Quang Binh is the narrowest province on the map of Vietnam located in the upper middle region of Vietnam. The width of this province is relatively short, only 50 km from its border with Lao to the seashore. Quang Binh adjoins Ha Tinh in the North, Quang Tri in the South, East Sea in the East and Lao’s Kham Muon Province in the West.
The natural area of Quang Binh is 8.065,27 km². With a population of only 847,9 thousands, it is a pretty humble province in term of people. Besides the capital city called Dong Hoi, the other districts of Quang Binh are listed as follows: Tuyen Hoa, Minh Hoa, Quang Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Ninh, and Le Thuy. Quang Binh has recently become popular for its newly discovered Son Doong cave, which was featured in Good Morning America show.
The province has a pretty narrow and steep topography. While 85% of the total area is mountains, there are also other types of terrain such as hills, valleys, highlands, plains, etc. However, almost all of the areas in the West of Quang Binh are mountains, which usually have the height of 1000 to 1500, among which Phi Co Pi is the highest peak. On the East side, there are many beautiful beaches along the seashore.
Quang Binh lies in a tropical region where it has to bear the effects of both Northern climate and Southern climate. There are two separate seasons: the rain season which lasts from September to March with an average of 2000 – 2300 mm/year, and the dry season which lasts from April to August with an average temperature of 24oC – 25oC.
As Quang Binh is both the intersection of many cultural movements and the battle ground of two wars in the 20th century, it has many cultural and historical sites that are worth visiting. Another the reason is that it is a province where we can find many ethnic groups whose cultures and traditions are extremely diverse and interesting. Besides, with a 116.04 km long coastline, Quang Binh has a stable foundation to develop tourism. Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is an interesting natural wonder which was recognized by UNESCO as world heritage in July, 2003. In addition, Hoang Phuc Pagoda, Quang Binh Gate, and Dong Hoi fortress are also the sites that you should not miss.
Best time to travel
The climate in Quang Binh is quite similar to other provinces in the Middle of Vietnam with one rainy season and one dry season, but the dry season in this place is from April to August with the average temperature of 24 – 25 0 C. This is also the perfect time to visit Quang Binh. As the most attractive aspects of the province of tourism are natural destinations such as caves and beaches, the weather in these months could facilitate tourists to enjoy sunlight and water in Nhat Le beach or explore the diversity of Phong Nha National Park. You do not have to carry raincoats or umbrellas to avoid getting wet from the rain.
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