Tips for traveling to the Southwest Vietnam in flooding season
- on Apr 21, 2018       By: Hai Anh
After September is the flooding season of the Southwest. The culture of the flooding season does not focus on a single place but is spread over the Mekong Delta region. In this article, we suggest some travelling tips during the flooding season in the Southwest of Vietnam.
Tram Chim National park (Dong Thap) is a destination you should visit if you ever plan to travel the the southwest of Vietnam. Sailing in the immense fields of water hyacinths and watching thousands of storks flying in the sunset are unforgettable experiences. Do not forget to enjoy specialties here such as Cao Lanh field-mouse, “Bat Kinh” anabas and visit Xeo Quyt on “Nam Quang” boat. Additionally, go to Thap lotus field, the largest lotus field in the Southwest of Vietnam, with millions of fragrant pink lotuses also deserving of your eyes. Sailing a small boat through an expanse of lotuses will surely bring you a great feeling.
It is an incomplete discovery of the flooding season without going to Bung Binh Thien Lake in Quoc Thai Commune, An Phu, An Giang, which is adjacent to the Vietnam – Cambodia border. You should walk on the quaint village streets leading to the holy river wharf in front of a mosque to take in the peaceful life. Cham girls with black scarves covering their faces make the culture of this place more mysterious.
Tra Su cajuput forest is a great destination to discover in An Giang. The boat splits the green water-fern carpet as you go; with the green color of cajuput trunks combining with the blue color of the sky to create a cool and peaceful space.
To have a clear view of the scenery in flooding season, you can drive a motorbike along Vinh Te canal bisecting the Vietnam – Cambodia border. Normally, the canal is only about ten meters wide, but in flooding season it can widen to tens of kilometers as if it were a “sea” in the mainland.The flooding season is also the rainy season so you should prepare a raincoat. It is advisable not to use a batwing raincoat because it is dangerous when driving in windy weather. Waterproof backpacks, bags or wraps and waterproof shoes should be brought.
Nice routes to discover in flooding season: Ho Chi Minh City – N2 Road – Truong Xuan – Hong Ngu – Thuong Thoi Tien – Thuong Phuoc – Vinh Xuong – Thai An – Bung Binh Thien – Chau Doc – Vinh Te Canal – Ba Chuc Tomb – Tra Su cajuput forest – Tram Chim National Park – Sa Dec – Tien Giang – Ho Chi Minh City.
Grilled field-mouse, grilled snakehead fish with claypot (on the journey); fish porridge hotpot in Chau Doc; dishes made from lotus such as boiled lotus seeds, sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf, anabas rolled in a tender lotus leaf, fermented “ca linh” served with lotus stem, “ca linh” hotpot, “ca linh” sizzling cake and braised snakehead fish. These dishes can easily be found anywhere in the Southwest during flooding season.
• Water lily fields along N2 Road
• The buffalo boy with hundreds of buffalos in water fields in Thuong Thoi Tien
• The sea in Vietnam – Cambodia border in Vinh Xuong, Thai An and along Vinh Te Canal
• Immense paddy fields in Ba Chuc, Tri Ton, An Giang
• Alluring water-fern carpets in Tra Su cajuput forest. Ticket price: 70,000VND/person. You should go in a group to reduce the cost.
• Tram Chim National Park teeming with birds
• Watch people catch the specialties of the flooding season such as snakes, fish, crabs, and field-mouse around the Southwest
From HCMC, you can get on Phuong Trang or Mai Linh bus to all of the Southwest provinces conveniently, fast and safely.
It is possible to go by motorbike to discover all the areas. If going by bus, upon arrival at your destination you can rent a motorbike from motor-taxi drivers or hotels. The rental fee is 150,000-200,000VND/day.