Come for the storks
Published/Last edited or updated: 20th September, 2018
Also known as Kompong Chray, Chua Hang is a 17th century Khmer style temple situated just to the south of Tra Vinh’s bus station and is worth a visit both for the temple and the hundreds of storks that roost there.
The name Chua Hang means “cave temple” supposedly a reference to the curious tunnel–like entrance on the main road. Once through, continue straight through the grove and you’ll reach the temple.
If the birds are roosting, you’ll hear them long before you see them, and you’ll also well and truly smell their guano. We’d guess there were hundreds of nests in the trees immediately surrounding the temple—if you look up, keep your mouth closed!
The temple itself is not in as good a condition as some of the others in Tra Vinh—paint is peeling off the walls and ceiling—and it lacks the more pleasing yellowish colouring. Tourists tend to visit here to see the birds. Allow 15 minutes to walk around the site—watch out for those bird droppings!
To reach Chua Hang, head straight south out of town on Dien Bien Phu. The temple is around 5.5 kilometres to the south of Cho Tra Vinh and about 300 meters (walking distance) south of the bus station, so if you’ve for 45 minutes to kill waiting for a bus to leave, go for a wander.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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