the most interesting Vietnam tour for couple in a stunning, romantic, peaceful, and impressive scenery.

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Stunning room in the resort

All the furniture is made from wood with warm color. You will have an absolutely relaxing, quiet, and enjoyable night in one of these cozy garden-view rooms. The fresh, airy, and wonderful atmosphere with cool wind from the river will make you really relaxed and comfortable.

4. Vinpearl Can Tho Hotel

This hotel is located in the city center of Can Tho, right nearby Ninh Kieu Wharf, one side faces the 30/4 Road and one side faces Can Tho River. As a part of the biggest complex of 5-star hotel and Vincom Plaza Shopping Center in the Mekong Delta, Vinpearl Can Tho Hotel would be an ideal choice for your Vietnam honeymoon in this beautiful land with a lot of exciting activities, and high-standard facilities like movie theaters, shopping malls, spas, playgrounds for children, restaurants, and so on.

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Vinpearl Can Tho Hotel

This hotel is also the highest building in the city with 30 beyond-ground floors and 3 basements with modern Asian architecture. All these international-standard luxury rooms have the stunning view of Can Tho River and this city, too. There are many choices of room in this accommodation like Deluxe King bed River View, Deluxe King bed City View, Executive Suite, Presidential Suite, etc. Staying in this hotel, you will actually have the best vacation in Vietnam.

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City view from the pool

5. Ben Tre Riverside Resort

This accommodation is one of the greatest combinations of nature and architecture. Located nearby the poetic and charming river of Ham Luong, Ben Tre Riverside Resort will give you the most exciting experiences with luxury Hoang Lam restaurant, high-quality facilities, and Ham Luong ecotourism complex.

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Ben Tre Riverside Resort

Staying here, you will have the most impressive and memorable holiday in the fresh and peaceful atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and especially enjoy the stunning view of the sunset on Ham Luong River. What’s more, you can eat a lot of delicious special foods of this land, listen to the charming sound of the ferry on the river, and have an unforgettable time here.

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River view of this accommodation

These are five best hotels and resorts you should stay in your Mekong Delta tour for the best trip to Vietnam. With high-standard services, beautiful scenery, and wonderful atmosphere, these accommodations will actually give you the best experiences in your Vietnam honeymoon tour.

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Best things to do for an exciting Mekong Delta tour

The Mekong Delta is one of two biggest deltas in Vietnam. This land impresses every Vietnam travel agency and tourists to here by its charming beauty. Today’s article is going to suggest you the best things you should experience in the Mekong Delta when you travel to Vietnam.

1. Exploring the floating market

Visiting the Mekong Delta, you shouldn’t miss the floating market – the most impressive attraction of this land, and the first thing people think of when talking about this land. If you haven’t sat in a boat and experience the floating market in your Mekong Delta tour, it would be a big pity.

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Bustling floating market in the Mekong Delta

Traveling to this land, you will see small boats full of fruits and special foods of this region. You can ask the local people for a seat on their boat to experience a bustling floating market. The local people are very friendly, kind, and hospitable. You always see the smile from the bottom of the heart on their face. Many famous floating markets in the Mekong Delta you can visit in a trip to this land with a Vietnam local tour operator are Cai Be (on Tien River), Phung Hiep (Hau Giang), Chau Doc (An Giang), Cai Rang (Can Tho), Phong Dien (Can Tho).

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[Cai Be floating market]

2. Eating grilled snakehead fish

Fish dishes are the most popular specialty of the Mekong Delta due to the dense net of rivers and canals. And grilled snakehead fish is the most favorite and famous food suggested in a lot of Vietnam travel reviews about this land. The best time to enjoy this dish in the Mekong Delta is in January when the local people catch this fish the most. Especially, sitting around a fire in the field in the chilly weather and waiting for your fish to be grilled well would be an unforgettable experience in your trip.

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[Grilled snakehead fish]

3. Enjoying Xeo Cake

Xeo cake is the most favorite specialty in the Mekong Delta. This food has a thin coat, full filling with various ingredients. It has the delicious taste of coconut milk, powdered turmeric, crispy coat, and various vegetables. Its wonderful taste will deeply enchant you and leave in your heart a deep impression of this beautiful land. There are many kinds of fillings you can choose and enjoy.

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[Xeo Cake]

4. Catching fish in the muddy field

Another must-try things you shouldn’t miss in your trip to the Mekong Delta is catching fish in the muddy field. It is one of the most attractive and exciting cultural activities in this land that you cannot find anywhere else. You can soak in the mud, get dirty, and catch the fish in the mud. Then you can enjoy a delicious meal of fish, which you have caught minutes ago. It would be one of the most unforgettable experiences in your trip to Vietnam.

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Catching fish in a small canal

5. Visiting huge orchards

One of the greatest attractions of the Mekong Delta that you should visit on a trip with a Vietnam travel agency is huge fruit gardens. Thanks to the mild weather and plentiful water, the Mekong Delta has a lot of huge orchards with various kinds of fruits. Visiting this land in summer, you can visit these fruit garden, pick some fruits, and eat them right in the garden. Many famous orchards you can visit in the Mekong Delta in summer are My Khanh in Can Tho, An Binh Isle in Vinh Long, Cai Mon in Ben Tre and Cai Be in Tien Giang.

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[Fruit garden in the Mekong Delta]

6. Visiting Hon Da Bac

From the city center of Ca Mau, go along the provincial highway for 40km, get through U Minh Ha Forest – the hometown of the liar king Ba Phi, you will reach a beautiful group of deserted islands which is 50m above the sea level. It has three islands linking with each other, including Hon Troi, Hon Ong Ngo, and Hon Da Bac with the total area of about 6.4 hectares.

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[Hon Da Bac Island]
This famous tourist site is in Kinh Hon Hamlet, Khanh Binh Tay Commune, Tran Van Thoi District, Ca Mau Province. Stone is the only thing you can see in Hon Troi – the small island located between two islands of Hon Ong Ngo and Hon Da Bac. In contrast, the other two islands have a lot of trees. According to many documents, Hon Da Bac has formed about 180 million years ago, in the mid-Jura period and Mesozoic.

7. Conquering the southernmost point of Vietnam

The southernmost point of Vietnam is always a must-see site of tourist in a Vietnam tour. After an hour going by canoe on the sea, you will reach this point in Mui Hamlet, Ca Mau. Getting there, you will see one of the four most sacred sites in Vietnam. From here, you will have a stunning view of the sea, listen to the sound of the sea waves, and feel your heart beating strongly in your chest.

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[Vietnamese national southernmost point]
These are the top exciting things you must try in your Mekong Delta tour. There are many other attractions of this beautiful land welcoming you to explore. Come and enjoy them, you will have an unforgettable tour in Vietnam.
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