The Most Delicious Foods in Hai Phong

It’s not exaggerative when Hai Phong is considered the heaven of gourmet because you will enjoy a lot of delicious dishes once coming here.

Hai Phong city is famous as the city of red flamboyant flowers. But speaking of Hai Phong,we  can not ignore the food of this land.

1. Crab noodle

Crab noodle is almost the most famous specialty in Hai Phong, and also one of the dishes that make up the reputation of the cuisine in this city.

The brown rice noodle is tasty and strange in comparison with other kinds of noocle in Vietnam. You can choose to eat crab noodle without or without broth, which are both very delicious with full of "topping" such as crab meat, shrimp...

2. Crab hotpot

Crab hotpot in Hai Phong, especially fresh water crab hotpot is also very famous. The special thing is in the processing, bringing the hot pot here special taste.

The broth is very tasty with lots of crab meat. In addition to the meat, you can also eat hot pot with fresh seafood as this is very popular in Hai Phong.

In addition to delicious taste, crab hotpot in Hai Phong is also noticed by the price which is much cheaper than other places.

3. Seafood

It would be incomplete to travel to Hai Phong without eating seafood. As the land of Port, located close to the sea, seafood is also characteristic of this land.

There are so many seafood resaurants in Hai Phong, but young people still adore seafood in a small alley opposite the Maritime University on Lach Tray Road.

Student price but quality is not impeccable. In addition, the owner is very enthusiastic and hospitable. If you follow a group of about 5 - 6 people, you will only need to spend more than a hundred thousand VND each one for a meal with full of delicacies such as: crab, shrimp, oysters, red shell oyster, snails,…

4. Spicy bread

Hai Phong spicy bread is too famous already. Coming to Hai Phong, people have to eat spicy bread, and then buy a few dozen as gifts.

In Hai Phong, there are many shops selling spicy bread. The difference between places is not so much, mostly in the way they cook the pate. After the baked bread is crispy, pate is stuffed in, some restaurants add some dried meat,  and then chili sauce. In particular, the hot chili paste that comes with this spicy bread is not the usual chili but homemade chili. The chili sauce is a little bit washier but the spicy flavor is also stronger, with a characteristic taste that is unlike anywhere else.

5. Chinese banh duc 

Banh duc is a cake made from rice flour. It’s strange from the name to the image, but this is a familiar dish of people in Hai Phong.

A bowl of banh duc consists of chopped cakes, fried meat and shrimp thoroughly, papaya, then served with chili vinegar sauce. Depending on the person's taste, you can choose not to be spicy, moderately spicy or very spicy.

Explore Mysterious Tuyet Tinh Coc Dalat

Tourists can not explore a poetic Da Lat just by wandering around the city.

Perhaps, many tourists ask themselves some common questions such as how long does it take to explore the whole scenery of Da Lat? What is the most attractive place in this poetic land?..etc. They seem to be hard to answer because Da Lat is alluring with its own natural and simple things, from wildflowers along the roads to the sunlights in the early morning.

While travelers may have “crush” on living pine trees and magnificent waterfalls, I deeply fall in love with all belongs to this beautiful land, especially the mysterious « Tuyet Tinh Coc «. After the nice pictures of two exhilarating lakes favourably called « Tuyet Tinh Coc » in Da Nang and Ninh Binh gone viral, the mysterious Tuyet Tinh Coc in Da Lat is in the spotlight.

Attracting travelers with poetic and untouched beauty, this overwhelming lake seems to have magics that urge us to explore “right away”. 

The mysterious Tuyet Tinh Coc Da Lat is actually an abandoned marble quarry located in Suoi Can village, Lat commune, Lac Duong district, Lam Dong province. After a long period of un-exploration, rainwater and groundwater created a turquoise blue lake.

Surrounded by colorful cliffs, the turquoise of the water unintentionally makes you « overwhelmed ». Therefore, you must feel as if you were getting lost in a mysterious world.

Traveling from Da Lat market then following DT722 road, you will reach Cu Lan village. Then, traveling 400 meters further from the gate of the village, you will approach the slope heading the mountain on the left. After that, of course, you turn left and keep going more 4 kilometers till ask the local the way to the lake of  Bay Tai marble quarry.

Because the trail leading to the mountain is quite challenging with rocks, you should travel by motorbike to avoid potential risks. Moreover, you ought to prepare foods and drinks if you want to explore the lake for a certain time. 

Bear in mind, you shouldn’t go swimming even when you’re good at swimming. Additionally, you shouldn’t  throw garbage and litter indiscriminately to preserve this amazing landscape.

Top 5 The Most Famous Dishes in Ben Thanh Market

Banh beo thap cam – Mixed water fern cake (or mixed steamed rice cake): In the West Gate and East Gate of Ben Thanh Market there are many stalls selling mixed water fern cake with flavour like the one in Hue and they are very crowded. A serving consists of water fern cake, banh nam – also a kind of steam cake, banh bot loc - chewy tapioca dumpling, banh it tran - rice flour balls, cha – a type of Vietnamese sausage, dried pork and fish sauce with chilli. Price from 18,000 to 40,000 VND (0.7 – 1.6 USD) per serving, depending on the amount of cake.

Banh bot chien - Fried dough: In the corner opposite East Gate of Ben Thanh Market, the stall selling fried dough is very crowded every afternoon. The fried dough dish looks delicious and attractive with yellow colour, crispy outer layer and fleshy inside, served with sweet and sour papaya salad. The price is 35,000 VND (1.5 USD) a serving, slightly higher than fried dough in other regions.

Bun mam - Vietnamese gumbo: the stall selling bun mam in Bac Lieu style has been more than 40 years, located in the opposite of the East gate. The noodle bowl is attractive with white snakehead fish pieces, fresh shrimp, crispy roast pork, homemade fish cakes. It is served with vegetables such as: bitter herbs bean sprouts, lettuce, coriander and chilli tamarind fish sauce. The stall sells it from 6am to 7pm, the price of 65,000 VND (2.6 USD) per bowl.

Bun rieu - Vermicelli soup: Formerly it was a small stall in the sidewalk but now a restaurant which is always crowded, open all day at the opposite of East Gate of Ben Thanh Market. The vermicelli bowl is very attractive with nice colour, special fragrance with tomato, thin vermicelli and delicious broth. It’s 38,00 VND (1.5 USD) per bowl.

Che – sweet soup: In the gate No. 7 there is a sweet soup stall which is now 40 year old, selling mostly southern sweet soup. It’s attractive with diners with many colour in the glass case: the green nuggets, yellow bananas and corn, green beans, white coconut, purple taro, red jelly... the favourites are the grapefruit sweet soup, 3 colour, green beans, corn and taro sweet soup. It opens from 6 am to 6 pm, and busiest at about 2pm-4pm. Price from 15,000 to 25,000 VND (0.7 – 1 usd) per serving.

Myanmar Culture and Tradition

Although Myanmar is featured with numerous indigenous cultures, the dominant ones are Buddhism and Bamar. Bamar was strongly influenced by cultures of surrounding countries. It is clearly and closely reflected in language, cuisine, music, dance, and theater. Art, especially literature, was greatly influenced by the Hinayana Buddhism. If you consider Burma's national epic, Yama Zatdaw, an adaptation of Ramayana, it had been powerfully influenced by the literature of Thailand, India. Moreover, Buddhism and the worship of Nat (the God) that relates to complex or simple rituals are originated from a pantheon of 37 Nats.

Monks are highly respected in Myanmar. Moreover, this country owns the majority of Theravadan Buddhism pilgrims in the world.

Temples are considered the most sacred part of spiritual and cultural life in Myanmar’s traditional villages. Monks are revered and the locals often kneel down in front of them to express their respect for them. The Initiation ceremony for Buddhism pilgrims, called Shinbyu, marks the most important maturity of a young boy entering the monastery for a short period of time. The girls also have ear piercing when they reach adulthood. Myanmar’s culture features prominently in the village’s festivals throughout the year, especially temple’s festival. [Many villages in Burma have their own rituals, taboos, and superstition.

British colonial rule in Burma has significant impacts on the culture of this country. That is the education system which follows the structure of the British education system. Moreover, Colonial architecture also represents its influences in major cities such as Yangon. Many ethnic minorities, especially the Karen group in the southeast and the Kachin group the north and northwest who follow Christianity are the work of missioners.

Visiting temples and other Buddhist religious grounds, tourists are required to uncover their head and move on barefoot. In other words, they can not wear hats, shoes, socks, sock pants, short skirts, and even soft T-shirt. Especially, women are not allowed to approach the altar and directly burn incense. It means that visitors must dress neatly and behave well to avoid disturbing monks and nuns in the temple as well as disrespecting the culture. These manners sound strict but visitors still need to obey them. They can also put money on the “charity-box” but it depends on themselves. 

Bear in mind, you should understand the regulations of time and place of taking photos (if any).  If yes, you should ask for a permit to take pictures and record videos.

Revering monks and nuns (called Sangha Burmese) and old people, caring for children is a Myanmar’s custom. Visitors must place their hands in front of the chest and make a bow to the monks instead shaking hands.

As a custom, Myanmar people take off their shoes before entering the house. They often “say hello” to each other by a smile. Visiting the rural and mountainous areas, visitors should learn and respect their local manners.

When taking pictures or filming the locals, visitors had better avoid recording their backwardness. 
The traditional manners of Myanmar people:

Myanmar people eat only two meals a day at 9 am and 7 pm respectively. Between these main meals, they have a snack at lunchtime. They often have vegetables, shrimps, fishes for their meal. They said that if a meal lacked these three main dishes, they did not have an appetite for food. Interestingly, the Burmese do not use chopsticks for eating, instead, they eat by hands. However, before eating they must wash their hands carefully at a basin in front of their seat.

Myanmar food is quite hard to eat and they are quite “strong”. Moreover, the reasons why this country’s food hasn’t got the attention it deserves are the overwhelmingly sour and savory flavors that dominate the food, as well as the tendency for dishes to be served with a ton of accompaniments —soups, boiled vegetables, herbs or dipping sauces and pastes. Specifically, the foods are strong, pungent flavors, not sweet or spicy flavors like you might find in neighboring countries like Thailand or India. Therefore, you should go to Chinese or Thai restaurants. Even, if you want to enjoy Myanmar food, you ought to go to restaurants of the Shan group where you are served nicely.

Myanmar people show a big love for birds.

Noticeably, the Burmese own a “weird” custom: to become a beautiful young lady when they are mature, girls must have a waist belt from the age of 5, then they embroider more 30 belts by themselves. The list of criteria, which are used to choose a girl for the wedding by Myanmar men, ranks the size of a women’s waist at very first position.

Traditional customs of the Myanmar people that visitors should learn before visiting this diverse country:

- Pull off shoes and socks when entering the temple.

- Women are not allowed to approach to the altar, sacred things, place of praying or even directly burn incense.

- Myanmar’s festive New Year, called Thingyan (“changing over”), is celebrated from 12 to 17 of April. This festival originated from China and Buddhism country, particularly, Thailand. “Water throwing or dousing” one another from silver vessels, water pistols, water buckets or even from fire hydrants is the distinguishing feature of this festival and may be done during the first four days of the festival. It is said that people must splash water on to each other to cleanse for a New Year (clean up the unfortunate and sin of the previous year).

- The Buddha burning festival (Thidingyut Festival or Festival of Lights) is celebrated in October (equivalent to Mid-Autumn Festival of Vietnam) to mark the day Lord Buddha came down from heaven after spending three months of the Buddhist lent there. Buddha’s return is welcomed throughout the country with colorful illumination. It lasts three days of burning lights, setting off fireworks and releasing balloons into the sky by the locals.

- The other national holiday is the Independence day of Myanmar on 4th January.

- In terms of Arts, the Burmese traditional dance, which dancers mainly uses hands, head and perform on traditional music, is very famous.

- As a Buddhist country, visitors should pay high respect to the monks and Buddhist temples.

- People are not allowed to change foreign currency at non-official agencies. Myanmar Government also bans people from selling and changing foreign currency strictly. You should exchange currency at jewelry shops. Do not exchange foreign currency at the black market or because you won’t get a reasonable exchange rate, or even, be cheated. These people are very sophisticated.

11 Things You Don’t Know about Myanmar Culture

1. Myanmar’s New Year in April

Myanmar’s festive New Year is called Thingyan (“changing over”). Traditionally, the date of Thingyan New Year used to be calculated according to Burmese calendar (lunisolar calendar in which the months are based on lunar months and the years are based on sidereal years). Today, however, it lasts from April 13 to 16 and, accidentally coincides with Easter Festival in Western countries. Thingyan is without dispute the most important festival of the Myanmar and also a part of a summer vacation when people certainly immerse themselves in the welcoming atmosphere of the festival. “Water throwing or dousing” one another from silver vessels, water pistols, water buckets or even from fire hydrants is the distinguishing feature of this festival and may be done during the first four days of the festival. For the duration of the festival, all the government buildings, restaurants, and shops are closed.  It is the Burmese custom that people splash water on to each other to cleanse for a New Year (clean up the unfortunate and sin of the previous year). This Myanmar’s Thingyan is similar to Thailand’s Songkran, Lao’s New Year and Cambodian’s New Year which worship Theravada Buddhism.

2. Bring plenty of money you have and keep it clean

The number of ATM’s in Myanmar is limited, so you need to bring plenty of money. Moreover, you have to keep it very clean: no dirt, no fold, no cut unless your money will be valueless in this country.
There are 5-star hotels and luxurious restaurants that allow you to pay by credit card. At the end of this year, ATM is going to be widely accepted here.

3.Uttering the kiss’s sound to order Beer

When the locals want to catch the attention of the waiters, they often give them 2, 3 “butterfly” kisses. That is the reason why you can hear the sound of “blow kisses” wherever you go during these days.

4. Expensive hotels

The hotels in Myanmar are significantly more expensive than those in other Asian countries. Although Myanmar has attracted a remarkable number of pilgrims since this country opened its door for foreign investments, the available hotels do not afford the staying of these visitors. As a result, prices of hotels are still high.

5. Men wearing dress

Longyi, a kind of dress wrapped around the body, is widely known as the traditional costume of the Myanmar and worn by both men and women. When wearing this dress, men often tie the cloth in front of their dress while women fold their dress and attach it to the edges to fix the cloth.

There is one thing quite “weird” that men living in the countryside do not put on “underwear” when wearing Longyi. They explain that is is a “wise” way to deal with such hot weather of 400C.

6. The low-speed of Internet though it has been banned anymore

Until 2000, Myanmar Government officially allowed its people to access to the Internet with a high price and low-speed transmit. Furthermore, the cost of telephone is much higher than other countries in Asia.

7. Magnificent beaches

Spreading over the coastline of 2.000 kilometers, Myanmar has naturally favored the most magnificent beaches in Asia. These beaches run along Bengal Bay and most of them are untouched. The most alluring beach that worths mentioning is Ngapali, 45 minutes of boarding a flight from Yangon.

8. Only eat by the right hand.

Eating by the left hand is considered a rude manner in Myanmar as this is the hand used for personal hygiene. So when you take food or give money to someone, remember to do it with your right hand.

The Burmese often use their hands to squeeze the rice into small round pieces to mix with other dishes. Remarkably, The Buddhists do not eat beef, and Muslims do not eat pork.

9. Low – quality train

Train services in Myanmar are quite “poor”. Trains often move slowly and come late. Moreover, there is a big temperature difference on the train, cold at nighttime while hot at daytime.

10. Newstands at every corner of Yangon

During the years of being limited and controlled Internet access, newspaper is the only way for the Burmese to update news of the world. That's why you can find newsstands at any streets in Myanmar.

11. Eating betel

 You can find betel stalls around the country. It can be seen as one of the most distinguishing features of the Burmese. Betel is extremely favored by the local because they chew them continuously to dye their teeth reddish brown.

Experiencing Water Festival in Myanmar

Water festival is a way to pray for good luck in the Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, ... and Myanmar is also among those countries with Water Festival (also known as Thingyan) to pray for peace for the new year. Through the Myanmar tour on this occasion, tourists can participate in the exciting Water festival.

Myanmar remains a country that preserves intact values from ancient times, including Buddhism. That’s why Myanmar is the land of gold temples. Water festival falls on the second week of April every year and lasts three or four days. Burmese people from all over the country celebrate the festival by throwing water on others. It is meant to wash out the dirt that has accumulated over the past year and to welcome the New Year with the purity of the body and mind.

Thingyan is a purely secular festival and is not mentioned in the Buddhist scriptures, but the Burmese people celebrate the Thingyan at the same time with the Buddhist rite. Hence, the Burmese people enjoy the fascinating festival but they do not forget to organize Buddhist rites in a holy atmosphere.

Early in the morning, people gather in the central area of Yangon, where is near the Sule Pagoda, to admire the traditional dance, the jubilant music and fun songs to welcome the New Year.

After coming back from the temple to pray for peace, it’s time for water splashing. Everyone goes to the streets, using a fountain, water gun, or a bucket to splash water on each other, instead of the New Year's greetings. After being wet, they will walk in the sun to dry their clothes.

Burmese people think that splashing water will eradicate the gloom of the previous year, to start a new year with a clean pure appearance. Meanwhile, many people choose to welcome the New Year at home to enjoy the warm atmosphere.

Not only Myanmar, Water festival is also held in many Southeast Asian countries with different names, expressing the wish for a prosperous life, peace, a bright future. Water festival in Myanmar lasts from April 11 to April 16.

Things You Need to Do Before Your Trip to Vietnam

Traveling across seas is an exciting experience. But before you jump aboard an airplane or ship, you need to do a lot of planning. It doesn’t matter how near or far you’re going, there are certain things you want to take care of before you travel. There are things you want to have packed with you. Plus, you need to ensure things at home will be okay while you’re away. 

Things You Need to Do Before Your Trip to Vietnam

Are you planning to go alone? Bring along children? Or maybe you will backpack across the country. The more you will do and the longer you’re away, the more you need to plan in advance. Let’s review what you need to do today to plan for your trip to Vietnam tomorrow.

Get to Know the Weather

What will the weather be like in Vietnam during the duration you’ll be there? Will it have summer-like weather or will it be brutally cold? You need to know this ahead of time, so you can pack the right type of clothing. Make sure to have clothing for wet weather, since this happens all year round. Bring along a poncho, umbrella and rain boots. You should also bring a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses for days outdoors.

Get to Know the Food

You have to eat while you’re there. And unless you’re bringing along a cooler full of food and drinks, you’ll need to grow accustomed to the meals they have in Vietnam. Find out what restaurants are nearby the hotel you’ll be staying in. What foods are served at the cafeteria in your hotel? Are there any grocery stores around you can go to? If you have a stove in your room or a hot plate you can take with you, this can help you save money.

Get to Know the People

It’s necessary to familiarize yourself with the people and language of Vietnam. This will make it an easier transition for you during your stay. Try learning a few of the common phrases and words used in Vietnamese, so you can carry on small conversations. You’ll need to know how to ask for transportation, bathrooms, restaurants, ATMs and so on. Think of different scenarios and learn what to say when you’re in them. You can bring along an app with a translator. It’s also a good idea to have a book in case the service isn’t that great there.

Then there’s learning the culture. There are certain things that may be offensive in other countries that aren’t offensive in America. Make sure you don’t mistakenly anger a local during your stay. Also, find out what the norms are for clothing, public affection and other things that are very lenient here in the states.

Plan Your Itinerary

You should know every single place you will visit, sleep and eat at during your trip to Vietnam. Consider inputting the points of interest on your Google Maps app, as well as on a paper map. If you’re going to be staying outside the city, expect for their to be issues with Wi-Fi and data coverage.

Minh Thanh Pagoda – Not-to-be-missed Location in Pleiku

As a unique-architectural pagoda in Tay Nguyen,  Minh Thanh Pagoda is not only the pride of the locals, but also an attractive location of Pleiku.

Located 2 kilometers away from Pleiku city’s center, Minh Thanh Pagoda resides at 348 Nguyen Viet Xuan street, Hoi Phu Ward. Unlike other pagodas which heavily follows Buddhism Hinayana’s characteristics, Minh Thanh Pagoda was also greatly influenced from Chinese and Japanese architecture.

The pagoda was built in 1964 by the monk named Thich Giac Dao, then it became local Buddhists’ worship and prayer location.

It was led by master Thich Tam Man, he was the first Buddhist monk in Vietnam graduated the Vietnam Buddhism Academy in Buddhism Art.

While visiting the pagoda, visitors can see the 9-storey tower from afar, inside the pagoda’s campus is the 40-ton Buddha statue with 7.5 meters height. The main hall is 16-meter height, built with durable and tough Fokienia wood. The door entrance set is made from red-wood, the door frame’s depth is 0.4 meter with six 0.2-meter-depth door leaves. All six door leaves were carved with six great bodhisattvas.

The decorations for the courtyard are miniature landscapes (or tiểu cảnh), pool, green lush trees, which create a fresh and balanced beauty for the sacred atmosphere of the pagoda.
After many historical events, Minh Thanh pagoda has gone through many renovations and it is still opened for many visitors until now.

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.

Not only Vietnam, Myanmar is also a worth-to-visit country in Asia. Consider some our Myanmar River Cruises like Anawrahta Cruise & Sanctuary Ananda to experience this nation in luxury way.