The Most Famous Over 100-year-old Ancient Houses In West Southern Vietnam

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Vietnam in general and its West Southern region in particular, are full of fascinating historic houses that are begging to be explored. By paying a visit to these places, you can obtain a wealth of knowledge about the people who once lived there and what shaped their lives.

From the haunted mansions to the national relic for architectural arts – a must-visit for all literature-lovers, here is a list of just some ancient houses that are currently the top places to go in Southern Vietnam. Let’s take a virtual road trip around West Southern Vietnam through the lens of the most historic and ancient houses!

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

This lavishly decorated and beautifully ornate nineteenth-century courtyard house sits on the banks of the Tien River at 225A Nguyen Hue Street, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province. Inside this “big villa” with “blue balustrades” and “tiers of terraces overlooking the Mekong” (the novel “L'Amant” (The Lover) of a well-known French writer Marguerite Duras) is a treasure trove of ancient objects including a couple of 19th century hanging lamps, a round marble table dating back to the 18th century, and a set of French table and chairs from the 17th-century reign of Louis XIV- all of which were acquired specifically for the house 120 years ago and have been there ever since.

In spite of being built more than 120 years ago, t his former residence of Huynh family now even can easily keep pace with the most elaborate of the mansions in the surrounding area. In the 77 years that Mr. Huynh Thuy Le lived there, he embarked on a sustained mission of expansion and elaboration, turning a wooden house in 1895 into a 'private palace of art'. The 300-square-meter house, with its busy facade combining Chinese and Classical elements, interior walls displaying photographs of both Le’s and Duras’ families, and a large ancestral altar lacquered in red and trimmed with gold, is jaw-dropping.

And just to add to the general excitement – it is allegedly one of the most famous ancient houses in Vietnam declared by the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations as it witnessed the passionate love affair between Marguerite Duras and Huynh Thuy Le and formed a part of the movie “The Lover” of the French film director Jean Jacques Annaud.

Tran Van Hoa Ancient House – a house with 120 wooden pillars

Tran Van Hoa Ancient House

Tran Van Hoa Ancient House

Also known as the 100-wooden-pillar house, the complex of 120 wooden pillars covering a total area of nearly 900 square meters is a must-visit place when you travel to West Southern Vietnam.

Like most Hue-styled rương houses (a house built from wooden beams and pillars), the house was constructed of precious wood but what set it apart are its 120 wooden pillars, 68 of which are main pillars. This century-old house on the left bank of the Vam Co Dong River in Long Huu Dong Commune, Can Duoc District, the southern province of Long An appears to be a house made of rare wood like ebony, barian kingwood, and redwood, with its 120 pillars, including 68 round and 52 square pillars, set on a 0.9-meter stone foundation, and looks like how popular culture would imagine a wooden-age house.

Binh Thuy Ancient House

Binh Thuy Ancient House

Binh Thuy Ancient House

What used to be home for Duong family is now a famous playground for Vietnamese history lovers and architecture buffs on their South Vietnam group tour!

Binh Thuy Ancient House is a 19th-century French-styled house located at 26/1A Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thuy ward, about 3.1 miles from downtown Can Tho. Having been deliberately preserved and promoted by descendants of the founder, the ancient house decorated in the style of Western Europe – with its ancient beauty along with its unique architecture – looks as elegant today as it did in 1870.

Looking for stately homes and ancient houses to visit in West Southern Vietnam? From the Nguyen Dynasty masterpiece to the unique architecture – a mixture of Southern Vietnamese, French and Chinese styles, this lovely region offers a wealth of over 100-year-old houses, perfect to wallow in on a South Vietnam group tour.

Top national parks in 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.

Experience at Ba Vi national park

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.

Go trekking at Ba Vi Nation Park

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.

The golden deer bewilder in the green forest

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.

Riding through the woods

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.

The species of birds in Tram Chim National Park

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.

The red-headed cranes in Dong Thap

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.

Cat Tien National Park

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.

Discover 10 Attractive Destinations in The West Southern Of Vietnam

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Western Vietnam has many rivers, wild nature, friendly people and diverse culture, which make this place become a favorite location to attract both locals and foreign tourists.

If you want to find the places to go in Vietnam for relaxing, Western Vietnam is the place that you shouldn’t miss. We listed out 10 destinations that you would feel excited to explore in your up-coming Vietnam tour.

Tra Su Melaleuca Forests

Located in An Giang Province, Tra Su Melaleuca forests cover about 850 hectares. This place is home to many waterfowl, wild and aquatic animals.

This place has diversity fauna and flora with 70 kinds of birds, 10 of fishes, 11 of the animal list, 22 different reptiles, 140 types of plants and many kinds of them are in the "red book". Come here, the visitors can use the motorcycle to follow the road along the surrounded dike or hire a boat to crevice between small paths through the mangroves. The best time for visiting here is from September to December – during the floating season. It's the time when the water covers all over the mangroves creates an amazing scene.

Experience the boat ride amid green carpet

Experience the boat ride amid green carpet

Cai Rang Floating Market

Floating Market is a cultural feature of the people from the South West that you can hardly find in other localities, specializes in selling agricultural products and fruits of the whole region.

The visitor should go there in dawn because the market is the most exciting and crowded in that time with hundred boats gather together and their owners sell agricultural products.

A hundred of boats gather together

A hundred of boats gather together

Pirate Islands

Pirate Island located in Kien Giang Province and it is considered an interesting destination right from the name. This is the name of an archipelago of 16 islands, the largest of which is Hon Tre Island (Hon Doc), located in Tien Hai Commune, Ha Tien District. Most of the island is covered by the forest and where the salt water is surrounded by unspoiled rocks. The visitors would have great experiences with the pristine natural scenery.

Nature with its original beauty

Nature with its original beauty

Xeo Quyt Ecological Zone

Located about 30km from the center of Cao Lanh city, the historical relic combined with Xeo Quyt eco area will give visitors the feeling of being in the primeval forest with the unspeakable scenery. Xeo Quyt is famous not only diversity fauna and flora with 170 kinds of plants, 200 species of animals but also attracting tourists with military bases of former Vietnamese army. By visiting this place, the travelers would have a real time to relax, far from the noise of cities.

Visit the Xeo Quyt Ecological Zone by boat

Visit the Xeo Quyt Ecological Zone by boat                            

Tram Chim National Park

Tram Chim National Park in Tam Nong Town, Dong Thap Province. This place has beautiful natural scenery with immense water, the green of Melaleuca forest and abundant flora. The visitor would definitely be surprised when they look at a huge number of water birds which living and nesting throughout the year, especially a thousand of white storks cover all over the park. Tram Chim National Park is an amazing place that the visitors has to check out when they travel to the West Southern of Vietnam!

A thousand of white storks cover all over the park

A thousand of white storks cover all over the park

Bats Pagoda

Bats Pagoda stated about 3km South East of Soc Trang City. This is one of the most famous temples in Soc Trang Province with beautiful architecture and fascinating landscape. Visiting this place, travelers not only admiring the spiritual beauty but also witnessing thousands of bats hanging on trees around the temple.

An Binh Island

Located in Vinh Long Province, An Binh Island attracts hundreds of visitors each year with the simple rustic culture of the South. If you want to immerse yourself in the peaceful life of the countryside and far away from the bustle of the city, An Binh Island is a not-to-be-missed option.

Dong Tam Snake Farm

Located on the banks of the Tien River, an area of about 30 hectares, Dong Tam Snake Farm is the largest snake farm in Vietnam with more than 400 kinds of snakes, attracting a large number of local and foreign tourists. The traveler can visit, study hundreds of venomous snakes and non-venomous snakes in here.

The Vipers in Dong Tam Snake Farm

The Vipers in Dong Tam Snake Farm

Xiem Can Pagoda

The Khmer is a typical pagoda in Bac Lieu. Located in Vinh Trach Dong Commune, Xiem Can Pagoda was built in the 19th century on a 50,000 m² campus. Through the green trees from the highway, the visitors are surprised by the pagoda because it is decorated with many motifs, patterns, along with the carved lines and unique sculptures.

An over view of the Xiem Can Pagoda

An over view of the Xiem Can Pagoda

Bac Lieu Prince’s House

Located at 13 Dien Bien Phu, Ward 3, Bac Lieu City, Bac Lieu Prince’s House with the European-style design and materials from France is considered being the most imposing house in the South-East of the early 20th century. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear the story about the richest son of the South at that time. This is a destination that anyone who travels to Bac Lieu would want to visit.

House of the richest son of the South

House of the richest son of the South

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