Dong Thap – A land of lotus

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Dong Thap Province is famous for its immense lotus paddy-field. Especially, in this land, there is a type of giant lotus which an adult can stand steadily on its leaves. And lots of tourists come here for ecological tourism in rainy season.

Dong Thap Province is located in the left-hand side of Hau River with a diverse and abundant ecosystem. It is a flooding area with lotus almost everywhere. There are many paddy-fields in Thap Muoi, Tam Nong, or Cao Lanh district, solely growing lotus. People can make full use of lotus, of which “ngo sen” (lotus root) and “hat sen” (lotus seed) are specialties of this land, especially those in Dong Thap Muoi District. “Hat sen” is small but buttery and nutritious. This kind of safe food is very popular with residents.

In addition, visitors can also visit Lotus Pagoda in Hoa Tan Village, Chau Thanh District, where a precious lotus in South East Asia is planted. Their leaves of which diameter is up to 1.6 or 2.2 meters can hold a 60 kilogram adult standing steadily. They look like “quai thao” hat (a traditional for female of the North) with lots of sharp and hard thorns in the back sides. Flowers of this lotus change colors four times a day. In the morning, they’re as white as snow, then turn pink at noon, become purple from 3 pm and turn red at night. The circulation of color repeats for the next three days before the flowers turn into bold purple and die.

Tourists, especially foreign ones, really enjoy the vast cajuput forests, many of which are primitive, in Xeo Quyt, Gao Giong, Cao Lanh, Tram Chim, Tam Nong districts. These can be considered the best places to release you from stress. Taking expenditure into the forest on “ba la” boat, tourists will have chance to breath fresh air and explore the typical diverse ecosystem of this flooding land in Cuu Long River Delta.

Besides, Tram Chim National Park is another attractive address with tourists. It covers an area of nearly 8000 hectares with 200 different types of birds which accounts for 60 percent of total tontine, and 80 percent of total set of birds in Vietnam. Especially, the primitive diverse ecosystem of this land appeal lots of red-head cranes nesting here. In the season when they come, the entire Tram Chim is just like in spring with dancing and the radiance of red-head cranes. Moreover, there are some other kinds of nearly extinct birds also gathering here.

In rainy seasons, there are also many exciting things about this hollow land. Tourist will feel “fascinated” when boating on the immense water field of Dong Thap Muoi district in August till November. At this time, the ecosystem of this flooding land becomes far more abundant. Rice-fields are replaced by paddy-fields of lotus or water-lily, thousands of white storks flying in the sky, and sometimes they land on mounds to catch fishes.

Tourists coming to this land will also be surprised by the “ghost rice” or “rice from God”. This kind of rice possesses the perfect adaptation with the rising water level. However high the water is, they will grow above the water surface.

There are a lot of more things awaiting tourists in Dong Thap Province. You can book a tour from a tourism agency or design yourself one in one or two to three days, following this order: Xeo Quyt former military base, Junior doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac’s tomb (President Ho Chi Minh‘s father), Go Thap monument, Gao Giong ecological tourism, Tram Chim National Park, etc.