An Giang Province is located to the west of the Mekong Delta between the Tien and Hau rivers and shares a 100km border with Cambodia in the north – west. It also shares border with Dong Thap Province in the east, Can Tho City in the south – east, and Kien Giang Province in the south – west. An Giang has two main types of topography: midland areas and low mountains. The low mountains is Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) in Tinh Bien and Tri Ton districts. Vinh Te Tunnel runs along with the province’s border in the west, which connects from Chau Doc to Ha Tien.
The primitive beauty of An Giang
So, it may not have the breath-taking landscapes like Halong Bay or Sapa, but for someone who has never been to, it will definitely an interesting tourist destination that can really bring them joy and new experience. Then, why do we have to say no with new experience in An Giang for an exciting and memorable tour to Vietnam?
Where to go in An Giang
1. Tra Su Forest
The most attractive place to go in An Giang is Tra Su Forest.
Tra Su Forest is definitely a unique and attractive destination for tourists who love the beauty of nature.
Coming to Tra Su Forest, people will have a chance to enjoy precious moments living in harmony with nature as well as the wholesome atmosphere. This ecological spot is the habitat of many genera of water birds (mostly storks), colonies of bats and various rare animal and bird species. Especially tourists will be flabbergasted by small houses on stilts with rudimentary bamboo ceilings that are firmly tightened to cajuput trees, making an unusual existence in the quiet ambience of the forest. They are actually restoration work of a provincial-level revolutionary base of the An Giang people and soldiers in the glorious struggle against the US imperialists. Standing on a 10m high watch tower in the midst of the forest, tourists can enjoy a panorama of the vast greenery spotted with the white of storks below. Turtles, snakes, as well as other reptiles and freshwater fishes are also abundant in the canals.
Endowed with peace and tranquility, Tra Su Forest will certainly become a unique and attractive destination for tourists who love the beauty of nature.
2. Ba Chua Xu Temple
According to a legend, in the early 1800s villagers found a statue of a lady dating to the 6th century in the forest. They built a temple in her honor, hoping that she would bring them better crops and better lives. This is why the marble statue of Ba Chua Xu, meaning “country lady,” is worshipped. Ba Chua Xu Festival is organized annually at the end of the 4th lunar month; worshippers touch her statue and ask for her protection and benediction.
Ba Chua Xu Temple
3. Chau Doc Floating Village
Coming to Chau Doc, you will have a chance to discover the charming attraction in a three-hour tour. This tour will take you on the floating market, the floating village offshore, a Cham village across the river, and perhaps a peek at the Kinh Vinh Te, the canal that leads south to Ha Tien.
Being busiest at 7am, the floating market is about 10 minutes downstream from the central market. In the morning, many boats will be fully loaded up with goods, especially fruit to prepare for a market day. Boats head off to pick up fruit in Sa Dec or Can Tho every few days, but there’s always plenty of business in the early hours.
Chau Doc Floating Village
Another stop you should not miss is the floating village, which are group of houses with the roof and wall made of aluminum. Embedded inside are lots of huge, netted fish farms, where hundreds and hundreds of “vo dem” fish await “canh chua” bowls; some visitor can get shipped downriver to Can Tho and beyond. Note the huge moored wooden boats, which flood their lower decks to keep the fish alive during the trip.
4. Bung Binh Thien – a heavenly natural lake in An Giang province
Named as the Peaceful Lake of Heaven, Bung Binh Thien is a blue – and – water lake naturally formed in An Giang Province area. The lake is tranquil all year long that reflecting cluster of clouds and enticing passers-by to stop and contemplate the primitive attraction.
Bung Binh Thien or the Peaceful Lake of Heaven
Bung Binh Thien is located in An Phu District, in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, connecting tree communes including Khanh Binh, Nhon Hoi and Quoc Thai, and adjoining Binh Di River and Hau River. This beautiful lake is being constructed to become an eco-tourist area.
Bung Binh Thien is a place of tranquility where visitors can stay away from the stresses of city life and discover the poetic landscapes of the area, with water-lilies and lotus swaying in the wind on the lake, and the bustle of creatures such as fish, shrimp, snakes and turtles under water.
5. Co To Mountain in An Giang province
Being the most famous mountain in That Son, the mountain chain in An Giang Province, Co To Mountain is one of the most frequently crowded destinations by pilgrims and tourists.
Co To Mountain is belonged to Nui To Commune, Tri Ton District. Beside the popular name Co To, the mountain is also named To Mountain because its overview appearance looks like an overturned bowl, so it is called “To” which means “bowl”. It also called Phung Hoang Son (Phoenix Mountain). Since connected with the mountain is Tuc Dup Hill, the mountain and the hill resemble a phoenix in the afar look, so people call the mountain Phung Hoang Son, which means “the mountain of a phoenix”.
Co To Mountain
Living on the mountain there has about more than 30 families that mostly are farmers. They grow fruit trees such as mangoes, jackfruits, durians, bananas, papayas, pineapples and avocadoes. Over the past several years, residents have also cultivated aquilegias for agar wood. Several families also sell goods such as footwear, headwear, food, drinks and candles to tourists.
The mountain has many natural forests where become interesting places for visitors. There are some pagodas and temple, which are located on the mountain that visitors can stay at night if they do not want to leave the mountain too late or if they want to stay longer for more visits the next day. In addition, they can also stay overnight at simple guesthouses operated by residents.
Why don’t you try a new destination like An Giang? I promise that you will get a great deal of unforgettable memories.