Quang Binh is a province in the upper middle region of Vietnam. The width of the province is relatively short, only 50 km from its border with Lao to the seashore, making it the narrowest province on the map of Vietnam. 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. Being home to Son Doong and many other massive caves, Quang Binh is one of the hottest attractions in Vietnam right now.
Quang Binh, formerly Tien Binh under the reign of Lê Trung Hưng of the Lê Dynasty (this province was renamed Quảng Bình in 1604), is a province along Vietnam’s north-central coast. The province has an area of 8,065.8 square kilometers and population of 857,818 inhabitants (as of 2008).
The city of Dong Hoi is the provincial capital.Once known as the “City of Roses”, Dong Hoi suffered greatly during the Vietnam War thanks to its strategic location close to the dividing line between North and South, the DMZ. On February 11, 1965, American B-52s obliterated the city, razing it to the ground. After the bombardment only four things remained standing: a water tower, the Quang Binh Gate, Tam Toa Catholic Church and a single palm tree. You can still see the church ruins and the gate today. Perhaps they can be taken as symbols of the city’s resilience.
Quang Binh has diverse terrain with everything from mountains to lowlands, forests and islands, as well as seas and rivers, making it a great place to visit, as there are many things to see and explore here. For the past few years, the government had invested in the province in an effort to improve the infrastructure and services so that it will be more tourist-friendly. Transportation has been upgraded, while sites of historical and cultural relevance have been carefully preserved.
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 2’000 – 2’300 mm/year, and the dry season which lasts from April to August with an average temperature of 24oC – 25 oC.
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. Quang Binh has recently become popular for its newly discovered Son Doong cave, which was featured in Good Morning America show in early May. In addition, Hoang Phuc Pagoda, Quang Binh Gate, and Dong Hoi fortress are also the sites that you should not miss.
Hope you have a wonderful time visiting Son Doong and Quang Binh.
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