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Cao Son market – an ideal destination for your holiday

Cao Son market is located in Cao Son commune, Muong Khuong district, Lao Cai province, 80 kilometers far from Lao Cai city.

Visiting the market, tourists will have opportunity to interact with the ethnic minority people and explore the cultural features of four largest mountain villages in Muong Khuong.

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A corner of highland market

From Lao Cai city, visitors follow national highway 4D to reach Phong Nien commune, Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province, then continue following provincial 153 you will come to the Bao Nhai bridge in Bao Nhai commune, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. From here, tourists can go 30 kilometers to the north to Cao Son market.

You can choose several ways to go to the market and the most interesting way is taking a boat  to enjoy the poetic and romantic landscape.

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Taking place every Wednesday, Cao Son market is a small market of four ethnic groups of Hmong, Phu La, Dao and Black Han in Muong Khuong district.

From a far distance, the market is highlighted amongst the forests and mountains of the North Vietnam. Groups of people in colorful costumes are carrying baskets of goods on the backs walking on the road to the market.

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Brocade stall

Like other highland market, Cao Son market is divided into separate sections:

Some mountainous specialities such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, hone, corn wine, sticky rice, housewares, jewelry… are sold in a separate area. The most attractive place is brocade stalls with the eye-catching colors and vivid designs. These products show the talent of ethnic women from annealing fiber, weaving, dyeing to embroidering.

However, the most attractive area is the place selling poultry, cattle such as buffalos, cows, pigs, chicken, dogs, horses…

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A woman selling vegetable

The food area also leaves deep impression on tourists. You will be easily overwhelmed by the flavors of cuisines: the fragrance of Thang Co ( a special food made of horse meat), spicy taste of ethnic wine such as Coc Dam corn wine or Coc Ngu corn wine…

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Exchanging cattle

Visiting Cao Son market, tourists will have a chance to enjoy culture interference of some ethnic groups living along Chay rive in
. Especially, you can take a boat trip on the river to enjoy the peaceful landscape.

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Coc Ly market – a cultural feature of highlanders

Coc Ly market is a medium sized market where every Tuesday the minority people from surrounding villages come to buy and sell goods.

From Lao Cai district, following the national highway 4D, visitors come to Phong Dien commune, Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province. Continuing to follow the provincal road 153 through Bac Ha district’s Bao Nhai bridge and then take a boat 10 kilometers across Chay River, tourists will arrive at Coc Ly market.

According to the locals, Coc Ly means “plum tree” and perhaps the market is in the highland of plums- a typical plants of Bac Ha district.

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 A corner of Coc Ly market

Coc Ly market looks beautiful and vivid from a distance. It is divided into separate zones: the zone for selling buffalos, the zone for selling brocade and the zone for traditional cuisines.

Original buffalo market

The most interesting thing in the market is the zone for selling buffalo. The Bac Ha people mainly use buffalo for plowing so the buffalos for sale should be the biggest and strongest ones.

The experience to choose a healthy buffalo is to ensure three important factors: short hair, round legs and curved horns.  The cost of each buffalo is more than 20 milion VND.

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The buffalo market

The buffalo is the most important fortune of the minority ethnic people so they just sell it to pay for greater works such as building houses, weddings or funerals…

Attractive cuisines

Besides selling a lot of items that brings cultural features of the highland such as brocade, corn wine, wild vegetables, sticky rice, poultries, cattles…the market is also famous for traditional dishes of the ethnics.

Food area where ethnics from different villages meet each other, drink wine and enjoy specialties of Bac Ha. Although they are in hurry, they still spend time enjoying a bowl of Thang Co ( a special dish from horse meat) with the smell of lemon leaves, the sweet taste of horse bones and drinking a cup of corn wine.

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“Thang Co” a special dish of ethnic people

Bac Ha people are used to eating “ Thang Co” with “ mèn mén” ( “ mèn mén” is made from grined corn with the yellow color and attractive flavors)

“Pho” ( Noodle) restaurants in the market isn’t less exciting than Thang Co zone. “Pho” in Bac Ha is very special. The noodle is made from red rice that make “ Pho” have attractive color. Tourists can choose mixed noodle, cool sour noodle or hot sour noodle with their own unique flavors.

If you go to the market on a winter day, you should enjoy a bowl of chicken noodle. Chicken noodle is the most delicious dish in Bac Ha. The chicken meat is sliced into small pieces and then mixed with some Muong Khuong chilly sauce.

A special dish of Bac Ha is sour noodle – a bowl of noodle with a lot of things such as pork, salted vegetable, roasted peanuts that leaves deep impressions on tourists.

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 A bowl of sour noodle

Coc Ly is considered a cultural market fair of the highlanders.   The market looks colorful and vivid every Tuesday. The different of this fair is not only the place for people to exchange goods but also for traveling, meeting each other…

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Discover Ban Flower Festival of the Thai

Annually the fifteen of lunar January, when Ban flowers is booming all over the forest, people in the Northwestern region will hold Ban flower festival (Bauhinia festival) with the boisterous sounds of drums and gongs.

Typical feature of Yen Bai

This spring, in the journey to discover the Northwest, tourists can break a leg in the Western mountainous area named Yen Bai which is not only the land of ban flower, peach blossom, romantic love stories and colorful costumes but also the homeland of beautiful folk dances.

The Northwestern region in general and Yen Bai particularly are given rolling mountain ranges as well as springs and waterfalls flowing year by year as if they are singing murmuring music of different feelings along with the sound of wind through the high mountains and thick forests and the melodious sounds of birds. The sketchy line of the charming and gigantic landscape is just green color of rice and corn on the lushy contour fields and the white color of ban flowers.

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The meaning of Ban flower

When going though Van Chan, Muong Lo in the spring, tourists can sightsee the
pure beauty of Ban flowers booming on the forests and on the hillsides of mounatins. Not only are they the typical flower of graceful beauty in the Northwest but also they have strong attachment with the mental life of the Thai community. To the Thai, Ban flower symbolizes both faithful love of the couples, children’s piety to their parents and undaunted tradition of human beings.

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Legen of the festival

According to the Thai ethnic group, the festival origins from the love story between a girl named Khom which means “pour or bitter” in the Thai language and the young man named Tao Lu (meaning of the wealth). They fell in love with each other; however, their are strongly opposed by two families. Regardless of the disagreement, in spring, they went to Tham Dong Ngoang cave (currently Tham Le cave) together.

Shortly after that trip, Tao Lu is dead for catching a cold suddenly. Because Khom did not want to be forced to marry with other man, she decided to run away into the forest. On the road of running, she felt exausted and then passed away in the deep forest. Where she drew her last breath, there is a white flower blooming with the sweet scent like a honey. The thai people has called this type of flower “Ban”. Particularly, Ban flower boom right in the spring when Lu and Khom hung out together.

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Time for the festival

In the lunar calendar, Ban flower starts to boom on February and flourishes in the early March. If taking a visit in these months, tourists can feel the fresh breath of forest, of spring and merge themselves into the Bauhinia festival.

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Purpose of the festival

To the Thai ethnic group, more than a fesival for the loves of Thai men and women, Ban flower festival is also occasion for the Thai to give their wishes for the country’s peace, teh village’s prosperity, good harvest and happiness as well as their gratefulness to their grandparents and parents. The thai people here retains a lot of unique customs and habits, in which Ban flower festival is one of the most typical activities of the land. The festival implies the Lingaism’s meaning of  farmers in the moutainous region. It also expresses the spiritual feature of the Thai community’s culture with the high respect.

The offerings of the festival

On the days of the festival, the offering of the ritual is pork meat because the Thai people believe that pig is intelligent enough to become a facilitator between them and the Gods for praying. Besides, the Thai people will prepare several branches of Ban flowers, a bottle of wine, two bowls of rice, two bowls of steamed rice, some incense sticks with betel and areca. Afterthat, they will bring these offerings to Tham Le cave for the shaman to do the ceremony and worship for a prosperous life to villagers.

Generally speaking, once tourists visit Yen Bai and take part in Ban flower festival, they will have unforgettable and wonderful memories when walking in the forest of white Ban flowers as well as the impressively cultural beauty of the festival.

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CULTURAL SPACE OF THAI NGUYEN TEA – PRESERVATION AND PROMOTION OF TEA CULTURE

Project of Cultural space of Thai Nguyen Tea was chosen and invested to build as a major part of serving the First International Tea Festival in Thai Nguyen in 2011. Construction was completed on 27.000 m² area of the famous tea land, Tan Cuong. Sweet aftertaste of Tea Festival, tea products, tea culture of Thai Nguyen seems to be converged here.

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  1. Tan Cuong tea

On the route from Thai Nguyen City to Nui Coc Lake tourism area, visitors will travel across the famous tea region, Tan Cuong. In this land, there has a half of plain and a half of mountain with cool climate and fertile soil, which are extremely suitable for development of tea. In an immensely green space of lush tea hills, Cultural space of tea appears as a subtly sketchy line, which has the wealth of artistic values of the peaceful and fertile village painting.

When visiting the site, visitors will realize that this is an unique construction with an open space. Each category of this Cultural space is marked by time and art. In front of it, there has a large area to organize all activities of the festival, promote tourism to attract visitors in studying and enjoying the culture and Tan Cuong’s characteristic tea products.

  1. Exploration of display area

Gallery is the main item of Cultural space. It was designed with three major architectural spaces for reception, for exhibition and for introduction of tea culture and its products. Gallery is like a small historical museum of Thai Nguyen Tea. In the story of tea, Tea is the main character which is considered as a witness of history, culture, traditional elements of people cultivating, caring, collecting and processing tea.

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After Cultural space of tea was completed, People’s Committee and Service of Culture, Sports and Tourism commissioned to preserve and efficiently exploit this construction. Units would arrange staff for 3-shifts daily work. Additionally, units would organize collection, exhibition of more than 500 documents relating to types of tea, tea culture for domestic and international visitors to visit and study.

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At present, here keeps and exhibits many groups of documents and objects to introduce the history and development of tea, characteristic culture. Among them, there has several precious documents and objects about cultivation, maintenance and processing of tea; ancient teapots, tea tools and so on.

Through these exhibited documents, objects and contents, visitors will understand not only the typically natural conditions for the development of tea but also the value of history, culture of tea. Also, they can sympathize for the hard work of local people. Everytime when we enjoy a moreish cup of tea, we can feel more about the value of life and the sophistication of the people in this land. This means that brand of Thai Nguyen Tea in general and brand of Tan Cuong Tea in particular are not achieved naturally or accidentally. In fact, due to deposition and accumulation of the time flow of history that has saved life and development of tea and tea growers, enjoyers has created an original tea culture.

Just after one-year operation at Cultural space of tea, Thai Nguyen attracted more than hundreds of domestic and international visitors from different coutries such as India, Pakisttan, China, Japan or even Laotian group of government and so on. While taking a tour to this tourism site, they more and more deeply felt and understood about currently preserved land, tree and products of tea and the sophisticated tea culture.

In brief, it can be said that Cultural space of Thai Nguyen tea is the remarkable spotlight luring hundreds and even thousands of tourists because thanks to this space, they will feel interested and excited to know more unique tea cultures of Thai Nguyen in particular as well as other domestic and international tea areas in general.

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DIEN BIEN PHU HISTORY MUSEUM – HISTORICAL VALUE OF NATION

Dien Bien Phu History Museum (The History Museum) is the construction work creating a greatly historical value of Vietnam – a small but undaunted country. The History Museum is one of the most interesting destinations for all tourists to Dien Bien because it displays a vivid space of the victory “producing a stir in world opinion”.

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  1. Overview about the History Museum:

The History Museum was commenced from October, 2012 with the area of over 22.000 m2 and has openned since May 5, 2014. Monumental design and unique display greatly helps the visitors strongly feel that they are witnessing the nine-year war of resistance against the French colonialism when going through all exhibition areas of the museum.

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If you want to take a visit to the History Museum, the following information will be useful for you to keep in your minds:

Opening time:

  • Morning: 7.00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 13.30 p.m. to 17.00 p.m

Ticket price: 5000 VND/ person/visiting place

Location: Street 1, Muong Thanh Ward, Dien Bien Phu district

  1. The design of the History Museum:

The main building is designed as the shape of broadbrim covered with net as the means of camourflage. It has a basement and a connecting floor. The basement is not only the reception for visistors but also the administration area and interractive studying space. The connecting floor is used for display area, panorama space (general view) and working place.

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The width of the museum is more than 7000 m2 with approximately 1000 objects and images, divided into 5 sections: The nine-year war of resistance against the French colonialism from 9/1945-9/1953; the happenings of Dien Bien Phu campaign; international people’s support for Dien Bien Phu campaign; and the influence of Dien Bien Phu Vitory on the world and Honorable room.

Besides, the whole part of the second floor which is like a panorama picture play an important role in series of display of the History Museum. This picture is expected to be completely built by 2016. It can be said that this is the first round-shaped picture made in Vietnam in order to literally detail Dien Bien Phu battle field.

  1. Display:

All objects on display in the History Museum are attached to the historical events relating to Dien Bien Phu campaign, in which the spotlight is “56 days and nights of deeping mountain, sleeping in the cellar and the hazardous life”, singing the praise of national heroes such as To Vinh Dien, Be Van Dan, Phan Dinh Giot and other hornorable sacrifice role-models. Particularly, tourists can see a lot of objects describing activities of opening road, pulling fire-cracker, transporting food of Vietnamese soldiers and militiamen. As can be seen, they are the most forceful proofs for the miracle created by Vietnamese nation and Vietnamese people in Dien Vien Phu campaign. Remarkably, despite using only with primitive weapons and means, we can defeated the French colonism’s modern ones in the war.

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In the History Museum, there are more spaces for honoring General Vo Nguyen Giap – High Command of Dien Bien Phu campaign by a lively variety of exhibition ways.

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  1. The meaning of the History Museum

The History Museum makes a great contribution to both fulfill facilities to meet demands of preserving as well as building on the historical and cultural values of relic site of Dien Bien Phu battle field. In addition, it is worthy of National Monument and stature of one of the greatest historical vitories in Vietnamese Revolution. Thanks to this, the museum promotes historical, cultural, socio-economic development of Dien Bien in particular and the country in general. This is the place for educating young generations’ patriotism and pride.

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Scattering offshore islands in Cambodian Sea

Scattering offshore islands in Cambodian Sea

The picturesque islands scattered across the ecstatic turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand are the most pristine destinations of Cambodia.There are no paved roads, ATMs or 24/24 bustling activities, what these natural islands can offset is inherently natural beauty.

Development is inevitable trend of urbanization today. Then the luxury resorts spring up, the buildings, the artificial constructions will make you no longer have the opportunity to explore the wild nature. However, now is the appropriate time for your visit and enjoy the airy atmosphere in the pristine beaches off the coast of Cambodia.

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Koh Tang island, Cambodia

    Koh Rong island

Far from land about 2 hours and 30 minutes away by waterway, Koh Rong is great with the white sand beaches and peaceful turquoise waves. The island is 78  kilometer square wide and 43 kilometers of coast. You will have the opportunity to dive comfortably in the sea or be immersed in the forest to explore new things. Being the most developed island of the island city Sihanoukville, Koh Rong island has more than a dozen of motels and small local restaurants serving cold beer and fresh seafood.

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Wild Koh Rong island

Do not disappoint quickly, you can still find the quiet space for yourselves in many parts of the island. If you want to find some typical Mekong alcohol, let’s go to bars on the famous Monkey Island where activities last till the night and always has fire dancing performances nightly. This experience will surely fascinate you. Right near the Monkey Island is Paradise Bungalows where offering you comfortable accommodation. You will feel relaxed and still have the opportunity to choose wine cocktail at the bar.

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Paradise Bungalows

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Forests on the island

    Koh Rong island Samloem

Located to the southern of Koh Rong is a smaller, calmer island: Koh Rong Samloem. There are somehow more remote parts than the other islands, Koh Rong Samloem  is the owners of beautiful beaches and almost still empty.

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Saracen Beach Resort Koh Rong Samloem

There is a shop offering the diving services and boat rentals runs between the two islands: Koh Rong - Koh Rong Samloem. Recently, Robinson’s Bungalows – a wooden simple villa with cheap price was built in forests right next to the  beaches. You will have the moments of peace and relaxed mind when seeing the sunset paint the purple and pink vividly everywhere.

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Unique Koh Rong Samloem island

Next is the Lazy Beach which is the oldest  island’s resort and many tourists’ preferred option. Located on a private beach with hammocks getting in the middle of the forest or a rich cocktail menu, Lazy Beach will be the perfect choice for your summer vacation.

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Relax on the hammock by the sea

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  1. Koh Thmei Island

Off the coast of Ream National Park is an almost uninhabited island: Koh Thmei Island. The island is flanked by mangroves. Koh Thmei Resort is the only accommodation on the island. Peace and tranquility of the island will bring you the peaceful and serene moments after a stressful chain of workdays.

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Koh Thmei Island

Solar power is used so the woody house has the electricity almost all time of the day, a rare thing in the pristine islands. But there is no reason for you to stay locked in the house while the outside is the beach with full of unique shells and corals. It is the opportunity for you to dive and explore more than a hundred species of rare birds living on the island.

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Shells on the Koh Thmei Island

  1. Koh ta Kiev island

Located closer to the mainland than any island in the population of the islands of Sihanoukville is Koh ta Kiev, a small island takes you only an hour going by boat, with simple accommodation and comfortable camping areas .

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Koh ta Kiev island’s overview

  1. Crusoe Island

Ten 103 Treehouse Bay has simple tree houses in the woods, offers homemade bread, fresh pasta, and other foods which can surprisingly fulfill even the gourmet. Further down is Crusoe Island where offers cheap camping services and activities such as fishing, squid fishing and jungle trips.

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Crusoe Island

  1. Koh Totang island

To the North is small island Koh Totang where has some residents and Nomads Land island where you can find friendly hostel and have the opportunities to enjoy the sunset in the sea, the fresh delicious meals and lie comfortably on the hammocks seeing the green forests on the island.

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Koh Totang island

No island lies far from land more than 3 hours by waterway.  The scattering islands in Cambodian sea need your consistency. There are the most pristine islands of Cambodia so explore them before they disappear forever.

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Visit Nhi Thanh Cave and Tam Thanh grotto in Lang Son province

Lying in Northeastern Vietnam, Lang Son province has many famous landscape which own precious historical value. This article will bring you to two famous caves you should not ignore when coming to Lang Son.

  1. Nhi Thanh Cave

Nhi Thanh Cave lies in the center of Lang Son City. It is one of the most worthy-visit destinations when you come to Lang Son. This is a natural stone cave with the length from the entrance to the end door is more than 500 meter. In the cave, there are many amazingly beautiful stalactites in various shapes.

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Nhi Thanh cave in festival season

Nhi Thanh Cave is associated with Ngo Thi Si Mandarin. He discovered the cave and had the cave mended in May 1779.  Looking from the entrance of cave is the Tam Giac Pagoda where worships all three  Confucius (Confucianism), Buddha (Buddhism) and Lao Tzu (Taoism).

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The outside of Nhi Thanh Cave

If you want to enter the cave, you have to go across Nhat Binh lake. Water here is from Ngoc Tuyen Spring. Being in the cave, you will feel no different from stepping to Caves in Halong. Nhi Thanh Cave is zigzag, it has a lot of corners with different shapes stalactites. Depending on the imagination that every person can imagine images of grapevines, funny animals… Along the cave is Ngoc Tuyen stream murmuring through day and night, it makes the air become cooler.

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Beautiful Nhi Thanh Cave

On the left of the cave there carved dragon image and  tiger image on the right. The decoration was influenced by Taoism : “Dragon on the left, White Tiger on the right” corresponding to the constellation in the east and west. On the arch of the cave, statue of Ngo Thi Si is carved in the posture of a Taoist Hermit sitting dhyana. This statue is considered one of the high-valued art works  at the time.

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Nhi Thanh Cave

Nhi Thanh- Tam Giao relics has the annual festival from 15- 17 lunar. Many tourists attend and admire the poetic scenery here.

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Documents carved on rock

Inside the relic, there are twenty epitaph carved directly  on the cliff directly recorded many precious documents and also the literacy style of famous scholars.

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  1. Tam Thanh Grotto – Tam Thanh Pagoda

Tam Thanh Grotto – Tam Thanh Pagoda is  the famous cultural relics of Lang Son province. Tam Thanh grotto lies in the limestone mountains range to the northwest of the city. The mountains range has the appearance of a herd of elephants lying prostrate on the green grass. The grotto is located on the halfway of the mountain. The entrance is about 8 meter in height facing to the east. There are 30 steps to go to the cave with luxuriant trees surrounding.

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The stone stairs leading to Tam Thanh grotto

On the wall inside the grotto, Ngo Thi Si had left a poem carved on the rock to admire the majestic beauty of the  nature. The meaning of the poem is “ the spring flows over hundreds of rocks whispering, turning back on to the ahead mountain appearing Vong Phu Mount”. Tam Thanh grotto also has a statue of Buddha (from XVII century) and a lot of spectacular staclatites.

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Statue of Buddha in Tam Thanh grotto

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Tam Thanh Grotto

Tam Thanh pagoda is an unique pagoda and located in the cave. The architecture of the pagoda is not like the others. Through the statues arrangement, it can be clearly seen that the worship system is placed according to “Buddha first and Deity second”.

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Tam Thanh pagoda

Over years and years, the pagoda still keeps the ancient natural appearance and attracts many tourists sightseeing the pagoda scenery every year.

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A day sightseeing at Chua Huong (Perfume Pagoda) – Hanoi

Chua Huong (Perfume pagoda) is located in Huong son (Perfume mountain), 70 km from the southwest of Hanoi. “Huong Son Thien Tru Pha” is written that Huong Tich temple was built in the late 17th century. Populations of the pagoda are many small pagodas and temples scattered in the Yen Spring valley.

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Poetic Yen Spring leading to Perfume Pagoda has the scenery as a picture

To the person who come to Hanoi for the first time are all keen on having the opportunity to follow the poetic Yen Spring to visit Perfume Pagoda, watch Huong Tich cave- the most beautiful cave of Vietnam.

Every year when spring comes, tourists and Vietnamese people are pouring to Perfume Pagoda to burn incense and pray for luckiness and peace in the new year coming. At this time, you will have to struggle with many people to go up to the Pagoda and it will be difficult to admire the majestic mountains landscape surrounding.

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Therefore, if you visit Perfume Pagoda in a normal day, you can feel all the restful and fresh beauty of the Pagoda which is in the middle of mountain and forest. You can also gently take steps on stairs covered by green moss leading you to worship alter and stalactite blocks lying inside Huong Tich cave.

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Row boats in Duc port

Before going to Perfume Pagoda, you can visit many other pagodas along Yen Spring. If you have only one day, you should visit the main destinations are Trinh Temple – Thien Tru Pagoda – Huong Tich Cave.

The trip starts from Duc port, the row boat on Yen Spring will take you to a poetic scenery. Along two sides are the green immense forest, the quiet atmosphere which make you only hear the paddles on the water or birds calling their flocks.

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Trinh Temple lies on the foot of Ngu Nhac Mountain

The first stop is Trinh temple which is also known as Ngu Nhac Linh Tu. The temple is situated at the foot of Ngu Nhac mountain which includes 5 mountains shaped like Thanh Long (Blue Dragon). This is the place visitors come to burn te incense and pray for peace.

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Hoi bridge crossing Yen Spring

The journey continues down the peaceful Yen Spring and the charming scenery. Across the red wooden bridge, you can go to Thanh Son Temple in the cave.

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Tro port at the end of Yen Spring

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Sloping path leading to Thien Tru Pagoda

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Thien Tru Pagoda or “Sky Kitchen”

Tro port is at the end of Yen Spring, from here you leave the boat and walk uphill to Thien Tru Pagoda which is also known as the ” Sky Kitchen”. The highlight of the temple is the 3-meter copper pillar lying between the yard and tower garden with red brick four-floor tower. The second and third floor have the blade- curved roof.

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The 3-meter copper pillar in middle of the yard and tower garden

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Inside the temple there are many shrines are decorated splendidly. In particular, among the Buddhist alter, there is a stone statue of Guan Yin Nanhai, carved in the form in but Huong Tich Pagoda but is enlarged 2.5 times.

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The impressive scenery leading to Huong Tich Cave

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The steps covered by green moss and forests

Leaving Thien Tru Pagoda, the trip climbing to the Perfume Pagoda in Huong Tich gets started. You have to pass about 2 km winding steep mountain road. Many sections have stairs but it is still very harsh because the higher level, the steeper slope.

Along the way, there are stalls where you can buy cold water and take a short rest. However, this is also the weak point because these stalls broke the natural scenery of the site.

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The large cave looks like a huge dragon’s jaw

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Stalactite called Dun Gao ( Rice Dune) looks like a tongue in the dragon’s jaw

Being known as “Nam Thien De Nhat Dong” (the First Cave of Vietnam), the entrance to Huong Tich Cave is quite dark and mysterious. There are total 120 stone steps, two sides with trees and forest make you feel like you are entering another world.

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Small and big stalactite with various shapes

Entering the cave, thousands of stalactites blocks own different shapes and names as Rice Dunes, Golden Tree, Silver Tree, Buffalo, Pigs,… In particular, on the ceiling, there are nine stalactites having shape of dragon. In addition, there are breast-shaped stalactites dripping fresh cool water from the cliff.

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Ngoc Vung island – the island brings for tourists the peace and wild beauty

Fresh sea landscape, long white sandy beaches and a peaceful space are characteristic of Ngoc Vung island commune. To find a holiday in peaceful space of the countryside and enjoy the taste of the new year, the sea tourism Ngoc Vung Island is an interesting option for tourists in the summer. Ngoc Vung Island Affairs Van Don district, is a land of history, where it is preserved many vestiges of ancient commercial port of Van Don. In ancient lore preserved tales name call of the island: the ancient region has many rare species of pearl, glowing night sky across the landscape. So named Ngoc Vung Island.

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The peaceful in Ngoc Vung island

Visitors can go speedboat from Pier Guest Hon Gai (Halong City) Ngoc Vung Island or may choose the means of wooden boats run from terminal or Cai Rong Due to the island. If you go to mass, visitors can rent cars at the center island bar.  From the center of the island, visitors can tour the historic sites: Uncle Ho memorial area on the island, the island above the hill watching fireworks 12.7 ly, Flagstaff … Most interesting, perhaps watching lam scene by car or bike between tall shady trees, to visit the coastal casuarina forests, beaches, Truong Chinh, the late Hon Fortress beach. Nearly 3km stretch of beach, pristine, uncrowded is the most attractive of the island. Ngoc Vung sea blue water, gentle, smooth sand beaches and gentle. In peaceful space, whispering waves can drop more tourists on the beach or on the leaf cushion hear whispering waves. This is the ideal destination for those hot summer days.

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Fresh water in Ngoc Vung island

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If you have time you can visit the irrigation pool on the island, Phoenix Islands, Shanghai Mai, Ha Mai, Land Cracked. Visitors can travel by boat or charter fishing boats for mass tourism who visit the island (about 2.5-3 million Vietnamdong / trip.

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The wild and beauty of Ngoc Vung island

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Trekking Langbiang Mountain in Dalat

Going to Dalat, there is a place that you couldn’t miss name Langbiang – the place sticks to the legendary love story between the boy K’lang and the girl H’biang in the Highland Center. Langbiang mountain is one of the most well-known tours in Dalat and from the top of the mountain, Dalat floating in the frock will be catch into your eyes.

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In the legend of the place, there was a boy name K’lang (from Lat minority) felt in to with the girl name H’Biang (from Chil minority). Because they were from different groups, they couldn’t get married. So they decided to die to keep their pure and beautiful love and against the strict law. After their death, their parents felt regret and they took responsibility to combine all of the minority groups into one name K’Ho. Since then, the adults from the groups can freely meet and get married to others and the mountain where K’Lang and H’Biang died has been called LangBiang – the mix of their name to memorize their love and braveness.

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Minorities always have festival around the fire at night in the village in the foot of the mountain

LangBiang Mountain locates in Lac Duong, about 12 km from the north of Dalat center. Lies on the height of 2.169m above sea level, Lang Biang hides its story about a passionate love, go beyond the feudal morality. The mountain is recognized as the roof of Lam Vien Highland, an idealistic place for visitors enjoy the romantic feeling, and the target place for visitors who like discover and conquer.

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It is the place to rising horses for tourism

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You can conquer to the top of the mountain by walking along the road or riding motorbike. If worry of the thin air, you can hire a car to go to the farthest places.  The road moving through the pine tree forests singing. The first feeling when step to the mountain is comfortable. A large and clear space with cool air make a place names “small Paris in the middle of Vietnam.” A blue sky opens in front of your eyes. Clouds and mountain swirl together. It was doctor Yersin, a very famous French doctor visited with “a deep impression while sitting in front of a vast and quite plateau, remind to the ocean with blue giant waves rise.”

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Langbiang is desirable place for many travelers. From the top of the mountain, the whole view of Dalat is captured

In the Flower festival in Dalat, Langbiang was elected as famous place for the youth to challenge themselves and conquer the height. You can discover the land in the foot of the mountain by going along the trail and pass the waterfall to visit the village.

Nguyen Le

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