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DONG THAP

Dong Thap is a province in the Mekong Delta, the southern region in Vietnam, 165km southwest of Ho Chi Minh city, bordered by Pray Veng Province (Cambodia) in the north with a length of more than 50km with 4 border gates, among which 2 are international gates, Vinh Long and Can Tho in the south, An Giang in the west, Long An and Tien Giang in the east.
 
Area: 3,374km2
 
Population: 1,673,200 inhabitants (2011 Census) including 21 ethnic groups, among which 1,663,718 Viet people, 1,855 Hoa people, 657 Khmer people, the remaining are Chăm, Thai, Muong, Tay...
 
Topography: The topography of the province is quite flat, separated into 2 large regions: one quite flat in the north of Tien River and one in the south of Tien River, flooded annually as it has a gutter shape between Tien ang Hau rivers.
Dong Thap benefits from a thick complex of rivers, channels and springs, large lakes. Tien river flows through the province in a distance of 132km.
 
Administrative units: 12 units composed of 2 cities (Cao Lanh, Sa Dec), 1 town (Hong Ngu) and 9 districts.
 
Climate: Dong Thap is in the tropical climate zone with two seasons: the rainy season from May to November, and the dry season from December to April of the following year. Average rainfall ranges from 1,682-2,005mm, very advantageous for agricultural development. The average temperature is 270C, of which the highest may reach 34.30C, and the lowest 21.80C. The hydrology of the province is under the influence of 3 factors: floodwater from upper Mekong River, in-field rain and tides of the South East Asia Sea. 
 
 
Sights of interest
 
Generous natural conditions and submerged in-land ecosystem have awarded Dong Thap with multiple valuable ecotourism resources. Dong Thap also has a long-term history with different cultural and historical relics.
 
 
     + Nguyen Sinh Sac memorial site, located at No 123/1 Pham Huu Lau street, ward 4, Cao Lanh city, in an extended area of nearly 11ha, is a construction work to commemorate Nguyen Sinh Sac – the father of the greatest-ever leader of Vietnam's people - President Ho Chi Minh. Nguyen Sinh Sac was a mandarin of Nguyen Dynasty who resigned and then became a herbal doctor to help the poor. He passed away in 1929 in Dong Thap province. The site comprises Nguyen Sinh Sac’s tomb, an exhibition house of his life and cause, a flower garden, an Uncle Ho house on stilts modeled on the original one in Hanoi, a lotus pond and a corner of Hoa An Village where the late president’s father treated diseases for the poor and passed away.
 
 
 
 
     + Xeo Quyt relic belongs to My Hiep and My Long communes and is the revolutionary base during the US resistance war, covered with 20ha of primary cajeput forests and contains relics restoring part of the historical period of previous Kien Phong provincial committee. The relic is preserved in its primitive state with secret tunnels, fortified positions... and help visitors experiencing  hard life during the Vietnam war.
 
 
 
     + Go Thap relic, in the centre of the vast Dong Thap Muoi district, 43km east of Cao Lanh city, still maintains wide ecological environment and beautiful landscapes and is composed of 5 typical sites: Go Thap Muoi, Co Tu tower, Doc Binh Kieu’s temple and tomb, Go Minh Su, Ba Chua Xu Temple.
 
 
                                              Go Thap relic                                                                Ba Chua Xu Temple
 
The Ministry of Culture-Sports and Tourism has approved the project of constructing an ecotourism site in Go Thap with recreational areas: the project of 10-storey tower, Tháp Muoi wildlife conservation and displays site, historical and religious relics site and an ecological site with various lotus ponds, cajeput forests, bird grounds and fishing. The South regional committee relic is anticipated to be built and restored. Moreover, Go Thap festival with cultural and art activities and folk festive atmosphere has become a remarkable event in Southern provinces that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.
 
 
     + Gao Giong eco-tourism site: located at Hamlet 6, Gao Giong Commune, Cao Lanh district, where everyone usually called Gao Giong garden birds, has long been known as “green oasis” with attractive natural charming landscape, typical of the lowlands of Dong Thap Muoi.
 
This is a 2,000ha complex of cajeput forests where more than 15 species of precious birds live, nest and lay eggs. Besides, the site offers a rich variety of aquatic resources...
 
 
     + Tram Chim National Park, known both locally and internationally. This is a miniature ecological model of Dong Thap Muoi and the habitat of red-head cranes – a precious bird species protected by the world. Tram Chim National Park also achieves 7 out of 9 criteria in the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance.
 
 
 
 
     + Sa Dec Flower village, situated by the sunny bank of Tien River, with fertile soil due to silt deposits, is the homeland of hundreds of "uncanny flowers and strange herbs". The village, one of the flower centers in the South, covers an area of around 300ha for planting flowers and ornamental trees. Here, you can see scarce and priceless bonsaï of hundreds of years old. In addition to economic importance shown in high incomes brought to the regional economy, Sa Dec flowers also include cultural, art, esthetic and environmental-protecting values. Having been planned for construction, the Sa Dec flower village will soon become an interesting tourist site bearing original particularities of the Mekong Delta.
 
 
 
 
     + Dinh Yen mat market: Dinh Yen village, near Hau river, is famous for producing mat. The marke is held on An Phuoc pagoda yard at night for two hours because the locals are busy weaving mats all day long and they only go to the market at night. The market is always animated with young female sellers who enthusiastically introduce to customers various kinds of mats, diverse in colours and patterns.
 
 
     + Huynh Thuy Le house, located at No 255A, Nguyen Hue street, ward 2, Sa Dec city, belongs to Mr Huynh Cam Thuan, the father of Huynh Thuy Le.
 
The wooden house was built in 1895, then rebuilt in 1917 in the style of a French villa, using both Oriental and Western architectural elements. The house witnessed the passionate love affair between Marguerite Duras, the well-known French writer, author of the famous novel “L’Amant” and Huynh Thuy Le, a son of Mr Huynh Cam Thuan.
The house remains beautifully intact despite the destruction caused by time.
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