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About 60 km to the northeast of Phan Thiet City, Bau Trang Sand Dune (Bàu Trắng) (also known as Bau Sen (Bàu Sen), Bach Ho or Bau Cat (Bàu Cát)) is regarded as one of the most stunning desert terrains of Vietnam. Right in the middle of the endless sand dunes, two giant, shimmering lakes appear. Together with the striking lotus pond, they form a poetic scene that will move the heart of any natural lovers.I. What Makes Bau Trang Sand Dune Special?
Binh Thuan province has always been an intriguing destination for both domestic and foreign tourists with its extraordinary landscape. Bau Trang, an oasis-like location is one example. The area gives the impression of a desert, with vast sand dunes covering most of the land. As you climb up on sand hills, the gigantic lakes will come into view. The lakes are brightly lit under the radiant sun, sparkling like they are made of a thousand diamonds.
A large part of the water surface is covered by clusters of lotuses. The soft pink tone of the flowers, mixing with lush green shade of the leaves and the translucent blue color of the water creates a scenic, mesmerizing landscape.
The stories of Bau Trang date back to a long time ago, when Bau Trang was one giant lake. To facilitate traffic across the area, a sand road was constructed and hence, divided the lake into two separate parts, namely Bau Ba (Bàu Bà) and Bau Ong (Bàu Ông). In the local language, ‘Bau’ means ‘lake’ and ‘Trang’ means ‘white’. The word ‘Bau Trang’ depicts a water body surrounded by stretches of white sand. The other name, ‘Bau Sen’, translated as ‘Lotus Lake’, signifies a specific feature of the area.
Of the two lakes, Bau Ba is the larger one, with an area of 70 km2. It is estimated to be around 3 kilometers in length, and about 500 meters at its widest point. The average depth is nearly 5 meters and reaches its peak at 19 meters during the rainy season. Bau Trang has a diverse ecosystem, with freshwater fish being the majority.II. Interesting Activities in Bau Trang 1. Driving on Terrain Vehicles
Once you arrive at Bau Trang, the sand dunes are the very first thing to explore. Crossing the terrain on foot is possible, but it seems like a mundane and tiring way of moving around. The more prevalent way to travel, unsurprisingly, is quad bike, a vehicle that resembles a motorcycle, but has four wheels. Controlling the four-wheeler might be more challenging than a regular motorbike, but sitting on one is an unforgettable experience for any tourists. A minor anxiety because of the intense engine, a creeping excitement as the vehicle accelerates. It’s hard to find something to compare with such a unique sentiment.
You can easily find places for renting all-terrain vehicles around Bau Trang. They come in various sizes and colours, so it is sure that you will find something that matches your preference. The rental price ranges from 300.000 VND to 400.000 VND for a 20-minute trip, and 800.000 VND to 1.000.000 VND for a 30-minute trip.2. Rowing on Bau Ba Lake
If you are looking for a more peaceful, relaxing activity in Bau Trang, a boat trip would satisfy your desire. The boat will take you to the middle of the vast lake, where you gain a closer look at the blooming lotuses. Give yourself a moment of utmost tranquility and immerse in the incredible phenomenon of nature. As you take a deep breath of the lotus mellow fragrance, all your worries seem to fade away for a while. This is why lotus is chosen as the national flower as well as a symbol of Buddhism. It is the perfect representation of tenderness and humanity.III. Best Time to Visit Bau Trang
The best time to visit Bau Trang is during the summer months (particularly July and August), when the flowers blossom and the weather is sunny for most of the time. However, there may be sudden downpour as the rainy season is not over yet. Therefore, watch the weather forecast beforehand to avoid any unwanted disruption.
The ideal travelling time is 5 a.m to 9 a.m and 4 p.m to 6 p.m in the afternoon.IV. How to Get to Bau Trang?
There are two common routes to get to Bau Trang, the first one starts from Hon Rom and the second one starts from Phan Thiet City.
With the first option, you will drive along an extensive road to Mui Ne and then continue onward the coastal line for about 12 km before reaching Bau Trang.
With the second option, you need to follow the National Freeway 1A and then turn right at Luong Son Town. From there, you will go through a landscape of hills, sand stretches filled with seashells, and coconut forests to reach your destination, Bau Trang. The distance from the highway to Bau Trang is around 18 km.1. Motorbike 2. Jeep Car
If you are opting for the first option, hiring a Jeep from Hon Rom might be a good idea. It is a great alternative for motorbike because you can witness the panoramic vista without the inconvenience of extreme summer heat and driving on your own. Normally, the expense of hiring a Jeep is 500.000 VND for four people, with extra charge for additional passengers. You may follow the rental agent’s itinerary, which usually lasts for 3 to 4 hours. Otherwise, you can customize your own journey for an equal amount of time.3. Taxi
If you are staying in Mui Ne- Phan Thiet City, a taxi could be more accessible than rental Jeep car. It’s also a comfortable way to get to Bau Trang in a short time.V. Tips on Travelling to Bau Trang
Eating: As Bau Trang is quite a remote area, the options of food are very limited. You should bring some light snacks to fuel yourself and enough water to stay hydrated. After exploring Bau Trang, we recommend you return to Hon Rom for appetizing seafood dishes or Phan Thiet for flavorful local delicacies.
Travelling to Bau Trang sand dune definitely demands a considerable amount of time and effort. However, we can ascertain that the experience is absolutely worth it. With this guide, we hope you will have a gratifying time in Bau Trang.
Đăng bởi: Nguyễn Năng
Từ khoá: Bau Trang – Little Desert in Tropical Land of Vietnam
Possessing a diversified floristic composition with hundreds of plant and tree species, a range of wild rare animals and natural beautiful waterfalls and caves, Xuan Son National Park in Phu Tho Province is an ideal destination for Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
ContentsI. Topography and Hydrology
Xuan Son National Park is located at the extreme south-eastern extent of the Hoang Lien Mountains, in the watershed of the Red River. Elevations at Xuan Son are lower than elsewhere in the Hoang Lien mountains: the nearest point above 2,000 m is 40 km to the north-west. Limestone karst covers 1,661 ha, equivalent to 30% of the area of the national park. The limestone karst contains a large number of caves, some of which contain river systems.II. Why is Xuan Son Attractive?
There is no doubt that Xuan Son holds the most captivating scenery in the country.1. Fauna
The natural vegetation types at Xuan Son are lowland and lower montane evergreen forest, as well as lowland and lower montane limestone forest. To date, 314 vascular plant species, 48 mammal species, 121 bird species, 13 reptile species and 14 amphibian species have been recorded at Xuan Son National Park.
The investment plan reported the occurrence of one group of Black-cheeked Crested Gibbon Hylobates concolor with 3 or 4 individuals, and one group of Phayre’s Leaf Monkey Trachypithecus phayrei with 15 to 18 individuals.
However, the current status of these species at the site is not known, and it is possible that both are locally extinct. In addition, the extensive cave systems at Xuan Son are reported to support a high diversity of bat species.2. Flora
The flora of the Xuan Son National Park is very rich and diverse, including 180 families, 680 genera and 1,217 species of 6 vascular plant phyla. The taxon distributions of these taxa are different.
The Magnoliophyta phylum has 151 families (83.88%), 633 genera (93.08%) and 1,130 species (92.85%); the Polypodiophyta has 22 families (12.22%), 38 genera (5.58%) and 74 species (6.08%); the Pinophyta has 3 families, 4 genera and 5 species; the Lycopodiophyta has 2 families, 3 genera and 6 species; the smallest taxa are Equisetophyta and Psilotophyta with 1 family, 1 genus and 1 species each.
The Euphorbiaceae is the most diverse family (60 species), followed by Rubiaceae (49 species), Fabaceae, Moraceae. There are 26 genera with more than 5 species, made up 4% compared to the total genera of the flora but with 186 species (15.28% of the total species of the flora);
These genera are Ficus (24 species), Ardisia (13 species), Piper and Polygonum, each with 9 species; Diospyros, Elaeocarpus, Hedyotis. Psychotria and Dendrobium, each with 7 species; Begonia, Bauhinia, Desmodium, Maesa, Helicia, Solanum, Callicarpa, Clerodenrun, Carex, Cyperus and Dioscorea, each with 6 species and lastly Tectaria, Pteris, Schefflera, Garcinia, Rhododendron and Syzygium, each with 5 species.
There are 40 endangered species (representing 3,4% of the total species of the flora of the Xuanson national park) listed in the Red Data Book of Vietnam (2004), that need to be given priority for conservation and protection.
Useful plant resources comprise medicinal plants (665 species); timber plants (202 species); vegetables and edible fruits (132 species); ornamental plants (90 species); aromatic plants (26 species); bamboo, rattan, fern, jute (9 species); forages (12 species); oleiferous plants (9 species) and poisonous plants (8 species).3. Climate
The climate in Xuan Son is very special. A day experiences 4 distinct seasons. In the morning, the weather is fresh and cool like spring. At mid-day, it is hot like summer. In the afternoon, there is light wind puffing like in autumn. And in the evening, the weather becomes a little bit cold like in winter.III. Conservation Aspect
The main threats to biodiversity are shifting cultivation and forest fire. These would appear to be bigger threats in non-limestone areas, where hillsides are suitable for cultivation. Communities inside the national park, which live in limestone areas, cultivate wet rice on flat valley bottoms.
However, the limestone hillsides close to these communities are still covered with primary forest. One conservation issue at Xuan Son is that the national park is, perhaps, too small to support viable populations of several mammal and bird species in the long-term.
Preventing negative impacts on forests, protecting biodiversity and developing sources of precious genes of rare flora for high economic value. Raising public awareness and improving forest-based incomes for the locals for sustainable forest and environmental protection and management, as well. Those are the two most important tasks in Xuan Son National Park.IV. What to Do in Xuan Son National Park?
The vast diversity of Xuan Son national park is very suitable for outdoor activities like spelunking, trekking or experiencing homestays with some ethnic minority families. When tourists choose homestay services, they will have a chance to enjoy traditional dishes made from bamboo shoots, spring fish, chicken and glutinous rice as well as join a hand to help local people with their work.
The ideal tour for you is to spend the first day at Du village to contemplate the breathtaking view of tea plantation along your two sides as well as pay a visit to the Dao ethnic people. Next, challenge yourself by trekking Ten Mountain which is the highest peak in Xuan Son. After climbing down from the mountain, you can take a car to go back to your hotel.
With numerous unique features, Xuan Son national park deserves to be one of the most popular destinations for eco-tourism in Vietnam.
Đăng bởi: Nguyễn Thị Kiều Quanh
Từ khoá: Xuan Son National Park – One of Vietnam Wild Nature in Focus
If you long for an immersive insight into how the country operated during the war, then these tunnel complexes will provide an unparalleled peek into Vietnam wartime past. A testament to the country’s ingenuity and resilience, the secret tunnels remain some of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire country.
The legacy of the wars are still very much felt in Vietnam. Though the country has become more and more globalized over the years, the impact of wartime can be seen throughout the country – including underground.Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels. Photo: Rob Smith
The most famous tunnel complex in Vietnam, the Cu Chi Tunnels can be found in the forest northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. They played an essential role in the 1960s war effort.History of Địa đạo Củ Chi
Although they were originally constructed in the 1940s, it wasn’t until they were expanded by the Viet Cong that they reached their current size. Originally, the Cu Chi Tunnels were built to accommodate arms and ammunition, but they soon became ideal hiding places for fighters themselves.
The sprawling, 250km tunnels stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. In their heyday, they were essential in nullifying the threat from American forces as their size and deliberately confusing construction rendered most attacks useless.
The small and narrow entrances presented an issue to the taller, heavier American soldiers and, despite their attempts, attacking the Chi Chi Tunnels never worked very effectively.
Cu Chi Tunnels. Photo: Bryan
There was, however, a large price to pay for those situated within the tunnels. Heavy bomb fire destroyed the surrounding vegetation and the air quality became toxic due to the prominence of poisonous gases sprayed throughout the area. It has been estimated that at least 12,000 guerillas and sympathizers lost their lives in protecting the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Plenty of life could be found within the Cu Chi Tunnels. At their peak, they featured bedrooms, kitchens, treatment rooms, tactical areas, and even a hospital. An air filtration system, built to suppress gas attacks and suffocation attempts, was constructed during the apex of the war. Conditions, however, were diabolical.
The unsanitary conditions, stomach-churning smells, and unbearable heat made life almost unbearable. Fighters lived day-to-day maintaining themselves on whatever sustenance they could get their hands on. Morale often ran low and fighters often sang songs of hope to keep their spirits up.Touring the Cu Chi Tunnels Today
Cu Chi Tunnels. Photo: Robin Hickmott
After the war ended in 1973, the Cu Chi Tunnels were preserved and later turned into a highly popular attraction. Now, you can meander through a stretch of the original pathway, which has been slightly enlarged for tourists. During the brief stint inside the tunnels, there are a few exits on-hand to ensure you can leave at your own discretion, continue further.
Though the tunnels are a fraction of their original size, they still provide a candid insight into what wartime life was like for those living inside them. In addition to the tunnels, there are exhibits showing booby traps and life around Cu Chi, as well as a shooting gallery where you can fire an AK-47. There are two main areas of Cu Chi:Ben Dinh
The Ben Dinh site is the most popular of the two. Preserved largely how it would’ve appeared in the 1960s, visitors can witness the famous booby traps and trap doors that made the Cu Chi Tunnels so infamous.
This site is closer to Ho Chi Minh City and is considered the more historically accurate section of the tunnels.Ben Douc
The Ben Douc area, however, has been altered to serve the tourist population.
The original tunnels have been expanded, ventilated, and illuminated with lights. If you fancy getting your hands dirty, you can sport a soldiers’ outfit and crawl through the tunnels on your hands and knees.
The Ben Douc tunnels are further away than the Ben Dinh tunnels, but provide a more ‘hands-on’ experience of wartime life in the trenches.
There’s also an on-site shooting range and a restaurant serving authentic food from the period.Bus/Taxis
The Cu Chi Tunnels are located in the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City. The most popular way to reach them is by bus, via an organized tour. To get there, you’ll need to take either a bus or a taxi (which is not recommended due to the price) from Saigon. Be sure to visit the stunning Cao Dai Temple on the way.Boat Tours
You can also arrange a guided tour that speeds up the river to the tunnels by boat, a much preferred experience. Not only is this easier and less grueling, but you’ll also be treated to the cooling river breeze on the way. It does cost extra, though you’ll generally arrive earlier than the buses, since it’s a faster/shorter trip. This gets you to the all the exhibits aster.Vinh Moc Tunnels
Vinh Moc Tunnels. Photo: Travel Aficionado
During the American bombing of Quang Tri Province, villagers moved underground to escape. Faced with the threat of American invasion, the humble communities called upon their resourcefulness and iron will to construct the Vinh Moc Tunnels.History of Địa đạo Vịnh Mốc
Vinh Moc Tunnels. Photo: Phil Tomlinson
The galvanized community soon built the Vinh Moc Tunnels around 1966. This impressive tunnel complex served as the birthplace of 90 people and acted as a makeshift town complete with a kitchen, washrooms, living quarters, and even a movie theatre. Unlike the complicated Cu Chi Tunnels, the Vinh Moc tunnel network’s simpler design was tailored purely for civilian use
The Vinh Moc Tunnels grew in size as the war continued. Only a few moderately-sized tunnels were dug at the start and only a handful of people lived there. Yet at the time of the Vietnam War’s conclusion in 1973, the tunnels grew to a size of over 5,000 feet. There were also 13 entrances on the sides, and the deepest level went down to 75 feet below the surface.Touring the Vinh Moc Tunnels Today
Vinh Moc Tunnels. Photo: ronan crowley
Though the War is long finished, the legacy and ingenuity of the Vinh Moc Tunnels very much remain. Today, they’re preserved in their original state (though with the addition of electric lights) and visitors can develop an intimate knowledge of life in the tunnels by meandering through them and observing the historical markers and reconstructed scenes subsequently added.
Tours are given in English, and as you emerge from the exits, you’ll be standing on a stunning beach with panoramic views of the sea. The Vinh Moc Tunnels are located in the village of Ho Xa – 6.5 miles north of the Ben Hai River.
Tunnels have played an integral part in Vietnam for over 50 years. Though these underground networks aren’t in use anymore (other than as museums), their importance is still very much alive.
Đăng bởi: Nguyễn Trần Hoàng Trân
Từ khoá: Visit these Secret Tunnels in Vietnam
Da Nang cuisine. Photo by InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Da Nang perfectly combines nature, culture, people, and food and is in the central region of Vietnam. This city has easy access to other parts of the country, long beaches, and mountains. Da Nang’s cuisine is dynamic yet delicious, influenced by both northern and southern cuisines, with a touch of the sea. Here are some Da Nang restaurants where you can truly experience this.La Maison 1888
La Maison 1888, named the world’s leading fine dining hotel restaurant by the World Travel Awards, is Da Nang’s most expensive restaurant, if not all of Vietnam. This restaurant, in the opulent InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, is the first in Vietnam to have a three-Michelin-starred French chef, Pierre Gagnaire, at the helm.
Chef Pierre Gagnaire is taking care of each dish. Photo by La Maison 1888
The legendary Pierre Gagnaire’s dishes dazzle with unexpected juxtapositions of textures and flavors. Local ingredients form the foundation of a menu that includes pho Marin and duck egg, a quenelle of langoustine from the Mekong Delta, and mango and passion fruit Battenberg.
Address: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula
Price range: Average price per person is 185 USD
Opening hours: 6:30 am–9:00 pm from Wednesday to Monday.
Phone: +84 236 393 8888
Pro tip: Consider having lunch instead of dinner if you’re on a tight budget. Although the price is lower, the experience is spectacular.Fatfish Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Fatfish is one of several restaurants along the Han River that offers a magnificent view of the Dragon Bridge on weekends. This restaurant serves a variety of Asian and Italian classics, French, and dishes from the sunny and windy Mediterranean region.
A set meal at Fatfish Restaurant & Lounge Bar. Photo by Fatfish Restaurant & Lounge Bar – Da Nang
Fatfish is an excellent choice for a western-style, riverside splurge meal at a reasonable price. Pasteur Street Brewing Company’s flavor-packed craft beers pair with innovative Asian fusion dishes, pizza, and wood-fired barbecue. Fatfish is suitable for a few snacks or a full leisurely meal.
Address: 439 Tran Hung Dao street, An Hai Trung, Son Tra District
Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm
Price: meals 5 – 14 USD
Pro tip: There’s a Baskin Robbins right down the street if you get hungry after your meal. This may not seem noteworthy, but if you’ve been in Vietnam for a while, there’s nothing like a Rocky Road cone to cap off the evening.Le Bambino
Le Bambino Da Nang, which opened in 2003, is ideal for escaping the bustling streets without leaving Da Nang. This atmospheric restaurant is a 10-minute walk from Han Market and is divided into two indoor dining areas (smoking and non-smoking) and a swimming pool patio.
A meal at Le Bambino Da Nang. Photo by @nguyen33333
Address: 122/11 Quang Trung Street, Hai Chau District
Phone: 0236-389 6386
Opening hours: 11:30 am – 13:30 pm & 16:00 pm – 22:00 pm from Monday to Saturday, Sunday is 16:00 pm – 22:00 pm
Price: meals 6 – 18 USDNom Bistro
Nom Bistro, which faces the Han River, is a high-end restaurant that serves excellent Vietnamese cuisine in a beautiful setting. This is not a restaurant you would visit regularly. If you want to treat yourself or someone else, or if you’re going to celebrate something, come here.
A set meal served by Nom Bistro. Photo by Quán Ngon Đà Thành
From the outside, Nom Bistro appears to be very interesting. The structure resembles a “nom,” a straw-woven basket used to catch fish and other small underwater creatures, paying homage to how many Vietnamese in Da Nang used to make a living. The food, like the outstanding structure, does not disappoint. All dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients, and the menu ranges from traditional favorites to those with a unique, foreign twist. Try the salad with soft shell crab and jackfruit. You should also try the bamboo chicken and Nom’s crispy chili beef.
Address: Lot 01-A4 Zone of the Villas of Green Island, Hai Chau District
Opening hours: 7 am – 11 pm
Price range: 4–17 USDRed Sky Bar & Restaurant
Red Sky Bar & Restaurant was one of the first restaurants in Da Nang to cater to expats, opening in 2010. The restaurant’s tasty menu, which includes Western dishes at reasonable prices, has made it famous for over a decade. Almost all visitors recommend it as a must-try restaurant in Da Nang and praise the food, particularly the steak.
Space at Red Sky Bar & Restaurant. Photo by Red Sky Steakhouse
Most foreign visitors agree that Red Sky Bar & Restaurant has the best steaks in town. Other dishes are also tasty, fresh, and beautifully presented, providing guests with unforgettable culinary experiences. The restaurant has a bar where guests can sample various imported wines and superb beverages.
Address: 248 Tran Phu Street, Da Nang City
Phone: +84 236 3894895
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Price reference: 4 – 42 USDLimoncello Restaurant
Limoncello Italian Restaurant Danang is at 187 Tran Phu Street, between the Han Bridge and the Dragon Bridge. Filippo and Valeria, an amiable Italian couple, run the restaurant, which opened in August 2014. Limoncello is conveniently in a welcoming environment.
The entrance to Limoncello Restaurant. Photo by hoangviettravel
Come to Limoncello for authentic Italian cuisine and the best service in Da Nang. A taste of Italy in the heart of an Asian city, complete with pasta and pizza, is a true treat. Limoncello’s wine enhances the flavor of a meal and creates a welcoming atmosphere at the table, transforming a simple meal into an enjoyable, authentic Italian experience.
Address: 187 Tran Phu, Phuoc Ninh, Thanh Khe
Phone: +84 236 356 10 64
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Price range: 4 – 18 USDMadame Lan
Madame Lan Restaurant, next to the romantic Han River, is known as a “miniature Hoi An” in the heart of Da Nang. Madame Lan’s architectural style and romantic space will make you feel at ease whenever you visit. Madame Lan brings diverse dishes from all three regions of the country to the space of Vietnamese identity. Madame Lan will be the location for you to have an unforgettable experience.
A set meal at Madame Lan. Photo by Nhà hàng Madame Lân
You can eat in an open courtyard or one of the river-facing dining rooms at this massive restaurant in a French colonial-style building. Bun cha cua (crab sausage noodle soup), hu tieu bo kho (vermicelli with stewed beef), bun cha (vermicelli with pork), squid with chili and salt, and green papaya salad with shrimp and garlic are among the tempting options on the menu.
Address: 4 Bach Dang, Thach Thang Ward, Hai Chau District
Phone: 0236 3616 226
Opening hours: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm daily
Price: meals 3 – 11 USDRoots Plant-based Cafe – Healthy Vegan Restaurant
Vegetarian and vegan diners will have a simple time in Da Nang once they discover Roots, a plant-based cafe. Roots, near the beach, serves healthy foods free of meat and other additives.
Roots Plant-based Cafe offers healthy and delicious feasts. Photo by Roots Plant-based Cafe
The Roots’ space is minimalistic and has comfortable outdoor seating, making it appealing to western travelers. The cafe offers heartier fare, such as falafel bowls, meat-free burgers, smoothie bowls, and cold-press juices.
Address: 1 An Thuong 32, Bac My Phu, Ngu Hanh Son
Opening hours: 8:00 am – 10:45 pm daily
Pro tip: Besides food, you can buy eco-friendly household items at Roots.
Unlike in other cities, the popularity of food is not limited to shopping malls. If you want to experience the flavor of Da Nang, you must go to the streets, where the culture shines brightly and serves dishes. You can find it nowhere else. So, don’t wait any longer; book a trip to Vietnam and enjoy some delectable cuisines at these Da Nang restaurants.
Đăng bởi: Xuân Nguyễn
Từ khoá: Best restaurants in Da Nang Vietnam
Son Tra Peninsula is 10km from the center of Da Nang City to the North-east and is 693m high above sea level and can be seen from every place in the city. Son Tra looks like a mushroom of which cap is Son Tra Mountain and stalk is a beautiful sandy beach that affords an ideal area for bathing, playing sports, fishing and swimming.1. Highlights of Son Tra Peninsula
With its sea-oriented appearance, Son Tra acts as a giant screen protecting Da Nang from storms and cyclones coming from the sea. Son Tra is put under the national protected forest regulation since it is a natural preservation area. ThePeninsula is famous for its plentiful plants and fauna as well as the attractive scenery. It is said that fairies used to come here for singing, dancing and playing chess so Son Tra is also called Tien Sa (Fairies’ landing place).
On Son Tra, there still remain more than 30km² of natural forests, nearly 300 types of plants and several hundred kinds of fauna, including rare animal. From the top of the mountain, you can see the overall view of Danang City, Marble Mountains, Ba Na – Mount Chua, so interesting!
There is also Suoi Da (Stone Stream), which lies by the side of the foot of the mountain, fine sandy surfaces run round the peninsula, several breaks of waves are running steadily up and down and washing up on the stones heaped up around the seaside.
All are attractive spots for tourists. It is so majestic, so romantic, so wide and really beautiful.2. Things to Do in Son Tra Peninsula 2.1. Explore the monkeys path
In the past, US Troop named Son Tra peninsula Monkey Mountain, since there were so many monkeys in the mountain. In fact, most of the monkeys live far inside the forest, therefore it is rare to see them on the green trails.
Another one of a kind highlight of the Son Tra Nature Reserve is the presence of almost 12 groups of brown-legged langur (an old species of monkey). This is a greatly uncommon species with only 200 individuals currently living in Vietnam. Additionally, there are also some other uncommon species such as the red-faced monkey, yellow monkey, muntjac, musk-deer and wild pig; 106 species of birds and 23 species of reptiles, not to mention countless insects.2.2. Linh Ung Pagoda the destination for tranquility
If you are a person of religion, or simply someone who’s looking for a quiet and tranquil place, then Linh Ung Pagoda (Bai But)might be the perfect place waiting for you.
Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda stands on the 20-hectare land of Son Tra mountain with many items: the main hall, the lecture hall, the ancestral house, the road halls, the library, the cafeteria, and the Arhat statue garden. The pagoda is a combination between the contemporary style and the traditional style of Vietnamese temples.
The most important and visible highlight of the Linh Ung pagoda is the Lady Buddha statue the tallest one in Vietnam (67m high). It is also placed on a 35m-high lotus diameter, making the total height over 100 meters, equivalent to a 30-floor building.
As time goes by, Linh Ung pagoda has become a famous place of worship, a place for the monks and nuns living and studying, as well as an interesting and peaceful sightseeing place for visitors. Once you come here, this spiritual destination will leave an unforgettable impression. You will have a chance to understand more about Vietnamese belief and rituals, as well as fully immerse yourself in the culture as a remarkable experience in your life.2.3. Dong Dinh Museum The Garden of Memory
Located on the steep upstream terrain of Hoang Sa Street, Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang, Dong Dinh Museum The Garden of Memory has become a unique cultural site for tourists, vividly reproduced the ancient values with the harmonious combination between the security of forest ecological space and cultural and artistic space.
Dong Dinh museum is 10km far from downtown, on mountain-side of major road up to the peak. This was founded by Mr. Doan Huy Giao, and it is actually the first private museum in Danang. Inside the museum, there are a lot of artifacts that dated back to 100 2500 years ago. A few examples are: belongings of ancient cultures like Sa Huynh, Dai Viet, Cham Pa… most of these things were collected from central and highlands tribes.2.4. Giant Banyan Tree
In the northeast of Son Tra Peninsula, particularly Hon Nghe point, there is an amazingly unique giant banyan tree with many big roots that are spanning down to ground. In fact, the real age of the tree still remains a mytery up until now. According to locals, the tree is probably 1,000 years old now, as it is really big 20m height, with 9 root-clusters.2.5. Son Tra View Tower and Army Radar Station
Standing 580m high compared to the sea level, Son Tra View Tower offers a wonderful panoramic view of the whole Da Nang city, Son Tra Beach and the surrounding forest. Nearby, you can also visit the army radar station which dated back from 1960s. This radar station is considered as “Mat Than Dong Duong” “Indochina Miraculous Eyes”. From the top head-quarter of the station, you will have a very broad view towards the ocean through the microscope.2.6. Enjoying the Nature
In a one-day stay at Son Tra, visitors can enjoy living in the resplendent flow of dawn and the quietness of twilight on this fascinating landscape. And that is a time for them to realize the value of each and every moment and the true calling of the hearts.
You can also swim in the cool sea and enjoy the fine view of the sandy banks run round the peninsula. The quiet Bai But beach offers you relaxing times sitting in small nice houses to hear the sound of waves and look swallows fly to the mount cliffs. The colorful coral reefs at the foot of the mountain is an ideal condition for the development of diving tourism.3. What to Eat in Son Tra Peninsula?
A day trip around the stunning Son Tra Peninsula will not be completed without a stop for tasty food. Near Son Tra, there are numerous great restaurants serving different kinds of dishes for tourists to enjoy. It can be listed as Madame Hanh Restaurant, Citron Restaurant, Barefoot Restaurant and Son Tra Retreat-Garden Lounge & Eatery.
Check out some local food in Da Nang here: Cho Con Market: An Affordable Food Paradise in Danang4. How to Get to Son Tra?
In order to reach Son Tra Peninsula, it is better if you depart at Yet Kieu Road. Go straight forward to Tien Sa Resort. Now, there are 3 routes available for you to choose: the Banyan Extension, the Inland Route and the Coastal Loop. Whichever way you go, you can still get to Son Tra Peninsula.
It is ideal to explore Son Tra with a bicycle or motorbike. Then, you can feel a sense of independence and freedom to go anywhere you want to wind up your mind. Nevertheless, a taxi or a car is still possible.5. Tips on Visiting Son Tra
The best time to visit Son Tra Peninsula is between March and September, when the nature and atmosphere are the most wonderful to enjoy
When exploring Son Tra, a taxi may cost much more expensive than a motorbike so if you want to save money, a motorcycle ride is highly recommended
Taking sunscreen and wearing shoes rather than flip flops are recommended, since you might have to ‘fight’ some sand and rocks to take photos of the magnificent views.
Around Son Tra Peninsula, the signal is not very good, so it’s better if you have map of the area, plan the trip ahead or go with a local tour guide.
Son Tra is a special gift of the god to Danang. It can be seen from every place in the city. And from the top of the mountain, the vista is so enjoyable and peaceful…
Đăng bởi: Đắc Nguyễn
Từ khoá: Son Tra Peninsula – A Scenic Landscape in Danang, Vietnam
Considered as one of the happiest countries in the world, Vietnam also offer visitors tons of joy that you can easily find anywhere on streets. Taking a walk around any city of Vietnam, you’ll discover numerous Vietnam fun facts that will make your day. From motorbike-that-can-carry-anything to crazily-no-rule-traffic or simply a loud laugh of a rustic peasant. Here are 8 unique things in Vietnam that might cause you culture shocks.Pyjama fashion
Vietnamese women in rural areas love to wear a pair of pyjamas during anytime of the day, anywhere, even go out for work. Pyjama fashion comes in numerous styles, from vintage floral to colorful pattern, in shorts or long loose trousers. The pyjamas are loved for its practical and comfortable form. It’s might look ridiculous but if you try it out, you would fall in love for the convenience it brings about. To get a pair of Vietnamese pyjamas, head to any local market you find in your way.
Super comfy Vietnamese pajamas!Snake wine
Snake wine is usually sold in some touristy attractions or you can buy its authentic version in any rural town. The wine is made by cutting the snake’s tail open and let its blood drips into a bottle of rice wine. The snake body is kept inside the wine bottle, sometimes scorpions and herbs are added in. As one of the Vietnam fun facts, Vietnamese guys drink snake wine to increase their manlihood.
Different bottles of “snaky” wineCommunal smoking
“Thuoc lao” is a heavy type of tobacco, which is put inside a large bamboo pipe being passed around after meals. The bamboo pipe is called “điếu cày”, which literally means “farmer’s pipe”. The Vietnamese farmers in the North usually smoke “thuoc lao” to aid digestion. You might want to visit Hoa Binh Province, where “thuoc lao” is highly smoked. Here, Muong ethnic minority women gather in markets and share a pipe of “thuoc lao” together. Even you might find this is just one of the Vietnam fun facts, be careful if you try this “Thuoc lao”. It might cause a high amount of nicotine pumping into the blood stream suddenly that make you vomit.“Ninja” on the road
As one of the Vietnam fun facts for female, Vietnamese women consider white skin is the most beautiful skin. They always try to avoid sunshine when they go out. Thus, they cover all their skin with hats, face masks and sunglasses, making them look like “ninja” on the road. The “ninjas” are also well-known for their “smooth” driving skill. Moreover, these cute ninjas usually cause some funny mistakes on the road such as turning on the left signal while they’re turning right.People hired to cry in funerals
In the North of Vietnam, there are professionals who are hired to cry in the funeral in case the relatives can’t. The professional would talk about the merit and the contribution of the dead one while crying. The grief in the speech touches the hearts of relatives and guests, makes them feel the sorrow and then cry. Therefore, a standard crying professional must have a strong voice and can cry during the funeral, a good one would make people cry.
“I am paid to cry and make everybody cry”Dancing in funerals
On the other hand, many foreigners are shocked to hear these Vietnam fun facts. In the South people are hired to play pumping music or sometimes even dance in funerals since they don’t want their guests to be upset. The funerals are usually hold magnificently, especially when people die old. The bigger the funeral, the more love the relatives want to show.Besides, in the Middle of Vietnam, there’s an old custom in funerals that called “paving the way”. The offspring of the dead person would lie down on the street, making a line from their house to where the dead person interred. The coffin would be moved above the line. This is how people show their respect to the dead one.
It is not always necessary to be sorrowful in funeralsCoconut-shaped boat
The Vietnamese have a type of boat that looks like a half of a coconut. There’s only one paddle moving from one side to another, making the boat move forward without engine. It’s very hard to steer, if you don’t do it in the right way, you’ll end up in never ending circles. The boat is most used in provinces of Mekong Delta and fishing villages near the sea, you can also find it in Hoi An. One of the Vietnam fun facts that not many Vietnamese even know is that, people use cow dung to make the boat. It may sound disgusting but that is how people keep the boat not to sink. The boat makers weave bamboo into a half coconut shape, then cover it with cow dung, let dry and finally cover the boat with otter oil. The Vietnamese also have the plastic boats, but they’re not long-lasting like traditional boats.
The ladies in “Leaf hat” know its best how to control the coconut boatsWedding dresses photos before the wedding day
In Vietnam, wedding couples are photographed with their wedding dresses and suits before the wedding day. They’re willing pay a lot of money on the photos, and usually go far from cities for gorgeous nature scene in the photo. The photos will be displayed in the wedding day, as a proof of their love.
Đăng bởi: Mạnh Lê
Từ khoá: 8 weird things you’ll only see in Vietnam
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