Bac Lieu

Bac Lieu Province situated in the Mekong River Delta. It shares its border with Can Tho City and Soc Trang Province 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.

Only few international visitors travel to the provincial capital of Bac Lieu. There is a beautiful bird sanctuary close by and also the town itself is well worth a visit. You will find some very well-preserved buildings from the French colonial period. Many Chinese and Khmer are living in and around Bac Lieu and influence the culture and feel of the area.

Bac Lieu

Bac Lieu Province

Agriculture in this region is very difficult, because the soil is really salty. This is the reason why residents focus more on fish farming, shrimp farming and salt production.

About 7 km outside of Bac Lieu is the Xiem Can Pagoda, a Khmer pagoda which was built in 1887. A few monks still live here.

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Xiem Can Pagoda

A little further along the coast is the tower ruin of Vinh Hung, which is supposed to be the only Khmer relic of the Angkor period from 892. However, it is not clear if it is from the Cham or the Khmer. Every day at 4am and 4pm monks gather here to pray at the 9 meter high brick ruin, a very peaceful sight.

Magnificent Chinese egret – bird sanctuary

With over 50 different bird species (including the rare white Chinese egret) the Bac Lieu bird sanctuary is very popular with Vietnamese tourists. So far international travellers are quite rare. The best time to visit the bird park is either during the rainy season from May to October or the breeding season from November to January. During the remaining months the birds are hardly seen.

Geography

Bac Lieu Province situated in the Mekong River Delta. It shares its border with Can Tho City and Soc Trang Province 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 240C.


Tourism and Economy

Bac Lieu Town is on side of Bac Lieu Canal, 10km from the sea. Bac Lieu residents grow rice, fruit trees, catch seafood and make salt.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. Coming there, tourists have more knowledge about very rich and popular Bac Lieu Mandarins. And they can visit the Bac Lieu Bird Reserve, unforgettable tastelongan gardens, Viet Hung old Tower, Xiem Can Pagoda or discover mangrove cajeput forest.

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Bac Lieu Bird Reserve

Transportation

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.

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