Chau Doc Destination Guide
Chau Doc is right on the border with Cambodia, and was actually a part of Cambodia until the eighteenth century. The city has large Cham, Khmer and Chinese communities, each with their own distinct temples. Chau Doc is also well known for the nearby Sam Mountain, which features a number of Buddhist temples.
Chau Doc is a busy market town, and is famous for its pickles, dried meats and palm sugar.
This Chau Doc Destination Guide gives a brief background on Chau Doc and the surrounding region, including Sam Mountain. General information about Vietnam can be found by visiting our Vietnam Country Guide. Details about the local attractions and general things to see and do in Chau Doc, Long Xuyen and Sam Mountain are available on our Chau Doc Tours page.
Things to See & Do in Chau Doc
About five kilometres (three miles) southwest of Chau Doc is Nui Sam, a large, rocky hill that is inundated with various sanctuaries, temples and tombs which give the hill a honeycomb-like appearance. The three main attractions of Nui Sam are Tay An Pagoda, Lady Chua Xu Temple and the Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau, and many tourists only see these three.
However, if you are willing to walk to the top of the hill, you will be granted an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. The land in this region is some of the most fertile and productive in all of Vietnam, a fact that can be appreciated from the vantage point at the top of Nui Sam.
In 1926, the Chau Phu Temple was built for locals to worship Thoai Ngoc Hau. Thoai Ngoc Hau was the man responsible for the construction of the Chau Doc Canal located nearby, which defines the border with Cambodia.
Constructed in 1920, the small Catholic church in Chau Doc is located near the FB Phu Hiep ferry terminal, at Lien Tinh Lo 10. The church is quite interesting and is definitely worth a quick visit. Masses are held daily at both 5 am and 5 pm, as well as regular Sunday services that are held at 7 am and 4 pm.
The Chau Giang Mosque is the local place of worship for the district's Cham Muslim community. In order to get there, you should head to the Chau Giang terminal, and then take a ferry across the Hau River.
Hoa Hao, located 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the east of Chau Doc, is where Huynh Phu So founded an indigenous religion that wielded a considerable amount of influence. Its attempted, as one of its stated aims, to rid Buddhism of its clergy and pagodas.
The Hoa Hao sect also formed an anti-Marxist political party, known as Don Xa, after the conlcusion of World War II. This ultimately led to the assassination of Huynh Phu So by the Viet Minh. The Communists clamped down heavily on the Hoa Hao community after 1975, and this resulted in them losing much of their influence.
1 Hung Vuong St., Long Xuyen Town.
Tel: 841 267
Chau Doc Hospital
5 Le Loi St., Chau Doc Town, An Giang province
Tel: 688 278