Learn about People and Lifestyle of Myanmar

Myanmar is known as "Golden Land" because of the gorgeous golden temples throughout the country, because of the rich of minerals, natural products and the hospitality of the people here. With its capital, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar is also famous for its Southeast Asian commercial city, Yangon, also known as the city of the famous Shwedagon and the golden pagoda population. This article will introduce Myanmar, about the life and people of Myanmar.

Should it be called the land of Burma or Myanmar? The exact name of this country is Myanmar. Burmar is only an ethnic group in the majority of the population, as we often call the Kinh for the majority of Vietnamese people. Across the territory, there are 135 ethnic groups living together, and the uniqueness of culture, clothing and human personality blends together to create a harmonious blend of Myanmar.

Myanmar is a Southeast Asian country located in the northwest of the Sino-Indian Peninsula. It is the second largest country in Southeast Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. With a total area of 677,000 square meters, this country is equivalent to the total area of England and France. Myanmar covers 2051 km from north to south and about 936 km from east to west, with 2243 km of coastline bordering the Indian Ocean. More than 50% of Burma's territory is surrounded by forests. With a population of about 60 million people, the population density of Myanmar is 70 people per km2.

The highlands are located from north to south. The south is the lower elevation of the delta. Geographical features of Myanmar can be divided into four categories: the highlands to the east, the high ridges to the west, the central plains and the coastal Rakhine. The four major rivers are the Ayeyarwaddy River, the Thanlwin River, the Chindwin River and the Sittaung River. Considered as the main flow of water through this land, the Ayeyarwaddy River - the longest river in Myanmar - plays a very important role in the lives of the Burmese people throughout its 1238 km flowing lengths.

Myanmar is in tropical climates with three distinct seasons: summer, rainy and cold seasons. Summer begins from March to mid May, rainy season from mid May to October, the rest is cold season.

Myanmar is the official language, and English is also widely spoken in schools and is widely used in the community. In large cities, Chinese and Tibetan are also commonly used.

More than 80% of Myanmar's population is Buddhist, some are Christian and Muslim. Religious freedom is respected in Myanmar.

The first dynasty of Myanmar was the reign of King Anawrahta in the eleventh century. Thanks to wise leadership, King Anawrahta united and expanded his influence throughout Burma. This flourishing dynasty collapsed at the end of the 13th century after being invaded by the Mongols. More than 20 years later, the Burmans reestablished their kingdom and began to flourish. The second dynasty with the capital Bago was built in the 16th century by King Bayinnaung. The 3rd dynasty was also the last dynasty of the empire established by King Alaungpaya in 1752. However, under development of the colonial regime in the nineteenth century, Burma lost much of its territory to the British after the defeat of the Anglo-Burden wars of 1825, 1852 and 1885. During World War II, Burma temporarily became a Japanese colony for three years before being liberated by the Allies in 1945. From January 4, 1948, Burma was officially recognized as an independent nation. The name we know today: the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Myanmar is an agricultural country, once known as the "Asian Rice Bowl." Rice is also the main food and the most important export crop of this country. Teak and wood products are also exploited in Myanmar thanks to the large forest area. Gem mining industry such as diamonds, as well as minerals, oil and gas, have also grown significantly and contributed significantly to the economic development of the country. The Myanmar people are known for their friendliness, diligence and generosity.

Mong Rong Rock – The Valley of Love in Co To Island

With the unique and magnificent combination of stone and water, Mong Rong Rock Field promises to be a "weapon to take your heart away" when visiting Co To Island.

Mong Rong Rock Field (located in Zone 4, Co To Town, Quang Ninh) is a natural rock formations with unique colors and shapes. This rocky field covers an area of more than 40 ha, with a length of about 2 km spreading in the direction of North East - South West of Co To Island.

This is the most beautiful place in the archipelago. If coming to this place for sunrise, visitors can admire the gorgeous sun with the music of waves beating, murky water on the sedimentary rock.

From a distance, the rock’s shape is like a big mouse’s tail, with rocks stectching out into the sea. From the ancient books, the Mong Rong Rock Filed is called Thu My Bridge, gradually people call it Cau My for short. Seeing the mountains stretching out to the sea, the majestic promenade makes people think of the nail of the dragon. Therefore, in 2015, Cau My rocky reef was renamed Mong Rong (Dragon’s nail).

Dubbed the "love valley", there are countless rocks, not the tectonic rocks in caves, but the sedimentary rock that has been eroded by the sea for thousands years. 

Layered rocks of different colors and shapes create a unique beauty for Cau My, so that this rock becomes a unique wonder among Vietnam's islands.

Coming to Mong Rong Fieds, visitors can admire the exotic rock formations,with many different shapes. Visitors often visit the bridge at dawn when the sun rises. Early crystal sunshinemakes the water more magical.

So do not miss out a chance to take photos in sunrise here. That scenery is easy to make your heart vibrating.

The beach here is completely separate from the noisy city, you can take a leisurely stroll, climb to the rocks, watch the sea. On sunny days, visitors can see the clear blue sea, the green water and vast sky.
In addition, visitors can also go fishing, catch snail or enjoy scuba diving in the windy day. In moss season, you can watch the coral reef, colorful fish swimming under the blue water.

Top 8 The Famous Pagodas in Myanmar

Each year Myanmar welcomes millions of pilgrims, images of ancient temples, magnificent, splendid, ancient legends, and many beautiful landscapes.\

1. Shwedagon - TheGolden Temple

Shwedagon Pagoda is a symbol of Burma, located on Singuttara Hill in Yangon, built more than 2,500 years ago, including 1,000 small pagodas around the central tower, including 72 stone temples worshipping Buddha statues inside. This is the most sacred temple for storing  four sacred treasures: eight hairs of the Buddha, water filter of Koṇāgamana, the staff of Kakusandha, and a piece of the robe of Kassapa Buddha.

Visitors to Myanmar are impressed by the artwork because the pagoda is sparkling gold, with a 74 karat diamond on top, the main arch has a crown inscribed with 4531 diamonds. It is covered by 8,690 gold leaflets, 2,320 rubies, turquoise, on the top of the tower are 1065 gold bells and 421 silver bells. This is one of the most magnificent Buddhist temples in Myanmar, so far it has experienced many incidents but the temple still retains its ancient antiquity.

2 . Shwezigon Golden Temple

Shwezigon Golden Pagoda is a famous pagoda located in Bagan, the ancient kingdom of Pagan, home to thousands of large and small temples, built in the 12th century with magnificent splendor, the temple has become a model for manystupa tower later.

3. Kyaikto Temple (Golden Stone)

Located more than 210 km from the capital, Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo Temple is built on the giant golden stone for 2,500 years. It is 7.3 meters high and 15.2 meters in circumference. Between the stone and the surface under is just 78cm2, covered with gold leaf. Kyaikhtiyo Temple means that the temple is placed on the head of the monk. However, in this place, only men are allowed to go through the fence and touch the stone, but women are not allowed to cross the bridge, so they only can view the stone from the distance.

4. Shwemawdaw Paya Temple

Shwemawdaw Payala Temple is the tallest temple in Myanmar, about 114 meters high, builtmore than 1000 years ago. This Buddhist work is especially important for local people because it also houses many Buddhist monuments and stupas. On the way to Myanmar, from a very distant distance, the image of the pagoda is clearly visible by the reflection of yellow light on the blue sky. Not only gold plated outside, but inside the temple many statues of Buddha are also inlaid with gold plated.

5. Kuthodaw Temple

Kuthodaw Temple is located at the foot of Mount Mandalay, built under the reign of King Mindon. In particular, the temple attracts visitors by the largest collection of Buddhist scriptures in the world, 1460 pages, is made up of 1,458 stone slabs, 1.5m high and 107cm wide, stone slabs resemble small cave. And to read and understand this book, readers will have to spend 500 days with 8 hours of reading a day.

 6. Mahamuni Buddha Temple

The Mahamuni Temple, located in Mandalay, was built in the 18th century, with a Mahamuni Buddha statue at 4 meters high, weighing 6.5 tons and inlaid with a layer of gold up to 15 cm thick by the Buddhists. 

 As ancient legend says, only five statues are carved according to the portrait of the Buddha. Two statues are located in India, two are in heaven and the last one is in the Mahamuni Buddha Temple. Therefore, this place became the site of Myanmar pilgrimage where many Buddhists came to pray.

7. Shwe Oo MinTemple

The Shwe Oo Min natural cave temple is located on a limestone mountain at Pone Taloke Lake. The temple is particularly impressive with natural caves, covered with Buddha statues of all shapes, sizes and materials. The temple is currently hosting 8094 Buddha statues of great religious value.

8. Sule Pagoda

Sule temple in Yangon is one of the famous temples in Myanmar. In the 20th century, Suletemple was also the political center of the country because it is located in the heart of the city between large buildings with modern architecture. Guests will feel very interesting when the ancient building existed for more than 2,500 years is located among the vibrant atmosphere on the street today.\

Yangon – The Beautiful Capital City of Myanmar

The former capital of Yangon is one of the most attractive destinations to travel in Asia. Visitors to Myanmar will be completely conquered by the green lake, the park with shady trees and tropical green plants. This is the reason why Yangon was dubbed the "Garden of the East".

Not surprisingly, besides the natural beauty, visitors are also attracted by Yangon's diverse culture. Yangon is a city with big populations, so Yangon has a mixed cultural and religion from different communities. Moreover, this city is also the main gateway of Myanmar leading to the sea port, so it is also the economic center of the country.

Visiting Yangon, visitors should go to Shwedagon Pagoda. It is one of the most famous temples in Yangon, and is also Myanmar's most popular tourist destination. In addition to Shwedagon Pagoda, visitors can also admire the temples and other museums in this city such as Sule Pagoda, National Museum, Gems Museum, ...which are reproduced a part of the history of Myanmar.

 Traveling to Myanmar, you might be surprised with hotels in Yangon with splendid, sumptuous hotels catering to the needs of luxury travelers, typically Chatrium hotels. This is a 5 star hotel located in the heart of the city. With its blend of Eastern and Western architectural styles and modern facilities, the hotel is a resort of the city.

In addition, tourists also have many restaurants, shopping centers. This is an ideal condition for those who wish to explore Myanmar culture. The female tourists who want to do beauty can also go to beauty salons to relax at a very affordable price.

Yangon is a special city in which all the contrast factors are harmonious: culture, tradition and modernity, helping it become a must-see destination for those who want to see a different side of Asia.

Representative Features of Myanmar Culture

Myanmar is an ideal destination for travelers from all around the world. It has been attracting visitors because of the beauty of the luscious landscape, ancient mysterious features. Nonetheless, it makes everyone feel good for it with its own beauty in term of culture, customs and festivals here. You will have an interesting, true experience about this sacred country.

Myanmar is home to many major temples in the world

The Shwedagon Pagoda

As a Buddhist country with love and devotion to Buddhism, Myanmar is home to the largest number of temples and stupas in the world. The temples and pagodas here bear majestic and magnificent religious architecture. People here pay immense respect for the Buddha. Therefore, in the temples, they often put the gold leaf on the pagoda. For this reason, people call Myanmar the golden country of Asia. Those who are Buddhist believers wish once in a lifetime of pilgrimage to this divine land. In Myanmar, there are plenty of minerals, except gold. This place is famous for types of ruby, marble, etc. The marble here is very large, used to sculpt the statue of Buddhas.

The uniqueness of Burmese dining habit

Traditional Myanmar cuisine is a combination of Indian, Thai and Chinese cuisine that creates a distinct identity for this land. It is famous for Shan dishes such as Shan rice, Shan noodles, Shan tofu, etc. and especially, turmeric is an indispensable spice in the Myanmar meal.

Burmese people use right hand to pick food

Myanmar is like India, people here eat their food by hand, they do not use spoons or chopsticks to eat rice. They use their right hand to pick up food, so on your trip to Myanmar, when receiving food, you should use your right hand to eat, not the left hand, because for them if you eat with your left hand, it is a rude action, the left hand is only used in the toilet. The uniqueness of the way people eat here also makes tourists very excited, especially the tourists from the West, they often imitate the people here, make a small rice ball by hand and put into the mouth to eat deliciously.

A distinctive feature of costumes and customs

Longyi is the traditional costume for both genders

Myanmar's government encourages people to preserve their national identity. As a result, Myanmar is known for its distinctive character, as well as its costumes and traditions. Unlike many parts of the world where people wear T-shirts and jeans, in Burma, both man and women still wear sarongs when they go to the streets. Longyi sarong is the costume associated with the lives of the people here. So tourists coming here can see the beauty of Burmese culture. Women in this country, instead od making-up with chalk, lipstick, use thanakan as makeup on the face, neck, and hands to cool, to protect their skin from the sun.

Burmese people love chewing betel leaf.

People here, they still chew betel nuts, many people gladly say, the people here are like "red-toothed vampires" but gentle and friendly.

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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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