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Chau Doc, the closest large town to the Vietnamese – Cambodian border crossing on the Mekong River, is one of two cities in An Giang Province, bordering Cambodia. Due to being a religiously diverse and picturesque border town with Kinh (Vietnam’s ethnic majority), Khmer, Cham, and Chinese communities, Chau Doc is a great place for those on Vietnam family tour to learn more about the people of the region. Although the heart of An Giang province is known as the hometown of pastel-painted, Chau Doc itself is also an attractive destination with much unique sightseeing that is nowhere to be found.

I. WEATHER & BEST TIME TO VISIT CHAU DOC, VIET NAM

1. Weather in Chau Doc, Vietnam

Chau Doc
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Chau Doc is located within the climate of a subsolar tropical area, with high and stable temperature as the typical characteristics of the Mekong Delta River climate. The weather is hot and humid throughout the year with an average temperature of 25oC – 29oC. The climate is divided into two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to November coincides with the South West monsoon, the dry season from December to April next year coincides with the North East monsoon. The annual average rainfall is 1,130 mm (to be 1,700-1,800 mm at the highest); the annual average humidity is from 80 to 85% that varies according to the rain regulation. In general, the climate conditions here are favorable for agricultural development.

With above climatic characteristics, Chau Doc is less affected by the typhoon. However, sitting at the junction of a tributary linking the Chau Doc Rivers and Hau Rivers, being bestowed by the alluvial river of Hau and having topography divided by vertical canals, Chau Doc is strongly influenced by the hydrological regime, which causes flooding and landslide.

2. Best time to travel Chau Doc, Vietnam

Traveling to Chau Doc at any time of the year, you will surely have the memorable experiences. Each season in Chau Doc will have its own attractions. Therefore, you do not have to be considered about the best time in Chau Doc. Just having some inspiration, taking the bag and traveling.

3. From May to November – Floating season

Chau Doc
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During the rainy season from May to November, it rains a lot in Chau Doc and in August there are chances of it flooding. If you’re traveling in this season you will clearly see the lives of people in Chau Doc river region who are used to this occurrence but you also have to pay careful attention if you are unaccustomed to floods.

Most tourists are unlikely to visit Chau Doc in August. Backpackers willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month. This is also the least crowded time suitable for those who want to feel the full beauty of Chau Doc.

4. From December to April – Gardening season

Chau Doc
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During the dry season from December to April, the weather is often sunny and hot, but the temperature is not so high as to hamper a pleasant tourist visit. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the gardens filled with fruit.

The busiest month for tourism in Chau Doc, Vietnam in January. Prices for accommodations and flights will be the most expensive during this months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance.

II. HOW TO GET TO – GET AROUND CHAU DOC, VIETNAM

With small area and many narrow canals, Chau Doc has no airport or train station. So, to get to Chau Doc, one can go either by motorbike, bus or boat.

1. How to get to Chau Doc

a. Getting to Chau Doc by Shuttle Bus

Chau Doc
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As you know, Chau Doc belongs to the South of Vietnam and the most convenient to get in Chau Doc from Ho Chi Minh city where have the largest airport in Vietnam. The distance on the road between Ho Chi Minh city and Chau Doc is 250 kilometers and you take 6 hours to go.

Shuttle bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chau Doc


Brand of bus

Time to start and beginning station

Time to arrive and arrival station
PriceTelephoneRate

Nguyen Hon

21 : 55
An Lac Circle - Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh city

03 : 15 am
Chau Doc bus station

VND104,000

(+84) 913 590 979
3 stars

Kim Kim Mai

00 : 00
Mien Tay Bus Station

06 : 00 am
Chau Doc Bus Station

VND120,000

(+84) 963 350 900

3 stars

Phuong Trang

00 : 00
Mien Tay Bus Station

06 : 00 am
Chau Doc Bus Station

VND140,000

(+84) 1900 6067

4 stars

Hung Cuong

01 : 00
Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh city

06:30 am
Chau Doc Bus Station

VND150,000

(+84) 2838 572 624
(+84) 2839 551 247

4 stars

Kim Ngan

06 : 00 am
Mien Tay Bus station

12 : 00
Chau Doc Bus Station

VND130,000

(+84) 2838 777 388

4 stars

Kim Huong

08 : 30
Mien Tay Bus Station

14 : 30 Chau Doc Bus Station

VND105,000

(+84) 2838 308 647
(+84) 2838 350 048



3 stars

Vinh An

12 : 00
Ho Chi Minh Office - No 58 Nghia Thuc Street, Ward 5, District 5, Ho Chi Minh city

18 : 00 Chau Doc Office
- 74 Bach Dang Street, Chau Doc city, An Giang

VND130,000

(+84) 2838 369 229

3 stars

Hue Nghia

00 : 00
04 : 00
07 : 00
Ho Chi Minh Office - No 5 Tong Van Tran Street, Ward 5, District 11, Ho Chi Minh city

06 : 15 am
09 : 30 am
13 : 00
Chau Doc Office - No 91 Vanh Dai, Chau Doc city, An Giang

VND140,000

(+84) 2839 553 353

3 stars

Chau Doc is located in the Mekong Delta river area, so you must know the geographical location as well as the distance of Chau Doc to neighboring provinces as below:

  • Chau Doc is about 130 kilometers from Rach Gia. You can go by Ut Cuong Bus with VND 60,000 at 11 : 30 am from Rach Gia Bus Station.
  • Chau Doc is about 120 kilometers from Can Tho. You can go by Thien Thien Xuan Bus with VND 60,000 at 05 : 40 am from Can Tho Bus Station. Every 20 minutes per trip in the morning.
  • Chau Doc is about 182 kilometers from My Tho, Tien Giang. Please note that no bus company operates in this cities. You can take the local minivan by asking from your accommodation.
  • Chau Doc is about 110 kilometers from Ha Tien. There are mini-buses operating the Chau Doc Ha Tien road. You can come to Ha Tien Bus station for asking for more information.
  • Chau Doc is about 100 kilometers from Dong Thap. You can go by Canh Hoa Bus with VND 80,000 at 09 : 00 am from Cao Lanh Bus Station.
  • Chau Doc is about 124 kilometers from Vinh Long. You can go by Tuan Hung Bus with VND 70,000 at 05 : 00 am from Vinh Long Bus Statio.

If you stay in the North and the central of Vietnam and want to visit Chau Doc, you should take the flight to Ho Chi Minh city or C an Tho to catch the bus to Chau Doc according to the above information. You can take the direct bus from Hanoi or Danang to Chau Doc but the journey is so taken time and inconvenient. So, JOA will not suggest you this solution.

The Chau Doc bus station (Ben Xe Chau Doc) is east of town towards Long Xuyen which is near the entrance of city about 4 kilometers far from center cost VND 30,000 motor taxi ride. Buses from Chau Doc leave here for Rach Gia (VND 40,000 four hours), Ca Mau, Can Tho, Ha Tien, Long Xuyen, My Tho, HCMC, Soc Trang and Tra Vinh. This information is very useful if you want to get out Chau Doc to the other provinces.

b. Getting to Chau Doc by motorbike

Chau Doc
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If you want to try an adventure trip, you can come to Chau Doc on a motorbike with good driving conditions to ensure your safety. You will travel from Ho Chi Minh City along National Highway 1A to Tien Giang, through My Thuan Bridge, then continue on Highway 80 going past Sa Dec and Vam Cong ferry, you will reach Long Xuyen city before arriving in Chau Doc.

There is another way to explore the border. You can run along the Vietnam and Cambodia border near Tinh Bien gate, which is about 30 kilometers from Chau Doc.

c. Getting to Chau Doc by boat/cruise

Chau Doc
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The boat in Chau Doc is used for visiting purpose. It is hard to take a boat from the neighboring provinces within the Mekong Delta region to Chau Doc except you book private cruise tour. There used to be a public boat for Can Tho – Chau Doc route but it has stopped years ago, although you can still do it by one of the expensive cruises like Mekong Eyes, Pandaw or Luxury Mekong River Cruise. They will take you to the original delta landscape and drive along the huge meandering river channels to the less explored beautiful green areas in the south of the country.

If you are the backpacker with the low budget, you should not choose this option. As mentioned above, Cruise is used for visiting purpose. You have to pay the quite high rate for renting charter cruise with your own journey.

d. Getting to Chau Doc from Cambodia by boat

Chau Doc is best-known to travelers as a border crossing with Cambodia. You completely travel to Chau Doc from this Indochine country by boat. You certainly get in any destination included Chau Doc by motorbike with visa, international business license and the knowledge of regulation and safety traffic. However, less of the tourist can travel by private means of transport through the border, so Journey on Air will not suggest this option within the article.

Phnom Penh is the nearest connecting city from Cambodia to Chau Doc through Phnom Den gate, Takeo province. So, if you are in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville or any famous cities of Cambodia, you should take the bus to Phnom Penh. From the capital of Cambodia you can take the  boat as below information:

Phnom Penh to Chau Doc by fast boat

Brand: Mekong Explore Cruise
Boarding Point: #87B, Str. 102, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Daun Penh Road, Phnom Penh city
Departure time: 08:00
Boat Fare: VND 650,000
Travel Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Phnom Penh to Chau Doc by Express boat

Brand: Hang Chau Tourist Phnom Penh
Boarding Point: International Floating Port Preah Sisowath Quay, Daun Penh Road, Phnom Penh city
Departure time: 12:30
Boat Fare: VND 400,000 – VND 600,000
Travel Duration: 5 hours

Some important tips:

  • Should not use “slow boat”. A journey on a slow boat can take up to 10 hours to Phnom Penh, and the quality of the boats is not always the best (extremely noisy engine, heavy vibrations, a lot of suns and no toilet can make a 10 hours trip feel really long. 
  • Please apply for the visa at the Vietnam Embassy in Phnom Penh. It is more convenient, cheaper and quicker than getting at the border. Most likely, some of the tour operators will tell you, that they have to get the visa for you and that it is now more expensive or the border crossing closes soon. 
  • You should bring enough dollars because there is no ATM and the exchange rate you get is not good. Vietnam Authority welcome USD or VND than Riel – the currency of Cambodia.

2. How to get around Chau Doc

This area is considered reasonably safe during the day, but it’s not advisable to be out here after dark due to the risk of robbery in this remote, unlit area. The main downtown area is an easy walk, from the riverside to the market to Chau Doc Square. You just choose below option for getting around Chau Doc.

a. Getting around Chau Doc by local transport ‘xe loi’

‘Xe Loi’ looks like a cycle but the driver will sit on the bicycle in front of you instead of behind. This is the most unique and interesting experience in getting around Chau Doc. However, it is used for near route, the price depends on negotiation with the owner of the vehicle according to the distance, just about VND 10,000. The Xe Loi drivers are so friendly with good English.

b. Getting around Chau Doc by Motorbike

Chau Doc is really easy to get a motorbike and is not touristic place like My Tho or Can Tho. It is also small city very easy to stay in and relax. Motorbikes are available for rent through most guesthouses and cost VND 100,000 – VND 150,000 for a day. You can go around see the Mekong life, the rice field, Khmer old pagodas…

c. Getting around Chau Doc by Taxi

Chau Doc
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BrandPhonePrice
Mai Linh Taxi(+84) 2963 922 266 VND 17,000/km
Hoang Long Taxi(+84) 2963 688 688VND 15,000/km
Duc Thanh Taxi(+84) 2963 852 403VND 12,000/km

d. Getting around Chau Doc by boat

Boats to Chau Giang district (across the Hau River) leave from two points: ve­hicle ferries leave from Chau Giang ferry landing located opposite 419 Street of Le Loi smaller, more frequent boats depart from Phu Hiep ferry landing without exact address, you can ask the local for the details.

Vehicle levies to Con Tien Island depart from the Con lien ferry landing (Ben Pha Con Tien) at the river end of Street of Thuong Dang Le; you can catch boats to Chau Giang and Phu Chau (Tan Chau) from the Ben Do Quoc Doanh ferry landing on Street of Gia Long, opposite the post office.

Private boats (VND 80,000 for a couple of hams), which are rowed standing up, can be hired from either of these spots and are highly recommended for seeing the floating houses and visiting nearby Cham minority villages and mosques. Motorboats (VND 100,000 per hour) can be hired in the same area.

III. WHERE TO STAY IN CHAU DOC, VIETNAM

1. Luxury hotel and Resort in Chau Doc, Vietnam

a. Victoria Chau Doc Hotel – The Blending of Cultures

Chau Doc
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Set directly on the banks of the Bassac River where it meets the Chau Doc River, the beautiful Indochina inspired Victoria Chau Doc hotel featured a riverfront outdoor swimming pool where guests can watch the ever – changing scenery. Victoria Chau Doc Hotel is 4 – star hotel with comfortable and modern facilities. Room of the hotel combines the elegance of traditional Vietnamese handicraft with the turn of the century old world charm. The friendly staffs at Victoria Chau Doc, come from multiple origins: Vietnamese, Khmer or Cham, are all dedicated to making your stay effortlessly delightful.

Review rate:

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com Expedia.com
Rate 4,5/5 star 9/10 8,5/10 4,3/5

 

Price: VND 1,948,800/superior cabin/night( excluded service charged 5% and Tax 10%
Address: No 1 Le Loi Street, Chau Doc town, Chau Doc city, An Giang province, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 1800 599 955

Besides, Victoria Chau Doc Hotel has also owned speedboat which takes you upstream the Mekong River to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh and vice versa. The location of this hotel is very convenient for the tourists who get in Chau Doc from Phnom Penh.

b. Victoria Nui Sam Lodge – Resort on the mountain

Chau Doc
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Located on the flank of the granite Nui Sam mountain in the heart of the Mekong Delta, Victoria Nui Sam Lodge enjoys exceptional views over the paddy fields below stretching all the way to Cambodia. Victoria Nui Sam Lodge has 40 bungalows, all with a private terrace or balcony overlooking the paddy fields, featuring terracotta tiled floors, comfortable, stylish furniture and authentic decorative fabrics. The genuine friendliness and hospitality of the people of the Mekong Delta embodied by the staff at Victoria Nui Sam Lodge make each stay truly a truly personal experience.

Review rate:

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com Expedia.com
Rate 4,5/5 star 8,5/10 8,6/10 4,6/5 star

 

Price: VND 1,336,320/Superior cabin/night( excluded service charge 5% and Tax 10%.
Address: Vinh Dong 1 Street, Sam Mountain, Chau Doc city, An Giang province, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 1900 599 955

c. Sang Nhu Ngoc Resort – Where to rest and relax

Chau Doc
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Sang Nhu Ngoc Resort is a group of Bungalows located at the Thien Cam Mountain. Surrounding by the lawns and green trees mixed with the clear and cool streams, This resort makes the tourists feel like living in nature.

With the relic architecture, modern facilities and delicious foods from two vegetarian restaurants, Sang Nhu Ngoc resort is the perfect option for travelers who look for a place to rest after a hard working day.

Review rate:

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com Expedia.com
Rate 4,5/5 star 8/10 7,2/10 5/5 star

 

Price: VND 1,200,000/bungalow standard/night( excluded service charge 5% and tax 10%)
Address: Road 948, Group 3, An Hoa, An Hao ward, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 2966 538 538 – (+84) 2966 538 383

2. Friendly-budget accommodation in Chau Doc, Vietnam

Chau Doc is a place where many pilgrims come to the festival, besides luxury hotels and resorts, the system of cheap accommodation is also available here. The main routes are many hotels such as Le Loi, Nguyen Van Thoai road, Quang Trung road, Phan Van Vang road.

a. Floating Hotel

Chau Doc
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Floating Hotel has a big plus – the terrace overlooking the river where you can hang out watching all boats passing by. The room is very basic and is usually booked by the backpacker. You should prepare mosquitos and other insects medicine yourself. The hotel offers free transfer from Boat Station or Bus Station for Chau Doc guests. Remember to contact the hotel in advance.

Price: VND 360,000 – VND 450,000/ Double Twin Standard Room per night
Address: 443 Bis, Le Loi Street, Chau Doc City, An Giang Province, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 2963 550 838

b. Hung Cuong Hotel

Chau Doc
Source: booking.com

The Hung Cuong Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk to the bus stop, shops and major attractions and a convenient overnight stop for travelers to Phnom Penh by speedboat.

Price: VND 550,000/ Double Standard Room per night
Address: No 96 Dong Da Street, Chau Doc city, An Giang province, Vietnam

c. Murray guesthouse

Chau Doc
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The guesthouse is within 800 meters to 30/4 Park and 2  kilometers to Chau Doc bus station. Can Tho is approximately a 3-hour drive away, while Ho Chi Minh City is 270  kilometers away. The rooms are furnished simply with air-conditioned, tiled flooring, a wardrobe with safe, minibar, cable TV, desk and seating area. The private bathroom comes with the shower and free toiletries. Ticketing for riverboats to Cambodia is available along with information on buses and local sightseeing.

Price: VND 450,000/ Double Standard Room per night
Address: 11- 15 Truong Dinh street, Chau Phu B, Chau Doc Town, An Giang, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 2963 562 108

d. Chau Doc Homestay

Chau Doc
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Being designed for both business and leisure travel, Chau Doc Home Stay is ideally located in the central of Chau Do city. From this homestay, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. For those of you who want to venture out, Sam Mountain, Tay An Pagoda (1847), Lady Temple are just some of the attractions available to visitors.

Price: VND 250,000/pax
Address: Khanh Hoa island, Chau Doc city, An Giang province, Vietnam

Above information is just a suggestion for your journey. You can access through Booking.com or agoda.com to find the best accommodation which matches your budget and requirement.

IV. WHERE TO GO IN CHAU DOC, VIETNAM

For traveling to Chau Doc, consider the highlights of the National Cultural Relic of The Lady Temple, Vinh Te Canal, Tay An Pagoda, Sam Mountain, and the floating villages. Chau Doc is just perfect for a spiritual trip and ecotourism.

Chau Doc – home of many Khmer, Cham and Chinese people is only a few kilometers from the Cambodian border and located on the Hau Giang diffluence (Bassac River). There is lively boat traffic on the river and also an impressive floating market. The street market is worth a visit too.

One of the pleasures of visiting Chau Doc is simply walking around; the river bank is a popular spot. Locals are a little shy but may talk to you as you walk. You can head for the markets and must be prepared to haggle.

This Chau Doc travel guide recommends visitors enjoy both land and water. Basing on topographic features, we should divide Chau Doc into three distinct areas. Each area has its own attractions. Depending on the number of days and the purpose of the trip, you will select the option that you like most.

1. Sam Mountain Circle Area – Religious sites

a. Sam Mountain

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Sam Mountain is the 230 meters high mountain with beautiful landscapes and many historic remains. Sam Mountain considered the main attraction in Chau Doc which is the highest mountain in the Mekong Delta. Climbing the peak is, of course, the highlight of a visit to Sam Mountain. Sam Mountain offers a spectacular view over the surrounding. There is a military outpost on the summit, a legacy of the days when the Khmer Rouge utilized this cross-border. The outpost is still functional and the soldiers are standing around here now. You should ask permission and perhaps give the soldiers with cigarettes before taking photos of them or anything that could be considered militarily sensitive.

b. The Lady Temple – The Ba Chua Xu Temple

Chau Doc
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Tay An Pagoda is An ancient pagoda with a mixture of Vietnamese and Asian architectural styles in Chau Doc. Lying on one side of Sam Mountain, under the lights looking like a monk dressed in yellow and heading towards the town with a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, Tay An pagoda is really a beautiful sight. The pagoda was constructed in 1847 and has been renovated and repaired many times. In 1958, it was completely upgraded to a total area of 1,250 m2 with nearly 200 statues. The main temple has more than 100 statues each representing the power of Buddhism; the most highlight statue is a Buddha sitting on the Lotus Tower. It can be said that the solemnity and holiness of Tay An pagoda has become an invisible power, attracting a great number of monks and pilgrims. But the solemn and ancient style of the pagoda and peaceful space are what visitors will never forget.

  • Entrance fee: VND 50,000/adult
  • Time open: 07 : 00 – 22 : 00

c. Tay An pagoda

Tay An Pagoda is An ancient pagoda with a mixture of Vietnamese and Asian architectural styles in Chau Doc. Lying on one side of Sam Mountain, under the lights looking like a monk dressed in yellow and heading towards the town with a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, Tay An pagoda is really a beautiful sight. The pagoda was constructed in 1847 and has been renovated and repaired many times. In 1958, it was completely upgraded to a total area of 1,250 m2 with nearly 200 statues. The main temple has more than 100 statues each representing the power of Buddhism; the most highlight statue is a Buddha sitting on the Lotus Tower. It can be said that the solemnity and holiness of Tay An pagoda has become an invisible power, attracting a great number of monks and pilgrims. But the solemn and ancient style of the pagoda and peaceful space are what visitors will never forget.

  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open time: 07 : 00 – 17:00
Chau Doc
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d. Thoai Ngoc Hau tomb

Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb is located in front of Ba Chua Xu Temple, that is the biggest monument at the foot of Sam Mountain, 5 kilometers south-west of Chau Doc. The worshiped person, originally named Nguyen Van Thoai (1761 – 1829), was the first man from this area to exploit the virgin soil, establish living settlements, and dig Vinh Te and Thoai Ha channels. He was buried there along with his two wives and a temple in his honor was built in the 1930s. Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb is a great piece of art of ancient architecture.

  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open time: 07 : 00 – 17:00
Chau Doc
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e. Phuoc Dien Pagoda – Hang Pagoda

One of the highlights of the tour to Chau Doc – An Giang is climbing over 400 stairs to Phuoc Dien Pagoda which is also Hang Pagoda (Cave Pagoda) on Sam Mountain. The main sanctuary features the statues of A Di Da (the Buddha of the Past) and Thich Ca Buddha (Sakyamuni, the Historical Buddha), while in the caverns and grottoes you’ll find a host of deities, including a 1000-arm and 1000-eye Quan Am. There’s also a mirror room of Buddhas and an effigy of Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism.

Hang Pagoda is a community of relics with beautiful architecture, representing the imbuement of the traditional cultural identity of the nation. Carrying the beauties of the ancientness, the seriousness and the majesty, many visitors are impressed and curious because the attachment with the name of Hang Pagoda is a natural cave with many legends transmitted orally in many generations…

  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open time: 07 : 00 – 17:00
Chau Doc
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f. Vinh Te canal

Vinh Te Canal is an 87-kilometers-long which is the largest and the most important location canal in the southern border of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty, designed to connect two famous tourist spots in the west, Chau Doc city – An Giang province and Ha Tien town – Kien Giang province. This is a significant work in the field of economics and defense, associated with the name of Thoai Ngoc Hau – the worshiped person in the above tomb.

The Khmer Rouge used Vinh Te Canal as a proof in anti-Vietnamese propaganda because the canal’s construction caused thousands of deaths of the workers from fatigue and consequent disease, especially the Khmers.

Chau Doc
Source: Wikipedia

2. Tra Su Forest Area

a. Tra Su Cajuput Forest

Tra Su Cajuput Forest located in Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien District, is far 20 kilometers from Chau Doc city is which attract a huge number of tourists to the southern An Giang province.

In the floating season, going by boat into the forest, you will feel relaxed as you are walking in the middle of a green grass on the water.

This forest has a lot of potentials to develop ecotourism, outdoor activities, and exploration as well as giving scientists a chance to learn and research the local environment and typical ecological system of the southern region.

To visit the Tra Su Cajuput Forest you only go by boat. If you go alone, your fare will be VND 130,000. The bigger the group is, the cheaper the price is, the group of 10 people will only VND 45,000 per person. So if you go alone or in person, you can buy tickets with some other tourists when you come here to get a cheaper ticket.

Chau Doc
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b. Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary is worth a visit that is a surprisingly beautiful landscape around 25 kilometers from Chau Doc. whether you are the person who interested in watching the bird or just looking for a quiet time in a stunning natural setting. There are the handful of nature reserves and bird sanctuaries. Tra Su is home to a rich array of bird and others wildlife that lives among the canals and cajuput trees

Tra Su should be visited on the floating season. 1 hour boat excursion is around VND 230,000 – VND 320,000 with 5 – 10 person capacity.

Chau Doc
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c. Tinh Bien Market

Tinh Bien market is Cambodian/Vietnamese border market in Chau Doc. Goods here are mostly imported goods, the most are goods imported from Thailand and prices are relatively cheap than goods from many places in the country. On Saturdays and Sundays visitors increase much more, mainly of them are from the Eastern provinces, Ho Chi Minh City and provinces of the Mekong Delta following spiritual tourism, mountainous and border tourism.

From Chau Doc Town, it takes about 30 minutes to get to Nha Bang Town. From there, move on about 10 kilometers heading to Xuan To Town to get to the Tinh Bien border gate market.

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d. Cam Mountain – Forbidden Mountain

Addressed at An Hao ward, Tinh Bien District, An Giang province, Cam Mountain locates an elevation of 705m above the sea level with a panoramic view on the top. Cam Mountain is considered as a Dalat (a famous highland resort) in the Mekong Delta with giving such spectacular mountainous terrain. The Great white sitting Buddha statue is the best impressive symbol of the Cam Mountain area.

Chau Doc
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The mountain is has a cool climate year-round, original natural sights associated with interesting, heart-warming stories that attracting numbers of tourists and vacationers. Cam Mountain cable car has become a new remarkable for An Giang tourism and also been a pride of people here. As one of the most expensive tourist destinations of Chau Doc, Cam Mount annually welcomes thousands of tourists to visit. Since it is channeled more capital to the cable car, Cam Mount has become extremely crowded and attractive destination of the region.

3. Dripping along the banks of the Bassac River Area

a. Cham Minority village with many mosques

Quietly draped on the banks of Hau River, Chau Giang village with white Mosques as a peaceful place in the opposite of Chau Doc. The Cham minority village named Chau Giang is the largest Cham community in An Giang. From Chau Doc city, just over 5 minutes by ferry you are in Chau Giang village.

Chau Doc
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The Cham religion of the coastal Cham is influenced by Hinduism. Beside The Cham people around Chau Doc, represent the mixture between a rustic form of Sunni Islam, due to being come by seafaring Muslim traders in the late 10th and early 11th centuries and immigrated of Muslim Chams from Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in the mid-19th century. Chau Doc is home to diverse ethnic and religious communities where Cambodian Buddhists, Vietnamese Buddhists, ethnic Chinese and Muslim Cham living peacefully side by side.

There are many beautiful mosques in the Cham village but two of them are the most impressed:

Mubabak Mosque: Located in Tan Chau Township, Mubarak Mosque is near Chau Doc City and can be reached by the river. After some minutes on Chau Giang ferry, tourists will see the onion-shaped peak in the distance and crescent moon patterns in – a typical feature of Muslim architecture.

Masjid Jamiul Ahzar Mosque: Masjid Jamiul Azhar is one of the oldest and most fabulous mosques in An Giang province, located in Chau Phong commune, Tan Chau town, An Giang province. The Masjid Jamiul Azhar mosque was built in 1959 and upgraded in 2012, and is now under construction and officially opened on 3 August 2014.

Masjid Al Ehsan Mosque: Masjid Al Ehsan was built in 1937. The canals that flow quietly alongside the border town of Chau Doc, are all tributaries which feed the Mighty Mekong River. The Cham Muslim people have made these backwaters their home. The Masjid Al Ehsan lies riverside, the treasured heart of their community. White domed and marble tiled tranquility offers respite from the heat and bustle of the thronging markets that lie on the shores nearby. Masjid Al Ehsan, through whose arched windows one can stare off into the marshy fields of the Mekong, is a destination most worthy!

b. Floating village

Coming to Chau Doc, you will have a chance to discover the charming attraction in a three-hour tour. This tour will take you on the floating market, the floating village offshore, a Cham village across the river, and perhaps a peek at the  Vinh Te canal.

Chau Doc
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Being busiest at 7AM, the floating market is about 10 minutes downstream from the central market. In the morning, many boats will be fully loaded up with goods, especially fruit to prepare for a market day. Boats head off to pick up fruit in Sa Dec or Can Tho every few days, but there’s always plenty of business in the early hours.
Another stop you should not miss is the floating village, which is the group of houses with the roof and wall made of aluminum. Embedded inside are lots of huge, netted “fish farms”. Some visitor can get shipped downriver to Can Tho and beyond. Note the huge moored wooden boats, which flood their lower decks to keep the fish alive during the trip.

V. WHAT TO EAT IN CHAU DOC, VIET NAM

1. Chau Doc rice noodle soup with fish

Chau Doc rice noodle soup with fish is locally referred by BUN CA CHAU DOC, has a special flavor which is totally different from others and will leave an impressive memory by its taste. To make the soup in the Chau Doc style is not too difficult. First, fish is clean, sliced, and fried until it looks crispy and slightly yellow. Another ingredient is rice noodles at the medium thickness putting in a big bowl. The stock is rather light and has some dill on the water. At times, you can find the stock with more ingredients, such as tomatoes or some pieces of pineapples floating on the water. The chewy fried fish is perfect when being placed in the scrumptious stock; it deserves to be tried.

Price: VND 15,000 – VND 30,000

Famous restaurant: No 105 Phan Dinh Phung street, Chau Phu B ward, Chau Doc city, AnGiang province.

Chau Doc
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2. Tung Lo Mo

Tung Lo Mo looks like beef sausage – a unique dish with the strange taste of the Cham people in An Giang Province. The reason for such sausage made from beef but pork is that the Cham people are Muslims who are not allowed to eat pork. For a long time, the Kinh people (the majority of Vietnamese are Kinh people) also love making and enjoying different types of beef sausage. As for how to make the food, the locals will choose beef without fat and sinew, grind it, and remove the bad smell from it in wine and ginger. Then, mix this lean beef with fat according to the rate of 2:1 and add rice to the mixture (it is a point to distinguish Tung lo mo from other normal beef sausages). Some spices will enhance its flavor.

Price: VND 400,000/kg
Location: market or Cham village

Chau Doc
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3. Thot Not Cake

Chau Doc
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Thot Not Cake is known as one of the famous desserts in Chau Doc city, An Giang province for Mekong Delta day trips. Thot not is a common tree in An Giang province and Cambodia; it also means Palmyra or palm used to get palm sugar. The locals use it to make thot not cake. The sweetness of the cake is light and easy to enjoy, so it is indeed preferred by lots of foreign tourist to this region. It is easy to find where to sell this kind of cake. Just walk along the streets or in the market, and you can find small food stalls where the vendors cry out for their cakes.

4. Fish Sauce Hot Pot

Locally referred to Lẩu Mắm – A specific hot pot of salted fish with the aromatic flavor of salted quintessence very fragrant, made from skillful hands and spent many fussy stages. The broth in the hotpot is really special and tangy because it is made from the fish sauce. The main ingredients are different types of fish in the Mekong Delta. Chau Doc hot pot of salted fish is a synthesis between water cooking with field cuisine. It’s truly vegetable heaven, fish underwater. Fresh fish types being net fish from the river of Hau eating together with vegetable types from nature right on this land. If someone sets foot to Chau Doc, although it is the first time, don’t forget to enjoy Chau Doc hot pot.

Price: VND 50,000 – VND 200,000/person

Recommended restaurant: 108 Trung Nu Vuong Street, Ward 08, Chau Doc city, An Giang province

Chau Doc
Source: Asia tourism

VI. TIPS TO KNOW ABOUT CHAU DOC, VIETNAM & LOCAL CONTACT

1. Must-know Tips When Traveling to Chau Doc, Vietnam

  • Do not go out alone at night
  • Be prepared to fight mosquitos and other insects yourself
  • Remember to bring stomach medical because the food is very good but not suitable for people who have not tried to eat before

2. The Necessary Contact Information for Tourists

Police station phone number: (+84) 2963 561 022

Chau Doc General Hospital:
Address: No. 8 Hamlet Street, Chau Phu B ward, Chau Doc city, An Giang province
Tel: (+84) 386 614 105


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