A class at Samrong Ek Pagoda
A class at Samrong Ek Pagoda

Tra Vinh Travel Guide

Tra Vinh Province of Vietnam is bordered to the north-east by Ben Tre Province, to the north by Vinh Long Province, to the west and south-west by Soc Trang Province and to the south and south-east by the East Vietnam Sea.

 Tra Vinh, Vinh Long and a part of Dong Thap Province comprise an island surrounding by tributaries (Tien and Hau Rivers) of the Mekong River. The terrain of Tra Vinh is basically flat with land for agriculture and forestry. The rugged 65km coastline of Tra Vinh is home mostly to mangrove forest and 10km of sandy beach (Ba Dong Beach).

A little girl in Ao Dai at Tra Vinh Vietnam
A little girl in the graceful Ao Dai at Tra Vinh Vietnam
 
The climate of Tra Vinh is tropical with 2 seasons per year: rainy season from May-October and the dry season for the rest of the year. The average temperature is 26-27oC, average humidity is 83-85% and the annual rainfall is 1,500mm. There are rarely typhoons or storms in Tra Vinh.

Tra Vinh Province's population is composed of the Kinh, the Hoa and the Khmer of which the Khmer accounts for 30%. And there is clearly a blend of culture in Tra Vinh.

 
 
Streets of Tra Vinh are lined with timber trees
Streets of Tra Vinh are lined with timber trees of hundreds years old
 

Tourist attractions in Tra Vinh
Attractions of Tra Vinh include 142 pagodas and temples of the Kinh, the Hoa and the Khmer Communities.

  • Ba Dong Beach, 55km from Tra Vinh Town.
  • Nodol Pagoda (Co Pagoda): 40km south of Tra Vinh Town.
  • Samrong Ek Pagoda: a Khmer-styled pagoda amid a little forest with towering big timber trees
  • Hang Pagoda: 5km from Tra Vinh Town, the gate is like a tunnel and the pagoda compound is with dense forest of trees of hundred years old. The pagoda is also a stork sanctuary.
  • Ao Ba Om, 7km from Tra Vinh Town is a square lake with lotus flowers and hundred-years-old timber trees. There are the Ang Pagoda, a Khmer Museum nearby. The total area is 84 hectares and covered with big timber trees.
  • Phuoc Minh Cung (Chua Ong) is a temple dedicated to Quan Cong with Chinese architecture.
  • Cau Ke Ancient House (Huynh Ky Ancient House) is in Cau Ke Town, Cau Ke District, 30km from Tra Vinh City. The house has a nice French architecture at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Con Tau (at Truong Long Hoa Commune, Duyen Hai District, 60km from Tra Vinh City) was the port where war materials were received after being transported from North Vietnam via the Ho Chi Minh Trail at sea. 
 
A Chinese Quan Cung Temple at Tra Vinh Town
Phuoc Minh Cung - A Chinese Quan Cung Temple at Tra Vinh Town
 
 Travel and tours in Tra Vinh
Tra Vinh has always been off the tourist track and your trip through Tra Vinh is more likely without encountering other tourists. It is recommended you spend 1-3 days to take in all attractions in Tra Vinh: the attractions in Tra Vinh City should take at least 1 day and 1 day for the coastline and the beach. Paradissa offers off the beaten track adventure tours and bike tours which travel through Tra Vinh and other provinces in the Mekong Delta.
 
night market of Tra Vinh Town
Night market of Tra Vinh Town with a variety of fruits of the Mekong Delta, with cold fresh fruit juice and food stall
 
 Accommodation
There is a wide array of accommodations at Tra Vinh ranging from cozy homestay amid peaceful and leafy gardens to 3* boutique luxury hotels. Hometay offers a lovely engaging experience of the authentic local life that you can take part in the daily activities, learning how to cook local cuisine, working in the farms,… Alternatively you can just have relaxing walking tour of local communities or cycling leisurely from one village to another through leafy paths.

Rice field outside of Tra Vinh Town bordered by coconut forests
Rice field outside of Tra Vinh Town bordered by coconut forests

Getting there and away
Tra Vinh is 130km from Ho Chi Minh City and 100km from Can Tho. There are bridges across the rivers nowadays that you don't have to wait for ferries as earlier which makes transport to and from Tra Vinh very convenient.