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Brimming with lush forests, bustling riverbanks, and brilliant temples, the border town of Châu Đốc is a compelling spot to experience the fusion of cultures and colours that make up Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Châu Đốc may surprise you with its hidden treasures: mysterious wetlands, ethnic Chăm villages, and atmospheric temples. This small town has fascinating stories to tell: you might need to stay a while to hear them all.

Top things to do in Châu Đốc

Go on a temple-hopping tour

Around 200 large and small religious sites are sprinkled on the slopes of Sam Mountain. Witness local offerings at Miếu Bà Chúa Xứ, climb through the warrens at Chùa Hang (Cave Pagoda), or admire the architecture of Tây An Pagoda.

Try local dishes

Châu Đốc’s food scene stars the best of the land and water. The iconic bún cá bông điên điển is always a crowd-pleaser. Snack on bánh bò thốt nốt to satisfy your sweet tooth, and don’t leave without trying a lẩu mắm dinner.

Cruise Trà Sư Forest

More than 70 types of birds make their home in the Trà Sư Cajuput Forest. This is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature, cruise the flooded forest on a tắc ráng (motorised sampan) and learn about the biodiversity of the region. 

Visit the floating village

Take a closer look at local culture with a tour of Châu Đốc’s floating village, a 50-year-old fishing community on the Hậu River. Houses here are built on rafts and double as fish farms, where catfish and snapper are grown for sale. 

Learn about Chăm culture

Châu Đốc is home to some of Vietnam’s largest Chăm communities. Châu Giang and Châu Phong are nested on two islets across the Hậu River. Stop by the spectacular Mubarak Mosque, tour ancient stilt houses and sample Chăm dishes.

Chau Doc Weather

Châu Đốc has two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season begins in May and lasts until October, with August to November being the high water season, perfect for visiting the Trà Sư forest and floating villages. From November to April, it’s sunny and dry in Châu Đốc with blue skies and pleasant breezes.

Chau Doc Transport

To get to Châu Đốc, travellers from major cities in Vietnam can fly to Cần Thơ Airport. From there it’s a three-hour drive to the town of Châu Đốc. Those coming from Ho Chi Minh City can also take a direct bus or car for six hours. Luxury cruises run between Cần Thơ and Châu Đốc, and also from Cambodia into Vietnam -- ideal for travellers who want a slower approach.