Ta Nhi Chu Mountain - Climb up to Smile with Pain

Tà Chì Nhù is truly a challenge for beginner trekkers with not much experience and tries.

After 3 days 2 nights away from of Hanoi, at this remote place and it is even hard to breathe, we smile with each other along with the pains. There are people with all-body pain, there are people with muscle strain but those are not suffering pain.

Tà Chì Nhù is located at Trạm Tấu province, Yên Bái. It is not only the sixth highest mountain in Vietnam with 2.979 meters height, but it is also the measure for endurance. Tà Chì Nhù is the experience about hardship. It is challenge acceptance. The thought of giving up can be frequent, but all of us understand that there is only one way: keep continue. 

The mountain trail is about sweats and fogs, the heat in body, the beating sound of hearts, the headache with heartbeat, the weak stance, weak legs, when entire body relies on climbing sticks.
It is 6-hour trail with the hope of getting to the ‘finish line’, the whisper with each other: “how long can we get there?”, “is it there yet?”. It is the sigh with a half-truth joke: “we’re almost there, just a ‘little’ more”. 

It is incomparable between the tiredness of Tà Chì Nhù and daily-life tiredness. In Tà Chì Nhù, it is the extreme tiredness but no way back, the tiredness of being in short of water, even with a vegetable cookie splited to six tastes wonderful.

It is unpredictable falls, even in hard fall but still be able to stand up, and that’s when we understand ‘luck’. There are ankles, legs injuries but those are parts of the game, but no matter what happened, no one is there alone.

Camping on the peak, cooking with young men of H’Mong ethnic group are also the moments to see the talent of the locals, and listen to their stories.

It is the chance to experience the movement of time at its best. The observation of changes around us at every minute, every second. It is the feeling of being one with the nature, the cool and refresh feeling of being touched by the clouds.

Tà Chì Nhù experience is something hard to explain in words. The only thing we know is after we get down from the peak, looking up at the impressive height. We cannot believe that we’ve went up to the top, conquered the height.

And so we have another week, another weekend to prepare another journey...

8 Places to Visit in Vietnam in Winter with Your Darling

1. Sapa

Located at an altitude of 1600m above sea level, with average temperatures of 15 C degrees, Sapa is cool all year round. In winter, the city is often covered by clouds and cold weather; temperature is often quite low. For years, Sapa has been one of the rare places in Vietnam where visitors can enjoy a true winter with white frost covered trees, mountains, and romantic snow falling like in the fairy tale.

2. Moc Chau

Moc Chau will be the next destination for those who love the cold of winter. At this point, many people are ecstatic at the scene of clouds hugging mountains, dim mist hung over the road and valley. It seems you will be lost in another world when traveling slowly on the roads, just afraid to miss many interesting things in a blink.

In particular, visitors will be overwhelmed by the white flower field in the Ang and Vat village. Dotted among the immense white valley are brilliant red poinsettias, boasting vitality, stretching far to the horizon.

3. Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc

More than 60 km from Hanoi, Tam Dao town is located in Tam Dao district, Vinh Phuc province. Winter in Tam Dao is so charming with tourists thanks to the cloud all over the place, making the rolling mountains becomes magical and poetic. Tam Dao is enchanting with the roof hidden in the clouds, the pure air every morning ...

Coming to Tam Dao in the winter, do not hesitate to join a hiking to catch sunrise or enjoy panoramic view over the whole town lost in misty clouds. Hiking in winter is uniquely interesting that you could only feel once joining.

4. Mau Son, Lang Son

With more than 1,500 m altitude above sea level, Mau Son mountain area is dubbed the land of wind and fog. This is a fascinating destination for those who love the cold of winter, or simply those who are curious and want to explore the ice and snow.

Coming to Mau Son in the winter, if you are lucky you can get first-hand white snowflakes dotting on the ancient French villa, clustering on the twigs, grass or covering homes  and roads…

5. Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Mai Chau is a small valley beneath Thung Khe Pass, where the Lac village, the Van village, Chieu Cave, Mo Luong Cave located. For many people, perhaps Mai Chau is not too interesting but in fact, Mai Chau is always interesting to explore. Charming scenery, delicious specialties, cheap cost... are the simple reasons that you should set up a plan to go to Mai Chau right when it gets colder outside.

6. Ha Giang

Ha Giang is always attractive for tourists. In Ha Giang, each season brings its own beauty to make any tourist impressed and remember. If travelling to Ha Giang in winter, you will enjoy the cold breeze in rocky plateau. There’s probably snow falling in some areas such as Meo Vac when temperature is low.

7. Da Lat

You must go to Dalat in November or December to fully enjoy its romantic and tranquil beauty. That is the time that long rains end and fresh breezes carry the incipient cold of winter days. What could be more romantic than strolling on the streets full of colours and aroma of flowers among the fresh cool air. In particular, you will be attracted by the white immense dreamy flower fields in Tu Tra Commune, Don Duong district.

8. Bao Loc

Mentioning to Lam Dong, many people will think of the flower city of Da Lat but they forget that there is a beautiful, young and full-of-life place - Bao Loc city. It only takes about 4 hours drive from Saigon, Bao Loc will welcome you with the cool air and quiet atmosphere -  the true feature of a mountain town. Do not forget to visit destinations such as Linh Quy Phap An pagoda, Damb'ri waterfall, Tam Chau tea plantation, ... when you visit Bao Loc.

Trekking along the Beautiful Sandy Dunes in Binh Thuan

Trekking through the desert of Hoa Thang in Binh Thuan Province has become the dream journey of many people.

Hoa Thang desert in Hoa Thang commune, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province includes many sand dunes and it can be seen as a sub-desert. It’s only about 10 if travelling skyway from the curve in the road to the temple Binh Nhon. However, you have to trek through a long road of 15 km trekking to avoid climbing sand dunes, deep holes and finally you can set foot on the highest sand hills to have the most beautiful panoramic views.

Also, when the selected ending point is Binh Nhon Temple, you have to go against the wind, causing more tired. The journey lasts about 22 hours, beginning at 14h till 12h of the next day with many emotions and many tough terrains on the way. In addition, hot air and sand along with the wind can make you more tired with heavy footsteps.

You have to know how to divide a reasonable effort, bring enough water (about 8 liters / person), drugs oresol, lemon, electrolyte drinks to limit water loss, dry food to avoid cooking, tent and blankets for sleeping among sand hills or and avoid wetness in case it’s rainy. Because you stay there one night, only a set of clothes is enough – you should avoid carrying too much baggage that weighs more and makes you tired.

The photographers who love to hunt nice photos about the sand dunes even have to bring very heavy baggage, sometimes it’s up to 15 kg, with full personal belongings, camera, lens, tripod...

Additionally, the entire body needs to be covered to avoid the feeling of being burned in the fire pan. You need to have a wide-brimmed hat, mask, sunglasses, long-sleeved clothing, shoes (sandals are not allowed), gloves, hats and umbrellas (the desert wind is very strong, so only use the umbrella when you need shadow for a rest).

Right from the first stage of the journey, you can enjoy a great scene of sky and desert. In front of you is an immense sandy desert with red sand dunes stretching until the horizon, you will feel like getting lost in another world, somewhere on Mars.

When the trip begins, the first 3 km is an opportunity for those who are weak to change the decision, just go to the south to the sea to see the asphalt. If you feel that you cannot pass the thorny path ahead, you can stop here and turn back to the starting point, don’t try to continue because after that milestone, the next journey will be quite far from asphalt. The trekkers will be challenged when facing immense long way ahead. At this time, to decided to give up is too late.

The hot desert under the bright blue sky and yellow sunshine makes the land "full of sun and wind" more spectacularly beautiful. The sand dunes continue rolling without stop with so beautiful curves that everyone have to surprised and praise the skilful hands of Mother Nature.

There is a 4 m high sand wall, challenging the climbing ability of the adventurous trekkers who love exploring. And yet, the valley also tortures them with the hot sun, the wind with dark dust which always prevents footsteps of the travellers. From the second dunes, Cape Wind and Tannobi is just small dots in the distance.

In this desert, finding a shady bush for a resting stop and enjoy the cool taste of the grass is extremely difficult. Sometimes you can only see some small bushes which are enough for you to lean against for a while to avoid the burning sunshine on the face. At this time, the scarf and big hat will take effect: you can use them to avoid the sun or use as a fan to find little wind when having a rest.

You will pass through a lot of sand hills, over and over. You can only move forward through countless of sand hills during the trip, just know that the destination is straight ahead. Sometimes if you see the footprints leaving behind on the sand, you will see a long "footprint" from the hill to another hill, which is so beautiful.

Whether the sand hills are everywhere in front or behind you, do not need to worry about getting lost. You just need to move to the southwest and if not sure you can use a compass to determine. At night you can look at the stars to determine the direction.

It’s a strenuous journey but will bring you countless of impressive pictures. The surface of the desert looks like on Mars. In the afternoon, at about 4-5 PM when sun sets, the journey will be less tiring. It's great to sit and watch the clouds floating in the afternoon sky and reward yourself commemorative photos.

Surely, the experience and the pictures here will not duplicate with any trip in Vietnam, and will make your friends get jealous.

It’s cold at night and very hot in daytime on the desert, but the coldness is not too harsh because the area is not large enough to form its own climate. It will be very interesting to sit together under the clear sky with sparkling stars and cool wind. It’s great if we can sip a little glass of wine!

After an exhausting day, surely the sleep will come quickly. You can welcome the dawn in the desert when the sun is still mild, illuminating yellow sand dunes. Breathing fresh air will make you feel so relaxed and refreshed. Then you will tidy the belongings to complete the rest of the journey.

When you are close to the ending point, you can relax a little bit and watch the road you leave behind, or take time to enjoy a small shade in the desert. Surely inside each other, there will be many different emotions and countless memories imprinted deeply.

At noon, the Binh Nhon Temple located between Bau Ong and Bau Ba finally appears in sight. Here, you can order a jeep to come back your hotel. The vehicle can carry eight people and many bulky backpacks though the group have to sit somewhat cramped. You can hire the jeep at Photohouse Motel of Mr. An, 3 km from the ending point, nearby the junction Bau Trang – Phan Ri. This is also where you can stop eating before and after the journey. Mr. An also can go rescue with his vehicle if the travellers have any problem.

After a break, you can visit the most beautiful roads through the desert in Vietnam, which is the road running through Bau Trang.

With a total time of 22 hours, from 2 pm to 12 pm the next day, the trip helps you "harvest" lots of beautiful pictures as well as unique and wonderful experience. Looking at the pictures, certainly you could not help feeling so very little among the nature – like a grain of sand in the desert.

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Travel to Vietnam in November, Experience the Best Flower Seasons

Sightseeing in Da Lat with wild sunflowers

Da Lat is famous for this kind of wind flower, which is very popular in the Highlands and many northern mountainous provinces. However, Da Lat is the most mentioned place when it comes to the season of wild sunflowers because only in this romantic land, you can feel a vast yellow space spreading until the horizon.

Not only marked the end of the rainy season, when the wild sunflowers bloom, it’s also the time for travellers to come to Dalat city to be immersed in dreamy scenery and above all to indulge in wild yellow colour. Although not as large as sunflower, this wild one grow together creating big bushes and hence they can be a bright yellow carpet when blooming. The colour seems to be a flame to warm up the cold highlands and dazzle anyone who pass by.

The flower is most beautiful in the morning, when the sun has just risen and fog still lingers on the leaves and petals. You can catch the golden colours like sunshine of the flower anywhere: inside the city, inside the pretty small villas, on the streets... You should choose do ride a motorbike to explore the miracle colour of the flower so you can go deep into the roads, hillsides or small alley where wild sunflowers bloom gorgeously. Outskirts of the city are where most wild sunflowers grow.

Visiting Moc Chau to enjoy white colza flower

November rainy day is when white colza flower bloom in all the paths throughout the Moc Chau plateau, turning this place into a charming destination for tourists who love flowers. Unlike in Hanoi where flower fields are only wrapped in a small area, in Moc Chau, the flowers are grown in a vast area, even cover the hills, extending from the valley to the foothills.  A large space is covered with pristine white colour of colza flower.

The ethnic hill tribe people often grow the white colza flower, collect and sell old rapeseed for oil pressing facility. So the best time to admire the romantic white colza flower fields in the honey sunshine lasts only 2 to 3 weeks.

Travel enthusiasts often whisper to each other about great places to admire the beauty of the flower, for example Ban Ang pine forest, Ba Phach Village 1, 2, 3 and Ngu Dong Ban On area.

However, the most beautiful and most famous is the place behind the Ban Ang pine forest area with dozens of hectares of white flower, visitors will admire the vast beds of flower, from our feet to the peak of the hill and to the horizon…
Coming to Hanoi to enjoy white daisy

Featured flowers for each season have its own beauty and they are indispensable pieces of the overall picture of Hanoi. However, white daisies are still very special for many people, makes up an idyllic Hanoi. To see the tiny daisies is to touch the winter of Hanoi.

The flower is grown along the banks of the Red River, in Nhat Tan Ward, behind Quang An flower market, Tay Ho District. At the end of November each year when the daisies begin to bloom, you will be overwhelmed and excited to stand in the vast gardens of pure white colours...

If you have time to stroll on the streets these days, it is not difficult to see the bike loaded with daisies slowly riding on the streets of Hanoi. White daisy flowers are small with pure tiny petals and a bright yellow pistil. The special thing is that it only blooms gorgeously during 3 weeks then fade away. Perhaps also for this reason, the Hanoian love and cherish this flower better. Needless brilliant, the daisies are still in people’s heart with a gentle, pure, simple but very close, very secular beauty.
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Going to Ha Giang to see buckwheat flower

The time in the middle of October and early November is the season of buckwheat flower in Ha Giang. It is grown for seed to make cake by the ethnic people, but when blooming, buckwheat flower accidentally creates a pinkish white which is very beautiful and romantic. Therefore, this is also the time for many young people to carry their backpack to go to Ha Giang rocky plateau.

Apart from Ha Giang, Lao Cai and Cao Bang are also the places for buckwheat flower to grow popularly. Specifically, in Lao Cai, the flower is grown in northern districts such as Simacai, Bat Xat, Bac Ha and Muong Khuong. In Cao Bang, you can go to the Tra Linh – Trung Khanh – the widest buckwheat flower places. For years, Ha Giang is one of the best destinations for Vietnam adventure travel that you should consider.

Visiting Nghe An to admire sunflowers

The sunflower fields in Nghe An is about 100 ha, located in 19/5 Farm, Nghia Son commune, Nghia Dan district. Located right on the side of Ho Chi Minh Trail, on each flowering season when the vast field in full bloom, the place becomes an interesting destination for young people to explore bright purity of the sunflowers.

There are 2 seasons in a year that you can enjoy the sunflowers, when is March – April and November – December. November is the best time to admire sunflower fields in Nghe An with the most beautiful bloom. To get to the sunflower fields in Nghe An, if coming from Hanoi, you only need about one day for both travelling on the way and enjoying the flower so you can definitely put this place on your bucket list for weekends to change the atmosphere.

Do's and Don'ts when you travel to Vietnam

Vietnam is now a great travel destination nowadays. Each year more and more tourists travel to Vietnam and the country is more than willing to welcome guests. Just like any other things in life, to have a successful trip, you need to be well prepared with some basic information about weather, cultures, regulations, etc. to minimize hassle during your trip. Vietnam has a lot to offer travelers. The country has suffered a long dark history of colonialism, communism, war, and poverty. You cannot escape learning about the horrid history whose effects are still visible on the faces, bodies the locals even today. Like any other countries, you may love or hate Vietnam but it is sure that you will find interesting and will be excited to visit different regions in Vietnam. This is the reason why this article is prepared to provide you some things you should and should not do in Vietnam.

Do's and Don'ts when you travel to Vietnam


  • You should dress conservatively. Otherwise, you will receive stares from Vietnamese people. It is especially important to dress politely when you visit pagodas, churches or any religious places.
  • You should drink plenty of bottled water, especially when walking around sightseeing. You do not need to carry huge bottles around with you because there are many vendors around sightseeing. They may find you before you find them.
  • You should prepare cash with you as in some places they do not accept credit cards. 
  • It is recommended to buy a book that translates Vietnamese into English. A lot of these books will teach you some of the most common phrases like hello, goodbye, and thank you.
  • You should have a good understanding of the currency. It will also be necessary when ordering food and buying local products from street markets. There is a lot of bargaining that takes place at local markets and you don’t want to be taken advantage of.


  • You should not wear a lot of jewelry and carry your bag while walking on the street. Vietnam does not have a lot of violent crime but petty crime is quite common if you do not pay special attention to your belongings. You should never wear your bag on your back, always keep it in front of you zipped or locked properly. Thieves sometimes use the knives to rip your bag.
  • You should not eat dog or cat meat. The laws in 1997 have banned the consumption of cat meat; more and more pet cats are snatched off Vietnamese streets and are smuggled in from China and Laos.
  • You should never try and take pictures of military installations or anything related to the military. This can be seen as a breach of national security or never take video cameras into the ethnic minority villages. They are considered to be too intrusive by many local people.
  • Do not touch someone on the head or point at someone by your finger (or feet).

Indochina travel guide that you should not miss

Vietnam Cambodia travel guide provides you the important information needed to plan your adventure in the heart and soul of Indochina. More and more people are curious about the two countries with fascination history, culture and grandeur history that has been to the worldwide traveler’s bucket list since centuries ago.

Vietnam-Cambodia guide for backpackers

1/ Vietnam-Cambodia border crossing

Vietnam shares three international border crossings with Cambodia at the following points:
Moc Bai (Vietnam) to Bavet (Cambodia) is the longest border crossing between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.
Vinh Xuong (Vietnam) to Kaam Samnor (Cambodia) is a popular crossing amongst independent travelers. Many take a fast ferry boat from Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta as far as Phnom Penh.
Tinh Bien (Vietnam) to Phnom Den (Cambodia) near Chau Doc gives access to southern Cambodia. It is mainly used by locals and there’s little in the way of transport at either side of the border.

2/ Visa procedure

Procedure to obtain a visa on arrival is simple and convenient at these borders. E-visa is also available on Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affair website.

3/ Transportation

The most popular transportation used to cross Vietnam-Cambodia border is buses. There is no stop on the trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.

4/ Living costs

Travel budget can vary between countries when they travel, but Indochina can be delightfully inexpensive, and as eating out is very reasonable.

5/ Internet access

Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available in almost all international standard hotels in the region. Please be aware that there will usually be no access on board boats or in more remote homestay or lodge accommodation.

6/ Best time of year to plan your Vietnam-Cambodia travel

In the broadest sense, the best time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia is from November to April. This is because temperatures and humidity fall across central and northern Vietnam and rainfall becomes less frequent in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

The dry season, from November to April, is when the cost of traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia tends to rise. The cozy of traveling is particularly acute during the week-long Vietnamese Tet Festival in late January or early February. If you would like to travel during this period, you should book travel arrangements as early as possible. For a quieter visit to Vietnam and Cambodia, travel between May and early October.

We hope that you can have some wonderful ideas to discover this part of Indochina. The Vietnam-Cambodia travel will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck by these magical locations.

Wat Si Muang - Ideal Stopover for Travel in Vientiane

Known as the Buddhist country in the East with grand architectures of temples and pagodas, Laos would be an ideal destination for discovering the mysterious beauty of sacred temples, especially Wat Si Muang Temple during your stays on the way of Vientiane travel.

Legend of the temple Wat Si Muang

Wat Si Muang or Si Muang Temple was constructed in 1566 in the place where the central pillar of the city was to be placed. This is the most sacred temple in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, which Laotians often go for praying. In the Lao meaning, Muong means mother, and Si was the name of the young pregnant woman who volunteered to sacrifice herself to appease the angry spirits before constructing the temple. 

Therefore it is revered as the Mother Temple of Vientiane. As the legend, when establishing the city of Vientiane, the King had chosen the site at Si Xac Ta Nat district to place central pillar, which used for claiming the sovereignty of the country. The King had made an appeal to his subjects who can devote their life to create the pillar for the nation.  After that Si Muang, a young pregnant woman had been sacrificed herself by jumping into the deep hole that holds the central pillar of the structure in order to relieve spirits’ angry.  Then, the hole was surrounded by brick (slag) into the small hill (5m high, 15m long and 11m wide). And the name of Si Muang is originated from then; she is also considered the guardian God of the city. Coming to the temple, you will see the statue of Si Muang behind the building and old bricks.

Besides, the temple owns the mysterious feature about a pair of crane bird dwelt on the fake mountain behind the building. There are many legendary stories relating to this pair of crane bird, and people believed that this bird only appears in the peaceful country. 

Unique Structure of Wat Si Muang

The temple is complex building with the area of 2 ha consisting of the main shrine of worship Buddha, and the area of worship mother Si Muang. It was built firstly in 1566 but destroyed in 1828 by the invasion of Siamese. Also, the temple was built on the remains of the old temple of Khmer. Behind the main temple, there are still ruins of Khmer temple including door and stupa with Khmer feature. 

Many impressive Buddha statues are placed in the temple campus such as six standing Buddha statues and one reclining, in which Shakyamuni Buddha statue is the most outstanding here. 
The main temple has two rooms; the 2nd room used for worshiping, especially there is a huge stone block inside instead of Buddha statue. It is one of the two main pillars defending the Vientiane city (the other one is placed in That Luang).

The temple is decorated with sophisticate and intricate paintings and reliefs with the stories about Mother and the Buddha Legendary.

Opening hours and Admission fee:

•    No entrance charge; however, you have to pay for parking your bicycle or motorcycle on the grounds of the temple.
•    Opening daily from 6h00 am – 19h00 pm

How to get to Wat Si Muang Temple

Follow along the eastern direction of Thanon Setthathirath or Thanon Samsenthai towards the Friendship Bridge. You can take a walk or hire a bike for 10.000kip/day or tuk – tuk for 20.000 kip. 
Location: Situated at the end of Thanon Setthathirath in the Eastern.

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8 Great Places in An Giang to Get Nice Photos

The pool of Victoria Nui Sam Lodge

Considered the best hotel in An Giang, Victoria Nui Sam Lodge is nestled among pristine natural scenery and surrounded by canals and ancient temples.

Victoria Nui Sam Lodge was built in minimalist style which is modern, harmonious with the surrounding nature, charming visitors by its natural rustic character rather than the lavish luxury amenities. Specifically, each door is designed in French style, leading to the outdoor private balcony area measuring 12m², overlooking an open space of poetic rice paddies below.

Ta Pa mountain and lake

Located less than a kilometre from Tri Ton town, Ta Pa Mountain features a wild and mysterious beauty. On the 200-m high mountain, there is a big Khmer temple and a beautiful lake surrounded by cliffs. On top of the mountain, there’s a crater with emerald water, called Ta Pa Lake. The 17-m depth lake is residual traces of the quarrying in the past. Although it is just an inadvertently result, it has become a beautiful landscape, attracting many visitors.

Ta Pa lake is surrounded by tall cliffs with crystal clear blue water. In nice days, the lake is like a sapphire and flat as a mirror, and that’s why Ta Pa lake scenery is so stunning to tourists.

Binh Thien Lake – God Lake

Located around 30 km from Chau Doc, Binh Thien Lake, also called God Lake, An Phu district, An Giang province, near the Cambodian border. It’s wonderful in flooding season with yellow flowers and green water hyacinth stretching like a carpet. Around the lake is a traditional village of Cham people with authentic cultural values.

Ta Pa fields

Ta Pa fields in Tri Ton district in the flood season looks like a huge rug with green rice fields and lovely high palm tree rising on the blue sky. Looking from above, Ta Pa is an untouched vividly green carpet with rice paddies and towering palm.

Chau Doc floating village

The most unique tourist attraction in Chau Doc is a floating village - the unique cultural style of the wetland. Canoes and boats are the main means of transportation of every family in this floating village. Here, each raft is like a floating house connected together stretching along both banks of the river. Each owner has at least 3-4 rafts and often accompanied by a raft for them to stay nearby. In particular, recently some people make floating houses to live on the river. Family life is in the raft of 4m wide and 7-8m long.

Hang temple

Located on the mountainside of Sam Mountain, Hang Pagoda is an outstanding monument of An Giang Province, built in around 1840 - 1845. From the foothills to the temple, visitors must pass 300 stairs to the gardens of the temple. In the garden there is a small lake full of lilies and many other flowers blooming. Also in this area there is a shrine devoted for Buddha Maitreya. In the front garden, there’s a statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and four guardians looking toward the foothills. In front of the temple there are two finely carved stupas. Standing on the temple, visitors can have a panoramic views over the mountain, immense rice fields and green melaleuca tree lines.

Cam Mountain (Forbidden Mountain)

Forbidden Mountain is located in An Hao Commune, Tinh Bien district, An Giang province. It’s about 710m over the sea level, also known as Thien Cam Son. This is the highest mountain of the majestic That Son area, a unique characterized land not only of An Giang province, but of Mekong Delta region. In particular, on top of Cam Mountain there are many great religious architectures such as 33,6-meter sitting Maitreya Buddha statue on the mountain top, Van Linh Pagoda, Great Buddha Monastery and interesting sights like: lakes, springs, caves, forest, ...

Tra Su cajuput forest

On the direction to the Tinh Bien district, about 100 km from Long Xuyen, you will see a red dirt roads leading to Tra Su cajuput forest. On the two sides of the road are endless rice fields and tall palm trees, especially it’s most beautiful in the brilliant tropical sunset.

In every October and November annually, tourists from all over the country from South to North flow to Tra Su cajuput forest to enjoy green peace and the flooding season.

With an area of about 850 hectares, Tra Su cajuput forest is covered by the green colour of the water hyacinth. This will be an experience you cannot miss while cruising on the immense water, enjoying the cool beauty of the forest, listening to the birds and reflected yellow flowers.

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Top 10 Best Street Foods in Laos

Coconut cake, sliced fried banana, grilled salted fish, Lao coffee is the amazing food from sidewalk stalls for tourists.

Kanom Krok (coconut cake): These are small cakes made from coconut milk, sugar, flour and glutinous rice. Kanom Krok is coated in the molded iron pan cake.

Roasted salted fish: grilled fish is a popular dish in Luang Prabang. There are many types of fish with different sizes for customers to choose. Fish is salted then grilled over charcoal (about 4-6 USD / each depending on size).

Lao coffee: Lao Coffee taste very charming. Most Laotians do not drink black coffee that is mixed with powdered milk, sweetened condensed milk to add to the appeal. Hot sun, drink a cup of coffee with milk stone characteristic taste will blow Laos tired.

Barbecue: There are plenty of stalls selling all kinds of barbecue in the street. Different from other places in Laos, Luang Prabang street food has been changed to match the taste of foreign tourists. Barbecue stalls in the night market of Luang Prabang is considered the best..

Jaew mak khua (roasted eggplant): Jaew mak khua has bold flavor eggplant and spicy taste of chilli, usually served at sidewalk stalls. Roasted eggplant is mashed with coriander and many other spices with a mortar and pestle.

Fried Bananas: Bananas are fried deeply and served as snack after oil dries. You can stand in front of those stalls to see sellers slicing bananas, frying it deeply in oil until it turns to be yellow and crispy.

Laos noodle soup: A simple bowl of noodles with broth, noodles, and vegetables such as basil, bean sprouts, mint and chili.

Khao Jii Pate (bread with pate): Those who got bored of noodles in the neighboring Southeast Asian nations will feel happy to find French bread throughout the country of Laos. Filling of the bread could be egg, pate, salad and mayonnaise.

Yaw Dip (rolls): Rolls in Laos also includes many raw vegetables as mint, cilantro, rice noodles and greasy boiled eggs

Tam Maak Hoong (spicy papaya salad) This is a common dish in Thai but originated from Laos. Here, spicy papaya salad is called Tam Maak Hoong. Salad made with green cucumber, papaya, chilli, lemon juice and fish sauce. There are many Tam Maak Hoong stalls surrounding Lao night market.

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Top 9 Best National Parks in Vietnam

The beauty of the national parks in Vietnam recommended below will make you want to have an immediate trip to these parks.

1. Nam Cat Tien National Park

Nam Cat Tien National Park is about 160km from Ho Chi Minh city, located in three provinces of Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc. In order to get to Nam Cat Tien, you travel forward the National Highway 1A to Dau Giay T-junction, turn left toward the National Highway 20 ( the way to get to Dalat), continue travel further 58km to get to Ta Lai T-junction, turn left and continue go further 24 km to Nam Cat Tien.

The park attracts tourists who like the serene feeling of natural scenery or adventurous feeling to seek peaceful place with rich flora and fauna. Coming to Nam Cat Tien, you can sleep in a tent with the price ranging from 3.53 - 8.83 USD/ tent.

Several activities that you can enjoy in Nam Cat Tien such as hard biking, visiting Ben Cu rapids, botanical garden, Bàu Sấu, Mỏ Vẹt waterfall … When visiting Nam Cat Tien Park, you should bring dark long-sleeved dresses, floppy hats, socks, flashlights, raincoats ...

2. Nui Chua National Park

Nui Chua National Park is located northeast of the Ninh Thuan province, Ninh Hai district. With an area of nearly 30,000 ha and the length of 57km, Nui Chua has a diverse system of creatures that are typical to the tropical dry forest and cannot be found in any other parts of Vietnam.  This place has a low rainfall, but it has “hanging lake” with the clear water all year-round as well as many large streams such as Lồ Ô, Đông Nha, Kiền Kiền that never run out of water.

The place where has the harmonious beauty of the forest and sea is very suitable for picnic trips. Amidst the quiet space of the pristine landscape, you will be given a great chance to immerse in the cool water, admire the romantic scenery, experience adventurous feeling on the cliffs or discover the stunning caves. If you set up tent and have camp overnight at the right time, you can also see firsthand sea turtles lay their eggs.

3. Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma is a National Park in Thua Thien – Hue, located about 40km from Hue city. Before becoming a national park, Bach Ma used to be known for the rich biodiversity of many rare species of animals and plants.

For those who love natural scenery with the wild and peaceful beauty… then Bach Ma is really a treasure, it brings the pure beauty as a young girl of the mountain that can enchant any tourist. 
Bach Ma not only has the diversity of animals, but also has the lush vegetation with beautiful and strange flowers, all of them make a strong impression in the sight of tourists when they come here.

4. Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is situated on the territory of three provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, also Cuc Phuong was Vietnam's first nature reserve. This is a charming destination and preferred by both domestic and international tourists because of the biodiversity of species in the forest ecosystem and beautiful natural scenery.

Visiting the park, you can see rare animals as well as discover stunning caves such as Son Cung cave, Pho Ma cave… In addition, you will be given a chance to learn more about characteristics of culture of several ethnic minorities through artifacts such as stilt house, rice mortar, brocade loom… 

5. Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park is an attractive tourist destination, located near Hanoi city. If the bustling pace of modern life makes you tired, then you should have backpacking trips to enjoy the atmospheric space and peaceful scenery of jungle. Certainly it will help you to regain spirit and new energy.

Visiting Ba Vi National Park, you will be given a great opportunity to discover through lush forest, look for the wildness of natural scenery. You can discover some waterfalls hidden deep in the mountain or admire white floating clouds covering the peak of Vong Canh mountain, visit the animal conservation, watch colorful species of birds and the medicinal garden with rare plants. 

With fresh and cool climate, so the period from April to October is considered the best time to visit Ba Vi for sightseeing, camping and picnicking. Especially from mid-November to early December, you can have the chance to witness the sea of bright yellow wild sunflowers in Ba Vi National Park.

6. Ba Be National Park

Ba Be National Park is belonging to 5 communes, Nam Mau, Khang Ninh, Cao Thuong, Quang Khe, Cao Tri, in Ba Be district, Bac Kan province, and located about 50km from Bac Kan commune and 250km from Hanoi. This National Park is an ideal ecotourism site with exotic landscapes and biological diversity.

Coming to Ba, everyone wants to get to Ao Tien. The name "Ao Tien" was derived from the legend story of a hunter who was attracted by the charming beauty fairies having swim in the pond. Ao Tien situates at the corner of Ba Be lake, it is a small lake, located amidst the valley of the primeval forests, having underground waters between Ao Tien and Ba Be lake. This is a unique trait of Ao Tien, also it is the habitat of many species of aquatic plants, as well as other characteristics of Ba Be national park.

7. Cat Ba National Park   

Cat Ba National Park is an attractive ecological tourist site and especially preferred by those who love adventure tours. With the spectacular natural landscapes, rolling mountains and the rich forest ecosystems, Cat Ba National Park is recognized by UNESCO as the world biosphere reserve.

Coming to Cat Ba National Park, you will have a chance to participate in outdoor activities to discover nature such as trekking, observing the primates, bird watching, animal watching at night, bathing on the pristine beaches, or fishing…

8. Tram Chim National Park

 Tram Chim National Park is the home of several rare birds, especially the sarus crane, a famous species in the world. It promises to be an attractive destination on the way of discovering the western area of Vietnam. Tourists coming here will be relaxed while watching species of birds and gentle natural scenery.

The period from August to November (Lunar calendar) is the main tourist season in Tram Chim National Park. You not only admire the lush wetlands dotted with lotus pink and nymphaea rubra, but also enjoy special cuisine of the Western area such as grilled snakehead fish covered in young lotus leaves.

9. Chu Yang Sin National Park

  Chu Yang Sin National Park is situated on the territory of two districts: Lắk district and Krông Bông district, in Dak Lak province, far way 60 km to the east of Buon Ma Thuot City. If you want to find a charming ecotourism site, then Chu Yang Sin National Park would be a perfect choice.

Mountain biking, sightseeing pine forest, learning about wild birds or sailing dugout on the river, organizing picnic party are great experiences that you shouldn’t miss here.

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