City in the Mekong Delta: Bac Lieu City | Cruise Mekong River

City in the Mekong Delta: Bac Lieu City

The Mekong Delta, as a region, lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City, roughly forming a triangle stretching from Mỹ Tho in the east to Châu Đốc and Hà Tiên in the northwest, down to Cà Mau and the South China Sea at the southernmost tip of Vietnam, and including the island of Phú Quốc.
The Mekong Delta, as a region, lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City, roughly forming a triangle stretching from Mỹ Tho in the east to Châu Đốc and Hà Tiên in the northwest, down to Cà Mau and the South China Sea at the southernmost tip of Vietnam, and including the island of Phú Quốc.

Baclieu province locate coastal East-sea in the South of Vietnam, in Camau peninsula the East-Southeast to the East-sea, the West-Southwest neighbouring Camau province, the North neighbouring Haugiang – Kiengiang province, The East – Northeast neighbouring Soctrang province, the area of natural land 258,247.


The town has a few elegant but forlorn French colonial buildings, like the impressive Fop House (now used as a community sports centre), but not much else.
Farming is a difficult occupation here because of saltwater intrusion, which mean that the town has remained fairly poor. The province is, however,   known for its healths longan orchards. In addition to this, the enterprising locals eke out a living trom fishing, oyster collection and shrimp farming, as well as salt production (obtained from evaporating saltwater ponds that form immense salt flats).
For the Vietnamese people, Bat Lieu’s main claim to fame is the grave site of Can Van Lau (1892-1976), famed composer of ‘Dai Coa Hoai Long’ (‘Night Song of the Missing Husband’).


Most foreigners give the tomb a miss and instead use Bac Lieu as a springboard to reach the outstanding bird sanctuary out of town. If you’re keen on seeing it, head out on Cao Van Lau st. towards the bird sanctuary lor about 1km. turn right and follow the dirt road for 150m to the grave.

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