Duyen Hai is a coastal district in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, where the Mekong River meets the East Sea.
From Tra Vinh take National Road 53 east to get to Duyen Hai. The first place of interest there is Ba Dong Beach in Truong Long Hoa Commune. Ba Dong has giant sand dunes, formed by the action of the river and the ocean.
Lining the beach at the foot of the sand dunes are endless miles of casuarina forests.
Behind the sand dunes are potato farms where visitors can join in the harvest with local farmers to learn how to farm and about the local culture. As the soil is sandy and soft, it’s easy to dig the big sweet potatoes up. Along the beach there are farms that grow rau muong, a type of water spinach with purple flowers.
Also in Truong Long Hoa Commune, about 55 kilometers from Tra Vinh Town, is the Nha Trang – Duyen Hai, also called Ba Dong tourist area where tourists can find accommodation, a swimming beach, volleyball court and places to relax.
The tourist area covers seven hectares. There is also a food area and bungalows to rent. The sunsets are spectacular.
The tourist area contains an old temple dedicated to worship Trieu Thi Trinh who led the revolution against the Chinese in 248AD. She failed and drowned herself in the river.
The temple attracts many visitors and pilgrims every year to the heroine’s commemoration ceremony.
About 200 meters from the temple is an old tomb built of stone under the shade. Locals say it is the tomb of a princess in Nguyen Dynasty who may have been the sister of Gia Long King. By Phuong Ha in Tra Vinh
Ba Dong Beach in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh
Farmers in their potato garden near Ba Dong Beach in Tra Vinh Province – Photos: Phuong Ha