A Khmer town in the Delta
Once a dead–end province, thanks to the bridges that have gone in over the last decade, little visited Tra Vinh is now well connected to most regional centres and, for the traveller with some time on their hands, is worth at least a couple of nights.
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As with a number of other Delta provinces, Tra Vinh demonstrates significant influence from ethnic Khmers—most obviously in its Khmer style pagodas, but even the same-named provincial capital has a Khmer tint that is difficult to put your finger on.
Lush and fertile, you’ll see a thousand shades of green as you travel through the province and although the town has little in the way of amazing sights, it does have a low key appeal. If you’re into Khmer temples, those in the capital and the immediate surrounds will be of interest, but even if temples aren’t your thing, if you have your own wheels this can be a fun province just to pick a road on and go explore for a day.
The eponymous capital is a very pretty little town, where a hodgepodge of colonial–period shopfronts face onto broad, tree-lined streets clustered around a fine central market. In the shade of the trees you’ll find plenty of eating and drinking opportunities—especially with regard to coffee, as there seemed to be a near endless supply of red plastic chairs and the coffee to go with them. While few people speak English, there’s certainly no shortage of smiles—Tra Vinh may be well off the tourist trail, but it is an amazingly friendly place.
The province has a large ethnically Khmer population and the area immediately around the market feels (and looks) particularly Khmer—first impressions brought Tachmau or Takeo to mind. This Khmer influence is even more obviously seen in the pagoda’s that are dotted around both the town and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)
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