Discovering Mekong Delta: Long Xuyen, An Giang City | Cruise Mekong River

Discovering Mekong Delta: Long Xuyen, An Giang City

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(Statue of Buddha at Sam mountain)

Long Xuyen is the capital of An Giang, around 189km from Ho Chi Minh City. It is most famous for Long Xuyen floating market, one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. On the brown water flow, hundreds of sampans loaded with fresh produce are arranged by groups here and there, crossed by small service boats of café or soups. All seasonal produce from the Mekong Delta such as rice, vegetables, fruit, fish, and poultry are gathered here before being distributed to local markets

Sam Mountain
Sam Mountain is merely 6km west of Chau Doc and around 60km from Long Xuyen. The mountain gets its name since it resembles a black horseshoe crab. Climbing or riding a motorbike to its peak at sunset is a must for any visitor, especially backpackers. The rewards are big as you may contemplate incredibly magnificent sceneries along the way and from its heights. The stunning landscape looks like another world described in feng – shui painting with green fields opens immensely around and the red orange sun sinks gradually into winding rivers. This is also a good place to discover Cham, Khmer and Chinese ethnic culture. Dozen of temples and shrines are built on Sam Mountain, making it a renowned place for pilgrimage all over Vietnam.

 Ba Chua Xu Temple

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Temple of Ba Chua Xu or Goddess of the Land is located right at the foot of Sam Mountain. Legend has it that around 200 years ago, the area was still made up of forest and frequently invaded by outsiders. Once the invaders found a beautiful stone statue of a Hindu Goddess on the mountain and managed to bring it home but they couldn’t move it. Irritatingly, they broke its left hand and left. One day, a little girl in the village claimed herself to be the Goddess and told villagers that only 9 virgins could move the statue. Reaching the mountain foot, the statue suddenly became so heavy that the girls had to put it down. Villagers saw it as an omen and immediately built a temple to house it there. Today, the Temple is usually packed with pilgrims coming here to touch the sacred statue and pray for good luck and fortune, especially during its festival from 23th to 27th lunar calendar.

 

 

 

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