The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of
Viet Nam. Mekong delta is not only the biggest rice basket but also
the biggest fruit gardens of Viet Nam. Food here tastes different
from other places. Beside the common food, the local dishes also
comprise snakes, tortoises, bats, eels, etc.
Because the plains are periodically flooded by
the rising Mekong River, traditional transportation is by boat along
a vast network of canals. A cruise along these canals with their
floating markets always proves to be a fascinating experience for
all visitors. The city of Can Tho is a capital of the Mekong Delta.
Other provinces are included: My Tho, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Dong Thap,
Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang with Ha
Tien & Phu Quoc.
Just walk idly in My Tho or Vinh Long or Can Tho
and discover the daily life of the Vietnamese on the river and
arroyos, taste the sweet and fresh coconut juice and smell the
particular fragrance of the rice paddies. Further down to Soc Trang,
the mysterious Khmer culture is hidden behind the gates of Hinayana
temples. The Mekong River with its intertwining branches will lead
you from one surprise to another. The hospitality of the people is
the most impressing. They welcome you like relatives coming home.
Visit the Mekong Delta to understand why it is
called the rice stock of Viet Nam, why a sampan tied to a coconut
tree can evoke nostalgia. There you will find the simplest people,
who would not care much about the luxury life of the city.
My Tho, a 45-minute boat ride on the Mekong River takes visitors to
Thoi Son Island, where they can experience the life of the Mekong
River plains community. Visitors can lodge in peasant houses and
pick their own fruits in orchards.
Vinh Trang Pagoda
in 1849 in an area with many beautiful trees, this is a greatest
pagoda of Tien Giang province. The pagoda is about 1 km from the
center of the city. The architecture of the pagoda is a harmonious
combination of Asian and European styles, creating the splendid, but
simple features of this Buddhist pagoda. Inside the pagoda are many
specious statues made of wood, among which there was a collection of
18 Buddhisattvas sculpted in 1907, representing the summit in
sculpture in the Mekong River plains.
Dong Tam Snake
snake farm is a center for breeding snakes producing venom for
exportation. Research on snakebite treatment is also conducted here.
From My Tho, visitors must travel 5 km to get to the farm where they
can visit the department where snakes are bred. Dong Tam also has a
collection of mutant turtles and fish on exhibit. The best way to
get there is to rent a motorbike.
Cai Be Floating
Market and Tan Phong Island
Be floating market takes place where Tien River forms the border
between Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre provinces. It takes about
an hour to reach the market from Vinh Long town. It runs from 5 am
to 5 pm. Every day, approximately 400 -500 boats filled with fruits,
vegetables and other products anchor a long the banks of the river,
waiting for traders and customers but the most interesting thing to
see the huge Catholic Cathedral here on the riverside. It makes the
fantastic spot for visitors to take photographs. The merchandise
sold in each boat is hung on a high pole in front of the boat as a
sample to attract customers from a distance. Next to the floating
market is Tan Phong Island, famous for its large and succulent
located in the center of the city. Ong pagoda has a special
architectural style and has been preserved intact. The pagoda was
built from 1894 to 1896 on 532 square meter area, on Hai Ba Trung
road, near Ninh Kieu Wharf. The pagoda is roofed with double tiles,
and the roof’s edges are covered with lines of dark green glazed
pipe shaped tiles, while on the roof top, there are a number of
multi color porcelain figured such as two dragons flanking the moon
and carp changing into dragon phoenix. On either end of the roof
top, there are paired statues of people holding the Sun and the
Moon. Inside the pagoda, Quan Cong- a General of the three kingdom
period in ancient China and an exemplar of loyalty to his Kong - is
worshipped m as are Nam Hai Bodhisattva Kwan Yin, Thai Bach Tinh
Quan, the Genie of the Earth, and Dong Vinh.
pagoda is a place for the cultural and religious activities of the
Chinese living in Can Tho. The pagoda was recognized as the national
artistic architectural vestige in 1993 by the Ministry of
Information and Culture.
Communal House (LongTuyen Ancient Temple)
Thuy Communal House is located in Binh Thuy ward and was known as
Long Tuyen Communal House in the past. The House the House is
located 5 km from the center of Can Tho city. Follow Nguyen Trai
road, passing Cach Mang Thang Tam road and Le Hong Phong road to
reach the Communal House. Built in 19th century, the
Communal House was name “Bon Canh Thanh Hoang" on November 9th
1893 by King Tu Duc. Later other people, who were the spirit of the
land, are dedicated in the Communal House as Dinh Cong Trang, Nguyen
Trung Truc, Bui Huu Nghia, Vo Huy Tap, etc. Binh Thuy Communal House
was completely renovated in 1910. It architecture is different from
communal houses in the north. The front and the back buildings are
square, and its side has 6 rows of columns, and all the columns'
bases are extra-wide, making these buildings more stable. The roofs
of the two front buildings of the communal house were built
overlapping each other. The main temple at the rear has three roofs
and its architecture is based on the " Thuong lau ha hien"
style. The top of the roof is covered with statues of people, lion
and fish on their way to becoming dragons. In the front of the
building, there are cement column. Inside ancestor-worshipping
house, there are altars, which are dedicated to Nghi Ha and Nghi
Trung. In the square house, there are altars dedicated to Huong Chuc,
Tien Giac and further inside, there is an altar dedicated to Hau
Thien. The middle is dedicated to Hau Than is very close to the rear
partition, and on its either sides, there are "Huu Ban"
and “Ta Ban" altars.
Thuy Communal House is a valuable monument of art and architectural
style in the newly-expanded south western area. Although it was
built at the beginning of the 20th century, its
architecture has many traditional characteristics with carved and
engraved wooden boards.
year, the local people organize “Thuong Dien" (land breaking)
ceremony and "Ha Dien" (farm work initiation) ceremony in
honour of the God of Agriculture, with a lot of folk games such as
"Letting the ducks out", "Tug of war" and
Ninh Kieu Wharf
Kieu Wharf is located on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the
Mekong River, close to the center of the city. The Wharf is the
city's main trading center where hundreds of boats ply the river,
bringing products from the rest of the Delta region. Close to Ninh
Kieu Wharf is Can Tho habour, which was built according to a modern
design and can accommodate ships of up to 5,000 tons. Can Tho
market, which is near Ninh Kieu Wharf, is one of the major markets
in the western region of South Viet Nam. The market is attractive
with its floating restaurant located on Hau River. Connoisseurs can
enjoy the province's specialties while watching hundreds of boats
Ninh Kieu river port in the center of Can Tho, 160 km from Ho Chi
Minh City, boats bring visitors to Cai Khe Island, Con Au, Phu An
Park and Con Son. Beneath the trees bearing durians, areca and
oranges, one can enjoy delicious meals or lie in a hammock while
listening to birds singing. Tourist guides bring all visitors to
Phung Hiep floating market. The immense surface of the river is
divided into seven branches. Phung Hiep snake market, located close
to the floating market, is known worldwide. Visitors from all over
the world go there to taste the snake liquor and see the dangerous