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Between Phnom Penh and the Vietnamese border the Mekong River splits into two: the Mekong, and the Bassac (Hau) River. It is here in Chau Doc that the Hau River enters Vietnam and begins the final stage of its journey as part of the Mekong Delta system.
From the marshes of Tibet this mass of water has coursed its way through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The final stage through Vietnam will see it empty into the Gulf of Thailand and the East Sea.
The town itself is situated on the west bank of the Bassac River and its middle and/low mountain location can mean that it is a little cooler than many other areas of Vietnam at certain times of the year.
The local minority groups also add colour and variety to the area. This is most apparent in the traditional fabrics and clothes being worn as well as the local architecture which merges the Chinese, Khmer and Hindu influences that crossed these areas at different times in history.
You don’t have to travel far from Chau Doc to find places of interest whether of an architectural, geographic or historic nature.
Sam Mountain is famous for its cave pagodas reflecting Chinese, Cham and Khmer architectures. Visit the Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Ba Chua Xu Temple and Cavern Pagoda. Drive to the peak of the mountain for panoramic views over the town of Chau Doc and expansive rice fields below stretching towards the border with Cambodia.
Cruise the "Three Rivers Crossing" by sampan, visiting authentic floating houses, the floating fruit market, Cham weaving village and Cham community with beautiful mosques like the Mubarak Mosque, a gift from the Egyptian President.
Visit a Khmer silk village and chat with the very friendly Khmer weavers. Small boats will take you along a network of scenic canals to the Tra Su Forest, a wild bird sanctuary, where you’ll see storks, cranes, and other tropical birds.
Take this wonderful opportunity to experience a gastronomic journey through the culture and history of Vietnam with a visit to a peaceful minority Muslim village and discover a unique cuisine still unknown to many.
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