International Tourists Shared about 5 Things to Experience in Cat Ba

Trekking through the forest, viewing the island from the fortress, or adventurous hiking is the experience that attracts foreign visitors to Cat Ba.

On Tripzilla travel magazine, two travellers using the common name Eudaimoniacs Singapore introduced the experiences they made during the Cat Ba trip earlier this year.

Trekking in Cat Ba National Park

Founded in 1986, Cat Ba National Park is home to 32 mammal conservation sites and more than 70 rare species of birds. With biodiversity and the home of the endangered Cat Ba langur, the jungle of Cat Ba is one of the first spots that the two Singaporean visitors visited.

This is the ideal destination for trekking. An 18-kilometer walk through the mountains, and it takes about 6 hours to move to Viet Hai village. From here, people can continue their journey by boat to the town.

Note that the national park is more suitable for adults, especially those with good health because many sections of the trekking trail are quite rough.

National park’s entrance fee is 30,000 VND (1.2 USD) per person. Boat trip to town is 50,000 VND (2 USD) per person. Please note that the boat starts picking guests from Ben Beo at 6 am on weekdays and 7 am on weekends.

Visiting the Hospital Cave (Quan Y Cave)

This is a good example of the skill and creativity of the Vietnamese during the war. The cave is divided into three different levels and it can accommodate a field hospital inside the mountain.

The first floor was the room for wounded soldiers along with the operating room and the doctor's room. The second floor was used as a relaxation room with the bath and movie theater. Level 3 contains the equipment that wartime leaders use to secure the cave.

The Hospital Cave is located at the edge of Cat Ba National Park, just 13 km from the town center. Opening hours for visitors are from 7am - 4pm, with a fee of VND 15,000 (0.6 USD) per person.
Taking a panoramic view of the island from Cannon Fort

This fortress is the place where people should go to see the whole island, the most beautiful time is dawn or sunset. There is an outdoor observatory and a 360-degree view for people to watch.

The hilltop building of the fortress was always a strategic location during the great wars in Vietnam. To get to the fort, you can ride a motorbike, car or walk for 15 minutes to the top of the hill.

Upon arrival, you will see a large map of the fort. The fortress opening hours are from 7am to 6pm weekdays, with tickets of VND 40,000 (1.6 USD) each.

Climbing cliff rocks without equipment

Since arriving in Cat Ba in New Year's Day of 2017, two Singaporean tourists decided to start with the DWS (deep water solo) experience at Lan Ha Bay.

Cat Ba has rocky islands with similar structure to Halong Bay but different in number of guests and price. Thanks to fewer tourists, two Singaporean tourists enjoy their time in Cat Ba.

Currently in Cat Ba there are two companies organizing this adventure. Thanks to luck, Eudaimoniacs Singapore could book the two last slots to experience DWS. Everyone waited at the tour operator's office at 8am and took a 5-minute bus ride to the marina. From here you can take a boat to admire the bay and the attractive blue water.

They then transfer to a smaller boat with their own instructor, Connor, to the mount. This place is suitable for climbers of DWS level 4 to 6. Despite the danger, this experience is worth a try once you reach Cat Ba.

Climbing at Nghieng Island

Nghieng Island is an ideal place for both beginners and medium level people of mountain climbing. The rock here has good terrain, very suitable to climb and take a rest on the trip.

Not as difficult and dangerous as DWS, shoes and helmets are provided when you take part in Nghieng Island climbing, so it is safer, accompanied by ideal terrain for those who have never tried mountain climbing. When climbing visitors should still pay attention to some places on the surface of rocky mountains.

Nghieng Island is about 30 minutes away from Cat Ba Town. Visitors come here by kayaking or rowing, or buying a package tour. To ensure a slot in hiking trip in Nghieng Island, visitors should check and book in advance at least one day before.

What to Buy in Hue

Not only famous for ancient citadel and palaces, Hue also attracts visitors with its delicious dishes. If you have the opportunity to travel Hue, do not forget to buy the specialties below as gifts.

Sesame candy

As the pride of the people of Hue, sesame candy is delicious and tough, people can eat so much without bored. Me (sesame) and xung (a way of processing sugar) makes the name of the candy. Lightly hand out the thin nylon sheets as the paper is the delicious candy in your hand, the smell of roasted sesame oil is so fragrant, mixed in candy is the fatty flavor of peanut. Hue has dozens of famous sesame candy brand names such as Song Hy, Thien Huong, Thong Huong, Thanh Binh, Song Nhan, Nam Thuan, Hong Thuan

Nem & Tré

Nem Hue differs from nem of the North and the South. We never meet a round pepper in the middle of the nem bar. In the bar of nem, there are enough tastes of lean meat, fermented sour, chopped pork, audiophile, fish sauce, sugar, salt ...

Tré is a special dish of Hue people. There are two types: Tré from beef and pork. Beef tré is brown,  with good smell and sweet taste. Although called beef tré but there still a little fried pork chopped, mixed galangal, garlic, guava leaves… wrapped in banana leaves like nem chua. The red-brown pork tré also smells sweet with garlic, slightly sweet and sour taste, made of baked yellow rice mixed with galangal, garlic, … wrapped in Ming aralia leaves and banana leaves.

Lotus seeds

Lotus seed is everywhere but the best is in Hue, especially the ones from Tinh Tam lake with thousand-petal pink lotuses. Currently, there are many lotus lakes in Hue where we can find delicious seeds that unlike other places. If you want to buy fresh or dried lotus seeds, you can visit Dong Ba market with many different types.

Melaleuca oil

Melaleuca oil is one of the famous traditional products of Hue. It’s a must for every family in Hue to always have a bottle of Melaleuca oil in their houses to protect the health of the whole family. Melaleuca oil is effective with cough, flu, cold ... for children, pregnant women and adults.

Conical hat

Hue conical leaf hat, especially poem hat is more popular thanks to its gentle beauty. It's not just a hat, it's a work of artisan. Hue conical hat is a special souvenir that many tourists prefer in their tours in Hue.

Royal tea

The royal tea is processed according to the recipe which is considered to have been taken from the Nguyen Dynasty's royal palace, which was a drink for kings. Hue royal tea is now packaged in convenient form, easy to buy as gifts. The slight sweet taste is very healthy, especially in cooling down the body, and hence it is a favourite product to many people.

Areca candy

Areca candy is a popular candy for children, it looks like a piece of areca fruit, consisting of a pale yellow hard part, representing a shallow nut, a yellow sugar shaker and the white part made of sugar mixed with flour. This is a long-standing folk food in Hue. In the past, it was wrapped in dried banana leaves but now it looks like an areca piece wrapped in clear glass paper. This candy is sold everywhere in Hue city, in big markets, in grocery stores, especially in tourist attractions.

The Appartment Filled Up with Cafes in Saigon

No. 42 Nguyen Hue condominium is 'home' to many of the most famous cafes of Saigon.

Though there are many majestic and beautifully-designed coffee shops in modern buildings or in good locations with nice views, the cafes in the old apartment still have a very bold imprint which we call “so Saigonese”. In the most mentioned condominiums, the No.42 on Nguyen Hue street still be the most prominent name thanks to many lovely cafes, located right in the city centre.

Even before the time that the Nguyen Hue walking street was formed, the condominium number 42 had been well known for it’s the location of many famous cafes, restaurants, teashops and fashion shops. Along with the introduction of the walking street, this place becomes one of the most favourite meeting points at the weekends of the young people in Ho Chi Minh City.

There’s a guests commented that, if you have only one hour to explore Saigon, you should go to this popular apartment complex, where you can see a corner of the city from above, feel the rhythm of Saigon's vibrant and quiet life in a youthful and artistic space like cafes in No 42 Nguyen Hue.

Some common points of the cafés in this condominium are a modest area, small seats at the balcony but very eye-catching decorative feature with their own special gout. Currently, there are more than 10 coffee shops spreading over 9 floors, decorated in different styles, most of which are among the most famous cafes in Saigon. However, going to these cafes, you must walk through several floors, or pay VND 3000 per time for the elevator in this No 42 condominium.

At this place, you will have many choices of coffee shops and fashion shops such as Saigon Oi, Thinker and Dreamer, Bong Gon milktea, Partea, Buihaus, The Market Concept, Mango Tree, Boo, Saigon - Vieux, The Letter, Mêlee, Orientea, Met Sign, Delight kafe and tea ...

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Saigon Oi Cafe 

The name of the cafe is like a loving call to the magnificent Saigon. Here the cafe also has a nice balcony area to enjoy panoramic view of Saigon.

A special point in this cafe is that, when ordering the drink, the staff will ask for your name, and you will have the lovely drink with your name on it (such as “Lan oi”, “Nhi oi”, “Ngoc oi”) – just lovely and friendly like humans of Saigon. 

Thinker and Dreamer

This is not a large area but every small detail is taken care very carefully and artistically according to Western minimalist style: white painted walls, wooden green pots for decoration ... Its tables, chairs or wall paintings are also carefully selected for synchronization.

Partea English teahouse

Partea teahouse is one of the first English-style tea rooms in Saigon. From the first time of introduction, the tea house was immediately interested by the youth in Saigon. Even the elder people also like it very much - a new way of enjoying cake and tea in an elegant and luxurious space with beautiful cups like that.

The menu of the tea house mostly includes imported leaf teas with various flavours (over 30 types), along with suitable pastries such as cheesecake, Red Velvet, flan gato, nama ...

Boo Coffee

Boo Coffee initially owned only a space located on the 9th floor. However, with a growing number of guests, they opened one more space on the 8th floor. Although the area is not too large, the fresh lovely style is very suitable with the youth.

The Letter

The distinct attraction of The Letter is there are also shops selling Japanese pottery and vintage-style clothes in the cafe, so the guests can both come to enjoy a drink and buy things or admire exhibits.
The remarkable yellow colour and highlighted lanterns shining at night bring a feeling like you're in Hoi An.

Top 5 Evergreen Cafes in Hanoi, Vietnam

Open spaces, lush balcony or small potted plant on the table or around the aisles of Green Coffee, Gardenista, Cosa Notra impress many people in Hanoi.

1. Green Coffee: True to its name, the cafe has trees everywhere from walkways, stair railings to the windows. These pots are also arranged on the wall shelves. Glass jars are also used to plant trees. The owner skilfully combines light, color, furniture and greenery to create a modern and fresh space. 

Address: No. 8 Hang Chao Alley, Dong Da District.

2. Ohi Tree & Coffee: When entering the front door, you will be impressed with the pots, small flower in various colours on the walls, tables and walkways. The space of the cafe is a harmonious combination between classic beauty and cool green colour of the trees. In addition to the popular drinks, the cafe offers Tibetan chamomile tea with refreshing taste and gentle herbal fragrance which is loved by many customers. 

Address: 55 Phan Chu Trinh, 71A Nguyen Du.

3. Gardenista: Located on the crowded streets of Van Bao, the cafe looks like a glass garden filled with green tree. Wooden tables and gray cement wall makes a gentle, relaxed space. On the table, many lovely potted plants are put for decoration. The cafe is very crowded so you may have to wait quite a long time after ordering a drink. 

Address: No. 50 Van Bao, Ba Dinh District.

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4. Cosa Notra: Considered as a miniature European in the heart of Hanoi, the cafe with two storeys is decorated very subtlely, taking the gray as the main colour and many trees around. Details of the cafe like tables, chairs, mats also feature classic European beauty. Big potted plants put in the middle of the aisle, next to the seats, the balcony ... make visitors feel like sitting between a garden. Drinks and snacks with high standards and expensive price like such as pasta, salad, duck pate prepared by the chefs in 5-star hotels. 

Address: 24 Tong Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District.

5. Cora Cafe: The cafe is always full of lights with large area, consisting of 2 floors, airy space and large windows. The unique green grass on the wall, tree placed at corners, spiral wooden staircase connecting the two floors... are interesting highlights of the space here. In addition, the cafe is also decorated by several mural paintings under creative Typography arts. 

Address: 24 Hoa Ma.

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The Immense Buckwheat Hill at the Top of Khau Pha Pass

Although the buckwheat flower field in Khau Pha Pass is not as large as in Ha Giang or Si Ma Cai (Lao Cai) but it’s very prominent among the mountains.

Harvest season in Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) have passed, but this place is still an attractive destination for backpackers. In addition to the winding terraced fields, Khau Pha Pass also has a stuning buckwheat flower hill.

The buckwheat flower field is planted as an experiment this year by the locals. This flower garden is located in a very nice place on Khau Pha Pass (near places of parachuting). Here you not only can freely watch the flowers, but also enjoy the pass, the terraces, the villages of Thai, Hmong people and immerse yourself into the cool air and poetic scenery in one of the most beautiful mountain pass in the Northern.

The buckwheat flower here has just bloomed so they are now white. Only the flowers which are going to fade have the beautiful pink colour. The soil here is a very good condition for buckwheat flower to grow, so the locals and the authorities also intend to expand the buckwheat flower fields to attract tourists.

The flowers were planted in a hillside overlooking a vast space with terraced fields and winding road passes. You can stand from above to watch the whole scene, get both the panoramic view over flowers, trees and hills. You can also take photo from the bottom to the top to see the blue sky.

Each guest has to pay 15,000 dong (0.6 USD) for entrance fee at the flower field. You can take as many photos as you wish and even hire ethnic costumes from the owner to have lovely memories with the flower.

In the middle of the flower bed, there’s a small obvious dirt path, so the guests can avoid trampling the beautiful flowers.

If you come here in the morning, this place is also an ideal spot to hunt clouds. The best time to take photos of beautiful flower garden is approximately at 8-9 AM because it’s not too sunny. The sun shines down, making the flower hill more brilliant.

In addition, harvest season has finished but the terraced fields are still attractive for tourists. On many roads, you can see the hills and mountains appearing from the yellow colour of rice roots which still have not been removed and the small houses of ethnic people of H-Mong and Tay. You also should not ignore the local specialties such as buckwheat cake, roasted pork, ant eggs, apple...

Khau Pha Pass is one of the four most majestic passes in Vietnam. If you intend to conquer the pass in this season, the weather should be noted. If encountering heavy rain, there’re probably landslides on the road. If that is your first trip, you should take a bus to Yen Bai city or Van Chan town then continue hire a motorbike to conquer the Khau Pha pass.

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Get Lost in the Fairy World in Po Mu Village

The winding road, year-round cool climate, hospitable people make the Po Mu village in Ngoc Chien Commune, Son La Province is as beautiful as a fairy tale. Po Mu is name of a kind of conifer tree, known as Fokienia in English.

Driving through the Sa Sip Pass with sharp turns, dangerous roads and 20 kilometers of road along Nam Chien hydropower reservoirs, the image of wood stilt houses with smoke of cooking, the vast dense forests or gentle flavour and colour of the bamboo fences are enough to warm visitors.

The Po Mu village in Ngoc Chien commune, Muong La district, Son La province is as beautiful as a painting that nature created. Located about 80 km to the northeast of Son La city, at an altitude of 1,800 meters above average sea level, Ngoc Chien is the highest and the most beautiful land of Muong La District. Dreamy beauty hiding in the mountain mist along with gentle smokes from wooden houses makes this place so magical.

Coming to the Po Mu village, travellers seem to get lost in a heaven. The roofs in the village are thatched by precious po-mu wood, created long time ago by the elder and now preserved as a treasure bestowed by forests and mountains.Winding country roads, calm weather seems to protect the little villagers. People here are extremely friendly and gentle like the jungle.

Amid the forest, sometimes we can see scented flower branches blooming, healing hot springs and the pensive quiet houses. Po Mu village has excellent architecture in house building with beautiful subtle patterns on the beams, trusses and columns. People in Ngoc Chien in brilliant costumes are always thoughtful, friendly with tourists coming to visit. Their life goes by slowly.

Walking around the village, you can enjoy nice landscape with doors made by po-mu (Fokienia) wood, unique bamboo fences, taking us back to childhood, where life was simple and intact.
Besides, when coming to the village, it a must to enjoy delicious sticky rice from Ngoc Chien fields. This gift is even more delicious than the famous specialty sticky rice in Tu Le, a great place for Vietnam adventure travel.

Not only attract visitors by the wild beauty, charming scenery, the Po Mu village also is home to the Hmong and Thai people. The villagers are not as rich as rumours from the people in lowland, but not too poor. Their life still has elements of self-sufficiency; all products are homemade so everything is very fresh and delicious.

The women here are also as beautiful as the great forest of Fokienia. On spring days or at the weekend, walking around Muong Chien, Lo Phon, Na Sang village... you can enjoy the cultural beauty of the people: the featured dances, tug games making the atmosphere become so fun and exciting, the girl with a radiant face, brighten a corner of the sky.

To have a trip of the lifetime to Ngoc Chien from Son La city, it’s around 80 km. The road is difficult and very rugged, so travellers should be careful, especially when you visit the place by motorbike.

From Son La, take the provincial road 106 about 40 km to the northeast, then you will arrive in the town of It Ong, continue your ride to Sa Sip Pass located at an altitude over 2,000 meters, a winding 40 km long pass with entire region in luxuriant woods. You will move forward over the bridge across the stream, and Ngoc Chien commune is in front of your eyes.

The service here is also very affordable. Price is around 70,000-80,000VND (3-4 USD) for an overnight stay per person. Do not forget to enjoy the hot spring baths and check in with the old fokienia roofs.

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Coffee is worth a try during your holiday in Vietnam

Although coffee was introduced in Vietnam by French colonists in the 1800s, Vietnamese people have successfully developed it as a unique drink that foreign tourists must have a try when they travel to Vietnam. Coffee has become a great part of Vietnamese culture. The Vietnamese coffee is part of socializing and as a result, you can find this drink in different forms, formats, and styles.   The taste of Vietnamese coffee is unlike any other you have tried. It is stronger and flavourful as the coffee is made up of Robusta beans. Though Robusta beans are considered inferior to the Arabica type, it seems like Vietnamese people really know how to make use of their advantage and turned the coffee one of the specialty products to be presented to foreigners. With variations that make use of yogurt, eggs, and even fruit, Vietnamese coffee has developed a style of its own.

1/ Vietnam's milk coffee 

 The Vietnamese drip coffee is usually filtered for individual purposes using a phin, which consists of a small cup, a filter chamber and a lid.  Once the coffee has dripped away onto the gorgeous creamy layer of condensed milk at the bottom, you remove the lid, place it upside down on the table and pop your filter chamber on top. Bloomberg said it was the top 10 coffee drinks in the world, including iced milk coffee of Vietnam.

Coffee is worth a try during your holiday in Vietnam

This style of coffee is popular throughout Vietnam.  It is how the Vietnamese drink coffee, so you can find it in sit-down cafes as well as next to the busy streets at little plastic stool vendors.

2/ Egg coffee

Coffee is worth a try during your holiday in Vietnam

An egg coffee is traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and Robusta coffee. The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and coffee, then extracting the coffee into the half of the cup with a similar amount of egg cream, which is prepared by heating and beating the yolks.
The cup is served inside a bowl of hot water to keep its temperature. The marriage of the egg’s rich taste and aromatic coffee wafting through the air makes up the specific flavor. To drink egg coffee, people should slowly stir bobbed froth of whipped egg with the coffee below. Sweet and tasty of the mixture of egg and milk are in harmony with the bitterness of coffee and leaves behind the mesmerizing scent.

3/ Yoghurt coffee

Coffee is worth a try during your holiday in Vietnam

Like coffee, yogurt was originally brought to Vietnam by the French and has been adopted into local culinary tradition. Rich and creamy, it’s served with various toppings, from fresh mango to fermented rice – and even coffee. This might sound like an odd combination, but the rich yogurt pairs amazingly well with a drizzle of black coffee.

4/ Coffee smoothie

Coffee is worth a try during your holiday in Vietnam

In Hanoi, try using to Ca Phe Chuoi bo (coffee blended with banana and avocado). In Ho Chi Minh City, go for Sinh To Ca Phe sapoche (coffee blended with sapodilla, a tropical fruit with a custard-like taste). Both are delicious ways to get your caffeine fix and your vitamins at the same time.

Top 8 Beautiful Destinations That You Shouldn’t Miss in Quang Ngai

You will make a huge wrong, if you think that Ly Son island is the only worth place to visit in Quang Ngai.

1. White Waterfall, Minh Long

The waterfall is situated in Thanh An commune, about 23km southwest of the Quang Ngai city, and surrounded by an area of consecutive mountains and hills, as well as painted with green color of trees, so the space is very romantic, fresh and quiet. The waterfall is about 40m high with the white foam over the rock at the bottom.

The water stream tumbles over limestone rocks into pools at the foot of the waterfall, then runs follow the stream of 20m wide, crosses over undulating rock and the valley before meeting other streams. Onychostoma gerlachi is a kind of fish in the pool at the foot of the waterfall, also is a favorite specialty of many tourists.

2. My Khe Beach

My Khe Beach situates in Co Luy hamlet, Tinh Khe commune, Son Tinh district, Quang Ngai with 7km long sandy beach. It is a great crescent moon shaped beach that can make a strong impression by the pristine beauty, quiet and romantic space of floating clouds, whispering waves ... All of them seem to invite tourists coming.

Above the beach, there are a few quiet fishing villages, nestled on the vast sea, sporadic moored boats. The images of the fishing boats, rustic basket boat lying amidst the wind sun seem to paint some impressive traits for the picture of blue sea and white sandy beach. 

3. Sa Huynh Beach

Sa Huynh beach is located about 60km South of Quang Ngai city, so tourists can just spend 40minutes to get there if you travel from Quang Ngai station. The beach stretches 6km long, with the seabed is not too slope and has no reef so it is very safe and proper to swim in the summer. 

About 500m from Sa Huynh Port to the northeast is the famous salt field. People start to produce salt from the April to the July and usually work from early morning. Tourists not only enjoy the summer on the beach, experience the life of the local with their career- produce salt, but also tourists can have a great chance to visit An Khe lagoon, located about 2km north of Sa Huynh town. Due to the lagoon situates adjacent to the roadside so tourists just stand near there to see the whole view of the lagoon.

4. Chau Sa Citadel 

Chau Sa Citadel is rampart built by the Cham people from the 9th century to protect the south of the Tra Kieu capital. Chau Sa Citadel is located in Tinh Chau commune, Son Tinh district, about 7km from Quang Ngai city to the northeast. The Citadel was built of soil, including internal and external rampart. Nowadays, there is only 3km fortification with 4m wide, 6m high and the perimeter of 4km. 

In addition, the researchers also found many artifacts of ancient pottery, Go Pho ancient tower (about 500m from the Chau Sa Citadel)… In 1994, Chau Sa Citadel was recognized as a National Historic-Cultural Vestige. 

5. Khe Hai Beach

Khe Hai Beach is situated in Binh Thanh commune, Binh Son district, about 1km to the east of the National Highway 1A (stretch of T-junction Doc Soi – Dung Quat). Khe Hai beach owns a white smooth sandy beach, endless casuarina groves paralleled with blue coastline. The west is Ban Than Mountain stretching from the sea shore to the beach and creating a beautiful half of the arc shape while the East is Hon Dong, a small beautiful mountain.

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Khe Hai beach is still pristine, so tourists can free to come here to swim, and visit without discomfort by tourist invitations. 

6. Thien An pagoda

Thien An is an ancient pagoda, located on Thien An Mountain- a sacred land in the belief of locals here, a beautiful panoramic view and a well-known spiritual site of Quang Ngai tourism. The pagoda was built in the late 17th century, along with mausoleum area, Pyramid - shaped tomb. Especially, the triple gate, the gate of Thien An shrine and Huynh Phuc Khanh’s Tomb also have south-facing view where the gentle Tra Vinh river flowing. 

7. Binh Chau Beach

Different to other places with the stretching smooth sandy beach to free swim, then Binh Chau beach is hidden ruins of a 11 million- year- old inactive volcano creating the special trait for the region. After a 3-month survey, the scientists also found “graveyard of sunken ancient ships” at the bottom of the sea, sedimentary rocky island as well as many colorful coral reefs. 

8. Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island is the beautiful place not to be missed when you are in Quang Ngai, the remaining vestiges of volcanoes 5 mouths dating back 25-30 million years ago have formed majestic landscapes with lava cliffs in different forms and shapes and pristine beaches with clear water. Apart from the stunning scenery, Ly Son island is also known as the kingdom of delicious garlic dishes, and specialties of the region.

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Peaceful Con Dao

From "the hell on earth", Con Dao has now become a famous "tourist paradise" for local and foreign tourists. From beautiful natural, historic revolution sites, interesting ancient legends to happy and friendly people ... all created a peaceful Con Dao in the heart of tourists.

Con Dao island outpost district in the southeast of the country, about 180km from Vung Tau City. Thanks to the values of culture, history, and natural beauty spots, Con Dao is increasingly widely known and is one of the famous, mysterious and attractive destinations on the planet.
Peaceful Con Dao

The words "Con Dao" make each of Vietnamese people think of the political prison with cruel tortures of a period in the "hell on earth". Also, this is the pride of profound patriotism of thousands of revolutionaries with belief on winning the war against invaders. Ahead of the trauma, the hero and sacred land of Con Dao is now a favorite destination for local and foreign tourists.

Someone has said that if want to feel the peace, let’s go to Con Dao island. Indeed, one of the first things visitors will feel when arriving in Con Dao is the tranquility, fresh and spaciousness of life here. No noise and bustling as the town, space of life in Con beat goes on calmly, carefree, suitable for relaxation trips or nature discovery.
Peaceful Con Dao

Con Dao owns many natural beaches with colorful coral reefs, gentle smooth sandy beaches, blue waters which is as clear as crystal reflected by the ancient trees and native forests protected quite well. Con Dao is characterized by lush hundreds years old country-almond trees which are recognized as "heritage trees" throughout the quiet corners of the island. On the map, Con Dao is like the bear emerging itself to the South China Sea.

The most beautiful, famous wild beach where is suitable for outdoor sports activities such as swimming, diving to explore life under the mighty ocean is Dam Trau beach. In addition, the hospitable fishermen can give you a lift visiting landscapes of 16 large, small and majestic islands as well as sites show you the best places for diving in Vietnam on Con Dao.
Peaceful Con Dao

To feel better the beauty of a peaceful Con Dao, you should take a walk or go cycling around the coast or ride the motor slowly along the roads on the small island, watch the charming natural picture, enjoy the sunset gradually covering the island district and immerge in the daily life of the locals.

At night, you can wander on Tran Huy Lieu street, enter a grilled seafood stall, sip the sweet taste of the sea in each fish, crab, squid, snail ... and enjoy the cool ocean breeze and see the whispering sea at night. Another option for visitors is squid fishing at night in Tau Be Cape, or watch turtles laying their eggs on Hon Bay Canh ...
Peaceful Con Dao

Perhaps, living in a peaceful place, the islanders are friendly, gentle. The warm, close in the way of living, their daily behavior of people on Con Dao make visitors not have the sense of guests – hosts, but feel as comfortable and peaceful as at their own home.

The period from March to the end of September is the time when the sea is calm, the time of the rainy season, but the rains in Con Dao lasts no longer than one hour, there is still sunshine in other times of the day. This time is suitable for sea tours, snorkeling and exploring the desert island.

Tourists come to Con Dao with many moods, but when leaving the island, they all share a nostalgia for both heroic, sacred and peaceful land, which make visitors feel comfortable and forget the mournful memories of a land which was once the “hell on earth”.

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Most Frequently Mentioned Mountains in Vietnam

1 . Ta Xua (Yen Bai)

Yen Bai province has a fairly well-known mountains called Ta Xua. Ta Xua is also the natural boundary between the two provinces of Yen Bai and Son La. Ta Xua majestic mountain is composed of three peaks featuring close together as the "tortoise’s head" and "dinosaur's spine".
Most Frequently Mentioned Mountains in Vietnam

Therefore, conquering Ta Xua top is not a journey that amateurs people dare to try and have the strength to gain the "victory". The most dangerous stretch of road is when riding on dinosaur’s spine. Just a little of neglect, you can be whipped down into the abyss by the strong wind.

But in return, you will admire firsthand the “carpet” of forest flowers: white, pink, red azaleas, wild apple as well as countless species of wildflowers that makes the Northwest land more dreamy, charming.

2. Mount Hong Linh (Ha Tinh)

Hong Linh Mountain (Ha Tinh province) was the familiar image of the soldier when crossing Truong Son mountain range into battle in the South. The mountain is also mentioned in the song "Hello Lam Hong Girls” with poetic appearance: " Oh Hong Linh, high peak with clouds hovering...". Along with Lam River, Hong Linh Mountain is considered the symbol of Ha Tinh province.
Most Frequently Mentioned Mountains in Vietnam

Especially, Hong Linh Mountain has 99 peaks which are all located in the province of Ha Tinh. Today, there are hundreds of temples, shrines in the mountain, and this place has become a spiritual tourist destination attracting local residents and tourists from everywhere to visit and worship.

3. Mount Langbiang (Lam Dong)

With people of Lam Dong province, Langbiang mountain is a nice witness of the love between Mr. K'lang and Miss H'biang in the legend of K'Ho ethnic group. The mountain is also called Lam Vien and is located 12km north of Dalat. This is a place for relaxation, and an ideal place to escape from the summer heat of visitors.
Most Frequently Mentioned Mountains in Vietnam

In Langbiang mountain, your troubles disappear. Around you, there are only blue of the vast sky, mountains, clouds and peaceful Dankia river embracing the foothill. Not only will visitors rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of nature, visitors can also participate in many other activities such as climbing, hiking, skydiving, studying about birds, animals ...

4. Mount Ba Den (Tay Ninh)

Known as the highest mountain in the South (986 m high), Ba Den is located in Tay Ninh district, Tay Ninh province. From a distance, you can easily recognize Ba Den mountain with the shape of a conical hat in the plain.
Most Frequently Mentioned Mountains in Vietnam

The mountain is located in the historical and cultural monuments of Nui Ba, owns charming scenery, caves, temples and associated with many legends. Mount Ba Den is both a famous sacred pilgrimage site in the south, and a favorite destination of backpackers. It is also the symbol for the land and people of Tay Ninh.

There are 3 ways to conquer Ba Den Mountain: by cable car, using slides or hiking. With backpackers, there are 5 common roads: Pagoda Road, power poles, water pipes, Ma Thien Lanh Street, Phung (Phoenix) Mountain and Ho Chi Minh Road. Whatever way you choose, you'll get the chance to experience unspoiled, majestic and fresh nature here.

5. Mount Chua Chan (Dong Nai)

Chua Chan mountain (also called Mount Gia Ray) of 837m high, the 2nd highest mountain in the Southeast (after Ba Den mountain) is located in Xuan Loc District, Dong Nai Province. At dawn or dusk, the mountain usually has small patches of white clouds flying leisurely creating charming scenery which easily makes visitors captivated.
Most Frequently Mentioned Mountains in Vietnam

Although the mountain is not steep, rugged, almost no trail leading up the mountain is available. Therefore, trekkers must cut grass to make the way his. Without good direction, you would just walk around a site. From the top of Chua Chan mountain, you will admire a beautiful setting like the fairyland. It's dense, vast primeval forests, the rocks with white foam and you will feel that your hands are touching the sky ...

Most Frequently Mentioned Mountains in Vietnam

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