Mu Cang Chai, a district of Yen Bai Province in the nation’s northern upland, has become one of the most popular destinations for travelers and photographers to capture beautiful images of terrace rice fields and daily activities of ethnic minority peoples. Tourists from HCMC can fly to Ha Noi and then rent a car or…
Trang An Landscape Complex covers an area of 6,172ha in districts of Hoa Lu, Gia Vien, Nho Quan, Tam Diep Town and Ninh Binh City, about 90km to the southeast of Ha Noi. The complex is surrounded by a buffer zone of 6,268ha, mostly comprising paddy rice fields and villages. As a mixed cultural and…
Co Island (Stork Island) in Hai Duong Province’s Thanh Mien District is renowned as a beautiful and stunning natural destination that rises like a jewel blessed by nature. It is endowed with a biodiverse system and is home to more than 20,000 storks, egrets, herons and many other bird species. Making a journey to Co…
It felt like the burning sun in the central province of Ninh Thuan had been turned off as I walked under the green leaves in Nguyen Van Moi's vineyard in Ninh Phuoc District, 7km from Phan Rang City. The sunlight radiated through the vine leaves creating fanciful emerald patterns and a relaxed atmosphere. Standing on…
Cu Lan Village, a tourism area, about 20km away from Da Lat in Lat Commune, Lac Duong District in Central Highlands Lam Dong Province, is located in a valley of 30ha amid the vast greenness of pine trees. The local cool air plus its beautiful scenery has attracted many visitors from near and far. Cu…
Tourists who have a chance to visit the central coast province of Quang Nam should check out Silk Village at 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in Hoi An. The venue was established by Le Thai Vu, the owner of Quang Nam Silk JSC, in July 2012 to restore traditional cultural traits of Quang Nam in…
The Fansipan, often dubbed the Roof of Indochina since it at 3,143m is the highest mountain in Indochina, is becoming a favorite destination among professional mountain climbers. Challenges, of course, are numerous, with some life-threatening, especially so for amateur mountaineers. But the rewards, as it is told, are magnificent. So we set out to look…
Saigonese often go to cafés, theaters, cinemas or tourist destinations when they have free time on weekends or holidays while many visitors to HCMC opt for visits to museums to get an insight into culture and history of the country and to entertain themselves with contemporary arts on display at some of the museums and…
Bang Lang stork sanctuary is seen as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, which with a primitive beauty allows visitors to wallow in nature. Located in Thot Not district, the sanctuary got its name as in the past, the road to the sanctuary had been planted…
Feasting her eyes on the terraced rice fields in Viet Nam's popular tourist spot Sa Pa, Nathalie Cauvi couldn't stop shouting: "Wow, wow! It's such an amazing and beautiful landscape!"   The scenery, people, food and everything else they witnessed provided the French traveller and her three companions with a novel and enjoyable experience during…
Covering an area of nearly 3,000 hectares in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province, Van Long Lagoon, which has set two records of the Vietnam Book of Records for a habitat for the largest population of Delacour's lutung (trachypithecus delacouri), and the largest nature picture, has been one of the province’s tourism attractions.  Located in…
With its foggy atmosphere, wintry evenings and winding roads encircling hills and mountains, Pleiku has the feeling of a beautiful painting. After a two-day assignment, I had one day to discover this city in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. Waking up early, I opened the window at my hotel and was charmed with…
I have been to the Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho, An Giang and Ca Mau for numerous times during my business trips.

However, the latest trip with my company’s colleagues to Tien Giang and Ben Tre last week was a great experience to discover the culture and daily life of local people and to build our team-building spirit in just a one-day trip by bus and boat.

From HCMC, travelers can easily take a bus to the Mekong Delta at numerous tourist agencies in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao-De Tham-Bui Vien streets in District 1 or at a bus station on Le Hong Phong Street in District 10. Or they can book a tour with some popular agencies like Saigontourist and Fiditour at the price from VND650,000 per person for a one-day trip, inclusive of meals, drinks, and transportations.

Travelers can also drive their motorbikes for 1.5 hours to explore the location. Tourists are advised to wear simple clothes and sandals to easily move on boats. Sun cream, insect repellent, hats and overcoats are also must-have items.

The first destination of the journey is Tien Giang, about 70km from  downtown HCMC. After having breakfast with com tam (broken rice) and hu tiu My Tho (My Tho-styled noodles), tourists will get on a wooden boat at Ba Muoi Thang Tu Wharf to cruise around the Tien River.

Tourists can admire My Tho fishing port and four islets named after four sacred animals of Long (dragon), Lan (unicorn), Qui (turtle) and Phung (phoenix).

The boat will dock at Thoi Son Islet so tourists have time to visit an immense of fruit gardens of nhan (longan), chom chom (rambutan), thanh long (dragon fruit), du du (papaya) and thom (pineapple) and enjoy fresh fruits accompanied by don ca tai tu (traditional music of southern Vietnam) performance by local artists. The southern folk music was acknowledged as the Unesco intangible cultural heritage of humanity earlier this year.

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Thoi Son islet

A highlight of the trip is when tourists get on a small boat with a capacity of six people, including two local paddlers to drift along a small canal under the shades of coconut trees. A bustling atmosphere of a hundred of boats hustling in a small channel with the sound of paddles beating the water surface might be an unforgettable moment to tourists. According to a local paddler, thanks to the tourism industry there are 600 people earning their livings from sailing boats. They are paid VND15,000 per person for a boat trip plus tips from travelers.

Leaving the small boat, travelers will be back to the big boat to visit venues that raise bees and make coconut candies. Tourists will be served hot lemonade with honey and eat freshly made coconut candies. There are bottles of honey sold at the price of VND100,000 each. Tourists can also take souvenir photos with a python and bees. 

A not-to-be-missed activity is dressing up like a farmer to catch fish in a muddy canal and then enjoy all the caught fish that are grilled in local style together with other rustic dishes like braised pork, canh chua (sour soup cooked with fish) and stirred vegetables for lunch. After the meal, tourists are ready to head to Phung Islet which restores artifacts and properties of Ong Dao Dua or Nguyen Thanh Nam, a founder of Dao Dua religion in Ben Tre Province.

When the sun starts going down on the horizon, it is the time tourists turn back to the city to wrap up a one-day trip to get an insight into daily life of people in the Mekong Delta.

Source: SGT
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