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Vietnamtravelclub.com http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:08:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Top things to do in Hoian, Vietnam http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/top-things-hoian-vietnam/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:08:08 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=978 Most travelers to Vietnam are attracted by the country’s wonderful natural beauty: from the green rice fields in the north to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south. One of the most popular destinations for tourists in...

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Most travelers to Vietnam are attracted by the country’s wonderful natural beauty: from the green rice fields in the north to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south. One of the most popular destinations for tourists in Vietnam is Hoian, which is different from other cities as Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. It is a very peaceful and relaxing city makes you feel warmer when you come here. Below is list of top things to do when you visiting Hoian.

Admire around the ancient town of Hoian

In Hoian, the best thing to do is walking around the empty street, watching the old house and deserted alleys. If visitors are not used to walking, you can rent a bicycle or motorbike to your trip become easier. Renting a bicycle or motorbike is also suitable for visitors who have sickness by taxi. However, renting a bicycle is a great way to see Hoian and easily take photographs. The most famous destinations in Hoian where you should visit including :  Tran Phu main streets, Japanese bridge, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, the Chinese restaurant, Phung Hung ancient house.

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Walking around the ancient town of Hoian is the best thing to do in Hoian

Join a cooking class

Cooking classes are a tourist rite of passage in Vietnam and you can do one in any city. But, there is something about the soothing pace and slightly less commercial feel of Hoian, which makes it become a perfect spot to get out the chopping board and learn what on earth is actually in a bowl of pho.

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Interesting experiences in a cooking class tour in Hoian

There are many different classes to offer. In that, some are done by private provider and others are offered through restaurants in town. You should ask your accommodation if they recommend a class, try out a few restaurants, or ask friends for suggestions. With some classes, you are allowed to choose your own menu, which includes generally 3-4 traditional dishes for around the price of a standard meal.

Visit Cu Lao Cham Island

Cu Lao Cham Island belongs to Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An city, drive to the Cua Dai beach about 18 kilometers towards to the East, about 30 minutes by speedboat. Cu Lao Cham is considered as an outstanding pearl with natural forests, beautiful beaches, coral reefs and many other valuable species.

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Cu Lao Cham Island

Cu Lao Cham Island has beautiful coral reefs, so here they usually organize activities to dive for visitors. When diving up sea, you can see many kinds of colorful corals and other small creatures such as clown fish, moray eels, needle fish, pipefish, etc that are swimming before your eyes. Visitors can see more clearly the beauty of the coral reefs with very close distance. Everything seems to be appeared behind the canyon or cave under the ocean. You can learn more about life at the bottom of the ocean.

Explore the riverside

If you are wandering through the center of Hoian, you are likely to pass by the shore of the Thu Bon River. There are hundreds of market stalls lined up next to the water: jeweler, trinkets, clothes, seafood, etc. You will find everything there. You can buy some tamarinds to crack open and chew on, or buy some souvenirs for family members.

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Thu Bon River

If you tire of the hustle and bustle, you can come into one of the cafes along the riverfront, sit down out of the heat and grab a drink, or order some Cao Lau – the delicious traditional noodle dish of Hoian. You should wait for the sunset and watch the streets light up with colorful lanterns.

Go shopping

Each trip will not mean, if visitors do not go shopping in destinations. Apart from you can use those things, in mental, they still are considered as souvenirs in destinations. Coming to Hoian, you also cannot ignore the favorite shopping items. Along to streets of the ancient town, you will see a variety of big and small fashion shops, jewelry stores, souvenir and stalls which sell house decorations would make you feel enjoy in the trip.

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Shopping is a great experience in Hoian

Specially, coming to Hoian, most visitors are focused on tailors which line the streets in the center of town.  Going along to streets of the ancient town, visitors will see the famous tailors in Hoian, you can easily find some materials, silk, with favorite colors to choose. It will be a great idea if you choose silk as the material for sewing dresses. Here, if you do not know how to sew, the tailors will also guide you with the clothes that suit you and make you feel satisfied with their orders.

With many historical monuments, landscapes for you to explore, Hoian is a wonderful destination relax between bustling capital cities when traveling in Vietnam. There are so many things to do and experience in Hoian. However, if you do not have enough time or money, you just need to experience those best things to do in your Hoian trip. With those best things, you will have a perfect trip in Hoian.

 

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Dau Be Island, one of the most beautiful spots in Ha Long Bay http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/dau-island-one-beautiful-spots-ha-long-bay/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:15:08 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=961 If you travel in Ha Long Bay, you should not miss chance to visit Dau Be Island because of natural attraction and exciting things in the island. On the south-east side of Ha Long Bay, Dau Be Island is 500...

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If you travel in Ha Long Bay, you should not miss chance to visit Dau Be Island because of natural attraction and exciting things in the island.

On the south-east side of Ha Long Bay, Dau Be Island is 500 meters from Hang Trai Island to the east, and 28 kilometers from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf, in an archipelago comprised between the Tra Ngu and Da Le islands outside Ha Long Bay. Dau Be Island has cliffs that steep as walls, are barriers to big waves from the east pour into the Gulf. Mountains on the island are grinded by nature, create many interesting scenery.

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Dau Be Island

It has an area of 22, 86 square meters, and its highest peak reaches 139 meters. When speaking of the island, it is impossible not mention to Ba Ham Lake, a famous spot which people had known long time ago.

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Ba Men Temple on Dau Be Island

Situated on Dau Be island and is 25 kilometers far from Tourist Wharf , Ba Ham Lake is famous for its beautiful scenery. There are three lakes connected by three entrances. Tourists can visit this cave by the small bamboo boats. The lake is a system comprising three wide and round pits, linked together by a narrow and meandering tunnel. Stalactites hang from the ceiling in a myriad of strange, colored forms. The silence is disturbed only by the sounds of the boat’s oars. On the island are many species of plants such as orchids, Benjamin figs, banyans and cycads, which blossom throughout the year. It is also the home of yellow-haired monkeys, birds, flying squirrels and bats. Under the deep blue surface of the water are the animated lives of shrimp and fish.

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Ba Ham Lake

Despite of 25 kilometers from the shore, it has long been considered an ideal tourism zone. The entrance is an open semi-circular hole in the flat stone wall on the north-west side of the island, 4 to 5 meters above the sea.

Starting from the entrance, tourists enter the first tunnel, which boasts a forest of stalactites and stalagmites in different shapes and various colours. They fall down the water surface like the roots of banyan or ficus trees. The deeper one pushes into the tunnel, the darker it becomes. The river is deep yet so clear that one can see shoals of fish swimming. Some 100 meters from the entrance one finds a shaft of light coming from the roof of the tunnel, which reveals different kinds of orchids clinging to the cliff, cycads growing here and there, trúc duôi gà (a kind of reed with cock’s tail-liked yellow leaves) flourishing in clumps. In the southeast cliff of the second tunnel there grows an old carambola tree, which bears fruits all year round. Tourists can find groups of monkeys, flying squirrels, or silver-headed parrots gathering in its branches. Lying one cliff away from the second one, the third tunnel is home to various species of bats and butterflies.

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Climbing mountain on Dau Be Island

Let’s book a tour to Dau Be Island in Ha Long Bay! Surely, it will bring for you a serene and peaceful feeling.

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Yen Duc Village, should-not-miss attraction in Halong Bay tours http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/yen-duc-village-not-miss-attraction-halong-bay-tours/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:24:13 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=952 Nothing can replace the unique experiences that traveling offers, even if you live in a vibrant city and have an exciting job and active social life. Visiting a foreign country opens your eyes to know how the rest of the...

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Nothing can replace the unique experiences that traveling offers, even if you live in a vibrant city and have an exciting job and active social life. Visiting a foreign country opens your eyes to know how the rest of the world lives; giving you an opportunity to disconnect from your regular life, the relaxation and more. If you are finding a destination with breathtaking scenery, unique culture and friendly local people, Halong Bay in Vietnam should be on your list of destinations. And in your Halong Bay tour, you should not miss chance to visit Yen Duc Village which is rich in traditions and culture as well as beautiful landscapes.

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Peaceful scenery at Yen Duc Village

Charming Yen Duc village is located on the way between Hanoi and Ha Long (it is around 70km from Hanoi and nearly 100km from Ha Long). Its special feature is that this area still remains intensely typical Vietnamese tradition with the immense rice fields, vegetable gardens, fish ponds, local pagoda, folk songs, ancient house, etc. All things prove the beauty and tranquility of a pure Vietnamese village, enabling visitors to escape hustle and bustle of modern life comprehensively.

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Water puppet in Yen Duc Village

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Traditional music performance at Yen Duc Village

Yen Duc Village is surrounded by mountains and Kinh Thay River with many relic sites such as: Canh Mountain, 73 Cave, Canh Huong pagoda… Especially, tourists can experience the daily life of local farmers by being real farmers with many activities: grinding rice, pounding rice, fishing with bamboo fishing trap, gardening… After the exciting experiencing, tourists will enjoy the local specialties homemade by local farmers, for example: sweet potatoes, corn, green tea… In addition, tourists can also enjoy the traditional folk songs of the northern delta of Vietnam, watch water puppetry and participate in other interesting folk games. Moreover, travel to Yen Duc Village, tourists can stay overnight in Viet houses which have unique design, imitate the traditional rural houses of Vietnam. Besides, stay at Yen Duc Village, tourists can also harvest agricultural products by themselves in the garden “of their own house” and cook delicious dishes. Travel guides – the local farmers – will directly help you during your stay here.

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In Yen Duc Village, tourists can engage in many agricultural activities

Besides cruises on Halong Bay, Yen Duc Village Tour is a journey to trace back the Vietnamese countryside space with typical traditional culture. This is also a great opportunity for tourists to visit beautiful fields, ancient pagodas and other historical sites, wander in small alleys, enjoy fresh air and talking with friendly local people. Along with the natural beauty, unique culture combined with favorable geography on the way from Halong to Hanoi, Yen Duc village is potential tourist destination that will bring unforgettable experiences for visitors.

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3 best things to do in Ben Tre, Vietnam http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/3-best-things-ben-tre-vietnam/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:23:12 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=944 Ben Tre is located in the end of Mekong River and is a peaceful and poetic destination with shaded villages’ paths and immense orchards. In addition, it is also known with name Land of Coconut due to abundance of coconut...

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Ben Tre is located in the end of Mekong River and is a peaceful and poetic destination with shaded villages’ paths and immense orchards. In addition, it is also known with name Land of Coconut due to abundance of coconut gardens. Therefore, for any visit to Ben Tre, 3 best things for what to do in Ben Tre Vietnam are wonderful experiences to explore these characteristics of the destination.

1. Stroll fruit gardens

Thanks to having complex network of rivers and canals, Ben Tre has many advantages to develop ecotourism with many green fruit gardens. There are various agriculture productions in this land such as rice, corn, pineapple, custard-apple, star apple, durian, mango, longan, and many more.

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Strolling fruit gardens is an interesting experience in Ben Tre

Some famous fruit gardens in Ben Tre are Cai Mon, Tien Long, Tan Phu Fruit Gardens. You will be seen and explored the immense fruits gardens. Addition, you can enjoy specialties of Ben Tre countryside such as chicken soup, oyster soup, snail pancake and so on.

2. Visit coconut candy workshops

Coconut candy is one of the most popular candies in Vietnam and is a specialty in Ben Tre Province, where is the homeland of coconut. The locals produce coconut candy in a very simple way. Fresh grated coconut is squeezed to obtain coconut milk and then mixed with sugar, and finally boiled until the soft crack stage. Immediately, the producers have to cut it into thin strips and continue to cut these thin strips into the smaller pieces of candy because candy will be sticky when it cools. The final products are coconut candies with a nice shine and nutty flavor. Besides, when producing coconut candy, they are usually mixed with durian or pandan leave flavor or roasted peanut to create a special flavor.

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Tourists should not miss chance to visit coconut candy workshops in Ben Tre

Visiting coconut candy workshops, you will have chances to see the local produce candy, and eat few hot candies, tastier very much compared to packaged candies. Moreover, you can buy many kinds of coconut candy back to gift.

3. Explore Ben Tre Market

Ben Tre Market is an excellent example of a typical Vietnamese wet market. If you are considering what to do in Ben Tre, Ben Tre Market will be an ideal spot serving the need of shopping, entertaining and cultural exchanging of local and international tourists coming to the land of coconut.

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Ben Tre Market at night

In Ben Tre Market, you can find many famous coconut candy flavors and other products made from coconut such as coconut oils, coconut wine, coconut jelly, coconut soaps, and handicraft items.

Ben Tre is an exotic destination for those who would like to explore an abundant of tropical plants and busy villages on waters. Surely, 3 best things to do in Ben Tre above will bring wonderful and memorable experiences during your trip in this land.

 

 

 

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3 must – see caves in Halong Bay http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/3-must-see-caves-halong-bay/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:20:06 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=936 For those of you who have ever visited Halong Bay once, you cannot forget magnificence of nature in Halong Bay. Halong is famous for beautiful and unique caves. Each of caves in Halong Bay bears a name that reminds visitors’...

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For those of you who have ever visited Halong Bay once, you cannot forget magnificence of nature in Halong Bay. Halong is famous for beautiful and unique caves. Each of caves in Halong Bay bears a name that reminds visitors’ curiosity to discover. Among beautiful caves in Halong Bay, Thien Cung, Kim Quy, Me Cung Cave are the most popular tourist spots here.

Thien Cung Cave

Thien Cung Cave is located in the southwest of Halong Bay, 4 kilometers away from Dau Go Island, which is considered the most beautiful primitive cave of the Bay. The cave is 10,000 square meters with complicated interior structure, many floors, and high ceiling. The cave becomes famous thanks to a unique system of stalactites and stalagmites with different forms and shapes.

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Thien Cung Cave

The opening entrance to Thien Cung Cave is perched in the middle of the mountain which requires the visitors extra efforts in hiking up here. Once entering the cave, you will find yourself overwhelmed by the unreal beauty of the caves with flows of stalactites and stalagmites which really make your imagination work. On the wall of the eastern side of the cave, an impressive picture of stalactites and stalagmites give tourists the most fantastic feeling ever. The travel guide would never forget to tell you legends or folk tales interpreted from the picture by the local Halong people. Then you will follow the path to another section of Thien Cung Cave with huge opening to top of the mountain. In rainy season, this section is a bit wet with water dripping down from the ceiling. After that, you will move onto another section of Thien Cung Cave with amazing stalactites and stalactites which have various shapes ranging from a bald eagle to a lion, a dragon and figures in fairy tales, etc.

To complete a tour of Thien Cung Cave, the visitors are to pass a narrow path with stunning stalactites that look like swaying curtains in a theater. Once coming out of Thien Cung Cave, you will be charmed by the panoramic view of Halong Bay and Halong City. A tour of Thien Cung takes about 1 hour to complete and there are no facilities to assist those with difficulties in climbing.

Kim Quy Cave

Kim Quy Cave is situated in Dam Nam Islet, about 12 kilometers far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. The cave also known as Golden Tortoise Cave, and it is a beautiful and interesting place stop for someone who wants to explore Halong Heritage.

Kim Quy Cave is 100 meters long and stretches in a north-south direction, with a peak 187 meters above sea level. The cave’s width ranges from 5 to 10 meters. A narrow way leads to the interior of the cave where a stream flows. The stalactites here are snow-white and lightly hang from the ceiling.

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Kim Quy Cave

It is linked to the ancient legend of the Golden Tortoise: after having helped Emperor Le Loi defeat his enemies, the Golden Tortoise took back the magic sword he had given him, and swam towards the sea. Arriving in Halong Bay, it met with so many evil spirits and demons hindering its journey that it remained to do battle. After having defeated them all, the Golden Tortoise was so exhausted that it searched for a grotto to rest in, and once inside, turned to stone.

The natural beauty and interesting legend of Kim Quy cave make it a wonderful tourists place to stop when visiting Halong.

Me Cung Cave

Me Cung Cave is situated on Lom Bo Island, about 2 kilometers far from Ti Top Island to the southwest.

The mouth of Me Cung Cave is on the height of 25 meters above the sea level. The space inside is divided into many small chambers. Passing the narrow entrance, visitors will enter a world of wonder with various stalagmites and stalactites in living forms of genies and wild animals. Sunshine from the outside makes the cave more mysterious.

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Me Cung Cave

Threading your way through narrow passages, you find a dim light from afar, which signals the exit of the grotto. On getting out of the grotto, climb up several rugged stone stairs and look down, you see a large round lake surrounded by the mountain. Its waters are blue all year round. The lake is home to many kinds of fish, shrimps, octopuses, algae, see weed, and coral. Lying adjacent to the lake there is an area of old trees popularly known as an alluring “royal garden”.

Pushing into the cave, tourists feel like walking in a palace of a Persian king. Hearing the murmur from out of nowhere, you think that Scheherazade is telling the stories of “Thousand and One Nights” for her king.

Visiting caves in Halong Bay will create many wonderful and interesting experiences in discovering natural beauty of Halong Bay.

 

 

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Tips on kayaking in Halong Bay http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/tips-kayaking-halong-bay/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:48:05 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=915 Halong Bay is always on list of must-visit destinations in Vietnam thanks to its magnificent beauty with a harmonious combination of mountains, islands, caves, and beaches. Besides stunning beauty that nature blesses, Halong Bay also attracts a large number of...

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Halong Bay is always on list of must-visit destinations in Vietnam thanks to its magnificent beauty with a harmonious combination of mountains, islands, caves, and beaches. Besides stunning beauty that nature blesses, Halong Bay also attracts a large number of tourists by interesting activities such as swimming, climbing or visiting some famous caves. Among them the most favored activity in Halong Bay is kayaking. Most cruises in Halong Bay offer kayaking. Kayaking will make your Halong Bay trip more interesting, when you get closer to the caves and limestone.

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Kayaking is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay. With kayaking, you can have chance to paddle through islets; visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing village, etc and kayak go where other big boats cannot. When kayaking, you must follow the tour guide; it is risky to do by yourself without warning or instruction. The tour guide will help you use paddle and guide you to the safe area. I will give some tips on kayaking in Halong Bay for you in order that you can have the most wonderful experience with kayaking.

Step 1: Prepare before kayaking – important step

– Necessary things: Life vests, water, sun cream, dry bag, camera, insect repellent.

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You should prepare suitable clothes before kayaking

– Carefully follow the instructions and conditions before kayaking wear the life vest and use the dry bag (put on it your phone, camera, etc).

–  Prepare suitable clothes: T-shirt and short, swimming suit in the summer; warm clothes in the winter; wet shoes, hat, sunglasses. Halong Bay water is pretty warm during winter so feel free to kayaking anytime of the year. However, you should keep yourself warm after you are done with the activity to avoid catching a cold.

– Keep a suitable distance with the others, not too far, keep in sight with the others, and avoid getting loss.

– Even if you are an experienced kayaker, don’t come too close to caves and karsts. They might suck you in. There are reports of people getting sucked into caves and it took from 30 minutes to hours to rescue them. (Especially in Dark cave).

– Never kayaking while being intoxicated. Drinking will dull your sense and might lead to unfortunate accident. There incidents of people drown because of swimming after consuming a large amount of alcohol.

– For the children should be follow the tour guide and their parents. Sit still in the kayak; do not move in front of or behind.

– Children under 5 years old are suggest not using kayak.

Step 2:  When you kayaking

– It is very important to follow your tour guide, listen to the route, time and rules.

– Check with your tour guide the weather, tide and wind strength to have the best and safest route.

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You should check with your tour guide the weather, tide and wind strength to have the best and safest route

– Keep away from the places which have strong flow, against the wind; take advantage of the wind strength and flow.

Step 3:  Handle unexpected situations

– Adjust the speed of the whole group if any of the members is out of sight.

– In case the kayak capsizes, passengers need to swim a bit, and then take the water out of the kayak with the help of the tour guide. He will catch the kayak; take the water out by putting your kayak on his in the T- shape. After that, he will put the kayak back into the water; keep it still so that passengers can be on the kayak again.

– If there is an expected storm, find the safest place in the sheltered areas, beaches, etc to avoid the storm. In case passengers are in the middle of the sea and cannot find a safe place, passengers need to be gathered to make a raft.

Kayaking is extremely an interesting activity in Halong Bay. You also can enjoy kayaking for Halong 1- day tour however you only have about 15 to 20 minutes for kayaking at the small floating village (Ba Hang village). Normally with the tour 2 days 1 night, you also have chance to kayak at Luon Cave, kayak though this cave can bring you an impressive feeling. If you like kayaking, 3 days 2 nights cruises is a best choice, you will have more time to explore Lan Ha Bay as well as have more than 3 hours for kayaking.

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3 days 2 nights Halong Bay cruises is a best choice to spend a lot of time on kayaking

Kayaking is generally assumed to be very safe in these calm waters of Halong Bay but there is still some areas and warnings that you should avoid and listen to the tour guide. So you should obey some above steps about kayaking in Halong Bay in order to have a safe and wonderful trip.

 

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Top 3 islands in Halong Bay http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/top-3-islands-halong-bay/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:49:13 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=922 Along with a massive system of caves, a large number of beautiful islands also contribute to creating unique charm of Halong Bay. Almost islands in Halong Bay are famous for breathtaking scenery, wonderful attractions they include, and interesting activities they...

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Along with a massive system of caves, a large number of beautiful islands also contribute to creating unique charm of Halong Bay. Almost islands in Halong Bay are famous for breathtaking scenery, wonderful attractions they include, and interesting activities they offer. Below are top 3 islands in Halong Bay you should not miss in any trip to this destination.

1. Ti Top Island

Ti Top Island is located in the heart of Halong Bay, which is only 8 kilometers from the Southeast of Bai Chay Harbor. As one of top islands in Halong, Ti Top is famous for not only breath taking romantic landscapes but also a heavenly beautiful Ti Top beach which is perfect for any beach activity.

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Ti Top Island is the most famous island in Halong Bay

Ti Top offers visitors a fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax. Besides, there are also many interesting activities on the island such as: swimming, kayaking, trekking, skydiving, etc. Furthermore, you can find numerous high-end resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops to make your trip complete.

2. Dau Be Island

Dau Be Island is located in the south east of Ha Long Bay, about 28 kilometers from Bai Chay Tourist wharf. Dau Be is one of top islands in Halong and is famous for many steep island cliffs like durable bastions preventing surge waves from the east into the gulf.

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Dau Be Island

The most attractive spot on Dau Be Island is Ba Ham Lake. The lake comprises of three wide and round pits, linked together by a narrow and meandering cave. Inside the cave, stalactites hang down from the ceiling cave creates strange shapes and sizes. Additionally, on the island, there are many species of plants such as orchids, benjamin figs, banyans and cycads; and many species of animals like yellow-haired monkeys, birds, flying squirrels and bats.

3. Bo Hon Island

Bo Hon is considered as one of the largest island in Halong Bay. It is famous for not only the magnificent cave system but also breathtaking scenery with its series of high peaks, steep cliffs and consecutive mountains. You can visit many beautiful caves on the island such as Luồn, Virgin and Male Cave.

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Bo Hon Island

Besides, Bo Hon is home to many types of flora and fauna as well as wild animals. There are many species of plants such as Benjamin fig trees, cycads and orchids; and many species of animals such as monkeys, deer and chamois.

In any travel to Halong Bay, you should not miss chance to visit and explore a large number of islands. Almost these islands offer many splendid views, stunning attractions and many interesting activities. Specially, top islands in Halong Bay above will bring many unforgotten experiences in your trip in Halong Bay.

 

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Must-visit attractions in Nha Trang http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/must-visit-attractions-nha-trang/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:26:10 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=898 One of the most developed of all the beaches, with its charms derived from a harmonious combination of mountains, island sea and beautiful white sand beaches. Nha Trang has numerous cultural attractions and interesting sites. It is also an excellent...

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One of the most developed of all the beaches, with its charms derived from a harmonious combination of mountains, island sea and beautiful white sand beaches. Nha Trang has numerous cultural attractions and interesting sites. It is also an excellent place for fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. And your trip to Nha Trang would not be complete without visiting destinations following.

Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang city is famous for fully sunny beaches and a fresh atmosphere. Seen from a high level, Nha Trang Sea looks like a vivid and fanciful picture that nature has bestowed upon this city. Visiting Nha Trang city, tourists should not miss chance to visit beautiful beaches which seem to embrace the emerald Nha Trang Bay. The beaches are beautified by white sand coast, the poetic islands, the colorful coral reefs beneath the ocean and Cham temples of ancient moss – all appeals to tourists.

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Nha Trang is famous for fully sunny beaches

Nha Trang Beach is located in the city center. Its average temperature is not exceeding 26oC with warm sunshine all year round. The flat coast and green nature of romance are also the feature of this beach. Throughout the seasons, visitors are freely delighted in sunbathing, swimming and diving. Additionally, the long and beautiful white sand beach is also suitable for beach party. Along the coast, there are benches for visitors to rest, even large space for flying kite. Hovering the coast is Tran Phu road, the most beautiful street of Nha Trang with lots of lovely villas, luxury hotels and luxury restaurants. Besides, there is a system consisting of postal services, museums, libraries, clubs and souvenir shops.

Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam

Located 5 kilometers from Nha Trang City center, at the foot of the outcrop where Bao Dai Village is constructed, Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam is housed in a grand French-colonial building. This is a must destination for those people who love the sea and explore sea creatures’ lives which is very diverse and abundant in the immense and mysterious ocean. The museum is considered to be the largest storage and collection of marine specimens to research in Southeast Asia, with more than 20,000 specimens of 4,000 marine species and fauna of freshwater lakes (including East sea, Gulf of Thailand and Cambodia Lake), including the rare marine mammals which are threatened to be in extinction such as sea cows.

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Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam

The collection of this museum spreads out over two floors. The ground floor is home to fish tanks of varying sizes that house all manner of marine life. The upstair floor is for exhibiting specimens, local boats and fishing artifacts, plus an 18 meter long whale skeleton. In addition to the museum aquariums, there are also many of the theme rooms in the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam which focus on marine science featuring the history of its research equipment and technology such as: “From Light to Life” (features algae and phytoplankton), “Life in a Drop of Water” (microscopic aquatic organisms), or rooms illustrating coastal natural disasters, sacred legends, traditions and culture of Vietnam fishing.

Hon Mun Island

Situated in the southern part of Nha Trang Bay in Khanh Hoa province, Hon Mun Island is a prime diving and snorkeling site and is a protected area. This is the island where all dive sites already mentioned in the Nha Trang section are located. Dive shops organize half-day trips to the island for diving and snorkeling. Alternatively, you can rent a private boat for the trip.

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Hon Mun island is an ideal place for scuba diving

Due to its proximity to hot-sea currents, Hon Mun is a prime location for scuba diving with over 350 different species of coral, an abundance of sea life, including a large diversity of nudibranchs, numerous types of shrimps, crabs, cowries and mantis shrimps. The island is available all year round; however, the best months to dive and make your reservation in Nha Trang hotels are between April and October.

Bo Nagar Cham Towers

Po Nagar Cham Towers are a complex of temples built between 8th and 11th centuries by the Cham people who once ruled the central plain of Vietnam. It was built to honor the goddess Po Nagar- literally translated as “The mother of the Country” – who is said to have taught agricultural and weaving skills to the Cham people. Later, historians have come to identify Po Nagar with the Hindu goddesses Bhagavati, the wife of Shiva, and Durga, the buffalo-demon slayer. The Po Nagar Towers are now situated on the high ground of a mountain called Cu Lao on the bank of Cai River, a few kilometers from the city centers to the north.

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Po Nagar Cham Towers

The Cham Towers are square red brick structure with protruding support frames and tapering roofs. It used to have ten buildings, each dedicated to a different deity, but now only four remain. Among them the Po Nagar Kalan is the tallest building, at 25 meters and is the most impressive as well. Here, Po Nagar was worshipped and, according to historical stone inscriptions, animal sacrifices were made in her honor. In the center of the complex is the tower of Cri Cambhu, goodness of fertility. The other two temples are the shrines of the Hindu gods Shiva and Ganesh respectively.

Vinpearl Land

Located on the north of Hon Tre Island, Vinpearl Land is a complex of an international five star hotel, tourism, resort and entertainment, bringing not only traditional identity but also modern beauty. It only takes 5 to 12 minutes to go Vinpearl by high-speed boat or the longest Cable-car system, which is one of the wonder of Nha Trang tourism industry. From a height of 40m of this system, visitors can enjoy the panorama of brilliant flower on the East Sea Coast, or beautiful Nha Trang City. Additionally, visitors can try modern tuk tuk cars that take you to the hotels or interesting places on a winding road in charming mountain scenery.

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Vinpearl Land

Not only can tourists be impressed deeply with monuments and famous spots, but they also are surprised by the five-star hotel on island with 485 stunning architectural rooms including 29 luxury rooms, one presidential room, and one royal room. Besides, there are three independent villas for family enclosed with professional services that can satisfy the most fastidious guest. Coming to Vinpearl Land, tourist can have opportunities to be immersed in the chain of seafood restaurants, experience the massage treatments rendered by skillful practitioners, or relax with lots of bars and clubs. There is also a freshwater pool in Vinpearl, which is the largest one in Southeast Asia with more than 5700m2 areas for sunbathing and traveling.

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Top attractions in Can Tho http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/top-attractions-can-tho/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:07:21 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=891 Can Tho, the center of the Mekong Delta, is always an attractive tourist destination for tourists who travel to Vietnam. This destination is plenty of interesting attractions, bringing charming features of waterway area. Below are 5 must-visit destinations in Can...

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Can Tho, the center of the Mekong Delta, is always an attractive tourist destination for tourists who travel to Vietnam. This destination is plenty of interesting attractions, bringing charming features of waterway area. Below are 5 must-visit destinations in Can tho that you should not miss chance to explore in your Vietnam tour.

Cai Rang floating market

For tourists who travel to Can Tho, Cai Rang floating market is one of must-visit attractions, which is one of the most famous and biggest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Cai Rang floating market is located on Cai Rang River, about 6 kilometers from the city center by road, and about 30 minutes by boat from Ninh Kieu Pier. Every early morning, hundreds of boats full of seasonal vegetables and fruits like mangoes, durians, bananas, oranges, coconuts and so on gather together, making the area extremely animated and the water surface colorful with various tropical fruits. The large sized anchored boats create meandering lanes for smaller ones to weave through. All create a bustling and joyful atmosphere that can attract anyone.

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Cai Rang floating market

The floating market not only sell agricultural products but also various types of goods such as: household and working tools including canoes, boat, roofing sheets, knives; fishing tools and waving products. Also the Cai Rang floating market sell many types of food such as: noodle soup, noodle with toasted meat, rice soup, Hu Tieu, coffee and so on. Specially, trading from boats brings an interesting experience to buyer when catching some samples of products which are thrown by sellers from other boats.

Tay Do night market

Tay Do night market is located in the campus of Eastern Cultural Park of Binh Thuy District, about 1 kilometers far from the center of Can Tho city to the west of Hau River. Tay Do market is not only the trading center of Southern provinces but also attractive entertainment and tourism destination. The market is well-known as featured destination for tourism which attracts not only local people but also tourists who live far from here.

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Tay Do night market is plenty of colorful handicrafts

Visiting Tay Do night market, the tourists will feel the harmony in architecture and sensible in arrangement. All things always bear the southern style significantly. Tay Do night market is divided into many small departments which are clean and nice.  The pathways in Tay Do night market is more widen when they are asphalted. All bad things such as garbage and flies seems to be removed because the beauty of country soul presents at each tourist. Tay Do night market is described as small Mekong delta with the simple daily activities of southern people.

Bang Lang stork garden

Located 52 kilometers from the center of Can Tho City, Bang Lang Stork Garden in Binh Thoi Hamlet, Thot Not District is one of the Mekong Delta’s best stork sanctuaries. Bang Lang Stork Garden is surrounded by immense rice paddies as well as the interlacing canals of Can Tho. Visitor can join a cruise on Hau River, or cycling past the orchards, craft villages and green fields to access the garden. It is a vast area, flood with water under the shady trees. Inside, a watching tower of 3 meters allows visitors to look around the gardens and learn peaceful scenes of the Mekong Delta’s countryside, fiddled by the chord of storks.

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Bang Lang stork garden

There are various species of storks living at Bang Lang Stork Garden including Cattle Egret, ibis, striated heron, painted stork, etc. Besides, there are other species which are not belong to species of storks making their home at Bang Lang Garden such as black-crowned night heron, little cormorant, greater coucal heron, and so on. The most crowded type of storks is the white cattle egret which takes up 80% the total storks in the garden. This specie of storks often builds their nests at the garden from March to August of lunar year.

Fruit gardens

Trees laden with fruit are grown throughout road and waterway line in Can Tho city. There are many fruit gardens for you such as Binh Thuy orchid garden, Phong Dien, Sau Duong, Phung Hiep and others. Coming to this area, you can appreciate special fruit at the very cheap price and see the very natural countryside with the simple life you cannot envision.

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Fruit gardens is one of must-visit attractions in Can Tho

Visiting fruit gardens in Can Tho is a perfect chance for you to broaden your horizon and sink yourself in nature and leafy fruit garden.

Ba Bo Flower Village

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Ba Bo Flower Village

Ba Bo Flower Village is considered to be one of the most interesting destination you cannot let the chance slip. In 2015, there was almost 250 households planting sorts of colorful flowers such as marigold, sunflower, rose and so on. With 20 hectares in area, you can enjoy and take some photos to keep sweet memories. Above all, you yourself can get away from your daily life routines and release your pressure.

 

 

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Tho Ha ancient village, the cultural cradle of Kinh Bac http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/tho-ha-ancient-village-cultural-cradle-kinh-bac/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:00:14 +0000 http://www.vietnamtravelclub.com/?p=881 Driving about 1,5 hours from Hanoi center to the north, we can reach in Tho Ha village, a small village known as once upon a time pottery village till the new industry of rice paper making. Tho Ha stretches on...

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Driving about 1,5 hours from Hanoi center to the north, we can reach in Tho Ha village, a small village known as once upon a time pottery village till the new industry of rice paper making. Tho Ha stretches on the banks of the poetic Cau River at Van Ha commune, Viet Yen district, Bac Giang province. It is surrounded with beautiful landscapes having features of the ancient time with banyan tree, river, communal house, temple ground, and old houses closed together in little allies.

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Tho Ha village stretches on the banks of the poetic Cau River

From 14th century, Tho Ha village has been famous for its ceramic products and become one of three oldest ceramic centers of Vietnam, along with Phu Lang (Que Vo, Bac Ninh) and Bat Trang (Gia Lam District, Hanoi). The products of this village were well-known throughout the country. Tho Ha ceramics has its own special features: waterproof, reddish-brown warm ceramics, durable products even burying in the ground or soaking in water…Thanks to the craft, villagers have good life.

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Ceramic and pottery walls in Tho Ha Village

Furthermore, Tho Ha is known for ancient architecture from house to the village entrance. The gate here is very old covered with moss and a big banyan-tree. There are tens of old-styled houses of the families including Trinh Dac, Trinh Quang, Nguyen Dinh and Cap preserved in the village, which are located in the old little allies. Specially, in the middle of the small allies at the village, you can see a lot of ceramic and pottery walls, ancient pagodas and majestic communal houses – masterpieces of traditional Vietnamese architectures.

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Rustic life of local people in Tho Ha Ancient Village

In the early 1990s, like many other traditional handicraft villages, Tho Ha village’s ceramic products could not sell a lot in the market. To earn enough to live on, villagers had to move to other jobs. In 1992, most of pottery stocks were liquidated and Tho Ha pottery was almost lost after nearly 6 century existence. And now Tho Ha Village becomes the rice paper handicraft village.

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Communal house in Tho Ha ancient village

For visitors, it will be very interesting to discover every alley of the village and experience traditional method of making rice paper and dried rice cake with coconut which requires complicated processing from dipping the rice into the water, grilling rice powder, making cakes, drying cakes and cutting cakes. Rice has to be dipped from the previous night to be grilled and made in the following morning. Cakes have to be dried from early morning at sunrise. Drying process decides quality of cakes because they will get mould as getting wet in rain or get crispy if it is too hot and dry. Hence, the local people here have  to pay special attention to the weather to make the best- quality cakes.

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Tho Ha Village is famous for making of rice paper and dried rice cake

With ancient beauty of old architecture and typical village historical and cultural examples of the North including communal houses, temples, pagodas and festivals, Tho Ha ancient and traditional craft village is an ideal place for tourists to learn and discover cultural and traditional value in rustic life of Vietnamese people.

 

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