The Southwest of Vietnam has been well known for flooding season that starts right after September each year. This widespread area is also called Mekong Delta where are under influence of flooding season culture in terms of living habits and surrounding nature.
Reaching Mekong Delta and Dong Thap province in particular, there is a place you should go to see named Tram Chim National Park. You must never forget the feelings of sailing in the vast fields of water hyacinth while watching thousands of storks stretching wings under the sun. Here at this waterway region, you will have the chance trying local specialties as well including Cao Lanh field-mouse, “Bat Kinh” bananas, etc. Moreover, please remember to visit Go Thap lotus field as it is in the season. Come to the filed covered millions of pink lotuses and freely savor the aromatic fragrant of this traditional flower as much as you want.
You can keep going on your discovery to the flooding season of Southwest Vietnam at Bung Binh Thien Lake in Quoc Thai Commune, An Phu, An Giang which is situated nearby Vietnam – Cambodia border. The thing you are suggested to enjoy the scenery and peaceful life here is to walk on the picturesque village streets leading to the holy river wharf in front of a mosque. Cham girls with black scarves covering their faces partly make the culture of this place more mysterious as well.
You are one more time taken to immense Tra Su cajuput forest in An Giang on a boat. The vehicle splits the green water-fern carpet among the green color of cajuput trunks combining with the blue color of the sky as you are moving down the current will surely bring you a cool and calm space ever.
The flooding season is also the raining season so raincoat is indispensable, but not batwing raincoat because it is dangerous when driving in windy weather. In addition, waterproof backpacks, bags or wraps and waterproof shoes should be with you in the journey.
Ho Chi Minh City – N2 Road – Truong Xuan – Hong Ngu – Thuong Thoi Tien – Thuong Phuoc – Vinh Xuong – Thai An – Bung Binh Thien – Chau Doc – Vinh Te Canal – Ba Chuc Tomb – Tra Su cajuput forest – Tram Chim National Park – Sa Dec – Tien Giang – Ho Chi Minh City.
Things to eat:
Cao Lanh grilled field-mouse, grilled snakehead fish with clay pot (on the journey); fish porridge hotpot in Chau Doc; dishes made from lotus such as boiled lotus seeds, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, anabas rolled in tender lotus leaf, fermented “ca linh” served with lotus stem, “ca linh” hotpot, “ca linh” sizzling cake and braised snakehead fish. These dishes can be easily found anywhere of the Southwest in flooding season.
Things to see:
- Water lily fields along N2 Road
- The buffalo boy with hundreds of buffalos in water fields in Thuong Thoi Tien
- The sea in Vietnam – Cambodia border in Vinh Xuong, Thai An and along Vinh Te Canal
- Immense paddy fields in Ba Chuc, Tri Ton, An Giang
- Alluring water-fern carpets in Tra Su cajuput forest. Ticket price: 70,000VND/person. You should go in a group to reduce the cost.
- Tram Chim National Park teeming with birds
- Watch people catch specialties of flooding season such as snakes, fish, crabs, and field-mouse over the Southwest
Getting to Southwest:
For Southwest region is near Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), so this part will only give advice how you can get to the place from HCMC.
From HCMC, take Phuong Trang or Mai Linh bus to all of Southwest provinces for its convenience, fast and safety.
The roads are not so tough so it is also possible to go by motorbike to discover all the ways. If going by bus, when reaching the place, you can rent a motorbike from motor-taxi drivers or hotels with the rental fee costing 150,000-200,000VND/day.
Where to stay:
Most mini hotels and motels in the Southwest are in the price range of 150,000-200,000VND with comfortable small rooms that can be easily found in city or district center.