Dong Thap Province, around 170 kilometers from HCMC, lies by the Tien River in the Mekong Delta and has various attractive destinations for tourists such as Tram Chim National Park, Gao Giong Eco-Tourism Park, Xeo Quyt Eco-tourism site, Sa Dec flower village, and the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, and Kien An Cung Pagoda.
However, the province also offers exotic delicious dishes. Upon arrival at Tram Chim, you should treat yourselves to a lunch inside a canalside bamboo tent surrounded by cajuput forests, fields of green grass Eleocharis, and different species of birds.
That view is best for you to enjoy paddy fried field mice and grilled snakehead fish.
Paddy field mice have been a specialty of the Mekong Delta since the early days of land reclamation. It also reflects the lifestyle of people of the delta: just eat what you have.
The deep fried mice do not only look eye-catching but it is really mouthwatering. The meat tastes soft, sweet and fragrant.
Grilled snakehead fish covered in young lotus leaves is another specialty of Dong Thap, the cradle of lotus in the south.
The fish is grilled in the genuine style of southern farmers. A bamboo stick is pierced through the fish before it is grilled over coal fire and then wrapped in a fresh lotus leaf. The fragrance of the grilled fish mingled with the pleasant smell of the lotus leaf is something tourists to the delta would not forget.