General information about Vinh Long
Vinh Long is one of 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta, far from Ho Chi Minh City is about 132 km. This place has a plain topography and is alluvial deposited by two large rivers creating a rich river city. When you travel to Vinh Long, you will enjoy the feeling of peace and comfort when walking through the orchards. In addition to visiting orchards, visitors can also visit famous traditional craft villages and participate in folk games. Let’s find out what to do in Vinh Long with Mekong Smile Tour!
The best time to travel to Vinh Long
Vinh Long weather is divided into 2 distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. While the dry season starts in December and ends in April, the rainy season begins in May and ends in November. For your trip to discover Vinh Long to be complete and most attractive, you should come during the dry season. Because this period has clear blue skies and little or no rain. Therefore, this is the perfect weather for outdoor activities and experiencing local life.
How do you get to Vinh Long?
Vinh Long is about 132 km from Ho Chi Minh City and 35 km from Can Tho.
- From Ho Chi Minh City: you can buy a bus ticket at Mien Tay bus station to reach Vinh Long City. It will take around 2-3 hours driving. 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 Vinh Long. The journey is shorter, about 45 minutes.
Top things to do in Vinh Long
An Binh Islet
An Binh Islet covers an area of more than 60km², including 4 communes An Binh, Hoa Ninh, Binh Hoa Phuoc, and Dong Phu. This place is surrounded by Co Chien River and Ham Luong River. An Binh Islet an attractive destination that you cannot miss when coming to Vinh Long.
When coming here, visitors can take a boat to admire the river, visit orchards, and can also hand-pick and enjoy some tropical fruits such as rambutan, grapefruit, mango, durian, etc. In addition, you can also catch fish by yourselves, enjoy local dishes, listen to southern amateur music. In particular, visitors can visit unique places such as Mr. Sau Giao’s Bonsai Garden or Mr. Muoi Day’s stilt house.
One of the famous tourist destinations in Vinh Long is May Islet. It is a large islet located on the Hau River in two communes Phu Thanh, Luc Si Thanh, in Tra On district, Vinh Long city. Because of inheriting fresh water and alluvium of Hau Giang stream, this place has lush fruit gardens all year round and becomes an extremely attractive garden tourist destination.
When coming to May Islet, you will visit and pick specialty fruits such as rambutan, longan, grapefruit, etc. Besides, you can enjoy dishes here such as chicken porridge, lemongrass chicken stew, fish hot pot, grilled snakehead, etc. Besides, you also have the opportunity to learn about the idyllic lives of the local people, immerse yourself in the fresh air.
Tra On floating market
This is the last floating market on the Hau River before emptying into the sea. Like other floating markets in the West, Tra On floating market starts its fair at dawn. Every day, this floating market gathers more than 100 boats from all over the western provinces to come here to trade.
However, another difference of Tra On floating market is that boats are selling colorful decorative flowers. This floating market is one of the oldest existing markets and is associated with many cultural activities of people in the area. So, if you want to learn about the cultural characteristics of the people of Vinh Long, go to Tra On floating market.
Vinh Sang eco-tourism area
Vinh Sang eco-tourism area is not only a favorite place of Vinh Long people but also a destination for domestic and foreign tourists when traveling to Vinh Long. This tourist area has the shape of a triangle, with one side located along the banks of the Co Chien River, opposite Vinh Long city. Coming to the Vinh Sang tourist area, you will be able to admire many rare animals such as pelicans, sika deer, etc. In particular, the Vinh Sang tourist area has a 200 square meter lake for crocodiles. If you like thrills, you can fish for crocodiles or ride ostriches.
Besides, coming here, visitors can participate in folk games such as giant volleyball, magic ring, treasure hunt, rope riding, bicycle bridge, etc. If you do not like noise, you can enjoy the feeling of peace in the fishing huts.
Truong Huy tourist area
The Truong Huy tourist area is only 5km from My Thuan bridge, which is a prime location to attract visitors. This tourist area is invested with a lot of money to deserve the mission of becoming “the best eco-tourism area in the Southwest”. In a large area of about 350,000m2, tourists can experience countless quality services: resort, cuisine, entertainment, event organization, etc. Moreover, the Truong Huy tourist area also owns a water park for visitors to enjoy. In addition, there is also an area for practicing pottery and statue painting.
Mang Thit brickyard
Mang Thit brickyard is famous as “the Red Kingdom”. It stretches over 30km, nestled along the romantic Co Chien River in Vinh Long City, Long Ho, and Mang Thit districts. Right from afar, tourists can see each kiln roof, each row of bricks with the unique natural scenery of the river.
Mang Thit brickyard is hundreds of years old. This place is known as the most famous and largest producer of red bricks and ceramics in the Mekong Delta. Besides, bricks and ceramics here are also exported to many countries around the world. The brick kilns are located close together, looking like a beautiful little kingdom with hundreds of small castles. With the unique background at Mang Thit brickyard, visitors will get extremely beautiful and outstanding photos.
My Thuan bridge
My Thuan Bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam. This bridge is a cooperation project between experts, engineers, and workers from Australia and Vietnam. The bridge tower is H-shaped, 123.5m high. The entire My Thuan bridge has 128 cable-stayed cables colored in blue.
The bridge outside the “main duty” is to connect Vinh Long and Ho Chi Minh City also represents a very good symbolic mission for the hometown city. This place is also a place where tourists often stop in the middle of the bridge for a while to take selfies. From the top of the bridge, we can see the whole river from above.
Cai Cuong ancient house
Located in Binh Hoa Phuoc commune, Long Ho district (Cu Lao An Binh), Cai Cuong ancient house always attracts a large number of tourists to visit. Cai Cuong ancient house was built in 1885, owned by Mr. Pham Van Bon’s family. The house is a unique combination of Vietnamese and French architecture. When you come here, you will admire the old beauty, learn about the historical value of this old house.
Tien Chau Pagoda
Tien Chau Pagoda is one of the beautiful destinations on An Binh Island. This is the oldest pagoda in Vinh Long and is recognized as a national historical and cultural relic. When entering the temple, you will admire the temple’s interior hall, which is beautifully decorated and elegant. In the middle of the four pillars is the worship space, inside is a giant Amitabha Buddha statue. This will be the destination for those who love spiritual tourism and discover nostalgic beauty.
Jade Buddha Temple of Vinh Long
When we come to the land of Vinh Long, we cannot forget to visit the Jade Buddha Temple. The pagoda is located at 287A, Vinh Hoa hamlet, Tan Ngai commune, Vinh Long City. This is one of the most sacred and ancient temples in the West. The pagoda was built in 1970 with an area of 1.7ha. Especially, in the middle of the temple is the statue of Duc Quan The Am with a height of 32m and the main tower with a height of 45m.
Tips for a visit to Vinh Long
- You should wear neat clothes, shoes for easy movement. Besides, you should also bring a hat, windbreaker, and glasses because the weather here will be quite sunny and hot in the dry season.
- In case of traveling in the rainy season, you can bring a raincoat, umbrella, and a waterproof bag for your phone.
- When traveling on the river, you need to wear a life jacket and follow the instructions of the guide.