Top 7 destinations for South Vietnam group tours

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

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

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

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Saigon by night

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

Ca Mau

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

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Cape Ca Mau

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

Bac Lieu

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Wind farm in Bac Lieu

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

Tra Su Mangrove Forest

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

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Tra Su Mangrove Forest

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

Can Tho

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

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Cai Rang Floating Market

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

Dong Thap

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Dong Thap Muoi

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

Phu Quoc

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Long Beach, Phu Quoc

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

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

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

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

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

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Long Xuyen Floating Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The floating market sells several products

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

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

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Long Xuyen Floating Market is undeniably worth visiting

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

Top 10 must-visit destinations when traveling to An Giang

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An Giang Province is located in Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam. Although An Giang is developing rapidly on economic and social aspects, its pristine beauty is still well preserved. Especially, An Giang is well known for its festivals and exhibitions of souvenirs as well as pictures and documents. Therefore, if you long to travel in An Giang but do not know much about it then in this article, we would like to introduce you some interesting places in An Giang that you should not ignore during your Vietnam family packages.

Bung Binh Thien

Located about 30 km from Chau Doc, Bung Binh Thien (the lake of the sky) is located in An Phu District, An Giang Province, which is very close to the Cambodian border. In the floating season, it is exceptionally beautiful with yellow flowers among green water hyacinth. Moreover, Bung Binh Thien is surrounded by Cham villages with the ancient and special cultural values.

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Bung Binh Thien

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

Tra Su Cajuput Forest in Tinh Bien District, with an area of about 850 hectares with the rich ecosystem, is a symbol of the beauty of floating season in An Giang. Having a boat row amidst the winding river, wading in all corners of the cajuput forest, and listening to birds singing on the treetops will definitely be very-difficult-to-forget experiences in your family package tour to An Giang.

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A boat row in Tra Su Forest

Ta Pa Rice Paddy Field

In the floating season, Ta Pa Rice Field in Tri Ton District looks like a huge carpet with green rice fields and rows of palmyra trees. It is regarded as the unique terraced field in the Mekong Delta. Standing on the hill, you will be able to take a bird’s eye view of the beautiful land of An Giang.

That Son

That Son or Seven-Mountain Area is the typical seven mountains among 37 mountains in two districts of Tri Ton and Tinh Bien. Cam Mountain, having a height of 705 m and a circumference of 28,600 m, is the highest mountain in That Son and possesses extraordinarily beautiful scenery.

Oc Eo Remains Site

This is a large and famous ancient remains site in An Giang. At present, Oc Eo Remains Site not only welcomes collectors and archaeologists coming here for research purposes but also attracts both domestic and international tourists who come to discover the remains and vestiges of a brilliant development period of the ancient An Giang and Mekong Delta.

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Oc Eo Remains Site

Ba Chua Xu Temple

Ba Chua Xu Temple is located at the foot of Mount Sam in Sam Mountain District, Chau Doc. This is not only an ideal place for pilgrimage but also an interesting place for your Vietnam family tours where you can enjoy the fresh air of Mount Sam at an altitude of nearly 300 m and have the panoramic view of Chau Doc and Vinh Te Channel.

Chau Doc Market

Chau Doc Market is considered as “the kingdom of fish sauce” with many stalls selling all kinds of fish sauce and dried food. If it is your first time to An Giang, do not miss Chau Doc market in your plan for Vietnam family packages with a lot of interesting experiences about the daily life of people living in the floating region.

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Chau Doc Market with different kinds of fish sauce

Chau Doc floating village

The most unique tourist attraction in Chau Doc is certainly the floating village – the distinctive cultural characteristics of the river region. In these floating villages, the boat is the primary means of transportation for every family. Here, each raft like a separate house stretches along the two riverbanks. In particular, recently, some people tend to raft for settlement on the river. The life of the family is happening on the 4-meter wide and 7-8 meter long raft.

Cham Village of Chau Giang

The community of Cham ethnic group lives in An Giang is really large, forming the Cham village alternating with Kinh people. The largest Cham Village is probably in An Phu District. To visit the Cham Village of Chau Giang in the Vietnam family package tours, tourists just have to go through Chau Giang Ferry to Con Tien. The village is peaceful and tranquil with unique stilt houses and mosques with round tower architecture because all of the Cham people here are Muslim.

Tinh Bien Market

About more than 1 km from the Cambodian border is Tinh Bien Market in the center of Tinh Bien Town. Visitors really love visiting this market to buy fruits as well as delicious but cheap dishes made from insects. In addition, some of the items from Thailand, Cambodia is also sold here at very affordable prices.

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Insect dish in Tinh Bien Market

Chasing the infinity | Where to get the finest shots in An Giang

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Along with the boom of tourism, technology and social media have allowed travelers worldwide with endless ideas for popular channels such as Youtube or Instagram, which means carrying a good camera along with you to every step during your travel seems to be something inseparable. If you are in search of a country where a sudden triviality can be turned into a great masterpiece, Vietnam is your choice. Even though you are a part of private tours in Vietnam or wandering around on your own, anything you catch sight of during your Vietnam tours can possibly reveal a story or leave you an impression. Today’s post leads you to a far-away land in Mekong Delta where its nature is an infinite topic for photography fans, An Giang.

Victoria Núi Sam Lodge Hotel

Proudly recognized as the most upscale hotel all over An Giang Province, Victoria Núi Sam Lodge is located peacefully in the middle of breathtaking rural scenery and surrounded by an immense network of canals and solemn Buddhist temples.

Victoria Núi Sam Lodge was constructed based on the modern minimalism style while still living in a great harmony with the romantic natural circumstance. Especially, each room is designed with a French-influenced entrance door leading to a massive outdoor balcony, which is featured with a gigantic swimming pool where you can take a deep rest ad zoom out to the vast rice paddies afar. If you ever have a chance to contact a local tour operator, do not forget to request a customized Vietnam private tour for a night over here.

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Victoria’s interior

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Outdoor swimming pool

Tà Pạ Mountain and Lake

Though lying within less than 1 kilometer away from Tri Tôn Central Town, Tà Pạ Mountain bears a wild and mystic beauty. There is a hidden Khmer pagoda located right on the top of the mountain whose height was recorded to be less than 200 meters. The close by massive natural Tà Pạ Lake is enclosed by the escarpment. The lake captures visitors’ attention by its pure jade water, which was resulted from a long stone exploit progress and recorded to be 17 meters in depth. Though born as a natural effect, this Tà Pạ complex easily captivates its tourists due to a unique beauty.

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Tà Pạ Lake

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Poetic scenery

Châu Đốc floating village

One of the most focal points in the list of top destinations in Vietnam, especially in the region of Mekong Delta is Châu Đốc floating village, a typical uniqueness of the river civilization. Boats and junks are the most basic means of transportation of each household. On the surface of the river, each raft is equipped with multiple mobile houses on top linked to one another stretching both of the banks of the river. Each owner owns at least 3 to 4 floats along with an additional raft as a way of traveling.

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Châu Đốc floating village

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The village from above

Trà Sư Cajuput Forest

Moving further to Tịnh Biên District with approximately 100 kilometers, you will catch sight of a Bazan path leading to Trà Sư Cajuput Forest. Both sides of the thoroughfare are adorned with infinite rice fields and tall shady palm trees leaving a poetic impression, especially when dusk starts to fall. Covering the area of roughly 850 hectares, Trà Sư Cajuput Forest is dressed with a vast smooth greenish shade of floating water-fern, especially when the flooding season arrives. The best experience is to sneak through little canals on a small wooden boat in the middle of a salt marsh jungle. Occasionally, birds and storks will gather somewhere on the top of the trees afar while leaving behind their peaceful birdsongs. As days go by, Trà Sư is gradually recognized as one of the most sought-after Vietnam private tours in Mekong Delta area.

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Floating water-fern

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From above

Apart from those four lesser-known destinations above, you may feel like adding in the main attractions of the cities such as Thoại Ngọc Hầu Mausoleum, Black Lady Temple, Châu Giang Brocade Village, Tây An Pagoda and so on. An Giang, on the other hand, is known to be home of the massive Óc Eo ancient civilization that initially shaped the sensational Khmer Kingdom in the twilight of history.

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.

FLOWER VILLAGE – THE COLORFUL WORLD OF MEKONG DELTA

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The Mekong Delta is located in the southwestern part of Vietnam, where the Mekong river ends and approaches the sea. Much of the area in the Mekong Delta is covered by many small rivers, the tributaries of the Mekong River. Therefore, life in this area is very unique and different from other places in Vietnam. 

Your vacation will not be perfect if you are not well prepared. So you should choose the Best time to visit Mekong Delta. In Mekong Delta, the rainy season begins in May and lasts until August. However, the rains in this region are usually short and won’t affect your tour seriously. Because of that, visiting Mekong Delta during these months is not a bad choice at all.

Thoi Nhut Flower Village, Can Tho Province

Tho Thoi flower village of Can Tho is a place to visit in the Vietnam countryside tours, indeed Can Tho. It is quite poetic, especially at the end of the year when the chrysanthemum garden bloomed like a flower carpet yellow sky.

In the first days, this flower village only about a dozen flower growers includes mainly daisy flowers. Over time, the growing of flowers has become more common, from small-scale investment into large flower gardens, not only provide flowers in the area but also to the neighboring areas to the faraway provinces.

If you have a chance to visit the West, this is an ideal place.

Follow some of Vietnam countryside tours, you will have the opportunity to visit Thoi Nhut flower village Can Tho and feel the very own features of this place with the gentle romantic dream that not everywhere there.

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Thoi Nhut one of the beautiful flower villages in Mekong Delta

Cai Mon Flower Village, Ben Tre Province

This flower garden is known as a village producing flowers, one of the two flower baskets provide flowers Tet. If you have a Vietnam tour for family, you can visit Cai Mon flower garden – Cho Lach to feel the colorful paintings and scenery of the garden to be able to export flowers to other places.

Cai Mon flower village is famous for flowers such as yellow apricot, marigold, paper flower, daisy flower, raspberry, carnation, flowerpot, coconut … and many kinds of roses.

The highlight of the village is Cai Mon flower garden is the kind of ornamental plants such as leaves, flowers, plants, animals, antique, rare jewelry …, through the hands of the talent of artists have created eye-catching shapes and attractive.

Going to Cho Lach, you will have the opportunity to discover and enjoy the immensity of the colorful river, surely you will never forget this exciting trip. Here you are not only immense in colorful flower fields but also have the opportunity to enjoy the special fruits like coconut, durian, rambutan or mango and so on. You will be impressed by Countryside tours in Vietnam because of that.

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The farmers are taking care of the flowers in Cai Mon Flower Village, Ben Tre Province

My Tho Flower Village, Tien Giang Province

It located in the suburban area near the center of My Tho City belongs to Tien Giang province about 10 km and more than 3 km away from Trung Luong T-junction in My Tho direction to My Thuan.

You will absolutely be stunned by the colorful costume of My Tho Flower Village in Mekong Delta if moving along Highway 50 and coming here.

Just like the above flower villages, My Tho flower Village is planted and provided for nearby areas. Because of its convenient place, which is just 70km away from the center of Saigon, My Tho flower village appeals to a large number of visitors to contemplate the beauty of flowers.

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The flowers are blooming in My Tho Flower Village

SA DEC FLOWER VILLAGE

Considered as the center of flowers and ornamental plants, Tan Quy Dong Flower Village in Sa Dec became one of the attractions for tourists while traveling south, especially the Lunar New Year.

Flower growing is one of the main jobs of a part of people in Sa Dec. In recent year,  the income from a flower is not high but they have no intention of leaving it. They said that this is their traditional job which has been famous for both local and international tourists for a long time.

Another highlight of this village is the friendly people. Whenever seeing people coming from other cities, the locals are willing to come to show them the way to the best flower fields without begging for any money. Some owners here also allow the young to come to take photos for free.

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Sa Dec one of the biggest flower suppliers in the country

Ca Mau – a pretty pearl of Mekong Delta

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Ca Mau is one of the most attractive destinations for Mekong Delta group tour due to its deserted but charming beauty. It has not only large salt-marsh forests but also many specialties with the unique aftertaste of the sea, which make this land a good option for a wonderful Mekong Delta adventure. Check out top must-see destinations in Ca Mau and prepare for your Mekong Delta tour now.

1. Silver Stone Island

Silver Stone Island (known as Hon Da Bac Island) is placed in Kinh Hon hamlet, Khanh Binh Tay commune, Tran Van Thoi district, 50km away from Ca Mau city center in a waterway. It is a beautiful group of islands including three islands located close to the coast. Many documents showed that Hon Da Bac Island and Hon Khoai Island in Ca Mau are 180 million years old. There are many beautiful sites to visit in this island like Fairy Ground, Fairy Well, Ca Ong pagoda, etc.

[Hon Da Bac Island]

[Hon Da Bac Island]

2. Hon Khoai Island

Like Da Bac Island, Hon Khoai Island is a pretty island which remains the deserted beauty in the south pole of Vietnam. There are many virgin forests with a lot of hundred-year-old timbers as well as rare animals. In addition, there is a bank of round goose-egg-shaped cobbles, which is an ideal place for sightseeing.

On the highest top of Hon Khoai Island stands a lighthouse built by the French in 1920 – one of the very first lighthouses in Vietnam. From there, you will have an over-40-sea-mile view of the overall island as well as surrounding sea and sky with the help of the telescope.

[Hon Khoai Island]

[Hon Khoai Island]

3. Floating market

Another must-see destination in a Mekong Delta adventure is the floating markets – a special form of a market you can only see in some countries with lots of rivers like Vietnam and Thailand. Ca Mau floating market is at the ending of Ganh Hao River, in the city center of Ca Mau. This market is as busy as other floating markets Mekong Delta. There are hundreds of boats and junks full of goods on the river. No one knows for sure when this market was exactly set up. It has existed for such a very long time that this trading style has become a unique feature of this region.

[Ca Mau Floating Market]

[Ca Mau Floating Market]

4. U Minh Ha forest

U Minh Ha National Park is located in the area of two districts of Tran Van Thoi and U Minh, divided into two parts – the upper and the lower forest. Almost every tourist to Ca Mau want to visit this forest because it has appeared a lot in many films and movies. Moreover, enjoying a meal of southern people in U Minh Ha forest is also an unforgettable experience. You can try various impressively tasty foods like grilled mullet fish rolled in steamed rice pancake, or hot pot of fish sauce with sprout mango, choai vegetable, bitter vegetable, plane vegetable, pupa bee, and so on. There are over 250 flora species, 20 species of reptiles and 180 species of birds.

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[U Minh Ha National Park]

5. Ca Mau Cape

This land is located in Mui hamlet, Dat Mui commune, Ngoc Hien district, about over 100km away from Ca Mau city. As it projects into the sea in the south pole of the country, this cape has a big meaning to Vietnam. Ca Mau Cape is also the only place in Vietnam where you can see both the sunrise in the East Sea and sunset in the West Sea. From this cape, you can see Hon Khoai Island on the sea – a beautiful group of islands including Hon Tuong, Hon Sao, Hon Kho, Hon Lon, and Hon Doi Moi.

[Sunset in Ca Mau Cape]

[Sunset in Ca Mau Cape]

6. Ca Mau Bird garden

This tourist attraction is located in Dam Doi district, about 45km away from the Southeast of Ca Mau city. This land is the habitat of many bird species like stork, heron and many other rare birds. Visiting this park, you can see thousands of birds, including some species like teal, duck, kingfisher, stock, etc. Moreover, this park raises many animals living in the marsh like a crocodile, monkey, iguana, python, snake and tortoise. Ca Mau Bird garden is one of the largest bird gardens in Vietnam. Coming here, you can see many strange birds hunting for food and living with your eyes while taking some lovely pictures of them.

[Ca Mau Bird Garden]

[Ca Mau Bird Garden]

There are many other tourist attractions in Ca Mau. For example, you can enjoy a floating tour on a Mekong cruise or a trekking tour to further deserted land. With various interesting things for you to explore in this land. Just go and enjoy them!

Visiting Dong Tam snake farm in Tien Giang

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If you desire a getaway in peaceful countryside with the simple life, Mekong Delta in Vietnam is definitely a pretty choice. There are a lot of interesting activities you can do in your Mekong Delta tour such as visiting floating markets, enjoy a cruise on boats and sampans, going fishing, etc. Today, let’s visit Dong Tam Snake Farm, which is known as one of the best places in the Mekong Delta region for those who are interested in exploring different kinds of snakes.

Location

About 10 kilometers from My Tho City Centre, Dong Tam Snake Farm is situated in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province. With its collection of more than 50 kinds of snake, this 11-ha-farm is considered as one of the largest snake-raising centers in Vietnam. It was established in 1979 by an expert-at-snake named Tran Van Duoc and a retired Vietnamese soldier. However, the farm is now operated by the Vietnamese military. The farm offers a huge collection of not only snakes but also some animals such as bears, turtles, crocodiles, and ostriches. According to Mekong Delta travel reviews from many travelers, a visit to Dong Tam snake farm during your Mekong Delta group tour is absolutely an interesting activity!

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Dong Tam Snake Farm

How to get there?

It is quite convenient to reach the snake farm by car or motorbike from Ho Chi Minh City. To get there from Dong Tam Junction, you have to follow the dirt road for 4 kilometers, then turn right and continue until you get to the snake farm. If you travel from My Tho, let’s follow Le Thi Hong Gam Street for about 7 kilometers, then turn right just beyond the Binh Duc post office and follow the dirt road for 3 kilometers. You can also book a Mekong delta group tour including a visit to Dong Tam Snake Farm from Vietnam travel agencies. The ticket price to get in the farm is VND 25,000 per ticket for adult and VND 15,000 per ticket for children.

Discovering Dong Tam Snake Farm

Thanks to its big size and a considerable number of snakes, Dong Tam snake farm is regarded as a snake museum, making it a must-see spot for those who are interested in this wild and scary reptile. Visiting the farm, you will able to admire hundreds of species of snakes, many of which are precious and are listed in the Red Book of Vietnam. Moreover, it is a good chance to widen your knowledge about snake species. You will know more about snake’s characteristics, physiology as well as how 500 snakes are taken venom at a time.

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Different kinds of snakes are raised in Dong Tam snake farm

At some cages, the guide also pulls a snake out for visitors to take photos with some kinds of snakes such as the cobras. Normally, they will not harm you if they are not provoked. However, you should not get too close to cages to avoid the attack of poisonous snakes. Apart from snakes, tourists can see numerous precious animals which are in danger of natural extinction in Vietnam also like pythons, crocodiles, bears, turtles, etc.

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Ran ho meo (Naja siamensis)

Interestingly, a trip to this snake farm would provide tourists with helpful information about how to recognize differences between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and how to treat snakebites. The farm also offers products made from snakes like snake flour, snake medicinal wine, glue and anti-venom for visitors to buy. Visitors can purchase snakes at a price of VND 160,000 to VND 200,000 per kilogram. The price depends on the type of snake you want to buy. The restaurants here have snakes on their menu and there is a shop where you can stock up on cobra antivenin.

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Interesting experience

Recognized as the first snake museum in Vietnam, Dong Tam Snake Farm is definitely an interesting site that should be listed in your Southern Vietnam private tour. During 45 minutes exploring the farm, you will have a good chance to get a closer insight into nature as well as widen your knowledge about different kinds of snakes.

 

Exploring Sa Dec, a wonderful Southern destination

Kien An Cung Pagoda

If you are planning to enjoy a Southern Vietnam group tour, let’s travel to Sa Dec, a beautiful city of Dong Thap Province. The followings will give you some interesting things about this destination.

The peaceful beauty of Sa Dec

The peaceful beauty of Sa Dec

Located about 140 kilometers from Sai Gon to the Southwest, Sa Dec is known as a small and peaceful city. This city is considered as the economic, financial, educational, and cultural center of Dong Thap Province. With the ancient beauty and exquisite architecture, Sa Dec is a great choice for your Southern Vietnam group tour with many famous landscapes.

Sa Dec Flower Village

Sa Dec Village

Sa Dec Village

Situated in Tan Quy Dong Town, only about several kilometers to the North, Sa Dec Flower Village is known as one of the biggest flower villages in Vietnam. This place has more than 1000 kinds of flower such as hydrangeas, dahlia, apricot blossom, Japanese spruce, or French marigold plant, which creates a colorful picture for Sa Dec.

On Tet holiday, the village is full of color and aroma of many different flowers that make it become one of the top destinations in Vietnam for visitors when exploring the South. With the temperate climate, along with the skillful care of Sa Dec people, the quality of the flower is very good. Sa Dec flower is exported to Laos, Cambodia, and China. This is also the biggest flower center of the South.

Sa Dec Park

Sa Dec Park

Sa Dec Park

This is the largest park of Sa Dec City. The park attracts visitors by its unique beauty. All the stone benches, bonsais, monuments, and lake are arranged in a harmonious way to create the exciting feelings for visitors.

In the center of the park, it is an Uncle Ho Monuments in a large space. Besides, there are a lot of fun playgrounds for kids including gliders, swing, frog jump, carpet flying, as well as the architecture designed with many functional rooms that can contain 1500 seats. This is the place that many Vietnam tour operators choose when enjoying Sa Dec.

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

Located on the Nguyen Hue Embankment, this house is the ancient architecture at the national level. It was built in 1895 by a well-being person Mr. Huynh Cam Thuan.

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

This top destination in Vietnam brings an ancient beauty with the white lime walls clinging moss over time. Moreover, this place is famous for the combination of Western and Chinese architecture. Especially, this house relates to a famous love story in the beginning of 20th century between Marguerite Duras, a French girl, and Huynh Thuy Le, a Chinese- Vietnamese mandarin’s son also the son of the host.

Kim Hue Pagoda

Kim Hue Pagoda

Kim Hue Pagoda

Kim Hue Pagoda is in the center of Sa Dec with the great and unique design. Next, to the pagoda, it is the Cai Son Arroyo with the curving bridge and the slender willows creating the romantic scenery.

Lotus Field

In the outskirt of Sa Dec, there are the immense lotus fields that have a very sweet smell. On your Southern Vietnam group tour, visiting this place to enjoy the wonderful beauty and take photos with lotus is a truly interesting experience.

Kien An Cung Pagoda

Kien An Cung Pagoda

Kien An Cung Pagoda

Also known as Mr. Quach Pagoda, this pagoda was built from 1924 to 1927 by the Chinese from Fujian. The pagoda has the unique architecture with the sophisticated and skillful carving of the craftsmen. The two sides have a lot of images and symbols with the meanings of admonition and education. Kien An Cung Pagoda is recognized as the National Historic Site in 1990 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

Hu Tieu

Hu tieu Sa Dec

Hu tieu Sa Dec

After exploring the wonderful beauty of Sa Dec, remember to try hu tieu Sa Dec, one of the three most famous hu tieu of the South, along with hu tieu My Tho and hu tieu Nam Vang. Hu tieu Sa Dec is not soft, not tough, not breakable, not sour. Tourists will be enjoyed the taste of fresh rice and white milk. This is a truly great dish for Vietnam tour operator in Sa Dec.

The above are several interesting things about Sa Dec that you can explore on your Southern Vietnam group tour. Hope that you will have a nice trip with many unforgettable experiences.

Ao ba ba- the unique symbol of the West Vietnam

Ao ba ba with cone and scarf

Traveling to the West, tourists can see the images of mothers, sister, or even uncles of the waterfront gardens using the ao ba ba as the casual clothes. The followings will give you some interesting things about ao ba ba for your Vietnam culture tour.

Over the years, ao ba ba is still popular with everyone, especially the middle-aged and older. This is the beauty of Vietnamese culture that has an unforgettable impression on the tourists. It is typical for the creativity and innovation of the traditional culture beyond time and space.

Ao ba ba for both girls and boys

Ao ba ba for both girls and boys

Ao ba ba is a kind of shirt that does not have a collar. Its structure is quite simple: the back of the shirt is a piece of a fabric, the front two pieces are connected by a strip of buttons. Ao ba ba has two sides to allow the wearers to easily turn, stoop, hold and pull the items. The shirt is medium in length, neat, and elegant. The front two pieces have two small pockets to put some necessary personal things such as cigarette, money, or handkerchief.

Ao ba ba in daily life

Ao ba ba in daily life

Ao ba ba usually has the long sleeves to prevent the sun and protect their arms. Because of the life and labor work, they make the shirt suitable for daily activities. The shirt is made of the black or dark fabric in order to wash easily and be less fading. In the past, there were a lot of swamps, marshes, and canals, therefore; this kind of costume will help the people to move, sail, or pick fruit easily.

Ao ba ba with cone and scarf

Ao ba ba with cone and scarf

If you want to have a culture tour in Vietnam, exploring the beauty of ao ba ba is a really wonderful experience. Besides, ao ba ba along with scarf and cone become the unique symbol of the soul and cultural beauty of South Vietnamese women in particular as well as Vietnamese women in general. As a result, both foreign visitors and domestic ones are interested in traveling to the West to learn more about this Vietnamese culture.

A beautiful image in the West

A beautiful image in the West

Nowadays, ao ba ba is still familiar to the people in daily life. Starting a cultural tour in Vietnam, you will be impressed by the image of the girl rowing on the canals with ao ba ba, cone, scarf, and friendly smiles.

Visitors also can enjoy the pictures of farmers on the paddy fields with the sweat-soaked on the back of ao ba ba. And, there are so many other familiar images in the Mekong Delta that are attached to ao ba ba. Taking photos with ao ba ba, scarf, and cone becomes one of the favorite things to do in Vietnam for a trip to the West.

Ao ba ba will exist with the time

Ao ba ba will exist with the time

Although the life becomes busier and noisier, or the time can change everything, ao ba ba is still the traditional costumes of mothers, sister. This Vietnamese culture will exist forever with the time.

The above is the great beauty of “ao ba ba” that you can need to know when exploring a Vietnam culture tour. It is truly meaningful, so why don’t you start a trip to the West right now?