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Travel guide for Bac Lieu province

Area: 2,584.1 sq. km

Population: 820.1 thousand habitants (2006)

Capital: Bac Lieu Town.

Districts: Hong Dan, Vinh Loi, Gia Rai, Dong Hai, Phuoc Long, Hoa Binh.

Geography of Bac Lieu province

Positioned in the famous Mekong River Delta, Bac Lieu Province have common border with Can Tho City and Soc Trang Provinces to the North, the East Sea to the south, Ca Mau and Kien Giang provinces to the west. Bac Lieu has many large rice paddies and fertile land, which make a good condition for fruit tree planting.

Climate: the weather is divided into two seasons: rainy and dry seasons. The annual average temperature is 24ºC.

Tourism of Bac Lieu province

Bac Lieu Town is situated on the bank of Bac Lieu Canal, 10km from the coast. Bac Lieu residents make their living by planting rice, fruit trees, catching seafood and making salt.

In the past time, Bac Lieu used to play importance role in exploitation and developing of French colonialists so that the province has existed several western-style villas and palaces.

Visiting there, tourists have many chances to learn more about very rich and popular Bac Lieu Mandarins. And they can visit the Bac Lieu Bird Reserve, unforgettable taste longan gardens, Viet Hung old Tower, Xiem Can Pagoda or discover mangrove cajeput forest.

Ethnic groups in Bac Lieu province

Viet (Kinh), Khmer, Hoa, Cham…

Transportation in Bac Lieu province

Bac Lieu is 280km from Ho Chi Minh City, 67km from Ca Mau, 50km from Soc Trang, and 113km from Can Tho. The National Highway No. 1A crosses the province and links to Soc Trang and Ca Mau provinces.

The province is divided into six districts: Đông Hải, Giá Rai, Hòa Binh, Hồng Dân, Phước Long, Vĩnh Lợi

Economy of Bac Lieu province

The most important parts of Bạc Liêu’s economy are rice farming, fishing, food processing, and clothing manufacturing.

History of Bac Lieu province

After the Fall of Saigon, 30 April 1975, Bạc Liêu and Cà Mau provinces were merged into one big province which was called Minh Hai. Although it is located in Vietnam, many years ago this land was a part of the Khmer Empire which ruled most of Indochina many centuries ago. It is still home to many ethnic Khmer people. In 1996, Minh Hai was split into two, with the northeast becoming Bạc Liêu Province and the southwest becoming Cà Mau Province.

Culture of Bac Lieu province

Vọng cổ, an important song in the traditional music of southern Vietnam, was composed in Bạc Liêu around 1918 or 1919.

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