HANOI, September 11, 2018 – Vam Nhut Tao marks the heroic fight of the Vietnamese against French troops in the 19th century. It’s an absolutely worth-visiting place for Vietnam day tours.
At the convergence of Vam Co Dong River and Nhut Tao River, Vam Nhat Tao is a tranquil riverside in An Nhut Tan Commune, Tan Tru District, Long An Province. Tranquil as it might seem, there was once a revolution there when L’ Espérance, a ship of French invaders, was sunk. The place was recognized as a National Historical Relic to commemorate the patriotism and great contribution of “Nguyen Trung Truc”,the leader of this movement, as well as the local people in the cause of protecting the nation against foreign invaders. Let’s consider Vietnam day tours to explore the beauty and value of this place.
The victory of Nguyen Trung Truc and the local guerillas
Nguyen Trung Truc was born in 1839 in Cuu An District, Tan An Province (Ben Luc District, Long An nowadays). Ever since the French invaders penetrated Gia Dinh (Saigon), he had joined the resistance fighters led by Truong Dinh and was then assigned to manage the resisting activities in Tan An.
In June 1861, the French army took control of Go Cong and allowed a small flagship called L’ Espérance to enter the river around Vam Nhut Tao. With the help of the local resistance team, Nguyen Trung Truc planned to attack the ship.
On December 10th, 1861, after arranging the ambush forces on the river banks and misleading a number of enemies to leave the ship, Nguyen and 59 guerillas approached the ship by pretending to be rice merchants. Very quickly, all the enemies on the ship were killed and the ship was then set on fire. The burning flames slowly sank L’ Espérance to the river bed.
The gratitude of Nhut Tao people
More than 100 years have passed but the heroic image of Nguyen Trung Truc is still alive in the heart of Nhut Tao People. To show their respect towards him, many families in Nhut Tao worship him in their altars. Especially, on his death anniversary (12th day of the 9th lunar month), thousands of people come to commemorate him. The number of attendants is usually more than 3,000, sometimes it can reach 10,000 people. There happened to be a time when 1,000 trays of food were prepared for the visitors. Going on a Long An tour with helloVietnam, a reputable Vietnam tour operator, visitors might get the chance to participate in this significant spiritual event.
Significant evidence of southern Vietnamese people’s patriotism
It was a huge surprise to the French colonizer as they never thought these “underprivileged” guerillas could pose as such a huge threat. A memorial board was built by the French on the river bank to mark this painful and shameful event. After 120 years of being under the water, the ship was excavated, with some parts now being displayed in Long An Museum.
In 1996, which was exactly 135 years since the victory of Vam Nhut Tao, the Ministry of Culture, Sport, and Tourism recognized this site to be a national historical relic with regard to its significant historical values. A restoration project was later carried out and was inaugurated in 2010. Covering an area of nearly 6 hectares, the relic consists of many sectors such as the monument, the showroom, the steles, bridges, and other segments. Taking Vietnam heritage tours to this relic, visitors can learn more about the life of Nguyen Trung Truc, and the detailed story of the fight, while witnessing the traces of the wreck.
A quiet and peaceful southwestern countryside
As Long An in general, and Vam Nhut Tao Relic in particular, have not drawn as much attention from travelers worldwide as the famous tourist attractions in South Vietnam, the place remains almost intact from mass tourism. Being listed in the itineraries of few Vietnam travel agencies, Vam Nhut Tao still holds the typical tranquil atmosphere of the southern countryside. Hence, Vietnam day tours to this place not only allow you to know more about the victorious past of the locals, but also let you immerse yourselves in the tranquil and rustic vibe of the countryside. Breathing the fresh air and contemplating the tranquility of the river and the rice fields, you will feel like your soul,full of life’s burdens, has been eased.
With its historical significance and tranquil atmosphere, Vam Nhut Tao Historical Relic is undoubtedly a perfect option for history buffs when traveling to South Vietnam. It’s such a great chance to know more about the long-lasting Vietnamese culture and history.
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