If you’re travelling from Ho Chi Minh City
, Long Xuyen is an interesting little place to stop over, or to visit in general. A highly developed city in Vietnam
’s Mekong Delta region, it has cafes, restaurants and bars that you don’t have to share with swarms of tourists. There’s another side to Long Xuyen, too – one of countryside, crocodiles and cathedrals. So take your pick from our range of Long Xuyen hotels.
Long Xuyen is the capital of Vietnam’s An Giang
province. The Hoa Hao Buddhist sect had a military presence in the region until 1956. In the city centre you’ll find a statue of Ton Duc Thang, Vietnam’s second president, who was born in the town.
Things to see and do
At Blue Sky Crocodile Land, you can see thousands of crocodiles in all shapes and sizes (if you’re brave enough), eat crocodile at the restaurant on site and even pick up a crocodile-skin wallet. If you love crocodiles, it’s the place to be.
If crocodiles aren’t your thing (and fair enough!), check out the Long Xuyen Catholic Church, one of the largest and mightiest churches in the Mekong Delta region. Inside, you’ll find a big crucifix on a globe supported by two hands.
And if you’re only spending one night in Long Xuyen, better make it a good one! Eat out at a restaurant, drop into a bar or even do a little karaoke.
Shopping and dining
You can find both local Vietnamese food and Western-style food like burgers and chicken wings here. There are a decent number of gift shops and fashion outlets in the city. Probably the most Vietnamese place to shop in Long Xuyen is the floating market on the banks of the Mekong Delta. Hop on a canal and take your pick of the fresh produce that the locals are selling on their boats, although you may want to take a guide who can barter for you! As you go about your purchases, you’ll have a great view of houses on stilts and rice paddy fields.
If you’re going to go to Long Xuyen, you’ll want to see more of Vietnam’s awesome destinations, so book one of our flights to Vietnam
for the best possible Vietnam experience.
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