Tan Loc isle, Can Tho, is a tourist attraction with unique tourism products, very different from other areas in the region. With the rustic beauty of a village, Tan Loc islet is very suitable for developing of ecotourism in various forms such as excursions, fishing, sightseeing, enjoying specialties and learn about cultural features of the delta river region.
How to get to Tan Loc islet?
The isle is located on Hau river, in Tan Loc ward, Thot Not district, Can Tho city, has an area of about 32.6 km2, shaped like a boat floating in the middle of Hau river. From Can Tho city, it quite easy to get here by land or water. By riding, you need to follow Highway 91 to Thot Not ward, then take a boat to Tan Loc. If it is a waterway, you will depart from Can Tho pier, upstream of the Hau river toward Long Xuyen, down through O Mon land to reach Tan Loc islet.
What to do in Tan Loc islet?
Tan Loc islet attracts visitors with fruit orchards, green coconut gardens, ancient houses and rustic simple life of the people. Explore Tan Loc islet in Can Tho will bring you many interesting things, and below are some places that you should visit when coming here.
- Fruit orchards: with the advantages of nature, fertile soil, Tan Loc is the land of immense orchards. Some of the attractions not to be missed such as Ms. Le Hong Diep guava garden about 4,000 square meters wide which grow only psidium guajava. She has been using clean technology, without chemicals, to grow psidium guajava so you can just pick it and enjoy on the spot. Not too far from Ms. Diep’s garden, Mr. Do Trung Ngon’s garden also served tourism. With an area of 3 ha. Mr. Ngon’s garden has burmese grape, oranges, rambutans…, especially there are very large fish ponds served for fishing or rowing boat along the gardens. The coconut garden in Tan Loc is also amazing place where you can hang a hammock to enjoy the fresh space and taste many kind of coconuts.
- The islet of old houses: Tan Loc islet has 12 old houses, but not all of them still intact. The outstanding of this is the house of Mr. Tran Ba The, often called Mr. Sau The. The house was built by Mr. Tran Thien Thoai – Tran Ba The’s father, completed in 1935. The front of the house is built in the Western style, with rows of columns supporting the roof with sophisticated patterns. In particular, the interior decoration is entirely made of wood, the wooden ceiling is painted with a gentle, delicate pattern, in harmony with the architectural style of South Vietnam. Especially, his family still keeps a lot of antiques such as ceilings with wooden lanterns around the end of the nineteenth century, cement lamps, kerosene lamps from American miners in the early twentieth century; a carved with two poems in the “Peaceful melody” of Li Bai, a brilliant poet in the Tang dynasty in China. Besides the old house of Mr. Sau The, Tan Loc islet still has many other old houses such as the house of Mr. Nguyen Van Ti, Mr. Nguyen Van Thi, Mr. Huynh Quang Que…. Each house is unique, only to certify you can feel all the ancient features; understand the culture and lifestyle of the ancient of local people.
- Fishing islet: In Tan Loc, from May 5 to September of lunar calendar is the season of fishing. This fish lives on the Hau river around Tan Loc isle, the smallest one is 300 g, the big one weighs 4 kg. People release nets to catch fish when the water is cloudy (the season when the water flows from the upstream of the Hau river, also called the wet season). From the full moon of the 10th lunar month, Tan Loc people celebrate the spirit fishing season. From November of lunar calendar to after Lunar New Year is the season of “hunting” for catfish. Fish noodles are processed into many dishes: grilled, fried, steamed ginger, salt, lemongrass and chili, fried, sour soup … are very delicious.
- There are some attractive spiritual religious relics such as Giac Thuyen Pagoda, Tan Loc Dong temple, Long Son temple, created an attractive of relics of the isle.
After visiting the village, you can also rent a boat to reach the river rafting village. You will have the opportunity to participate in exciting activities such as river bathing, catching mussel…Tan Loc island have become popular tourist attractions in Can Tho in recent time. It not only a perfect place to relax with pure nature but also offer you a change to explore cultural feature reminding people of old memories on the island among the Hau River in Mekong delta.