An Giang is a province of Vietnam located in the Mekong Delta region; if you travel here, I think will be the article you need to read is An Giang Travel Guide
1. Best Time to Travel to An Giang
An Giang is in the dry, dry season from March to May. If you want to see the duckweed carpet and the green natural world in Tra Su Melaleuca forest in the flood season, you should go in October and November. Besides you can admire the ripe rice fields in Ta Pa from late November to early December.
Two significant festivals occur in April or August of the lunar calendar, including the Ba Chua Xu festival on Sam mountain (April 23-27 of the lunar calendar) and the bull racing festival at the end of August. The months of July and August have a fair amount of rain. So you need to bring umbrellas and appropriate clothing.
2. How to get to An Giang
If traveling by air, the airport in Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho is the nearest destination; tourists take a bus to Long Xuyen city of Chau Doc city in An Giang.
Flights to Can Tho operated by Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, and Vietjet Air from Hanoi, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Vinh, Da Lat, and Thanh Hoa have the lowest price, about one million VND one way.
Buses from Ho Chi Minh City to Long Xuyen and Chau Doc cost 170,000 – 200,000 VND one way; from Can Tho, the ticket price is about 100,000 VND one way, but very few trips.
An Giang is about 250 km from Ho Chi Minh City; visitors can ride motorbikes or cars if they want to be proactive about the route and freely rest along the way.
3. Tourist Places in An Giang
3.1. Long Xuyen Floating Market
One of the famous floating markets of Vietnam, the Long Xuyen floating market has existed since ancient times and still retains its original activities. Visitors can rent a boat for 200,000 VND to explore the market and enjoy breakfast on the river.
3.2. Tra Su Melaleuca forest
This is one of the most extensive and most beautiful Melaleuca forests in the West. An exciting experience in the Melaleuca forest is taking a boat ride through the green-covered forest that attracts the eye by vegetation. Tickets to visit the Melaleuca forest cost 190,000 VND per person. If traveling in groups of 7 people or more, the ticket price is 95,000 VND per person.
3.3. O Thum Lake
The artificial lake area has a great space and is a place to sell many specialties of grilled mountain chicken with leaves. After visiting the Melaleuca forest, visitors stop at O Thum Lake to rest for lunch.
3.4. Temple Lau
Located in Xuan Phu hamlet, Tinh Bien town, Tinh Bien district, the temple has Asian architecture built into many floors, painted red and decorated to create an ancient look.
3.5. Mountain Sam
Chau Doc city has Sam Mountain (Vinh Te Son); from the top of the mountain, you can view Chau Doc and Vinh Te Canal. On and around Sam mountain, there are many pagodas and shrines; the most famous are Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Phuoc Dien Pagoda…
3.6. Tay An Temple
Tay An pagoda is located at the foot of Sam mountain (Vinh Te Commune, Chau Doc city), built-in 1847, bearing the appearance of Indian architecture. The Ministry of Culture has classified the ancient temple as a national architectural and artistic relic. This is also the first temple with Vietnamese and Indian architecture in Vietnam.
3.7. Chau Doc Market
The market is located in the center of Chau Doc city, selling local specialties prepared on the spot and bought, with many stalls selling fish and dried fish of all kinds. If it’s your first time going to the West, don’t miss the Chau Doc market with exciting experiences about the life of people in the floating waters.
3.8. Tinh Bien Market
The market sells many Western specialties in the floating season, some items from Thailand and Cambodia. Tinh Bien Market also has cultural exchanges between Vietnamese and Khmer people.
3.9. Bung Binh Thien Lake
25 km from Chau Doc, the vast and clear Bung Binh Thien freshwater lake are located alongside the Binh Di river (a tributary of the Hau river) in An Phu district. Bung is very beautiful in the floating season with the classic yellow color of cotton mixed with hyacinth green. Around Bung is a Cham village with intact ancient cultural values.
3.10. Cham Village
Chau Giang village is where the Cham people live, about 10 minutes by ferry from Chau Doc city. Here, visitors come to visit the mosques and traditional houses and enjoy the unique dishes of the local people.
3.11. Ta Pa field
Located in Tri Ton district, Ta Pa field is like a large carpet, dotted with rows of palm trees in the middle of the blue sky. Ta Pa Lake – remnants of the quarry area on the top of the hill with poetic beauty, as calm as ink paintings.
3.12. That Son Mountain
Also known as Seven Mountains Region, That Son is 7 typical mountains out of 37 peaks in 2 districts of Tri Ton and Tinh Bien. Cam Mountain has an altitude of 705 m, occupies a circumference of 28,600 m, is the highest mountain in That Son, and has beautiful scenery. There are Van Linh Pagoda, Big Buddha Temple, Maitreya Buddha statue, and Cao Dai Tu on the hill.
4. Hotels & homestays in An Giang
Hotels and motels in An Giang are mainly concentrated in Sam Mountain, Chau Doc, and Long Xuyen market areas. If traveling, you should stay in the Chau Doc market area for convenient access to attractions during the day and entertainment and dining in the evening.
5. Typical Dishes of An Giang
Coming to An Giang, do not forget to enjoy dishes that are only delicious when eaten locally, such as Chau Doc fish noodle soup, Tri Ton beef porridge, O Thum grilled chicken, Long Xuyen broken rice, jaggery beefcake, Siamese sticky rice, or durian salad, the rice noodle soup of the Cham people.
In the flood season, field vegetables are considered a specialty of the West, including water lily, dandelion flowers, water chives, and coriander. These vegetables are often cooked in sour soup, dipped in a hot pot, or eaten raw with braised fish sauce and braised fish.