Thursday, October 31, 2013

Seven famous hot springs in North Vietnam

Kim Boi
When the cold wind comes, it’s time for tourists to visit hot mineral springs. Not only relaxing, bathing in these springs helps restore health, cure some skin, joint and heart diseases. Below are the seven hot springs for you in the northern Vietnam.

1. Quang Hanh in Quang Ninh province
Located in Cam Pha town, more than 10 km from the center of Ha Long city, Quang Hanh hot spring is familiar to local people. Lying on the tourism road from Ha Long to Van Don and Mong Cai, Quang Hanh hot spring is also the favorite stop for many tourists.


Motobiking

Motobiking to Sa Pa
If you're not a trekker but are keen to explore the area, renting a motorbike is an alternative. Bikes can be rented from a number of locations around town or ask at your hotel.
Daily rental prices as of July 2013 were US$4 for a semi-automatic and US$6 for an automatic. If you're after a manual, head to Hung's on Muong Hoa, where you can rent a Win-style imported bike for US$7.
As for routes, from Sapa one option is to head down Muong Hoa Street towards Ta Van, Cau May or Ban Ho village – all clearly signposted from the main road. The road hugs the side of the mountain with unobstructed views of the valleys and mountains to the south, with some truly jaw-dropping outlooks onto the stepped paddy climbing up the slopes. But take care: it's possible to drive off the edge when distracted by the sense-tingling views.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trekking background: Minorities in Lao Cai

Sapa
Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country with 54 distinct groups; the largest group is the Kinh (or Viet), which accounts for around 86% of the population, with the other 53 groups referred to as the minority groups. Lao Cai province counts more than 20 minorities, with the largest being Hmong, followed by Tay and Dao. In Sapa you will come across mostly Black Hmong and Red Dao, while Bac Ha is in the heart of Flower Hmong district.
As with other minorities spread across Vietnam, families of these groups tend to live in small villages, following traditional ways of life. They live off the land, often making their own clothing and following particular customs when it comes to births, marriages and deaths. Most live in poorer conditions than the Kinh, with a lack of access to sufficient sanitation and water, no access to health services and far lower incomes.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sapa tourist attractions listed in Vietnam’s record book

Tourist in Sa Pa
Two famous tourist attractions in Sapa district of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai have been listed in Vietnam Records Book, according to the Lao Cai provincial Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism.
They are O Quy Ho pass, known as the longest one in Vietnam, on Highway 4D running through the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The 50-km lies on the way from Lao Cai to Lai Chau provinces.
The Vietnam Record Book Centre (Vietkings) also enlisted the terraced field in Vu Lung Sung hamlet, Trung Chai commune, as the most beautiful one with a record number of 121 steps.

Ma Tra – new venue for tourists in Sapa

Ma Tra Hamlet

Sapa in Lao Cai Province is a must-visit destination for those keen to discover the unique beauty of Vietnam’s ethnic mountainous life as it combines spectacular landscapes with an exotic lifestyle.
Sapa District has added Ma Tra Hamlet into its growing list of stunning destinations in the area.
Located five kilometers from southeast Sapa Town, the hamlet is home to Mong ethnic people and only boasts around 50 homes. The villagers survive using their craft such as weaving brocade, silk, forging farming tools and carving silver.
The whole of Sapa District is dominated by the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range which boasts Vietnam’s highest mountain of Fansipan at a height of 3,142 meters above sea level. The town of Sapa lies at an altitude of about 1,600 meters, bringing in a cool and foggy look to the area.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sapa Homestay exploring 4 nights.

Sapa homestay
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Ban Ho - Nam Toong - My Son - Thanh Phu - Sapa - Hanoi
Duration: 4 days 5 nights
Tour class: private tour only
Price: contact us for best price

Description

This five days hard trekking trip offers a chance to explore the most stunning area of Sapa district which is under protection of Hoang Lien Son nature reserve. Trekking from 6 to 7 hours every day you will follow foot paths up and down mountains, through forest, terraced rice paddies, crossing river and water streams by suspension bridges… from village to village of different ethnic minorities including H’mong, Zao, Tay, Xa Pho,.. Paying visit to local homes, witnessing daily life activities and especially village home staying will bring the interesting insight of local life.         

Home stay and walking tour in Sapa 4 days 5 nights

Sapa trekking
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Ta Van  - Seo Mi Ty - Den Thang - Ta Trung Ho - Nam Toong - Ban Ho - Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 4 days 5 nights
Tour class: private tour only
Price: contact us for best price

Description
Three days trekking from the centre of spectacular Muong Hoa valley up and down hills you will challenge your feet with hard trekking while enjoying beauty of nature, meeting and making acquaintance to tribal peoples from different ethnic groups to enrich your knowledge with different culture and way of life. You also have chance to experience peoples and especially their hospitality while staying two nights in their homes.     

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Muong Thanh, the largest field in Northwest Vietnam

Most tourists only know about the terrace fields in the Northwest region of Vietnam but this place is also famous for its four large rice fields. Topping the list is the Muong Thanh field with an area of over 140 km2, in Dien Bien province.
Canh dong Muong Thanh

The three others are Muong Lo in Yen Bai, Muong Than in Lai Chau and Muong Tac in Son La.
Located at an altitude of more than 400 m above sea level, Muong Thanh field stretches over 20 km with an average width of 6 km.
In the past, it was very difficult for tourists to go to Dien Bien because of the hindrances from many winding steeps and rugged high mountain passes. In particular, the Pha Din Pass - one of the four most dangerous in Vietnam - was really a hardship that is not easy to overcome. Today with the launch of the Hanoi - Dien Bien air route, the movement becomes easier and the opportunity to explore the Northwestern region is available for any tourist.

Dong Van Karst Plateau to become national tourist site

Ha Giang ProvinceThe Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has made a survey in the districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac and discussed with Ha Giang province authorities on developing tourism in this province. Accordingly, the global geological park of Dong Van Karst Plateau will be built into a national tourism site.
Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark joined the Global Geopark Network on October 3, 2010. Its administrative area covers 2,356 sq. kilometers in four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac. The plateau features geological heritage, cultural heritage and biodiversity.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Stone Church of Sa Pa

Nha tho da Sa Pa
Located on a prime location next to the Ham Rong mountain is a shield, the front is broad, flat. It is considered as the heart of Sa Pa town, standing at the four sides can be observed relic.

The church was built from the early 20th century by the French. The shape and the architecture of the church is elegant. The whole church was built by stone that are linked by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. With total area over 6000m2, Sapa church has space for the layout of the area.

Since it was built until now, the church of Pa is always the site of many cultural traditions of the peoples here. The church of Sapa is always a place where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa.

Besides, due to a construction project is very early, with the land and the people here, Sa Pa Church is experiencing a lot of historical events. The first, the church always has priests in order to offer parishioners. Many years later, the activities of the church have stalled because of the presence of Japanese troops. After that, the church became he repository of rice.
With a taciturn character as the inherent nature, the Sa Pa is the hidden mysteries are still dormant waiting to be discovered.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Binh Lu - Tam Duong market ( Sunday only )

Binh Lu - Tam Duong Market
Location: Binh Lu and Tam Duong market is located on the other side of Sapa, passing the 1900 meter Tram Ton pass, Viet Nam's highest mountain pass and considered the most beautiful stretch of road in the country.

The market open every Sunday Every from 8 am to 1 pm. Being set up just on the side of the main road and surrounded by steep mountains and hills covered with green tea plantation, the Tam Duong market is held on every Sunday. It is not as big and colorful as the markets in Bac Ha and Muong Hum and crowded on some moths from September to April but is worth to spend an hour attending these 2 markets as additional activity to the Northwest trip.

The town is bustling with activity as the local hill tribes gather for their weekly market day, amazing tribal markets in Binh Lu where thousand of Thai Kadai language groups such as Tai Lu, Tai Laos, White Tai, and H'mong - Yao group (black Yao, Yao Lantien..) Giay, Khomu.. comes to buy and sell their own produces.



Ban Pho Commune in Sa Pa

The Hmong villagers are some of the kindest people you’ll meet in Vietnam.  Moreover , these villages are very beautiful ,and Ban Ho is one of these villages. Especially  Ban Pho is very famous for its specialty “corn wine”.
Ban Pho commune

Monday, October 14, 2013

Train Seats and Berths

Going by train to go to Sa Pa, tourist have plenty of choice about ticket. There are four main option:

Hard-seat
Hard Seat
 Hard-berth has three tiers of beds (six berths per cabin). The upper berth is cheapest and the lower is most expensive and their level of comfort ascends by the price.
Hard berth

 Soft-seat includes vinyl-covered seats.
Soft Seat

 Soft-berth has two tiers of beds (four berths per cabin). Within this soft-berth option, the cabin quality also varies, ranging from wood-paneled one to harsh plastic one.
Sort-berth

From Hanoi to Sa Pa, there is a supremely luxurious option, which have two berths per room with luxurious facilities as found in 4 or 5 star hotels. This includes  Livitrans Train, King Express, Sapaly and Victoria trains. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Biking-1 Day – MaTra – Tafin – Tako - Sapa – Lao Cai Train station (B, L, D)

Takco mineral water
Price: 155 usd/person
Routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - MaTra – Tafin – Tako - Sapa – Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 1 day/2 night
ITINERARY:

Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai
PM 7:30pm - Depart from your hotel in Hanoi by private car/van to Ha Noi Railway Station to catch the night train (soft sleeper 4 berth sharing cabin with air conditioning) to Lao Cai.

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - MaTra – Tafin – Tako - Sapa – Lao Cai (B,L,D)

5.00am - Arrive in Lao Cai. Get to the exit of the train station where you can find your name sign held by Sapa Pathfinder guide. The bus ride uphill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sapa trekking - Can Cau market - Bac Ha market ( 3 days - 4 nights )

Giang Ta Chai village
Tour routes: Hanoi - Sapa - Catcat village - Laochai - Tavan Village - Giang Ta Chai Villages - Can Cau Market - Bac Ha Town - Bac Ha Market - Lao Cai Station - Ha Noi 
Duration: 3 days / 4 nights
Tour class: Private tour
Price: Contact us


Sapa has many famous markets: Bac Ha market, Lung Phin Market, Can Cau market, Coc Ly market, Tam Duong Market…It attracted so many tourist go to visit. This is one of the forms of tourism are more tourists love to visit is in Sapa, discover and experience the meetings market in the highlands. The market is most fully reflects life, culture and customs of a region. Market in Sapa highlands sell all kinds of jungle products such as fruits, flowers, birds, animals, rice, assorted clothing, fabric ...