VIETNAM OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TOURS

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For those who love exploring, a trip to the national park is a good suggestion. Here is top of the most famous national parks in Vietnam that you cannot ignore in Vietnam off the beaten track tours.

The first place in this list is Ba Vi national park. As you know, Ba Vi is a place where the climate is cool and the natural scenery is extremely beautiful. Ba Vi National Park is an attractive tourist destination near Hanoi and one of the famous places in the trekking tours in Vietnam. It is not only famous for clear streams such as Ao Vua, Suoi Tien. It is also famous for having the most prominent national park in Vietnam about the landscape. With the rich resource about the flora and the fauna resources, this place is very suitable for the study of biology.

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Experience at Ba Vi national park

If the noise and stress of the modern life make you feel tired, a trip to enjoy the fresh air and feel the greenwood peaceful space will certainly help you regain the spirit and the new energy. Tourism Ba Vi National Park is an opportunity for visitors to cross the number of trees to find the wild nature of the creator.

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Go trekking at Ba Vi Nation Park

With the fresh, cool climate, the period from April to October is the most beautiful time to travel to Ba Vi which is very suitable for sightseeing, having a picnic and going camping. Especially, from the middle of October to early December is the ideal time to see wild sunflowers. In addition, travelers also often forget the specialties here such as royal jelly wine, Ba Vi milk cake, wild bananas.

The next destination which this post want to mention is Cuc Phuong Nation Park. Cuc Phuong National Park is located in Ninh Binh province – the land with the beauty of water like seductive paintings. Because of the natural beauty of this land, when visiting Cuc Phuong National Park, tourist will not only participate in the journey of discovering the great mystery but also admire the beautiful and charming green forest.

Cuc Phuong forest is suitable for a short travel to Vietnam on the weekend, where visitors can just rest in the open air of the jungle and have a chance to learn more about the natural surroundings.

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The golden deer bewilder in the green forest

Travelers can go camping or walk on the small road with dazzling flowers printed on the green grass, watch the deer grazing grass in the green forest, breathe the fresh air of nature and be free to drop their soul into the natural environment. Besides, there are other activities such as biking through the forest, taking part in a bird-watching tour, finding the caves of the ancient or trekking through the jungle. The dreaming and pristine natural beauty of Ninh Binh do not know when they have covered the whole of pristine forest and wild animals on this land.

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Riding through the woods

Next in this list is Tram Chim National Park which is located in Dong Thap province. Tram Chim National Park is the habitat of the red-headed crane which is famous in the world.

This place is an attractive destination for exploring Vietnam in general and the South West in particular. Guests who go here will be able to relax and watch the species of the bird and the peaceful nature.

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The species of birds in Tram Chim National Park

From August to November, according to the lunar calendar is the main tourist season in Tram Chim National Park. Not only watching the blue water which is interspersed with pink lotus and water lily, tourists also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of the river such as grilled snakehead rolled with the young lotus leaves.

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The red-headed cranes in Dong Thap

The last place mentioned in this article is Cat Tien National Park. Cat Tien National Park is one of six biosphere reserves which are recognized by UNESCO in Vietnam.

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Cat Tien National Park

It is about 160 km from Ho Chi Minh City to Nam Cat Tien forest which is located in the area of three provinces. It is Dong Nai, Lam Dong, and Binh Phuoc. This place attracts tourists who enjoy the nature here or adventure to find the peace with the rich flora and fauna. Those who love adventure will be led by the responsible people here to enjoy the wild animals at night, experience exciting outdoor activities such as biking, sit on jeeps crossing the forest, watch waterfalls, trekking.

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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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.

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

 

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

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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

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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!

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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!

Things to do in the Mekong Delta

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Standing out and bringing the best aspects of the country together, the Mekong Delta is one of the must-visit places in your Vietnam tours.

Explore the splendid natural beauty of the river itself

The 12th longest river in the world and winding itself around six countries, the Mekong River’s landscape is absolutely different in the south of Vietnam, but it has its own attractiveness and appeal. Even though the Mekong River is a notorious muddy brown color, it has a rich agricultural history in Vietnam and Asia in general.

Mekong Delta boat trip

Mekong Delta boat trip (Source: Internet)

It is certain that a boat cruise on waterways is the best way to discover the beauty and uniqueness of the Mekong Delta. A romantic experience is a reason for a Mekong River cruise. Chances are if you are backpacking through Asia, you will come across the river multiple times. Specifically, Vietnam, which is home to the Mekong Delta, where the river ends and empties out into the sea, is a great place to see the river. An amazing exclusive river cruise on waterways of the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam will surely leave a novel and exceptional impression on you!

The Mekong Delta Tour

Mekong Delta tours (Source: Internet)

It is really fascinating to feast your eyes on the awesome and charming scenery around the river created by green/yellow rice paddies, lush orchards, lines of coconut trees, pretty stilt houses, lush green branches overhanging the rushing water and the slow sampan boats floating down the small canals as well as an abundance of wildlife. The Mekong Delta not only has been a key agricultural area producing much of Vietnam’s food crops but also one of the world’s richest areas of biodiversity, second only to the Amazon River. While immersing in a scenic boat trip through the immense water world, admiring the pink and orange hues coming out over the water as soon as the strong sun goes down, you will not only visit the busy and colorful floating markets, but also experience the simple daily lifestyle around the Mekong River revolving around fishing and agriculture as well as take a closer insight into the rural Vietnam, learn more about the local culture and discover why the Mekong Delta is such a captivating place.

Just the thought of observing the Mekong’s riverbanks transformed into luxuriant walls of tropical greenery without another traveling fellow insight alone can make you feel excited.

Pay a visit to an orchard

If you are going on a Mekong River cruise, it is likely that you will leave from My Tho, or another small city along the river or near the Delta. It will be fun to stop in at the little islands along the river to visit eco-bee farms, sip on fresh coconuts and pick and try many kinds of fresh fruit.

Fruit orchard

Mekong Delta’s fruit orchard (Source: Internet)

The nutrient-rich soil, which is a perfect base for growing crops, makes the Mekong Delta not only one of the leading food suppliers for the rest of the whole nation but also a paradise for tropical fruit lovers. Thanks to its favorable natural conditions and mild climate, the Mekong Delta area has huge orchards heavy with many kinds of fruit all year round, which makes all travelers fascinated. There are some must-visit orchards in the region, each of which has its own unique kinds of fruit. Cai Be fruit orchard (Tien Giang), Cai Mon fruit orchard (Ben Tre), Vinh Long fruit orchard, Vinh Kim Orchard (Tien Giang Province), Lai Thieu orchard (Binh Duong) gather all distinctive fruits for the region.

Paying a visit to these fruit gardens has become one of the must-do activities on any Mekong Delta tours. Let’s plan a trip to these famous orchards and you will definitely have a one-of-a-kind experience!

Sample unique local cuisine

Mekong Delta cuisine

Mekong Delta cuisine (Source: Internet)

Another unique thing about a venture to the Mekong Delta is to sample its unique cuisine. For most people, especially food lovers, experiencing new dishes is one of the greatest things about traveling. As mentioned above, the Mekong River and the Mekong Delta area is famous for its agriculture. You can bet that a Mekong Delta tour will give you a chance to sample some of the freshest food in Vietnam. Not only being the world of fresh tropical fruits: from coconut, banana, orange, pomelo, plum, longan fruit, water coconut, mango, pineapple, mangosteen to rambutan, dragon fruit, jackfruit and durian, the Mekong also has many other delicacies with strong flavor such as Fish noodle soup (bun ca), snakehead fish thick noodle soup (banh canh ca loc), bun mam, Sa Dec noodle soup to tasty bee worm salad and Bot Loc Cake – a starchy cake made with shrimp and pork and wrapped in a banana leaf.

If you are looking for something natural, simple and impressive, mekongreviews think that the Mekong Delta is the spot!

Mekong delta travel guide

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Mekong Delta, one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam, known as “Rice bowl”, an agricultural miracle that pumps out more than a third of the country’s annual food crop. Due to the marvellous beauty of nature and special culture in the life of local people, travel to Mekong Delta Vietnam, visitors have lots of interesting and special activities to try.

Mekong Delta, one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam, known as “Rice bowl”, an agricultural miracle that pumps out more than a third of the country’s annual food crop. Due to the marvellous beauty of nature and special culture in the life of local people, travel to Mekong Delta Vietnam, visitors have lots of interesting and special activities to try.

How to get to Mekong Delta

Airplane: The biggest airport in Mekong Delta is Ta Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city or Can Tho airport in Can Tho province. After land off in these airports, then you can take a long bus to different provinces. There are some flights between Ho Chi Minh City and RachGia in Kien Giang Province.

Bus: Take a bus in The West bus station in Ho Chi Minh city. There are buses to all provinces in Mekong Delta provinces.

Motorbike: The road system in this region is quite convenient. It is also possible to travel by motorbike. Traveling by motorbike, you can get free to arrange your trip and stop any destinations during the trip.

Mangrove forest in Mekong delta

Mangrove forest in Mekong Delta

When to go

In Mekong Delta, there are two distinct seasons: dry and rain. The delta can be visited all year-round; however, the best time suggested by Mekong delta tour agencies is the dry season from November to January. This is the coolest time of the year; the average temperature is around 28oC. The monsoon lasts from May to October; however the rain never lasts too long, typically for one hour, and the temperature is also not too hot. Thus it is possible to visit the Mekong Delta in the rainy season.

Things to do in Mekong Delta Vietnam

•    Visiting floating markets

Floating market

Floating market

Floating market has become a beauty of the culture of people in Mekong Delta. Despite time and change, floating market travel always leave a deep impression on tourists with best special dishes, friendly welcome, abundant of tropical fruit. Thus visiting this region, do not miss the chance to take a floating market tour along Mekong River and enjoy all that things.

Floating markets are originally the places that local people gathering to sell and buy goods. However, this special kind of trading has attracted the interest of tourists over the world come here to experience. Every day, hundreds of boats gathering in Mekong River with full of different products. The most common products traded in floating market are tropical fruit such as orange, coconut, mango, watermelon and domestic products. In addition to fruit and domestic items, some boats also serve coffee as coffee shops and foods (commonly Pho, Chao, HuTieu). Thus it is quite easy to buy a cup of iced coffee or a bowl of noodle soup for breakfast.

The best time to visit floating markets is in the early morning. At this time, the floating market is most crowded and vigorous and colourful. Don’t miss this moment.

•    Visiting fruit orchard

A fruit orchard

A fruit orchard

Mekong Delta has a reputation as the main supply of fruit for the country. Therefore, one of the experiences should try in this region is visiting fruit orchards. There are various kinds of tropical fruit each season, so you can come here anytime.

Visiting fruit orchard, you will be surprised by numerous tropical fruit trees. Walk around the garden to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere here, and even taste fresh delicious fruit right under fruit trees. If you want to stay overnight here, then there are small resorts right on fruit gardens offering you sufficient services with affordable price.

•    Experience ecotourism tour

Fish catching in Mekong river

Fish catching in Mekong river

In addition to fruit orchards, many regions also offer interesting eco-tours to rice paddies, flower growers, and riverbeds. I will be a fantastic feeling to sit on the boat along the river under the shade of trees, breathe in fresh air, and gradually immerse into the peace of nature with the relaxing ambience.

There are many eco-tours available for tourists such as Con Phung (Phoenix Island), My Khanh Ecotourism Village, XeoQuyt, GaoGiong Eco-Tourism Park, Tra Su Cajuput Forest in An Giang.  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…

A popular dish of fish

A popular dish of fish

Travel to Mekong Delta Vietnam and participate in activities in tailor-made eco-tours, you will not only have a chance to taste the food but more interestingly you experience life like local people and enjoy countryside life of local people, breathe in countryside atmosphere here. There are experiences you only find it in the Mekong Delta region.