The Cham village is in the Mekong Delta and is inhabited by the Cham descendants of the Cham Kingdom, located in central Vietnam in the 8th to the 13 Century. They had little agricultural land and were constantly fiighting with Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese neighbours. They were also pirates and traders and converted to Islam. Their descendants are still Muslim but very moderate as our guide explained, as many enjoy beer!
Vietnamese Venture September 14th 2011 Geo: 16.07, 108.21Moving from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) through the Mekong delta was much easier by organised tour rather than trying to arrange it ourselves, so we crossed the border from Cambodia on the river and travelled on through Chau Doc, Can Tho and a variety of sight seeing stops. At our hotel in Phnom Penh we met up with a couple from Byron Bay in Australia, Mark and Jenn ... read more
Asia » Vietnam The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more