Whenever mentioning the name of Thai Binh province, most people think of a big granary in the Northern Vietnam. Geographically, the province is adjacent to Hai Duong Province and Hai Phong City on the north, Ha Nam and Hung Yen provinces on the west. It also shares the borders with Nam Dinh Province on the south and the East Sea on the east.
|THAI BINH PROVINCE
Coordinates: 20°30'N 106°20'E
Region Red River Delta
Capital Thai Binh
Area 1,570 km2
• Total 1,786,000
• Density 1,138/km2
• Ethnicities Kinh, Tay
Ngai, Ra Glai
Calling code 036
Thai Binh’s topography is fairly flat with average height between one to two meters above sea level; it is the only province in Vietnam that does nor boast a mountain. Three faces of Thai Binh are Red, Luoc and Hoa rivers, and one face is 53km seaside. The subsequent fertile soil was excellent for growing grains, especially rice. Thai Binh rice is acknowledged as the best strain in the North of Vietnam.
Belonging to Red River Delta, the weather in Thai Binh is influenced by monsoon tropical. The weather is typical as one in the Northern Vietnam. Thai Binh has a hot summer (lasts from May to October) and a cold winter (lasts from November to April). The annual average temperature is 23.5oC, in which the lowest is 4oC and the highest one is 38oC.
Coming to Thai Binh, tourists enjoy visiting inshore sandbanks where rare birds stops, seeing natural beauty in mangrove forest, swimming in Dong Chau Beach, and joining interesting traditional festivals like Dong Xam Temple Festival (1st to 3rd of the 4th lunar month) and Keo Pagoda Festival (15th day of the 9th lunar month). Well-known culture constructions are Dong Bang, Tien La temples, and Keo Pagoda. There are many valuable votive objects and beautiful three-storey bell tower in Keo Pagoda. Various flowers and fruits in Bach Thuan Garden Village also attract many visitors every year.
This province is rich of traditional handicraft villages like weave fabric in Phuong La, mat weave in Hoi, silver carve in Dong Xam, copper casting in An Long, lace embroider in Minh Lang, cay cake making in Nguyen Xa.
Visitors are able to enjoy many folk songs, festival games in traditional festivals such as water puppet in Nguyen Xa, cheo song in Khuoc, fish and duck catching, rice cooking competition and squib contests.
Thai Binh City is 110km from Hanoi, 70km from Haiphong, 18km from Nam Dinh. There are Tan De, Thai Binh, and Trieu Duong bridges. National Highway No.10 connects Thai Binh, Haiphong and Nam Dinh and National Highway No.39 links the province to Hung Yen.