Nghe An possesses diverse terrain from high mountains, plains, and midlands to an 82 km long coastline with many beautiful beaches, and nature reserves… The beauty of this land is handed down in folk songs. knife: “The water is as blue as a picture”.
What season is beautiful in Nghe An?
Nghe An has four distinct seasons. Spring is cool and warm with an average temperature of 22-29 degrees Celsius (January-March); hot summer, 33-38 degrees Celsius (April-June); autumn is cold, rainy, 22-28 degrees Celsius; cold windy winter, 17-20 degrees Celsius (October to December).
If you want to go on a vacation combined with swimming, the best time to visit is summer. If you go sightseeing, participate in festivals, go hiking… come in spring and autumn.
If you want to hunt flowers, come during the sunflower season from December to near the Lunar New Year. At this time, the whole field of flowers blooms a brilliant golden color to get the best photos.
Spring on Muong Long commune, Ky Son valley – where is known as “heaven’s gate” of western Nghe An, with an altitude of 1,500 m.
Nghe An is located in the center of the North Central Coast, 290 km from Hanoi and 1,400 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors can visit by roads such as bus, private car or motorbike.
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat, Khanh Hoa, Pleiku, Buon Ma Thuot, Da Nang have flights to Vinh. There are also international flights to and from Bangkok, Thailand. Airlines flying to Vinh are Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways or Vietjet. Flight time is from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the route you choose.
Visitors can also catch the train to Vinh. The fastest train runs from Hanoi to Vinh in 5 hours and 30 minutes, from Da Nang to Vinh in 9 hours, and from Ho Chi Minh City in more than a day. The train journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh is usually for those who have plenty of time, and want to see the scenery along the length of the country.
Ticket prices may change from time to time. Therefore, you need to update fares on the websites of airlines, trains, and coaches.
Pha Lai’s eco-tourism area is located in Xieng village, Mon Son commune, Con Cuong district, Nghe An province. Photo: Nghe An Tourism Center
Nghe An has many accommodation facilities from 3 to 5 stars such as Vinpearl Cua Hoi, Muong Thanh hotel system, Saigon Kim Lien, Summer… Prices for these hotels range from about 1,000,000 VND to 3,000,000 copper a night.
Some other private hotels suggested by the Provincial Tourism Promotion Center are Hai Dang, Xanh, Tien Anh, Pacific… at Cua Lo; Lam Hong, Beijing… in Vinh City. Room rates from 400,000 VND per night.
In addition, to the Nghi Loc district, visitors can stay at Bai Lu Resort. This is a place with fresh, cool air. You can swim in the sea, walk along the pine forests to watch the sunrise on Bai Lu Heaven Gate, or quietly light an incense stick next to the Shakyamuni Buddha…
Where to play?
Nghe An is the largest province in Vietnam, with an area of more than 16,400 square kilometers. Therefore, to visit all the landmarks, you may need up to a week. However, visitors can choose destinations close to each other for convenience. If you only need to go to the beach, the ideal time is three days and two nights.
This is the ancestral temple of President Ho Chi Minh, located in the middle of Chung mountain – a land of geniuses, the pride of the Kim Lien people. The temple is built harmoniously in the overall landscape and spatial architecture of Kim Lien Special National Monument.
Not only a work of cultural and spiritual value, but Chung Son Temple is also a highlight in the journey to visit Uncle Ho’s hometown because Chung Mountain is sacred land. In 1991, it was ranked as a national historical relic.
Chung Son Temple inaugurated in 2020. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An
Ho Chi Minh Square and Uncle Ho’s statue
Located in the center of Vinh City, this place was built in 2000, and inaugurated on May 19, 2003. Uncle Ho’s monument is made of Binh Dinh granite, 18 m high, weighs 150 tons, placed in the middle of the square named Uncle Ho, 11 hectares wide.
Milestone 0 in Tan Ky town, Tan Ky district, Nghe An province is the starting point of the Truong Son road – the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail to support the southern battlefield. Currently, the landmark has been remodeled, the campus has an area of 600 m2 with traditional houses displaying wartime artifacts.
A corner of Mon Son commune, Con Cuong district. Photo: Nghe An Tourism Center
Temple of Ong Hoang Muoi
Temple and tomb of Mr. Hoang Muoi in Xuan Am village, Hung Thinh commune, Hung Nguyen district, about 3km from Vinh city center. This place worships Mr. Hoang Muoi – Thai Lieutenant Vi Quoc Cong, a famous general of the Le Dynasty, originally from Nghe An. Nearly 100 meters east of the temple is the tomb of Monsignor, this is a special feature that only the temple of Monsignor Hoang Muoi in Nghe An has.
According to records, the temple was built in 1634, during the post-Le period. Throughout history, temples were destroyed. In 1995, the temple was rebuilt, now becoming the famous cultural, religious and spiritual center of Nghe An province.
Other spiritual tourist attractions of Nghe An are Qua Son Temple, Bach Ma Temple, Chin Gian Temple, Cuong Temple, King Mai Hac De’s Temple and Tomb, Co Am Pagoda, Dai Tue Pagoda.
Temple of Hoang Muoi. Photo: Phong Vinh
Thanh Chuong Tea Island
Located in Thanh An commune, Thanh Chuong district, 60km from Vinh city and 200m from Ho Chi Minh road is Thanh Chuong tea island. This is a famous check-in point, attracting many tourists to visit.
The island is about 80 hectares wide with dozens of small “oases” lying close, reflecting on the lake bed. This place is also likened to ” Ha Long on land “. Visitors to the island do not need to buy an entrance ticket but need to buy a ticket for a motorboat (15,000 VND one way). On the islands with water bars, visitors can eat local snacks and drink sugarcane juice for 15,000 VND per cup.
Pu Mat National Park
About 130km west of Vinh City is Pu Mat National Park. Visitors come here by three routes: national highway 7, 15 and Ho Chi Minh road. Located in the world biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO in 2007, this is a natural reserve with rich flora and fauna. Visitors can immerse themselves in the space of unspoiled nature, take a boat ride on the river, visit Pha Lai dam, Khe Kem waterfall, and enjoy local cuisine such as cool fish in the Giang river, rice lam…
Pu Mat National Park is seen from above. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An
Community Tourist Spot in the West of Nghe An
Near Pu Mat National Park is Con Cuong town – a place known to tourists as the highlight of community eco-tourism in the west of Nghe An. Here, you can rest, live at people’s houses, listen to folk songs, drink can wine, and eat Thai specialties.
Pha Lai Ecotourism Area
With an area of nearly 10 hectares, Pha Lai ecological area is located on the Giang river, about 120 km from Vinh city. Coming to Pha Lai, you can go kayaking down the John River, or enjoy sightseeing on a motorboat or zipline connecting the two riverbanks. Regarding cuisine, don’t forget to eat the special dishes of the Thai people, associated with the famous saying “Muong Qu’s rice, Giang river fish”.
If you come to Pha Lai Dam during the day, it is probably a unique “virtual living” spot that is worth your extra time to stop. However, the sunset here should not be missed.
From the bridge, you can see the Pha Lai dam (upper right corner) bisecting the John River. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An
Cua Lo Beach
16km east of Vinh city is Cua Lo beach . This place is considered to have an ideal space for activities such as swimming, volleyball, golf, rowing a basket boat go squid fishing at night. There are many high-end resorts around this area as well as good photo spots. One of them is the infinity pool at the Summer Hotel, the rocky beach of Lan Chau island… Visitors should not miss out on seafood at the seafood restaurants on the Binh Minh coastal road, eating floating squid. language.
Cua Lo Beach. Photo: Nghe An Tourism Center
Dien Thanh Beach
The sea is located right next to National Highway 1A, 40 km from Vinh City. Dien Thanh beach has emerald green water in four seasons, gentle golden sand, light waves, not deep water, sometimes even wading a hundred meters is just as big as an adult’s belly. The beach always looks peaceful, not as noisy as other beach resorts. This is considered one of the unspoiled lands, loved by many people.
80km north of Vinh city, Quynh beach belongs to Quynh Luu district and Hoang Mai town. Quynh Beach is not actually the name of a beach, but only 7 adjacent beaches: Quynh Phuong, Quynh Lien, Quynh Bang, Quynh Luong, Quynh Minh, Quynh Nghia and Tien Thuy.
Going from Hanoi, you will come to the first beach, Quynh Phuong. This beach is famous for its delicious, fresh, and affordable food. If you are an idealist, here you can worship at Con Temple – one of the four most sacred temples in Nghe An: “Nhat Con, Nhi Qua, Bach Ma, Chieu Trung”. The best time to go is from May to August.
In addition to bathing on Quynh beach, tourists who love to explore can visit Dragon’s Eye Cave and admire the beauty of stalactites, a massive cave system that nature bestows on this sunny and windy land.
Dragon Eye Cave is located on Dragon Mountain, Quynh Nghia Commune, Quynh Luu District. Photo: Nghe An Tourism Center
The sunflower field is 100 hectares wide, on the 19-5 farm, in Nghia Son commune, Nghia Dan district, 95km from Vinh city. Visitors can enjoy and take pictures of the field of bright yellow flowers, stretching endlessly in March-April and November-December. The Sunflower Festival is held in December every year. Alternatively, you can visit the nearby dairy farm.
If you want to check in with flowers, another suggestion for you is that Phu Quy flower valley is located close to Ho Chi Minh road, in Nghia Long commune, Nghia Dan district.
Photo: Nguyen’s Book
Other attractions : Muong Thanh Safari eco-tourism area, Que Phong waterfall (Tien Phong commune); Goong lake and Quyet mountain (Vinh city); the lighthouse on Lan Chau island (Cua Lo town), Nghi Thiet rock beach, Sang odd forest (Tuong Duong district); Yen Xuan reed lawn, myrtle flower hill, butterfly flower field, Nam Anh rose garden (Nam Dan commune); field of rapeseed flowers (Thanh Chuong district); Muong Long gong (Ky Son commune)…
Experiences to try: Listening to singing for miles (recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014); attending the Khan Festival (National Intangible Cultural Heritage) or Thanh Liet Temple Festival (National Intangible Cultural Heritage).
The annual festivals you can attend are Pan Pang, King Mai temple, Van Loc temple, Ca temple, Con temple, Qua Son temple, Van – Cua Rao temple, Hang Bua, Pu Nha Thau, Nguyen Xi temple, temple Duc Hoang, Thanh Liet Temple…
Craft villages : Bamboo and rattan (Nghi Thai commune, Nghi Phong, Vinh city), Brocade weaving (Gui Chau, Con Cuong, Tan Ky, Que Phong, Ky Son districts), clay pot making (Do Luong district), products production of melaleuca (Gui Chau and Quynh Luu districts), soy sauce production (Nam Dan district), fish sauce processing (Hoang Mai town or Dien Chau district)…
Fun festival Bua. Photo: Nghe An Tourism Center
Nghe An has many famous specialties, all of which are rustic dishes, loved by many tourists such as Banh Mi , congee soup, grilled squid, Banh Beo …
Visitors can eat eel porridge in Vinh City, at Mai Hac De Street or Doc Thiet Street. To eat seafood , tourists should visit Cua Lo, Quynh beach .
Other famous specialties to mention are tamarind sausage, Cau Don goat, Hung Chau raisin, Thanh Chuong chicken, Thanh Chuong Tim, fish sauce, Nam Dan soy sauce, Dien Chau rice cake, Do Luong rice paper, herbal tea. Vinh oranges, cud…
Places to eat in Vinh City: mountain goat restaurant, walking chicken; Minh Hong, Ngoc Chau, Ocean (specializing in seafood), Golden cow, Suiseki rock garden, Golden lotus…
Nghe An specialties. Photo: Phong Vinh
Foam coffee in Vinh market. Photo: Phong Vinh
For drinks, try the foam coffee at Vinh market – a must-have experience for coffee drinkers. In addition to the characteristic bitter taste, foam coffee also has a fatty taste from the foam layer and a characteristic aroma.
Depending on your preference, you can ask for brown or black glasses. When enjoying, you can slowly use the top foam first or stir it up with the coffee layer below.
The cool, refreshing tea is a specialty of the mountainous district of Quy Hop, in the northwest corner of Nghe. According to the people here, stabbing tea, which originates from the indigenous Thai ethnic group, is a familiar and indispensable drink in daily life.
A green road in Nghia Dan bends along the Lam river. Photo: Ngo Tran Hai An
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