Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cu Chi Tunnel – Underground Walks

Journalist of The World Geography had interesting experience in Cu Chi Tunnel and voted this building the 5th among 10 most breathtaking underground in the world.

“Crawl through a small trapdoor into narrow, stifling tunnels and enter an “underground village” with kitchen, dormitory, meeting room, and hospital. During the Vietnam War (1954-75) thousands of Viet Cong were based in the 125-mile (200-kilometer) network of tunnels. The “village” was never captured despite being bombed many times”, described The World Geography.
Cu Chi Tunnel is a defense system in the underground, located in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City. This project was initiated construction in 1940 in the war against French enemy and it lies at the end of Ho Chi Minh path. Currently, this tunnel is an alluring destination for the tourists to visit and discover one history period of Vietnam.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beef Fried with Giang Leaf

Giang leaf is not a manual kind of vegetable that people grow in family garden, also not a rare and specious one. It is just a type of vines which has dark green color, living on rocky cavities in the mountain slopes.

Beef Fried with Giang Leaf From past to now, beef fried with giang leaf has been a typical dish of people in the edge region of the commune, especially in Vinh Te-Nui Sam, Chau Doc where there is an annual traditional festival attracting millions of inbound and outbound guests.  

Actually, the appearance and the creator of the dish beef fried with giang leaf have not been defined. Giang leaf is not a manual kind of vegetable that people grow in family garden, also not a rare and specious one. It is just a type of vines which has dark green color, living on rocky cavities in the mountain slopes. It has no typical smell but tastes fresh sour, including a rich amount of vitamin C. Giang leaf grows most in the rain season. 

When being tried, beef fried with giang leaf specifically provides diners with a very special taste. From old people to young girls in Binh Dinh, all know the way to cook this rustic dish which is not sophisticated but very simple and traditional.

Fresh beef is sliced thin then treated with spices. Giang leaves are sliced into threads. People take several hand scoops of sliced leaves, some coconut juice and crushed roasted peanuts to dust onto the dish. The smoke is very good-smelling. If being served with Go Den wine, this simple dish will become one of the most wonderful dishes in Southern delta region.

Despites of being a wild vegetable, giang leaf has a high cuisine value. In Binh Dinh, people usually use giang leaf to make soup instead of star-fruit, tamarind or fermented rice because it is very good-smelling, sour and can be used for treatment. Giang leaf is sold in the market but not anytime.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

World's longest cable hanger in Vietnam

Vinpearl Land Cable Hanger is over Nha Trang sea, connecting Nha Trang with Hon Ngoc Viet tourism area on Hon Tre island. This is the world's longest Hanger and it can contain the most people in one cabin.

The construction started in August 2006. After more than 14 months of building, the Hanger Cable was put into operation on March 10, 2007. On every viewing corner of Nha Trang city, the tourists can see a system of cable hanger with 9 cable pillars having the shape of Eiffel tower in France. 

The Cable Hanger is 3,320 meters long with 9 pillars, the highest of which is 54.65 meters, the shortest is 7.96 meters. Its total weight is up to 7000 tons. However such equipments like gas station, cabins..imported from France are counted for one fourth of the total 200 billion dongs ($10 million). It is nearly considered absolutely safe.
Vinpearl Land

The cable hanger is designed to have 65 cabins, serving 1500 tourists per turn every hour. Each cabin will run through the route between Nha Trang and Hon Tre island for nearly 9 minutes 20 seconds. The hanger can withstand the level 7 wind, the maximum compensation cost for an accident on one cabin is 12 billion dongs ($600.000).
Vinpearl land

Seating on the Vinpearl Cable Hanger at the height of 54 meters, the tourists can view thoroughly the marine city and Nha Trang Bay, one of the world's most beautiful bays under a strange view. This Cable Hanger took the interest of a lot of people while being under construction. Based on the length, the Cable Hanger is considered to be the longest in the world and is able to receive Guiness world record. For this reason, Discovery Channel sent one responsible team to record first images of his Hanger.  


In addition to the stretching wonderful beach, recreational areas that the nature gifts, the Cable Hanger Vinpearl Land adds one more reason for the local as well as foreign tourists to choose Nha trang as their destination.

Love Waterfall in Sa Pa

Sa Pa is not only well known for the charm of being a misty mountain town with terraced rice fields stretching continuously on the mountains, but also for its romantic waterfall called Love.
Love Waterfall, located about 4km to the North-West of Sa Pa Town in San Sa Ho Commune, Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province, is a “must-see” destination on the Sa Pa tour. Driving on a red soil road to the waterfalls that winds through a primeval forest of lush ancient ivory trees and rhododendron flowers in white, red and yellow colour, tourists have a chance to enjoy a perfect painting-like landscape.
  The beautiful scenery at the foot of Love Waterfall.

From afar, the waterfall looks like a twinkling pyramid under the sun. It has a height of about 100m, and starts from the peak of Fansipan Mountain and rush noisily into the Gold Stream like a never-ending song. Under the waterfall, the Gold Stream runs along with green grass plots and bamboo clusters, forming a poetic image.
Love Waterfall is part of the tour to the imposing mountain range of  Hoang Lien Son.

According to the local people, the name of the waterfall originates from a love story. Legend has it that long ago, fairies from heaven used to come to the waterfall to bathe. One day, the seventh fairy saw O Qui Ho, the first son of Ai Lao Mountain Genie who was playing his flute near the falls.
The Waterfall is a popular destination in Sa Pa.

Mesmerized by the flute sounds, the fairy spent every night listening to the sweet melodies until her parents detected her secret and forbade her from coming to the human world.The fairy missed O Qui Ho so much that she spent every afternoon at heaven’s gate looking towards the waterfall and waiting for the sounds of the flute. Then, she transformed herself into a yellow bird that lives on O Qui Ho Mountain. Since then, the waterfall is called “Love” to remind everyone of the legendary love story.
On the way to Love Waterfall, tourists discover the beauty of a primitive forest. 

Currently, the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) has suggested listing Love Waterfall in the “West-North Route” tour as it has a promising potential to become one of the most attractive destinations in the mountainous district of North Vietnam.

Beautiful scenery on Ly Son Island

Only a few people know that Ly Son Island in Quang Ngai Province in Central Vietnam was d from five extinct volcanoes during the prehistoric age. With wonderful scenery left by these volcanoes, the island has now become an alluring destination, attracting a large number of tourists.
Seen from the shore on a fine day, Ly Son Island looks like a pyramid on the sea with its top being the peak of Thoi Loi Mountain. Among five mountains founding on the island, Thoi Loi is a rocky one. After a long time climbing the tortuous path on the mountain, tourists reach the peak of Thoi Loi where they have a panoramic view of the garlic field that looks like a chess-board and an immense blue sea dotted with fishing boats in the distance.

A panoramic view of Gieng Tien Mountain from the peak of Thoi Loi Mountain. Photo: Viet Cuong

The road to the peak of Thoi Loi Mountain. Photo: Thong Thien

At the foot of Thoi Loi Mountain. Photo: Viet Cuong.

Duc Pagoda is located halfway up Gieng Tien Mountain. Photo: Thong Thien

The cold lava from the exinct volcanoes millions of years ago forms a beautiful scenery. Photo: Viet Cuong

A garlic field at the foot of the mountain.

The rain-water reservoir built on an area which was formerly a primitive forest. Photo: Viet Cuong

"The Heaven Gate" was formed by the cold lava from the exinct volcanoes millions of years ago. Photo: Viet Cuong

Beautiful cliffs near Hang Pagoda on Ly Son Island. Photo: Thong Thien
According to the old people in Ly Son, the hollow of the extinct Thoi Son Volcano was formerly a primitive forest of different valuable trees and had abundant fresh water resources which ran at the foot of the mountain to form Chinh Stream. Then, the forest was totally destroyed and the stream no longer exists. So far, there is only a relic left – Hang (Cave) Pagoda. Due to the sea’s impact on geology for hundreds of years, the layers of rock have been eroded and have formed a cave in the shape of a pagoda.

Unlike Thoi Loi Mountain that has only rocks, Gieng Tien Mountain has a special fertile soil, similar to the Bazan soil in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands). The locals often use this soil and sand to fertilize the garlic fields. Thanks to these fertilizers, the variety of garlic grown in Ly Son has a special flavour that is hardly known in other places.

 Around the crater of Gieng Tien Mountain that is smaller than that of Thoi Loi Mountain is a piece of land where no plants can grow. According to the beliefs of the locals, it is the sacred oil that was used as ash on the graves of soldiers of Kiem Quan Bac Hai Squad who laid down their lives when protecting the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands during the reign of King Minh Mang (1791-1841).

The remaining part of Gieng Tien Volcano.

  A colorful stone on the mountain.

At the peak of Thoi Loi Mountain .

The way to Duc Pagoda.

To the east of Gieng Tien Mountain is a strange pagoda, called Duc by locals. Visiting the pagoda, tourists learn a story about the Goddess of Mercy who traveled on Bac Hai Sea to save fishermen in distress. Seeing fishing boats being sunk by storms, she tore her robe into thousands of pieces and threw them into the sea.

These pieces of cloth turned into dolphins which saved fishermen on the sea. Due to their belief, the locals made a statue of the Goddess of Mercy, 27m high, facing the sea and placed it at the pagoda with the hope that the Goddess of Mercy will protect fishermen when they go to the sea.

Although the relic of three extinct volcanoes is only small mounds, the presence of cold lava is seen in many places on Ly Son Island, forming a wonderful landscape. They are rocks in different shapes that leave a long-lasting impression on tourists to the island.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Traveling to bird yard in Ca Mau City

Drived 4 km from Ca Mau, center towards Ly Van Lam Street is 19/5-bird yard. Being springtime, framework of bird yard more and more lyric, poetic. Each year, just on the occasion of Tet, birds gather here again as made a date long time ago.

Ca Mau, city in southern Vietnam is the capital of Ca Mau province, a province in the Mekong Delta region, in the southernmost part of Vietnam's inland territory.The city is characterized by its system of transport canals and most goods are transported here by boats and barges.

For Ca Mau people, bird yard is a pride, in near future, Ca Mau will be the first City which has a bird yard houses with resident. On holidays, especially on the occasion of Tet, birds yard brimful with laughter of tourists. 

Not an end, within the campus of bird yard also has Trau Cau restaurant, which was selected by many inseparated couples to organize their greatest happy day of the life. In a locality as Ca Mau, the establishment, maintainment and enlargement of such an attractive position is very appreciate, encouragable

The birds make their nests in tall trees and spend their mornings searching for food; the perfect opportunity for tourists to take out the cameras. Camau Tourist Company has a one-day bird-watching program by boat.