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In An Giang

Sam
Mountain
Location:  Vinh Te Commune, 6km west of Chau Doc Town.
Characteristics: The 230m high mountain with beautiful landscapes and many historic remains. From Long Xuyen, you have to travel almost 60km to get to Sam Mountain which lies west of Chau Doc Town, at approximately 2km from the frontier between Vietnam and Cambodia. The 230m high mountain does not only offer beautiful landscapes, but it is also where many historic remains deeply loved by the inhabitants of Nam Bo plain are located. Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tao Ngo Garden, and Bach Van Hill are among the famous sites to visit near Sam Mountain.

Ba Chua Xu temple

Location: At the foot of Sam Mountain, Vinh Te Commune, Chau Doc Town.
Characteristics: Ba Chua Xu Temple is constructed according to the Chinese character "quoc", has 4 square roofs, roofed with blue pile-shaped tiles.
Ba Chua Xu Temple was built in 1820 on Sam Mountain. According to a legend, in the early 1800s villagers found a statue of a lady dating to the 6th century in the forest. They built a temple in her honor, hoping that she would bring them better crops and better lives. This is why the marble statue of Ba Chua Xu, meaning "country lady," is worshipped. Ba Chua Xu Festival is organized annually at the end of the 4th lunar month; worshippers touch her statue and ask for her protection and benediction.

Oc-Eo Remains Site
Location: Oc-Eo Remains Site is located in the mountainous region of Sap - Ba The in Thoai Son District, An Giang Province; 30km from Long Xuyen.
Characteristics: It is a vast ancient vestige of the Phu Nam Kingdom, a powerful nation in the Southeast Asia about two thousand years ago. In the Middle Ages, the ancient citadel of Oc-Eo used to be a commercial center.
Oc-Eo Remains Site was rediscovered when the soil was dug out to build the Ba The Channel. The site has an area of 4,500ha still hold many mysteries to researchers and archaeologists. 
 Nowadays, the Oc Eo Remains Site not only receives many researchers and archeologists who come to study and investigate but also attracts many local and foreign tourists who come to visit and study about a booming era of the former An Giang.

In Kien Giang

Phu Quoc National Park
Situated in the North-East of Phu Quoc Island and have the Northern and Eastern boundaries with the coastline, Phu Quoc National Park covers of 31,422 ha, accounting for 70% area of Phu Quoc Island, which is regarded as a precious thanks to the prosperity of natural beauty.
According to director Pham Quang Binh, Phu Quoc National Park is located on an island that has a mixture of continental and coastal climate, creating a rich ecosystem of primeval, secondary and indigo forests. Its indigo forests are distributed in the wetlands or the lowlands that is flooded in the rainy season and sloping hills.

Phu Quoc beach
Pristine beaches here are seemingly captivating to those fond of unspoilted beauties. The one listed in the “World Hidden Beaches” is “Long Bank” (“Bãi Dài”), which is most beautiful from October to March. The beach honorably ranks higher in the list to many other world famous beaches, such as Wildcat Beach in California, the USA, Pink Beach in Barbuda, or Cayo Costa State, south Florida, and so forth.
Besides, other suggested beaches to visit are Kem Bank, Dam Bank, Sao Bank, Ong Doi Cape, and so forth. You can come here by ship or airplane (Hochiminh City – Phu Quoc Flight). Swimming, sun bathing, boat-sailing, scuba-diving, etc. are all the exciting and relaxing seaside activities, healthful for every individual tourist. There is some nice coral to see and if you are lucky you might see a bamboo shark. After about an hour dipping yourself in the cool and clean blue sea water, imagine that you are now served with a series of especially tasty seafood; you would feel like you were the happiest guy in the world!
In case one has interest in the local fishing life, he may pay a visit to Ham Ninh fishing village, where the routine daily fishing work of the locals are available at your observation.
Motorcycles are plentiful and cheap, hire one off a local and go cruising around the island. Petrol can usually be purchased around the island at various beaches served fresh in glass bottles. Also bicycle is a great way to observe the island.

In Bac Lieu

Xiem Can Pagoda
Location: The Xiem Can Pagoda is located 7km from the town of Bac Lieu, on the same road that leads to the Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary.
Characteristics: This Khmer pagoda is over a century old, and was built, carved, and decorated in an original ethnic style

Quan De Pagoda
Location: Quan De Pagoda is located on the bank of Bac Lieu River in Bac Lieu Town, Bac Lieu Province.
Characteristics: The architecture of the Quan De Pagoda deeply characterizes the Hoax people. The Hoa people in the area consider the pagoda to be a cultural symbol. Quan De Pagoda was built in 1835 by a Chau Quai salt merchant who encouraged the local people to raise funds for its construction.
It houses several precious religious artifacts; and Quan Van Truong, a Chinese military mandarin from the San Kuo period, is worshipped here.

In Tra Vinh

Ba Dong Beach
Ba Dong Beach is 55 km from Tra Vinh, in the area of Truong Long Hoa, in Duyen Hai district. Ba Dong Beach coast is lined with white sand for tens of kilometers. The air is clear and fresh.
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.

Ang Pagoda
Ang pagoda is one of the Khmer ancient pagoda system in Tra Vinh. The pagoda is 7km from the centre of Tra Vinh town, located in an area of 4 ha in Tra Cu hamlet, Nguyet Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District. The pagoda is surrounded by old trees of Ba Om pond. The architecture of pagoda is ancient and unique. It was recognized a national cultural relic by Culture Information Ministry

In Dong Thap

Tram Chim National park
Tram Chim is 40 km by road from Cao Lanh town in Dong Thap province. Within the national park, you can hire boats to reach good birding sites. From January to May each year, when sky is clear, visitors will see from the horizon many black spot coming. It is crane flock returning after months of emigrating to evade flood. This is also the season for photographing cranes in the dawn and sunset.
Tram Chim National Park is one of the best developed and most well-known sites for ecotourism in the Mekong Delta. The national park already has basic tourist facilities, and previously received many visitors. There are some small guesthouses in Tam Nong town with basic facilities. Tram Chim National Park, with natural history of collective ecology of geomorphology, hydrography and underwater creatures, is an ideal rendezvous place of tourists from all over the world.

Sa Dec flower garden
Sa Dec Flower Garden — one of flower centers of South Vietnam — locates in Tan Qui Dong Commune, Sa Dec Town. This garden occupies 60 hectares with 600 households – 3,600 laborers specialized in growing flowers and ornamental plants.
Located by the bank of annually windy Tien River of fertility and sun, Flower village Sa Dec is a fatherland of hundreds “uncanny flowers and strange herbs”. Here tourists can see scarce and priceless bonsai of hundreds years old. There are simple trees close to life of laborers like thistle, areca, fig... but through skillful, industrious, talent hands of artisan-artists, they became priceless bonsai with beautiful and uncanny forms.

In Can Tho

Ninh Kieu Wharf
Ninh Kieu Wharf is located on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River, close to the centre of the city. The wharf is the city's main trading centre where hundreds of boats plying the river, bringing products from the rest of the Delta region.
Close to Ninh Kieu Wharf is Can Tho Harbor, which was built according to a modern design and can accommodate ships of up to 5,000 tons. Can Tho Market, which is near Ninh Kieu Wharf, is one of the major markets in the western region of South Vietnam.
The market is attractive with its floating restaurant located on Hau River. Connoisseurs can enjoy the province's specialties while watching hundreds of boats pass by.

Phung Hiep Floating Market
From Ninh Kieu River port in the centre of Can Tho, 160 km from Ho Chi Minh City, boats bring visitors to Cai Khe Island, Con Au, Phu An Park, and Con Son.
Beneath the trees bearing sau rieng, areca, and oranges, one can enjoy delicious meals or lie in a hammock while listening to birds singing.
Tourist guides bring all visitors to Phung Hiep Floating Market. The immense surface of the river is divided into seven branches.
Phung Hiep Snake Market, located close to the floating market, is known worldwide. Visitors from all over the world go there to taste the snake liquor and see the dangerous snake dance.

In Vinh Long

Tien Chau Pagoda
Location: Tien Chau Pagoda is situated in An Binh River Island of An Binh Commune, Long Ho District, Vinh Long Province.
Characteristic: At first it was called Di Da Tu. At the end of the 19th century, Di Da Temple was severely damaged and restored in the year of pig (1889).
This name Tien Chau Tu (Tien Chau Temple) was officially accepted then. The present Tien Chau Temple is of the same size as that of 1899. Di Da Tu is an old temple and Bai Tien (the Fairy Beach) is a scenery spot so this place of interest has attracted lots of tourists. This Tien Chau Temple was officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Information as a national art and architecture heritage on December 12, 1994.

In Ca Mau

Cape Camau National Park
Cape Ca Mau National Park is originally covered by natural mangrove forest; however, the vast majority was destroyed during the Second Indochina War. Most of the aqua cultural ponds have been abandoned and now support extensive areas of re-colonizing mangrove forest. There are extensive mudflats which are also being colonized naturally by mangrove. These areas are continually growing due to accretion rates along the coastline of up to 50m per year in places.
The park has a rich fauna with 13 species of animals belonging to 9 families, including 2 species listed in the Red Book of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). They are the long-tailed monkey and ca khu (Trachypithecus cristatus). The park is also considered to be an important site for a number of migratory water birds with 74 species of birds belonging to 23 families, including 5 species listed in IUCN Red Book, namely the Chinese stork, grey-legged pelican, ibis leucocephalus, curved beak snipe and black-headed ibis

Hon Khoai Island
Hon Khoai is one of the well-known landscapes of the southernmost province of Ca Mau, about 15kilometres from the mainland. Hon Khoai is a group of islets and the biggest island is called Hon Khoai. Hon Khoai is a rock island with hills and forests including various kinds of precious wood such as Star wood. The wild natural landscapes attract tourists a great deal. Formerly, Hon Khoai was called Giang Huong, Independence Island and Poulo Obi in the French domination. However, the locals get used to calling it Hon Khoai because it looks like the shape of a giant potato. A path to the top of the island zigzags round the hillside and is shadowed by high and big trees. Jackfruit and mango trees are seen lush and many of them have become century-old trees. Many wild flowers blossom in rock cavities. Tourists can hear sounds of running water and birds, it is really a paradise.

In Soc Trang

Tan Long Stork Sanctuary
Location: The sanctuary lies at Long Binh Commune, Nga Nam District, Soc Trang Province; 17km from Phu Loc Town.
Characteristics: Over the past 20 years, this sanctuary has been home to thousands of storks. It has been recognized as one of the green tourist attractions.

Doi Pagoda

Location: Doi Pagoda is located on Le Hong Phong St., 2km from downtown Soc Trang, Soc Trang Province.
Characteristic: The pagoda is famous for its beautiful architecture, especially its very large roof that houses tens of thousands of bats.  
Doi Pagoda (Bat Pagoda) also called Ma Toc Pagoda, or Mahatuc Pagoda was built during the 16th century, and it has been renovated several times since. The pagoda is famous for its beautiful architecture, especially its very large roof that houses tens of thousands of bats. They cling to tree branches all day, fly away at night to seek food, and return the following morning. The bats never eat the fruit in the garden.

My Phuoc River Islet
Location: My Phuoc Islet is located in the middle of the Hau River, in Nhon My Commune, Ke Sach District, Soc Trang Province; about half an hour by boat, 10km from Ke Sach small town.
Characteristics: My Phuoc Islet (also called Cong Dien or Bun Islet) has many tropical fruit frees. The river islet, which is in a refreshing and cool area with a beautiful river landscape, is an attractive tourism spot in Soc Trang Province.

Ooc-om-bok Festival
Time: In the evening of the 14th day and the 15th day of the tenth lunar month.
Place: In the yards of the pagodas or of the residents' houses.
Objects of worship: Moon deity.
Characteristics: Moon worshipping ceremony, floating lights on the water, boat race.
Participators: The Khmer people in the South, the Hoa and the Viet people.

In Tien Giang

Dong Tam Snake-Breeding Farm
Dong Tam is the centre of snake breeding for taking venom for exportation, as well as medicinal plant cultivation and the study and treatment of snake-bites, for people in the Cuu Long River Delta.
The farm is 9 km from My Tho. There is a snake-breeding zone with dozens of species to feed or even to play with. There are also crocodiles and other species of birds and animals on hand.

Cai Be Floating Market

Location: Cai Be Floating Market is held where the Tien Giang River forms the border between the provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre. It takes about one hour to reach the market from the town of Vinh Long Province.
Characteristics: Approximately 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables, and other products are anchored along the banks of the river, from 5 am to 5 pm every day.  The merchandise sold in each boat is hung on a pole in front of the boat to attract customers.

Vinh Trang Pagoda
Location: Vinh Trang Pagoda is located in a large garden in My Phong Commune, My Tho City, Tien Giang Province.
Characteristics: The architecture of the pagoda is a harmonious combination of Asian and European types of architecture, creating the splendid, but simple features of this Buddhist pagoda. Vinh Trang Pagoda is the greatest pagoda of Tien Giang Province, in an area of 2,000m2 with many beautiful trees.

Tu Kiet Festival
Time: 15th to the 16th day of the eighth lunar month.
Place: Thanh Hoa Commune, Cai Lay District, Tien Giang Province.
Objects of worship: Four men: Duoc, Long, Rong, Than who become the heroes during the struggle against French colonialism.
Characteristics: Incense offering ceremony.

In Long An

Binh Ta Vestiges
The vestiges are remnants of the Oc Eo-Phu Nam culture from the first to seventh centuries.
Binh Ta’s architectural and archaeological vestiges including Go Xoai, Go Don and Go Nam Tuoc can be found 40km north-east of the town of Tan An in Long An Province.
Go Xoai Temple at a depth of 1.7 to 1.9m is considered a one-time celebration place of the Phu Nam people. On a collection of 26 gold objects discovered in Go Xoai, there are thin gold leaves with sentences of Buddhist sutra written in the ancient Sanskrit language.
Other valuable objects were also excavated here. There are pieces of Oc Eo pottery, metal, precious stones, sandstone and a series of other relics from primitive man discovered around the temple.
Architectural works discovered in Binh Ta’s vestiges are a temple dedicating to the Siva deity of Brahmanism which appeared in India around the first century BC and was introduced to southern Indochina at the beginning of the Christian era. Most of the works were constructed for religious purposes, but at the same time played a role as a cultural and political centre of the ancient state.

Ton Thanh Pagoda
Location: Ton Thanh Pagoda is situated in Thanh Ba Hamlet, My Loc Commune, Can Giuoc District, Long An Province.
Characteristics: This is the oldest pagoda in Long An.  
Built in 1808 by northern emigrants, Ton Thanh Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Long An. Several valuable ancient statues with its design in 19th century still are remained in the pagoda. Vietnamese poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu lived in this pagoda from 1859 to 1861.