Film Fixer in Vietnam – What to see and photograph in Chau Doc
Chau Doc City is one of my favorite destination in the Mekong Delta for photography. Indeed, it offers too many photo oppoturnities. You can shoot everything in this city from landscape, people daily life, to culture and architecture.
After my photo above, a local villager rowing on the water lily pond featured on national geographic, this city became more well-known to everyone. And in this article, just like other articles on my site, will mainly focus on photography matters and as a photographer perspective. Here are the list of things and attractions that you should see if travel to Chau Doc City.
1/ Chau Doc Water Lily Pond.
I have visited this pond so many times with my customers when I lead them on a Vietnam Photo Tour or sometimes alone. I always try to recreate something new everytime I get here. It’s a 1km long water lily pond and the owner will havests it every morning. So It’s harvestable all year round. But there are some special time that the flowers will bloom bigger than other. Normally in wet season. So You can visit this place all year round andd it’s very interesting location for photography.
2/ Tra Su Forest:
Tra Su Forest is a well-known attraction to tourists. If you come here during weekend, you will see a lot of people including: foreigners and local tourists. You will have to pay entrance fee for around 60.000VND to 80.000VND. After the motorized boat, you will get to the rowing zone where you will get another boat trip. It’s very nice there and you can have lunch there and try grill fish and chicken.
3/ Floating village in Chau Doc where local farmers farm fish.
This fish farming method in Chau Doc is unique in the Mekong Delta. Most of them are cat fish. If you want to visit these houses, you have to rent a boat to get around. And from there, they will get you to the Cham Village – who are muslim.
4/ Portrait of Cham Girl.
The Cham people in the Mekong Delta are muslim and they live in Chau Doc City. Sometimes people will be confused between the Cham in the Mekong Delta with the Cham in the central of Vietnam.
5/ Tri Ton during harvesting season.
If you love landscape photography or aerial photography, this location is great for you to explore. The local farmers farm rice in different timing, so during harvesting season, you can see plots of various color mixing together from above. If you have a drone, that would be great, if not, you just drive up to Tapa mountain which overlooking to the rice paddies. But don’t forget to check with me if it’s in harvesting season or not before going there. In the Mekong Delta, normally farmers will cultivate 3 crops a year.
6/ Con Tien Bridge to see sunset and boats.
This photo I shot in 2009 before lunar new year. During that time, the river is busy and colorful. Local people in Chau Doc still use boats to get around and distribute goods. If you love street photography and happened to be in Chau Doc City, get here in the afternoon and wait there or walk around, you will be amazed by what you see. You can also shoot sunset on the bridge.
7/ Sunrise on the plam fields at Tri Ton.
It’s a little stricky to find this view because it’s nestle behind a local temple which is close to Tra Su forest. If you come here around Sept to Oct, you will see water everywhere because during this time is flooding season. You will see water reflection during that time. I think you should get a local to help you to find this area. Or you can contact me if you have any question regarding this location.
How to get to Chau Doc:
- You can catch a Futa sleeper bus to get here, it will take around 5-6 hours to arrive here from Ho Chi Minh City, depends on traffic.
- Hung Cuong sleeper bus.
Getting around Chau Doc:
- You can rent a motorbike to get around this city. It’s quite small and easy to get around. Just get a 4G simcard and use google maps to navigate.
- Taxi and motor taxi if you are not keen to drive here.
- Xe Loi is another option. It’s slow and easy to contemplate the sceneries.
Where to stay in Chau Doc:
You will have a lot of option from guest house to hotel and 3 start hotel.
You can stay on Trung Nu Vuong street. It’s easy to get around, close to market and easy to find street food. If you are looking for comfort, I would recommend Chau Pho Hotel which costs around 800.000-900.000VND (35-40USD). per night.
You can get around and stay at hotel as cheap as $10 USD per night. No problem. But if you come here during the weekend, should book everything in advance.
What to eat in Chau Doc City:
Broken – rice in Chau Doc is the best in Vietnam. You can find it everywhere on the street. Another great dish is Bun Ca Chau Doc – Rice noodle Chau Doc cooking style. Grilled fish and more.
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