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Pu Sam Cáp Cave: the hidden charm of Lai Châu



Pu Sam Cáp Cave is known as the most beautiful cave in the northwest. — Photo

By Lê Mai

Pu Sam Cáp Cave in Pu Sam Cáp Commune, Sìn Hồ District, in the northwestern province of Lai Châu, is known for its wild, beautiful and mysterious beauty.

Known as the most beautiful cave in the northwest, it is about 6km west of central Lai Châu City at 1,700m above sea level.

To get to the cave, visitors have many means. However, passenger cars are still favoured because of their safety and low cost.

In Hà Nội, visitors can go to Mỹ Đình coach station or Giáp Bát coach station and take a car to Lai Châu. When reaching the centre of Lai Châu City, they can take a taxi or motorbike taxi to Pu Sam Cáp.

In the Thái ethnic language, Pu Sam Cáp means three large mountains overlapping. This is a complex of more than 10 large and small caves that were just recently discovered, of which the three main caves are Thiên Môn (Heaven Gate), Thiên Đường (Paradise) and Thủy Tinh (Glass).

The wonder of the cave system is a sleeping beauty set deep in the forest.

According to experts, the cave’s pristine beauty can be compared to any previously recognised cave, such as Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng in Quảng Bình Province, Thiên Cung Grotto in Quảng Ninh Province, and Ngườm Ngao Cave in Cao Bằng Province.

Pu Sam Cáp is evidence of the spectacular formation and natural texture of the Earth’s crust. — Photo

With massive stalactites, cave arches and traces of tectonic lines on rock, Pu Sam Cáp is evidence of the spectacular formation and natural texture of the Earth’s crust.

Visiting the cave, we were attracted by a variety of poetic, charming and magnificent scenes. Right from the first steps at the foot of the mountain, the scenery of the primaeval forest with ancient trees spreading widely covered with orchids and mistletoes, interlaced with roots and wildflowers evoked our curiosity to explore.

First, we entered Heaven Gate, with its profound depth and large archway. The closer to the centre, the higher and broader the cave arch becomes, with a relatively flat floor like an auditorium.

We were surprised by the unique shapes of the stalactites like umbrellas, terraced fields of the northwest mountains, and statues of Buddha. Crystallized stalactites of all shapes and sizes seem to be honed by nature and are in the process of being slowly perfected across the ages.

We were also overwhelmed when at the end of the cave, a magnificent palace with iridescent stalactites appeared as if they were inlaid with gold.

Walking in the mysterious darkness of Heaven Gate, we quickly felt the cool air emanating from the rocks. Sometimes cool breezes blow in, threading through the stalactite columns, and bouncing off the cliffs to create unusual sounds. From the end of the cave, a rare light shines in, opening out into a peaceful sky, and giving peace of mind.

Leaving Heaven Gate took us about half an hour trekking through ancient trees. Sometimes we had to cling to the vines or follow the cliffs to reach Paradise Cave.

Pu Sam Cáp Cave has many massive stalactites. — Photo

Paradise Cave, the name speaks of its beauty is truly splendid with green scenery and clear water on all sides. You can imagine fairies dancing among the floating clouds, and scenes of pounding rice and dancing.

Inside the cave, there are stalactites like tall glass columns with delicate, winding patterns which are arranged around a small and clear lake. There are wide and flat rocks to rest and watch the sun shine through the forest foliage and onto rocks in the cave.

After admiring the scenery of the mountains and hills, we seemed to be transported to a vast and distant sea with undulating “rocky waves” stretching from the foot of the cave to the middle, in the shapes of fish, shrimp, and pearls. The diverse shapes are both strange and familiar, only serving to stimulate our rich imagination.

Glass Cave was our last destination to relax after a long and thrilling adventure in this primitive cave system. It is a larger and lighter space, helping us enjoy the entire fantastic view of the inside.

This cave is in the most precarious position, creating a special attraction for people who love adventure. In recent years, the cave has been more strongly exploited for tourism, offering many exciting experiences.

Pu Sam Cáp Cave is known as the most beautiful cave in the northwest. — Photo

Along with the cave system, Pu Sam Cáp has a rich and diverse flora and fauna system. Vegetation forms across two floors with many rare products and valuable medicinal herbs.

There are more than 200 species of birds, and the forest resources have contributed to regulating the ecological environment and feeding generations of residents from the land.

The Pu Sam Cáp caves are a magical work of nature with formations, textures, and vibrations creating a series of vivid stalactites of different colours bringing us closer to human spirituality. A trip to this incredible cave system is enchanting indeed. VNS



Some of the best fishing lakes in and around Hà Nội



Fishing is a favourite activity of many people. — Photo

Thanh Nga

On weekends, the number of people flocking to commercial centres, pedestrian streets or entertainment areas in the inner city of Hà Nội has increased. 

So, why don’t you think about going fishing with your family and friends? This interesting recreational activity helps your spirit be healthy and brings you closer to nature. Here are some of the most popular natural fishing spots near Hà Nội.

Đồng Mô Lake

Only 50km from Hà Nội, Đồng Mô Lake is not only famous for its beauty every sunset, but it is also a fishing lake favoured by many Hanoians. Many fish, including carp, black pike and perch, can be found here. Those interested in fishing will be satisfied with their passion here.

You can visit Đồng Mô Lake Ecological Area, Phan Thị Villa and the golf course for the best experience. With the beautiful natural scenery, the experience of camping in the 200ha – Đồng Mô Lake is something you should not miss. You can camp at Camping Sport Đồng Mô, Camp Sơn Tinh 2 and 3.

Address: Sơn Tây, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Fishing in Đồng Mô Lake. — Photo

Đồng Đò Lake

Not only famous as a beautiful camping site and good resort, Đồng Đò Lake also has abundant aquatic products. You can fish black pike weighing more than 10kg, and all completely free. You can go with your family to enjoy camping. All rental services for tents are very affordable. With a large lake, you can rent SUP to paddle yourself around. 

Address: Minh Tân Village, Minh Trí Commune, Sóc Sơn District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Núi Bàu Lake

Núi Bàu Lake is located at the foot of Hàm Lợn Mountain in Sóc Sơn District. It has become a familiar destination among natural fishing lakes in Hà Nội. You can catch many kinds of fish here. The surrounding space is also very poetic and charming, and you should avoid contaminating the water source.

Address: Thanh Hà Village, Nam Sơn Commune, Sóc Sơn District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Núi Bàu Lake has become a familiar destination for free fishing in Hà Nội. — Photo

Hồng River

The Hồng (Red) River stretches from Lào Cai Province to the lowlands of the Red River Delta. The centre of the lowlands area is Hà Nội.

Fishing in the Red River attracts many fishermen in the capital and some neighbouring provinces. There are a variety of fish species, such as tilapia, carp, grey mullet and hemibagrus.

June to December is the ideal time to catch big fish. In addition, this is also when fish of the carp family move upstream and find beautiful places to lay their eggs every year.

Sitting at the Red River bank, you can relax, admire the scenery, and enjoy the air while waiting for the fish to bite.

Address: The area next to Hồng Vân Port or the foot of Vĩnh Tuy bridge towards Bát Tràng Dike

Fishing price: Free

Chòm Núi Lake

It only takes two hours from the city centre to reach the lake in Sóc Sơn District. It is a natural fishing lake with airy space and rich aquatic life. You will be satisfied when you fish here. As well as carp and mudfish, you can also catch many other types of fish. The fishing spots around the lake are beautiful and relaxing. If you want to camp in Chòm Núi Lake, you should come here in the dry season; in the rainy season, the campsite will be flooded.

Address: Nam Sơn Commune, Sóc Sơn District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Đuống River

Along the banks of the Đuống River are many large, long and wide stone embankments. To harvest a lot of fish on the river, you should fish around 6.30am – 9.00am or 4pm – 7pm. The space in the Đuống River is suitable for people to go fishing. You can bring food and drinks to camp.

Address: along Đuống River dike, Kim Sơn embankment area.

Fishing price: Free

Sunset on Quan Sơn Lake, a natural fishing lake in Hà Nội. — Photo

Quan Sơn Lake

Quan Sơn Lake is also a natural fishing lake worth visiting in Hà Nội with many kinds of fish. It is also a tourist and camping place for your family and friends at the weekend.

Spanning around 850ha in the territory of five communes of Mỹ Đức District, the beautiful scenery is the combination of the sky, water and 100 limestone mountains, somewhat similar to that of UNESCO World Heritage site Hạ Long Bay, in the northern province of Quảng Ninh.

The surrounding vegetation is rich and green in four seasons, creating a sense of peace. So if you fish in Quan Sơn, you can release your soul, enjoy the cool air and admire the spacious landscape.

Address: Mỹ Đức District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: VNĐ100,000 – VNĐ300,000

Natural fishing is great for a weekend of entertainment. Hopefully, with the above suggestions, you will choose a place to experience the feeling of being close to nature and the feeling of sublimation when you catch a big fish. VNS

while going fishing in Núi Bàu Lake, you can camp here. — Photo


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Tam Dao honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022



The People’s Committees of northern Vinh Phuc province and Tam Dao district held a ceremony on December 2 to announce the award honouring Tam Dao as the world’s leading town destination in 2022.

Tam Dao honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022 hinh anh 1A corner of Tam Dao. (Photo: VNA)

Vinh Phuc – The People’s Committees of northern
Vinh Phuc province and Tam Dao district held a ceremony on December 2 to announce the award honouring Tam Dao as the world’s leading town destination in

The title was previously announced at the 29th World Travel
Awards held in Oman in November this year.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the
provincial People’s Committee Vu Viet Van said the award is a recognition of the initial
success of the district’s tourism sector, helping to improve the position and value of
the Tam Dao National Tourist Area, and promoting the development of the tourism
industry in Vinh Phuc province.

The Tam Dao national tourism site is located on Tam Dao mountain range, at an
altitude of 54 to 1,100 metres above sea level. It boasts majestic mountainous
scenery that covers a vast area of the northern delta.

In Tam Dao, there
are three mountains, Thach Ban (1,388m), Thien Thi (1,375m), and Phu Nghia
(1,400m), rising above the sea of clouds like three islands. That is the source
of the Vietnamese name “Tam Dao,” meaning “three islands.”

Tam Dao honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022 hinh anh 2Wild sunflowers, or da quy, bloom along the hillsides of Tam Dao tourist area. (Photo: VNA)

Thanks to its cool climate, the town has long been one of the
most attractive destinations in northern Vietnam among both domestic and
foreign visitors, especially for a summer vacation.

This marks the
first time Tam Dao has been awarded the world’s leading town destination.

To get the award, Tam
Dao overcame many town destinations
in the US, Japan, the Czech Republic, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nepal, and New

annual awards are based on votes cast by travel industry professionals and the

World Travel Awards, launched in 1993, acknowledge excellence in the tourism
industry, and have been described as the “travel industry’s equivalent of
the Oscars./.


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Ho Chi Minh City looks to cash in on new travel trends



Ho Chi Minh City expects to fully exploit bleisure travel – a novel type of tourism combining business travel with leisure time.

Ho Chi Minh City looks to cash in on new travel trends hinh anh 1HCM City has great potential for developing bleisure travel. (Photo: VNA)

HCM CityHo Chi Minh City expects to fully exploit bleisure travel – a novel type of tourism combining business travel with leisure time.

Phan Thi Thang, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the behaviour and habits of tourists. Lack of travel for the two years of the pandemic has encouraged travelers to make better use of their time, yielding creative forms of tourism trends such as “bleisure” travel.

This type of tourism is to become a popular lifestyle when balancing work and leisure, bringing many benefits to stakeholders and a multi-industry supply chain, she said, adding that it will save time, costs and reduce stress for tourists, thereby improving their productivity and providing leisure time on the same journey.

Regarding tourism firms, it brings in more customers and increases revenue even in the low season, Thang said, noting that HCM City has great potential for developing bleisure travel.

The southern metropolis has over 4,000 hotels and lodging facilities with nearly 50,000 guest rooms, some 1,280 travel firms and some 7,000 tour guides. Up to 60% of the tour hosts are certified as international tour guides. It is an international trade centre, connecting many countries and territories. The city houses Tan Son Nhat international airport which receives millions of domestic and international visitors a year.

HCM City is also a locality with many famous architectures and heritages as well as a variety of products and services for travelers.

The city aims to elevate the promotion of MICE (meeting, incentive, convention, exhibition) tourism in post- COVID-19 period, according to a representative of the Department of Tourism.

Ho Chi Minh City looks to cash in on new travel trends hinh anh 2The Hop-on-Hop-off bus carries tourists to Ho Chi Minh City’s well-known attractions. (Photo: VNA)

This is also one of the solutions to promote international tourism, along with collaboration with ministries, agencies, Vietnamese representative offices abroad and international partners to bring tourists to HCM City, the representative said.

As soon as the country reopened to international travelers, the city’s tourism industry received a group of 130 tourists from the US.

In addition to the issuance of tourism stimulus policies, building new products and focusing on developing bleisure travel and MICE tourism, the city also welcomed tourists that arrive by cruise ships.

HCM City is a well-known and attractive destination in the travel itinerary of major international shipping lines such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Group, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Viking Cruises.

The Department of Tourism believed cruise ships are a high potential type of tourism that will serve to attract new international visitors to the city in the future./


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