Travel to Vinh Sang, Tourist Area in the South of Vietnam
Travel to Vinh Sang, tourist area need an escape from the noise and crowded streets of Ho Chi Minh City? Only 160km away is a nature haven where you can recline on a hammock, listen to birds sing and breathe unpolluted air. If you’re up to it, you may also want to take a ride on a 140kg African ostrich.
The 2.2ha Vinh Sang Tourism Area is located on the An Binh Isle at the junction of the Tien River in the southern province of Vinh Long Vietnam.
The islet in Long Ho District is an oasis crisscrossed by many rivulets, with orchards resplendent with man An Phuoc (An Phuoc plums), nhan xuong com vang (yellow longan), and dua dau Ben Tre (Ben Tre coconuts).
Michael Johnson of the Australia-based Real Estate Consultant Company Ltd in Ho Chi Minh City, who visited the area recently, found it appealing.
"I really like it. Although it’s not big, it has a family-like atmosphere and services. It’s good for my health after a hard work week. It also gives me an opportunity to study the lifestyle of the people in the Cuu Long (Mekong, Mekong Tours) River Delta region."
Because of its isolated location, the tourism area uses 20-seat boats, beautiful in design and equipped with life jackets, to transport visitors to the site.
On the waterway to the Vinh Sang farm, guests can spot the new My Thuan Bridge – the biggest and most stunning cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam. After the boats dock, they then walk across a wooden bridge leading to the main site dotted with dark purple water hyacinths.
On the farm, many activities are available. Adults and children can ride ostriches, feed crocodiles or participate in a chase-the-duck game.
Most crocodiles raised in Vinh Sang are five years old or more. According to farm owner Le Hoang Vinh, the crocodiles were purchased to show tourists a side of the wild south. "The saying is crocodiles swim in the rivers, tigers lie on the riverside," he said.
The farm has 60 mature ostriches willing to take all sizes of tourists for a ride, even at a galloping pace, on a sandy field. Ostrich eggs offer an amusing photo opportunity as six of them together can withstand someone standing on them without breaking. Don’t expect a quick meal, however, if you want to sample the taste of an egg: it takes about five to six hours to cook.
The tourism area also has 20 species of rare wild animals and in addition to crocodiles and ostriches, visitors can see bears, spotted deers, monkeys, pythons, pelicans and rabbits.
Other activities include rowing fishing boats, spreading nets or building a dike to catch fish the old-fashioned way: with your bare hands. Guests can ask the chef to cook the freshly caught fish, the owner says.
Water slides and river swimming are popular with the younger set, as are catching ducks or playing with water balls near the Co Chien River.
Foreign visitors are particularly fond of the martial arts courses on offer. After attending three-to-four hour training courses taught by experienced instructors, tourists can practise martial arts moves popular among southern practitioners.
If you wish to spend the night, you have the option of camping or staying in a bungalow.
A separate area is set out for campers who sleep in tents and build campfires and, in another spot,18 bungalows equipped with all the amenities including air conditioning built on rafts, overlook the water.
During the day, guests can take a bicycle to visit neighbouring orchards or traditional handicraft villages including the lang keo dua (coconut sweet village) or the lang gom do (red pottery village).
Visitors also can sightsee along the Co Chien River on a three-storey yacht capable of holding between 350 and 500 passengers which has a restaurant offering both Western and Asian food. Guests can listen to don ca tai tu (amateur traditional music in the southern region) or sing karaoke.
If you prefer eating down on the farm, you can eat at the landlocked restaurant and partake of traditional southern specialties such as ca loc nuong rom (snakehead fish grilled in straw), ca loc hap bau (snakehead fish steamed with gourd), ca kho to (stewed fish in caramel sauce) and ga noi vuon (free-range chicken), and other dishes made with ostrich and crocodile. Ingredients are very fresh and often picked straight from the garden.
Tran Trong Linh, of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Thong Nhat Rubber Company, and his family often visit the Vinh Sang Tourism Area. "This is our third time. I can breathe fresh air and my two children have an opportunity to be close to nature and participate in outdoor games."
The owner Vinh said he decided to build the area after Vinh Long provincial authorities expressed a desire to expand tourism activities in the area.
"To date, I have invested VND16bil (US$1mil) into Vinh Sang. I want it to be a model of an eco-farm for the province. I will continue to build more facilities, including massage rooms, steambath rooms and a Chinese chess club," he said.
"On average, we receive about 5,000 tourists per month, and of those 10% are foreigners. My wish is to create a tourism area in which visitors can learn about the Mekong Delta, receive good services, and be near nature."
(Source: Viet Nam News)