Halong Bay water-based activities - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Halong Bay water-based activities

Halong Bay is considered by many tourists with beautiful natural scenery and Halong Bay water-based activities. Situated in the natural heritage of the world, Halong attracts millions of tourists each year to visit and experience, especially, the Halong Bay snorkeling activity. Halong Bay always gives visitors new and unique feelings, feelings that perhaps only sometimes in our lives feel and meet.

Halong Bay is a must-see place when you are visiting Vietnam. There are more places to visit, you can take a look on Vietnam Itinerary to choose yourself your favorite destinations.

Joining in snorkeling at Halong Bay to see corals - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Joining in snorkeling at Halong Bay to see corals

One of the most exciting experiences now attracting a large number of tourists is the Halong Bay snorkeling activity, which is one of Halong Bay water-based activities, to visit and experience the shimmering coral reefs. This is one of very attractive Halong Bay water-based activities activity for foreigners and today attracts many tourists from Vietnam.

Useful information:

  • The price of snorkeling at Halong Bay for viewing coral reefs is 300,000 VND / person
  • Should be around March – May or September – November
  • Comply with the guidelines of the resort management to enroll snorkeling at Halong bay
  • Need to have a good physical strength before experiencing Halong Bay water-based activities
  • Experience the tour is the most appropriate way

Coral reefs are always brightly colored - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Coral reefs are always brightly colored

1: Best time to Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving to dive into the coral

Halong is always attractive and interesting because each season has its own unique beauty. Therefore, Halong in the hearts of tourists come here always have a new and unique impression, always delicate turn over time of heaven and earth.

Coral reefs and marine life are extremely lovely - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Coral reefs and marine life are extremely lovely

To experience the best coral reefs in Halong, visitors should come to Halong from March to May and from late August to November. This is the ideal time for visitors to experience the snorkeling at Halong Bay. The sea water in the sun, yellow sunlight to make the coral shimmering color is more colourful and attractive. June – July in Halong or heavy rain and storms, sea water, overcast sky is not suitable for viewing coral. Choosing a time to look at corals is very important, which is a condition for you to have a comfortable feeling and an enjoyable experience not affected by any factors.

 Coral reefs are always explored and explored - - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Coral reefs are always explored and explored

2: Halong bay snorkeling and scuba-diving to see shimmering coral

With the beauty of “blue sea, white sand, sunshine”, Halong Bay becomes a great coral viewpoint for tourists. Coral is a lowland animal of the living marine habitat. Coral is very rich in types, including various types of coral such as soft coral, hard coral, coral green, black coral, sea coral … One of the rarest coral species in Halong Bay is also popular in this area is hard coral, also known as coral rock.

The beauty of coral reefs from the sea - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

The beauty of coral reefs from the sea

Looking at the coral in Halong from snorkeling at Halong Bay, visitors will encounter a very vivid picture under the immense sea. The picture was impressed by the many colors, the subtle colors of coral reefs sparkling in the blue sea. Surrounding that you will see the fry with the animals and the different colors to swim up, play fun, hiding around the coral reefs, making the sea as a mysterious paradise – where the rich life of marine species.

Coral reefs bring magnificent beauty of the sea - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving


Coral reefs bring the magnificent beauty of the sea

Snorkeling at Halong Bay to dive into the shimmering coral reefs, visitors will have a memorable experience that not everyone can experience. You will feel life is colorful as there are countless wonders that we have not discovered all in this life. That’s right! What is more wonderful when delighted immersed in the vast blue waters, watching the coral revelation in the sunlight of the sky shining down. Under the warm sunshine on the sea, Halong Bay has become beautiful, making visitors feel very excited with the experiences of Halong Bay water-based activities.

Colorful fish swim around the brilliant coral reefs - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Colorful fish swim around the brilliant coral reefs

3: Some notes for visitors snorkeling at Halong Bay to remember

Snorkeling at Halong Bay on the coral reef is one of very popular water-based activities and a lot of visitors choose to come to Halong to experience the sea sports activities. However, visitors should note the following:

  • When visiting the coral reef in Halong Bay, visitors should ensure a good physical strength to begin the journey
  • Tourists need to be sure to swim and follow the instructions of the tour guide for the activity
  • Choose the right time to avoid risky situations such as heavy rain or storms
  • Before diving, you need some physical exercise to keep your body moving
  • Do not eat too much before swimming

Dive into the coral reefs and enjoy the sea! - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Dive into the coral reefs and enjoy the sea!

For a full-fledged, comfortable coral reef experience and without having to worry about any of the attached services, the most effective way to book a cruise is by touring the company. schedule or register tour on 3-star cruise – 4 stars – 5 star in Halong. These companies or yachts will organize these experiences for visitors when you come to Halong, you just need to register and agree in advance with them and your needs will be met.Foreign tourists enjoy coral reefs - - Halong Bay snorkeling and scuba-diving

Foreign tourists enjoy coral reefs

As a person to enjoy this exciting life, to Halong visitors do not forget this Halong Bay snorkeling experience. Let’s enjoy the snorkeling at Halong Bay and it will be your memorable experiences. Have a great trip to discover!

Nha Trang is considered as one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam. Therefore, the tourism service is also very developed here. If you intend to come here for relaxation, then let prepare your luggage and leave immediately. Nha Trang city is one of the largest tourism center of Vietnam with many famous and beautiful landscapes, To be favored natural conditions in terms of location, landscape, and climate, along with historical background and human culture of it.

nha trang - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

Nha Trang Beaches

Located in the center of Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang has an area of 251 square kilometers, including 19 islands and 27 communes, wards,  with more than 2000 family and about 18,000 people living on the islands. The largest island is Hon Tre which has an area of 36 km2, Lie off the coast, it makes Nha Tran Bay be more out of the wind and its waves gentler This place is known by many visitors as “Pearl of Far East” thanks to the sheer beauty of beaches, clean roads, villas hiding in the forest of flowers and green trees.

In Nha Trang, there are many universities, academies, research institutes, vocational schools and colleges, and centers of the implementation of technical progress, these turn Nha Trang into a scientific and training center of the South Central region. In addition to marine products, Nha Trang also has many kinds of food made from Edible bird’s nest and Ninh Hoa’s  Grilled Pork Patties. besides, speaking of folk dishes, Nha Trang is very famous for the noodles fish or Mini-Pancakes (banh can).moreover, Nha Trang Seafood is rich and varied with a variety of different dishes, especially it is very famous for a kind of food which has the name is Nhum – or known as (cau gai ) sea urchin which is eaten raw with green cabbage

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Nha Trang is known as one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam. Therefore, the tourism service here is also very developed. If you intend to come here for relaxation, discover then you should not miss These 8 hottest tourist destinations in Nha Trang

  1. Vinpearl Land – Nha Trang

If you visit Nha Trang but not visit Vinpearl Land yet, that means you have not been to Nha Trang. Vinpearl Luxury is an amusement park, which is located on Hon Tre Island.

Vinpearl Land - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

Vinpearl Land One of the best attractions in Nha Trang

On the way to Vinpearl Land, you can see the wide blue sky and the color of the sea as blue as a jade when you are on the cable car or canoe. In addition to the luxurious hotels and stunning views of the relaxation, there are also plenty of thrilling games such as Slide water pipe, vibes, hammers, space rotation. … and very modern 4D cinemas.

  1. Mun island – Nha Trang

Mun island - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

The beauty of Mun Island

Hon Mun is one of the most romantic islands in the island system of Nha Trang and far from the mainland about 45 minutes by train. Not only attractive by white sand, blue sea, or Edible bird’s nest on cliffs, this place is also known as one of the “richest and most beautiful aquarium” in Southeast Asia. Besides when you come here, you also should not forget the recreational activities such as snorkeling to discover coral reef; Join in the bar on the Beach, Visiting and exploring the ocean by glass bottom boat.

  1. Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute

Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

The Institute of Oceanography

This is also an attraction of Nha Trang that attracts many visitors to visit. The Oceanographic Institute was established in 1923, located at No.1, Da Bridge ( Cau Da) and Far from Nha Trang city center about 6km. Come here, you will be able to admire the giant whale skeleton, nearly 26m long, 3m high with 48 fully restoratored vertebraes.

  1. Ponagar Tower – Nha Trang

Ponagar Tower - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

Ponagar tower complex in Nha Trang city

This is a beautiful architecture of Cham people, about 2km from the center of Nha Trang city. “Ponagar” means Mother Country in Cham language. The tower complex consists of four stupas, two shrines. Especially, after visiting Ponagar Tower, you can come to Thap Ba hot spring to take a mud-bath.

  1. Hon Chong ( husband stone) – hon vợ (Wife stone)

Hon Chong ( husband stone) - hon vợ (Wife stone) - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

Hon Chong – Hon Vo one of the best Nha Trang attractions

Hon Chong – Hon Vo is a very famous natural scenery, about 3km from the center of Nha Trang city. This is a gathering of  a large rocks with a variety of shapes, stacked running from hight to the sea. At this place, you will feel that the atmosphere here is almost separated from the bustle of the street. This place is also one of the most beautiful seaside spots of Nha Trang.

  1. Hon Tam Resort island

This island is 7km from Nha Trang city. If you come there by canoe, it will take you about 10 minutes to the island, and about 25 minutes by train. From Hon Tam, you can see the whole Nha Trang city in the north and Cam Ranh peninsula in the south.

Hon Tam Resort island - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

Hon Tam Resort island one of the best beaches in Nha Trang

Hon Tam Resort Island is invested with restaurants, swimming pools, amusement parks but it still keeps the pristine beauty of the smooth sandy beaches, crystal sea water, lush green forests. Come to Hon Tam, in addition to enjoy Nhum porridge and Nhum salad, besides you can also participate in thrilling  games such as Powered Parachutes, parasailing, kayak Cano, kite flying …

  1. Van Phong Bay – Nha Trang

Van Phong bay is located in Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa province, about 80km in the north of Nha Trang city. It is well-known as one of the most beautiful bays in the world because of its beautiful beaches, fine sand and majestic mountains.

Van Phong Bay - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

The beautiful beauty of Van Phong Bay one of the best beaches in Nha Trang

Visiting Van Phong, you can choose Sea tour, scuba diving tour , sightseeing tours, or visiting island villages such as Ninh Dao, Dam Mon, Khai Luong, Vinh Yen and Diep Son. But the most ideal island is Dam Mon with over 30 beaches are still mostly wild like Son Do, Bai Tay, Bai Hamlet, Bai Nui, Bai Lach … And this is also the place where you can see dawn earliest in Vietnam.

  1. Nha Phu Lagoon

Nha Phu Lagoon is the name for This whole area, there are many Islands Tourism here such as Hon Lao, Hon Thi,Hon Sam, Hon Da Bac (Princess Beach), Hon Lao – Monkey Island, Hoa Lan Stream, Resort Ninh Van.

Nha Phu Lagoon - 8 hottest nha trang attractions and Beaches

Blue water at Hon Da Bac – Nha Phu Lagoon

Coming to each island, visitors will discover its own characteristics. Hon Lao has another name is Monkey Island, with hundreds of monkeys living in pristine forests. Hon Thi with immense forest. Bai Tien at the foot of Hon Heo with flat Stone slabs making peace of this beach. Hoa Lan Stream is peaceful with hundreds of rare orchids, with waterfalls murmuring day and night.

Cat Ba Island is well-known as one of the prominent tourist destinations in the south of Halong Bay,it is also known as the most beautiful and biggest island in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004 that contains a hundred number of islands just around 30km from Hai Phong city and 25km from the center of Halong city.

Cat ba - Cat Ba Island - MonKey Island

Cat Ba Island

The Cat Ba langur is the largest tourist destination though it is seriously endangered with numbers now just around 100. There are others fauna as well including giant civets and squirrels.

Hanoi Free Tour Guides hope to show you why you should visit the island when you come to Vietnam.

How to get there?

The ‘’sea traffic’’ to Cat Ba is popular. There are tourist ships and boats constantly running between the mainland and the island. Some company actually organize their tours in Hanoi while this island regularly appears on Vietnamese tour packages. you will be there after 5 hours by road from Hanoi incidentally though the train is an alternative. Besides, You can also get there from a domestic airport at Hai Phong from which there are boats to the island.

When should you visit?

The most important thing you have to know is that there are really only two seasons in Cat Ba; summers are hot and this is also the time when the rain will fall down frequently. It will be windy and cold at times between October and March until summer approaches.

Cat Ba Island - MonKey Island

Boating in Cat Ba Island.

This depends on your personal choice on Vietnam travel packages as to when to pass through this area, but we recommend you visit Cat Ba island in summer because this is the best time here In winter, sometimes the average temperature can only be 15C with lows of 3C. In the summer will be higher because Vietnam is tropical monsoon climate so temperatures can reach the mid 34Cs with the average about 25C.

Things to see and do in Cat Ba Island.

  • The National Park is one of the best places for walking because there is no dangerous fauna. you can go deeply into a natural life, Breath in fresh air and relax with its Inartificial beauty
  • Vietnam has long and great beaches and at the southwest of the island you can find one that can help you unwind with White sand and sunshine
  • If you love Monkeys and would like to see them jumping around trees, you have to visit Monkey Island has long-tailed macaques which were in fact imported onto the island as a tourist attraction.
  • Cycling: Cat Ba national park and Viet Hai fishing village are places for people who love cycling can see the fisherman’s daily life and the jungles.
  • Overnight cruise: if you love to enjoy night time in Cat Ba island, There are some wooden boat cruises in Cat Ba offering overnight stay on the boat for 1-3 nights. This boat is private, they are not as luxury as the ones in Halong bay, but it can give you comfortable enough. The best thing is you will not see many travelers as you here.

Monkey island - Cat Ba Island - MonKey Island

Monkey island.

Hotels in Cat Ba

There are so many hotels in Cat Ba, most of them are not really luxury but there is plenty of accommodation that is comfortable and clean, some including restaurants and bar. Backpackers can find easily cheap hostels while those on Vietnam private tours will have everything arranged for you.

Our recommended hotels in Cat Ba:

  1. Money island resort
  2. Cat Ba sandy beach resort
  3. Cat Ba island resort
  4. Cat Ba sunrise resort

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A trip to the Northern Highland of Vietnam may not be perfect without visiting local markets here, typical of them are Sapa, Bac Ha, and Dong Van markets, opening on Sunday. They are the places where tourists could find the best local food and agriculture products. These Unique Highland market in Vietnam would surely amaze you anytime of the year because of the exclusiveness of the mountainous border areas.

Dong Van Market

The market which locates at the center of an ancient town up on Dong Van Plateau is regularly organized on Sundays. It is the place where local people come to exchange their products that they produce their self at home.

Dong van market Cho Mien Nui - Unique Highland market in Vietnam

Dong Van Market

Because of the far way, the people need to prepare from midnight to join the Dong Van market from the early morning. At the time that the market opens, you would be amazed at colorful festivals with many people of different ethnic groups such as Nung, Mong, Lo Lo, Dao and Pa Then. Not only do go to the market for shopping, but they also go for seeking a chance to meet one another. Men regularly come here to purchase farming tool and cattle, or enjoy wine and Thang Co. The children also come to the market to eat some ice-cream, a luxury dish that they can’t ask for on a typical day.

For visitors, whenever they take a visit to Dong Van market, they are always attracted by the beauty in the simple routine of local people, which has been a party of the life on this plateau for a long time.

Bac Ha market

Being listed in top ten of the most attractive markets in Southeast Asia, Bac Ha Market is best to visit on early Sundays morning, when visitors can see a plenty of ethnic women in colorful skirts carry their products and cattle to market. You will fell lost in the picturesque view of a lot of products such as giant cucumbers, a golden patch of peas, brightly red chillies or fresh green mustard patches.

Bac ha market Cho Mien Nui - Unique Highland market in Vietnam

Bac Ha market

A famous dish that you ought not to miss when having a chance to come here is Thang Co. Known as a kind of hot pot, it is cooked with bones, innards, fat and meat from a buffalo, cow or horse. Besides, you could also try some wine made from the fermentation of local leaves called “Hong my”, together with a unique dish of bean soup served with corn flour.

At the end of the market, tourists would be impressed by a group of ethnic men playing the trumpet made from dry paddy plant and bronze, called “pi le”; as well as numerous booths of pork vendors which sell corn cakes and local rice.

Vietnam Indulgence offers tourists an opportunity to explore Sapa and Bac Ha Market for weekends. If you are interested in, just book online a fascinating Sapa weekend tour in 3 days four night, or call us at the phone number we give you to tailor made your itinerary.

Love market in Sapa

Sapa is a romantic destination endowed with the fresh atmosphere. Nevertheless, apart from the beauty, visitors usually come to Sapa for its weekly market which is an essential element that pins its name on the tourism map.

love market sapa Cho Mien Nui - Unique Highland market in Vietnam

Love market in Sapa

Attending the love market in Sapa center, you would have a chance to see a plenty of natural products of Hoang Lien Son mountain range such as plums, wild mushrooms, orchids, hawthorn berries, pears, peaches and other fruits from O Quy Ho Rock Mountain. Tourists can also buy herbal products to bring home as presents for friends and relatives. Furthermore, you can observe local ethnic women weaving and sewing pillows and bags at cloth booths inside the market.

Particularly, joining the market at night of Saturday, you would be able to listen to the love stories from the bamboo trumpet “khen” which is performed by an ethnic man.

Visitors can combine a visit to the love market with a Sapa tour from Hanoi to gain various worthwhile and great experiences in this mountainous region.

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Ha Long Bay – tourist destination

Ha Long Bay is one of the most famous destinations in the North of Vietnam. It has attracted a lot of visitors not only in Vietnam but also all over the worlds. The combination of stone, clean water and sky create an atmosphere that is other-worldly.

the beauty of ha long Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay – tourist destination

Some famous Island in Ha Long that you should not miss

Bai Tu Long is one of the top attractions of Ha Long. It is one of the three peaks of the World Natural Heritage sites, the place of wild beauty. Therefore, it is extraordinarily exciting if you take a trip and explore the beauty of wild nature here. There are stone mountains, forests, caves, long sandy beaches corals and mangrove forests as well as a charming fishing village. It also offers coral diving, fishing, kayaking, cycling and several cultural activities. Visitors come here will have chances to admire an outdoor museum with its biodiversity, aesthetic beauty and culture.

Castaway Island is another site Ha Long Bay that visitors shouldn’t miss. The Island surrounded by dramatic limestone with a stretch of golden sand beach is very nice. The Bay looks towards rugged islands and beyond to the Gulf of Tonkin. Tourists and people rarely visit it and find the whole island by themselves. There are several activities offered on this island including banana boat rides, wakeboarding and rock-climbing. The view from the top of the cliffs is very spectacular.

Activities in ha long bay

Some famous Island in Ha Long

Cruises of Ha Long Bay may provide various itineraries. Sung Sot Cave is recommended to be among the destinations of a cruise. It is in the UNESCO World Heritage area on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the widest grottos of this lovely place and has thousands of stalactites that sparkle and glitter in the strategically placed light.

Another interesting cave to visit is the Virgin Cave. Hang Trinh Nu is also named the Mid Gate cave. According to legend, there is a statue of a woman reclining in the cave who married an old mandarin. She committed suicide, and then her body turned to stone. The most interesting part of the cave is the two-kilometer tunnels and chambers that cross the island.

Activities that would grate experiences when you go to Ha Long Bay

There are a lot of different choices for Ha Long’s cruises. Most of them are for two or three nights. The cabins are air conditioned within house phones. Some suites have televisions, and they have the amenities expected of a five-star hotel. They also offer kayaking and other water sports as well as snorkelling, swimming and massage in the crystal clear water of the Bay. Some cruises offer foot reflexology and onboard cooking classes.

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Activities in Ha Long bay

There are a variety of choices for both size and type of cabin including deluxe cabins and suites. All cruise ships have modern facilities but are designed to look like an exotic oriental junk. They all have sun decks, and some rooms have a private balcony. Mahogany wood panels and cream silk tapestry used to build these ships make their atmosphere is luxurious.

Dining on these cruises consists of international cuisines as well as the best local Vietnamese ones and an excellent selection of wine with a service staff dedicated to giving guests the best possible experiences; these cruises are so unique in the world of travel.

Ha Long most famous cuisines

Sea snails, a half of Ha Long’s cuisine

It might be a bit overstated to say that half of Ha Long’s cuisines are dishes made from sea snails. However, it is to emphasise the significant contribution of this impressive food stuff to Ha Long gastronomy.

Sea snails, a half of Ha Long’s cuisine Ha Long Bay

Sea snails, a half of Ha Long’s cuisine

There is no need to estimation on how many types of sea snails are edible in this beautiful Bay. Bai Chay market and Cao Xanh market are famous spots which are supposed to sell sea snails with the best quality. With one bowl of sauce made from fish sauce, peppers, ginger and lemongrass, each type of snails with different ways to enjoy and different unique flavours would make anyone’s mouth water. Visitors enjoying snails should drink hard beverages like alcohol to avoid stomachache.

Squid sausage – Ha Long’s most famous dish

Ha Long is very famous for its squid-sausages, which is told to be fragrant and delicious only when processed by restaurants in Ha Long. The food is a fusion of hashed squid and mysterious spices that only the talent chefs here know, then moulded into round pieces and fried in boiling oil. This unique dish could be found anywhere along the shore in the North of Vietnam, but nowhere has the delicious one like in Ha Long.

halong-Squid-Sausage Ha Long Bay

Squid sausage – Ha Long’s most famous dish

The diversity of shrimps, from the common ones to the luxurious ones like lobsters, is another outstanding feature of cuisine in Ha Long. To a lot of local people, a dish of steamed shrimps, served with a plate of fresh spicy vegetables and salt with lemon, is an ideal dish for a joyful, friendly union.

Ha Long is one of the most famous destinations in the North of Vietnam. Therefore, why don’t you try it to make your tour more memorable?

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The Park is known as a paradise for explorers and researchers of caves and grottoes; it is also the home to 140 families, 427 branches, and 751 species of precious plants in the world.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is the national park in the north-central of Vietnam, in Quang Binh province. It is the place to protect one of the world’s two largest karst regions with numerous hundred grottoes and caves. Its name derives from of the most beautiful cave called Phong Nha with various fascinating rock formations, and Ke Bang forest. The plateau is apparently one of the distinctive examples in Southeast Asia.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park

This national park was recognised by UNESCO in 2003

Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the first time in 1998. It was recognised to be a world natural heritage at the UNESCO’s 27th general assembly session held in Paris from June 30th toJuly 5th, 2003 under the name Phong Nha Nature Reserve.


Phong Nha is a part of a larger dissected plateau encompassing the Hin Namno and Ke Bang karsts. The limestone continuously shows the complexity interbedding with sandstones and shales. This national park, along with with the capping of schists and apparent granites has led to a uniquely distinctive topography.

the beauty of phong nha-ke bang national park

This national park was recognised by UNESCO in 2003

Going into the cave, you may see discrete episodic sequences of events, leaving behind several levels of fossil passages, formerly buried and uncovered palaeokarst nowadays. It may be the evidence of significant changes in the solutional regime; changes in the routes of underground rivers, deposition and then the resolution of unique features as sub-aerial stromatolites and giant speleothems. The form and location of caves suggest that they may owe much of their size and morphology to some as undetermined implications of the granites and schists which overlay the limestone. On the surface, there are a lot of series of landscapes, ranging from deeply dissected ranges and plateaux to an immense pole. There was an evidence of at least 1 period of hydrothermal activity of this ancient mature karst system in the evolution. The plateau is seemingly one of the most distinctive examples of complex karst landform in South East Asia.

Conservation value

Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park is off as one of the largest areas of intact forest habitat which remains in Vietnam. The national park is part of a continuous forest with the nearby Him Namno Biodiversity Conservation Area of Laos, so it is likely the largest areas of forest on limestone karst in Indochina. The presence of tall lowland forest regionally threatened as a habitat type in this place increases conservation value of this area.Since the park was listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the number of visitors coming here has increased significantly. Tourism activities in this area play a significant role in the Trading and Tourism Department of Quang Binh province. Quang Binh Province invested in upgrading the Phong Nha-Ke Bang visitor site to turn it into one of the Vietnamese major famous destinations. Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a part of a tourism promotion program called Middle World Heritage Road including the Champa relics of My Son, the ancient capital of Hue, Nha Nhac, the Space of Goong culture in the Central Highlands, and the city of Hoi An.

ke bang forest - Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park

The beauty of Phong Nha – Ke Bang

Some tourist activities in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

– Tour for an expedition of grottos and caves and in boats and with professional cave expedition means.

– Mountain climbing: There are a lot of sloping mountains in this area with over 1,000 m high, which is a true challenge for adventurous climbers

– Ecotourism, discovering the florae and fauna in this place in the Ke Bang Forest.

To facilitate the increasing flow of tourists all over the world to the site, the Dong Hoi Airport was constructed and go into service at the end of 2008.

Phong Nha displays an impressive amount of evidence of the history of our earth. It is important for increasing our understanding of the geochronological, geomorphic and geologic history of the region.

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Nestled in a valley in the mountainous area in the North West of Vietnam, Mai Chau is a comfortable, relaxing and totally charming place to visit. It located in Hoa Binh province, just 140 km from the Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. It is a place to chill out with the hospitality of people here, enjoy the spontaneous and planned local entertainment and to indulge in a little exploration of its beautiful nature.

Famous sightseeing in Mai Chau

In Mai Chau Valley, there are a lot of national grottoes and caves and such as Chieu Cave, Pieng Kem Grotto, Mo Luong Cave and archaeological sites like Lang Cave and Khau Phuc Cave. If you have chances standing on the peak of the Cun Mountain, the first things catching your eyes is the picturesque panorama of stilt houses along with a lush green valley.

Mai chau - Vietnam

Mai Chau – Vietnam

The unique beauty of the people and culture of Mai Chau

Another thing that makes Mai Chau has become more and more popular is the hospitability here. The ethnic groups warmly host tourists who come here. The people in Mai Chau are primarily from the Thai ethnic minority groups which include the Black Thai and the White one who live in up and down mountains. In Vietnam, because of the difference among the primary colours of the dress of each ethnic minority group, they call them as the name of a tribe.

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Culture and Traditions in Mai Chau – Vietnam

Other than in the dancers, unlike Sapa and other remote areas of Vietnam, you will not see a lot of people wearing their traditional clothes. However, they do still live mainly in stilt houses which are unique in mountainous areas of Vietnam. The Stilt is one of the most typical features of the ethnic people in Vietnam. Their roof is made of palm leaves while the floor made of bamboo. The kitchen is usually in the centre of the house. That is the place to cook and weave work. Thai people in Mai Chau make colourful clothes and many kinds of souvenirs such as embroidered pictures, bags, wallets, hats themselves from “Tho Cam” materials.

Beautiful girls were battled in water from the spring in mai chau - vietnam

Beautiful girls were battled in water from the spring 

Tourists can find those in various types and colours in the Mai Chau market which are the wonderful mixture of nature and people, particularly in the spring. Going for a wander round the market to admire the beauty and exquisite talent of the Thai maidens, feeling the cold wind, buying fresh local products or trying the local food will give you great memories.

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Beautiful flower field in Mai Chau – Vietnam

Recently, Mai Chau has undergone considerable changes, and it has become one of the most popular break points for travellers because of its hospitality of the people as well as the valuable traditions remain.

Some interesting things that you should do in Mai Chau

I’m sure that cycling will make your time in Mai Chau more and more memorable. The land is mainly flat making cycling easy and funny for the most basic of amateurs. If you get tired, there will not be far to go before you reach a place to rest that also serves some great local beer. Of course, if you don’t trust yourself on the two wheels you may always stick to your two feet and take a walk.

cycling in mai chau -viet nam

Cycling in Mai Chau – Vietnam

Other activities that you should do in this area are rock scrambling and climbing into the depths of the local cave. This cave is such an enjoyable adventure. Make sure that you prepared good shoes. Firstly, start off in a huge cavernous entrance area. You then leave this area and walk, then scramble, duck and dive through ever narrowing corridors. Lighting is minimal offering marvellous atmosphere. Eventually, you will open out to such another huge area at the bottom. Apparently, you can swim through to the open air. Maybe there were no takers to prove the theory.

climbing and crambling in mai chau - vietnam

Climbing and Crambling in Mai Chau – Vietnam

There are a lot of inevitable gift shops in Mai Chau and the local women who weave beautiful scarves that they sell and a ridiculously low price. Foods in Mai Chau are delicious, all made with fresh local products. In the afternoon, you can enter into a game of pool with the local people while strolling through the village.
In case you want to see the whole beauty of this extended area, just take a ride into the mountainous area and visit the Ethnic Minority market of the Flower H’mong people. This scene is a riot of colours with the locals not only selling brightly, multicoloured material but also wearing it in the traditional way.
These are some unique beauties of this lovely place. If you are in the North of Vietnam and have a couple of days spare, do not miss this area.


Sapa, the beautiful land in the North of Vietnam always leave in the heart of each visitor who have a chance to come here a special feeling. It attracts visitors because of the beauty of not only the beautiful nature but also the hospitality local people. The diversity of ethnic groups makes the richness of the culture of Sapa in particular and The Lao Cai province in general. It is very clear at festivals, markets and people’s daily life.

Sapa town

Sapa town is one of the unique places that attracts visitors come here. Maybe it hard to visualize, but if you try to step your foot on highland villages in spring which is the occasion of festivals, you would be immersed in traditional and unique festivals of local people. The people in Sapa is reflected vividly through their religious and spiritual rituals as wishing the God for human health, peaceful region, good crops, good weather and especially with abundant folk games.

sapa vietnam

Sapa Vietnam

That is why tourists from Western countries always enjoy their trips to Sapa in the spring. They ‘d like to integrate into the festive season such as Ta Van (Sa Pa); Tet Nhay of Dao Do in Ta Phin, Xuong Dong of Tay People in Bac Ha, Sai San festival of Mong people. The folk songs are also passionate hearts and humane folk games.

Love market in Sapa

Love Market in Sapa with cultural identities also attracts a lot of local and foreign tourists. Why do we call it Love Market? The market is usually a place to buy and sell, but in Love Market, nobody sells and buys. It is a place for showing up sentiments, dating and loving gestures, placed under the customs and practices of each region, also known as simple as this market is one of the focal points of almost cultural activities in the upland.

Love market in Sapa Sapa - Vietnam

Love market in Sapa

On each Saturday, in the small town of Sapa, Dao people are usually busy in sessions of The Love Market. From Saturday afternoon, down the street and in front of the church, tourists could see a numerous of Dao girls and boys are in the rhythm of singing and dance which is passionate hearts.

beautiful sapa

Beautiful love market in sapa

Traditional handicrafts

Abundant spiritual life and cultural of local people are also reflected in handicrafts, crafts and traditional brocades of groups have reached the sophistication. Women of Dao, Mong, Pa Di, Xa Pho are excellent in colour perception; their brocade panels always meet all natural colours of hills, pine trees, grain, corn, etc. All of them are expressive as a vivid picture of people’s life. The eternal beauty of Sapa always lasts forever. Nowadays, these products have become popular souvenirs for tourists all over the world.

Traditional handicrafts Sapa - Vietnam

Traditional handicrafts of Sapa

Traditional architecture

stilt houses in sapa Sapa - Vietnam

stilt houses in sapa

Nestled behind hillside are traditional houses whose materials are from terracotta tile or plank, based on the mountainside attract visitor’s attention. They are the stilts with traditional cultural characteristics of Dao, H’mong, Tay, Xa Pho and Giay ethnic group minorities. The value of culture in Sapa is in the life of every family living here.
Sapa is a lovely land with the wonderful scene and people. If you have time, just come here to have fun and memorable experiences, I am sure that they are worth for you.