Far about 135 km from Saigon, the alluvial of Vinh Long attracts visitors with original activities like homestay Vinh Long services. Hereby are some tips for you when visiting An Binh Island – a famous tourism destination of Long Ho district.
Exploring river by boat
With terrain is dunes surrounded by river, An Binh Island is an ideal place for tourists to visit the local’s lives. The fresh breezes and on the boat what they will bring you unforgettable impressions.
If you are lucky to pass riverine orchards, you will be allowed to pick fruits by yourself without worrying about rebuke. According to farmers living here, that fruit are gifts to visitors.
All year round lush gardens are specialty of provinces in the southwest. Depending on season and time, these gardens have different kinds of fruit. Summer is main fruit season in the West. So it is time for welcoming many tourists to this place.
Binh Phuoc rambutan is one of the famous specialties of An Binh Island. Visitors will be surprised at ripe rambutan orchards with laden fruits on branches, heavy with the canopy. You can visit these gardens in the harvest season from May to July.
Tourists also visit other large orchards to directly participate in “bail water from ditch out to catch fish”. Everyone wear traditional loose-fitting blouse, process and enjoy “booty” picked at the garden. These are activities designed to serve foreign visitors from some resorts.
Visiting ancient houses, traditional trade villages
Cai Cuong ancient house is known as a work of European architecture style combined with old Oriental features. Located in Binh Hoa Phuoc commune, on Cai Muoi canal’s bank crowed with boats, this is the place attracting tourists to visit every springs.
The most attractive feature of Cai Cuong house is wooden column adhesive three spaces together. It is carved dragon, phoenix, bird, tree ….and gilded well.
Or you can come to Mr. Hai Hoang’s house built followed in style of French architecture with a very wide and airy yard. Behind is the rambutan and longan garden. This place is usually for visitors to stay at night.
The items such as altar, wardrobe, furniture, couch, camp bed … in Cai Cuong are all made from ironwood or Xylia xylocarpain the late of 19th century and kept mostly intact by family.
Besides, several traditional trade villages such as Phuoc Dinh yellow apricot blossom, Mr Sau Giao’s bonsais will brings you comfortable and peaceful.
Visiting ancient pagodas, temples, shrines
When traveling to An Binh Island, you should not miss to visit ancient temples, shrines. In addition to restored old walls, many statues of god can make you shudder every time you go through.
The architecture of temples is quite unique here. At hundred-year-old pagoda, the ancient space with exquisite carvings will help you open your mind.
Experiencing homestay Vinh Long
After a day of walking all around island, you can stay overnight at many garden houses following “home-stay” form. Visitors will live with local people as a member of family. Through team activities, you can experience the value of life and local culture.
You can visit some famous home-stay addresses such as: Phuong Thao, In Thanh, Ngoc Sang, Vinh Sang, Ngoc Phuong, Ba Linh, Bay Trung.
Enjoying local cuisine
Tasting rustic flavor of dishes in this land is another thing you should not miss. Several dishes you should try are fried osphronemus goramy, catfish cooked with pepper, boiled vegetables dipped in braised fish sauce, sour soup with goby, steamed chicken with lemon leaves, sweet potato dipped in fish sauce …
Visitors can enjoy these delicious dishes with homestay Vinh Long services or come to Mekong- Dong Phu aquatic farm to fish with your own hands fresh fishes in small canals. Then you are guided to progress simple dishes right at that place. The prawns change color continuously on charcoal fire very attractive or osphronemus gouramy in hot pan will make you impress. Sipping a few cups of alcohol with friends and watching My Thuan Bridge at dust will make the journey more meaningful.