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Chau Doc

Chau Doc is a beautiful riverside town, 250km from Sai Gon. Its center with post office, market, goverment buildings and riverside park, is small enough to walk around. There is one statue of cat fish in the park - the symbol of Chau Doc. Just 15 minutes from the Chau Doc riverside by rowing boat, there is a floating house village where local poeple staying on and raising cat fish under the houses. Not far from the floating house village is the village of Cham ethnic people who still stay in traditional stilt houses. Cham people here follow Muslim. About 5km from the Chau Doc's center is Chua Xu lady temple. People in the South Vietnam and Vietnamese overseas often comes to this famous temple.

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There are several places of interest to visit in the area around Chau Doc, including a Cham community and the brooding Sam Mountain with its kitsch pagodas. Further afield are a bird sanctuary, a battlefield from the American War and the scene of a Khmer Rouge massacre. If you’re making the journey up to Chau Doc from Long Xuyen on Highway 91, look out for the incense factories, where the sticks are spread out to dry along the roadside, often arranged in photogenic circles.

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