Thai Nguyen , Vietnam

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Recommended tours Thai Nguyen

Currently one of the fastest growing cities in the north, Thai Nguyen city is best known around Vietnam for its vast tea plantations. However, this provincial city, steeped in tradition and local culture, can offer the curious traveller an inside view of the country rarely seen in more touristy locations scattered along the coast.

Thai Nguyen played an important role in the history of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh lived in Thai Nguyen in the Phu Dinh village of Dinh Hoa district while planning Dien Bien Phu. It was to Thai Nguyen that Ho Chi Minh came from Tan Trao and declared independence before heading south to Hanoi.

Today, apart from the magnificent Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups, there is not much in Thai Nguyen of cultural significance, nor are there many things to hold a tourist's interest for long if you're looking for the regular tourist hotspots. However, if an offbeat side trip interests you, Thai Nguyen City has a vast array of places to eat, places to sleep and interesting things to do.

Take time to skirt the city and visit some of the tea plantations. Thai Nguyen is known all over the country for its delicious bitter-sweet green tea. If you plan to buy some green tea, this is the place to buy it. Local product costs a fraction of what you'd pay in the shops in Hanoi.

Don't expect to be wowed by the architectural style in this city, Thai Nguyen is an industrial city and a key centre for metallurgy engineering, machinery manufacturing and mining ore and its industrious side shines through in its mundane and practical architecture.

Geography

Situated in Far North - East Vietnam, ThaiNguyen Province is surrounded by BacKan Province on the north, TuyenQuang and VinhPhuc provinces on the west, LangSon and BacGiang provinces on the east, and Hanoi on the south.

Mountains account most of ThaiNguyen's topography with TamDao, NganSon, BacSon ranges. The complex network of rivers includes Cau, Cong, Du, and Rang. The main nature resources are coal, iron, steel, and titan. Thanks to good soil, ThaiNguyen tea, especially tea of TanCuong origin has long been a nation- wide famous product.

There are two seasons: winter lasts from November to April and summer is from May to October. Annual average temperature is 25ºC.

Tourism

ThaiNguyen has revolutionary tradition, historical vestiges including Van, Vo mountains, DinhHoa ATK vestige, and Duom Temple.

Coming to there, tourists are attracted to visit NuiCoc Reservoir. This 2,500ha lake includes 89 islands, concealing mysterious legends. Nearby the lake, Coc Mountain stands imposingly amid the blue sky, the bright sunshine over every blade of grass and twig, all creating marvelous and splendid scenery.

PhuongHoang Cave and MoGa Stream attract many visitors to ThaiNguyen every year. The cave consists of three layers: Doi (Bat), Sang (Light) and Toi (Dark). Reaching the mouth of cave, visitors can see the landscapes of this land.

Transportation

ThaiNguyen City is on National Highway No.3 (Hanoi - CaoBang), 80km from Hanoi. There is daily train from Hanoi to QuanTrieu, about 8km from center of ThaiNguyen City.

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