Sa Dec - Hidden Beauty in Mekong Delta
by Blake Johnson Feb 14, 2017
Sa Dec formerly known as Sa Dac is located in Dong Thap province in Mekong Delta. Sa Dec was considered as one of the largest cities in the South-western region before the nineteenth century. This destination leaves strong impression on visitors as “a true hidden gem in the Mekong Delta” with busy and authentic market near the river, several remarkable architectures as well as old mansion and merchant house.
It is noting that during the Vietnam War in 1966 and 1967 Sa Dec was seen as an American Patrol Boat and Swift Boat base. In addition, it also was the setting for the famous novel “The Lover” written by French author Marguerite Duras.
Things to do and see in Sa Dec
Having an excursion to Sa Dec you should pay a visit to the “colorful market” – Sa Dec market first. It is one of many highlight destinations for those who want to take close glimpse into the daily life of the local. Like almost local market in the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, Sa Dec market is also located near the river. Therefore, using boat is one of the best choices to visit this local market as well as enjoy the wonderful view from the river. Around this local market you may not find some souvenir shops for travellers as other places because it is not a tourist market. Thus, it enables you to travel like a local person more than a tourist. Beside the foods needing for daily life, you can find some local specialty. It is pity if you can not visit this unique market when you have a journey to Sa Dec.
Sa Dec is well known as the land of flowers, so the next destination you should not miss by any reason is Sa Dec flower village. Located near Tien river, this village gains nice fame for its varieties of exotic and colorful flower. More than 100 year over, Sa Dec flower village nowadays becomes more and more beautiful. Several flowers and strange herbs such as rose, orchids, arecas, etc., grown alternately makes this village look like a fairyland which is full of colors and aromas. Almost flowers are grown on the high shelves and the water from the canal flows at the bottom of the “flower fields”. Thus, what can be better than discovering this village by boat? I’m sure you will have a lot of unforgettable experiences at this unique destination. Moreover, Sa Dec bonsai village will have its own interesting festival in spring, so do not hesitate let’s pack you bag and come to visit it as soon as possible.
Near Sa Dec flower village, you can come to Nguyen Hue Street by motorbike to visit Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House which is called as “lovers’ House” by Sa Dec locals. Great romantic story behind the house is depicted in the famous novel “The lover” made into a film later by French director, Jean-Jacques Annaud. This house was once owned by Huynh Thuy Le - the son of rich family in Dong Thap, who Marguerite Duras had love affair with when she was 15. This house seems to take you back in Vietnam’s history in the last century with its unique architecture. This 1895 wooden house was rebuilt in 1917 in the style of French villa but combining oriental architectural elements. You can find the Chinese-style ridge roof, the alter of Guan Yu at this house apart from Vietnamese and French items such as wooden cupboard, French tiles,etc. This national cultural-historic heritage site attracts visitors from many countries every year. Thus, I’m sure it will never let you down especially to those who are Duras’s fan.
Several notable things are available for travellers to do and see in Sa Dec but in the preceding list I just recommend you some outstanding ones. Sa Dec is worth paying visit to experience the new and different things.
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