An Giang is located in the Southwest of Vietnam, where the source of Mekong River flow into our country and divided into two well-known rivers in the Mekong River Delta region including Hau River and Tien River. Chau Doc and Long Xuyen city specially draw a lot of attractions of many tourists from inner and external to come and enjoy local simple cuisines here by its features in the culture and hospitality tradition of the local people. If you are planning to visit here, do not hesitate to refer experiences of traveling An Giang by motorbike in 2018 safely as below.
1. When should we go to An Giang?
The outstanding feature in An Giang is the floating season in around October and at this time is also a good time for those who are avid for experiencing and exploring out the cultural features of Nam Bo River in general to travel.
If you would like to take part in festivals with the local people here such as Ba Xu pagoda festival and others, you should go in about April in the lunar calendar. It is the rainy season from July to September; you have to bring raincoats if you still want to go.
2. How to travel An Giang by motorbikes?
It is said to be the most reasonable to depart from Sai Gon – Chau Doc for those who live in the South of Vietnam if you go to An Giang by motorbikes. Therefore, those who live in the North of Vietnam could take a plane or train to Sai Gon and then depart. It is suggested to arrive at Chau Do (An Giang) you are under the instructions as below: at first you have to following along the Highway No.1 to An Thai Trung intersection (An Huu market), then turn right towards Cao Lanh.
After that you have to pass across Cao Lanh ferry, then go along Tien River to Cho Moi market, and go through the second ferry Thuan Giang to land on the bank of Hau River. From the bank of Hau river, you go along and come by Nang Gu ferry, run straight along the Highway No.91 about 30km, Sam Mountain (An Giang) is over there.
There are two main ways to go to An Giang by motorbikes including:
- Sai Gon – Cao Lanh – Tram Chim – An Giang – Cambodia
- Sai Gon – Dong Thap – An Giang – Kien Giang – Phu Quoc – Cambodia.
3. Where should we stay in An Giang?
Where should you stay in An Giang? When it comes to An Giang, you could rent a motel or hotel to stay, but tourists often rent in Chau Doc or Long Xuyen (since it is the center and easy to go to appealing destinations in An Giang). Hereafter are some motels, hotels in An Giang with the unit price is around from 150,000 VND to one million Vietnam dong.
- Victoria Chau Doc Resort. Address: 32 Le Loi, Chau Doc city, An Giang province.
- An Long Hotel. Address: 281 Tran Hung Dao, Long Xuyen city, An Giang province.
- Gio Song Hotel. Address: 472/24 Quan Co Thanh, Long Xuyen city, An Giang province.Lam Hung Ky Hotel. Address: 138 Trung Nu Vuong, Chau Doc city, An Giang province.
- Lam Vien Nui Cam Resort. Address: An Hao commune, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province.
- Nui Sam restaurant – Guesthouse. Address: Highway No.91, Nui Sam ward, Chau Doc city, An Giang province.
4. Where should we play in An Giang?
- Tra Su Cajuput Forest
What are interesting in An Giang? Tra Su Cajuput Forest is considered as “water road” that appeals to a great number of tourists to visit. This is a typical flooded forest for the West area of Hau River as well as a conversation area for many rare kinds of birds and animals, and of course a great ecotourism destination for those who are avid for traveling also.
Ticket unit price: 50,000VNĐ
- Co To Mountain
Co To Mountain is a mountain named after the beautiful fairies who have been in the folk legends with another name is Phung Hoang Son, or To mountain, or Phnom Kto in Khmer name (an ethnic group of Vietnam) in the height of 614m with the circumference of 14,375m, belonging to Co To commune, Tri Ton district – which is a charming, poetic natural landscape. In addition, there are the relic of Tien yard, Nam Can, Vo Hoi and two streams O Thum and O Sora So, etc.
- President Ton Duc Thang Memorial area
President Ton Duc Thang Memorial area with an area of 1.600m², beside the old house of his family are well-known for its two parallel sentences: “Tựa lưng Bảy Núi, uống nước Cửu Long, Mỹ Hòa Hưng ngời danh sứ sở/ Khơi lửa Ba Son, kéo cờ Bắc hải, Tôn Đức Thắng dạng tiếng non sông”. (It means a short brief of his great service and revolutionary life in the event of pulling the Vietnamese national flag on the battleship of France, opposing the non-French war, supporting and protecting the October Revolution.)
- Cu Lao Gieng
Cu Lao Gieng is a revolutionary historical relic belonging to Hoi An commune, Cho Moi district, which has been recognized by the State as a national monument. There are an extremely charming natural landscape of a river region and numerous varieties of specialty fruits of freshwater alluvium.
Favor destinations in An Giang draw attractions of many travelers such as: Tay An pagoda, Sam Mountain – Ba Chua Xu Temple, Cham village, Sam mountain, Chau Doc market or God lake,…
5. Famous food in An Giang
What could we eat when traveling An Giang? There are a lot of famous food such as Tri Ton beef porridge, sweetened porridge made from palm, beef meatball soup, climbing mountain cow, beef sausage, Chau Doc hotpot, … An Giang is especially famous for its various kinds of fish sauces and Chau Doc market is known as the Kingdom of fish sauce, all kinds of dried fishes (the most delicious is dried fish far different from other places – simmered with water) you can buy as gifts for your relatives and friends.
6. Suggest schedule of traveling An Giang by motorbike within 2 days and 1 night
The first day: Chau Doc – Tra Su – Ta Pa – Sam Mountain
After picking up a motel, you ought to depart from Tra Su Cajuput Forest to enjoy the atmosphere and activities of this mangrove which is known as “water road” and climb the observatory to see the whole view of the forest.
After visiting Tra Su, you keep driving towards Tri Ton to go to Ta Pa mountain – where are visited by a lot of well-traveled people for its charming and peaceful beauty. A peaceful countryside scenery makes you forget how tired of life and wallow into an extremely relaxed and pleasant space.
On the way back to Chau Doc, please visit Sam mountains and other places such as Ba Chua Xu Temple – where is a sacred place in An Giang, some places at the foot of Sam Mountain such as Tay An Temple, Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau. And you may have a walk around Chau Doc at night to enjoy exceeding delicious night food and go home to sleep to start exploring Cam mountain – Bung Binh Thien tomorrow.
The second day: Cam Mountain – Bung Binh Thien
After having breakfast in Chau Doc, you should drive to Cam Mountain. Given the fact that this is a quite difficult-to-go and dangerous road, be careful on the road (or you could hire a motorbike taxi but the driver must be familiar with this road). Entrance ticket is 30,000VND/ person. You could see a lush green forest here with quite a lot of old trees, looking like a primitive forest.
In the schedule of traveling An Giang within 2 days and 1 night included in visiting Cam Mountain, you go to Bung Binh Thien, a impossible-missed place when visiting An Giang, far from Chau Doc about 30km. Let’s rent a boat to go to the middle of the lagoon, see the lotus and enjoy this wonderful feeling.
We check-out, have dinner and come back Sai Gon in the evening.
Furthermore there is a suggestion of traveling An Giang by motorbike within 3 days and 2 nights as well, you could see as below:
The first day:
• In the morning: Chau Doc – Sam Mountain – Ba Chua Xu Temple Sam Mountain – Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau.
• In the afternoon: Chau Doc market – Con Tien bridge – An Phu district – Bung Binh Thien
The second day:
• In the morning: Chau Doc – Nha Bang town – Tinh Bien International Border Gate.
• In the afternoon: Tra Su Cajuput Forest – Tri Ton town.
The third day:
• In the morning: Cam Mountain – Ba Chuc Tomb.
• In the afternoon: Xvayton Pagoda – Ta Pa Lake (Ta Pa Mountain) – Co To Mountain – Xoai So Lake.
It takes about from 800,000 VND to 1,200,000 VND to travel An Giang with two suggestions mentioned above, which is quite cheap but will be promisingly interesting experiences.
6. Some tips when traveling An Giang:
• You should bring neat, cool clothes and prepare climbing shoes
• Spare common drugs such as mosquito medicines, medicines for stomachache.
Hopefully, the sharing of experiences of traveling An Giang by motorbikes within 2 days and 1 night could provide useful information for your adventure. Along with that, you should not ignore attractive destinations such as: The experience of traveling Long Hai & The experience of traveling Ta Cu Mountain.