Thai Nguyen Province is in the North-East of Vietnam, known for the steel-making industry and the green tea quality. Thai Nguyen City is the capital of the province, 67km from Hanoi. Road No. 3 from Hanoi to Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan Provinces is in excellent conditions.
Thai Nguyen is by far off from the tourist track and the province offers plenty of opportunities for adventure tours such as bicycle tours, motorbike tours, eco tours and historical tours.
Things To Do and Tourist Attractions In Thai Nguyen
The Ethnology Museum
It is quite unusual that Thai Nguyen City has such a good museum about the different ethnic groups in Vietnam. There are different sections for each group where you can learn lots about them.
ATK War Zone, Historical Tours
Thai Nguyen was once part of the capital of the Vietnamese revolution in gaining independence back from the French and Japanese. ATK is abbreviation for the Safe Zone (Liberated Zone) in Vietnamese and it was here that the headquarters of the Vietnamese revolutionary movements was located.
In the ATK you can visit the different sites and recall a chapter of the Vietnamese history. You can daytrip to the ATK from Hanoi, or stay overnight on a cycling tour…
Nui Coc Lake and Ecotourism
The Lake is 16km from Thai Nguyen City. The Lake was rented out to a private company to turn into a theme park nowadays. The lake offers lovely boat trip, refreshing boat trips, relaxing walking paths.
Country Road Cycling
The idyllic landscape in the ATK with lovely Tay villages is certainly great for leisurely cycling for a couple of days. Accommodations are either at local Tay families or simple guesthouses.
Alternatively you can take on the scenic road between Thai Nguyen and Lang Son. On this route, you’ll be charmed by breathtaking mountains, lovely rice fields and ethnic villages.
The idyllic countryside with green tea plantations at Tan Cuong could be a lovely spot for cycling and photography. The area is on the way between Thai Nguyen City and the Nui Coc Lake.
Photography tour to the tea plantation at Tan Cuong
Tan Cuong is on the outskirt of Thai Nguyen City, 11km from the city center. The hill plantations are great spots for photography, especially in the early morning.
How to get to Thai Nguyen
1/ From Hanoi via Route 3 or the Expressway (car, van only)
The road is in good condition but it is busy sometimes. The excellent expressway is for those on a four wheels.
2/ From Bac Kan via Route 3 or a new toll road
Both routes are in good condition and offer spectacular landscape with mountains and valleys all the way.
Alternatively you can go from the Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) via a back road with lovely bucolic landscape.
3/ From Lang Son via Route 1B
The landscape you’ll encounter on this road is breathtaking and it would be a waste if you do not take a cycling experience through this amazing scenery.