Long An Overview
Long An is located on the Mekong Delta, surrounded by Ho Chi Minh City on east, Tay Ninh Province and Cambodia on the north, Dong Thap Province on the west and Tien Giang Province on the south.
Long An is divided into smaller areas by a complex network of rives and canals. Silt from Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay river has raised the level of the field of Long An. This silt makes a good condition for agriculture. The terrains are quite flat except some hills and mounds on the north. The western area belongs to Dong Thap Muoi.
Long An is located in an advantageous position in the Southern Key Economic Region of Vietnam. It is a bridge between Ho Chi Minh City in the north and 12 provinces in the Mekong Delta in the south. Long An is a low lying coastal region, therefore some areas of it are get flood during the rainy season, which lasts from the beginning of August until November.
The province has many rivers. Two of the main ones are the Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay, which connect with the Tien to form a larger river system. Another important river in the region is Soai Rap.
Long An is on tropical monsoon climate. The rain season is from May to October and the dry season is from November to April next year. Annual average temperature is 27.4oC.
Coming to Long An, visitors are attracted to Long An by value of Oc-Eo culture that develops on the Mekong Delta from 1st BC to 6th century BC. Beside these, Long An preserves valuable sites including House with Hundred Columns, Rach Coc Fort, Ton Thanh Pagoda. House with Hundred Columns was built in Long Huu Commune in 1901. The architecture and sculpture of the house were realized by 15 skillful workers. The house consists of wooden columns, square wooden columns and brick columns. The ornaments on the columns are representations of lush vegetation, including trees, flowers and birds. Rach Coc Fort was built in Long huu Commune in 1903 and is one of the greatest forts in Vietnam. It is 300m long and 100m wide. It has five floors, three of which are underground. Ton Thanh Pagoda is located in the Thanh Ba hamlet of My Loc Commune. Ton Thanh Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Long An, Several valuable ancient statues with its design in 19th century still are remained in the pagoda. Vietnamese poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu lived in the pagoda from 1859 to 1861.
Going along Vam Co Tay River, travelers will reach the center of the Thap Muoi Field, the typical eco-tourism site of the lowland in the South. Tourists can see cajuput forests whose aroma attracts herds of bees, and immense ponds of lotuses showing their beauty in sunlight. There are many rare animals such as herons, red cranes, turtles, snakes, and many more.
In drought years, people living in the agricultural production areas of Long An usually organize rain-seeking ceremonies to worship Heaven and Earth in the hopes that they will be granted rain.
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Long An is situated in the humid monsoon climate zone, bordering the two regions of the South East and the South West. So it is characterized by the climate of the Mekong Delta. The average monthly temperature ranges from 27.2 to 27.7 degrees so you can travel to Long An on any season of the year.