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Chau Doc, MekongDelta Vietnam

Chau Doc is a riverside trading port near the Cambodian border. The city's 60,000 residents are an intriguing cultural mix of Chinese, Cham and Khmer peoples. Each community has built their own temples and pagodas in distinctive architectural styles. The town has a thriving cross-border trade, and is also known for its fish breeding industry, where fish are raised in cages beneath houses floating on the river.

These innovative houses provide both a residence and a livelihood for their residents. As the name suggests, the houses float on the river, resting on empty wooden drums and wooden poles. Beneath each house are wooden cages, in which fish flourish in their natural environment. The residents feed the fish by opening a "trap door" in the floor of the house, and can catch the fish with just a stretch of the hand.

Distance: 260km from HCMC

Access by car / bus: 7hr /8hr

Places of Interest

Sam Mountain

There are dozens of pagodas and temples, many of them set in caves, around Nui Sam ( Sam Mountain ). The Chinese influence is obvious, and Sam Mountain is a favorite spot for ethnic-Chinese.

Climbing the peak is truly the highlight of visit to Sam Mountain. The views from the top are spectacular ( if weather permits ) and you can easily look out over Cambodia.

Distance: 7km from Chau Doc town

Access by bus / car : 20min

Tour: Half day tour

Duration of visit: 60min

Entrance fees: no

Opening hour: best for sun set.

Period: year round

Local guide: not compulsory

Combination: Mekong tour

Tay An Pagoda

The pagoda is renowned for the fine carving of its hundreds of religious figures, most of which are made of wood. Aspects of the building's architecture reflect Hindu and Islamic influences.

Location: in the premise of Sam Mountain

Duration of visit: 30min

Entrance fees: no

Temple of Lady Chua Xu

The temple was founded in 1820s, facing Sam Mountain not far from Tay An Pagoda. The first building here was made of bamboo and leaves; the last construction took place in 1972.

Offerings of roast whole pigs are frequently made here, providing an interesting photo opportunity.

Location: in the premise of Sam Mountain

Duration of visit: 30min

Entrance fees: no

Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau

Thoai Ngoc Hau was a high-ranking mandarin who served the Nguyen Lords, and later the Nguyen Dynasty. In early 1829, he ordered that a tomb be constructed for himself at the foot of Sam Mountain.

The site include tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau and those of his wives. Nearby are several dozen other tombs where official who served under Thoai Ngoc Hau were buried.

Location: in the premise of Sam Mountain

Duration of visit: 30min

Entrance fees: no

Hang Pagoda

The pagoda was built inside a natural grotto which is located high on the western slope of a high mountain range. The grotto is two meters high, one meter wide and 20 meters long. This ancient pagoda was the hideout for resistance fighters during the last two resistance wars.

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