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Mekong Highlights

1.    CAN THO :
Can Tho is located on the south bank of the Lower River . It is the biggest city of the Mekong Delta , also referred to as "Tay Do" meaning "Western capital". Can Tho is a place to experience the local life in a relaxed way. It is like a real life cultural experience and there are many things to do, especially is famous for its floating markets , street-food tour, Bird Sanctuary, canals and rice paddies.

2.    SA DEC:
Sa Đéc is a City in Đồng Tháp Province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. It is a river port and agricultural and industrial trading center . Sa Dec is also famous for its flower gardens , huge kilns of brick and tile making along the river. There is a very busy, authentic market near the river and a lot of architecture from the colonial period, such as the old market, as well as numerous old mansions and merchant homes. The famous French novelist Marguerite Duras lived here as a child, and memory place of her novel The Lover.

3.    XEO QUYT:
Xeo Quyt relic – the revolutionary base during the US resistance war of wetlands – is covered with 20ha of primary cajeput forest and contains relics restoring part of the historical period of previous Kien Phong provincial committee.
The forest looks like a floating painting. Around it, climbing plants grow along the cajuput trees and brighten under the sunlight. All bring about an atmosphere of a nature full of vitality and wildness. Xeo Quyt reminds visitors of the former vast cajuput forests in the Plains of Reeds and U Minh areas. The cajeput forests work as a great water reservoir to fight against salt water and acidity and regulate the humidity during the dry season. During the war, they were ideal destinations for the liberation army men. The crisscrossing canals, built in the early 2th century, became transportation routes and enabled the local people to reclaim land, develop forestry and prevent fire. At the time, the so-called "socio-cultural and economic cajuput forest development" was encouraged and it is linked with the national history of land reclaiming and defense. You can explore the area with small sampans, gliding through the tiny channels, or by foot, exploring the command center, caves and hiding places surrounded by nature.

4.    TRA SU:
Its located so closed the border between Viet Nam and Cambodia . The cajuput forests, submerged in the red brown water, are an ideal habitation for numerous kinds of birds, fish and wild animals, typical for the tropical region. The cajuput timber, due to its flexibility and resistance to rotting, are often used in house building and basement floors. Tra Su, a small part in the vast cajuput forests, was a successful undertaking to restore and preserve the cajuput forests to their original historical and ecological background.The best place to see real wild life with many activities : motor boat, rowing boat and foot walking. Endowed with peace and tranquility, Tra Su Forest will certainly become a unique and attractive destination for tourists who love the beauty of nature.

5.    CHAU DOC:
Chau Doc is best central for border crossing to Cambodia after a trip in Vietnam . It is a impressive town with significant Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities, of course Vietnamese. Its cultural diversity – apparent in the mosques, temples, churches and nearby pilgrimage sites – makes it a fascinating place to explore even if you aren’t continuing to Cambodia . its famous attractions are : floating market , floating fish farms , Temples, crowded local market.
Sam Mountain is a famous mountain in Châu Đốc, about 7 km from the city. Its summit is about 1000 meters above sea level  and there are steps of concrete and stone all the way to the top. You'll find numerous colorful temples as you climb to the top, and there are many cafes along the way where you can relax with a fresh coconut or glass of milk coffee. If you can, save your cafe break until you get near the top, where you can relax in a hammock and enjoy the breeze while looking out over the delta and even into neighboring Cambodia. Sam Mountain is the only hill for a long way in every direction, so you can get a great view of Chau Doc and the patchwork or rice fields run through by canals all around.

6.    SOC TRANG:
Soc Trang isn’t the most charming of Mekong towns, but it is an important centre for the Khmer people who make up 28% of the province’s population. The province has 89 pagodas of Khmer group, and Khleang Pagoda is one of the most ancient pagodas in Soc Trang, features an architectural style similar to the pagodas of Cambodia.Built in 1533, it was originally made of wood with a roof thatched with palm leaves. The pagoda was later reconstructed with brick, and the roof was covered with tiles.The pagoda consists of a central chamber and a range of wooden stilt-houses, used as places for holding traditional ceremonies and for housing the pagoda monks.Additionally, there is a tower containing ashes of the dead, a cremation chamber, a guesthouse, and the Pothi School for teaching the Khmer language. The Khleang Pagoda also houses writings from ancient books, which tell about the origins of Soc Trang and the pagoda.

Kien Giang is place of cultural interactions among many ethnic  groups, including the Kinh, Chinese, and Khmer. Many karst hills are considered sacred places that play a significant role in the spiritual life of indigenous people, especially Buddhists.
Every year, the Hang Temple hosts a solemn festival from the 8th to the 15th of the fourth lunar month. This Buddhist festival is a remarkable cultural event.The karst of Kien Luong - Ha Tien is part of a karst complex that stretches from Kien Giang in Vietnam to Kampot in Cambodia. Although karst only covers 3.6 sq. km, it is biologically extremely important. Limestone is a sedimentary rock. It is made of layers of corals and shells that were deposited on the sea bed. It  may also include crushed pieces of older limestones

Cu lao Gieng (Gieng Island) is a triangular island located in the middle of the Tien River on the border of Dong Thap Province. It was called Dinh Chau in one of the country’s most famous chorography records, Gia Dinh thanh thong chi (A Chorography of Gia Dinh City –now the southern region of Vietnam). According to the record’s author, Trinh Hoai Duc, it was called such when a famous historian of the Nguyen Dynasty likened it to Doanh Chau, (one of three islands often mentioned in East Asian legends) because of its clean atmosphere, rich soil and abundant produce. Anyone visiting Cu lao Gieng will never fail to notice its quiet, profound ambience. Walking around and admiring the many 19th century pagodas and churches exudes a feeling of being in a sacred territory. A complex of Roman Catholic structures on the island is particularly surprising. The most striking of which is Cu lao Gieng Church. Records say that it was built by a French priest named Gazignol between 1879 and 1889 using construction materials shipped from France. However, other records insist that construction of the church had already begun 1850. If such is proven true, Cu lao Gieng Church would be the oldest church in southern region, instead of the famous Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica in Ho Chi Minh City. Over a century went by but the cathedral still stands strong and maintaining its solemn appeal.
Beyond the churches, visitors will come across several beautiful pagodas around the island. The Phuoc Minh Pagoda is among the most admired. It has a nine-level tower and a three-door gate and are built with the same traditional styles found in northern pagodas.

The Tram Chim National Park covers an area of 7,612 hectares, located in the five communes of Tan Cong Sinh, Phu Duc, Phu Tho, Phu Thanh, Phu Hiep and the Tram Chim Town in Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province. It has a beautiful natural landscape with extensive ecosystem, with more than 130 species of plants. It is also home to hundreds of species of vertebrates, dozens of species of fish and more than 198 species of water bird, an estimated of 1/4 of the bird species found in Vietnam. it’s the sarus cranes, with their distinctive red heads, that most visitors come to see, though numbers have sadly declined drastically in recent years, and there’s not much to be seen outside the months of December to May. In flight above the marshland of the sanctuary, the slender grey birds reveal spectacular black-tipped wings. Cranes feed not from the water but from the land, so when the spate season (July–Nov) waterlogs the delta, they migrate to Cambodia.

10.    TRA VINH:
Tra vinh is a special non-touristy province in the Mekong Delta because of its location. Besides having mostly Vietnamese, Tra vInh is populated with many members of the Khmer Krom ethnic group Whose are partly members of the old Khmer Empire, and altogether there are over 140 Khmer pagodas scattered around the province. Ba Om Pond is an attraction of Tra Vinh. It is surrounded by hillocks and many old sao and dau trees with odd shape of roots. In the afternoon, flocks of birds perch on the trees and make this area exciting and noisy.

Phu Quoc Beach with exotic and peaceful beauty . The largest island of Vietnam is for who love nature and watch strange exotic beauty. This is one of must-visit places when traveling to Vietnam to foreign tourists. Night time in Phu Quoc is as relaxed as any other, the whole island is a place to just chill out and enjoy the scenery and after dark is no exception – the hypnotic lights from the squid boats at sea are so numerous they look like a galaxy. Dinh Cau Night Market –a very active night market is the palace to buy souvenirs, all kinds of crafts are on sale in addition to the usual fresh produce and seafood. This can be a good place to buy pearls… while the kids are occupied in the playground.

U Minh forest is a rich land, which is hidden with a lot of marvelous potentialities,and it is famous for its cajeput forests. Lining the nearby canals are water palms, modest groves of cajeput and fish traps consisting of triangles of bamboo sticks driven into the riverbed. The slender white trunks of the cajeput thrive in U Minh’s marshy, coffee-coloured waters, and gliding through them in a boat would be a truly tranquil experience if it were not for the racket of the boat engine. Along the way, you may spot bright blue birds flitting over the water, or, depending on the season, apiarists collecting honeycombs from the trees, which attract bees in huge numbers when they are in flower . In summer, cajuput forest blooms all, attractive honey-bees from other places to come to suck nectar. U Minh people have the experience in preparing a place for bees to make them nest. Each nest can produce some liters of honey in a flower season and each person who has experience in watching the nest can take hundreds of liters of good honey after the season of cajuput flower.. Therefore, every year, U Minh cajuput forest supplies over 50 tons of honey. U Minh forest is also a "sea of fish". Fish lives in reservoirs, channels. In flooding season, fish swims following water to enter the forest for parturition. When the water goes down, fish stays with the forest
U Minh forest is also famous as a large yard of birds in our country. Going anywhere, you can hear birds' voices fluttering in vaults of green leaves. In afternoons, flocks of birds fly tightly in the sky. When the night comes, the forest looks quieter. However, some kinds of birds call their flocks to go eating. Many kinds of big birds like gooses make big branches of tree bent under pressure.

13.    MY THO:
My Tho is a gateway to Mekong Delta from SaiGon means that it is a popular day-trip destination for those whose want to short discover river-life with the boat trips tour to the local islands and small canals . With the location so closed the Mekong river mouth where it flows to the sea , My Tho is famous water-way tourism, fishing and the cultivation of rice, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, longans and citrus fruit.

14.    BEN TRE:
Ben Tre is a sleepy waterfront town that non-touristy area with the numerous beautiful tropical scenery small canals , fruit orchards and coconut groves (Vietnamese call it the “coconut island”) . For more of an adventure, head out of town on a boat trip along the Ben Tre coastline, where labyrinthine creeks afford marvellous scope for exploring, and sometimes include stops at apiaries, rice-wine and sugar-processing workshops.
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