Tra Su Nature Reserve, An Giang
Tra Su Nature Reserve, An Giang

An Giang

An Giang is located to the west of the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. The province is bordered to the east by the Hau River and Dong Thap Province, to the south by Can Tho, to the south-west by Kien Giang, and to the west by Cambodia (Kandal and Takeo Provinces).

 An Giang is where the two biggest branches of the Mekong River (The Tien River and the Hau River) flow from Cambodia into Vietnam. It is via these river tributaries that travelers can make trips between Cambodia and Vietnam.

The terrain of An Giang includes vast and flat plains between low mountains, mountainous areas, and river basins.

The climate of An Giang is monsoon tropic climate with 2 seasons: rainy season( May-October, southwesterly winds) and dry season (north-westerly winds). The annual rainfall is about 1,478mm and average temperature is around 27.5oC. The best time to visit An Giang and the Mekong Delta is during the rainy season which offers lovely bucolic photos of flooded fields, wonderful vegetation, and special dishes.

A floating village near Chau Doc, An Giang
A floating village near Chau Doc, An Giang

Tourist attractions and what to see in An Giang
Cham floating villages near Chau Doc: learn about the Cham communities in Vietnam.
Tra Su Nature Reserve with Cajeput Forest: Van Giao, Tinh Bien, An Giang, 845ha. Tra Su is 20km from Chau Doc.Tra Su Nature Reserve, An Giang

The Sam Mountain and Ba Chua Su Temple: 5km from Chau Doc.
Thoai Ngoc Hau Temple
Cam Mountain and other of The Seven Mountains (That Son)
Bung Binh Thien Lake
Ta Pa Rice Fields at Tri Ton: lovely photographs of the rice paddies dotted with sugar palm trees.

Travel and Tours
An Giang is an interesting destination yet not visited often by foreign travelers. You can travel around An Giang by car, by bike or by motorcycle. Paradissa offers off-the-beaten track adventure tours, ecotours and sightseeing luxury tours at An Giang. All our tours are by car.

For travelers with special interests, we’d suggest photography tours of the Ta Pa Rice Fields and bird watching tours at Tra Su Nature Reserve each of which takes 1 full day.

Paradissa’s suggested tours in An Giang which you can do in a couple of days:

Early morning visit the Ta Pa rice fields for photography.
Mid day for the Cajeput forest of Tra Su Nature Reserve.
Afternoon boat trip to visit the Cham floating village.
Late afternoon for climbing the Sam Mountain for a picturesque panorama over the countryside and Cambodia.
Evening dining with local specialties.

Accommodation
Accommodations in Chau Doc ranges from clean and basic hotels to luxury 4* hotels and resorts. There are hotels which is located on mountain slopes and which offer great views of the countryside. There are also riverside hotels that provide opportunities to peep into amazing riverine life.

Getting there and away
There are 2 border crossings between An Giang (Vietnam) and Cambodia: Vinh Xuong (with Kha Orm Sam Nor, Kandal, Cambodia) and Tinh Bien (with Phnom Den in Takeo, Cambodia). The boat trip between Phnom Penh and Chau Doc is 5 hours.

Chau Doc is 245 km from Ho Chi Minh City and 116km from Can Tho and 127km from Vinh Long. It is convenient to travel by road or by waterway between these destinations.