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At the end of July, amidst the Bulgarian summer sun, friends of Ms. Quynh Hoa (29 years old) and Mr. Hoang Anh (31 years old) welcomed them with banners with congratulations. It is also the day marking the milestone that the couple from Hanoi has set foot in 100 countries around the world.
Hoa deliberately chose the capital Sofia, Bulgaria as the 100th destination. The reason was that she was impressed with the poem “Bulgaria Rose” when she was in elementary school. The poem mentions the name of a foreign country to the little student that day. “I don’t understand why that name keeps haunting me. After many years, I finally set foot in Bulgaria and set my own meaningful milestone here,” Hoa said. The female tourist also shared that if she had a daughter, she would name her at home Sofia. She now has a young son, named Sau.
The couple’s trip around Europe this summer is the first time they have gone abroad after two years of the epidemic. Quynh Hoa works as a freelancer, while her husband works in the field of hotels and restaurants, and does a part-time job in information technology. They went to Southern European countries and then around Eastern Europe. At first, Hoa thought to go around to reach the milestone of 100 countries and then return and thought that she alone would be enough for that goal. But when she arrived in Albania, she and her husband sat down to list the countries and found that her husband had traveled as much as his wife. And Bulgaria is the couple’s 100th country.
The couple took photos in Switzerland during their journey to conquer 100 countries. Photo: NVCC
Quynh Hoa said that these are 100 countries recognized by the United Nations. And if you include territories such as Taiwan, Hong Kong … their list is even longer.
At first, Ms. Hoa just wrote the number 100 with a marker on the paper and then took a photo with her husband as a souvenir. But then they were surprised when a group of friends also went to Europe to celebrate with them with banners and balloons number 100.
“After years of traveling and accumulating, counting each country, I finally accomplished my goal. Everything becomes twice as happy and fun when in this special moment, we have close friends by our side to share. When I took souvenir photos with them, I was very happy,” Hoa said. By the way, Hoa also wants to send a message to you: “Next time, when I reach the goal of visiting all 195 countries and territories, everyone can write welcome banners in ‘western’. no,” she said humorously.
Hoa has had a passion for travel since childhood. At the age of 14, she was allowed to go abroad with her parents. The trip to China at that time was on April 30 and May 1. She still vividly remembers the excitement of going abroad for the first time, seeing a different world from the usual familiar things in Vietnam. After the trip, Hoa discovered she had a passion for travel and since then, she has begun to conquer other countries around the world.
After getting married, Hoa continued this passion. Hoang Anh, her husband, supports his wife’s passion because he also loves to travel. Before getting married, the two used to travel around the Americas together. In 2023, they had to suspend overseas trips because of the epidemic. That same July, they got married.
Romania was the 99th country China arrived. Before that was Bosnia Herzegovina (pictured). Photo: NVCC
When she got married, Hoa also brought her love of travel into her wedding photos. The couple went to Vietnam to take pictures . The set of photos was taken by Hoang Anh and Quynh Hoa in 15 days, through 3 regions of the North, Central and South with 11 cities. The list of destinations includes Ha Giang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ninh Thuan, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, and An Giang. The two always try to change their outfits to create diverse styles for the set. The number of dresses to carry weighs about 100 kg.
The next goal of the couple is to visit all 195 countries and territories recognized by the United Nations in the world. “We will use Vietnamese passports to go to these places,” shared the Hai Phong female tourist. After that, the couple plans to exercise to conquer the seven highest mountains in the world.
The couple took a photo in Greece. Photo: NVCC
Đăng bởi: Thảo Phương
Từ khoá: Vietnamese couples go to 100 countries around the world
1. What’s about Hon Bay Canh?
Hon Bay Canh is the second largest island out of 16 islands in the Con Dao archipelago. Located to the east of Con Son Island, with an area of 683 hectares, consists of two parts connected by sand dunes in the middle called Bai. Big Cat. Hon Bay Canh is like a green stroke in the middle of the immense sea and sky of Con Dao, the entire island is covered by tropical forests.
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This place has long been planned as a place for ecological restoration, which is strictly protected to ensure the biodiversity of the island. The rich nature has given this place an ecosystem with many different species, from coral reefs, seaweeds, sea grasses, to clams, snails, sea cucumbers, and fish living in the coral reefs. .Big Cat Beach – the highlight on Hon Bay Canh
Bai Cat Lon is the site with the highest number of turtles laying eggs out of the 14 spawning grounds of Con Dao and also the most in Vietnam. Each year, hundreds of mother turtles come here to lay eggs. The peak of the breeding season is from April to September each year, each day it can reach up to 20-30 mother turtles ashore to nest and lay eggs.Primary mangrove ecosystem in Hon Bay Canh
As deforestation is happening more and more today, it is rare for anyone to preserve the primeval beauty like on this island. The once mangrove ecosystem was formed on sandy grounds and dead corals in the Dam Bo area. Currently its area is about 5.1 hectares. Although not large, it is enough for us to see the diversity of nature.
According to statistics, there are 882 plant species and nearly 150 animal species on Bay Canh Con Dao island. Together with the ecosystems of the tropical rain forest on high, the ecosystem of sea grass beds, the coral reefs, this mangrove ecosystem has created a very complete link.Con Dao Lighthouse
In the northeast of Hon Bay Canh, there is a lighthouse built by France in 1884 that still exists until now, is a favorite destination of tourists near and far. Visitors coming to Hon Bay Canh Con Dao can go to the lighthouse so they can see the entire sea and sky that surrounds this island as well as the waters of Con Dao.2. What to play on Hon Bay Canh?
In addition, you can also observe sea turtles spawning in Con Dao at night if you are curious, want to learn about the breeding process of this animal or you can also paddle, snorkel and watch corals, corals. There are diverse types of corals here with slate, tabletop, branch, and block corals that are all in the red book of Vietnam. Or visit the bird islands for a little while.
@xuuriiiii@ bongraumuong2802 Visiting the primeval forest is also a very interesting activity. Mother Nature lovingly bestows Hon Bay Canh with such a rich “golden forest” ecosystem, but without seeing it, it is a waste of youth.@tutu_tungtang Visitors should also follow the mountain trail to reach Hai Dang mountain , zoom down to see the immense and majestic landscape of the sky and Con Dao sea. What could be better than this!@ iamngoc.90
A small note is that you can enjoy a tour and take souvenir photos, but definitely do not litter and affect the habitat of the creatures here! Definitely must be a civilized tourist!3. Some experiences to visit Hon Bay Canh About transportation
With the starting point is the central island area of Con Dao to reach Hon Bay Canh, you need to travel by boat, boat or canoe under the coordination and guidance of the Visitor Center of Con Dao National Park or the local people. Phuong. You should not go alone to the Hon Bay Canh area where.About time to visit
You need to pre-register tours at the homestay, hotel or resort – where you are staying to arrange a time and have the appropriate guide. Because sightseeing activities also depend on the capacity of the natural conservation environment. During the day, maximum environmental capacity of 48 people per visit. At night, the number of visitors is about 20-25 people.About personal belongings and supplies when visiting
Đăng bởi: Lê Thị Phương Linh
Từ khoá: Traveling to Hon Bay Canh Con Dao – ‘when we go all the way, when we go back sad
Vietnamese people are renowned for their hospitality and generosity. Though the country’s secondary language is English, only a minority uses it daily, especially in suburban areas. Knowing basic Vietnamese phrases is undoubtedly a privilege for travelers. The closer you get to the locals, the more you are unlocked from the country’s hidden gems, hospitality, and discounts.
Though the Vietnamese language uses Latin alphabets, mastering it is not a cake due to the tone system and its variation. As a result, you get a lot to learn and practice. But, not to fear, you don’t necessarily invest that much effort for a 2-weeks trip; we are about to get you covered with these essential, quick basic phrases to nail your first trip to this beautiful country.
Top things to do in VietnamBasic Vietnamese phrases for greetings.
Like many other Asian countries, Vietnamese people do not hug or kiss someone they meet for the first time. Most people don’t feel comfortable with it, especially older folks. However, Vietnamese are fast at picking up new things, so you can do this next time after explaining them. For your first impression, use a friendly wave or handshake together with these greeting phrases.
Hello (politely) = Xin chào (Sin chow)
How are you doing? = Bạn khoẻ không? (Ban Kwe Khom)
Thank you = Cảm on (kahm uhn)
Sorry = Xin lỗi (Sin Loy)
No Problem = Không có gì (Khong koh zi)
Goodbye = Tạm biệt (Tarm Byeet)
No, Thank You! = Không! Cảm ơn (Khom, kahm uhn)
Can you speak English? = Bạn nói Tiếng anh được không? (Banh noi thien an durkh khom)
How old are you? = Bạn bao nhiêu tuổi (Ban ban nyew twoi)
What is your name? = Tên bạn là gì? (Ten bang la zi)
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Saigon’s famous local hub for coffee and restaurant. Photo by jet dela cruz / UnsplashBasic words to address people
Age and gender define how you address someone in Vietnam. Photo by MI PHAM / Unsplash
When addressing younger people, regardless of gender, you use “em,” and for yourself, you use “tôi.” If you are addressing an older person, or in a formal scenario, you use “chị” for female and “anh” for male. In general, Vietnamese are very understanding and tend to forgive foreigners if they mix this up.
I = tôi /toy/
You = bạn /ban/
Female (junior) = em
Female (senior) = chị /ji/
Male (junior) = em
Male (senior) = anhBasic Vietnamese phrases for direction and transportations
Vietnamese traffic is one of the attention-catching topics for first-time travelers—as one of the countries with the most scooters in the world, traveling through the city by scooter is a must-try experience. Public transportation and modern ride-hailing Apps are also available for your choices. Learn these essential phrases to get your driver better navigation of your destination.
Vietnam’s primary vehicles are scooters. Photo by Jordan Opel / Unsplash
Where is the taxi rank? = Taxi ở đâu? (Taxis are dauh?)
Where is the ATM? = Máy ATM ở đâu? (May ATM urn dole)
Go Straight = Đi thẳng ( Di Thaang)
Go Left = Rẽ trái (Se chai)
Go Right = Rẽ phảo (Se fih)
Stop = Dừng lại ( Duhng laai)
Go to the airport = Đi sân bay (Di sun bay)
Can I have a map? = Cho tôi một cái bản đồ ( chor toi mot cai ban dor)
How far is it = Bao xa (Bao seh)
Far = Xa (seh)
Close = Gần (Gunh)
Downtown = Trung tâm thành phố (Trumh tam tan fo)
District = Quận (Wung)
Station = Ga
Bus stop = Trạm xe bus (Tram seh butt)
Where? = Ở đâu (uh dow?)
Wait 5 minutes = Chờ năm phút (Churhn nam foot)Basic Vietnamese phrases for shopping
While shopping in the traditional Vietnamese market, negotiating, or so-called “bargaining,” is a fascinating experience for foreigners and locals. Chances are you get an excellent price or at least avoid being ripped-off with a 2-3 times marked up rate; you better know how to “bargain” in Vietnamese.
Generous local vendors on Mekong Delta. Photo by Falco Negenman / Unsplash
How much? = Bao nhiêu? (Baow nyew)
Too expensive = Mắc quá (Mac wa)
Can you reduce the price? = Bớt được không? (Boat duoc khom)
Do you want to sell? = Có bán không? ( cor ban kohm?)
I want to buy = Tôi muốn mua (Toi mu-on mua)
One size larger = Một size lớn hơn ( Mot size lunh hunh)
One size smaller = Một size nhỏ hơn (Mot size nyunh hunh)
*You are so pretty = Em đẹp quá (Em dep wah)
*You are so handsome = Anh đẹp trai quá (Anh dep wah)
*One of the most cheeky but practical tips to earn your stuff at the best price is to give local vendors a friendly compliment. If you say something nice like “you are so pretty”, they willingly consider a more affordable price.Basic Vietnamese phrases for restaurants or coffee shops
Typical Vietnamese street food vendor set up. Photo by Frankie Shutterbug / Unsplash
Excuse me (to waitress) = Em ơi (for younger lady); Chi oi (for a senior)
Excuse me (to waiter) = Anh ơi
I am hungry = Tôi đói bụng (Toi doi bhung wa)
What is it? = Cái gì vậy? (kai zi vai)
The bill please = Tính tiền (Din ting)
May I have the menu = Cho tôi cái menu được không (cho toy khai menu duuc khom)
I am allergic to peanut = Tôi dị ứng với đậu phộng (Doi yi ung voy dau fong)
I can not eat pork = Tôi không ăn được thịt heo (Toi khom an duo tit hehll)
I am vegetarian = Tôi ăn chay (Toi an chayh)
I would like to have this = Cho tôi cái này ( Chor toi kah nai)
Chicken = Gà (Gar)
Rice = Cơm (Gurm)
Rice Noodle = Bún (Bumg)
Egg noodle = Mì (Mee)
Pork = Heo (Heyoh)
Beer = Bia
Beef = Bò (boh)
Cold = Lạnh (Langh)
Hot = Nóng (noong)
No Ice = Không đá (Khom dar)
No sugar = Không đường (Khom dueng)
Not spicy = Không cay (Khom kay)
1 more = Thêm một cái (tem mop kai)
Vietnam offers a rich culinary experience for travelers. Photo by gau xam / Unsplash
One more thing as your meal ends, don’t hesitate to ask for waiter and waitresses for the bill as they’re likely never stop at your table as long as you call them.
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The Vietnamese numbering system is straightforward, and once you get the hang of numbers 1-10, you can say any number up to 99. Unlike English, numbers above ten are told as if you just put the two numbers together. So, for example, 25 would be hai name, which translates to two five.
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1 = Một (moat)
2 = Hai (high)
3 = Ba (bah)
4 = Bốn (bone)
5 = Năm (nom)
6 = Sáu (shao)
7 = Bảy (by)
8 = Tám (tom)
9 = Chín (chin)
10 = Mười (mooy)
Ten = Mươi (mooy)
Hundred = Trăm (charm)
Thousand = Nghìn (ngeen)
Currency (Đồng) = dongBasic sizes & color
Big = Lớn (lungh)
Small = Nhỏ (N-yor)
Medium = Vừa (vurh)
Less = Ít (Eet)
More = Thêm (temh)
Long = Dài (yai)
Short = Ngắn (nhang)
Blue = Xanh dương (San yoong)
Red = Đỏ (Dorh)
Yellow = VàngBasic Vietnamese phrases for emergency
I need to see a doctor = Tôi cần gặp bác sĩ (toy can gap back szi)
I am sick = Tôi bị bệnh (Toy bee benh)
I need to go to the hospital = Tôi cần đi bệnh viện (Toy can di ben vien)
I had food poisoning = Tôi bị ngộ độc thức ăn (Toy bee nyo doc thuch an)
I was robbed = Tôi bị cướp (Toi bee cuoop)
Call the police = Gọi cảnh sát (Goi gang sack)
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Đăng bởi: Tô Hùng
Từ khoá: 100 basic Vietnamese phrases for a smooth travel
Ngoc Hoi border junction, Kon Tum province is a familiar place for those who love backpacking and have experienced the sunny and windy Central Highlands road. This place is most remembered with the familiar saying “a rooster crows in three countries to listen”. Previously, when tourism at the Ngoc Hoi border crossing was not developed, this place was only known as a wild and deserted border land. However, today, Ngoc Hoi border crossing has become an attractive destination especially attracting young people who are passionate about traveling and exploring the wild and thorny lands of the great thousand.
The land of Ngoc Hoi border crossing is an attractive destination for people on the move. Photo: @__liinh.dannWhere is the Ngoc Hoi border junction located?
Ngoc Hoi border junction is the common name of the Indochina junction border area in the territory of Ngoc Hoi district, Kon Tum province. This area is located in the North of the Central Highlands and is the confluence of three Indochinese countries, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, so it is often called the Indochina confluence. This site is located 60km from the center of Kon Tum city to the northwest.
This border junction is located in the north of Kon Tum province. Photo: Le Duong Bao Lam
To check-in the Ngoc Hoi border junction, visitors can depart in the two most familiar directions, which is the direction of Da Nang – Quang Nam to Ngoc Hoi along the Ho Chi Minh road through Lo Xo pass or the direction of Gia Lai – Kon Tum. Tum to Ngoc Hoi along Highway 14. Usually, the devotees will choose to explore the Ngoc Hoi border junction by motorbike in the form of backpacking. In addition, the road to Ngoc Hoi border crossing is also very beautiful, so you can choose to travel by car if you have the conditions.Experience not to be missed when coming to Ngoc Hoi border junction
Traveling to Ngoc Hoi border crossing, you can not only see the typical unspoiled nature of the borderland, but also enjoy a lot of unique experiences with the very own identity of this beautiful land.Check-in the Indochina junction landmark
You can explore many interesting destinations in this land. Photo: @_hthu206_
This is the most favorite check-in place when traveling to the Ngoc Hoi border crossing . The Indochina junction landmark is located in Bo Y commune, built in 2007 on the top of a mountain 1086m above sea level. In 2009, this work was officially completed. The border marker is made of granite, a triangular cylinder with three sides representing the names and national emblems of the three countries of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia towards the three countries.
Indochina Landmark is an iconic destination in Ngoc Hoi. Photo: @aloha.nguyen
To conquer this place, visitors just need to follow Highway 14E, then stop at the border checkpoint, present documents, go another 10km around the hill to reach the foot of the landmark and then walk up the lofty stairs to reach the destination. with the sacred landmark of the country. From the border crossing milestone, you will be able to see the wild space of the hills, the green carpets mixed with the red-brown color of the basalt soil of the great land.Hanging out at Bo Y border gate and “going abroad” to Laos
A symbolic landmark for the friendship of the three Indochinese countries. Photo: @lyna_nguyen88_
Bo Y International Border Gate is a check-in place not to be missed when traveling at the Ngoc Hoi border crossing The border gate is located in Bo Y commune of Ngoc Hoi district, located near the Indochina junction. This place is bordered by Attapeu province of Laos and Ratanakiri province of Cambodia. At this border gate area, you can check-in and explore the shops here. In particular, you can also make a short trip to Laos or Cambodia with very simple procedures.Visit historical sites
Bo Y border gate is a familiar check-in point for backpackers. Photo: @yunavn
The area of Ngoc Hoi border junction today is also a place to keep the heroic evidence of his father. You can visit famous historical sites and destinations here such as the National-ranked Plei Kan Victory Historic Site, the Ben Het base area, the memorial to Truong Son heroes and martyrs. … These are attractive check-in points with historical significance and symbolism in the hearts of locals as well as tourists from all over the world.Experience the unique culture of ethnic minorities
Ngoc Hoi has many historical destinations. Photo: Le Luan
Traveling to the Ngoc Hoi border crossing , you will have the opportunity to experience the very unique indigenous culture of the ethnic minorities here. Ngoc Hoi is home to 17 ethnic groups such as Gie – Trieng, Xo Dang, Brau with many unique indigenous cultures being developed and preserved such as stilt house culture, communal house festival. , new rice festival, buffalo stabbing festival… The place to visit is Dak Rang village, Dak Me village of Bo Y commune.Enjoy delicious local dishes
Indigenous culture in Ngoc Hoi has its own unique imprint. Photo: congthongtinngochoi.j
Although not a strongly developed area for tourism, Ngoc Hoi border crossing is also home to a very typical local culinary culture. In addition to the dishes that are too familiar when it comes to tourism in the Central Highlands in general or Kon Tum in particular, such as lam rice, grilled chicken, and wine, traveling to Ngoc Hoi border crossing you will experience typical dishes. of the indigenous Gie Trieng people such as grilled dry rat meat, sour chicken, salamander eggs, leaf cake or porcupine cooked with giant umbrella.
Dried grilled rat meat is a unique specialty in Ngoc Hoi. Photo: KontumgovGrilled porcupine, famous specialty of Ngoc Hoi. Photo: kontumgov
The land of border crossings with attractive check-in points, unspoiled landscapes, rich indigenous culture and unique cuisine will be a great stop on your journey back to the land of thousands of people. Let‘s travel to the Ngoc Hoi border crossing to immerse in the beauty of wild mountains and forests
Đăng bởi: Hưng Nguyễn
Từ khoá: Traveling to Ngoc Hoi border crossing to see the charming beauty of the border region
Ba Khiet is an important ingredient in many Western dishes. Ba Khen is a species of crustacean in the family of crabs, small in size, with red vermilion and sweet flesh. Living from brackish water to salt water, Ba Khiem is present in most of the provinces bordering the South West sea, but many people think that the most delicious is in Rach Goc town, Ngoc Hien district, Ca Mau province.
The image of the trident.
Harvested in October, this is the season when the water is high. Ba Khia has a lot of food, so the meat is rich, firm and sweet. This time is also known as the season of the three aspects of the festival, “hui” means “concentration”. This is the most concentrated time of the year and only lasts about 3-4 days.
Tasty three aspects, red lipstick, sweet meat. (Image source: moh.beauty)
Fresh Ba Khia can be processed into many dishes such as: roasted with salt, rim tamarind, cooked soup, … to eat with rice or sip with wine on a rainy day is also a good way to enjoy. However, the most famous dish is still the three-kissed fish sauce dish with a strong love for the land of Ca Mau, which anyone who eats once will remember forever!Three-kid sauce
After harvesting, wash off the mud and then drop it into the jar, the khap has salt water available, then cover it with coconut leaves and cover it to make fish sauce. The most important stage of the process of making Ba Khiem fish sauce is the ratio of salt water. If the salt is too salty, the three aspects will be black and will not keep their whole shape, if the salt water is too light, the three aspects will be damaged. Ba Khiet incubated for 5 to 10 days is edible. After brewing into fish sauce, it can be preserved for a long time.
Finished fish sauce after incubation. (Image source: moh.beauty)
Ba Khiet fish sauce can be eaten by mixing garlic and chili, or mixing salad is very delicious. The common way to eat Ba Khiet fish sauce is to mix garlic and chili and eat it with white rice. The method is not too difficult but must be done carefully. The first is to wash the three-kid that has been incubated into fish sauce with boiling water, remove all the sharp points on the top, separate the apricot, and break it into small pieces. Then puree the garlic, chili and add the seasonings to mix with the fish sauce to taste. When eating, squeeze a little lemon, mix well and eat with rice. In addition, there are some impressive ways to eat Ba Khac fish sauce such as: eating with boiled sweet potato, making papaya salad, mixed with grated raw mango or mixed with sour star fruit and pineapple.
A delicious dish of mixed garlic and chili. (Image source: taydacsanmien)
Mam Ba Khiet is an extremely simple and familiar dish when it appears regularly on the rice tray of people in the Southwest region. In addition to the typical taste, Ba Khiem fish sauce also causes nostalgia with a little taste of the sea and the taste of Ca Mau people in the days of staying up all night. The taste of Ba Khac fish sauce is very specific, if you are not used to it, you will find it salty, slightly fishy and smelly, but when you eat it, it will cause you to miss it. The three slices are crispy, fatty, full of sweet and sour taste, eat with fragrant white rice, eat until the belly is full but still want to eat more.
A great combination of three aspects and white rice. (Image source: ree.2536)
What are you waiting for, let’s visit Ca Mau once, listen to the funny stories of the land of the cape, and don’t forget to try Ba Khiet fish sauce – a specialty with rich identity here!
Đăng bởi: Đoàn Hân
Từ khoá: Going to Ca Mau to taste the specialty of Ba Khiem fish sauce
Y Ty engulfed in clouds.
After navigating the twists and turns leading from Sa Pa, I embarked on a journey to discover cloud-covered Y Ty.
Y Ty in Bat Xat District, about 70 km to the north of resort town Sa Pa, is rather isolated due to northwestern Vietnam’s high surrounding mountains. The commune, which is 2,000 meters above sea level, is home to H’mong, Dao, Giay and Ha Nhi ethnic minority groups.
I was received by A Ho, of H’mong ethnicity, owner of my homestay near the commune’s center. He gave me a crash-course on the surrounding area to prepare me for my following journey. After spending a pleasant night enjoying the dining specialties with a touch of ethnic corn alcohol, I fell asleep.
With the land famed for its beautiful cloud-covered peaks, I decided to get a few good pictures on my first morning, leaving before sunrise towards Ngai Thau Thuong and Ngai Thau Ha, two renowned and picturesque villages, 5 km from my homestay.
Exiting the lodge, I climbed on my dew-covered motorbike, burning the gas along mountainous passes. As I rode, waves of clouds washed up the mountainous cliffs, resembling a highway to heaven leading to Ngai Thau Thuong and Ngai Thau Ha. Hiding below the white horizon lay lush terraced rice fields, dotted with H’mong huts.
When I returned to the homestay, I met A Dua, a younger brother of my host, who would be my tour guide for the day. After a quick breakfast, A Dua accompanied me along the Vietnam-China border to Border Marker No.94 of Bat Xat District, the starting point of the Red River.
Ngai Tro Commune, Bat Xat District.
As we traveled, we passed through A Lu and Ngai Tro, two poverty-stricken communes situated at isolatingly high altitudes.
A Lu is a border commune with monocropped, infertile land. As I visited Y Ty in March, the fields were barren, but the arid ground was covered with blooming docynia trees, blanketing the villages with a white shade of natural beauty.
If you visit the communes in ripe rice season from late August to early September or harvest season September-October, you will come across many trekkers enjoying the beauty of golden terraced fields.
After having lunch in Nam Giang Village, A Dua took me further down Provincial Road DT158 along the bank of Lung Po Stream towards Lung Po Flag Pole.
Lung Po Flag Pole, Bat Xat District.
At 3 p.m, we traveled along the borderline admiring the local scenery, passing by many Giay ethnic communities.
Finally, after a hard day, we reached Border Marker No. 94, the final point of Lao Cai Province. The 118-meter high granite marker was built on December 8, 2004, on the Red River banks.
During my remaining days in the region, I visited as many corners of Y Ty as possible to discover its hidden beauty. While Sim San Village had mesmerizing spiral terraced fields, Lao Chai Village had neat square lodges built by the Ha Nhi people. I even reached the odd 1-meter bridge crossing the raging Lung Po at Border Marker No. 87.
I had to decline his kind offer, saving those discoveries for the second journey here, on which I set my heart.
A Giay ethnic woman stitching clothes, Lao Cai Province.
*Travelling: Motorbikes are the most recommended mode of travel from Sa Pa to Y Ty since it is challenging for cars to traverse Y Ty’s mountainous route.
*Lodging: There are many homestays in Y Ty. My favourite is A Ho Homestay (Tel.: 035 348 4877), with good services and reasonable prices (VND100,000 – $4.3). The owner also provides a private-lodging choice for VND1 million ($43).
*Food: Y Ty has many mountainous specialities, including chicken, pork; smoked sausage, ethnic corn alcohol, and ginger-based alcohol.
*Experiences: There are many tall peaks around Y Ty to please avid hikers, from Lao Than, Back Luong Tu to Ky Quan San.
*Time to visit: To have the best view of Y Ty’s cloud-covered region, it is recommended to travel from September to the following April during the dry season, with a possibility of snow. In early April, you would also be welcomed by blooming rhododendron trees, covering the region with a pink-violet shade. It is quite dangerous to travel to the mountainous area during the rainy season, though, in Y Ty, there are a few ethnic tours for you to enjoy. From late August to October, you could experience the blooming golden terraced rice fields.
The center of Y Ty, one of the best known places for clouds in Vietnam’s northern uplands.
Photos by Xu Kien / vnexpress
Đăng bởi: Lộc Nguyễn
Từ khoá: Journey to Y Ty, beauty in the clouds
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