Chau Doc is a vibrant town in An Giang – one of the best places to visit in Mekong Delta, near the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. This town is a harmony of the beauty of landscapes, historic remains, and warm-heart local people which make tourists never forget. If you attend to come and visit this amazing place, this detail travel guide is for you.
Generally, the weather is quite pleasant all year round for travelers to visit Chau Doc because average temperatures vary very little. In May, June, July, the temperature in Chau Doc is quite high but it doesn’t interfere with the tourists. In the rest of the year (from August to November), there is a lot of rain in here which often leads to extensive floods. However, during this time, you can experience the life of locals in Chau Doc when traveling by small boats up the river.
Because the road to Chau Doc is quite long, a 3D2N trip is ideal to discover Chau Doc. It would be much better if you have more than 3 days to visit other near Mekong Delta Provinces.
From Hanoi or Da Nang, you can book a flight or take a train to Ho Chi Minh City then go to Chau Doc by bus or motorbike. You can also rent a car to Chau Doc if you go with groups or with your family.
The distance between Chau Doc and Ho Chi Minh City is about 245 km and it takes about 6 hours to get to Chau Doc by bus. There are many buses to Chau Doc so it is very easy to buy tickets at Mien Tay Bus Station. The ticket price is from 120.000 VND ($5.14) to 150.000 VND ($6.43). Here is your bus table:
|Vinh Long||About 124 km|
|Tra Vinh||About 186 km|
|Soc Trang||About 175 km|
|Long An||About 197 km|
|Dong Thap||Nearly 100 km|
|Ca Mau||About 243 km|
|Ben Tre||About 180 km|
|Bac Lieu||About 224 km|
|Ha Tien||About 110 km|
|My Tho||About 182 km|
|Can Tho||About 120 km|
|Rach Gia||About 130 km|
The Cham is an ethnic minority in Vietnam and in neighboring Cambodia. Tourists can set out to explore one of the seven major Cham villages along the banks of the river. Each village has its own name in Cham and Vietnamese name, for example, Chau Giang as Koh Taboong. Mubarak Mosque is the heart of the area of Cham community.
In Cham villages, tourists can feel the peacefulness because they are very quiet which makes it an ideal place to escape from hustle and bustle of cities. You should spend some time wandering the surroundings to see the Khmer wooden house structure in here. You also can see the Cham women are practicing the age-old art of weaving.
Beside Cai Rang or Phong Dien floating markets in Can Tho, Chau Doc floating market is another famous market in the Mekong Delta and one of the well-known attractions of An Giang Province. You can see that the life of locals here depends mostly on boats. Most of the activities of exchange and sales are in this floating market.
Merchants from different places in Vietnam carry products to Chau Doc and sell them to the locals and tourists. You can buy fruits, dried fishes, etc. which are mostly sold here. It becomes busiest from 7 a.m to 8 a.m and this is a great chance to visit one of the key economic regions of An Giang and Mekong Delta and enjoy the exciting and bustling atmosphere in here.
Another famous tourist destination in An Giang is Sam Mountain – the highest mountain in Mekong Delta, located in the west of Chau Doc Town. This 230m high mountain is also one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam with endless gold rice fields. On top of the mountain, you can have a really good view of the surrounding countryside and easily look out over Cambodia – a neighboring country of Vietnam.
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