Festival in April – a great way to experience the unique heritage of Vietnam

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Thua Thien Hue has an all-year-round exciting festival scene. Throughout the year, there are numerous celebrations and festivals all over the ancient city. Gia Lac Spring Fair Festival, the annual wrestling competitions Festival of Sinh Village, Cau Ngu Festival in Thai Duong Ha, etc., there is something for all tastes and all ages. Attracting both Vietnamese and travelers alike, each festival and event is the great opportunity to get together for a fun time with family or friends during your holidays in Hue. Here is our selection of not-to-be-missed events, to discover festive and cultural Hue outdoors in this April!

Hon Chen Temple Festival

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Hon Chen Temple Festival

Celebrated in honor of the Holy Mother Thien Y Ana, Hon Chen Temple Festival has proven popular with the few international travelers lucky enough to be here at the right time, and to witness what are actually taking place. No one knows when the temple of Hon Chen appeared, but everyone knows how amazing this biennial festival is.

On your Vietnam culture tours in Hue in April, you will see many things coming together to create a sacred and magical religious area. The nicely decorated boats, single boats, double boats. The males and females decking out the brightly colored costumes looking like prince and princess in the Nguyen Dynasty. Chầu văn (a kind of ritual songs), hát văn hầu đồng (falling into a trance) performed by mediums during the whole night. The grand-sacrifices offering ceremony. There is so much more to look forward to!

  • Date: 18th April (the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)
  • Location: Ngoc Tran Mountain and Hai Cat Communal House, Huong Tra Town, Thua Thien – Hue Province

The 10th Hue Festival 2018 – the most famous biennial festival

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Hue Festival

Summertime in Hue has gained a reputation for its perfect coastline as well as many other retreats such as gentle streams, marvelous waterfalls, mysterious forests, and peaceful countryside. When April comes, one major part of that culture, of course, is the Hue Festival, which is one of the most anticipated cultural events in Vietnam.

This magnificent single week-long festival staged every other year in the former imperial capital of Hue, along the Perfume River, and on Hue’s streets is believed to honor the precious cultural heritage of Hue and to promote the glorious images and potentials of our ancient capital land over the world.

The 10th event will showcase stunning art performances such as theater, puppetry, dance, music, and acrobatics representing the diversity of the cultures of Vietnam and dozens of countries all over the world. Even though these exciting activities will be performed in different places around the city, most of the elaborate and superb traditional and contemporary art performances will be staged at historical venues around the grounds of the Hue Citadel, including the Hue Citadel and An Dinh Palace. Look forward to the national competition of “Hát văn” or “Chầu văn” (spiritual singing), Hue Kite competition, Hue Poetry Festival, Ao Dai Fashion Shows, street parades themed “Cultural Colors”, sampan racing, a cuisine fair, and much more during the six-day festival.

As Hue Festival is a biennial festival (once every two years), if you miss the 10th festival, you have to wait until 2020 to enjoy the convergence of typical and specific art programs of the culture and ancient capital cities in Vietnam.

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A must-join festival in April in Hue

On planning your Vietnam culture tours? Don’t forget to keep checking our calendar of celebrations and festivals in Thua Thien Hue Province to keep up to date with events that make the Ancient City a dynamic place buzzing with culture and energy in 2018!

  • Date: 27th April – 2nd May
  • Location: Hue City, Thua Thien – Hue Province

Summertime returns to Hue Ancient City in April, bringing a wealth of events in its wake. From a spiritual festival at Hon Chen Temple to the large-scale popular event named Hue Festival, there is little excuse for remaining indoors during the clement months in the heart of Central Vietnam. Here is our list of not-to-miss events on your cultural tour in Hue!

Dazzling With Paper Flowers Village In Hue Tours

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Peaceful land of Hue has many traditional villages with a large number of skilled craftsmen. Up to now, some traditional handicraft villages in Hue have been developing strongly, providing products for people and creating special combined tours for Hue trade. Thanh Tien paper flower village is one of the traditional villages that adorn the national culture and is a destination for those who travel to Hue, Vietnam.

Downstream Huong river to ancient paper flower village

Located in Phu Mau commune, Phu Vang district, Thua Thien – Hue province, Thanh Tien paper craft villages is 7 km from Hue city, downstream Huong river. This is a famous village specializes in paper flowers. There are two main types, which are flowers used in worshiping with full color and romantic purple lotus paper flowers represented Hue’s beauty.

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1. Thanh Tien paper flowers

Paper flowers are usually decorated in places of worship in the house, the shrine, pagodas, … After a while, because of the variety and richness in color and style, Thanh Tien paper flowers are used for festivals, cultural programs … As such, Thanh Tien paper flower village has become a breakthrough for the culture of folk beliefs and brings in high aesthetic value.

Thanh Tien Paper Flower Village appeared more than 300 years ago and is listed in one of the handicrafts from the 16th to 19th centuries of Dai Nam unification. In order to preserve the work of sire, the young generation of the village had to overcome difficulties and changes of modern society to retain the soul of the village, the culture of Hue.

The brilliance of paper flowers

Coming to Thanh Tien village, tourists will be surprised by the color and the vivid of paper flowers here.  Paper flowers in Hue differ from other places with the philosophy of Oriental Confucianism in each flower. Each branch has 8 main flowers.

The advantage of Thanh Tien paper flower is the richness of color and different kinds of flowers. Due to those characteristics that the official production time of this craft is usually at the end of the year. But in order to have the best and most complete ingredients, craft man have to prepare thoroughly for the whole year, from choosing paper, making colors, dyeing paper …

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2. The diversity of color and kind

The secret to paper flowers is the color so that the paper is a durable color. Florists do not use industrial chemicals but instead, they use resins and leaves to make dyes in a traditional way so the flowers retain their color permanently.

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3. Thanh Tien lotus

Thanh Tien paper flower village has many kinds of flowers such as orchid, rose, dahlia and many others, but the most famous one is the lotus. The lively lotus paper flowers were created by the artist Mr. Than Van Huy with the ideal inspired from traditional paper flowers. Lotus paper here has only appeared from 2008.

The colorful lotus paper was carefully formed with detailed and unique stamping technique of this village combined with silk painting techniques. To make beautiful lotus flowers requires the artist to be patient and meticulous. Lotus is a commodity that many people and tourists choose to buy as a souvenir. It was not until 2008 that these flowers were made available for sale and tourism.

Trancing in carnivals with vivid paper flower

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4. Thanh Tien paper flower in festivals

Thanh Tien lotus flower has been known through the Hue Festival, cultural arts programs, exhibitions, fairs, Hue traditional craftsmanship, Ao Dai festival … Thanh Tien lotus not only attracts local people but also foreigner tourists from all around the world. The flower is advertised in both the country and European countries, America … It has created the brand Thanh Tien lotus in and outside the country.

Thanh Tien paper flower village is the place to honor the traditional craft, where conservation and preservation of cultural values of craft villages. They have created a valuable and meaningful brand name for Vietnam. So when traveling in Hue tours, tourists now know where to go in Hue and should visit this paper flower village at least one to have a chance to admire the flowers and feel the soul of the traditional crafts of Vietnam.

Have you ever visited Hue city in the rainy season?

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Hue is a peaceful and quiet city. It has long been famous for the ancient features since the old days. Coming to Hue on sunny days, the city looks more colorful and refreshed, which is super suitable for a Hue group tour. But, do you know that Hue city is also very beautiful on rainy days.

Rainy season – the low tourist season

Rainy season in Hue often starts from September to December, from torrential, flooding rains to gloomy, light ones until April of next year. Normally, people do not even want to go out or travel on rainy days. However, having a Hue tour on rainy days will definitely become a memorable experience because the old citadel always skilfully turns the rain into its “specialty”.

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Visiting Hue on rainy days

Even though it may be not the best time to visit Hue, thanks to the worry of most tourists, the rainy season of Hue has become the low season with only a few tourists, so you will not have to worry about the lack of accommodation or crowded restaurants, etc. Instead of that, you can enjoy the whole holiday in a peaceful place, and now even more enjoyable when tourists are quite sparse.

Rainy season – Romantic as a love story

It is difficult to deny that many romantic stories usually happen with the rain. Waking in the rain under the umbrella with hands joined together or wearing colourful raincoats to visit Hue, running to escape the sudden rain, etc. are all the experiences that bring people closer together. Interestingly, in the rains, any of the corridors and bridges in Hue royal architecture can become a temporary shelter for couples who are holding their hands together.

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Walking in the rain

The romance of Hue rain has been the great inspiration for many poets and writers as a special gift of heaven and earth. From the poems, paintings to the music are imbued with the deep, sad beauty of the Hue that no place has to attract visitors.

Rainy season – Time to enjoy the hot dishes

Hue cuisine is extremely diverse, and the price is very cheap. From “banh canh”, “banh loc”, “banh beo”, “banh nam”, etc. to “bun Hue”, “nem lui”, “com hen”, etc, all of them become better than ever. In addition, because of the rain, tourists will spend more time to enjoy the sophistication of the delicious specialties of Hue during the Hue Vietnam tailor-made tours.

Rainy season and a hot cup of tea

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A cup of coffee and rain

Hue has many ideal places for rain viewing such as Vong Canh Hill, Lau Ngu Phung (Ngo Mon Gate), Ngu Binh Mountain Peak, the high floors of hotels along Huong River, etc. or simply a café, tea shop overlooking the street. You can choose a hot cup of tea, keep in the hands to get some warmth and occasionally take a sip, tell several stories with friends or sometimes you can just sit alone sipping a hot coffee and watching the rain. It is such a peaceful moment that you rarely see in the crowded cities. And if you are a little more subtle, by looking at the teapots, teacups or tea trays, etc. you can easily see the unique here created by Hue people to match with the continuous rains of this land.

Rainy season and the indoor entertaining activities

If the rains become an obstacle for outdoor activities, then they give the recreational indoor activities an opportunity to develop, making people socialize, share and get closer. For example, the rain is suitable for the needs of retreat, meditation, enjoying poetry, music, tea, coffee, etc. The tourism routes to visit Hue ancient city is quite diverse, from rain viewing destinations to beautiful and suitable rain shelters with the general architecture of the old citadel.

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Riding on a cyclo

In addition to that, the special means of transportation of Hue in the rainy season such as cyclos, dragon boats, etc. as well as the souvenir shops also have the attractive beauty of the rain in Hue. Perhaps, after this Hue tour, you will love the rainy season of this land more, and who knows that you would love to return to Hue in the rainy season.

Discovering romantic Hue City

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Hue – the dream city has long been the destinations for artists for its stunning landscapes, romantic Huong River, green Ngu Binh Mountain. Today we are excited to share with you some best tips when traveling in Hue. So if you intend to visit the ancient city and enjoy tasty Hue food, then do not miss this Vietnam local tour operator article.

Like other regions in Vietnam, there are two distinctive seasons in Hue city. The dry season is from March to August, when the weather is quite hot, sometimes it can be up to 40 degrees Celcius. You can pay a visit to Hue this time but do not forget to prepare for yourself a floppy hat and suncream to avoid skin burned. The rest months are in rainy season. And from July to September is the best time to travel to Hue, since it usually rains but too much and the weather is quite cool in these months. Besides, from the middle of January to the late of February is also the precious time to pay a visit to Hue.

Hue is well-known for many tourist attractions, and here are some that you must pay a call on.

Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel is the place that you cannot meet when stepping in Hue City. It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 1993. Today it is considered to be a symbolic image associated with the ancient capital. Inside the Citadel, there are 3 mains areas namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).

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Hue Citadel

Tu Duc Tomb is one of the most beautiful buildings of the Nguyen Dynasty. You will not believe in your eyes when coming here since this place is really beautiful as a large park with an amazing architectural beauty harmonious with the beauty of nature.

Khai Dinh Tomb

Many years ago, King Khai Dinh built many palaces which shows an amicable architectural style with high aesthetic, typically Ung Lang. This is another name of Khai Dinh Tomb which has a smaller area than other tombs.

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Khai Dinh Tomb

Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda is extremely famous. This Pagoda is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Hue and first-ranked spot in many Vietnam local guides. From the olden days, this sacred pagoda was mentioned in many Hue songs. That is also the reason why it attracts a lot of tourists every year.

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Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien An Hill – Thuy Tien Lake

Thien An is a hilly and undulating area located in the south of Hue City, on the route heading to Khai Dinh Tomb. If you do not satisfy with the aforementioned architecture, then do not hesitate to pay a call on Thien An hill near Thuy Tien lake, which is romantic but also extremely mysterious.

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Thien An Hill – an ideal place for camping

Thuan An Beach

Thuan An Beach is located 15 km from the East of Hue City. When stepping here, you will surely be surprised by its gentle beauty. Though beaches in Hue are not as famous as other places, they still have their own beauty.

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Thuan An Beach

Bach Ma (white horse) Mountain:

Located 60 km away from Hue City, Bach Ma Mountain is famous for its streams and many spectacular waterfalls. Especially, two sides of Do Quyen waterfall is full of azaleas on summer days. In the center of the resort is Bac (silver) waterfall which is 10 m high and 40 m wide. Standing on top of Bach Ma Mountain, visitors can also take admire panoramic views of Hai Van Pass, Tuy Van Mountain, Cau Hai Lagoon and the shimmering light of Hue City at night

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Bach Ma Mountain

Cau Hai Lagoon

Not as famous as Chuon lagoon or Lap An lagoon, Cau Hai lagoon nestles on the National Highway 1A, running from Cau Hai to Phu Gia Pass. Cau Hai lagoon is immense as the sea, catching water from the rivers in Thua Thien Hue. Thus the water in this lagoon will transfer from freshwater to the brackish one in the dry season.

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Cau Hai Lagoon in the early morning

Voi (Elephant) Stream

Driving from Hue city to the south about 60 km, across Thua Luu area, Loc Tien commune, Phu Loc district, tourists will get to Voi stream. This is a stream with many large waterfalls under a forest. There is a rock shaped like an elephant dropping his trunk down the water at the foot of the waterfall. There is also a freshwater lake named Voi Lagoon. This is a natural lake between two waterfalls about 30 meters wide, 2 meters deep with the clean water that you can see the bottom.

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Voi Stream

These are some attractive places that we would like to introduce to you on this Vietnam local tour. We really hope that you will have an unforgettable trip to this fairyland.

Non la in Hue, do you want to try?

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In Vietnam, there are many types of local hats but Non la is the most special one. Non la was first manufactured for the purpose of sunshade heads but later it is also used as an accessory of women. Each region has its own characteristics in producing this conical hat but Hue is the center of producing Non la in Vietnam with the beauty that you cannot find anywhere else. As a result, you must visit traditional non la making village on your Hue tour.

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Tay Ho Village

The conical hat has been making industry develop in Hue for hundreds of years, with many famous traditional villages such as Da Le, Phu Cam, Doc So, Tay Trieu, Kim Long, etc. Today, famous craft such as Tay Ho, Phu Ho, My Lam, Phu My, Phu Vang, Phu Cam, Phuoc Vinh, Doc So, West, Huong So in Hue makes millions of Non la every year, which is not only to adapt the guests’ demand, but also to supply as a special souvenir for visitors to the four directions to Hue.

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Leaf making Non la

Tay Ho is the most prominent name in making Non la that is the origin of the famous conical hat in Hue. Tay Ho conical hats have origin from Phu Ho Commune, Phu Vang District, about 12 km from Hue City. You must remember to visit here to have the best tours in Vietnam. In Tay Ho, not only women know how to make a hat but even men can help to make a ring to the hat. Initially, the hat was mainly made for relatives. But after many tourists have come and love the scenery here, the conical hat with poems squeezed between two leaves became an indispensable souvenir.  Today, to make the hat more attractive, the craftsmen also press the picture of the Perfume River beside the poem.

Even though Tay Ho is famous for making Non la, when finding a place to buy genuine conical hats, tourists often come to Da Le Market, Thuy Van Commune, Huong Thuy District on their Hue tours. However, every market in Hue sells conical hats, from big markets such as Dong Ba, An Cuu, Ben Ngu to small markets such as Sia, Pho Trach, Da Le, etc are the name most attracted by both making and selling hat.

The conical hat in Hue is a true artwork. In order to have a hat convention, artisans making Hue cones have to go through many meticulous steps, requiring the diligence and skill of the craftsman, from picking frame, corrugated, roofing, cutting pattern, finishing the hat and finally polishing for preservation. Perhaps that is the reason why Hue hat is very popular with many visitors who enjoy their Hue culture tour.

Making the frame is the first step to determine the degree, roundness, shape, size of the hat. The cone is made of lightweight wood with curved roofs of various sizes. If there is no change in design to meet the market demand, the cone is made of trunks, mulberry trees. Each hat has from 15 to 16 rings, which many people said that it is to imply 16-year-old girl. Leaves used in Non la are normal conical leaves, but they are selected through a variety of treatment, steaming, drying, frosting, flat so that the leaves are kept white at high standards.

Next step is arranging leaf stage, set patterns, symbols between the two layers of leaves so that when looking from the inside, the symbolic pattern is clearly balanced. The hidden symbol in the conical hat in Hue is often the image of Truong Tien Bridge, Ngu Binh Mountain, Ngo Mon Gate, Phu Van Lau, Thanh Toan Tiles, etc. Along with the symbols are some famous poems written about Hue on a five-color paper, highlighting the background of white cones. Hue conical hats are always made of two layers. The craftsman must be careful in arranging the leaves so that they are not overlapping layers. In some place, they finally cover the conical hats with oil several times before drying it under the sun.

For a long time, Non la and Ao Dai have become the interesting parts to discover in a culture tour in Hue. If you want to go to Hue, you should visit the handicraft village.

Top 3 most amazing trekking sites in Central Vietnam

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Central Vietnam is famous for its well-preserved historical destinations, the magnificent beauty of nature and friendly locals. Besides, the central region also offers some of best place for trekking in Vietnam. You will have a great chance to spend time walking and exploring the dense rainforests, enjoying spectacular scenery and even spotting wildlife. Why don’t you take part in a Vietnam trekking tour to enrich your experiences and enjoy your time while you are in Central Vietnam?

Bidoup Nui Ba National Park

Bidoup Nui Ba National Park has been highly considered as one of the most ideal places for tourists to experience a trekking tour in Vietnam. When trekking around the park, you can easily see spectacular mountains, forests, waterfalls, streams, and rivers together with the diversity of the ecosystems there.

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Obviously, you will have a great chance to observe the unique ecosystem at the Bidoup Nui Ba National Park when taking a few day journeys with our friends and trekking through the forests to conquer the peak of the mountain at Bidoup Nui Ba National Park. You may learn about the conifers like Podocarpus Imbricatus (Bach Tung), Dacrydium Pierrei (Hong Tung), and Ducampopinus krempfii (two-flat-leaf pine). Moreover, you can touch the Fokienia hodginsii (Po Mu) – the ancient tree more than 1300 years age. It is 40 meters high and has a vast stem’s circumference of about 14 meters which is enormously valuable with regard to science. In addition, you may find the coniferous forest, moss forest, and broadleaf trees.

Next, you will discover Thien Thai waterfall in your Vietnam trekking tours in Bidoup Nui Ba National Park. On the other hand, the area surrounding the waterfall with huge flat rocks and pristine landscape is also a perfect camping spot. At night, you can rest in the cool, fresh and cool air and wake up in the most cheerful mood. Finally, the last task of the trekking is to conquer Bidoup mountain peak which is at a height of 2,300 meters. It can be challenging for you to deal with the slippery slope or the tropical forest. However, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the national park with the exciting feeling.

 Ta Nang – Phan Dung

The Ta Nang – Phan Dung will offer travelers a route total of 30 kilometers in 3 days and 2 nights. It is not only one of the most wonderful trekking sites but also a tough challenge that a lot of people want to conquer. The trek starts at Ta Nang Commune in Lam Dong Province and finishes at Phan Dung Commune in Binh Thuan Province. The visitors will be taken to move from the altitude of 1,100 meters above the sea level. While trekking through the jungle, crossing mountain passes and wading across the springs, travelers would not stop admiring the spectacular natural beauty of the forest there. Come to explore Ta Nang – Phan Dung if you are wondering where to trekking in Central Vietnam.

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Chua Mountain (God Mountain)

Chua Mountain situated in Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province is an interesting destination for trekking lovers. Although the mountain is usually ignored because tourists claim it is too easy and has no special point to explore except the comprising three lower peaks and a tall one surrounding it. However, you will find out its charming characteristics and how challenging and difficult it is when you conquer the top of Chua Mountain.

Since Ninh Thuan Province is the driest place in connection with rainfall and has the largest hours of sunlight in Vietnam, you will feel like trekking in a desert with the blistering heat of the sand under your feet and the sun above your head.

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Chua Mountain

First, you can easily trek through the romantic cogon grass fields at the base of the mountain. Nevertheless the higher you climb, the steeper and rockier the paths will become. Moreover, they are not considered as too high mountains, trekkers can move from one mountain to another which makes the roads seem to never end. Once you reach the peaks, you can feel the cool breeze; take delight in the breathtaking scenery of the mountains, the streams, the deep blue color of Vinh Huy Bay and enjoy the sunset while eating your meals.

Located in Central Vietnam, the trekking sites mentioned above will absolutely be amazing destinations for those who like trekking and want to learn about nature. Hope that the information is helpful for your Vietnam trekking tours with your friends and families.

Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex

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V-DMZ is becoming more and more popular. It is attracting many visitors, domestic and international – especially veterans of the United States.

Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex is one among several attractions of Vietnam tours.

Interested?

Are you traveling with children? Do you want to engage some education on the trip?

Then Vietnam group tours to Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex are just for you!

Here we will offer some brief information about Vietnam’s DMZ as a whole and, specifically about Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex. Then we will tell you why Vinh Moc is totally worth a visit.

What is Vietnam’s DMZ?

DMZ means Demilitarized Zone. So V-DMZ stands for Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. It is also called “the 17th parallel” though it is not geographically correct.

It spreads from the Vietnam-Laos border to the coast of East Sea. So in present days, it is around the center of Vietnam.

It runs along Ben Hai River for much of its length. It is a 1.6 kilometers (one mile) wide and more than a hundred kilometers long.

It was established as the result of the First Indochina War – also known as the French Indochina War. It was a dividing line between the North and the South of the country. It was a battleground demarcation during the Vietnam War, or the Second Indochina War as some might say.

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Vinh Moc is attracting American veterans

It is also known as an intensively bombed area during this defining event. That is why it is of great importance to the country and the people.

Now, the site has been converted into tourist destinations in Vietnam. It is often included in group tours in Central Vietnam.

What about Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex?

Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex is located in Vinh Moc Hamlet, Vinh Thach Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province.

Vinh Linh District of Quang Tri was the first place bombed by the American during the war against North Vietnam. It was also one of the most heavily bombed areas in the entire history of Vietnam and even the world.

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A shelter for the people

The people of Vinh Moc were believed to have been supplying food and ammunition to Con Co Island – a Vietnamese military base. That was why the U.S military forced the villagers to move out. They rained about 500 rockets a day on this region. But the people did not flee. Instead, they built the tunnel.

This tunnel network was created in 1965.

It starts at 10 meters (32 feet) underground. It was originally a military-civilian project. It was only a few tunnels at first but began to expand impressively to a network of 1600 meters (around 5200 feet). It has 13 entrances from the beach and inland hills. The total complex is divided into three levels. Its deepest point reaches 23 meters (75 feet) underground. In the past, it had sheltered around 400 people from roughly 60 families from the rains of bombs.

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Inside Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex

Today, the tunnels have been reinvented and now it serves as a museum.

It has a communal kitchen, a maternity room, and an 80-people meeting hall – this was where films were screened. There are also several washrooms and lookout posts.

You will be surprised to learn that there were a handful of people born in here. They all survived after the war and are now in their 40s! In fact, in the village, no lives were lost to the war. So the tunnel complex successfully served its purpose.

Is it worth a visit?

As previously mentioned, DMZ attractions are often included in Central Vietnam group tours.

There are many reasons why people flavor this kind of exploration.

But in general, we can safely say that it is because the trip promises an insightful look into the history of war. There is nothing more memorable than visiting the actual place and learn about its historical events. Through the experience, our travelers gain deep insights from the viewpoint of the locals themselves.

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A mini museum underground

The stories are always a bit one-sided. Listen from both sides and learn something new for yourself too!

Due to the drier climate, Vinh Moc compared to Cu Chi is a little more comfortable. But do expect it can be sweat!

So come, book your Vietnam group tours and visit Vinh Moc now!

3 most fascinating tombs to visit in Hue Ancient City

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If one image comes to mind when you think of Hue Ancient City, there is a good chance that it is going to be the Perfume River, Trang Tien Bridge, or maybe the elegant royal gastronomy. But Hue actually has much more to offer to keep you staying as long as you can afford the time to visit. These iconic historical sites in Hue have more or less become the symbols of the Ancient City, so it follows that they are the most popular sites for people to visit on their Hue tours. If you have long been dreaming of a travel to Vietnam for all the rich history, here are these ancient structures that I personally think are most worth visiting.

Tu Duc Tomb – one of the most impressive tombs

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Tu Duc Tomb

The Emperor Tu Duc, who reigned for 35 years during the Nguyen’s Fourth Dynasty, is known as one of the greatest rulers of this glorious dynasty. And I think part of this is because of the ancient structure he built during his reign to clearly remind people how awesome the profound knowledge and romance of the king’s characteristics were.

Lying near the pine forest in a valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village, about 5 miles south of Hue city center, Tu Duc Tomb has its importance because it is one of the largest and most impressive works of architecture among many royal palaces and tombs under the Nguyen Dynasty. Located on the far side of a tiny lagoon, the famed Tu Duc Tomb, which was commissioned and designed by the Emperor Tu Duc for himself and his family, was the second palace for his divertissement and the final resting place for the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam. The royal mausoleum constructed between 1864 and 1867 is also very much among the tourists and visitors of the different countries on their Central Vietnam group tours.

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One of the most impressive tombs in Hue

Freely admitting his own mistakes to require an incredible amount of money and labor for the construction of Tu Duc’s tomb, he named his tomb Khiem (Modest). Entering Tu Duc tomb, which is divided into two parts arranged on two parallel vertical axes, you can find many things including the harmony of contours, a scenic park, packed with lakes, hills, pavilions (one of which shelters a 20-tonne stone tablet) among the gentle sounds of nature.

Minh Mang Tomb – the most majestic of all Nguyen Dynasty royal tombs

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Minh Mang Royal Tomb

Of all Hue Ancient City’s many historic monuments, the Tomb of Minh Mang has to be its most astonishing and beautiful feat to make it a should-not-miss tomb on any Central Vietnam group tours.

Planned during Minh Mang’s reign (1820–1840) but only completed by his successor, Thieu Tri, Minh Mang Tomb offers a balance of landscaping and architecture that is unmatched among all Hue’s tombs. A burial site of 40 structures, including the pavilions for mourners, a building for the emperor’s clothes, and the tomb itself designed as a symmetric axis (called Than Dao), Minh Mang Tomb is touted as the most majestic of all Nguyen Dynasty royal tombs.

Khai Dinh Tomb – a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements

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Entrance into the Tomb of Khai Dinh

Built in the span of 10 years, Khai Dinh Tomb is the only ancient monument with a harmonious combination between the European modernity and the Vietnam classical characteristics. Smaller in extent but more elaborate in its construction, decoration, and details compared to other tombs, the final resting place of the Emperor Khai Dinh (1885-1925) – the 12th king of the Nguyen Dynasty is worth visiting.

A visit to the historical sites in Hue is a highlight of any Central Vietnam group tours, but the number of ancient structures, the swarms of people, and the stifling heat, particularly during the summer, can make your trip here quite a demanding one. The number of tombs is visited varies according to the length of your trip. But Tu Duc, Minh Mang, and Khai Dinh Tombs are must-visit destinations.

Vietnam Cycling Tours

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The long trip by motorcycle has become familiar, now traveling by bike also gradually became popular with people who like sitting for a long time on the iron horses with the new feeling that they bring. Traveling or cycling is considered a type of entertainment which outbreaks among young people today

Besides the benefits of doing exercise and environmental protection, people are aware of the challenge of terrain, conquering the journey from rugged roads in the countryside to the high slopes of the hills. It helps visitors to be able to enjoy the beauty of nature. It’s a process that surpasses themselves that each player approaches.

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Traveling by bike

In order to prepare for a cycling trip, the bike is still the most important companion. Planning and finding out the roads become especially important which helps solve the problems occurring in your trip as well as choosing the type of suitable bike.

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Going by bike helps visitors improve their health

Vietnam has many ideal tourist attractions by bike which meets all the criteria of style, the airy space, and of course, there is no the shortage of romantic along with a little risky. This post will introduce the travelers to top roads for cycling in Vietnam. If you are a person loving adventure, you must write down in your travel diary the roads below.

The first road in this post is the coastal road in Ba Ria – Vung Tau to Phan Thiet with the attractive sea-road sections. Travelers can start at Nuoc Ngot Pass in their coastal road journey.

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Long Hai Nuoc Ngot pass

Nuoc Ngot pass is about 25 kilometers away from Vung Tau and about 2 kilometers from Long Hai Sea. It is a short, narrow pass but meanders beautifully. It is between Long Dien District and Dat Do District in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. Within 5 kilometers of the coastal winding roads, people will experience the feeling of conquest when crossing a bit risky road. However, visitors will admire the beauty of the wild nature and enjoy the cool sea wind while downhill that makes you confused with emotions that are difficult to describe.

Besides, when going to Ba Ria, with a bicycle, travelers can walk many places such as Bao Dai Palace, beaches, Jesus statue on the hill, Duong beach. They also quietly look at the sunset. All things will blend into the beauty of Vung Tau sea in their trip.

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Visiting Bao Dai Palace in Vung Tau

If you love Nha Trang, it is sure that you will not be strange this street. Only about 70 kilometers from Cam Ranh town to the pier to Ninh Van Bay, the road will treat you with the beautiful scenery of the most bustling city in Vietnam.

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Cam Ranh- Nha Trang – the beauty of the coastal road

Of course, the most exciting destination here is the bustling seaside city – Nha Trang city. Guests can visit the famous tourist spots in Nha Trang such as Ponagar Tower, Hon Chong or take a boat to visit the islands in the bay such as Hon Mun with diving to see the coral, Hon Tre with Vinpear Land complex, relaxing in Hon Tam.

As people know that the biking roads in the North of Vietnam attract who love adventure with high slopes and the high mountains. On the other hand, there are the winding roads in the Central with the beauty of the sea. Bau Trang – Phan Ri Cua coastal road is the area which characterizes by white sand dunes stretching along 2 sides of the road. It is one of the attractive places which cannot be missed when participating in Central Vietnam tours by bike.

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Bau Trang – Phan Ri Cua coastal section

Natural painting in Bau Trang brings the gentleness and the cool with two main colors is blue and white.

Nextly, Hai Van Pass with 21 kilometers long is one of the most dangerous passes in Vietnam with the twists of death. This pass has the majestic scenery with many roads which see the sea very beautifully. Because now most cars move through Hai Van tunnel, this pass is quite a little car and people. Travelers can conquer this pass with their bike. They can ride their bicycle slowly to admire the beauty of here. Visitors do not forget to bring the sunscreens such as the jacket, the hat, the mask when going by bike for a long time. And in particular, the camera is indispensable for them to record the picture frame.

Hue – The City of Pagodas

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Hue is a city with a large quantity of pagoda in Vietnam. This city is always one of the most famous destinations during Vietnam culture tours. There are over 100 large and small pagodas in Hue. Many pagodas are places where many Hue festivals take place. Thu Hue pagoda system has long been considered as a one of the kind cultural and spiritual space, a symbol of Culture of Vietnam. Behind the ancient of Hue, pagodas are a storage of culture, history, and religion.

Most Hue pagodas have large space, beautiful views and of course, it is sacred. These things are the reason why Hue pagodas attract hundreds of people coming here at Tet. At Tet, many streets leading to pagodas in Hue are always in a crowded situation.

At these pagodas, in addition to praying for the new year of health, luck, and prosperity, visitors are also blessed, given the word, enjoy the famous vegetarian cuisine. They can also immerse in the quiet atmosphere and beautiful spring scenery of the pagodas.

Here are some of the most famous sacred pagodas in Hue, attracting a large number of visitors to visit during Vietnam culture tours:

Tu Dam Pagoda

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Tu Dam Pagoda

This famous pagoda is located at 1 Su Lieu Quan, Truong An Ward, Hue City, about 2 kilometers from the city center. The pagoda was built in 1690, under the dynasty of Nguyen Phuc Thai Lord. This is the central Buddism of the country and a pride of Hue Buddism in particular and of Vietnam in general. The architecture and worship way of this pagodas has long been a model for other pagodas in this ancient capital.

Thien Mu Pagoda

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Thien Mu Pagoda

This is the oldest pagoda in Hue. It was built in 1601, under the dynasty of Nguyen Hoang Lord. The pagoda located alongside the Huong river, far away from the city center about 5 kilometers to the west. Over hundreds of years from the dynasty of Nguyen Lords to Nguyen King, Thien Mu pagoda was classified by Thieu Tri king to be 12 most beautiful place in the ancient capital. Nowadays, it is a spiritual symbol of local people in Hue.

Tu Hieu Pagoda

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Tu Hieu Pagoda

This pagoda was built in 1843, located in Thuy Xuan Ward. It’s far away from Hue city 5 kilometers to the southwest. The campus of the pagoda is large and the scenery is very romantic.

Besides the wonderful scenery, there are also many tombs of the Nguyen lords and their royal family members around the pagoda. At Tu Hieu pagoda, there is a unique eunuch cemetery in Hue. Due to the location of the pagoda which is not far away from the city center, this place is often a favorite place for the dating of young people. It is also a popular destination for people on holidays. Tu Hieu Pagoda is one of the ancient pagodas that welcomes many tourists in and out of Hue.

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda located in Huong Ho Ward as known as Huong Tra Town, away from Hue city 14 kilometers to the west. This is a Theravada Buddhism pagoda and is known to be one of the most famous destinations in Hue ancient capital. With the shading green forest, the ranges of bonsai with different postures and beautiful flower gardens, the pagoda makes the visitors enchanted.

The peaceful atmosphere in Huyen Khong Son Thuong helps the tourist to leave behind the crowded cities and worry after hard-working days.

Thien Lam pagoda

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Thien Lam pagoda

Thien Lam Pagoda is located on Quang Te hill, Cu Si hamlet, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue. The temple was built by Theravada Buddhist monk names Ho Nhan in 1960. At first, it was not as big as nowadays Thien Lam pagoda. But his virtue made both Theravada and Mahayana respect. Later they decided together establish Thien Lam Pagoda in 1966.

Bao Quoc Pagoda

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Bao Quoc Pagoda

Bao Quoc Pagoda is located on Ham Long hill, in the past, it was Thuy Loi village near Lich Doi town. From here, look down to the east is Dien Bien Phu (the road to Nam Giao) and to the north is the railway station. The pagoda was built in the late 17th century by a Chinese monk names Giac Phong under the dynasty of King Le Du Tong and named after Ham Long Tu. Then Nguyen Phuc Khoat lord changed the name of the pagoda into Bao Quoc Tu in 1747. Until today, people still preserve the gilded horizontal lacquered board.