VIETNAM TRAVEL

 

Mekong Delta

My Tho - Around My Tho - Ben tre - Around Ben Tre - Vinh Long - Tra Vinh - Around Tra Vinh - Sa Dec - Cao Lanh - Around Cao Lanh - Can Tho - Soc Trang Around Can Tho - Around Soc Trang - Bac Lieu - Around Bac lieu - Ca Mau - Around Ca Mau - Nam Can - Long Xuyen - Around Long Xuyen - Chau Doc - Around Chau Doc - Ba Chuc - Tuc Dup Hill - Ha Tien - Around Ha Tien
Hon Chong - Rach Gia - Phu Quoc Island

AROUND TRA VINH

Chua Co
A Khmer monastery. Chua Co is interesting because the grounds form a bird sanctuary. Several types of stork and ibis arrive here in large numbers before sunset to spend the night. Of course, there are many nests here and you must take care not to disturb them.
Chua Co is 43km from Tra Vinh. Travel 36km to Tra Cu then follow the sandy road for 7km to the monastery.

Luu Cu
Some ancient ruins are found at Luu Cu, south of Tra Vinh near the shores of the Hau Giang River. The ruins include brick foundations similar to those found at Chain temples. There have been a series of archaeological digs here and the site is now protected. It's 10km from the town of Tra Cu (36km from Tra Vinh).
Ba Dong Beach
This yellow-sand beach is not bad compared with other 'beaches' in the Mekong Delta, hut the main attraction at Ba Dong Reach is the peace and quiet - it -sees very few visitors during the week - though weekends can get packed. The big event here - well worth attending if you happen to be in the area - is the Khmer Ok Om Bok festival, featuring colourful boat races. It's held on a weekend in late October early November (ask for details at Tra Vinh Tourist).
Tra Vinh Tourist operates the only accommodation on the beach.
The
Ba Dong Beach Resort (d/bungalow 160,000/22,000d; opened in 2004, has pleasant bungalows (and simpler rooms) with ocean views and hot-water bathrooms. Rates include breakfast, and there's a seafood restaurant attached. Reserve via Tra Vinh Tourist.
To get here from Tra Vinh, head 50km along the paved road to Duyen Hai and follow the bumpy dirt road for 12km until you reach the beach. About three buses a day make the trip from Tra Vinh to Duyen Hai (15,000d), from which you can hire a moto-taxi (for 10.000d) to take you to the beach.