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Son River

Son River not only has gentle beauty but also retains the wild and majestic beauty of Quang Binh’s mountains and forests. This is also an ideal destination for those who want to leave the noise and bustle of the city to find a peaceful place. Let’s explore this poetic river with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Son river?

The Son River is also known by the extremely popular name Troc River. The river is a tributary of the Gianh River and flows entirely in Quang Binh province, Vietnam.

2. How is Son River unique?

Referring to the beautiful landscapes in Quang Binh, it is impossible not to mention the Son River – a beautiful gift that the Creator has given to nature here. And if you have the opportunity to travel to Quang Binh, visit this poetic river to enjoy the peaceful scenery and pristine beauty that is still preserved.

An upstream part of the 7,729 meter long river flows underground in limestone mountains in western Quang Binh. Son River flows from the mouth of Phong Nha cave located in Phong Nha village, Phong Nha town, Bo Trach district.

It joins the Gianh River in Ba Don town. After 1630, the Son River – Gianh River was the natural boundary between Northern Bo Chinh and Southern Bo Chinh continents, and later was also the official boundary between Dang Ngoai and Dang Trong.

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3. Legend of the Son River

Down the green Son River, visitors will hear about two legends associated with this famous river.

A legend says that in the early 19th century, when the Tay Son army fell to the Nguyen Anh army, they fled to the Son River to go North. However, Nguyen Anh’s army caught up here and a fierce battle broke out. Tay Son’s army lost a big battle, blood spread red all over the Son River.

The second legend is still whispered among the people here about the love story of a couple who loved each other dearly but were prevented by their families due to not being able to register for each other. To prove their love, the boy and girl went to this river together to commit suicide. Touched by that faithful, loyal love, the people here named the river Son River. (The word Son in Vietnamese means strong and faithful).

4. How to get to Son River from Dong Hoi city?

Son River is about 60 km from Dong Hoi city – Quang Binh. Therefore, if tourists want to explore the poetic and lyrical beauty of the Son River, they can follow the nearest route via National Highway 16.

Starting from Dong Hoi city center, you move north to Hoang Dieu towards Trinh Hoai Duc. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Phan Dinh Phung then turn right to Ho Chi Minh Street/QL16. Traveling along Ho Chi Minh Road about 40km, visitors turn left onto Ho Chi Minh West/QL16 and turn left at Khanh Thuy restaurant. Continue passing Chay Lap suspension bridge, Tram suspension bridge, turn right and go about 1 km to reach Tram Me village ferry wharf. Go a little further and you will reach the Son River.

5. Exploring the beauty of the Son River

Not only impressive with its unique legends, Son River is also extremely attractive to tourists because of its wild and poetic beauty. Especially, for those who want to find a green, peaceful space, this is an extremely ideal destination.

The river is like a soft silk strip, flowing along the foot of the mountain, embracing the countryside and beaches along its length. The green river water is dotted with moss-covered rocky mountains, creating a beautiful natural picture. Coming here, visitors will feel the peaceful, quiet space and poetic beauty from the mountains to the landscape on both sides of the river.

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6. Activities and experiences on the Son river

6.1 Visiting craft villages along the Son River

Besides enjoying the natural beauty, visitors can also visit craft villages along the Son River. This is one of the attractive activities, attracting a large number of tourists and bringing many interesting experiences.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take a boat ride and admire the majestic mountain scenery along the banks of the Son River. After that, you can visit the more than 100-year-old Gia Hung ancient church, experience cage fish farming on the river, visit hat making villages, rice paper making, wine making…

6.2 SUP rowing combined with trekking

Son River is the passing point to Phong Nha Ke Bang national park. Therefore, you have the opportunity to SUP rowing down the Son River to explore a series of tourist destinations other than Elephant Cave, Ma Da Valley or Tra Ang,… Forest trekking or exploring wonderful caves for you. in an exciting Quang Binh travel itinerary.

7. Specialties while traveling on the Son River

Visiting the peaceful Son River, you can also enjoy many attractive local dishes, including the famous delicious Son River carp specialty.

Thanks to the fresh river water, the carp here are firm, fat and especially do not have an unpleasant fishy smell. Dishes made from Son River carp therefore always attract tourists every time they come to Quang Binh. You can enjoy many different delicious dishes such as carp braised with galangal, grilled carp, grilled carp in banana leaves, carp braised with sour bamboo shoots, carp steamed with lemon pepper,…

With a very characteristic sweet and chewy flavor, Son River carp is a Quang Binh specialty that you will remember forever if you eat it just once. Enjoying this famous specialty will bring diners exciting, new and nutritious taste experiences.

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8. Accommodation when traveling to Son River

Son River is located not too far from Dong Hoi city. Therefore, after participating in the exploration activities here, you will return to Dong Hoi city to rest. Below are some hotels that you can refer to.

  • Melia Vinpearl Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky Street, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sam Quang Binh Hotel. Address: 118A Huu Nghi, Nam Ly, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa Resort Quang Binh. Address: Bao Ninh, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province.
  • Celina Peninsula Resort Quang Binh. Address: Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province.
  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh Hotel. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province.
  • Sea Star Resort Quang Binh. Address: Nhan Trach, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap Street, Hai Thanh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province.

Son River is an ideal stopover for tourists who love the pristine beauty of nature. Come here, enjoy the peace and poetry and discover the beauty of the banks of the Son River. Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator. Surely you will have an extremely memorable experience that you should not miss when traveling to Quang Binh.

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