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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,087 contributions
Apr 2021
The Chau Doc Market has two areas. There's a newer construction right along the river and an older part back in the side-streets toward the mountain. We went through both not so much because we were interested but because we were just killing time. These are just normal markets like you'll find all across the country. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't visit. It just means that tempering expectations is wise. This isn't the floating market...
Written June 6, 2021
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isayqc
philippines313 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
One of the best markets ive been to. People are nice and the market has wide array of things.. From dry goods to fruits, veggies to other needs. Since there are not a lot of tourists.. Prices are just right. We even had a very tasty lunch here.
Written April 30, 2015
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Davosaurus
Perth, Australia18 contributions
Aug 2016
The small city of Chau Doc, at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers, is comparatively untouched by tourism. It is a refreshing visit and experience, inexpensive, and a photographer's delight. At dawn, I hired a small ferry (US$5.00) and spent over an hour weaving among the river traffic and the converging, 20+ boat floating morning market.
The fistful of money I saved by staying at the beautiful, Hoang Duc Hotel, four minutes from town centre, I then spent sitting and eating at the very cool bar and restaurant of the five star Victoria Hotel, overlooking the river. Chau Doc has very few tourist traps, so great value for money is to be had. I also ate at the Lien Phat Hotel Restaurant in town and enjoyed some exceptional value, authentic Viet cuisine. Having said that, the two souvenir stops atop Sam Mountain are an example of where not to part with money.
Lunch at the Victoria (hotel) Lodge restaurant, near the top of Sam Mountain, was an easily affordable treat. This 250deg view of vast, agrarian Vietnam was accompanied by a beautiful, wet season lightning and thunderstorm. I just kept on drinking beer and taking photos. I also visited the Cham community and Bhuddist temple on the East side of the river. Some lovely photo opportunities there, and authentic village life to be viewed.

The six hour, $35US Mandarin Express boat trip from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc was good value. It offers a riverview of the countryside, and you can move around the boat, so it beats the bus. The only downside was one of the drivers choosing to play high speed chicken with a barge crossing our path. He thought swerving at the very last moment was funny, but he just left the five of us passengers, seething.
For some strange reason, the Mandarin Express wants to charge you $50 for the trip back to Phnom Penh. For $25, the Hoang Doc riverboat does the same trip at a more leisurely pace, so I took that.
Chau Doc has a few language challenges of a non-tourisified town, but for the adventurous visitor, and certainly for those into photography, it's a gem. Or you can spend $100+ US a night staying at the Victoria Hotel, and then pay a driver/guide to take that on for you. Otherwise, I had no problems getting around. The metered-taxi drivers all spoke a little english.
Written August 9, 2016
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Stefano F
Cerea, Italy59 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Surely this market is not the biggest one in Vietnam. Probably this is not the most famous but when you arrive in Chau Doc at the sunset and you can see the red dust floating in the air walking among the smell of this market your mind fly away
Stefano Fraccaroli
Written January 23, 2015
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LozDog-57
Broadbeach, Australia94 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Once settled in and feeling refreshed it's well worth a trip to the main markets I found this market one of diversity colour and vibrancy very friendly people an huge array of goods and foods not far off the main river esplanade some of the market draped with tarpaulin you duck and weave your way through like most other Asian markets but for me the markets matched the intricate layout of this beautiful town. I loved it and will be back again!!
Written September 27, 2017
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tatami23
Hong Kong, China8 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
For many, visiting the Mekong Delta—wonderland of rice paddies, floating markets canals—means taking a package tour. However, more private arrangements can easily be made on the spot. Doing so means getting a boat and a guide to yourself, meeting more locals, and seeing more of the Mekong at minimal extra cost..

In Chau Doc, you may look for Mr Long who runs with his wife a small but centrally located bookstore. He will offer for you a 2,5-3 hours trip to the floating market, the fishing farm and a Cham village.

At the time I was there (Easter 2015), they were about 50 "floating shops" around, with long poles displaying a sample of their goods. Though his English was quite accented, Mr. Long is very knowledgeable and keen to share about life along the Mekong and in Chau Doc. Depending on the opportunities at the time, you may go to board some market boat on the way. We chatted with a friendly family running one filled with water melons. Other sights along the way: the pump for the Chau Doc city water supply, boats of all kinds, some merchandise being also trans-shipped for/from Cambodia.

Mr Long is very straightforward and the conversation was fun - I would just have appreciated to spend more time with him!

Hoa Sen English bookstore is located on the southern side of the square with the pagoda --6, Phan Vãn Vàng Street
Fare was 18USD on a 2 pax basis (April 2015).
Written April 12, 2015
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Katja B
Paris, France44 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
They havr everything from fresh fruit and fish and vegetables, also they have snack. Vietnamese snack, toys, and accessories s. A typical local market.
Written December 30, 2018
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patrick y
Seoul, South Korea12 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Tried to find some fresh fruits and nife with my son.
Some people can say it is dirty and not organized well but that is the real local market I want to visit wherever I travel.
People is kind and calm.
Communication is not a big problem if you have a will to understand.
Written July 3, 2018
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Britanyelise
Seattle, WA1 contribution
May 2018 • Solo
I did a tour with Mr. Long to the Bird Sanctuary and Sam Mountain ($20), which was amazing. He knows so much about the local history. I ended spending the next two days getting to know Chau Doc better through him and his lovely wife. He’s also an english teacher and invited me to meet his students. I had a blast! They are such a kind family. I really encourage you to introduce yourself and go on a tour with him!
Written May 16, 2018
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Albert M
Stockton-on-Tees, UK8 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Other couples we met were told not to go out at night and especially the market, we felt safe although it was crowded and chaotic with bikes going both ways in a path about a metre or less wide to walk down.
Was an experience we won't forget in a hurry, up to the individual how secure you feel I guess
Written February 12, 2018
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