Not just "hometown of rice" - A hidden cultural land with numerous historical relics, handicraft villages and folk festivals
Dubbed as "the homeland of rice", Thai Binh is no stranger to the greenest paddy fields, small charming villages, festivals, and cultural & historical relics associated with wet rice civilization in Red River Mekong Delta. Feel a really tranquil, free from noise atmosphere while walking along winding roads and get to know farming techniques here.
Stirring scenery of rice fields and historical significance aside, Thai Binh has a stretch of 52-km coastline entirely remaining clean and beautiful. As a consequence, this semi-rural province has the potentials to become a promising tourist destination in the North.
Geographically, Thai Binh coastal province belongs to the Red River Delta, about 110km southeast Hanoi and 70km southwest Hai Phong City.
There is no dearth of public buses running directly from Giap Bat Bus Station (Hanoi) to Thai Binh Center. Each bus departs every half an hour. Thai Binh is also easily accessible by motorbike. From Hanoi, follow National Highway 1 to Phu Ly then turn left to Highway 21 then Highway 10, passing Tan De Bridge to Thai Binh Province.
Best time to visit
You can visit Thai Binh any time of the year but it's best to plan your travel during festivals to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and understand the local culture.
Places of interest and festivals
Despite not having as many interesting sightseeing places as other famous tourist destinations like Hanoi or Ninh Binh, Thai Binh Province is acknowledged as a land of festivals and religious sites.
Keo Temple was built during Ly Dynasty thus the temple bears ancient beauty and unique architecture. Annually, on the 4th day of the first lunar month and from the 13th to the 15th of the ninth lunar month, Thai Binh Province celebrates Keo Festival to worship Buddhist priest Khong Lo - Ly Quoc Su.
Dong Chau Beach
30km from Thai Binh City, Dong Chau Beach is a pristine and mesmerizing beach partly enclosed by green trees. In addition to fresh air and clear beach water, accommodation and dining services nearby Dong Chau Beach are also very reasonable, alluring many visitors, especially families.
Tran Temple Festival
Tran Temple Festival is among Vietnam's biggest spring festivals taken place annually, from 14th to 15th of the first lunar month. Tran Temple Festival is held to honor the Tran Dynasty with several ritual practices and folk games and performances such as rice cooking competition, lion dances, cheo and chau van singing, and martial arts.