From September, An Giang and Dong Thap provinces come into their flooding season which allows more travelling routes of Mekong Delta Tours for tourists to visit some famous places including Tra Su, Ta Pa, Tram Chim. Tourists coming to the wet land of the West at the year-end time should not ignore the below 3 routes for travelling:
This is said to be one of the most typical tours to Mekong Delta due to the fact that An Giang is the province receiving the largest amount of flooding water in the west. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can arrive in Chau Doc by riding motorbike, driving car which are all quite easy to travel, or be a part of Mekong River Cruises, which offer to you the amazing river routes. The distance is around 250 km.
Chau Doc floating village looks fantastic in the flooded season.
In Chau Doc, it is quite interesting to spend time discovering the daily life of the locals which contains lots of Khmer traditions. In the morning, you spend time visiting Chau Doc Market to see the way people doing their businesses and enjoy a bowl of fish noodle. You then pay a visit to Ba Chua Xu Sam Mountain Temple or Chau Giang Village which contains the churches built in Islamic style with large halls. The village is also famous for many stilt houses typical for the culture of the Cham. Some households in the village sell custard caked which are home-made with bronze mould and done with burned coals. If you move forward Tan Chau district, you will have a chance to find out some people maintaining the traditional career of weaving.
Tra Su, which is about 30 km from Chau Doc is the famous cajuput forest in the West, attracting a large number of tourists every year. Coming to this forest, you will be getting the experience of sitting on a ferry travelling through the forest which is of almost 850ha in acreage. On the water, hyacinth grows covering the whole ground. Visiting ticket to the forest í from $2.5 per person, depending on the number of tourists (group or individual).
Ta Pa is a destination in Nui To commune, about 1 km from Tri Ton town. This is one of the 7 mountains creating the famous attraction of mysterious “Seven Mountain” (or That Son). Water in the lake here changes its color due to the depth of the lake. it is in dark blue at the deep areas of the lake and brighter in the more shallow areas. Water is in black in some places while orange or plain yellow in some other areas.
Tra Su Cajuput forest with water-fern in the flooding season.
Bung Binh Thien is a vast fresh water lake which is round 35 km from Chau Doc. Surrounding the lake, there are locals of four different ethnic groups leading their lives. Among these groups, the Cham following Islam Religious is the group with many special and unique cultural identities which are worth discovering.
Dong Thap serves as a province at the beginning of Mekong River with many famous attraction to visit in floating season. Tourists coming here often travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Sa Dec – the home of a renowned hundred - year – old flower village. Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House is another attraction in this place, which was built in 1895. It is the house of a Chinese businessman – the main character in the novel “Nguoi Tinh” (The Lover) of a famous French writer named Marguerite Duras.
Dong Thap bird park brings a wonderful imagine in the flooding season.
Tram Chim National Park in Tam Nong district is attractive to tourists for the vast lust green cajuput forest together with many rare animal species. Coming here, you can book a tour to visit the park within 1 to 3 hours. You can also hire a private small boat at the price of between $23 and $37 per boat. Local tour guides are those with good knowledge about the park and will show you many interesting things about the eco-system here.
Some of the famous dishes that must be tried in floating season include roasted wild mouse, fish hot pot, fish sauce hot pot, baked snake head fish rolled in lotus leave and so on. Refer Mekong Delta Day Tours that can take you to Tram Chim Park in one day, then coming back to Ho Chi Minh city. They are ideal for hurry travelers but still want to admire the imposing natures of Mekong Delta in the flooded season.