Thái Nguyên

Thái Nguyên province, north of Hanoi, is famous for its glorious mountains, beautiful rivers and lush green tea plantations. The picturesque Núi Cốc Lake is a huge reservoir and refuge for local wildlife, and its numerous islands are the source of local legends. The eponymous capital city sits on the banks of the Cầu River, and houses the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups.

Population: 1.156 million (2013)