Dong Thap is a province in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam with green rice paddies, beautiful lotus lakes and Sa Dec colorful flower garden. If you are planning to travel Dong Thap with Mekong delta tours, below tips are very helpful and necessary.
When to go?
Owning the peaceful canals, the endless fields, fragrant lotus pond changing with rhythm of time, so anytime Dong Thap is an ideal place to see.
Specialties of Dong Thap
“Linh” fish soup with “dien dien” flower
It is regret if you do not try the dishes: “Linh” fish soup with “dien dien” flower, Crab hotpot, frog fried butter , stir-fried frog with coconut milk, chilli and grilled frogs or frog porridge, stir-fried mouse, tearing milling, gutter rat fat, Sa Dec noodles, ..Besides, You also buy special gifts for your friends and family such as Lai Vung pink mandarin, pink lotus wine, Chau Thanh logans, Sa Giang shrimp crackers...
Hotels and guest houses in Dong Thap have relatively pleasant prices (of $7 - $23). Some recommended hotels you can refer as Thien An, Tra River, Thien An, Mong Yen...
You can explore Dong Thap by motorcycle or car. But with the characteristic of water, It is an enjoyable and peaceful experience when floating aboard the dinghy, wooling under the canal, visiting landscapes.
Sites can discover while traveling on the boat including Nguyen Sinh Sac Deputy relic area. Besides the tomb, there are Bac Ho's fish pond and stilt house; Go Thap magnificent relic with typically 5 relics: Go Thap Muoi, Co Tu towers, Doc Binh Kieu tombs and temples, Go Minh Su, Chua Xu Lady Temple; Kien An Cung ancient architecture was designed according to the "Quoc" solemnly; Xeo Quit base area with the wild giant Melaleuca trees.
Lotus pond in Thap Muoi
In additions, Dong Thap eco-tourism area is a interesting place to see including exotic bird park in Thap Muoi; Sa Dec colorful flower village; the orchards gardens as Cao Lanh mango, Chau Thanh logan, Phong Hoa grapefruit and Lai Vung mandarin.
The highlight is the Tram Chim National Park - Tam Nong, the important Vietnam's fourth wetlands and the 2,000th Ramsar of the world; or peaceful Gao Gong lungs with birdsongs, fishes during the dry season, yellow "điên điển"flowers, purple lily, pink lotus between heaven and earth in the flooding season.
Other landmarks such as Doc Binh Vang temple,The Ca Bat pagoda, Southern Radio monument, Giong Thi Dam monument, Binh Thanh - Thanh Binh memorial monument, Dong Thap Muoi medicine reserve; ancient houses Huynh Thuy Le, Dinh Yen night market or shopping tour, enjoying delicacies in Sa Dec night markets. If you want to swim, An Hoa beach or Con Tien beach is not a bad suggestion.
- Coats, hats, masks, sunscreen on the dry season. Rain tools, specialized footwear on the rainy season.
- Anti-mosquito cream and medications when insect bites; Basic drugs
- A tent, sleeping bags, jacket if camping outside