Hoa Binh Overview

Hoa Binh is one of Vietnam’s mountainous province. It borders Phu Tho province to the north, Ha Nam and Ninh Binh province to the south, and Hanoi city to the east. Hoa Binh’s natural area is 4662.5 sq km, accounting for 1.41% of total natural area of Vietnam.

Topography


Hoa Binh’s Topography is divided into two distinct regions. The mountains (northwest) has an average elevation of 600-700m. The midlands (South East) has an average elevation of 100-200m, with less fragmentation of the whole area of 2535.1 km2.

Hoa Binh has a tropical climate. It is cold and little rain in winter, hot in summer. The average temperature is 23 ° C. The highest temperature is 29 ° C in July, whereas January’s temperature is the lowest, ranging averagely from 15.5 ° C to 16.5 ° C.

Population


According to a survey in 1999, Hoa Binh province’s population is 756,713 people. The province has 30 ethnic groups, among which Muong is the largest group with 497,197 people, accounting for 63.3%. Kinh people account for 27.73% and Thai people (29,438), accounting for 3.9%, etc.

Tourism


Generally, Hoa Binh has a great potential to develop its tourism. Hoa Binh is considered one of Dong Son culture’s cradles. The province is attractive thanks tothe Muong’s unique cultural characteristics.  This is also a big advantage for tourism sector.
Hoa Binh has many beautiful caves such as Thac Bo cave, Hang Ret, Hoa Tien cave, etc. The province, in addition, has many hot mineral springs namely Kim Boi.

Visiting Hoa Binh, tourists can enjoy the ethnic dishes like rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat. At night, you have chance to stay in stilt houses at Lac Village in Mai Chau Valley, enjoy traditional dancing, music performances, and Thai people’s singing and dancing.

In near future, with reasonable planning and preservation, Hoa Binh will surely become one of Vietnam’s the most luring destinations, especially with regard to ethnic travel. Do not hesitate to come and explore Hoa Binh’s charm.

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