Bung Binh Thien is one of the largest freshwater lakes of the Southwestern Vietnam, located near Cambodian border, connecting with Binh Di River (An Phu, An Giang).
This place is associated with the legend of a general when he comes to this land and makes the army barracks, but unluckily meets the terrible drought, due to so, he prays the Buddha and then stabs the sword into the land. After that, a strong current of water from the soil sprayed up, gradually, filled up all the place and became the lake today. The water in this lake is green and clear all year round, therefore, it’s called Bung Binh Thien (lake of water from the sky).
1. What time should we come to Bung Binh Thien?
Bung Binh Thien in flood season
You can come here at any time of the year, but the most perfect time is still in the flood season. At that time, the water of the lake increases several times compared to other months of the year.
2. How to go there?
Going to Bung Binh Thien by motorbike is a great experience
Bung Binh Thien is 35 km away from Chau Doc city center. If you take a bus, you have to come to Chau Doc bus station, take the bus to Bung Binh Thien. If your transport is motorbike or car, then from city center, you need to drive through Con Tien bridge, follow the route 956 to An Phu town, from there, continue to Khanh Binh border gate, go to Quoc Thai crossroad, turn left 2km and there you are in Bung Binh Thien (An Phu district, An Giang).
3. What activities help you discover Bung Binh Thien?
Bung Binh Thien is actually a lake, so the only way to discover this lake is by boat. Each boat can carry about 4-10 people with the price from 150,000 to 300,000VND per person. According to local people, now Bung Binh Thien is about 500m long, 3,000m wide, so it’ll take approximately 40 minutes to visit the lake completely.
Catching fishes in Bung Binh Thien
In the journey around Bung Binh Thien, besides the floating houses, fish raising boats, natural scenery, little wild flower,… You will also find out in a corner of Bung Binh Thien the pink lotus which are blooming gorgeously, the yellow wild flower which is shining under the sun, all the colors here will make you feel like being lost in a painting of a certain famous painter.
Wild flower in Bung Binh Thien
Grilling fish newly caught from the lake, picking wild flowers, rowing around and taking a lot of beautiful photos,… are also favorite activities of tourist when coming to Bung Binh Thien in the floating season.
Masjid Khoy Ri Yah mosque
Learning about the lifestyle of Cham people living around Bung Binh Thien is also something you can’t miss when coming here. Admiring Masjid Khoy Ri Yah mosque with a gargoyle-shaped dome with a lot of people coming here to pray.
4. What to eat in Bung Binh Thien?
A specialty of Bung Binh Thien
There are local eateries near Bung Binh Thien. The dishes you should try here in the floating season should be the dishes made from fish, wild flowers, Cham dishes, dishes from jellyfish,…
5. What to bring for a trip to Bung Binh Thien?
Clothes, shoes that are suitable
Hat, jacket, sunscreen
6. The itinerary you should follow for a perfect trip:
Ho Chi Minh city – Tram Chim – Vam Nao – Chau Doc – Bung Binh Thien – Tra Su mangrove forest.