Tan Chau, a secluded region, untouched by time
Former small district of An Giang province, in the Southern Mekong Delta, Tan Chau is a typical Asian city. Like all the cities in the region, it is best known for its production of quality silk.
Pretty isolated, Tan Chau remains accessible by river cruises along the Mekong Delta to Cambodia or to Saigon. Considered before as one of the largest provinces of Chau Doc, it was later divided as a part of An Giang. Now this area is characterized by a flat terrain with small rivers and streams that cross it.
A cruise along the Mekong River is the best way to explore this small village with its country landscape and its hospitable people. Rice fields and mulberry trees are the two pillar of the local production. You will be seduced by the quietness and the atmosphere created by the lovely natural environment around the village. This quite setting following the rhythm of the seasons is an ideal place for the relaxation before crossing the Cambodian border.
Rivages du Monde cruises will bring you to the silk factories which made this region famous. This silk is being made from their own silkworm breeding in the mulberry trees plant. The original feature of the silk consists in its natural black color produced by using a local variety called Diospyros Mollis. This plant, typical of the region, is being carefully extracted by the village dwellers and is known to be more resistant.
Mat making is another traditionally-made product of quality from the region. They are made from palm leaves, Alfa and reed. You will be given the opportunity to visit this traditional manufacture.
Before returning to the ship to continue your journey, enjoy a rickshaw ride in the village. This will immerse you in the local life of its inhabitants and will help to get to know better the atmosphere of the city.
Your short stay in Tan Chau will immerse you to a complete scenery change, in an Asian atmosphere of other times thanks to the very well-designed program and conditions offered by the Mekong cruises of Rivages du Monde.