Rare Poetic Hamlet in the Mekong Delta: Con Chim

Visitors to this destination will be treated to much more than just a holiday - they will be welcomed with open arms by the locals, and experience a unique style of tourism.


Con Chim or Bird Islet is a world-renowned community-based tourist destination situated in Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. It is renowned for its unique approach to tourism, which emphasizes the preservation of the local culture, environment, and nature. Visitors are drawn to the islet’s rustic, gentle, and bold features of the countryside, while still ensuring these aspects are protected. As such, Con Chim or Bird Islet is an ideal destination for those seeking to explore a beautiful landscape with a rich cultural background.

Con Chim is an idyllic retreat situated on the banks of the tranquil Co Chien River, offering a year-round cool breeze and fresh air. It is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a peaceful and tranquil environment.

As soon as visitors step foot on Con Chim, they can be enveloped by the melodic chirping of birds from the mangrove trees and the sweet singing of swallows in the open sky.

Visitors seem to be enveloped in a calm, peaceful atmosphere when they enter the hamlet, which is adorned with natural materials at its beautifully adorned gate.

A stunningly beautiful poem appears before your eyes. Your gaze is drawn to the tiny squares of shrimp farms, or the expansive emerald-green paddy fields, if you take the winding paths lined with colorful petals or meander beneath the lush canopy of coconut trees.

The trip will be even more enjoyable if visitors take part in exciting activities such as catching crabs, grinding flour, baking leaf cakes, and playing traditional folk games. In addition, visitors can also explore a wet market for its local produce and jams.

The local specialties are cooked with the ingredients that are sourced locally, and the dishes are prepared with traditional recipes that have been passed down through generations. The flavors are so distinct that it is easy to identify the dish from the first bite. There are also dishes that are served in a traditional way with the local spices, giving the dishes a unique flavor. The atmosphere of the villages is also very welcoming and warm, and the locals are very friendly and hospitable. The meals are served with a smile, and the village people are always ready to share stories about their lives and culture. The traditional dishes of the Mekong Delta are a great way to experience the local culture and truly appreciate the beauty of the region.

 A gate to Con Chim, an islet located in Chau Thanh District, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Minh Tho/Mekong Environment Forum (MEF)
 Plain sign boards in the islet. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 The hamlet is accessible via roads that are tree-lined. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 Roads are lined with “flowery rugs”. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 Harmony in nature. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 Picturesque scene. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 A quaint look of the countryside. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 Each house offers a specialty in a distinctive manner. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 A rare rural scene of tranquility. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 Local produce raised in the islet to serve visitors. Photo: Minh Tho/MEF
 A charming girl in the islet.
 The message that inhabitants want to convey: Hospitality.