The capital of Thanh Hoa province, Thanh Hoa city is little visited by Western tourists so it retains a strongly Vietnamese flavour; domestic tourists flock to the nearby beach resorts at Sam Son. It lies on a coastal plain through which the Song Ma river flows and rugged peaks surround the town, including the small mountains of Ham Rong and Mat Son, both of which can be seen on a clear day.
Little traditional architecture remains here, but the city that has been re-built since the war against America has wide, tree-lined avenues, quiet backstreets and a number of relaxing parks and lakes. This is not a city to visit for bucket list sights or nightlife, but to experience everyday Vietnamese life, eat some fantastic street food and spend lazy afternoons sipping iced coffee with the locals.
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Located 16km from Thanh Hoa City, Sam Son Beach attracts lot of visitors to relax and bath. Beside the beach, Sam Son offers scenic spots such as Trong Mai Rocks, Doc Cuoc Temple and Mount Co Tien. Tourists also like to discover Ben En National Park in Nhu Thanh, Nhu Xuan districts. The park is a complex of tropical forests, hills, mountains, rivers, springs, and Muc Lake. With natural landscapes and diversified flora and fauna, Ben En is suitable to eco-tourism, sightseeing, and scientific studies. Cam Luong Fish Spring is another interesting place in Thanh Hoa, The stream contains thousands of fish that no one dares catch it. Fish in the stream have red mouth and fins, and brown scales, resembling carp. Please come to this place to play with fish, visit beautiful caves and grottos, watch dancing performances of Muong people and enjoy traditional lam rice and can wine. In addition of these, Thanh Hoa is famous of historical vestiges like Ham Rong Bridge, Ho Citadel and Lam Kinh Remains. Lam Son is the birthplace of national hero Le Loi and the starting point of the Lam Son revolutionary insurrection.