If you are searching for a stop where you can perceive the serenity of the countryside or a wet land and explore its charming beauty, Dong Sen Thap Muoi eco-tourist site is exactly a part of your itinerary in Vietnam. The eco-tourist site of Dong Sen Thap Muoi is famous for ravishing lotus ponds; the lotus flowers’ color is slightly pale pink, so it’s no much colorful and expensive like other kinds of flower. It looks like a fragile girl gently moving among cool breeze and its green leaves.
Dong Sen Thap Muoi is also where you can gain authentic experiences of a rural region of Vietnam. Nobody dares to say that it’s the best place to visit in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, but they can assert that the lotus flowers and the scenery & ambiance of this peaceful land leave them unforgettable memories.
Having a first glance at Dong Sen Thap Muoi Eco-tourist Site
Dong Sen Thap Muoi nestles snugly in a small village of My Hoa Commune, Thap Muoi District, and is just 39 kilometers from the city center of Cao Lanh. The climate in this place is mild all year round, so you can make a trip there anytime you want. Nevertheless, to witness the best lotus flowers in full bloom, summer is recommended. By that time, Dong Sen looks like an alluring girl among nature.
Surrounded by lotus ponds is a network of trails to a wooden hut from a wooden hut. There is a tall tower in the middle of Dong Sen, and it’s exactly where you can get a great view of the whole area. You can ramble along the trails to admire the charming lotus flowers, soak up the fresh air, and take beautiful photos of this scenery. Additionally, while ao dai or ao ba ba is known as a traditional costume of Vietnam, you never refuse a chance to wear it and have impressive photos of yourself dressed in it.
To explore deep into the center of Dong Sen Thap Muoi, it’s a must to take a boat. The boat entitles you to observe the seductive beauty of landscapes at two sides of the waterway. If you love something authentic, just try fascinating activities, such as cutting lotus roots, fishing, and gardening.
Lotus ponds with the peaceful ambiance are surely for you if you are seeking for an excellent remedy for your stress. The wonderful aroma of lotus flowers surely helps relieve your tiredness. It seems that birds flying in the sky are embellishing the painting of Dong Sen.
How to get to Dong Sen Thap Muoi Eco-tourist Site from Ho Chi Minh City
From the city center of Ho Chi Minh City, you proceed towards Binh Chanh District. Right at the Binh Thuan bridge, just turn left to National Route 1A. Keep going 16 kilometers head until you hit My Yen – Vinh Loc. Cross the bridges of Ben Luc and Tan An.
Then, when you meet the first traffic light, turn left to National Route 62. Go straight along National Route 62 around 44 kilometers until you see the intersection of Tan Thanh. From the intersection of Tan Thanh, turn left to the N2 Street and hit My An Town. Just cross a big bridge, and you can recognize Thap Muoi Market at your left hand.
On the N2 Street, turn right to Provincial Route 845 instead of crossing the bridge. Ride about 8 kilometers to My Hoa Market. Turn right to Go Thap Street. Just go along Go Thap Street to Dong Sen Thap Muoi.
It’s possible to state that you can find quite hard to search for the directions indicated as above, so if often a non-domestic traveler will prefer a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Cao Lanh City. Then, ask to rent a motorbike for a visit to Dong Sen Thap Muoi. This is certainly a far easier way to reach your destination.
A tour to the Mekong Delta, including destinations in Dong Thap is always a way to Dong Sen Thap Muoi Eco-tourist Site. It’s not hard to take such a tour. There are many tour operators in Ho Chi Minh City that helps customize a package tour to this destination of your favorite.
What to eat at Dong Sen Thap Muoi Eco-tourist Site
Your trip to the Dong Sen Thap Muoi eco-tourist site will not be complete if you ignore a chance to savor delicacies concocted from lotuses, fish, and other indigenous ingredients. Some of the best choices are mango salad with dried snakehead, fried rice wrapped in lotus leaves, fish braised in clay pot, and boiled paddy crabs.
- Mango salad with dried snakehead is a perfect mix of sour mango and slightly salty snakehead. Some herbs make its taste more attractive. There is no reason to resist it.
- Fried rice wrapped in lotus leaves is not only delicious in its taste, but also special in how it is garnished. Rice is fried with several vegetables and meat looking colorful, and then it’s wrapped in a green lotus leaf. When you open the leaf, the dish looks like a unique lotus flower. It should be tried.
- Fish braised in clay pot never disappoints you. Many decades ago, the local people discovered that fish would be more awesome in texture and taste when it was cooked in a clay pot. That’s why the dish was born and now becomes one of the must-try things for a trip to Dong Sen Thap Muoi.
Concerning drinks, it’s more amazing to take a sip of warm lotus tea, which is taken into account as a soul of the wet lotus land. Meanwhile, talk to the local people, and they’ll tell you more about their culture and life.
Where to stay nearby
While there are more accommodations to stay in Dong Thap, only several ones are available around the Dong Sen Thap Muoi eco-tourist site. Top billing is Hai Lua Homestay:
- Location: in the middle of a vast lotus pond of the Dong Sen Thap Muoi eco-tourist site
- 31 kilometers from Cai Be Floating Market – one of the most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta
- Available activities and things: wifi, fishing, food & drinks, parking, and souvenir shop
- Unique rooms looking like green huts
If you go in a group and want to get closer to nature, camping right in the Dong Sen Thap Muoi eco-tourist site is a good idea.
It’s also something new when you choose to have a homestay experience. Staying and living with the locals enable you to learn more about the wet land. Perhaps, thanks to the homestay experience, distinctive characteristics in the Mekong Delta’s culture will open your mind.
No entrance fee
Single-boat trip: VND 100,000/pax/boat
Group boat trip: VND 30,000/pax
Address: My Hoa Commune, Thap Muoi District, Dong Thap Province
Tell: (+84) 2773961567
Opening hours: 7:00AM- 5:00PM