Kim Boi is a wonderful tourist destination located in Hoa Binh province, Vietnam. With beautiful natural landscapes and fresh air, Kim Boi has been attracting many domestic and foreign tourists.
If you are looking for a destination to rest and relax with your family, or want to explore new and attractive tourist destinations in Hoa Binh, Kim Boi is a great choice for you. Explore this beautiful land with Origin Vietnam.
1. Where is Kim Boi?
Kim Boi is a mountainous district in Northwest Vietnam in Hoa Binh province. About 38 km southeast of Hoa Binh city, 80 km southwest of Hanoi capital and 94km from Mai Chau valley. This place not only has majestic mountains and waterfalls but is also blessed with poetic hot mineral springs from nature.
With geographical location:
- The East and Southeast border Lac Thuy district
- The West borders Hoa Binh city and Cao Phong district
- The South borders Lac Son district and Yen Thuy district
- The North and Northeast border Luong Son district.
2. How is Kim Boi unique?
Kim Boi has many attractive destinations that attract tourists because of its wild and poetic beauty. In addition, this land is also famous for the unique culture of ethnic minorities and delicious specialties that are worth exploring.
Kim Boi is also known to tourists for its natural hot mineral water source. Kim Boi mineral water is considered one of the best natural mineral water sources in Southeast Asia. In particular, Kim Boi is a land famous for folk culture and traditional festivals imbued with the cultural identity of the Muong ethnic group.
Moreover, Kim Boi also has a rich cave system, mountains, old forests… These potentials help Kim Boi tourism have favorable conditions to develop eco-tourism, relaxation and exploration indigenous cultural identity.
3. When is the best time to travel to Kim Boi?
Not far from Hanoi, Kim Boi is a very interesting place to rest on the weekend. As a mountainous area, Kim Boi’s climate is often cool, not too hot even during the peak of summer. Therefore, visitors can come to Kim Boi at any time of the year.
If you want to combine your trip to Thung Nai, you should choose the summer time to take advantage of the cool swimming activities on the Hoa Binh hydroelectric lake.
Note: Just be careful if you go during the stormy season in Northern Vietnam (around July-August). Because at this time landslides and floods sometimes occur. So it is quite dangerous during the trip.
4. How to get to Kim Boi?
4.1. By personal vehicle
Only about 80 km from Hanoi center, so to get to Kim Boi most conveniently, please use personal transportation. There are 2 ways to go to the Kim Boi mineral spring area, you can go one way and return the other way to make the trip a circular route.
- From Hanoi, you go to Luong Son Town. When you get to Bai Lang, turn left and follow the road to Bai Chao to reach Kim Boi.
- When coming back, you go straight to Route 12B to Highway 6, Doc Cun section to return to Hoa Binh City and return to Hanoi. On the way back, you can stop by the Muong Cultural Museum and Hoa Binh hydroelectric plant.
4.2. By public transportation
There are very few direct buses from Hanoi to Kim Boi, so if you do not have personal vehicles and cannot afford to rent a private car, you can still get to Kim Boi in the following way.
From Hanoi, you take a coach to Hoa Binh City, ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest location to Hoa Binh Provincial Hospital, from here there is bus route number 02 to Lac Thuy and go through the Kim Boi hot mineral spring tourist area.
You can also rent a taxi or rent a motorbike in Hoa Binh city to move to Kim Boi. If your group is small, it will be very cost-effective to take a taxi. Those traveling by motorbike have the opportunity to admire the beautiful scenery on both sides of the road and have control over their schedule.
5. Sightseeings in Kim Boi
5.1. Kim Boi hot mineral spring
Hot mineral spring located in the middle of Ha Bi commune. It is one of the attractive destinations in Kim Boi that you should visit. This hot mineral spring was discovered from a limestone bed more than 250 million years old with an average water temperature of 34 – 46 degrees Celsius, clear and sterile water.
Hot mineral water in Kim Boi is rich in Bicarbonate Sulfate Calcium – Magnesium, so it is ideal for tourists to recover their health as well as treat a number of diseases. Such as: intestinal, arthritis, stomach, blood pressure,…
You can relax with hot mineral bath services at Kim Boi such as: jet bath, whirlpool bath, yin-yang bath,…Let the warm water and smoke surround your body, making you feel gentle. more relaxed.
In addition, coming to the hot spring tourist area in Kim Boi, you can also participate in sports activities, sightseeing and enjoy specialty dishes of the Muong people.
5.2. Cuu Thac Tu Son
Tu Son Nine Waterfalls is considered the “first scenic spot in Muong” with majestic mountains and poetic streams and waterfalls. Along with the cool and fresh climate, everyone who comes here feels like they are lost in Da Lat, or immersed in the morning dew of Sapa.
Over 20 km from Hoa Binh city, Cuu Thac Tu Son ecotourism area is located in Cu hamlet, Tu Son commune, Kim Boi, next to National Highway 12B, near Kim Boi hot spring area. On the way up to the Nine Waterfalls, visitors can feel the simplicity and wilderness from the landscape to the lifestyle of the ethnic people here. People living around the Cuu Thac area are mainly Muong ethnic people.
5.3. Dong Thech ancient tomb site
Right from the name “Dong Thech”, this place makes people feel mysterious. “Dong” means places where graves gather or deserted, deserted places and “Thech” means an ancient, long-standing place name or a special place name of the Muong people. Dong Thech is a small and flat valley, undulating with hundreds of ancient tombs of different heights.
This is one of the places of great historical significance to the Muong people, dating back more than 400 years and recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports as a National Archaeological Monument in 1997. If you are interested in discovering mysteries or are passionate about archeology, you must definitely visit this place.
6. Specialties when traveling to Kim Boi
When traveling to Kim Boi, visitors not only admire the wild and majestic natural scenery, but also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this land.
6.1. Hoa Binh pork
Man pigs are raised on the hills and mountains, eating only corn, potatoes, and grass all year round, so their meat is firm, low in fat, and has a naturally sweet and fragrant taste. After fully preparing the dishes, the pork will be presented on a tray lined with banana leaves. The banana leaves here must be wild banana leaves, soft and fragrant, blending with the attractive colors of the feast.
In the leaf tray, food is also presented in a circular shape. Boiled pig intestines and liver are ranked first, followed by boiled and grilled pork belly. On top are pieces of pork patty grilled over fragrant charcoal. Mixed with meat dishes, fresh wild vegetables cannot be missed.
6.2. Grilled chicken
With high mountainous terrain, chickens raised in Hoa Binh are genuine hill chickens. The meat will be tougher and more fragrant than chicken in the lowlands. In addition to the chicken in the main meal, you can order a few more chickens to grill or cook porridge in the evening.
6.3. Lam rice (bamboo tube rice)
We don’t know when this unique rice dish was born, but we only know that mountain people often have to go to the forest very hard, sometimes from early morning until late at night or even have to sleep in the woods. So they brought a little rice with them so that when they were hungry, they would cut bamboo tubes on the side of the road, put some rice and some spring water to grill the rice tubes to eat for a meal.
From ancient habits passed down from ancient times, very rustic, simple and easy to make, but unexpectedly it has now become a specialty dish of the mountains and forests – lam rice dish. Lam rice is available in many places from Tay, Thai, Nung, Muong… all have this type of rice. However, Hoa Binh is the most famous because it has the famous fragrant and sticky upland rice.
6.4. Colorful sticky rice
People create colored sticky rice from grass plants, then put red rice first, then green, yellow, purple, and white rice on top. When the sticky rice is cooked, take it out and mix it together or keep each color separately to create multi-colored sticky rice with different flavors that looks very beautiful. This is a national dish that is very popular with tourists.
6.5. Mixed wild vegetables
Familiar steamed vegetable dishes include wild vegetables, medicinal leaves, mixed leaves in the garden such as: banana flowers, papaya leaves, leopard vegetables, stinging nettle vegetables, eggplants, spotted vegetables,… after steaming for about 30 minutes. -40 minutes. When eating, dipping fish intestines in water creates a mixture of taste (a little bitter, spicy, sour, astringent, sweet, fleshy…).
7. Accommodation when traveling to Kim Boi
When traveling to Kim Boi, in addition to admiring the amazing natural landscapes, unique traditional cultural features and typical Northwest dishes, tourists are also very interested in staying here. Depending on your needs and budget, you can choose a suitable accommodation. Below are some accommodation facilities that you can refer to:
- Serena Resort Kim Boi. Address: Khai Doi, Sao Bay, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
- V-Resort ecotourism area. Address: Kim Duc, Vinh Tien, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
- Kim Boi Trade Union Hotel. Address: Mo Da, Ha Bi Commune, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
- Suoi Khoang Guesthouse. Address: Mo Da, Ha Bi Commune, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
- Chuc Tan Guesthouse. Address: Mo Da, Ha Bi Commune, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
- Duy Tuong Guest House. Address: Ha Bi, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
- Anh Duong Motel. Address: Ha Bi, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
- Chan Que Homestay. Address: Mo Da, Ha Bi Commune, Kim Boi, Hoa Binh.
8. Some other famous tourist attractions near Kim Boi
8.1. Hoa Binh Hydroelectric Plant
The Soviet Union assisted in building and operating the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant at Hoa Binh Lake on the Da River in Northern Vietnam. It was the largest hydroelectric plant in Vietnam and Southeast Asia before the inauguration of the Son La hydroelectric plant. Construction commenced on November 6, 1979, and the plant was inaugurated on December 20, 1994.
8.2. Hoa Binh hydroelectric lake
Hoa Binh Lake is the largest artificial lake in Southeast Asia. The lake has a length of 70 km, spread over 17 communes in 5 districts and cities. In the lake bed area, there are 47 large and small islands, including 11 limestone islands with an area of 116 hectares and 36 mountainous islands with an area of nearly 160 hectares.
The environmental landscape on and around the lake with beautiful scenes, vast water surface, mountains, caves and temples is what makes lake tourism attract many tourists to Hoa Binh. .
8.3. Thung Nai
As a lake-bed commune of Da river in Cao Phong district, located about more than 100 km from Hanoi, the road to Thung Nai will take you in the direction of Binh Than port along Da river with about 10 km of mountain road with extremely breathtaking scenery.
9. Some important notes when traveling to Kim Boi
- If you choose to travel by personal vehicle such as a motorbike or car, carefully prepare equipment to repair the vehicle and in case of need. At the same time, fill the vehicle with enough fuel before departing.
- You need to be sure to bring all your identification documents, cash and mobile phone to ensure safety during the travel process.
- In addition, you also need to prepare personal medical supplies such as diarrhea medicine, cold medicine, pain relievers, bandages, etc. in case you need to use them and ensure your health during the trip.
- Because the terrain in Kim Boi is mainly mountainous, you should bring light, airy clothes and a windbreaker/ thin coat to wear when it gets dark.
- You will move a lot during the trip, so bring light, soft, anti-slip shoes for ease of movement.
With peaceful and pristine scenery and unique cultural features, Kim Boi tourist destinations “captivate” many travelers from far and wide. Anyone who comes here once will feel attached to this rustic, beloved land.
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