Now that we’ve had our virtual walk through Northern and Central Vietnam, it is high time we presented you Southern Vietnam. This area of the country consists of two beautiful regions. One of them is Southeast Vietnam and the second one is Mekong River Delta. In this post, we’ll show you some of our favorite places to visit in Southeast Vietnam, which is known for its beautiful mountains and pagodas. Let’s start!
Maybe one of the most precious sights for the lovers of ecotourism is located in Long Hai Town, Long Dien District. Monkey pagoda lies at the bottom of Ky Van mountain and its real name is Nguyen Chon Monastery. However, this pagoda got its nickname because of more than 200 funny monkeys raised behind the pagoda. So, people who come to this area usually do so to enjoy the divine intact nature enriched with Buddha statue as well as to observe and feed monkeys.
Ba Ra Mountain
The most beautiful peak of Binh Phuoc province, Ba Ra mountain, is one of the most popular attractions in this area. The incredible view that spreads in front of you once you get to the top will leave you breathless. The name of the mountain is closely related to the bravery of the people of Phuoc Long who were defending it during its turbulent history. At the mountain, you can also find a monument that commemorates these people and sacrifices they made. On the other hand, there are also the remnants of Ba Ra prison where people of Phuoc Long were captivated by the French.
Chau Thoi Mountain Pagoda
Combining spirituality with the exquisite mountainous area, Chau Thoi Pagoda is a perfect place to visit in Binh Duong Province, Thuan An District. The original pagoda was built by the Buddhist monk Khanh Long in the 17th century, while the present building was constructed in the middle of the 20th century. With three imposing entrance gates and ancient stone Buddha statues, this pagoda has a special aura that has beautifully merged with the surrounding natural beauties.
Lady Thien Hau Pagoda
Another pagoda originating from the middle of the 19th century, Lady Thien Hau pagoda was built on Huong Chu Hien Canal, in the town of Thu Dau Mot (Binh Duong Province). Additional constructions were added later on and the pagoda itself was moved. In this pagoda, you can worship several deities, such as Lares, Bon Dau Cong Couple, Ngu Hanh Nuong Nuong, and many others. The pagoda is well-known for the ceremony organized every 23rd day of the third lunar month. The ceremony commemorates the anniversary of the death of Lady Thien Hau.
Lac Canh Dai Nam Van Hien
Last, but definitely not the least, Lac Canh Dai Nam Van Hien is a mind-blowing complex with the total area of 476 ha. It consists of breath-taking temples, natural beauties such as mountains and rivers, as well as hotels, and entertainment area. This makes it one of the most popular both religious and entertaining sights in southeast Vietnam.