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Hoa Binh Travel Guide

One of Vietnam Culture Destinations Hoa Binh is a mountainous province, situated in the west of Hanoi. The land has a long history associated with the history and development of Vietnamese. Hoa Binh is the land of many ethnic people, in which has 7 main ethnics: Muong, Thai, Tay, Dao,Mong, Chinese and Kinh. Natural conditions and cultural history have created potential tourist attractions.

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.

Mai Chau TourThe 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. Hoa Binh borders the provinces: Phu Tho, Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Son La, Thanh Hoa and Hanoi city. The province has an area of 4596 km2 with 10 districts and 01 city, including: Luong Son, Ky Son, Da Bac, Cao Phong, Kim Boi, Lac Thuy, Tan Lac, Lac Son, Yen Thuy, Mai Chau and Hoa Binh city.

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. Up to 2009, there has: 788.274 people, in which Muong accounts for more than 63%.

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. 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. There has convenient transportation and focused eco-tourism resorts, entertainment spot.

Natural conditions and cultural history have created potential tourist attractions. This land has the sound of gongs, thrilled with over 30 festivals of the Muong, Dao, Thai, Mong… The cradle of the ancient Vietnamese with 4 famous place "Bi, Vang, Thang, and Dong". 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.




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Thung Nai

Thung Nai Hoa BinhThung Nai belongs to Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh province. It is far about 25 kilometers from Hoa Binh and 110 kilometers from Hanoi. The name 'Thung Nai' appeared because this valley has many deers who comes to place. The name 'Thung Nai' no longer appears on the tourist map but it is becoming an exciting destination for those who want to explore the wilderness. Thung Nai has rustic and grandeur beauty, a sparkling scene in the middle of Da River.

As a commune of Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh province, Thung Nai is known with Ba Chua Temple, Thac Bo cave, Bo Grotto, Mu village and floating island… This is the place of many village with the mainly people is the Muong. The main vehicle is boat or canoe. People here exchange at Bo Market. The market is only opening in the morning.

Thung Nai has Thac Ba temple, the queen governs area of northwest, and the upper back is the Muong-Hoa Binh, the Thai-Son La… When finishing hydropower, water of Da river floods valleys, which creates small islands, is very beautiful. Here, residents are mostly the Muong. This is one of the famous lands of the Muong in Hoa Binh- Muong Thang.

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.

Tien Phi Cave

Located in the population of the relics of Hoa Binh, Phi Tien cave is an address attracts tourists. The cave situated on Thuc hill with entrance at the northeast. Tien Phi Cave is founded since 1982 and started opening for tourists since 1984. In June 2000, it was recognized cultural heritage by Ministry of culture, sport and tourism. The 1986s, 1987s, there have a plenty of tourists visiting the cave.

Pass over winding road on the Thung Phi hill; hundreds of stone steps about 2 meters, visitors can enjoy natural mountain scenes. Along the way, the forest flowers bloom white smooth. At the top of hill, there are casuarinas, eucalypts standing among the peace of hill. This place retains boulders lying close to the edge hill. It is interesting destination that many tourists enjoy the beauty of city from the distance.

Step into about 10 meters, visitors will encounter high roof. Heart of the cave is rough with numerous stalactites which creates strange shapes. On the ceiling, there has a way to access to the top and natural light enters the cave that make the sparkling beauty of stalactites. This cave looks like a quite castle, just mysterious, just vivid. Called Tien Phi Cave because visitors come to entrance, they will encounter stalactites as a fairy shape. Also, because of its pretty, local people called “Tien Phi” Cave.

Step into about 10 meters, look straight forward left of the wall, tourists will see a block of stone as she is wearing a chiffon panels lying on the hammock. Next, tourists find boulders like Buddha statue that is solemn, gentle, and quiet. On the way to come the cave, it has a lion lying as guarding the gate.

Pom Coong Village

Hoa Binh TravelPom Coong village belongs to Mai Chau town, Mai Chau district. Like other villages of the Muong, Thai, the Pom Coong village often live in area which has rivers, streams. The Thai is famous for traditional dance. Different from stilted houses of other ethnic, stilted house of the Thai often taller that that one so that it always creates comfortable feeling. The floor is above the ground 2 meters. The window in the house has big size. At the roof of stilted house, the Thai are making brocade, bags, and clothes to attract tourists. The souvenir is various and beautiful with vivid color which make stilted become more attractive.

The special of Pom Coong has “pure Thai” space with clean water, water construction which creates comfortable and safe feeling. Coming here, tourists will feel the fresh air and peaceful of life, you will forget the fatigues. In addition, you will have chance to meet local girls in the dance.

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.

Mai Chau TravelMai 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. Thai people devided into 2 groups White Thai and Black Thai, use their own language beside King language.

Like others minority groups at the mountainous area in Vietnam Thai people live in the stilt houses. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is put in the center of the house, that’s the place for cooking and also for the woman making their  colorful “brocade”, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes. The house has many windows, large and decorated with patterns. Each house also usually has a pond to breed fish. These can be seen clearly at Lac village, the stilt houses now are using as the home stay for the tourists with communal room and private room. Tourists also have chance to enjoy some special foods and Can wine while watching traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing.

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 SpringKim Boi hot spring belongs to Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh Province. It is natural mineral hot spring and good for human health. Kim Boi mineral water is eligible for drinking, bathing, soaking and it can treat stomachache, blood pressure… With an area of 7 hectares, this is a rustic resort that is peaceful and exciting.

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.



Hoa Binh Transportation

Hanoi-Hoa Binh: 76 kilometers

Motorbike

You can go by motorbike; it is suitable for visiting all landscape in Hoa Binh.

Bus

From Hanoi to Mai Chau, you must pass 76 kilometers to the Hoa Binh town.
Highway 6 from Hanoi to Hoa Binh.

Hoa Binh Travel Tips


 

Exchange money: You can exchange currency at the hotel where you live or go to Bank of Hoa Binh

Internet: Free internet at the hotel

 

Bank

ATM of BIDV

Address: Cu Chinh, Lan, Hoa Binh

Fax: (+84-4)-222003999

Tel: (+84-4)-22205544

Web: http://www.bidv.com.vn/

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ATM of Viettinbank

Address: 186 Cu Chinh Lan, Hoa Binh

Tel: 0218.897388

Fax: 84-4-39.421.032

Web:http://www.vietinbank.vn

ATM of Agribank

Address: Luong Son, Hoa Binh

Fax: (+84-4)-8313719

Web:http://www.agribank.com.vn//

 

Hospital

Mai Chau town hospital

Address: Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Tel: 3867161

Da River hospital

Address: Tan Thinh, Hoa Binh

Tel: 3854666


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