Places to visit in Dong Thap, Vietnam
Places to visit in Dong Thap, Vietnam
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1. Thap Muoi lotus – The symbol of Dong Thap, Vietnam
As the Vietnamese poet Bao Dinh Giang said in his poem:
"Lotus is the most gracious of Thap Muoi
and the most gracious of Vietnam is Uncle Ho”
The lotus in Thap Muoi is famously beautiful. The largest field of lotus of Dong Thap locates at My Hoa commune, 40 kilometers far from Cao Lanh City will surely satisfy you. A wide, simple and rural-style atmosphere blended with the light aroma from lotus blossoms free you from the stress and tired of the regular work and replace them with relaxation and peace. You can also have the chance to try the unique dishes from the lotus and the swamp itself like lotus sweet soup, sticky rice with lotus seeds in lotus leaves, the lotus salad with chicken and the grilled snakehead fish on lotus leaves. Don’t worry if you think the smell of the swamp might ruin your trip, as the presence of lotus has magically eliminated the annoying smell of the swamp.
The rainy season is the best time to get there, while the lotus is at its best. If you want to go further into the swamp, you will need to ask the landlord for a boat.
Besides boat, you also can hire the local’s costumes
Address: Tan Kieu, Thap Muoi, Dong Thap
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 30,000
Open from Monday to Friday
Tel: (+84) 981 878 882
2. Xeo Quyt historical area – The relic of the heroic fight of Dong Thap people
Once it was the resistance headquarter of Dong Thap people during the Vietnam war from 1960 to 1975. This relic located on an area of 500000 m2 between My Hiep commune and My Long commune. It features more than 200000 m2 of untouched forest with many rare species. The old generation of majestic melaleuca trees with some are more than 30 years old, covered by the green vines stand lordly toward the sky which can’t be found anywhere else in the Dong Thap Muoi region. There are currently 200 wild animal species live in Xeo Quyt, including 13 species are in the Red List. On the rainy season, you are able to get deeper in Xeo Quyt by boat. This is your chance to admire the bio-diverse of this place.
In addition, Xeo Quyt has 250000 m2 large of playground and camping area. There are many interesting cultural activities are held by the locals. In the night, sometimes there is a traditional singing performance by the Dong Thap female singers.
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It locates 30 kilometers far from Cao Lanh City. You will have to head toward An Huu Junction, Cai Be Commune until you arrive in Long HIep Bridge. Here you can catch a boat to get to Xeo Quyt or follow National Highway 1, then turn onto National Highway 30 to Xeo Quyt.
3. Go Thap Historical Area – The historical-cultural tourism complex of Dong Thap
With the acreage of 3000000 m2, Go Thap historical area includes attractions as Go Thap Muoi, Go Minh Su, Go Ba Chua Xu, Hoang Co Temple, Altar of Thien Ho Vo Duy Duong and Doc Binh Nguyen Tan Kieu, massacre hole, etc. There are several annual festivals are held in this place. The two major festivals you should notice are in April and December. According to the archaeologists, this place once belonged to the Phu Nam civilization – one of the most ancient civilizations in Southeast Asia.
Address: Hamlet 4, Tan Kieu Commune, Thap Muoi District, 43 kilometers away from Cao Lanh City in Northeast
You can contact the manager of this area through Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel number: (+84) 277 396 0071
4. Giao Giong Eco-tourism – The Melaleuca forest of Dong Thap
Being called as the “Little Dong Thap Muoi”, Giao Giong Eco-tourism is 1700 ha large, which mostly is melaleuca forest. You are able to enjoy the peace, the fresh air and the beauty of nature when jogging or cycling in the forest. You are also served the best specialties of this land. Besides, sailing through the forest is awesome and it just cost about VND 15,000.
Address: Hamlet 6, Giao Giong Commune, 17 kilometers far from Cao Lanh City
Price: VND 10,000; If you want to use more services, you must exchange your money for tickets.
It is the best to get there by motorbike because the road is not broad enough for vehicle bigger than a 4-seats car.
5. Phuong Nam culture-tourism – The culture-spiritual attraction of Dong Thap
Just opened in 2017, this is a culture-spiritual architecture complex that worships historical characters of the Southern. On an area of 50000 m2, there are 4 major architectures, includes:
· The Southern temple where worship the individual who reclaimed this land, who died protecting it and the ones who have major contribution to the development of this place
· The Altar of Dang family where worship the ancestors of the Dang family, who built this complex
· There are 2 museums in this area, one contains the artifacts of Dang family and one exhibits the photos about the rightful sovereignty of Vietnam on the Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands.
Address: Hung Quoi 2, Long Hung A Commune, Lap Vo District
Tel: (+84) 277 388 2727
6. Tram Chim National Park – The cranes’ heaven in Dong Thap
Alongside with the melaleuca forest stretches to the horizon and the green grasses on the middle of the swamp are thousands of Sarus Cranes are flying in the sky. You can choose whether start your trip in the early morning or late afternoon because it is the time the cranes most active, makes it a remarkable scenery.
The best time to visit this place is from September to December. During this time the water gets higher and drowns most of the land, the bio-diversity is increases and the lotus blossoms are at its best. You can hire a small boat to explore the swamp and experience the daily life of locals.
If you come back in Spring (March – April), there are even more birds gather in Tram Chim
Address: Tram Chim Town, Tam Nong District
Price: VND 800,000/boat/12 people in average
Advanced tour: VND 1,000,000/12 people
Tel: (+84) 277 382 7436
7. The tomb of Nguyen Sinh Sac – An attractive destination in Dong Thap
Just 1 kilometer far from the center of Cao Lanh City, the tomb of Nguyen Sinh Sac is a popular attraction of Dong Thap. A common knowledge in Vietnam that Nguyen Sinh Sac is the father of Ho Chi Minh, the national hero and the leader of Vietnamese resistance during the French colonial. The whole area is 36,000 m2 large, which is divided into 3 quarters, including the tomb of Nguyen Sinh Sac, the house of Ho Chi Minh and a pond of lotus.
An annual memorial ceremony of Nguyen Phong Sac is held on the October 27th in moon calendar (or late November - early December in normal calendar). This ceremony attracts many people from the neighbor area.
Address: 137 Pham Huu Lau, Ward 4, Cao Lanh City
8. Phuoc Kien Temple – Where there is the mystic lotus can carry a man
You know the lotus? The tiny little soft plant which half of it is drowned in the swamp. But in Phuoc Kien Temple, you will find the super large lotus which can carry 140 kilograms while floating on the water surface. That means an average human can stand or sit comfortably on the diameter of 2 – 3 meters long.
You will have to visit the temple in the period of September – October when the lotus leaves grow completely as you can stand on it. The best time to take photos is after 9:00 because the sunlight will make your photo better. But we think you still have to get there early as it is really crowded that time.
Notice that you have to keep quiet. Be loud in the temple is rude
Address: Hoa Binh, Chau Thanh, Dong Thap
You are free to visit the temple. But if you want to take a photo with the lotus, the charge is VND 20,000/person
9. Kien An Cung Temple – The Chinese temple in Dong Thap
According to the locals, Kien An Cung was built by the Chinese artists who travel from Phuc Kien to Dong Thap just to construct this temple as most genuine as possible. Inside the temple are the places to worship people who have great influence on the Chinese community in Dong Thap. There are 2 major annual ceremonies in late March (February 22nd on Moon calendar) and late September (August 22nd on Moon calendar)
Address: Phan Boi Chau, Ward 1, Sa Dec City
10. Buu Lam Temple – The relic of Truc Lam renaissance in Dong Thap
As the evident of the presence of Truc Lam – a meditation style from Tran Dynasty – in Dong Thap. Being built at the late of XVII century, Buu Lam Temple has hundreds of Buddha statues, copper bells, seals, etc. The atmosphere in this place is really fresh, peaceful and quiet. It is an unmissable destination for Buddhists when you come to Dong Thap
Address: Hamlet III, Binh Hang Trung Commune, Cao Lanh District
11. Dinh Dinh Yen – One of the biggest Dinh in Dong Thap
Dinh Dinh Yen was built in 1909, it is one of the largest Dinh in Dong Thap. Here people worship the heroic individual who had served the country and Dong Thap province. 2 annual festivals are held in this Dinh on May and December, which are the most crowded festival in Dong Thap. It is the chance for you to learn more about the culture and lifestyle of Dong Thap people.
Address: An Loi A village, Dinh Yen commune, Lap Vo district, Dong Thap province
12. Huynh Thuy Le ancient house – The house in L' Amant of Dong Thap
This is the house of Huynh Thuy Le – the first lover of the female French writer Marguerite Duras. This relationship later became her memoir to write the famous novel L' Amant (The Lover) in 1984 (was translated into more than 40 different languages). In 1992, the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud turned it into a film named L' Amant.
The house was designed as the combination of Vietnamese and French architecture but inside was decorated in Chinese style.
Address: No. 255A, Nguyen Hue Street, Ward 2, Sa Dec City
Ticket price: VND 10,000 (including a foreign language speaker tour guide, tea and ginger candy)
You can have diner or lunch in here for VND 100,000/person
There are 2 rooms for 4 people each. You can rest here overnight for US$ 15 (including a breakfast and a lunch)
13. Sa Dec flower village – The center of plants and flower in Dong Thap
Sa Dec has been famous in plants and flower in the Southern for centuries. The Sa Dec flower village lies alongside the Tien River, feature more than 600000 m2 of farming land and 600 families. There are many strange flowers from all around the world create a heaven of colorful flowers. Rose is the most common plant in here with more than 50 different kinds: crimson red roses, lotus purple Grada rose, pink Cleopatra roses.
You can visit Sa Dec flower village at any time in year. The 2-kilometers-long flower road Sa Dec – Cai Dao is full of colorful flower. There are many open space cafés so you can admire the beauty from the shade with a cup of drink. In the village you can find many homestays was built right in the midst of flower garden, experience the waking up in fairy tales is really awesome.
Address: Tan Quy Dong Commune, Sa Dec City
14. Sa Dec flour village – The 100-year-old flour making village of Dong Thap
This is a food quarter with flour topic in the 100-year-old flour village of Sa Dec. Tourists have the chance to learn more about the flour-making tradition of this village as well as the tool and method they used for a century.
You can enjoy the delicious delicacies made from flour right at the village, watch them turn the separated grains into the tasty Hu Tieu, Banh Bo, Banh Xeo, etc.
The food quarter serves customers from late afternoon but will be please to serve the groups of tourists at any time after an advance booking.
Address: 91 Provincial Road 848, Group 2, Ward 2, Sa Dec Town
Opening hour: 16:00 – 21:00
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 350,000
15. Dinh Yen Mat Market – The unique nightlife mat market of Dong Thap
Located at the bank of Hau River, Dinh Yen Mat Market (or Dinh Yen village) is an interesting mat-maker for a long time. The special of this Mat Market is it activates between midnight to 3:00 in the morning. Therefore, people sometimes call it the Underworld market or ghost market. Dinh Yen Market has no store at all but the buyers find somewhere to stay while the sellers carry their mats around, shout and bid.
About the weird tradition of selling mat in midnight, people said that: because of evading paying fee to the landlord, the market meets in the dark. With only a little oil lamp on the hand, the whole market is so dark that the landlord can’t collect the fee of one-third of the sellers.
Address: 207 An Quoi Hamlet, Hoi An Dong Commune, Lap Vo District
Price: around VND 85,000 – VND 150,000. The size is fixed as 2m x 1.4 – 1.6m
16. Dong Thap Museum – The history of Dong Thap Province
Dong Thap Museum is a French architecture lies among the formal government building of French colonial. On the area of 11,000 m2, the museum is divided into 2 sectors:
· The exhibition house has 2 floors, 1,400 m2 large, including thousands of artifacts, documents about the lifestyle and people of Dong Thap as well as things belonged to Oc Eo Civilization.
· The outdoor exhibition contains war trophies like aircraft, canons and big guns
Address: 162 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ward 4, Cao Lanh City
Opening hour: 07:00 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 17:00
Contact: (+84) 277 385 1342
17. The tangerine garden of Lai Vung
Lai Vung has been popular for tasty tangerine gardens. The tangerine is planted in Lai Vung is the special kind named mandarin orange. The best time to visit Lai Vung gardens is the period near Tet (around January). It is the time when the mandarin orange ripes and you will have the chance to enjoy this sweet tasty fruit.
Address: Long Hau, Tan Thanh, Tan Phuoc, Lai Vung