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    lanvht is offline Junior Member
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    Vietnam Heritage Travel Company would like to recommend new 5 places not to miss for Vietnamese nature and culture.

    1. Tam Dao Hill Station - cool climate and tranquil trekking trails
    Only 80km away from Hanoi, Tam Dao Hill Station is a rather popular escape from the heat of the Red River Delta area. Hanoians come to Tam Dao every weekend and holiday, especially in summer when the temperature in the plain may be as high as 40oC. Thanks to the elevation of more than 1200m, the climate in Tam Dao is purely cool with average temperature of 18oC in summer and 10oC in winter, which could be ideal for tourists who are not familiar with the tropical heat and want to find a place as cool as Sapa. Once the vacation resort of the French, Tam Dao comprised of numerous grand colonial villas. However, most of them are destroyed during the war time in the 1950s and what one can see today is a newly constructed mountain town that serves tourists' holiday. There are now a wide range of hostels, hotels and resorts; and plentiful local specialties for visitors to try out.

    In addition to the cool climate, this region provides full opportunity for physical activities such as mountain sight-seeing, serious trekking and even bird-watching that Sapa has to compare. Nature lovers who are fascinated about Sapa’s wild surrounding can also visit Tam Dao National Park with eight kinds of forest types distributed in different topographic and climatic areas, more than 2000 plants and 904 species.

    2. Mai Chau - inhale the ethnic culture
    It will be a 135km trip from Hanoi, or 60km trip from Hoa Binh City to reach Mai Chau, the green valley. If you love to discover more about the daily life of ethnic minority groups, especially Thai people, Mai Chau is surely a great choice. Stilt houses with exclusive Thai architecture line up on both sides of the road in the valley. Tourists can visit those houses or even try cooking and making clothes in Thai style. Homestay programs are available, and everybody will have great time watching traditional dancing and music instrument performances, while enjoying local specialties such as rice cooked in bamboo tubes and grilled meat on skewers.

    There is a local market every Sunday with the participation of people from different minorities living in the surrounding areas. This is a good chance for tourists to feel the mixed culture, as in Hoa Binh Province, there are about six different minorities with distinctive languages, traditions and festivals.
    From Mai Chau, one can also join one of the trekking tours to remote villages. Although Mai Chau's weather is not as cool as in Sapa, it has otherwise many things else to offer: the landscape, the people, the food, and the air. Currently, there are some agencies providing tours of Hanoi- Mai Chau-Sapa, in which tourists will travel to Hoa Binh and stay at Mai Chau, then passing Son La province and Dien Bien Phu Loop before reaching Sapa.

    3. Lai Chau - panoramic landscape and untouched local culture
    Located in the northwest region, Lai Chau is 450km northwestern from Hanoi. To reach this province, you can choose Highway 12 (from Dien Bien Phu Loop) or Road 4D (from Sapa, catching local bus which is available daily in Sapa terminal). Lai Chau has several highland villages such as Sin Ho, Ta Phin, Dao San, most of which are at the altitude of more than 1500m. The high altitude makes the weather here much like Sapa, cool and foggy with the average temperature of nearly 20oC and two seasons: dry and rainy. The completely pure air is something that Sapa rea;;y has to envy.

    Besides the high mountain ranges surrounding the province, Lai Chau is well-known for narrow valleys, waterfalls, and the three large rivers: Da, Nam Na, and Nam Mu; which create the stunningly picturesque sceneries. Visiting Lai Chau, tourists can not only go mountain trekking but also sail along Da River, discover primitive caves or bathe in natural hot springs.

    Especially, Lai Chau is home to nearly 20 ethnic minority groups, including H’Mong, Thai, Dao, Ha Nhi, Mang and La Hu. Tourists will have an opportunity to witness the special multi-cultural society through the original local market taken place every Thursday and Sunday morning or minorities’ authentic festival such as Thai’s “Hoa Ban Festival” in the second lunar month or H’Mong’s “Gau Tao Festival” in spring.

    There are buses to Sapa departing from Lai Chau terminal every hour, starting from 5 in the morning. It will be a 2-3 hour trip for the route of 175km.

    4. Phia Den-Phia Oac - wild nature
    Visiting Phia Den-Phia Oac (or Phia Dac), tourists will be amazed at the gorgeously wild panorama of mighty mountain ranges, rivers, caves and huge areas of original forests. Belong to Nguyen Binh- a remote district of Cao Bang Province, 240km far from Hanoi, Phia Den-Phia Vac is a potential ecotourism spot in Vietnam’s northwest region.

    The 1500m average elevation with the highest peak up to 1931m makes Phia Den- Phia Vac covered in mist all the time, which is similar to Sapa’s climate. In the past, the area shared the same historic background with Sapa, as it was controlled by the French colonialists for exploiting aromatic wood and other precious minerals. Consequently, there are several French villas and military posts like Tai Soong, Tatsloom still remained here. For culture discovering purpose, tourists can meet a lot of Dao minority people living scattered throughout the area.

    Cao Bang is 272km north of Hanoi following National Highway No.3. There are direct buses departing from Cao Bang terminal to Lao Cai terminal and vice versa, so reaching Sapa from here is pretty convenient.

    5. Mu Cang Chai - unparalleled for photographs
    Lying quietly between two mountain sides in Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai, one of Vietnam’s poorest regions, possesses many terraced fields which have been regarded as a national level heritage and Asia’s most beautiful ones. If you have ever fallen in love with the terraced fields in Sapa, Mu Cang Chai will definitely take your breath away. The little town is 300km far from Hanoi, and can be reached only from Yen Bai City or Lao Cai via rough roads with continuous slopes and passes. Remote as it is, Mu Cang Chai can still reserve the wildly primitive beauty. Everything, both nature and human, is pure and untouched, and perfect for both trekking and sightseeing.

    About the cultural discovery aspect, 90% of residents here are Hmong people, and Thai people cover only 8%. While Thai people build houses and live in lower area, Hmong people populate and cultivate on high hills. They are the creator of breathtaking view of terraced fields sloped gently along the mountainsides. Mu Cang Chai gives us a chance to live slowly, to embrace the peacefully natural beauty and be moved by the honest and innocent local ethnic people. Mu Cang Chai is only 170km far from Sapa, however, you are advised reach Mu Cang Chai by renting a car with local driver. Another option is to get back from Mu Cang Chai to Tu Le or Than Tuyen to take local bus to Sapa in the direction of Lao Cai.

    This article is written by Ha Nguyen from Vietnam Heritage Travel Company

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    Hello lanvht,

    Vietnam is great and famous place for travel in all over the world. Here I get such nice information about vietnam nature place. Due to this description We get lots of knowledge about tourist attraction places, culture, foods in vietnam.
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    I also visited these places before going to enjoy my with my family during my holidays. We stay there for four days and had lots of fun there through different activities that tourist can enjoy there.

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    Vietnam is a beautiful destination for travelling point of view I have been enjoying there a family tour with my all family members. I want to go there with my all friends. I want to go there once again in my life for exploring its attractions and enjoying its natural beauty. What's your plan to go Vietnam?

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    Sapa and Ninh Binh are wonderful places in Vietnam. Actually, all places from north to south of Vietnam are amazing and "must-go" when travelling Vietnam.

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    Ninh Binh is a really nice Vietnamese province for travelling point of view. I will like to say that I want to explore its these attractions like
    Cúc Phương National Park
    Ninh Bình cave
    Tam Diep
    Hoa Lư District
    Lush greeny views we can enjoy there and its a really natural beauty place in Vietnam.

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    Halong Bay Vietnam is a UNESCO world heritage site in Quang Ninh provine Vietnam . The Bay has the feature thousand of limestone karsts and isles in variuos sizes and shapes . Halong Bay can be said to best place to travel in Southest Asia. UNESCO has picked out 830 World Heritage sites around the world, chosen for their cultural and historical importance, and also for their geological uniqueness. Halong Bay offers a little of all three . It's not the cliffs themselves that make Halong Bay unique, but rather their sheer number. A huge bay, dotted with nearly 2,000 mostly uninhabited limestone cliffs, the breathtaking scenery is very similar to that of the Andaman coast of Thailand, Vang Vieng in Laos and Guilin in China .Halong Bay can be said to best place to travel in Southest Asia.Look for unforgettable Halong Bay vacations to highlight your lifetime travel or mark important evens of your life.

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    Vietnam is the best place to travel in all over the world. There are top 5 places in Vietnam are as below:

    Tam Dao Hill Station -
    Mai Chau
    Lai Chau
    Phia Den-Phia Oac - wild nature
    Mu Cang Chai

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    Yes, Vietnam is the one of the most beautiful places to travel. Here are my top 5 places in Vietnam to visit
    Sapa
    Tam Coc - Bich Dong
    Ha Long Bay
    Hue
    Hoi An

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    Wow Guys, All of you had shared great detail about the places which are not to miss in Vietnam. I have noted all of these places and i will say these are the best and great for the fun. I will go there for the first time and I am sure my first journey will be good for me. I will visit all of them after coming back from my 4 day tour from new york to washington DC. I hope I will see here really wonderful and cool places which make my journey memorable.

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