All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Dong Thap Vietnam

Thursday, 03/09/2020
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All Things you need to know before travelling to Dong Thap Vietnam?

Dong Thap is the homeland of lotus. Therefore, Dong Thap is one of the most beautiful provinces in Vietnam. It is 145 kms away in 4 hours driving by private car transfers from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) to the Southwest to Sa Dec city, Dong Thap province.

Top things you need to do when you are travelling to Dong Thap, Vietnam?

1. Xeo Quyt ECO Tourism Area. Add: My Long commune, Cao Lanh district, Dong Thap province, Vietnam. It is 127 kms away in 3 hours driving by private car transfers from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Thap the Southwest. Here, a local wooden sampan takes you to enjoy the fresh air and cool breeze from the green cajeput forest. In the wartime many Vietcong guerillas hid in this area. Before Covid-19, a lot of foreigners and Vietnamese tourists came here.

2. Tram Chim National Park. Add: Phu Hiep commune, Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province. It is 135 kms away in 3.5 hours driving by private car transfers from Saigon to the Southwest. Tram Chim is blessed with the unique and diverse ecosystem, including Red-crowned Crane, a rare species in the world. Before Covid-19, a lot of foreigners and Vietnamese tourists came here.

3. Gao Giong ECO- Tourism Park. Add: Gao Giong commune, Cao Lanh district, Dong Thap province. It is 135 kms away in 3.5 hours driving by private car transfers from Ho Chi Minh to the Southwest.

(It is 17 kms away in 30 minutes driving by car transfers from Tram Chim National Park, which is above mentioned). It is not only the place of beautiful landscapes, but also has a rich diversity of flora and fauna species. Before Covid-19, a lot of Vietnamese tourists came here.

4. Tan Quy Dong Flower Village ( Sadec flower village). Add: Tan Quy Dong commune, Sa Dec city, Dong Thap province. It is 148 kms away in 4 hours driving by private car transfers from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) to the Southwest. As the biggest flower village in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Tan Quy Dong is the provider of flowers to regions nearby.

Sa Dec is home to many kind of flowers and one of flower centers of South Vietnam. The best time to visit Sa Dec village is in spring when all flowers are blooming and Sa Dec becomes the world of colorful flower.

When spring comes, Sa Dec bonsai village also starts its festival. Cars from everywhere come in crowds. All type of flowers and bonsai hasten to go to Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces to boast their beauty in Tet Holiday.

Situated by the bank of annually windy Tien River of fertility and sun, flower village of Sa Dec is the homeland of hundreds “uncanny flowers and strange herbs”. Here, you can see scarce and priceless bonsai of hundreds of years old. There are simple trees close to life of laborers like thistle, areca, fig, benjamine fig, ochna atropurpurea and so on. However, through skillful, industrious, talent hands of artisan-artists, they became priceless bonsai with beautiful and uncanny forms.

You should visit this village at the end of the year when the locals are preparing for TET Holiday (lunar new year), the biggest holiday in Vietnam. Before Covid-19, a lot of Vietnamese tourists came to this village.

5. HUYNH THUY LE Ancient House. Add: 255A, Nguyen Hue str, Sa Dec city, Dong Thap province, Vietnam. It is 145 kms away in 4 hours driving by private car transfers from SaiGon to the Southwest. This is an ancient house of Mr. HUYNH THUY LE, one of the richest merchants in Sa Dec city.  He was once the lover of Marguerite Duras, a French Author. The house was designed by the mixture of French and Vietnamese architectural styles. Before Covid-19, a lot of foreigners and Vietnamese tourists came here.

What is the best time to visit Dong Thap Vietnam?

On average, the temperatures are always high.A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the month of: May, June, July, August, September and October.Cao Lãnh has dry periods in January, February and March.

The warmest month is April with an average maximum temperature of 35°C (95°F).The coldest month is December with an average maximum temperature of 30°C (86°F).September is the most wet month. This month should be avoided if you are not a big fan of rain.February is the driest month.
 
Where to stay at Dong Thap?

Sa Dec town and Cao Lanh town belong to DONG THAP province. There are many hotels, hostels, and motels in these 2 cities. as follows:

Thanh Cong hotel. Add: 279, provincial Route 848, Sa Dec city.
Cat Moc hostel. Add: 82, Ton Duc Thang str, Sa Dec city.
Thanh Gai hostel. Add: 45, Sa Nhien str, Sa Dec city.
Huong Sen hotel. Add: 18, Vo Truong Toan str, Cao Lanh city.
Mong Yen hotel. Add: 786, Pham Huu Cau str, Cao Lanh city.
Huynh Duc hotel. Add: 1, Ngo Thoi Nhiem str, Cao Lanh city.
Kim Le hotel. Add: 260, Ton Duc thang str, Cao Lanh city.
A special accommodation is Tram Chim National Park, very convenient for sightseeing next morning.

Where to eat at Dong Thap?

The period from September to June 11 is the flooding season in Dong Thap and fish parts as well as fruitful seasons, season blooming yellow cork cotton along the river. Personal spiritual and cork cotton specialty flooding season Dong Thap, locals often use them for processing into very many attractive dishes, including specialties most famous tourist main flooding season in Dong Thap the flexible pot of cork cotton.

1.Rice Steamed in Lotus Leaves (Com goi la sen).

When it comes to what to eat in Dong Thap, the locals will immediately advise you to try Rice Steamed in Lotus Leaves – a stunning delicacy which will definitely leave the unforgettable taste in your heart.

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Dong Thap Vietnam

The rice used to make the food is a special kind with slightly pink, and the filling includes the white of lotus seeds, green of beans, black of sesame seeds, and other local ingredients; all create a colorful eye-catching image of the food on the background of green lotus leaves.

Plus, its fragrance wafting in the air right after you open the leaves will get you more and more excited. It is so fantastic that you can not find any reason to resist tasting it.

2.Sa Dec Rice Noodle Soup (hu tieu Sa Dec)

Placed in the list of what to eat in Dong Thap for a Mekong Delta day trip, Sa Dec Noodle Soup will not disappoint you at any cost. Surely, it will not be as widespread as My Tho and Nam Vang rice noodle soups, but its flavor is amazing enough to draw any visitor to the Mekong Delta. Rice noodle is tender and so great to go with the stock of pig bones.

It is easy to realize that it is topped with other ingredients, including chopped pork, steamed pork paste, pig’s organs, scallions, herbs, and vegetables from the Chinese community. A new experience regarding this specialty is trying it without the stock.

3.Snakehead Fish smoked in rice straw (ca loc nuong trui).

Snakehead fish smoked in rice straw is found in many different places of the Mekong Delta, but it in Dong Thap is more special since there is one more step in the preparation. Snakehead fish is rinsed and wrapped in a lotus leaf before being put inside the rice straw to burn.

The fish is slightly sweet and chewy while the lotus leaf will enhance its tang. Just within a few moments of burning the straw, you will perceive the wonderful aroma of the fish spreading over the air, stimulating you to enjoy it. It will go perfectly with fresh vegetables and sour and sweet fish sauce. It is fantastic to choose it as what to eat in Dong Thap!

4.Hotpot with Linh Fish and Cork Flower (Lau ca linh bong dien dien).

In the floating season, there are dozens of flocks of linh fish from the upper reaches of the Mekong River to the water area of Dong Thap; it is also the bleeding season of linh fish. It is possible to say that the fish is the greatest ingredient to make the famous hotpot of Dong Thap since its meat is not only sweet, but also tender to enjoy. The fish is cleaned and then added to the broth of pig bones.

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Dong Thap Vietnam

Put some necessary spices into the pot and savor it with cork flowers and a variety of fresh local vegetables. Taste it, and you will bring back an unforgettable memory from this Mekong Delta day trip.

5. Fancy a grilled mouse of Dong Thap.

Frogs in the flooding season in Dong Thap very big , fat , meat muffle thigh strain and muscular. When processing the often very aromatic dish, tasty and appealing. Besides, frogs are always one of the delicious dishes typical appeal rustic and try to eat once when traveling flooding season in Dong Thap.

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Dong Thap Vietnam

6. Dong Thap list of cheap restaurant refer:

A Hien Restaurant. Add: 195, Dien Bien Phu str, Cao Lanh city, Dongthap Province.

Ba Tam Restaurant. Add: 53, Pham Huu Lau str, Cao Lanh city, Dongthap Province.

Tay Viet Restaurant. Add: 29, Pham Huu Lau str, Cao Lanh city, Dongthap Province.

A Au Restaurant. Add: 42, Ly Thuong Kiet str, Cao Lanh city, Dongthap Province.

Phu Thanh Restaurant. Add: 75, Tran Hung Dao str, Sa Dec city, Dong Thap province.

Thuy Food Stall. Add: 439, Hung Vuong Str, Sa Dec city, Dong Thap province.

How to get around Dong Thap?

1. Vehicle of transport: from HO CHI MINH CITY to DONG THAP by vehicle only. It is 160 kms away in 4 hours driving by private car transfers from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) to the Southwest to Cao Lanh city, DONG THAP province. Public transports from HO CHI MINH CITY to DONG THAP are as follows:

Phuong Trang Bus Line:
Departure: Mien Tay Bus Station. Add: 395, An Duong Vuong Str, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh city.
Arrival: Cao Lanh Bus Station. Add: 71, Ly Thuong Kiet Str, Cao Lanh City,  Dongthap province.

Hue Nghia Bus Line:

Departure: Add: 11, Le Dai Hanh Str, District 11, Ho Chi Minh city.
Arrival: Cao Lanh Bus Station. Add: 71, Ly Thuong Kiet Str, Cao Lanh City,  Dongthap province.

2. Boat ferry service from Cai Be and Vinh Long: If you plan to travel to Caibe and Vinh Long before Dong Thap,  you can book a tourist boat from either Cai Be orVinh Long to Dong Thap via TIEN river (upper-Mekong River).

Read here for Cai be and Vinh Long travel tips

Read here for all things traveling to Cantho

Read here for best time to visit Mekong delta

Read here  for all things need to do in Tra Vinh Vietnam

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