Sam Mountain
Sam Mountain
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Andrew John G
Dublin, Ireland60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Take the cable car, take the photos and take the adrenaline! Even more effective if you’re challenged by heights. Maximise the effect by facing forward when descending!

We saw only l there which The wide
of things to see including tortoises, temples and pink and white orchids. The warm tone of the temple bell; the chat clips of other visitors and their friendliness were other features. The non-natural yellow blossom had been attached to some of the trees so well that it was hard no to see it wasn’t real. It was a privilege to see people praying here. 

People often greeted us and we were the focus of several photos which was great fun.
Written 25 January 2023
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hochi1
Wicklow, Ireland764 contributions
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People from all over Vietnam make the pilgrimage to Sam mountain - you can see by the number of Guest Houses in the village below.
I based myself in Chau Doc, and the motorcycle taxi got me to the top of the mountain in 20 minutes.
It is basically a shrine on the top of a mountain,with good views of the surrounding countryside.
If you are in Chau Doc, it's worth a visit, but I wouldn't divert especially to see it.
Written 23 December 2005
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giddy2g
uk33 contributions
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Just spent 2 nights in Chau Doc and really enjoyed it. Agree with other two reviewers that it's not worth stopping just to go up the mountain, but we enjoyed the walk up from the base, and really enjoyed the town itself. If you decide to stay in Chau Doc more than one night like we did, I'd recommend a boat tour of the floating houses, floating market, and Cham village with Mr Long from the English Bookstore on the southern side of the square with the pagoda - he's a sweet man and very keen to practise his English and share what he can about life in Chau Doc!
Written 17 February 2011
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JSTrip_77
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We actually took our bikes from the hotel and got all the way to the top. It was not easy as this is a steep road! You can also go by motorbike/taxi. This was a really interesting ride as we saw tons of pagoda and temples all the way up the mountain - some of them quite elaborate. Others were really simple. At the top, we had great views of the rice fields all the way to Cambodia. (That's not as impressive as it sounds - Cambodia is quite close.) My only complaint was that there was a lot of rice field burning which obscured our views to some degree.
Written 6 June 2021
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Bigso
Aalborg, Denmark35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2011
Sam Mountain is about five kilometres outside of Chau Doc. We negotiated a ride from Chau Doc with two local motobike riders, who were trolling for tourists outside a café. They wanted four dollars each for taking us there, waiting and then bringing us back to town. We didn't bother with the price, but if you want to haggle there's certainly room for it, as they seemed rather surprised we accepted their price.

The mountain itself is not that much to talk about. Of course there's a great view, you can see for miles I'm sure, weather permitting. The thing is, the view is just flat, flat, green, green land as far as you can see. Nothing else. On top of the mountain there's a number of viewing balconies, a few shops selling tacky trinkets, a few places where you can buy local food, and a very small temple. We spent maybe twenty minutes on the top at the most.

About half way up the mountain however, there's a a much more interesting temple, which is currently undergoing or just finishing some sort of construction, as it's not painted but otherwise looks finished. There's a nice pond or well inside of it, and the view is magnificent. Well worth a look I'd say, if your in Chau Doc anyway.

Overall, I'd say Sam Mountain wouldn't make me recommend staying a day in Chau Doc, just to see it, but if you're passing through (probably coming from Cambodia or going there) spend two hours going there, have a look around and go back. If you want the exercise, you can easily walk there from Chau Doc, as it's only five kilometers but there's nothing to see on the way except highway and fields...
Written 8 February 2011
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Egbert M
The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
I travelled from Long Xuyen on a motorbike through An Giang province. A nice day trip is Long Xuyen - Tri Ton - Sam mountain - Chau Doc - Long Xuyen. This gives you a nice impression of the different cultures in this part of Vietnam; the Kinh (Vietnamese), the Khmer and the Cham.
Tri Ton is the 'heartland' of the Khmer in An Giang and had a large Khmer pagoda. Driving in the direction of Chau Doc, you can pass the place where the Cambodian Khmer Rouge regime killed more than 3000 villagers in 1978. One of the reasons for Vietnam to oust the regime of Pol Pot. Sm mountain gives a beautiful view over Cambodia and An Giang province.
Chau Doc is a nice, small town where you can take the boat to Phnom Phen.
If you've got time on this roundtrip, don't forget to visit the "Flooded Forrest" which is a heaven for several bird species.
Written 9 August 2013
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Cinamoon
london36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
Reading the reviews some people say Sam Mountain is nothing special, I personally disagree we had a lovely time, worth going if you are staying in Chau Doc, we cycled there from the centre as it is only 6km away and despite all the bikes hassling us to take us to the top we decided to walk and I think it's the way to do it because there a lot of things to see a long the way, several temples, view points etc, yes its a bit of a hike but once at the top it's so special and rewarding, you can also go up by moto taxi and go down by foot

Written 17 January 2017
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Mike A
Knutsford, UK98 contributions
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This is a great place from which to observe thousands of acres of rice fields in the Mekong Delta. There's not much at the top (the odd food or souvenir stall) but the views over the flat, flat land around are spectacular. You can see how villages are built on raised lands to (mostly) avoid the floods and the scale of rice production there comes into view.

If you can, do visit - especially if you are on a tight schedule - you don't get up close and personal with the delta, but you do get a "helicopter" view of what it is all about.
Written 26 March 2013
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Mike N
Da Nang, Vietnam248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Family
Some 60km west of Long Xuyen city along the national highway No.91 is the mountain on wich the South locals wish to set foot. In a height of 284m, Mount Sam is situated in Vinh Te commune, 5km from Chau Doc municipality.
Its shape looks like a king-crab (= Sam in Vietnamese language). Mount Sam is a harmonious combination between the nature's elegant beauty and the originality of local architectural landmarks suc as Ba Chua Xu temple, Tay An pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau tomb, etc.

Ba Chua Xu (Local Tutelary Goddess) temple
Mount Sam is considered as the heart of overall An Giang area because of its Ba Chua Xu temple. Built in 1820 - 1825, the temple had gone through several renovations. The present enlarged temple complex was finished in 1972. The festival called Via Ba ceremony is a national festival held annually on lunar April 20 - 27, attracting more than 2 million of tourists and pilgrims. Should book your trip in advance if planning to visit on this occasion. Hard to find accommodation and full of people everywhere.

Some researchers think the sacred statue was a man wearing a loin-cloth in Khmer style in 6 - 7th century. However, in the folklore legend, the statue was original on the summit of Mount Sam. 9 virgin girls brought it down. When they were at the current temple's location, the statute became heavily and no way to bring it up. So the locals built the temple there.

With those distinctions, the complex has been recorded in Vietnam's Guinness Record as the biggest temple in Vietnam and the sacred monument as its biggest and oldest sandstone construction.
Written 2 June 2012
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Wayne M
Chau Doc, Vietnam46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
The visit to Sam Mountain/Nui Sam was a real cultural experience not to be missed in a visit to Chau Doc. There is the mountain itself with sweeping views of the Delta and distant 7 Mountain Range plus the occasional mountain in Cambodia. Rice fields in their various stages of growth, or flooding, disappear into the horizon. The Mountain itself has many temples, some heritage and other very new. A wide variety of architectural styles and innovative use of space is obvious. The small market town at the bottom and north side of the mountain is worth a couple of hours for exploring the many old temples, shrines and tombs. To the right of the mountain the Snake Cave Temple is intriguing and for those who journey around the mountain the daily life of the semi-urban folk is lived by the road.
Written 5 October 2016
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