Traveling to Dong Thap, visitors not only have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the nature with immense rice fields and fragrant lotus lakes, but also enjoy countless delicious dishes of the Mekong Delta River. Dong Thap is an ideal destination for you and your family to take a weekend break or long holiday. And let us some very useful travel experiences, to make your trip more interesting.
What is the best time to travel Dong Thap?
Dong Thap is located in a tropical climate, warm and sunny all year round, mild temperate climate with no cold or stormy season, so you can travel to Dong Thap in any season.
Dong Thap climate is divided into two distinct seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season lasts from May to November, during which time you will enjoy the fruit and admire the lotus in full bloom. The dry season starts from December to April, after this season is close to Tet. Dong Thap is brilliantly beautiful by the favorite spring-blooming flowers when the new year coming. This is also the harvest season of Lai Vung tangerine – the most popular fruite in this province.
But if you want to enjoy all the beauty and specialties of Dong Thap, you should go in the floating water season. The floating water season is from August to November of the lunar calendar.
Tourist attractions in Dong Thap
Dong Thap does not have majestic mountains and clear blue beaches, but those who have once set foot here must be attached and passionate. Dong Thap has the dear rustic beauty of the lush Southern river region, immense lotus fields, fertile rice fields, canoes and birds chirping on rivers and canals …And here are some famous tourist destinations you should not miss in Dong Thap:
1. Xeo Quyt relic area
Xeo Quyt relic area is located in the two communes of My Long and My Hiep, Cao Lanh district, Dong Thap province, more than 30 km from Cao Lanh city. The green forest with cool fresh air nestled in the middle of a low-lying area with many Cajuput trees, Reeds, Rush, water lily, lotus, and liana characteristic of Dong Thap Muoi. It would be greate chance to enjoy sailing on small creeks to explore this area. Futhermore, Xeo Quyt is not only an ideal tourist attraction but also a historical and cultural relic. It used to a base (from 1960-1975) of Dong Thap Provincial Party Committee leading the people to fight against America. Xeo Quyt has a system of relics preserved and restored such as: fortifications, fence, secret tunnels, the clerical area, the radio zone of the province…
2. The tomb of Junior Doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac
Junior Doctoral Laureate of Court exams Nguyen Sinh Sac was the father of the President Ho Chi Minh.
Mr. Nguyen Sinh Sac was born and raised in Nam Dan, Nghe An province. In 1901, he gained a second-rank (pho bang) position was a magistrate in the Binh Khe district (Qui Nhơn), until he was demoted. Then he moved to Mekong Delta and lived in Hoa An village in Dong Thap province to teach and help the poor until his death.
To commemorate her merits, Dong Thap authorities and local people have built Nguyen Sinh Sac’s mausoleum for people come to visit and commemorate him at No. 123/1, Pham Huu Lau street, ward 4, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province.
I wast completed in 1977 covering an area of about 3,6 hectares. There are many ethnic and modern projects have been built on this campus such as Nguyen Sinh Sac temple and his statue, gallery about Nguyen Sinh Sac’s life, Uncle Ho’s house beside fish pond (restored according to the prototype in Hanoi) …
3. Gao Giong eco-tourism area
Gao Giong eco-tourism area is located in Hamlet 6, Gao Giong commune, Cao Lanh district, Dong Thap province; about 15 km from Cao Lanh city center. There are nearly 2,000 hectares of melaleuca forest and a population of 40 hectares, concentrating more than 15 species of rare and precious birds living, nesting and laying eggs, along with very rich and diverse aquatic resources. Visitors can go by land or by boat.
Gao Giong is divided into four zones with more than 70 km of canals and 20 km of embankments. To get to Gao Giong, you have to go through a 2 km long canal through the green cajuput forest on a three-leaf boat – one of the specialties of the people in Mekong Delta. By climbing up to the observatory with 18 meter-high, visitors can admire the entire bird sanctuary, especially at dawn or sunset time, when flocks of white storks flying to search for their food or return to their nests. Also during the dry season, this is an ideal place for camping under the foliage of cajuput forest, you can enjoy specialities of Dong Thap Muoi, such as grilled snakehead or fish soup with Sesbania sesban flower.
4. Sa Dec ornamental flower village
Located on the south bank of Tien river next to the belt of provincial road 848 in Sa Dec city – Dong Thap province, Tan Qui Dong Commue, also known as Sa Dec ornamental flower village is a traditional craft village with its history ups and downs for a hundred years. This is a fatherland of hundreds “uncanny flowers and strange herbs”. The current flower village still preserves over 50 varieties of roses such as: veivety rose; lotus violet Grada roses; pink Cleopatre roses; Bridibat roses roses of bark brick color; Fortini rose; orange maccras roses, Metsai roses…
Futhermore, Sa Dec flower village is also the land of many scarce and priceless bonsai with a life expectancy of hundreds of years. There are very simple trees close to life of farmers such as: areca, fig, thistle, ocha atropurpurea but through skillfull, industrious, talent hands of artisan-artists, it becomes high valuable products.
Sa Dec flowers and ornamental products are supplied to provinces in the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, the Central provinces and others international market like Cambodia, Thailand, China…
5. Kien An Cung Pagoda
Kien An Cung Pagoda also known as Ong Quach Pagoda, is one of the architectural works with typical Chinese cultural features. The pagoda construction was started in 1924 and completed in 1927 by Chinese people from Fujian Province with the purpose of worshiping ancestors, teaching children, building strong community relations, organizing meetings, discussing trading, exchanging information. Like many other Chinese pagodas, Kien An Cung has bold unique architecture, splendid and solemn. In 1990, the pagoda was recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as a national-level historical and cultural monument. The pagoda has two major festivals on February 22 and August 22 (lunar calendar), welcoming many visitors coming.
Location: 39 Phan Boi Chau Street, Ward 1, Sa Dec City, Dong Thap Province.
6. Huynh Thuy Le ancient house
The ancient house is not only beautiful because of the unique mixture of East-West architecture, but also famous for being related to a lovestory without borders between its owner Huynh Thuy Le and Marguerite Duras – a well-known French writer who penned the famous novel L’Amant (The Lover).
The house was built by Mr. Huynh Cam Thuan (Huynh Thuy Le’s father), a well-known Chinese businessman in Sa Dec, built in 1895 in the bustling shopping town of Sa Dec riverfront. When Mr. Thuan died, Mr. Le inherited the house and renovated it in 1917. After Le’s death in 1972, his wife and children moved overseas, leaving the house unused. Later, the house became an administrative building in 1975 and a tourist destination in 2007. In 2009, it was recognized as a national relic site.
The Huynh Thuy Le ancient house is associated with the famous novel L’Amant. Later, it was transformed into a movie and shot in Vietnam in 1990.
Address: 255A, Nguyen Hue Street, Ward 2, Sa Dec City.
7. Phuoc Kien Pagoda – Lotus Leaf Pagoda
Phuoc Kien Tu is also know as Lotus Leaf Pagoda because it possesses a very special lotus leaf – the Victoria amazonica which imported from Amazon with extremely large sizes. This type of lotus has very large leaves, up 3 to 4 m in diameter, 7–8 m in length. This giant lotus leaf alone has made a significant tourist attraction for Dong Thap tourism.
The leaf edge is about 3 to 5cm higher than the water surface, their shape resembles the traditional Vietnamese flat palm hat “Non quai thao” which is made from leaves or flat basket. The lotus is able to carry a person weigh from 70kg – 80kg .
Even though the lotus leafs are so large but their flowers are very small. Furthermore, the flowers take up to 48 hours to fully open and changes its color continuously. It has white color the first night and become pink the second night.
In addition, the pagoda is also a home of hundred-year-old turtles (total 6 elderly). Especially, these turtles love a vegetarian food and “addicted” to listening to Buddhist scriptures.
Location: Hoa Tan commune, Chau Thanh district.
8. Tram Chim National Park
With a natural area of more than 7,000 hectares, this is home to a rich and diverse fauna and flora and considered a miniature Dong Thap Muoi because it fully covers the ecosystem of the wetland.
About flora, there are more than 130 species have been found in here. Some of the prominent species are lotus, water lily, Oryza rufipogon, panicum repens etc. At the same time, this place is also the residence of hundreds of over 100 species of vertebrates, 40 species of fish and 147 species of waterbirds. In which, there are 13 rare bird species of the world such as: the white-winged duck, grey-headed lapwing, Pelicans, lesser adjutant. Especially Red-headed crane and crested crane are listed in the world red book in need of protection.
Every year, from December to the end of April, you will be admired many flock of cranes flying in the sky in early morning or late afternoon , bird’s nests hovering on cajuput branches and so on. And the best way to explore the nature, learn about the customs and habits of local resident is traveling by a motorized boat to go through a net work of canals.
Address: Tram Chim town, Tam Nong district.
9. Go Thap national relic
Go Thap relic is known from the late nineteenth century when a number of French researchers came here to survey and publish important findings about ancient architecturals, worshiping statues, stelae and ancient script. There are still relic populations of Funan Kingdom, relics from the war bettwen Vietnam – French and Vietnam – the US. Go Thap is well known for 5 main highlights: Thap Muoi Hill, Co Tu Tower, Thien Ho Duong and Binh Kieu Temple, Ba Chua Xu Temple.
You also can learn about mystery of the Oc Eo civilization as well as historical vestiges and folk beliefs make this relic unique. With unique historical values, the Go Thap has been nationally recognized as Heritage Site by the Ministry of Culture and Information in 1998.
Go Thap relic area is located in My Hoa and Tan Kieu communes, Thap Muoi district, Dong Thap province, 43 km northeast of Cao Lanh city.
10. Phuong Nam Cultural Tourist Area
Phuong Nam Cultural Tourist Area is started construction on October 30, 2009 and officially opened to welcome visitors on December 24, 2017 on an area of up to 17 hectares, with many works. However, the highlight is Nam Phuong Linh Tu temple, built according to the ancient wooden architecture – new wood with traditional Hue style house. The temple is a place to honor and commemorate 125 historical figures who have publicly reclaimed, preserved and glorified the southern land and 21 bronze statues of the public who open the door.
Phuong Nam Cultural Tourist Area is located in Long Hung A Commune, Lap Vo District, Dong Thap Province.
Specialties of Dong Thap
Dong Thap is not only famous for its attractive tourist destinations, but also by its delicious Mekong Delta dishes.
- Sa Giang glutinous rice chupatty mixed with powdered shrimp
- Lai Vung fermented pork roll
- Sa Dec clear rice noodle soup
- Cao Lanh pancakes
- Grilled snakehead fish rolled with lotus leaves
- Fish sauce hotpot
- Hot pot with Siamese mud carp and Sesbania sesban flower
- Lai Vung tangerines
- Banana jam puff
- Hong Sen rice wine