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Exploring one of the most beautiful Vietnamese ancient villages in Thanh Hoa



Lying on the southern bank of Ma River in Ham Rong ward, Thanh Hoa city in the north central province of same name, Dong Son ancient village has been viewed as one of the ten most beautiful ancient villages in Vietnam.

Exploring one of the most beautiful Vietnamese ancient villages in Thanh Hoa hinh anh 1A house in Dong Son ancient village (Photo:

Hanoi – Lying on the southern bank of Ma River in Ham Rong ward, Thanh Hoa city in the north central province of same name, Dong Son ancient village has been viewed as one of the ten most beautiful ancient villages in Vietnam.

It is attractive to visitors for its peaceful beauty, historical architecture, and Dong Son archaeological relics.

With a total area of nearly, Dong Son ancient village is home to 330 households whose main earnings come from farming.

The history of the village is associated with the ups and downs of the history of Thanh Hoa. It reflects the development of the locality from the time of Hung Kings to the modern age.

Touring the thousand-year village, tourists will be firstly impressed by the archaeological vestiges of Dong Son Culture, which has been famous all around the world since mid-1920s. They will be then impressed by characteristic elements of Vietnam’s traditional villages with small lanes, ancient pagodas, temples, communal houses, and wells. To reach small lanes, tourists can only enter the village through a main gateway.

Dong Son ancient village is considered as a typical Vietnamese village as it retains a system of tangible and intangible cultural values and villagers observe a 100-article village convention on communal land management, funeral and wedding. In addition, the village is divided into sub-villages which classify locals by their spiritual life. For example, Van (Literature) sub-village is home to Chinese script learners, while Vo (martial arts) sub-village gathers those who serve in the military, and Nhac (Music) sub-village is for those who are interested in music.

Together with keeping the values of religious relics, including temples, communal houses, and epitaph, the village preserves its annual festival on the third day of the third lunar month with a wide range of rituals in commemoration of the village founder.

The Thanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee has organised a tour of the village as an effort to preserve and promote cultural values and create an interesting tourism product of the province. Joining the tour, visitors have an opportunity to learn about and experience Dong Son Culture and visit interesting tourism destinations, including the national relic of the Le Uy – Tran Khat Chan temple, Dong Son archaeological relics, the provincial-level relic of Dong Son pagoda, and an over 200-year-old ancient house of Luong Trong Due’s family. Tourists will ramble through the village’s four lanes, including Nhan (Humanity), Nghia (Righteousness), Tri (Wisdom), and Dung (Bravery)./.



The remote, rustic beauty of Sín Chải Village



In May and June, the terraced fields in Sín Chải are filled with water as locals begin transplanting rice. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

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Sín Chải is a beautiful village in Sa Pa Town, Lào Cai Province, that still retains the rustic simplicity of a mountainous village.

The village belongs to Hoàng Liên Commune, located about 4km from the centre of Sa Pa. Although located right next to Cát Cát, a famous community-based cultural tourism village of the town, Sín Chải is still pristine and quiet compared to the neighbouring village.

It lies at the foot of the Hoàng Liên Sơn mountain range, surrounded by vast hills. It has been the home of the Mông ethnic minority for generations.

For Hanoian Ngô Thanh Mai, who loves to visit Sa Pa, Sín Chải is special because of its tranquillity, charming terraced fields and friendliness of locals.

“I always see friendly smiles when I walk into the village. There are many beautiful terraced fields here. I like the peaceful life of the people. This place has not been commercialised like other villages in Sa Pa,” Mai said.

Located next to Cát Cát tourism village, Sín Chải hasn’t changed much since Sa Pa developed into a tourism centre. The road to Sín Chải is still the same, people’s lives are peaceful every day.

The road to Sín Chải Village. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

Like many people in other villages in Sa Pa, Sín Chải villagers mainly live on crop farming and animal husbandry.

Mai visited Sín Chải in the season when the terraced fields were submerged in water. The water is taken from the streams, so it is very clear, reflecting the sunlight and making a large area shimmering and sparkling beautifully.

September and October is the time when Sín Chải enters the rice harvest season. Local farmers only plant one crop a year.

The village is home to about 1,600 ethnic Mông people, so when coming here, Mai feels the Mông culture which has a significant impact on life, architecture as well as many other factors in the village.

Sín Chải villagers are very friendly. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

Along the way to the village are small, low houses that are covered with pơ mu wood, pieces of linen drying in front of the porch and farm tools that have not yet been stored. And that journey brings a feeling of peace to the lives of villagers here.

In addition to growing rice and maize, locals also grow thảo quả (a plant used in traditional medicine and as a spice) on the mountain slopes. The good harvest of thảo quả also brings people a significant source of income.

The life of the Mông is simple. They grow rice and thảo quả, and at the end of these seasons, they only go to the forest to collect firewood and raise buffaloes and horses.

Mông women sew all year round. They often have their own flax growing fields to get yarn to weave clothes for their family and to make beautiful dresses on their wedding day for themselves. The handicrafts of the Mông in Sín Chải are never sold outside.

When visiting the village, you should not miss delicious specialities such as maize cakes, smoked buffalo meat and home-brew Sán Lùng wine.

Buffalo meat hung over wood fires is a speciality in Sín Chải. Photo

Currently, trekking is a type of tourism that is very popular with tourists when visiting Sín Chải Village. You can walk while admiring the poetic beauty of the scenery on both sides of the road while learning about the customs, lifestyle and cuisine of the people here.

If you want to learn more clearly about the life of the Mông people, you can have a homestay in the village with the price of about VNĐ50,000 per person per night.

You can choose the form of sightseeing that best suits you such as buying a tour from a travel company or renting a motorbike to experience the village for VNĐ120,000-150,000 a day.

To trek to Sín Chải, you must have strength and endurance. You should also not forget to bring drinks and a little snack because there will be almost no shops along the way. You should also wear clothes that are easy to move in and soft sports shoes for the mountainous terrain here.

Without noise and bustle, Sín Chải is now really the soul of the northwest mountains, where everything is still as simple and intact as in the past. VNS

Tourists visit Sín Chải Village. Photo


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Ninh Thuan gets ready for bustling summer tourism



The south central coastal province of Ninh Thuan is ramping up tourism development solutions in a bid to lure tourists this summer.

Ninh Thuan gets ready for bustling summer tourism hinh anh 1A view of Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan (Photo: VNA)

Ninh Thuan – The south central coastal
province of Ninh Thuan is ramping up tourism development solutions in a bid to
lure tourists this summer.

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee
Nguyen Long Bien, a series of measures have been implemented to promote the
local sector in a safe, green, and effective manner.

In addition to capitalising on existing destinations, the
province is paying attention to build new tourism products based on cultural
and sport events to keep holiday-markers stay longer.

Local agencies and localities have been requested to improve
the quality of their destinations and services, and form short tours for small
groups and families, with focus laid on beach, resort, sport, eco-, cultural,
and agro-tourism.

The provincial tourism sector has also begun implementing cooperation deals
signed with other provinces and cities such as Lam Dong, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa,
Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi. It is also working with airlines and travel
agencies to organise safe tour packages.

According to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports
and Tourism, in May alone, Ninh Thuan hosted an estimated 355,200 arrivals, up
143.9 percent on-year. Of the total arrivals, there were some 1,200 foreigners. Tourism
activities reeled in approximately 251 billion VND (10.8 million USD), an
annual surge of 258.6 percent.

In the first five months, the province has hosted close to
1.46 million visitors, realising 60.3 percent of the yearly target./.


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The unique architecture of Dong Khanh Tomb



Possessing a unique Asian-European architectural style, Dong Khanh Tomb was recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Dong Khanh Tomb is a unique architectural work in the system of Nguyen Dynasty mausoleums in the ancient capital of Hue.


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