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Long Xuyên is a city in the Mekong Delta, in southern Vietnam. Covering 130 sq km, it has a population of 227,000 people (2011 estimate). The city is also the capital of An Giang Province. It is 189 km from Ho Chi Minh City and 45 km from the Cambodian border.

Downtown Long Xuyen, VietnamDowntown Long Xuyen, Vietnam
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Long Xuyên is a center of Hoa Hao, a religion that was founded in 1939 by Huynh Phu So and today claiming some two million followers. The faith stresses a minimalist form of Buddhism favoring worship at home rather than at time, and the doing away of costly ceremonies.

Visitors to Long Xuyên can expect the standard Vietnamese cuisine along with some local specialties such as basa fish. On the whole, however, the city is still off the beaten path, as far as foreign tourists are concerned.

Traditional gateway in Long XuyenTraditional gateway in Long Xuyen
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authorshipBui Thuy Dao Nguyen
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Visiting Long Xuyên

You can reach Long Xuyên by taking a bus from Ho Chi Minh City. The journey takes about five hours. It is about an hour and a half from Can Tho.

Places of Interest in Long Xuyên

  1. Ba Chua Xu Shrine
    Shrine where devotees come to see financial success.
  2. My Hoa Hung
    Popularly known as Tiger Island, this was the birthplace of the second president of Vietnam.

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