Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Carnaval Hạ Long 2015

With theme of "Converging quintessence - spreading smile", Halong Carnaval will officially take place at night on 04/27/2015 on Hoang Quoc Viet street, Hung Thang Ward, Halong City (Quang Ninh).

Quang Ninh authority said: Halong Carnaval Festival is peaking activity of 2015 Vietnam Tourism. Therefore, the preparation is urgently implemented.


On the agenda, Carnaval is composed of several parts: the opening ceremony, arts performance, Carnaval parade and fireworks show. Although two performances separated on stage but the difference of this time is both parts will take place in parallel during the festival to create festive atmosphere lively and new strange for audiences.

Theme of parade is "Ha Long Smile". This year there are about 10 flower cars, participatory models with performances of vibrant rhythms and also the participation of over 50 Miss, professional models and over 2,000 public actors from Quang Ninh. In particular, this festival expresses the idea of "Halong friendship" by representing the colors of neighbor nations such as Thailand, Laos, China through their dance, traditional costumes.


Over 8 times of organization, Carnaval becomes a tourism brand of Quang Ninh. Vibrant street festivals siphon thousands of tourists to come here every year to welcome a brilliant summer. With the participation of local people and tourists, indigenous cultural elements are increasingly seemed more pronounced through every period of the festival.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Five most beautiful islands in Vietnam

Vietnam has more than 4000 islands contributing to marine tourism development. Below is a list of 5 most beautiful islands in Vietnam.

1. Binh Hưng Island 

Binh Hung Island situated near Binh Ba Island, it is considered as a new pristine place to discover. From the pier, it takes 5 minutes by speedboat to this Island. Binh Hung has not been exploited for tourism purpose hence it is still pretty quiet and peaceful.


Freshwater Beach is a beach you should not miss. The name is originated from a fresh water stream flows through this beach to the sea. Binh Hung also attracted tourists by Hon Chut lighthouse, Stone Eggs beaches and other tourist services which is similar to Binh Ba. Besides, there is also a beautiful Kim beach with 3-color sea water. The water is very clean so you even can see the bottom with white sand which fascinates many tourist’s hearts.

2. Binh Ba Island

This Island belongs to Khanh Hoa province and far way from Cam Ranh port about 15km. You could visit Binh Ba in any season of the year. Travel expenses and meals are very cheap. All you need to do is to enjoy the beach with a full belly of seafood. Binh Ba is famous for Chướng Beach, Nom Beach and Old House beach, where you can welcome dawn or unleash yourself in snorkeling and fishing.


Specialty of Binh Ba is lobster sold for net price and good quality by fishermen. Binh Ba Island has been exploited only for a few years hence the price of the service is still much cheap. However, some people have changed somewhat unspoiled nature, the beauty of the island. Especially, this is not the island for foreigners to visit. This is only for Vietnamese people

3. Co To Island

To visit and explore the island, you can spend 1 to 2 days here. Unlike other islands, they discover this island by bike. Places recommend in this island are Co To lighthouse, Van Chai, Hong Van port. You should not miss the small Co To Island near there. You should get up early to go to the market to buy seafood such as squid, scallops, clams.... You can manually create the unique BBQ table on the beach of Co To Island.

4. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is the famous tourist island, had reached the top 3 most beautiful tourist destinations to visit in winter, voted by National Geographic. Owning the world's most beautiful beaches such as Sao Beach, Long Beach and dozens of other pristine beaches, it provides abundant seafood such as sea urchins, scallops, snails, cobia, herring… You could not miss some great experience in Phu Quoc as snorkeling, squid fishing, watching the sun set at Dinh Cau bridge. The best way to explore Phu Quoc is ride a motorbike since the uncompleted roads create challenges for the "driver".


5. Con Son Island

For people passionate about traveling, Con Dao is a place that should go once in a lifetime. Due to the distance, it still remains true beauty though many resorts has grown up. Travelling to Con Dao, you should not miss Hang Duong cemetery to offer incense to patriotic martyr at 0h. In addition, Dam Trau Beach is the most beautiful beach in Con Dao Island.

Friday, March 20, 2015

US Newspapers wrote about the value of traditional culture in Vietnam

Recently, The Huffington Post News (USA) has published an article confirming that Vietnam traditional cultural values will bring a bright future for Vietnam tourism industry. This article written by the author Tamar Lowell, CEO of Access Trips - a tour company is headquartered in the State of Washington, USA.

Author Tamar Lowell said that Vietnam is a destination to evoke many emotions with those images will stay long in the memories of visitors. That is a picture of farmers with shimmering smiles, wearing conical hats are assiduously nurtured for their rice fields, or the scent of the herbs used in Vietnamese cuisine such as lime leaves, ginger slices, mint and basil leaves...


It also seems as a romantic stay in the architecture of the French colonial period. It is the hope emanating from those who are hardworking, patience people in life. Vietnam is a strange country among modern flow, rolling in everyday life, people still preserve the traditional culture of the past thousand years of history.

The article written by Tamar Lowell was opening so sympathetic. Author herself had also traveled to Vietnam and the greatest feelings are the excitement even mesmerized for Vietnam. Since she was a child, Tamar had always read the information about Vietnam, watched a lot of movies about Vietnam, and even participated in a classroom to learn about the history of Indochina.

So, when the US and Vietnam began to normalize relations, Tamar was immediately planned a trip before graduating University. For her, it is a meaningful trip to mark her young age, before officially entering livelihoods. May 7/1994, Tamar was among the first Americans to Vietnam after the war.


Over two decades later, Tamar still keeps abreast of the rapid changes in Vietnam and realized that sooner or later, Vietnam still exudes a core characteristic way, separately, that is the beauty of longstanding cultural traditions. For Vietnam people, Tamar noticed the biggest feature is the openness and sincerity.

For Tamar, Vietnam, unlike many other developing countries, here, visitors are respected indigenous people, the hawkers approach, offering guests politely. Tamar said she loved the Vietnam because of the particular person she had ever met and optimism for the society. Vietnam is the country quickly stepped forward, but the beauty of traditional culture has always accompanies with modern life. The ancient buildings, beautiful in Hanoi; streets in Hoi An lanterns hanging; women in conical hats, long robes; and above all, the hospitality of the local people ... "It's amazing when Vietnam's tourism has grown rapidly in the past two decades, but never lost his spirit remains characteristic", Tamar has ended her article.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Travelling in Sapa

Sapa is a small highland town in Lao Cai, Vietnam. This beautiful town has been a famous resort in Vietnam from French colonial time. This land is known for its romantic and charming natural landscape. Visiting Sapa, you cannot miss the chance to visit the following interesting tourist attractions.


Travelling to Sapa in sunny days, you could admire this spectacular city center with sparkling scenery of plum flower or rainbow of fountain.


1. Cat Cat village

Cat Cat village is an ethnic village of the H’mong near Sapa town. This is a well – known tourist attraction that you cannot miss. In this village, you will have a golden chance to experience the traditional culture of the Mong people through the colourful brocade and the unique house architecture here. Houses here are made mainly of wood with worship space, kitchen, bedrooms, etc. The main door is always closed and they only open it when there is a wedding or federal.


2. Ham Rong mountain

Ham Rong mountain is located right in the heart of Sapa town. You have to buy entrance tickets to visit this magnificent mountain. To get to Ham Rong, you need to walk through hundreds of stone steps. This is the world of flowers with lots of different colors. When you get to the top of the mountain, you are bound to see a panorama of the whole town – a wonderful scene that you don’t want to miss.


3.  Fansipan summit

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Indochina. Standing on ‘the roof of Indochina’ is the dream of many young people. This is probably the place that tourists want to visit most in Sapa.  The feeling of standing on the height of 3.143 m breathing the fresh air and taking photos with your dear ones is sure to be the experience that not everyone can have.


However, nowadays, standing on Fansipan summit is no longer a distant dream when the way to conquer the summit is made much more easier with a cable system. This system is being built and will soon finish.

4. The old stone church 

This church is located in the central of Sapa town and was built of stones in the style of Roman Gothic architecture. Tourists love this place for its European surrounding scenes. The ancient beauty of the church is sure to make your trip to Sapa unforgettable.


The stone church is glimmering both at dawn and at night time.


5. Ta Phin village, Ta Van village, Lao Chai village

The ethnic villages are the places that you cannot miss in your itinerary.

Visiting these ethnic villages creates a chance for you to experience the life of a local resident. The traditional culture and ethnic identities are sure to bring you an unforgettable memory.


Also, you can buy the local jewelries or brocade textiles here. More interestingly, you can have a chance to try a special service – medicinal bathing. This is a local feature of the indigenous Red Dao.

6. Silver waterfall, Cat Cat waterfall, Love waterfall, Gold waterfall.

The famous waterfalls associated with many legends and thrilling stories recounted by the locals are sure to fascinate you and your friends. These are the magnificient waterfalls surrounded by a lot of beautiful sceneries.


Another thing that is going to excite you is the extremely interesting and impressive sound created by the flowing waterfall from on high.

Besides, you could also go to Heaven Gate in Sapa to look over the spectacular scenery of moutain and cloud. It is such an unforgetable experience and romatic place for any couple who expect to admire sunset momment as well.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bat Trang Pottery Village

Bat Trang pottery village is located along the Red River in Gia Lam District, Hanoi suburb. Bat Trang means The Great Yard, is a land of skillful craftmen.  This name is formed under Le reign which is the integration between the five families in Bo Bat Su Thanh village. The 5 biggest families including Tran, Vuong, Nguyen, Le,  Pham. They made a meeting  and decided to take some artists, potters and children left the village and migrate  to Thang Long citadle to develop their career.  They stoped at Ming Trang village.


Today the village of Bat Trang Pottery specializes in producing of many different capabilities from: utensils, worshiping, ceramics and fine arts, etc. Here the family retained quality craft passed down by his father, that the products are displayed and sophisticated feature set separately. Products from ceramics  also was well known and exported to many parts of the world.

If you take the bus, you will walk from the gate of the village and go through the Ceramics shops to Ceremic market in the core of Village. If you take a  motobike, let go straight to the Ceremic market. You can learn how to make a pottery. After finishing a ceramic clay, you have to wait for drying. During that time you walk around the village and visit the market. Also take a walk around the village, you can choose the form of buffalo ride, about $ 150k - 200k / truck is about 10 people. Buffalo vehicles will take visitors to go around the village.


You can model a portery. There are many families provide this service. This is how you play and learn how to makea  pottery and processes. It is quite simple: the landlord has given you one huge clods, one little moisture, provide you with one turntable, then you put clods between the turntable and visual delight for the land department. Most of you will make the cup, do dishes, do the usual utensils circle. If you are handy, you can squeeze the shape of animals. After molding is complete, you move on to the drying stage, takes about 30 minutes, during this time you can go out or lunch. Next you get to the stage of painting, decorating products. And finally, workers will paint ball outside to keep the product more durable over time. The cost for each product around VND30,000 - VND50,000. There are plenty of families are along the road from beginning to the end in the market. When visiting these families you can ask them about the process of making pottery, history, or simply watch them do it.