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Tac Say Church in Bac Lieu: Mekong tours & Religion

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Tac Say Church is located on National Highway 1A, when the car passes about 500m from 2218, people see a church in a beautiful high fence. That is Tac Say church.

TOC SAY CHURCH is located in Hamlet 2, Tan Long Commune, Gia Rai District, Bac Lieu Province. The Tac Say family is larger, including Hamlet 2, Ho Phong Town; Hamlet 2, Khuc Treo B hamlet, Tan Phong commune; Thanh Thuong hamlet; Quyet Thang hamlet, An Trach commune, Gia Rai district. Tac Say place name, according to local elders: there is a shortcut, small, passing the church in the middle of the reeds, because of the Southern pronunciation, the word “Tac" becomes the word “Tac"


The first deity was a few people from far away such as Tra Long, Kinh Notre Dame, Ho Phong, etc. Currently, there is no one who has lived more than 80 years in the parish to provide documents for the early years. However, from the baptismal book and the oral traditions of the ancients, we can know that Father Jules DUCQUET, a French, of the Paris Missionaries Association, pastor of Bac Lieu family is the founder of the religion. Perhaps Tac Say is a branch of Bac Lieu. The first signature in the baptismal book at the parish of Father Jean Chrysostome CHE THANH TRI is dated June 10, 1925. This is considered as a milestone of the founding of the religion. As of today, March 10, 2000, they have just turned 75 years.

In the early days, there were only a few parishioners scattered in the dense forest of reeds, mangroves, acacias… Because there was no security, Father Duquet and Che Thanh Tri sometimes stopped by to baptize and comfort them. , support the laity. By August 1926, they became the main religious family. The first pastor was Father Paul TRAN MINH Kinh. During Father's time, there was a small temporary chapel made of forest trees and leaves, located on the riverside, in Thanh Thuong hamlet, An Trach commune, Gia Rai, on the land of Mr. Ba Thai, the first pastor lived from August 1926 to March 1930. .

In March 1930, Father Francis TRUONG BAU Diep returned to his office, he moved the chapel to the side of the national highway, before the National Highway 4 going from Can Tho to Ca Mau, roofed with wooden panels, and built the house of the pastor and aunt. blessing. During his time as a pastor, he had a relationship with religious teachers, many people converted to religion… He established many religious groups around Tac Say area such as Khuc Treo, Ba Doc, An Hai, Chu Chi, Dau Sau, Dong Go. , Rach Snake… Working with him were two blessed Aunts of Divine Providence and three advocates. He is a person who has made a lot of contributions to the religious people of this area. The morning and evening bells ring every day, inviting the flock to God. On the bell is the name of Father Francis Truong Buu Diep. It is a memento of Father still in the parish. The social situation was bleak, the parishioners were displaced. After the heroic sacrifice, dying for more than 70 of Father's faithful on March 12, 1946, the church was scattered, the church, the common house, the property was robbed, burned, only a few families remained for many days. yield. From 1946 to 1956, Fathers John Bt. Pham Bia Vang, Peter Tran Minh Ky, Michael Le Tan Cong, Alphonsus Nguyen Thien Tu, Francis Nguyen Van Duong from the families Bac Lieu, Cai Huu (Vinh My), Ca Mau came to help.

In 1952, Bishop John Bt. Chaabalier, Bishop of Phnom Penh (Nam Vang) Cambodia, and two French officers who wanted to re-establish their parish, called on Dominico Tran Dai Phuoc and Peter Nguyen Van Manh, from Ho Phong, to rebuild the house. worship. The situation was peaceful, the parishioners gathered gradually. The chapel was re-formed, with a melaleuca tree thatched with leaves, two eight-meter apartments, to pray early in the evening. In 1956, Father Louis Marcello DANG TUAN ANH (Allbéza) was sent by his superior to take care of the flock. He expanded the chapel into four 12-meter-long apartments, the aunt's house and the rectory, though simple, but also a warm place for humanity, a place for children to study. Father stayed in the parish until February 1958.

In August 1958, Father John Bt. HO VAN DAI about taking care of the religious family. Because of the lack of security, the pastor often stayed up in the district, 7km from the parish, from there, there were more chapels, rectory, and Auntie's house in Gia Rai. The war happened again, and he was reluctant to form a force to keep his parish and the surrounding area safe. In 1963, Father built the church with solid materials, 10 meters wide, 32 meters long, tin roofed on the present land. Unfortunately, He was mortally wounded. The two religious families, Tac Say and Gia Rai, have no priests, their common house is quiet, and some parishioners are looking for a safe place to live.

In early 1956, Father Joseph NGUYEN VAN TÍCH returned to work as a pastor. Accustomed to endure tough times in difficult times, they revived again. Social activities, missions, and industrial facilities were established at Hoi Chamber. The school is solidly built, consisting of two rows, each row of 4 rooms, meeting the learning needs of the children of the clergy. The Father's part is in a small house on the platform. He gathered parishioners displaced by the war in Dau Sau, Chu Chi and Cho Hoi to form Hoa Binh parish, in hamlet 3, Tan Phong. He left the remains of Father Francis Truong Buu Diep, buried in the sacristy of Khuc Treo church towards the head of Tac Say church in 1969. Father stayed at the parish until May 1970.

From May 1970 to June 1971, Father Francis LE ELEGANT returned to continue his growing work at the parish. After a year, Father changed to Da Lat University to receive a new assignment.

In July 1971, Father Anthony NGUYEN TRI VIEN was named pastor by his superiors. With the available facilities, he paid more attention to the people in terms of religion, often going up and down in two families Gia Rai – Tac Say. The great event of the country in 1975 changed people's skin, some people were confused and worried, some people were happy. Father stayed in the parish until August 1976. At this time, Father Peter Le Van Duyen came to help when the pastor was sick for a while and was away. During the transitional period, Father James Le Van To and Francis Huynh Van Son came to the parish to administer the sacraments.


The church has a strange and unique architecture consisting of 3 floors, the ground floor is a place for guests to rest, the 2nd and 3rd floors are the place to celebrate Mass with a very large foyer. The place where the tomb is located is designed as a large building with three roofs, in which the middle roof is higher than the two auxiliary roofs with large clocks, creating a prominent highlight for the whole building. Many wooden statues here are mostly of precious wood, the 2.5m high Huu Thao wooden statue was placed at Tac Say church on December 24, 2008 with sophisticated wood carvings, making the sacred atmosphere of the place even more sacred. This is more formal. Coming to Tac Say church, in addition to visiting the grave of Father Truong Buu Diep, people can admire the unique architecture of the Catholic church, which is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the western provinces. .

In the church grounds, there is a tomb containing the remains of Father Francis TRUONG BAU DIEP, many people believe in the sacred, many pilgrims visit, every day has been increasing since the 1990s. His tomb house was restored. and inaugurated on June 4, 1989, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, patron saint of the parish. After years of preparation, during the annual retreat of the diocesan priests, Bishop Emm. Le Phong Thuan, Bishop of Can Tho diocese, raised the Tac Say facility to the CENTER of the pilgrimage of Saint Francis on January 21, 1997.


Father Francis Xavier Truong Buu Diep (commonly known as Father Diep, 1897 – 1946) was a Catholic priest in Vietnam. He is well known for dying for his fellow believers.

Up to now, information about the arrest and murder of priest Truong Buu Diep is inconsistent. It is said that on March 12, 1946, Father Truong Buu Diep was arrested by the Viet Minh along with more than 70 parishioners in the Tac Say family, was herded away and locked up with the priest in the rice barn of the teacher Su in Cay. Gua.. According to the stories that support this view, they piled straw around to burn everything, but Father Diep stood up to fight for the people, and at the same time comforted those in prison. He tried to save his parishioners and was killed.

According to the biographical summary of Father Truong Buu Diep currently erected at his resting place, he was arrested “because of a dispute between sects” (this table does not specify which sect the arrestee belongs to). Currently, there are two streams of opinion that: either the Viet Minh or the Japanese did it.

In 1969, the remains of Father F.X Truong Buu Diep were reburied in the grounds of Tac Say church (photos 1 and 2), where he ministered for 16 years (he was the second head priest of the Tac Say family). ). On March 4, 2010, His remains were reburied again, but only about ten meters from the old place, and also in the campus of Tac Say church.

Every year, especially on March 11 and 12 of the solar calendar (the day of Father Diep's death), a large number of people from many places come to make pilgrimages and visit Tac Say Cathedral and Father Diep's grave.

Since 2012, the investigation into diocesan canonization for Father Truong Buu Diep has begun.

Tac Say church has been around for a long time, but before it was just a semi-permanent, narrow and tin-roofed church. In order for the church and the grave of Father F.X Truong Buu Diep to rest in a more spacious and dignified campus, on February 24, 2004, the ceremony of laying the first stone to build a new church was held. Later, thanks to the support of parishioners and visitors from all over the world, now the new church area (now called Tac Say Cathedral) has been basically completed on an area of ​​thousands of m². And many people still call it Father Diep Church.


Where is Tac Say Catholic Church?

Visit Tac Say church & Mekong Tours

Day 01


  • Impress Travel's Mekong Tours Team will pick you up at the hotel, then leaving Ho Chi Minh City at 8.00 AM
  • We need 2 hour driving to Cai Be, We emerge the beautiful scenery of the countryside in the Mekong river delta of Vietnam.
    Visit Cai Be floating market by Sampan that is the well-known floating market in Mekong delta ( Note: the market today is not as busy as in past times)
  • To enjoy the traditional music & performance show – Dai Ca Tai Tu that was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of the world, we enjoy the Mekong’s fresh fruits while watching the show.
  • Ride a rowing boat via the water coconut canals.
  • Do a biking tour through the rural villages to Mr. Sau Ca Family’s orchard
  • Enjoy local lunch with Mr. Sau Ca family
    Relax before getting on a Sampan to Vinh Long the car/ van will pick you up to drive to Can Tho city ( One hour driving to Can Tho)
  • Arrival in Can Tho then checks in the hotel, free time to explore Can Tho city at night.
  • The tour guide will recommend you the best place for dinner in Can Tho city.

What is included: Transfer, tour guide, hotel in Can Tho, lunch, entrance fee(s), boat trip in Cai Be

Day 02

Cai Rang floating market – Khmer Pagoda – Lunch – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

  • Good morning Mekong Delta with quiet and fresh air,
  • Enjoy buffet breakfast at hotel and morning tea break before leaving by Sampan to visit Cai Rang Floating market.
  • Ride a bicycle through the countryside to Khmer Pagoda & local farms.
  • Have a lunch and tea break
  • Mekong Tours – Impress Travel Team will bring you back to Ho Chi Minh City (3.5-hour driving)

What is included: Transfer, tour guide, hotel breakfast, lunch, entrance fee(s), boat trip in Can Tho

What's included in this trip:

  • Accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room, ( notice: a single room is surcharged following single supplement policy/ all room night including daily hotel breakfast.
  • All the meals as mentioned in the detailed itinerary
  • Entrance Fee to visit attractive places are mentioned as itinerary
  • Private Car/Van/Bus with air-conditioned and good experienced driver.
  • Boat trip in My Tho, Cai Be
  • Experienced English speaking tour guides as specified ( French-speaking guide/ Chinese speaking guide are available on request )
  • Complimentary drink water and Tissue on Van/Bus/Van as mentioned on itinerary

  • What's excluded in this trip:

  • International Ticket Fare with insurance surcharge and Fuel surcharge
  • Arport tax.
  • Visa Fees & Travels insurance
  • Porter Charges & Camera Fees.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) do not mentioned as in this itinerary
  • Tipping for Tour guides, Bus driver, Crew
  • Other personal expenses such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry services, Minibar, etc….
  • Other services are not specifically mentioned in the tour Itinerary and the above Inclusion

Hotels in Can Tho
Star Hotel Room Type
3-Star hotel in Can Tho Hau Giang Hotel Superior
4-Star hotel in Can Tho Muong Thanh Hotel Superior
5-Star hotel in Can Tho Victoria Hotel Superior

December 2019

Sapa tour Package

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December 2019


I booked with Impress Travel in July. My contact person was Tommy Thang. He is an amazing person. He was very helpful. He changed my program twice for me. Very accommodating!
We started our holiday in the north (Sapa)of Vietnam and travelled down to HCMC.
The tour was fantastic, Tommy's arrangements were to the"T".
I will always use them if I have to visit the area again and recommend them to one and all.
Thank you once again Mr.Tommy and the Impress Team.
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January 2020

Tour of Vietnam

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January 2020

So glad I found Impress Travel

At first, I was just planning a trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh for my small family.
Some close friends heard about our plans and wanted to join the trip. Eventually the group grew to be 7 families, with 25 adults and children of varying interests and expectations.
 While I was excited at the prospect of touring Vietnam with good friends, I felt anxiously responsible to ascertain that everything must be well organized and everyone satisfied. This is why I am so very, very glad to have found Impress Travel. Mr. Mark responded quickly to all my inquiries, customized a wonderful trip according to the group's preferences, tirelessly worked out every detail for our 7-day trip, all at a reasonable price. Our guide, Trung, is knowledgeable, helpful, quick to respond to any need, and well-loved by everyone in the group. All my friends found this a marvelous trip, filled with beautiful memories, very much to my delight and relief!

October 2019

North Vietnam - Sapa, Halong Bay, Hanoi+ Bai Dinh

Mr Tommy, on behalf of our group, we thank you for your efforts in putting together such a memorable vacation and experience of Sapa, overnight train, Halong Bay, Hanoi + Bai Dinh, your tour guides are so knowledgeable, passionate + helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we will certainly recommend your tour agency to our friends and share our experiences in social media.
Thumbs up, best regards, 

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November 2019

Vietnam Travel with Mr. Mark

It was amazing place to visit in the north of vietnam , we really enjoy all the trip especially their foods , culture, beautiful view and so on.

November 2019

Hanoi,Sapa,Hanoi,Danang,Hanoi 8D7N Online searching for a reliable travel agent n come across Impress Travel. Contacted

Accommodations were good especially Thang Long Espana Hotel (the Hotel Management automated upgraded us to VIP rooms.Is really unexpected). Overalled tours n places visited very well but only local guides r not good organizing the itineraries. Especially at Sapa Lao Cai and Cat Cat Villages walking tours push to the same day about 8hours for 7km (which is on 1st&2nd days arrival) so tiring. Lunch not good enough 4 so many hours of walking. In Danang Bana Hill the local guide shd arrange 2 visit Bana Hill 1st n not last coz' spend a short time n not nice photos taken due to rain (went in morning time no rain).
Overall tours, hotels, transportation, prices are strongly recommended. Especially Daniel Dang Impress Travel for welcoming and bye-bye wishes.
Daniel Dang tks from 8 of us having a wonderful time n memorable trip for 8D7N Sapa, Hanoi, Danang with Impress Travel. Meet u all again.

November 2019

5days Hanoi-Tam Coc-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay

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November 2019

Professional and well organized

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All the tour guides were very good, spoke good English, friendly and patient. All the vehicles were very clean , spacious enough for our group of 6 adults and 3 children. The drivers were extremely safe and ontime.
Meals were served in clean restaurants.
Overall we had a good holiday .Thank you Tommy and Impress travel for a great experience.

November 2019

Great service from Impress travel during in Hanoi

We booked package for 9 persons in Hanoi and i was experienced great service during my stay! the PIC (Mr. Mark) was very pleasant and so easily to contact, i was communicated so easily for trip preparation..the tour guide for Trang An was good, Mr Hiep was helped us very well, and he was so patient on witing us shopping! Thank you Hiep!!
during in Hanoi we were stayed in great hotel with nice service also, and during in Halong Bay, they also choosen the best cruise for us! Swan cruise and also the Mr Cong was great!! thank you!!
for transporation, the car was good and driver are pleasant, but only a little bit communication since the driver less good in english. but overall great!!
all the choosen food for lunch and dinner was delicious
Thank you so much Impress travel

November 2019

Excellent, Polite and Helpful Team

Impress Travels has been very helpful in making our vietnam travel amazing. We were a bunch of 7 friends wanting to go on a budget trip covering most locations. Hence, this subjected to a lot of changes during our discussion with the tour guide Daniel.
However, he has been patient enough in hearing out our needs - be it itienary , hotel bookings or even the mode of payment.

They really understand your needs. And needless to say our experience was amazing. All of this support and help has really made our vietnam trip the most memorable as far ❤️

November 2019

5D/4N Hanoi-Ninh Binh- Halong Bay

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Our tour guide, Lily was very friendly and efficientknowledgeable and speak good English.
Highly recommend “Trang An Boat Tour”. The caves was spectacular and beautifully.
2D/1N Halong Bay – Swan Cruise was awesome with amazing view of the cave. Our guide Mr David was hilarious, helpful, accommodating, and everything was well organized. Beside the normal
activities of kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi, culinary lesson, we are indeed very very fortunate to have
the chance to celebrate the “Mooncake Festival” while cruising and admiring the full moon.
Spread of mooncake, dessert, sweet snack, fruits, cocktail, beer and mini dragon dance complete the celebration. Tourists from all over the world party all night long.

Although we paid for a 3-star package, the hotel (Thang Long Espana Hotel), meals and transport provided were also above average. Our gang have a very enjoyable and memorable trip in Hanoi.
Impress Travel really impressed us with their service and will engage their service in future.
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November 2019

16 days Private Tour

Hanoi – Duong Lam - Halong Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh city.
It is worth talking about details, say what you want to see, watch the hotels, indicate which rooms you want, the office will organize everything for you. I highly recommend!
The whole trip was arranged with the active help of Mr. Daniel Dang.

November 2019

Our 3 week tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos was excellent

Thanks to Mr Tommy and staff for putting together an active and interesting tour in all 3 countries. In every city or town we had we met by very nice, friendly and knowledgeable guides. We went in June which was HOT HOT HOT and were always so happy to have an air conditioned vehicle with cold water waiting for us. We traveled by planes, trains, automobiles and boats and all were fabulously coordinated by Mr Tommy without fail. The selection of sites helped us enjoy so many aspects of all 3 countries!



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