Archive | September, 2012

Da Mi Lake – The beauty of princess sleeping in forest

28 Sep

Da Mi Lake – The beauty of princess sleeping in forest.

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An ideal picnic at Mau Son’s peak

28 Sep

Located in Loc Binh District, Lang Son City, Lang Son province, Mau Son provides stunning nature scenery, cool in summer and invigorating in winter, the sky seems to be within hand’s reach is a perfect getaway.

The winding path through the white clouds will lead to the peak of Mau Son mountain, where the ruins of a French military base and villas can still be found weathering under the bright sky. Reaching the site’s original inhabitants villages, families of the Dao ethnic minority, tourist in Vietnam tourism have to go through another menacing path between steep mountains. But along the snake-like road are the beautiful rice terraces or the small waterfalls.

 

 The highest mountain in a cluster of 80 peaks that offer marvellous views of the north east region

Ruins and old villas

Mau Son’ resort

Path to Dao minority’s villages

Chicken has many claws

The rice terraces

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Cu Lao Cau – Island paradise!

26 Sep

Cu Lao Cau – Island paradise!.

Hanoi blooms blue purple flowers

25 Sep

Hanoi blooms blue purple flowers.

Journey to Ta Phin Village, Lao Cai – Vietnam

24 Sep

On the way to Sapa Town in the northwest province of Lao Cai, Ta Phin Village located about four kilometers off the center of town is awaiting your presence.

Tourists tramp around Ta Phin Village in Sapa Town

Nestled in Sa Peng Commune, Sapa District, Ta Phin is home to Dao people and to reach the village there is a splendid view of the valley on one side and mountain on the other. Under the valley is a crystal water stream winding along green terraced rice fields and in the distance are lines of corn trees, ensuring tourists feast their eyes as they discover a new land.

Visitors will be firstly amazed at the Dao ethnic ladies, with their red scarves covering their hair, as they flock to welcome travelers. They are dressed mostly in black costumes with colorful patterns hemmed in collars, sleeves and laps together with a white hat and shoes. All Dao women shave the hair on their foreheads and eyebrows following their traditional custom.

On the tramp around the village, some Dao women or children will chase after visitors to ask them to buy their brocade products. The village is studded with simple houses with girls sitting sewing products by hand. Bright smiles and the laughter of children will also make an unforgettable memory.

Strolling for about 1,000 meters, excursionists will meet a huge cave at the foot of a high mountain, which legend states was the place where Dao people’s ancestor settled.

The cave is named Dinh Binh Ta Thanh Long Dong and tourists will pay VND50,000 for a guide with a flashlight as they encounter the mysterious grotto with colorful stalactites in weird shapes. The cave is also the start of Ta Chai Stream running through a primeval forest, creating picturesque scenery worthy of anyone’s admiration.

Near the cave is also a brocade-making craft village where tourists can buy and witness artisans making costumes, handbags, hats, carpets as well as many kinds of jewelry. The village is also famous for tasty fruit such as peach, plums, apple and persimmon and many ethnic cakes and indigenous wines as well which tourists should stock up on for gifts for family and friends.

A view of Dai Binh Ta Thanh Long Cave in Ta Phin Village – Photos: Dang Hoang Tham

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The best places in Nha trang – Vietnam

21 Sep

The best places in Nha trang – Vietnam.

Hoan Kiem Lake – Hanoi

17 Sep

Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Lake of the Returned Sword) was once a part of the Red river (Song Hong). Through thousands of years of changes in the geography, the lake moved to its present position far away from the river. The lake is the focal point in the old quarter of Ha Noi.

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According to the legend, during one of the many conflicts with China in the Viet Nam’s history, heaven sent a magical sword to Emperor Le Thai To, with which he defeated the Chinese army and regained Vietnam’s independence. One day, while sailing on the lake (then named Luc Thuy), a large turtle appeared. The king pointed his sword to the turtle. The turtle quickly grab the sword with its mouth and immediately submerged. The king mourned the lost of his magical sword, demanded to empty the lake but even then the turtle and the sword have not been founded.

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The Emperor interpreted the incident that heaven must have lent him the sword only to protect the country but now it has to be returned. This is the explanation of the name Ho Hoan Kiem or Lake of the Returned Sword. Later rulers of Viet Nam have all contributed to the beautification of the Hoan Kiem Lake. A pagoda, Ngoc Son, is a very popular place to visit, where also a shrine exists, which is dedicated to general Tran Hung Dao, a national hero responsible for many victories against the Mongols. On the southwest end of the lake lies Tháp Rùa (Turtle Tower).

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