All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Chau Doc Vietnam

Tuesday, 08/09/2020
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All Things you need to know before travelling to Long Xuyen and Chau Doc, An Giang Vietnam.


Long Xuyen and Chau Doc are 2 cities of An Giang province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Long Xuyen is the capital of An Giang province. Long Xuyen is 180 kms away in 5 hours driving by private car transfers from Saigon Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh city) to the Southwest via Dong Thap.

Chau Doc is 200 kms away in 6 hours driving by private car transfers from Saigon Vietnam Ho Chi Minh city to the Southwest via Dong Thap. The population of An Giang province is over 2 million people, the crowdest province in Mekong Delta. An Giang is one of the biggest rice basket in Vietnam.

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Chau Doc Vietnam below:

1.Long Xuyen floating market. Add: along with Mekong Riverside, near Ngo Thoi Nham street, My Long ward, Long Xuyen City, An Giang province, Vietnam.

It is 3 kms away from the center of Long Xuyen city. Long Xuyen floating Market is a non-touristy destination, so it will be amazing for those who prefer peace and avoid overcrowded places.

Not only that, the market is also for discovering the quintessence in the culture and people of the Mekong Delta. With a stretch of 2 kilometers along the Hau River, the market is easily explored by boat.

Although the Long Xuyen floating market is not as big as the Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho City, the serenity of this place makes you feel more comfortable and closer to the local life.

If you are very keen on non-touristy destinations, the Long Xuyen floating market is surely what you are expecting.

The floating market is where hundreds of boats from many places to come and trade agricultural products. A part of the market looks like a food court on the water since you can enjoy dozens of attractive dishes, such as rice noodle soup, sweet soup, coffee, banh tam bi – a kind of noodle with coconut milk, banh bo, etc.

2.Long Xuyen Crocodile Farm. Add: 44, Tran Hung Dao str, My Thanh Ward, Long Xuyen City, An Giang, Vietnam. Tel: 02966545454. It is 8 kms away from the center of Long Xuyen city to the East.

Here, you will leisurely walk in the garden with the biological diversity of plant species; rare animal species are preserved and developed with more than 10,000 crocodiles. Before Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of foreigners and Vietnamese tourists came here.

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Chau Doc Vietnam

1.  Tra Su Cajeput Forest. Add: Van Giao commune, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province, Vietnam. It is 20 kms away from the center of Chau Doc city. And it is 30 kms away to the Cambodian border.

With the area of about 850 ha, the forest is home to a rich diversity of fauna and flora. It’s great to witness wide paddy fields dotted with palmyra palm trees in proximity to the forest. Some study reveals that Tra Su Cajuput is currently the habitat of more than 70 species of birds and 11 species of animals, 25 species of reptiles, and 10 species of fish. Also, there are up to over 140 species of flora spreading through the forest. With such amazing wildlife, it’s sure to be a memorable trip for you. Before Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of foreigners and Vietnamese tourists came here. 

2. Sam Mountain. Add: Nui Sam ward, Chau Doc city, An Giang. It is 5 kms away from the center of Chau Doc city. It is 4 kms away from the Cambodian border. And it is 284 meters above sea level. The first thing making the Sam mountain awesome to visit is the ravishing landscape with many trees especially in blossom.

In the flowering, the mountain seemingly turns red or pink due to the followers in full bloom, creating an alluring painting among nature nobody can resist.
On the top of the mountain is the site of a fortress built in the French colonial era and the trace of the base where the statue of the Lady of the Realm once stood. Just climb up there to peer down at the scenery below.

Standing on the top of the Sam mountain, you can get a panoramic view of Chau Doc and soak up the wonderful ambiance and the serenity there. Lots of temples, pagodas, and shrines spread over the mountain, and the most famous ones are the temple of the Lady of the Realm, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, and Phuoc Dien Pagoda.

Those places have been designated as national relics by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

3. Cham Ethnic Minority (Local Islam) Village. Add: Chau Phong commune, Tan Chau district, An Giang province. It is 4 kms away from the center of Chau Doc city. It is 5 kms away from the Cambodian border. It’s a quiet peaceful village with many unique stilt houses and beautiful mosques. Its locals still earn their living making traditional things like hats and  sarongs.

4. Chau Doc Floating Village (Fishing Village). Add: Bassac River (lower-Mekong River, Chau Doc city, An Giang province, Vietnam. It is 3 kms away from the center of Chau Doc city.

It is 4 kms away from the Cambodian border. This floating village was established in the 1960s and where to raise fresh fish. At the beginning, there were a few floating platforms for raising fish. From the 1970s until 2005, the number of floating platforms had grown more and more increasingly and been the fundamental point in An Giang’s economy.

The most remarkable time of the village was from 1990 to 2005; the yield of fish was about 20,000 tons per year by that time. Nevertheless, the climate change and water pollution on the Mekong River has badly affected the raising of fish in the village and the yield has been poorer and poorer.

That’s why the village is no longer full of floating platforms. From here tourists can exit to Cambodia by International Boat through Mekong River.

Where to eat at Long Xuyen An Giang Vietnam?

1.Long Xuyen Crocodile Farm and Restaurant. Add: as above mentioned at “TOP THINGS MUST SEE IN LONG XUYEN…”.

This is a Restaurant and Crocodile Farm on the Road between Can Tho and Chau Doc. Before Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of foreigners and Vietnamese tourists stopped here to have lunch, including crocodile meat.

2.Vườn Hạnh Phúc - Restaurant & Lounge. Add: 24 bis, Ton Duc Thang str, Long Xuyen city.
Bún Cá Hiếu Thuận (vermicelli soup with fish). Add: 18/2A, Le Loi str, Long Xuyen city.

Where to eat at Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam?

1.Bassac Restaurant. Add: 1, Le Loi str, Chau Phu B ward, Chau Doc city. Tel: 02963865010.
Truong Van Restaurant. Add: 10, Quang Trung str, Chau Doc city.

2.Roselle Restaurant and Coffee. Add: 359, Nguyen Van Thoai str, Chau Phu B ward, Chau Doc city.
Nhà hàng bè nổi Mekong (Floating Restaurant on Mekong River). Add: 443, Le Loi str, Chau Doc city.

Chau Doc local special food or Vietnam Chau Doc local cuisine food below:

1.Azadirachta indica salad (Gỏi sầu đâu).

If you have a chance to come to An Giang, you should definitely try this one-of-a-kind dish. There are many places try to mimic this dish, but only An Giang can deliver the best quality dish. For many first-time eaters, the bitterness of the indica can be a trouble. 

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Chau Doc Vietnam

2.Grilled naked snakehead (Cá lóc nướng trui).

The grilled snakehead is one of the best dishes of the bucolic South’s cuisines. This is a dish which will make you forget how to say “no.” Using a stick to skewer the fish, you will need to grill the fish on the burning charcoal, not straw to have the best of it. 

3.Sesbania sesban sour soup (Canh chua bông điên điển).

Whoever comes to An Giang in the rising season will know about the famous Sesban sour soup. The main ingredients are the sesban, lotus branches, tamarind, herbs, chili, dangila fish or perch. 

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Chau Doc Vietnam

4.Danio dangila (Cá linh).

During the flooding season in the Mekong Delta, usually from late August, the dangilas, after laying eggs in the Lake Sea, come down to Tien (Tiền) and Hau (Hậu) Rivers to find food. The locals have two famous dishes made of the fish: the fried floured dangila and the hot pot of dangila and sesban. The first dangila during the early of the flooding season is fat, soft, and you can even their bones. 

5.Fish jam (Mắm thái).

If you have the chance to visit Chau Doc, don’t forget to try one the most peculiar dish, but probably the best dish in the region. The delicious fish jam, although simple, is definitely the symbol of the Southern culinary.

6.Fish gut sauce (Mắm ruột).

Dipping sauce is a traditional business in An Giang, and the fish gut sauce, like many other sauces, is made by the best people in the business. The sauce, mixed with roasted rice, is good to eat for about three months. 

7.Sam Mt. seven dishes of beef (Bò bảy món Núi Sam).Coming to Sam Mountain of Chau Doc District, An Giang Province, you will have an opportunity to enjoy and fall in love with the famous seven-dishes of beef. The seven are boiled tripe, boiled meat with rice vermicelli cake, cow’s head porridge, grilled beef with bread, fried beef with Aganonerion, beefsteak, and roasted beef.

8.Beef sausage (Tung lò mò).

Tung lò mò is the Vietnamese-version name of the beef sausage. This is a delicacy of the Chăm Pa people in An Giang, who live concentrically in An Phu, Tan Chau, and Phu Tan Districts. There are two types of sausage: sour or normal. The sour sausage is made with rice, which is the ingredient makes the sausage has its sourness. The sour sausage is not easy to eat with the people who first tasted it.

9.Steamed chicken Asian bamboo leaves (Gà hấp lá trúc).

Steamed chicken Bamboo leaves is a peculiar dish in Cam Mountain. Phyllostachys is the name of the Asian bamboo. Unlike the regular bamboo, this type of bamboo has bigger leaves, the bark is rougher, and the taste of the leaves is much sourer than lemon leaves. The bamboo leaves, sour and strong, are chopped and put on top of the boiled chicken or beef will create a very distinguish flavor.

10.Scorpions (Bò cạp).

Coming to the two mountainous districts of Tinh Bien and Tri Ton, you should definitely try the crunchy fried scorpions. We all know how a scorpion looks like, and their venoms are very dangerous. They usually live in hallow trees, bushes and needed to be careful when attempting to catch one.

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Chau Doc Vietnam

11.Bugs (bọ rầy).

In the Seven Mountains area of An Giang, bugs are considered exotic and loved by many people. The bugs look very much like the beetle, the size is like a thumb, the color is brown, short, wings, the head and the legs are hard but the body is soft and round. The fried bugs are tasty and fat so many try to find them and turn them into delicious dish.
Like crickets, lavas or scorpions, the bug only need to be cleaned, cut the wings, legs and removed the guts.

12.Chau Doc Fish broth rice vermicelli (Bún nước kèn Châu Đốc).

Visiting Chau Doc, you should definitely try out the delicious broth rice vermicelli in this amazing land, otherwise, it would be a waste coming this far. The delicious broth rice vermicelli of Chau Doc has many characteristics: the broth is sweet and fat, the rice vermicelli is purely white.

13.Long Xuyen Fish rice vermicelli (Bún cá Long Xuyên).

There is a bucolic dish in Long Xuyen City that tourists definitely try out once is the fish rice vermicelli. The bowl of fish rice vermicelli has the color yellow of the paddy fields snakehead meat, the green of slices of spinach.

14.Borassus pie (Bánh thốt nốt).

The borassus in the Seven Mountains region of An Giang is famed for its fresh juice, sugar, and many other dishes made from this wonderful fruit.
The borassus pie’s main ingredients are the borassus juice, the borassus fruit, and the Ms. Nhen rice.

The pie is good because it is made of the special rice from the Seven Mountains and the thick and delicious borassus. The pie has a yellow color, smell delicious, sweet and fat which is suitable for dessert or present.

15.Cham pie (Bánh Chăm).

Coming to An Phu District in An Giang, which is the hometown of the Cham people community, you will see a lot of young Champa women with srcafs cover their heads, sitting around the marketplace, selling a delicious, yellowish cake with a peculiar shape. The cake is called “ha nàm căn.”

16.Borassus cocktail (Thốt nốt ướp lạnh).

In the Seven Mountains region, the borassus is one of the most famous fruits. From cooking to drinking, it is everywhere. In a summer day, a cold drink of borassus fruit will help cooling any hot head down.

Where to stay at Long Xuyen An Giang Vietnam?

1. Long Xuyen Hotel. Add: 19, Nguyen Van Cung str, Long Xuyen city. This location is in the center of the city.
2. Phuong Nam Hotel. Add: 75, Tran Hung Dao str, Long Xuyen city.
3. Thien Thanh Hotel. Add: 1380, Tran Hung Dao str, Long Xuyen city.
4. Ngoc Kha Tu 2 Motel. Add: 336, Tran Hung Dao str, Long Xuyen city.

Where to eat at Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam?

1. Victoria Nui Sam Lodge. This hotel is on the Sam Mountain. Add: Nui Sam ward, Chau Doc city, An Giang. It is 5 kms away from the center of Chau Doc city. It is 4 kms away from the Cambodian border. And it is half-way up to the top of the mountain. 

2. Victoria Chau Doc Hotel. Add: 1, Le Loi str, Chau Doc city, An Giang.
3. Chau Pho Hotel. Add: 88, Trung Nu Vuong, Chau Doc city, An Giang.
4. Trung Nguyen Hotel.  Add: 86, Bach Dang str, Chau Doc city, An Giang.

Where to get around Long Xuyen An Giang Vietnam?

1.By bus: Long Xuyen can be best reached car rental from Ho Chi Minh City or 1.5 hours from Can Tho.

2.Boat ferry service from Can Tho and from Chau Doc:  you can book a tourist boat from Can Tho to Long Xuyen through Hau River (Bassac River, or lower-Mekong River). And you can also book a tourist boat from Chau Doc to Long Xuyen through Hau River (Bassac River, or lower-Mekong River).

3. Taxi transfers from Ho Chi Minh to Ha Tien and stopd at Long Xuyen here:https://vietnamtrustcarrentals.com/taxi-from-ho-chi-minh-transfers-to-ha-tien-best-sales.html

Where to get around Chau Doc An Giang Vietnam?

1.By bus: Chau Doc bus station is a little over two kilometres to the southeast of town on the main road in from Long Xuyen. A xe-om from the bus station into the city should cost around 30,000 dong. Buses leave throughout the day to regional centres, and outside of Tet there is little need to book in advance. Note that buses to Ho Chi Minh City pass through, or go fairly close to (though not necessarily through) Long Xuyen, Sa Dec and Vinh Long, so you may well end up on a HCMC–bound bus and just be let off along the way.

2.By international boat from Cambodia:  The speedboat service from Phnom Penh leaves early morning daily, as long as there are no delays at the border, it takes around six hours to reach Chau Doc. There are multiple operators who run this service, but the most popular among independent travellers is Hang Chau.
There are fancier speedboats, including Blue Cruiser, Mandarin Cruiser, Mekong Cruiser and Victoria Hotel who all charge more and promise variations on a slightly faster and more comfortable experience.

3. Private taxi transfers from Ho Chi Minh to Chau Doc here:https://vietnamtrustcarrentals.com/taxi-from-ho-chi-minh-airport-transfers-to-chau-doc-deal-159-usd.html

What is the best time to visit An Giang, Vietnam?

An Giang is the same with other provinces of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, it is also the land of mild climate and pleasant weather, so it’s deemed to be an ideal destination to visit all year round. The climate in Tra Vinh is split into two seasons: rainy season (normally from May to October) and dry season (normally from November to April).

You can hope to find a quite comfortable trip to this province as the average temperature there falls in around 29 degree Celsius. Sometimes there are several storms in the rainy season.

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