Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination for the Young

The bamboo has been with thousands of generations of Vietnamese. Bamboo is the material which is used in maximum to make familiar things in everyday life and even fighting tools to protect the homeland. The peaceful, poetic image of bamboo has been mentioned in poetry, music, in many romantic love stories and in the legend of Thanh Giong. Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination  for the Young.

Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination  for the Young

About 35 km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City to the north, in the area of Ben Cat district, Binh Duong province, Phu An Bamboo Village is known as a base of empirical research and biodiversity conservation, sustainable development of natural resources, protecting the environment and dealing with plants.

Phu An Bamboo Village was formed in 1999, based on scientific ideas of Dr. Diep Thi My Hanh, lecturer at the University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City with the cooperation of the four organizations: Binh Duong Province People's Committee, the University of Science Ho Chi Minh city, Rhône-Alpes (France) and Pilat natural Park (France).

Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination  for the Young

Teacher My Hanh and her students spent 3 years of hard work to continuous search in 12 uninterrupted years with the initial assistance of the government, international organizations. She and her students traveled from the North to the South, from Ha Giang to Ca Mau to turn the area of "Iron Triangle" to "Green Triangle" with the formation of the bamboo collection of about 1,500 bamboo bushes with over 300 species of bamboo of 17 varieties, accounting for nearly 90% bamboo varieties in Vietnam including many rare species like square bamboo.. … and spreading over an area of 10 hectares.
Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination  for the Young

The symbol (logo) of Phu An Bamboo Village with superimposed two triangles with bamboo leaves on the top has voiced that sense. Tay Nam (Southwest) Tunnels not only merely mean a landmark, it is also an "underground village", a symbol of the revolution, of the war. " Underground Village " of the war this day has brought significant ecological conservation, protection and sustainable green life with "bamboo village". In the war, the area of Southwest tunnels was once famous as the "Iron Triangle".

Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination  for the Young

Iron Triangle is the name given by the US military during combat in Southern Vietnam to indicate a land shown on the map as a triangle with the peaks of Ben Suc, the town of Ben Cat and a point on Thi Tinh river where is near the meeting point with Saigon river. It covered adjacent areas of the three districts of Cu Chi (HCMC), Ben Cat (Binh Duong) and Trang Bang Dong Nai and 30 - 50 km from Saigon rivers to the north - northwest; located between two major war zones including War Zone D and Duong Minh Chau of the Southeast region.

However, few people knows that region of the three communes of Tay Nam (An Dien, An Tay, Phu An) of Ben Cat district, Binh Duong province is the first point dubbed the "Iron Triangle", was a key region of the war causing many damage and failure for the US military.
Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination  for the Young

Coming here, tourists will be like lost in the maze full of bamboo. Bamboo grows into overshadow ways, bamboo creates paintings of nature. The gnarled bamboo, lush bamboo arches, bamboo tunnels, bamboo trail... can be seen every where. The bigger leaves can be used to make bamboo handicrafts, bamboo spikes can be encountered in Soc Son ...

Phu An Bamboo Village is an essential destination in educating the younger generation about environmental sustainability, fantasy homeland. Coming to Phu An Bamboo Village, visitors can see the hint house samples made from bamboo, bamboo-paneled walls, the artwork on display products made of bamboo, tempetarium (zone to retain traces of hurricane to study about n climate change - or " storms container " because Phu An is never attacked by storm).

Phu An Bamboo Village, A Essential Destination  for the Young

Opened to welcome visitors since April, 2008, Phu An Bamboo Village has attracted thousands of people coming to seeing the sight, to study and to escape from the noise and busy of the city life. Phu An becomes one of the 21 villages in the world getting the award of Prix Equateur about Biodiversity given by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).

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“Wild Robinson Island” in Cam Ranh Bay

If tours exploring beaches and islands in Nha Trang have become familiar, visitors should try once to experience the wild but poetic beauty of the clouds, wind and sea of Binh Ba – the “wild Robinson island” in Cam Ranh Bay.

Binh Ba Island, 60km from Nha Trang, is a relatively new destination on the tourist map. The name of Binh Ba comes from the location of the island on Cam Ranh Bay, that is, like a berrier in front of the door of the bay. As one of the first places to welcome the dawn earliestly in Vietnam, Binh Ba attracts travelers coming to the island with its wild beauty.
Visitors coming to Binh Ba island to experience a new feeling

Nom beach, Chuong beach

After 2 hours travelling by boat from Cam Ranh Bay to Binh Ba Island, visitors can admire the superb beauty of nature with clear blue beaches with stretching white sand. The sea here is not as noisy, lively as it is Nha Trang but quiet, hiding the rustic and shy beauty as the people here.

Nom beach in binh Ba island is famous for its white picturesque sandy beach
While Nom beach has picturesque white sand, Chuong beach hides countless stunning coral reefs inside. The most interesting thing in Chuong beach is the existence of two parallel streams of hot and cold water. Standing at this point, you will encounter cold water line, but just moving a few steps away, you will immediately feel warm water stream flowing through.

Seeing coral reefs and scuba diving

The unique and interesting experiences that almost everyone enjoy when visiting the island are diving and seeing the colorful corals. Owning beautiful coral reefs, the low level of sea water and clear blue water, Nha Cu (the old house) beach in Binh Ba this the ideal place for snorkeling or seeing the gorgeous 7- colour fish swamming.

Diving to see corals and colourful fish is an experience enjoyed by almost visitors
In addition, adventurous people can go along the mountainside to explore the abandoned ruins, such as artillery emplacement, defense bunkers... People who like nature should walk along the beach to watch the gorgeous iridescent shells and conches, undulating rocks, the steep cliffs and some intriguing caves. If you have time and opportunity, you can go to the top of the radar station to enjoy the panoramic view of of Binh Ba Island with the sea, the vast sky captured in sight.

Living with the locals

Attracting visitors not only with the beauty of the beaches on the island, Binh Ba also enchants tourists with the beauty of the friendliness, affability of the locals. Living with the people who are casual, rustic here, you will understand more about their hospitality. You will receive an invitation to visit the fishermen’s fish and shrimp cages or to go to their house to enjoy seafood at any time or while you are wandering on the beach.
Fishermen’s chilren play on the beach


Binh Ba is famous for big and delicious lobsters
Apart from the names of Binh Ba or " wild Robinson island ", the island is also known for the familiar name of Lobster, since it is famous for big and delicious lobsters. Khanh Hoa people have the famous saying " Hon Noi bird nest, Ninh Hoa duck, Binh Ba lobster, Dien Khanh dried deer" to tell about the famous specialties of this province. Binh Ba lobster is cooked into many dishes and the alcohol mixed with blue lobster’s blood has an unforgettable taste.

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The Most Interesting Places for Amusement in Hanoi on Occasion of 2016 New Year

If you're wondering about where to go in this 2016 New Year in Hanoi, you can refer to the attractive recreation spots below.

1. Countdown Festival to welcome 2016 in the area of Ly Thai To monument

As a rule, in New Year's Eve of every year, a large- scale was festival is held to countdown to the special moment the moment when the old year pass and replaced by a new year. In the night of upcoming 31/12, Ly Thai To monument area near Hoan Kiem Lake will really boom in the hectic atmosphere of the exciting activities to welcome the New Year.
The Most Interesting Places for Amusement in Hanoi on Occasion of 2016 New Year

Countdown Party held by Haniken is a annual activities attracting million of people, especially the young
Not only being equipped with imposing and elaborate sound and light system, Heineken Countdown Party also has the appearance of the top guests, both in Vietnam and in the world, who will present the great performances. One of them is DJ Smith Agent Smith, a music producer and famous DJ, who used to be a DJ / music producer for Rihanna, Reggie Bush, Paris Hilton ...
The Most Interesting Places for Amusement in Hanoi on Occasion of 2016 New Year
The stage is equipped with modern and eye catching sound and light system
Besides, the top stars of Vietnam like My Tam, Uyen Linh... are the first artists tp confirm to participate and will be ready to blow the hectic atmosphere of the upcoming party night.

To avoid crowded conditions of being robbed, you should be careful with personal items and belongings, and come here early to enjoy fully atmosphere of the festival this year.

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2. Music festival to welcome 2016 in August Revolution Square, Hanoi Opera House

Besides Heineken Countdown Party Festival, this year, the young in Hanoi will also have the opportunity to participate in a music festival which is also majestic- Yamaha Clearmen Countdown 2016. This year's program will be held in August Revolution Square Hanoi, Opera House with the topic of “Thang Long’s spirit”.
The Most Interesting Places for Amusement in Hanoi on Occasion of 2016 New Year
Yamaha Clearmen Countdown 2016 will be held at 8:30pm, 31/12/2015
The program will be opened by the theme “Colorful flowers, Welcome 2016 New Year", the audience will “live” in the historic moment of Thang Long through sweet melodies and performances performed by over 100 artists from Vietnam Contemporary Art Theatre.

Soon, lively music will be performed by DJs such as " the Music Witch " Touliver, King Lady, Minh Tri and top young singers in Vietnam: Toc Tien, Minh Hang, Trong Hieu Hoang Ton, 365 band, Van Mai Huong and child singers like Quang Anh - champion of the Voice Kid of Vietnam (first season).

The Most Interesting Places for Amusement in Hanoi on Occasion of 2016 New Year
The Yamaha Clearmen Countdown 2016 is an equally attrative acitivity to welcome the 2016 New Year
The main stage decorated with youthful colors, extremely modern lights and sound system as well as the light show will bring memorable music experiences to participants.

3. Climbing indoors at Kinder Park

As an interesting location for children in the New Year,Kinder Park - the continuous indoor amusement park covering an area of 2,000m2, located on the campus of West Lake Water Park - promises to become one address for children and families to "play – keep the childhood memories – be trained life skills ".

Kinder Park has indoor artificial climbing wall. It can be sai that this is a sport which not only gives you a sense of conquest, but also to do exercise and test the perseverance. Furthermore, this action sport also requires your intelligence and dexterity to conquer the peak efficiently. For kids, this is the place to satisfy a restless, createe the activeness and develop the intelligence.

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4 Cheap Tourist Attractions for Your Picnic in Dong Nai

Not very far from Saigon and the cost low of travel and accommodation help Dong Nai to become a favourite destination of the youth in the weekends or 1- day holidays.

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1. O Island – Dong Truong

From Ho Chi Minh City, tourists go along Highway 1 toward Dong Nai province, turn left at Tri An T- junction, drive another 8 km to the center of Vinh An town (Vinh Cuu district), then drive to Dong Truong wharf . After 30 minutes sitting in the boat and wandering on Tri An lake, you will set foot on O island.

O Island in the vast lake
Coming to O Island, apart from wallowing in the green space of trees, of flowers blooming and rising winds, you'll be immersed in the cool blue water, or seek for thrills in the 15-meter high waterslide.
Additionally, you can also play games such as canoeing, Motorboat, darts, chess ... Two delicacies that you should not miss on this island are hot and sour shemibagrus vegetable soup and carame hemibagrus (shemibagrus caught in Tri An lake). If you want to stay overnight, you can rent the motels nestled under the trees or on the pine hill.

2. Mount Chua Chan

Chua Chan mountain, also called Gia Ray mountain, Gia Lao mountain, is located on Xuan Loc district, Dong Nai province. At a height of 800m above the sea level, this is the second highest mountain in the Southern region and the Mekong Delta.
Chua Chan mountain
In Chua Chan mountain, both spiritual tourism and adventure tourism are developed. Gia Loc pagoda has a banyan tree with two trunks but only one top, and the festival on the full moon day in lunar July. Backpackers and adventurous travelers can go trekking to explore the mountain, go through the forest, camp overnight or indulge yourselves in the thick fog on a mountain in the early morning.
The scenery seen from the top of Chua Chan mountain
3. Ba Zot Waterfall

Ba Zot waterfall is in Phu Hoa commune, Dinh Quan district, Dong Nai province and is in the Hoa Phuong ecotourism area. The road to the falls is quite smooth and convenient. Visitors drive along the Highway 20 towards Dalat, when reaching to the area of Dinh Quan district, you will see the road No. 18 leading to the waterfall (10km) on the left.
Ba Zot waterfall attracts visitors, especially the young, by its width
Ba Zot waterfall has been exploited for quite a the long with the beautiful picture of a waterfall which “is not high vertically, but attracts people with its width”, however, so far, the waterfall has been a destination for the youth in the neighbor areas.

Visiting the waterfall, in addition to admiring the beauty of the waterfall, enjoying dishes made from fresh hemibagrus, visitors often reward themselves with floating on a boat, fishing in the rugged cliffs of the waterfall, discovering the beautiful rock garden or lying in a hammock, taking a nap in the pleasant sound of the fall.

Ba Zot waterfall has a pristine beauty with the rugged rocks and surrounded by the jungle
4. Vuon Xoai (Mango Garden) Ecotourism Park

The mango trees laden with fruits are the reason that urges many tourists to visit Vuon Xoai (Mango Garden) Eco Park in Tan Cang village, Phuoc Tan commune, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai province during this period.
Vuon Xoai (Mango Garden) Eco Park in Tan Cang village,
Besides looking at the mango tree laden with fruits, enjoying the fresh mango picked on the tree and rustic delicacies, napping on a hammock hung between two trees or on a carpet on the grass, tourists should not forget join the thrilling games like riding ostriches, sliding on the grass, kayaking,... you can also go around to observe the lives of wild animals.
Sliding on the grass- an interesting game in Vuon Xoai

4 Cheap Tourist Attractions for Your Picnic in Dong Nai 

The most Attractive Tourist Destinations in Quang Binh (part 1)

Quang Binh – one of the provinces in the Central, has many charming landscapes, many tourist attractions enchanting people, the historical monuments, and the world's natural heritage along with many attractive specialties. Quang Binh attracts visitors with the famous scenic spots such as Phong Nha Ke Bang tourism, Tien Son cave, primeval forest in Phong Nha - Ke Bang protected areas, Nhat Le beach, Da Nhay, Bang hot stream..., in which, Phong Nha Cave is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Vietnam.

Quang Binh is both poetic and rustic

Phong Nha- Ke Bang

Referring to Quang Binh, people will think of the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, a natural landscape that the Creator has bestowed on the people of Quang Binh, a piece of land associated with the historic trophies. Here, the harmony of primary forest and Son River, along with Dry cave and the Wet cave create an ink picture captivating many people. Phong Nha - Ke Bang was recognized as a world natural heritage on 05.07.2003 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The entrance to Phong Nha
According to Vietnam Tourism, Phong Nha has two parts: the dry cave (Phong Nha) and the water cave (Tien Son) . The Dry Cave is situated on an altitude of 200m, according to geographers, from ancient time, the underground river dried up, left only the white stone arches and sapphire stone columns. The stalactites in Phong Nha cave, over millions of years of tectonics from karst limestone, being osmotic by rain water, dissolved and flew down from the roof of the cave formed extremely strange stalactites like lions, throne, the Buddha... Rainwater continued to fall to the bottom of the cave, the calcium precipitated and created stalagmites. The stone, stalagmites, stalactites and underground river are very diverse and shimmering. Perhaps Phong Nha is a convergence of all flawless beauty of nature and the best place to flourish people’s imagination.

The stalactites in Phong Nha cave
Visit Phong Nha, you can also float on pellucid Nam river whose surface is as smooth as a mirror, slowly drift into twilight, cool space in the cave, watch the stalactites various in colour and shape, listen to the music in wine party of the mountain god in the wind, admire the mightiness of the chambers, corridors limestone covered with glitter stalactites, enjoy the thrill feeling as lying in the mouth of a giant monster.

The pellucid Nam river
Situated in the Phong Nha - Ke Bang population, Thien Duong (the Paradise) cave, located on Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, is known as the "underground palace", the dry cave with marvelous landscape with many stone blocks creating an ample and beautiful structure.

The beautiful and sparkling scenery in Thien Duong cave
Nhat Le beach

Nhat Le beach is an ideal place for long stays, you will enjoy the taste of fresh sea breeze of Quang Binh. Quang Binh is a province in the central region, borders Ha Tinh to the north, borders South China Sea to the East, borders Laos to the West, and borders Quang Tri to the South. Nature This province’s climate is tropical monsoon, and is divided into two seasons: dry and wet. Located at the gateway to the entrance to Hue, overlapping the poetic Ngang Pass, Quang Binh spreads like a monumental painting of the nature.

Nhat Le beach attracts many tourists
The landscapes here are truly magnificent and charming. Nhat Le Beach in Quang Binh has the iridescent golden sands under green poplar forest with many beautiful beaches, shimmering emerald and unpolluted sea water.

Sunrise over Nhat Le beach
Nhat Le beach is locates on the heart of Dong Hoi city, just only 2km from the city center to the Northeast. The beach is a painting of a fairy nymph with the most romantic lyricism beauty among the beaches along the coastline of Quang Binh

The most Attractive Tourist Destinations in Quang Binh (part 2)

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Seeing Waterfalls in Dak Nong Province (Part 2)

Like many other lands in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands), Dak Nong is a destination attracting tourists from everywhere with wild character of the forests, waterfalls, poetic lakes among the green jungle, and especially the villages of the ethnic minorities inhabiting in this land. The diversity of the travel itinerary is a unique point of Dak Nong to tourists. Visiting Dak Nong, you can choose ecotourism, community tourism or a cultural trip. All of them will be an immensely great experience in your journey.

Tourist attractions in Dak Nong

Starting from Gia Nghia district, you can go to the following places:

From Gia Nghia, driving along Highway 14 towards Buon Ma Thuot approximately 10km, you can reach Co Tien (Fairy) waterfall with a height of 20 meters (from top to the bottom of the waterfalls, the width waterfall is about 10m.

About 44 kilometers from Gia Nghia along Provincial Highway 4 to Krong No district, we will admire the pristine and gorgeous Ngam (Underground) – Gau (Bear) waterfalls in Dak G'long. Dak G'long also owns the Ta Dung nature reserve with unique plateau climate. Especially, standing from high and looking down, you will gather in views the winding slopes, stilt houses looming in the fog and in the clouds.

Ta Dung natural reserve
From Dak Song district, tourists drive to Nam N'Jang commune, turn right to Provincial Route 6, drive another 10 km, you will reach the unspoiled and fanciful Nam Nung mountain. Here, in addition to relaxation, recreation... visitors also have the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the local people. Besides Nam Nung forest, Dak Song also has Trang Ba Cay meadow where is suitable for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hunting, camping, ...

From Gia Nghia, visitors can also go along national highway 14 and Provincial Road 4 of Cu Jut and Krong No districts about 94km to see a system of 3 waterfalls named Dray Sap, Gia Long, and Trinh Nu (Virgin) along Serepok river. Not only are Dray Sap, Gia Long, and Trinh Nu the most famous waterfalls in the Highlands, but these three waterfalls also preserved the beautiful legends and romantic love stories.

Dray Sap waterfall
Floating on Ea Sno lake (Dak Ro Commune, Krong No district), you not only take in the views pristine beauty, beautiful natural painting but also yacht on Krong No River, of the row downstream to visit D'ray Sap waterfall or upstream to Buon Choah- homeland headman No Trang Guh. You can also row along Krong No to Krong Na to visit Lak lake or to visit Ea Rbine region and visit Ol, Coah, Leng villages, where keep many legends about Ea Sno Lake.

Also, the Nhan Co, Dieu Thanh cascades, Tuy Duc waterfall, Dak Mil lake, Doan Van Cu Jut lake, Ba Tang (three-floor) waterfall, Bay Tang (seven-floor) waterfall... are also equally pristine and majestic.

The Three-floor waterfall
Things visitors should bring when visiting Dak Nong

- Remember to bring umbrella or raincoat in the rainy season and clothes and accessories to avoid the sun in sunny season,
- You should bring a sweater in any seasons because the air here is quite cold, and even the constant winds blowing,
- Bring medical devices, creams, medicines to prevent and treat insect bites..
- Bring a tent, blanket, sleeping bag and food if you want to camp at the waterfall.
- you should ask a locals to be guide to fully approach and enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls.

The common conduit for tourism:

Saigon / Hanoi - Dak Nong - Dak Lak
Saigon / Hanoi - Dak Nong - Dak Lak - Gia Lai - Kon Tum
Saigon / Hanoi - Dak Nong - Lam Dong - Nha Trang

In addition, tourist route Dak Nong- Mundulkiri -Siem Reap - Phnom Penh – Tay Ninh. is currently being developed.

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Seeing Waterfalls in Dak Nong Province (Part 1)

In the journey to explore Tay Nguyen (Western Highlands, also called Central Highlands), you can not ignore a series of wild and majestic waterfalls, or magical forest of Nam Nung, vast rubber forests.

Gia Nghia district in dim mist


If departing from the nearby provinces, you can go to Dak Nong by motorcycles or cars. Visitors from remote provinces often travel by plane and choose Buon Me Thuot airport as a transit point.

By public transport

If travelling by bus (passenger car), you can buy tickets at the bus station of each province or contact the high quality car owner who offers transporting service to this province (Dak Nong). You should also learn carefully about vehicle quality, price, departure time (both the outward and return journeys), and places the bus can go through.

By private vehicles

If you are near Dak Nong, you may use motorcycles or cars to get here.

There are two ways to travel from Ho Chi Minh city to Dak Nong. The first way is that from Saigon, you travel to Binh Duong, go straight Sao Chon Thanh District when you reach So Sao T-junction, then from Chon Thanh intersection, you turn right to Dong Xoai Town. After that, you go along the traffic-circle of Dong Xoai district, and ride ahead along the direction of Highway 14 to Gia Nghia town, Dak Nong province. This journey is approximately 270km long.

Gia Nghia, Dak Nong
The second path is as follows: after coming to Sao So fork, you turn right toward Dong Xoai district, then turn right in the direction of Highway 14 to Gia Nghia town, Dak Nong province when reaching the intersection of Dong Xoai. This is an approximately 240km long road.

Tourists should bear in mind that the roads in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces are quite narrow, with many mountain passes, slopes; therefore, you should pay attention to the speed, vision and be careful with careless contrariwise buses.

Also, you should bring the vehicles’ legal papers, driving license and abide by the road traffic laws, drive in allowed speed (there are quite many speed test stations along the road).

Best time to visit Dak Nong

All the seasons in Dak Nong are beautiful, but if the main purpose is to admire a series of spectacular waterfalls of this area, you should come in the rainy season (although you will face some difficulties in travelling).

Dray Sap waterfall in Nam Ha commune, Krong K’no District, Dak Nong

The festivals as Tam Nghet, buffalo sacrifice festival, longevity wishing ceremony, new rice festival, Gong festival ... in this country are not held in fixed time. Therefore, if you want to participate in any festival, should you take time to update the information before arriving.

Specialties of Dak Nong

Like other Central Highlands provinces, specialties of Dak Nong are bamboo rice, stream fish, forest vegetables, honey, wild meat (fed at home), bitter egg-plants, Can wine... Moreover, it also entertained you some unique dishes like grilled hemibagrus, sour forest bamboo sprout. Most notably, there is forest vegetable hotpot with more than 10 kinds of leaves carefully selected in the forest. Other food eaten with these leaves are meat sauce, peeled shrimp and boiled pork.

Forest leaves hotpot recipe

Gia Nghia town is considered one of the places that has the most expensive price of service in Vietnam locals and visitors; therefore, hotel and hostels prices here are quite high, from 300,000 VND and over. To save many, you should plan the trip in advance, then, basing on it to choose to stay in low price (communes and districts) but still convenient to move or visit places.

Additionally, you can choose the form of camping in the area of the waterfalls. The only thing is that you should contact local authority, as well as the camping participants must not be less than 10 people (if female including) and 5 if only male attending.

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The Beautiful Beaches in Thanh Hoa Province

With 100 kilometers of coastline, Thanh Hoa province has many beautiful beaches for tourists to visit.

Sam Son Beach

As one of the first beaches exploited in the northern provinces, Sam Son beach is located about 16 km Thanh Hoa city to the East. This beach was used as a private bathing spot by the French since 1906 with many ancient villas, including the villa of King Bao Dai.

The Beautiful Beaches in Thanh Hoa Province
Sam Son beach- the masterpiece nature gives to Thanh Hoa
Sam Son beach is about 10km long with billows, clear water, fine sand and moderate salinity. Not only is Som Son a beautiful beach, it also has many famous scenic, historic places such as Co Giai, Doc Cuoc temple (also known as Gam Temple) associated with the legend of the giant man who divided his body into two helves, one went to the sea to extirpate the sea monster and one guarded the Co Giai isle. Trong Mai (cock and hen) Islet is also a place loved by tourists.

The Beautiful Beaches in Thanh Hoa Province
Trong Mai Islet in Sam Son
Hai Hoa Beach, Tinh Gia

Hai Hoa beach has been known in recent years when the beaches along the country began to be exploited to the resorts. The sea still keeps the wild and romantic features with white, soft sand and lines of casuarina pines which are green all year round. When the sun rises, fishing village becomes bustling with the trawling activities. Fish market is held on the beach and sells fresh shrimp and fish.

The Beautiful Beaches in Thanh Hoa Province
Trawling on Hai Hoa beach in the early morning
The beach is pristine and beautiful, with clear blue water and gentle waves. Tourists can enjoy fresh seafood dishes, enjoy the salty taste of the sea, or take part in trawling with the fishermen to catch the first batch of fish of the day. Specifically, only in Hai Hoa can tourists enjoy the specialties of jellyfish salad dipped in hot sauce, jellyfish salad with pancake ...

The Beautiful Beaches in Thanh Hoa Province
The unspoiled and peaceful Hoa Hai beach
Hai Thanh Beach, Tinh Gia

Hai Thanh beach is located on Hai Thanh Commune of Tinh Gia district, Thanh Hoa and has a length of about 4 km, stretches from spur of Thoi mountain to the foothills of Mount. Du Xuyen.

Hai Thanh beach
Hai Thanh beach has small and medium waves and peaceful fishing villages. Offshore is Hon Me with about 10 large and small islands. Not only resting and bathing, tourists can visit many historical places as Dot Tien pagoda, Quang Trung temple and the churches in Ba Lang (Three Villages) parish which has a long history of about five centuries.

Hai Thanh also has bustling fishing villages where are very famous for Ba Lang fish sauce. The fresh seafood are usually crabs, snails, mussels, shrimps, clams,. . .

Hai Tien Beach, Hoang Hoa

Hai Tien Beach is about 175 km from Hanoi, and 30 km from Thanh Hoa City.

Hai Tien sea has been put into service of tourists for several years and has a length of 12 km. Fresh air, long sandy beaches can give you a variety of selection of private bathing spots but still guarantee clean and safety. In Inlet area, there are huts looking after clams, the square salt marshes, green natural forests.

Hai Tien beach
Hai Tien Sea still has wild characters with underdeveloped tourist services. Apart from a few motels and restaurants, you totally get to live in a quiet natural setting with blue sea and peaceful fishing villages. You can go to the seafood market early in the morning, shop for seafood and ask the chef in hotel to cook or enjoy fresh food booked in houses of local people with a reasonable price.

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6 Famous Specialties in Ba Be Lake

Sour shrimp, grilled lake fish, dried pork hung on smoking-shelf, forest banana... are the attractive specialties at Ba Be lake of majority of tourists.

Located on an altitude of about 145 meters over sea level, Ba Be lake (Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province) is the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam. It is an interesting stopover for travelers who want to stay away from the noisy urban life discover and experience an untouched, vast and magical nature.

The scenery and people in Ba Be Lake
In addition to the moments of relaxation and watching the scenery by boat on the lake, visitors can stay in Pac Ngoi village to better understand about the cultural characteristics of Tay ethnic living along the lake, and enjoy fascinating cuisine of the local area.

Grilled fish

When traveling to Ba Be, nothing seems to be more interesting sitting in the lakeside, sipping grilled fish dipped in chili sauce, and some corn wine.

Grilled fish in Ba Be lake is a favorite dish of many guests because it is not fishy. Although the fish are as small as a finger, they have a tangy and delicious taste; especially, we could eat all the meat, bones and head of the fish. After being cleaned, the fish are eviscerated to remove gallbladder and gut, then people use the bamboo stick to grip, and grill over the burning charcoal in about 15 minutes. When the fish turn yellowish- brown, they are ready for being enjoyed.

Pickled shrimp

In Ba Be, people usually eat pickled shrimp with boiled pork (pig’s feet meat) and bacon together with a dish of sour star fruits, green bananas, and đinh lăng (Polyscias fruticosa) leaves... In the poetic natural surroundings, sipping sour shrimp with small cup of spicy corn wine, visitors will have the feeling of relaxation, enjoy the acidulous greasy taste of shrimps, the piquancy of garlic and chili, and flavor of galangal…

This kind of food is sold pretty popularly in Bo Lu and Pac Ngoi,.. villages. Apart from shrimp, fresh tép (small shrimp) or small fish types are caught from the lake are also pickled and preserved in jars if people could not slam in one time.

Forest pip banana (banana with seeds inside)

In Ba Be, forest pip banana are sold popularly in the road to Ao Tien (Fairy pond), and at pick-up area from the entrance into the lake... Since grown in the mountains around the lake, the trunks are very high, bananas are plump which look very attractive. The banana not only creates a beautiful scenery, but also is used as a medicine or a gift.

Dried Pork ( preserved by hanging on the smoking-shelf)

Generally, when making dried pork, people use meat of the “rocket pig", a kind of pig who grows very slowly but the meat is very delicious. Unlike some other ethnic groups, Tay ethnic living around Ba Be lake often put meat in crates or baskets used to go to forest and then hang up the kitchen (on smoking-shelf). Smokes from wood stoves fumigate the meat everyday; therefore, the final product will have reddish-brown color.

The meat is hung on the smoking-shelf

Preserved in this way, meat can be used in the whole year without getting stale. Today, Tay people around Ba Be lake live in quite easy circumstances, they do not have to preserve food for the family; however, they always have some strings of dried pork at home to eat on some special occasions, holidays and other important days.

Dớn vegetable (kind of fern)

Dớn is a forest vegetable, grows in wet areas near rocks, easy to find and also helps to treat some illnesses; therefore, this vegetable is a favorite food of people. After being picked , this kind of should will be cooked instantly to avoid being crashed and to retain its freshness.

Sticky rice

Sticky rice can be eaten with salted peanuts and sesames
The plump grains of sticky rice planted in terrace fields are soaked in several hours before being put into wooden timber and steamed. The rice grains then become soft and non-stick, have a distinct flavor.

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