All Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Tra Vinh
To have the full experience of Tra Vinh tourism, you should also take some time to learn something about this land before you go. Tra Vinh is one of the provinces located on the coast of the Mekong Delta. It bordering Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Ben Tre and having 65 km of coastline.
In recent years, Tra Vinh has been evaluated as one of the provinces with rich potential in cultural and historical tourism. Especially when tourists come to Tra Vinh. They really want to explore various types of tourism. Such as beach holiday, garden water, the coastal floating dunes specializing in specialty fruit gardens … And of course, they also do not forget to learn about the cultural identity of the ancient land of the three ethnic Kinh, Khmer and Hoa.
What is the best time to travel to Tra Vinh?
You can come to Tra Vinh in any season. There are many festivals here. It will be great if coming to Tra Vinh on special occasions, especially in Cau Ke district.
In July, the seven lunar and the Vu Lan festivals were held at all four of Mr. Bon’s temples:
- Middle Pagoda (Van Ung Phong cung) on days 8, 9, 10;
- Chua Cay Xanh (Nien Phong Cung) in 2 days 15, 16;
- Giong Lon Pagoda (Minh Duc Cung) on 19, 20
- Chua Chuy (Van Nien Phong palace) from 25 to 28. The Vu Lan festival at the pagodas is fun, but it is rich and bold with the identity of Trieu Chau ethnicity (Hoa) above all at Cho pagoda (Van Nien Phong palace).
Transportations to Tra Vinh
The distance from the center of Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh city is nearly 200 km. If you ride a motorbike, you will lose 3-4 hours of travel. But you should note, in order to be able to run a motorbike, you need to have good health, good driving ability and most importantly, a passion for burning.
The advantage of riding a motorbike is that you will admire the beautiful scenery along the way, discover many interesting things. In addition, when you come to Tra Vinh, you do not have to worry about transportation in the inner city.
If you do not want to go to Tra Vinh by motorbike , you can go to the Mien Dong bus station to catch a bus to Tra Vinh. The address of the Western coach station is: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. Please contact to buy a ticket, ask about the time of the route, avoid the case of buying late tickets and running out of good seats.
Some car companies run Ho Chi Minh City – Tra Vinh route :
1: Mai Linh Bus 2: Tan Cuong Bus
In Saigon, the car picks up passengers at 296B Tran Phu, District 5, near An Dong Market. The car leaves from 6 am to 6 pm, with one trip per hour.
In Tra Vinh, bus pick up and drop off at 89 Pham Hong Thai and 545 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai. Vehicles leave at 1h, 2h, 3h, 4h, 7h, 8h, 9h, 11h, 13h, 17h.
Thanh Thuy Bus
The car departs in Tra Vinh from 0h to 18h. The car departs in Ho Chi Minh City from 1h to 22h. Particularly, high quality cars have seats that depart at 1h, 2h, 3h.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the bus picks up at 276 – 280 Tran Phu, near the District 5 tax office. In Tra Vinh, the car picks up passengers at 28 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 2, Tra Vinh City.
Top Sightseeings in Tra Vinh
Ba Om pond
Ba Om pond is up to 39,000m2, of which more than 10,000m2 is the pond area. Around the pond is a lot of old trees over a hundred years old. This pond is quite similar in shape to the square, so many people call it Square pond. Next to the pond there is the famous An ancient pagoda, and beautiful. Most visitors to Ba Om pond visit the pagoda. Ba Om Pond in the southwest region is a famous tourist sightlocated in the village of Ta Cu, in Nguyet Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tra Vinh Province. The climate at Ba Om Pond is cool year round, so Tra Vinh people call it the second Da Lat. The pond is surrounded by ancient trees hundreds of years old. The roots of these trees are above the ground, forming many strange shapes. Large roots create big caves, where children can enter. Some roots have even created ‘sofas’.
Ba Om Pond is entwined with legends of the Khmer people. The story goes that in the land of Thuy Chan Lap, a mandarin organised a competition between men and women. They had to dig a pond to combat drought. The winner was the one with the biggest and deeper pond.
Across from the Khmer National Cultural Museum is Angkorajaborey pagoda,also called Ang pagoda. It was granted to be a national historical cultural vestige on the 25th August 1994 by the Ministry of Culture and Information.The pagoda was built some hundred years ago on an area of about 4 hectares. Later it was restored several times. It is one of the typical in the system of 141 pagodas of the Khmer in Tra Vinh province. Ang pagoda is built in an original architectural style which harmonizes with the natural scenery and the Khmer’s fine and typical art of picture and view decoration,which deeply expresses the characters and colors of the Angkor culture. Particularly,the central chamber,the roof bends, the under-roof part, the fence pillars around the central chamber etc… are drawn with flowers and vignettes of the Snake God Naga with a curved tail, the statues of bird-headed persons,the deity snakes and birds, the head of the God Bayon with four faces, the Ogress Yeak wearing an armor and so on.
In addition, there are several hundreds of an-cient trees aged hundreds of years on the campus of the pagoda. They all create an innocent beauty, a pure atmosphere, causing a passion on visitors from everywhere whenever they have a chance to be in the pagoda.
Ba Dong Beach
Ba Dong Beach stretches nearly 50 kilometers over three communes in southern Tra Vinh Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, with the very picturesque beauty, beautiful long beach suitable for bath and holidays…
Ba Dong Beach belongs to Truong Long Hoa Commune, Duyen Hai District, approximately 55 km from Tra Vinh City. Ba Dong coast is lined with pristine white sand for 10km, with clear and fresh air.
During the colonialism era, the French built a resort and used it to rest and swim. This resort is also enjoyed by Vietnamese who spend weekends and vacations there.
Unfortunately, wars have destroyed all the road system to Ba Dong Beach. Tra Vinh Province authorities are now evaluating the possibility to rebuild the road system. Tra Vinh tourism office also plans to renovate and exploit Ba Dong seaside resort and turn it into an attractive tourist site in Cuu Long River Delta.
One of the most pleasant surprises on the third day of our Mekong Delta tour was climbing up the 400 + steps to reach the Buddhist temple known as Chua Hang or Cave Pagoda located on Sam Mountain in Chau Doc, Vietnam.
Given that we had either been planted in a van and/or boat for the past couple of days, it was a welcome relief having the opportunity to get some rigorous exercise even given the extreme heat and humidity.
At this particular point of the tour, we were starting to get frustrated that we were spending so much time in a cramped situation when we thought our tour would have included more walking and opportunities for exploration. Although, having the opportunity to climb up to this cave slightly redeemed our opinion of the tour, it still was a bit too little too late.
The ascent up the stairs was exhausting given the sweltering heat and humidity but the views were well worth it as small fishing communities and seemingly endless rice fields extended off far into the distance. The Buddhist temple was certainly more quirky than usual. In particular, a reclining Buddha was sporting sunglasses. Without fail, I pulled out my camcorder and dSLR camera to capture this peculiar attraction. I honestly live to capture these oddball travel moments; it’s what has kept me on the road as a digital nomad for years on end.
Khmer Culture Museum
Along with some popular destinations such as Ba Dong Beach, Ba Om Pond Tourist Area and many Khmer pagodas, Khmer Culture Museum which is located next to Ba Om Pond is also recommended as a good venue for those keen to explore Khmer culture and antiques.
The museum, built in 1995, is home to many artifacts and documents featuring the culture, materials and spiritual life of Khmer people in the Mekong Delta. The museum boasts spacious and large surroundings with many flowers and ornamental trees.
The museum has architecture mixed in harmony of tradition and modern décor. The first display area will feature replicas of many famous Khmer pagodas.
Vam Ray Temple
The temple Vam Ray was formally inaugurated on 22/05/2010. This is Vietnam’s largest Khmer temples, a place for the Khmer Buddhist meet and work together to cultivate the mind, of faith. For Khmer, Buddhism is a part of life and they have to create a vibrant culture associated with Theravada Buddhism in the land of the South. The temple is the center of religious activities, culture and spirit of the community should be built surface, dignified, very delicate carvings with curved, pointed roof, soaring tower, located between the campus to her children to celebrate, have fun …Like many Southern Khmer temples, pagodas Vam Ray Cambodia’s Angkor architecture. Vam Ray pagoda has two levels yard that surrounds the main hall, is coated with cement. The roof has three levels, each level is divided into three folds, larger folds between the two side sticky sides are equal, there is no tower roof …
Mac Bac Church
Mac Bac (located in Cau Quan town, Tieu Can district, 30 kilometers West of Tra Vinh town) is considered as one of the major ancient Christian parishes in the Mekong Delta.
Mac Bac Church had its construction started in 1886 and finished in 1888. With the interior area of 24 x 60 m, and the 36 meter bell tower,the church was regarded as the second biggest in South Vietnam at that time, only after the Norte Dam Cathedral (in Saigon). In spite of being designed by and constructed under the control of a French architect and built from main materials transported from France, it had the construction directly executed by the native Vietnamese people. It means that the level and capacity of the Tra Vinh laborers in the late 19th century really deserved great admiration. Mac Bac Church is the oldest architectural work that has still existed in the territory of Tra Vinh province though it has spent over 120 rainy and sunny years
Phuoc Minh Palace
Phuoc Minh Palace (commonly called Ong Pagoda because the major worshipped god here is Quan Thanh De, i.e. Mandarin Cong) is situated at 44 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 2, Tra Vinh town. It is considered an original and typical architectural work and a “traditional fine-art museum” of the Chinese community on the territory of Tra Vinh province. The date of this pagoda was some centuries and it was restored in the early 20th century.
There are three parts i.e. front-palace,mid-palace and post-palace which are constructed in the shape of the Chinese letter “Three” and the two sides -the left palace and the right palace – direct to the inside.The whole work is covered with the yin-yang tile into several steps; the roof’s edging is coated with the enamel of the pearl color; the pillars are made of precious timber. The interior, from the worship plaques and altars to the doors, horizontal lacquered boards, crolls and so on, is all skillfully carved and decorated in the patterns of the traditional Chinese fine-art such as the two dragons attending the Moon's audience, the Dragon – Phoenix fighting for the pearl, the four supernatural creatures (i.e. dragon, unicorn,tortoise, phoenix), the four screens, the eight fairies,and dao vien ket nghia (peach garden for sworn brothers) and so on. Annually, on the occasion of the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, Nguyen Tieu Festival of the Chinese community in Tra Vinh province takes place in Phuoc Minh Palace.
Long Tri Isle
Long Tri Isle lies in the center of the Co Chien River in Long Duc commune,Tra Vinh town, about 5 kilometers East of the center of the inner-town.
Long Tri Isle is regarded as a typical one for the ecosystem of the brackish water (a half year is fresh water and the other is saltinfiltrated water) with an area of fresh-water orchards such as longan,mango and grapefruit etc…admitting with endemic botanical species of the saltinfiltrated zone such as cypress,water-coconut, and many species of birds etc.
Skirting the lower section of Long Tri Isle and overlooking the bank of Ben Tre is a range of small isles built up by deposits of silt throughout years. There are numerous cypress trees growing here so it is called Con Ban (Cypress Isle).Con Ban is now a typical model of raising scaleless fish for export in the brackish water in Tra Vinh province.