Introduction of Ha Tien

Visit the beautiful beaches, and wonderful limestone formations full of caves that can be visited, some of which have been transformed in pagoda’s. Even though the comparison with Ha Long Bay cannot be made, there are some karst mountains arising from the sea or the landscape surrounding Ha Tien. You can visit the past when you go to the Mac Cuu tombs or one of the many pagoda’s.

Location of Ha Tien
History of Ha Tien
Ha Tien Today
To do and see in Ha Tien
To do and see around Ha Tien
Practical information about Ha Tien
Tours to Ha Tien

Tours in Central Vietnam and South Vietnam.

Location of Ha Tien
Ha Tien is a seaside town in Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. It lies 100km from Chau Doc, 340km from Ho Chi Minh City and very close to the Cambodian border. South of Ha Tien lies To Chau River and Ho Dong, East Lake, lies in the east, which is more an inlet of the sea. Local legends say that when there is a full moon, fairies come to Ho Dong to dance and bathe. That is how the city got its name, because ‘Tien’ in Vietnamese means ‘Fairy’. ↑ Top

History of Ha Tien
Ha Tien was established in 1674 by a small group of Chinese people. They supported the Ming Dynasty and opposed the Qing Dynasty. They were led by Mo Jiu also known as Mạc Cuu. When in the 17th century the Qing dynasty was defeated, Mac Cuu, born in Guangdong in China, fled to Ha Tien. He took his followers and other interested people with him and they settled there under the reign of Lord Nguyen. When they arrived in south Vietnam, the Nguyen Lords ordered the King of the Khmer to grant land to them. The Chinese built markets in this place and turned it into a busy business town. Vietnamese people gradually arrived here. During the 17th and 18th century the area was invaded and pillaged several times by the Thais. The Khmer governor turned to the Nguyen Lords for support in 1708 when again the Thai threatened the area. In August 1708, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu appointed Mac Cuu division commander of Ha Tien. The area became Vietnamese territory when Mac Cuu delivered its sovereignty to the Nguyen Lords and he was conferred the position of ruler of this town. He governed this area as a fiefdom under the protection of the Nguyen Lords and became part of Vietnam. He was succeeded by his son, Mac Thien Tu in 1735. Mac Thien Tich became the new governor and he expanded the territory towards the right bank of Hau river. During the American War Ha Tien was the first base for ‘swift boat operations’ along the south Vietnamese rivers. Eventually, operations extended the length of the Giang Thanh River and all the way to the Bassac River. Ha Tien became the western anchor for such operations, but was never a really major base. In the late 1970’s, the area came under attack from the Khmer Rouge. The Cambodian forces repeatedly attacked the Vietnamese territory and massacred thousands of civilians here and forced many more to flee to safety. This prompted the Vietnamese army to enter Cambodia to rid it of the evil regime. The area north of Ha Tien, along the Cambodian border, was sown with mines and booby traps, which have yet to be cleared. In 1995 a French film company chose the city to produce the movie “L’amant” (he lover). ↑ Top

Ha Tien Today Ha Tien is surrounded by grassland, wetland and limestone karst ecosystems. The area is rich in biodiversity, particularly birds and cave animals. You will also see many cement factories which use the karst mountains to transform it in cement. The people in this area live of the cement production as well as cultivating shrimp and rice farming. ↑ Top

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