Dong Thap is a renowned province in the Mekong Delta (also Southwest Vietnam). From Ho Chi Minh City – the country’s metropolis where you will fly to first, you can take a 3.5 hour bus drive to this destination. It shares the border with Pray Veng Province of Cambodia to the north, Vinh Long Province & Can Tho City to the south, An Giang to the west, and Tien Giang Province & Long An Province to the east. For those who are seeking for some stimulating things to experience in the Mekong Delta, Dong Thap Province will be one of the best choices. Right now let’s get to know what you can submerse in when reaching Dong Thap.
Exploring Tram Chim National Park
Stretching in seven villages and Tram Chim Town, Tam Nong District, the Tram Chim National Park is depicted as a striking and poetic miniature of the Dong Thap Muoi region. Especially, this land is home to a diversity of birds and plants which you will be amazed at the first sight of viewing them. As for the park’s area, it covers over 7,500 hectares and is also the vast habitat of around 200 genres if birds, occupying ¼ of the total bird population in Vietnam. While there are lots of the birds inhabited here, some of them are listed in the Red Book, e.g. Red-crown Crane. In order to gaze into this type of bird, you are highly advised to visit the park from December to June since it will fly to other places for food in the rest of the year.
Regarding the vegetation of Tram Chim National Park, it includes a broad range of seasonally inundated grassland, regenerated Melaleuca Cajuput, and open swamps. The Melaleuca Cajuput is distributed throughout the park, embracing human-by-built plantations, open swamps and the natural areas of grassland. The park is emerging with five grasslands, some of which are Eleocharis dulcis and wild rice Oryza rufipogon, essential to be conserved for the ecosystem here.
Visiting Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House
Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House was closely related to a romantic story between a French authoress, namely Marguerite Duras and its former owner. Marguerite Duras was well known as a celebrated authoress specializing in love novels, and one of her renowned literature works is The Lover, written by the inspiration from her own girlhood in Dong Thap Province. Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the former owner and herself are supposed to be two mains characters in the novel. Situated at at 225A Nguyen Hue Street, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province, Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House was chosen as the setting of the romantic story. Undergoing through many decades, the story has still been retold and more and more popular to foreign tourists; also, the ancient house is considered as an indispensable destination when they come to experience in the Mekong Delta.
Concerning the house’s structure, because the Huynh used to be the most famed family in Dong Thap Province, their house was sophisticatedly and elegantly designed, and the interior was also furnished with luxurious patterns, some of which were bought from France. It is easy to realize that the house is an elaborate hybrid of Chinese and Vietnamese styles with the ridged roof and the interior including photographs of the Huynh family and Duras. Documents related to the Huynh family and the love story between its owner and the French authoress have still been kept in this site, stimulating the curiosity of lots of tourists from other places.
Experiencing at Sa Dec Flower Village
Positioned 4km away from the downtown of Sa Dec, Dong Thap Province, Sa Dec Flower Village (aka Tan Quy Dong Village) is referred to as an ideal tourist spot for most travelers who are due to land in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Dating back over 100 years, the flower village underwent lots of large storms, but nowadays it has still grown strongly and become one of the most beautiful and diverse flower villages in the Delta region. The most special element about the village is that all species of flowers and plants are grown on the so-called trusses; under the trusses is water, creating canals and making the gardeners use their wooden sampans to move through while taking care of their flower gardens or reaping the harvest. Therefore, it is possible to say that images of the locals and flower gardens in Sa Dec will draw anyone who loves the beauty which is unique and striking.
Another interesting thing is that you can visit Sa Dec Flower Village at any time because the flowers here are in bloom all year round. The village’s charm comes from a variety of flower types, such as Japanese cedars, hydrangeas, France marigold plants, Dahlia, red velvet roses, Marseille white roses, Grada purple roses, apricot tree, thistle, palm tree, etc. Because of this diversity, the village is chosen as the provider of flowers for nearby regions to prepare for some festivals.
Taking a sightseeing trip of local brick factories
One of the highlights in a journey to explore the idyllic features of the Mekong Delta is setting foot in brick factories in Dong Thap Province. Lots of photographers have chosen this destination as the background for their art-works. Among the brick factories here, you ought not to miss the ones located next to Sa Giang River. These are ancient brick factories of Sa Dec Town, dating back over 100 years and absolutely outstanding with the shape of phenomenal pyramids found in Egypt. Additionally, under the sunshine, those brick factories also look like tiny castles from fairy tales. From the far distance, you can see the slightly red vault is more beautiful in the blue sky. All kilns are built by bricks and include a chimney at the top, surrounded by the tranquil ambiance of the water region, making up a fanciful painting you have never seen before. It is utterly ideal to take a sightseeing trip of such brick factories since you can understand more about the local business in the Mekong Delta and also take unique photos while you are experiencing here.