Primeval charm of Con Vanh
Con Vanh is located inside the Red River Delta Biosphere Reserve recognised by UNESCO in 1994 and is one of the places in Viet Nam that preserves its primeval ecology and beaches, attracting a large number of discovery lovers.
Con Vanh belongs to Nam Phu Commune, Tien Hai District, Thai Binh Province, 7km from the mainland. Due to being at the river mouth of Ba Lat, where the Red River flows into the sea, Con Vanh has a favourable position with beautiful and peaceful scenery. It is now a favourite destination for people who love to discover the diversified salt-marsh eco-system and the coastal fishing village with hospitable and humble people.
In the past, people had to row to Con Vanh but at the present time, there is a cement road connecting the island with the mainland. Lines of pine trees even make the way to Con Vanh more romantic. It was not hectic but so peaceful that surprised everyone a lot. At dawn, fishing boats come back after an overnight fishing trip. It’s time to come and buy fresh seafood such as crabs, prawns and stomatopods (mantis shrimps) at a much cheaper price than in the market. More interestingly, one can go into an inn to have the seafood boiled and served at once while enjoying the fresh air by the sea.
To the south of the long sandbar is Ba Lat lighthouse where visitors have a panoramic view of the whole Ba Lat river mouth – the joining point of the Red River and the seas of Nam Dinh and Thai Binh.
In the near future, Con Vanh will become a national tourism area with its striking features, including a primitive landscape, diversified eco-system and the simple life of fishing villagers. Con Vanh will also become one of the tourism routes in Thai Binh with Keo Pagoda, Tran Dynasty’s relics, Minh Lang Embroidery Village, Dong Xam Silver Village and Bach Thuan Garden.