Binh Dinh Travel Guide
Binh Dinh Province is located on the south- central coast of Vietnam and the key economic region of central Vietnam. This province is also called “The Land of Martial Arts”, and is the origin of many famous fighting techniques in Vietnam, including the Tay Son style.
Binh Dinh is well known for conserving many traditional cultural features from thousands of years ago and famous as the center 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 best time to visit Binh Dinh
Weather in Binh Dinh is typically tropical monsoon with an average temperature of 27o C with two distinct seasons: the rainy season and dry season. Binh Dinh is Vietnam’s storm capital, having spectacular typhoons and thundershowers from September to November.
The best time to travel to Binh Dinh should be in the summer from June to September
How to get to Binh Dinh
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.
By Bus: There are buses departing to Da Lat, Da Nang, Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, and others.
By Air: Phu Cat Airport is 30km north of Quy Nhon. There are flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Quy Nhon every day and flights between Da Nang and Quy Nhon twice a week.
By 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. Please click here for more information about Vietnam Transportation
Things to do and top attractions in Binh Dinh
Nui Ba situated South of Dam Thuy Pond in Phu Cat District; Ba Mountains and considered one of the most magnificent mountains in Binh Dinh province. Visiting Nui Ba will definitely offer tourists enriching experience and learning opportunity about both Vietnam history and natural wonders like Hang Rai Mount on the South East, Heo Mount on the North East and the highest one Chuong Mount or Vong Phu Stones (Waiting for Husband).
Ham Ho is a downstream part of the Kut River in Tay Son, Binh Dinh. It is also famous because of a considerable number of fish, especially in the flood season. Especially fish come to Ham Ho always swim against the river’s flow and get pushed into the air like flying fish, so that this particular part of the river is also called The Flying Fish.
Duong Long Tower
This is a historical relic that represents the most prosperous time of Cham Pa civilization in the 12th Century and considered one of the most beautiful Cham Pa Towers in central Vietnam. The attraction of the towers is not only the outstanding height compared to the other Cham Pa buildings in Binh Dinh, but also the carved stone designs which weave throughout the complex.
Ghenh Rang is one of the most attractive destinations in Binh Dinh, located 3km south- east of Quy Nhon City by magnificent natural scenery with mountains, forests, beaches and islands that can’t be seen in such a combination anywhere else.
Binh Dinh festivals
Each year Binh Ding occur a lot of festivals, following is some popular festival in Binh Dinh:
- Dong Da Festival-Binh Nghi Commune, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province, organized on the 5th day of the first lunar month to worship Emperor Quang Trung (Nguyen Hue) and leaders of Tay Son movement.
- Spring Festival of Go Market- Phong Thanh Hamlet, Tuy Phuoc Townlet, Tuy Phuoc District, Binh Dinh Province on 1st day of the first lunar month
- Do Gian Festival- An Thai Village, An Nhon District, Binh Dinh Province, on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month.
Binh Dinh Specialty
Binh Dinh cuisine is quite famous for fresh and sweet seafood dishes, following is some special dishes that you should try at least one time in Binh Dinh:
Photo: King Crab
- Cua huỳnh đế- King Crab¨ The crab has a very special shell, thick and hard like armor, yellow like gold, with spikes from the back to the legs unlike many other types of crabs.
- Bún chả cá Quy Nhơn- Quy Nhon fish rolls noodle: Quy Nhơn fish rolls noodle is made from the fattest, most shining and sweet mackerels, the sweet, crystal clear broth made from bones and tuna’s head
- Bánh hỏi Bình Định: Diêu Trì: is a Vietnamese dish consisting of rice vermicelli woven into intricate bundles and often topped with chopped scallions or garlic chives sautéed in oil. Bánh hỏi is a bucolic dish of Binh Dinh, and taste best in Dieu Tri, Tuy Phuoc. The cake is made from rice flour, and the cake is a different version of the fresh noodle.
- Mắm nhum Mỹ An- My An sea urchin sauce: Urchin is a sea mollusk, relative to snails. It lives in the coastal reefs of warm water, and in moss. It's worth spending your time and money to enjoy this dish in Binh Dinh
- Nem chợ Huyện- Vietnamese bologna: The bologna is not only loved by the people in Binh Dinh but also the favorite of many tourists. Tasting the bologna dipped in the soybean sauce, a bit of garlic and chili, and you will feel the bold flavor.
- Bún song thằn- Song than noodle: The name comes from the way they make it: pair the noodle and tie them together (in Vietnamese, a song means parallel). The noodle is extraordinary taste and highly nutritious because the noodle is made from pea
- Rượu Bàu Đá- Bau Da Wine: Bàu Đá wine is a special product, and also the pride of the people of Binh Dinh. This is a very strong wine, more than 50 degrees, and you can be drunk very fast with this alcohol.
Related readings: For more information about others beautiful destinations of Vietnam, please read Vietnam travel guide, and the most important thing is you should check your Vietnam visa requirement before having trip's plan.