Location in An Giang Province
|Province||An Giang Province|
|• Total||40.65 sq mi (105.29 km2)|
|• Density||3,900/sq mi (1,500/km2)|
The city is located by the Hâu River (a branch of the Mekong River flowing through Vietnamese territory) and Vinh Te canal. Châu Đốc is situated 250 km west of Ho Chi Minh City. It takes about six hours to travel by bus from Hồ Chí Minh City.
The site of Châu Đốc was long in history a territory of the Kingdom of Funan (Vietnamese: Vương quốc Phù Nam). The territory became Vietnam’s about 300 years ago. The town is near the picturesque mount of Sam where the Sam Mountain Lady (Vietnamese: Bà Chúa Xứ Núi Sam) is worshipped. The Sam Mount Lady Ceremony is held every April of lunar calendar (May) every year.
"Mort Chrouk"(Khmer:មាត់ជ្រូក) was the Cambodian name Vietnamized in Chau Doc.
Vietnamese, Champa and Khmer live together in harmony. The three main religions in this region are Mahayana Buddhism (Kinh/Vietnamese, Hoa/Chinese); Theravada Buddhism (Khmer/Cambodian), and Sunni Islam (Cham). The total population is around 120,000  with a vast majority of Kinh (Viet) and some Khmer Krom.
In July, 2013 the city had a population of 157,298.
Châu Đốc is famous for its variety of fish sauces (nước mắm) and mainly "mắm tai", a kind of anchovy. The local economy is based on culture of basa catfish export and on tourism. The town is a busy trading center due to its border position with Cambodia.
The Phước Điền Temple is located in Châu Đốc. It is an official historic monument of Vietnam. The Victoria Hotel is the only notable hotel in the area. There are also many hotels in the center near the main market area, where you can get good value for money accommodation. There are other hotels that are situated near Nui Sam. There are a couple of new hotels on the road to Sam mountain. A worthwhile option to consider is a night (or two) on one of the floating hotels (there are 2, one reachable via footbridge, the other via boat).
Sam Mountain is a famous mountain in Châu Đốc, about 7 km from the city. Its summit is about 1000 meters above sea level.
Towns and villages in Châu Đốc City
- Ap Dong Hoa
- Ap Ha Bao
- Ap La Ma
- Ap Phuoc Quan
- Ap Phuoc Thanh
- Ap Phuoc Tho
- Ap Tay Hung
- Ap Vinh An
- Ap Vinh Dong
- Ap Vinh Hoi
- Ap Vinh Phu
- Ap Vinh Tay
- Ben Da
- Cay Mit
- Chau Doc
- Chau Phong
- Vinh Te
- Xom Bai Mia
- Nghị quyết số 86/NQ-CP của Chính phủ : Về việc thành lập phường Vĩnh Ngươn thuộc thị xã Châu Đốc và thành lập thành phố Châu Đốc thuộc tỉnh An Giang upgrade to city level on July 19, 2013
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