General information about Tien Giang
Tien Giang is a coastal province in Mekong Delta, with most of the province in the area of My Tho province before. Tien Giang lies along the north of the Tien River with a length of 120 km. Thanks to the very favorable position, Tien Giang has become the political and cultural center of the whole Mekong Delta.
Tien Giang is a very suitable tourist destination for you to discover and enjoy natural beauty. In addition to historical sites, you will feel the beauty of the scene and the friendliness of the people here. Therefore, this province can be seen as one of the most charming tourist sites in the delta that you can’t miss on your trip to Vietnam this time. Let’s find out what to do in Tien Giang with Mekong Smile Tour!
The best time to travel to Tien Giang
You can go to Tien Giang at any time of the year, but the most beautiful and charming is in the summer. This is the time when the orchards are filled with the fragrance and color of the fruits. Or you can go to Tien Giang in spring, visit Cai Be floating market to feel the bustling atmosphere of Western people on Tet holidays.
How do you get to Tien Giang?
Tien Giang is about 70kms from Ho Chi Minh City, and 103 km from Can Tho City.
- From Ho Chi Minh City: you can buy a bus ticket at Mien Tay bus station to reach Tien Giang. Some recommended local buses are Phuong Trang, Thanh Buoi…
- From Can Tho: you can also catch a local bus at Can Tho station to get to Tien Giang. Or you can go there by motorbike to be more flexible when moving between tourist destinations.
- From Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, the boat is also popular transportation when traveling to Tien Giang. However, it is quite dangerous when traveling by waterway at a high speed on the river.
What to do in Tien Giang
1. Top things to do in Tien Giang – Visit Cai Be floating market
Cai Be floating market lies in the area where the Tien River shares the border between three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long as well as Ben Tre. The market serves as a marketplace for trading and exchanging goods, as well as a fruit distribution center and a tourist attraction in Tien Giang province.
Unlike normal floating markets that only meet in the morning, Cai Be floating market starts trading from morning until late at night. When the dawn was just up, the floating market will be bustled like a small street on the river. Hurry to get here at around 5 or 6 am, when the light of the day is the best for those who love to take some great pictures.
2. Dong Tam snake farm
With over 400 different snake species, Dong Tam is considered one of the country’s largest snake farms. The farm is not only an attractive place to many tourists, but also a flawless destination for those who want to learn more about snake species, their characteristics, physiology, and usefulness in life.
Moreover, visitors can learn how to distinguish poisonous and non-poisonous snakes or what to do when they are accidentally bitten by a snake. This may be valuable information that you can gain after your trip. Apart from snakes, you can see lots of other precious amphibians, like giant pythons, crocodiles, cobras, etc.
3. Vinh Trang pagoda
Vinh Trang Pagoda is considered the largest temple in Tien Giang province, about 5 km from My Tho city. This temple is one of the oldest and most famous architectural temples in Tien Giang. The pagoda was established in the nineteenth century with architectural construction combined with Eastern and Western culture. Here the Buddha statues are delicately carved to bring harmony in Buddhism, exuding the majesty of the temple.
4. Cai Be orchard
Cai Be orchard is considered the largest fruit basket in Tien Giang. Coming to this orchard, in addition to visiting the luxuriant and fruitful orchards, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a full range of specialty fruits grown here. Famous fruits in the Cai Be orchard such as Cai Be mandarin, durian, star apple, grapefruit, rambutan, oranges … will surely satisfy the most demanding guests when coming to the West. Enjoying fresh and delicious fruit, dropping your soul into a cool, green, peaceful space in the orchard, visitors will feel how much you love the orchard in Tien Giang.
5. Tan Thanh beach
Tan Thanh beach is located in Go Cong Dong district, about 50 km east of My Tho city. If you plan to go swimming here, you will be disappointed because the beach is covered by thick black mud. However, this is one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in Vietnam, when you put your foot in the sand, you will feel the soft sand like velvet. Especially, Tan Thanh beach attracts tourists because there are many fresh and delicious kinds of seafood such as clam, snakehead, shrimp, crab …
6. Man Dinh Hong flower garden
If you love flowers and like a beautiful place to take pictures in Tien Giang, Man Dinh Hong flower garden is the place for you. The garden is about 1.1 hectares wide with many kinds of flowers such as pink flowers, sunflowers, cosmos, etc. The flowers are planted interchangeably to create a colorful flower field. It can be said that this is a formidable opponent of Sa Dec flower village in Dong Thap.
7. Thoi Son islet
Thoi Son Islet is a 1,200-hectare island which is located in the lower section of the Tien River. Today, it welcomes hundreds of tourists and visitors every day. Traveling to Thoi Son Islet, tourists will experience the typical journey. For example, you can sit on a boat to float through the creeks between two rows of coconut trees, enjoy many garden fruits, listen to Southern amateur music, or enjoy honey tea.
8. Vinh Kim orchard
Vinh Kim orchard is one of the famous fruit gardens in Tien Giang. This orchard attracts a lot of tourists coming here every year. Because the air here is fresh and cool, so it is suitable to relax for the weekend. Besides, here also serves a variety of fresh fruits such as rambutan, dragon fruit, mango, etc.
9. Dong Hoa Hiep ancient village
The Dong Hoa Hiep ancient village is located in Dong Hoa Hiep commune, Cai Be district, Tien Giang province. This is a traditional craft village with many old houses of hundred years and special architectural styles. Dong Hoa Hiep has a valuable cultural heritage of 355 old houses built from the late 19th century, which help set the commune apart as a unique destination for eco-tourism in Tien Giang Province. One of the prominent sights in Dong Hoa Hiep village is Mr. Kiet’s ancient house, Ba Duc ancient house, etc.
Coming to Dong Hoa Hiep, visitors will have the opportunity to walk on the streets nestled under the orchards. In addition, tourists will have the opportunity to join the local people: participate in making rice, coated rice paper, rolling milk cake, tending fruit orchards, going to Cai Be floating market, slapping fish ditches, listening to Southern amateur music.
Tips for a visit to Tien Giang
- Ask and negotiate prices before buying or using the service.
- Remember to bring sunscreen, umbrellas, hats, when coming in the big sunny season. The tools go rain like umbrellas, raincoats when coming in the rainy season.
- If you cannot swim, you should be careful when traveling to the places of the river.