A DETAILED TRAVEL GUIDE TO VINH LONG VIETNAM

Located in the heart of the Mekong Delta, referring to Vinh Long Vietnam refers to a region of rivers, canals, and green garden fields. Being gifted with products such as fruits, fish and shrimp, this place also owns beautiful scenes here that captivate people.

Table Contents
  • I - Overview
  • 1 - Where is Vinh Long?
  • 2 - Vinh Long weather
  • 3 - People and culture
  • II - Places to visit in Vinh Long province
  • 1 - Cai Cuong old house
  • 2 - Mang Thit Terracotta Village
  • 3 - Phuoc Hau pagoda and stone Buddha sutras garden
  • 4 - Nha Xua eco-tourism area
  • III - Top things to do in Vinh Long
  • 1 - Explore An Binh isle
  • 2 - Experience Vinh Long floating market
  • 3 - Culinary discovery
  • IV - Vinh Long hotels
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vinh long vietnam
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I - Overview

1 - Where is Vinh Long?

Vinh Long Province is located between two main river branches of Cuu Long River (Mekong River), Tien River and Hau River, and is 135 km from Ho Chi Minh City to the south by National Highway 1, and about 33 km from Can Tho City to the north by National Highway 1.
The road from Ho Chi Minh City to here is quite easy and convenient by car in about 2.5 hours. 
Phuong Trang bus:
- Departure time: 5h to 24h15
- Phone: 08 38309309 – 070 3879777
- Ticket price: 150.000 VND/  ticket (~6,5$)


ho chi minh to vinh long map

Source: Internet

Mai Linh bus:
- Departure time: 5h30 to 18h30
- Phone: 08 39393939
- Ticket price: 150.000 VND/  ticket (~6,5$)
Trung Kien bus:
- Departure time: 5h30 to 18h30
- Phone: 08 39244044 – 08 39244262 – 070 3862863 – 070 3836969
- Ticket price: 150.000 VND/  ticket (~6,5$)

2 - Vinh Long weather

This province is located in a tropical monsoon region, the climate has main features of cool and mild with dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to October and the dry season is from November to April. The annual average temperature is 27ºC, the average annual rainfall ranges from 1300 to 1500mm. The best time to visit is in the dry season when the climate and weather are nice without heavy rain and high humidity & temperature.  

3 - People and culture

local music of amateurs in vinh long
Source: Vietfuntravel
Vinh Long city Vietnam is the "sacred land of the talented people" with some famous people such as the late Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Pham Hung, the late Prime Minister Pham Van Kiet, the late Deputy Secretary of the Central Department Pham Van Dang. The culture here is also very diverse and rich and it is impossible not to mention the typical arts, traditional festivals, folk games such as:
The southern amateur music (Don Ca Tai Tu art)
This art form was formed and developed from the late 19th century and is an indispensable cultural feature of the Southern people in festivals, anniversaries, weddings, engagements. 
Don-Ta ceremony
This is a form of ceremony combining agricultural ceremony and ancestor worship ceremony, the Buddhist amnesty ceremony is held annually in August of the lunar calendar. This is also one of the biggest festivals in the year of the Khmer ethnic people in Vinh Long province usually held from August 28 to September 1 of the lunar calendar, around September to October of the solar calendar.
Ok Om Bok Ceremony
Although there is no boat racing, dropping lanterns to the sky and on the river, to maintain this activity, the Khmer often gathers at a pagoda, holds the ceremony and welcomes the moon. The festival is usually held on October 15th of the lunar calendar (around November of the solar calendar), coinciding with the end of the season of the Khmer.
Ky Yen festival
It will take place from 1 to 2 days, including main rituals such as Than Nong ceremony, Tuc Yen ceremony, Sac Than ceremony, sacrifice for people with meritorious services to the village, bringing Sac Than ... is to pray for the nation's and people’s safety, everything is as expected and prosperity of the village. The festival takes place from the 12th to 18th of December of the lunar calendar that is around December - January of the following calendar year.

II - Places to visit in Vinh Long province

1 - Cai Cuong old house

This is one of the tops of the most beautiful old houses in the West, Cai Cuong old house attracts many visitors from all over the world to admire the beauty of the architecture. The house consists of three rooms with ancient style, especially the decoration that blends the beauty of East and West. When coming here, you can both listen to the old stories and check-in to pose in the old aristocratic style.
- Address: 38 Binh Hoa Hamlet, Binh Hoa Phuoc, Long Ho. 
- Opening hours: All-day

2 - Mang Thit Terracotta Village

Mang Thit terracotta village is known as the red kingdom in this city because this is the oldest and largest, brick and ceramic production village in the Mekong Delta. Traditional craft village stretches for more than 30 km, nestled on the romantic Co Chien River.
- Address: My Phuoc, Mang Thit, Vinh Long province
- Opening hours: All-day

3 - Phuoc Hau pagoda and stone Buddha sutras garden

thien hau pagoda in vinh long
Source: Thanhnien
The Phuoc Hau pagoda is famous for a unique stone Buddha sutras garden with more than 500 sutras pages carved on 250 stone slabs in a campus of more than 4000 m2. The stones are arranged in a layout simulating bodhi leaves spreading in eight directions, representing the Eightfold Path. The center of the garden is a mountain with four statues of Shakyamuni Buddha. There are also many stone slabs carved in English in addition to Vietnamese for foreign visitors to understand.
- Address: Dong Hau hamlet, Ngai Tu commune, Tam Binh district
- Opening hours: All-day

4 - Nha Xua eco-tourism area

The old house ecotourism area of ​​Mr. Huynh Kim Tien is a meticulous work with the completed structure in the large area. Then you can take a boat to move on Ong Me canal to visit the fruit garden of the local people, pick fresh fruits to enjoy while watching the natural scenery of the river with many types of fruits such as: oranges, sweet potatoes, loquats, Nam Roi grapefruits, ...
- Address: Phuoc Hau commune, Long Ho district
- Opening hours: All-day

III - Top things to do in Vinh Long

Coming here, tourists should not miss some attractive activities such as exploring An Binh isle, experiencing the feeling of sitting on the boat at floating markets, exploring cuisine and many other activities.

1 - Explore An Binh isle

Tourists can both admire the beautifully natural scenery of the river while visiting the fresh fruit gardens where you can visit the garden of local people to experience the feeling of picking fruit, enjoy fresh fruit, go by boat on the river, visit the yellow apricot village in Phuoc Dinh, Cai Cuong old house or Tien Chau pagoda. In addition, tourists have a chance to experience the production process of Com candy, rice wine, rice paper, coconut candy at the craft villages. For having a perfect trip to the island, it is highly recommended to book a package tour from travel agencies. 

Puolo Trip Limited Company 
- Tel: 0389 88 111 33
- Price: 

+ 290,000 VND / person (12.5 $) - Group of 25 persons by private boat
+ 350,000 VND / person (15.08 $) - Group of 11 - 24 persons by private boat
+ 390,000 VND / person (16.81 $) - Group of 5 - 10 persons by private boat

2 - Experience Vinh Long floating market

floating market in vinh long
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Tra On Floating Market is a floating market in downstream of the Hau River stretching a length of more than 300 meters. This is one of the oldest markets that is associated with many cultural activities of the local people. The market is famous for specialties such as beef balls noodles served with banana flower vegetables, listening to the music of amateurs of mat sellers mingling with the laugh of the local people. 

3 - Culinary discovery

Vinh Long Mekong Delta with a huge diversity of fauna and flora is the hub of many delicious foods. Visiting this land, tourists can try many dishes made of freshwater fish and shrimp. Here below are some most typical dishes that you should enjoy. 
Crispy fried giant gourami
Crispy fried fish is served with copper vegetables such as herbs, bananas, star fruit, young toads, leaves, chives ...When eating, the fried fish, kinds of herbs and rice vermicelli are wrapped in the wet rice paper and dipped in the sour & spicy fish sauce. 
Bagrid catfish (Hemibagrus) cooked with some kinds of vegetables
The next dish is bagrid catfish soup. The fish is meaty, sweet but not too fishy cooked with vegetables such as purple onions, celery, scallions, tomatoes to make a fresh and sour soup. 

Giant river prawn
The prawn meat is juicy with a wonderful aroma that attracts everyone. Prawn is grilled after being marinated with salt, lemon and pepper creating an indispensable taste. This dish can be processed in ways such as grilled on charcoal grilled with salt and chilli, steam with beer.


vinh long food
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To fully enjoy the specialties here, visitors can refer to a few restaurants that you should come to enjoy once.
Phuong Thuy Restaurant: Located on the banks of the romantic, calm, Tien River in fresh and cool air. The restaurant is the ideal place for a warm reunion.
- Address: No. 1 Phan Boi Chau Street, Ward 1
- Average price: 120,000 VND / person (~ 5 $)
Lan Que Restaurant: This restaurant is a mid-range restaurant worth your choice. There is no mid-range restaurant that cooks dishes with a strong southern flavor like Lan Que.
- Address: No. 2, September 2, City Center
- Average price: 200,000 VND / person (~ 9$)
Thien Tan Restaurant: The way to taste the food here is very mouth-watering, satisfying and conquering the taste of all diners. If you have visited this restaurant, do not forget to taste some famous dishes such as: grilled hamster, fish hotpot, ginger steamed squid, crab soup, grilled anabas with chili and salt and fried fish.
- Address: No. 56 Pham Thai Buong, Ward 4
- Average price: 330,000 VND / person (~ 15$)

IV - Vinh Long hotels

Top recommended hotels for tourists:

vinh long hotel

Source: Saigonvinhlonghotel

Saigon Vinh Long Hotel: This 4-star hotel has free private parking, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and restaurant. 
- Address: No. 02 Trung Nu Vuong, Ward 1, Vinh Long city
- Phone: +84 270.387.9989
- Room rate: 1,000,000 VND / night (~ 44$)

vinh long accommodation

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Truong Huy Hotel: The hotel is designed in modern European style. All rooms are quite spacious with an area of ​​about 45m2 / room and has the lake view. 
- Address: No. 5, group 1, Tan Quoi Hung hamlet, Truong An commune
- Phone: +84 898.002.939
- Room rate: 800,000 VND / night (~ 35$)
Happy family guesthouse Vinh Long: This is a small house presenting local house architectural style with leaf-roof huts, outdoor swimming pools, durian gardens.
- Address: No. 53/4, Phu My 1 Hamlet, Dong Phu Commune, Long Ho District
- Phone: +84 91 922 02 82
- Room rate: 175,000 - 200,000 VND / person / night (~ 7.54 - 8.62$)

Vinh Long Vietnam to the south of Ho Chi Minh city is a nice place to visit and experience the way the locals live and meet their life standards by fruit planting and trading on the rivers. 
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