VietNamNet Bridge – Tuc Dup Hill is a must-see venue for visitors to the Mekong Delta of An Giang as it has a number of imposing caves for them to explore and learn about an interesting tale about the creation of the 300-meter-high hill.
Tourists trek inside Tuc Dup Hill
A tourist poses for photographs on a giant stone at Tinh Uy Cave at Tuc Dup Hill
Night water is the meaning of the hill, which is located in the area of Co To Mountain that locals call it the phoenix mountain. Legend has it that fairies from the sky once came to the peak of Co To Mountain to play and take a bath. They threw stones to the foot of the mountain that helped create Tuc Dup Hill and the water from their showers turned into streams winding through the hill.
As the caves under Tuc Dup Hill look like beehives and linked by various passages, they were used as revolutionary bases for revolutionary soldiers in Tri Ton District of An Giang Province during the wartime and a point for them to meet their comrades from the north and Central Highlands before they went to battlefields in the southwestern.
Nowadays, visitors to the hill can learn about the victory of local soldiers against U.S. troops in the past through the relics left in the caves. They can climb up to the caves C6, Tinh Uy and Ban Chi Huy Quan Su where revolutionary leaders lived and commanded operations during the war. Women Cave is one the most challenging places to conquer as the approach paths are quite small.
In the rainy season, tourists can find lotus blooms in a stream inside Tom Kho (dried shrimp) Cave. The path leading to the cave is quite tough so only adults with good health are recommended to visit the cave.
There are an outdoor game center, a museum, a fish pond and an animal garden for children and adults to visit. They are advised to wear light costumes and sandals or sport shoes and carry a flashlight to go through dark corners under the hill.
A scenic path leading to Tuc Dup Hill
Models of soldiers are seen at C6 Cave
Artifacts are on display at a museum at Tuc Dup Hill - Photos: Kieu Giang