Vietnam’s most fertile region, the Mekong’s riverine environment is simultaneously unique and beautiful. From Vinh Long, travel by sampan along narrow canals to tropical fruit orchards and bonsai gardens; sample freshly-picked fruits and the local delicacy, fried elephant ear fish; and navigate though the waterborne bustle of the area’s famed floating markets.
Many of our tours through Vietnam take a day trip from Saigon to the province of My Tho, gateway to the Mekong. We then take a boat ride to one of the islands located in the middle of the Mekong River. On the island we visit a fruit orchard and sample some delicious fresh local produce. We take the opportunity to visit a local family’s house, enjoy their hospitality and share with them some tea or rice wine.
Both our Vietnam Grand Adventure and Inside Vietnam and Cambodia tours travel to the scenic little town of Chau Doc.
At Chau Doc, we ply the river again to explore life on the waters, visit floating fish farms and villages of the Cham people, before watching the sunset from Sam Mountain over the vast rice fields stretching over the border and on into Cambodia. The Mekong – one of Asia’s most picturesque regions offers travellers the opportunity to experience rural Vietnam and a way of life little changed over centuries.
Deep in the heart of the Mekong , Chau Doc is an enchanting riverside town – home to the Cham and Khmer cultures, floating markets and houses and numerous beautiful islands.
Chau Doc area oozes cultural richness and beauty – let TUI reveal its natural charm, from the mystic Sam Mountain to the array of colourful Buddhist pagodas.
Once a part of Cambodia, Chau Doc is 285km south-west of Ho Chi Minh City and close to the Cambodian border. A stop at Chau Doc’s frenetic market is a must – though the old colonial covered market has been replaced with a metal and red-tiled version, colonial remnants remain. The narrow alleys of the market lead down to the river where you’ll find myriad bobbing boats and people going about their daily riverside commercial activity.
With TUI, explore the narrow waterways surrounding Chau Doc and nearby Vinh Long visiting floating markets, local farm houses and fruit orchards en route.
Chau Doc is also a great jumping off point for a visit to Cambodia. Thanks to a new boat trip, you can now venture by boat up the Mekong to Phnom Penh. Contact us for more information about the Victoria Sprite boat trip, which features in our Mekong and Temples and Inside Vietnam and Cambodia small group journeys. Crossing the Mekong border is a wonderful way to enter a country, and a Chau Doc visit is sure to be one of your Vietnam highlights.