Nom Old Village, Hung Yen Vietnam
Nom Old Village, Hung Yen Vietnam

Hung Yen Travel Guide

Hung Yen is located in the heart of the Red River Delta. The province is bordered to the north by Bac Ninh, to the east by Hai Duong, to the south by Thai Binh, to the south-west by Ha Nam and to the west by Hanoi.

 The terrain of Hung Yen is flat without mountains. There are 2 big rivers in Hung Yen: Red River (57km in Hung Yen) and Luoc River (25km). The soil is alluvial soil deposited by these 2 rivers. A small but important river in Hung Yen is Bac Hung Hai which facilitates irrigation in the province.

The Red River flowing southwards forms much of the borderline between Hung Yen and Hanoi and all borderline between Hung Yen and Ha Nam; the Luoc River flowing westwards forms the borderline between Hung Yen and Thai Binh.

Cycling amid golden ricefields at Van Lam, Hung Yen
Cycling amid golden ricefields at Van Lam, Hung Yen

Hung Yen has a monsoon tropic climate with temperatures ranging from below 10oC to 42oC. The average humidity is around 80-90%. The average annual rainfall is 1,500-1,600mm. There are occasional typhoons in Hung Yen from June through October. The summer is from May-August with south-easterly winds and the winters from November through February with north-easterly winds.

Tourist attractions and what to see in Hung Yen
Pho Hien Ancient Town, located at the confluence of the Red River and the Luoc River, started taking shape before the 15th century and was among the busiest trading ports in northern Vietnam in the 17-18th century. River transport was convenient; and Pho Hien was where merchant boats from overseas stopped to obtain permits for continuing the journey onto the capital – Thang Long (Hanoi now). Merchants at Pho Hien included Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, Filipinos, English, Dutch, Portuguese, French... Pho Hien prosperity declined due to unstable politics (feuds and wars between families, change of policies towards foreign trade..), river-silting up and the relocation of the capital of Vietnam from Hanoi to Hue in 1802, which resulted in decline in trade at Pho Hien and migration of merchants to other cities. Nowadays, there are several old architectures left of the golden times of Pho Hien. Pho Hien is 55km from Hanoi.

Nom Village, an ancient village at Van Lam, Hung Yen
Nom Village, an ancient village with old houses at Van Lam, Hung Yen

Nom Village, a village formed around the 15th century and a lot of the architectures of 200-300 years old are still well preserved. The village has an old and relaxing air which brings peace of mind to the visitors. The Nom village is 30km east of Hanoi.

Travel, Tours and Things to do in Hung Yen
Tourism is not that much developed in Hung Yen, the local economy is based largely on industry and agriculture. Thanks to convenient location between Hanoi and Hai Phong, the industrial zones in Hung Yen attract large investments from Vietnamese and foreign investors. Because of the fertile soil that Hung Yen has been famous for agricultural produce and for the flower and bonsai business of which the most known include longans, lychees, oranges,…

Travel agents and tour operators based in Hung Yen mostly have tours for local tourists to travel to other regions in Vietnam and overseas. Paradissa offers day trips to Hung Yen from Hanoi for travelers interested in learning about local life and about Vietnamese ancient architectures and learning about agricultural works in the province.

Photographers may find it interesting at Pho Hien and Nom Village where there are chances for photography of lovely architectures and lovely country life in Vietnam. It is possible to stay overnight at Hung Yen City where there are decent hotels.

Golden ricefields at Van Lam, Hung Yen
Golden ricefields at Van Lam, Hung Yen

Accommodation
There are several hotels in Hung Yen City and in towns in the province but they are only 1 or 2-star hotels. Luxury hotels are yet available in Hung Yen.

Getting there and away
Hung Yen is 55km from Hanoi and there are several roads between these two locales.