Tra Vinh province, Southern Vietnam
Region: Mekong Delta
Capital: Trà Vinh
Area: 2,215.1 km² (855.3 sq mi)
Population: About 1.1 million
Density: 460/km² (1,200/sq mi)
Demographics: Vietnamese (68.35%), Khmer (30.00%), Hoa (1.65%)
Calling code: 74
Trà Vinh is a province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The capital is Trà Vinh Town.
Trà Vinh province comprises one town (Trà Vinh) and seven districts:
– Càng Long
– Châu Thành
– Cau Kè
– Tieu Can
– Cau Ngang
– Trà Cú
– Duyên Hai
Besides having mostly Vietnamese, Trà Vinh is populated with many members of the Khmer Krom ethnic group. They are partly members of the old Khmer Empire, later divided under political and historical turmoil. Trà Vinh also has one of the largest ethnic Hoa (Chinese) communities in Vietnam.
Although the name is believed to derive from the Khmer language. The Khmer name for this province is Preah Trapeang.
Located on Mekong River Delta, Tra Vinh Province borders Ben Tre, Vinh Long provinces on the north, Soc Trang Province on the west, and East Sea on the east with the 65km seaside.
Topography includes coastal plain, alluvial deposits, hundreds of mounds and sand caves, a complex network of rivers and canals.
Tra Vinh is on tropical monsoon region. The weather is hot around the year. The dry season lasts from December to April. The rainy season is between May and November. Annual average temperature is 26oC.
Tourism and Economy
Surrounded by Tien and Hau rivers and long coast, Tra Vinh’s economy base on agriculture, aquaculture, fish and shrimp breeding. The province is covered by verdant plants in the garden village along the bank of the river.
Ba Om Pond is an attraction of Tra Vinh. It is surrounded by hillocks and many old sao and dau trees with odd shape of roots. In the afternoon, flocks of birds perch on the trees and make this area exciting and noisy.
There are 140 pagodas of Khmer, 50 pagodas of Viet (Kinh) and 5 pagodas of Hoa. The famous ones include Ang, Sam-rong-ek, Co, Hang. Co Pagoda is the home of thousands of birds including storks, cong coc and pigeons.
Tra Vinh City is 66km from Vinh Long, 205km from Ho Chi Minh City, 110km from Ben Tre, My Tho. There are National Highways No.53, 54, 60 linking the districts of Tra Vinh and neighbour provinces.
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