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Tra Vinh

Tra Vinh, one of the prettiest towns in the Mekong Delta, is a peaceful place to explore the region's little-touted Cambodian connection. Around 300,000 ethnic Khmer live in the surrounding province and the area is dotted with more than 140 Khmer pagodas. With wide boulevards shaded by lines of trees, the town itself is more symbolic of the French colonialist era, but get beyond the outskirts and you'll soon discover that Khmer culture is still alive and well in these parts of Vietnam. Tra Vinh also has a small but active Chinese community, one of the few such communities that remain in the Mekong Delta region.

Now linked to Ben Tre (and beyond) by new bridges, Tra Vinh is starting to see a little more tourist traffic than it once did.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Tra Vinh.