Friday, May 29, 2015

Cu Lao Cham island

Cu Lao Cham is an archipelago which is 15 kilometers from Cửa Đại beach in Hoi An city. This place was recognized as the World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2009. Cu Lao Cham attracts numerous visitors each year due to its pristine beaches and stable travel services. If you have a chance to visit  Hue, Danang, Hoi An , don’t forget to spend one day enjoying the beauty of Cu Lao Cham.

You can travel to Cu Lao Cham on your own or on a one day package tour. If you have not much time, it is advisable for you to go on tour and if you wish to explore and relax, a two- day route on your own is a perfect suggestion for you.

When should we visit Cu Lao Cham?

The best time frame to visit Cu Lao Cham is probably from March to August each year. Warm sunlight and calm sea are the reasons why. In the other months of the year, the island is isolated and unreachable by boats due to storms.

If you want to discover religious culture of the residents here, you should choose to go when there is a festival such as Cau Ngu festival (April 3th – 4th according to Lunar calendar) or Gio To nghe Yen ceremony (March 9th – 10th according to Lunar calendar).

Camping on Cu Lao Cham island

Besides homestay, another option for you if going on a big group is camping. Camping at Bai Ong, Bai Huong areas, you will be offered a lot of supporting services. But if you prefer an open space, Bai Bim and Bai Xep are the perfect places.

Camping at Bai Bim, you can contact Mr. Cữ to hire boats. He will show you Bãi Lê – a perfect place to camp. Give the bodyguards 200.000 Vnđ and you can camp and play freely.

If you wish to camp at Bai Xep, follow the concrete road on the right of Tàu bridge, along the cliff and you can find the trail leads to Bai Xep.

House museum of Cu Lao Cham beach

The first destination when you arrive on Cu Lao Cham pier is the House museum of Cu Lao Cham beach. You can learn about the history, customs and festival of the archipelago here.
Chăm ancient well.

The other name of the well is Xom Cam. The 200 – year old well is located 500 meters from Tien Sa Huynh relics (Bai Ong) and 300 meters from Bai Lang archaeological relics. The structure of the well is typic for the other Cham wells in Hoi An.

The residents in Bai Lang hamlet say that Xom Cam well is a source of water for people living here. The most special thing is that the well never runs out of water even if it is the driest season.

Hai Tang pagoda

Hai Tang pagoda is a religious architectural work which worships Buddha and divine. The pagoda meets the religious meets of the fishermen on the island and the merchants from other place. Mechants visit here to pray for business to prosper.

The pagoda was built in 1758 at the position which is 200 meters from the current one to the North. Afterwards, the pagoda was severely damaged by storm so to make it comfortable for worshipers, the pagoda was moved to the current location.

There is a myth associated with the pagoda. It is said that the pillars was made in the North and delivered to South by boat. But when arriving at Cu Lao Cham, the boat had to anchor near the shorelines because of the dark sky. The next day, the boat continued its journey but the sea suddenly goes wild. It is believed that all of these things were not just coincident and the pillars had to be left at Cu Lao Cham to build a pagoda.

Tan Hiep market

It would such a pity to travel to Cu Lao Cham without visiting Tan Hiep market. The market is located right at the port and offers a wide range of sea specialities and souvenirs. Tourists often buy one – sun – dried squid here.

Than Yen Sao shrine

Situated at Bai Huong, the Shrine was built in the early 19th century and dedicated to Than Yen Sao. Every year, on March 10th according to the Lunar calendar, the residents and those who rely on edible bird’s nests to earn a living come to the shrine to pray for prosperity.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Vietnam Airlines Preferred Customer to do boarding procedure online

To encourage customers to to do boarding procedure online to save time and avoid overload situation at the airport during peak holidays, Vietnam Airlines launches program of bonus miles for customers who is a member of Golden Lotus association.

Accordingly, from 25/4 to 05/05/2015, Golden Lotus members will be added for 100 points every domestic journey from Hanoi, Da Nang, HCM City and 200 points for each international journey from Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore when doing boarding procedure online.
Vietnam Airlines passengers can to do boarding procedures from any computer connected to the website of Vietnam Airlines. Customers only need to access website, choose the toolbar " boarding procedures online", enter passenger information, booking code, choose seat on airplane and can print boarding passes or send boarding Pass to personal e-mail inbox.

The procedure can be done online from 24 hours to 2 hours before flight departure time. If carrying baggage, passengers can do additional luggage procedures at the airport.

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.