Friday, March 28, 2014

1Day On foot of Hoang Lien National Park

Sin Chai Village
Tour routes: Sapa – Sin Chai – Cat Cat – Y linh ho- Sapa
Duration: Fullday
Tour class: Joining Tours
Price: US$ 45/ person

Overview:
On this trip, you will enjoy  beautiful landscape with spectacular view of Hoang Lien mountain range with the peak Fansipan.

 



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Things can buy in Sapa

Brocade
Sapa, the small tourist town of Vietnam’s northwest region, reminds us of a wildly beautiful area where travellers can gain great trekking experience while discovering the rich culture of ethnic minorities groups. The wet markets and souvenir shops here are also the perfect places for ones who are longing to buy local unique gifts.

Brocade

Visiting Sapa market, you can easily get lost in the maze of colorful brocades. It is amazing when knowing that only a one-span piece of brocade can take up to two weeks of sewing. Local girls may spend months just completing one dress, as the clothes represent their skills and extreme patience. Nowadays, in an effort to satisfy the complicated requirements of customers, there are two kinds of brocades available in the market: mass-produced and handmade ones. Mass-produced brocade is brighter with more designs, while the handmade one is darker with more harmonious pattern, containing the high traditional value. Brocade can be made into clothes, dresses, bags, backpacks, purses, scarfs, and even bed coverings.

Dong A Express Train

Dong A Express Train
The newly built Dong A Express train offers deluxe services for passengers to Sapa - Lao Cai and vice versa. Dong A Express Train is wooden carriage, soft sleeper AC cabin with VIP 2berth cabin,soft 4 berths and 6 berths with toilet at either ends. Each berth is equipped with individual reading lights, baggage storage and spacious trunk for suite case and hand luggage. The train provide also water
Timetable and schedules:

Hanoi departure at 21h50, Lai Cai arrival at 6h30 Am next day
Lao Cai departure 21h00, Hanoi arrival 5h30 AM next day


Special Note:
- Our price shown in US$ for one person/ round trip ticket ( Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi )
- One way ticket are available
- Offer free picking up from Hotel in Hanoi to your cabin
- Free of charge for children under 5 year old sharing parent's existing berths
- Ticket price does not include meals on the train but include snack and drinks
- WC are not in cabin

Lufthansa airlines suspends flights to Vietnam

Lufthansa airlines

Lufthansa German Airlines has announced its suspension of flights to Ho Chi Minh City as from March 25 after 23 years operating in Vietnam.

Lufthansa representative office in Vietnam will also close within the next few days. However, Lufthansa‘s sale service will continue to operate as normal and provide tickets for customers on air routes from Bangkok (Thailand) and Singapore to Germany.

Vo Huy Cuong, Deputy Head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), said Lufthansa announced its suspension of flights to Vietnam two weeks ago.

“The German airlines cited fleet restructuring as the primary reason leading up to its decision,” he added.

It’s hard to evaluate the efficiency of Lufthansa via HCM City-Germany route, Cuong said, adding that the national flag carrier - Vietnam Airlines – is effectively exploiting the route.

“Vietnam Airlines even has plans to increase flights to Germany,” he noted.

 Source: VOV

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tying the knot Dao style in Sapa

Love bracelet
The Dao ethnic people in the northern province of Lao Cai wear matched silver bracelets, and not rings, once a young woman accepts a man's proposal for marriage.

Phan Giao Vang, 42, lives in one of the most remote houses in Ta Phin Commune, Sa Pa District. It is located on a mountain top which can only be reached through narrow paths.But despite this, many Dao people, some even from hundreds of kilometers away, make their way to the place to ask Vang to make "proposal" bracelets for their children.

Typical handicraft of ethnic minorities in Sapa

Handicraft in Sapa
Until the 1980s, most of the mountain populations in Vietnam used to produce nearly all their everyday life objects. Clothes, basketwork, metal and wooden objects, jewellery, pottery, etc. were made locally according to techniques that were often specific to an area or an ethnic group. These objects are still made today for family use and occasionally offered for sale.

The Tay grow cotton, spin it, weave it, and dye it to make the traditional blankets for the wedding dowries. The Hmong grow hemp and use its strong fibres to make their clothes, which they dye with indigo.

In certain villages, people raise silkworms to make the beautiful silk thread they use to embroider their clothes. The Dao (Mien) women and the Hmong make veritable pictures with their incredibly precise embroideries. Lots of traditional fabrics can be found in the Sa Pa and Bac Ha ethnic markets. Most of the patterns embroidered by the Hmong and the Dao or woven by the Tay and the Thai carry a meaning. They often symbolise a baby, a tree, a bird, a snail, the moon, etc.