Tra Vinh is a province in the Mekong Delta where many Khmer ethnic people live. Therefore, this place has many relics, architecture, and unique cultural beauty of the Khmer people. The first is the Tra Vinh Museum of Khmer Ethnic Culture – one of the two largest Khmer museums in Vietnam.
1. Better to Know as a Tourist
Spend-time: One hour (approx)
Hours: Dawn – Dusk
Parking lot: Yes
Address: Located in Ward 8, Tra Vinh city.
Added values: When coming to Tra Vinh Khmer Minority People’s Museum, visitors will feel the peace and spaciousness with a lot of green trees surrounding the museum grounds. The museum has a cool and fresh atmosphere because it is separate from the noisy and bustling urban area, giving visitors moments of comfort and relaxation.
Nearby attractions and hidden gems: Looking for places to stop on your way to and from Khmer Minority People’s Museum? Or maybe you found it too crowded here? We’ve got some ideas! Check out our list: Ba Dong Beach (56 km), Ba Om Pond (500 m), Vam Ray Pagoda (38 km), Truc Lam Zen Monastery Tra Vinh (55 km), Con Chim Islet (18 km), Tra Vinh Market (12 minutes)…
2. Travel Guide to Khmer Minority People’s Museum
Tra Vinh Khmer Minority People’s Museum is more than 5 km southwest of Tra Vinh province’s center, located in a complex of cultural – tourist areas, connected with the scenic Ao Ba Om relic, architectural and artistic relics. Ang Pagoda art and the Provincial Sports and Culture Center, very convenient for students, researchers of national culture and tourists to visit, study and learn.
The museum was built in 1995 and was put into use in 1997. The museum is a two-storey block, with an area of more than 1,700 m2, designed and built on the basis of a harmonious combination of style and style. Traditional Khmer and modern architecture in a 1-hectare campus with lots of green trees all year round.
The museum is currently storing, displaying and introducing more than 800 artifacts, images and documents that reflect the material and cultural life of the Khmer ethnic community in Tra Vinh, from traditional to contemporary.
3. What to Do – See – Eat at Khmer Minority People’s Museum
Coming to Tra Vinh Khmer Museum, visitors will be first impressed with the large, quiet campus with lots of green trees around. The museum is completely separate from the bustling and noisy urban area with a fresh and cool space that gives visitors relaxing and comfortable moments to explore.
The museum has a very unique design, bearing the architectural colors of the Khmer people. With sharp peaks like fingertips and very delicately carved, it brings an ancient and sacred space to the museum.
The museum is built on 2 floors. The ground floor is used as a workplace for the museum’s staff and security guards. The upper floor is a place to display artifacts and historical relics. The exhibition floor is divided into small rooms, each of which is displayed according to a different theme.
Room 1: This is a display of models of ancient Khmer temples. Here, the main temple of Khmer Theravada Buddhism is recreated, the Sala model of Neak Ta worshiping and more than 143 other Khmer temples.
In addition, this place also displays statues of gods, stone sculptures, Buddha statues … very sophisticated. The artifacts bear the imprint of Brahmanism and Buddhism, two typical religions of the Khmer people.
Room 2: Displays about the material life of the Khmer people, eating, wearing, staying, working, etc. through historical periods. There are many artifacts about rudimentary labor tools, extremely unique costumes and jewelry of the ancient Khmer. It can be mentioned as farming tools, fishing tools, building tools and rafts… These are familiar tools that Khmer people use for fishing and agricultural production. The special feature of the tools is not only their unique shape, but the tools are also decorated and sculpted with extremely sophisticated patterns.
Room 3: This is the place to introduce the traditional craft villages of the Khmer people such as mat weaving, knitting, wood carving, etc. Coming here, visitors will be able to see firsthand the rudimentary labor tools and the feats of Khmer artisans.
Room 4: Displaying musical instruments and art forms of the Khmer people, including the space of the dance theater, the opera stage, in addition, there are other types of costumes and masks to perform…
The artifacts are reproduced very vividly, eye-catching to attract visitors. These are immeasurable and extremely meaningful artifacts that represent the rich and attractive spiritual life of the Khmer people.
When arriving at the Museum of Khmer Ethnic Culture in Tra Vinh, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the unique customs and traditions of the Khmer ethnic people, there by increasing their love for the people and the land. If you have the opportunity to come to Tra Vinh, you should visit once, to understand more about the culture of the ethnic group, and to make the trip have interesting experiences.
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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 Tra Vinh. 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 Tra Vinh daily tour with local, you can contact www.vemekong.com or Hotline/WhatsApp/WeChat/Zalo +84939888559; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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6. Visit Khmer Minority People’s Museum by yourself
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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 Tra Vinh 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 Tra Vinh.
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10. Pro Tips
Tra Vinh Khmer pagodas are solemn places, so you should choose beautiful clothes that are still polite and discreet. In the temple grounds, there are many animal statues such as elephants, snakes, etc. If you go with the children, please remind them not to climb because these are sacred symbols of the Khmer people.
The monks don’t ask for money, although donations won’t hurt.
If you plan to extend your tour to Tra Vinh homestay, do not forget to bring mosquito repellent cream.
Visit Tra Vinh or do any customized tours, please choose reputable providers with boat trips equipped with lifebuoys, jackets, motorcycle and cycling tours with the helmets. Safety is a priority! Choose Tra Vinh responsible tours which help you give back while traveling. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.
Tra Vinh 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 Tra Vinh 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 Cong Cake, Tra Cuon’s Sticky Rice Cake, Bun Nuoc Leo Tra Vinh’s Noodle Soup, Macapuno Coconut…
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 Tra Vinh in the rainy season, as Tra Vinh always looks fantastic in the full rain and full sun.
Tra Vinh tourist attractions are magnificent itself, but if you have enough time, don’t forget to put other places onto your bucket lists such as Hang Pagoda, Nôdol Pagoda (Stork temple), Khmer minority people’s museum, Ba Dong Beach, Ba Om Pond, Ang Pagoda, Vam Ray Pagoda, Truc Lam Zen Monastery Tra Vinh, Cau Ke Ancient House or Huynh Ky Old House, Kampong Ksan pagoda, Con Chim islet – community-based tourism…
Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!
“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.