The Mekong Delta is best-known for its rustic natural landscapes, attractive regional dishes and unique cultures. Among 12 provinces of the Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town, located in An Giang, is considered as the most popular destination for almost tourists coming the Mekong Delta. Chau Doc Town is located near the Cambodian border, so this place has the blend of various cultures and many unique outdoor activities. Also, this multicultural land has a convergence of essence, religion, lifestyle and daily works of the Kinh and Khmer. Visiting Chau Doc, there are many interesting experiences that you should try once.
Explore beauty of Sam Mountain
Located in An Giang Province, Sam Mountain is the highest mountain in the Mekong Delta. It rises dramatically from an ocean of rice fields, offering spectacular panoramic view of the whole countryside. On the way to reach Sam Mountain, you have chance to admire the beautiful sights of two rice fields along the road and see the daily life of Khmer people. Climbing the peak, the views from the top are so spectacular and you can easily look out over Cambodia because Sam Mountain is close to border of Vietnam and Cambodia. Around Sam Mountain, there are dozens of pagodas and temples, many of them set in caves.
Sam Mountain offers not only beautiful landscapes but also many historic remains
The mountain offers not only beautiful landscapes but also many historic remains deeply loved by the locals. Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tao Ngo Garden, and Bach Van Hill are among the famous sites to visit near Sam Mountain. To the top of the mountain, there is a shrine with good views of the surrounding countryside.
Take a boat tour to explore daily life around the region
Nothing is more exciting than sitting on boat to explore daily life of the local in Chau Doc. Located along the banks of the Hau Giang River, Chau Doc sees plenty of local people washing through on the river route between Cambodia and Vietnam. A likeable small town with significant Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities, Chau Doc’s cultural diversity – apparent in the mosques, temples, churches and nearby pilgrimage sites – makes it fascinating to explore. Taking a boat trip to the Cham communities across the river is a main attraction, while the bustling market and intriguing waterfront provide wonderful atmosphere to a few days of relaxation. On a traditional boat, visitors will have chance to visit and experience a part of life of local people along the Mekong River: floating markets bustling with canoes or boats loaded with vegetables, fruits or floating fishing villages with friendly and hardworking people.
Exploring daily life in river region is an interesting experience in Chau Doc
Indulge Tra Su Cajuput Forest
Located around 10 kilometers from the Cambodian border, Tra Su is a specialized forest stretching out 1,500 hectares, which connects to other destinations such as Cam Mountain, Sam Mountain, Tuc Dup Hill and many others. Tra Su Cajuput Forest is home to 140 flora types, 70 species of birds, 11 types of animals, 20 species of reptiles, and 22 kinds of fish, to name just a few. The deeper tourists go into the forest, the more attracted they are to duckweed, lotus and water lilies. The forest’s outside is quite silent while the inside is bustling and lively due to the poetic sounds of the animal world.
Tra Su Cajuput Forest in high water season
The most interesting feature here is that tourists travel by motor-boat or dinghies as they weave through the forest. Passengers will enjoy enormous emerald-green duckweed that covers the water’s surface, as well as flocks of white storks that perch on cajuputs together with many kinds of birds, animals and fish. Sometimes, the boatman stops the boat and shows tourists some of the huge beehives that rest on the top of the trees. After sitting in the motor-boat for 40 minutes to contemplate the natural sights, travelers will take to the rowing boats or dinghies to see birds and storks return home and build nests.
Join a cooking class in Cham village
Coming Chau Doc town, visitors will have great chance to come to a culinary journey with cultural and historic identity of Vietnam by visiting peaceful Cham village and discover recipes of some featured dishes which are not known by many people. This special journey will lead tourists to Chau Doc market to select ingredients and follow canals along the Hau River to the peaceful Cham village where interesting lessons begin. Finally, visitors can have diner before returning by “xich lo”, a unique traditional vehicle in Vietnam.
Visitors choose ingredients to prepare for cooking lesson in Chau Doc market
Being a land of many beautiful natural attractions and a vast diversity of cultural activities, Chau Doc is always a favorite destination of almost tourists when coming the Mekong Delta. Trying interesting experiences in Chau Doc will make chances to learn more about unique culture of the Mekong Delta and make your Mekong Delta tour more wonderful.