Chau Doc, Sam Mountain - Vietnam
Chau Doc is one of Vietnam's most multicultural cities, with sizeable Chinese, Cham, Khmer and Vietnamese populations. Chau Doc is located right on the border with Cambodia. Flowing through it is the Bassac River, which also operates as a border crossing for the various river traffic. Nearby is the Sam Mountain, which features some excellent views of the surrounding region. Chau Doc is an attractive, bustling city and there are lots things to see and do in Chau Doc , such as interesting market and various temples and pagodas. The economy is mostly based on fishing and fish-farming, which can be interesting to visit, and taking a Chau Doc tour is a great way to see the sights.
Located 5 kilometres away from the town of Chau Doc is Nui Sam (Sam Mountain). The climb up the mountain is not overly strenuous, and can be completed at a relatively slow strolling pace. Once at the top you will be able to take in stunning views of the Mekong Delta as well as back over Cambodia - definitely worth a visit! A number of historical sites are situated around the mountain, including the old Tay An Pagoda, the Ba Chua Xu Shrine, the Hang Pagoda, and the Imperial Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau. A popular festival is also held at Nui Sam, one of many events in Chau Doc .
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On the far west of the Mekong Delta, Chau Doc is a riverside commercial centre, located on the west bank of the Hau River, at its junction with the Chau Doc River. It is a frontier town, and also a major gateway to Cambodia, as well as a regional trading point between the countries. It is a splendidly colourful city, with hues or purple, green and blue swirling together, and this is matched by the friendliness of the locals and the great Chau Doc hotels.
You can find a range of hotels in Chau Doc and Nui Sam. You can also choose your hotel in Chau Doc based on its location on our Chau Doc map . Make your choice and then book your Chau Doc hotel, Nui Sam hotel and then relax. Chau Doc Hotels will do the rest.
Chau Doc sits at the junction of a tributary linking the Bassac and Mekong Rivers and the Bassac River itself. An incredibly friendly and bustling little city, it has a colour scheme to match its ambience, with bright pastel hues of green, blue and purple adorning many of the newer shopfronts. If you're arriving here from Cambodia, be prepared for the shock into technicolour paradise.
Chau Doc locals are known for being very warm and approachable -- even the xe dap loi drivers, as pestering as they are, are friendly. English is spoken in most of the foreigner-targeted guesthouses and hotels, and most restaurants have an English menu.
A highlight of a visit to Chau Doc is a boat trip on one of the small paddle boats that collect near the western end of the park. For a few dollars an hour they'll paddle you around the many floating raft houses and fish farms. Doing this at dawn can be very photogenic and rewarding.
A second attraction, just outside Chau Doc, is Sam Mountain -- more of a hillock in fact -- which has reasonable views over the surrounds. The views are pretty rather than spectacular, though when combined with a visit to the pagodas around the hill's base, this makes a worthwhile afternoon jaunt.
Chau Doc is also the closest large town to the Vietnamese/Cambodian river border crossing. If you're heading to or from Phnom Penh by boat, you'll pass through Chau Doc, so try to allow for an overnight stay
Whilst on your Chau Doc holiday, make sure you visit some other amazing nearby Vietnam destinations such as Saigon, Can Tho, and Phu Quoc.