Chau Doc – a fascinating destination in South Vietnam

Located in An Giang Province, Chau Doc plays an important role in the economic development of Mekong Delta. While in the past, Chau Doc was only known as a destination for sacred pilgrims, the city nowadays is renowned as a wonderful place with spectacular natural landscapes and distinctive cultural identities. Followings are some essential things to notice to have an unforgettable Chau Doc tour.

When to travel?

Similar to other parts of the Southwest, Chau Doc has a tropical monsoon climate with 2 main seasons: dry season and wet season. Generally, anytime in a year would be suitable to visit Chau Doc.

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Chau Doc, An Giang

Chau Doc receives a lot of rain between May and October, and the floating season starts in August. This is considered the best time to travel as visitors can feel the real life of Chau Doc people, yet you need to be careful if not accustomed to the rain. The rest period is sunny and hot. However, the temperature is not too high, therefore not being an obstacle for travel.

How to travel?

Bus is the most common means of transport to travel to Chau Doc. It takes about 6 hours to travel from Saigon. Travelers can easily get a ticket in the West Bus Station in Binh Tan District, Saigon. The price ranges from 120,000 VND to 150,000 VND. But if you want to enjoy the natural landscapes along the way, it is better to go by motorbike. 

Regarding traveling in Chau Doc and adjacent areas, you can hire bikes or motorbikes to go around the city. However, when reaching the countryside, boat and canoe are more convenient. A boat tour around the flooded fields are amazing to try.

Where to go in Chau Doc?

Chau Doc has many things to offer. Whether you are on a Chau Doc tour on a budget or a luxurious tour, there are places that you should never ignore.

Sam Mountain

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Ba Chua Xu Temple at the foot of Sam Mount

Located just about 7km from the city center, Sam Mountain is a fascinating tourist attraction in Chau Doc. Not only is the natural scenery of the mountain awe-inspiring, it is also home to many famous religious sites such as Ba Chua Xu Temple (Lady Goddess Temple), Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tay An Co Tu (Tay An Ancient Pagoda). Especially, the Festival at Ba Chua Xu Temple that takes place from the 23rd to the 27th day of the 4th lunar month welcomes numerous flocks of pilgrims from different parts of the country.

Tra Su Mangrove Forest

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Tra Su Mangrove Forest

Tra Su Mangrove Forest is definitely a must-visit that a Chau Doc tour should never miss. The forest is at its best in the floating season (between September and December). You will go aboard a boat to sneak among the narrow canals through the evergreen mangrove forest to watch the diverse ecosystems. You may also come across the lotus fields to admire the green fields dotted with the pink of the lotus flowers and the white of the birds. If fortunately, travelers can catch the glimpse of the locals fishing or farming in the fields. The tranquility and quietness of the rustic countryside will totally leave you in awe.

Chau Doc Floating Village

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Chau Doc Floating Village

Due to the special terrain and weather conditions, Chau Doc people choose to make floating houses on rafts to adapt to the water-rising season instead of building firm houses. The life of the locals mainly takes place on the floating houses and the main means of transport is boat instead of bicycles and motorbikes. Visiting the floating village, travelers will be able to explore the idyllic life of the locals. You can ride the boat to go around the village to see how the local earn a living or visit the nearby floating market to buy home the fresh fruits. Here you can also sample the special dishes of the locals. Made from the simple ingredients that can easily found in this region, the dishes are as simple and rustic as southwestern people. Still, the authentic and appetizing taste of these simple dishes will absolutely whet your appetite.

Chau Doc is undoubtedly a worth-visiting destination in South Vietnam. The irresistibly beautiful landscapes as well as the rustic life of the locals in Chau Doc will offer you enjoyable experience that would last a lifetime.

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