Explore three highest mountains in the Southern Vietnam

Standing from the top of the mountain, you will see a panoramic view of wonderful space with the small houses and roads looming in the green color of trees. Then, you will see three beautiful mountains with their own mysterious legends.

Ba Den Mountain

Ba Den Mountain is the highest mountain (986m) in Southern Vietnam. It is located in Thanh Tan commune, Hoa Thanh district, Tay Ninh.

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The relic complex of Ba Den Mountain is formed by three mountains which are Heo Mounatin, Phung Mountain and Ba Den Mountain. Travelling to here, not only do tourists can sightsee an imposing mountains in the peaceful Tay Ninh province but also they can have a good chance to visit the system of Dien Ba pagoda including manificient and gorgeous Thuong, Trung, Ha and Hang pagodas as well as exploring the mysterious beauty of caves alternately named Thanh Long, Ong Ho, Ba Co, Ba Tuan, Thien Thai, Ong Ta. Moreover, tourists can listen to the legend of a woman whose name is Ly Thi Thien Huong has the dark brown skin but is beautiful and gorgeous.

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There are three ways to conquer the top of the mountain. The first way is that tourists can conquer it by walking on the road of 1000 staircase steps. Secondly, they will sit on the cable hanger. Finally, they can use the system of closed two-way slides. Each way brings different experiences but if tourists want to save time and effort as well as increasing the risky level, the cable hanger and slide system will be the best choices.

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Beside Ba Den Mountain, tourists should visit Tay Ninh Vatican, Dau Tieng lake or go shopping in Long Hoa market.

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Chua Chan Mountain

With the height of 800m above the sea level, Chua Chan Mountain is also called Gia Ray Mountain or Gia Rao Mountain. It is located in Xuan Loc district, Dong Nai province. It is the second highest mountain in the southern region.

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Specifically, in the height of 600m, there is a famous pagoda named Buu Quang. It is well-known for its sacred atmostphere with hundreds thousand of tourists coming to pray and worship on the holidays.

Walking is the only way for tourists to come to the mountain top; however, the road to go there is also divided into two periods depending on their purposes. To be more exact, the road from the mountain foot to Buu Quang pagoda with the stone-made stairs is spent for the pilgrims and the tourists. The backpackers, particularly, the road will be difficult to move because they have to find the direction and find the way to go on their own.

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When visiting the mountain, tourists cannot ignore the beauty of two-root banian tree which is the strange wonder and the masterpiece of the nature if we do not mention the spiritual factor.

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In addition, tourists can participate in rowing a boat on Gia Hi lake in Xuan Tam commune or take a visit to the amusement center of Nui Le lake in Area 7, Gia Ray town.

Ba Ra Mountain

Ba Ra Mountain is located in Son Giang ward, Phuoc Long commune, Binh Phuoc. It is far from Ho Chi Minh city about 180km. S’Tieng ethnic group often calls this mountain “Bonom Brah” (it means that the god mountain). To the local people, with the height of 733m, Ba Ra is ranked in the third in three highest mountains in the southern region.

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If tourists want to conquer Ba Ra Mountain, they will have to walk along the staircase or use the cable system. With the cable, tourists can go straight from the mountain foot to the top. If walking, they can start from the foot of Bang Lang hill to explore the monument and then, experience the feeling of climbing through 1.767 stone-made stairs. Ba Ra Mountain is lower than Ba Den Mounain but its staircase is very slopy so conquering it takes tourists much time and efforts.

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Right stepping on the top of the mountain, beside the feeling of relief before the road which is seems to be extremely tough to conquer, tourists will love this land with the peaceful landscape of looming houses, beautiful Thac Mo lake and holy Ba temple.

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Explore Thanh Ha pottery village in Hoi An ancient street

Coming to Thanh Ha pottery village, tourists can feel the peaceful feelings with the green space of the lines of areca trees as well as the newly-made ceramic products. Thanh Ha is known as both the live museum and the valuable information resource for scientists to explore and do research about the traditional pottery making in Vietnam particularly and in Southeast region as the whole.

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The most ancient pottery village

Thanh Ha pottery village is located in Thanh Ha ward, Hoi An city, Quang Nam. It is right on Thu Bon riverbank and far from Hoi An ancient street about 3km towards the West.

Thanh Ha pottery village has been famous for 500 years. On the centuries XIV – XVII, the craftsmen from Thanh Hoa went to Thanh Ha to set up a village and made pottery and then passed it on for the next generations. Under Nguyen dinasty, they are well-known for their talent because they are the one who provide ancient houses in Hoi An and the neighbor areas with many products such as roof tiles, flooring tiles and ceramic furnitures. However, the golden period passed because of the market economy. Thanh Ha pottery had faced many difficulties when they could not catch up with the products made by the modern technology so they could not find the consumption places. Until now, after Thanh Ha pottery becomes a part of the exploration tours of tourists coming to Hoi An, Thanh Ha ceramic kilns are revived.

Những nồi đất được chuốt, nặm theo đơn đặt hàng từ nhiều vùng trên cả nước đang được phơi khô trước khi đưa vào lò nung.

Ceramic products of Thanh Ha

If the ceramic products of Tho Ha (Bac Giang), Bat Trang (Hanoi) and Phu Lang (Bac Ninh) are respectively made from blue clay, white clay and brown-yellow clay, Thanh Ha ceramic products are taken from the brown clay along Thu Bon river with the high clamminess and ductility.

Dưới bàn tay của người thợ thủ công, đất sét được luyện thật nhuyễn, đảm bảo độ dẻo, và được tạo hình trên bàn xoay bằng tay hoặc trên khuôn.

After taking the clay, local people have to mix and temper it until it is well-kneaded as newly-made flour. Then, they use that clay to make many products and bring them to dry under the sunshine or in the corner of the kitchen. The pottery kiln is arranged cleverly so that it can both save spacec and ensure that the products are out of shape. Depending on each product, they can burn from one day to three days.

Gạch cũng là một trong những sản phẩm được nhiều gia đình làng gốm Thanh Hà sản xuất theo đơn hàng của nhiều doanh nghiệp hiện nay.

The major products of Thanh Ha are ustensils serving the daily life such as cup, bowl, vase, jar and so on with different shapes and diverse colors. Specifically, they are lighter than other products in other provinces partly because of the special clay of Thu Bon river and skilful hands of Thanh Ha craftsmen.

Đến làng gốm Thanh Hà bạn dễ nhận ra bởi từ con đường, góc sân đến mái ngói đều được làm từ đất nung.

With many passed centuries and ups and downs of the history, Thanh Ha pottery village is still peaceful like the gentle flow of Thu Bon river.
Trong bếp của mỗi gia đình đều chất đầy những sản phẩm làm từ gốm.

Moreover, Thanh Ha craftsmen quietly make the ceramic products by clever hands. If you have a chance to travel to Hoi An ancient street, you should not miss this great Thanh Ha pottery village.

 

 

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U Bein Bridge

Myanmar Tour 5 days

It has been said that time is never enough, especially for travelling to a country. However, with a Myanmar tour 5 days, you will experience many valuable things in the two cities Bagan and Mandalay.

Bagan – 3 days

If you take a Myanmar tour 5 days, 3 days are enough to discover Bagan- the land of ancient temples. You can travel from Yangon to Bagan by bus for about 20 – 25 USD (Ther Ye Aung company).

Bicycle is the main mean of transport in Bagan
Bicycle is the main mean of transport in Bagan

 

You don’t need to waste money to rent a tuk tuk or a horse cart; instead, you can rent bikes (about 1500-2000 kyats / day) to go around the place from the Old Bagan, New Bagan to Nyang U. Apart from that, when riding bicycles, we can visit any temple we love.

The world of more than 4,000 temples can make you astray. The famous temples not to miss here include Shwezigon (11th century) in Nyang U, Ananda (11th century) and Thatbyinnyu (12th century), Shwegugyi (11th century) and Shwesandaw (11th century – a very beautiful place to see the sunset) in Old Baga.

At noon, you can also take a rest, or even sleep inside the temples where are very cool. The price in diners around the temple is also very cheap, just only 2-5 USD.

Interesting activities in Bagan

The lacquer products in New Bagan
The lacquer products in New Bagan

During 2 days in Bagan of Myanmar tour 5 days, you can visit many places and enjoy the traditional customs of this area. The most recommended activities are as follows:

– Visiting the lacquer factories situated along the roads from Old Bagan to New Bargan.
– Going to local markets to see the lives of Bagan peaceful citizens. You can buy thanaka trees – a kind of herb mixed with a little amount of water to make a natural powder, which is very popular among Myanmar women and men, to make up and or used as a skin lotion
– Having inners at Nanda restaurant (7-10 USD) to see the string puppets and the dramas that depict Myanmar culture including the birth of the Nats – the gods in Myanmar cultural beliefs.
– After watching the juggle, you should go to Popa peak – the birthplace of the Nats who bless the people of Myanmar. This is an ancient volcano that is 40 km far from the center of Bagan. On the mountain, there is a temple worshipping Nat gods, Buddha with views to a beautiful plain. It is ideal to hire a pickup with a coachwork at the back with the cost of about 35-40 USD, and you should invite 4-6 people or more to join with you to reduce the cost.

Mandalay – 2 days

Taking a Myanmar tour 5 days, you are able to experience two different feelings. While Bagan is quiet, peaceful, Mandalay will give a total different impression.

Southern Stairway up the Mandalay Hill
Southern Stairway up the Mandalay Hill

In order to reach Mandalay from Bagan, there is an interesting way is to travel by boat along the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river, but you have to make a reservation or contact the inn or hotel in Bagan/ Yangon to get detailed information.

Unlike Bagan, Mandalay is busier, noisier and more expensive. The beautiful and attractive destinations in Mandalay are:

– Shwenandaw Abbey with extremely delicate sculptures
– Kuthodaw Paya temple which has the world’s largest Buddhist scripture which is extremely impressive with 729 “pages” carved on marbles
– Mandalay Hill with a walk journey up to the mountain’s peak to see the sunset along the Ayeyarwady River
– The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Mandalay
The Royal Palace in Mandalay

– Mahamuni Pagoda with an impressive Buddha statue wearing a robe and a hat with a 6-inch thick layer of gold leaf pasted by the Buddhists through the generations. The most special thing is the “Buddhist face washing ceremony” which takes place at 4 am and the place where you have opportunity to participate in a spiritual atmosphere.
– U-Bein Bridge and Buddhist monastery in Amarapura: The lunch here is really interesting and impressive with hundreds of monks queue up to get rice. You may meet a monk studying and practicing here.
– Mingun Stupa – just a trip by train from Mandalay upstream the Ayeyarwady River in half of an hour, you will come to a totally peaceful space. The stupa is built incompletely with many cracks because of the earthquake, but it still looks very impressive.
– In the evening, there are 2 activities in which you can participate is to go to watch dancing and singing in Mintha theater with traditional dances or watch Moustache Brothers satirical comedy performed by the members of a family.

U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge

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Indonesias-islands

Have A Deeper Look Into The Country Known As Indonesia

Travelling is an activity that is enjoyed by several thousands of

people all around the world. Spending holidays while travelling to a faraway place is one of the

best ways to get relief from a person’s everyday stress. With more amount of work comes more

worries, due to this a break is necessary. This break is provided in the form of travelling.

Travelling can greatly boost up morale of an individual, which in exchange can make the

individual work better. As travelling provides so many benefits, it is also important to choose a

travelling destination. Indonesia, a country made of thousands of islands, can serve as a great

travelling destination. With its rich culture, and several beaches, it makes out to be the best

place for anyone to travel to. You will be able to experience various water sports at this

country, visit more and more islands, and visit several temples located on many of the islands.

You can even explore the less inhabited islands, and discover new things.

Resorts

Indonesia consist of a number resorts, both small and large scale.

All of them providing luxurious facilities to the tourists visiting.Resorts can be found on almost

all of the inhabited islands, and some small ones on the less inhabited islands. For the leisure of

the tourists, most resorts are built where one can have clear view of the surroundings. Some of

the resorts can be found near beaches, in case someone wants to spend most of their time on

the beach. The prix or price of these resorts differs by the facilities and

services they provide. One can opt for the resort, that they think suit them the best.

Resorts

Climate

The islands have a tropical climate, so they do not experience

much change in the temperature. Most time of the year, the islands remain hot and humid.

However, the hills can be a bit cooler compared to the plains. Rainstorms are common on these

islands, and they occur all year. The monsoon season on these islands start from December and

end in March, while the Driest weather can be experienced from June to September.

tropical climate

Exploration

Out of the thousands of islands of this country, many of the

islands are still uninhabitedand unexplored. Tourists from all around the world come to explore

these islands, to discover several new things. At these islands, you will be able to experience

the nature better than other islands. A rich wildlife, along with a sense of exploration, makes

these islands the best travelling place. Several ancient building can also be found on these

islands, along with temples in some islands, which can help you know the ancient culture of

people better.

Indonesia's islands

By going on a trip to Indonesia, you are in for a lifetime worth of

experience. You can do anything in here, from relaxing at the exotic beaches to exploring the

wildlife of an unexplored place. The country offers you so much that you will not be able to

grasp most of the things.

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Some unique dances of Cham ethnic group

No one Cham festival lacks distinctive folk dances with “gineng” drumbeat and “saranai” trumpet. Cham ethnic people consider that their own folk dances are the destination of present and spiritual world, human and god. Human put in these dances for wishes of good weather, peace villages and health for everyone. Some unique dances of Cham people include:

The fan dance

According to the concept of Cham ethnic, peafowl is the symbol of happiness and luckiness. So the peafowl dance always appears in festivals and holidays. This is the unique and typical folk dance of Cham people.

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Main props of this dance are the fans, so local people love these fans very much. Cham women with skillful hands hold two fans like wings of birds. These fans are the feeling voice. They will be swung at happy, facing down at sad, graceful in love, flying in situation.

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The “water on head” dance

Coming to Cham ethnic village, we can see Cham women with rice baskets on head from fields to home. From the actual movement in daily life Cham people created the “water on head” dance.

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This dance is a combination skillfully and interestingly of peafowl dance and daily work in each village. It makes the dancers more graceful and flexible like flying peafowl birds.

The handkerchief dance

There is one more folk dance with handkerchiefs, which is the symbol of fresh and virtuous heart of Cham women. The dance of women is charming but the others of men are very strong and unyielding. The dancers are holding the towels use wrists to flick up at deliberate, gentle or strong, decisive according to the rhythm of music. These towels look like petals, symbolizing purity and love of local girls.

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Thus, the dancing costumes are white with slightly turning movements of towels. Then, suddenly the towels are pushed up higher steadily to show innocent mirth, love as blooming petals.

The fire dance

The Cham men are very strong, unyielding in protection of villages. So the fire dance is the popular for men and it appeared a long time ago. It usually appeared in “Rija Nagar” festival. The fire is considered as hardness and danger for human. The male dancers hold rods or blades to act fighting movements to show the determination of Cham men to protect their own villages.

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The Cham dance describes the simple activities in daily life but it contains deep philosophies of world view. It gives viewers a unique impression, brings people tunable to the legendary and sacred land with desire to live intensely and optimistic love of the life.

These dances become a unique part of the cultural heritage of Cham ethnic. In recent years, Cham people still preserve and promote them to satisfy creative demand and art enjoyment of people. With the passion and right investment in research, Cham dances increasingly develop on a better way.

Taking a journey to Cham village, tourists will not only watch these unique dances but also have a chance to learn them deeply. Maybe if you like music, you can easily be taught by skillful dancers. There is no more interesting thing for your journey.

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The legend of Quan Ba Twin Mountain in Ha Giang

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Quan Ba Twin Mountain – the symbol of Ha Giang

Nui Doi Quan Ba ( Quan Ba Twin Mountain) is located in 4C Highway, Quan Ba district, Ha Giang province, 40 kilometers away from Ha Giang town. Among the rolling mountains, tourists will be surprised to see two curvaceous mountains with equal size and funny gait that make us think of curvaceous and vitality chest of young girl.

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The fanciful scenery in the morning

Long time ago, the mountain was called Nui Doi ( twin mountain). Quan Ba twin mountain is associated with interesting legends that the ethnic minority groups passed by one generation to another. The story goes that once upon a time, this land has a handsome Hmong man with the talent of blowing mouth organ. The sound of mouth organ is as nice as the melody of stream. A fairy on the heaven named Hoa Dao fell in love with the melody of mouth organ. She ran away to the earth to get married with him. They gave birth to a baby boy.

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Peaceful scenery at nightfall

Then the Jade Emperor found out that Hoa Dao got married with a ground man. He got angry and sent a guard to take her back. She begged her father to stay with her son but he didn’t agree. She left her emulsion to feed her son. Two of emulsions later turned into two mountains shaped like breasts of the mother. Then two mountains was called Nui Doi ( twin mountain ) or Fairy mountain. According to the legend, this area has cool weather, good crops and green vegetable because of her flow of milk. Her tears mourning her husband and son were turned into Mien River as beautiful as a fairy tale.

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The mountain looks like a chest of the mother nuturing this pace

There is another story about a giant man falling in love with a beautiful girl in this area. Her family wanted to challenge the man that if he could stop Dong Ha river flow back into the valley where their family was living ( Tam Son town today), he would be accepted to be their son-in-law. The man accepted the challenge. All days and nights, the man carried mountains around to stop the flows.  One day, he heard the news that his mother died. He rushed home to mourn his mother. Since then no one knew the reason why he never went back.  The faithful girl waited for him until she turned into mountain to wait for her lover forever. Today the mountain is called Nui Doi – the symbol of curvaceous chests of the girl.

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The mountain in the body of a girl

Visiting Quan Ba Twin Mountain at any season of the year, tourists will be surprised with the charming scenery of this place. Rice paddies at the foot of Twin Mountain are as green as dress of the grace spring. In autumn, the paddies are wrapped with yellow like honey. The lush mountain in the heart of valley gives this place a charming beauty.

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Twin Mountain coated the green of forest and mountain in spring

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Tham Tet Toong Grotto-an ideal stop in Son La

Son La is not only famous for Ban flower in Moc Chau, white cauliflower wrapped around the hills but also mysterious landscape of Tham Tet Toong grotto.

Tham Tet Toong is belonged to Chieng An commune, Son La town, Son La province, 2 kilometer away from the center of Son La town.

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Entrance gate of Tham Tet Toong grotto

The way to the grotto is also an exciting challenge. The road leading to the cave is along a small path at the junction of Chieng An commune. The road is not very far but it is also a small challenge for tourists who are interested in discovering. The tourists should be careful and avoid wearing high heels because the road is quite wet and slippery.

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The way to the grotto is also an exciting challenge

The road to the grotto is fairly hard but extremely poetic. One side is covered with yellow, pink, white of wild flowers inperspersed in green foliage. The other side is a spring with fresh and cool water. You will be able to experience the natural beauty, the scent of hundreds of plants and flowing rhythm of the poetic stream.

You also can see the butterflies and dragonflies all around. The butterflies are small but beautiful with white wings dotted with different colors while the dragonflies look like pilots in gaudy costumes.

Surrounding the grotto is rolling mountains with green trees. The output entrance of the grotto is a fresh lake built next to a water filtration system so that local people can use the water. The pure water in the lake makes the scenery around more peaceful and fresher.

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The road to the grotto is fairly hard but extremely poetic with beautiful waterfall and scent of wild plants around

The grotto is 150 meters long that is divided into several stages with the world of multifold stalactites. The scenery in Tham Tet Toong grotto is very mystery like a natural painting. Some stalactie flows is shaped like a bamboo clump. Some crowded stalactites is formed a cloud over the grotto walls. All make Tham Tet Toong grotto wild and strange but quite charming.

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The grotto still keeps primitive and mysterious features

Above the grotto is the rolling mountains and vast green forest. The pure water in the grotto day by day flowing down makes a beautiful waterfall. The stone columns nestled along the vertical wall as bamboo trunks.

In the morning when the sun shows the sunlight into the grotto, you can see the magical world of sparkling stalacsites. Don’t miss chances to discover the natural beauty of this place to experience interesting things of the unique grotto.

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The magical world of sparkling stalacsites under the sunshine

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Notre Dame Cathedral – Unique architectural construction in Saigon

Saigon is the well-known tourist site for both domestic and international tourists. With the unique architecture, not only does it have the greatly historic value but also it has the ancient but modern beauty, Notre Dame Cathedral is the famous place tempting any tourists arriving to Saigon. With Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral is the must-to-go destination in Saigon because it has the unique design and perfectly central location.

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Right after taking over Saigon, French colonists demanded to build the Cathedral to perform ceremony for catholics in Expeditionary army. The Cathedral was built on street 5 on the foundation of the untilled small pagoda of Vietnamese. Beside the purpose of ceremony performace for catholics, it is also to expand the Catholicism and French great civilization towards colonial people.

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The Cathedral construction is 133 meters in length and 35 meters in width, including sanctum, round-shaped harem for choir, oratory and praying room. All are based on Roman and Gothic rituals. It means solemn and elegance.

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Inside the Cathedral is the gorgeous and magnificient space like a palace with the wonderful effect of light. Stepping into the Cathedral is the feelings of peace and holy with typically remarkable details and furnitures like the palace in the fairy stories.

Standing in front of the Cathedral, noone is not impressed with the ancient but luxurious beauty because of every subtle details of this construction work. The construction is built symmetrically and the heght is gradually lower, in which the highest peak is the bell tower.

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When it comes to the bell tower, it is the largest bell tower in Vietnam. In the middle of two bell towers, there is a clock which weighs more than 1 tons with complicated, bulky and sophisticated operation machine is installed under the roof top. Maybe thanks to this, although this clock was manufactured in 1887, until now, it operates exactly.

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The symbol of Peace Madonna is in the central flower garden in front of Notre Dame Cathedral with the position of straight standing with the Cross-stcked globe in hands. The eyes of Madonna is looking towards the sky as if she is praying. This is not only the typical and proud symbol of Notre Dame Cathedral but also the attractive feature luring more and more tourists.

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With the unique architecture in the center of Saigon, Notre Dame Cathedral is the pride of local people in particular and of Vietnamese in general. Tourists arrives at Notre Dame Cathedral both to sightsee the gorgeous and splendid beauty of the construction work by their eyes and to pray for their souls. This is also the ideal place for taking photos to keep as great memmories of visiting, wedding and even artistic value.

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It can be said that this construction work has the great value on history and architectural arts. It is also the alive evidence for a historical period of Vietnamese. If domestic and international tourists arrive in Saigon, they definitely take a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral to enjoy its beauty.

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Bo Dau Chung cake

Thai Nguyen City is popular by not only Tan Cuong tea but also other local specialties such as stuffed pancake in Cao Ngan, bamboo-tube rice in DinhHo and so on. Today, I will introduce one more local specialty what is always appeared in national Lunar New Year holiday. It is the Chung cake in Bo Dau.

Bo Dau is in both Son Cam and Co Lung hamlets, Phu Luong district. Here there has the traditional Chung cake trade village, which is well-known long ago. In war period, Bo Dau Chung cake was famous and shared by long-distance drivers on the northern route.

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Ingredients of Bo Dau Chung cake

It is still made from sticky rice, green beans and bacon but with hands of local people in Son Cam, Co Lung Chung cake here has the distinctive flavor not be confused with other places. Bo Dau Chung cake is made from specific sticky rice in Dinh Hoa, which is very glutinous and especially scented. Sticky rice which is removed from grit, non-glutinous corn is rinsed carefully, soaked in water for an hour to hatch rice. Then, it is drained and mixed with a little salt and prepare to be packaged.

Phrynium which is used to package cake is sticky, thick, green and wide-size leaf. Those leaves taken from Na Ri forest, Don market, Bac Kan are washed two sides, drained and cleaned by dried towel. Then, they are stripped down pedicle, leaf top and arranged near rice pot. Bamboo string is made by hands.

Green bean that is made stuffing of rice dumpling is local bean, thin skin and yellow. Bean is broken in two, soaked, washed down skin and mixed with little salt. Selected meat is the delicious bacon from pigs who are in mountain region. It is sliced into big parts, mixed with salt and pepper to be absorbed.

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Secret makes Bo Dau Chung cake famous

Local people in Co Lung, Son Cam share own hereditary secret to have the special cakes. According to legend, to make delicious cakes, these people used water in wells in their own village. They make Chung cakes without any kind of mold because they use their hands to make cakes skillfully and square Chung cakes in turn are produced.

Bo Dau Chung cake plays an important role in cultural culinary of people in Thai Nguyen. The days which are close to holidays, Chung cake market is more bustling because local and urban people or neighboring province, city order cakes before the New Year for months. These cakes make Lunar New Year holidays become warmer and more complete. However, Chung cake of Bo Dau is appeared not only in Lunar New Year holiday but also all year round. Thus, all tourists also have chances to enjoy and buy it as a special gift for their friends or families from Thai Nguyen.

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When unwrapping a Bo Dau Chung cake, we could feel fresh cool cover, quiet fat stuff of rice dumpling mixed with pungent and scented taste of pepper like whole land and sky are culminating in each cake. And maybe legend of Chung cake is appeared in our mind. We are very proud of this traditional cultural culinary of Vietnam.

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Ban flower festival

Ban flower festival ( also known as Xen Muong festival ) is celebrated by the Thai people in February of the lunar year when the Northwest mountains are wrapped with the white of Ban flower. The festival expresses the deep gratitude of the local residents to the great contribution of the ancestors, the gods and prays for good health, peaceful life, good weather, prosperous harvest…

The Ban flower festival represents the cultural feature of the spiritual life of the Thai ethnic minority. They worship “Then” –  a supreme deity of the Thai people, worship “ Miss Ban”- a legendary goddess represents the virginity of the Thai young women and the faithful love of the Thai couple, worship the god of mountain, the god of river, the god of village…for good weather, good harvest, happiness and peaceful life…

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Ban flower

According to the legend of the Thai people,  “ Miss Ban” is a beautiful woman but she has got smallpox. She didn’t got married and decided to live in the Tham Le cave ( belongs to Son Thinh commune, Van Chan district ). Then she exhausted there. The place she died grew a tree with white flowers like the fingers of women. This kind of flower spreads across the Northwest. Annually, the flowers bloom around the mountain in the spring and is called “ Ban flower”

 

The Ban flower festival is a special occasion of the Thai when the local residents meet each other. Annually the festival is held in the February of the lunar year. The festival taken place 3 times per year attracts talented people all around the village.

The festival is usually celebrated in Tham Le cave with two parts : the ceremony part to worship the gods and the festival part with games and cultural activities to educate people reach to the better things. The ceremony part is performed out side the cave. After the sorcerer asks “Then” to open the gate of the cave, the festival part is celebrated both inside and outside of the cave.

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The activities taken place at night in The Ban flower festival

After the ceremony part is ended, the villagers continue taking part in the festival part with exciting folk games such as con throwing, tug of war, walking on stilts, climbing tree, sing and dance…The laughter of young men and women is commingled with the sounds of the ethnic musical instruments such as drum, khen, pi…..The men both sing and help the women pick up white Ban flower to take home.

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The Thai women perform Xoe dancing in the Ban flower festival

Participating Ban flower festival, tourists will be immersed in the lively atmosphere of the spring in the Northwest area and listen to the sounds of the “pi”, “khen” ( the musical instruments of the ethnic minority groups), enjoy the unique dances of the Xoe dancing. Certainly, you will fall in love with the land, the people here, then you will be reluctant to leave the Northwest region.

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