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Dong Thap


Area: 3.276 sq km 
Population: 1,492,000
Provincial Capital:

Economic potentialities:
3.276 sq km 
Sa Dec town
Tan Hong, Hong Ngu, Tam Nong, Thanh Binh, Cao Lanh, Thanh Hung, Thap Muoi, Lai Vung, Chau Thanh

agriculture, trade, fishery

Dong Thap is located along the southern border of the country, bordering Long An, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, An Giang, and Can Tho, and sharing a 52-km long border with Cambodia. Some of the ethnic groups in Dong Thap include the Kinh, Hoa, Khmer, Cham, and Thai. Dong Thap is well known as the rice generating province for the whole country.

The tropical climate is divided in two seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to November. The annual average rainfall varies between 1,250 and 1,450 mm. The dry season lasts from December to April.

Tourists visiting Dong Thap can admire the vast lotus and nenuphar blooms at dawn and sunset. The province is home to various kinds of animals such as cranes, herons, and pelicans. In the last few years, many scientists have investigated Dong Thapís ecosystem and zoology, especially the crane because it has been classified as an endangered species.

The province os Dong Thap is 160 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Its provincial capital is Sa Dec. Dong Thap is composed of seven districts: Hong Ngu, Tam Nong, Cao Lanh, Chau Thanh, Thap Muoi, Thach Hung and Thanh Binh. Cao Lanh is the major town.

Dong Thap borders Cambodia to the north, Long An and Tien Giang to the east, Cuu Long to the south and An Giang and Can Tho in the west.

Dong Thap is co-inhabited by the Kinh, Hoa,  Khmer, Cham and Thai. It is also home to various religions: Buddhism, Caodaism, Hoahaoism, and Catholicism.

The province has a temperature climate with an average temperature  of 27oC.

Numerous rivers and canals crisscross the province of fertile alluvial soil, very suitable for rice and fruit tree cultivation. Dong Thap is particularly famous for its natural scenery, with several bird grounds. The most noteworthy is the breeding ground of red-headed cranes, which are very rare in the world. Some places of revolutionary interest are open to tourists.

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