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Mekong Delta - Tra Vinh

  • rdavout

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    Tra Vinh is my absolute favourite in the Mekong Delta. Khmer presence is a notable factor and makes this laid-back provincial town worth a relaxing visit.

    Tra Vinh is visitable on a one-day bicycle trip.

    North to South:

    * "Den tho Bac Ho" - Oncle Ho memorial site. 5 km away. Lush countryside with the best views nearby but an absolute loss of time to visit.

    * Ong Met pagoda - on Dien Bien Phu. A 16th century Chinese temple which has completely lost its character during the last restoration. Now extremely kitsch, complete with stucco squirrels and plastic grass. Some old sculptures remain at roof-level, barely justifying a detour.

    * Chua Chim, 2-3 km S - a Wat in a forest grove.

    * Chua Phuong, 0.5 km S - Khmer pagoda with one photogenic building in ruins.

    * Ba Om / Ao Vuong, 7 km SE - nice rectangular lake with an small but interesting free museum on Khmer culture. A nice Khmer monastery nearby makes it an hour visit at least.

    * Hang pagoda, 5 km S - lots of storks and kitsch wooden sculptures. The concentration of birds (not only storks) is quite impressive, especially compared to the surrounding areas.

    Cheers

    #1 Posted: 13/9/2008 - 02:40

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