Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An Amusement & Theme Park Travel Guide

As a part of Vinpearl resort and entertainment chain, Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An is the largest entertainment complex in Vietnam in 2019, combining thrilling amusement park, fascinating cultural experience & wildlife discovery. Total area of 62.4 hectares, Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An is indeed the boundless entertainment paradise.

Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An — All You Need To Know
Best time to visit Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An is summer from May to September. Water music performances is the amazing must-see show, open hours is 19:00–19:30 daily at the Water Music Theater.

Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An Opening Hours:
8:00–21:00, daily
Last admission time: 19:00
Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An Ticket Prices:
Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An has 2 classes of tickets based on check-in time. You don’t have to book ticket in advance but if you want, you can buy ticket in front of the gate, but it takes about 30min to 45min to process. You can pre-purchase ticket online to receive discounts of up to 10% and bypass check-in process.

Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An Activities
Impressive Outdoor Activities in Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An
The area of outdoor games has large and wide-open space. There are numerous games which are so diverse and also attractive. Both thrilling and team-building games will help you experience a lot of feelings.
Wind & Fast Furious

This is the most expected game in VinPearl Land Nam Hoi An. You will have a chance to have great outer space adventures. Let’s face these exciting challenges and speed on your own airplane. One more thing you need to pay attention to is not to eat too full before taking part in the games because the games may be round and round in circles.

Tree Swing
The rotation will take you to swing on a height of 12 meters with many shades at different falling points. Visitors can fly in the sky like a bird, watch the deep blue Binh Minh sea in their sights and they can also satisfactorily scream.

Swiss Tower
Surely, those who love to challenge and conquer will not be able to ignore this super attractive game to experience feelings when the pulley takes you and players to a height of 85m, then drop to let you fall down till the starting point. Attractions and powerful stimulations are waiting for you!

There are also other exciting outdoor games such as Amazing Race, Flying Dragon, Speed Race, Cinderella Carousel, Elephants in the sky, Helter Skelter, Upside Down, Bees in the sky, Super Chaos, Lost Valley, Kiddie Swing, Choco Cup, Up in the air, Global Star…

Indoor Games in Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An
With an area of ​​2000m2, the indoor play area is designed as a very vibrant and diverse game world. There are 95 electronic games and family games for everyone such as basketball, lucky’s warehouse, turtle-creating games… and numerous new games such as Mario & Sonic at Rio Olympic Games — The Best of the best, Plants vs. Zombies — Whack ’Em, Transformers — Human Alliance, Daytona 3 USA Championship…

Not only publishing diverse and unique games, the indoor area of ​​VinPearl Land also has two 4D and 5D cinemas so that you can freely choose. With flexible screenings and top movies, the audiences can not only watch the movies but also feel the speed, the temperature, the scent and the spectacular surrounding sound.

Trampoline game: A trampoline with an area of ​​500m2. Trampoline stimulates excitement of not only children but also adults when being blown into the air.

Playoke: The leading interactive dance game in Audition with modern systems will make the players really excited and unforgettable.

Explore The Water World in Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An
Let’s eliminate the harsh summer sun to experience the interesting waterworld at VinPearl Land Nam Hoi An. The vast waterworld is divided into different areas for adults and children. Surely, it will bring you a lot of interesting and memorable things.

Super Slider Pan
The super slider pan is designed as a 120m long track with high speed. Let’s challenge your courage and your “steel” spirit to conquer this exciting slide!

Tornado Cyclone
It is designed in the shape of a tornado with a diameter of 18m, and it is a game using floats for 4, for 2–4 people so that players can experience the feeling of adventure and victory when crossing the center of a giant tornado.

Super Pan Sliding Road
The super pan sliding road with a diameter of 18m is like a huge basin in the sky which is constantly rotating and challenging the player’s courage.

Spiral Slide
The spiral slide consists of 4 slides with 2 closed tubes and 2 opening ones, with the height of 12m and the length of 120m. It is also interlocked and wavy, giving players different thrillings on each separate slide.

Wave Tank
The water tank of 3.275m2 in the shape of a seashell with different levels of waves like a miniature ocean, permits players to freely dive and play in the waves which are sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce and always unexpectedly changing.

Children’s Pool
The waterworld is always equal as there are thrilling games for adults; then, there are also “slight” games for children. Children’s pool is only for children with the height of water from 1 m to 1.3m, which is absolutely safe for them.

Lazy River
Lazy River is an ideal place for visitors to relax after stressful challenges and full of laughter.

Lost in The Animal World — Vinpearl River Safari
It is the first and only aquatic animal park in Vietnam. Instead of watching wildlife through the glass window, when coming to Vinpearl River Safari, visitors will have a new feeling when sitting on a boat, feel like watching the scenery of the legendary Amazon River, explore the wildlife of rare animals on both sides.

The animals here live in the ecosystem which is suitable with the behaviour of each species, and they are fully cared and supervised by experienced veterinary experts. This place also nourishes 39 wild species such as Bengal tigers, antelopes, kangaroos, rhinos, giraffes, zebras,…

Folk Island — Experience The Culture of Vietnamese People
Thank to Folk Island, visitors will have an opportunity to admire the complex of architecture, art and entertainment, which are rich in culture, associated with Vietnam’s thousands years of history. It is a place to construct houses due to unique styles of each region, this place is also a place for folk music performances such as: Folk Singing, Water puppetry, Gong Culture of Central Highlands, Southern amateur music,…

The highlight of this Folk Island is the Hill of Wishes. Standing on the top of the hill, you can take views of everywhere, capturing the full beauty of the amusement park. This is also the ideal place to watch the beautiful sunset on the sea.

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A Complete Guide To Visiting Bay Mau Coconut Forest in Hoi An

Bay Mau Coconut Forest, Cam Thanh, Hoi An, has already become an ideal and popular destination that attracts a variety of tourists. This forest is named Bay Mau coconut forest because in the past, there were approximately seven acres of coconuts that freely flourish. Until now, it has increased to the number of more than 100 hectares but local people still keep this name as it is so familiar and popular to both Hoi An local people and tourists.

Bay Mau Coconut Forest — All You Need To Know
The most ideal time to visit Bay Mau Coconut Forest is in August, as this is the time nipa palms ripe. Moreover, at this time, it is in the hot summer, so, when coming to Bay Mau Coconut Forest, tourists can be connected to a cool and natural space of the coconut forest. It is not a good choice when tourists decide to go there in October or November as it starts to be rainy, and it is unsuitable for visitors to ride a basket boat here.

Bay Mau Coconut Forest Open Hours:
8:00–17:00, daily
Last redemption time: 17:00
Bay Mau Coconut Forest Ticket Prices:
The ticket to go in Bay Mau Coconut Forest is US$ 1.5 (VND 30,000). There are 2 ways to enjoy tor Bay Mau Coconut Forest::
Boat: US$ 8.75 (VND 200,000)
Basket boat: US$ 5.85 (VND 160,000) — highly recommend
You can pre-purchase ticket online to receive discounts of up to 10% and bypass check-in process.
Bay Mau Coconut Forest Booking Information and Notes:
1 adult is required to purchase 1 ticket equivalent to one basket boat
Basket boat is for 2 adults and 1 child (height under 100cm)
Please wear something comfortable during the activity

Interesting Activities at Bay Mau Coconut Forest
Visiting Bay Mau Coconut Forest, tourists can enjoy the relaxing feelings in a basket boat rowing around the coconut beaches. Following the gentle flow of water, you will see that both two sides are filled up with nipa palms.

You will feel like being covered by the green of nipa palms around. In the quiet and fresh space, rowers row the paddles to make gentle waves, giving a feeling of soft weaving to tourists, which is so distinctive.
Not only exploring the coconut forest, you will have an opportunity to be guided to make DIY rings, flowers, bracelets, glasses… from the coconut leaves here by the rowers. These are also simple village presents as souvenirs for this interesting trip.

Besides, one more attractive feature here that you cannot ignore is the basket boat. These basket boat dance are spectacular, wild and spinning. This activity happens when a tour of more than 10 people comes to visit.

Local Cuisine at Bay Mau Coconut Forest
Coming to Bay Mau Coconut Forest, you definitely have to enjoy the delicious dishes which are so charming and unforgettable, made from fresh ingredients here such as shrimps, crabs, fish… or else, you can also consult some famous specialities in Hoi An such as Vietnamese vermicelli, mixed rice paper, Vietnamese crepe, Hoi An chicken and rice, rice cakes with sauteed mussels, wontons,…

Hoi An is always an attractive destination because of its special attraction which is not only ancient, solemn, contemplative, but also extremely open and modern.
Hopefully, this article can provide you a lot of necessary and useful information so that you can have very interesting experience when visiting Bay Mau Coconut Forest.

How To Get To The Bay Mau Coconut Forest
The Bay Mau Coconut Forest is located in the area of Cam Thanh commune (4km from Old Town — map). There are 2 ways to go to Bay Mau Coconut Forest:

By boat ride: Following Hoi An market road, you have to go to Boating on Bach Dang street to catch the boat.
By road: You can use taxi/private car, motorbike or bicycle. From Tran Phu street, go straight through Nguyen Duy Hieu street, turn right on Tran Nhan Tong street, go straight about 4km more

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Is Cham Island Worth Visiting? — The Pearl of Cu Lao Cham Marine Park

Cham Islands with its untouched beauty, has been recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve of the world, constitute a group of 8 small islands: The Hòn Lao (Pearl), Hòn Dài (long), Hòn Mồ (tomb), Hòn Khô Me, Hòn Khô Con (dry), Hòn Lá (leaf), Hòn Tai (ear) and Hòn Ông (east wind). The population of these islands is about 3,000 people.

Cham Islands attracts tourists by its beautiful scenery, pristine beaches, stable and quality travel services with experiences, discovering the life of fishermen, learning about sea creatures, satisfactorily swimming and diving to see corals and many other interesting activities.

Cham Island — All You Need To Know
From March to August every year is a good time for tourists to visit. At this time, the weather is warm, sunny, clear and the sea is so calm. It is not a good idea to go in the remaining months because of storms, rough seas, islands becoming isolated areas.

This place is suitable for those who like resort tourism, and it is the best destination in the summer. Visitors should stay overnight in Cham Island to experience all the interesting and unique features of the Islands.

Attractions at Cham Island

Beaches: At Cham Island, there are many beautiful beaches with clear and blue water such as Bai Ong beach, Bai Lang beach, Bai Xep beach, Bai Chong beach, Bai Huong beach…
Tan Hiep Market (Cham Island Market): Here you can buy any specialities, seafood and souvenirs at extremely cheap prices.

Cham Museum: It is a place where you can have a comprehensive view of the Cham Island’s life, culture, customs and festivals.

Ancient Champa Well: It is a mark of antiquity of Tien Sa Huynh and a place to supply fresh water for the whole island. The water here never runs out, whether it’s the dry season or the rainy season.

Hai Tang Pagoda: It is a place to express the beliefs of Cham people. Unique, sacred architecture associated with mysterious legends are the attractions of the Pogoda.

Yen’s Temple: A place to worship Yen’s protective craft gods on the island.

Activities at Cham Island
Experience high speed canoe to Cham Island
Try the feeling of sitting on a soaring canoe, tourists must shudder every time the canoe changes the direction, fall down your heart when crashing big waves and breath a sigh of relief when it docks.

On the return journey, try taking a wooden cargo ship to feel the hardship and isolation of the people on the islands and enjoy the calm beauty of the sea. Visitors will be surprised to see that the sea will be colorful, such as emerald green, dark blue and green when the boat moves from the island to the mainland!

Walking around the island
Cham Island has a lot of beautiful scenes, so it will be a big omission if you do not enjoy the whole scenery here. The Island is not too large,so it is easy to go around the island by motorbike (tourists can rent a motorbike on the island). If the sky is clear enough, you can even look to the mainland.

You can also rent a tourist boat of fishermen to go fishing. When renting a boat, you will be prepared fishing tackle and fish bait with the enthusiastic guidance of the boat owner. In addition to satisfying the pleasures of fishing, it is more wonderful than going around the big and small islands to see a deep blue of the forest and water. Additionally, at night, you can go squid fishing.

Diving and watching corals
Ticket price is about US$ 6.5 (VND 150,000) / person including instructor, life jackets, glasses, snorkel and boat to take you to the diving area.
Visit the small islands by boat

If you have time, you should rent a boat to go to these islands. The price for a boat is US$ 26 (VND 600,000) for one morning or one afternoon. A boat can carry up to 10 people. Join in groups if you travel with fewer people so that you can save your money. You can visit Hon Ba, Yen Island, dive to watch corals.

Cham Island has 7 beautiful beaches, which are extremely wild. The sea here is very clean, because the local people and authorities are determined to keep the environment green, they do not allow the use of plastic bags on the island, and do not litter to protect the marine environment.

At Cham Island, besides staying at homestays, you also choose to go camping overnight on the beautiful beaches.

Watching the stars at night at Cham Island
Cham Island is a wild island, therefore, the sand is an appropriate place to organize outdoor activities at night (at 21:00–22:00 daily, the festival takes place with fun and campfire organized by young people themselves). If you prefer tranquility instead of noisy activities, watching the starry sky and hearing the murmur of the waves on the island is an interesting and unforgettable experience.

Local Specialities at Cham Island
Half dried cuttlefish: Here, the cuttle fish was just caught and half dried, it is sure that when you have tried this food, you will want to buy more to bring home for your family.
Gecarcoidea lalandii: A big and strong kind of crab in the mountains. There are crabs which are as big as one fist with very impressive colors. They are difficult to catch and there are only so many and delicious when they are processed here.

Scallops baked onion grease: There is ivory white meat, which is delicious, sweet, not very hard bitten. When enjoying, visitors will feel the sweetness of scallops, have a buttery taste of roasted peanuts, strong scent of scallions with sweet and sour sauce.

Vu Nang Snail: A famous specialty of Cham Island, with conical shells, resembling the breasts of the girls who has just reach puberty, the body of this snail is yellow and green, but every time someone touches their hands, it turned into a faint pink.

Forest Vegetable: Picked and processed into a rustic dish but it still maintains a strong flavor of mountain by the local people, it is a dish that makes a difference on the Island.
Black glutinous rice cake: Perhaps this is the dessert that people like the most on the Island.

Where To Stay At Cham Island?
Accommodation: It was distributed according to each specific area, and arranged according to hotel standards so you can contact for booking easily.
Homestay (highly recommend): A way to fully experience the culture of the local people on the Island. The price of the homestay service fluctuates from US$ 6.5 to 8.7 (VND 150,000 to 200,000) / person or US$ 17.4 (VND 400,000) / room for 2 people.

Camping: If you do not want to stay in a motel or homestay or if you want to save your money, camping on the beach is a great choice.

How To Get To Cham Island?
The Cham Island is located in the area of Tan Hiep commune (15km from Cua Dai Beach — map). There are 2 ways to go to Cham Island:
By motorboate: Start from Cua Dai beach, moving time about 20 mins, ticket price is US$ 6.5–8.5 (VND 150,000–200,000) / person.
By wooden ship: Start from Bach Dang street in the Old Town, moving time about 2 hours, ticket price is US$ 1.5–3.5 (VND 50,000–80,000) / person.

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Thanh Ha Pottery Village Terracotta Park — Handicraft Village of Hoi An

Thanh Ha Pottery Village, which is over 500 years old, is known as the largest ceramic park in Vietnam, and it is also a large exhibition displaying artworks made of pottery with the area of over 6,500m2. Overall, Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Hoi An, consists of 3 buildings for ceramic display. Thanh Ha Pottery Village is not only a tourist village but also a live museum, which holds unique and valuable documents about a traditional beauty of Hoi An.

Thanh Ha Pottery Village — All You Need To Know
Thanh Ha Pottery Village Opening Hours:
8:00–17:30, daily
Thanh Ha Pottery Village Ticket Prices:
Entrance to village cost US$ 1.5 (VND 35,000), entrance to the museum cost USD 1.75 (VND 40,000). Or visit the village, museum, and park on a combined ticket for US$ 3.05 (VND 70,000).
Thanh Ha Pottery Village Booking Information and Notes:
Children with a height under 120cm is free
Entrance ticket: includes exploring the village, the Nam Dieu Temple, making pottery with artisans in their homes, and collecting a souvenir

Why Thanh Ha Ceramic Is Special?
The process of making pottery in Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An is very strict. Thank to the talented hands of skilled and high-tech craftsman, beautiful works are produced. The clay is chosen carefully, then sculpted, cut thinly from 3 to 4 times, then use the people’s force to step on over and over again to improve the connection.

After the soil has been carefully trained, then it is split into different parts before starting to shape. Before you embark on shaping, you have to polish, especially it needs two people to do (usually, women will do this). In this process, there is a person standing on one leg, the other leg is used to kick on the spinning wheel and use both hands to make the soil. The other person uses the technique to take the soil and place it on the spinning table, then roll it into a cocoon and use a scallop, ring, and rag to shape the product.

When you’ve finished shaping the products, bring them out to dry in the sunshine. Dry pottery will be brought for stamping, decorated with many unique strokes of Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Hoi An.

Finally, after the pottery is carefully dried in the sunshine, put it in the furnace to heat. The fire burns for about 7–8 hours, when there is no smoke, it starts to burn so loudly that until the fire stopped, the craftsman uses “trial pottery” to try. Stop burning, break the furnace door wider so that the furnace cools down quickly, and then take the products out after about 12 hours. Average time for a pottery furnace is about 15 days.

According to the long-time craftsman in Thanh Ha, the process of making a true pottery of Thanh Ha requires a lot of effort and dedication, as well as the skill of the craftsman’s hand to blow the most essential soul into the land. From the process of choosing the soil, making the soil to modeling on the spinning table, the hands shape as if the mind focus on each rotation of the spinning table, then until they have the final product, there are many stages which are more sophisticated, meticulous and elaborate. When the product has been reshaped, it continues to experience the sun and ink, then taken into the furnace. The most important things of firing process are the fire, the fire measure and the time which must be accurate or else it will damage the whole batch of pottery, how much effort will become useless.

Thanh Ha Pottery Village Activities
Coming here, you can also witness the process of creating beautiful ceramic products by talented and skillful craftsmen. Through many stages, the blocks are formed by hand on a spinning table. Then, the craftsmen bring their products to the sun or the stove to let their products dry quickly. Finally, these items are put into the furnace. A pottery js made by such elaborate and sophisticated work. Thanh Ha craftsmen are not only skillful and creative, but they are also people who have a love for their job, love their country, and send their souls to their beloved land. People can not only observe the stages directly to create a ceramic product through the talented hands of craftsmen in the village, but they can also create their own products in their individual way.

Hand-made Products Themselves:
When coming to Thanh Ha pottery village, you will learn how to make a pottery item, then you will make your own ceramic products under the guidance of craftsmen here.

After molding, your product will be put into the furnace to create a wood work. Finally, to have the most complete ceramic product, you will be able to color or decorate your item yourself to make the best one.

Visiting Thanh Ha Terracotta Park:
Different from the products with colorful decorations, coming to Thanh Ha Terracotta Park, the brick is yellow and red, meddling in is the red of plants which are carefully taken care of. The most attractive thing is a unique ceramic space, including 9 zones:

Ceramic kilns
Diminished world zone
Installed garden
Craft village’s museum
Sa Huynh — Cham ceramic area
Traditional craft villages area
Village products area
Pottery market

Architect Nguyen Thanh Ha, the author of Thanh Ha Terracotta Park, is a son of a pottery artist. After succeeding in construction as a Director of Nha Viet Crop Company in Ho Chi Minh City, he invested in building works in his homeland, this is the first step to gradually change the minds of the craftsmen in Thanh Ha pottery village, gradually seeking to bring Vietnamese pottery to the world.

The diminishable pottery works are created based on the world wonders and famous landmarks of Vietnam, a live museum with extremely valuable resources to know more about traditional pottery, as well such as the life and production of the local people.
There are also quite a lot of nice check-in corners for you to take photos, so do not forget to prepare yourself a power bank which is full of battery to make sure that your phone and camera will not run out of battery halfway.

Buying Souvenirs As A Gift:
The main souvenir products of the pottery village in Hoi An are daily household items such as bowls, cups, vases, fish pots, plant pots, …and the toy figurine. Traditional souvenir products are breathtakingly modern, which has made visitors touchy.

A souvenir set duplicating the specialties of Hoi An such as Cao Lau, Quang noodle, cake, … is made from industrial clay, glues, colors. The products look a lot like the real ones on the bowls of Thanh Ha pottery village.

How to Get To The Thanh Ha Pottery Village?
The Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located in the area of Thanh Ha, 3km far from the Old Town. Address: Pham Phan, block 5th, Thanh Ha, Hoi An, Quang Nam ( map).

Is a mere mile from the Old Town, so if you’re able, bikes are the way to go. The ride is a lovely, easy pedal, along the Thu Bon River that takes less than half an hour. Take Hung Vuong Street out of town until you see the river on your left. At the fork, keep left. Continue for about 1 km and turn left at Pham Phan — the Terracotta Pottery Park and Pottery Village are about 15 metres further down on the left. Once there, park your bike along the fence, or if walking between sights isn’t your thing, ride around the village.

A private boat from the Old Town takes about half an hour, and it’s likely a lot cooler than some of the other modes of transport to the village. The boats leave at all times of the day from along the river in the Old Town then head downstream, giving visitors a unique view of Hoi An. Prices are negotiable, but we were quoted US$ 21.7 (or VND 500,000 VND) for 3 people or US$ 6.5 (or VND 150,000) for one.

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Spending a night at a traditional homestay

One of the most unique things to do in Vietnam is to sign up to stay in a traditional Home Stay. You can go through a company like Vietnam Backpacker’s Hostel or you can try arrange it yourself.

For my Mai Chau homestay (photo above) I organised it through a tour agency on the street in Hanoi, but for my Sapa homestay (first photo, with young children) I simply met a Hmong family when I got off the bus and they agree to take me to their village the next day. The experience is unlike anything else you will have backpacking around Southeast Asia. Seeing how the locals live, eating the food that they cook and just appreciating the beauty of the landscape with no interruptions was by far one of the highlights of my entire trip to Vietnam.

Top tip: Bring some warm clothes and extra socks, it can get quite cold at night time, especially is Sapa.

Mai Chau Homestay
The traditional house of Thai People in Mai Chau is the house on stilts. This type of house is used for tourists for their overnight stay in Mai Chau and called Mai Chau Homestay (or communal dorm as tourist won’t have their own rooms but sharing the floor with others. Each individual/couple will be provided with mattress, blanket, pillow and mosquito net.

With this kind of accommodation, tourists don’t have private rooms or toilet in the room. They will use public toilets outside the homestay. It’s clean enough for tourists in western style.

Ban Lac Village Homestay
Coming to Lac Village, you will see stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam,

the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish. The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dances.

Pom Coong Village Homestay
Like other villages of the Muong and Thai ethnic minority groups, Pom Coong is often located in hilly areas where there are both rivers and streams. Houses are built against the mountains in front of the vast field but Thai’s floor is always taller to keep clean and airy. Most houses are built on stilts, 1.5m above the ground, having bamboo floors and roofs made from Goi or May leaves.

The most prominent thing is “pure Thai”, everything is very clean. Clean water and sanitation are regulated to give visitors to feel fresh and safe. Waste is classified, in containers and will be processed. Tourists will feel the freshness of earth and sky, and a peaceful life. Newcomers also have chance to be overwhelmed with the beautiful landscape of the ever-stretching rice fields in Mai Chau Valley.

Homestay and interaction with local lifestyle has become more popular for tourists and solo travelers. Meeting local girls charming and shy in their dance, talking to school kids, trying to do some Thai cooking, and all sort of other things tourists can do in Pom Coong will bring joy and relaxation.

Travellers will forget hard-working days, worries and are mingled in the life of the Thai people and enjoy traditional dances, the gong festivals, drinking wine, ect. Overnight stays in homes floating on the lake are also available in which tourists can participate in a gorgeous sunrise and enjoy the clean and pure atmosphere of the early morning.

Homestay tourism is becoming more and more attractive and familiar with tourists. It is the moment that visitors will remember Coong Pom village as well as the Thai people in Mai Chau.

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Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh.It is a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, where Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. It is also known as Ba Đình Mausoleum and is open to the public.

About Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh. The building is where visitors can express their admiration and gratitude towards the common father/uncle of Vietnamese who has led the country to independence and reunification. It is popularly known among Vietnamese as Uncles’ Mausoleum, for the intimate and familiar atmosphere Ho Chi Minh always created when he was alive. Built over 2 years from 1973 to 1975, the Mausoleum is also a lively illustrator of national unity.

The structure is 21.6 meters (70.9 feet) high and 41.2 meters (135.2 feet) wide. Flanking the mausoleum are two platforms with seven steps for parade viewing. The plaza in front of the mausoleum is divided into 240 green squares separated by pathways. The gardens surrounding the mausoleum have nearly 250 different species of plants and flowers, all from different regions of Vietnam.

The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved in the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum, which is protected by a military honour guard. The body lies in a glass case with dim lights. The mausoleum is closed occasionally while work is done to restore and preserve the body but is normally open to the public every morning. Lines of visitors, including visiting foreign dignitaries, pay their respects at the mausoleum every day. Rules regarding dress and behavior are strictly enforced by staff and guards. Legs must be covered (no shorts or miniskirts). Visitors must be silent and walk in two lines. Hands must not be in pockets, nor arms crossed. Smoking, drinking, eating, photography and video taping are also not permitted anywhere inside the mausoleum.

The materials that constitute the building, from exterior granite to interior wood, were contributed by people from all over the country. Even the garden that surrounded the Mausoleum has a collection of plants and bonsais donated from all regions in Vietnam. This shows the Vietnamese’s wish to forever keep their dear father/grandfather company. In fact, the construction of the Mausoleum was against Ho Chi Minh’s will. As he passed away, he wished to be cremated and his cremation to be scattered all over the country, so that land can be saved for agricultural production.

Travel Tips
Visiting the Mausoleum is free of charge but involves a set of strictly enforced regulations. No short skirts or tank tops are allowed and there is high level of security check upon arrival. Day packs can be put in a safe deposit before you enter but make sure you do not carry many valuable items with you. Taking photos, talking or finger-pointing are strictly prohibited inside the mausoleums.

The mausoleum might be closed occasionally for maintenance so check before you go.

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Getting lost in Hanoi old quarter

Hanoi is one the most vibrant cities on earth, and yet at times it also feels like a small town. One of the most fun things to do when visiting Vietnam’s capital city is simply to walk the streets and get lost.

Hanoi’s old quarter district, in particular, is a myriad of streets, stalls, and moving restaurants full street sellers, wandering tourists and full of character. Every street has its specific purpose, with every shop on the block selling the same thing. making shopping here one of the most fun experiences i’ve had to date. Take a walk down ‘underwear street. ‘book street’ or ‘household appliances street’. Stop off to buy a pineapple, a fresh bread roll or something a little more daring. Whatever it is that you do, a few hours in the old quarter is good for the soul.

Top tip: Wait until the evening to get lost… that’s when the old town really comes alive.

The old quarter
Hanoi’s old quarter occupies a small area, called the 36 streets, located between Hoan Kiem Lake, Long Bien Bridge, and the old city wall. Local lore holds that this patch of land began life as a swamp – filled with snakes and alligators, by all accounts – before becoming a cluster of stilt villages governed by the Chinese.

By the 13th century, a few small workshops had evolved into thriving craft cooperatives, and skilled artisans were migrating to the area to become part of the local guilds. People moving in from the countryside brought their local traditions to the city, building pagodas, temples, patron saints and communal living spaces, and transforming the old quarter into a flourishing centre for arts and crafts.

Hidden heritage
Though Hanoi’s old quarter is no longer home to guilds of craftsmen all living together under one roof, the modern visitor can still catch a glimpse of the area’s creative heritage. For instance, most streets in the old quarter are named after the guild they once housed: Hang Bac Street means ‘street of silver’ and once produced silver ingots, jewellery, and currency, while Hang Dao Street means ‘street of silk’ and (as you’d expect) was the centre for silk production, dyeing, and trading. Other streets include Hang Be (‘street of bamboo rafts’), Cau Go (‘street of the wooden bridge’), Hang Mam (‘street of fish sauce’), Ma May (‘street of rattan products and sacred joss’), Hang Thiec (‘street of tin’), Hang Thung (‘street of barrels’) and Dong Xuan (‘market street’).

As beguiling as these individual histories are, this isn’t what you’ll find in the old quarter today. Craft workshops and small industries have been replaced by restaurants, hotels, schools, shops and mobile phone repair stalls – and few relics hint at the area’s former life. The elaborate roof of a market stall, for instance, might indicate that it was once a guild temple – or a shop selling mirrors and sheet metal might reveal its roots on ‘tin street’.

The old quarter today

Things have changed, but that’s not to suggest that Hanoi’s old quarter has lost its charm – far from it. When I visited earlier this year, I was surprised and delighted by how much I liked it, and by how authentic it had remained despite development.

During the day, tall buildings tower above narrow, higgledy-piggledy alleyways, a tangle of electrical wires obscuring what little light filters down to the ground. Locals sit outside sipping Vietnamese coffee, vendors push their laden bikes between bustling cafés, and the streets are filled with delicious-smelling steam billowing from food carts selling rice bowls and spicy noodle soup. Birds twitter in ornamental cages strung between telegraph poles, conical hats bob amongst the crowds, and scooters nudge their way amongst food carts, rickshaws and pedestrians alike.

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