Nam Dinh is a coastal province in the southern part of the Red River delta. The province is known by visitors for various types of tourism such as cultural, eco and spiritual tourism. Many relics of historical cultural and architectural values associated with the traditional festivals are attracting a large number of domestic and foreign visitors. The most interesting places are the complex of cultural relics of the Tran dynasty, Giay palace, Co Le pagoda, Keo Hanh Thien pagoda and memorial house to late Party General Secretary Truong Chinh.
Nam Dinh has over 70 craft villages, which are popular in the country. They include La Xuyen wood carving and inlaid village, Cat Dang lacquer village, Tong Xa bronze casting village, Vinh Hao woven rattan and bamboo village, Co Chat mulberry and silk village and Vi Khe ornamental trees.
As one of localities forming Red River’s wet rice civilisation, Nam Dinh is well known for various kinds of intangible cultures, which were associated with residents’ working life. Visitors will have chances to enjoy the melodies of popular opera, Van singing and water puppetry as well as see residents of Nghia Hung, Hai Hau coastal districts walking on 4m-5m high stilts and water folk games.
Nam Dinh has 72 km of coastline with beaches and resorts such as Thinh Long in Hai Hau district, Quat Lam in Giao Thuy district. Especially, the wetland near the estuary has an ecosystem of mangrove forests, where is home to migratory birds and is Vietnam and Southeast Asia’s first international Ramsar in 1989. The area was zoned off into the Xuan Thuy National Park from 2003 and was recognised as the biosphere reserve of the inter-provincial Red river delta by the UNESCO in 2005. As a plain and countryside land with customs and culture of the Red River’s wet rice civilization, Nam Dinh is attractive to visitors, who like countryside excursions.