Visit The Place Where Tattoo Is The Sign of Beauty For Women

Chin people live in the mountainous area, mainly in Chin State, which borders India and Bangladesh to the west, which makes up about 2% of Myanmar's population. The life of Chin ethnic people mainly follows ancient traditions.



Like many other ethnic groups around the world, the Chin also has its own customs, in which the one that makes visitors feel most interested is probably the custom of tattooing of Chin women. The older people here recall that Chin women were so beautiful that they often caught the eyes of emperors and nobles. In order not to be taken as female servants, the Chin women tattooed their faces to make them ugly. From generation to generation passed on to each other, it has become an indispensable part of the culture of this ethnic group. Even people who do not have tattoos on their face will be considered ugly and will not be able to find a husband, the more tattoos the more beautiful the woman is. From the age of 12 to 13, the Chin women began tattooing their first tattoos on their faces.



These tattoos cover the entire face of the woman, which start from the top of the nose and spread in the form of spider webs. Even the eyelids are tattooed. Tattoos on the face are very painful, many people's faced are swollen all over and they cannot go out. Tattoo needles are made from pine wood, tattoo ink is made from special trees. Tattoo inks are mixed with many other additives so that when the tattoo on the face will not fade over time.

Nowadays, as society grows, This custom is gradually becoming less and less popular. Many Chin people move to other places and young people no longer have their faces tattooed. Today, we can only see this beauty trace on the faces of old women.



This custom lasted from the 11th century and was officially banned by the Burmese government in 1960 because it was considered a barbarous custom and they would punish severely if anyone did not comply. However, somehow this custom was maintained until the 1990s.

In the past, Chin state was separated, isolated from the outside world and not given much attention by the government. Foreign visitors were also restricted, and if you wanted to come here, you would need to ask for confirmation from the local authorities.
So every year, there are only about 700 tourists visiting and the purpose here is to contemplate the last generations of tattooed women in Chin State.

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Discovering Legends of Mount PoPa, Myanmar

Your worries and anxieties seem to be washed away by the clouds as you stand on the top of PoPa to see the scenery around here. The longer you admire the view, the more clearly you will feel more about the fanciful scene that few places have in Myanmar.


About an hour of driving from the heart of Bagan, running through bumpy trails, two sides are immense green rice fields. Looking towards the horizon, a mountain will appear in the shape like Mount Fuji of Japan. That is Mount PoPa.

Mount PoPa lies at the altitude of 1581m above sea level and located in the center of Myanmar, about 50km southwest of Bagan. On the beautiful clear days, visitors coming here stand from the Irrawaddy River can also see the mountain.

PoPa Mountain is a pride and a center of belief in Myanmar. The temple on the mountain is home to many large Buddha statues, which also attracts tourists and devotees from all over Myanmar and around the world. To reach the top of the mountain visitors will have to overcome 777 steps to reach the top of Mount PoPa. Visiting Mount PoPa, tourists do not only enjoy the fresh air, watching the vast river, watching the sky and land, but also have the opportunity to hear the legends, folk tales, guardians of the destitute people in Myanmar.

Nat Mihagari


On the way to the summit, visitors can stop several times to visit different temples to worship. At the altar of 37 Natas, visitors will hear the temple keepers tell stories about the Natanhem of house Mahagiri of the Tagaung from the upstream of the Irrawaddy, who were helped by the king of Bagan, Thinligyaung. Their wish was that after passing away, they would be burry be on top of PoPa. And finally, their wish was fulfilled and they became guardians of the destitute.

Me Wunna and her two sons


Besides the above story, there is another legend of PoPa Meday, whose another name, according to legend, was Me Wunna. She lived on top of PoPa and the foods she consumed were mostly flowers. She fell in love with Byatta, a royal soldier gathering flowers from PoPa to King Anawrahta of Bagan. She asked him to marry her. Byatta did not obey the king, who opposed the marriage, and their children were taken to the palace. Because of immense misery, Me Wunna died with Byatta and became a Nat. Two of her children became heroes during the king's service, but were later blamed for building the temple in Taungbyone near Mandalay and executed by the king. Although they have become two gods, their bodies were sent back to Taungbyone where the main festival takes place every year in August.

From the peak of Taung Kalat you can see the whole landscape below, although the surrounding area is the arid rocky mountain but PoPa has 200 streams flowing around it. The wind blowing across will make visitors feel a sense of peace amidst the mysterious region of Myanmar


Visit Myanmar's Largest Teak Woodworks - Shwenandaw Monastery

About 40km away from the heart of Mandalay, the teak wood Monastery of Shwenandaw is a popular destination of Myanmar thanks to its ancient architecture, exquisite carvings, and tranquil beauty.

The History of Shwenandaw


The historic monastery locates in the territory of Maha Aung Mye, Dawna of the former Mandalay Capital. It lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Built in the 19th century under the reign of King Mindon, considered a royal monastery, Shwenandaw is well known both internally and externally as a representative of traditional architecture and unique carving art on teak wood of the country of the temples.

The monastery is regarded as a glorious trace of the past. Formerly part of the Amarapura Palace, it was later moved to Mandalay and became the northern part of the Glass Palace, with the name Mya Nan San Kyaw, which was a part of the palace of King Mindon and his Queen.


After the death of King Mindon, the monastery - or old palace was assigned to King Thibaw and became the mediating place of this king. However, King Thibaw soon moved the monastery away from the Mandalay palace to the present site, close to Atumashi Monastery because of the image of King Mindon always haunted the teak house.

Later, the teak house was rebuilt into a monastery, also the memorial of King Mindon. And so far, Shwenandaw has been the only remaining monolithic wooden work of the Royal palace of Mandalay.

The distinctive architecture of Shwenandaw

The palace is a masterpiece of Burmese wood sculpture. It includes a wooden house with 4 separate roofs that are both majestic and magnificent. Sophisticated images of Buddhist myths and elaborate patterns are carved all over the monastery from the roof, balustrade to the walls.

With its extremely unique structure, the floor of the monastery rests on a teak pillar system, 54 mythical Nayar models adorn the exterior columns of the building, displaying majesty and are also mascots defending the monastery from the attack of the evil forces.

Mythical Nayar Model

All the details, carvings, and patterns of Shwenandaw are highly appreciated in terms of art and craftsmanship, all evoking a glorious golden age of Myanmar teak architecture.



Inside the monastery, there are many items gilded or encrusted with crystals, the mural, interior in the main are decorated carefully and detailedly. The main corridor of the main palace with its marble panels, marble sculptures, gives the viewer an extremely convincing view of sophistication and meticulosity in each line.

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Must-visit Destinations in Mandalay, Myanmar

If you want to learn about the culture, art, traditional history of the local people while traveling in Myanmar, you can visit the city of Mandalay. With the age of over 142 years, this place is full of historical relics, monuments as well as many Buddhist temples. You can browse through the tourist attractions in Mandalay on the list below for more details.

1. Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

The Statue of Buddha Mahar Myat Muni


Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, also known as Mahamuni, is a popular tourist attraction in Mandalay. This pagoda possesses the oldest statue of Buddha Mahar Myat Muni in Myanmar. The statue is 4 meters high, cast in bronze and weighs 6.5 tons. The crown of the Buddha is decorated with rubies and sparkling diamonds. Later, many religious devotees contributed to inlaying the 15 cm thick gold plate on the entire Buddha statue. Therefore, visitors will see the image of this Buddha statue is totally different from that when it was newly constructed.

2. Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill - A Prominent Landmark of Mandalay City


During your trip in Myanmar, if you see the Mandalay hill from distance, you are definitely getting close to Mandalay because this 230-meter-high hill is the most prominent landmark of the city. There are also many watchtowers for people to relax and enjoy the dawn in the early morning or romantic sunset when the sun is hidden behind the mountains. And visitors will see in the southwest of the foothills are two statues of lions standing guard very majestically and solemnly.

3. Mandalay Palace

Majestic View of Mandalay Palace


One of the most popular attractions in Mandalay for tourists to learn about the history of the city is the Mandalay Palace. The Palace was constructed under the order of King Mindon when he relocated the capital from Amarapura back here in 1861. The location of the palace was also very well calculated, based on prophecy and astronomy. Although destroyed in World War II, the government of Myanmar restored the Mandalay Palace, which is quite similar to the old architecture.

4. Mahar Aung Myay Market

A Jade Vendor in the Market


Since ancient times, Mandalay has been famous for its jade, temples and teak. Therefore, if you traveled to Myanmar without visiting the Mahar Aung Myay Market, it would be such a big regret. This is the largest jade market in the world, from bracelets, earrings, pendants to Buddha statues. Guests will have the chance to admire many incredibly beautiful jade blocks. And if you like, you can buy some small jade pieces or decorative statues as souvenirs on the trip.

5. Kuthodaw Paya Pagoda

Most Of The Area Is Covered In White


Situated at the foothills of Mandalay Hill, Kuthodaw Paya Pagoda is renowned for being the largest preserve of Buddhist scriptures in the world. Built under the order of King Mingon in the late 1800's, the temple consists of over 729 white stupas containing stone carvings engraved on Buddhist scriptures. Therefore, visitors will see a white color that almost covers the whole area. Also around the pagoda are jasmine flowers and many old trees for people to rest.

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7 Famous Hot Mineral Water Springs in Northern Vietnam

When the cold winds start blowing, visitors begin going to hot mineral water springs. Bathing in hot mineral water not only helps us to relax but also help to restore health, cure some skin diseases, joints and heart. Following are addresses of the seven hot mineral bathing sites in the North of Vietnam.

1. Quang Hanh hot spring - Quang Ninh

One of the first hot springs we should mention is Quang Hanh hot spring. This hot spring is located in Quang Hanh Ward, Cam Pha City, Quang Ninh, about 10km from Ha Long City center. This is one of the 7 famous hot springs in the North of Vietnam.
Quang Hanh hot spring - Quang Ninh

Quang Hanh hot spring is the familiar destination of people in the two cities. Located on the tourist route from Ha Long to Van Don, Mong Cai, Quang Hanh hot spring is also a favorite stop for many travelers. You can choose to have a both in your own room or in the shared hot mineral pool. Although it is cold, you do not feel trembling, breezing when being immersed in Quang Hanh hot mineral stream.

According to scientists, the hot mineral water in Quang Hanh hot spring not only helps to relax, restore the health of the body, prevent some diseases related to skin and bone but is also good for health. Unlike some hot mineral springs which are drilled at depths of hundreds of meters in some other places, Quang Hanh hot spring is a hot mineral source rising up into streams on the ground.

2. Tien Lang Hot Spring - Hai Phong

Located 18 km from Hai Phong city center to the south, Tien Lang hot mineral spring has long been familiar with Hai Phong people and both domestic and international tourists. The Hot mineral water here is considered as one of the 5 most valuable mineral water mines in Vietnam and categorized as the same type of mineral water in Russia, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, and France. Raised from the depth of 850m underground, Tien Lang hot mineral water gives visitors the feeling of enjoyment. You can enjoy other services here such as mud bath, massage, herbal steam.
Tien Lang Hot Spring - Hai Phong

3. Kim Boi Hot Spring - Hoa Binh

Kim Boi natural hot mineral springs are located in Mo Da village, Ha Bi commune, Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province, 70 km from Hanoi. Among the hot springs in Vietnam, this is the mineral spring with the lowest temperature, from 34 to 36ºC. The water is not hot enough to form vapor on the water, but the temperature and mineral content here are enough for the healing, relaxing skin. After bathing, you can enjoy the food of local people such as piglet, sour chicken soup with bamboo shoots, rice cooked inside the bamboo tubes, mountain goats, fish caught in the streams ... You can also go sightseeing in nearby tourist attractions such as Mai Chau, Hoa Binh waterfall.

It is ideal that in the winter and spring, are can bath in a natural hot mineral water pool, if you have been bathed in Kim Boi, you will feel the warmth of the mineral water here. This site enchants visitors with the calm and fresh air, friendly and hospitable people, and especially the festivals of Muong ethnic held on every Saturday evening. This is a very interesting place, is an ideal place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city at the weekend.

4. Thanh Thuy hot mineral spring - Phu Tho

Located in La Phu, Thanh Thuy district, Phu Tho province, 65 km northwest of Hanoi, Thanh Thuy hot spring is the ideal place to relax at weekend regardless in the summer or winter.

Discovered about 25 years ago, Thanh Thuy hot mineral water mine was formed and mobilized under deep-seated gourd holes forming the hot sulfur mineral water along the Da river with an area of over 1 km². The average temperature of water in the hot mineral spring is from 37oC to 43oC, the total reserve is 19,710,000 m3.
Tien Lang Hot Spring - Hai Phong

Thanks to many micronutrients, Thanh Thuy mineral spring has the ability to restore health, circulate the blood, and is beneficial for the heart. In summer, the water is processed through the radiator so that the water’s temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius. In winter, the natural water is warm enough.

Only in recent years, the potential of Thanh Thuy hot spring has really been exploited and seen as the strength of eco-tourism resort of Thanh Thuy district. If you live in Hanoi, you can just go to Thanh Thuy to enjoy the comfort of winter here and return within a day.

5. My Lam Hot Spring - Tuyen Quang

Situated in the mountains of Yen Son forest, 15 km from Tuyen Quang town along Highway 37, My Lam mineral spring is one of the ideal resort and medication destinations for visitors from everywhere. The mineral stream in My Lam is very clear and above 60 degrees Celsius, which is taken directly from the underground water circuit of over 150 m deep. With high sulfur hydro content, My Lam mineral spring is also called "sulfide mineral spring". This is considered to be one of the few good mineral water mines in the North. In addition to cheap price, visitors here are attracted by quiet, charming natural scenery and gentle, hospitable people.
My Lam Hot Spring - Tuyen Quang

These days, when the weather is quite cold, are the ideal time for the trip soaking in the hot mineral water that the Creator generously granted this land.

This source of underground water was discovered by French geologist C. Madrolle in 1923, with a temperature of up to 67 ° C. There is a water circuit at the depth of over 150m, so water My Lam mineral spring is very clear.

After bathing, visitors should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the tube of rice cooked by the local people together with the fragrant, salty flavor of black sesame. Rice cooked inside bamboo tubes in My Lam has become a specialty that attracts tourists not only due to the fragility of glutinous rice but also the unique processing method.

6. Ban Moong hot spring - Son La

The hot spring in Moong village, Hua La commune, Son La city is an interesting stop. About 7 km away from the city center, Moong village attracts domestic and international visitors with the mineral spring of 36 - 38 degrees, which is good for health. Compared with other hot mineral springs, Moong village has houses on stilts with typical Thai ethnic culture. After a few minutes of enjoyment in the mineral spring, Northwest cuisine will be the “goodbye” of Moong village before visitors leave this land.

7. Kenh Ga hot spring - Ninh Binh

Kenh Ga hot spring is in Kenh Ga village, Gia Thinh commune, Gia Vien district, nearly 20 km from Ninh Binh city. To get to this hot spring, you have to sail through the branches of Hoang Long River into the village of Kenh Ga. Hot water here flows from Hang Ca Mountain and has a stable temperature of 53 ºC. The water in the stream is colorless, odorless, slightly salty and contains high levels of minerals. Kenh Ga hot spring is nominated to be listed in Top 5 most attractive hot springs in Vietnam by Vietnam Records Book Centre.

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Top 3 Unique Places for Relax near Hanoi

The suburban resorts, filled with green colour of trees, have become ideal choices for travelers wishing to "escape" over the weekend. Here are 3 new resorts for those who do not want to go far but still enjoy the space close to nature, separate from the dusty and noisy.

Hidden Villa

Renting a house away from the center with full facilities to "escape" a few days with friends is a trend that many people choose in recent times. Designed primarily from wood and glass, in the middle of a pine forest, the Hidden Villa in Soc Son is like a villa coming out of a Twilight movie.


The building is isolated and closed. Here you go to a world completely different, feeling like in a forest in Northern Europe. The house has 2 large bedrooms, suitable for families and groups of friends to picnic about 10 people. With fresh, green space, your children can play and explore nature, adults can relax by reading, chatting or walking together in the forest, playing the game.

There is also a fully equipped kitchen area with microwave, fridge ... and an outdoor BBQ area where guests can prepare their own meals and parties. Indoor game such as billiards, outdoor activities such as cycling and exploring pine forest, fishing, swimming ... are all very interesting. Full rental package is 2.8 million VND (112 usd) per night, weekend is 4 Million VND (160 usd), 14h check-in, 12h check-out.

Jungle House

This is also a home for vacationers in Tu Son, Bac Ninh. The road is quite difficult to find, but you will feel the 30 km distance is worth it. Beautiful as in fairy tales, the resort appears as an ancient castle with walls covered with vines.


The house has 3 bedrooms with 4 beds and double mattresses suitable for groups of 8-15 people. Large living room with fireplace system that warms the whole building, is suitable for both winter vacation. Separate kitchen, gas stove, refrigerator and full dish ... To organize BBQ BBQ outdoors, you need to prepare food and charcoal, oven is available. Hanoi tours to discover the capital of Vietnam.

In the evening, when the yellow light bulbs lit up, the garden where the dinner table is placed became shimmering and poetic. A little wind, leafy trees around the house, everyone enjoy wine and eat baked goods, it will be great moments. Also, come here, you can go fishing, go hiking in the mountains, visit the pottery and make your own products ... Price per night is 2.8 million (112 usd) on weekdays, 4 million (160 usd) at the weekends and holidays.

Treehouse

Located in the alley on Ngoc Thuy street, Long Bien, Hanoi, the house of painter Dao Anh Khanh for tourists to hire as a homestay. Only about 15 minutes drive from the city center, but the space here makes many visitors in the middle of the fairy forest with small houses "grow" between the trees.


The homestay consists of small tree houses with the name of Zen Space Tree House, Cozy tree house, Tropical paradise tree house, Sky tree house, Garden cottage ... Each tree house has its own design but in common, they are eco friendly with fresh air, help visitors relax and escape away from the noise, smoke and enjoy the moment of relaxation.

Some are connected to each other, suitable for family or big group. Depending on the type of room, guests can stay 2-4 people. House prices range from USD 45 to USD 100 per night. In addition to accommodation, guests also have common space to relax, organize small parties and enjoy painting.

Top 10 Destinations in Laos in 2017

Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. Laos borders Myanmar and China to the northwest, borders Vietnam to the east, borders Cambodia to the south, and borders Thailand to the west. The mysterious ancient capital, cave systems with a capacity of more than 23,000 people, the vertical airport… will bring tourists with new perspectives about the country of temples.

#1.Admiring the gilded Pha That Luang stupa

That Luang or (Pha) That Luang is a Buddhist stupa in Vientiane, built in 1566 under the reign of King Saysetthathirath in the form of a small bottle of wine on the ruins of an Indian temple in the 13th century. The exterior of the temple is inlaid with gold.
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Admiring the gilded Pha That Luang stupa
This temple tower was once destroyed during the invasion of Thais in the 19th century but was later restored to the original version. With the architecture of Laos culture and identity, the temple tower has become a national symbol of Laos when being printed on banknotes and the national emblem.

According to legend, the tower has preserved the Buddha’s relics, which are a hair and a lot of jewels. Pha That Luang includes the main tower of 45 meter high surrounded by sub-towers which are red lacquer trimmed with gold.

#2.Bokeo Nature Reserve, the ideal ecotourism location

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Bokeo Nature Reserve, the ideal ecotourism location
This is a place where has almost all rare animals, the green canopy of tropical forest cover, rich fauna. Most importantly, tourists coming here have opportunities to live in the houses on the tree, experience the feeling of traveling to houses by cables or walk on the “monkey” bridges (kind of footbridge). It is this unique wildness that has made Bokeo Nature Reserve become an impressive adventurous tourist attraction in Laos.

#3.Tham Kong Lo Cave, the most gruesome and interesting site in Laos

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Tham Kong Lo Cave
Located in the area where has Nam Hun Bun river flows through 7km and cliffs of more than 90m high, Tham Kong Lo cave is extremely mysterious and equally creepy. The inside of the cave consists of the oldest stalactite columns. It is pretty dark in the cave, so when planning to travel Tham Kong Lo, you should fully recharge the battery and ask the indigenous people or tour guide to help you explore the cave.

#4.Visiting the worldwide famous Kuang Si Waterfall

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Kuang Si Waterfall
Considered as one of the world's most beautiful waterfalls, Kuang Si is only about 50 meters wide and pours down from above creating the stairs separating natural wonderful swimming pools. The lakes created by this waterfall are turquoise, so visitors can swim and feel the pristine, cool feature of the mountains here. With the unique and enchanting beauty, Kuang Si This waterfall is one of the impressive tourist destinations of Laos that you can not miss when visiting this country of elephants.

#5.Vieng Xai tunnel - impressive historical site

Viengxay caves, formerly known as Xang Lot, in Laotian, means an elephant passing and falling into a cave. This is a system of nearly 500 caves in Viengxay, in the mountainous area in the north of the Kingdom of Laos.
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Vieng Xai Tunnel
In times of war, this was the place where a lot of important meetings of Pathet army were held, and also the hideout of the revolutionaries in the American army’s air strikes during Vietnam War. With a capacity of about 23,000 people and the system of stores, print shops, schools and hospitals in time of war, this cave has always made people admire. Today, it is considered as the "gold mine" of tourism in Laos.

Besides the feeling adventurous or exploring the unique features in the lives of people during the war, or conquering 7 of 500 caves, tourists can admire the beauty of the mountains in Viengxay or admire beautiful the serene picture of the roofs reflected in the river at the foot of the mountain.

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#6.Visiting Mekong River

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Sunset in Mekong River- Laos
Mekong River is about 4.350km long and is the largest river in Southeast Asia. The river is originated from China and goes through 5 countries in the region including Laos. If you travel to Laos in the dry season, you can drift along the Mekong to admire the beautiful natural landscapes along the river banks from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. Tourists can also go further to look at the river through the dense forest. Enjoying the Mekong River is one of the exciting experiences as well as an impressive tourist attraction that visitors should not ignore.

#7.Luang Prabang- the impressive tourist destination

Luang Prabang is one of the favorite destinations in Laos of travelers visiting the country. Surrounded by rolling mountains, located at the junction of the Mekong and with Nam Khan, Luang Prabang owns the majestic natural landscapes which are not faded by the time. Apart from that, Luang Prabang has preserved ancient temples despite many ups and downs in the history.
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Tak Bat in Luang Prabang
If you arrive at Bang Luang in March and April, you also have the opportunity to attend a traditional water festival that Laotians call “Bunpimay”. Bun means blessing, the blessing to be blessed. It is considered as one of the traditional cultural festivals in the Southeast Asian countries in general. The Water Festival to welcome the New Year are hold to bring cool, prosperity for all things and to purify human life. In the festival, people splash water on each other to pray for good weather and a happy new year.
The houses, villas or hotels in Luang Prabang are the exquisite combinations between French architecture and traditional Laotian style. All create a both modern and ancient beauty. It is this unique that makes Luang Prabang become not only an impressive attraction in Laos but also a charming tourist destination in Southeast Asia.

#8.Vang Vieng, the ideal location for backpackers

This is a small town located along the Nam Song River and is considered " the paradise for discovering " of those who love to conquer the rapids in the world. At this point, you should rent a bike and take a trip through the ancient caves. Visiting the ancient villages and learning the culture of the people here are also interesting activities.
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Morning view in Vang Vieng - Laos
Coming to Vang Vieng, you should not miss the sunset and sunrise on the Nam Song River, these scenes have made Vang Vieng an ideal destination for young backpackers who love the peace and quietness of Laos.

#9.Mountains Tourist attractions in Laos - Muang Ngoi Neua

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Muang Ngoi Neau - The mountain tourist attractions in Laos.
After only an hour traveling upstream the River in northern Luang Prabang, visitors will admire the spectacular mountain scenery. With rolling mountains surrounding and the river with sediment, Muang Ngoi Neua town becomes incredibly peaceful. If you are a person who loves climbing and walking, this is surely the destination that should not be ignored.

#10.Discovering the beauty of Si Phan Don (4000 islands)

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The 4000 islands in Mekong - Si Phan Don - Laos
As a vast archipelago with Mekong River flowing through, Si Phan Don has a total of 4000 big and small islands. This place is considered one the largest islands located at the southernmost of Laos. Despite being a landlocked country, the mother nature bestows a Laos the ravishing Si Phan Don. With cool blue waters and the winding waterfall, visitors will feel like that they are separated from the outside world. These small islands emerge as the bonsai on the calm river surface. This is also the habitat of famous freshwater dolphins.

The unspoiled and peaceful country of Laos is the place which attracts millions of visitors around the world each year. With the ancient architecture of the unique Buddhist works across the country and the pristine natural beauty, Laos will surely give you the experiences which you can not forget. Followings are the destinations you must visit in the country of elephants.

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Trang Islands -The Secret Paradise In southern Thailand

Trang province is located in the south of Thailand. Trang islands system is a combination of a wide variety of beautiful islands and the blue sea. The complex of islands attracts tourists by pristine beaches, spectacular landscapes and vast forests. Here are the most famous islands in Trang province.

Ko Ngai


Trang Islands -The Secret Paradise In southern Thailand

Ko Ngai does not have permanent inhabitants. There are only tourists and a series of affordable resorts. The island attracts many couples and families coming to relax and entertain. The infrastructure here is still relatively simple. This island provides visitors with electricity all day. This island has a beautiful beach with colorful coral reefs and fish. On the island, there are some snorkeling classes. Therefore, you can easily watch the ocean world.

Ko Muk

Trang Islands -The Secret Paradise In southern Thailand

Ko Muk is most visited place in Trang Islands. With more affordable accommodations, this place attracts many young travelers. Thick forests, rubber trees and white beaches are enough to make up beautiful sceneries and exciting excursions. Most tourists love to come to the Hat Farang beach in the southwest. The Hat Sivalai beach in the East of Ko Muk, and Hat Lodung in the west attract fewer tourists. Besides beautiful beaches, Ko Muk also stands out with Tham Morakot. Guests can paddle along a limestone tunnel through the semi-submerged cave on the west coast to reach a small sandy beach. You can also participate in a daily tour. You can sail a boat or go by canoe in the romantic sunset. About accommodation, you can choose Sivalai luxury resort, or enjoy Koh Mook Garden Resort in Hat Lodung.

Ko Kradan

Trang Islands -The Secret Paradise In southern Thailand

Ko Kradan is located in the southwest of Ko Muk. It is viewed as the place having the most beautiful sky on Trang islands. As part of the Hat Chao Mai National Park, Ko Kradan owns a white sand beach stretching along the east coast. You will totally enjoy this 1.5 km long coastline, although during the day, it has a huge number of visitors. However, if you take time to walk about 400 meters from the south to Paradise Lost, you can see a forest road leading to some less crowded beaches. After walking about 10 minutes, you will reach the diving area outside Hat South. Motels in Paradise Lost forest are woody cottages with delicious Thai dishes. Guests can also stay at Reef Resort and Sevensea Resort.

Ko Sukorn

Trang Islands -The Secret Paradise In southern Thailand

Visitors who like trails in Thailand will want to set foot on the island of Ko Sukorn. It is also the less well-known place in the island of Trang. Away from Ko Kradan 40 km to the southeast, Ko Sukorn is pretty quiet, isolated and healthy. The golden sands and clear blue sea waters make up the colorful beauty. Especially, this island is not crowded. The 8 km concrete path in the hill is very convenient for you to discover interesting things here. Moreover, you also can rent bikes or motorbikes in most of resorts to explore villages, rice fields, watermelon gardens and many other beautiful destinations. The resorts are concentrated in the southwest beach of Sukorn because this is a great place to catch the most beautiful sunset and sunrise. With good hotel services, you will feel totally relaxed and comfortable.

Ko Libong

Trang Islands -The Secret Paradise In southern Thailand

This is the largest island here. Ko Libong is located in the middle of an enormous forest, rubber trees and a golden sandy beach. However, this island does not attract many tourists as other islands. Coming to Ko Libong is very easy, just 30 minutes by boat from Hat Yao beach. Libong is an island for those who love nature. This place is famous for birds and nearly 100 dugons and other rare species. In order to admire these animals, you can choose a tour given by the resort. Most noticeably, you can choose from a cheap hotel to a luxury hotel at Libong Beach Resort.

Travelers are advised to visit Trang islands from October to April because of its favorable weather. It has less rain and the sun is not too strong. Trang islands will be an ideal place for those who love peace and want to explore beautiful landscapes. From here, visitors can have many ways to travel to other small islands such as Lanta, Ko Phi-Phi and Phuket in the north. It is obvious that Trang islands will give you the most relaxing time ever if you travel to Southern Thailand.


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9 Interesting Places to Visit in Vientiane

Triumphal Arch Patuxay: Most tourists visiting Vientiane want to have a look at famous monument of Patuxay – the city’s symbol. Patuxay (or Patuxai) is considered the triumphal arch of the city. It was built in honor of the soldiers in the war against the French of the Laotian.


Pha That Luang: This is one of the most remarkable religious buildings of Laos. Best time to visit Pha That Luang is sunset, the end of the day when the sun's rays shine onto the top of the tower with bright yellow color.


Buddha Park: the site is about 27km southeast of Vientiane canter. There are more than 200 Buddhist statues and figures in Hinduism made of concrete, among them the most remarkable is the giant 40m reclining Buddha statue.


Talat Sao Market: Located at the crossing of Khu Vieng and Lan Xang, the main area in the capital of Vientiane, this market opens from 7:00 am to 16:00 pm. This is the place that lots of identical Lao products gather, therefore you will easily find out some favourite items as gifts for friends and relatives.


Haw Phra Kaew Temple: Located on Setthathirath road, Haw Phra Kaew temple was first built in 1565, this is not only a place to worship Buddha, but also a museum displaying many religious artworks of Laos. Visiting the temple, you will be lost in "the art world" by the sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts inlaid with sparkling gold, silver and jade.


Vientiane Night Market: the market is located in ChaoAnouvong campus park, about 300m long, facing Pangkham Rue street and the Mekong River. Goods sold in the market are mainly clothes, shoes, bags, foods and handicrafts items. The market is recommended to visit by many tour operators in Laos: http://laosfinder.com/


Wat Si Saket: the temple is located on Sethathirath road, the crossing with Lane Xang Avenue. Wat Si Saket temple is kept intact since the construction by King Chao Anou in 1818 according to Siamese Buddhist architecture. Wat Si Saket is impressivethanks to its corridor walls decorated with more than 2000 Buddha images in various materials like precious wood, bronze, ceramics, gold and silver plated. There are about 6,840 rare small and big Buddha images in total.


Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan: Also located on Setthathilath, Ong Teu Wat Mahawihan attracts tourist by the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vientiane. Also, the Sangha Buddhist school is also located in the temple campus, and that is the place that monks from throughout Laos frequently gather to learn about Buddhism.


Wat Si Muang: Situated in the middle of Setthathilath and Samsenthairoad, Wat Si Muang temple is the most apparent combination of Buddhist faith and primitive beliefs of Laos. Coming to Vientiane, you can come here to have a cotton tie around the wrist for good luck, according to the traditions of Laos.


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4 Experiences that Make Visitors Remember Dong Hoi City forever

Owning a lot of poetic landscapes, smooth beaches and monuments bringing tremendous historical value, Dong Hoi city will give visitors the unforgettable experiences.

1. Immerse yourself in the blue waters of Nhat Le sea

Owning smooth sand and clear blue sea water, Nhat Le Beach is truly a wonderful gift that nature has awarded to Quang Binh. With the beauty as a romantic, charming landscape painting, Nhat Le is not only the most beautiful beach in the city of Dong Hoi, but also is known as one of 10 Vietnam's most beautiful beach tourist attractions.

4 Experiences that Make Visitors Remember Dong Hoi City forever
Coming to Nhat Le beach, visitors can leisurely relax on fine sand enjoying the immense panoramic view of the sea air, freely swim in the cool sea water or play with gentle waves... In romantic scene of the sea, daydreaming in the wind, in the romantic vast ocean, clouds, visitors will surely forget all worries and sorrow.

2. Take a leisure walk on the sand dunes of Quang Phu

Quang Phu dune located in Quang Phu commune, just a few hundred meters from Dong Hoi Airport is one of the most attractive destinations in the city of Dong Hoi. This sand dune is like a painting with dominant bright white color of the sand. Quang Phu Dune is the perfect blend between the smooth white sand and the surprise about the vitality of the plants and flowers on the dunes.

4 Experiences that Make Visitors Remember Dong Hoi City forever

Walking on Quang Phu Dune, visitors will imagine you has been lost to a certain pristine desert. After moments of wandering, exploring the unique sand dunes of Quang Phu, travelers can also enjoy happy moments with a full of fun game - sand sliding.

3. Explore the ancient features of the ruins of Dong Hoi Citadel

Dong Hoi Citadel is located on the territory of Hai Dinh ward in the city center of Dong Hoi. In 1814, Dong Hoi Citadel was built by soil on the orders of King Gia Long and up to 1824, under King Minh Mang reign, this citadel was rebuilt in brick. Dong Hoi Citadel is a massive, unique work with the harmonious combination between traditional architecture and military ramparts architectural style characteristics of Europe.
4 Experiences that Make Visitors Remember Dong Hoi City forever
Over 200 years with many historical events, Dong Hoi citadel has still existed until now. Though the citadel is no longer completely original, this castle retains the beauty and the very own ancient features. This ancient beauty makes travelers visiting to Dong Hoi, watching citadel by Nhat Le river have extremely hard to describe feelings.

4. Get immerse in the peaceful space of Bau Tro lake

Bau Tro not only an important lake which supplies of fresh water for the city of Dong Hoi, but also the ruins containing tremendous historical values . This lake is located only about 100m from the sea of Nhat Le and has long become an attractive landmark for travelers.
4 Experiences that Make Visitors Remember Dong Hoi City forever
From a distance, Bau Tro is like a sparkling mirror in Dong Hoi city. Owning charming romantic beauty, Bau Tro lake will make every visitor arriving here be fascinated right at the first sight. Apart from that, coming here, tourists can float on the gentle waters, admire the natural scenery full of vitality and leisurely sit fishing in the lakeside... to feel the calm, peaceful moments.

Quang Binh’s climate is divided into two distinctive seasons: rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season lasts from September to March, and the dry season is from April to September 8. From September to November, it often rains in Quang Binh, while it is hot from June to August. Everything is relative, but it is enough for you to choose a suitable time to visit the land of Dong Hoi, Quang Binh.

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