Located on two branches of the Mekong River, An Giang is home to a number of ethnic minorities including the Khmer Krom and Cham. Believed to be a centre for the ancient Oc Eo culture, the province is noted for the high quality of its silk production.
Long Xuyen, the provincial capital, is 190 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City and home to the An Giang Museum.
About 50km from the second city, Chau Doc, is the small village of Ba Chuc. In 1978, Pol Pot’s forces massacred men, women and children who were sheltering in the local pagoda. A skull memorial commemorates the thousands of Vietnamese who were killed in the 12 days of carnage.
From the 23rd to 27th days of the fourth lunar month (late April), Ba Chua Xu Temple at the foot of Sam Mountain, outside Chau Doc holds the Via Ba ceremony. One of the biggest festivals in southern Vietnam, it includes a parade of dragon dances.