Monday, August 15, 2016

Cat Ba Island- Where Jungle Meets Blue Ocean

About 30km from Hai Phong, Cat Ba Island is a wonderful retreat from the chaos and stress of daily life. This romantic and beautiful island is also an ideal tourist destination for exploring and adventure because you can both have fun with the blue sea and explore the jungle.

The beauty of Cat Ba in 4 seasons

Cat Ba is the largest island in the 367 islands in Cat Ba archipelago. Known for the name of "Pearl of the Gulf of Tokin", Cat Ba is also the 3rd largest Biosphere Reserve of Vietnam, is as giant green carpet hiding a lot of mysterious and attractive feature when being seen from far. Cat Ba Island attracts visitors by unspoiled nature, cool weather (average temperature is 25 degrees C), the healthy climate and charming scenery.

As the meeting point of forests, islands, valleys and mysterious caves, Cat Ba Island is like a paradise on Earth. It is not exaggerative to say that, Cat Ba satisfy enthusiasts who love the forest and the sea. Cat Ba is beautiful all year round. In each season, this island brings for tourists different emotions the "revealing" the strange and beautiful sights.

Cat Ba Island- Where Jungle Meets Blue Ocean

In the spring, Cat Ba Island exudes youthful dreamy breath with the drizzling rain, passionate flower spreading out from Cat Ba National Park. The summer comes bringing excitement to the bustling, crowded beach. In the Autumn, Cat Ba puts on itself the gentle and feminine look of a young woman. There are still the sun, blue sea, the blue waves, but sunbeam is softer and less harsh, the sea is calmer, and shining in the golden sunlight. When the winter arrives, everything is covered, embraced in the early mist, "weaving" a natural landscape painting with its own romance.

Foreign tourists usually visit Cat Ba island in November to March of the next year, while domestic visitors prefer to come here during the period from April October. Although Cat Ba attracts visitors all year round, in the experience of many people, the most appropriate time to explore Cat Ba island is in June, July.

The pristine bay

Cat Ba Island has not only quiet wave beaches, clean, beautiful sandy shores such as Beaches Cat Co 1, 2 and 3, Tung Thu beach, but also has arc picturesque Lan Ha bay. Bring the "breath" of Halong Bay with the undulating small islands between the sea, Lan Ha Bay also owns the things that Halong Bay doesn’t have. There are some small islands with few sandy beaches in the foothills of the stone. All islands in Lan Ha Bay, even the very small islands are covered with trees.

Cat Ba Island- Where Jungle Meets Blue Ocean

Viet Hai Fishing Village

From Lan Ha Bay, tourists should go to Viet Hai harbor to visit Viet Hai fishing village situated acres in the blue the sea, high mountains and jungles of Cat Ba National Park. The first impression that this village brings to tourists is a peaceful fishing village, the self-sufficient daily life of the people remaining from ancient times. Visitors will enjoy the green and blue airy, fresh space, of the sea and deep green forests.

Adventure in the primeval forest

Visiting Cat Ba National Park, you should walk in the forest, or go cycling on the roads between the trees to fully enjoy the happy feeling of worrying about nothing. You may encounter the rare animals in the forest like red-headed monkeys, langur ... and taste natural products such as wild honey, tea... here

Cat Ba Island- Where Jungle Meets Blue Ocean

Cat Ba National Park is famous for a rich and pristine flora and fauna system. You will be immersed in an endless stretching green space covering the green mountainside and the trees, which makes you quickly regain the peace, quietness for the soul. Mysterious caves, Frog pond - a freshwater lake located between the old forest in Cat Ba National Park are also tourist attractions not to be missed.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Best Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly called Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling metropolitan area with a population of more than 9 million people. There certainly have been a lot of changes since becoming the country’s capital but there are still a lot of attractions in the city that will give you a glimpse of Vietnam’s past. For those who would like to see more modern sights, Ho Chi Minh City still has a lot to offer as well.

Saigon Notre Dame Basilica

It is surprising to note that among the best places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City is a Roman Catholic Church called the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception since the population is predominantly Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian. This beautiful Romanesque infrastructure was actually established by the French colonists between 1863 and 1880.

Independence Palace

First established in 1868 as the Norodom Palace, this beautiful landmark has seen a lot of Vietnam’s history. It had first been used by the French colony as its office until Ngo Dinh Diem took it and renamed it to the Independence Palace after declaring himself as president of the new Republic of Vietnam. During the Fall of Saigon in 1975, a tank of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through its gates ending the Vietnam War.

Gia Long Palace

Just located near the Independence Palace is the Gia Long Palace, which had become a temporary official residence of Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem since the Norodom Palace was still occupied by the French High Commissioner. It has now been transformed into the Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

Ben Thanh Market

The market, which had developed from informal markets dating back in the early 17thcentury, is among the earliest surviving infrastructures in Saigon. It is considered as among the most important symbols of the city and is frequented by a lot of tourists who are looking for locally-made textiles, handicrafts, souvenirs and Vietnamese cuisine.

Pham Ngu Lao Street

Named after the national hero Pham Ngu Lao, this street located in District 1 in the city is also considered as a backpacker district. The street is most famous for the many backpacker inns, guest houses, mini-hotels that cater to budget-conscious tourists. The place also features both open-air and indoor markets that sell cheap clothes, war memorabilia, other souvenirs.

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Best Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Located along Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1, this is the largest zoo and botanical garden in the entire country. Established in 1865, it is the eighth largest zoo in the world and has hundreds of species of reptiles, birds, mammals. The zoo is also home to the Museum of Vietnamese History which contains thousands of documents on Vietnam’s history and culture.

Suoi Tien Amusement Park

Best Tourist Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

An amusement park located in District 9, the place features various landscaping that highlights the history and legends of the country. Inside, you can easily find sculptures of colorful dragons and Buddha as well as a dinosaur garden. Operating since 1995, the park also has an artificial seawater pool, a zoo, other regular theme park attractions.