Close to the Cambodian border, the Chau Doc countryside is a melting pot of many cultures, creeds and religions. In the morning, drive through the quiet paddy fields, passing between mountain outcrops en-route to a traditional Khmer village. Home to amber-robed monks, learn about the distinctive form of Buddhism that is practiced here and spend some time meditating at one of the quiet pagodas.
Afterwards, continue on to one of Vietnam’s most iconic war sites, the mountain of Tuc Dup. Known as “$2 Million Hill”, the mountain’s title recalls the supposed sum spent by the US Army to destroy the Viet Cong army base deep within its centre. Meet a local war veteran, before exploring the maze of tunnels built within the mountain’s natural cave system and getting a fascinating insight into the dark years of the war.
In the afternoon, disappear into the wild on a visit to the Tra Su nature reserve, which houses more than 80 different kinds of birds. Back on the river; take a small paddle-powered boat to your next location for a riverside picnic.
After lunch, finish the day with a climb to the breathtaking look-out overlooking the mangrove forests below. Return to your hotel to spend the night.
Overnight in Chau Doc
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch