Monday, May 15, 2006

Picturesque Lak lake, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Tiny and peaceful Lac Thien town, about 56 kilometres south of Buon Ma Thuot City along the National Highway 27, is surrounded with natural forests and a 500-hectare lake which is as beautiful as a white silk strip, creating a picturesque natural scenery.

The Lak lake’s water is always transparent. The lake looks like a miraculous mirror when being viewed from a far distance, which amazes tourists. Particularly in the rainy season, the lake is in the ripples and seems to go far away from its banks, narrowing the distance with Giun, a typical village of M’nong ethnic minority group. In the deep-water area, tourists can travel on a dug-out canoe or a speed boat to enjoy beautiful lotuses on the lake.

The Lak lake is still wild. Despite not as attractive as famous lakes in Hanoi and Da Lat, in economic terms, the lake provides a considerable quantity of fresh-water fish.
It also supplies a giant volume of water for neighbouring fields and keeps humidity so as to cool the region in summer.

It is really wonderful to view the community’s living activities of Mo-nong group’s villages by riding on an elephant. It is also very interesting to view ethnic girls from the Giun village washing their hair by the streams, looking as dainty as fairies.

At night, the village patriarch will hold a party for tourists with grilled meat, bamboo-tube rice and ruou can (wine drunk out of a jar through pipes). At the same time, tourists have a chance to dance around the fire which is accompanied by the gong performance.

Each year, more than 11,000 international tourists join the Lak lake tour, said Dam San Trade and Tourism Company that has invested hundreds of millions of dong (Vietnamese currency) in building the Lak lake resort.

It is hoped that the service quality of the resort will be improved and more attractive products will be made to turn the resort into an interesting destination, attracting more and more tourists.
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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sapa tourists walk on the clouds

Tourists visiting Sa Pa this weekend will have the chance to learn about local ethnic people's courtship and marital life, through the Sa Pa love market and kidnapping wife ceremony of the Mong group.

The ceremony will begin this Saturday and is part of a five-day festival, titled Festival on the Cloud, to mark the beginning of the Sa Pa 2006 tourism year, in the northern mountain township of Sa Pa, in Lao Cai Province.

Held by the Sa Pa Trade and Tourism Department (STTD), the Festival on the Cloud will also feature photo exhibitions to showcase the most impressive pictures of Sa Pa from both today and the past. The Festival will also sell a variety of orchids that originated in the Hoang Lien National Park.

Climbing up Ham Rong Mountain visitors will enjoy singing and dancing performances by five ethnic groups including the Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho.

The ethnic groups are scheduled to compete in traditional sports, for instance tug of war, walking on stills and archery.

Sa Pa, which is 400km north-west of Hanoi, is now one of the most popular destinations in the country.

(Posted by Vietnam News - 23Apr.06)