|HAU GIANG PROVINCE
Coordinates: 9°47′N 105°28′E
Region Mekong Delta
Capital Vi Thanh
Area 1,602.5 km2
• Total 769,200
• Density 480/km2
• Ethnicities Kinh, Khmer
Calling code 0711
Hau Giang has topographic features of Mekong delta. The terrain slightly slopes from the north to the south, the east to the west. It is located on complicated network of rivers, springs, and canals such as: Hau, Cai Tu Rivers, Quan Lo, Phung Hiep, Xa No, Xang Nang Mau canals.
The climate is harmonized with few of storms. It is hot, humid all year. Rainy season lasts from May to November, and dry season lasts from December to April. The annual average temperature is 27oC.
Hau Giang has advantage of growing rice and fruit tree as well as rearing aquaculture. The province is famous for Phung Hiep Floating Market. Phung Hiep Floating Market is situated where seven branches of the Mekong River and canals converge in Nga Bay Town. The snake market is located close to the floating market. Visitors from all over the world come to that market to taste snake liquor and to see dangerous snake dance. Boats carry visitors from the Ninh Kieu Wharf in the center of Can Tho to Cai Khe Island, Con Au, Phu An Park, and Con Son. Beneath the durians, areca, and orange trees, one can enjoy a delicious meal or lie in a hammock and listen to the singing birds.
Hau Giang is also proud of the Historical Site of the Provincial Party Committee's Base and Long My Historical Site. Long my Historical Site is about 60km southwest of Can Tho City. Two hundred years ago, it was a forested land. In 1920, it was reclaimed to become now a well-off rural area. During the two resistance wars, Long My was the revolutionary base of Hau Giang and the western part of South Vietnam. Many fierce battles took place there. Long My has a complex in which tourists may find many interesting things about the glorious history in the two resistance wars. There are also facilities for entertainment and recreation. In Long My one should not forget to drop in the stork sanctuary in Xa Phien Commune. Having been established in 1986, the sanctuary now boasts tens of thousands of storks of various types and 30 typical species of birds in South Vietnam.
Upon arriving in Long My, tourists may visit the temple dedicated to Uncle Ho in Luong Tam Commune. Uncle Ho Temple Festival is organized twice a year in memorizing President Ho Chi Minh.
National Highway No.61 links Vi Thanh City and Can Tho City, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu. Vi Thanh City is 60km from Can Tho.