Long An Province, Southern Vietnam
Region: Mekong Delta
Capital: Tan An
Area: 4,491.87 km² (1,734.32 sq mi)
Population: About 1.6 million
Density: 310/km² (790/sq mi)
Demographics: Vietnamese, Khmer
Calling code: 72
Long An s a province in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam.
The province comprises one city (Tân An, the provincial capital), one town( Kien Tuong ) and 13 districts:
– Ben Luc
– Can Đuoc
– Can Giuoc
– Châu Thành
– Đuc Hòa
– Đuc Hue
– Moc Hóa
– Tân Hung
– Tân Thanh
– Tan Tru
– Thanh Hóa
– Thu Thua
– Vinh Hung
Climate Change Concerns
Being a low-lying coastal region, Long An is particularly susceptible to floods resulting from rises in sea level due to climate change. The Climate Change Research Institute at Can Tho University, in studying the possible consequences of climate change, has predicted that 49% of Long An province is expected to be flooded if sea levels rise by 1 meter.
Long An is on tropical monsoon climate. The rain season lasts from May to October and the dry season lasts from November to April next year. Annual average temperature is 27.4oC. Annual average rainfall is 1,620mm.
Located in the Mekong Delta, Long An is surrounded by Tay Ninh Province and Cambodia on the north, Ho Chi Minh City on the east, Tien Giang Province on the south and Dong Thap Province on the west.
Long An is divided into smaller areas by a complex network of rivers and canals. Silt from Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay Rivers has raised the level of the field of Long An. This salt makes a good condition for agriculture. The terrain is quite flat except some hills and mounds on the north. The western area belongs to the Plain of Reeds.
Visitors are attracted to Long An by the value of Oc Eo culture that develops on the Mekong Delta from 1st BC to 6th century BC. 12,000 objects of 20 prehistoric monuments and 100 Oc Eo culture relics have been found. Besides these, Long An preserves valuable sites including House with Hundred Columns, Rach Coc Fort, Ton Thanh Pagoda. In Dong Thap Muoi Eco-tourist Site, tourists can discover many special flora and fauna and try typical dishes of the South.
Long An has National Highways No.1A crossing Tan An City, National Highway No.62 linking to Binh Hiep Border Gate to Cambodia, National Highway No.50 from Mytho (Tien Giang) to Ho Chi Minh City via Can Duoc. Long An is 47km from Ho Chi Minh City.
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