Towards the border
Chau Doc Travel Blog› entry 13 of 22 › view all entries
Following the river Bassac/Hau Giang which is having the same direction as the mighty Mekong but running parallel south we landed in Chau Doc, stepping stone for travellers to and from Cambodia, situated about 30 kms from the border. Chau Doc is a buzy frontier town divided in a town on land and a part on the river. It's the later for which Chau Doc is mostly known: the floating village. On the quay near the Victoria hotel you can hire a boat, which takes you to the floating village and fish farms.
In Chau Doc there's a minority of Cham people. They are muslims and there prides are the Mubarak mosque and the Chau Giang mosque.
The centre of the village on shore is formed by the Bo De Dao Trang square with a shrine in the middle. The temple has a white Buddha statue sitting under a tree, while next to it a small pagoda shows a big bell which was being louded in a constant rhythm by an older Vietnamese woman.
Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to see Sam Mountain. The mountain is about 6 km out of town and is invested with shrines, grottos, pagodas and old tombs.