Flowers for 'Tet'
Boats docked at the river
Flowers lined up at the riverfront park
Pagoda in the town centre
A beautiful sunset in Chau Doc
Students dressed up for new year celebrations
The riverfront park
Art exhibition in park
Comparing the size of the bonsai trees
Just around the corner from our hotel was a big selection of street restaurants, literally just tables and chairs set up on the road, and one person grilling meat, or serving up soup from massive pots. You wouldn't go hungry in Chau Doc, unless you were vegetarian perhaps, as we were faced with a choice of pork or beef skewers, pork liver soups, pork belly with crackling, duck and much more. In fact, our main activities in Chau Doc were eating and drinking!
We also watched as the city prepared themselves for the new year celebrations, by spring cleaning, cleaning out any bad spirits from the past year. It was a flurry of activity in the days leading up to Tet, the Vietnamese name for the Lunar New Year. Flowers were being transported around the city to people's homes, as symbols of the start of spring, as well as bonsai trees of apricot blossoms.
The city was full of colour and activity until new years day, when most of the shops were closed, and the city streets were emptied as people went home to be with their families.
Apart from enjoying the good selection of food, we didn't do that much in Chau Doc, because there aren't a lot of touristy sites to see anyway. The riverfront area is quite pretty, and we enjoyed a few walks here. There was a nice art gallery set up by the river, with photographs and paintings done by local artists. I think this might have been just a temporary display, maybe for the start of the new year.
So our start to heading off the beaten path was pretty good, and we think we're going to stick to checking out more of these smaller towns :)
Thanks for reading :)