Monday, November 23, 2015

Lao Cai Travel Guide

Another province in the Northeastern region of Vietnam, Lao Cai adjoins four Vietnam’s provinces Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Yen Bai and Son La. It has a total area of up to 6’383.9 sq. km and a population of 613.1 thousand inhabitants, including major ethnic groups of the country such as Viet (Kinh), H’Mong, Tay, Dao, Thai, etc.


As its location implies, Lao Cai possess a true
mountainous yet diverse topography with several 
valleys lying between hills and mountains. Fansipan - the most famous mountain peak in Vietnam and also the highest peak in the Indochina Peninsula, stands 3’143 m above the sea level. This is one of the most precious treasures of Asia, and one of the most visited attractions in the whole country. There are approximately 107 rivers flowing pass Lao Cai, including Red River (the one that crosses Hanoi), Chay River, and Nam Mu River. Such wondrous terrain also gives the province more than 30 types of mineral among which cooper, iron and apatite are most valuable. Mother Nature also loves this land so much that she gave it an admirable variety of biological treasures: 2000 types of flower, 442 types of bird and animal. Many of them can only be found in Lao Cai and nowhere else in Vietnam, or in the world to be exact.

Lao Cai’s climate can gives you a whole range of feelings: sometimes it is too cold to enjoy the scenery, but most of the time it is dry and cool enough to become one’s frequent getaway. Annual average temperature is about 23oC. Snow is reported to have fallen down during some winter, but they are totally the tropical type of snow! So in a nutshell, the weather can be summarized in two words: chill out! The rains only come between April and September, but they are the mild, romantic tropical rains that are worth looking for.

If you have ever heard about Vietnam tourism, you might have known a little bit about the famed Sa Pa tourism magnet. Yes it is in Lao Cai. But apart from Sa Pa, there are still hundreds of places that can amaze you in this part of Vietnam. If you want something historical, try visiting Muong Hao Valley, Pho Rang vestige, and beautiful caves in Cam Duong or Bac Ha. Those are where you can find pictures, maps, handwritings from centuries ago. If you want to try something else more 
entertaining, a trekking trip to the villages of the ethnic groups such as Cat Cat Village is an absolutely good idea. No matter which type of person you are, or what resource you have available, there will be something for you to explore in Lao Cai. Now get ready, let’s go!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hanoi-Halong-Sapa

Hanoi, Ha Long, and Sapa are among the must-see destinations in Northern Vietnam. Experience their best in 7-day trip to catch the rough, yet significant glimpse of the three places.

Highlights of this trip

    In-depth Sapa experiences with local homestay
    Learning Vietnamese ethnic minorities' way of life
    Intense trekking through bamboo forest of Hoang Lien National Park


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

 
You will be warmly welcome upon arrival Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel by our driver. Free at the rest of the day. Meals are on your own. Overnight in Hanoi


Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Morning pick up and enjoy a day Hanoi city tour including Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, The Presidential Palace, House on stilt and One Pillar Pagoda). Continue to visit the Temple of Literature - the First University of Vietnam. Lunch in a local restaurant. Afterward, visiting Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Return to Hanoi Old Quarter for a daily-life-discovering walking tour. Return to hotel. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Hanoi


Day 3: Hanoi > Halong
 
Morning pick up and transfer to Halong Bay. Arrive to Halong at noon and get on our traditional wooden boat/cruise. Enjoy your time for relaxing, sightseeing and swimming. Visit the Floating Fishing village and go swimming if the weather permits. Meals are included. Overnight on board


Day 4: Halong > Hanoi > Night Train To Lao Cai


Wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day. View the sunrise over the bay and after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. Have a walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi and stay overnight. Dinner is on your own. Free until time for transfer to the train station for your night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train


Day 5: Lao Cai > Sapa - Trekking to The Village
 
Early morning arrive at Lao Cai. Transfer to breathtaking-landscapes Sapa (a home to various Vietnamese ethnic minorities) with our local guide. Local breakfast at Sapa before trekking to the villages. Sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind before going downhill to idyllic Cat Cat village. Stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while. Trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces and enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. Arrive at Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while river-nearby lunch is served. Head to Muong Hoa valley then pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Ta Van village of Giay minority. Spend the night in local house of Giay minority. Walk along the valley to enjoy the view as well as swim in the river nearby. Dinner and homestay with local people.


Day 6: More trekking – Sapa > Night Train Back to Hanoi

Leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority after breakfast. Trek through bamboo forest belonging to Hoang Lien National Park. Pass by a romantic waterfall, take a rest and enjoy the surrounding. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. Continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road after luch. Back to Sapa by car. Free until time for transfer to Lao Cai train station for your night train back to Hanoi. Dinner is on your own. Overnight on train


Day 7: Hanoi

Early morning arrive to Hanoi. Trip ends

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ham Rong mountain

Adjacent to the town, Ham Rong mountain is one of the musts for tourists when visiting Sapa.

Being shaped like a dragon’s head dimly looming in the thin veil of the early morning, Ham Rong (Dragon Jaw) Mountain that is fine combination of man-made and natural landscape is an attractive tourist area in the center of Sapa town.

What to see

Ham Rong is home to numerous kinds of flowers and orchard gardens. Wandering stone paths leads tourists to wild peach forest, then orchid gardens with more than 6000 orchid plants belonging to 194 kinds. Besides, there are a lot of indigenous and exotic flowers grown along the paths like Lily of the Nile, hydrangea, geraniums, ox-eyed daisy and cheery blossom. Mountain fruits like peach, plum, and pear are also found here. The scenery hidden in the fog and echo sound from bamboo flute of Mong minority boy change this place into a heaven on the earth.

Another interesting activity is conquering San May (Cloud Yard), the peak of Ham Rong Mountain at the altitude of 1800m to enjoy the imposing panorama of Sapa town. In sunny days, from here tourists can even see the peak of Fansipan under clear sky with white cloud floating around. Along the way to San May, tourists may drop by Cong Troi 1, Cong Troi 2 (Heaven Gate1 and 2) for resting and photo taking. These places also offer visitors a great view to French villas and terraced fields below.

When to go

The best time to visit Ham Rong is spring, when all flowers in the mountain blossom, boast their beauty and perfume.

How to get there

The foot of Ham Rong Mountain is only a short walk from Sapa church. It just takes tourists staying in Sapa town very few minutes to walk from their hotel to Ham Rong Mountain.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hoang Yen Chao Castle

Hoang Yen Chao Castle


Hoang Yen Chao Castle is a unique architectural construction combining Eastern style and Western style

Location & History

Hoang Yen Chao Castle is a unique architectural construction combining Eastern style and Western style. Built in the 20th century, it belongs to Na Hoi Tho Village, Bac Ha district. Its proximity to Bac Ha Market (only 300m away) makes it increasingly popular in the recent years.

Architecture


The castle was built as the resident of Hoang Yen Chao, and later, his son Hoang A Tuong. With two-floor architecture, it also functions as a fortress. The castle possesses a vital location that enables its residents to influence and control the whole Bac Ha valley. From afar, you can easily notice the white castle standing vividly against the blue sky and the green fields of Lao Cai.

High fences, blockhouses and deep trenches, as well as invincible defending towers used to protect the castle from the enemies in the past. Unfortunately, time has swiped away those wonderful features. However, you can still see the system of dangerous strap full of spikes built around the castle (caution: they are real!). After strolling around the construction, make sure that you go inside and take a look at all the vestiges that survive the destructive flow of time!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ta Phin Village

 Though Sapa has long been familiar with tourists, Ta Phin Village is still a new name to almost everybody. Located about 17km in the west of Sapa, Ta Phin is a village of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life.


Though Sapa has long been familiar with tourists, Ta Phin Village is still a new name to almost everybody. Located about 17km in the west of Sapa, Ta Phin is a village of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life.

Overview

Ta Phin is the nearest village of Red Dao’s ethnic
group within the area of Sapa district. From Sapa, it will take about 30 minutes to reach here by motorbike. The mountainous road can make it difficult for cars to move, so the best solution is to hire a “xe om”, or motorbike taxi, and the experienced driver will take you to right place at a very reasonable price with many useful advices and tips.

What to see?

Coming to Ta Phin, you will immediately catch 
sight of groups of Red Dao’s women gathering together, keeping inside their hands colorful reels of thread and cloths. They sew continuously, even when offering the goods to the customers. Amazingly, most of them can speak quite well, some use Vietnamese less than English. Since 1998, Ta Phin has officially become the “brocade village”, where tourists can find the distinctively hand-made brocades made by ethnic people. All of the products are eye-catching with numerous bright colors and patterns, ranging from bag, scarf, purse, to skirt, and even backpack and coat. Ta Phin is also the main supply of brocades 
for shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and the products are exported to foreign countries as well.

Through times, Ta Phin Village, however, still can remain its special traditions. If you are lucky enough, you can have a chance to participate in a Red Dao’s wedding, seeing how carefully they prepare and many complicated customs for this occasion. There are also several local festivals such as “dancing festival”, “greeting for the new house”, “oath-taking ceremony” that will help you understand more about the simple but happy and amiable life of ethnic people.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sapa weather

 Thanks to its geographic condition, Sapa has one of the most favourable climates in Vietnam. The temperature remains stably cool throughout the year though winter may see more severe changes, with frost and even snow (mostly from mid-December to mid-January).
Humidity is relatively high all year round, between 83-87% and temperature ranges within 15-30 Celcius degree. If you include Sapa in your itinerary, make sure to bring some warm clothes since it can get quite cold at night.

 How hot is Sapa?
Not very, in comparison with Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Thanks to its high altitude, Sapa is an ideal location for summer retreat during the overheated summer time and the scarcely populated town also has pretty fresh air. 

How wet is Sapa?
Be prepared to bring rain coat if visiting during summer time too, since there is infrequent showers. In the winter, fog and frost often make it cold enough to keep yourself warm with rain- and wind-proof outwears.

Best time to visit Sapa
In the summer, Sapa is a popular escape destination for domestic travellers, which may hamper the authentic and original experience of the town. This high season often falls between June and August.

In contrast, March-May and September- November are the two recommended periods to visit Sapa if you want a more laid-back natural and rejuvenating holiday.

September is the harvesting season in Sapa so get your camera charged in full or else you will regret every single step you walk.






Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cat Cat Village

 Nestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometers from Sapa Town, Cat Cat- the old village of 

ethnic groups- attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages. The village is within easy walking distance from any hotel in downtown Sapa.

Nestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometers 

from Sapa Town, Cat Cat- the old village of ethnic groups- attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages. The village is within easy walking distance from any hotel in downtown Sapa.

Overview

Cat Cat cultural village was formed in 19th century by the gathering of some families belonging to some ethnic groups living in mountainous areas of northern Vietnam, 
especially Black H’Mong .They lived next to each other along the mountain side and cultivated surrounding their home. Rice and corn were grown in terraced fields, while traditional handicrafts such as twisting flax and weaving fabric have been well-kept. Through times, Cat Cat Village has transferred to one appealing feature of Sapa’s tourism.

What to see?

Visiting Cat Cat, tourists will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries. People can 
easily catch sight of women sitting in front of the loom with colorful pieces of brocade, while children playing around with pets or even livestock. From the plain brocade, then women can carefully dye them with special leaves and embroider beautiful patterns of flower and animal on them. Moreover, many residents of Cat Cat Village are also skillful at manipulating sophisticated gold and silver jewelry.

The original architect of H’Mong people is interesting 
as well. Their house typically contains three rooms with three doors and po mu wood roof, while the walls’ material is sawn timber. There are other indispensable parts of the house such as altar, kitchen, places for keeping food and sleeping, etc.

What to do?

Cat Cat Village gives tourists a chance to have a glimpse into the daily life of local ethnic people, 
as well as take part in traditional activities such as weaving fabric. It is also a good opportunity to purchase some traditional souvenirs and handicrafts right from the craftsmen. People can also try some local food selling the way upcoming to the hill.

In addition, the road leading to Cat Cat Village is an easy and interesting route for trekking. The spot is only within 20-30m minutes walking from Sapa center; and the hike through mountains will offer tourists the 
wonderful picture of rice paddies, water fall, or even water buffaloes grazing leisurely.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mu Cang Chai, Hoang Su Phi - Golden Season On Plateau


When in autumn, visiting the Northwest mountains, visitors will have the chance to admire the

Mu Cang Chai - Kingdom of terraces

In autumn, is the moment the terraced fields on the high northern mountains to glow a brilliant yellow. The yellow color of ripe wheat mixed with bright sunshine and excellent early morning fog creating shimmering beauty scene picturesque nature of the mountainous northern provinces.

According one website American wrote: scenery breathtaking splendor of Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam 
beauty is really more subtle than any great scene so that in our world that we can may gender about to. The beauty here can even cause your heart to stop beating. "

Spread over an area of over 2.300ha, but most concentrated in 3 Commune, La Pan Tan, De Che Cu Nha and Xu aneurysm. Mu Cang Chai's terraced fields where rice cultivation of Mongolia and it's also the evidence, demonstrate innovation in rice farming countries adapt to the climate, soil and irrigation of ethnic hill tribes.

From on high looking down the terraces, guests will be overwhelmed by the dazzling beauty, perfection of the natural surroundings. At the moment, Mu Cang Chai is beautiful as beautiful hand-embroidered picture to every little detail, poetic and spectacular, captivated hearts. This feeling that will make you not uttered a word.

Hoang Su Phi - Splendid golden season

Is a district in the west of Ha Giang province. Hoang Su Phi terrain is relatively complex, fragmented by high mountain ranges and averages, lower toward the direction of flow of the river flowing river and Silver River, creating three main types of terrain topography high mountain, low and moderate hills, narrow valleys. Have long, the terraced fields here were not just culture but also beauty, the pride Hoang Su Phi.

In September, October, the terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi step into crop ripe. When the rice yellow glamor everywhere was covered at the back tingle phượt players hit the road to admire the beautiful.

Not only tourist attraction in the country, many international visitors come to admire traveled this unique beauty. The photographic artists see this as the ideal place to create art ... Facing immense scenery, visitors will be surprised from sight when thousands of terraced rice fields spread headline, winding around hillsides, mountain waist, shimmering under the clouds, sunbeams like a vivid picture.

Is two destination should not be missed when coming to Vietnam. Mu Cang Chang and Hoang Su Phi promises to bring visitors interesting experiences by beauty at here.
beautiful terraced rice fields of blooming yellow region most beautiful glossy like apricots in Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai), Sa Pa (Lao Cai), Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang) ... If Sapa is one very famous destination be not should missed when comming to Vietnam, Mu Cang Chai and Hoang Su Phi are also the point to no less attractive.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Unique Tour of North Vietnam 5Days

Day 1: Hanoi Arrive

Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement
Up on arrival in Hanoi , we will be welcomed by Asia Charm Tours car and driver, transferred to hotel in the city center, check in and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City tour – Night train to Sapa (B,L)
In the morning, our tour guide and driver will meet us at the lobby of the hotel at 08:30; we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, One Pillar pagoda and Temple of Literature in the morning. The rest of the day we will visit the museum of Ethnic Minority , Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple . Tour ends at hotel around 17:00, we have a shower at hotel before being picked up and transfer to train station for our night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
4 soft berth sharing cabin (Wooden air conditioner cabin)
Train: King Express, Livitran Express, Orient express or similar train
Day 3: Laocai - Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai (B,L,D)
5:00am: Pick up at Lao Cai train station to Sa Pa by minibus. Arrive in Sa Pa in the mid-morning, then have breakfast and relax at hotel, after that the guide takes you to visit two villages of Black H’mong people ( Cat Cat Village ), a waterfall and you have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French. Back to Sa Pa for lunch. At the afternoon you are free to visit Sa Pa town and Sapa market. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van – Night train back Hanoi (B,L,D)
After breakfast, the guide takes you to the villages of the H’mong and Dzay called Lao Chai and Ta Van.The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay . As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to visit Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa. Bus to Lao Cai railway. Overnight on train.
4 soft berth sharing cabin (Wooden air conditioner cabin)
Train: King Express, Livitran Express, Orient express or similar train
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L)
08:00 AM: Ideal for those with limited time, the full-day tour starts with a pick-up in Hanoi and a drive through the Red River Delta. Stop en route at a local handicraft center to purchase some unique souvenirs, such as lacquer work and silk items.
12:00 AM: Upon arrival at Halong City Pier, climb aboard your cruise boat, where a welcome cocktail will be waiting. Set sail across the bay to see some of the islands and islets with names such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock, the last the symbol of Halong Bay. The upper decks offer stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
After lunch, visit the Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace) Cave to marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites of the grotto. Enjoy an optional kayak tour, or swim off peaceful beaches if time allows. Along the way, there will be ample opportunities to take beautiful photos of the rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, and peaceful coves of the islands.
Cruise back to Halong City Pier at 17:00 for the 3.5-hour bus transfer back to Hanoi. End of service.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Phong Nha-Ke Bang - The World Natural Heritage


The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located in Bo Trach commune, Minh Hoa district, Quang Binh province, from 50 km to Dong Hoi City northwest and from 500 km to south's the capital, Hanoi.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located in a limestone area of about 200,000 hectares with a core area of the national park is 85 754 ha and 195 400 ha a wide buffer zone, to August 2013 the national park area is expandable up 1233.26 km2.

With about 300 caves and conserve ecosystems in areas north of the Truong Son North Central Vietnam. Characteristic of this national park is the tectonic limestone, 300 caves, underground rivers and rare flora and fauna in the Vietnam Red Book and World Red Book. The caves here have a total length of over 80 km but the only 20 km is exploring, of which 17 km in area and 3 km in Phong Nha-Ke Bang area.
The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is probably one of the distinctive pattern of the most beautiful and complex tectonic karst in Southeast Asia. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage by criteria geology and geomorphology in 2003, and the 2nd by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage with biodiversity criteria, ecology on 3 months 7 2015.

Compared with 41 other World Heritage karst, Phong Nha-Ke Bang terrain conditions, geomorphology and biological differences. Karst here dating from the Paleozoic era, 400 million years ago, so Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is the largest karst Asian shares, is considered valuable caves leading with 4 points best: Has the longest underground river, has the highest and widest entrance, wide sandy beaches and the most beautiful, the most beautiful stalactites. Beside, Beside, compared to the other three national parks have been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage in
Southeast Asia, the Karst of the National Park Phong Nha-Ke Bang older age, geological structure is more complicated and there are a variety of underground river systems and more complex.
With beautiful cave systems and rich than anywhere in the world along with the flora and fauna is equally diverse, The Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park being a destination get the support of all domestic and foreign tourists.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fansipan Climbing Sapa Tour

Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
Pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Hanoi station for night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on the train.

Day 01: Lao Cai - Sapa, Fansipan peak conquering (B,L, D)
After enjoying breakfast , 8h30 the bus will take you to Tram Ton which belongs to Hoang Lien Son natural reservation center at the height of 1,800m above sea level. You will follow the forest path with small bamboo trees along to start your conquering over Fansipan peak. Stop for a
picnic lunch then continue your trip.
17h00: You stop for camping, firing and stay
overnight in small tents at the height of 2,800m.

Day 02: Fansipan (B, L,D)trek-fansipan
6h30 am: After breakfast, we will continue our trip to conquer Fansipan peak (3143m).
10h30: You will reach the top of Fansipan peak, taking photographs and celebrating your victory. After that, you will come back to the height of 2,800m for lunch.
13h00: You will follow the bamboo path to come back to Sapa.
At 16h30, the bus will take you back to Tram Ton keep forward to Sapa for a bath in the hotel.
18h00, you will be taken by bus to Lao Cai station. Have dinner in Lao Cai. Then you get on
the train.

Day 3: Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi at 05.00am. End of tour.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Unforgettable taste of frog dishes of Tay people in Lao Cai



Unforgettable taste of frog dishes of Tay people in Lao Cai

There are many dishes made from frog meat, but to food was delicious and unique as the frog meat is processed from the Tay ethnic minority people in Vinh Yen, Bao Yen, Lao Cai province is very rare.

Often living in streams in the mountainous region in the northwest, Hiu gloomy, 'frog finger grooves or Johns' Johns frog in English, is a rare frog species in Vietnam.

When frogs are born, they grow very fast.Tay people just need to bring bamboo baskets to catch a lot of frogs from streams or get them from rocks where they usually cling to.

The two most common ways to make dishes from the fresh Johns’ frog of Tay people are to fry the frog with sour bamboo sprout or cook sour soup with forest leaves but when making dishes out of dried Johns’ frogs, people soak them into the water of sour bamboo sprout to make them soft and aromatic. Then, they embalm the frogs with chili and deep fry them.

To make the fried frogs more delicious, people create a sauce from Chinese chive, green chili, and salt. For Tay people, the Johns’ frog is far tastier than squid.

When travel to Sapa. Coming to Vinh Yen Commune, visitors can taste dishes made from Johns’ frogs at bistros of Tay people along the stream banks. You will feel satisfied with this attractive delicacies.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Worshipping Forest Festival in Lao Cai


Activities: Worship two ancient trees (Father and Mother trees), and worship people who sacrifice

To Lao Cai border land, travelers probably will not miss the opportunity to mix with the festive character of the upland areas, including forest worship festival of the ethnic Nung, Dao, Mong … traditions that through many generations have always been to preserve and develop
 Worshipping Forest Festival of the Nung take place on the 29th day of the first lunar month, in Muong Khuong District, Lao Cai Province.
 
Worship two ancient trees (Father and Mother trees), and worship people who sacrifice their life for reclaiming the village. Games: contest of leng hao, lan co singing, swinging, wood chess playing.

From the forest worship festival to remind people to protect forest green. After the ceremony, everyone signed commitment to protecting forests and planting more trees in the garden, hills and enjoy the aromatic yeast and other folk games with strong ethnic identity, such as blindfold catching goats, throwing, carousel, etc.
their life for reclaiming the village. Games: contest of leng hao, lan co singing, swinging, wood chess playing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sapa – Halong Bay Tour – 4 Days

This tour will take you from the mountain to the bay, the most beautiful landscape of Northern Vietnam.
With a short 4 days trip but we have a chance to discover the life style of the hill tribe , the terraced rice field in Sapa as well as the world heritage sites of Halong bay.

Night train: Hanoi - Lao Cai tour-ruong-bac-thang-sapa
Train: King Express /Chapa
Evening, pick up at your hotel then transfer to the station for a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on soft sleeper berths cabin to Lao Cai.
Day 01: Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B, L, D)
We arrive Lao Cai train station in the early morning. Pick up and driving to Sapa, it takes us around one hour to make our way up the mountains. Once at Sapa,
we have breakfast (we will have room if it is available –
but the check in time after 12:00). We embark on a
lovely walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat,
home of the H'Mong hill tribe minority people. As we
walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa can canh sapa
we will meet some of the local minority people on
their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the
opportunity to share cultural experiences with families that live in the area.
Overnight in Sapa.
 Day 02: Sapa - Muong Hoa Valley - Night train to Hanoi (B, L, D)
Train: King Express /Chapa
Get up in the early morning and enjoy the fresh air
and the daily life at Sapa market. Back to hotel for
breakfast. At 9.00 we embark on a lovely trek that
will take us along buffalo paths and trails and
through several hills tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta
Van, home to Black H'mong, and Dzay people.
This is an absolutely spectacular walk through Sapa
stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest
people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you
can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that
surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. We back to Sapa in the afternoon and wait for your transfer to the station for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.
Day 03: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Around 5:00 AM, you will arrive Hanoi. Our guide
will pick you up at station then take you to hotel.
You will have free time to relax and have breakfast
before starting Halong Bay Tour.
08h00 – 08h30: Pick-up at hotel and start the
scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the
landscape of the Red River Delta country side and Sundeck
have a short break on the way.
12h00 – 12h30: Embark on Cruise followed by a
short cruise briefing
13h00 – 15h30: Savor a delectable lunch as  Cruises among the limestone islands…
15h30 – 16h30: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Luon Cave area.
16h30: Back to the  Cruise
16h30 – 17h30: Cruise to Soi Sim island. Go swimming
and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climp up to the
top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay
17h30: Return to the main boat for a shower. Relax
or snap photos as the sun starts to set
19h00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests,
fish for squid, or just laze around
Overnight on board.Premium triple
Day 04: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)
06h30 – 07h00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
07h30 – 08h30: Have breakfast at sunrise.
08h30 – 09h30: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and more…
10h30 – 11h30: While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00: Disembark Cruise
12h30: Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center.
16h30 – 17h00: Trip finishes.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hanoi City Tour Day Trip


Hanoi is one of the most interesting cities in Southeast Asia. The City is slow-paced yet quick to charm, with a lovely landscape of lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and French-colonial architecture. Hanoi personifies the spirit of historic Vietnam in the temples, monuments and pockets of ancient culture along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, yet perfectly reflects the rapid changes sweeping the country as Hanoi Yuppies sip cappuccinos in roadside cafes and compare cell...

Today we start our one-day city tour from the lobby of the hotel. We will drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hour to visit: Ho Chi Minh''''s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum and one pillar pagoda.

Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam''''s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Lunch will be at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi.


In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam; Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam''''s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Following by that we will wander around the city by car to see the real life of Hanoian as well as the difference parts the city.one pillar pagoda

After that we will take one-hour cyclo (paddle rickshaw) around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally, each of the 36 streets names was related to the products being sold there.

Tour finishes. You can enjoy the Water puppet show after the tour if you want.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hoang Lien National Park - Ban Ho Valley 7 Days



Tour Code: SPT004
Price from: $US369
Duration: 7 days/ 8 nights
Tour route: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Ta Van – Seomity –Ta Trung Ho – Muong Bo – Sin Chai B – Nam Sai – Lao Cai – Hanoi.

Tour overview:
On this trip, you have time for explore one of the most beautiful parts in Sapa area, which is under protection of Hoang Lien National Park.
You will have an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful parts in Sapa area, which is under protection of Hoang Lien National Park. At night you spend in campsite nearby a river will be memorial moments along the trek with Both valleys are beautiful with mountainous surrounding and rice paddy terraces.