Hoa Binh is a mountainous province adjacent to the west of Hanoi. Hoa Binh has a total area of 4.600 sq km divided into 10 districts and 1 city. This province is the homeland of 80.000 people with 6 main ethnic groups, of which the number of Muong people overtake 63%.
The geographical location of Hoa Binh
Hoa Binh is located at the gateway to the northwest of Vietnam, 76 km from the center of Hanoi in the direction of Highway 6. The province is adjacent to Hanoi in the east, Phu Tho province in the north, Son La and Thanh Hoa province in the west, and Ha Nam and Ninh Binh province in the southeast.
Hoa Binh Hydropower Plants
The climate of Hoa Binh
Hoa Binh is located in a humid subtropical climate zone, divided into two distinct seasons in the rainy and dry seasons. The average annual temperature is over 23°C. July has the highest temperature in the year on average 27 - 29°C, whereas January has the lowest temperature, averaging 15.5-16.5°C.
According to Hoa Binh tourism experience, the best time to visit Hoa Binh on Northern package tours is from February to October, and Mai Chau valley is the ideal choice for tourists to get away the summer heat of Hanoi due its cool climate.
Tourist attractions in Hoa Binh
Thung Nai is the attractive tourist destination in Hoa Binh where it holds the pristine and idyllic beauty with the unreal landscapes. Coming here, tourists will be like losing in another world with the perfect combination of mountain, island, and river. Poetic and gentle, generous and romantic is what visitors coming to Thung Nai can feel.
Mai Chau is a beautiful valley 60 km from the center of Hoa Binh city. Looking down from the pass, Mai Chau valley will appear in front of you with a series of terraced fields, green trees along with tiny stilt houses. The scene in the valley is just like a beautiful and vague water-color painting. Arrive in Mai Chau around October - December or March and April every year, you will admire the beauty of the forest of plum flowers and peach flowers. In addition, you can also participate in the lives of ethnic people and enjoy the specialties of mountains and forests in tourist villages like Lac village or Poom village.
Hoa Binh Hydropower Plants
Hoa Binh hydropower plants were built in the Da river in 1979 and completed in 1994. This is one of the largest hydropower plants in Vietnam with the power output 10 billion kWh/year. In recent years, Hoa Binh hydropower plants attract more and more tourists to visit. Coming here, you will have a chance to witness the wonderful structure of hydropower plants and admire the ability of people that can stop the river and build a spectacular hydropower plant like this. This is also an attractive tourist attraction in Hoa Binh that you should come.
Located at an altitude of 1.200 m above the sea level, Lung Van is considered the rooftop of Muong land. It is known as an attractive tourist destination for those who desire to conquer the peaks covered with clouds all year round. Lung Van is famous for the lush green landscapes and the unique culture of Muong people. If you want to enjoy the wonderful beauty of Lung Van, you should get up early. In the early morning, the entire Lung Van is still covered in the mist and it looks so nice. Besides that, at the center of Lung Van commune, there is a local pair meeting on the morning of every Tuesday with busy trading activities so if you have the opportunity to come here, do not forget to join the unique highland market. This is to understand more about the simple life of the people here.
Thac Bo cave
The next tourist attraction in Hoa Binh is Thac Bo cave. This is an attractive tourist destination that you should visit after traveling to Thung Nai. The cave is more than 100 meters deep with many cliffs and stalactites with unique shapes that all thanks to nature. The inside of the cave has a much cooler temperature than the outside so if you travel on hot days, just enter the cave and you'll feel like in the air-conditioned room.
Kim Boi mineral springs tourist area
Beside Thung Nai or Thac Bo cave, Kim Boi mineral spring resort is also listed in the list of interesting places in Hoa Binh for you. Thanks to the natural hot mineral spring flowing from the underground, it has very good effects on health, so many guests chose Kim Boi hot spring as a resting and traveling place in the winter. On weekends, you can come up here to enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake and enjoy the poetic feeling that the mountains and forests bring to you, which will make you feel relaxed.
Kim Boi mineral hot spring area
Museum of Muong cultural space
The Museum of Muong cultural space is located at the back of a small hill which is 7 km from the center of Hoa Binh city. With the area of 5 hectares, the museum has shown the typical features of Muong culture - an ethnic group with a thick layer of culture and history. Right in the gate, tourists can see the “con nuoc”- a tool leading water to the field, that depicts the rice cultivation techniques of Muong people. Coming to Muong cultural space, apart from learning the culture and architecture of Muong people, tourists also have the chance to enjoy the delicious dishes bearing the imprint of Muong people.
Besides these tourist destinations above, Hoa Binh also has many other beautiful and interesting places for you to explore and visit such as Cuu Thac Tu Son tourist area, Hoa Tien cave, Da Bac cave, Thien Long cave.