If central Vietnam is my favorite place to travel and learn about history, the Mekong Delta region is where I am touched by the hardship that these people endure.
My journey starts from Dong Tam Snake Farm in Tien Giang Province. It is one of the country’s largest snake-farms where venom is produced for local use and export. The center also has other rare animals such as bears, monkeys and golden turtles.
Down the river to An Giang Province, I had time to visit many places such as Ba Chua Xu Temple, built in 1820 at the foot of Sam Mountain, Chau Doc District, where people pray to Ba Chua Xu for better crops and lives. From Sam Mountain visitors can see the Vietnam and Cambodia border and That Son Mountain Range where there are many old pagodas.
I also had a chance to see artisans weaving brocades in Cham Chau Giang craft village. And visited Dong Thap to see the tomb of Sinh Sac, the father of Uncle Ho.
Then I left for Kien Giang Province, a must-see for all travelers to the delta. I went first to Ha Tien Town and looked around Mui Nai Beach, Thon Van Stone Cave, Chong Islet and many historical and cultural relics.
From the center of Ha Tien Township, I stopped at the royal tombs and temples of the Mac Cuu family at Binh San Mountain. They were the family who first settled the town 300 years ago. The mountain was nice to trek around then I cooled off at some of the temples and the ancient Phu Dung Pagoda
If you go to Kien Giang Province, you shouldn’t miss the boat ride to Phu Quoc Island, to see the peaceful tropical paradise and float in the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
I came back via Can Tho City, checked out Cai Rang Floating Market – listening to the cries of sellers drifting along the canals and rivers.
In Can Tho, I also watched a performance of don ca tai tu (southern opera singing). By Dang Khoa in Can Tho of SGT.
Phu Tu Island in Phu Quoc offshore Kien Giang Province
A seller at Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho City at dawn Photos: Dang Khoa