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.


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.


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.


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.