Friday, 24 August 2012

Exploring the wonders of nature in Bao Loc city (Lam Dong - Vietnam)

Located 16 kilometers from Bao Loc city, through a wide tea farming area is the Dambri Waterfall, the most famous ecotourism site in Bao Loc.

Dambri is a beautiful fall at a height of 60 meters. Despite the dry season, the waterfall is always full of water, creating massive clouds of white foam and water bubbles below a wonderful rainbow if it is sunny.
There are two routes for tourists to climb down to have a better view of the waterfall, on the lift or on foot down the cement stairs.

There is a smaller waterfall near Dambri named Dasara, which tourists can reach via the overhead motoray.
Dambri was built as an ecotourism destination but tourists coming in groups may find it is also a great venue for team building games and activities.

The Dambri waterfall seen from a distance
A second waterfall is not too far away from Dambri Waterfall - Photos: Pham Thai
A team-building game takes place in the area

Friday, 17 August 2012

Halong Bay - The dream holiday

I’ve been haunted by Halong Bay for years. This beautiful spot on the north coast of Vietnam screams ‘dream holiday’ from every photo, with its famous blue skies, clear seas and towering limestone columns.
We ignored the hundreds of touts offering organized tours and arranged an independent trip from Hanoi. Our reward was a personalized, cheap and flexible weekend, minus the crowds.
Transport was easy to arrange. We bought a local bus-boat-bus combination ticket from Hanoi’s Luong Yen Bus Terminal to Cat Ba Island. To return, we organized a speedboat and bus trip which took us directly to Ninh Binh. Our bumpy bus rides passed beautiful rural scenes and we felt like pirate explorers when our boat approached Cat Ba Island - the first views of around 1,600 islands and islets are dreamlike.
Budget accommodation was readily available on the sea front and our evenings were spent exploring the many restaurants which sell delicious sea food and Vietnamese dishes at low prices.
On our first day we hired scooters and traversed the length of Cat Ba Island. We stopped off at the national park and went hiking for hours, listening to the call of monkeys and tropical birds. At sunset we went to the public beach - a glistening expanse of white sand and turquoise waters.
The second day was water based, with a boat tour round the islands by a local fisherman. We stopped off at a floating village to marvel at life-lived-on-water and share some rice wine with fishermen.
Did I mention the weather? Sadly, it being January, there were no blue skies and not a drop of sunshine. Testament to the wonder of the place, the poor weather did not detract from our experience. Whatever the conditions, Halong Bay - Quang Ninh is one of the most beautiful places on earth to visit and a attractive destination of Vietnam tourism.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Floating market in Halong Bay

Fresh fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, banana,dragon fruit, water melon, yam, and cabbage are the dominant goods at these floating market in Halong Bay.

Halong bay is one of the Natural World Heritage sites and the Vietnam top’s attraction, which situated in the North-East region of Vietnam, Halong Bay is a bay in the Gulf of Tonkin comprised of regions of Halong City, the township of Cam Pha, and a part of the island district of Van Don. Halong Bay borders Cat Ba Island in the southwest, the East Sea in the east, and the mainland.
In the Halong travel, you should visit the floating market, it usually starts at 4 or 5 in the morning before dawn and ends when the sun rises high at 9 or 11am. Fresh fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, banana,dragon fruit, water melon, yam, and cabbage are the dominant goods at these floating market.
These are some pictures of the floating market in Halong bay: