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Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures – Bac Lieu Province, Southern Vietnam

BAC LIEU PROVINCE, SOUTHERN VIETNAM

General Information

Bac Lieu Province, Southern Vietnam
Capital: Bac Lieu
Area: 2,525.7 km2 (975.2 sq mi)
Population: About 800,000
Density: 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Demographics: Vietnamese, Khmer, Hoa, Cham
Calling code: 781
Website: www.baclieu.gov.vn

Bac Lieu Province is a province of Vietnam. It is a coastal province, and is in the Mekong Delta region of the southern part of the country.

Name

Formerly a territory of Cambodia, the name Bac Lieu derives from the Khmer language. The Khmer name for this province is Pol Leav.

Administration

The province has six districts:
– Ðông Hai
– Giá Rai
– Hòa Binh
– Hong Dân
– Phuoc Long
– Vinh Loi
The provincial capital – Bac Lieu – is a separate municipality.

Geography

Bac Lieu is generally in the Mekong Delta, although it is slightly to the south of the Mekong’s main outflows. Bac Lieu is around 100 km south of Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.

Economy

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

History

After the Fall of Saigon, 30 April 1975, Bac Lieu Province and Cà Mau Province merged into one new entity called Minh Hai Province. 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 Province was split into two, with the northeast becoming Bac Lieu Province and the southwest becoming Ca Mau Province.

Culture

Vong co, an important song in the traditional music of southern Vietnam, was composed in Bac Lieu around 1918 or 1919.

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