|HA TINH PROVINCE
Coordinates: 18°20'N 105°54'E
Region North Central Coast
Capital Ha Tinh
Area 5,997.2 km2
• Total 1,229,300
• Density 205/km2
• Ethnicities Kinh, Thai
Calling code 039
Locating at the east of Truong Son Mountain Range, Ha Tinh's terrain is both narrow and sloping, tilting towards the east. To the west is a high mountain range (with average height of 1,500m), following with a range of hills, small and narrow elongated plain and coastal sandy banks.
Mountainous terrain accounts for 80% of the province's natural area that is sharply differentiated and divided, forming deferent ecological areas. There are 14 rivers such as Ngan Pho, Ngan Sau, Cay. The coastline is 137km in length which is suitable for making salt, rearing shellfish such as shrimps, crabs, oysters, snails...
Ha Tinh belongs to the tropical monsoon area. The annual average temperature is 23.7oC. There are two clear seasons: rainy and dry season. Raining season lasts from August to November. Dry season is from December to July next year. The weather is dry, hot and highly vaporizing West - Southern wind (blowing from Laos).
The province has many special internal tourism places ecologically, historically, culturally, namely National Park of Vu Quang, Ke Go reservoir, Hong Linh Mountain, interests inhering to poet Nguyen Du, monument of comrade Tran Phu - First General Secretary of Vietnamese Communist Party, Dong Loc Road Junction - a monument sticking with glorious victory of Vietnam against the US. Then, tourists are able to relax in Xuan Thanh, Thien Cam, Thach Hai or Deo Con beaches, or in medical treatment area of Son Kim Hot Spring.
Ha Tinh preserves many temples, pagodas such as Cua Dieu Tower, Huong Tich, Bich Chau, Yen Lac pagodas, Tam Lang, Chieu Trung temples. Along with traditional temples, festivals draw tourists’ attention like Xuan Dien Festival (4th to 8th of the 1st lunar month) which commemorates the memory of the Tam Lang Genie who helped Dai Viet troops defeated foreign aggressors.
Coming there, visitor do not forget make tour to some of handicrafts villages such as Van Cham, Minh Long iron, Duc Lam cooper, Cam Trang pottery, Thai Yen wood, Ha silt, Ho cloth.
Apart of that, tourists can follow National Road No. 8 passing Cau Treo Border Gate to Laos, Thailand and other ASEAN countries.
Ha Tinh has 130 km of Highway 1A stretching from Ben Thuy Bridge (Vinh City) to Deo Ngang Pass linking Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. Ho Chi Minh Route is the second most important of the province. Besides, Ha Tinh enjoys Road 8 which runs from Hong Linh town to Laos and Viet-Lao highway from Vung Ang Harbour (Ky Anh dist.) to Laos. In 2007, a railway link to Laos was proposed from Ha Tinh province.