A Visit To Mingun – The Ancient Riverside Village

Not a popular tourist destination in Burma, Mingun is often mentioned in conjunction with Inwa and Sagaing as one of the ancient villages outside of Mandalay. However, one day coming to this riverside village left us with a lot of emotion and deep impression.



Departing from the pier in Mandalay, we followed the Ayeyarwady River, a 2,170km long river that runs along the length of the country, to Mingun. The journey was fascinating from the start with the scenery on two sides of the river both strange and familiar. Familiar because it is only the daily life of the people living on the river. But in the pure sunlight in the morning, everything was fresh, as if filtered through a magical lens.



Just a river but the scenery on two sides has very interesting differences. While the West Bank is adjacent to the center of the Mandalay city, with its high wooden stilts nestled amidst a lush greenery, the east bank is like a desert, with long golden boulders and huts. However, the point that the two sides have in common is the slow pace and leisure of the people.

From the entrance of the village, the ancient Lapan tree (Bombax ceiba) stood like a giant guardian god. The breeze of tourism has more or less blown over here with stalls selling paintings, souvenirs. But luckily, the Mingun people still retain their idyllic village spirit. There is no scrambling for tourists, making tourism operation here is also a daily task, like fishing or fishing.



You can explore the village by horse or cart, but after glancing at the simple map of the village, we decided to walk. The first destination is the unfinished ruins of Mingun Temple, an ambitious project of King Bodawpaya. This huge temple was started in 1790 and was planned to be 150 meters high, but was stopped midway because of the prophecy: the king would die when the temple was built. Although never completed, the ruins remain as huge as a hill, enough for posterity to contemplate and admire. The huge cracks after the 1838 earthquake did not only destroy but also enhance the impression of this heritage. Not far from Mingun temple is the world's largest bell weighing 90 tons, molded separately for the temple but never used.



Although you may have seen Hsinbyume Temple on the cover of the guidebook on Myanmar, you would still be impressed by the gentle touch of the beautiful temple. Named after Queen Hsinbyume, the temple was built by King Bagyidaw in 1816 to commemorate his wife. The architecture of the temple, modeled after the Mount Meru, is believed to be the center of the universe, with seven layers of curved white corridors symbolizing the seven surrounding mountains.

You may climb to the top floor and enjoy the rare silence of the voyage and admire panoramic views of Mingun village along the Ayeyarwady River below. The river is like the people here, slow, gentle. On the river's edge, the giant rice plant leans against the water. And far away, the wooden boats with blue sails seem to stop at the light blue water on the horizon.


Travel to Phu Quoc, Visit 3 Beautiful Springs

With cool blue water and pristine landscape, Tranh spring, Da Ban spring and Tien spring are the names that are not too new but extremely worthwhile for you to experience on your trip to Phu Quoc.

Tranh spring

Located about 10 km from Duong Dong town, Tranh spring is a branch originating from Ham Ninh mountain, formed by smaller springs.

The natural scenery in Tranh spring is very harmonious, it is a harmony between small waterfalls with calm clear water reflecting the foliage on the top and beautiful orchid branches. All of them make alluring scenery, and hence that is why the spring is named Tranh (Tranh means painting, picture).


Coming to Tranh Spring, visitors can walk on narrow trails among lush fauna and flora system, the two sides are fragrant flowers and grass, butterflies flying, the atmosphere is extremely fresh.
From Duong Dong, you can rent a motorbike, follow the road 30/4o Ham Ninh, then go on TL47 road to Tranh spring.

Da Ban Spring

The reason for the name Da Ban is because of the large and flat stones which look like the tables, and hence the people in Phu Quoc call it Da Ban spring. Legend has it that these stones are where the fairies usually sit and bathe each time visiting the earth.

Da Ban spring is located in Cua Duong Commune, near Duong Dong Lake, about 8 km to the northeast of Duong Dong Town on the North East of Phu Quoc Island. From Duong Dong town, follow Nguyen Trung Truc street for 3km, follow the directions and then turn right on the trail for another 4km. Then you can park your vehicle here and pass the cable-stayed bridge, then walk about 15 minutes to the spring.


At Da Ban Spring, you can go back up to 200m more to see more beautiful landscapes. You should walk barefoot in the middle of the spring to avoid slippery moss. When you see a cool spring, do not jump down to the bath right away, but warm up a little and slowly enjoy it because the water is quite cool.

Tien Spring

From Duong Dong town, you can go to Suoi Da hamlet (Duong To commune) about 5km, turn left to the red line about 2km to the foot of Tien spring. Here, continue walk a short distance to the spring. The road to the Tien Spring is quite narrow, you can get there only by two-wheel vehicle but the road is quite easy to go.

Tien spring flows down the mountain with a total estimated length of less than 1km. Like the Da Ban spring or the Tranh spring, the Fairy spring also has large and flat rocks that can become "stone tables" for travelers. The spring flows through the rocky mountains, forming a small waterfall and a large lake. 


Around the Tien spring is a primeval forest, so the trees make a cool and comfortable space, if visitors visit the spring between December and February, they will see the two springs filled with rose myrtle trees.

Suoi Tien is not a prominent tourist destination in Phu Quoc, but it is attractive to visitors thanks to  the beautiful natural scenery and pristine nature.

Conquering Fansipan – Roof of Indochina

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, located on the majestic range of Hoang Lien Son. This is also the highest peak in Indochina, so it is called "Roof of Indochina"


In the local dialect, Fansipan is called "Hua Xi Pan" which means "Tottery giant stone plate". The peak of Fansipan is at the height of 3,143 meters, in the territory of Lao Cai Province. Fansipan is about 9km southwest of Sa Pa Town, in the border area of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces in the northwestern part of Vietnam.

Located in the heritage site of Hoang Lien (recognized as ASEAN heritage garden), Fansipan currently has a very rich and diverse ecosystem, especially in term of flora.

According to scientists, Fansipan was formed more than 100 million years ago. Speaking of flora in Fansipan, there are 1,680 species and 679 species belonging to 7 groups, of which there are some very rare species.

Until present, Fansipan has always been the rendezvous of many climbers, explorers and tourists having the passion for conquering nature.
The appropriate climbing time is from September to March next year. However, the ideal time to climb Fansipan is at the end of February, when mountain flowers begin to bloom.

Conquering Fansipan truly induces feelings that other tour may never offer. The feeling of exhaustion mixes with the joy of victory when conquering the height of 3143 meters. The joy is spread and multiplied when the group sits together to open champagne, take a photo to celebrate and enjoy a delicious lunch on the "Roof of Indochina".


Waking up in the early morning at an altitude of 3.143m, you will have the opportunity to admire a spectacular view of the azure sky with shimmering golden clouds spreading out from the top of the mountain. The mountain looks like a giant refrigerator, blowing cool air to every corner.

Cultural, artistic, culinary and sports activities such as art exhibitions, orchids, village cultural festivals, Northwest culinary fairs, Sa Pa, Trade Fair - Tourism Sa Pa, etc. is also an attraction to many young people coming there.

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Triem Tay – Good Place for Vietnam Countryside Travel

Many visitors are surprised when visiting Triem Tay (Dien Ban town, Quang Nam) because right at the end of the Thu Bon river, nearby Hoi An ancient town, there is a very attractive tourist destination in a  village.



Mr. Nguyen Hien, director of Triem Tay Community Tourism, said that not long ago, Triem Tay was a land that was smaller gradually every rainy season. Every time when the flood comes, the people find other places to stay to avoid the landslide.
"Before the tourist site was born, many of the people in Triem Tay had to leave their village to find a new way to make a living, because in addition to the worry about landslides, small land is not enough to give the villagers a peaceful life. None of them dared to think that the village would change significantly like today", Hien said.

A countryside tourist site

Cam Kim Bridge spanned two banks of the river a couple of months ago but it has helped the village of Triem Tay vibrant considerably. Turn right after passing the bridge, the silhouette of the people reflected on the water continuously move along boats on the rivers.
Wandering around in the small village, following the path and then you will get to the land which is now a popular tourist destination – the head" of the tourist village of Triem Tay community.
Impressed immediately for those who first come here are the old green roads bending themselves in the palm trees.
On both sides of the road, the fences made by green tea trees are beautifully and neatly cut, making people forget about a vibrant Hoi An.
Perhaps only in this community tourist village, the small roads that are only enough for two people to walk also have road sign witranquil village space, visitors to Triem Tay can also learn sea grass weaving, cook Quang noodles, take care of ornamental plants, grow organic vegetables or visit two ancient houses of the Vo Thi family and Vo Dai family, around 300 years old.
In 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in cooperation with Dien Ban district organized English classes for native people.
The training courses about skills needed for community-based tourism development, garbage management, and household waste management have been organized for them for the past 2 years.
Pham Thi Khanh (58 years old), a mat waver in the village, said that the skilled villagers like hẻ also can speak English very well after the training courses.
Previously Mrs. Khanh weaved mats, and her husband paddled to bring mats to Hoi An to sell and then to Duy Vinh (Duy Xuyen) to buy material, so the income was very uncertain.
"Now, Western guests come ofteh the name of the neighborhood.
In addition to enjoying the tn, they see me weaving and have a look at home. They walk around the house to see how we live, how to raise poultry. Some people take pictures, some others buy mats. My husband also works in the tourist company and does not need to row a boat as before", Khanh said.

Keep the village by the embankment of ecology

Duong Phu Thu, a resident of the village, said that around 2009, when the landslide hit the house, his family also intended to pack their belongings and move to other villages to build their houses.
He was very surprising to know someone wanted to rent land for tourism activities, but after this project was implemented, everything in Triem Tay changed radically.
According to Mr. Thu, the man who has made the "cemetery" into a community tourist site is the architect Bui Kien Quoc (72 years old, French overseas Vietnamese), living in Hoi An.
Bringing visitors under the cool bamboo shade, Mr. Bui Kien Quoc said that he fell in love with the village from the first sight with pure, rustic and beautiful countryside, although Hoi An is only in the other side of river. Hence he decided to invest in a tourism project.
"The most difficult thing is to develop tourist activities without breaking the pure surrounding landscape, especially avoid building concrete embankment and affect the surrounding areas", Quoc said.
Mr. Quoc went around the village for consultation, but everyone said that the bamboo was not strong enough to protect the village.
In the afternoons when rowing around the village, he was advised about plants that can live with the flood. From there, an ecological embankment with three levels formed to protect in front of the bamboos of the village.
Accordingly, the first embankment is made from reed, a plant that can plug their roots in water. The second layer is grass root system to hold the soil to reduce impact on the embankment.
The third layer, about 3 meters, is vetiver grass that is:  the "champion" of the ability to cling and create a green carpet at the beginning of the village.
Up to now, this ecological terraced embankment has gone through more than four challenging seasons, but everything seems to be very well, no landslide like the phenomenon in resorts along Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An.
"Since the embankment was formed, the government hasn’t had to invest money against the erosion, the people of Triem Tay do not lose land but also have more income when they have stable jobs," said Mr. Quoc.

End the exile 

Mr. Duong Van Ca, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Dien Phuong Commune, admitted that in the past, he never dreamt of the prosperity of Triem Tay as it is today. Instead of moving to Hoi An to make a living, Triem Tay is also attracting labor from other places to work, because this land is becoming the most potential place to develop tourism of the district.

Ben En National Park - Thanh Hoa Province

Ben En National Park is known as one of the most beautiful national parks in Vietnam, and as an ideal destination for those who love to explore the pristine beauty of nature.

The land of biodiversity

Ben En National Park is 36 km southwest of Thanh Hoa city. With a total area of nearly 15,000 hectares, more than half of which are primitive forest, Ben En National Park has become a home to a variety of rare plants and animals. You will find here many species included in the Red Book of Vietnam such as red wolf, black gibbon, phoenix, bull, bear, fire leopard, red face monkey ...

Sunset on Muc River - Ben En National Park

Ben En National Park covers an area of nearly 15,000 ha, in which, more than half of the area is the primitive forest with rich and diverse fauna and flora system. The nature of this place is also prominent with the Muc River Lake, which is about 4,000 ha wide, tens of meters deep is the watercourse of Muc River and four large streams in the area. Muc River Lake is divided into two lakes, Thuong (Upper) lake of more than 3,000 ha wide and Ha (Lower) lake of about 800 ha wide. With blue water all year round, the lake has more than 20 islands covered with green trees creating a charming landscape.

The biggest of National Park in the Central Vietnam

The land of legend

Ben En National Park was established in 1992. This area has preserved many epic legends. There has been a tale that, a long time ago when the universe was chaotic, a giant squid who is the son of Long Vuong (King of the Sea) fell in love with the scenery here, he was so busy with playing and wandering that he forgot the way home. When the water withdrew, the squid was stranded so he tried to struggle and the vestiges have been there until these days. The area where the quid died forms Ben En lake, the tentacles of the squid are the streams. Therefore, the lake is also named Muc River, which has an area of 4,000 hectares, a depth of tens of meters.

Ben En National Park - The Ha Long bay in the Land

Tourism

In addition to lakes, islands, and forests, Ben En also has limestone mountains in Hai Van Commune, which owns some fanciful caves, typically, Ngoc Cave with a length of about 80m, a width of 8m, a height of 2.5m, The inside is a shiny, light-colored stalactites. Especially, in the middle of the cave, there is a huge stalactite which is as sparkling as jade. Water from the cliff in the cave flows out forming a small, cool stream ragging all day. Next, to Ngoc Cave, there is Can cave, where tourists can climb to the top of the cave, look through the gap to see the panorama of Ben En National Park.

Coming to Ben En, you will have the pleasure to admire beautiful masterpieces of nature. Not only a diverse mountain, forest, river and lake diversity, especially 3,000 ha Muc river with over 20 big and small islands, there are many caves and stalactites sparkling fanciful. Beautiful natural space full of romantic will bring you relaxation. It would be very interesting if you travel on canoes, or roam the animal islands and are suddenly startled to hear the scream of a chimpanzee, or the voice of Wolves calling each other.

Cuisine

Ben En National park is also the ideal choice for visitors to participate in activities such as picnics, camping, fishing, catching crabs. You can also go to the villages of Hmong, Tho ethnics to drink traditional wine... Guests will enjoy the specialties from the giant carp in Song Muc lake. Each weighs about 20-30kg, and is cooked into many dishes, such as sour soup, delicious and nutritious porridge. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to join the traditions, festivals of Muong, Thai people... associated with the temples such as Phu Sung, Khe Rong ...

Fishing on Muc River - Ben En National Park
Visiting Ben En, visitors also enjoy the bitter soup, specialty of the mountain in Thanh Hoa. The soup is cooked from the leaves of a forest tree with chicken, beef or pig’s heart, liver ... This soup is bitter, fat, spicy, sour, sweet... and is very nutritious.

Useful information

- Address: Hai Van Commune, Nhu Thanh District, Thanh Hoa Province
- Tel. of ecotourism board: 0373.983.714
- Tel. of management board: 0373.983.719

Experience of Being a Local Farmer in Soc Trang

Let’s get away from the busy life and spend a day to work as a farmer, catch fish, crab, snail and then enjoy on the spot to feel simple and rustic beauty of the people of Mo O, Soc Trang.

Located about 260km from Ho Chi Minh City, Mo O is a "strange" tourist destination for tourists who prefer wildlife with a warm and comfortable space.


Depart from Ho Chi Minh City from 19h on Friday, drive along Highway 60 to Ben Tre City and stop to rest, eat some local food at the roadside to warm the stomach.

Then move through Ham Luong Bridge, Co Chien and then head straight to Dai Ngai for a rest. A small note is that after crossing Tra Vinh, there are a number of hostels along the road, 15km away from Dai Ngai ferry station, you should stay overnight here because there is no guesthouse on the rest of the road, the ferry does not operate after 20h.


Around 7 am wake up to continue the journey through two ferries, to national highway 91C or "South of Hau river" and head straight to Mo O.

In Mo O there is only one stilt house located between the bridge from the mainland to the beach and no overnight service. To get a meaningful trip, you should choose camping outdoors to save money and create good atmosphere for everyone. Eating here is also quite cheap with dishes such as rice, hot pot, squid, shrimp or other popular dishes.

Mo O is located in Tran De district, Soc Trang province, 30 km south-east of Soc Trang. The name Mo O means the rostrum (Mo) of the eagle (O means eagle). The sand dunes on the waves and greenery of the forest looks like the rostrum of an eagle towards the sea. That’s why the place was named Mo O.

Speaking of tourism in Soc Trang, Mo O is probably quite new and not for vacationers. It is however very suitable for ones who love discovering and experiencing life on river.


Coming to this place, people can witness the life of people as well as interesting things from nature such as the tide of the day or the colorful windsurfer exposing themselves on rocks – such an extremely beautiful image. Mo O is not noisy, bustling but very quiet and calm. 

Coming here, the thing can not be ignored is wearing the old clothes and passing through mud to the sea to find the fish, snails, seafood like a local fisherman.

If you are lucky, you can catch a lot of fish very quickly. You can also borrow some tools of the locals and follow them down to the beach to catch the snails. If you do not want to be muddy and dirty, you can buy the seafood from the people after they go fishing, the price here is reasonable and then having a BBQ party is great.

If you want to have more dishes for the meal, run to Tran De fishing port, you can choose lots of seafood from the fishing boats.


In addition, when coming to Mo O, people also visit the mangrove forest with natural charming, gentle scenery. The forest is also home to a variety of animals such as reptiles, birds or rare seafood: snakes, turtles, fish ...

In particular, a very pleasant experience when coming to Mo O: visitors will have the opportunity to visit the place by local rowing boat, picking the ripen berries to cook sour soup fish is something that anyone wish to do. The sour taste of the fruit, sweet and fragrant of fish will make visitors can not forget this unique taste.


One more thing when you come to Mo O, the people here are very poor, the children often have to drop out to learn the crab, shellfish to help their families. If you catch the fish, please go further – the nearer areas should be for unaccompanied little ones.

Do not forget to buy some fish or something to help the people here. The seafood of the people is much cheaper than in Tran De port.

Spend a whole Saturday to experience the life of water farmers with unforgettable memories. On the next Sunday, you can visit other famous tourist attractions in Soc Trang, such as One Pillar Pagoda , Floating Market, Stone Pagoda, Four Face Pagoda ... and finish the meaningful 2 day 2 night journey.

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Dong Xuan Alley - The Paradise of Street Food in Hanoi

Dong Xuan Market is like a gastronomic paradise of Hanoi with delicious bun cha, delicious crispy porridge rib and chilled sweet soup... though space is small and there is no parking space.


Dong Xuan Market is one of the few places where bun cha with grilled meat on bamboo rods are sold in Hanoi that no tourists pass by in their Hanoi tours. The bun cha here is made in traditional style: meat is wrapped by leaves, clipped between bamboo sticks and grilled on charcoal. Pork is sweet with the scent of leaves, onions and smells of wild bamboo smoke. In addition, the unique point of the restaurant is that bun cha is served with tamarind vinegar, so it has a different taste. With 35,000 VND (USD 1.5), you will have a full bowl of grilled meat and grilled meat balls.


Located at the end of the market, there is a small but busy noodle soup, especially at noon. There are two types of vermicelli: snail noodle and snail with tofu noodles. The best part of the noodle soup is the broth, which is sour, lightly flavored vinegar. Snail is fatty, crunchy and not as tough as many other noodles. There’s no pork or beef as the trend now. Snails and tofu noodles are usually eaten without broth. Delicious bowl of vermicelli is eye-catching with bright yellow color of turmeric, banana, fried tofu - so crispy and aromatic. The price of a bowl of vermicelli is 30,000 to 35,000 VND (USD 1.3 – 1.5).


Porridge rib stall usually opens at 5 pm, and it’s busier at night. The porridge here is well-cooked, smooth like powder, thick, sweet smell of meat and pig’s bone. Porridge is usually served with hot rolls and dried meat for a richer taste. The price of a bowl of porridge ribs is 30,000 VND, with the addition of 35,000 VND (USD 1.3 – 1.5).


Mixed Pho: is quite similar to the noodle of Saigon, but under the skilful hands of Hanoi people, it is transformed into a specialty dishes of Dong Xuan. The dish is made from small white noodles,  blanched over boiling water and then added to the bowl. Yellow sliced grilled pork will be sprinkled on top, with some sweet and sour vinegar. Lastly, vegetables, roasted peanuts and dried onions are covered in the top layer. The price of a bowl is 25,000 VND (USD 1).


Bun nem crab noodle dish is another version of bun cha. Instead of eating grilled meat, people eat noodles with fried spring rolls with aromatic flavor of the crab. Delicious nem should be made from Hai Phong crab, weighing 0.5 to 1 kg. The price of a vermicelli noodle crab is 30,000 VND (USD 1.3), an extra spring roll is from 7000 to 10,000 VND (USD 0.4).


Dried beef salad is a favorite dish for young people. The beef is dried in large pieces. When eating, the salad will mix well with green papaya, herbs, sour and sweet sauce, peanut ... Fresh beef flavor is mixed perfectly with sweet and sour taste of chili sauce, it will make you want to eat without getting tired. Price per dummy is about 30,000 VND (1.3 USD).


Banh bot loc is usually sold at the same stalls selling dried beef salad, which cost VND 20,000 (0.8 USD) per dish. Cake with typical flavor, sweet and sour sauce is very delicious. The stall is clean so it’s always full of guests.


There are many kinds of Dong Xuan sweet soups, such as black bean, mixed sweet soup, grapefruit sweet soup... but more famous is xuka sweet soup (named after a favorite cartoon character of restaurant owner). Xuka is a perfect combination of delicious and colorful ingredients: soft white flan, glossy black jelly pieces; a little green jelly; long sweet mango with crispy pearl jelly, red pomegranate jelly and sweet aromatic coconut milk on top...

7 Attractions on the Backpacking Route of Bat Xat

The places like Milestone 92, terraced rice fields, Lao Chai, Y Ty park, Ky Quan San ... have long been great destinations and can not miss on the backpacking road of Bat Xat (Lao Cai).

1. Milestone 92 - Lung Lo

Located in the province of Lao Cai, marks the border between Vietnam and China, marking the origin of the Red River rich in silt, Milestone 92 is where anyone who comes to Lung Po also wants to visit once.


The milestone is like a brave patriotic soldier standing to protect every inch of the country, solemnly and solidly.

It is said that the landmarks were set up to delimit the two countries, marking the two ends. Nevertheless, coming here, I do not seem to feel any end, any limit, all is just a picture of nature with large space opening slowly in my eyes, which is completely immense and majestic.

2. Terraced rice fields

The terraced rice fields here are large, covering an entire area, extending through both Y Ty and Ngai Thau communes. Let’s come to see how ethnic people are skillfully cultivate them. Sloping hills with rough surfaces now turn into fertile terraces, with a unique and eye-catching texture. They are sometimes green and so lively, sometimes yellow as if a corner of the sky is shined.


Come here in the harvest season in September and October, no one can take their eyes off the gold fields. The ethnic H'Mong and Ha Nhi works passionately no matter how hot the weather is. They talk, laugh, carry rice, straw ... creating a lively picture of harvest season. Consider Sapa Tours to enjoy the magnificent view of terraced rice field.

3. Lao Chai

Let’s come to Lao Chai to witness the unique culture of Ha Nhi ethnic minority people. They live in villages close to each other, cozy with interesting and solid rammed-earth houses. Their clothes are colorful and elaborately embroidered under the skillful hands of the Ha Nhi women. They have their own calendar and have unique traditional festive days.


Unlike the bustling city, Lao Chai brings us a true and deep sense of life between villages - a simple and friendly life. There are no cinemas, no trade centers, no theaters, no supermarkets ... and no more noise or hustle and bustle. Life is pleasant, quiet and gentle.

4. Y Ty Park

Just a piece of vacant land at the end of the road leading to the Choan Then village but Y Ty Park is really meaning.

This is a fascinating point to admire the cloud, where attracts the backpackers stop for a rest and be the great background for nice photos with beautiful views on sunny blue sky.

However, it is more meaningful to be considered as the "paradise of playground", the place to chat, meet and connect to each other of many Ha Nhi children.

The children have no slide, no pets nor train. "Park" is just the place where they meet and play with each other, simple as the soul,  and the way of life of children and Ha Nhi people.

5. Ngai Thau

This is a commune located near the northern border of Bat Xat district. Like many other upland communes, this place is often covered by dense fog. This is indeed a place for discovery lovers and adventurers.


Nothing is motre interesting than to ride the motor bike through the zigzag paths, watch the scenery, stop for some check-in or or climb the mountain and explore nature throughout the journey. Because it's high up, this place is really a "cloud hunting" destination worth trying.

6. Ky Quan San or Bach Moc Luong Tu

Ky Quan San is the "natural landmark" delimiting the boundaries of Lao Cai - Lai Chau province, and also the highest peak in the Bach Moc Luong Tu ranges in Sang Ma Sao. The mountain is 3,045 m high, and it is in the top 5 highest mountains in Vietnam.

It seems so tiring to climbing the mountain but in fact, the experience is not. On the way to the top of the mountain, there are so many beautiful check-in places, diverse and unique organisms which attracts people to come and explore. 


Here is such a great place to go with friends or lovers. Going with friends will be so much fun while it’s so romantic to travel with lovers. Ky Quan San is like a good boy who knows how to please all.
The feeling of standing together, watching "climbing success" is really great. You will see the high mountains, blue sky, sunshine, a little cold weather, and above all, the clouds covering everything. The "dynamic" cloud drifts in the wind, the "lazy" slows down, the "old" standstills.

Once up to the top of the mountain, perhaps no one would think of anything else. They seem to be swept away, sucked, and sunk into this majestic and glamorous space.

7. Nhiu Co San

Climbing is hard but climbing in complicated terrain is harder. Climbing in the cold monsoon winds, when Nhu Son San immersed in the ice is even more challenging.


Cold weather, dense fog, high humidity, low temperatures are things that are completely not convenient. Nevertheless, once you come here, you have to challenge yourself, come and conquere this mountain on your own - which is known as one of the top 10 highest mountains in Vietnam.

The trip might be tiring, strenuous and dangerous, but nothing is more wonderful than the feeling when you win the limit of yourself, the feeling of well-being when stepping up to the top of the mountain, watching the sea below clouds, selfie and feeling proud of yourself.

The Best Travel Route to Discover Phu Yen

1. Tuy Hoa – Deo Ca

Starting from Tuy Hoa, passing Hung Vuong bridge and we arrive at the coastline of Phuoc Tan – Nga Beach. From here we will go through Ro hamlet path covered with green reeds. To Lam Beach and Goc Beach, the wide beach scenery will bring to us many fascinating feeling.

Continue alongwith 29 National Highway, we will get to East pole of Dien Cape, Dai Lanh lighthouse and Mon Beach. For adventurous travelers, the experience of camping at night on this wonderful beach. Here, there is a freshwater river flows from the mountain to the sea, which can provide you water to cook and have a seafood BBQ party while watching the sunrise from horizon.
After stopping at Dien Cape, still on that path, we go to Vung Ro Bay and Khong So ship ruins. 


Going through Ca Pass, we will have an entire view of the bay from the height of 300 meters compared to water level. All Vung Ro Bay appears before us, astounishes us with its picturesque beauty. Besides romantic scenery, Vung Ro Bay also has many seafood services on boat with seafood provided by fishermen themselves and prepared right in place with surprisingly cheap price.

2. Tuy Hoa – Ganh Da Dia

Located 16 kilometers away from Tuy Hoa city, Ganh Ba with Xep Beach almost has a seperated location. Behold the magnificient sight, especially for those who first come here will be surprised by the harmonic combination between mountains and the great sea. Not only that, if you come to Ganh Ba during windy days, you can witness the ‘dance’ of the sea with thousands of white waves along the coastline, creating an unforgetable impression. But, beware of the castuses with tons of thorns.

Leaving Xep Beach, Ganh Ba, just run a bit more along the coastline and you will arrive at Hon Yen – Hon Sun island, Phu Thuong Beach. From Nhon Hoi hamlet, you will see the two small islands lie next to each other, 100 meters away from the land. The large island with the look like a giant cap with steep slope is called as Hon Yen, and smaller one is called as Hon Sun. During the low tide, a path through the sea will appear, connecting Hon Yen and Hon Sun. The special trait of this area is Phu Thuong Beach – Ganh Yen reside on the left side. This is a beautiful beach with depth-clear water and white sand. You can stop at Ô Loan, enjoying the famous clams of this land.


On this route, surely you cannot miss tourism spot with famous Ganh Da Dia và Ganh Den lighthouse. From afar, Ganh Da Dia looks like a giant beehive with 50-meter width and 200-meter length, comprises of prism-form rocks situate next to each other, lean toward the sea. The rock formation with thousands, thousands of those rock splinters, glittering the mysterious black color among blue sea and white waves. Located not far from Ganh Da Dia is Ganh Den lighthouse, though there aren’t much people visit but its sight is also just as magnificient. If possible, let’s visit Mang Lang church, Ong Cop wooden bridge, and Tam Giang dam.

3. Tuy Hoa – Van Hoa highland

Throughout the roads in Phu Yen, if not mountains and sea that we’re seeing then thing we see the most is vast rice field along with herds of ox eating grasses. Hire a motorbike and discover a different Phu Yen with Van Hoa highland. Lies on the height of 400 meters, the highland is full of sunlights, winds, and fogs. The interesting fact about this place is that during Autumn, the atmosphere degree is always lower than in Tuy Hoa. In every morning, fog covers the surface of Phan Stream, Phen Stream. During Winter, rain paints a white color on every corner. Due to this very reason, the highland is considered as a Dalat of Phu Yen.


This route also leads you through Dong Cam dam – the largest and most beautiful dam of Phu Yen province. With the height of 688 meters, connecting Tru Cat hill and Qui Hau mountain, Dong Cam dam is the building of high value in both artistic and technical. The dam is meaningful for its economical aspect, historical aspect, combines with gorgeous scenery, special architecture.

On the way back to Tuy Hoa, you will encounter Hoa Thang rock formation. From afar, the place looks like the spine of a great dinosaur. There are ridges, pillars rise up to the blue sky. All look like covering, forming the fortress surrounding the rice field of My Hoa hamlet. To the locals, it’s like a great ‘miniature landscape’ among the rice field. The best time to watch the place to its fullest beauty is during early morning. When the early fog still on the leaf, Hoa Thang rock formation looms among the fog, creates a miraculous sight.

4. Cau River – Quy Nhon

Normally when going this route, you should start from Quy Nhon. This is because in Quy Nhon city you can hire a motorbike, easier than hiring in Song Cau town. Leaving Quy Nhon on National Highway 1D, you will be immediately surprised by many beaches next to each other like Bang Beach, Bau Beach, Rạng Beach… From above, you can look down at Xuan Hai fishing hamlet, looming behind coconut leaves.

As you continue to Phu Yen province territory, to Vinh Cuu peninsula, you will arrive at the most beautiful beaches in Phu Yen such as Tram Beach, Nom Beach, or Om Beach. All of these areas don’t have much tourism services, so you can pleasantly enjoy the wild natural beauties. Near Song Cau township, you will be continued one more time with the beauty of Xuan Dai Cape.


This is a pure elegant cape. Three sides of Xuan Dai Cape are mountain trails cover and lean far toward the sea. The rock layer interacts with the sea surface is abrased by waves, forming many unique shapes. Everyone come here the first time is always shocked before the romantic natural scenery.

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This route also brings you to the only Phu Yen’s underwater pathway. Nhat Tu Son, or Hon Cong, connects with land via sand dunes under the sea. The sand dunes path only appears during the low tide, allows travelers to easily walk to the island. The distance is about 300 meters so you absolutely can walk or paddle on the sand dunes to the island, depend on different time in the day. Based on Lunar Calendar, from day 1 to day 15 every month, water level will decrease at the afternoon. While from day 15 to last day of the month, water level will decrease at the morning instead. During the time of highest water level, the water will only cover from adult’s belt area so you can assure when paddle through here.

Pongour Waterfall - What Makes You See a Different Dalat

Though far from Dalat, the attractive and charismatic beauty of Pongour waterfalls dispels all obstacles to bring tourists come and admire the beauty of this cascade.


Pongour waterfalls is also named the best waterfalls in Vietnam, located in Tan Hoi Commune, Duc Trong district, 50 kilometers to the south of centre of Dalat city on Highway 2. There is not too much water in the falls currently due to the hydropower but with large terraces, it is still a unique setting. The valley at the downstream of the falls is also a suitable site for camping and relaxation.


Though far from Dalat, the attractive and charismatic beauty of Pongour waterfalls dispels all obstacles to bring domestic and foreign tourists come and admire the beauty of this unique cascade. If you've been visiting many different waterfalls in Dalat, surely Pongour waterfall will give you a new feeling.


Pongour waterfalls are about 50 meters high, and divided into 7-story waterfall, looks like the hair of a beautiful woman from distance. The big rocks on the falls make white foam water.


The special beauty of the waterfall lies in the system of flat stone steps, lining, though not in any order yet, but does “rip” water into hundreds of small stream, forming majestic white foam mats of water. Below the waterfall is an immense peaceful lake with many undulating rock in the middle of the water.


Pongour waterfall is associated with the heroic legends of ethnic K'ho. Legend has it that, in the ancient time, the land was ruled by a beautiful K'ho female chieftain named Kanai. She conquered the beasts and created favourable conditions for the people. She has four large rhinos which always obeyed her. They moved mountains, separated streams, created cultivated areas and protected villagers.


In a full moon day in January, she passed away. Four rhinos were around her side, did not eat until death. Not long after that, in her resting place imposing a beautiful waterfalls. Kanai’s hair became the white cool water while the great mossy green rocks served as a base for the waterfall are the horns of rhinos. It is a symbol of eternal bond between human and nature.

Upcoming festivals that you should not miss!

If you are planning to travel to Vietnam, it is advised to make your trip during the time of some interesting cultural festivals. Festivals in Vietnam offer visitors the best opportunity for getting up close and personal with the myths, customs and fun-loving spirit of this proud nation. Despite undergoing modern developments, Vietnam is still a predominantly traditional country. Although the list of festivals in this ancient country is quite long, the two festivals that tourists should not miss in 2017 are Lantern festival in Hoi An and Ao dai Festival in Ho Chi Minh City. Taking part in the festivals is one of the best ways to explore Vietnam as festivals provide an insight to an outsider in the cultures and beliefs of the people of the country. This article is going to give you some information about the festivals mentioned above. Hope you will find it useful while planning your holidays in Vietnam.

1/ Hoi An Lantern Festival in Hoi An town.

Hoi an ancient town is one of the must-visited destinations in Vietnam. The town was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Apart from famous historical sites, this ancient town is also famous for some unique cultural festivals. The most popular one is called Lantern Festival. It takes place on the 14th day of each lunar month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Most of the festivities are held at the Cau An Hoi Bridge and along the banks of the Hoai River, where throngs of people sailing off paper lanterns in various colors build up the lively atmosphere. All the buildings located within the ancient city of Hoi A start to turn their electricity off from 8 pm to allow soft lights from the lanterns to illuminate the surroundings.

Upcoming festivals that you should not miss!
Hoi An Lantern festival
Once you’ve gotten your lanterns, the peddler will loan you a makeshift stick to drop the lantern into the river, or you can send it off from the riverside by yourself. The locals believe that happiness, luck, and love will follow every lantern that sails with a good wish. Another way to sail your lantern off is to ride along the river on a traditional boat to experience the cheerful night.

2/ Ao Dai Festival in Ho Chi Minh City

Upcoming festivals that you should not miss!
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The Ao Dai Festival 2017 on HCM City’s Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1 on March 3. The event is one of many cultural and art activities of the annual Ao Dai Festival, organized by the city’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. This year, the festival’s theme is Ao Dai- Toi Yeu Vietnam (Ao Dai - I Love Vietnam), aiming to honor and promote traditional cultural values as well as the beauty and grace of the ao dai, which has become the symbol of feminine beauty in Vietnam. A contest on designing áo dài for the workplace as well as ceremonies and festivals will also be organized by the city’s Youth Cultural House. The event will include an exhibition on ao dai at the Ao Dai Museum and two open-air music and song programs featuring pop stars and young singers.

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