Tay Ninh is a province located in the Southwest of Vietnam, the North and the West of Tay Ninh border Cambodia; the East borders Binh Duong province, Binh Phuoc province and Ho Chi Minh city; and the South borders Long An province. The province can be approached in the easiest way to the Tan Son Nhat international airport (Ho Chi Minh city).
- Tay Ninh postal code: 80000
- Area: 4,041.4 km2
- Population: 1,200,000 people (updated in 2020)
I - Weather in Tay Ninh Vietnam & the best time to visit
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Tay Ninh weather is relatively stable, featuring a monsoon tropical climate which separates a year into 2 seasons: dry season (December - April), and rainy one (May - November). The annual average temperature is about 26 - 27°C.
With an average temperature of 26-27°C, Tay Ninh province is an ideal place to visit nearly all year round. In particular, you have a chance to enjoy the vibrant & festive atmosphere of Ba Den mountain festival in February. Tay Ninh in the rainy season is famous for its Hoi Yen Dieu Tri festival or the wonderful taste of a diversity of ripe fruits in fertile orchards. In general, the best time to visit Tay Ninh is from December to April when the weather is suitable for sightseeing and exploring culture.
II - Top 10 tourist spots in Tay Ninh Vietnam
1 - Tay Ninh Holy See
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Tay Ninh Holy See is an important religious work of Caodaism, the worship place of Heaven Eye, the sacred symbol of the religion. On the campus of more than 12 km2, there are approximately 100 big and small constructions and roads strongly connecting buildings together.
The highlight in the architecture of the Tay Ninh Holy See is the combination of various religious civilizations in the world. In particular, it has a pretty high Bell Tower and Drum Tower which have a lot of similarities to Cathedral churches. The overview of the Holy See in Tay Ninh Vietnam reminds people of the round sky and the square earth. This is also the principle of Confucianism about cosmo that you can learn more when visiting this destination.
The inside of the Holy See in Tay Ninh province has an amazing architecture that you can find nowhere else. Two arrays of pillars inside are adorned with the shape of dragons in diverse vivid colors. Its floor is divided into 9 levels, each of which is equivalent to a virtue. Taking a walk around, you may bump into many details having symbolic meanings associated with Heaven Eye.
- Address: Ly Thuong Kiet street, Long Hoa ward, Hoa Thanh town
- Opening hours: 6am - 6pm
- Entrance fee: free
2 - Ba Den mountain tourism site in Tay Ninh Vietnam
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Ba Den mountain with an altitude of 986m is said to be the rooftop of Southern Vietnam. From the mountain top, you will see a vast delta covering the outskirts of Tay Ninh city. Along the route from the foot to the top of this mountain is a complex of religious works with shrines, pagodas, temples, towers,...
On the Ba Den Tay Ninh mountain, there are a lot of pagodas such as Buddha pagoda, Hang pagoda, Ha pagoda, Trung pagoda, Van Son pagoda; and a number of beautiful caves namely Thanh Long cave, Ba Co cave, Ba Tuan cave,...
The most impressive point is probably the Linh Son Tien Thach pagoda (also Ba Den pagoda) worshiping Ba Den (Black Virgin) who is believed as a supporter helping the locals to sail through poor crops and injustice. The Ba Den pagoda in Tay Ninh Vietnam was dated back to the 18th century, leaving a great impression with a harmonious architecture, characterized by the typical features of religious works in Vietnam.
Hiking and taking a cable car are the 2 ways to conquer the top of Ba Den Tay Ninh mountain. It takes about 2.5 to 4 hours to hike to the peak, while traveling by cable car just takes about 10 minutes.
With cable cars, there are 2 routes for consideration: one called Van Son cable route bringing you from the foot to the top of the mountain, and another one called Chua Hang route bringing you from the foot to the Ba Den pagoda. Tay Ninh Vietnam’s cable car round-trip ticket price: (same price ticket for both 2 routes).
+ Adult: 245,000 VND ($10.6)
+ Child: 150,000 VND ($6.5)
- Address: Phan commune, Duong Minh Chau district, Tay Ninh province
- Highlights: conquering the peak by hiking or taking a cable car, visiting pagodas & caves, or overnight camping.
3 - Vam Co Dong river
Vam Co Dong is a branch of the Vam Co river originating from Cambodia, entering Vietnam through Tay Ninh Vietnam. This river, along with Vam Co Tay river, is famous for rich biodiversity featuring precious species of floras and faunas inscribed in the Red Book, having outstanding value in economic and tourism development. Sitting on a boat upstream, you can contemplate the pristine nature on both sides paved with aromatic forest flowers.
Besides, both banks of Vam Co Dong river is the venue of several religious constructions of the province, for example, Thien Lam pagoda, Binh Thanh ancient tower, Chot Mat tower, Cao Son pagoda,... Realizing the potential of this great river, the government of Tay Ninh province is planning to open tours on this river so that the visitors can gain more meaningful experiences when traveling to this locale.
4 - Dau Tieng Lake - iconic spot in Tay Ninh Vietnam
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Dau Tieng is one of the largest lakes in Vietnam, playing an important role in moderating water for Saigon river. This is also one of the top places to visit in Tay Ninh which is famous for its diverse ecosystem, emerald water, lush grass and rolling mountains covered by floating clouds.
With a noticeable area of 270km2, the lake has a handful of oases emerging in the middle, which are wonderful places for camping. The water surface is clearer, cooler and stiller, reflecting the sky above meke the lake a great place for watching sunrise and twilight in Tay Ninh province.
Just a few minutes traveling by canoe (hire canoe on the shore), you can land on one of the islands where you can go fishing in daytime in Dau Tieng lake of Tay Ninh Vietnam. From December to April every year is the most ideal time for visiting Dau Tieng Lake. The weather is quite cool & pleasant without rain.
- Address: Phuoc Minh commune, Duong Minh Chau district, Tay Ninh city
5 - The Central Military Base of the Southern Vietnam historical site
In the past, The Central Military Base of Southern Vietnam was the highest office having the mission of directing and leading revolutions in the South of the country. For 15 years (1961 - 1975), several resolutions and policies of the State Party and president Ho Chi Minh suitable for the situation of the Southern battle were initiated and implemented here.
The historical site of Central Military Base in Tay Ninh Vietnam includes 3 functioning subdivisions including the relics, the monument and the natural - tourism landscape reserve. Once setting foot to Tay Ninh province’s Central Military Base, visitors can observe photos and artifacts recreating the daily life of soldiers at the ancient battle such as the model of the thatched house belonging to the late General Nguyen Chi Thanh, the working table of the late General Secretary Le Duan, the bike of the late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet,...
Hidden in the lush trees are rustic thatched houses which used to be the residences of executive officials, collective conference house, and offices. The outstanding features of these houses are being made of bamboo and wood, roof thatched with a special type of leaf which is very tough, durable and uninflammable.
Central Military Base in Tay Ninh Vietnam - Source: khamphatayninh
Everything inside that the late owners often used is put at its original position. Beside each building like this, there is an A shaped basement half underground half ground. These basements are connected to each other by a network of trenches stretching for dozens of kilometers, interlacing like a spider web.
A highlight of your visit may be the chance to discover Hoang Cam stove. To avoid drawing the attention of enemies, a soldier named Hoang Cam had invented a type of fire kitchen of which the smoke didn’t fly high but only floated like banks of fog. The stove met one of the three requirements set for a military base, specifically “walk without trait, cook without smoke and speak without sound”.
- Address: Tan Lap commune, Tan Bien district, Tay Ninh province
- Ticket price: free
6 - Lo Go - Xa Mat national park in Tay Ninh Vietnam
Lo Go - Xa Mat national park covers an area of 18,765 ha, with 3 main areas, including: Conservation area (8,594ha), Ecological restoration area (10,084ha), Administrative area (87ha).
This is home to a great number of fauna and flora species. In which, there are 696 species of plants, 128 species can be used as medicine, 58 species of trees for wood, 21 species of ornamental plants, 10 species of food plants and 7 species of vegetables.
The fauna is also very rich with 58 species of reptiles, 28 species of frogs, 88 species of fish, 128 species of insects, 203 species of birds and many rare species.
Lo Go - Xa Mat national park in Tay Ninh Vietnam is habitat to various types of birds included in the Red Book of Vietnam. This is also a stopover of Sarus Crane on its migration from Mekong river to Cambodia. Therefore, the national park is considered important to bird conservation in Vietnam.
An amazing opportunity that you are given when visiting here is to check-in at the Vietnam - Cambodia border milestone. Apart from that, Lo Go - Xa Mat national park in Tay Ninh province has the Vam Co Dong river passing through. The part of the river crossing here is 20km long, enough for you to admire the serenity and pristineness of the landscape alongside.
7 - Phuoc Tan vineyard in Tay Ninh Vietnam
Tay Ninh vineyard (also Phuoc Tan vineyard) is one of the most favorite tourist attractions in Tay Ninh, with a daily visit of up to 1000 people. From the first glance, you are tempted by the green line of grape trees lining up like a group of musketeers, protecting the peace for charming princesses grapes. The closer you get, the more you are enchanted by the bunches of fruit of different colors ranging from red, black, purple to green and blue, all of which are juicy and laiden.
If you reach here in the morning, you will have a chance to harvest the ripe grapes, which is sure to be a wonderful activity. Because grape from Tay Ninh Vietnam is more sour than sweet, it is commonly processed into drinks, champagne, for example. All visitors to the garden are offered with a glass of champagne made of the produce grown at the garden for free.
- Address: No.622 Tan Phuoc village, Phan commune, Duong Minh Chau district, Tay Ninh province
- Entrance fee: free
- Opening hour: 6am - 10pm
- Time to harvest wild grapes: September - December
8 - Hundred-year-old ancient house
This property used to be the residence of a chef of Tay Ninh Vietnam during the French colonial era (1854 - 1914). Built in 1894, the house is characterized by the old Ding (丁) style. The whole house is built in the ancient (丁) style, facing the Tay Ninh canal, looking straight at Ba Den mountain. The house is about 240m2 wide (12m wide - 20m long) including a ground floor and an attic which is not a typical feature of the 丁- style architecture.
This very characteristic somehow reminds people of the West European buildings. However, almost every detail in the house, from the floor, the altar, the wooden sofa to dragon and phoenix patterns on pillars and rows is imbued with Vietnamese culture.
- Address: No.39 Phan Chu Trinh street, Ward 1, Tay Ninh city, Tay Ninh province
9 - Go Ken pagoda - famous spiritual site in Tay Ninh Vietnam
In Vietnamese, “Gò Kén” means a mound of Helicteres angustifolia. Covering an area of 450m2, Go Ken pagoda’s architecture is a combination between the Oriental culture and the European, the ancient and the modern. On the campus of the work, there is a statue of Gautama Buddha sitting under the storax, the statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of 25m, standing on a dragon and a Buddha lying.
There are a lot of things to experience, the most favorite is floating lanterns on every full moon of July. At the same time, the pagoda regularly holds charities, summer Buddhism courses, distributes medicine and does medical check-ups for the poor…
- Address: Long Thanh Trung commune, Hoa Thanh district, Tay Ninh province
10 - Long Dien Son amusement park
Covering an area of 27ha, Long Dien Son is a complex of recreation and relaxation in Tay Ninh Vietnam at which you can spend the whole day on amazing experiences such as playing adventure games at the discovery zone, indulging in a cool pool at the waterpark, chilling at the fishing pond, getting goosebumps at the 18-floor hell or picnicking at the camping garden. Moreover, the park has a playground specially for the kids.
- Ticket price:
+ Sightseeing: 40,000 VND ($1.7)/adult; 20,000 VND ($0.9)/child
+ Water park: 120,000 VND ($5.2)/adult; 60,000 VND ($2.6)/child
- Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (Monday - Friday); 6am - 10 pm (Saturday, Sunday and holidays)
- Address: No.8 Tran Phu street, Ninh Son ward, Tay Ninh city, Tay Ninh province
III - The incredible cuisine of Tay Ninh Vietnam
We - Vietnamtrips.com recommends you a list of top delicious specialties and restaurants serving local dishes as below:
1 - Special dishes
Trang Bang noodle soup
This is a familiar breakfast of Tay Ninh people for a long time. A bowl of Trang Bang noodle soup must include a piece of pork hock, noodle (made of rice), and a sweet broth stewed with pork bone and head of chicken for a couple of hours. An indispensable part is a small cup of sour and spicy fish sauce to dip the hock. The dish can be eaten with raw vegetables and seasoned with a little bit of shacha sauce.
Dew-soaked rice paper of Tay Ninh Vietnam
Dew-soaked rice paper is a specialty in Tay Ninh. The difference of this specialty lies in dew-soaking. After all the stages of making a traditional one, Tay Ninh province rice paper continues to be exposed to dew from the morning or from the night. The exposure must be carefully calculated because if it is too long, the product will be soft, no more delicious. The rice paper can be served instantly without dipping water or grilling in advance.
On your trip to Tay Ninh Vietnam, it is not difficult to find a restaurant serving dishes made from heifer. The meat of the heifer is not as soft as a calf but not as tough as beef. Because the cattle at 5 to 6 months mainly breastfeeds, its meat is much more tasteful and rich, tinged with milk aroma; there is no need for much seasoning. Heifer meat can be cooked in various ways, namely grill, stir fry, hot pot, boil, roll with rice paper,...
2 - Where to taste local specialties in Tay Ninh province?
Long Trung ecological restaurant
Located in the rural area, this restaurant offers guests a secluded and tranquil atmosphere of the countryside. The scenery here may remind you of a floating village in the river Southern Vietnam. At Long Trung ecological restaurant in Tay Ninh Vietnam, there are 16 houses made of bamboo with a coconut leaf thatched roof, connected to each other with little bridges. The menu is dominated by Tay Ninh delicacies, especially those with country ingredients such as river fish, rat, chicken, snail, snake, eel,...
- Address: Long Trung Village, Long Thanh Trung ward, Hoa Thanh district town, Tay Ninh province
- Contact: 0919 150 552
- Opening hour: 9am - 10 pm
- Reference price: 50,000 - 250,000 VND/dish ($2.2 - 10.8)
Quán ăn đồng quê (Countryside restaurant)
Although it is located in a hamlet of Tay Ninh Vietnam, the space is very airy and comfortable in countryside style. Like the name, the signature of the restaurant are traditional and simple dishes. They are judged as delicious at reasonable prices by almost every customer who once experienced the service.
- Address: No.18 Hamlet 15, 30/4 street, Ward 3, Tay Ninh city, Tay Ninh province
- Contact: 0276 3813 072
- Opening hour: 8am - 9pm
- Reference price: 20,000 - 110,000 VND /dish ($0.9 - 4.7)
Phuoc Lac Duyen vegetarian restaurant
It is a famous vegetarian restaurant not only in Tay Ninh Vietnam but all across the country. Coming to Phuoc Lac Duyen vegetarian restaurant, you can enjoy healthy, frugal and appetite food while listening to meditation music in an opening space covered with lush trees. The restaurant also organizes cooking classes for guests who are fascinated by vegetarian foods.
- Address: No.482 Dien Bien Phu street, Ninh Hiep ward, Tay Ninh city, Tay Ninh province
- Contact: 0912 150 552
- Opening hour: 9am - 10 pm
- Reference price: 30,000 - 50,000 VND/dish ($1.3 - 2.2)
IV - Top hotels in Tay Ninh Vietnam
1 - Vinpearl Hotel Tay Ninh
Address: No.90 Le Duan street, Ward 3, Tay Ninh city
Contact: 0276 372 8888
Room rate: $76/night
2 - Victory Tay Ninh hotel
Address: No.255, 30/4 street, Tay Ninh city
Contact: 0276 3 717 888 - 0911 181 714
Room rate: $32.8/night
3- Sunrise Hotel Tay Ninh Vietnam
Address: No.81 Hoang Le Kha street, Ward 3, Tay Ninh city
Contact: 02763 714 714 - 02763 741 741
Room rate: $43/night
4 - My My hotel
Address: No.81 Nguyen Huu Tho street, Hiep Ninh ward, Tay Ninh city
Contact: 0276 3780 790
Room rate: $21/night
5 - An Nhien Hotel
Address: No.582 30/4 street, Ward 3, Tay Ninh city
Contact: 0276 6285 285
Room rate: $17/night
V - Tay Ninh Vietnam map
Tay Ninh Vietnam with a variety of tourist sites is a promising destination for your trip to Southern Vietnam. Vietnamtrips hope that the aforementioned information is helpful for you and wish you all the best luck.