When we think of southwest Vietnam, we think of the bustling countryside market or the scenery of lush coconut palm trees touching the sky. Travelers will remember the fruitful orchards and the complicated canal and river networks. Read on to learn about attractions and the rustic lifestyle.
Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho
Can Tho, the beautifully named capital of the southwest, is considered the centre of the region. Many famous tourist attractions draw visitors here. One is Cai Rang floating market. A typical cultural feature of the southwest, the floating market naturally evolved in this watery region as the best way to trade goods.
Cai Rang is one of the five largest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. The best time to arrive is between five a.m. and seven a.m. Everything takes place on the river, from shopping to eating and drinking. Many deals can be had and the colourful activity makes for great photo opportunities.
Bat Pagoda, Soc Trang
Bat Pagoda (also called Mahatup Pagoda) is located at 73B Le Hong Phong Street, Ward 3, Soc Trang City. This is considered one of the most famous pagodas in Soc Trang as well as in the Mekong Delta. A large number of visitors come to see the unique Khmer architectural features. They are also curious about the thousands of bats that live in the area and the mysterious folk stories about five hoofed pigs.
Tan Lap floating village, Long An
Tan Lap floating village (also known as Tan Lap melaleuca forest) is in Moc Hoa District, Long An province. A newly discovered travel destination, Tan Lap floating village is starting to receive the attention of visitors. It is an ideal place for those who are seeking a comfortable experience in the natural melaleuca forest. While admiring the beauty of the soaring green forests, visitors can float in a dory, gazing at lovely lotus and water lily fields.
Forbidden Mountain, An Giang
The southwest is known for the Seven Mountains in An Giang. Forbidden Mountain (also known as Nui Cam), is a popular place for those who love An Giang and Vietnam’s southwestern culture. This high, majestic mountain is located in An Hao Commune, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province. Here, travelers can experience the first cable car ride in the Mekong Delta, plus explore caves, streams, and sacred temples. When visiting Forbidden Mountain, you can also experience the other six mountains, including Nui Tuong (Elephant mountain), Nui Co To (Phoenix Mountain), Nui Dai (Lying dragon mountain), Nui Ket (Parrot mountain), Nui Dai Nam Gieng (Five lakes mountain), and Nui Nuoc (Water reservoir mountain).
The Cape of Ca Mau, Ca Mau
The Cape of Ca Mau is located in Mui village, Dat Mui commune, Ngoc Hien district, more than 100 kilometres from Ca Mau city. As the southernmost point of the country, Ca Mau Cape is a meaningful place for Vietnamese people. There is a boat- shaped monument facing The East Sea (part of Pacific Ocean) and nearby is an observatory. Sunrise and and sunset are spectacular. Simple, rustic and sacred, Ca Mau cape captivates people’s hearts. Activities include exploring the ecosystem by crossing a mangrove forest on a monkey bridge (handmade of bamboo). Typical dishes to try are U Minh fish sauce hot pot, mudskippers roasted with salt and pepper, mud clam boiled with ginger, or turtle roasted with salt.
Wind power field, Bac Lieu
Located beside the Prince of Bac Lieu’s mansion, Bac Lieu wind power plant is a popular tourist destination. The plant (also known as a wind farm or fan field) is currently the largest wind power field in Vietnam. It can be found along Cao Van Lau street towards the sea, in the area of Bien Dong A Hamlet, Vinh Trach Dong commune. Wind turbines fitted with rotating propellers look like giant white pinwheels in the sky. This is a favourite photography spot for young people visiting Bac Lieu.
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