The province shows significant influence from ethnic Khmers -- most obviously in its Khmer style pagodas, but even the same-named provincial capital looks and feels like a Khmer town.
Lush and fertile, like most of the Delta provinces you'll see a million shades of green as you travel through here and although the town (and the province) 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 hinterland will be of interest, but if temples aren't your thing, you may be better of spending an extra couple of days on the beaches of Phu Quoc than kicking around Tra Vinh.
The capital, Tra Vinh is a very pretty little town. A hodgepodge of colonial shopfronts face onto broad, tree-lined streets clustered around a fine little market and while very 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 ethnicly 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 more obvioulsy seen in the pagoda's that litter both the town and the province.
By Stuart McDonald .