Nam Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai, Vietnam
Nam Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai, Vietnam

Dong Nai

Dong Nai Province is located to the northeast of South Vietnam, bordered to the northwest by Binh Phuoc, to the north and northeast by Lam Dong, to the east by Binh Thuan, to the south by Ba Ria Vung Tau, to the west by Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong. The provincial capital is Bien Hoa City.

 The terrain of Dong Nai includes flat plain and wavy plateau with low hills. The terrain is higher to the north and gradually lower to the south.

The biggest river in Dong Nai is the Dong Nai River with total length of 610km of which 210km in the province. This river is also the longest river in Vietnam with all river course within the country; the Mekong River and the Red River has their courses outside of Vietnam. The river starts from the Lang Biang Plateau making its way through Lam Dong, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. The general direction of the Dong Nai River in the province is from the northeast to the southwest.

The Be River starts its course from the Mnong Plateau (Daknong Province) and discharges its water into the Dong Nai River near the southwest of the Tri An Reservoir, right on the border between Vinh Cuu District (of Dong Nai) and Bac Tan Uyen District (of Binh Duong). The total length of the Be River is 344km.

The La Nga River starts its course from the Di Linh Plateau (Bao Loc, Lam Dong) flowing through Bao Loc (Lam Dong), Tanh Linh (Binh Thuan), Tan Phu and Dinh Quan (Dong Nai). The La Nga River discharges its water into the Tri An Reservoir in Dong Nai. The La Nga has 70km of the total 210km length in Dong Nai Province.

The other small rivers with all of the courses within the province are: Buong River, Tam Bung, Ca, Thao,..

Dong Nai has a tropical monsoon climate with the dry season from December through March and rainy season from May through November. The average temperature is around 26-27oC with the highest temperature is only 4oC higher than the lowest temperature. The annual rainfall is between 1,500-2,400mm.

There 30 ethnic groups in Dong Nai Province: Kinh, Hoa, Ma, Choro, Co Ho, Stieng, Nung, Tay, Dao, Muong, Khmer, Cham, Thai, San Diu, Tho,...

Tourist attractions and tours in Dong Nai
There are several tourist attractions in Dong Nai but most of them are for local tourists. The draw-card of local tourism to foreign visitors is the Nam Cat Tien National Park. The national park is among the best preserved national parks in Vietnam. The most popular tour at Nam Cat Tien is bird watching.

What to do, Golf Tours and Luxury Holidays in Dong Nai
Paradissa offers bird-watching tours and eco trekking tours at Nam Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai. The tours are for 2 days – 3 days. Accommodations are at the park guesthouse or a nearby ecolodge. We also hosts a number of luxury golf tours of which the games are at the international golf courses in Dong Nai Province. Accommodations for these tours are at luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Accommodations in Dong Nai
There are only a 4* hotel and a 3* hotel in Bien Hoa City mostly for business travelers who work at the industrial zones near the city. There are simple hotels and guesthouses in Bien Hoa City and other towns in the province. There are not luxury travel services which cater to leisure travel in Dong Nai just yet.

How to get there and away
There are several excellent roads and expressways between Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City. Bien Hoa City is 30km north-east of Ho Chi Minh City and there are several commuter buses between these two cities. A airport has been planned for at Long Thanh, Dong Nai which is 40km east of Ho Chi Minh City which should help to reduce the burden at the Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.