Lệ Thủy ( listen) is a district of Quảng Bình Province in the North Central Coast of Vietnam. The district borders Quảng Ninh District on the north, Vĩnh Linh District (Quảng Trị Province) on the south, Laos on the west (with the Annamite Range as natural borderline). Lệ Thủy central is 40 km south of the provincial capital Đồng Hới. The district government seat is Kiến Giang Township. The district area is 1420.52 km2, population: 140,804 (1998). Lệ Thủy District is home to Võ Nguyên Giáp and the family of Ngô Đình Diệm. Economy bases on agriculture, mainly rice culture. Mỹ Trạch massacre by French army happened here on 29 November 1947.
This district has two townlets and 25 communes (xã)
Hồng Thủy, Ngư Hoà, Ngư Thủy, Thanh Thủy, Lộc Thủy, Hoa Thủy, Cam Thủy, Liên Thủy, Phong Thủy, An Thủy, Sơn Thủy, Ngân Thủy, Hải Thủy, Hưng Thủy, Tân Thủy, Xuân Thủy, Dương Thủy, Mai Thủy, Phú Thủy, Mỹ Thủy, Sen Thủy, Trường Thủy, Văn Thủy, Kim Thủy, Thái Thủy.
|Communes||Area (km²)||Population (2009)||Density (hab./km²)|
|Ngư Thủy Bắc||31.38||3,584||114.2|
|Ngư Thủy Nam||9.7||2,831||311|
|Ngư Thủy Trung||13.4||2,152||160.59|
The western portion of the district is characterized by the Annamite Range, where the Ho Chi Minh trail ran through in Vietnam War. The area slope is lower towards the east to the narrow plain of Kiến Giang River. The east side is the coastline with a range of sand dunes (with the width of around 10 km). The seasides here are wild and clean with several fishing villages. The district is home to Bang Spa, a mineral hot spring and is also a regular tourist destination.
The district's economy is largely based on agriculture and forestry. The district has two townships: Kiến Giang Township and Nông Trường Lệ Ninh. There are some fine sand beaches along the South China Sea coast and a hot mineral spring in the west of this district but they are mainly visited by local inhabitants only.
This district is home to Hò khoan Lệ Thủy.