The Mekong Delta is well-known for its rustic natural landscapes, attractive regional dishes and unique cultures. Among 12 provinces of the Mekong Delta, Tien Giang is considered as one of the most popular destinations for almost tourists coming the Mekong Delta. During the trip to Tien Giang, visitors will have great chances to discover many beautiful natural landscapes, join a lot of interesting experiences and enjoy a diversity of unique local dishes. Below are top 5 attractions you should not ignore in Tien Giang as well as the Mekong Delta in general.
1. Cai Be Floating Market
Cai Be floating market is located on the northern side of My Thuan Bridge, where Tien Giang River forms the border between three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre. It is opened from 5 am to 5 pm, but the best time to explore the market is in the early morning. A special thing which you cannot find at other floating markets is the big Catholic cathedral on the riverside – a popular and amazing backdrop for taking photographs.
Cai Be floating market
The floating market not only sells agricultural products but also various types of goods such as: household and working tools including canoes, boat, roofing sheets, knives; fishing tools and waving products. Also the market sell many types of food such as: noodle soup, noodle with toasted meat, rice soup, Hu Tieu, coffee and so on. Specially, trading from boats brings an interesting experience to buyer when catching some samples of products which are thrown by sellers from other boats.
2. Dong Tam Snake Farm
Located 12 kilometers from My Tho City, Tien Giang Province,Dong Tam Sanke Farm covers 12 hectares, including simulated wildness areas, surrounded by ditches for snakes as well as areas for other animals like sheep, ostriches, yellow tortoises, tigers, crocodiles and so on. This is a place for the animals to have a peaceful life without the impact of man. In Dong Tam Snake Farm, tourists can see a lot of researched snakes which are extremely aggressive and even capable of spitting poison, and other snake-based medicines are produced to save lives.
Dong Tam Snake Farm is home to various kinds of snakes
Truly, a visit to this place is not for faint-heart. Snakes here are allowed to move freely in the farm so at first sight, you will feel as if being strayed into the kingdom of snakes. Dong Tam snake farm is also a well-known center for residents in Cuu Long Delta and provinces nearby to treat snake bites.
3. Vinh Trang Temple
When traveling to Tien Giang, you should not ignore Vinh Trang temple, the largest Buddhist site in this province. Built in the 19th century in My Phong village, Vinh Trang temple covers an area of two hectares with many beautiful trees. In addition to its ancientness and impressiveness, there is a poetic landscape around awaiting tourists to discover. Coming inside, you are quickly conquered by plenty of big Buddha statues and charming gardens. They are century-old trees shading, fresh lake spreading lotus fragrance to every corner. The unique combination of both Asian and European styles in its architecture also impresses any traveler once passing by.
Vinh Trang Temple
4. Thoi Son Island
Located near My Tho city in Tien Giang province, Thoi Son island is one of well-known eco-tourism destination which attracts hundreds visitors each year in the Mekong Delta. Going along with Thoi Son Island, visitors will have great chance to contemplate the lush gardens of fruits, feel the cool weather and see a row of houses which sell handicraft products made from coconut, embroidery product, cake, wine and featured products of this province. Besides, during the trip, visitors can also enjoy various specialties of the wetland: grilled fish wrapped in new lotus leaves, Keo fish hotpot and flowers melting pot, etc.
Peaceful atmosphere in Thoi Son Island
A visit to Thai Son Island will give visitors chance to row boat down the canal and down the winding between lush coconut water or water willow trees along canals swaying greets visitors. If you want to take a stroll the winding stone streets, past the lush orchards, it is interesting to rest in the garden honey-sweet tea and listening to folk music element. Thoi Son island by night is really magical time with moon, waves heaven, breeze. Visitors can sit on a river boat watching the moon slid up, or sit with you for listening to voice smooth moist, deep country girl.
5. Tan Thanh Beach
Stunning sunset in Tan Thanh Beach
You have to “open your mouth” as travel to Tan Thanh beach, the most beautiful beach with black sand in Vietnam. It is situated in Go Cong Dong district, approximately 50 kilometers from the east of My Tho city. Owing a site of black and smooth sand stretching until 7 kilometers, Tan Thanh beach is an ideal destination for wonderful short trips. Due to the black sand mingling with mud, it is not ideal place to have a bath or swim. However, there are also amazing points attracting visitors to discover. As soon as, setting first steps at Tan Thanh beach, you are able to enjoy smooth sand layers, cool wind full of salty flavor from ocean and eat fresh seafood. Moreover, discovering the daily lives of the fishermen here tends to leave you unforgettable impression.