Vinh Trang Pagoda
Vinh Trang Pagoda located at My Phong Commune, My Tho City, Tien Giang Province. It was built in the beginning of 19th Century. This pagoda was preserved as National History & Culture relics of Viet Nam and attracted a lot of local and international tourists. Its architecture were quite elite and various that combined the style of Western and Asian such as French, Romans, Cambodian, Thailand, Champa.. . However, the main architecture was the traditional Vietnamese carving. There are some new constructions in the front yard of this pagoda included a very big statue of Buddha.
Dong Tam Snakes
Farm One of a tourist attraction site in My Tho is Dong Tam Snakes Farm which located in Dong Tam, 9km from My Tho city to the East. Dong Tam Snakes Farm or “ Xi Nghiep Duoc Pham Quan Khu 9” ( Pharmaceutical Enterprise of Army in 9th area) . With the surface is around 30 ha on Tien River, this farm was built up in 1977. Their main target is to export the snake venom. They also planted some special herbs but the most important role is to help people who were bitten by snakes. There is a hospital in this farm. Most of surface in Mekong Delta is covered by water. With untold small rivers, fields and trees that is the good environment for the snakes laying and growing. Every year, Dong Tam snakes farm have cured for around 500cases in average.
Thoi Son Islet
Thoi Son Islet ( Cu lao Thoi Son) is situated in the downstream of Tien River, Chau Thanh District , Tien Giang Province. This islet is around 1200ha and became the house of around 6000 people. Soil in Thoi Son was alluvial by Tien River that is very fertile for planting. Nowadays, Thoi Son is one of the tourist attraction sites in My Tho by its green and peaceful atmosphere and very real daily activities of Southern people. Tourist can get to Thoi Son by boat or car.
Next to Thoi Son Islet to Ben Tre Province, that is Phung Islet. Phung means Phoenix. Having a structure as Thoi Son Islet about the source but Phung Islet was well known as it was related with a local religion. Around 1950s, Con Phung was known as “ Ong Dao Dua” Islet. “ Ong Dao Dua” means “ Coconut Monk”. His name is Nguyen Thanh Nam. He graduated bachelor in French as an engineer but wanted to be a monk. Some people believed that “ Ong Dao Dua” was not eat foods but just drink coconut juice. Those constructions are preserved and open for tourists after 1975 until now.
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Đài is a syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established in the city of Tây Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. Đạo Cao Đài is the religion’s shortened name, the full name is Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Độ (Great Religion [of The] Third Period [of] Revelation [and] Salvation). Concerning the term Cao Đài, literally, Cao means “high” and Đài means “dais, as in a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it.” Figuratively, it means that highest spiritual place where God reigns. Caodaiists often use the term Đức Cao Đài (Venerable Cao Dai) as the abbreviated name for God, the creator of the universe, whose full title is Cao Đài Tiên Ông Đại Bồ Tát Ma-ha-tát. According to Caodaiists, the full title was purposefully chosen by God because within it is representations of the Three Teachings: Saint, Sage and Buddha. Caodaiists credit God as the religion’s founder. They believe the teachings, symbolism and organization were communicated directly from God. Even the construction of the Tây Ninh Holy See is claimed to have had divine guidance. Cao Đài’s first disciples, Ngô Văn Chiêu, Cao Quỳnh Cư, Phạm Công Tắc and Cao Hoài Sang, claimed to have received direct communications from God, who gave them explicit instructions for establishing a new religion that would commence the Third Era of Religious Amnesty. (Source: Wikipedia) My Tho Cao Dai Temple was built in 1971-1973. It is smaller than the one in Tay Ninh but that is a interesting place for visiting.