Thai Nguyen is the northeastern province of Vietnam, just 64km away from Hanoi. The province is the gateway to the beautiful northeast of Vietnam, including Ha Giang, Ba Be lake in Bac Can and Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang. There are not many tourist attractions in Thai Nguyen, but during your Vietnam tour packages to the northeast, tourists should stop in Thai Nguyen for break or visit to some places of interests like the Vietnam Ethnology Museum, Nui Coc lake and take photos at any impessive tea plantation during the way.
How to get there
By road: The superhighway from Hanoi to Thai Nguyen takes you around one hour only. Public buses are available, but a private transportation will be included if you book a northeast loop tour with a local tour operator in Hanoi.
Best time to visit Thai Nguyen
There is no good or bad season to visit this province, but when you book a Vietnam tour package to explore the northeast region, the dry season is the best time when it is cool and may not be affected by rain, landslides.
Things to see in Thai Nguyen
The province is considered as the capital of the northeast Vietnam, many universities, industrial parks chosen to build here which make the city of Thai Nguyen a busy one and things are changning fast. The highlights of a visit to Thai Nguyen are:
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: If you have seen how impressive the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is in Hanoi, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Thai Nguyen is even more interesting with best exhibition of life, culture, tradition, clothes... of different ethnic groups living in Vietnam. This is a must-stop place to visit during the tour from Hanoi to Ba Be lake.
Thai Nguyen is home to eight differnt ethnic groups such as Kinh, Tay, Nung, San Diu, H' Mong, San Chay, Hoa and Dao. Traveling to Thai Nguyen after the lunar new year, tourists may see traditional festival by chance which is unique and colorful.
Nui Coc lake: Located 16km to the west of Thai Nguyen city, Nui Coc is a big man-made lake, having beautiful scenery and becoming a destination for mainly Vietnamese tourists during Summer holiday. Tourists can take the boat trip to discover the lake, have good time at the zoo or water park. There are also restaurants and guesthouses/mini hotels for tourists to stay overnight. Western tourists can find Nui Coc lake a destination to experience an authentic Vietnam.
Tan Cuong tea: Thai Nguyen is home to tea plantations of Vietnam, and Tan Cuong in Thai Nguyen is where tourists can see just tea and tea. The favorable climate and the suitable soil named Tan Cuong tea or Thai Nguyen tea the most famous tea producing region in Vietnam.
ATK Dinh Hoa: If you want to know more about the recent history of Vietnam, Revolutionary Base Safety Zone (ATK) is the place to visit in Thai Nguyen. The place was where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked during the resistance war against the French.
Accommodation in Thai Nguyen
Thai Nguyen is not the city to stay overnight during your holiday in Vietnam. However, if you come there for work, there are many hotels for you to stay, not luxury ones but comfortable enough like Da Huong 2 hotel, Dong A hotel.