The Interesting Stops in Chau Doc Border Region

Coming to Chau Doc, An Giang, the land located in the border area adjacent to Cambodia, visitors can not miss Tra Su indigo forest, Tinh Bien Market or Ba Chua Xu Temple on Sam mountain.

October is a good time for you, the backpackers, to travel to An Giang river region, especially in Chau Doc. Here are some places where you can see most clearly the culture, people and nature in Chau Doc border area.

Tra Su indigo forest

Tra Su indigo forest tourist area is about 25 km from the center of Chau Doc. If you go in groups of 3-5 people, the ticket price will be 65,000 VND per person. At first you can sit on motorboat, then move to the boat rowing manually. From here, the gentle and generous boatmen will take you to visit Tra Su indigo forest in 1 hour or 1 hour and a half. The green and cool space is beautiful and lively with green water- fern covering the water surface, the shade of indigo trees, cormorants, herons, storks, cranes … finding their preys around….

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Visitors sit in the boats and adore the scenery in Tra Su indigo forest

After time of visiting the forest, you return to the transit points of rowing boat and motorboat. The area offers lunch catering services. You can enjoy the hot pot, sour soups characteristics of the Western in flooding season. Those who want to see panoramic view of the indigo forest can climb up the observation deck.

Birds find their food around the forest

Birds find their food around the forest

Ba Chua Xu (the Local Goddess) Temple on Sam Mountain

Ba Chua Xu Temple is located about 5 km from Chau Doc City center. Despite a big festival held from 23th – 27th annually in lunar calendar, the temple attracts many residents and visitors to worship each day. In addition to visiting the temple’ architecture, or Sam mountain scenery, tourists can do the shopping for this place is equally busy with sellers and customers as it is in Chau Doc market

Ba Chua Xu (the Local Goddess) Temple attracts many people to worship and visit

Ba Chua Xu (the Local Goddess) Temple attracts many people to worship and visit

Chau Giang Village of Cham people

From the center of Chau Doc, tourists cross Chau Giang ferry with the fare of 5,000 dong / person and motorcycles. This is one of the interesting stops with those who like to learn the culture, architecture and people of Cham people. The life is peaceful, people still dress in traditional costumes and preserve many beauties of their ethnic.

The church is built in the style of Islam

The church is built in the style of Islam

Visiting Chau Giang village of Cham people, visitors can admire the church built in the style of Islam with large cathedrals, or the stilt houses characteristics of Cham culture. Some houses in the village also make sponge cakes manually with copper molds, and using hot coal to make cake done. If you go towards Tan Chau, you can see people preserve traditional weaving job.

The most interesting thing is to attend a wedding ceremony where you have opportunity to observe, learn many customs of the Cham.

The wedding ceremony of Cham people is held on a boat

The wedding ceremony of Cham people is held on a boat

 Tinh Bien border market

you can find lots of fancy goods

You can find lots of fancy goods in Tam Bien Market

Tinh Bien market is only about 2 km from the customs gate of the two countries (Vietnam- Cambodia). This is a bustling trade zone of both Vietnamese and Cambodian. Going around the market, you can find lots of fancy goods that can not be seen in many other places like fried mouse, fried frog, fried insects … If the sun in the border makes you tired, the tea, water, food stalls around the market will be the appropriate and ideal stops. A large water coconut costs 10,000- 15,000 VND or 5, 000 VND – 10,000 VND for a bottle of palmyra juice.

The Interesting Stops in Chau Doc Border Region

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