In Fall time (September to November) is water floating season, traveling to Mekong Delta Vietnam this season, you will sight see floating villages and experience adventures on Mekong by sampans. Mekong Delta with a sunny and warm weather throughout the year and seasonal attraction makes it a must-go destination when coming to Vietnam. Still, coming to Mekong Delta in different season will bring visitors different surprises.
Tan Lap floating village, Long An, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Tan Lap floating village
What to do at Tan Lap?
Tan Lap is 100 km away (2.5 hours drive) from Ho Chi Minh city. Coming here, the town will give you a sense of traveling through a fairy tale land where small constructions mix with a vast forest here and there. The best time to visit this town is October or November so that travelers could see lotus blooming among water lilies.
Tra Su cajuput forest, An Giang, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Tra Su
What to do at Tra Su cajuput forest?
This forest is the representative for Mekong Delta ecosystem. 30 km from Chau Doc, in water floating season (from September to November), this forest is at its best. With a sampan or boat, travelers will find themselves zipping through a vast green carpet of leaves and plants. The carpet is so dense and beautiful that sometime you could forget that you are on water.
Ta Pa field, An Giang province, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Ta Pa field
What to do at Ta Pa field?
Ta Pa field in Tri Ton, An Giang during water floating season looks like a giant carpet with lush green paddy fields touching the skyline mixed with lines of solemn Borassus. After a light hike, from the mountaintop, visitors could feast their eyes on the town of Tri Ton and relish the beauty of paddy fields in the foothills of the To mountain. The bright green paddies are typical of scenery in the southern countryside. During harvest season, the field turns golden and bring the viewers a lot of awe and emotions.
Tram Chim national park, Dong Thap, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Tram Chim
What does Tram Chim offer?
Every year in water floating season, Tram Chim will change to a different colorful coat with many colors of the bird coming here and vast fields of blooming lotus. This is the house of over 200 types of birds. Tram Chim national park has been renovated and invested by the government to become a natural museum and and attractive eco-tourism site featuring a broad and diverse range of animals and plants in Mekong Delta Vietnam.
Thi Tuong lagoon, Ca Mau province, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Thi Tuong lagoon
What to do at Thi Tuong lagoon?
This is one of the largest natural lagoon in Mekong Delta, known for its picturesque beauty. On the lagoon, there are about 20 floating houses where locals breed shrimp. There are also many clamps breeding camp here. Staying at the home stay here, travelers could experience the life of farmers in this area with shrimp and clamp camp, they even grow vegetable and breed cattle on boat, and also sight-see the wonderful sunset moment when golden rays shine on the waves. At night, travelers could enjoy barbecues under moonlight.
Vinh Trang Temple, Tien Giang, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Vinh Trang Pagoda
What to do at Vinh Trang pagoda?
Known as the biggest pagoda in Tien Giang, Vinh Trang temple was built in 1849. The unique structure of the pagoda is a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and Cambodian architectural style. The temple was restored many times since it was built and the structure is meant to resemble an Indian Raj Palace. It is set among lovely gardens packed with flowers and shrubs, lotus pools and tomb of the monks and has huge ornate triple arched gates. The temple is easily reached by a bike ride or could even be walked to while staying at My Tho, Vietnam.
Ong Temple, Can Tho province, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Ong pagoda
What to do at Ong Temple?
Ong Temple or Quang Trieu assembly hall is a temple built formerly as the assembly hall for the Chineses from Guangdong, China in 1894. The temple is the place for locals to worship deities such as God of Earth or Goddess of Fortune. Therefore, when coming to Ong Temple, travelers will experience the Chinese-style architecture as well as witnessing the locals worshiping. This temple is one of the rarest temple in Can Tho that retains the architecture of its origin.
Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho
- Cai Rang floating market
What to do at Cai Rang floating market?
As the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang often starts from 4 AM and lasts until midday. But, it is better to arrive in it before 9 AM. The main goods here include wholesale fruits, agricultural products and specialties from Chau Thanh District and other neighboring areas. As mentioned above, each boat has a long upright pole where the samples of the goods are hung on the top for sale.
During the early morning, the waterway does become a maze of many different boats packed with papaya, mango, bananas, pineapple, and even cigarettes. To meet the demands of both domestic and foreign visitors, different services are also available on the floating market. Apart from fresh fruits, they are quite able to enjoy Vietnamese breakfast dishes, like Pho, Hu Tieu or coffee.
Cai Be Floating Market, Tien Giang
- Floating Market Cai Be
What to do at Cai Be Market?
Another prominent floating market in Mekong Delta is Cai Be, which is located at Tien Rive in the intersection of Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces. This market is busy from the early morning (around 3 AM) to late afternoon. The goods exhibited here are abundant and multiform, ranging from fruits, seafood, animals, chicken, materials and commodities to sweet mandarin, coconut soap and candy. About 400 to 500 rafts and boats packed with vegetables, fruits and other regional products will be anchored along the 2 sides of the river. Just like Cai Rang Floating Market, the samples of products in each boat here will also be hung on a pole to attract customers.
Along with many different kinds of boats, Cai Be Floating Market also leaves tourists from admiration to admiration by the magnetic sights along the river, such as lines of coconut trees and stilt houses on 2 banks. At that time, boats and sampans can serve as “water taxis” which help traveler to sightsee and visit somewhere more conveniently and easily. The best way to immerse in the essence and uniqueness of Cai Be Floating Market is to let us become your travel partner.
Binh Thuy Communal House, Can Tho, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Binh Thuy Communal House
What to do at Binh Thuy Communal House?
The communal house was built by Emperor Tu Duc in 1893. The architecture of this house is different from the communal houses in the North. Binh Thuy Communal house is a valuable monument of art and architectural style in the newly-expanded South Western area. Every year, the local people organize “Thuong Dien” (land breaking) ceremony and “Ha Dien” (farm work initiation) ceremony in honor of the God of Agriculture.
Sau Hoai rice noodles workshop, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Sau Hoai rice noodles workshop
What to do at Sau Hoai workshop?
This family workshop, which belongs to Mr. Sau Hoai, recently be added to the itineraries of many tourist. Here, travelers will see every step of the noodle manufacturing process and get to try making by yourself. The factory itself also includes a mini zoo with various pets and an open-air restaurant where you could taste the freshly made noodles and purchase some to bring home for future enjoyment.
Huynh Thuy Le ancient house, Sa Dec, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Huynh Thuy Le ancient house
What to do at Huynh Thuy Le house?
This house is known for its structure and historical event. Its structure is a mixture between Western and Eastern architecture. The house includes three compartment as the typical house in the South and built of wood in 1895. The restoration in 1917 brought the house with the character of French villa in harmony with Eastern architecture. Historically, this house is the home of Huynh Thuy Le – the main character in the famous novel called “The Lovers” written by his lover Marguerite Duras.
Ba Dang crocodile farm, Long Xuyen, Mekong Delta Vietnam
- Ba Dang crocodile farm
What to do at Ba Dang crocodile farm?
This farm is one of the five biggest crocodile farms in Vietnam. With the combination of ornamental trees, bonsai trees, and over ten thousand crocodiles, Ba Dang crocodile farm is a very interesting destination for travelers. This is the destination best fitted for travelers who love plant or want to learn more about the fierce four legged lizard as well as the techniques to grow them. At the end of the trip, travelers could purchase souvenirs that made of crocodile skin such as shoes, purses, or belts.
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