Dong Nai province is located on the Dong Nai river basin and its tributary – La Nga river. The province is home to La Buong river and Tri An hydropower plant. In the province, there are many valleys, plains, low hills and high hills bordering the Lam Vien and Di Linh Plateaus. Climate in Dong Nai is similar to that of southern Vietnam, which includes two seasons: rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season starts in May and ends in October while the dry season runs from November to April next year. Average temperature is 25.4 ºC – 27.2ºC.

La Nga River
La Nga River
Tri An hydropower plant
Tri An hydropower plant

In Dong Nai, visitors can participate in ecological tours of beautiful forests such as Cat Tien – a vast primitive forest, visit lush orchards or join in hunting, fishing and boating on Dong Nai river. Visitors will have the opportunity to picnic at the scenic Long An Lake, Suoi Tre cultural site, Tri An waterfall, and Ma Da forest. Visitors will also have the chance to visit war relics or study archaeological sites: the Hang Gon ancient tomb and Binh Da stone musical instruments.

Giang Dien Waterfall in Dong Nai
Giang Dien Waterfall in Dong Nai
Cat Tien primitive forest
Cat Tien primitive forest

Dong Nai is also known for traditional crafts, such as pottery making of Viet people who live near the banks of Dong Nai river and stone carving of Hoa people who live near Long An lake. Dong Nai pottery is popular throughout the country. In Bien Hoa city, there is a large industrial park which is home to many companies and factories.

Dong Nai River
Dong Nai River

There are many ethnic groups living in Dong Nai, with Viet being the most populous group. Besides, there are the Hoa, Xtieng, Cho Ro, Cham and Ma ethnic groups in the province. Dong Nai has a rich folklore tradition, especially that of ethnic minority groups. The main religions in Dong Nai province are Buddhism and Catholism. In addition, there is a small number of Protestants, Muslim, Caodainism and Hoa Hao followers.

Saint Joseph seminary of Xuan Loc
Saint Joseph Seminary of Xuan Loc in Dong Nai
Masjid Nourul Ehsaan: a mosque in Dong Nai
Masjid Nourul Ehsaan: a mosque in Dong Nai

Dong Nai is also home to some unique folk music instruments: Binh Da lithophone, flute, gong, pan-pipe. Tam Pot singing, a kind of rhyme singing of Ma ethnic people in Dinh Quan district, is under restoration. /.