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Fansipan Mountain

Location: Lao Cai, Vietnam

Fansipan, a rough pronunciation of the local name Hua Xi Pan means the tottery giant rock. The French came to Vietnam and in 1905 planted a landmark telling Fansipans height of 3,143m and branded it the Roof of Indochina.

 

Very few people climbed to the top of Fansipan at the time. Then came the long years of war and Fansipan was left deserted for hunting and savaging. The trail blazed by the French was quickly overgrown by the underbrush.It takes six or seven days to reach the 3,143m summit, the highest peak of the Indochina Peninsula.

 

In 1991, Nguyen Thien Hung, an army man returned to the district town and decided to conquer Fansipan. Only on the 13th attempt did Hung, with a HMong boy as his guide, conquer the high peak by following the foot steps of the mountain goats. Scaling the height was meant to satisfy his eager will and aspiration to conquer the mountain without expecting that his name would be put down in the travel guidebook. After that the Sapa Tourism Agency started a new package tour there. It seemed the Fansipan Tour was meant only for those who wished to test their muscular power.

The summit of Fansipan is accessible all year round, but the best time to make the ascent is from mid-October to mid-November, and again in March.

Foreigners like best to book Fansipan tours between October and December, as this period is more often than not free from the heavy rains that obstruct the jaunt. But the Vietnamese prefer their tours to the peak of the mountain from February to April, as it is not so cold then. However, the best time for the trek to the mountain is from the end of February to the start of March, when the flowers all flourish and the climbers may behold the carpets of brilliant blossoms, violets and orchids, rhododendrons and aglaias.

Pu Luong National Reserve

Location: Hoa Binh, Vietnam

Pu Luong Nature Reserve, just a stones throw from Hanoi, makes for an idyllic and scenic getaway from the big smoke.

In the words of the local Thai people, Pu Luong means the "highest peak", its loftiest zenith towering 1,700m above the valleys of Quan Hoa and Ba Thu, in Thanh Hoa Province.

The nature reserve is close to several other favoured tourism attractions, including Cuc Phuong National Park and Mai Chau. The close location combined with location lush wildlife make Pu Luong an ideal destination.

From the valleys of Mai Chau down through the fifty odd kilometres, Pu Luong offers stunning scenery, matched only by its sheer tranquillity.

Ben Lac Village plays host to many of Mai Chaus visitors, and as it is only a few hours from Hanoi, its a popular weekend getaway. Mai Chau treats visitors to home stays in Thai stilt houses, and the chance to pick up some traditional woven textiles in the surrounding villages.

Just 20 km along highway 15A from Mai Chau, the drive to Pu Luong is quick and trouble free.

From Mai Chau, its an easy 20km trip to Phu Le commune in Quan Hoa District. From there, a number of spectacular trips can be taken through Thanh Son, Lung Liem, Co Lung and Lung Cao, all communes of Ba Thuoc District.

Thai and Muong people in the hamlets surrounding Pu Luong lead lives steeped in tradition and customs, and they remain largely uninfluenced by modern means. Long held Muong and Thai cultural observances are celebrated in each season of every year and the natural setting inspires musical performances particular to the area.

The rhythms pounded out by a group of Duong musicians send the message that the villagers are celebrating. Its a noisy way of signifying the village’s prosperity, be it in food or in tradable goods.

From the moment you arrive in Pu Luong, you are treated as a guest of honour, and a jar of local rice wine will be on hand to celebrate. A few drams of rice wine are beloved to enhance the collective spirit, and are an important observance for local people.

Kho Muong village nestles in a scenic valley, and greets its visitors with views of stilt houses. Drawn on the valley with brisk strokes, springs gush from the earth, and rice paddies puddle at the foot of mountains, shrouded in cloud.

A brisk walk leads to Hang Doi, the bat cave. Just one of many caves that riddle Pu Luong, Hang Doi is a roost for several of the 24 species of bats that live in the area. Several thousand individuals roost here, filling its nooks and crannies, the bats giving a deliciously mysterious and eerie character.

From Mai Chau, there are several guided tours on offer, which run from one to three days.

Pu Luong is a universe of experiences and sights. The cool waterfalls of Hien village, the spectacular views from Son Ba Muoi village, and the water wheels of Ban Cong and Co Lung.

In Lung Liem, don forget to stop by the Don market, once the principal city of a bygone era. Energy thrives in this market, which bustles with trade.

Visiting a Thai village, you should sample the local delicacies and drink, as these aspects run deep in local culture. Com Lam, sticky rice, steamed in a bamboo tube, has long been a staple in the area, and makes for a satisfying meal.

Simply put the rice into a hollow bamboo or reed tube, fill with water and heat over a fire. Rotate the tube to cook evenly, and the rice will soon be ready to eat. Simply crack the tube open, and peel it like a banana. Proper, well-mannered and dexterous, Thai girls know how to prepare a delicious meal in a flash.

Every evening the Thai people will welcome you to join their party. The bong tree symbolizes a longing for spring. So when the tree begins to bud, and fruit fills the garden, its time to celebrate the abundance of food once again. The Kin Chieng flower folkdance is particular to the Thai of Pu Luong. They dance to thank heaven and earth for the seasonal return of their prosperity.

Both inside and outside the stilt house, singing and dancing celebrations are an ongoing affair.

Thai people are proud of their unique traditional dances, which are their wealth of culture and heritage.

They use all kinds of props, be it flowers, fans, kerchiefs, scarves or hats, they dance to their traditional musical instruments. Their dances are simple and gentle, yet playful and lively, drawing one into their long history.

When invited to dance, it is hard to refuse to offer to jump into the traditional bamboo pole dance. There as you make friends, and learn the dance, you may get more than your ankles caught. Long lasting memories are forged for guests, as they are welcomed into the fold with open arms.

You can join the HCM Highway from Cuc Phuong, an easy trip from Hanoi. From Cuc Phuong you can easily get to Pu Luong, travelling less than 200 km.

While on the road be sure to stop at Cam Thau cave, where nature keeps many wondrous secrets. In Ca Thau Cam Luong cave, schools of fish jostle one another in crystal clear water.

Legend tells some fishy stories here, tales of the magical Thany, after whom the cave is named. Anyone who catches fish here will meet a messy end. Protected by legend, the fish live undisturbed in a clean environment.

Three kilometres past the town of Canh Nang is the boundary of Pu Luong. There bubbles the Pung spring, and the suspension bridge of Phu Thanh.

Local villages lie hidden in the clouds, where people live simply, unaffected but excited and fond of meeting strangers. These rustic folk are enthusiastic and genuinely wish to please their guests. They are happy to receive you and hope you will come again.

There are a bevvy of interesting things to see in Pu Luong, and its future tourism potential is easy to see. Promotion of tourism and raising living standards in the community are synonymous with increased efforts to protect the forest. In order to continue attracting visitors, the forest itself must be as protected as a priceless resource.

A number of maps have been drafted for proposed tours running deep into the limestone mountains. Cuc Phuong and Van Lon National Reserve are a part of the Pu Luong area, thereby demanding the soft tread of eco-tourism in future

In 1999, the Vietnamese government set aside Pu Luong as a nature reserve, thereby preserving and protecting the lush forests and traditional way of life in the area.

Pu Luong was picked for preservation as it lays claim to a rich ecosystem, in which a multitude of plant and animal species thrive among limestone mountains.

More than 1000 plant species thrive in Pu Luong, in a lush floral cascade, and providing refuge for 39 endangered plant species.

Sam Mountain

Location: An Giang, Vietnam

There are dozens of pagodas and temples, many of them set in caves, around Sam Mountain (Nui Sam), which is about 6km southwest of Chau Doc out on Bao Ho Thoai street. The Chinese influence is obvious and Sam Mountain is a favourite spot for ethnic Chinese (both pilgrims from Vietnam and abroad).

Climbing the peak is, of course, the highlight of a visit to Sam Mountain. The views from the top are spectacular (weather permitting) and you can easily look out over Cambodia. Theres a military outpost on the summit, a legacy of the days when the Khmer Rouge made cross-border ra.Js and massacred Vietnamese civilians. The outpost is still functional and the soldiers are quite used to tourists taking photos now; however, you should ask permission and perhaps ply the soldiers with cigarettes before taking photos of them or anything that could be considered militarily sensitive.

Walking down is easier than walking up, so if you want to cheat, have a motorbike take you to the summit. The road to the top is on the east side of the mountain. You can walk down along a peaceful, traffic-free trail on the north side which will bring you to the main temple area. The summit road has been decorated with amusement-park ceramic dinosaurs and the like. But there are also some small shrines and pavilions, which add a bit of charm and also remind you that this is indeed Vietnam and not Disneyland.

Lang Bian Mountains

Location: Dalat, Vietnam

Lang Bian Mountains is located in Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province; 12km north of center Dalat. Lang Bian Mountains are an ideal place for mountain climbing, paragliding, trekking or studying flora and rare bird species.

Lang Bian Mountain (also called Lam Vien Mountain) has five volcanic peaks ranging in altitude from 2100m to 2400m. Of the two highest peaks, the eastern one is known to locals by the womans name KLang; the western one bears a mans name, KBiang. The upper reaches of the mountain are forested. Only half a century ago the verdant foothills of Lang Bian Mountain, now defoliated, sheltered wild oxen, deer, boars, elephants, rhinoceroses and tigers.

The hike up to the top of Lang Bian Mountain, from where the views are truly spectacular, takes three to four hours from Lat village. The path begins due north of Lat and is easily recognisable as a red gash in the green mountainside.

You do not need a permit to visit Lang Bian Mountain, though taking a guide along will certainly make the trip more interesting

Chop Chai Mountain

Location: Phu Yen, Vietnam

Located to the west of the National Highway 1A, four kilometres to the North of Tuy Hoa town centre (belonging to Binh Kien commune). Chop Chai also has another name of Nuu Son (Handle Mountain).

Chop Chai mountain is 391 metres high, but it looks so imposing. The people in Tuy Hoa consider Chop Chai mountain and Da Bia Mountain a pair of weather stations to give signals of sunshine and rain.

“ Chop Chai’s on hat Clouds on Da Bia Frogs are on chat Rain falls heavily here”

Chop Chai has some legendary tracks such as Trai Thuy whose first name was Hang Doi (The Bat Cave). This cave is about 5 metres wide, with a remote depth. In the cave there are many smooth rocks.

There are pagodas around its North, West, South and East: The pagodas of Hoa Son, Minh Son, Khanh Son, Bao Lam were built along the sides of the mountain, looking downwards there is “Lien Tri Luc Nguyet” (The Moon Bathing in Lotus Pond) , about 1,2 hectares wide.

Nuu Son is situated in an area of wonderful nature linkting with the values of human literature which have gone into the local people’s memory, this will be an ideal cultural sightseeing tourist place.

The Beautyspot Cluster of Nhan Mountain - Da River

Location: Phu Yen, Vietnam

Nhan Mountain – Da River: is the beautyspot cluster that has made a great deal of impression on the tourists visiting Phu Yen.

Nhan Mountain is located on the northern bank of the Da Rang River, belonging to the area of Ward I, Tuy Hoa town. It is also called “Nui Bao Thap” (the Precious Tower Mountain) or “Thap Dinh” (the Palace Tower). Standing at the height of 64 metres on the top of Nhan Mountain , tourists can enjoy a landscape of Phu Yen with the whole view of Tuy Hoa town, Binh Ngoc Flower village, Da Bia mountain, the South China Sea and the two bridges of 1,100 metres, a railroad bridge and a road bridge, running parallel across the Da Rang river. On the top of Nhan Mountain, there is the ancient Cham Tower, it is also called Nhan Tower which was built by Chiem Thanh people in around the 14th century. The Tower has a stable construction of a cubic square nearly 20 metres high, consisting of four storeys, smaller towards the top.

Nowadays, the beautyspot Cluster of “Nhan Mountain – Da River” has become the symbol of Phu Yen and Nhan Tower has been recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Information as the National Level Vestige of the Art and Construction.

Every year, on the occasion of festivals and New Year’s Days, there are many musical, cultural, recreational activities organized on the top of Nhan Mountain. Especially on the annual lunar mid-January, here takes place the Nguyen Tieu Night of Poems attracting a great number of artists and tourists.

Da Bia Mountain

Location: Phu Yen, Vietnam

Located on the range of Deo Ca Pass, at the coordinate of 12055’ Degree North and 109023’32” Degree East.

Da Bia Mountain’s elevation is 706 metres, belonging to the southern part of Tuy hoa district, on its east is Hon Ba Mountain which is close to the sea, its western foot is on National Highway 1A, to the north it links with Dong Son Mountain, its southern foot faces Vung Ro Bay. Another name of Da Bia Mountain is Thach Bi Son, there is a legend connecting to this mountain’s name: After defeating Cha Ban Citadel, in the second year of Hong Duc King (1471) , Le Thanh Ton King ordered his soldiers to cross Cu Mong Pass and on the way heading to Deo Ca Pass, the King made his stop here, on this occasion he had a writing carved on the rock as a tombstone.

Being grateful to the King, Phu Yen people built his Temple in Long Xuyen hamlet (now An Dan commune, Tuy An district). In 1881, the 34th year of Tu Duc King, Phu Yen provincial Governor Dinh Nho Quang wrote this couplet hanging in the Temple:

”In opening new lands , our fathers acknowledged Hong Duc King’s contribution

In memorizing that land, his reputation is still there on Thach Bi Son Mountain”

Da Bia is the highest mountain in the area of Deo Ca Pass. In the early morning or late afternoon it is usually surrounded by clouds, sometimes appear and sometimes disappear. At present, Phu Yen province has invested in building a 2,2 kilometres – long road for walking to the top of the mountain. On its top, tourists can enjoy the whole view of Vung Ro Bay, Deo Ca Pass, the Bien Ho Lake (Hoa Xuan Nam commune); Bai Bang Beach, Bai Goc Beach (Hoa Tam commune) and will be more unwilling to part this place when knowing that Da Bia Mountain has many a time witnessed the ups and downs of the country’s history.

Pine forests

Location: Dalat, Vietnam

If you travel by road from Nha Trang and Phan Rang to Da Lat, after crossing over the Ngoan Muc Pass, or if you start from Ho Chi Minh City, after you pass the Finom junction, you will be amazed at the abundant pine forests.

The trees grow on hills, along passes, in valleys and by waterfalls. Although pine trees grow mainly in cold countries, Viet Nam is fortunate enough to have them in several regions. Of the 100 species of pine trees in the world, Viet Nam has five:

1. The five-leaf (pinus exce/sa wall), which can withstand a very cold climate, concentrates in Lam Dong-Da Lat and the southwest of Thua Thien-Hue.

2. The flat-leaf (pinus ducampo Krempfii) concentrates in Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan.

3. The three-leaf (pinus Khasya rogle) is abundant in Lam Dong, Daklak, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Son La. This pine tree grows well in temperature ranges between 15 and 24 degrees Celsius.

4. The twin-leaf grows mainly in Lam Dong-Da Lat, Kon Turn, Daklak, Gia Lai, Thua Thien - Hue, Ha Bac and Ha Tay. The best temperature for its growth is 24 to 27 degrees Celsius.

5. The horse tail concentrates in Lang Son, Lai Chau, Vinh Phuc, Quang Ninh, and Cao Bang. It grows well in temperature ranges from 21 to 22 degrees Celsius.

Of the above pine species, Da Lats main ones are the five-leaf, the flat-leaf and the twin-leaf. Pines here are grown for two main purposes: the wood and resin. Pine wood is used for making musical instruments, ships and boats, household objects, and paper pulp. More recently, the local pine wood is also used for making plywood for exports Pine resin is used for making paper, textile fibers, and insulators, cosmetics and medicines.

Local growers use the same techniques for cultivating the pines as elsewhere. They let the pine seeds sprout, which takes about five days. Then they plant the seedlings in nylon bags and nurture them for 12 months before transplanting them in the forest. When the pine reaches 44 years of age, growers start to exploit its resin for the next 40 years. They cut the tree down for wood when it reaches 80 years of age.

As you wander through the pine forest, you will have a sense of serenity. Look at the straight rows of tall, slender young pines covering a vast area. Lean against an old pine enveloped by the silence of an early afternoon. Listen to the songs of the pines and enjoy the cool breeze. Perhaps, you will become inspired to create a poem or sing to yourself.

Tra Su Forest

Location: An Giang, Vietnam

Tra Su cajeput forest in Tien Bien district of the southern province of An Giang is to become an ideal eco-tourism site in the future after the provincial authority has decided to form the forest into a nature reserve.

The forest has been restored since 1983 with a current extension area of 700 hectares. This ecological spot is the habitat of many genera of water birds (mostly storks), colonies of bats and various rare animal and bird species. Especially tourists will be flabbergasted by small houses on stilts with rudimentary bamboo ceilings that are firmly tightened to cajuput trees, making an unusual existence in the quiet ambience of the forest. They are actually restoration work of a provincial-level revolutionary base of the An Giang people and soldiers in the glorious struggle against the US imperialists.

Standing on a 10m high watch tower in the midst of the forest, tourists can enjoy a panorama of the vast greenery spotted with the white of storks below. Turtles, snakes, as well as other reptiles and freshwater fishes are also abundant in the canals.

Endowed with peace and tranquility, Tra Su Forest will certainly become a unique and attractive destination for tourists who love the beauty of nature.

Ba Den Mountain

Location: Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Ba Den Mount is a well-known landscape of Tay Ninh, highest in South Eastern (986 m). The mountain is formed by granite and granodionite... ; therefore the mount is rather sharp and sloppy with three heights: Ba Den (986m), Phung Mount ( 372m) and Heo Mount (335m). There is possibility of setting a resort Centre on top of Ba Den Mountain.

Ba Den Mountain is also called Black Lady Mountain. According to legends, beautiful Ly Thi Thien Huong, Black Lady, was forced to marry the son of a rich mandarin while she fell in love with a poor man who was fighting the aggressors. Rather than marrying a man she did not love, she threw herself from the mountain.

Ba Den Mountain Spring Festival in lunar new year, cable car system to the mountain top, the first one in Vietnam, majestic landscape, fresh air and along with system of natural lakes, caves and forest and cultural villages, all has made Ba Den Mountain become an attractive tourist site luring about 1 million visitors coming every year.

Several shrines and pagodas were built in the mountain as well as in the caves. Ba and Hang Pagodas attract many pilgrims during the New Lunar Year and Vu Lan Festivals.

Detailed plan of the Tourist Centre was approved by Tay Ninh Peoples Committee in June, 1999.

Tay Ninh calls for investment into exploitation of tourist resources of Ba Den Mount with preferential treatment.

Ham Rong Mountain

Location: Sapa, Vietnam

In center of Sapa Townlet, Sapa District, Lao Cai District; 33km from Lao Cai City. Ham Rong Mountain is an attractive tourist area in the center of Sapa Townlet.

Legend has it that in the distance past, all animals lived together in a chaotic environment. One day, Jade Emperor gave an order that every species of animal had to find for them an area to live. Having heard the order, they scrambled for a place to reside. The three brothers of dragon who were living in a large lake hurriedly ran to the east but could not find any place; they then ran tothe west. The two older brothers ran fast and came to the destination first. The youngest brother ran slowly and strayed into the crowds of lions, tigers and big cats. Fearing that these animals would attack it, the dragon opened its mouth to defense itself. At that time, the order of Jade Emperor was no longer available, so the three dragons petrified. The two older dragons, which were waiting for their brother, face Lao Cai City, and the youngest one raising its head and opening mouth faces the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. So the mountain is named Ham Rong (Jaw of Dragon).

Visitors to Ham Rong have chances to climb up the San May (Cloud Yard) to enjoy the panorama of Sapa Townlet, visit the orchid gardens with beautiful and colorful flowers. In addition, Ham Rong Mountain has numerous caves and stones in extraordinary shapes.

U Minh Forest

Location: Kien Giang, Vietnam

U Minh Forest, a special swamp in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is habitat to hundreds of precious fauna and flora species.

A large percentage of Camau Provinces area is covered by forest; 150,000ha being alluvial soils, typical of the tropical monsoon climate. Being flooded everyday by tidal waters, the salt-bearing trees grow in this environment with animals and microorganisms.

U Minh Forest comprises several types of plants, the most common being mam, mangrove, and indigo. The biological productivity of this land is the highest among Vietnams ecosystems.

Ngoc Linh special forest

Location: Quang Nam, Vietnam

Ngoc Linh is the name of a high mount in the Western Highlands (2.596 m high), located in Dak Glei district, next to Quang Nam province.

Ngoc Linh is famous all over the country for its precious ginseng: Ngoc Linh ginseng (ginseng of the fifth region.)

Ngoc Linh forest has an area of 28.868 hectares, 1000m above sea level and it belong to Dakto and Dakglei districts next to Quang Nam. The forest has a rare and precious types of animals and vegfetation.

For animals, there are tigers, deer, buffaloes,.....For vegetation, there is a lot of precious wood. Especially the vegetation there is vary suitable for an altitude of 1000m, it is cloudy all year round, the weather is mild.In this vegetation, there is Ngoc Linh ginseng which is famous not only in the country but also in the world .

Nowadays, the Pharmaceutical and Medical Instrumental Company (of Kontum Health Deparment) are organizing projects to study and grow this kind of precious ginseng in order to make, up medicine to serve peoples health.

Ta Cu mountain

Location: Binh Thuan, Vietnam

Ta Cu mountain (649 meters above sea level) is located in Tan Lap village, Ham Thuan Nam district, 30 kilometers south of Phan Thiet.

The highlight here is the white reclining Buddha (Tuong Phat Nam). At 49m, its the largest in Vietnam. The pagoda was constructed in 1861, during the Nguyen dynasty, but the Buddha is a much more recent addition (1972). It has become an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists, who stay overnight in the pagodas dormi­tory. Foreigners can do this without po­lice permission, but theres now a guesthouse on the mountain.

The mountain is just off Hwy 1, 28km south from Phan Thiet, from which the Buddha is a beautiful two-hour trek, or a two-minute cable-car ride (50,000d return) and a short, but steep, hike.

Mau Son Mountain

Location: Lang Son, Vietnam

Mau Son Mountain is located in Loc Binh District, about 30km from Lang Son City to Mau Son Rerort.

With the wind whistling up and the cloud floating down, the sky seems within hands reach. The panorama from the highest peak in Lang Son region is like a Chinese ink drawing. To the north is Ninh Minh, China, to the east is Na Duong and to the West is Dong Dang, all merging beautifully into one spectacular landscape.

It is about 30 kilometers from Lang Son town to Mau Son. The winding narrow mountain path, like a snake, lies tucked between 2 steep mountains. Sometimes, beautiful Dao girls in festive embroidered clothing flag down the car for a lift. With their traditional dresses and bright smiles, they are as naturally beautiful as their mountain homeland.

About seventy years ago before this path existed, there were only two ways to the top, walking or on horseback. At that time, this panoramic area attracted the French to Mau Son for relaxation. The weather was cool all year round and in addition, the Dear Mountain View of the northeast was the gateway to China, and the French built a military base there at the start of the 20 the century to guard the border. The sites original inhabitants, members of the Dao ethnic minority, were moved to make way for the French settlement. Only authorized personnel were permitted to enter the French base.

Later, Mau Son tourists were also welcome to the hill station. In January 1936, Dr.O.Pflot, a student of the famous bacteriologist Dr. Alexandre Yersin, visited Mau Son. Some local people say that the doctor first came to Mau Son to collect traditional medicinal herbs, which were cultivated in die region. And then, he petitioned Mr Tholace, the then French governor of the north, for permission to build tourist villas at the site. In 1936 he got the goaded to buy land and to start construction. There were thousands of local people working on the project, all mining, breaking and carrying stones to bad a number of massive villas, all in all it took seven years of work to accomplish this task. There were no bricks available to build with, the only materials available were stones. bled to ruins. Blocks of orange moss-covered stories are scattered throughout the site, lying dead amongst the old foundations, where even now, it is possible to identify the houses former kitchens, fireplaces and staircases. Like sleeping beauty, after almost five decades, it was all but forgotten. Until 1987 motorbikes were not even allowed onto the torturous road up the mountain.

Finally, Mau Son was woken up by its reputation whispered by visitors. Firstly, by residents of the surrounding area , followed by visitors from China and lowland Vietnam. Mau Sons door to the past has been opened again. When the French built their villas, they probably could not imagine a day when Mau Son would welcome all visitors. But today, Mau Sons residents want to share their homes secluded beauty with the world.

Bach Ma Mountain

Location: Hue, Vietnam

Bach Ma (White Horse) Mountain is located in Phu Loc District, 60km from the south of Hue City. It is about 1,450m above sea level in a transition zone of the northern and southern climate, so it bears a temperate climate, similar to Sa Pa, Tam Dao, Da Lat, etc.

There, the green vegetation is abundant all the year round. The animals are also rich with chirps and calls all days and nights which sound both wild and familiar... Bach Ma Mount also has many limpid brooks and picturesque waterfalls. At the 16th kilometer on Cau Hai - Bach Ma road, turning left and walk for 20 to 30 minutes, tourists will also find 400m high, 20m wide Do Quyen Waterfall which suddenly appears as if it were suspended in the sky... In the summer, rhododendron flowers are blooming on both sides of the fall like two huge flowery silk carpets. In the centre of the resort is Bac (Silver) Waterfall, only 10m high and 40m wide and look like a spotless white curtain swayed by the wind.

More than half a century ago, the French recognized the beauty of Bach Ma and began to develop it. Within 5 years (1942-1946), 139 villas were continuously built under the foliage of old trees and by sheer cliffs. From the top of Bach Ma, people can view landscapes of Hai Van Pass, Tuy Van Mount, Cau Hai Lagoon with heaving fishing boats and even the shimmering electrical lights of Hue city at night as well as the huge and boundless Eastern Sea.

 

When To Travel To Vietnam

Good time to Travel in Vietnam is from September to June. However, Vietnam has three different regions – the North, the Central and the South – each with different weather patterns and different rainy seasons. This means that there is neither a best time nor a worst time to visit Vietnam. Hot summer or Cold winter is not that a big deal. Nice beaches such as Halong bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne - Phan Thiet or Phu Quoc Island are always available; Sapa and Dalat highlands offer great places for cool temperature. You can find your favourite kind of weather all year round for your next Vietnam Tours!

 

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