Thai Nguyen is a province in the Northeast region of Vietnam, bordering Bac Kan, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Phuc, Lang Son, Bac Giang, and Hanoi. It is a mountainous, midland province with a natural land area of 3534.45 square kilometres.
With its rich mineral resources and salubrious climate, the province offers significant opportunities for industrial development for both domestic and foreign investors.
When to go
With terrain sloping from high mountains to the low zones and midlands, in terms temperature in winter, Thai Nguyen has three climatic sub-zones. A cold sub-zone in Vo Nhai District, a temperate subzone including Dinh Hoa, Phu Luong and southern Vo Nhai districts and a warm subzone which includes Dai Tu, Dong Hy, Phu Binh, Pho Yen, Thai Nguyen City and Song Cong town.
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 Thái Nguyên has two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to October and dry season from October to May. The average rainfall per annum lies in the range of 2,000 to 2,500 mm; it rains most in August and least in January.
What to see
There are several tourist attractions in Thai Nguyen province. Some of the ones outside the capital city are Nui Coc lake and Phuong Hoang caves.
Nui Coc lake
Nui Coc Lake is the most popular attraction. Tour boats circle the lake, recounting local legends and visiting some of the 89 islands within it. Several islands feature historic remains, protected breeding sites for birds, or feral goats. In March 2007, an eco-tourism park was developed beside the lake. It features musical fountains, an animal park, and a Fairy Tale House Underworld and Water park.
Phuong Hoang (Phoenix) cave is one of the largest caves in Vietnam, located at a distance of 40 km from Thai Nguyen city. The cave has four chambers where stalagmite and stalactite formations can be seen. Two of the caves admit some sunlight when the sun is at the right angle.
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