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Châu Ðốc Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Châu Ðốc vacation

Chau Doc 5 stars
Chau Doc is located on a tributary of the Mekong River and is an incredibly friendly bustling little city. Locals are known for being very warm and approachable. The main attraction of Chau Doc is Sam Mountain, that has a number of pagodas at its base, and some kind of army listening post on the top. Although the pagodas at the base of the mountain are nothing to writng about, the view from the top mountain is well worth climbing. You can combine a trip to Chau Doc with visiting Ba Chuc, where the Khmer Rouge massacred so many Vietnamese people in 1978, about which I already wrote about in another tip (that you might want to take a look at).


Ba Chuc Village 5 stars
This village is right at the boder between Vietnam and Cambodia, where the Bone pagoda stands as a grisly reminder of the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge. Between 1975 and 1978 Khmer Rouge guerrillas regularly crossed the border into Vietnam and slaughtered civilians. Of course, this is to say nothing of the million or so Cambodians killed during that period of time. According to the whole story about this village, just in April 1978, the Khmer Rouge killed 3157 people at Ba Chuc. There were only two people who could survive. Many of the victims were tortured to death in this massacre. In the Bone pagoda, locals built a big tomb housing the skulls and bones of over 1100 victims. Ba Chuc is not so far away from Chau Doc or Ha Tien, it is practically right on the way between these two big cities, so pay this place a visit.


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