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.

Chau Doc, the special characteristics of Western River Water

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Chau Doc is a provincial town in An Giang province, just off the border of Vietnam and Cambodia. Coming to this promised land, visitors can visit not only the famous sights such as Sam Mountain, Chua Xu Temple but also a boat ride around and learn Cham culture, Khmer. Chau Doc is always in the top tourist attractions in the South.

You will feel great because of the opportunity to Travel to Chau Doc Vietnam, the “land of human love” is often referred to music performances! The people who are living in the west of Vietnam are moderate but also extremely liberal, have opened many myths, from the fertile, fertile plain to the majestic mountains.

So where to go in Chau Doc? When is the best time for touring in Chau Doc? Whether or not Chau Doc is beautiful and ideal?

Best time to travel to Chau Doc?

Like other western provinces, Chau Doc has a tropical monsoon climate with two rainy and sunny seasons. In general, with the typical river climate, Chau Doc is suitable for visitors to visit and travel all year round.

This article will introduce top things to do in Chau Doc.

Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

You will enjoy the fresh nature, green, peaceful and enjoy the rustic food, love this countryside. .With a variety of ecosystems and impressive beauty of nature, Tra Su mangrove forest is considered as a “waterway” and has become an attractive tourist attraction attracting many visitors. This is one of the top things to do in Chau Doc.

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Tra Su Bird Sanctuary

This vast forest stretches over 8,000 hectares, which has an incredible number of birds. The majority of the forest is a wetland and there are limits for visitors so that the bird’s breeding grounds are not disturbed. You will have the opportunity to soak in experience with some delightful activities including a short high-speed boat trip and a 20-minute quiet paddle along narrow canals through shady green hills. Even if you only found a few birds, not even one, it was a beautiful trip. The reserve is 23km to the west of the town.

Chau Doc cuisine

Besides, you can also experience Chau Doc’s most exquisite cuisine at Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, where there is a great international food menu (grilled lamb prices, duck breast), dishes with a French accent (talerino tart, gratin dauphinoise) and fine Vietnamese food, such as grilled squid with green pepper. Apple pie with cinnamon cream makes a great taste.

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Chau Doc Cuisine

When you travel to Chau Doc Viet Nam, you do not miss taste dish in here. It is a very rich combination which creates the unique flavor of the west.

Floating Houses – House in Chau Doc

Chau Doc floating village is a land of cultural traditions, one in the religious centers of the South. This made your Chau Doc tour funny.

There are also rusty houses, floating floats including empty metal drums, both of which are a place to live and a livelihood for their residents. Coming to this place, visitors will find it interesting to feed their own fish, drop bait down the raft, a whole population of catfish jumped to scare for food looks exciting, thousands of size fish, splashing water splashing to splash all wet floor.

The scenery on the river is cooler and cooler when it’s dark. At this time the activities on the village are no longer busy, the family gathered together after a day of hard work. Floating villages floating on the Bassac River. If you come to Chau Doc without ever coming to the floating village, it is a mistake.

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The village is like a floating city on the river

Chau Doc Floating Market – Market in Chau Doc

You need to wake up at dawn to see the bustle of this floating market. The action is the busiest from 5 am to 6 am when locals gather to buy fresh produce such as fish and shrimp. This market is less colorful and calmer compared to other emerging markets.

Not far from the floating village is Ba Chua Xu Temple, Hang Pagoda, Mam village … attractive places when visitors have the opportunity to Chau Doc.

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Ba Chua Xu temple

 

A Chau Doc tour- Are you ready?

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Vietnam has many wonderful places waiting for you to visit. A Chau Doc tour in your travel to Vietnam will bring you lifetime memories. Why not give it a try?

Along Long Xuyen City, Chau Doc is one of the two cities in An Giang province that is important in the economic development of the Mekong Delta. Chau Doc also has the Tinh Bien International Border Gate to Cambodia. The city has been invested with good infrastructure systems for several years. Before, most visitors know Chau Doc because of Ba Chua Xu Temple – a sacred pilgrimage site. But now, Chau Doc is also famous for many other great things such as beautiful scenery, economic development, tourism and cultural diversity, a transit point to visit many neighborhoods countries.

Like other parts of the West of Vietnam, Chau Doc has a tropical monsoon climate, with two seasons, rainy season and sunny season.

In the rainy season from May to October, if you travel Chay Doc in this season, you will feel the life of Chau Doc River people. But you have to pay careful attention if not accustomed to the rain. The rest, in Chau Doc, is usually sunny but the temperature is not too high therefore it will not interfere your tour.

There are many ways you can take a visit to Chau Doc. You can rent bicycles at the tour companies in the center of Chau Doc or at the tour desk of the hotel. Visiting the center of Chau Doc by bike is also a great experience. If you are interested in challenge tour, you can hire a mountain bike. In the western provinces, people used to use this means of transportation but now is not as popular as before. You can rent a torpedo in the center, near the market or in front of the hotel. In addition, you can use the bus as in Chau Doc there is a bus from the center to Sam Mountain to almost every tourist destinations. The central bus station is also very easy to find. Taxis and motorbike is also available in the city center or tour desk at the hotel. In case you want to visit some areas such as Bung Binh Thien, fishing village, Cham village in Chau Giang, you can also rent or take a boat trip.

You might now wonder what to do in Chau Doc. Here are some must-go destinations in your trip.

1. Tay An Pagoda

Tay An pagoda

Tay An pagoda

Tay An Pagoda on Sam Mountain is a Buddhist temple located at the junction at the Sam Mountain foot. The pagoda was built at an altitude of 284m above sea level with a unique architecture which is the combination of Indian art, Islāmic art, and ancient Vietnamese temple architecture. Tay An pagoda is not only a place of pilgrimage, worship but also a famous tourist attraction in An Giang.

2. Chau Phu communal house

Chau Phu communal house

Chau Phu communal house

Chau Phu communal house is located on Tran Hung Dao – Nguyen Van Thoai street (Chau Phu A ward), worshiping Nguyen Huu Canh who was the one that made many great achievements to the country. He was conferred many the title by many king dynasties.

3. Chau Doc floating village

The unique tourist destination in Chau Doc is the floating village – the cultural characteristics of the river. The boat is the primary means of transportation in every family in these floating villages. Here, each raft like a connecting apartment stretches along the rivers. Each owner has at least 3-4 rafts, usually have a raft living side by side. In particular, recently, some people tend to raft down rivers for settlement. The life of the family is encapsulated on the raft 4m long, 7-8m long.

4. Ba Chua Xu Temple

Ba Chua Xu temple

Ba Chua Xu temple

Located at the foot of Mount Sam, Sam Mountain, Chau Doc. The shrine was built with the architecture of a blooming lotus-shaped tower, three-tiered roofs, green tiles and bold artistic patterns. Every year, from 23rd to 27th of the lunar year, the people here hold the festival praying and commemorating the god that help people to have a peaceful and happy life.

5. Cham Village in Chau Giang

An old house in Cham village

An old house in Cham village

Travel through Chau Giang ferry to Con Tien, where Cham communities live in An Giang. Peaceful village with mosques and many unique traditional stilts. Come to Cham village, you will have the opportunity to know more about culture, handicraft products and enjoy the taste of unique cuisine here.

That is all you have to know about Chau Doc. Try a Chau Doc day tour and have your own experience.