Long An striving to become an attractive destination in the Southwest region

Located at the Mekong River Delta, Long An Province owns diversified fauna and flora ecosystem and many beautiful tourist sites including Tân Lập Floating Village Eco-tourism Area (Mộc Hóa District), Phước Lộc Thọ Tourist Site (Đức Hòa Hoa District), Đồng Tháp Mười Eco-tourism Site (Tân An City), Thanh Tâm Flower Garden (Tân An City), Đồng Tháp Mười Pharmaceutical Development and Conservation Research Center (Mộc Hóa District)…

These are advantageous conditions for the province to develop eco-tourism and link tourism programs to Đồng Tháp Mười Area.

In addition, Long An is also rich in relics such as Bình Tạ, An Sơn relics (Đức Hòa District), Vàm Nhựt Tảo Historical Relic (Tân Trụ District), Nguyễn Huỳnh Đức Tomb and Temple (Tân An City); Rạch Cát Military Post, Hundred-column House (Cần Đước District); Tôn Thạnh Pagoda (Cần Giuộc District); traditional craft villages of mat weaving in Nhựt Ninh, An Nhựt Tân communes (Tân Trụ District), Long Cang, Long Định, Phước Vân, Long Sơn communes (Cần Đước District); Gò Đen Wine Village (Bến Lức District), Bình An Drum Village (Cần Đước District)…

Especially, Long An also contains massive Óc Eo cultural treasure formed and developed in the Mekong River Delta from the 1st century to the 6th century.

 

Tôn Thạnh Pagoda at Cần Giuộc District, Long An

Now, nearly 20 prehistoric monuments and 100 Óc Eo cultural relics with 12,000 valuable artifacts were unearthed and collected.

The transport system in Long An is quite convenient with National Highway No.1A going through Tân An City, National Highway No.62 through Bình Hiệp Border Gate (Mộc Hóa District) to Cambodia, National Highway No.50 from Mỹ Tho (Tiền Giang Province) through Cần Đước, Cần Giuộc districts to Hồ Chí Minh City.

With diversified tourism potential, Long An is an attractive destination for tourists.

According to statistics, in the first 6 months of 2013, Long An welcomed 283,000 tourist arrivals, up 23% over the same period last year.

Tourism revenue in the first 6 months reached 80 billion VND, up 21% over the same period last year.

In order to increase the number of tourists in the coming time, Long An has issued a tourism development strategy which aims to bring the province to become an attractive destination in the South-West region.

Accordingly, the province will focus on constructing tourism infrastructure; developing specific cuisine products of Long An (Gò Đen wine, Đào market rice, Châu Thành dragon fruit, Long Trì watermelon…); mobilizing culture, cuisine tourisms for organizing night cuisine areas in centers, improving service quality at night markets in Tân An City and districts of Mộc Hóa, Đức Hòa, Bến Lức; developing tourism types of ecology, garden, canal; enhancing promotion activities, especially linking activity with countries in the regions of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos… and other localities to diversify tourism products…

Long An actively coordinated with other localities, especially Hồ Chi Minh City to exchange experience in management, plan, call of tourism investment, tourism promotion, training of tourism human resources…; promote tourism potentials, create inter-provincial products and tours…

With these efforts, expectedly, Long An tourism will become one of the typical destinations in the Mekong River Delta region.

THU GIANG 

Source: TITC

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