Vinh Long is a province located in the Mekong River Delta of southern Vietnam. Its capital is Vinh Long. Its population is 1.023.400 and its area is 1.475 km2.
Vinh Long is located approximately 135 km southwest of Saigon, Vinh Long is easily accessible by bus, van or car using National Road 1A and the My Thuan Bridge. Lying between the Hau and Tien Rivers in the center of the Mekong Delta, Vinh Long is a province well known for fishing.
Prawns and the Basa and Tra catfish are among the many types of fish that exist in abundance in the waters of Vinh Long. Its rich, fertile soil makes Vinh Long an ideal location for the growing of many exotic and delicious fruits, including the strange-looking mangosteen, the spikey rambutan and the pungently fragrant durian. Because of Vinh Long’s extensive network of waterways, these fruits and many other items can be purchased for mere pennies from the huge water-based squadron of floating merchants.
Traveling by water is a common practice here for such mundane tasks as grocery shopping as well as getting to restaurants and tourist attractions located on small islets accessible only by boat. Tourist infrastructure is still in its infancy here, but comfortable lodging and great food can be had for very reasonable prices.
Modern-day Vinh Long was part of Long Ho dinh established by the Nguyen Lords in 1732, comprising the provinces of Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, and parts of Can Tho. The area saw some of the heaviest fighting between the Tay Son brothers and the Nguyen Lords in the late 18th century, in 1784 Nguyen Hue defeated Siamese forces aiding Nguyen Anh at the Mang Thit River.
In 1951, the Southern Resistance Administrative Committee of the newly-declared Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) merged Vinh Long and Tra Vinh provinces into Vinh Tra Province. Vinh Tra Province existed until 1954. In 1957, the government of the Republic of Vietnam formed Vinh Long province, consisting of 6 districts: Chau Thanh, Cho Lach (now part of Ben Tre Province), Tam Binh, Binh Minh, Sa ?ec and Lap Vo. In 1961, Cai Nhum District was split from Cho Lach. ?uc Ton and ?uc Thanh Districts were added in 1962, but joined the newly-formed Sa Dec Province in 1966. As of 1975, the province had 7 districts: Chau Thanh, Cho Lach, Tam Bình, Binh Minh, Minh Duc, Tra On and Vung Liem.
After the fall of Saigon and South Vietnam was reunited with North Vietnam, the new government merged Vinh Long with Tra Vinh Province, forming Cuu Long Province in 1976. In 1991, Cuu Long was again split into Vinh Long and Tra Vinh. At the time of the split, V?nh Long Province consisted of one city and 5 districts: Long Ho, Vung Liem, Bình Minh, Tam Binh, and Tra On.
Others, Vinh Long is lush and heavily cultivated with both rice and fruit orchards. It is crossed with canals and tributaries all which flow into the teeming rivers that form its borders and while most people choose to stay here to enjoy just the feeling of a crossing the river, those with the time can visit the surrounding countryside. It is really well worthwhile.
Only 160km away from the noise and crowded streets of Ho Chi Minh City is a nature haven where tourists can recline on a hammock, listen to birds singing and breathe fresh air. Coming here, there are many available activities for both adults and children.
Vinh Sang Tourist Area is located on the An Binh Isle in Long Ho District at the junction of the Tien River in the southern province of Vinh Long, where is an oasis criss-crossed 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). This tourism area is also home to about 20 species of rare wild animals including crocodiles, ostriches, bears, spotted deer, monkeys, pythons, pelicans and rabbits.
From the center of Ho Chi Minh City, drive about 70km in the direction of My Tho City (Tien Giang Province), at the large intersection, turn right andcontinue drive about 60km tourists will reach the famous bridge - the My Thuan Bridge, a big and most stunning cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam – which crosses Tien Giang River, connectsprovinces of Vinh Long and Tien Giang. Crossing My Thuan Bridge, turn left in the direction of Vinh Long about 6km tourists will arrive Vinh Sang Boat Dock. From here, tourists will be transported to the site by boat.
There are various activities for selecting as: see rare animals in the wild, take some minutes to ride on a 140kg African ostrich, feed a crocodile, catch a fish or stroll on grassy trails through endless multicolored orchards.
At Vinh Sang Tourist Area, with thrill games such as fishing 5-year or older crocodiles - tourists entice and fish crocodiles by themselves. This game help tourists can visualize the whole history of change waste land into cultivated areas in the very wild Southern region hundreds years ago which "The saying is crocodiles swim in the rivers, tigers lie on the riverside."
In addition, there are 60 grown-up ostriches that are ready to serve 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 tourists want to sample the taste of an egg: it takes about five to six hours to cook.
Other activities include rowing fishing boats, spreading nets or building a dike to catch fish the old-fashioned way: with bare hands. Tourists can ask the chef to cook the freshly caught fish.
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.
Tourists 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. They can listen to don ca tai tu (amateur traditional music in the Southern region) or sing karaoke. If they prefer eating down on the farm, they 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.
Foreign tourists are particularly fond of the martial arts courses on offer. After attending three-to-four hour training courses taught by experienced instructors, they can practise martial arts moves popular among southern practitioners.
During the day, tourists 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).
If tourists wish to spend the night, they 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.
Vinh Sang Tourist Area is becoming an attractive place in the south of Vietnam. The area is where tourists can learn about the Mekong Delta, receive good services, participate in outdoor games and be close to nature. It attracts a lot of people both foreign tourists and domestic tourists.
Van Thanh Mieu in the province of Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta is one of three Confucian temples of literature constructed in southern Vietnam in the 19th century.
The name of the temple, Van Thanh Mieu, means “a temple worshiping the holy literary genius,” the title that was posthumously conferred upon Confucius, who Vietnamese call Van The Su Bieu or “the eternal teacher.”
The Van Mieu in Vinh Long was built in 1864 and completed by the end of 1866 following the initiative of Phan Thanh Gian, a mandarin of the Nguyen Dynasty who was appointed as the education officer of Vinh Long in 1862.
In front of the temple is a large, three-entrance gate, called Tam Quan, with the middle door being twice as large as the side doors.At the top of the main entrance there are three Chinese characters, and below them is the Vietnamese transliteration – Van Thanh Mieu.On the two pillars of the gate is a pair of wooden panels inscribed with sentences extolling the talent and virtue of Confucius and the history of the temple.On the main path leading to the temple is a two-meter high stone created in 1867, inscribed with an essay by Phan Thanh Gian praising the builders of the temple.
The main area of the temple is reserved for worshiping Confucius and four of his most famous disciples – Yan Hui, Zeng Zi, Zisi and Mencius.There are also two altars dedicated to 72 outstanding students of Confucius, known as That Thap Nhi Hien or “the 72 talented persons”.On the right of the temple is a two-story building named Van Xuong Cac.
The first floor was used by intellectuals and Confucian scholars as a gathering place to read books and discuss literature and poetry.Vietnamese scholars such as Vo Truong Toan, Phan Thanh Gian, Nguyen Thong, Truong Van Uyen and Nguyen Tri Man are worshiped there.The second floor is used to worship Van Xuong De Quan, the deity dedicated to academic pursuits and examinations, as well as the happiness and prosperity of intellectuals.
Situated on the river bank between two rows of ancient trees, the temple has an ancient and tranquil beauty which puts visitors at ease as they view statues of talented intellectuals on the grounds of the temple.Every year, Van Thanh Mieu holds traditional ceremonies on the fourth and fifth days of the seventh lunar month to commemorate Phan Thanh Gian.The temple also holds rituals on the twelfth and thirteenth days of the tenth lunar month to worship high-ranking mandarins.In March 1991, it was recognized as a national historical relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information.
Recently, the provincial People’s Committee agreed to invest VND1 billion (US$62,500) to the temple to encourage tourism and research.
The Tien Chau Pagoda is situated in An Binh River Island of An Binh Commune, Long Ho District. At first it was called Di Da Tu. At the end of the 19th century, Di Da Temple was severely damaged and restored in the year of pig (1889).
This name Tien Chau Tu (Tien Chau Temple) was officially accepted then. The present Tien Chau Temple is of the same size as that of 1899. Di Da Tu is an old temple and Bai Tien (the Fairy Beach) is a scenery spot so this place of interest has attracted lots of tourists. This Tien Chau Temple was officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Information as a national art and architecture heritage on December 12, 1994.
The quiet beautiful An Binh island belongs to Long Ho district of Vinh Long city. Take a ferry on 1/5 street, opposite Vinh Long museum, to the island.
The island has many families offering homestay service. The accommodations are very simple, but they have lovely surrounding gardens. Forget the city's clubs, bars and enjoy relaxed peaceful time. Go to sleep early with the sounds of frogs and wake up with birds chirping.