Archive | January, 2013

Nghinh Ong – the a jubilant festival in Vung Tau

14 Jan

The festival is jubilantly held with many and many exciting activities.

Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province has many folk festivals: Trung Cuu festival, the Nghinh Ong festival, Thang Tam Temple festival, Dinh Co festival…Its cutture is the harmonious combination of all three North – Central – South. So, the festivals is particular.

Nghinh Ong festival is held in the fishing village in the province when the fishing season begins. The festival involves the rites of Ong worshipping, procession of Ong on sea by a big decorated boat with flag and flowers, bustling with drums and gongs. After the rituals are games such as boi singing, ba trao singing, martial performance Rituals performed in each place is different but there is always a procession of greeting Ong(the Big Fish) repertoire (whale) on the beach and then the “hat boi” organization.

Nghinh Ong festival in Vung Tau is the largest of all the festivals organised in the coastal provinces from Ninh Thuan to the south. The annual Nghinh Ong festival was held at the Ca Ong mausoleum (Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Vung Tau city) is the most solemn.

‘Ông’ is the respectful way in which the fishermen of southern Vietnam address whales and dolphins, which they believe to be guardian spirits. Whales in particular are believed to help fishing boats caught in storms to reach places of safety, and according to tradition fishermen arrange elaborate funerals for dead whales which have been washed ashore.

The legend tells whale worshiping customs is originated from Cham ethnic minority: “Because of Cha-aih-va named God want to come back quickly to his country after difficult magical practice that he answered back his trainer and self-wiled deformed to become the whale.

Nghinh Ong festival is held by the regional residents’ participation. Early morning, the festival start with people group included old men, village communes…going up a big boat which decored with flowers, flags, altar and ancestral tablet, the five notes group, gongs, drums, and lion dances group come to the defined location for offering incense, alcohol.

Then, group of boats come back wharf to welcome Ong to the temple, continuously the incense offering ceremony for our virtuous ancestors and virtuous posterities, reading funeral oration, honous, and then offering tea, flower and alcohol of pupils…

This festival also includes a lantern procession on board fishing boats, a basket boat competition.

Coming to the festival, travelers in Vietnam travel  will have a chance to see many other cultural activities such as: martial arts, dragon dances, Hat Boi…with harmony rhythm of gong sound, drum-beat in full incense.

A National Beauty Spot in Phu Yen, Da Bia Mountain

14 Jan

Together with the cultural and historical values, Da Bia Mountain is an ideal destination for tourists in Vietnam travel who would like to enjoy fascinating scenery, fresh atmosphere and diverse eco-system.

Da Bia Mountain or Thach Bi Son is a well-known mountain in Phu Yen, which has been recognized as a national beauty spot in 2008 by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. The mountain is attached with many legends and old stories about important persons and events in Vietnam’s history in general and Phu Yen’s history in particular.

A National Beauty Spot in Phu Yen, Da Bia Mountain

Da Bia Mountain also plays an important role in the spiritual life of local people (former Cham people and Phu Yen’s current ethnic groups).  The image of Da Bia Mountain has come into many well-known poems, literature works as well as in ancient stories and songs, etc. which have been existed through generations, reflecting many aspects of their daily lives. It proves that, Da Bia Mountain has long been the meaningful symbol, which is highly appreciated by local people during the process of protecting and developing the homeland.

A National Beauty Spot in Phu Yen, Da Bia Mountain

Da Bia Mountain- A symbol of nature in Phu Yen

Along with the cultural-historical values, Da Bia Mountain is also a beautiful destination which attracts tourists in Vietnam travel with fascinating scenery, fresh atmosphere, and diverse eco-system. Da Bia Mountain’s peak is the ideal place to enjoy the majestic landscape. Standing on the mountain peak, visitors joining tours in Vietnam will have an overview of the giant landscape picture with mountains, river, lake, bay, rice fields, villages and people by the side of the ocean.

If possible, please come to Da Bia Mountain, then explore and enjoy the natural landscape, and to understand more about the local land and local people.

Cua Lo Golf Resort – Attractive destination in Nghe An

10 Jan

Cua Lo Golf Resort is a sport and leisure destination, consisting of a 5-star and 3-star hotels, luxury villas, 18-hole golf course and a beach recretion area.

The resort, located on Binh Minh Street, a main road in Cua Lo Township, Nghe An extends over 1.2 km along an intact sandy beach in an area of 133ha.

Spreading along on of the most gorgeous beaches of Vietnam, Cua Lo Golf Course with natural sand dunes anh native Casarina forest offers golfers a real taste of surprising challenges and exciting golfing experiences from Vietnam tourism.

Cua Lo Golf Resort, the convergence of sports, beach, leisure and nature, is an ideal destination for those who love golf, an elite sport, and wish to indulge themselves with luxurious retreats.

The tourists who come to Cua Lo Golf Course not only can play golf but also relax with many kinds of tourist services, therefore, Cua Lo Golf Course attracts a lot of tourists, especially international tourists with attractive eco-system.

Specifically, many villas which are being finished will be used in July. Currently, the golf practice center attracts a large number of customers. With the advantage location, Cua Lo GOLF RESORT is becoming an attractive destination for domestic and international visitors to Cua Lo town.