Mekong Delta: Nui Ba The

Nui Ba The is a mountain next to the little town of Oc Eo. With its 220m it is a not a big mountain, but located in the very flat region the Mekong Delta is, it certainly is very visible from some distance. Some might say impressive.

You will first arrive in Oc Eo (either from one of the little side roads or DT943. The road in the town is a bit like a maze, with streets going around the hill. Follow the road that will lead to the north of the mountain and near a pagoda you will find a little road leading up the hill. The road there is actually pleasant, not big but providing a lot of shade thanks to the trees. There is only one way, so you cannot get lost – well, until half way through. You can follow the road or turn left – follow the road. After the crossing you will have a the first glimpse over the surrounding area. But it will get better.

After a short while there is a little place where you could stop and have a drink, but the view is just average. I would continue up the road until you reach the top of the mountain where a pagoda is located.

There are two stairs leading up to the pagoda, do not stop at the first stairs. Continue until you see a bit of more even space where you can park your bike. From here you have some boulders you can walk and sit on, and enjoying the stunning view of the Mekong Delta. Thanks to the flat surrounding you can see for miles and miles rice paddies, streams, villages and even some other mountains. It is one view you will hardly forget. It is great to sit down and just enjoy the view.

You can also walk up the stairs to the little pagoda. From here you can get a view of the other sides. More mountains, more rice fields, views towards Cambodia. It is just stunningly beautiful.

Overall it is very easy to get to the top of the Bui Ba The, and this place should not be missed.

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