The Hanoitimes - The Prime Minister has approved a master plan to develop the Sam Mountain national tourism site in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang into a special spiritual and cultural site by 2025 with a vision towards 2030.
The site is expected to welcome 6 million visitors with 800,000 in-house guests by 2025, with the figures projected to rise to 7 million visitors and 1 million in-house guests by 2030. Revenue from tourism services is targeted at more than 6 trillion VND (264.13 million USD) and jobs will be created for nearly 9,000 local labourers in the next 13 years.
Under the master plan, the site include an area to preserve Chau Doc city’s traditional architecture and culture, a cultural park, an eco-tourism site, an eco resort site, an eco-farm, and a cultural-spiritual site.
Cultural-spiritual tourism products that feature pilgrimage, Ba Chua Xu (Regional Goddess) festival, Thoai Ngoc Hau tomb and other relic sites will be prioritised. Sport tourism, community-based tourism and entertainment tourism will be developed as well. The site aims to lure tourists from the southeastern region and Central Highlands region and foreigners in the sub-Mekong Delta region.
Sam Mountain is the highest mountain in the Mekong Delta. On the way there, you can enjoy the sights of the two rice fields along the road, and drop by for a short visit to a small Khmer village. You will have a short walk up on the mountain side to see the daily life of mountain people. There are dozens of pagodas and temples, many of them set in caves, around Sam Mountain.
The mountain does not only offer beautiful landscapes, but it is also where many historic remains deeply loved by the inhabitants of Nam Bo plain are located. Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tao Ngo Garden, and Bach Van Hill are among the famous sites to visit near Sam Mountain. To the top of the mountain, there is a shrine with good views of the surrounding countryside.