Area: 4,662.5 sq. km
803,300 habitants (2004)
Capital: Hoa Binh Town.
Districts: Da Bac, Mai Chau, Ky Son, Cao Phong, Luong Son, Kim Boi, Tan Lac, Lac Son, Lac Thuy, Yen Thuy.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Muong, Thai, Tay, Dao...


Hoabinh is a mountainous province in the North. It is bordered by Phutho and Hatay in the north, Ninhbinh and Thanhhoa in the south, Hanam in the east, and Sonla in the west.

The topography is combined by mountains and narrow valleys. The annual average temperature varies between 23 and 25ºC.


The culture of Hoabinh combines several ethnic groups with their own languages, traditional literature, and festivals.
Tourists especially enjoy the ethnic specialty dishes including rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat. At night, visitors can stay in stilt houses at
Lac Village in Mai Chau Valley, enjoy watching traditional dancing, music performances (bronze drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing. The remote Muong, Dao, Tay minority villages draw visitors who like study the life of ethnic groups. Beautiful brocade and forest products are interesting souvenirs.

Mountainous terrain with Thac Bo, Hoa Tien grottoes, Ret Cave, Pu Nooc Primitive forest and many clean springs are suitable for swimming, climbing, walking, and hunting. Visitors are also fascinated by superb beauty of Hoa Binh Hydroelectric Power Plant, the largest one in Vietnam. Boating on Da River is an enjoyable feeling.

Apart of these, scientific tests have shown that the mineral water at Kim Boi Hot Spring is good for drinking, bathing and treatment.


Road and water transportation are convenient. There is National Highway No. 6 from Hanoi vie Ha Tay to Hoabinh, Sonla, National Highway No. 15 from Mai Chau to Thanhhoa, National Highway No. 12B from Hoabinh to Nho Quan (Ninhbinh).

Hoabinh Town is 76km from Hanoi. Da River is 5km from Hoabinh Town.


Source: Vietnam Administration of Tourism