Chau Giang – a peaceful Cham Village in Chau Doc

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You might have heard a lot about ancient towns (like Hoi An Ancient Town) and ancient villages (like Duong Lam Ancient Village – Hanoi City, Tuy Loan Ancient Village – Danang City, Phuoc Tich Ancient Village – Thua Thien Hue province) in Vietnam. Here, we list Chau Giang – a Cham Village to visit on your Chau Doc tour – a less-known yet one of the most beautiful ancient villages in Vietnam, where you can experience the local peaceful lifestyle of some of the largest ethnic Cham communities in Vietnam, their ancient architecture and unique culture as well as the graceful landscapes.

Why is Chau Giang well worth a visit?

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Cham Village in Chau Doc

Being the closest large town to the Vietnamese-Cambodian border crossing, Chau Doc is home to diverse ethnic and religious communities. Due to its location at a meeting point of a tributary linking the Bassac and Mekong Rivers, Chau Doc is where Vietnamese Buddhists, Khmer Buddhists, ethnic Chinese, and Muslim Cham living peacefully side by side.

There are 7 Cham Villages with roughly 13,000 Cham people living in 2,100 households on Chau Giang Islet across the Hau River separated from Chau Doc by a river. Among these 7 ones, Chau Giang, also known by its Cham name as Koh Taboong where people live mainly by weaving is the most famous Muslim village and a must-stop destination on any Chau Doc tour. Thanks to these large Cham communities, Chau Giang is such an interesting destination to visit from a cultural perspective.

What to see in Chau Giang Village?

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Chau Giang Village

As you enter the ancient village Cham people, classified as one of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities, your mind would be comforted well by the primitive and simple atmosphere. This village includes picturesque scenery like the glimpses of green which turn out to be vast swathes of rice paddies but the highlight must be the stilt houses usually roofed with palm leaves or tiles with a unique and traditional design – three pillars and three tiled roofs.

Locals are known for being especially friendly (don’t be surprised to be invited to sit on a mat and served tea and cakes) with their round hats, long-sleeve shirts, a black or white turban, and sarong (traditional Cham dress) – for Cham men and long dresses, headbands, and face veils – for Cham women adding to its already-cheerful ambiance. Together with the vibrant main markets and many mosques distinguished with unique architecture and meticulous decorations, Chau Giang Village is your ideal place to savor the authentic features of a Muslim village and a great destination for photographers.

What to do in the Cham Village in Chau Doc?

 A Cham Muslim wedding in a small village near Chau Doc, Vietnam.

Cham Muslim wedding in Chau Doc

Simply walking the town’s broad, clean, and pretty streets featuring neat cement houses – a nice contrast from the typical wooden Vietnamese houses or wandering along the pretty waterfront promenade nearby is a pleasure in itself. But a trip to one of the tourist attractions in Chau Doc is also a chance to visit plenty of sights bound to please religion, culture, and history buffs. These sights include Masjid mosque – Chau Doc’s largest mosque which has the symbols of the sun and the crescent moon, representing Islamic and the Con Tien Bridge – where you will suddenly be in the presence of burqa-wearing women and men in hats, long-sleeve shirts, and sarong (traditional Cham dress).

If you want to do more than just contemplating Cham People’s Culture, visiting Cham People’s weave fabric at Cham Village, and buying their traditional craft products and unique patterned cloths created by handmade wooden looms, a night spent at a wooden stilt homestay to experience the simple and peaceful life of locals in the Muslim Village is an unforgettable memory on your best tours in Vietnam.

Want to see the old towns or villages in Vietnam on your Vietnam private tours to seek the ancient charm of this country? There are a series of that kind of small yet charming places with very old unique architectural styles of the locals, featured folk culture of the local villagers, peaceful untouched sceneries for your aftertastes, and long rich history telling the fascinating stories during the past few years, decades, and even centuries. Check the details of Cham Village in Chau Giang, Chau Doc and decide whether to visit it in 2018 or not.

Conquer Mekong Delta | Two days in three cities, why not?

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For most foreign people, I have talked so far, the idea of an existence of a wetland called Mekong Delta only popped up when they happened to sort out a tour outside of Saigon. This is seen as one of the best tours in Vietnam when visitors are led to the ending domain of this S-shaped country and get to know deeply about the spectacular and interesting stories that are only found in the Mekong, along with people’s unique lifestyle in a land with an immense network of rivers and canals. If you want to be a part of this country rather than just a tourist, here is one of many Mekong Delta tour options that you can choose to explore within only two days.

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A rice paddy field

Arrive in Tiền Giang on the first day

Cái Bè is the very first destination to kick off your tour. This is a large district belonging to Tiền Giang, which takes you only 2 hours from Saigon. Cái Bè Floating Market is the most ideal site to visit in the morning. By having an insight of this special market, you then get to know how a local market is organized, and why dwellers happened to trade on the surface of a river rather than a regular corner on land.

Coming next are a chain of several native long-established factories. The locals’ method of creating handicraft merchandise will capture your attention. Some can be taken into account include the making of green rice, coconut candies, honey and so on. Not to mention, transforming into these artisans yourselves is going to be an interesting idea. Tasting honey tea and selecting your favorite products are what you can choose to do at the end of a visit here.

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Cái Bè Floating Market

Next up, embark on Tân Phong Islet, one of the four biggest islets in the intersection of Tiền Giang and Bến Tre Provinces. If signing up for a Mekong Delta group tour or in case you are a part of a Mekong Delta cruise, chances are that you will be heading to this islet after spending half a day on the mainland. Afterward, sneak through the little canals enclosed by the shady coconut trees on both sides of the river banks. On the islet, a real image of how Mekong citizens enjoy their daily life is going to be revealed. An absolute contrasting picture of what you have normally seen back home. This is how you can experience a day in the life of a peasant, a fisher or simply a Vietnamese wife raising their kids at home, cooking in the kitchen or feeding roosters in the front yards. Other than that, visiting a greenish shady fruit garden, picking bunches of tropical fruits on your own and enjoy the absolute sweetness released from these freshly picked rambutans, durians or longans are what you can be offered next.

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The making of Coconut candies

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The serene space of life

After that, head straight to Cần Thơ City when the Sun starts to disappear and spend the rest of the night freely wander off Cần Thơ Downtown with your families and friends.

Return to Saigon on the next day

When breakfast time is over, you will have a chance to witness the biggest floating market across the Mekong Delta, Cái Răng. A huge area on the surface of the river is packed with full of wooden boats. Your excursion in this morning will be surrounded in the chit-chats of lady sellers and the aromatic smoke of the hot bowls of soup noodles. Even coffee, fruits of all kinds, household merchandise or electric devices can be spotted out here.

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The Mekong Islet

When the Sun is at its peak, start heading to local rice noodles and rice paper factories before having lunch in a local restaurant. During the very last hours of your second afternoon, follow a local guide back to Saigon and start exploring the rest of the country as planned.

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The making of rice paper

Mekong Delta group tour is what many people choose to discover this wetland in the most basic way. However, you can consider to have a private tour for a better understanding or feel free to request a customized tour to this land with your given ideas and suggestions.