Introduction to the village
Con Chim is a place for you to experience Southern country life. This is an islet hamlet in the Hoa Minh commune, Chau Thanh district with 54 households including 214 people living. Con Chimhas a natural area of 62 hectares, which is located in the middle of the Co Chien River, about 10 km from northeast of the center of Tra Vinh city along the river route and 15 km along Highway 53.
What makes a strong impression on anyone who comes to Con Chim, is the wonderful, green, clean, and beautiful living environment; the people are friendly and hospitable; The Organic rice fields are green and green along the main road of the country and the rows of coconuts on both sides of the road with the thatched roofs of the southern region are still present here ... All the things blend together to make a very typical Southern painting.
Apart from the only dal road (construction of cement) stretching from the beginning to the end of Cồn Chim, there are no other construction solutions including against landslides and erosion. At the end of the islet, keeping the muddy sandbar from erosion is a story of the Sonneratia range (a mangrove species). And people have the task of protecting green Sonneratia canopies, not allowing indiscriminate exploitation according to pre-established conventions.
With the living rule “favorable natural”, the farmers here adapt well to saltwater drought and together protect the environment, water sources, and aquatic resources. Every September, people sow rice and harvest it in December. During cultivation, they do not spray plant protection, and do not apply chemical fertilizers; mainly produced by organic methods, creating clean rice grains. In saltwater season, people raise shrimp, crabs…. Also, thanks to gentle people, protecting nature, natural fishes and shrimps find their way to the islet and multiply a lot; People themselves plant vegetables of all kinds and raise more shrimp and crabs to ensure clean food sources.
Con Chim Community–Based Tourism was officially established in September 2019. One year after that, Con Chim was recognized by the Provincial People's Committee as a provincial community tourism destination in December 2020 and continues to be recognized by the Mekong Delta Tourism Association as a typical tourist destination in the Mekong Delta in August 2022. Come to Con Chim to hear the story of "shrimp hugging rice trees", enjoy fresh coconut in the garden, nostalgia for the ferry to take guests to the river, know more about “Nhà vẩy rồng” (Immemorial Southern house style with the ground that has small mounds), experience the old kitchen space and enjoy the typical Southern meal.
Here, you will find the typical customs, beliefs, and cultural activities of the ancient Southern region. You will be able to learn about the local traditions of wet rice cultivation and fishing. For those of you who love to explore the local culture, you have a chance to learn more about the Vietnamese family traditions in the South and the natural features here.
As for costumes, due to living in a river environment, people here (both men and women) like the Bà Ba shirt (One of the most famous Vietnamese costumes in the South) and bandana. The light and compact Ba Ba shirt is very convenient when rowing, canoeing, wading in the fields, slapping ditches, putting in nets, and has a pocket to hold a few necessary items. The bandana is used to cover the head, wipe sweat very useful.
Cause living in the water area, to travel, people here will use canoes, boats, gongs, shells, ships, rafts, ferries, etc. The image of the river and the boat here is so popular that it has become a symbol of Southern space.