Northeast Vietnam

Con Son Den Kiep Bac - Hai Phong - Around Hai Phong - Ha Long Bay - Ha Long City - Cat Ba Island - Bai Tu Long Bay - Mong Cai Chinese Border - Around Mong Cai - Lang Son - Cao Bang - Aroud Cao Bang - Ba Be National Park - Thai Nguyen - Around Thai Nguyen


IDD Code:(+84) 28
It's definitely not northeast Vietnam's most interesting city, but Thai Nguyen is home to the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups (Bao Tang Van Hoa Cac Dan Toc; admission 10,000d; 7-11am & 2-5.30pm Tue-Sun). The largest Mon-tagnard museum in Vietnam, it's worth a stop on the way to or from Ba Be National Park. The giant pastel-pink building houses a wide array of colourful exhibits representing the 50-odd hill tribes residing in Vietnam. There is an interesting English booklet about the displays available for US$2. Thai Nguyen is 76km north of Hanoi, and the road here is in good shape. Buses and minibuses to Thai Nguyen (15.000d, two hours) depart from Hanoi's Gia Lam station regularly between 5am and 5pm.