With the beautiful landscape, mountains and forests in the colorful cultural space, Hoa Binh Lake has become a popular tourist destination, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists every time to Hoa Binh.
Location of Hoa Binh lake
Hoa Binh Lake or Hoa Binh Hydropower is a reservoir for Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant. This is the largest artificial reservoir in Vietnam, located on the Da River, 230 km from Hoa Binh to Son La. The main dam of the lake is in Hoa Binh city, Hoa Binh province. The volume of the lake is about 9.45 billion cubic meters.
How to go Hoa Binh lake
Only 80km from Hanoi, Hoa Binh is a suitable destination for you on the weekend. You can use the bus or hire a motorbike to get to Hoa Binh Lake from Hanoi. If you take a bus then you should go to My Dinh or Yen Nghia bus station. Come to Hoa Binh lake you can explore the lake from Thung Nai or from Hoa Binh city. However, the area of Thung Nang, Ba Khan (near Mai Chau) near upstream is being chosen by many visitors for its beauty and tranquility.
The attractiveness of Hoa Binh lake
Hoa Binh lake was built after the construction of Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant, which is the biggest lake in Vietnam with a length of over 100 km, with the capacity of nearly 9.5 billion m3 of water, spreading over the districts of Cao Phong, Tan Lac, Mai Chau, Da Bac and Hoa Binh City. There are 47 large and small islands, of which 11 are limestone islands with an area of 116ha and 36 mountainous islands with an area of 157.5 ha.
Currently, many islands have been invested to build ecological tourist attractions such as Dua island, Xanh island, Coi Xay Gio holiday … In which, Dua island is the destination is the best attracting tourist because of the Muong traditional architecture house and special activities such as fishing, picking fruit, boating, camp fire … and enjoy the dishes with flavor indigenous people and fish specialties of the Da river.
Before going to Hoa Binh Lake, visitors come to Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant, a construction of the century started in 1979 and completed in 1994, with 8 units with capacity of 1,920 MW. This is an important industrial project and also an attractive tourist attraction. Come here, visitors can go to the tunnel to visit the units, the traditional home – where the century-old message of the forward to send the next generation; admire the great image of the spillway; Uncle Ho statue elevated 18m high on the Tuong hill and panoramic view of Hoa Binh city from the impressive high. It is the best place to see all the view of Hoa Binh city.
Every year, The Temple Festival to be from 7th January to the end of the March lunar month on the Hoa Binh reservoir. At this point, visitors can admire and participate in cultural activities creed worship unique, sacred, mystical, is a spiritual cultural tourism is well known. In Hoa Binh Lake, there are pristine Karst caves such as Thac Bo cave and Hoa Tien cave, which have been classified as national monuments by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. When in the cave is the stalactites, A lot of things for tourists to see; Outside the cave, visitors can zoom out with the masterpieces of nature blended between the water surface in the green mountains with majestic message.
In Ngoi Hamlet, Ngoi Hoa Commune, Tan Lac District of Hoa Binh Lake Resort has just opened its operation in May, 2017, one of the largest inflatable water park in Vietnam with 34 buoys water surface. Here, visitors can experience the water sports such as water motor, inflatable boats, canoes, Kayak, rafts, rowing shrimp, fishing … use for all ages. The most popular are the Muong community tourist spots in Ngoi village (Ngoi Hoa commune), Ke village (Hien Luong commune), Da Bia hamlet and Mo Hom hamlet (Tien Phong commune) … in association with tourism. The ecological system of the Hoa Binh Lake and the natural landscape will be an exciting experience for those who like to experience such activities as trekking, visiting the village, exploring pristine caves or fishing with fishermen cages, feeding fish …
You can rent a boat exploring the lake with about VND 50,000 – 70,000 per turn. There are many sizes of boat, depending on the number of guests. However, small boats will give you a memorable experience by the maneuverability and proximity to the lake. In the middle of the lake, there are beautiful rocky, clean and clear water. You can see the bottom as a coral reef in the sea. Some of the rocky beaches also serve as navigable piers. On the top, you can watch the full view of the lake. Swimming under the lake, next to the rock shimmering is an interesting experience. You can associate sunlit beaches in the Indian Ocean with coral reefs touching the water. From the lake, you can also see the surrounding mountain ranges, the road along the lake splits the mountain in the image below the blue water. Around the lake there are beautiful grounds, often used by campers as camping. This is a peaceful, spacious place for campfire nights. You can also choose to camp in the shady gardens of the Muong people living around the lake or you can also stay homestay with them, in the traditional stilt house.
From the potential tourism resource values, on August 1, 2016, the Prime Minister signed the Decision No.1528 /QD-TTg approving the master plan for development of Ho Hoa Binh national park, Hoa Binh province to 2030. This is an important orientation for Hoa Binh province to call for investment in exploiting the potential of tourism development, step by step meeting the criteria of becoming a national tourist resort, a tourist center The largest of Hoa Binh Province, one of the 12 national tourist centers of the Midland and mountainous region of North Vietnam with typical tourism products are Muong culture, cultural experience with lake ecosystem. With unique tourist values and rich cultural identity of the Hoa Binh ethnic group, giving visitors an unforgettable impression on Hoa Binh Lake Resort – a place of convergence of national beauty.
By Le Thuc