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Hoa Binh is a mountainous province, located in the nation’s Northwest region. The province is bordered by Phu Tho and Hanoi in the north, Ninh Binh and Thanh Hoa in the south, Ha Nam in the east, and Son La in the west.
Hoa Binh province is subdivided into 1 city and 9 districts including Hoa Binh city, Cao Phong district, Da Bac district, Kim Boi district, Lac Son district, Lac Thuy district, Luong Son, Mai Chau, Tan Lac, and Yen Thuy.
The provincial capital is 82km from downtown Hanoi. Road and water transportation are convenient in this province. There is National Highway No. 6 from Hanoi to Hoa Binh, Son La, National Highway No. 15 from Mai Chau to Thanh Hoa, National Highway No. 12B from Hoa Binh to Nho Quan (Ninh Binh).
Hoa Binh map
What are the top attractions to visit in Hoa Binh?
Hoa Binh Province is known as the cradle of the ancient Muong people and is home to many significant cultural features. 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.
Here are top 10 places to visit in Hoa Binh province.
Uncle Ho monument
Located on Ong Tuong hill, the monument was completed in 1997. Uncle Ho Statue is 18 meters tall and weighs 400 tonnes.
Hoa Binh Hydropower plant
The Hoa Binh Hydropower plant was one of the most complex constructions in the world at the time of development. It was built in the mountains and has an annual electrical output of more than 11.254 billion kWh.
The immaculate landscape of mountains, forests, and rice terraces surrounding the magnificent Mu waterfalls attracts many visitors. At the foot of the waterfall, visitors can safely swim in the natural pool.
With a perfect combination of mountains, forests, and peaceful lakes, Thung Nai has become the epitome of an idyllic landscape, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe. The best times to visit Thung Nai are the autumn and spring when the valley is filled with fresh lake water and its small islands are covered with a green canopy of coconut trees.
Mai Chau is a captivating valley situated between tall mountains and filled with rice paddies, lush green forests and enchanting nature reserves. Visitors are able to admire the beauty of Ban, Plum, and Peach flowers when they visit Mai Chau in March, April, October, November and December.
Thung Khe Pass
Located on Highway 6 between Tan Lac and Mai Chau in Hoa Binh province, Thung Khe Pass (White Rock Pass) offers four seasons in a day: spring in the morning, summer at noon, autumn in the afternoon and winter at night. Passing Thung Khe on winter days, you will be chilled to the bone and feel the cling of wet fog as it drifts down the mountain.
Thac Bo cave
Thac Bo cave has become a favourite spiritual tourism destination for pilgrims across the country, who are drawn to the amazing natural scenery. Bo Temple was built in 1431 in Hoa Trang Commune in commemoration of the contributions of Dinh Thi Van, a H’mong ethnic minority woman, and her Dao ethnic minority friend who encouraged locals to raise food to support Le Loi’s troops in the fight against foreign invaders.
Kim Boi hot spring
Kim Boi hot spring is an ideal place for those who want to take a day off after a long and tiring journey. Clear warm water continually spouts from the fountains, at a temperature between 34C and 36C. According to some scientific tests, Kim Boi water resources can reach the required standard for quality; therefore, it is suitable for drinking and bathing.
Cuu Thac Tu Son waterfall
On the way to the waterfall, tourists can marvel at the wild, rustic beauty of nature and the unique cultural identity of the Muong ethnic people. Cuu Thac Tu Son Mountain is over 1,300m high. Nine waterfalls run down from the peak like strips of white silk.
Lung Van is considered “The Roof of Muong Bi”, one of the four major and most ancient cultural cradles of the Muong ethnic people in Hoa Binh Province, including Muong Bi, Muong Vang, Muong Thang and Muong Dong.
How to get to Hoa Binh?
There are several ways for getting to Hoa Binh. You can get there by private car, public local bus, motorbike, or bicycle. It depends on your departure location, means of transport, your trip duration, your personal interest and budget. There is no train nor flight between Hanoi and Hoa Binh province.
Getting to Hoa Binh from Hanoi
The best way to get to Hoa Binh from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. Booking a private transfer from Hanoi to Hoa Binh offers you the chance to make as many stops on the way as you wish for coffee breaks, side-road visits, or just shooting pictures.
There are also public buses going to Hoa Binh from Hanoi. Taking local public bus or limousine service are alternative options for getting from Hanoi to Hoa Binh. Most of Limousine and shuttle buses depart from Yen Nghia bus station in the morning. Some other overnight buses leave from My Dinh and Giap Bat bus station in the evening. Overnight buses connecting Hanoi and Son La, Dien Bien Phu also make stop in Hoa Binh province. Please bear in mind local buses are usually full at weekend and during school holidays in summer.
Local taxis, Uber, and Grabcar, motorbike rental, bicycle rental are also available in Hanoi.
Hoa Binh when to go?
Hoa Binh weather is portrayed by warm atmosphere all year round. The average temperature is about 26.7°C. The rainfall in Hoa Binh is relatively high, with the heavy rains in summer months. During a year, there are 160 days that the rainfall is about 1721mm. In months of spring, summer and autumn, the lighting hours of the sunshine is different. In autumn, winter and spring, the humidity in Hoa Binh is at the lowest point. Annually, the temperature averages at 23°C; the average rainfall 1.800mm/year; relative humidity of 85%; and average annual evaporation of 704mm.
Best time to visit
The best time to travel Hoa Binh is from October to December (solar calendar), and the first month of lunar year, before and after Tet holiday of Vietnamese people. During this time, Hoa Binh is covered by beautiful white plum blossom. March is the period when white flowers spreading everywhere in Hoa Binh. From April to August, weather in Hoa Binh is cooler than in Hanoi. In summer, Hoa Binh is covered by a lush green color of jungles, paddy fields, and corn fields. Specifically, at the end of autumn, Hoa Binh features wealthy and vibrant beauty with yellow terraced fields of grain covering all hillsides. Peaceful natural and fascinating seasonal scenery cannot exaggerate the great beauty in Hoa Binh.
Hoa Binh car hire
Renting a car with driver assures a hassle-free journey to destinations, in and around Hoa Binh Province. Vietnam Car Hire is a local transportation company that can help you to get your car rental bookings or airport transfers confirmed in just few clicks.
We have a big fleet of vehicle including 4, 5 seater Sedan, 7, 8 seater MPV, SUV, 15, 16 seater minivan, minibus, 29, 35, 45 coaches offering a wide selection of car rental packages in Hoa Binh province as well as in northern Vietnam. Options include easy airport pickup, private transfers, car rental with driver, and private car hire. We also have pickup trucks and box trucks to rent out, also with driver for self-guided bicycle, motorbike tours.
No matter if in Hoa Binh Vietnam for travel, business, or pleasure you can find the right rental vehicle to match your budget and plans. Get around with more ease with a top quality car rental in Hoa Binh from Vietnam Car Hire!
Hoa Binh car rental packages
The following packages are only sample transfers, car rentals we design for travelers to travel to Hoa Binh or from this province to other destinations in Vietnam. Please contact us for personalized routes, car rental options, best rates, deals, and service’s availability.
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Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to rent a car for Hoa Binh, Vietnam?
Hoa Binh car rental price varies depending on your travel plan, date of travel, as well as your trip duration. Please let us know your working agenda (business travel) or day-to-day itinerary (travel itinerary), we will provide a quote.
What is the most popular rental cars in Hoa Binh?
7 seat SUV Ford Everest, Isuzu Highlander and Toyota Fortuner are the most popular rental cars for individual travel in Hoa Binh province, Vietnam. For small group tours (3-6 people), Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinters (Minivan and Minibus) are also popular rental cars. 4,5 seat Sedans and 45, 50 seat coaches are only recommended for traveling to Hoa Binh city or Mai Chau village. Other mountainous districts of Hoa Binh are difficultly accessible for big coaches or roads are sometimes too bad for sedans.
Why should I book Hoa Binh private transfer with Vietnam Car Hire?
When booking Hoa Binh car hire via vietnamcarhire.com, all your car rental options will be suggested by local senior car rental agents who live in Vietnam. They are drivers, tour guides, and local experts who have been to Hoa Binh. They can provide practical, updated information about this destination. There are no extra costs and no hidden fees involved in booking a rental car with Vietnam Car Hire.
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