Hanoi city tour one day

In the morning, you will be picked up at the hotel to have Hanoi full day city tour.

The first destination is Tran Quoc pagoda which was built under Ly Nam De emperior (541-547). The next one is Ho Chi Minh Complex, including  Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Uncle Ho’s house on stilts, and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Then, you will visit One Pillar pagoda, an unique architectural masterpiece in the early of the century X. It is the pride of Hanoian in particular and Vietnamese in general.

After lunch, you will visit The temple of Literature which was built in 1070, under the Ly Thanh Tong emperior, with a view to worshipping Khong Tu – the founder of Confusianism and Chu Van An – the symbol of moral belief of Vietnamese. It is also the first university of Vietnam. After that, you will have a chance to visit the Ethnology museum to learn more about 54 distinct ethnic of Vietnam.

Finally, you will return the center to have sightseeing around Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple. A short walk to walk around the old quarter and shopping at Dong Xuan market will be a nice experience.

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One-day trip to Duong Lam ancient village, Hanoi

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Duong Lam ancient village.

On arrival, you will walk across the village gate and continue to visit many historical and cultural sites such as Mong Phu temple, Princess Mia palace, Giang Van Minh worship house and Mia temple… Mia temple is an old temple with unique architecture and stores a lot of precious statues. Then, you will have chance to get around the village to visit some hundred-year old ancient houses and enjoy their architectural beauty.

After that, you will have lunch at an old house with local cuisine served by hospitable local people.

After lunch, you can freely explore the ancient house yourself.

In the afternoon, you will return Hanoi. On they way back, you will drop by Tay Phuong pagoda which is typical architecture of Northern Vietnam’s pagoda with a number of La Han statues.

Late afternoon, you will come back to Hanoi for your overnight stay.

Hanoi-Bat Trang-Van Phuc one day tour

In the morning, you will be picked up to visit Bat Trang porcelain’s village, a traditional craft village in Gia Lam, Hanoi. There you can visit Bat Trang pagoda, Ancient village, Bat Trang communal house,…, and shopping at Bat Trang porcelain market.

In the afternoon, you will drive to visit Van Phuc silk’s village also known as Ha Dong silk’s village, 10 km from the center of Hanoi. This place is famous for textile for thousands of years, and unique patterns which are extremely attractive. You’ll also have a chance to visit the place where traditional silk is made, and the market where products from silk such as: clothes, scarves, cloth,… are sold.

In the late afternoon, you will come back to the city centre. Ends of services

Hanoi-Bai Dinh-Trang An one day tour

After breakfast, you will drive to Ninh Binh and have Bai Dinh- Trang An one day tour.

On arrival, you will visit Bai Dinh pagoda, one of the greatest pagoda in Southeast Asia. It is famous for the biggest golden Buddha statue, the longest La Han corridor and the biggest copper Dilac statue in Southeast Asia.

After lunch, you will continue to visit Trang An complex. On arrival, you will get boat rowing on the river surrounded with rice paddy fields. You will have chance to explore the beauty of Trang An with spectacular landscapes of magnificent limestone mountains, romantic valleys and long rivers. Besides, you can visit Light Cave (Hang Sang), Dark Cave (Hang Toi), Wine-making Cave (Hang Nau Ruou) and learn about local culture.

In the afternoon, you will return Hanoi and finish your wonderful trip.

Destinations in Asia that Vietnamese travelers prefer for the autumn

Nami island (Korea), Cuu Trai Cau (China) and Kyoto (Japan) are the most attractive destinations among Vietnamese travellers.

Autumn is the best time for travel in many Asian countries. With less expense than before, Vietnamese travellers now often visit Korea, Japan, and China in autumn.

Nami island, Korea

Nami island is not far from the capital of Korea, Seoul. Traffic is convenient. Especially, in autumn, the island welcome a large number of travellers visiting ways full of yellow leaves. It is also the place where the film “Winter Sonata” was carried out. The way 2 main actors rode is the place many people choose to take a picture.

Destination that Vietnameses love when autumn comes

Destination that Vietnameses love when autumn comes

The fastest way to get to Nami is to go by underground to Gapyeong station, and go by ship to the island (under 10 minutes). The entry ticket is over 150.000d. The airline ticket from Vietnam to Seoul is becoming cheaper and cheaper now, making more and more people choose Korea.

Cuu Trai Trau, China

Most of the travel agencies recently have carried out tours of Cuu Trai Trau in autumn because more and more people have demand of visiting there. Because it is not easy to get to Cuu Trai Trau, many people use this service.

Cuu Trai Trau is located in Tu Xuyen province (China), is known as a fairyland.

Especially in autumn, leaves turning yellow, with clear water of streams, make it become a beautiful picture. Therefore, many travellers visit Cuu Trai Trau every year although it is very far.

You have to go by air to Thanh Do, then go by air or car.

Kyoto, Japan

Red leaves in autumn of Japan is listed as one of the things to see by many people. Japan is full of red leaves. However, the best place to watch the beauty of them is Kyoto.

In autumn, maple trees’ leaves will turn from green to red, surrounding ancient temples, bridges. Autumn in Kyoto has become the symbol of autumn in Japan.

Airline ticket from Vietnam to Japan is high, but has decreased recently. If you can find out cheap tickets, it is about 8-9 billion dong for a return ticket to Japan. As usual, people buy train ticket to get to Shinkansen, then get to Kyoyo. The ticket to Shinkansen is not cheap, but very convenient, and help you save your time thanks to its speed.  

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Endless love stories on trekking roads

Thanks to Vietnam holiday packages, their love story has started and lasted for 5 years without any love confession

Both Phan Thanh Huong born in 1990 and Vo Thanh Toan born in 1987 are graphic designers in Danang. It is their shared hobby and the same job that connect them together.

Huong said that in 2009, they happened to meet each other in Danang Architecture University. At the very beginning, they did not take to each other. Huong seemed to be a kinky and arrogant girl to Toan. On the other hand, Toan looked unfriendly to Huong.

Huong used to be late for class and had to place to draw. Not knowing what to do, she was helped by Toan.

Endless love stories on trekking roads

Endless love stories on trekking roads

“He offered me his seat and drawing frame. From that very moment, I started to pay attention to him more” said Huong

From then on, they got closer. Everyday, they went to class together and shared learning tips. Eventually, they fell in love with each other.

At first, they usually went with a group of friends. Then, private dates were more often. Sudden hand-in-hands made them realize their real feelings after 2 years

Love without confessions

Having been in a relationship for 5 years, the couple has never saying love to each other. Huong said that it was of no importance to her. What she was concerned is that their true emotions and feelings.

Huong is an exalted lover while Toan is quite. He hardly shows his girlfriend sweet gestures, which sometimes makes Huong unhappy.

“At first, I was unhappy and spent a lot of time thinking about our love. I used to want to break up with him, however, he told me our imperfections. He even cried because of my childish decision”

Not showing sweet gestures, Toan loves Huong in his own way. Everyday, he sends her “good night” messages with his care.

Huong said that she had to go to hospital every year due to stomach. Toan is the man who cares for her. “ I used to be in hospital for treatment in one week. Toan took after me and he lost 2 kilograms. Nevertheless, he always tried to smile in front of me” Huong said.

She also said that “ I used to love being presented with roses or stuffed bears. But I later on realized that such presents could not bring happiness. What I need is his love”

Being closer thanks to trekking roads

One of the factors that make their love more long lasting is trekking roads. So far, they have made 10 Vietnam vacation packages together in almost every province such as Danang, Highlands and some provinces in the North. They said that each place gives them different experience. And they also face up to many problems while backpacking.

One unforgettable experience is when they went backpacking from Danang to Vinh. Their motorbike’ tire got punctured and they did not find any place to repair. They ended up pushing the motorbike.

Since that incident, they have become closer. Whenever they fall out with each other, they look back on the time they have been through together.

As regards cost of trips, they usually go backpacking in groups to save money and members of group can support one another.

In celebration of 5 year love affair, the couple decided to make an album in the clothes of professional backpackers. In the future, they hope to have more Vietnam beach holiday packages together.

 

Participate in the special festival Ten Cau Hoong in Vietnam vacation package

Ten Cau Hoong – a special festival

On 15-16/03/2014, Que Phong district officially opened 10th “Ten Cau Hoong” festival. “Ten Cau Hoong” means 9-room temple. This is one of the special festival you should participate in if you have chance to be on Vietnam vacation package. 

It is anually held at 9-room temple, Chau Kim commune (Que Phong, Nghe An). It is an opportunity for Thai people here to commemorate ancestors, wish for peace, and good weather. The temple worships the God of Sky (Then Pha), his daughter (Nang Xi Da), and Tao Lo Y (The person who built 9 villages).

In the festival, Mr. Lu Dinh Thi – The Chairman of People’s Committee of Que Phong District, stated that: “The festival bearing all the features of custom of Thai people is a way to enhance patriotism, and maintain cultural heritage of Thai people in Que Phong in particular, and Thai people in Nghe An in general.

After opening ceremony, negotiators as well as travelers took part in Dai te ceremony, then played with gongs, danced, …

This year, 14 teams from communes, districts, governmental agencies, secondary schools, and high schools participate the festival. In addition to traditional activities, there are so many common sport competition.

The temple was built in the early of 14th century at Pu Cho Nhang, Que Phong, Nghe An. In the mind of Thai people in Phu Quy, it is the place for faith in Then Pha (The God of Sky), Nang Si Da (The Sky’s daughter), and Tao Lo Y (The person who built villages).

Ten Cau Hoong – a special festival

Ten Cau Hoong – a special festival

The temple was named as “Ten Xo Quai”, but called as “Ten Cau Hoong” ( 9-room temple) because it has 9 rooms.

Each room is symbolic of a village: Ton village, Pan village, Chun village, Hin village, Puoc village, Quang village, Pha Quen village, Mieng village, and Chon village).

The festival is the opportunity for people from 9 villages to show their gratefulness to the initiative, as well as wish for peace, and good weather. It is also the opportunity for them to sell traditional handicrafts, brocade clothes, rattan products, and show traditional dishes.

In this festival, they are also allowed to introduce their prestigious drugs such as: drugs for backache, bone joint disjointed,… to travelers with a view to earning more money from such drugs.

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Whispering pines on legendary Lang Biang

Whispering pines on legendary Lang Biang

If you have chance to visit Da Lat during your package holiday in Vietnam, you should go to “pines forest” Lang Biang , wander around the path and listen pines whispering endless love stories on legendary Lang Biang

Da Lat is always romantic, picturesque, gorgeous but very familiar. This foggy highland is attractive thanks to its charming flowers seasons and vitality of pines forests.

There are a lot of pines on Lang Biang mount. It is 2,167 meters high and 13 kilometers far from city center. It is regarded as “ roof of Da Lat”. It has long been a destination for tourists to explore the beauty of highlands in general and Da Lat in particular.

Besides, Lang Biang is also famous for its endless love affair of K’lang and Biang

It can be said that deep inside Lang Biang, pines are singing eternal love song.

Lang Biang can be conquered by 2 ways. The first is by driving Jeep car along twist roads. Alternatively, tourists can walk across romantic pines forest.

Whispering pines on legendary Lang Biang

Whispering pines on legendary Lang Biang

Walking along paths, tourists will be lost in a wild world full of blue of sky and pines forest. You will be challenged by steep slopes and twist roads before conquering Lang Biang

The road to Lang Biang is not long, about 5 kilometers but moutain roads can discourage tourists. However, they do not easily give up.

If you are knowledgeable about flora, you will realise that 5 leave pines are indigenous to Lang Biang.

It is easy to see pines bearing characteristics of a hero such as strength and unbendingness. They often remind tourists of a street corner in Europe.

Nowadays, there is a place on legendary Lang Biang which is called “Radar mount”. Driving Jeep car, you can get the view of Da Lat easily.

From Lang Biang mount and in cold highland weather, Da Lat is as picturesque as an oil picture. Da Lat looks like a red silk in the middle of forest, in the middle of Dan Kia Lake and Golden Stream.

In the heart of pines forest, all sadness seems to evaporate, leaving a refreshing blue of hope and immortality.

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What you need to prepare for a travel to Phu Quoc?

Phu Quoc island has recently attracted many travellers booking Vietnam trip package. Have you ever thought about what you need to prepare for a perfect trip to Phu Quoc?

I will show you some suggestions for the question “What you need to prepare for a travel to Phu Quoc?”

As other tourist attractions, you need to bring all necessary personal documents such as personal identity, license, passport,… You will need them to book a room in hotel, motorbike, or book an airplane ticket,…They are also indispensable to identify your identity when you get into trouble.

If your family has kids, remember to bring their birth certificate sealed by appropriate authorities.

At the first time you come Phu Quoc, a pen and a little notebook will be very useful for you to take notes of which restaurant is of delicious dishes, which hotel is of good quality, atraction sites,… these information will be necessary for your next time to Phu Quoc, or you can give them to your friends who want to visit Phu Quoc.

Besides, ATM card will be useful. With an ATM card, you don ’t need to bring too much cash with you.

What you need to prepare for a travel to Phu Quoc?

What you need to prepare for a travel to Phu Quoc?

Don’t forget to bring suitable clothes. Choose the most convenient clothes for activities, and a pair of shoes of good grip if you attend to climb mountains.

Bear in mind to bring swimsuit. Mobile phone, spare charger, map are things you shouldn’t forget.

Basic medical equipment such as dressings, medicated oil, … or some specific kinds of drugs if you get any diseases.

Finally, spend time searching for neccessary information, and experiences.

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Homestay in the most beautiful Sapa tribal villages

Homestay in the most beautiful Sapa tribal villages

Sapa is located in Lao Cai province and is 1600 meters above sea level. It has mild and subtropical climate with weather being cool all year round. Particularly, visitors travelling to Sapa can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning, it is like the weather of spring. At noon, it is as sunny as the weather of summer and in the afternoon, it is cloudy like autumn and at night, you can feel the bitter cold of winter.

Sapa is a charming and romantic destination at any time of the year.

Sapa has many travelling spots such as Ham Rong Moutain, Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Muong Hoa Valley and so on. However, it is ethnic minorities that leave tourists unforgettable experience. They live in tribal villages and have their own and unique cultural identities.

Take H’Mong, Dao Do, Tay, Giay tribe for example. It is advised that tourists come to visit tribal village to learn about their culture.

When is the best time to visit Sapa?

The most suitable time to visit Sapa is between September and November or between March and May as the weather is dry during the day and is not too cold at night.

For those who want to get the view of snow in Vietnam, the best time is from December to February. It is very cold at this time. Especially, it is also blossom season.

Transportation from Hochiminh city to Sapa

Setting off from Hochiminh city, you can choose to travel to Hanoi by train or by air .

Sapa town is 38 kilometers far from Lao Cai city and 376 kilometers from Hanoi capital. From Hanoi, you can get on a train or a coach to visit Sapa.

By coach:  It takes you 8-9 hours to reach Sapa from My Dinh, Luong Yen or Gia Lam coach station. One of advantage of going by coach is that it is time saving. However, it may be a bumpy ride as there are a lot of steep passes.

By travelling coach: If you travel in groups, it is wise to hire a coach to save money. Besides, you can ask the driver to take you to any places you want to visit.

By train: You can book a berth or an air-conditioned seat. The train leaves at 9 or 10 pm and reaches Sapa in early morning. You can book a ticket at 120 Le Duan street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi capital  and the phone number is 0439423697. When you have reached Lao Cai station, you can take a taxi to head for Sapa town. Alternatively, If you want to save money you can take a bus at the cost of 10 thousand dong but you are supposed to walk a distance to get to the bus station.

Transportation in Sapa

You can hire a motorbike at the cost odd 120 thousand dong per one and you will have to pay for fuel. A motorbike can be for use from 6am to 6pm.

Accomodation in Sapa

There are a number of hotels in the town center or along Cau May street with cost of 150 thousand for cheap hotels and 2-3 million for luxurious ones.

Hometay at local people’s homes  in Ta Phin or Ta Van village may be an option. This type of tourism is being developed in Sapa so you don’t have to be worried about its quality or hygiene standards. More improtantly, it is not too expensive and the cost includes accomodation and 3 meals a day.

Tribal villages to visit in Sapa

Cat Cat village

Cat Cat village is formed in the middle of 19th century. Local people build their homes near hillside with homes not being to far from one another.

It is 2 kilometers far from Sapa town. Visiting Cat Cat village, visitors have chance to go to Catsat waterfall which is also called Tien Sa. It was discovered by French and served as a resort for them.

Standing on the metal bridge over Muong Hoa stream, you can observe white flows of water pulling downwards. In the event of rain, you can head for a tent near the waterfal and try grilled corn or grilled meat with a glass of apple wine.

Mong people earn their livings by growing rice in terraced fields or other traditional jobs such as weaving  or foundry. Nowadays, Sapa is showing a lot of improvements and has become a famous destination. As a result, there is a labour shift from agriculture to tourism. A number of people especially the young can speak foreign languges such as English or French and become tour guides. Older people mainly stick to their traditionaly jobs.

Local people still preserve a lot of traditions and customs. Among them is “wife stealing”. When a man falls in love with a girl, he will organise a party to invite his friends and draw a plan to steal the girl from her parents and keep her inside his house for 3 days. If the girl agrees to become his wife, an official wedding will be held.

Besides, tourists can explore and learn about Mong’s cuisine such as corn wine, corn cake horse meat, frog meat with young bamboo and so on

Ho village

Ho village is 30 kilometers far from Sapa. Situated near Hoang Lien Son moutain and Muong Hoa stream, it has a romantic landscape. Visiting Ho village, tourists will be impressed with a giant green terraced fields surrounded by hills and homes of ethnic people

       Besides Muong Hoa and La Ve stream, Ho village also has other streams and waterfall such as Ca Nhay, Seo Trung Ho. Seo Trung Ho waterfall is 100 meters high and is like a beautiful ribbon crossing the mountain

    Tourisits will be able to experience traditional lifestyle of local people. In the morning, a tour guide will take tourists to visit Hoang Lien national park. At noon, they can go bathing in Lave stream.

Local people grow cotton plants and weaving to make money. They are very famous for sophisticated brocade.

They always welcome tourists warmly and friendly and offer tourists local specialites such as grilled fish, sticky rice.

Homestay is one of the factors that make Ho village more attractive. There are 29 families who are willing to offer homstay service for tourists. With low cost, nice dishes and hospitality, homestay is becoming increasingly favored by tourists.

Ta Phin village

Ta Phin village is 12 kilometers from Sapa and comprised of Dao and H’mong people.

You can visit Ta Phin monastery. Although it is a historical site, it represents French architecture and shows cultural values.

There are 2-3 generations living together in Dao people’s families. Each house has 2 dinning rooms and a garret to store corns.

Besides growing corn and rice, Dao women also make brocade or get medical leaves to sell to tourists. Medical leaves are said to be beneficial to health and can be used to treat aching bones

Visitors can visit Ta Phin cave which is very large. The cave entrance is 5 meters high and 3 meters large. Coming inside, tourists will enjoy the magnificent and mysterious beauty of the cave. There are still French words carved on the rocks a long time ago but they are still readable.

Ta Phin village is also reputable for brocade products with a variety of forms and eye-catching colors. They are sold to tourists or brocade shops in market. They are also displayed at market fair and exported overseas to America, France or Denmark

Sapa

Sapa

After visiting travelling spots, tourist can stay at local people’s homes. It is interesting to gather around fireplace and sip glass of wine with buffalo meat while hearing traditional stories of local people

Ta Van village

Ta Van village is 10 kilometers far from Sapa. On way to Ta Va, you can catch the view of romantic Muong Hoa valley.

Along the road streches green terraced fields. The more you go, the more supprised you will be at the picturesque lanscape.

Ta Van village is mainly inhabited by Giay people. Their culture is subject to that of Tay, Thai and Nung people.

Giay people earn their livings by growing rice and silver carving. Nowadays, more families are shifting to homestay tourism. They invest money to mend and upgrade their house and buy more funiture to serve tourists. They always try to preserve their traditional lifestyle as a way to attract tourists. There are about 40 families who offer homestay tourists. They offer tourists their daily dishes such as poultry meat, fish and vegetables. Such dishes are simple but help tourists to learn more about their simple and artless lifestyle.

The local specialies are grilled chiken, grilled pork and a variety of cakes. Particularly, tourists will have opportunity to try a lot of local wines such as corn wine, apple wine especially plum wine which is available in Ta Van only. Additionally, tourists can join local people to climb the mountains and get young bamboo or catch fish in the streams. All consitute memorial experiences to tourists.

It is typical of Giay people to show preference for music. During the day, they are industrious farmer busy with their farming work. However, at night they are musical performers. They are skillful in Then dance and charming in love songs.

Sin Chai village

Sin Chai village is 4 kilometers from Sapa and is considered peaceful and quiet. Overall, tourism is not developed here which gives the village primitive beauty.

About 1400 Mong peple live here. Apart from growing corn and rice, local people grow medical trees in hills to increase their income.

Thanks to fresh air, pure water and clean vegetables and fruits, the avarage life expectancy of Sin Chai people is quite long. Women tend to live longer than men and the oldest person in the village is 112 years old.

The average life expectacy of men is 50 years old. This is due to the fact that men are responsible for heavy jobs such as making terraced fields while women just have to do chores. Besides, Sin Chai men drink a lot which contributes to their short life expectancy.

Each tribal village in Sapa has its own attractions which impress tourists. Local people live in harmony with nature and are always nice to each other. It is simplicity and kindness that attract tourists to come and experience daily life of local people. Sapa is simply a diamond of Northwest of Vietnam.