Thai Nguyen city is the capital and largest city of Thai Nguyen Province in the northeast Vietnam. Thai Nguyen city is listed as a first class city and is the ninth largest city in Vietnam. It has long been famous throughout Vietnam for its tea. In 1959 it became the site of Vietnam’s first steel mill, and is now home to a large and growing major regional university complex.
Thai Nguyen City contains 1 township and 14 communes including Dinh Ca, Binh Long, Cuc Duong, Dan Tien, La Hien, Lau Thuong, Lien Minh, Nghinh Tuong, Phu Thuong, Phuong Giao, Sang Moc, Than Sa, Thuong Nung, Trang Xa, and Vu Chan.
When to go
The average temperatures in the hottest and the coldest months are 28.9 °C in June and 15.2 °C in January. The lowest recorded is 13.7 °C. Total number of sunny hours in a year is ranges between 1,300 and 1,750, which is equally distributed for months in a year. The climate of Thai Nguyen city has two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to October and dry season from October to May. The average rainfall per year lies in the range of 2,000 to 2,500 mm; it rains most in August and least in January. Generally speaking, Thai Nguyen’s climate is favourable for developing agriculture and forestry.
Getting to Thai Nguyen City
The best way to get to Thai Nguyen City from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. You will be picked up at your place in Hanoi and brought straight to Thai Nguyen City. The journey takes about 2 hours on road. Those who are on budget can take local public bus from My Dinh/Gia Lam/Giap Bat bus station. Taking a guided tour (with a tour guide) is highly recommended. A guide is really helpful in such an off the beaten track place like Thai Nguyen City Vietnam.
Best things to see and do
Museum of Ethnic Culture
Museum of Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups is located in Thai Nguyen City. It is the largest museum of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, spread over an area of 39,000 m2 in Vietnam and was established in 1960. It is housed in a pink coloured building where an assortment of impressive exhibits of more than 10,000 documents and artefacts, which belong to the cultural heritage of 54 ethnic tribes of Vietnam, can be seen. It is surrounded by extensive gardens where locals often exercise in the early mornings and evenings. On hot nights, you can enjoy a beer and boiled peanuts with the locals in the beer garden at the back of the museum garden.
Near the central fountain is the Heroes Monument, set on a small hillside. You can walk up the many steps to the top and enjoy views over the city.
Just off the main street, adjacent to Dong A 1 Hotel, is Coffee Street. There are over 20 cafes in this short street, where you can sample Vietnamese coffee at its best.
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