Although the Mekong Delta, spreading from Can Gio to Ca Mau, is generally surrounded by the sea full of alluvium,Tra Vinh has beautiful long beaches suitable for bath and holidays. The most famous among them is Ba Dong Beach.
Ba Dong is the name of a beach which is tens of kilometres long and located in Truong Long Hoa ward, Duyen Hai district, over 60 km Southwest of Tra Vinh Town. Here on this beach, the bathing and rehabilitation resort has been in existence since the early 20th century.
Today tourist businessemen and local people have invested into the development of the resort with a wide range of facilities such as bathing facilities, restaurants, hotels,leisure centres, souvenir shops, etc.
From the hotels and restaurants hiding themselves among the poplars rustling in sea wind, tourists can look beyond at the far sea,where fleets of fishing boats are sailing industriously to bring back inexhaustible resources to enrich the country. In this resort, tourists can savour many types of fresh seafood at surprisingly cheap prices.
From Ba Dong, tourists can also join excursions to learn about the history of the early settlement and the tradition of heroically fighting against foreign invaders in the “Iron Truong Long Hoa Ward” and in “Duyen Hai District as a glorious guerrilla base” with legendary victories as well as war vestiges such as Con Tau Dock, where weapons carried from the North on Ho Chi Minh sea-route were received, Giong Gieng Base of Tra Vinh Provincial committee of the Party. In addition, tourists can take part in ecotours of chains of forests grown on salt marsh such as Truong Long Hoa and Long Khanh, enjoy the regional specialties like Ba Dong watermelon,Nha Mat oysters, Con Cu prawns, larvae feeding on date trunks, braised keo fish, Chu u rang me (small crab fried with amarind juice), Clam worm sauce, etc.
Ba Dong is currently an attractive spot for short holidays for numerous average-income tourists such as state officials, young people, students, manual workers as well as families in Tra Vinh and neighboring provinces. On holidays and at weekends, and especially in the Lunar New Year, the whole of Ba Dong Beach is picturesque, colourful, exciting and lively with tens of thousands of tourists from everywhere who come here for sightseeing and