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Vietnam Rivers and Lakes

Vietnam Rivers and Vietnam Lakes and Waterfalls

Ba Be Lake

Location: Bac Kan, Vietnam

Ba Be Lake lies in the middle of a vast limestone mountain range of Ba Be District, Bac Kan Province, 180 km north-west of Ha Noi, belong to the commune of Nam Mau, Khang Ninh, Cao Thuong, Quang Khe, Cao Tri.

Ba Be Lake have a water area around 500ha, spreading over 8km, as biggest natural water lake in Vietnam, situated in Cho Ra-Ba Be-Cho Don carste terrain pertaining to lowlying lands of Vietnam North raising mass. This raising mass was formed from the destruction of South East Asia continental mass at the end of Cambri era, around 200 million years ago. Due to its special geological constitution, the Lake has very original and special features compared with other world-wide carster lakes :world carster lakes are spent or only with one-season water, while Ba Be Lake has its permanent full-water.

By decision No.41/-TTg dated 10.1.1977, Vietnam Prime Minister recognized Ba Be Lake as a forest preserve area.

By decision No. 83/TTg dated 10.11.92, Vietnam Government gave its approval on the econo-technical study on Ba Be National Park conservation.

Ba Be National Park takes a 23,340ha area in 7 communes of Ba Be district, Bac Can province on the North West of Hanoi. The terrain covers most of limestone rocks inserted with a few earth hills with medium to abrupt slope, a 150-1,535m average height (from sea level) and is laid completely within the South-West valley of Phiabyior Range with 1502, 1517 to 1525m peaks.

Ba Be Lake is Ba Be National Park Center with likely special configuration contracted in the middle and swollen out on the two ends, surrounded by cliffs with very original and attractive forms and shapes. Through influenced by 3 rivers flows discharging their water into the Lake, lake water remain always blue and its current velocity is kept on at 0,5m/sec. giving the take both lake and river characteristics.

The lake has an average depth from 20 to 25m and is deepest at 35m. Lake bed is not plain but with much of submersible mounts and grottoes. There are ideal home ranges for aquatic animals.

With an area around 500ha, the Lake plays a great role in spate distribution for Nang, Gam and Lo rivers deltas.

According to primary survey documents, 417 species of trees including 300 branches, 114 parenties.Also, hundreds of orchids and species of medicine-plants. The system of animals including; land, aquatic and flying animals covering 319 species of animals in 27 forms, 85 parenties in which 42 species recorded in Vietnam Red Book with 3 endemic anima l species that are gibbon (snub no se) Bamboo-Thread and Red Algae.

Ba-Be lake is the centerpiece of Ba Be National Park, a lush and peaceful oasis where the tropical rainforest is relatively well-preserved, as hunting and fishing are restricted, and the villagers receive subsidies not to cut the trees. The lake is 1km wide and 9km long, surrounded by tall limestone cliffs. The local fishermen ride typical narrow dugout boats. Besides the tiny village of Pac Ngoi and a few houses south of the Lake, nobody lives on the shores of the lake. There is no recent development to spoil the scenery. In general, visitors spend the night in Cho Ra (18km).

West lake

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

West Lake is in Tay Ho District, Hanoi. West Lake, also called Ho Tay, is the biggest lake in central Hanoi, covering 500ha. In the past, West Lake used to be part of the Red River. West Lake, a beautiful spot in Hanoi, was once a resort for mandarins and kings.

Ho Tay is the largest of all the lakes in Ha Noi. The lake is on the northwest part of the city. Long ago, the lake was a branch of the Red river but later, as the river changed course, the lake remained a body of water just west of the river. There are many legends associated with West Lake. The most popular is the legend of the golden buffalo.

As the story goes, there once was a medicine man who was a giant. He is well known in Vietnam for his medicine practice and the king often used him to treat the royal family. His fame reached China and he was invited to China to treat the king. He was successful where others have failed so the king was going to reward him with great wealth. He refused offerings of gold and only requested that the king give him all the black copper in the kings vault. The king agreed and the giant left for Vietnam with vast amounts of black copper. In Vietnam the giant molded a giant bell of black copper. The giant rang the bell and the sound resonated all the way to China. In the kings vault there was a golden buffalo. Upon hearing the sound of the bell, the buffalo came to life (because he thought that his mother was calling him) and charged southward. Upon reaching Ha Noi, the buffalo trampled the land in the area near Red river. Over the years, this area filled with water and became Ho Tay or West Lake.

Ho Tay has always been an area for vacationing royalties. When Ha Noi was still the capital city, the kings from the Ly and Tran dynasty built summer homes along the lake. In the north end of the lake there are several villages famous for their flowers and fruits plantations. Most famous is Nghi Tam village, the birth place of Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, one of Vietnams premier Poetess.

Today, many of the summer homes built by kings of yesteryears are now shrines and temples.Many palaces including Thuy Hoa Palace, Ham Nguyen Sanctuary, Tu Hoa Palace, Kim Lien Pagoda, and Ngoc Dam Palace were built on the bank of the lake.

The 17km path around the lake leads to Nghi Tam flower village, Tay Ho, Nhat Tan peach garden and Tay Ho Temple, were built in honour of Princess Lieu.

Phu Tay Ho is one of the more popular shrine on the shore of Ho Tay. During the first and fifteenth day of the lunar month, people from all over Ha Noi pour to the shrine to pay respect to the deities. On these days, the roads are filled with people dressed in colorful attire heading to the narrow road leading to the shrine.Visitors can go sightseeing and enjoy typical dishes, Phu Tay Ho is also famous for the Bun Oc (escargot vermicelli soup) and Banh Tom (shrimp cakes) sold in stalls along the way.

To Nung Lake

Location: Pleiku, Vietnam

To Nung Lake is located approximately 10 km from Pleiku, in Gia Lai province. Situated in the middle of the highlands red soil area, To Nung Lake looks like an emerald, with its green clear water.


The lake lies on the top of an extinct volcano. The view is spectacular with the lush vegetation and the colorful insects around the lake.

From the bank of the lake, one can get a general view of the area including Bien Ho Tea processing farm, Pleiku town, and Kon Tum town. Legendary Ham rong Mountain nearby makes the lake even more beautiful. One can visit several Rong houses and meet hospitable highland inhabitants. To Nung Lake is the pride of the Pleiku highland area

To Nung lake is the site of an extinguished volcano which had been inactive for millions of years now. The lake is 230 hectares in area and has an oval shape.

The lake is full of clear-cut blue water the year round which allows visitors to see schools of fish swimming in the lake. The lake with a depth of between 20 and 40 meters serves as a natural container of fresh water. The local fresh water fishing industry catches hundreds of tons of fish for local consumption.

The landscape on the lakeside is unique. The eye-catching beauty of the natural surrounding offers visitors the best sight at dawn when they can turn their head round to take in as much greenery of the far away primitive forests as possible while the singing of birds hidden among low bushes nearby the surrounding low hilly bushes serves as backdrop music. Primitive tranquility is completely preserved. The poetic scenery is added with several early sailing boats plying in the lake shrouded with fog and mist. With this scenery in mind many visitors has regarded To Ning Lake as the pearl of the Pleiku in particular and the Central Highlands in general.

Ba Ham Lake

Location: Halong, Vietnam

Situated on the south-west side of Halong Bay, Ba Ham Lake is found on Dau Be Island (Calf Head Island) in Lan Ha Bay. This island is part of the range of islands at the farthest end of Halong Bay, bordering the immense zone Long Chau Sea.

Ba Ham Lake is situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs.The lake is a system comprising three wide and round pits, linked together by a narrow and meandering tunnel. Stalactites hang from the ceiling in a myriad of strange, coloured forms. The silence is disturbed only by the sounds of the boat’s oars. On the island are many species of plants such as orchids, benjamin figs, banyans and cycads, which blossom throughout the year. It is also the home of yellow-haired monkeys, birds, flying squirrels and bats. Under the deep blue surface of the water are the animated lives of shrimp and fish.

Although 25km from the shore, it has long been considered an ideal tourism zone. The entrance is a open semi-circular hole in the flat stone wall on the north-west side of the island, 4 to 5m above the sea.

Starting from the entrance, tourists enter the first tunnel, which boasts a forest of stalactites and stalagmites in different shapes and various colours. They fall down the water surface like the roots of banyan or ficus trees. The deeper one pushes into the tunnel, the darker it becomes. The river is deep yet so clear that one can see shoals of fish swimming.

Some 100m from the entrance one finds a shaft of light coming from the roof of the tunnel, which reveals different kinds of orchids clinging to the cliff, cycads growing here and there, truc duoi ga (a kind of reed with cock’s tail-liked yellow leaves) flourishing in clumps. In the southeast cliff of the second tunnel there grows an old carambola tree, which bears fruits all year round. Tourists can find groups of monkeys, flying squirrels, or silver-headed parrots gathering in its branches. Lying one cliff away from the second one, the third tunnel is home to various species of bats and butterflies.

Amidst the tranquil atmosphere, you feel like boating in an abyssal well walled by mountains. Ba Ham Lake is one of the beauty spots of Halong Bay.

Xuan Huong Lake

Location: Dalat, Vietnam

Located in the center of Da Lat, Xuan Huong Lake is considered the heart of town.

In 1919, French civil engineer Labbe had a small lake dug in a small valley where there is a spring and a dam built from Thuy Ta to former Huong Dao (Scout) House, a meeting place of the local scouts before 1975. In 1923, the lake was expanded with a second dam below and was named strong hurricane broke both dams. In 1935, a large stone dam was buirt to replace the two old ones, creating Xuan Huong Lake. The lakes perimeter is 5.5 kilometers and the average depth is 1.5 meters. Peach and willow trees line the bank of the lake. The bridge further down, on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, leading to the town center, is called Dao. It was the name of the first provincial chief of Da Lat, Mr Pham Khac Hoe.

For many years, the route around the lake has been the main part of the annual Ho Chi Minh City TV cycling race.

There are quite a few recreational options at the lake: pedal boat (VND 30,000/h), motor boat (VND 60,000-80,000/trip), pedal rubber dinghy (VND 30,000/h). In addition, there are kayaks and sailing boats.

On January 10, 1997, authorities of Lam Dong Province decided to use Xuan Huong Lake as the center for Da Lat tourism. The lake was also the first beauty spot in Lam Dong Province to be recognized as a national Beauty Spot and Historic Site by the central government in 1988.

Fairies Stream

Location: Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

The stream flows down gorges, surrounding trees and crossing valleys; before flowing down to Suoi Tien Village, the stream meets a natural dam and divides into two branches.

Its current starts from Hon Ba Mountains. One going north to the rice fields and another overflowing a hard rock, platform to the east, joining the Cai River.

The charming scenery has given birth to many legends; fairies would leave Heaven to come bathing at the stream. Male fairies played chess on stone blocks. Foot prints left by a giant who, in a moment of enchantment when seeing the fairies swimming, slipped and nearly fell down into the water.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake, or the Lake of the Restored Sword, is located directly in the centre of Hanoi. The name is derived from a legend involving Emperor Le Thai To, in which he came across a giant tortoise while cruising on the lake. The tortoise took his sword that had secured victory against the Chinese aggressors of the Minh Dynasty. The emperor named the lake after this episode.

The tortoises of Hoan Kiem lake: Fact or Fiction?

Unbelievably, there are tortoises in the mysterious and murky waters of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Surfacing on rare occasions, and bringing luck to anyone fortunate enough to see one, the Sword Lake tortoise Rafetus leloii is not just your common garden-variety tortoise - it is a huge animal. A specimen that died in 1968 weighed in at 250kg and was 2.1m long! Its preserved remain: are on show in the Ngoc Son Temple complex, together with a photo taken of a tortoise that appeared in the take in 2000. No-one is sure how many there still are, or how they have survived in this urban setting. Rumours abound.

Are these really the lake-dwelling descendants of the golden tortoise of Le Loi? Or are they safeguarded in enclosures elsewhere and transported to the lake from time to time, where their occasional appearance is simpiy an orchestrated ploy to keep the legend of the lake alive?

Those ripples on the lake surface will never seem so innocenl again.


Every morning, the surrounding park fills with locals who arrive to exercise and play badminton. By the way, there still are a few tortoises who call this area home.

Hoan Kiem was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi.

Cam Son Lake

Location: Bac Giang, Vietnam

Ordinarily, the lake covers 2,600ha, but during the rainy season it occupies 3,000ha. The 30km-long lake is 7km at its widest point and 200m at its narrowest.

Given the various tourism projects of the area, it should not be long before the Cam Son Lake area becomes an attractive summer resort. Boating, hiking, fishing, as well as visiting ethnic minority hamlets will be available for visitors.

To get there from Hanoi, drive to Bac Ninh (31km), then to Bac Giang (51km). Continue until the Hoa River (98km) and turn to Cam Son Lake.

Nui Coc Lake

Location: Thai Nguyen, Vietnam

Nui Coc Lake is located approximately 90km from Hanoi and 25km south west of Thai Nguyen City. Nui Coc Lake lies in magnificent landscapes of a mountainous area. With charming natural scenery, Nui Coc is close to romantic love legend - the boy name Cong and the girl name Coc.

Nui Coc Lake is a reservoir with the area of 25km2, 23m depth. The lake is surrounded by mountains and includes 89 islands, concealing mysterious legends, some covered with trees and others housing flocks of storks or mountain goats. Nearby the lake, Coc Mountain stands imposingly amid the blue sky, the bright sunshine over every blade of grass and twig, all creating marvelous and splendid scenery.

The lake comprises many islets; some are covered with trees, some with flocks of birds, and others with mountain goats. About 40 species of birds and 15 species of mammals have been recorded in the reservoir area.

Its a pretty stretch of water, and is a major drawcard for Hanoi residents looking to get away from it all. On summer weekends it can get particularly crowded. A one-hour, circular motor-boat tour of the lake is the thing to do and cost about 200,000d. You can use the water parks swimming pool for 20,000d, and also rent rowboats. It could be worth a visit if you e travelling to Ba Be National Park, with your own wheels, and fancy a dip.

If you have time, cruise to visit Co Island covered with tree, enjoy the view of overall Nui Coc Lake.

Thac Ba Lake

Location: Yen Bai, Vietnam

Located both in Luc Yen and Yen Binh districts, Yen Bai Province. Thac Ba Lake is not only a beautiful landscape, but it is also a national vestige.

This artificial lake has an area of 23,400ha and 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest. The thousands of hills and islands feature caves such as the Hum, Cau Cuoi and Bach Xa. The Thac Ba Temple always draws visitors.

In 1285, the Thu Vat Battle took place under the command of Tran Nhat Duat against Mongolian invaders.

There are plans in the works to develop Thac Ba Lake into an ecological tourist centre with entertainment, mountain climbing and hiking.

Dam Ri waterfall

Location: Dalat, Vietnam

To get there, follow National Road No. 20 from Da Lat. The waterfall is 18 kilometers west of Bao Loc Town. This majestic waterfall, 90 meters tall, is an important waterfall in Da Lat and Lam Dong, especially on tours departing from Ho Chi Minh City, provinces in the Mekong Delta and Binh Thuan Province.

Dam Ri is a word in the Co ho language. It means "waiting." It is the com­bined names of two lovers,Dam and HRi. According to legend, HRi often came here to bathe when the waterfall was much smaller. One day, Dam (sometimes also called Kdam) came to the stream during a hunt. When he cast his eyes upon HRi bathing, he was mes­merized by her beauty. Dam and HRi eventually fell in love and got married.

One day, Dam went hunting in the forest and did not return. HRi waited and waited for her hus­bands return. She wept so much and so long that her tears created a stream that formed a large waterfall.

Eventually, Dam returned. But after he was told about his wifes despair, he went to the stream and jumped in to demonstrate his loyal­ty. His body turned into a lion. Standing by the water-fall, you can see a lion-shaped rock at its bed. People say it is the young Dam crying over his dead wife. Thats why the Co ho named the waterfall Dam HRi, which is now mispro­nounced as Dam Ri.

Mo waterfall

Location: Tuyen Quang, Vietnam

The waterfall with the silver hues is composed of 3 layers. To reach the second layer, visitors have to climb up 100m by a rope ladder. At the foot of the second layer, there is a small and pure lake. Here, visitors will see the imposing landscape with the caves, which have beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

The road to Thac Mo is convenient. One can hear the noise of water pouring far from above. The closer visitors draw to the waterfall, the cooler they feel. It seems as if visitors were in a fairy land when they stand in front of the waterfall. Its water pours into the lake lying at the foot of the mountain. Visitors can take a small boat to reach the waterfall. When boating, they can relax and admire the picturesque setting around it.

The water flows slowly through the green moss-covered rocks, which look like a velvet rug. Keeping they climbing, visitors will reach the third layer. Water pours very strongly. The coolness of water seems to drive back the exhaustion of visitors, and to bring about a new feeling for them when they stand at the top to have a panoramic view of Na Hang Town, which is surrounded by 99 mountains. They can walk into the primitive forest to discover wonderful things. The sounds of the waterfall, birds and gibbons, and silver light going through the thick layers will make visitors feel as if they were in the prehistoric time.

Thu Bon River

Location: Quang Nam, Vietnam

It is one of the nicest waterways in Vietnam. As such, it has been repeatedly portrayed in poetry.

The river begins at an altitude of 2,598m in the Ngoc Linh Mountain and then runs across the south-western mountainous area to meet the Tien and Tranh Rivers at Que Tan. From there, it flows through Que Son, Dai Loc, Duy Xuyen, Dien Ban, Hoi An, and finally into the sea at Cua Dai.

From Hoi An, visitors can rent a boat and stop at the beautiful villages located along the river.

Ban Gioc Waterfall

Location: Cao Bang, Vietnam

This scenic spot, on the horder with China, sees very few visitors. The name Ban Gioc is derived from the Montagnard languages spoken in the area, and is sometimes spelt Ban Doc.

The waterfall is the largest, although not the highest, in the country. The vertical drop is 53m. but it has an impressive 300m span; one end of the falls is in China, the other is in Vietnair. The water volume varies considerably between the dry and rainy seasons: the falls are most impressive from May to September, but swimming during this period in the waterholes below may be difficult due to turbulence.

The falls have three levels, creating a sort of giant staircase, and theres enough water any time, most years, to make the trip worthwhile. Half the pleasure of the visit is walking across paddy fields to reach the base of the falls.

The tails are fed by the Quay Son River. An invisible line halfway across the river marks the border, and rafts (per trip 30,000d) pole out the few metres to exactly the halfway mark - and no further! - from each side. Theres been some development of tourist facilities on the Chinese side in recent years, but almost nothing except a bamboo footbridge and a couple of bamboo rafts on the Vietnamese side.

There is no official border checkpoint here, but a police permit is required to visit -you cannot simply rent a motorbike and go there on your own. The permit is officially US$10, but hotels in Cao Bang will do the paperwork for between 100,000d and 200,000d. Let them do it - its much less hassle than doing it yourself at the Cao Bang police station.

About 10km before the falls, show the permit - and leave your passport - at a roadside checkpoint. An official at the parking area at the falls will then take your permit. You collect each from the same place on return. It was all very straightforward at the time of writing, but be prepared for changes to the regulations.

Kim Boi Hot Spring

Location: Hoa Binh, Vietnam

In Kim Boi District, Hoa Binh Province, 30km from Hoa Binh Town, mineral water at Kim Boi is suitable to drink, bathe, and useful in medical treatment.

About 30km drive from Hoa Binh will lead to a rest house named Kim Boi. The house was built near a large mineral water pool. Visitors sitting inside the house can hear the sound of the water, which is at a constant temperature of 36°C, continuously spouting out. Scientific tests have shown that the mineral water at Kim Boi is suitable to drink, bathe, and use in the treatment of rheumatism, intestinal diseases, stomachache, and high-blood pressure.

Kim Boi mineral water is bottled for drinking. It has almost the same composition as certain well-known foreign brands of mineral water.

Ben Hai Rriver and Hien Luong Bridge

Location: Quang Binh, Vietnam

Ben Hai River runs 100km in Truong Son Mountains to meet the sea at Cua Tung Mouth.

The widest part of the river is about 200m, the portion covered by Hien Luong Bridge is approximately 170m wide.

Under the Geneva agreement on Vietnam in 1954, Ben Hai River was selected as a temporary demarcation line separating the country into two parts. Hien Luong Bridge was divided into parts, each serving as a border gate.

Nowadays, Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge have become the historic landmarks and great tourist attractions.

Xa Huong (Musk) Lake

Location: Vinh Phuc, Vietnam

Xa Huong (Musk) Lake is located in the valley of the Buffalo mountain in Binh Xuyen districts Minh Quang commune.

It is 83ha wide and has got several big arms flowing into forests. Its impoundment is 41 metres wide and load capacity is more than 12 million cubic of water. There is a 132 hectare wide- 18-hole golf course which is under construction by the impoundment base.

Xa Huong lake is never dry. When its level water is at COs 92, travelers can row on the vast waves can have their boat pulled up to the shore to visit the village by the middle of mountains. When the level comes down to COs 76, travelers can see two stone whales swimming up and down in the green water in astonishment. When the level is at COs 53, there appears schools of orphaned stone hippopotamus, wild boars and panthers which seem in fighting with each other to possess the baits and. They make the water at the estuary of biggest streams spill all over.

Dai Lai Lake

Location: Vinh Phuc, Vietnam

Dai Lai Resort is located at the foot of Tam Dao mountain range. It is blessed with beautiful natural scenery.

The resort, whose heart is Dai Lai Lake (525 wide), is surrounded by forests and mountains in Ngoc Thach Commune, Me Linh District. At a distance of about 40 km far from Hanoi and 9 km far from Noi Bai International Airport, the Dai Lai Resort is easily accessible by land.

There are no big swings in climate and weather here. It is cooler in summer and warmer in winter than in Hanoi. The resort has several species of fauna, including monkey, wild boar, deer, samba deer, fox, squirrel, porcupine, python, snake and several bird species under protection. Dai Lai Resort also includes golf course, villas, and commercial centers. Therefore, it is a right place for recreation, sports, weekend holidays, excursions and sightseeing tours.

Tourism Zone of Da River in Son La

Location: Son La, Vietnam

The Da River Tour takes you to century works, helps you discover the ancient the prehistoric period of the mankind by watching and studying antiquities, takes you to imposing natural landscapes with high mountains, large rivers, evergreen forests and waterfalls, and takes you to honest and hospitable people, profound cultures. Da river is 280 km long and possesses 32 small and big estuaries.

The river has long been a trading path between Son La people in particular and people of the Northwest groups in general with lowlanders.

Rowing upstream Da river, you will reach Van Yen, Ta Hoc and Ta Bu ports. Rowing along Bo market to Ta Bu, you will reach the area of the Hoa Binh Hydro-electricity, where locates many beautiful caves. You will discover the cultural life of such ethnic minority groups as Thai, Kh’Mu, La Ha, Xinh Mun and Dao. Each group has its own cultural identity and customs in addition to common features, for example, the honesty, hospitality and harmonization. Ethnic people usually gather in on-river market-days. Living over night in house on stilts of ethnic people in the lake area of Da river, you will enjoy ethnic specialties and the sweet flavor of ruou can, and dance with ethnic people, listen to legendaries and the legend of Da river told by old people

The lake area of Da river is a good overnight resting place for your north-west tours.

Tien Phong Lake

Location: Son La, Vietnam

Whoever comes to Son La visits the Tien Phong Lake - a romantic water area locating amid a large windy and sunny savanna. In the east and north of the lake locates 2 mountain rows, each of which consists of sequent mountains. They look like two dragons swimming in the cool and pure water. The west of the lake is the Na San Plateau containing various mountains with green fruit-trees and grass-green tea hills.

The Tien Phong lake is situated in Muong Bon commune, Mai Son district and 23 km far from Son La town, 7 km far from Hat Lot town and 2 km far from the Na San Airport. You can go to the lake by land, seaway and airway. Driving from Hanoi along the National Road No, passing through Hoa Binh town, Moc Chau, Yen Chau and Mai Son towns, you will reach the Tien Phong lake. If departing from Dien Bien city, you can drive along the National Road No.6, passing through Tuan Giao, Thuan Chau and Son La towns, you will reach the lake. If departing from the Hoa Binh Hydro-electricity, you can go on ships to the Ta Hoc Port and then get on a train leaving for Hat Lot town to reach the lake. Alternatively, you can fly from the Noi Bai International Airport for 45 minutes to the Na San Airport, from which you drive along the National Road No.6 about 2 km towards Hanoi, then you will reach the lake.

Visiting the Tien Phong lake, you will be told legends about the sources of water of the lake by the Thai people living long in Na Si Village.

After going sightseeing around the lake, you can visit the windy Dao Noi (Floating Island) which has an area of 10,000 square meters. The island looks like a tortoise floating on the lake surface.

You should not forget to visit mountain villages of the Thai ethnic group like Na Si, Me and Un. Inside houses on stilts, you will see beautiful girls of the Thai group making brocade with various sophisticated designs.

In a bid to take full advantage of huge potentials of the lake’s area, the People’s Committee of Son La has mapped out a plan to build ethological tourism and entertainment spots in the Tien Phong lake’s area.

Yaly Hydro-electric

Location: Gia Lai, Vietnam

It is a beautiful site along Se San River. A new hydro-electric power plant was built at Yaly Waterfall and has a design capacity of 720 MW.

Process of construction and operation of Yaly Hydro-electric Power Plant affected strongly economy, culture, society… of Central Highlands in general and Gia Lai Province in particular. Especially it has supplied power with villages and contributes to raise cultural standards of the people.

In the future, four hydro-electric power plants expected to build are Se San 3, Se San 4, Plei Krong and Thuong Kon Tum. Se San 3 and Se San 4 are in lower section of Yaly Hydro-electric Power Plant.

Xung Khoeng Waterfall

Location: Gia Lai, Vietnam

30 km from the south-west of Pleiku City, Chu Prong District, Gia Lai Province. Xung Khoeng Waterfall is a beautiful landscape in Gia Lai.

The waterfall is about 40-m high, and from afar, visitors can hear drawling sounds of flowing water. On the two sides of the falls, trees and plants grow luxuriantly, and above is the high blue sky. The water makes its way into cracks in the rock to form a clear lake, surrounded by craggy walls.

Bay Nhanh (Baynhanh) Waterfall

Location: Dac Lak, Vietnam

Located in NDrech Village, Ea Huar Commune, Buon Don District, Bay Nhanh Waterfall is a magnificent landscape, an ecological tourist site in Dak Lak Province.

Running here, the Serepok River meets a big stone and is divided into seven small streams, forming six islets, hence its name Bay Nhanh (Seven-branch) Waterfall. From a distance, Bay Nhanh Waterfall resembles a huge hand with seven fingers opening among rapids. At the source of the waterfall, which is 500m wide, water flows gently and quietly all year around.

The widest of the waterfall is about 2km. The first branch is covered by a row of old fig trees. The second, third, and fourth branches form a big cascade. It is an excellent place for visitors to take a bath or photographs. The fifth branch has a cobble beach like the one in Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa Province). The sixth branch consists of six nice, wide, flat sandbanks and an area of 2ha for growing industrial and fruit crops. At the seventh branch, visitors come to the primitive forest, which are abundant with many precious woods and animals under the management of YokDon National Park.

Coming to Bay Nhanh Waterfall, visitors will see rows of old fig trees. The Ban Don Ecology Tourist Limited Company has built a 200m long bamboo bridge snaking through the roots of old fig trees for tourists relaxing and drinking can alcohol under the canopy of fig trees, surrounded by the murmur of the stream.

Ban Don Ecology Tourist Limited Company has just invested in building houses with thatch roofs at the nice beach here. This is also an ideal place for piragua racing as the water surface here is calm and transparent. Every afternoon, looking at the other side visitors will see herds of peacocks dancing. It is really pleasant to the eyes.

Coming to Bay Nhanh Waterfall, visitors not only enjoy the natural landscape of this ecological site but also visit YokDon National Park to listen to stories about elephant hunting and taming, go boating, ride elephant for sightseeing tours in the forests and across the Serepok River, or stay overnight in a house on stilts and enjoy gong performance of the MNong people. Coming here visitors also have a chance to taste such specialties as bamboo-tube rice, banana leaf-wrapped rice, roasted chicken with pomelo leaves, mixture of yellow-ant with green cabbage dish, hemibagrus with giang leaves soup. Visitors can also buy souvenirs such as brocade bag, wooden handicraft, and backpacks of ethnic minorities.

Truc Giang Lake As The Heart of Ben Tre City

Location: Ben Tre, Vietnam

The Lake by itself is naturally a very beautiful sight already being seen as the heart of Ben Tre Township. It is most beautiful in the summer time when flamboyant flowers cast a red carpet over the poetic background of white clouds scattering in the blue sky.

At night, the Lake turns out to be even more fantastic with simmering lights of ball street lamps all around the Lakes shores. The image of Truc Giang Lake has gone into the memory of generations of Ben Tre natives who for some reasons are now living far away from Ben Tre.

The Truc Giang Lake was first digged in 1930 by the French colonialists, with a total surface area of 17,000 sqm. It was initially called "water well" as it was used chiefly to store water for use in daily living. Through time, it was turning into a place for the Township residents to come for leisure and relaxation after days of hard work, and especially at weekends. It was also an ideal place for lovers to meet and exchange their loving words.

In 1950, the Lake was renewed for the first time, with a pavilion built over the middle of its water. At this point, the name "Water well" was no longer used, replaced by Chung Thuy (Loyalty), and later on by Truc Giang. The last one is now still used.

Through years with so many events and incidents, the erosion of time and the deterioration caused by pollution as well as the impacts of human living and urbanization activities, Truc Giang Lake has gradually lost its inherently peaceful and noble beauty. By and large, the Lake’s water has been lowering and polluted, surrounded by a batch of deteriorated and falling out walls. Its overall landscape has been destroyed and downgraded.

Thus comes the idea to renovate the Truc Giang Lake, making it into a new and picturesque spot of landscape right at the heart of the new and larger Ben Tre City on the making. On that basis, after nearly 5 years of discussions, Ben Tres Peoples Committee officially approved on October 02, 2003, a feasible project for Truc Giang Lake Revamping.

According to the now under way project, the new Truc Giang Lake will be shaped like a trapezium, with its four sides formed by Tran Quoc Tuan, Nguyen Trung Truc, Le Qui Don and Hai Ba Trung streets. Its water will be completely drained off and refilled with fresh new water pumped in from the Ben Tre river through a new water control and drainage system. This system is renewed based on the former design made by the French colonialists.

As a result of renovation, the Lakes water surface will be reduced to 17,851 sum from 19,811 sqm, surrendering parts of its surface area to build 2-metre paved way for walking, with a total area of 1,605 sqm. Steps up and down the Lake’s shores will also be built.

In order to create the soft and tender look for the Lakes overall landscape, its square corners will be curved into round corners, and its sides will also be made convexo-concave, which is thought to increase its smooth and beautiful contours.

Along the shores, under lines of green trees, special lawns will be grown, pavement and decorative structures will be built to contribute to a nicer overview.

The existing pavilion over the Lakes water will be retained, but re-designed with harmonious blending between old and new architectural styles.

The total working investment fund for the project is VND 15.5 billion.

The project also retains some of the existing structures on the streets surrounding the Lake including schools, public service offices, restaurants, hotels, cafe shops, etc, all fronting the Lake making it interesting for the the whole landscape. "This is a perfect design. Once finished, Truc Giang will be one of the finest sceneries in the Mekong Delta", said Mr Pham Anh Minh, director of Ben Tre Construction Consultant Company.

Apart from the Tran Van On Monument Park which was opened in 2004, other items of the project are now about to kick start, and are planned to be finished in 2006. And Truc Giang is expected to be a magnatic place for visitors, inside as well as outside the province.


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