HCM CITY – Chim (Bird) Islet in the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh is a new community-based tourism destination in the region.
Chim is a small islet on the Cổ Chiên River. To get there, tourists need to board a ferry at Bà Trầm ferry dock, also known as Phương Vinh – Long Hưng ferry dock, with motorbikes parked at a local’s house.
The Trà Vinh tourism department launched the Chim Islet community-based tourism site in Châu Thành District in September last year.
Chim Islet has managed to preserve the bucolic integrity of the Mekong Delta countryside, with distinguishing features like small lodges roofed by coconut canopies, and big water jars in front of each house.
The islet is currently inhabited by 54 families with 214 members.
The islet also boasts varied snacks and food to please tourists. Each household serves a different dish, in compliance with official arrangements, to diversify the tourist experience.
Tourists can enjoy a full authentic meal from the traditional cooking crafts of Mekong Delta locals.
After the meal, they can take a ride around the islet, and sample special desserts like coconut cakes with apricot leaves or pineapple-leaf juice. — VNS