Ultimate Travel Guide for first-time travelers to Chau Doc -Vietnam

Chau Doc is a vibrant town in An Giang – one of the Mekong Delta Provinces, 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.

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Chau Doc detail travel guide

Best Time to Travel to Chau Doc Vietnam

Like other provinces in the Mekong Delta, Chau Doc (An Giang, Vietnam) has a tropical monsoon climate. There are two distinct seasons in a year: the rainy season and the sunny season.

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.

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You can buy products from any boats

So the best time to travel to Chau Doc is from November to April next year. That there is a little rain makes it easier for tourists.  If you are interested in Ba Chua Xu festival in Chau Doc, you should come here in the fourth lunar month (from 23rd to 27th). in And please note that you should be more careful with your belongings especially in holidays to avoid pickpockets.

How to travel to Chau Doc Vietnam

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).

If you have more time, we recommend you to discover other Western provinces. The table below shows the distance from Chau Doc to 15 provinces:

Vinh LongAbout 124 km
Tra VinhAbout 186 km
Soc TrangAbout 175 km
Long AnAbout 197 km
Dong ThapNearly 100 km
Ca MauAbout 243 km
Ben TreAbout 180 km
Bac LieuAbout 224 km
Ha TienAbout 110 km
My ThoAbout 182 km
Can ThoAbout 120 km
Rach GiaAbout 130 km

Where to stay in Chau Doc 

There are quite a lot of hotels in Chau Doc and the prices vary from cheap to luxurious. However, most tourists choose to stay in the center of the town or near Sam mountain. Here are some of our suggestions for accommodation in Chau Doc for you.

Victoria Nui Sam Lodge

  • Price: Around $74
  • Address: Vinh Sam 1 Stress, Nui Sam Ward, Chau Doc City, An Giang Province

Murray Guesthouse

  • Price: Around $32.06
  • Address: No.11-15 Truong Dinh Street, Chau Phu B Ward, Chau Doc City, An Giang Province

Hung Cuong Hotel

  • Price: Around $18.85
  • Address: No.96 Dong Da Street, Chau Doc City, An Giang Province

Other things to see and do in Chau Doc 

What to see and do? – Famous Tourist destinations in Chau Doc that you should not miss

Cham Community

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.

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Explore the life of Cham community in Chau Doc, An Giang Vietnam

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.

Chau Doc Floating Market

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.

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Floating martket – the experience that you shouldn’t miss

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.

Sam Mountain

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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Excellent panoramic view from Sam Mountain View to Cambodia – the neighboring country of Vietnam.

There are not only amazing sights but also many ancient pagodas and temples. Near Sam mountain, tourist can also pay a visit to some famous sites such as Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Bach Van Hill, etc to understand deeply about Vietnamese culture.  A strong Chinese influence makes it particularly popular with ethnic Chinese, but Buddhists of all ethnicities visit here. 

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

This forest is located in Van Giao Commune, An Giang Province, about over 20km from Chau Doc City and 10km from the Cambodia border. Tra Su Forest is home to many colonies of water birds and rare and endangered animals including 20 species of reptiles; 5 species of amphibians; 23 species of fish, 140 specified floral. This place must be a paradise for people who love discovering wonderful diverse wildlife.

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Enjoy the peacefulness of Chau Doc, Vietnam

One special thing that you can see here is that the color of the waterways changes from one place to another in an exciting way. What you see when the sun rises and when night settles are not the same. Sometimes, you can see that it is turquoise, silver, amber or purple as there are numerous species of creatures under the water surface.

What to eat? – Local dishes in Chau Doc that you may not find in other places

Chau Doc is also known as a paradise for diners, especially who want to try more Vietnamese traditional food. Here are some local dishes that you must experience at least one time in your life:

  • Steamed palm sugar rice cake
  • Sesbania sesban flowers
  • Neem salad
  • Tung lo mo -: A special kind of beef sausage
  • Chau Doc fish rice noodle

Money saving tips for travelers to Chau Doc

Here are some tips for you, especially first-time tourists, to travel on a tight budget while still enjoy the wonderful time in Chau Doc. Hope they are useful for you.

  • Eat and drink like the locals.
  • Be careful with admission fees when visiting attractions.
  • Choose hotels near Sam mountain to save time and money.
  • Ask for more information from other tourists to Chau Doc before.

It would be very regretful if you miss this attraction during your stay in Vietnam. There are a lot of things in Chau Doc, An Giang waiting for you to explore. Please contact us via email: booking@asianwaytravel.com or hotline : (84-243) 7 755 888.

Ultimate Travel Guide for first-time travelers to Chau Doc -Vietnam
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