Ho Chi Minh Square at Vinh City, Nghe An, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh Square at Vinh City, Nghe An, Vietnam

Nghe An

Nghe An is located to the north of the Central Region of Vietnam. While Vietnam is a skinny country running from north to south, Nghe An is right at the north of the slim area in the Central Region. The province is bordered to the north and west and south-west by Laos, to the north and north-east by Thanh Hoa, to the east by the East Vietnam Sea, to the south by Ha Tinh. Nghe An is the biggest province in Vietnam in area. The provincial capital is Vinh City.

 The terrain of Nghe An is complicated with mountainous topography accounting for 83% of the provincial area. The terrain is higher to the north-west and lower to the south-east of the province. The highest peak in Nghe An is Pulaileng (2,711m above sea level) located to the north-west of the province (Ky Son District), and the lowest point 0.2m above sea level is located in the east (Quynh Luu, Yen Thanh, Dien Chau Districts). Given the short distance from west to east of Nghe An, it is easy to understand the steep terrain the province has.Dawn on the sea of Cua Lo, Nghe An, Vietnam

The Truong Son Mountain Range, which runs almost the full length of Vietnam from north to south, is to the west of Nghe An. The area of Truong Son Range in Nghe An is fully covered in dense forests which are listed to the Global Biosphere Reserves by the UNESCO.

The coastline of Nghe An is 82km in length with some of the most popular beaches in Vietnam: Cua Lo, Bai Lu, Yen Thanh,...

The 2 biggest rivers in Nghe An are the Hieu River, Lam River (Ca River). There are several canals and streams in the province, but agriculture in Nghe An often suffers from either serious droughts or bad floods.

Nghe An has a monsoon tropic climate with 4 seasons: summer is hot from April to August with south-westerly winds; winter is from November through February with north-easterly winds. It rains a lot in Nghe An from May through October; there are often bad typhoons during this time.

The climate of Nghe An is among the harshest in Vietnam. The province constantly suffers from floods, typhoons and heat. The temperatures may often get to 43oC in the summer. In some areas to the west of the province, there may be snow sometimes in the winter. The annual rainfall is between 1,200-2,000mm.

There is a profusion of ethnic minorities in Nghe An: Kinh, Kho Mu, San Diu, Thai, Hmong, O Du, Dan Lai,...

Tourist attractions and what to see in Nghe An
The western region of Nghe An is home to dense forests with high mountains, with sublime waterfalls and rich wildlife. The coastline to the east of the province is home to many sandy beaches: Cua Lo, Dien Thanh (Dien Chau), Nghi Thiet, Cua Hien…

Cua Lo Beach
Pu Huong Primeval Forest
Pu Mat National Park
Ho Chi Minh’s home villages: Sen Village and Hoang Tru Village

Dien Thanh Beach, Dien Chau, Nghe An
Dien Thanh Beach, Dien Chau, Nghe An

Travel, Tours and Things to do in Nghe An
While Nghe An has many popular tourist attractions for Vietnamese domestic tourists, the province is quite off the way for most foreign visitors. Only some adventurous travelers who make their trips northwards from the former DMZ by motorbike or by train would visit Nghe An.

Unless you have your own means of transport, visiting Nghe An is not that convenient. There are several tour companies in Nghe An servicing mostly within the province. Local travel agencies cater mostly to Vietnamese tourists.

Paradissa offers beach vacations to Cua Lo Beach, historical tours, eco tours and adventure tours to Nghe An from Hanoi. Our tours to Nghe An are private tours by train or by car. Except for adventure tours exploring the mountains to the west of Nghe An that accommodations are basic, our other tours around Vinh City and Cua Lo Beach are with luxury travel services.

Hotels in Nghe An
There are several hotels in Nghe An of different categories. There are quite a few luxury hotels in Vinh City, Cua Lo Beach, and Bai Lu Beach.

How to travel to Nghe An & away
- Nghe An is 300km south of Hanoi via Route 1A which is in excellent conditions.
- There are several daily trains between Hanoi and Saigon which stops at Vinh City and there are daily trains between Vinh and Hanoi.
- Vinh Airport is 8km from the city center. There are flights between Vinh and Hanoi, Buon Ma Thuot and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
- There is one international border-crossing between Nam Can (Nghe An, Vietnam) and Namkan (Xieng Khouang, Laos).