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Explore the untouched beauty of Binh Lieu



For many Vietnamese, autumn is the most beautiful season of the year because of its weather and views. And it is even more so in Binh Lieu, Quang Ninh Province, which is well known for its hills covered in ravishing white reeds.

Explore the untouched beauty of Binh Lieu hinh anh 1The trail known as the ‘spine of the dinosaur’. (Photo courtesy of Vu Son Tung)

– For many Vietnamese, autumn is the most beautiful
season of the year because of its weather and views. And it is even more so in Binh
Lieu, Quang Ninh Province, which is well known for its hills covered
in ravishing white reeds.

to other more famous tourist destinations in Quang Ninh such as Ha
Long Bay, Co To, or Quan Lan, Binh Lieu is just an obscure name. But this
cannot hide the attractiveness of the region, especially to younger

in the northeast, more than 100km away from the centre of Ha Long City and
right next to the border with China, the mountainous district has a peaceful
atmosphere and spectacular landscapes of untouched beauty.

July and August, the district is decorated with the golden colour of terraced
fields as they enter harvest season, while in March and April, trẩu flowers (Vernicia
Montana) bloom, which are only found in Binh Lieu, and the whole region
bursts in an array of stunning colours.

it is beautiful in every season, many will like it best in the autumn.

autumn comes, the hills of Binh Lieu are covered with white reeds,
creating spectacular romantic views for travellers. Thus the area is known as
the ‘Reed Kingdom’. 

white reed hills can be found on border patrol road at an altitude of 700m,
just west of Binh Lieu. To get there, tourists have to travel from Binh Lieu
Town to Hoanh Mô, and then to Ngan Chuong Village in Luc Hon Commune.

here, tourists can start the journey to visit the border route, which is
about 16km long. Many majestic landmarks are numbered and
prove popular places for young travellers to take photos. 

the way, visitors can enjoy wonderful views of terraced fields, small
villages hidden behind mountains and clear blue skies. 

small road leading to the reed fields is right on top of a high hill, and it is
likened to walking on a back of a giant dinosaur. It is known locally
as ‘the spine of the dinosaur’.

is also considered the biggest challenge of the whole journey as it leads to
the peak of the highest mountain of Binh Lieu.

the past there there was no road and travellers had to walk
through many hidden dangers. However, a more than one-metre wide road was
completed in 2018 and it is now more convenient, including 2,000 steps and
guard rails on both sides. 

reach the landmark, it takes about 2 hours.

natural beauty, tourists can also experience and witness the lives of local
ethnic minorities.

total of 96 percent of Binh Lieu’s population are ethnics, the
highest concentration of minorities in the whole country. The Tay accounts
for the majority, 51.27 percent. Others include the Dao (28.21 percent)
and San Chay (15.25 percent).

ethnic group retains its own cultural values and unique dishes elaborately
cooked with local ingredients. Some outstanding local dishes are five-colour
sticky rice, black chicken, arrowroot noodles, and stir-fried wild bamboo

The patterns
on the clothing of each group also vary, with the Dao embroidering using
colourful thread, while the Tay and San Chi preferring to dye their
fabrics in indigo and blue.

mountainous district also has its own intangible cultural heritage, notably
festivals including the Luc Na festival and the singing festival in March.
During the festival, visitors can watch locals playing folk games like tug
of war, and enjoy their unique traditional songs.

unspoilt by development, the cultural features of the ethnic communities in Binh
Lieu are mesmerising, and the untouched landscapes make it an amazing
place for tourists to explore./.



Must-visit spectacular travel destinations in Việt Nam during autumn



By Lương Thu Hương

With its mild and refreshing weather, autumn is undoubtedly the perfect time to embark on a remarkable travel journey in Việt Nam. It’s a season when we don’t have to lament about the scorching heat of summer or the chilling cold of winter. Instead, we are greeted with gentle breezes that sway the golden-hued leaves. So, as autumn sets in, it’s time to pack your bags, embrace the beauty of this season, and embark on a memorable travel adventure.

Here are some of the suggested destinations in Việt Nam for your autumn trip:

Tràng An: the ancient capital 

An idyllic view of Tràng An landscape complex. — VNA/VNS Photo

Tràng An landscape complex, the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site, captivates with its pristine beauty and majestic limestone formations, creating a “Hạ Long Bay on Land” in northern Việt Nam.

Located in the province of Ninh Bình, the site stands as a remarkable destination for those seeking to delve into the history of the ancient capital of Hoa Lư. Its breathtaking landscape, defined by towering limestone karsts and winding rivers, offers a unique and enchanting experience.

Contrasting the festive atmosphere in spring, Tràng An in autumn immerses itself in a tranquil sea of green, with a serene sky, stretching forests along the mountain ranges, and crystal-clear water revealing hidden aquatic plants below.

Visiting the ancient capital, travelers not only have the opportunity to immerse themselves in ancient legends and historical sites in cultural centers but also to indulge in the enchanting beauty created by nature within the renowned limestone cave system. They can embark on the mesmerising journey along Sao Khuê River through mountain caves and witness the historical landmarks on both sides, like the ancient village of Yên Thượng, the Dền Bridge, the Đông Bridge, the Trường Yên Market, and the Ghềnh Tháp – Vườn Thiên Palace.

Hà Giang: Buckwheat Flower Fields

The rocky plateau of Đồng Văn in Hà Giang is blanketed with vast buckwheat flower fields. — VNA/VNS Photo

Travelling to the remote region of the homeland, you will have the opportunity to witness the autumn season immersed in vast buckwheat flower fields across the rocky plateau of Đồng Văn.

The buckwheat flower season typically begins in late autumn, from around mid-October to December. What surprises visitors is the ever-changing colours of the blooms. When the flowers first bloom, they are white, gradually transitioning to light pink or purple, and finally deep red as they approach the end of the season and develop seeds.

Similar to Sa Pa, the weather in Đồng Văn undergoes constant changes throughout the day. In the morning, Đồng Văn greets you with chilly winds and a misty veil of clouds. By noon, the temperature gradually warms up, revealing the vivid blue sky of autumn and the characteristic emerald waters of the Nho Quế River. As the evening approaches, rays of golden sunlight cascade over the buckwheat flower fields, creating a dazzling and enchanting scenery that is truly rare and poetic.

Sapa: cloud hunting

Autumn is the golden season in Sa Pa. — VNA/VNS Photo

Traveling to Sa Pa in the northern province of Lào Cai in the autumn season is undoubtedly an excellent choice. The weather in Sa Pa during this time of the year is incredibly mild and cool, offering a pleasant atmosphere. In fact, you can even experience all four seasons in a single day, a phenomenon that seems straight out of a legend.

During autumn, the ripe golden rice terraces gracefully winding around the majestic hills will leave visitors in awe with their dreamlike beauty. The landscape, adorned with vibrant hues, exudes a sense of grandeur, while the air is filled with the intoxicating fragrance of freshly harvested rice and the surrounding mountains and forests.

Due to the favourable weather during this time, it is indeed a great opportunity to embark on mountain hikes in Sa Pa to “hunt” for clouds and enjoy panoramic views of the lush landscapes below. It is not too challenging for avid hikers or those with a passion for exploration to undertake these adventures.

If you’re tired of taking the cable car to reach the summit of Fansipan, you can opt for a train ride to admire the vast beauty of the Mường Hoa Valley, which promises to offer you a fresh and surprising perspective of Sa Pa.

Hà Nội: best time of the year

Autumn in Hà Nội offers a unique blend of old-world charm and natural beauty. — VNA/VNS Photo

Autumn is undoubtedly the best time in Hà Nội, when the bustling 1,000-year-old capital city is covered with the poetic and tranquil atmosphere. As you wander through the various corners of the capital city, it is not difficult to encounter the lovely scenes of blooming white milk flowers or streets adorned with golden and red leaves.

As the leaves gently fall, creating a colourful carpet beneath your feet, Hà Nội seems to reveal its hidden corners and historic landmarks. Whether it’s walking along the tranquil banks of Hoàn Kiếm (Returned Sword) Lake, exploring the Old Quarter, or savouring a cup of egg coffee amidst the autumn breeze, every moment in the city in romantic autumn feels like a scene from a slow-motion nostalgic movie.

Don’t forget to bring along your fully-charged camera whenever you take a stroll around Hà Nội at its most beautiful time of the year, as you could seize the enchanting moment of a romantic sunset at the idyllic West Lake, the picturesque sight of street vendors burdened with alluring bouquets of daisies and nightingale flowers, or simply to capture the renowned culinary delights of the city.

Arriving in Hà Nội during autumn, you might have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Hà Nội Fall Festival. The event is set to take place from September 29 to October 1 and promises a diverse array of captivating cultural activities. VNS






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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields – A masterpiece of nature and humanity



The Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields are not only a magnificent sight but also an exclusive masterpiece of local people attempting to improve nature while also creating appeal for tourists to the northwest region.


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Ha Nam becomes bright spot on Vietnam’s tourism map



Ha Nam province’s tourism sector has achieved remarkable results in the post Covid-19 pandemic, with visitor numbers to the northern locality continually setting new records.

Ha Nam boasts favourable conditions for the development of typical tourist products in the Red River Delta. The province is home to many historical, cultural, spiritual, and religious sites.

They possess unique advantages, helping the province reshape its tourism industry and develop more offerings for visitors.

The number of tourists to Ha Nam reached over 3.8 million in the first half of this year, nearly double the number in the same period last year and fulfilling nearly 90% of its annual plan.

Total revenue from tourism was estimated at nearly 114 million USD, or more than double the figure posted in the same period of 2022.

To continue to be a bright spot on Vietnam’s tourist map, Ha Nam is focusing on building a number of typical tourism products, attracting investment in eco-spiritual, resort, and entertainment tourism. It is also trying to connect tours and tourist routes with others elsewhere around Vietnam to create better links for tourism development./.


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