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Binh Dinh Travel Attractions

Binh Dinh's Landscapesbinh dinh province

Area: 6039.6 sq. km.

Population: 1,566.3 thousand habitants (2006)

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Cham, Ba Na, Hre.

Capital: Quy Nhon City.

Districts: An Lao, Hoai An, Hoai Nhon, Phu My, Phu Cat, Vinh Thanh, Tay Son, Van Canh, An Nhon, Tuy Phuoc. 

Geography 

Binh Dinh is located on the coast of Central Vietnam. It is surrounded by Quang Ngai in the north, Phu Yen in the south, Gia Lai in the west, and the East Sea in the east with the coastline of 100km and some island offshore. The topography is divided in four regions: highlands, midlands, plains, and coast.

Climate: The annual average temperature varies between 26 and 28ºC. It is hottest in August and coldest in January. The annual average rainfall is 1,700mm - 1,800mm. The rainy season lasts from August to December.

Tourism

The long coast with many coves and lochs makes many beautiful spots and beaches such as Phuong Mai Peninsula, Queen, Quy Hoa and Ghenh Rang beaches. Besides these, Ham Ho Valley is a beautiful fresh water spot as a change for visitors who prefer tramping in the bush and a swim in the fresh water stream.

Binh Dinh is famous as the centre of the old Sa Huynh Culture. It used to be established as one of the capital cities of the former Cham Kingdom for a long period. The popular Cham towers are Banh It, Duong Long, Canh Tien and Doi. Binh Dinh has special products such as silk, swallow nest, shrimp, fish, precious wood, vegetable oil, rice, marble, titanium, and handicraft articles.

Festivals

Dong Da Festival (Binh Dinh)

Time: 5th day of the first lunar month.

Location: Binh Nghi Commune, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province.

Objects of worship: Emperor Quang Trung (Nguyen Hue) and leaders of Tay Son movement.

Activities: Drumming competition (Tay Son fighting drum), perform imitative battle, martial art: playing with fighting sticks danh con, di quyen (a Vietnamese form of Kung Fu, a system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet as weapons).

Spring Festival of Go Market

Time: 1st day of the first lunar month.

Location: Phong Thanh Hamlet, Tuy Phuoc Townlet, Tuy Phuoc District, Binh Dinh Province.

Activities: Spring Festival: Buying, selling and entertainment.

Do Gian FestivalTime: The 15th day of the seventh lunar month.Location: An Thai Village, An Nhon District, Binh Dinh Province.Objects of worship: Ba (a goddess of the sea).Activities: Praying for good weather, happiness and wealth for villagers; sacrifice-offering ceremony, bôi singing, souls-of-the-dead worshiping and do gian (an old custom of the local people in which the offering is roast pork. When the sacrifice-offering ceremony finishes, roast pork is thrown down from trellis).

Transportation

Road: Binh Dinh is 1,065km from Hanoi and is accessible either by car, train, or plane. Quy Nhon is 174km from Quang Ngai, 186km from Pleiku, 223km from Buon Ma Thuot, 238km from Nha Trang, 304km from Da Nang and 677km from Ho Chi Minh City. There are National Highways No. 1A and 19.

Bus: There are buses departing to Da Lat, Da Nang, Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, and others.

Air: Phu Cat Airport is 30km north of Quy Nhon. There are flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Quy Nhon everyday and flights between Da Nang and Quy Nhon twice a week.

Train: The Thong Nhat Express Train runs from the North to the South through the province. It stops at Dieu Tri, 11km from Quy Nhon.

Water: The province has Quy Nhon Port, an important port of South - Central Coast.