An Giang Province

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An Giang Province
Tỉnh An Giang
Harvest in Tinh Bien, An Giang
Harvest in Tinh Bien, An Giang
Location of An Giang within Vietnam
Location of An Giang within Vietnam
Coordinates: 10°30′N 105°10′E / 10.500°N 105.167°E / 10.500; 105.167Coordinates: 10°30′N 105°10′E / 10.500°N 105.167°E / 10.500; 105.167
Country  Vietnam
Region Mekong Delta
Capital Long Xuyên
 • People's Council Chair Võ Thanh Khiết
 • People's Committee Chair Nguyễn Hoàng Việt
 • Total 3,406.2 km2 (1,315.1 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,170,100
 • Density 640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities Vietnamese, others
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Area codes 296
ISO 3166 code VN-44

An Giang (Vietnamese: [ʔaːŋ jaːŋ]) is a province of Vietnam. It is located in the Mekong Delta, in the southwestern part of the country, sharing a border with Cambodia to the northwest. It has been increasingly recognized as Vietnam's Mecca, for large Muslim population in here.


An Giang occupies a position in the upper reaches of the Mekong Delta. The Hậu Giang and Tiền Giang branches of the Mekong River are the dominant geographical features of the province. With the exception of the west, most of An Giang is fairly flat, and is criss-crossed by many canals and small rivers. This terrain has led to An Giang being a significant agricultural center, producing significant quantities of rice. The Cam Mountains, also known as the Thất Sơn range or the "Seven Mountains", are located in the western Tịnh Biên District. Followers of the Bửu Sơn Kỳ Hương tradition, founded in An Giang in 1849, refer to these mountains as Bửu Sơn, "Precious Mountains".

Administrative divisions[edit]

An Giang is subdivided into 11 district-level sub-divisions:

  • 1 district-level town:
  • 2 provincial cities:

They are further subdivided into 16 commune-level towns (or townlets), 119 communes, and 21 wards (156 in total).

The cities of Long Xuyên (the provincial capital) and Châu Đốc, both of which are located on the Hậu Giang branch of the Mekong, exist as independent municipalities.

Vehicle registration plate[edit]

  • Long Xuyên 67-B1 XXX.XX
  • Châu Đốc 67-E1 XXX.XX
  • Tân Châu 67-H1 XXX.XX
  • Châu Phú 67-C1 XXX.XX
  • Châu Thành 67-D1 XXX.XX
  • Chợ Mới 67-L1 XXX.XX
  • Thoại Sơn 67-M1 XXX.XX
  • Tri Tôn 67-N1 XXX.XX


An Giang first became a province in 1832, having been settled by ethnically Vietnamese migrants moving southwards in search of new land. It is believed that An Giang was once an important center of the vanished Óc Eo culture, presumably owing to its position on the river. Traditionally, An Giang has been known for its silk industry.

An Giang is home to a sizable number of people from Vietnam's ethnic minorities. Due to the province's proximity to Cambodia, the Khmer Krom are the largest non-Vietnamese group. Other groups, such as the Chams and ethnic Chinese (Hoa), are also found in An Giang.


The province's name is derived from the Sino-Vietnamese word: , meaning "peaceful river".[1]

Notable people from An Giang[edit]


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