Nature Lovers : Trekking in dense forest in a national park in Vietnam

Cat Tien national park, covering an area of about 720 km2, is one of Vietnam’s largest and, concerning its ecological value, most remarkable national parks. In spite of being situated within the general vicinity of Saigon, it does not receive many visitors. Ready to find the best trails in Cat Tien National Park for an adventurous hike, a Team Builder or a family trip? Read this article … Must See In Vietnam Editor

Situated four hours from HCMC, Cat Tien National Park is a world biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO with rich biodiversity that makes it perfect for a weekend trip.

Trekking in dense forest in national park

Spread over more than 80,000 hectares in the provinces of Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc, the park is home to around 1,500 species of animals, including endangered ones such as red-faced monkeys, pig-tailed monkeys, black-shanked douc langur, yellow-cheeked gibbons, and lorises, all of which are listed in the Red Data Book. 

The best time to visit is between December and May when there is little rain and trekking across the dense forest is easier. 

Entry costs VND60,000 ($2.60) for adults and VND10,000 for children aged 6-16. It is free for younger children. 

The ticket includes a boat ride in the Dong Nai River.

Trekking in dense forest in national park

An old Chinese banyan tree that is around 400 years old and over eight meters tall. 

The park also has more than 1,600 species of flora in a pristine forest and a trekking tour allows visitors to explore its immense biodiversity. 

Trekking in dense forest in national park

Trekkers have to stoop low in some places.

Trekking in dense forest in national park

A 400-year-old giant tung (Tetrameles nudiflora) tree with hollow trunks.

Cat Tien is the only national park that offers a nighttime wildlife watching tour, which costs VND150,000 per person.

The hour-long tour allows visitors to sit on an open-top truck and spotlights are used to observe animals coming out to feed at night. 

Trekking in dense forest in national park

Visitors can also take a boat ride in Bau Sau Lake, recognized under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.

The lake, which spans nearly 1,600 hectares during the rainy season, is home to 286 Siamese crocodiles. They weigh 100-150 kilograms on average and live in shallow water.

Visitors can book a tour package, which includes a tour guide and ranger, to view the crocodiles, though they are advised to keep a distance of four to five meters from the reptiles.

Trekking in dense forest in national park

At the edge of Cat Tien National Park lies Ta Lai village, home to Ma, Stieng and Tay ethnic minority groups.

Here, visitors can explore a small museum, stay in traditional bamboo longhouses and try traditional foods made by the locals, who have started offering tourism services in recent years. 

Trekking in dense forest in national park

There are some accommodations available in Cat Tien such as the Green Cat Tien Hotel, Ta Lai Longhouse and Green Hope Lodge with rooms costing VND150,000-600,000 a night.

By Thanh Thu for E.VnExpress.net and a special touch by Must See In Vietnam

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Discover Vietnam & Relax in rustic ambiance and luxury

Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho

Traveling to Vietnam means discovering breathtaking landscapes, hotel sites in harmony with the surrounding nature and culinary delights. As soon as you arrive you will believe in an illusion that you will immortalize on your Cloud. This morning we offer you rustic places located in bucolic environments! Must See In Vietnam Editor

Replete with wooden doors, thatched roofs and bamboo interiors, four Vietnamese resorts that nestle in authentic countryside do not cut back either on luxury or prices thereof. 

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

On a secluded peninsula in the south central province of Phu Yen, Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho is close to the Bai Tram (Melaleuca) beach, which is fringed by Melaleuca forests.

The resort has 73 suites and villas with the architecture of traditional Vietnamese villages with thatched roofs, woven bamboo walls, muslin-draped beds and come-hither bathtubs offering luxury that belies the setting of rice fields and lotus ponds. 

The highest room rate here is VND85 million ($3,616) a night. 

Last year the resort was voted as the world’s most romantic by U.S. magazine National Geographic. 

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

The cheapest room type is this resort is the Paddy Field Villa, built on stilts. The Beach Pool Villa sports a Cham housing style, while the Residence Villa takes inspiration from traditional longhouses of the Ede ethnic minority group. 

The cheapest room rate is VND9.4 million a night. 

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

The interiors use rural materials, products and colors to create a rustic feel, but the rooms and villas exude luxury. The interior decorations highlight unique local culture with items like dried calabash gourds, traditional braided baskets and coconut shell tools made by local artisans.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury
Mango Bay Resort

Set amidst 20 hectares of natural forest in Cua Duong Commune on Phu Quoc Island, the Mango Bay Resort has been named one of 14 most beautiful jungle hotels in the world by U.S. magazine Travel+Leisure.

This is an unusually low density resort with only 40 bungalows with wooden interiors and straw roofs. 

The resort uses locally-made four-poster beds, wooden furniture, overhead fans, and cotton mosquito nets.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

At first sight, the bungalows look like traditional houses in Vietnamese countryside with interiors mainly made of wood. 

They are not equipped with air-conditioning, TV or telephones, like other accommodations on the island. Instead, guests can enjoy natural air circulation and use ceiling fans to cool down.

Most machines and equipment inside the resort are environmentally-friendly, with the use of solar power, energy efficient appliances and low wattage light bulbs.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

Snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, volleyball, beach ball and cricket are some of the sports that can be enjoyed here.

The resort is currently offering a two-night combo package of VND4.5 million for two guests. 

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in the south central province of Khanh Hoa looks like a small, remote village with thatched roof cottages.

On a secluded peninsula on Ninh Van Bay, the resort has 62 villas surrounded by lush greenery and scattered rocks. 

The only way to access the resort, around 60 kilometers from Nha Trang, is by boat, which takes around 20 minutes from Ninh Van Wharf. 

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

All villas facing the sea feature wooden interiors. The bathtubs in this resort are also made of wood. 

Room rates begin at VND23 million a night. 

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

The resort offers guests a range of sporting activities like kayaking, fishing and snorkeling. Visiting the Nha Phu Bay in wooden boats is a special feature here.

The forested hills surrounding the isolated bay are inaccessible by road and therefore protected from poaching and habitat encroachment by farming and other development. 

These hills are home to the endangered black-shanked douc langurs.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury
Avana Retreat

Viewed from above, the Avana Retreat in Mai Chau Town is a miniature version of a traditional northern Vietnamese village surrounded by trees and terraced rice fields.

The resort is located amidst the lush forests of Panh Hamlet in Mai Chau Town that is home to the Hmong, Thai and Dao ethnic minority communities. It has 41 villas which feature earth walls, rattan ceilings and thatched roofs.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

An architectural and design highlight of the resort is an outdoor swimming pool contoured alongside terraced rice fields allowing guests to admire the beauty of the golden harvest season up close. 

There are six types of rooms and villas offering views of small valleys and rice terraces.

Four places to wallow in rustic ambiance and luxury

In addition to swimming, cycling around the resort, watching farmers work on the terraced rice fields, guests can visit the traditional houses of Hmong and Thai people or go trekking in the jungle. 

A night’s stay at this resort starts at VND8 million. 

Written By Trung Nghia – Photos courtesy of the resorts with a special touch of Must See In Vietnam

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Travel : Vietnam’s 8 best hotels

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Vietnam is a country that attracts business people and tourists from all over the world. This morning we want to inspire you to plan your next trip to Vietnam after reading the World Travel Awards Vietnam’s 8 best hotels. Happy reading and join our community to discover Vietnam through the experiences of our members … Must See In Vietnam Editor

Industry insiders of this year’s World Travel Awards have selected the eight best hotels in Vietnam, three of them in Ho Chi Minh City. 

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Intercontinental Hanoi LandMark 72

InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, the tallest luxury 5-star hotel in Hanoi, was voted “Vietnam’s best city hotel.”

The hotel opened in 2017 in Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower in Cau Giay District with 359 luxury rooms and 34 suites.

Rooms cost from VND3.1 million ($130.87) a night.

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery

Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery in the northern highlands town Sa Pa was named “Vietnam’s leading luxury hotel.”

The hotel has 249 rooms and suites that offer a breathtaking view of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and rice terraces.

From the hotel, guests will be ferried to the Muong Hoa cable car station from where they can make a seven-minute trip to the Fansipan cable car station, enjoying the beauty of the Hoang Lien Son range with its rolling forests and valleys from a great height.

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Novotel Danang Premier Han River

Novotel Danang Premier Han River in the central city of Da Nang was named “Vietnam’s leading riverfront hotel.”

Located by the iconic Han River, the hotel has 323 rooms with prices starting from VND2 million a night. 

Due to its convenient location near popular tourist attractions, the hotel is highly appreciated by travel experts. 

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Azerai La Residencehttps://azerai.com/resorts/azerai-la-residence-hue/

Azerai La Residence in the former imperial capital Hue was voted “Vietnam’s leading boutique hotel.”

Set on a two-and-a-half-hectare site with 200 meters of frontage on the Huong (Perfume) River, the hotel has 122 rooms built in a colonial style.

The mansion at the heart of Azerai La Residence was built during the 1930s for the French Resident Superieure. 

Its distinctive facade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamline modern school of art deco.

It is not far from the Imperial Citadel, An Dinh Palace and Dong Ba Market.

Rooms cost from VND5 million a night. 

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Mount Thanh Luxury Nha Trang

Muong Thanh Luxury Nha Trang was chosen “Vietnam’s leading beach hotel.”

Situated along the 12-kilomter beach on Tran Phu Street, one of the busiest in Nha Trang, the hotel has 458 rooms with rates starting from VND1.1 million a night. 

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Intercontinental Hotel Saigon

Intercontinental Saigon in downtown HCMC was crowned “Vietnam’s leading hotel.”

It has 305 rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms and offer breathtaking views of Le Duan Boulevard that is home to skyscrapers and foreign embassies.

A night’s stay costs from VND4 million.

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Intercontinental Residences Saigon

InterContinental Residences Saigon in downtown HCMC was named “Vietnam’s leading hotel residences.”

Located at the corner of Nguyen Du and Hai Ba Trung Street, the hotel has 257 guest rooms with prices starting from VND4.3 million a night. 

World Travel Awards reveals Vietnam’s 8 best hotels
Rêverie Saigon

Reverie Saigon on Nguyen Hue Boulevard in HCMC was named “Vietnam’s leading hotel suite.”

It has 286 rooms, suites and residential suites that combine modern design and traditional Italian craftsmanship.

It has a 24-meter-long swimming pool decorated with unique tiles on the sixth floor where guests can enjoy music from the underwater sound system.

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Tavel : 10 best resorts in Vietnam

FLC Quy Nhon Beach & Golf Resort

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In a list of 10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts at this year’s World Travel Awards, Phu Quoc accounted for the majority with four representatives.

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://flchotelsresorts.com/quan-the/flc-quy-nhon

FLC Quy Nhon Beach & Golf Resort was voted “Vietnam’s leading beach resort.”

Covering an area of over 1,000 hectares along the coast of Nhon Ly Beach in Quy Nhon resort town, the resort has over 500 villas and 1,000 hotel rooms surrounded by green trees. 

It also has a 36-hole golf course. 

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.guestreservations.com/salinda-resort-phu-quoc-island/

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island was chosen as “Vietnam’s leading boutique beach resort.”

Just a few steps from Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, the resort features 121 luxury rooms, suites, and villas designed in contemporary style.

Each room has unique wall art, showcasing the beauty of the island’s natural wonders.

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.legacyyentu.com

Legacy Yen Tu – MGallery in the northern province of Quang Ninh, located at the foot of Yen Tu Mountain, was voted “Vietnam’s leading boutique resort.”

The resort’s architecture carries royal touches of the Tran Dynasty that ruled the country in the 13th century.

It has 133 rooms, each designed with wooden furniture, latched wooden doors and ceramic floors.

It also features handcrafted materials from northern Vietnamese villages.

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.guestreservations.com/premier-village-danang-resort-managed-by-accorhotels/

Premier Village Danang Resort was selected “Vietnam’s leading family resort.”

Located on Vo Nguyen Giap Street, the most beautiful road in Da Nang, the resort covers an area of 15 hectares and has 111 sea and garden villas that overlook My Khe Beach. 

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.sixsensescondao.com

Six Senses Con Dao off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau was voted “Vietnam’s leading honeymoon resort.”

Stretching along Dat Doc Beach, inside Con Dao National Park, it is the only five-star beach resort in the Con Dao archipelago off Vietnam’s southern coast. 

The resort has 50 beach villas, built mainly with natural materials. 

Its reputation catapulted to global fame after Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie along with their children stayed there in 2011.

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/danang-city/

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was voted “Vietnam’s leading luxury resort.”

Built on the hills of Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang City, it comes with a private beach stretching 700 meters and an infinity swimming pool. 

The resort has 201 luxurious rooms, suites, penthouses, and villas that offer views of sandy beaches and tropical forests covering Son Tra Peninsula, which acts as a natural shield for Da Nang.

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.jwmarriottemeraldbay.com/

Lying only 15 minutes from Phu Quoc International Airport, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa along Khem Beach was voted “Vietnam’s leading resort.”

It has 234 rooms, suites and stand-alone villas.

Construction of the French-style resort started in 2015, with its doors opening in 2016.

It has four restaurants serving French, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine.

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.premiervillage-phuquoc.com/vi/

Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort was voted “Vietnam’s leading villa resort.”

The resort opened in 2018 and has 215 villas.

It has an outdoor swimming pool that takes inspiration from terraced rice fields of northern Vietnam. 

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/phu-quoc/

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort was named “Vietnam’s leading luxury family resort.”

It has 459 rooms and villas surrounded by green trees that make it an ideal choice for nature lovers.

One of the highlights of the resort is its spa villas made of bamboo and floating on the water surface.

It also has the highest skybar in Phu Quoc with glass doors from where visitors can enjoy a panoramic skyview.

10 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by travel experts
https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/ninh-van-bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa was selected “Vietnam’s most romantic resort.”

Located on Ninh Van Bay, around 60 kilometers from Nha Trang, the resort is home to 62 villas surrounded by lush greenery and is one of few resorts in Vietnam to protect troops of critically-endangered black-shanked douc langurs.

The only way to access the resort, around 60 kilometers from Nha Trang, is by boat, which takes around 20 minutes. 

Written by By Hoang Phong for E.VnExpress.net with a special touch of Must See In Vietnam Photos courtesy of the resorts

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Vietnam Country Side from the Sky

Nguyen Phuoc Hoai Drone Photo

We titled this article Vietnam Country side from the Sky, because it represents very well the photos you will see and their context. Read carefully what the photographic artists feel through their comments for each of the photos in this article. Photographic art by Drone is a new art that we love because it reflects our vision: Seeing is simply seeing without knowing about what is being seen. In fact, it is a felt emotion that we dissect cognitively. Must See In Vietnam Editor

Seven aerial shots highlighting Vietnamese countryside have been honored in the ‘People’ category at Drone Photo Awards 2022.

Vietnam drone pics honored at int’l aerial photo contest

Taken by Nguyen Huu Binh, this photo capturing a man collecting bang grass in the Mekong Delta province of Long An received the “Drone Highly Recommended” honor.

Bang, which grows wildly in flooded fields in the Delta, is used instead of plastic to produce straws.

Six photos below received the “Drone Commended” honor in the contest.

Vietnam drone pics honored at int’l aerial photo contest

Nguyen Phuoc Hoai’s photo highlights traditional rice paper making in the central province of Binh Dinh.

It captures the image of a woman in An Thai Village drying rice paper in her yard. 

The village on the bank of the Con River has been making dry vermicelli and rice paper for over 100 years. Rice is the main ingredient for making this type of paper, which is put on a bamboo griddle and brought out to dry in the sun.

Vietnam drone pics honored at int’l aerial photo contest

This shot taken by Nguyen Linh Vinh Quoc captures women in Phu Yen Province spreading colorful sedge to dry. 

“They work like puzzle artists, arranging the sedge in alternating colors, creating wonderful patterns,” Quoc said. 

Vietnam drone pics honored at int’l aerial photo contest

Lensman Nguyen Phuc Thanh’s shot shows a woman crossing a cabbage field during harvest season on the outskirts of Hanoi where vegetables for the city center are produced. 

“She crosses the field with her back to the observer while carrying two wicker baskets filled with ripe vegetables,” Thanh said. 

Vietnam drone pics honored at int’l aerial photo contest

A shot taken by Pham Huy Trung shows a group of farmers harvesting tea leaves under the yellow canopy of blooming phoenix flowers on the outskirts of Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, famous for its vast tea hills. 

Vietnam drone pics honored at int’l aerial photo contest

A shot captured by Nguyen Tan Tuan highlights the image of fishermen pulling out nets to catch squid hidden in the seaweed forest on Binh Chau coast in the central province of Quang Ngai.

Binh Chau is a well-known coastal commune that deploys hundreds of offshore fishing boats. Near the coast, the aquatic ecosystem is extremely rich, with abundant seafood.

From June to August is the busiest time of the year as local fishermen go out in their coracles to catch squid and seafood.

Vietnam drone pics honored at int’l aerial photo contest

Nguyen Ngoc Thien’s shot shows off an aerial perspective of anchovy fishing off the coast of Yen Islet in the central province of Phu Yen. 

Salted anchovies are considered a specialty of the central coastal region and used to produce the quintessential Vietnamese condiment – fish sauce.

First held in 2015, the Drone Photo Awards is the most important worldwide competition of aerial photography and videography. 

The competition is open to work captured from fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites, and parachutes.

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Vietnam home cools the tropical heat with its passive design




Bi House Nha Trang by Pham Huu Son Architects

Many people know that living in Vietnam is very pleasant and everyone has their own reasons, one of which is the tropical climate in the south and subtropical in the north, with monsoons. Several architects stand out for their ingenuity to offer you a level of comfort at home. This morning, let yourself be tempted by this exceptional project. Must See In Vietnam Editor

The mission of the build was to address reducing green space in the surrounding area. In addition, providing a comfortable home that battles the tropical heat through passive designelements.

Bi House Nha Trang sits a few miles south of Nha Trang city center in Vietnam. Consistently warm and humid temperatures are exacerbated by the increase in concrete builds and decrease in green landscaping. To combat this, the architects at Pham Huu Son Architects focused on using green design features to weave gardens through every level of the structure. 

Related: One townhouse in Vietnam receives a green renovation

A master bedroom with windows all around

On the top level, temperatures in the master bedroom are moderated through the use of a green roof. Around the outside of the building, additional green spaces abound, creating a buffer against the heat and noise while adding a natural appeal. Trees and plants surround the building at every level. The rooftop green space is a usable portion of the home, adding to the functionality and usability.

Furthermore, natural ventilation means the home is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Two bedrooms on the middle floor are exposed to the majority of the heat retention. To confront this, designers placed a corridor up the middle of the building that is used for a staircase as well as airflow. Additional ventilation gaps were constructed horizontally to allow airflow between the floors of the structure.

An outdoor bathtub

Additionally, windows throughout the building make up another passive element. Some of which are completely retractable to expose a fully open wall space to the outdoors. They are strategically placed in order to buffer against the hottest parts of the day while filtering through air movement. The windows also provide natural light throughout the three levels to further reduce utility costs. 

A living room space with gray walls

The nearly 2,700 square foot home with a pool isn’t small. However, the placement and orientation were well thought out for minimal site impact. Building up instead of out required less than 900 square feet of land space.

Written by Dawn Hamon for https://inhabitat.com/ and Images via Hiroyuki Oki

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Travel Guide : Nghe An

Covering a total land area of 16,470 sq km, of which 12,000 sq km is forest and mountainous, Nghe An province is characterized by luxuriant vegetation. With numerous primitive forests, which allow to develop many types of tourism such as ecological tourism, holiday tourism, mountain climbing…It also has many famous landscapes such as Pu Mat National Park, Pu Hoat primitive forest preservation zone and many beautiful beaches in Cua Lo, Cua Hoi, Quynh Bang… Must See In Vietnam Editor

The most important aspect of Nghe An, Vietnam’s largest province, is that it is the hometown of President Ho Chi Minh. It is also home to other unspoilt natural surprises.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Nghe An weather is said to be ideal from December to April for tourists to visit during the dry season when outdoor activities are unlikely to be hampered by rain.

Those with a particular fondness for flowers should visit the province from December to near the Lunar New Year holiday when large fields of sunflowers are in bloom.

WHAT TO EXPLORE

Nghe An, on the north-central coast bordering Laos, has an area of more than 16,400 square kilometers. In order to visit all the landmarks here, it would take at least a week, but those with limited time can limit themselves to a few iconic attractions.

Nghe An is the hometown of President Ho Chi Minh, therefore historical complexes and monuments to him and his family is usually the top item on any itinerary.

Located in Kim Lien Village of Nam Dan District, the National Special Relic Site Commemorating President Ho Chi Minh is poised to develop into a historic tourism complex under a government master plan.

It covers an area of 278 hectares, including Sen Village, Hoang Tru Village, Chung Mountain and the tomb of President Ho Chi Minh’s mother.

A thatched house inside Kim Lien relic site is attached to the childhood of President Ho Chi Minh. Photo by Huu Khoa

“The complex has drawn the attention of both domestic and international travelers thanks to its significant historical values. Many foreign tourists, particularly from the U.S. and France, visit this place to learn more about the life of the great Ho Chi Minh,” said a representative of Hanoi-based tour agency HelloVietnam Company.

For Vietnamese citizens visiting the Chung Son Temple is a spiritual, patriotic experience.

Apart from this historical aspect, a visit to the province also offers the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil vibes of a peaceful Vietnamese countryside with rice fields, lotus ponds and other rural charms.

Chung Son Temple where President Ho Chi Minh’s family are worshipped in Nghe An Province. Photo by Ngo Tran Hai An

Located on Ho Chi Minh Road near the border with Laos, the Thanh Chuong tea hills are unlike its famous peers in Moc Chau or Da Lat that are accessible on foot. The tea hills in Thanh Chuong District are on a small peninsula that can only reached by boats.

More than 50 years ago, the place was an irrigation lake built to water more than 700 hectares of rice fields in Thanh An and Thanh Thinh communes in Thanh Chuong District. It was only a few years ago that residents started planting tea. Now there are nearly 200 households growing tea on over 400 hectares.

Tea hills in Thanh Chuong District, Nghe An. Photo by Ngo Tran Hai An

Thanks to its unique geographical location, the tea hills here have become an eco-tourism destination in the north central region, allowing local farmers to improve their income by offering tourism services.

There are dozens of motorboats ready to take tourists on a cruise for about VND30,000 ($1.28) per person if they travel in a group. An excursion on one’s own will cost VND150,000 ($6.44).

Each boat carries a maximum of 20 people and most boats are invested and operated by locals.

Visitors can stay overnight on the Thanh Chuong tea hill. There are a number of homestay accommodations that charge about VND150,000 per night.

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Motorboat service is available in Thanh Chuong tea hills. Photos by Phong Vinh

A cruise and/or a stay on this tea hill facilitates close encounters with the life of the Thai ethnic minority community. Enjoying their hospitality can include relishing local specialties like “hill chicken.”

The Pu Mat National Park is part of the Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve, one of six areas in Vietnam recognized as world biosphere reserves by UNESCO.

The area is still “undeveloped” from a tourism standpoint, making it all the more attractive. 

Pu Mat National Park is surrounded by green jungles. Photo by Ngo Tran Hai An

A trekking tour is the best way to explore the national park that is currently home to species of nearly 900 flora, 240 mammals, around 140 birds, 25 reptiles and 15 amphibians.

The most popular hike takes visitors to the Kem Waterfall, from where one can descend to Khe Bu Valley or ascend the Pu Luong Mountain. A round trip takes 6-8 hours for experienced trekkers.

The Khe Kem Waterfall, which cascades from a height of 150 meters in the middle of the jungle, is a stunning sight. 

A peaceful, quiet boat tour along the Giang River is a great way to commune with nature. 

The national park is mainly inhabited by the Thai ethnic minority group who live in houses on stilts.

Their night feasts are an event that allows visitors to try unique mountainous dishes, not to mention the joy of dancing the night away with the locals.

Covering an area of nearly 10 hectares along the Giang River, the Pha Lai eco-tourism area is also an ideal camping spot in Nghe An.

Pha Lai eco-tourism area along the Giang River in Nghe An. Photo courtesy of Nghe An Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center

Part of the Pu Mat National Park, Pha Lai is surrounded by lush green forests with year-round cool climate that make it a perfect summer escape in the north central region.

Kayaking down the Giang River to explore Pha Lai reservoir built 20 years ago to irrigate local farms, a zipline connecting the two riverbanks are other activities to be enjoyed here.

The 15-meter-high Tham On cave in Chau Thuan Commune, Quy Nhon District, was identified as an archaeological excavation site in 1975.

Tham On Cave in Nghe An. Photo courtesy of Vinpearl 

Three human teeth and several fossils of animal teeth were discovered along with some quartz tools, relics almost 200,000 years old. It is said that humans in the Tham Om cave were the first people to dwell in Vietnam.

The Muong Long Sky Gate is a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains that reach up to 1,500 meters high in the Truong Son range.

Because of the high mountainous terrain, the air here is cool all year round, with temperatures never exceeding 25 degrees Celsius. Muong Long has been compared to two misty towns: Sa Pa and Da Lat.

Women of Mong ethnic minorty group walk on a road surrounded by white plum trees in Muong Long Valley. Photo by Sach Nguyen

Cloud hunting at the Muong Long sky gate and learning about the life and culture of the Hmong people who live there are not to be missed experiences in Nghe An.

The central province is also home to beautiful beaches like Cua Lo, Dien Thanh and Quynh. Kayaking, kite flying, surfing, windsurfing and fishing tours ensure fun times.

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A seafood market along Quynh beach in Nghe An where traders gather every morning to buy fresh catches. Photos by Le Bich

At the Cua Lo beach, one of the most interesting activities is going fishing with local fishermen at night. This involves going about 50 to 100m off the shore. And the catch of the day is cooked right on the boat as it returns to shore. 

Cua Lo beach. Photo courtesy of Nghe An Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center

WHERE TO STAY

The province has several luxury accommodations including Vinpearl Cua Hoi, the Muong Thanh Hotel, Saigon-Kim Lien and Summer resorts with room rates ranging from VND1-3 million ($42.51-127.52) a night.

The Bai Lu Resort in Nghi Loc District, nestling amidst green pine trees, is a great place to stay.

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Bai Lu Resort (L) and Vinpearl Cua Hoi. Photos courtesy of the resorts

Hai Dang, Xanh, Tien Anh, Pacific Ocean in Cua Lo or Lam Hong, Beijing in Vinh Town are budget friendly options with room rates starting from VND400,000 per night.

Saigon-Kim Lien Resort in Nghe An. Photo courtesy of the resort

WHAT TO EAT

Eel porridge is a must-try specialty in Nghe An. Before being added to the porridge, the eel is fried with lemongrass, chili and garlic, making the dish tastier, more fragrant and more visually appealing. To make it more savory, add some minced chili and pepper.

A bowl of eel porridge served at Ms. Ngo’s restaurant on Doc Thet Street in Vinh Town. Photo by Phong Vinh

The dish is served at Ms. Ngo’s restaurant on Doc Thet Street in Vinh Town, Ms. Lieu’s stall on Mai Hac De Street or Oanh Dung Restaurant on Dao Tan Street.

Unlike the water fern cake in Hue which is made from rice flour, the Nghe An version is made with tapioca starch. The baker must knead the dough thoroughly and stuff the shrimp in quickly while the water is still hot to make a delicious batch. 

The deep-fried shrimps are spicy and delicious. Topping choices include onion, garlic, and a spicy, sweet and sour sauce.

A plate of Nghe An-style water fern cake “banh beo”. Photo by Hoang Anh

The water fern cakes, or banh beo, are served at 54 Phong Dinh Cang Street in Vinh Town and Ms. Chau’s stall on Le Van Huu Street.

Banh muot, or steamed rice rolls, is a signature dish in Nghe An.

To have this dish at its best, gourmands visit the coastal district of Dien Chau, where many families have been making it for generations. For locals, this is a breakfast staple.

Banh muot is usually cut to the length of a finger. It is white, soft and not sticky. The aromatic rolls are served hot.

You can also have banh muot with duck, chicken or beef stew and stewed pig’s offal. 

A serving of “banh muot” accompanied with a bowl of eel soup at a restaurant in Nghe An. Photo by Pham Mai Anh

The dish can be found at the Thanh Phong Restaurant on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street and Lan Thanh Restaurant on Phan Chu Trinh Street.

Grilled eel is also a must-try dish in Nghe An.

The “jumping squid” caught by fishermen here is another delicacy. Nghe An squid is grilled and served with a chili sauce or a salt and pepper sauce. Many seafood stalls on the Cua Lo beach serve this popular dish.

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Grilled eel (R) or squid can be found along seafood stalls in Cua Lo beach. Photos by To Thinh

HOW TO GET THERE

Located at the center of the north central coast, Nghe An is around 290 km from Hanoi and 1,400 km from Ho Chi Minh City.

The most popular means of transportation to Nghe An from Vietnam’s two biggest cities is by air. There are daily flights to Vinh, the capital town.

Vinh Airport also hosts flights to and from Bangkok.

The fastest train to Vinh from Hanoi takes 5 hours and 30 minutes. From Da Nang to Vinh, the travel time in 9 hours; and it takes more than a day to reach Vinh from HCMC.

All the train trips allow passengers to enjoy the Vietnamese countryside landscapes. 

Taking the bus from Ha Noi to Nghe An Vietnam is less expensive than flying, but the travel time is almost 6 hours. The buses leave Hanoi every hour, so it is very easy to catch one.

Buses to Vinh leave from the My Dinh, Giap Bat and Nuoc Ngam terminals. A ticket costs VND250,000 to 400,000.

The Lam River flows past Khe Bu Village near Pu Mat National Park in Con Cuong District that is mainly inhabited by the Dan Lai ethnic minority group in Nghe An Province. Photo by Ngo Tran Hai An

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International Food Guide Taste Atlas 9 top Vietnamese noodle dishes

Beef Pho, Photo by Pho Viết Kieu Da Nang

Nine Only ! I’m a little disappointed, because we have a multitude of noodle Dishes that are among the best in the world! During your next visit to Vietnam do not hesitate to taste a Noodle soup in all the provinces you will visit… we have 63 provinces and each of them will offer you local variations that you will remember for a long time! Take photos and send them by joining our community on What’s app: https://chat.whatsapp.com/EOHxblYFrfhEwO9cAjhImG Must See In Vietnam Editor!

Three northern Vietnamese dishes, four from the south and two from the central made it onto a list of 100 most popular noodle dishes compiled by international food guide site TasteAtlas. 

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Pho, Photo by Nick M

Pho, Vietnam’s national dish originating from Hanoi, is described as one traditionally made with chicken or beef broth, where the bones simmer for at least three hours until the broth is perfect. 

“The addition of herbs and spices accentuates the flavors, and the chewy rice noodles, juicy beef slices, and crunchy sprouts elevate the dish to another level,” according to TasteAtlas, an experiential travel guide to traditional food that collates authentic recipes, food critic reviews, and research articles about popular ingredients and dishes.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun cha, Photo by Kim Oanh

Bun cha (Vietnamese grilled pork with rice noodles), a specialty of Hanoi, is a bowl of savory, sweet and sour fish sauce with meatballs and thick pork slices served with a plate of white vermicelli.

The dish had its profile boosted after former President Barack Obama enjoyed it with late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain during his 2016 trip to Vietnam. It was then featured on Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown.”

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun rieu cua, Photo by Shutterstock

Bun rieu cua (tomato and crab noodle soup) also originates from northern Vietnam. The dish is a vermicelli soup with a tomato-based broth made by slowly simmering pork or chicken bone. The key protein component of this soup is the crab meat mixture made of freshwater mini crabs, pork and egg that is almost like a patty.

This soup combines lots of ingredients like fried tofu, prawns, crab meat, pig blood pudding, bean sprouts and fresh Vietnamese herbs like perilla and cilantro. 

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Quang-style noodles, Photo by Di Vỹ

Quang-style noodles from the central region consists of a combination of flat rice noodles and yellow egg noodles that are served with a small amount of flavorful meat broth and crispy fresh vegetables and herbs like banana blossoms, lettuce, cilantro, scallions, and Vietnamese coriander.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Cao lau, Photo by Di Vy

Cao lau (roasted pork with thick Vietnamese noodles) is a traditional dish from the ancient town of Hoi An.

It features poached noodles, bean sprouts and herbs from famous Tra Que Village, garnished with thin slices of barbeque pork and crispy fried pig skin.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun thit nuong, Photo by Di Vy

Bun thit nuong (grilled pork and rice vermicelli) that originates from the south combines marinated grilled pork, rice vermicelli noodles, green vegetables and herbs.

The ingredients are usually placed in a bowl and are then combined with a fish sauce that is typically enriched with lime or lemon juice, water, and sugar.

Many see it as the southern sibling of Hanoi’s bun cha.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Banh canh, Photo by Cao Ly

Banh canh, Vietnamese thick noodle soup, is said to originate from the southern province of Tay Ninh near the Cambodian border.

The thick noodles are made from tapioca or rice flour and the dish has different kinds of variations such as with pork, snakehead fish or crab, shrimp and other seafood. 

“This noodle soup is usually thicker than other Vietnamese soups and the base is typically made from pork bones or sometimes chicken, and it’s seasoned with sugar, salt, and fish sauce,” according to TasteAtlas.

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun mam, Photo by Di Vy

Bun mam (fermented fish noodle soup) which originates from the southern province of Soc Trang, consists of rice vermicelli noodles, fermented fish-flavored broth, squid, shrimp, catfish, fish cakes and roasted pork belly.

Considered a Mekong Delta specialty, the noodle soup is always served with fresh herbs such as bitter knotgrass, bean sprouts, water lilies, banana flower, water spinach and a small bowl of dipping sauce with lemon juice and minced chili and lemongrass. 

9 Vietnamese noodle dishes among 100 world’s most popular
Bun bo Nam Bo, Photo by Shutterstock

Bun bo Nam Bo (southern Vietnamese beef noodle salad) mainly includes beef, rice vermicelli noodles, garlic, fresh herbs and vegetables while roasted peanuts and fried shallots are entirely optional.

The noodles, vegetables, and herbs are arranged in bowls, while the beef is stir-fried and added on top. 

The TasteAtlas list featured many of Asia’s famous dishes including Japan’s cup noodles, pancit palabok in the Philippines, yen ta fo in Thailand, budae jjigae in South Korea, and hokkien mee in Singapore.

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Travel Guide : Hai Phong

Hai Phong City is not only the third largest city in Vietnam, but also an important economic, social and cultural center of the country. Hai Phong attracts tourists with its pristine beaches, ancient buildings, and the hospitality and friendliness of its people. Hai Phong is a Must See In Vietnam … Your Editor

The northern port city of Hai Phong is home to a well preserved “French Quarter,” a UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve, beaches, caves and exceptional cuisine.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Hai Phong boasts a subtropical climate typical of northern Vietnam: hot and humid with heavy rains in summer, dry and cold in winter. 

The best time to visit the city is from March to April and from September to October when exploration of its historical vestiges can be combined with outdoor enjoyment at the beach and some boat tours.

Between July and August, storms and rains are likely, but that allows visitors to see the place in a completely different light.

WHAT TO EXPLORE

In 1888, the president of the French Third Republic, Sadi Carnot, promulgated a decree to establish Hai Phong and began constructing a series of major buildings on a seven-hectare area from Lac Long Bridge to Tran Hung Dao Street as known today.

This history gives the city its major modern history highlight, the “French Quarter” with rows of colonial houses more than a hundred years old.

The Hai Phong Opera House is standout attraction. All the materials to build it were brought from France and its work supervised by French architects.

The Opera House gathered the elite crowd – French officials and rich locals – who could afford tickets to shows featuring famous troupes from France as well as widely recognized local talents.

Inside the Hai Phong Opera House. Photo by Le Tan 

In the main performance hall, the Hai Phong Opera House provides seating for 300 patrons over two floors. Its plush, red cushioned chairs shine the gold trimming. The high domed ceiling adds to its grandeur.

Just a few steps from the Opera House is the Kim Dong Park that has its heart a multi-roofed building built in 1942 by the French. Today it serves as a public library of Hong Bang District.

Hai Phong is also one of the main railway stations in the north of the country, and a train ride from Hanoi to Hai Phong makes for a memorable journey.

The city also boasts the first local museum established in the country and is a must-visit destination for all visitors.

Built in 1919 on a one-hectare area covered with old trees, the museum holds an impressive collection of local historical artefacts that trace the heritage of the region as well as a selection of precious gems, traditional items, and old photographs.

Hai Phong Museum. Photo by Le Tan 

As part of the city tour around the “French Quarter,” a flower market on the eastern side of Tam Bac Lake adds to the city’s considerable charms.

The flower market has five splendid arched-roof kiosks built in 1941 by the French as a place to buy fresh flowers.

Also, within easy walking distance of the lake is a massive bronze statue of the female General Le Chan, a Vietnamese hero and founder of Hai Phong.

The Hang Pagoda in Le Chan District, which is more than 1,000 years old, is one of the most important Buddhist center in the country.

Around 22 kilometers from downtown Hai Phong is the Do Son beach, which is also home to Vietnam’s first legal casino.

What was once a popular resort area for the French is now a popular weekend retreat, especially for sun-seekers from Hanoi.

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Tourists flood Do Son beach in Hai Phong (L) and Do Son resort tourism complex. Photos by Giang Chinh and Agoda

An ancient clay tower and a Buddhist temple on Ngoc Son Mountain are other Do Son attractions, as is a buffalo fighting festival in September or October.

The highly picturesque Cat Ba Archipelago, adjacent to world heritage site Ha Long Bay, has 367 islands, of which Cat Ba is the largest. A cruise tour of this place with its limestone karst mountains rising out of turquoise waters is not to be missed.

A corner of Cat Ba Archipelago in Hai Phong. Photo by Giang Chinh

At the Cai Beo wharf, after buying entry tickets that cost VND30,000 ($1.27) per person, visitors can take a boat or canoe to Lan Ha Bay, located to the east of Cat Ba Island.

Private boat rental price is VND2.2 – 3.8 million for a journey lasting four hours and VND5.7 million for a six-hour-long journey. Each boat can carry up to 25 passengers.

A motorboat cruise costs VND500,000 – 1 million for a group of five to 10 passengers.

Foreign tourists kayaks on Cat Ba Island. Photos by Shutterstock
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An advantageous option is combo packages at VND200,000 – 350,000 per person, lunch included. The itinerary includes Lan Ha Bay and the Cai Beo fishing village, scuba diving service and freestyle kayaking.

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Lan Ha Bay is seen from above. Photos by Pham Huy Trung

The Cai Beo village is said to be the oldest of its kind in Vietnam and considered a living museum of Vietnamese fishing culture.

The floating village, with around 300 households, consists of dozens of houses that float on green clear waters.

Cai Beo fishing village feature dozens of houses that float on green clear waters. Photo by Pham Huy Trung

Kayaking in Lan Ha Bay includes the thrill of going through the Bright and Dark caves bordering Ha Long Bay.

A trekking trip to the Cat Ba National Park, which was recognized as a world biosphere reserve, is a highly rewarding experience.

The Kim Giao – Ngu Lam trail is the most popular route that takes about an hour to reach the top.

Kim Giao is 300 meters high with rows of stone benches serving as a place to rest before continuing on to Ngu Lam, which is 700 meters further. At the 220-meter high Ngu Lam peak, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountainous landscape from an observation tower. It is also a great lunch spot.

For this two-hour trek, visitors need to bring their own food and water as there are no shops along the route.

As an economic hub of the northern region hosting several international tech giants, Hai Phong has developed a nightlife that finds favourable mention among foreign visitors.

Some popular bars and beer clubs in Hai Phong are Play House Bar, Fleur d’Or Maison Bar, King Disco, Peerage Bar, Lucky Pub and Zozo BBQ Grill Bar.

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King Disco and Zozo BBQ Grill Bar in Hai Phong. Photos courtesy of the bars

The Tam Bac walking street along the banks of eponymous river with street food stalls, bia hoi and entertainment venues is an ideal place to hang out at night.

WHERE TO STAY

In downtown Hai Phong, luxury hotels like Hotel Nikko, Mercure Hai Phong and Vinpearl Hotel Imperia are located near popular tourist attractions with room rates of VND1.2-2.5 million ($50.72-105.66) a night.

Vinpearl Hotel Imperia in Hai Phong is seen from above. Photo courtesy of the hotel

More affordable options are Vinhomes and Hoang Huy or the Dreamland – Chihouse, Vancao Green Homestay with prices starting at VND250,000 per night.

Hai Phong has several high-class resorts along pristine beaches, mainly in Cat Ba.

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Nam Cat Island Resort CatbaBay, Flamingo Cat Ba Beach Resort and Monkey Island Resort. Photos courtesy of the resorts

The Flamingo Cat Ba Beach Resort, Hôtel Perle d’Orient Cat Ba – MGallery, Nam Cat Island Resort CatbaBay and Monkey Island Resort offer luxurious living at VND1-2 million per night.

WHAT TO EAT

Hai Phong is a land of culinary gems that local authorities have highlighted by launching several food tours. 

People who know Vietnamese cuisine well will immediately identify “banh da cua”as a Hai Phong specialty. The dish of flat, brown noodles cooked with crab meat, shrimp, pork meatballs, pork wrapped in la lot (piper lolot leaves), morning glory, green onions and other veggies has a nourishing broth.

A bowl of banh da cua served at a stall in Hai Phong. Photo by Bao Ngoc

Try the dish at 143/46 Lach Tray, 2b Pham Ngu Lao, Ms. Thai’s stall inside Chu Van An market or 16 Phan Chu Trinh.

Spicy breadsticks with a filling of “pate,” or ground pork paste, and served with a special chili sauce is served at 28 Dinh Tien Hoang, 57 Le Loi and 184 Hang Kenh.

The breadsticks are best served with the special chili sauce from Hai Phong. Photo by Trung Nghia

Crab spring rolls with a stuffing of ground crab meat, lean pork, kohlrabi, carrot, ear mushrooms, bean sprouts, rice paper, vermicelli, and seasonings are often served with rice vermicelli, lettuce and cucumber, as well as a sweet-spicy-salty-sour dipping sauce.

A serving of crab spring rolls at a restaurant in Hai Phong. Photo by Minh Ha

Some addresses to try this dish are Mai Phuong stall on Cat Cut street and No.323 stall on To Hieu Street.

Sui din, a cake made with pounded rice, sesame seeds, peanuts and coconut, is boiled before being placed in a bowl and drenched in a sweet-salty sauce. This popular street food was brought to Hai Phong by Chinese immigrants living in HCMC.

Another Hai Phong specialty is “banh duc tau,” a version of jelly rice cake, served with fried shrimp, pork and papaya, all soaked in a sweet, chilly vinegary sauce.

A bowl of banh duc tau. Photo by Bao Ngoc

A highly popular stall serving this treat is at 159 Hai Ba Trung Street in Le Chan District.

Hai Phong is also famous for dua dam, or coconut sweet soup, and coconut milk coffee, which can be tried at 124 Lach Tray or 100/124 Lach Tray.

Coconut sweet soup is served in glasses from late afternoon every day. Photo by Bao Ngoc

HOW TO GET THERE

From Hanoi, the fastest way is an 1.5 hour motorbike ride on the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway.

The Hoang Long and Anh Huy transport companies sell bus tickets for VND120,000-135,000 per person. A limousine with drop-off service in the inner city costs VND230,000-250,000.

There are daily flights from HCMC to Hai Phong with airfares ranging from VND900,000 to 1.5 million.

French-built Quay Bridge across Tam Bac River is a symbol of Hai Phong City. Photo by Giang Chinh

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Vietnam Drone Photos Awards : River Life

Seeing is simply seeing without knowing about what is being seen. This is Must See In Vietnam Vision … and our mission is to show what must be see in Vietnam … today we proudly show you the multiple Awarded Vietnamese Photograph Cao Ky Nhan’s Drone Photo collection of the beauty of Vietnamese river life. Must See In Vietnam Editor

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

Fishermen collect snails from the Phu Ngan River in Tuy An District in the south-central province of Phu Yen.

“Vietnam is a country with a long and wide coastline, a very large and diverse system of rivers, streams, ponds and lakes,” the photographer said. 

“People’s lives are always associated with rivers, streams, ponds. Taking advantage of this, people have developed fisheries and agriculture that create a unique beauty for Vietnam.” 

Instituted in 2015 the Drone Photo Awards remain the most important international competition for aerial photography and videography.

The contest is open to works captured from fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites, and parachutes.

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

Fishermen pull out their nets to harvest anchovies off Yen Islet, 15 kilometers north of Tuy Hoa, the capital of Phu Yen.

Salted anchovies are considered a specialty of the central coastal region and used to produce the quintessential Vietnamese condiment – fish sauce.

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

Fishermen push a boat out to sea on Vinh Thanh beach in Thua Thien-Hue Province. 

“While fishermen head out to sea, the waves kept crashing on the shore and accidentally formed the shape of a whale, considered a sacred animal that protects Vietnamese fishermen from natural disasters at sea,” Nhan said.

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

A farmer carries paddy home on a small boat during the rice harvest season in Phu Cat District in Binh Dinh Province. 

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

A bustling fish market along the Tam Tien coast in Nui Thanh District, around 15 kilometers from Tam Ky Town in Quang Nam Province.

The market has been the main seafood distribution point for Quang Nam and neighboring localities for the last 15 years.

Visitors to the market at 4-5 a.m. can see hundreds of fishing boats gather along the coast with fish, shrimp, squid, and crab.

The market, situated an hour’s drive south of Hoi An, is at its busiest at 4-7 a.m. 

It only opens between April and September, the monsoon season.

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

Fishermen cast nets in the Nhu Y River in Hue Town

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

A herd of buffalo wades through a flooded field on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

A farmer feeds his ducks near Tra O Lagoon in Phu My District, Binh Dinh Province. 

Raising ducks in fields for their eggs is common in rural areas around the country.

Images of Vietnam water bodies win top prize at international aerial photo contest

A local rows a small boat in the middle of a nipa palm forest in Tinh Khe District, Quang Ngai Province. 

The forest served as a base for guerilla fighters from Tinh Khe Commune and Son Tinh District during the war.

Authorities are making plans for developing ecotourism here.

Written By Phuong Anh, Cao Ky Nhan for E.VnExpress.net + a touch of Must See In Vietnam


Cao Ky’ Nhan

I am a photographer from Vietnam. Previously I worked at an architectural company. It wasn’t until I held the camera in my hand that I knew this was my true passion. I decided to quit my job and pursue photography.
I did my own research and learned photography. Along with the hobby of traveling and seeing beautiful scenery, landscape photography is my favorite genre. I shoot because I love it, then I want to share with everyone about the beautiful landscape of my country. I’m using a Sony A7RIII camera, and a DJI Mavic 2 pro drone.

My Instagram https://www.instagram.com/caokynhanimages
My page https://www.facebook.com/caokynhanimages
My email caokynhanimages@gmail.com
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