This province has a pristine 74km long seaside with great potential to develop both its fishing and water tourism economy. Currently, the economy of Nam Dinh depends mainly on agriculture, and is in fact one of the most important agricultural areas in Northern Vietnam. Nevertheless, the province is transforming rapidly from an agricultural to an industrial base, and aims to become one of the biggest industrial centers of Vietnam.
The terrain of Nam Dinh is mostly a flat plain suitable for grains like rice and corn as well as fruits and cotton. The landscape is dominated by two types of plain: low-sunken and coastal plains. The low-sunken plain is exploited not only to develop agriculture but also for production in the food and textile industries. The coastal plain is utilized in a diverse way that has yet to see industrial development.
According to the National Population Survey in 2009, the population in Nam Dinh was 1.8 million with a high population density of 1200 people/km². The people of Nam Dinh are famous for their studiousness and many have been celebrated as mirrors of learning, such as the mathematician and poet Luong The Vinh, or the scientist and philosopher Dao Su Tich. The province is renowned as a center of culture, and holds an important place in the beliefs of the northern Vietnamese people. It is the location of many traditional festivals, relics and religious sites that have been well preserved from ancient times. Historically it was the center of the Tran Dynasty, which is best known for defeating three Mongol invasions between 1225 and 1400.
Thinh Long Beach
Thing Long is a new beach in Hai Hau, Nam Dinh that has only recently become popular. The beach is 3km of soft sandbanks and Casuarina forest that frames an inlet of sparkling blue ocean.
The scenery at Thinh Long is unequalled by other beaches on the coast of Northern Vietnam, due to its untouched beauty and clean waters. Thinh Long is lucky in that it isn’t affected by the infamous hot winds from Laos, so the weather is cooler with a light but pleasing breeze bringing relief from the hot Sun. There are also some big but gentle waves, which makes Thinh Long an excellent spot for the beginner surfer. If you like to be more active than just working on your sun tan, you can also hire a canoe to ride round the seashore and explore rock islands off the coast. There are professional fishing villages at each end of the beach which are happy to welcome you and show you their way of life. Don’t forget to taste the special dishes here because this place has wonderfully diverse and delicious seafood, and as fresh as it gets!
Xuan Thuy National Park
Xuan Thuy National Park is located in a 12,000ha area of Giao Thuy District, Nam Dinh. This park is 160km from Hanoi, and is the perfect destination for those who want to explore the wild nature of northern Vietnam and its amazing biodiversity. Additionally, the place caters to visitors with a multitude of tourist packages and attractions such as community trips or to cultural sites in the surrounding area.
It could be said that Xuan Thuy is one of the best places in the world to see animals in their native habitat, especially birds. Scientists estimate there are over 100 species of migratory birds which stop within Xuan Thuy to rest during their migration, usually in massive flocks. Besides these migratory birds, there are also 215 species of birds living in its forests and mangrove swamps all year round, including several rare types such as the Pelican, Spoon-bill Stork and Saunder’s Gull. Under the waters of Xuan Thuy is a magical habitat of approximately 500 kinds of sea creatures like the Sea Cat, Sea Fox, and many colorful species of crab, shrimp and fish. Moreover, this park contains huge numbers of medicinal and edible plants, including rare kinds of algae and seaweed. The exceptional biodiversity of Xuan Thuy coupled with its pristine landscapes make for breathtaking views; the kind usually only seen through the lens of a nature documentary.
Tran Temple in Nam Dinh is a famous destination, where kings of the Tran Dynasty and their mandarins are worshiped. The structure of this place has three main buildings, comprised of the Thien Truong Temple (Up Temple), Trung Hoa Temple (Center Temple), and Co Trach Temple (Down Temple). Thien Truong Temple was established from the base of Trung Quang Palace in which the former King lived and worked.
The first aisle of the temple has the altars and plaques of the Tran Dynasty’s mandarins. The other two aisles in the back are devoted to worshipping the Tran Kings and their ancestors, and the altars of their queens are located at the sides of the interior. Co Trach Temple is devoted to Tran Quoc Tuan, one of the most famous generals in the history of Vietnam, who had three epic victories for the Tran Dynasty against Mongol invaders. His family and most reliable assistant are memorialized, along with many other mandarins such as Truong Han Sieu and Pham Thien Nhan. Trung Hoa Temple is a new building built in 2000 by the local authorities. This temple is used to worship all fourteen Kings of the Tran Dynasty along with their most respected mandarins.
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