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AN GIANG

An Giang is a riverine province of the Mekong delta, in the southwestern part of the country, bordered by Dong Thap in the East & the North, sharing the border with Cambodia to the Northwest, Kien Giang in the South and southwest, Can Tho city in the southeast. Long Xuyen chief town, 180 km southwest of HCMC, lying on Hau river, is typical of the Mekong delta with its floating markets and other sights of interest. Chau Doc town is also famous with the complex of temples on Sam mountain.
 
Area: 3,536.7 km2
 
Population: 2,151,000 inhabitants (2011) with 94,83% of Kinh people, 86,592 Khmer, 13,722 Cham ethnic minority, 14,318 Chinese.
 
Topography : There are 2 main aspects:
*** an even and quite flat terrain created by Mekong rivers silt deposits, having a small declination. 
*** low mountains having different levels.
 
Rivers:
*** Tien river: with a 82 km-section flowing through An Giang, through Phu Tan, Cho Moi districts. Tien river is the most important waterway having the most complicated flow regimes.
*** Hau river: with a 100 km-section flowing through Chau Doc and Long Xuyen. This is an important waterway connecting the province center to the other districts and is the source of water and sediment supply mainly to the Long Xuyen quadrangle.
*** An Giang province has also a natural canal system scattered throughout the province, with lenght ranging from a few km to 30km, width from a few  to 100 meters.
 
Administrative units: An Giang province is divided into 11 units: 1 city (Long Xuyen capital city), 2 towns (Chau Doc and Tan Chau), 8 districts.
 
Climate: An Giang has two seasons: the rainy season (from May to November), and the dry season (from December to April next year). The annual average temperature is  270C. The highest temperature is 350C- 370C from April to May and the lowest ones is 200C- 210C from December to January next year. The annual rainfall is 1,400-1,500mm.
 
SIGHTS OF INTEREST
 
Chau Doc: sits at the junction of a tributary of Mekong River, next to the Cambodian border, 245 km southwest of HCMC, famous for Ba Chua Xu Festival, Sam Mountain with its complex of historical and religious sites as: Thoai Ngoc Hau temple, Tay An Pagoda, Phuoc Dien Pagoda. Other sights of interest include: Cham villages along Hau river for visiting a weaving workshop sarong..towels, fish farming floating villages in the Mekong to see how people making business with fishes.
 
Ba Chua Xu temple
 
Thoai Ngoc Hau temple
 
Fish farming floating villages
 
That Son: also known as Bay Nui ("seven mountains") is a range of small mountains located in the Tri Ton and Tinh Bien districts, very close to the Cambodian border.
 
 
The highest mount among the mountainous region of That Son is 710m above sea level and is the highest peak in the whole Mekong Delta region. Endowed with such spectacular mountainous terrain, Nui Cam is more famous with the “Great Buddha” pagoda having the biggest Maitreya statue in the country.
 
Tra Su cajeput forest, an ecotourist spot extended in 700ha, located in Long Xuyen quadrangle, Tinh Bien district. This is the flooded forest typical on the western region of Hau River, home to many species of animals and plants in the system of special-use forests in Vietnam.
 
 
Thoai Son Lake also named Mr Thoai’s Lake is the largest man-made lake in the Mekong delta, formed by a long process of quarrying . The lake is located in the town of Nui Sap, Thoai Son district, 26km from the center of Long Xuyen city. The name was given to the lake to commemorate workers clearing waste land into cultivated one and digging Thoai Ha channels.
 
Bung Binh Thien ( also known as Heavenly water Lake ) is a freshwater lake in An Phu district, limpid all year round even surrounded by muddy canals with sediment.
 
 
Gieng isle is an isle situated in the middle of Tien River, Cho Moi district, about 12 km long, 7 km wide . There is a lot of historical , religious sites on the isle, such as::
 
Nguyen Family worship  house and  the Three high mandarins graves, dated back to the 19th century, initially a roof covered with leaves. In 1909 the worship house was rebuilt with an old architecture.
 
Gieng church built in 1879 but the construction was completed 10 years later.
 
 
Providence Sisters Monastery, founded in 1874, where orphans and elderly sick people  were accepted during French period.
 
Thanh Hoa pagoda built by Venerable Tinh Nghiem in 1953. The monk is from Hoa An village, but has a rather strange practice, that is “lying”.
 
Tan Dinh communal house, located in Tan Thanh hamlet , Tan My commune.
 
 
Late President Ton Duc Thang Memorial site on Ong Ho islet, My Hoa Hung hamlet, Long Xuyen city. The site is composed of his childhood house, his temple and a hall displaying exhibits on his life and his career.

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