Binh Duong Travel Guide

Binh Duong is in the intermediate region between the Central Highlands of Vietnam and the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. The province is bordered to the north by Binh Phuoc, to the east by Dong Nai, to the south by Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and to the west by Tay Ninh.

 The terrain of Binh Duong includes mountainous and hilly terrain in the north-east and east which accounts for 40% of the area, flat terrain which accounts for 55% of the area, small valleys and river basins (5%).

The 3 big rivers in Binh Duong are:
- The Dong Nai River in the east of the province flowing in the south-west in Tan Uyen and Bac Tan Uyen. The Dong Nai River forms a part of the borderline between Binh Duong and Dong Nai to the east and south-east of the province.

- The Saigon River starting from Loc Ninh (Binh Phuoc) flows all the way from the north-west, along the west and to the south of Binh Duong forming the natural borderline between Binh Duong and Tay Ninh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The Saigon River also has a minor tributary of Thi Tinh which flows through Dau Tieng and Ben Cat. The Thi Tinh River is an important water source for Binh Duong as its flow is through the middle of the western region of the province.

- The Be River is in the north-east of the province.

Binh Duong has a tropical monsoon climate with 2 seasons: rainy season from May through October and dry season from November through April. Binh Duong is not affected by typhoons. The temperatures in Binh Duong are from 16-39oC and the average humidity is around 80%.

Tourist attractions and what to see in Binh Duong
Former Iron Triangle was famous during the Vietnam War (or American War) and most people refer to the area around the Cu Chi Tunnels. In fact, the original tunnel system was started in the south-west of Ben Cat (Binh Duong) which is right north-east of Cu Chi. Visiting this area, you can learn a lot about the different military operations and combats in the war.

Former Commander’s Headquarters for the Ho Chi Minh Campaign is in Minh Tan, Dau Tieng District. The original headquarters was in Ta Thiet, Loc Thanh, Loc Ninh Province (Binh Phuoc Province nowadays). The headquarters was moved to Minh Tan, Dau Tieng only from 24March1975 for more convenient in commanding the battles which had been underway.

D-Combat Zone: Combat Zone or War Zone was used to indicate an area home to the commander headquarters, logistical storehouses, workshops, respite places for troops..of Viet Minh (during the Franco-Viet Minh War) and later South Vietnam Liberation Front and People’s Army of North Vietnam (PAVN) (during the Vietnam War or American War). Combat Zone D was first established in 1946 at Tan Uyen and later expanded into Binh Phuoc and Dak Nong Provinces. Combat Zone D was important in preparing the military campaigns in Saigon and South Vietnam’s cities during the war.

Phu Loi Prison Museum displays information related to the infamous poisoning of hundreds of prisoners in 1958.

There are several low-key tourist spots and lakes for Vietnamese tourists at weekend in Binh Duong.

Travel, Tours and Things to do in Binh Duong
Binh Duong is an industrial province and tourist facilities are mostly for Vietnamese tourists at weekends. There are Disneyland-styled parks and lakes which may offer some fun time for a couple of days.

Paradissa hosts a number of luxury golf tours in Binh Duong on which you play the games in day time and come back to Ho Chi Minh City for the night. For veterans, Paradissa offers interesting intellectual battlefield tours which visit the former battlegrounds in the Iron Triangle in Binh Duong province.

Hotels in Binh Duong
There are several hotels in Binh Duong ranging from basic guesthouses to luxury hotels. The luxury hotels in the province are mostly for business travelers who do business in the industrial zones in the province. Binh Duong is not a luxury travel destination for leisure travelers.

How to travel to Binh Duong & Getting there and away
The provincial capital of Binh Duong is Thu Dau Mot City which is 30km north of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).