Archive | October, 2012

A trip on the Chay River

23 Oct

The Chay River runs through many mountainous provinces in the North. It not only provides alluvium soil to the fields, but also diversified cultural colours.

The river originates on the western slope of Tay Con Linh Mountain (2,419m) and the eastern slope of Kieu Lien Ti Mountain (2,402m) in the northwest of Ha Giang Province. It runs through the provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and joins the Lo River in Phu Tho Province. However, the section of the river in Lao Cai Province is the most beautiful.

The river has two seasons; dry and flooded. During each season, it has a unique beauty. It looks immense in the flooded season while it becomes mild and gentle in the dry season. Along the banks of the river are hamlets of the Mong, Dao and Day ethnic people. In the distance, winding roads on the mountain slopes look like white silk ribbons with the early dew.

In dry season, there are rock fields and small boats on the river.

Tourist falls in line with living of the hospitable ethnic people along the river banks.

Discovering wonderful beauty of caves endowed by nature a long the river.

Tree roots with funny shapes of animals in forest on the river banks.

People perform artistic items at the Chay River Festival.

Dragon boats are brilliant with flags and flowers on the Chay River at the festival

The procession of the Fish God to Do Temple is a typical feature of the festival.

To develop the tourism potential of the Chay River – the home of many ethnic communities with beautiful and wild scenery, the Lao Cai Province Authority provides tourists with a new product – touring the river by boat.

Participating in the tour, visitors have a chance to discover the beauty of Tien Cave with thousands of sparkling stalactites, wonderful Ta Lam Waterfall and green Nghien (Burretiodendron hsienmu) forest. Furthermore, they also can visit hamlets where they are warmly welcomed by ethnic people and the enjoy songs, dances and specialties of the locality. Among these, Si Ma Cai Town where 80% of the Mong people live is the most attractive destination thanks to unique festivals like Gau Tao Festival, Long Tong Festival and the rite of worshipping the forest.

Tourists visit people’s house along the Chay River.

Unique cultures of people in a hamlet along the river.

Xoe dance is a traditional act of people in the highland area.

Bac Ha Market with upright people.

On the trip, tourists can go to Bac Ha and Coc Ly markets that have for a long time created the cultural characteristics of the ethnic people in Lao Cai Province. Here, local products like brocade, dried chilies, vegetables, chickens, rice from terraced fields, thang co (a traditional soup of the Mong people) and wine made from corn are sold.

The tour on the Chay River promises to bring tourists to new wonders in the northwestern province of Lao Cai.

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Story: Bich Van – Photo: Trinh Van Bo

Exploring a peaceful and marvelous spot in Mau Son

13 Oct

If you fancy exploring a quiet and beautiful spot before the masses come, you’d better visit Mau Son now.

Located about 30 kilometers from Lang Son City in Lang Son Province, Mau Son Tourist Area covers Mau Son and Cong Son communes in Cao Loc District and Mau Son Commune in Loc Binh District.

Mau Son itself has more than 80 large and small mountains, of which the highest is Nui Cha Mountain which is 1,541 meters high and Me Mountain 1,520m. Mau Son has a temperate climate and the average temperature is 15 degrees Celsius so it is really cool in summer and very cold in winter.

The area is endowed with a biodiversity system with more than 1,500 hectares of primeval forest which is home to many rare flora and fauna species. There are many streams from the peak to the foot of the mountain, creating magnificent and splendid waterfalls.

Visit Marvelous Mau Son Before Tourism Boom

Along with romantic landscapes, Mau Son also accommodates old cultures of ethnic peoples of Dao, Tay and Nung.

Mau Son was formerly an ideal destination for vacations with many spacious and luxurious villas in Tam Dao and Sapa. However, during the revolution wars, many of the villas were destroyed.

On Monday, visitors to Mau Son have an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful landscape, fresh atmosphere and learn about local tradition and culture by joining in the daily life of some ethnic minority groups. Thanks to the favorable climate, Mau Son can offer tourists several specialties such as peach, Che Tuyet tea, and Mau Son wine, which is processed using Mau Son’s plants and water sources from the mountain.

Local authorities in Mau Son are planning to develop infrastructure as well as public services to promote tourism. In the future, Mau Son will be developed to become a tourist area with mountain climbing, sightseeing, and recreation.

If you are interested in exploring Vietnam travel, you can visit Vietnam travel company, Halong cruise, Halong Bay, Halong tours site to know further attractive places.

Halong Bay- Most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam

8 Oct

Ha Long Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Ha Long Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes along the 120-km coastline of Bai Chay Beach.

About Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay has been declared as world heritage by UNESCO. It is a body of water of about 1,500 sq. kilometers in the northern part of Vietnam with a long coastline of 120 kilometers. Ha Long bay is known for its high terrestrial biodiversity. It features over 1000 beautiful limestone karsts and islands of different shapes and sizes. The bay is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

How to reach Ha Long Bay

Travelers generally visit the place on pre-purchased tours from Hanoi. The best way to reach Ha Long is renting a car from Hanoi airport. You can also take a tourist open bus. Bus service is also available.

Sites to visit during your tour to Ha Long Bay

Ha Long has become one of the most popular and sought after holiday destination of Vietnam. Foreign tourists come to this bay to explore its stunning natural scenic beauty. Get a ticket from the department of Ha Long Bay management. They give 2 choices;

Thien Cung Grotto, Dau Go Cave, and other sites
Sung Sot Cave and other sites

You should visit Su Tu Bien Islet on the route to Thien Cung Grotto and Dau Go Cave.

                  Thien cung grotto

    Su Tu Bien Islet 

Things that you must not miss at Ha Long Bay

You must not miss visiting caves, island stopovers, bike riding amongst paddy fields, swimming, climbing Titov Mountain. Don’t forget to taste the flavor of local dishes, seafood including mussels, shrimp and su fish, and rice dishes.

Thing to remember

Here are three things which you should keep in mind while traveling to Ha Long Bay.

Hire English speaking guide for one-day tour to Ha Long
Don’t forget to keep your own bottle of water, if you are on the boat
Don’t forget to buy your trip cancellation insurance, because if you cancel your trip, you can get your money back. Online car insurance companies usually sell trip cancellation insurance. You can buy yours from any of them.

If you are interested in exploring Vietnam travel, you can visit Vietnam travel company, Halong cruise, Halong Bay, Halong tours site to know further information.

Pine forest of Ban Ang

4 Oct

Pine forest of Ban Ang.

via Pine forest of Ban Ang.

Thu Bon River – An ideal destination for tourists

2 Oct

The Thu Bon River not only carries tonnes of silt to the fertile land in Quang Nam province, central Vietnam, but also contributes to creating lots of cultural heritage sites such as My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An ancient town.

The Thu Bon River descends from little streams running through the forests of cinnamon trees and a rare variety of Ngoc Linh ginseng close to the height of Ngoc Linh Mountain that is over 2,500m high. This mountain is in the Truong Son Mountain Range in Nam Tra My district. In the districts of Tien Phuoc and Hiep Duc, the river is called Tranh (Picture), a really rustic name. But when it flows through the districts of Que Son and Duy Xuyen and merges into the Vu Gia River, it is called Thu Bon.

In the past, the Cham people, an ethnic minority group of Vietnam, and their culture were greatly influenced by the Thu Bon River. One of the most glorious vestiges of Cham culture is My Son Sanctuary in Duy Xuyen district.

Visiting the sanctuary, one seems lost in the world of the Cham, surrounded by images depicting sacred ceremonies, parades of horses and elephants, shining palanquins and groups of Apsara dancers in colourful dresses dancing at the foot of the ancient towers.

Before flowing into the ocean, the river also helped form one of the oldest and most beautiful port cities in Vietnam, Hoi An. Hoi An Ancient Streets, together with nearby Tra Que vegetable-growing village, Thanh Ha pottery village and Cua Dai Beach, became a unique tourism complication along the river.

If you are interested in exploring Vietnam tourism you can visit Vietnam travel agency, Halong cruises, Halong Bay, Halong travel site to know further attractive places.