Welcome to Long Xuyen
The capital of An Giang province has little to detain travellers, especially since Can Tho and Chau Doc are an easy bus ride away. Long Xuyen was once a stronghold of the Hoa Hao sect. Founded in 1939, the sect emphasises simplicity in worship and does not believe in temples or intermediaries between humans and the Supreme Being. Until 1956 the Hoa Hao had an army and constituted a major military force in this region.
The town’s other claim to fame is being the birthplace of Vietnam’s second president, Ton Duc Thang, whose childhood home on Tiger Island has become a museum. The An Giang Museum is also well worth a look.