If you are a nature lover and want to experience the life of local on riverside, explore vast orchards, you should travel to the West of Vietnam. There are many provinces and cities in the West of Vietnam that are becoming an extremely attractive tourist destination. Each place has countless interesting things for us to discover.
With a series of attractive destinations that will bring you unforgettable experiences, Vinh Long is one of the most attractive tourist destination in West area. Vinh Long is located in Mekong Delta region, about 140km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City. With a convenient location, this is a good place for you to admire a riverside area with orchard and many unique beauty of local culture, Vinh Long is also a peaceful and rustic space to explore and visit.
Vinh Long is deposited by the two big rivers every year, so it creates favorable conditions for the development of fruit trees as well as unique types of water tourism.
Vinh Sang eco-tourism: Vinh Sang Farm is located on the bank of Co Chien River, opposite to Vinh Long City. Coming to Vinh Sang ecotourism area - a popular destination in Vinh Long, you can discover the southern garden by yourself, admire many rare animals such as bear, goat, pelican, python, mangrove, deer stars, clan pigs, red-cheeked gibbons, monkeys, peacocks, etc. living there. Ostriches and crocodiles are some of the typical wildlife when mention to western region. For those who prefer outside activities, want to try strange and curious feelings then "riding an ostrich" or " fishing crocodile in a 200m2 wide lake" is also very interesting.
Mang Thit Terracotta Village: Until now, Mang Thit Terracotta Village is one of the places that have the largest craft brick and pottery kilns in Mekong Delta. Leaving the busy of urban area, you should have a look at Mang Thit when coming to Vinh Long. Mang Thit not only allow you to admire the remnants of the ancient brick kingdom, this place also brings you to immerse yourself in the peaceful and tranquility atmosphere even though there is still a little sadness.
La Han Pagoda: La Han Pagoda is located in Cau Den hamlet, ward 8, Soc Trang city. Legend said that in the past, the Chinese wanted to pray for health, weather and their business so they built a pagoda worshiping 18 “La Han” Buddha statues, it was the origin of this name. The pagoda has a large area, with many unique architectural styles, especially the image of "Dragon, Lion, Turtle and Phoenix" is displayed next to Pho Da mountain. La Han Pagoda is not only a place for people to leave their worries and sadness in life, immerse themselves in the spiritual world, but this is also an attraction for many visitors because of the beautiful scenery like a heaven on earth.
From November to April next year: The weather in Vinh Long is quite hot and dry, sometimes it will make you very uncomfortable. Therefore, if you go at this time, please prepare all the sunscreen equipment, water supply necessary to combat the sun of Vinh Long.
From May to October: It is the rainy season in Vinh Long. But this is considered a favorable condition so that the fruit of Vinh Long becomes on harvest season. If you are not afraid of the rain that will interrupt your Vinh Long tour, you can take a trip to enjoy the deliciousness of the fruit trees here.
Don ca tai tu folk music: It is a typical art of Vietnamese culture, arrived and developed from the end of the 19th century. This is an indispensable cultural activity of the locals on many important occasions such as: Tet holidays, anniversaries, weddings, gatherings, etc. Don ca tai tu is a form of folk music (guitar) and the songs composed by the common people of the Southern Vietnam based on the music of the ceremony, folk songs, and royal music in Hue, etc.
Customs and habits: The customs of celebrating a new house, worshiping Hung Vuong, and Tet holiday are the same as in many regions of Vietnam. The characteristic in Vinh Long is the customs and traditions of the ethnic groups, which are typically Khmer.
Costumes: Typical and traditional costumes are “Ao dai” and “Non”. Besides that, there are many colorful and impressive costumes of ethnic groups.
Vinh Long is about 140km away from Ho Chi Minh City. The most convenient and familiar way to travel to Vinh Long is by bus or you can hire a motorbike, the motorbike ride will save you money and freely to admire the scenery along the way.
If you go there by bus, you can come to West station or contact to travel agency to book a tour, one-way ticket range from 80,000 - 100,000 VND / ticket / one way.
Bargain prices before buying specialty items at roadside grocery stores.
Should visit the orchard, hand-picked the products you like the best as souvenirs after the trip.
Vinh Long is a peaceful countryside, so all fun activities will end soon. The latest is after 10pm the entertainment places and shops are closed.