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Hoa Binh Province


Hoa Binh is a mountainous province, situated in the  west of Ha Noi. The province has various high mountains, old growth forest, grottos, river, lake and mineral water with high mineral content, which has valuable for tourism development. The land has  a long history associated with the history and development of Vietnamese; it is cradle of "Hoa Binh culture". There still retains archaeological relics, precious relics that demonstrate the prosperous period of Viet-ancient Muong culture.
Owing to locating in the north of Vietnam,  Hoa Binh has hot climate in summer and is very cold in winter. The average temperature is 24.40C. Climate is divided into 2 seasons: summer from April to September, winter from October to March. Moreover, Hoa Binh has many rivers, streams, lakes, dams; the area of water surface is about 18.000 hectares, particularly including Hoa Binh Lake with area of 8.000 hectares. Flora and fauna is various such as: vegetation, precious wood and other conservation areas that are recorded in the Vietnam Red List. Hoa Binh is the land of many ethnic people, in which has 7 main ethnics: Muong, Thai, Tay, Dao,Mong, Chinese and Kinh. Each ethnic has their own unique culture. There has hilly terrain as well asThac bo cave, Ret grotto, Hoa Tien cave, primeval rainforest Pu Nooc which opens for tourists to do adventure climbing, hiking, hunting, bathing springs.


Hoa Binh overview - Photo: dichvuhangkhong.com.vn

Human and nature have created a dreamy Da river for developing tourism. The lifestyle of Muong, Dao, Tay along the lake and valley creates the beautiful picture. Hoa Binh is a province which has a lot of hot mineral water springs, mysterious valleys such as: Kim Boi mineral springs with the water is at a temperature of 3600C, which reaches standard for using, drinking, bathing and treatment; Mai Chau valley belongs to Mai Chau district which has rice fields and stele houses that are preserved for tourism;  Da Bac - an upland which is suitable for visiting eco-tourism and culture. Da Bac has quiet and dreaming landscape of the northwest mountainous town. Luong Son is the gateway district of Hoa Binh Province, which is far about 40 kilometers from Hanoi.
Currently, the province has 37 national relics, 18 provincial relics and many beautiful landscapes. Besides, there have over 50 villages, which have high value in tourism community.

Hoa Binh Top Destinations

Mai Chau

Mai Chau is located around 135km from Hanoi at Hoa Binh province, stay in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. On the way coming to Mai Chau , you will have chance to pass through the top of Cun mountain, from there you can take a fabulous overview of the valley with the houses on stilt and paddy fields, bring the first impression about culture of Mai Chau – Hoa Binh.

The beauty of Mai Chau - Photo: doisongphapluat.com

Mai Chau brings a different image about Vietnam , inhabited with minority groups, that mainly Thai people ,Thai minority is one of six minority groups at Hoa Binh province. Thai people are  livingat small villages like: Lac village, Pom Coong village, Van village, Buoc village .... , these villages make a community with lot of particular culture and festivals.

Walking to the villages around enjoy the surrounding contrside and paddy fields , specially on Sunday people from the villages bring a lot of things to the Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn,.. .and brocade made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dancing.
In addition to Mai Chau is surrounded with limestone mountains area, this create a lot of kastl caves like Khoai cave, Chieu cave, Nhat cave, Mo Luong cave,…, which is quite good for discovery activities and  go trekking. Nowadays, foreigners who want to learn more about Vietnamese culture as well as to admire picturesque scenery of Vietnam, Mai Chau Hoa Binh is an ideal place where they can freely discover everything. With the developement of mordent life and tourism Mai Chau still preserve its beauty of natural scenery and the diversity in the minority culture.

Kim Boi Hot Spring


Kim Boi Hot Spring - Photo: vietnamonline.com

Kim Boi mineral spring flows deep underground so that the mineral water has a temperature of 340C-360C. Coming to hot spring, you can register your reservation at the resort or Vresort. The resort is built in this place next to the largest mineral water circuit. With full of equipped modern system, conference, hall, swimming pool…you can relax, spa, organize cultural exchange, and enjoy the cultural program…  Kim Boi mineral spring has two large pools along with individual tub system that is replaced water daily to sever travelers. It is suitable for swimming, soaking to find the fresh, healthy and whiter skin. Besides, there has a sufficient mineral with high purity which is conductive to human. So that, this is also a place to cure diseases such as:rheumatism,stomach pain, gastro-intestinal… Kim Boi mineral water was bottled as beverage; it is the same kind of Thach Bich mineral water in Quang Ngai, Kum-Dua in Russia, Paven Barbia in Hungari. Currently, Kim Boi mineral spring continues to be invested and renewed to preserve the beauty of green tourism, village tourism, culture tourism.

 Thung Nai

This is one of the famous lands of the Muong in Hoa Binh - Muong Thanh. The way to Thung Nai following the port of Binh Thanh, along the Da River, winding up and down with more than 10 kilometers, tourists will come to center of town and there has a large marina. In Thung Nai, there have a lot of spots to explore and relax. If tourists want to hike forest, they will discover Mu village- village of the Muong in the valley between the lush forests. Besides, they can visit wilderness caves in Da River or float on the waves in La Vong.

Thung Nai - Photo: singcafe.vn

Thung Nai eco-tourism is invested and managed by Vinashin- Hoa Binh Corporation, located in the port of marina to visit Bo waterfall. From the port to Ba Chua Temple, it only takes 30 minutes. Sitting on the boat, you will lose in the stone islands of natural gift. There have many strange shapes in this island. From Thac Bo Temple, tourists can go to Ngoi Hoa temple, there has quite pristine Muong; due to the terrain the villages separate from the outside, the only way to travel is boat. Although, it is far about 20 kilometers from Da River, there has not electricity. Especially, tourists can stay home with the Muong and enjoy Muong pork. Thung Nai eco-tourism zone hopes to give you a memorable holiday with the interesting activities and services.

Hoa Binh Hydropower plant

Hoa Binh Hydropower plant 

Hoa Binh Hydropower plant was built from 1979 to 1994 with 8 machines provides 1920 MW- 1/3 productivity of Vietnam. It is not only an important industrial construction but also an attractive sightseeing for visitors. Many valuable items such as: Ho Chi Minh statue on Tuong hill with 18 meters height, the traditional area keeping letters, memorial Vietnamese and Soviet experts sacrifice to built hydropower projects. Along with the functions of social, economic, Hoa Binh hydroelectric becomes an exciting destination for visitors. Besides, tourists will have opportunity to visit Museum. It includes 2 stories, displays artifacts about the process of building this constructions. Outside the museum is the letters that are preserved in the stone block. After that, visitors go to memorial sacrificed people to build Hoa Binh hydropower plant. At the top of the memorial, it is a bronze bell. Below is a circular with 168 stone steles which recorded names of sacrificed people.

The Muong

Step on Thung May at the height of 1.200 meters above sea level, tourists can see the whole of the Muong, especially, the culture and daily life of the Muong. The culture of Muong is expressed through clothes like Muong dress, rites such as weddings, funeral…


A village of the Muong people in Son La - Photo: vov4.vov.vn

Tourists come to the Muong on the days “spring festival”, “xuong dong festival”, “home festival”…, they will enjoy the melody of gongs, drums. The landscape of Muong in the middle of valley together with sound of the gongs, trees creates unforgettable impression.

The Muong costume is exquisite and there has different contours compare with other ethnic. Men usually wear costume that covers the buttocks, two pockets below or add pocket on the left. Women wear Pan clothe (short dress), this is short blouse with long sleeves. Previously, their costume has only two colors: brown or white, but now, has various colors. Muong skirts are long black skirt, which is decorated with brocade patterns. Therefore, it demonstrates the ingenuity of the Muong. Houses of the Muong are built according to wood stilted house.

The traditional custume of  Muong's women - Photo: dantocviet.vn

The house has one stair, during the days of wedding, funerals; they often make one stair to go to kitchen conveniently. Hoa Binh is concerned as the province of the Muong. Muong culture contributes greatly to make special appeal for cultural traditional land. Coming to Hoa Binh, understanding local culture, tourists can help coming Muong cultural space- reflects and retains all vivid space, daily life, production and unique culture. Here, we would really soak into Muong social, enjoy traditional cuisine and the sound of gongs. Coming to Hoa Binh, coming to the Muong is also found the cradle and history of our nation.

Source: The Internet 

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