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Dong Thap Province is located to the north of the Mekong Delta, in southern Vietnam. The province shares border with Cambodia to the north, with Long An to the east, with Tien Giang and Vinh Long to the south-east, with Can Tho to the south-west, and with An Giang to the west. It may be possible that Dong Thap is out of the way, so most travellers don't make trips through the province. Dong Thap is visited by few adventure travellers who love straying from the well beaten path in Vietnam.

Best time to visit

Talking about the weather of Dong Thap, which is a region located in the thermo-climate zone, there is still a division of dry season and rainy season but not too clear. Sometimes it is still sunny in the rain and the sudden sunny season still has showers “annoying” but not too obnoxious, the weather and temperature in Dong Thap is still wonderful in any season.

There are 3 times when people can travel to Dong Thap, which is from August to November of lunar calendar and near the Lunar New Year. Simply because from the beginning of August, Dong Thap is in the flooding season, freely enjoying the specialties of the countryside. Also do not forget that, everyone will have the opportunity to see the herds of storks dragging each other to nest by the woods at sunset. And also very special, the season of floating water here is also the season where the lotus begins to bloom.

Or go to Dong Thap to travel around July-July, right? An entire orchard of fruits with all kinds of mango, grapefruit, tangerine and tangerine tastes really different from other places. Perhaps, Lai Vung has made a mark in time because of its own inherent sweet and succulent flavor, a specialty that must be enjoyed.

And do not forget that, every December is the season with spring flowers in Sa Dec flower village. This will be the time when flowers in Dong Thap are the most beautiful and the most exciting. Because this is also the time to harvest flowers for the Tet holiday.

Check the below table for the general idea of Dong Thap weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.7 25.9 21.1
Feb 33.3 26.9 22.2
Mar 34.4 28.4 24.2
Apr 34.8 29.1 25.3
May 34.4 28.7 25.2
Jun 33.3 27.9 24.4
Jul 32.6 27.3 23.9
Aug 32.8 27.5 24.2
Sep 32.1 27 23.9
Oct 32.2 26.9 23.6
Nov 32.2 26.9 23.2
Dec 32 26.6 22

Dong Thap’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Dong Thap is an ideal destination for a getaway from bustling cities to experience the tranquility and rustic rural life.
Here are the top things to see in Dong Thap:

Phuoc Kien Pagoda

Phuoc Kiem Pagoda, or Lotus Pagoda, stands on Chau Thanh District. On the campus, there is a species of lotus with giant leaves. Each thick leaf has a diameter of 1.5 to 2 meters, prominent veins, and 4 to 5 centimeters in the height of the border. Notably, a sheet can bear up to 70 kilograms.

Sa Dec Flower Village

The flower village is located in Sa Dec city, which is nourished by the alluvial of the Tien River. With the age of more than 100 years, the town is specialized in growing and providing numerous flowers and bonsai plants for various areas in Vietnam and other territories around the globe, remarkably significant events and momentous occasions.

Kien An Cung Pagoda

The temple is situated in the heart of Sa Dec City, built by a group of Chinese people from Fujian in 1924. Annually, the temple takes place two critical events in 22th of the 2nd and 9th months in the lunar calendar. Every three years, there is a ceremony for a requiem mass and praying for the peaceful nation and citizens.

Mausoleum of Nguyen Sinh Sac

Being a part of Cao Lanh city, the mausoleum is divided into two main sections. The first one consists of the tomb and the memorial house, while the second part includes Uncle Ho’s stilt house and fish pond. The building is to memorialize President Ho’s father. Annually, on the 27th of the 10th lunar month, domestic and international tourists pour into the mausoleum to organize a celebration to commemorate Nguyen Sinh Sac. It is considered a significant festival for local people.

Tram Chim National Park

The national park is a highlighted ecotourist area of Dong Thap Province. Belonging to seven communes of Tam Dong District, with the total area of more than 7.000 hectares and spectacular natural landscapes, Tram Chim National Park is recognized as the 4th Ramsar site of Vietnam and the 2000th of the world. The park possesses endless tea tree fields and diverse flora and fauna with over different 130 species.

Xeo Quyt Relic Site

It is one of the must-visit destinations in Dong Thap. Located in My Long Commune, Cao Lanh District, the 50-hectare-wide relic area will make you feel as if you get lost in an alluring primary forest with charming scenes.

Gao Giong Ecotourist Area

Situated in Cao Lanh District, the width of the area is up to 1.700 hectares, mainly tea tree forests. Heading to Gao Giong, you will feel the tranquility and excitement when sitting on a dinghy drifting along streams, cycling through lush jungles, taking a short break in a hut, and enjoying specialties in the flooding season.

Thap Muoi Lotus Field

Having been opened for tourists for several years, the attraction welcomes plenty of travelers to visit. The lotus field lies in Thap Muoi District, about 40 kilometers from Cao Lanh city. Moving to the spot, you will have a chance to breathe pure air, try on Ao Ba Ba – a traditional garment of local women, and Non La (conical hat). Additionally, don’t forget to enjoy dishes made from lotus, such as sweet gruel, sticky rice, chicken and lotus root delight salad, and grilled snakehead and young lotus leaf.

Everyone should know that Dong Thap tourism develops a lot about ecotourism. From there, the hotel system here will not be diversified, mainly medium hotel lines for guests to rest and stay. To have a meaningful vacation, people do not need to spend too much money to stay in hotels. But try to think about homestays. Although not as modern and comfortable as hotels, motels, but in return, everyone will have the most authentic experience.

Tu Ca Linh Homestay

Address: Thong Nhat Hamlet, Phu Tho, Tam Nong, Dong Thap

VietMekong Farmstay

Address: Hamlet Trung, Thuong Thoi Tien Commune, Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap Province

The Frog Flower House

Address: Tan Dong Quy, Sa Dec, Dong Thap

But if you want to stay more comfortable at the hotels - Let go to the City of Cao Lanh

Lai Vung Fermented Pork

Once visiting Dong Thap, you should try this dish. The ingredients include pork meat and skin, along with seasonings, such as pepper, chili, garlic, wrapped in banana leaves. Trying a bite of the sour and sweet fermented pork dipped in spicy chili sauce is so amazing.

Red Rice

Red rice is grown in wetland, which has rich nutrients, especially iron, zinc, and calcium. Like the name, it has a red color with sweet and tasty savor.

Grilled Snakehead and Young Lotus Leaf

Visitors coming to the wetland will remember the bitterness of young lotus leaf when eating it with grilled snakehead. Besides, the sweet, sour, and spicy dipping sauce make the food more palatable. The dish is available for sale in many tourist areas in Dong Thap, including Tram Chim, Gao Giong, Xeo Quyt, and Thap Muoi lotus field.

Mandarin Orange

Mandarin orange is the exclusive fruit in the Lai Vung District of Dong Thap Province. Other places can grow the plant, but the quality of the fruit is worse than that in Lai Vung, due to the feature of the soil. In the harvesting season, each kilogram of mandarin orange costs 23.000 VND to 25.000 VND; otherwise, the price may rise to 50.000 VND to 55.000 VND per kilogram. 

Trey Riel Hot Pot with Egyptian River Hemp

It is one of the popular food in the flooding season. The Egyptian river hemp has a distinct flavor with crunchy, savory taste; therefore, people often use it as an ingredient in hot pot, sweet and sour soup, and raw salad. The other primary element of the dish is trey riel, which mostly appears in the flooding season, from the 7th to 10th month in the lunar calendar. The best fish is in the early season when it is immature with soft bone, and fatty meat. The two components create a unique dish. The hot pot can be served with rice noodles or boiling rice.

Getting to Dong Thap from Ho Chi Minh City

By car

To travel to Dong Thap, you will have many choices at the Western bus station. Especially Phuong Trang and Kim Cuong are the two best car companies. Because they have daily trips to Dong Thap from Ho Chi Minh city. That you can go any day any time of the day. Only Phuong Trang bus has 2 routes, 1 route runs to Cao Lang bus station and the other to Sa Dec.

According to Dong Thap tourism experience, if you choose to take a passenger car, to get the best seat. You should remember to book tickets in advance, choose the seats by the window and near the driver. most tired.

By motorbike

While passenger cars are convenient and help everyone sleep on the bus, it’s not the only option you can choose from. It will be interesting if you have a trip to Dong Thap with friends by motorbike.

The distance from Saigon – Dong Thap only takes 135km, if the shortest route will take only 2.5 hours. Everyone can start from 6am to 9am to start the Dong Thap tourist journey. Some suggestions for tourist attractions near Cao Lanh city. Such as Xeo Quyt, Gao Giong – with these 2 places you can plan Dong Thap 1-day tour to visit and enjoy the specialties of Dong Thap.

Traveling to Dong Thap by motorbike will become much more active that you can stop at somewhere to enjoy the scenery because Dong Thap is so beautiful.

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