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Gianh River

Gianh River is not only a historical witness during the Trinh – Nguyen conflict. It has witnessed many wars, a period of bombs and bullets that still remains majestic in the vast cloudy sky.

This is also the pride of Quang Binh people for the beauty of pristine nature, attracting tourists to visit. Let’s learn about this legendary river with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is the Gianh River?

Gianh River is a river with a deep river bed and fast-flowing water. It originates from Truong Son Mountain and flowing through Minh Hoa, Tuyen Hoa, Bo Trach, Quang Trach districts. And Ba Don town, Quang Binh province, Vietnam.

2. How is the Gianh River unique?

It is one of the symbols of nature in Central Vietnam in general and Quang Binh in particular. Gianh River impresses with its length of up to 160 km, basin area of ​​4,680 km2 and average altitude of 360m.

According to documents about the Gianh River, you can know the upstream of this river from the top of Co Pi mountain with an altitude of more than 2,017m. The mountain is located in Dan Hoa commune, Minh Hoa district. The upstream area of ​​the river has great poetic beauty and contains many mysteries,…

From the upstream of the Truong Son range, the Gianh River flows through many rugged limestone areas. That’s why it has contributed to forming many beautiful caves such as Phong Nha cave, Son Doong cave, Thien Duong cave,…

3. Majestic history of Gianh River

In Quang Binh Vietnam, Gianh River is not only a majestic natural landscape, it is also a sacred river, associated with many historical stories. Therefore, local people often call the river by another name, Dai Linh Giang.

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3.1. The Gianh River during Trinh Nguyen’s reign

The Gianh River during the Trinh – Nguyen Dynasty (1570 – 1786) was considered the boundary separating Dang Trong and Dang Ngoai. At this time, the wars lasted continuously, reaching nearly half a century. North of the Gianh River is the residence of Lord Trinh – that is, the Ba Don area today. In the south, Lord Nguyen ruled Thuan Hoa district.

Although Dang Trong or Dang Ngoai were both territories of the Le Dynasty, Lord Trinh and Lord Nguyen were considered two feudal powers and considered themselves two separate countries. The power of King Hau Le at this time could not prevent the dispute between the two families, causing our country to be divided for up to 150 years. The legend of the Gianh River dividing the two regions is still closely associated with Vietnamese people in general and Quang Binh people in particular.

3.2. Gianh River at the 17th parallel during the resistance war

In the long resistance wars of the Vietnamese people, typically the resistance wars against France and America to save the country. Gianh River and Ben Hai River both became “red addresses” that were heavily raided.

Gianh port area – the downstream area of ​​Gianh river is also the starting point of the Ho Chi Minh sea route. Millions of American bombs and bullets fell here. At this time, trains on the Gianh River became a means of transporting weapons and food to the battlefield.

It can be seen that the gentle river of Quang Binh today is a witness to many victories of our army and people, this is also a place imprinted with many pains and losses of war.

4. When is the best time to visit the Gianh River?

Quang Binh is located in the North Central region so it has a tropical monsoon climate, divided into two distinct seasons including the dry season and the rainy season.

The dry season in Quang Binh lasts from April to August every year with an average temperature of about 36 – 37 degrees Celsius, which can reach up to 42 degrees Celsius due to the southwest winds. However, Quang Binh has a long coastline, so the cool breezes that blow in help soothe the sweltering sun. It helps the temperature to be milder than other provinces in the region.

Quang Binh’s rainy season starts in September and ends in March next year with prolonged heavy rains. Torrential rains often appear suddenly between September and December. Combined with the coldness of the autumn and winter seasons, it brings a sad and gentle feeling to Quang Binh at this time.

Therefore, the most ideal time to travel to Gianh River – Quang Binh is the dry season, especially from April to August. At this time, Quang Binh does not rain, is sunny but not too hot due to the wind from the sea blowing in. It is suitable for visiting tourist attractions and experiencing many interesting outdoor activities.

5. How to get to the Gianh River?

You should travel to Dong Hoi city – Quang Binh by plane, or other means of transport such as train, car, bus,… These types of means are currently very diverse and abundant. Many trips will take you right to the center of Dong Hoi city. From here, you can rent a motorbike or self-driving car, or taxi to get to Tuyen Hoa district, Quang Binh province.

Gianh River is located about 38 km from Dong Hoi city center – Quang Binh. Starting from the city center, you can follow Hoang Dieu, Trinh Hoai Duc, Phan Dinh Phung routes. After that, you go to Dong Hoi bypass and National Highway 1A and you will come to this tourist destination.

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6. Activities and experiences at Gianh River

Most of Quang Binh’s tourist destinations are associated with the legendary Gianh River. This is a large river with a simple and lovely beauty typical of Quang Binh. Visitors coming to this locality will have many interesting experiences:

6.1. Taking a cruise to see the lush green banks of the Gianh River

Taking a boat on the Gianh River, you will admire the beauty of nature, majestic mountains and rivers as well as the bustle of traditional craft villages on both sides of the river. Going down the Dai Linh Giang river, anyone will have the feeling of relaxing and settling down with the historical river.

6.2. Checking-in at the white Gianh river bridge

The Gianh River Bridge was built at the end of 1998. The length of the bridge is 750m, connecting from Quang Thuan ward – Ba Don town to Ha Trach – Bo Trach commune. In many poetic publications, the bridge is compared to a comb placed on hair as smooth as the flow of the Gianh River.

6.3. Visiting the ferry wharf relic – Gianh river port

This location is in the downstream area of ​​Gianh River, about 2 km west of the seaport. Traveling to the ferry port by water or road is very convenient.

Gianh River ferry terminal is not only a place imprinted with heroic achievements of our army and people in the resistance war against the US, here, visitors can also visit the “drowning ferry” created by soldiers from the time of the war. War is extremely unique.

6.4. Admiring the Son River – a small branch of the Gianh River

Son River is a small branch of the Gianh River. This place “captivates” many tourists with its pristine and simple beauty. The people of Quang are also very proud of the beautiful scenery that nature bestows on the locality. The green water of the Son River flows through limestone mountains, adding to the beauty of Quang Binh’s scenic spots.

7. Specialties when traveling to Gianh river

Quang Binh’s specialties always attract tourists from all over. If you have the opportunity to come and visit the Gianh River, besides tourist activities, you can enjoy the following dishes:

  • Porridge soup: This is a familiar dish of people in Central Vietnam in general and Quang Binh in particular. Porridge soup has rice noodles made from wheat flour, rice flour, processed with many other ingredients such as fish cakes, pork bones, snakehead fish…
  • Son River carp: From the Son River carp brand, Quang Binh people have many different ways to prepare it such as: grilled in batches, grilled in banana leaves, braised with sour bamboo shoots, roasted with salt,… The dish is extremely eye-catching and steaming. guide.
  • Steamed river shrimp: This is a shrimp harvested in the estuary, containing the alluvial taste of the winter and the salty taste of the sea. Shrimp meat is both fatty and fragrant, it will definitely bring an interesting culinary experience.
  • Chat Chat rice paper: Chat Chat similar to mussels but smaller, when prepared with many spices, it will be eaten with rice paper, creating a very familiar, rustic taste.
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8. Accommodation when traveling to Gianh river

Because the Gianh River is located not too far from Dong Hoi. Therefore, after fully experiencing the activities here, you can return to Dong Hoi city to spend the night.

  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Rex Quang Binh Hotel. Address: Nam Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Royal Quang Binh Hotel. Address: Hai Dinh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa Resort. Address: Bao Ninh commune, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Melia Vinpearl Quang Binh. Address: Hai Dinh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.

Gianh River for the people of Quang Binh is a historical witness and a symbol of the motherland of Vietnam. Therefore, when coming to this locality, to freely explore the natural beauty and learn about the people’s lifestyle. You should choose to visit the majestic Dai Linh Giang.

Hopefully the useful information that Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, shared in the above article will help you easily Quang Binh tour and have the most complete and memorable trip.

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