The beautiful Song Da River flows through Hoa Binh and a great way to see the countryside is by taking a boat trip. It is possible to sail up the river for several hours as far as Mai Chau. Trekking and swimming are also popular, while many people simply visit Hoa Binh to relax.

There are a number of good places to stay in Hoa Binh and restaurants serving a range of different food from traditional Vietnamese dishes to fast food and western favorites. Fresh fish is also available in Hoa Binh, and visitors will never go hungry here.