Chau Doc

One of the Mekong Delta's most interesting destinations, Chau Doc is a religiously diverse and picturesque border town with Kinh (Vietnam's ethnic majority), Khmer, Cham, and Chinese communities. The town, on the banks of the Hau Giang River, has a jaunty air, possibly from the xe loi (bicycle trailers) that ply the streets.

The riverside promenade, a short walk from the bustling main market, is a pleasant spot to explore, watch the sunset, and catch the local ferry across the river to visit the city's biggest mosque. Sam Mountain (Nui Sam) is also worth a visit, for the interesting temples and the stunning views of the flat rice paddies below. An added bonus of this lovely little town is the friendliness of the locals; the xe loi drivers smile and wave even after you've shaken your head to indicate you don't want a ride.

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