Bac Lieu



Bac Lieu

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This small town is primarily an agricultural center, with a major part of its revenue coming from the shrimp and salt farms located along the coast. Most visitors use the place as a base to explore the region, including the nearby sanctuary. The town  features some fine French- Colonial build ings, such as the impres sive Cong Tu Bac Lieu, once the palace of the prince of Bac Lieu Province. Now a hotel, the building has been restored to its 1930s splendor, taking visitors on a journey back in time.


The Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary is about 3 miles (5 km) south of town. Its mangrove forests are home to a splendid variety of species. More than 50 types of birds either reside here or use it as a way station in their annual migrations. There are large flocks of white herons, which are the main attraction for most visitors. Unfortunately, other than some primitive toilets and an observation tower, the sanctuary lacks facilities. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between July and December, as there is little to see for the rest of the year.


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