Tra Vinh is a city in Southern Vietnam.
There are direct (mini)buses from HCMC. Another option is to arrive by boat. Eather private chartered or you can try to get on a cargo boat from for example Ben Tre. The boat trip from Ben Tre takes about five hours and should cost around 100,000 VND per person. The boats leave at around 9am.
The centere itself is small enough to cover on foot, to explore the greater area you can rent a bike from the tourist office or via some hotels. Tourist office also sells a map (20.000VND, January 2012) which covers both the city and the province of Tra Vinh.
There is a nice and big market right in the center. The city also has some Khmer pagodas.
Explore the centre on foot, or rent a bike to see the province of Tra Vinh. The beach side supposed to be one of the nicest in the Mekong Delta.
A place to rent motorbikes is located on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai 42B (about 5-10 minute walk from the centre). The shop is called Nguyet. Price for a decent automatic is 200,000 VND, manual is 100,000 - 150,000 VND. (January 2012)
There are some affordable hotels in the center.
- Phuong Dong Hotel, 1A Phan Dinh Phuong St., ☎ 074 865 486. Has simple but clean rooms with motorbike parking and wifi. Some rooms have a balcony. Not much English appears to be spoken.(July 2012) 95,000 VND - 170,000 VND depending on combination of beds/fan/air-con/hot water/fridge.
- Duy Tung/Van Thanh Hotel, 151 Le Loi. Has nice rooms. 200,000 - 300,000 VND.
- TraVinh Palace, 03 Le Thanh Ton St, ☎ 074 3864999. Recently renovated hotel. Single room 260,000 VND with air-con / balcony / fast WIFI
- Than Tra, 01 Pham Thai Buong, ☎ 074.250657. Bright and clean with pleasant, high-ceilinged, air-conditioned rooms, some of which have balconies. Free wi fi.