Not far away from Ho Chi Minh City, Long An has both the beauty of Mekong Delta and the charm of the Southeast, which is suitable for exciting trips. One of the destinations can hardly be ignored when coming to Long An is Phuoc Loc Tho ancient village (Huu Thanh Commune, Duc Hoa district).
Located in downtown Tan An, (center of politics, economy, culture, science and technology of Long An province ), more than 30km to the northeast, Phuoc Loc Tho ancient village has a total area of about 30,000m². It is set beside a peaceful, quiet and poetic river named Vam Co Dong which has called into poetry, history, and was also inhabited by Phu Nam people of ancient Oc Eo culture.
The ancient village Phuoc Loc Tho fascinates visitors by ancient houses with classic architectural style which has characteristic of Vietnamese people. Most of the houses here have been collected from Hue, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Dak Nong and Quang Nam... and the western provinces. This is the ideal space to relax, retreat and soak in the natural.
The ancient village is divided into two distinct zones: the dining and sightseeing, and entertainment. 22 old houses are also divided into areas with distinct characteristics. The first zone is the 15 bungalows, which has 5 pillars homes in western style, using special wood. Each blow, truss, beam columns in the house was elaborately carved with exquisite lines. The largest number of columns is 114; at least 36 among them have ancient and marvelous architecture. The interior is decorated very diverse, including sculptures: four components, eight weapons, bird, willow...
Next zone is a house in Middle Vietnam style, bearing the royal appearance. 6 other houses remain wooden stilt houses, unique style of Highland. In each house there are many items on display, precious ancient objects from daily life of kings, military agencies, landowners, farmers, such as carriage, telephone, phonograph, cups, ivory... to the spiritual objects of Vietnamese culture.
Also, in Phuoc Loc Tho ancient village there is a temple modeled on the One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi.
Leaving to the entertainment zone, visitors can admire more than 250 thousand kinds of orchids imported from Thailand, nearly 20 hundred-year-old trees and many bonsai are placed in the middle of the lake with varied designs.
Renovating old houses have long been an elegant hobby of many local people and appeared in many localities in Vietnam including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other cities. Moreover, Phuoc Loc Tho ancient village has been preserved, restored almost intact, and arranged in harmony with hills, trees, and lakes. In 2012, the Phuoc Loc Tho ancient village was set in Vietnam Records Book for owning the largest number of old wooden houses with rich patterns in Vietnam. The village was also recognized by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Long An province as a tourist destination and open for visitors, recreation, picnics, wedding...
Coming to ancient village Phuoc Loc Tho, visitors not only have the opportunity to explore the hidden beauty of the old house, but also have the opportunity to explore the culture of Vietnam in the Mekong River area along the Vam Co river or ancient Oc Eo cultural, also enjoy the special dishes of the Long An area, listen to sweet folk songs... Therefore, the Phuoc Loc Tho ancient village is always crowded by tourists, especially those who love ancient beauty, Vietnam traditional architecture and photography enthusiasts to come here to visit and compose.