Bac Lieu is an attractive and new attraction for tourists, this is the hometown of Bac Lieu’s son, the resting place of the late musician Cao Van Lau. There are also famous architectural works such as Xiem Can Pagoda, Bac Lieu Prince Hotel, Father Diep’s church. However, there is also Ghositaram Pagoda – the most beautiful Khmer temple in the Mekong Delta.
1. Better to Know as a Tourist
Spend-time: One and a half hour (approx)
Hours: Dawn – dusk
Parking lot: Yes
Address: Located in Cu Lao hamlet, Hung Hoi commune, Vinh Loi district, about 5km from Bac Lieu city
Added values: This is considered one of the most beautiful Khmer temples in the Mekong Delta. Coming to Ghositaram Temple, visitors will not be surprised with the architecture and brilliant colors of this religious establishment.
Nearby attractions and hidden gems: Looking for places to stop on your way to and from Ghositaram Temple? Bac Lieu Wind Farm (23 Km), Cong Tu Bac Lieu House (5 Km), Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary (11 km), Bac Lieu Salt Farm (50 km), Tac Say Church (41 km), Bac Lieu market (4 km) …
2. Travel Guide to Ghositaram Temple
The temple follows the Theravada Buddhist school of the Khmer, Ghositaram Pagoda was built in 1860 and was first inaugurated in 1872.
After hundreds of years of existence, the pagoda began to deteriorate and was restored in 2001.
It took nearly 10 years to build the main hall of the new temple, which was completed with an area of more than 400m2 and a height of 40m.
The towers above the main hall were built and decorated very elaborately in the Khmer architectural style.
The porch and side walls of the pagoda are depicted with mascots from Khmer culture and images of Buddha’s life.
Inside the main hall of the pagoda, there are many carved carvings, embossed reliefs, patterns with high artistic value.
In the temple grounds, there are also two banners over 40m high, there are two towers storing the remains of Buddhists over the generations, a crematorium and many other auxiliary works. All of them honor the splendid majesty but also the closeness and warmth of the temple.
With the above unique features, Ghositaram Pagoda is really the highlight of Mekong Delta tourism that visitors should not ignore.
3. What to Do –See – Eat at Ghositaram Temple
During important festivals of the Khmer community such as Chol Chnam Thmay New Year, Dolta ceremony,… Ghositaram temple attracts a large number of devotees and tourists to attend.
The pagoda is not only a place where Buddhists come to offer incense and pray for peace, but also a place to take virtual photos that are very popular with young people. The striking colors and Khmer-style architecture of Ghositaram Pagoda help you take impressive and outstanding photos, no less than the architectural buildings in the famous temple country of Thailand or Cambodia.
4. Free Itineraries from VeMekong
As a local travel expert, we have some ideas for you to think about.
From Bac Lieu city center:
If you do not have much time left, it is easy to check out spots in one full day by boat or with bike or with motorbike and car. But there are much more than tourist sites like these in Bac Lieu. Make sure you have more time to feel and explore more about the hidden gems and the culture, food, night life, wildlife and forest as well. Top tip: Stay in a homestay nearby, so you have more chances to visit it and surroundings. If you are looking for the package Bac Lieu daily tour with local, you can contact www.vemekong.com or Hotline/WhatsApp/WeChat/Zalo +84939888559; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Google Maps of Ghositaram Temple
Google Maps made a name for itself helping people travel from one place to another, avoid traffic (You probably know the route from your hotel to the gas station by heart, but what you can’t be sure about is gridlock), measure a distance, get back to the hotel on time, share the location…
6. Visit Ghositaram Temple by yourself
Solo traveller? Travelling on your own means you will get out of any difficult situations by yourself. This, in turn, leads to more satisfying travel experiences and helps you improve your problem-solving skills. These days we rarely get the chance to sit with ourselves and simply be. That’s why you should consider the time you spend alone on your trip as a gift.
It is possible for solo travellers to use google maps and do it alone. But sometimes they need to update local maintained roads and bridges which close and lead you a longer road than the road from Google maps. It is just about the time. It takes more time to find the correct garden to come. Adventure is always fun. Wifi is strong in Bac Lieu village! The locals find it hard to speak English as well. Top tip: Sticking to one canal and keeping going along it which gives you more things to see and avoids getting lost. Contact vemekong.com to hire a car, scooter with English-speaking-guide or cycling tours in Bac Lieu.
7. Responsible Travel and Advice Ghositaram Temple
Don’t get us wrong. But we assure you that you totally agree with us. “Do not give candy and things to the children when you plan to visit any local villages”, the kids will leave the school and follow the sweets and later they find some things to give you or sell to you. The garden is a little forest, don’t pick and touch the flowers or fruits without the local’s smiles. We deal with traveling green and leaving green behind, not plastic. Top tip: Vemekong.com are some of the companies that care a lot about responsible travel and local respectation.
8. Amazing Video flycam/drone of Ghositaram Temple (4k)
If a picture says a thousand words, it stands to reason that the video says many times more.
9. Incredible Tips for Photography, Specialists, KOLs, Media and Influencers
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10. Pro Tips
You can stay in a homestay which is near the riverside, this will help you out the best option. Then you can hire a scooter, car or bike and explore it by yourself and I hope you have an amazing Mekong Delta river sunrise.
If you plan to extend your travel to Bac Lieu homestay, do not forget to bring mosquito repellent cream.
Visit Bac Lieu or do any customized tours, please choose reputable providers with boat trips equipped with lifebuoys, jackets, motorcycle and cycling tours with the helmets and. Safety is a priority! Choose Bac Lieu responsible tours which help you give back while traveling. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.
Bac Lieu food & drink guide ranges from street food, authentic, fancy to fusion foods. As a tropical land of many fresh vegetables and homegrown gardens, which always make Bac Lieu cuisines fresh, close to nature and very traditional. If you are a food lover, don’t hesitate to put other bites onto your food lists such as Bun bo cay (Spicy beef noodle soup), Three-striped crab (Freshwater crab in Bac Lieu), Banh cu cai (White radish pies), Banh tam bi Bac Lieu (Bac Lieu thick noodles & creamy coconut milk), Pho Ngheu, Bon Bon Pickles
Bring your hat, sunglasses, and sunblock, scarf to wear when visiting temples, pagodas, and the cathedral.
Bring the raincoat if you’re planning a trip to Bac Lieu in the rainy season, as Bac Lieu always looks fantastic in the full rain and full sun.
Bac Lieu tourist attractions are magnificent itself, but if you have enough time, don’t forget to put other places onto your bucket lists such as Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, Bac Lieu Salt Farm, Buddha Temple Ba Nam Hai, Cong Tu Bac Lieu House, Ghositaram Pagoda in Bac Lieu, Bac Lieu Wind Farm, Ancient Longan Orchards, Vinh Hung Ancient Temple, Xiem Can Pagoda Bac Lieu, Cao Van Lau Theater (Conical Hat Non La Theater), Tac Say Church, Cao Van Lau Musician Memorial Site, Nha Mat amusement park, Bac Lieu Beach and mangrove forests, Phuoc Duc Ancient Temple and Dia Mau Cung (Ba Pagoda), Bac Lieu Market, Hung Vuong Square in Bac Lieu…
Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Bac Lieu province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!
“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.