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Viet Nam’s 58 provinces and 5 cities from north to south featured at TTM+2017

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  1. Ha Giang with 10 districts is the northernmost part ofViet Nam, where the Lung Cu flagpole at an altitude of 1,468m stands at the border ofChina, and counts up to 20 different ethnic groups such as the Lo Lo. Ha Giang City is some 320 km north from Ha Noi and can be reached via National Highway Nr.2. There are the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, H’Mong King Palace (Vuong dynasty) at Xa Phin and the annual Khau Vai love market at Meo Vac district. Ha Giang is ideal for eco and adventure tourism.

  1. Cao Bang is a mountainous border province and includes 12 districts. “The woman stays at home to look after children, while the man goes on tour to Cao Bang” is a proverb there. National Highway Nr.3 from Ha Noi to Cao Bang connects to the Hung Quoc border gate to Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.Tayand Nung ethnic groups have “Nung Chi Cao” as a cultural hero. H’Mong and Dao villages are in the mountains at an average height of 300 meters. There is the Dam Ban Thuy Gioc Waterfall. Ho Chi Minh returned to Pac Bo in 1941 after 30 years abroad to make it the cradle of the Vietnamese Revolution.

 

  1. Bac Kan along National Highway Nr.3 includes 7 rural districts and is famous for the Ba Be National Park with its scenic Ba Be Lake.BacKan is along National Highway Nr.3 from Ha Noi to Cao Bang via Thai Nguyen.

 

  1. Thai Nguyen along National Highway Nr.3 has 9 administrative units and many lakes, waterfalls and caves. Pagodas and temples abound. The Than Sa archaeological area is around 20,000 years old and its rock tools are shown in theThaiNguyen Museum. In the Museum of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups’ Culture there is an indoor as well as an outdoor exhibition. Including 5 galleries, Viet Nam’s 54 ethnic groups are displayed

 

  1. Lang Son is at the end of National Highway Nr.1A and has an ancient Mac dynasty citadel. TheFriendshipPass leads to the capital Nanning in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region some 180 km away. With its 10 suburban districts, the province has a complex system of rivers, hills and mountains. The Tam Thanh Cavern is one of the many highlights to see in Lang Son. The Ha Noi to Beijing Railway runs via Lang Son.

 

  1. Bac Giang along National Highway Nr.1A is a mountainous province including 9 rural districts and has some 20 ethnic groups such as the San Chay and San Diu. The Lan. Vinh Nghiam Pagoda is famous for its 3,050 woodblocks. Also famous are the Bo Da Pagoda, Tho Ha pottery village, Hiep Hoa stone tombs and Khe Ro primary forest.

 

  1. Bac Ninh along National Highway Nr.1A is northeast of Ha Noi and the smallest province inViet Nam, but densely populated. Belonging to the Red River Delta, Bac Ninh has 7 districts and many cultural heritage sites such as the famous But Thap Pagoda with an impressive Quan Am Statue. Also, Quan Ho romantic love singing and traditional handicraft villages are well known.Bac Ninh City is 30 km from Ha Noi and 20 km from Bac Giang.

 

  1. Quang Ninh has Ha Long City along its 250 km coastline and 13 sub-urban districts. HaLongBay is one of the world natural heritage sites with some 3,000 islands with beautiful beaches. There are the Bach Dang historical vestige and Yen Tu centre of Vietnamese Buddhismus. Quang Ninh is also the biggest centre of coal mining.

 

  1. HaiphongCity has 13 urban districts and Do Son Town. It is some 100 km east of Ha Noi along National Highway Nr.5. Temples, pagodas and royal tombs abound. Tourists can take a ship to visit Cat Ba Island. Also, Haiphong is at the end of the railway from Kunming in Yunnan/China and has a big seaport.

 

  1. Hai Duong is 60 km southeast of Ha Noi and includes 11 districts. It is along National Highway Nr.5 and belongs to the Red River Delta with a lot of traditional handicraft villages. It is a convenient stop on the way toHaiphongCity or Halong Bay.

 

  1. Tuyen Quang has 5 suburban districts and is 165 km from Ha Noi along the National Highway Nr.2 via Viet Tri to Ha Giang further in the north. There are many high mountains with primeval forest, numerous timber and also medicinal trees. The Tan Trao historical site in Son Duong district was the starting point of the August Revolution in 1945 against the French colonists.

 

  1. Vinh Phuc along National Highway Nr.2 is 60 km away from Ha Noi with its provincial town ofVinh Yen,Phuc Yen Town and 7 suburban districts. There is the Truc Lam Tay Thien place and especially the scenic Tam Dao mountain area is the excellent place to rest. Phuc Yen Town is located near the Ha Noi Noi Bai International Airport. The highway passes the province to Phu Tho and Yen Bai along the railway to Lao Cai.

 

  1. Phu Tho is 90 km northwest of Ha Noi and hasVietTri City as its provincial capital together with 10 suburban districts. Phu Tho itself is considered as the ancestral land of 18 generations of the Hung Kings with Phong Chau as the old capital of Van Lang. There is the confluence of 3 rivers, namely the Lo River, Hong River and Da River nearby.

 

  1. Yen Bai is 180 km northwest of Ha Noi and includes 9 suburban districts. It is famous for its ruby gemstone mine in Luc Yen district, whileThacBaLake is good for eco tourism. Van Yen cinnamon and Suoi Giang tea are famous products. Yen Bai is on the new National Highway Nr.32, which follows the Red River and the railway line to Lao Cai.

 

  1. Lao Cai is exactly 375 km northwest of Ha Noi and is very mountainous with Fansipan and its 3,143 m the highest peak inVietnam. Lao Cai includes 8 districts. There is Sapa as the ideal destination in the north with a well-known love market. There are the ethnic minority groups of H’Mong, Dao, Phu La, Ha Nhi, Thai, Nung, and La Chi. Caves and grottoes abound such as Thuy Tien Grotto, Ta Phoi Grotto, Tien Trung Do Cave, and Xuan Quang Grotto. Bac Ha east of theRed River is a famous hill market town. Lao Cai has a border gate with China’s Yunnan Province and the capital Kunming is some 470 km away.

 

  1. Lai Chau is 400 km northwest of Ha Noi and includes 5 districts with a myriad of ethnic minority groups such as the Lao and Lu. Originally, the whole area belonged to the semi-autonomous Sipsong Chu Thai, which was a confederation of the White Thai ethnic minority group. There is the Ma-Lu-Thang border gate to Jinping inYunnan. National Highway Nr.12 connects toDien Bien Phu.

 

  1. Dien Bien hasDien Bien PhuCity and 7 districts. The city was the well known former battlefield between the Vietnamese and the French colonial army in 1954. The 475 km long journey on National Highway Nr.6 goes uphill and downhill with many sharp bend curves. In the city, there is an interesting museum showing the details of the heroic war against the French colonialists. There is Muong Thanh Airport connecting to Ha Noi. The Tay Trang border gate leads to Phong Saly and Oudomxay in Laos.

 

  1. Son La includes 10 districts and is ideal for milk cow breeding, mulberry growing, silk-weaving and the production of tea, coffee and fruit trees. There is a prison from French time. The Moc Chau Plateau is good for eco and community based tourism with Black Thai villages. There is the biggest hydroelectric power plant ofViet Namin Son La, which also has an airport. National Highway Nr.6 continues to Hoa Binh.

 

  1. Hoa Binh is 70 km west of Ha Noi and includes 10 districts. Mai Chau White Thai village and the hydroelectric Hoa Binh plant are famous destinations for tourists. There are also villages of the Muong ethnic minority group with gong, bronze drum and traditional singing to enjoy. Highway Nr.6 goes straight to Ha Noi via Ha Tay.

 

  1. Ha Noi Capital is at the centre of the Red River Delta and has 10 urban districts, 18 suburban districts and the town ofSon Tay.West Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake are famous recreation places. Some 1,000 years old, Ha Noi has many attractions such as the Temple of Literature, One-Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple and the Thang Long Royal Citadel among others. The old town is famous for its 36 streets attached to a product made and traded by dwellers there. Museums abound. Co Loa is an ancient citadel. Noi Bai International Airport is 35 km to the north of the city.

 

  1. Hung Yen is 60 km from Ha Noi to the southeast and part of the Red River Delta. It includes 9 suburban districts. The Pho Hien vestige shows that once the place was a crowded trading port in the 17th century. Old temples abound. The big longan fruit was used to be supplied to the emperors.
  2. HaNamhas Phu Ly Town and 5 districts and is 60 km south of Ha Noi along National Highway Nr.1. Places to visit are Huong Pagoda, CamMountain, Ngu Dong Son, and Ba Danh Pagoda. There are the Luon and Cam Kha Phong Caves. Food plants and fruit abound. Phu Ly Town is the centre for culture, politics and economy. Traditional festivals featuring Lieu Doi wrestling are famous all over the country. In the field of industry and small handicraft production, certain products can be obtained just as  Thanh Ha embroidery, Kien Khe stone, An Do smoothing, Dong Son knitting and Dai Thanh weaving..
  3. Thai Binh is 110 km away from Ha Noi and includes 7 suburban districts within the Red River Delta. Keo Pagoda is a famous place to visit, alsoDongChau Beach. Traditional trading villages abound in silver carving, embroidery, and sleeping mat weaving. Especially, Nguyen Xa water puppetry is famous same as buffalo-fighting and cock-fighting.

 

  1. Nam Dinh includes 9 suburban districts and is 90 km southeast from Ha Noi, belonging to the Red River Delta and having a coastline of 72 km in length. Thinh Long and Hai Thinh beaches are both very attractive. Also there is the ancient Co Le Pagoda andPhoMinh Tower from the Tran dynasty. The Phu Day temple complex is a major center of the Holy Mothers Cult, unique to Viet Nam.

 

  1. Ninh Binh is 90 km from Ha Noi towards the south along National Highway Nr.1A and hasTamDiep Town and 6 suburban districts. Hoa Lu ancient capital, Phat Diem stone church, and the many caves of Tam Coc-Bich Dong should not to be missed.

 

  1. Thanh Hoa is 150 km away from Ha Noi towards the south and has 26 suburban districts. There is the Ho dynasty citadel in the mountains, while a long coastline over 100 km stretches along the sea with the famousSamSon Beach.

 

  1. Nghe An is 290 km from Ha Noi to the south and hasVinhCity with 18 suburban districts and towns. Cua Lo is its beautiful beach. Nghe An is the homeland of President Ho Chi Minh and a lot of historical monuments abound.

 

  1. Ha Tinh is some 340 km from Ha Noi to the south and includes 10 suburban districts. Very famous is Cuo Sot, Thien Cam and Ky Nam Beaches. National Highway Nr.1A goes through the town.

 

  1. Quang Binh is some 490 km from Ha Noi to the south and hasDongHoi City and 6 suburban districts. Famous beaches are Nhat Le and Da Nhay. The Phong Nha-Ke Bang nature reserve is a Vietnamese world natural heritage site.

 

  1. Quang Tri is some 600 km from the south of Ha Noi and has Dong Ha City,QuangTri Town and 8 suburban districts. Its famous beaches are Cua Tung and Cua Viet. The Ho Chi Minh Trail runs in the mountains, while National Highway Nr.9 leads to the Lao Bao border pass and to Savannakhet in Laos some 240 km away.

 

  1. Thua Thien Hue is 660 km from Ha Noi to the south and hasHueImperial City and 8 suburban districts. The Huong River runs through the town with the imperial palace on its north bank. There are 6 famous Royal Tombs and the Thien Mu Buddhist Pagoda. Cua Thuan is the best beach out at the sea with Lang Co beach at the foot of Hai Van Pass further south. The province has the Phu Bai Airport along the National Highway Nr.1A, while the Bach Ma Range with the Hai Van Pass separates North and South Viet Nam. Hue is well known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in UNESCO world heritage sites. As seat of the Nguyễn emperors, the citadel was a forbidden city, where only the concubines and those close enough to them were granted access.

 

  1. DanangCity with Hoang Sa Archipelago is 760 km from Ha Noi and is divided into 6 urban districts and 2 rural districts. Beautiful beaches reach from the Son Tra Peninsula to Non Nuoc (China Beach) in the south. Da Nang has the Tien Sa deep-water port. The important ChamMuseum was built during the French colonial time. There is a new international airport. The famous 5 Marble Mountains and Ba Na Mountain Resort are highly recommended to visit for sightseeing and marvelous views of Central Viet Nam. There is a cable car to bring you to Ba Na Mountain.

 

  1. Quang Nam is 860 km south of Ha Noi and is composed of Tam Ky Town, Hoi An Town and 15 suburban districts. The province is the location of the Cham and Sa Huynh Civilization and has two world heritage sites, namely My Son Holy Land and the oldportof Hoi An at the Thu BonRiver. Cham Island is out at the sea.

 

  1. Quang Ngai is 890 km from Ha Noi and includes 13 suburban districts. The Sa Huynh Beach is very famous. The North-South Railway and National Highway Nr.1A run across the province, while National Highway Nr.24 leads up from Thach Tru south of Quang Ngai to Kon Tum.

 

  1. Kon Tum is a town in the Central Highlands and includes 9 districts. There are up to 20 ethnic minority groups and festivals such as gong beating, buffalo stabbing and new rice eating. The Kon Tum Plateau as part of theTruongSon Range is much forested.

 

  1. Gia Lai is 540 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Pleiku City, An Khe Town and 13 districts. The Sesan River flows west into Cambodia. The Gia Rai are the dominant ethnic minority group. There are many places of old battlefields along the Ho Chi Minh Trail (National Highway Nr.14). National Highway No.19 goes down to Qui Nhon in Binh Dinh Province.

 

  1. Dak Lak is 360 km fromHo Chi Minh Citywith Ban Me Thuot City and 12 districts. Lak Lake is a popular destination. Traditional cultures from ethnic minorities abound. Elephant races are famous. National Highway Nr.26 goes down to Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province.

 

  1. Binh Dinh is 680 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Quy Nhon City and 10 rural districts. Cham Towers abound and there is a 100 km long coastline. The domestic Phu Cat Airport is 3 km north of Quy Nhon.

 

  1. Phu Yen is 560 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Tuy Hoa City and 8 suburban districts. The Nhan Mountain Cham Tower is next to the Da Rang River. A 100 km long coastline features Cape Varella as the most eastern spot of Viet Nam. Long Thuy is a nice beach. There is the Da Dia whirlpool with unusual overlapped stone layers. Mount Da Bia on the Deo Ca Pass is a sacred mountain. Phu Yen’s specialties are shrimps, crabs, fishes, and snails offering an unforgettable palate for visitors. National Highway Nr.1A and the North-South Railway run through the province.

 

  1. Khanh Hoa with the Truong Sa Archipelago is 450 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityhas Nha Trang City and 8 suburban districts. The Po Nagar Cham Tower is most famous. The province has a coastline of 200 km and one of the most beautiful beaches is Dai Lanh in the north. In the south of the province is Cam Ranh Port, one of the best ports in the world.

 

  1. Ninh Thuan is 250 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Phan Rang-Thap Cham Town and 5 districts. Hoa Lai, Po Klong Garai, and Po Rome are old Cham Towers, while Ninh Chu Beach and Ca Na Beach are good for swimming. There are many handicraft villages in the province, which are the last remains of the Cham ethnic minority group. The annual Kate Festival is good to attend, when getting to know more about the culture of the Cham people. National Highway Nr.27 over the spectacular Ngoan Muc Mountain Pass goes up to Dalat in Lam Dong Province.

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  1. Binh Thuan is 200 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Phan Thiet City with 9 rural districts. Phu Hai Cham Tower is northeast of the city, while Mui Ne Town with its sand dunes, beaches and fishing villages is a favorite destination for tourists. There are light houses at Phan Ri and Ke Ga. Phu Quy Island is out at the sea. National Highway Nr.1A runs through the province.

 

  1. Lam Dong is 290 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Dalat and 10 districts. It is well-known for its flower gardens, lakes, waterfalls, and pine forests. It was founded in 1893 by the French as the City of Spring. The Central Market in Dalat is worth a visit.

 

  1. Dak Nong hasGiaNghia Town and 6 rural districts. The Srepok River flows into Cambodia. There are the impressive Gia Long, Dray Sao and Dieu Thanh Waterfalls. Highway Nr.14 connects to Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku and Kon Tum in the Central Highlands or Tay Nguyen.

 

  1. Binh Phuoc is 130 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Dong Xoai Town and 7 districts. The Xtieng are the dominant ethnic minority group. There is a border post leading to Kratie in Cambodia. Forested landscapes abound and Saigon and Dong Nai Rivers originate here.

 

  1. Binh Duong is 30 km north ofHo Chi Minh Cityand has Thu Dau Mot Town and 6 districts. Coffee, rubber and fruit plantations abound. The provincial town produces many traditional handicrafts such as pottery, ceramics, lacquer ware and wood sculptures. Some tunnels from the Vietnam War can be explored, as the Ho Chi Minh Trail passes through the province.

 

  1. Dong Nai is 30 km northeast fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Bien Hoa City, Long Khanh Town and 9 districts. There is the Cat Tien National Park. Dong Nai is also the homeland of traditional musical instruments such as lithopone and bronze cymbals and is nowadays attracting large amount of foreign investment. Coffee and rubber plantations abound, as well as traditional handicrafts such as pottery making and stone carving.

 

  1. Ba Ria-Vung Tau with the Con Son Archipelago is 125 km east ofHo Chi Minh Cityand has Vung Tau City, Ba Ria Town and 6 districts. With its 100 km long coastline, the province is a well-known tourism centre with several nice beaches. There are regular hydrofoil cruise ships from Ho Chi Minh City directly to Vung Tau.

 

  1. Ho Chi Minh Cityis 1710 km south of Ha Noi and is divided into 19 urban districts and 5 rural districts. The Saigon River flows through the city. The Cu Chi underground tunnels are well-known as well its museums, theatres, colonial architecture, and entertainment places. There is the General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and a myriad of temples. The Tan Son Nhat International Airport is only 7 km from the city centre still known as Saigon.

 

  1. Tay Ninh is 90 km northwest ofHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 8 districts. Famous for its Cao Dai Holy See, Ba Den Monuntain and Dau Tieng Reservoir, the province has a 240 km long borderline with Cambodia and border gates such as Moc Bai leading to Phnom Penh, which is 170 km away.

 

  1. Long An is located in the Vam Co River Delta between theDongNai River and Cuu Long River. It has Tan An Town and 13 districts. There is a museum to show items of the ancient Oc Eo Civilization. National Highway Nr.1A goes through it to reach the mighty Mekong River at My Tho in Tien Giang Province.

 

  1. Dong Thap is 160 km west ofHo Chi Minh Cityand has Cao Lanh Town and 9 districts. The province has a dense river and canal system with a lot of large lakes. Floating rice abounds. Also, temples of the Oc Eo Civilization can be found.

 

  1. Tien Giang is 70 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has My Tho City and 7 districts.

There is the famous Vinh Trang Pagoda and 4 islands with fruit orchards in the Tien Giang River, part of the Mekong Delta. Go Thanh is an archaeological site of Oc Eo, while in Co Cong are Royal Tombs. The busy Cai Be Floating Market is just before coming to Vinh Long Province.

 

  1. Ben Tre is 85 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 7 districts. The province is rich in rice, corn, fruit and fish. 3 big islands make up the province, namely Bao, Minh, and An Hoa Islands. A new bridge connects My Tho with Ben Tre.

 

  1. Vinh Long is 135 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 6 districts. The province is located in the middle of the Mekong Delta between the Tien Giang and the Hau Giang Rivers. The My Thuan Bridge is in the north of Vinh Long, while a new bridge connects to Can Tho in the south. National Highway Nr.1A runs through the province.

 

  1. Tra Vinh is 200 km froHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 7 districts. Settled by the Khmer ethnic minority group, it features the beautiful Theravada Buddhist Hang Pagoda. Agriculture is very important next to fish and shrimp farming. Ba Dong Beach is good for swimming.

 

  1. Soc Trang is 230 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 8 districts. With a 70 km long coastal line, the province is heavily settled by the Khmer ethnic minority group and has the beautiful Doi Pagoda and an important Khmer Museum near the Khlaeng Pagoda.  National Highway Nr.1A goes through the province.

 

  1. Bac Lieu is 280 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 6 districts. Fertile rice fields and fruit gardens abound and there are fish catch and salt production. Crane and stork live in Vinh Loi Bird Sanctuary, while Xiem Pagoda and Vinh Hung Tower are worth a visit and more.

 

  1. Ca Mau is 350 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 8 districts. It has a dense river and canal systems, rich fields and gardens. The Cha La Bird Sanctuary and the U Minh Ha National Park are very famous. Actually, Ca Mau is the most southern province of Viet Nam and National Highway Nr.1A ends here.

 

  1. Hau Giang is 240 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Vi Thanh Town and 6 districts. Besides abundant marine products, the province offers a big rice and fruit production. The Phung Hiep Floating Market is one of the best floating markets of the Mekong Delta recommended to visit

 

  1. Can Tho City is 170 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand includes 8 districts. With its three ports, the city is convenient for cargo loading. Fresh water fish and shrimp farming abound. Vietnamese and Chinese live in harmony together. National Highway Nr.1A runs through Can Tho until Ca Mau in the south and there is also the domestic Tra Noc Airport.

 

  1. An Giang is 190 km fromHo Chi Minh Cityand has Long Xuyen City, Chau Doc Town and 9 districts. Caged fish farming and fish sauce production abound, while silk and cotton weaving is done in Cham villages. Sam Mountain and Cam Mountain in Chau Doc as well as the historical ancient port of Oc Eo are important historical sites. Tra Su Bird Sanctuary is famous. There is also a daily convenient transfer boat service between Chau Doc and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The Victoria Chau Doc Resort right at the riverfront of the Hau River is one of the best accommodations to find.

 

  1. Kien Giang withPhuQuoc Island is 250 km from Ho Chi Minh City and has Rach Gia City and 11 districts. Shrimp and fish farming abound, also fish sauce production. There is also the U Minh Thuong National Park. The special landscapes of Ha Tien and Phu Quoc Island are not to be missed to visit. There are express boats from Rach Gia and Ha Tien to reach Phu Quoc Island.

 

At Thailand Travel Mart plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region (TTM+) 2017 in Chiang Mai on 14-16 June, there were altogether 6 booths from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to introduce new tourism products from Viet Nam, mainly from Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An in Central Viet Nam.

Actually, Mr. Nam Vu, Deputy Director of Tourism Marketing Department, and Miss Thi Mai Huong Tran, Expert of Tourism Marketing Department, were busy to explain that in 2016 Viet Nam counted some 10 million visitors. With three international airports, namely in Ha Noi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, rising numbers of visitors are expected in the future, namely from China.

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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