The Tram Chim Nature Reserve
The Tram Chim Nature Reserve

Dong Thap

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.

Cham Trim
Cham Trim

Tourist attractions and tours in Dong Thap
Cao Lanh City is the provincial capital of Dong Thap, 154km from Ho Chi Minh City and 80km from Can Tho City, 54km from the Cambodian border. Cao Lanh is the base for visiting the tourist attractions in Dong Thap Province.

Alternatively, you can stay in Sa Dec, a charming riverside town. Sa Dec has been well known for bonsai and flower villages and colonial architectures. The town was where Maguerite Duras, a French novelist, grew up. She later wrote an autobiographical novel called “L'Amant” about her love affair with a Chinese man while she was a teenager in Sa Dec. You could visit the family house of her lover Huynh Thuy Le in Sa Dec nowadays. There are no luxury hotels in Dong Thap, but there are hotels of 2-3* at Sa Dec Town and Cao Lanh City.

Gao Giong
Gao Giong


Dong Thap is home to a number of Eco-tourism gems such as the VC combat base of Xeo Quyt (30km from Cao Lanh City), the Tram Chim bird sanctuary (listed as a UNESCO Ramsar Site, 160km from Ho Chi Minh City), the bird sanctuary of Gao Giong, Sa Dec flower market...  It is possible to take bird watching tours at Tram Chim and Gao Giong from September through February. Alternatively, you can join one of our bicycle tours through the countryside of Dong Thap which visit bonsai and flower villages around Sa Dec.

Xeo Quyt
Xeo Quyt VC combat base

How to get there and away
There are two international border crossings between Vietnam and Cambodia in Dong Thap Province: Thuong Phuoc (Hong Ngu District) and Dinh Ba (Tan Hong District). These border crossings are 180km from Ho Chi Minh City and 100km from Phnom Penh.