The Ho Family's Citadel in Thanh Hoa
The Ho Family's Citadel in Thanh Hoa

Thanh Hoa

Thanh Hoa Province is 160km south of Hanoi, constantly struck by natural disasters like typhoons, floods and droughts. Thanh Hoa was among the poorest countries of Vietnam until very recent time.

Probably hardship breeds talents that Thanh Hoa has always been home to a number of influential people in Vietnam, many virtually helped to shape up the history of the country such as Ba Trieu (the Trieu Lady), Ho Quy Ly, Le Loi, Trinh Kiem...Students and workers from the province are well-known for their talent and hard work.

Bim Son Thanh Hoa VietnamBim Son, located to the north of Thanh Hoa Province (near Ninh Binh Province)

Thanh Hoa by far is off the tourist path and is mostly visited by Vietnamese tourists only. Foreign travellers are rarely seen in Thanh Hoa. The province is rich in history and idyllic in natural landscape. Traveling through Thanh Hoa, you can visit the Ho Citadel dating back to the 15th century, Ben En Nature Reserve, Ham Rong historic Bridge, Lam Kinh Ancient Capital City, Sam Son Beach, Hai Hoa Beach...Big tour buses don't travel through Thanh Hoa, then to travel in the province, you'd need private transport like cars, bicycles or motorbikes...

Corn fields at Vinh Loc, Thanh Hoa
Corn fields at Vinh Loc, Thanh Hoa

 

Vinh Loc Thanh Hoa Vietnam
The countryside of Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa

Tourist infrastructure in Thanh Hoa caters mainly to Vietnamese tourists and not up to international standards yet. Staff at restaurants and hotels don't often speak much English. Prices are quite high in Thanh Hoa City and at Sam Son Beach in the summer (peak Vietnamese tourist season). In other areas, things are relatively cheap. A trip to Thanh Hoa may bring you unexpected experiences!

Tinh Gia Thanh Hoa VietnamThe arid soil at Tinh Gia, to the south of Thanh Hoa (near Nghe An Province)