A glimpse of the Mekong Delta Vietnam
Ben Thanh Tourist in Ho Chi Minh City has launched a six-day and five-night tour to 11 provinces in the Mekong Delta region (Mekong Tours), aiming to give a glimpse of the southern region to travelers.
The tour will include attractions in Long An, Dong Thap, An Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Hau Giang, Can Tho, Vinh Long and Tien Giang.
The provinces have common natural scenery such as floating markets, rural waterways and fruit gardens. However, each province also has different tourist sites for visitors to explore, such as the cajuput primeval forest and a lotus pond in Dong Thap, the Seven Mountains in An Giang, the Stone Cave and Mac Cuu tomb in Kien Giang and Ca Mau Cape in Vietnam's southern tip - one of the most exciting destinations.
The Cape, situated in Mui Commune, Ngoc Hien District, some 100 kilometers from Ca Mau City, is a strip of land which projects out into the sea, resmbling a long pier.
Every year the western side of the Cape advances into the sea about 50 to 100 meters. Since the only way to visit the Cape is by boat, visitors can also enjoy the experience of meandering along the coast, seeing its many floating markets, houses and shops as well as the panoramic views of forests on both sides of the riverbanks.
Another highlight of the area is the Cong Tu Bac Lieu (Bac Lieu Dandy) Hotel in Bac Lieu, at one time the house of Tran Trinh Huy, a wealthy landowner known for his lavish lifestyle in the southern region in the early 20th century.
The house was built in 1919 based on a French architect's blueprint. The building materials, including steel, marble floor tiles and decorated iron frames, were custom-made in France.
Inside the Western architecture-styled house, which locals called Nha Lon (big house), the owner displayed his collection of precious wood furniture, pottery and bronze objects. A few years back a local tourist company restored the house, remodeling it into a hotel.
The package tour costs VND3.62 million per Overseas Vietnamese traveler, VND4.22 million per foreigner. The tour operator will refund VND460,000 to anyone who prefers to arrange their own meals.
For further information, contact Ben Thanh Tourist's department of market, sales, product at 86 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: (08) 520 2020.
(Source: SGT, URL: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/06/787681/)
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