is the capital city of An Giang Province
, in the Mekong Delta
region of southwestern Vietnam
. It is located at approximately , 1950 km south of Hanoi
, 189 km from Ho Chi Minh City
, and 45 km from the boundary with Cambodia
. The population of Long Xuyen city is over 300,000 (2007), with an area of only 130 square km.
Long Xuyen is the second most prosperous town in southwestern Vietnam, just after Can Tho city.
Long Xuyen is a very developed city in merchandising (mainly in rice
trading) and processing fish industry (such as basa
fish) with more than six plants and 10,000 workers.
Long Xuyen is home to An Giang University
and the Long Xuyen Teacher's Training College. An Giang University
is the second largest university in the Mekong Delta
. An Giang University has more than 8000 students and began as a teaching trainer's college. It was recognized with university status in 2000. Currently they have faculties in Education, Agriculture, Economics, IT, and Marx-Lenin Ideologies
There are three main high schools in Long Xuyen city. Thoai Ngoc Hau, Binh Khanh, and Long Xuyen, respectively. Thaoi Ngoc Hau high school was once known as Long Xuyen high school, with currently over 2,000 students. Thoai Ngoc Hau is a specialized school for majors of English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Literature, and Biology.
Long Xuyên is the center of the Hoa Hao
religion. There are also many Catholic churches, as well as some people who follow Buddhism and other religions.
The local people often go to supermarkets on Saturday and Sunday. Also, former president Ton Duc Thang's birthday is celebrated in My Hoa Hung (Tiger Island).
Local dishes include the standard Vietnamese fare as well as some variations on the area specialties (for example basa fish, mắm thái, and thot not coconuts).
Each year, many tourists pass through Long Xuyen, on their way to Chau Doc, which is a major stop-over on the way to Cambodia. However, tourists rarely stay in Long Xuyen.
Bà Chúa Xứ Shrine is a sacred place that is visited by many people who pray for financial success. Each March, Chau Doc celebrates the Bà Chúa Xứ festival, a large religious festival on top of Sam mountain.
- Nguyen Ngoc Tho, vice-president of the Republic of Vietnam (before April 30, 1975)
- Ton Duc Thang, famous Communist, ex-President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam; later became the first President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
- Vo Tong Xuan, agronomist and former rector of An Giang University
- Vương Trung Hiếu, writer
- Le Minh Tung, Vice-Chairman of An Giang province and current rector of An Giang University
- Nguyen Hien Le, writer
- Ta Minh Tam, artist
- Duc Tuan, singer
- Phuong Trinh, singer
- Tran Tuan Anh, new English teacher at AGU, recently graduated