Discover unique features of Muong Hum market fair

 

Muong Hum market fair is considered one of the largest fairs in the Northwest area. It is located in the valley near Muong Hum stream, covered by towering mountains to make up the charming scenery in remostest area.

For this reason, Muong Hum market attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. Muong Hum is the center of a Northern communal area 8 in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province, 45 kilometers far from the center of Lao Cai city. This place is isolated from the outside by rolling mountains that creates natural solid stronghold. To get to the Muong Hum, visitors need to go past an old cardamom forest with many steeps. On the way to Muong Hum, visitors can enjoy golden terraced fields in the rice seasons.

                   A busiest day in Muong Hum market
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This place still restores the traces of ancient French houses, mysterious villas reviving the traumatic past when the French occupied. The Muong Hum market is located right at the center of the town. The market is the fair of ethnic groups which falls on every Sunday. It’s easy to catch the bright dresses of the Giay, Dao,Hmong, Ha Nhi and even Chinese in the market.

The ethnic people exchanging products

Although the market isn’t so famous as Sapa love market or Bac Ha fair, Muong Hum market is considered as one of rare fairs that still preserved cultural characters of a highland market. Tourists can see distintive shops of an ethnic minority fairs such as Thang Co, Mat cake ( molasses-sweetened glutinous rice cake), Te cake ( rice cake), wine,brocade product, silver jewelry, personal items, agricultural products…The Muong Hum market exposes all features of the ethnic groups settled on this land. Only the colors of the customes are enough to mystify visitors. Many foreign tourists who ever experienced daily life with local people had the same surprised and impressive feelings.

The ethnic women selling unique hats

Horse meat sauted with onion, pig organs served with mint leaves are special dishes which you should try when visiting Muong Hum market. Besides, corn wine and fresh beer also leave deep impressions on both domestic and foreign tourists.

Due to the poetic beauty, the market near the Muong Hum stream by chance becomes a dating place for couples. They make a date near the stream reviewing the old memories, looking for their partners. The girls show off their beautiful dresses while the boys play khèn ( syrinx), or flute with the bustling melody echoing around the Northwest mountain.

The ethnic children are carriedd pick-a-back to the market

Although the way to Muong Hum market is quite difficult, this destination still attracts a lot of tourists. They come here not only to enjoy cultural features of the ethnic minority groups but also experience romantic scenery of the Northwest area.

 

Nhi Thanh cave – masterpiece of the Creator

Nhi Thanh cave is belonged to Tam Thanh Ward, Lang Son province. It is located at the center of Lang Son city. This cave is one of ideal destionation for tourists who visit this mountainous province near China boder.

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 Inside Tam Giao temple

Stepping through the gate, you will meet steps leading to the temple called “ Tam Giao” ( Three relogions). The temple is located in a stone cave of the mountain, covered in lush vegetation. The temple worships three gods: Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu. Besides a precious wooden table, other objects are taken advantage of available stones. Some ancestral tablets has been existed since the Nhi Thanh cave was found.

Walking down the steps and then turn left, you come to Nhi Thanh cave. According to a legend, the cave was named by Ngo Thi Si ( 1726 – 1780) during his visit to this place in May, 1779 when he was sent to keep director of Lang Son town ( 1777 – 1780 ). At that time, the cave was situated in a wild place and covered by reed trees and grass. Ngo Thi Sy asked soldiers to clean wild trees to reveal the cave, then remodeled this place to be a famous landscape.

You should go through a lake called “ Nhat Binh” lake to enter the cave. The water in the lake is come from a spring called Ngoc Tuyen in the cave. Coming inside the cave, you will feel like you are entering Ha Long Bay ‘s cave. The only different thing is that the way to the cave is quite easy.    
 

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Nhat Binh lake

Nhi Thanh cave is about 500 meters long with many alleyways. Natural stalactites in the cave make tourists feel like they are lost in a maze. Stalactites with different sizes and shapes stimulate human imagination. Moreover, the atmosphere here is very cool thanks to a small stream along the cave.

A curved corridor along Ngoc Tuyen stream makes this place look like paradise. You can hear the sound of fish swimming in the stream. Cement bridges cross streams look like endless because of changed alleys. Some altars are appeared on the way. There are about 20 works of celerities and poets in the cave. This becomes a valuable literary treasure nowaday. We can say that this is the only limestone cave with carved epitaphs.  

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Sổ tay du lịch so tay du lich Sotaydulich Sotay Dulich Khampha Kham Pha Bui Nhị Thanh hang động giữa phố núi
 Thong Thien door
You suddenly meet a wide ground at the middle of the cave. This place is received the light outside called Thong Thien door as the light in Huyen Khong cave in Ngu Hanh Son in Da Nang. The natural light where there are stone writings of Ngo Thi Si make tourists stop longer to watch. Especially, the left cave entrance is curved with dragon and the right side is carved with tiger as if they are cave keepers. The highest place in front of the cave is the statue of Ngo Thi Si that was carved when he began expanding Nhi Thanh cave

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Ngoc Tuyen stream

 

6 Quick Tips to Become a Better Traveler

Traveling allows you to experience, to discover the new cultures, to witness majestic natural beauty or get to know with a brand new language.

However, some travelers are not aware of the traditions and customs of the local communities and that can turn them into some impolite tourists in the eyes of the people there.

Here are 6 tips for you to become a better traveler.

  1. Keep your money in safe places

Preferring cash or cards depends a lot on which country you are traveling to. However, you must keep your money in safe places. Never put it in exposed places so you can make it an opportunity for thefts. Also, when you are walking around the city, don’t bring your valuable belongings as well as an unnecessary amount of cash.

  1. Be polite

Don’t misbehave against anybody, especially the locals. Respect to the local’s customs and traditions is a must. This will polish the image of you in the eyes of not just the local communities but also the people that you will meet on the journey. Who knows these little, simple and easy things can give you some interesting and memorable experiences.

  1. Don’t hesitate to try local foods

Sampling the local foods is a great way to make your trips more authentic and let you understand more about the cultures, particularly cuisine of the destination. If you don’t know where to start, don’t be afraid of asking the local themselves. They will be pleased to help finding some secret eating places and foods that don’t even exist on any travel guidebooks. And they can turn out to be exceptionally helpful and friendly guides along the way.

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  1. Spending more time to learn about the culture and history of the destination

Even though you know tons of information about the destination prior to your trip, it is nothing compare to the fact that you witness the sites by your own eyes, instead of on paper or on the internet. Gaining knowledge about culture and history of the destinations will provide you many interesting experiences while traveling. This will enable you to talk more and get along with the locals, who will even tell you more about all the temples, legendaries, past battles…

  1. Study the dos and don’ts

Apart from doing a little study about the cultures and customs of the destination you are heading to, be sure to be aware of all the dos and don’ts. For example, if you are about to visit temples or pagodas in Southeast Asia, make sure that you wear appropriate clothes, and avoid sleeveless shirts, skirts and shorts.

  1. Learn a few basic words and phrases

You will be very much appreciated by the locals if you can say a few basic words and phrases in local languages such as hello, thank you, sorry, numbers, or how to order in a restaurant… Some people resist from speaking local language as they are afraid of pronouncing wrongly but there’s no need worrying about this. You come here to travel, not to learn a new language. And feel offended if the locals may laugh at you a bit. It’s totally normal, and it is a sign of respect.

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Discover fairyland in Ba Na Hill

Da Nang is the well-known tourist attraction for domestic and international tourists, in which Ba Na Hill is always the spotlight in the journey.

Bà Nà Hill

Ba Na Hill which is the mountain of Truong Son range is located on Hoa Ninh commune, Hoa Vang district. It is far from Da Nang about 25 kilometers towards the Southwest with the height of 1487 meters above the sea level. Remarkably, Ba Na Hill is the natural area with the fresh air and four-season weather within the day. Therefore, it is regared as the “Green lung”, the “Pearl of climate” of the central Vietnam. Besides, it is far from airport and train station 35 kilometers.

núi Bà Nà

Typical feature of climate in Ba Na Hill:

When it comes to climate and nature, Ba Na Hill has the tropical climate of 4 seasons in a day. Its average temperature is between 15-20°C, the highest temperature is just 22-25°C. AT night, it is around 15-17°C. Thanks to this characteristics, Ba Na Hill is annually flamboyant like a spring garden with the little moisture from the sea.

The mild climate is also seen through the diverse and unique fauna and flora. More than that, Ba Na Hill is rhe natural reverse zone and tropical forest conservation including many rare species such as agarwood, sindora tree, Asian black bear and so on.

Generally speaking, it will be the truly attractive journey for tourists to discover the natural beauty as well as the unique features of this fairyland.

Different tourist attractions:

The journey to the fairyland has a lot of tourist attractions to discover. Firstly, it should be mentioned is Linh Ung pagoda that is one of three pagodas having the same name within the tourism city, Da Nang. It is also the more ancient than Linh Ung pagoda in Son Tra peninsula. The pagoda has the height of nearly 1500 meters on the top of Ba Na Hill. It is constructed on the basis of the architecture of Northern pagoda and temple with the large yard and lines of dragon-shaped pattern. Behind the pagoda is the 27-meter Buddha statue. If travelling by aerial cable, tourists can see that statue is remarkable among the natual scene in the hill. In addition, there is Loc Uyen Garden where the Buddha preaches in the first time.

Bà Nà

One more attractive destination for tourists is Fantasy Park that is tha largest indoor amusement park in Vietnam with the are of up to 21.000 squre meter, reaching the international standard and having the 3-floor design like an ancient castle to meet the entertainment needs of all ages. It provides with a range of games from video games to the adventural games.

Cáp treo trên núi Bà nà

Beside the above-mentioned places, the cable system in Ba Na Hill is the tourist attraction. It was built in 2007 with the area of 30ha and the total registered capital of 300 billion dong. It consists 22 pillars, 94 cabins with the efficiency of 1500 passengers per hour, satisfying the tourists for sightseeing the landscapes of Da Nang tourism site such as 9-floor Toc Tien waterfall, Hoa Cuong hill, Son Tra peninsula and so on.

Ba Na Hill becomes the pride of local people and Da Nang. Let’s come to Ba Na Hill to find yourself the most relaxing moments in fairyland.

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Top 8 Highlights in Sri Lanka Travel

A center of Buddhism in the past, Sri Lanka now is a new and exciting destination with thousand-year-old relics and spectacular landscapes. Here are some finest destinations in this small island country.

Tangalle Beach

Tangalle Beach is located in Hambantota, one of the best beaches in Southern Sri Lanka, with emerald water, white sands fringed with coconut trees. This fantastic beach is encircled by colorful coral reefs and is an ideal place for surfing and going under the water in Sri Lanka.

Sunset in Tangalle Beach

Nuwara Eliya

Ranking as the fourth biggest tea producer in the world, the landscape of this island is filled with vast field of tea plantations. But for travelers, the best place to get a snapshot of this spectacular scene is Nuwara Eliya, 160 kilometers from Colombo. While traveling here, you will pass by hills which are covered almost entirely by tea. And with the altitude of 2.000 meters above sea level, the climate in Nuwara Eliya is very nice, somewhat like typical European climate.

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Adam’s Peak

Adam’s peak is Sri Lanka’s highest point, with the altitude of 2.243 meters above sea level. It also holds significant spiritual values to the Sri Lankan. Conquering the peak is not an easy task at all, you have to take a 18 kilometer long hike. The best time to visit Adam’s Peak is from April to November, when it is the dry season and there are not many mosquitoes, plus the steps are not very slippery.

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya (or the Lion’s Rock) is sometimes called Asia’s Machu Picchu or dubbed by many as the 8th Wonder of the World. It houses an ancient palace atop and an extensive network of ruins, gardens and moats in the surrounding area. The archeological complex dates back to the 5th century and plays its role as the political center of Sri Lanka for many centuries. Sigiriya almost fell into oblivion after being abandoned in the 14th century. It was not until 1907 when British explorer John Still discovered it again. Sigiriya is now one of Sri Lanka’s 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is an ancient capital city of Sri Lanka and a prominent destination of Sri Lankan’s Buddhism. Here, travelers can go visit various historical relics, including Gal Vihara, an ancient stone temple, built in 12th century under King Parakramabahu I. Other interesting attractions in Polonnaruwa include the palace of King Nissanka Malla, the statue of King Parakramabahu I, Topa Wewa Lake and Archeological Museum of Polonnaruwa.

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Yala National Park

This is the oldest and most-visited national park in Sri Lanka. It is renowned for housing a large number of elephants and leopards. You can easily catch sights of them while strolling around the national park. Yala also possesses a tropical forest, wetlands and even historical and religious sites. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will not want to miss Yala National Park.

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Kandy

Situated in the center of Sri Lanka, only 116 kilometers from the tourism hub of Colombo, Kandy is the last royal capital city of the country. Some says a trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without a visit to the legendary Temple of the Tooth, which is believed to house a tooth of Buddha.

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Pinnawela Elephant Camp

This is a place to nurture and protect elephants which are lost, trapped and sick. The elephant camp has been in operation for 30 years and there have been hundreds of elephants nurtured and taken care of here. Some healthy ones can even assist humans with log logistics.

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