The town itself was busy with flower markets, street-stalls and fantastic noodle restaurants. From here, we took local boats to visit some of the floating villages. These certainly aren’t set up for tourists in the way that other parts of the Mekong are.
Heading to the market from the floating villages
The more typical point to visit the Mekong Delta
Continuing on the Mekong Delta
*As always, all information is correct at the time of writing, but double-check before travelling regarding entry points and visas given the current 2020 situation.
We broke up our trip by heading to the more touristed part of the Mekong. Nearby to the city of My Tho, there are plenty of different options to take boat tours, in the traditional boats, to the likes of Turtle Island and traditional market places – sampling local drinks, food, and the coconut candies. It’s all quite colourful and pleasant enough, but it has a much less authentic feeling to Chau Doc and is obviously more geared for tourists. The brownish river waters canopied by overhanging greenery by Cồn Phụng is the postcard typical image of the Mekong Delta, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.
As I mentioned above, the natural route from Chau Doc is to continue onwards towards Ho Chi Minh city. As I was on a guided tour, this was all taken care of for me, but getting buses to the mega-city is easy enough as an independent traveller with the journey taking about 6-7 hours.