Visiting Can Tho to experience garden tourism through My Khanh Tourist Village

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Can Tho has long been known to many as a “capital” in Western Vietnam, also known as another name “Tay Do”. But the biggest question of tourists during their Mekong Delta tour is where they can play and enjoy the beautiful nature in Can Tho. Therefore, today we will introduce one of the most interesting tourist destination – My Khanh Tourist Village, which has always been recommended by many Vietnam local tour operators.

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My Khanh Tourist Village

Where is My Khe Tourist Village?

Being in a district with many tourist sites in Can Tho, My Khanh Tourist Village is located at no. 335 Lo Vong Cung, My Khanh Commune, Phong Dien District. The way to this ecotourism village is also not difficult. You just need to follow Trung Luong Expressway or from Phu Lam roundabout, you go along the Highway 1A to Can Tho. In these ways, you can go to My Khanh Village by motorbike or car.

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A corner in My Khanh Tourist Village

Another way to travel to this tourist site in Can Tho is to get to the Western Region Bus Station and buy tickets or you can book it online through the phone number. The ticket price from Saigon to Can Tho ranges from 80,000 to 100,000 VND. If you choose this option, it would be more relaxing because you do not have to worry about the time and traffic.

How to get to My Khanh Tourist Village?

From Can Tho City, there are three options for you to choose in this situation. The first one is to take a taxi to go straight to the village, the second one is to ride a motorbike taxi, and the last is to get on a bus. Depending on your financial capability, you decide which option suits you. However, it would be better to remind you that if you choose the third option for your Mekong Delta tour, you had better buy a map of Can Tho City.

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Fresh fruit gardens

Currently, the infrastructure is well developed, plus Can Tho is a large city, so the road system is invested very carefully, suitable for tourism development. One of the important notes you need to pay attention to when visiting My Khanh Tourist Village in Can Tho is you have to know exactly where you are going to avoid getting lost. If not, do not hesitate to ask the “villagers”, they are always willing to help.

What is the ticket price to visit My Khanh Tourist Village?

Currently, an entrance ticket for one adult (taller than 1.3m) costs 60,000 VND, while children (1m – 1.3m) cost only 30,000 VND and those under 1m are free. But that is only the ticket for you to enter the village. Once you get into the My Khanh – Can Tho Tourist Village, you will spend one whole day playing and exploring the village such as the rivers and lakes, fresh fruit gardens or simulated traditional games. And each of the services has its different price that you should find out before having a Can Tho tour.

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Feeding crocodiles

What to play in My Khanh Tourist Village?

One of the activities known as the highlight of this village is to become a “wealthy” landowner. That means you will have your own private cart, visit your own land, have a tour guide, private umbrella and fan. Moreover, if you have never experienced the feeling of living in a large house with a precious wooden table and chairs, then this definitely is a good opportunity for you.

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Pig racing a unique game in My Khanh Village

In addition to the main activity mentioned above, many simulated outdoor games in the village also make you feel interested and relaxing, for example trying to be a farmer boat rowing boat, catching fish, digging ditches or learning how to grow rice. In particular, My Khanh Tourist Village is suitable for all people at the different age such as the older, the middle-aged, teenagers, children and even couples. With the natural advantage of the green environment and fresh air to rest, you will find this Mekong Delta group tour certainly worthy. Thus, if you have any intentions to stay overnight, it would be also convenient because there is a high-quality resort inside the My Khanh – Can Tho Tourist Village.

Delving into the great historical treasure of Khmer Museum

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When you travel, what will be one of your choices? Normally, people are drawn to the excitement provoked by the mesmerizing wilderness of nature rather than familiar images of the city that they are living in. Sometimes, going around the city is not regarded as traveling but more like wandering around. However, traveling has never been solely about the experience but it is also the exploration of the unknowns, conquer them, or master them, either way, is all traveling, geographically and sensationally. Therefore, if you are someone who rarely takes yourself out for the museum, this Mekong Delta tour will be just what you need. So let the great adventure of history exploration begin!

1. Where is Khmer Museum?

The museum we would like to show you in one of our Mekong Delta group tours is Khmer Ethological Culture Museum, also read in Vietnamese as “Bảo tàng Văn hóa dân tộc Khmer”. The museum is now situated in a corner of Trà Vinh City of Trà Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta also known as the Southern Delta. Therefore, if you enlist yourself on a Tra Vinh tour, you will likely be led around the city and finally, come up to this wonderful spot. Actually, if you make your google search, you will find that there is another Khmer museum. So indeed, there are only two Khmer museums in Vietnam, the first one is the mentioned and the other one is located in Sóc Sơn Province. Both of them are included with huge collections of profound Khmer culture. However, based on each region of exploitation, the documentaries as well as facts, and remains found are relatively different.

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The whole museum complex from above

So the question is why there are only two Khmer museums in Vietnam and one of them located here in Trà Vinh. First of all, let us see through the history of Khmer and how they got attached to the Mekong Delta. The history of Khmer more or less deals with the deep down origin of Cambodia and Indian culture. If you have come across some documentaries of Cambodia history, you will find out a significant link in the historical chain of Cambodia and a small part of contemporary Khmer in Vietnam. The ancestor of the Khmer known nowadays is “ante Khmer – Pnông” originated in Cambodia Before Christ. From the time of Anno Domini, the strong and vicious influence of Indian culture took place twice in parts of Khmer-Pong inhabitance, there appeared many waves of emigrants from all classes of the country, mostly nobles, intelligentsia, deeply-affected-by-Indian-culture people, the North from Indochina, the South from China, and parts of the Indian. And it was those waves of immigrants created the original country – the old Cambodia known as Chân Lạp and the “Khmer” term that we know today.

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Another angle of the museum

However, Chân Lạp was not an independent country in the first place but was the colony of a country called Phù Nam – a coastal country of which the center is the contemporary South of Vietnam. Through great changes of history and military affairs, Phù Nam got weakened, Chân Lạp took its chance as one-of-a-lifetime and stroke at Phù Nam to eventually, from the being dominated to the dominance and merged Phù Nam to Chân Lạp as a united body. It was this historical event that opens to the emigration of a great number of Khmer to the South of Vietnam, leaving behind the fantastic remains of history that are now stored in the Khmer museum as we know today.

2. The history of Khmer Museum

As you are on a Mekong Delta group tours, you will probably be introduced around to the history of the museum. However, there is slightly information of its existing progress. The museum is now a part of the heritage complex including Bà Om Pond and Âng Pagoda in Ward 8 of Trà Vinh City. There is not much information stored about the making history of the museum. However, disregard of the shortage of information, it is found that the Khmer museum was built in 1995, which was after the Đổi Mới – a term used in 1986 regarding the “socialist-oriented market economy” and socialist-oriented policy of Vietnam post-war. It is not known about the exact time of starting construction but the fact that the museum was built in 1995 marked a significant event when Vietnam officially became the 7th member of ASEAN. Therefore, whether it was on purpose or not, the construction of Khmer Museum in 1995 contributed greatly to the cultural integration of Vietnam.

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The front yard of the museum

The construction officially finished in 1997 after two years of continuous working. Until now, the museum has been through over 20 years and several refurbish accompanied with lots of change and new remains added to the collections. If you take a tour of Khmer museum now, you will find that the museum still seems quite new because it has been through both minor and major restorations. However, because it was built in the post-war so there is not much devastation to the general architecture of the building and everything stays well to be contemplated.

3. The architecture

To state shortly, the Khmer Museum is probably one of the top destinations to visit in Tra Vinh. Basically, Trà Vinh itself has been a promising land of culture explore. Here you will find yourself being surrounded by lots of useful information and documentaries about Asian culture, especially of the Khmer. Once you arrive in Trà Vinh on Mekong Delta group tours, you can easily see that most of the tourism destinations more or less deal with Khmer culture, for example, the Khmer Pagoda. It is interesting to see how significantly the Khmer culture remains in the daily life of the Southern people living in the Mekong Delta. Back to the museum, as stated, was built after Đổi Mới so the architecture is not deeply affected by that of French anymore. In fact, the main theme in the style of art when the museum was at the begin of the construction was Khmer and Asian culture.

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Another side of the museum

On the outside, the general architecture bears some resemblances to the communal house. Or we can say that the communal house was used as the model and the main idea in shaping the museum. The idea of taking the communal house as the main theme is such a relevance since it is the one used in the Khmer’s daily life. The easiest way to recognize this feature is the outstanding front roof. The house is built with the main roof in the middle with special triangular patterns, accompanied by two sub-roofs and compartments. This is the typical Khmer house model that you can easily spot everywhere from the Internet to life. The paint used is quite plain creating the ceramic-feel. However, it goes very well with the general form of the museum of which the roof is intentionally emphasized using warm-color bricks.

4. What does it have?

As our Mekong Delta group tours take you to discover the museum, you will be amazed to find such a divine location that the museum is situated. People say that the first impression is always important and the architects did their job well while guiding the visitors to a whole area covered in the lush greenery of trees before entering the main building. This creates quite a similar feeling to travel to a real Khmer village.

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A corner inside the museum

Applied mainly the traditional architectural building and being accompanied by modern architecture influence, the museum stands out with only two floors.  However, the first floor is used for the working space of officers and people working at the museum. As you enter the yard, you can easily see a half-moon lake, which is used to raise fish. This smart design works quite well in creating a more comfortable sightseeing space for the visitors.

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Ancient model display of Khmer culture

As you go to the second floor, you will find yourself surrounded by many rooms but each of them has its own display and is arranged in order so that you can visit the whole one by one or separately. The answer to the question “what does it have?” is easy since a Khmer Museum must be a place for Khmer remains! Ancient objects collected and displayed here are mainly normal tools and things used in the daily life of the ancient Khmer living in the Mekong Delta. Besides material objects, the museum also presents with immaterial heritage and culture of the old Khmer, which can be learned from videos projected in the museum as well as models created to bring back the life of the ancient Khmer once lived.

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Tools used in fishing of the Khmer

Basically, the second floor is divided into three separate rooms. The first room is where you can find different models of Khmer pagodas. There is also sala – sat by the monks in their ceremonial offerings. The first room really creates the feeling of entering a holy world where the existence of The Above can be reached in hands and in minds. It is such a breathtaking experience seeing everything with your bare eyes and silently contemplate in admiration and scream to yourself that how normal hands can create such masterpieces! The interesting thing about the first room is not only how elegantly and delicately those models are made but also the appearance of the Key-no – a holy bird symbolizes and represents the image of the Goddess in the religion of the Khmer and the Pro-nam, which is bird model carved with aesthetic patterns used in the decoration of every pagoda’s exterior.

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Model of a step in a traditional wedding of the Khmer

The second room is displayed with old agricultural tools of the Khmer. When looking at these tools, especially the sickle, you will notice a very unique mark of the Khmer in tool design which is the bird or the dragon “niêk” patterns. Usually, on a Khmer sickle, there will be vertical patterns or bird drawings along with the head of a dragon called niek. In this room, you can also explore dozens of cultural outfits of the Khmer including all styles used from daily life to special events. The room also shows you to a system of Khmer language and words, which was through about 12 times of modifications from Phạn – an old language system, to lead to the existence of the present Khmer language.

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Illustration of a stage play

If you love art, especially music, you will definitely love the last room, which is used to display all kinds of traditional instruments of the Khmer along with performing outfits and accessories. Everything is illustrated to you in real images by models made by the best architects and artists. Here you will see how vividly the art form Rồ-băm, a form of Khmer stage play, is brought to life or Dù Kê, which was born in the 20th century. Most Khmer instruments are made of wood and bamboo. However, for instruments used in different ceremonies, the materials are diverse including wood, leather, bronze, and iron.

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Different kinds of instruments

In general, the museum is a great place for a cultural exploration. Coming here, you will truly have the time to contemplate true artworks and learn more about the ancient life of the land you are traveling to visit. The museum is also talked-about and is visited by many people from all over the place to study and to learn. There are about 30.000 people coming here each year to discover interesting things about the Khmer. And maybe you should be the next. The museum can be visited during the week so take your time and come to see.

Mekong girl’s thought on Mekong Delta

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If you have ever tossed this question of “Southern Vietnam group tours” on the Internet, Mekong Delta will definitely show up. Why is that? Why is this Southern end of the country always getting hot that even Vietnamese locals from the rest of the country crave for a visit at least once in their lifetime? Let’s find out!

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Catching fish

A brief introduction about Mekong Delta

History of Mekong is frequently told by many local guides in their group tours in South Vietnam. Just by looking at the map, you can easily spot out Mekong Delta as a large wetland located at the very end at the Southern face of this S-shaped country and enclosed by the Gulf of Thailand in the West and the gigantic Pacific Ocean in the East. Geographically, the Delta is torn apart by a massive Mekong River cradling from the severe Tibet Mountain, threading through Southern countries of Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, entering Southern Vietnam before mingling with the East Sea. From here, a mighty kingdom called Funan had been existing between the 1st and 6th century CE. This resulted in a following ancient kingdom born known as Khmer Empire covering a huge region from Mekong Delta to Northern Malaysia. Khmer was also regarded as pre-Cambodia that officially ended in the XIX century when the expansion of Vietnam had greatly taken over the whole part of Mekong Delta nowadays. Today, Mekong Delta is home to various communities such as Chinese, Khmer, Cham, and Viet, meanwhile, the Viet community is known to be the largest group making up 90 percent of Mekong population. Hence, there is no doubt that this region gathers a huge colorful collection of diversified culture and customs. This can be sensed through various festivals, cuisine, architecture, language, costume and so on. That is one of the basic reasons that Mekong Delta has become such a unique and special land that contributes to the variety of the whole country. Hence, if you tend to take part in any South Vietnam tours without featuring Mekong Delta, it is going to be a huge mistake since you just miss a gaudy prism into the real Vietnam.

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Mekong River in Laos

What can I learn after over two first decades of my life taking Mekong Delta as a hometown?

At the very first years of my existence, Mekong is simply a land with an utmost peaceful, rivers are everywhere, half a year raining like cats and dogs while the other half feels like living in fire. Neighbors around me are the best people I have ever met in my life, with a distinctive sweet accent, helpful, kind, smiley, always wear Nón Lá and most are farmers. Mekong food is not that sweet, even though outlanders always claim that out cuisine seem like containing a ton of sugar in it, which is so weird, or maybe that is derived from our personality, sweet people. Who knows?

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Mekong cuisine

An immense network of river and canals along with tropical jungles of all types lead to the fact that natural food ingredients accordingly take root, which is then used to create a wide range of authentic dishes that it may take a lifetime to count. Floating markets are also one of the interesting characteristics that shape the reputation for Mekong Delta. Apart from Cái Răng floating market, there are other various lesser-known selections that you can visit when requesting a customized South Vietnam group tour.

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A floating market

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Biking in a village

Ghost stories, rumors, myths and untold stories behind historical relics or famous buildings have always grabbed my attention by far. In addition, forms of architecture such as stilt houses, Khmer pagodas, Chinese temples constructed along with French-dominant buildings found all over the region will give you a deeper insight into Mekong dwellers’ culture. If you are keen on having all of this, feel free to contact a South Vietnam group tour in Saigon or any local operator in Mekong Delta cities you are in.

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Bat Pagoda – a Khmer temple

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Diversity

Even though I have been away from Mekong for roughly four years, the love and memory about that wetland still emerge. Not only the thought about my family itself, but the food and all of the above play their part as an aim motivating me to learn more about it as days go by.

Mekong Delta traditional trade villages | Three unique prisms

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Although brought to the World long after the rest of the country, Mekong Delta, a large wetland of Southern Vietnam bears its own unlikeness that you can hardly ever find somewhere else. Mekong, on one hand, is a star in the category of Vietnam countryside tour. On the other hand, the utmost serenity this Southern delta has got to offer you makes it a great contrast to other parts of the country. Traditional trade villages are a typical sample behind the reason why you should make it to this ending part of Vietnam.

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Serene Mekong Delta

Sa Đéc rice powder village   

Sa Đéc City, Đồng Tháp Province, is one of the largest foodstuff transit spots all over Mekong Delta. Most of the locals think about Sa Đéc as a paradise of flowers. However, the tradition of making rice powder is another big name that contributes to the formation of Sa Đéc reputation. The rice powder village has been existing for over half a century. Its high productivity has been able to meet the consuming need of Saigon, its surrounding area as well as other ASEAN countries.

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Rice powder

There are two basic types of products. Fresh and wet rice powder is handed over to food manufacturing factories whilst dry powder is stored for upcoming usage. With the rice powder used as the main ingredient, Viet like us are able to come up with countless food elements such as phở, rice noodles (hủ tiếu), vermicelli noodles (bún), rice cakes and so on. Sa Đéc rice powder is famed for its savor of chewiness, softness and a unique rice fragrance. Once your trip to Southern Vietnam is sorted out, do not forget to contact a local Vietnam local tour operator for a customized trip to this village.

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Rice noodles

Lai Vung fermented pork roll village

Lai Vung District in Đồng Tháp Province has long been known all over the Southern domain of Vietnam as a long-founded fermented pork roll village. Located in the Northern face of the Hậu River, Lai Vung Village was born roughly over 60 years of age ago and proudly listed in an archive of nearly 30 trade villages in Đồng Tháp Province.

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The making of fermented pork roll

Lai Vung fermented pork rolls are Mekong exotic food with its special taste. The progress of finalizing a piece of fermented pork is painstaking including various different stages. Just in case you are wondering, pork is first smashed, while pork skin then is shredded into small pieces, which are all mixed alongside with pepper, chili, and Indian Coral tree leaf and then wrapped around with fresh banana leaf and left to rest within 3 to 4 days to form fermentation at around 27 to 30oC. A well-made fermented pork roll must contain finely selected and fresh meat as well as flavors used must be balance and the whole roll are perfectly wrapped. Various Vietnam travel agencies are offering available packages to Đồng Tháp Province so do not worry about missing this impeccable trade village.

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On the inside

Châu Đốc fermented fish paste

Châu Đốc fermented fish paste making village at Sam Mountain, An Giang Province manufacture multiple highly reputed types of fermented fish paste that drive a great attention of Vietnam locals in the area in every single of their visit to Châu Đốc. Châu Đốc fermented fish paste is the king of all exotic cuisine, which is made out of a great fusion of exclusively rewarded natural ingredients on this land. They are the palm sugar from the Palmyra trees found on the mountainous region, the rice mash essence coming from the rich alluvial rice paddies, and last but not least, a must-have add-in of a prosperous source of fresh-water aquatic products.

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Fermented fish paste paradise

Nowadays, many households following this type of career choose to combine traditional manual progress along with modern technology with a view to producing diversified kinds without losing the initial taste and essence. If you have a chance to visit Châu Đốc in a Vietnam countryside tour, especially the Sam Mountain’s complication, give it a go to try this type of unique delicacy.

The list of long-established trade villages in Southern Vietnam and Mekong Delta virtually does not end here. However, these three above are the best iconic candidates that give you a good look into a part of Mekong soul, which plays an important role in offering you the finest essential Vietnam tour you have ever found.

A day at a Mekong homestay, Vietnam

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Roughly within five years back or so, a type of accommodation known as the homestay in Vietnam has been gradually seen as a boom that contributed greatly to the evolvement in the tourism industry of the country. Homestay is operated targeted at customers whose demand for authentic and diverse experiences is growing, besides the need for a typical Vietnam cultural tour and a regular place for sleep such as hotels, motels or resorts. A tropical Asian country like Vietnam seems to have it all. Each specific region is likely to bring out a unique prism for travelers based on the area’s special characteristics. A review below walks you through several well-known homestays in the land of Mekong Delta, Southern Vietnam just in case you are planning for an upcoming Vietnam culture tours.

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Mekong Delta

What is a homestay?

Homestay is a classification of accommodation where tourists are able to stay and live alongside with their local hosts in a city they visit. Realistically, besides its role as a place to sleep or simply stay in, a homestay provides its guests with multiple experiences and activities planned by the host family such as shopping at a local market, cooking with the host members or just a daily chit-chat and so on.

What can a homestay in Mekong offer you?

Let’s pick Vĩnh Long as the first destination in this list. This province is precisely located right in the middle of the large Mekong Delta, neighbored by Tiền Giang, Bến Tre, Trà Vinh, Đồng Tháp and Cần Thơ, all of which frequently show up in various Vietnam culture tours. An Bình Islet in Vĩnh Long is a highly reputed domain appealing a lot of visits of both foreign and domestic travelers. One of a wide range of homestays you can find here is hosted by Mr. Ba Lình whose business given a namesake.

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Homestay in Vĩnh Long

“Once, our family offered several travel services mostly aimed at regular visitors. Many of them departed leaving behind deep regret as not fully satisfied with the service availability here. We simply lacked a lot. From then on, we happened to offer something called a homestay where our guests could just stay over for a night. We then started to eat and cook together, it seemed like our guests had a pretty local life, just like we did. They seemed to really like it, by the way, something they have never had in their life by far though” – shared Ba Lình.

Staying over at a local Mekong homestay rewards you with many activities such as catching fish in a muddy ditch, cycling around rural villages, harvesting tropical fruits, boat sailing, gardening, planting, preparing a meal with the host families or enjoying Đờn Ca Tài Tử folklore performance and the list go on. An Bình Islet welcomes foreign visitors almost every single day alongside with several Vietnamese paying a visit mainly on weekends. Friendliness, comfort, helpfulness, and smiles are the impressive attraction of locals in here. Typical architecture found here is made out of natural materials such as wood or bamboo, something the extremely Mekong for the best taste of the real Southwest Vietnam ever.

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Cycling

The following candidate in the list is Tiền Giang Province, a neighboring city of Vĩnh Long as mentioned. Happy Farm Tiền Giang Homestay is a familiar name in the Vietnamese wanderlust community. Highlight in the campus of Happy Farm Tiền Giang Homestay is a greenish natural space bringing a serene and relaxing ambiance. Visitors stopping by this site for a couple of days will be able to run away from the hustle and bustle of crowded cities back home. Happy Farm is a promised land giving you a chance to learn deeply about Mekong culture and daily life of Mekong citizens. Tree planting, gardening, hens feeding, fruits harvesting, joining in a cooking class and visiting surrounding veggies farms offer both educational and unique experiences, especially for those who travel with children. This is basically the best of culture tour in Vietnam you can ever find.

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Catching fish in a muddy ditch

Beside Mekong Delta, other lands across the country you can seek for the best types of both traditional and modern homestays are Dalat, a Central Highland city, Sapa, a famous Northwestern mountainous highland in Lào Cai Province or Danang and Hoian Old Quarter in the Central coastal part of Vietnam. These cities, apart from such type of accommodation, will be surely able to provide the best Vietnam culture tours at the same time.

EXPLORING TAN LAP FLOATING VILLAGE

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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.

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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.