Top great things to do in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

If Jeju Island is the symbol of Korean tourism, Bali is the famous island of Indonesia and Hawaii is tourist paradise of the USA, then Phu Quoc (located in Kien Giang Province) is the gorgeous pearl island of Vietnam. Do read my sharing below to know great travel experiences for you in Phu Quoc Island!

1. Visit Phu Quoc Vinpearl Land

This is a new tourist spot on Phu Quoc Island, opening since 2014. It is the gathering place of world-class restaurants, hotels and the system of various games. Not only being the top entertainment and resort center on Phu Quoc Island, this place but also has a 27-hole golf course and an interesting semi-wild park.
Top great things to do in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Phu Quoc Vinpearl Land - a must-see place on Phu Quoc Island
The park with hundreds of precious animals brought from South Africa like zebra, one hump camel, gazelle… is really an ideal destination. Coming here, tourists can enjoy fresh air, try exciting games (both indoor and outdoor) or visit the aquarium full of marine creatures.

2. Relax on beaches

Phu Quoc Island is renowned with world-class beaches like Sao Beach or Dai Beach with clear blue seawater, fine white sand and warm sunshine. Besides, there are still other beaches you can choose such as Thom Beach, Vung Bau Beach or Dau Beach.
Top great things to do in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Beaches on Phu Quoc Island are gorgeous
Salty air, open space and picturesque scenery will help visitors dispel the sense of tiredness. Just come here and you will have a full definition that what a paradise is.

3. Dive to admire coral reefs

Phu Quoc Island possesses mesmerizing coral reefs, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to discover the ocean by diving. Hon Thom, Hon Dau or Hon Mong Tay… are all ideal places to explore marvelous things in the sea world.

Top great things to do in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Discovering the sea world by diving is an indispensable part of the trip to Phu Quoc
The feeling when you see oceanic wonders is extremely difficult to say in words. Weird coral reefs, colorful fish schools along with dozens of animals which you have never seen before are reasons why Phu Quoc is always on the top list of must-see destinations. Combining diving and fishing is also another good choice.

4. Go sightseeing in Ham Ninh fishing village

Ham Ninh is an old fishing village on Phu Quoc Island, famous for wonderful landscapes and specialties. This is also where tourists can learn about traditional jobs of Phu Quoc like diving for pearls or holothurians…

Top great things to do in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Ham Ninh fishing village attracts tourists by its romantic beauty
The village is in the east of the island with the peaceful nature, friendly people and fresh seafood, especially spidercrab. Don’t forget to admire the view of sunset over Ham Ninh since it is truly an impressive scene.

5. Drive the car through the jungle

The journey of over 20km through the jungle surely brings tourists wonderful feelings.

Top great things to do in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Driving through jungles on Phu Quoc Island brings you wonderful feelings
Imagine the feeling when you go through the shadow of lush trees and come across lovely animals during that trip. Listening to the sound of nature like gurgling streams or melodious birdsong is something miraculous.

6. Squid fishing at night

If you love discovering new things, squid fishing is a must-try experience. After 5.00 pm, you can go on big boats to take part in the journey to go squid fishing at night.
Top great things to do in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Squid fishing at night makes you understand more about the life of fishermen on Phu Quoc Island
If you are lucky, you can get fresh squids and understand more about the life of fishermen.

7. Enjoy seafood of Phu Quoc Island

Eating seafood is an indispensable activity of a sea trip. Seafood on Phu Quoc Island is not only fresh and delicious but also processed into diverse dishes. Remember that not tasting stunning seafood cannot be considered having visited this beautiful island.

Fresh seafood is a specialty of Phu Quoc Island
Bathing in streams, going to Dinh Cau Night Market, buying fish sauce as souvenirs… Phu Quoc really has so many things for tourists to experience. But if you can’t have a long journey, try something I mentioned above to know why Phu Quoc Island is preferred by both international and domestic visitors.

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Bac Ha: An Interesting Meeting Point in the Highland Region

The route of North East- West is an interesting journey not only because of challenges from the rolling paths in the top of the pass but also seasons in the year – each season forms a new route such as travelling with buckwheat flowers, going to the stone plateau of Dong Van – Ha Giang, Tua Chua – Dien Bien; travelling along Hoang Lien Son.

Hoang A Tuong Palace

In the region of Northeast and west, there are two famous Cat Kings: Vuong Chi Sinh (Ha Giang) and Hoang A Tuong (Bac Ha). Both of them have superficial mansion, but the mansion of Vuong King in Sa Phin valley is more familiar.

Located on the route from Bac Ha to Si Ma Cai, the mansion of Hoang A Tuong will amazed you from the first sight because it’s hard to imagine how this fascinating Europe Western -style can appear in the remote area.

Known as the Cat King (The King of H’mong people), however, Hoang A Tuong is a Tay person – the descendants of Hoang Si Dan-  rich and powerful patriarch who has settled in Bac Ha over 200 years ago.

With the advantage of his family, Hoang A Tuong and his family owned extensive poppy plantations, got proprietary in trading necessities and local specialties with French.

To show off his huge mansion, King Cat Hoang A Tuong Cat has created special architectures. He hired two French and Chinese architects to design drawings and supervise the construction.

The structure was built in 1914 and completed in 1921 with the total are of 10.000 square meters. Compared to other structures of upland people which were often use wood, the mansion of Hoang A Tuong was designed with sustainable materials such as cement, steel.

Can Cau

From Bac Ha, continue on the way to Si Ma Cai, you will go through Can Cau market. This mountain route is more beautiful and charming if you travel by motorbike. Visiting Can Cau market is the chance for you to explore the rustic beauty of the locals where girls in the high land are beautiful in colorful dresses.

The market takes place right on the roadside in the heart of Can Cau, near terrace fields with rolling mountains in the distance. The different ethnic groups can be easily recognized through traditional costumes which creates a multi-color picture of the mountainous area.

Can Cau market is divided into different stall displaying necessities from farming tools, household appliances to local specialties.

The bustling activities in Can Cau market is the area of exhibition of hundreds of buffaloes. Buffaloes from Bac Ha, Si Ma Cai, Sin Man, Muong Khuong.

The simplicity of Can Cau Market always brings attractiveness for visitors.

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Things to know when planning a trip to Vietnam with Travelgenio

Vietnam is an emerging destination. We just have to take a look to the many connections between its airports and the rest of the world to see that all the main Vietnamese destinations are chosen by Europeans and Americans to enjoy a different type of travel.

Once war was left in the past, this country started to show the world all its possibilities. Find out the many tours you can enjoy in Vietnam and the many offers that put together this place with others like Thailand, Laos or even Cambodia.

The best way to arrive to this world geographical area is by plane, as it is more than 10.000 kilometres far from the main European connections, but prices are now much more available for all type of budgets. You just have to take a look to Travelgenio, for example, to know that there are offers during all year that will let you arrive to the main Vietnamese destinations.

But, would you know what to have into account before travelling here?

Let’s take a look to some of the things you cannot miss when planning a trip to Vietnam:

Vietnam is a place to enjoy and it is not so different from many other Asiatic countries. You won’t have problems there but it is recommended to be careful with the valuable things you can carry with you. We know that, as travellers, you won’t decorate your body with the best jewels for a visiting day, but take care of all your personal objects.
Have respect when you decide to enter in one of their temples. Their faith is very important for them, so please avoid the short trousers or skirts and the braces.
Be warned about water. Buy little bottles for your tours and change them as many times as you need. There are a lot of sellers in the most touristy places so you won’t have no problem.
Talk with the Vietnamese; they will help you if you need it by guiding you or sharing part of the culture.
Enjoy, the most important thing when traveling…just enjoy your trip.

Quang Ngai Tourism Offers Not Only Ly Son Island

If would like to enjoy an amazing summer in Quang Ngai without a visit to Ly Son, Traveler can relax at Sa Huynh, My Khe Beaches or White Waterfall, visit the sacred Thien An Mount.

Mentioning Quang Ngai, travelers often think about Ly Son. However, the coastal province also has many other interesting destinations to explore.

Thien An Mountain –Tra River

This destination has come into the poetry with the mesmerizing charm of mountain, river, and natural setting. Thien An Mountain is the most beautiful sight and also the "sacred mountain" of Quang Ngai. Travelers can reach the mountain from Tra Khuc Bridge, passing the highways 1A and 24B after 10 minutes driving.

Conquering the spiral road of the mountain to head the top, travelers will see panorama of Quang Ngai landscape vastly from the winding Tra Khuc River to the fields, villages and mountains. Travelers also have chance to discover the Buddhist temple with a 20m ancient well or visit the tomb of Huynh Thuc Khang, a national hero of Vietnam.

White Waterfall

The fall belongs to Thanh An Commune, Minh Long District, and is located about 23km to the southwest of Quang Ngai City. It was surrounded by a mountainous area of lush green jungle, creating a poetic and tranquil scene. The White Waterfall is about 40m high, with the white water falling down into the cliffs.

Water pours into the lake and spread into a 20m-wide stream of undulating rocks, which winding flows in the valley before run into other streams. There are plentiful kinds of fish in the lake, which are favorite specialties for many visitors.

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My Khe Beach

This beach is located on Highway 24B, Co Luy Hamlet, Tinh Khe Commune, Son Tinh district, and 12 km to the east of Quang Ngai City. Stretching on a 7km length, My Khe Beach is a spacious pace with fine sand dune and clear water.

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Sa Huynh Beach

Sa Huynh is situated about 60 km south of Quang Ngai City. It takes only 45 minutes if travelers travel from the bus station in Quang Ngai. With a length of around 6km, Sa Huynh is a very safe destination for summer holidays because the seabed has no rocky reef.

Travelers can also visit the famous salt field located about 500m northeast of Sa Huynh. Local people start work early in the morning of April to July. Additionally, travelers can visit the An Khe Lagoon, 2km north of the town. Due to the lagoon is situated next to the highway, so visitors just need to stand on the roadside to have the panoramic views of the region.

Chau Sa Ancient Citadel

Chau Sa Citadel was constructed by the Cham people from the 9th century in order to protect the south ofTra Kieu Capital. Located in Tinh Chau Commune, Son Tinh District, the citadel is 7km away to the northeast of Quang Ngai City center. Chau Sa has been divided into two main parts, but the relic now only covers an area of 3km long, 4m wide and 6m high with a circumference of about 4km. In addition, the researchers also found many artifacts of ancient pottery, ancient tower of Go City (500m from the citadel)... In 1994, Chau Sa Citadel was recognized as a national historic relic.

Binh Chau Coastline

Other than the beaches with fine sand and swimming areas, Co Chau is a sea where is the location of hidden traces of ancient volcanic crater, creating a unique interest for travelers. It is said that the crater could date back about 11 million years ago. After 3 months of testing, the experts also foundthe "graveyard of ancient sunken ships", the sedimentary rock island with many colorful coral reefs on the seabed.

Hon Nuoc Lighthouse - Super-Wild Destination Fascinates Backpackers in Binh Dinh

Hon Nuoc Lighthouse is located 120km from the city of Quang Ngai and 70km coastal road from Quy Nhon. Whether departing from any city, travelers will have interesting experience when admiring the mesmerizing landscapes on the coast of Vietnam.

Situated atop of Ga Go peak at the mountain range of Go Dua, Tan Phung Village, My Tho, Phu My, Binh Dinh, this lighthouse was built in the French colonial era and is also called Vung Moi Lighthouse.

According to historical documents, Vung Moi just worked for a while before destroyed by the war. In early 1990, the lighthouse was newly built and officially put into operation on the date 26th march 1997. Hon Nuoc Lighthouse is named after the Hon Nuoc Island located nearby.

The geographical coordinate of the lighthouse is 168 ° 14 'N - 109 ° 108 "E, with the effective range of 21 nautical miles during the day, and 18 at night. The 16.2m light tower was built of dark gray stones with the height of the light is 62.5m above the sea level. The main lamp (APRB 251 DC) emits white light, flashing every 5 seconds, meanwhile the auxiliary lamp is the type of HD300.

Should-try experience when traveling to Hon Nuoc Lighthouse

Travel to Hon Nuoc Lighthouse, visitors will have chance to admire the dreamy landscape of the vast sky and sea. From a high, the area looks like an endless field of stones in many shapes and sizes being "arrayed" on the slight waves. Accidentally, these "army stones" created small depressions in the blue water, where are the refuge and feeding ground of many crabs and small fish.

Besides admiring the magnificent scenery of Hon Nuoc Lighthouse, travelers can also immerse in the clear water at the foot of Go Dua Mountain. The locals called this place Bai Con.

The more it’s sunny, the clearer water is. Travelers can dive into the water to see everything on the seabed. If cannot swim, visitors also can climb the rocks and observe the dreamy charm of the underwater world.

Bai Con has a long sandy beach suitable for those who want to camp overnight and enjoy the sunrise over the sea. But this place does not have any travel services, thus travelers need to prepare food, drinks, tents and other essential items. Travelers can also try to catch fish along the beach. Just a bit tricky as you will have a seafood barbecue meal right on the beautiful coastline.

Travelers have chance to reach the two other destinations around Hon Nuoc Lighthouse are Lo Dieu Pass and Mui Vi Rong (also called Mui Rong). Both locations are interesting places where offer brand new experiences when travel to the lighthouse.

How to get to Hon Nuoc Lighthouse

- From Quy Nhon, crossing Thi Nai Bridge, travelers turn left on Highway 19B and just go by the coastal road DT640, TL632, DT639 to reach Hon Nuoc Lighthouse. The Highway 19B is quite easy to drive, but DT640 and DT639 started in trails with more potholes and rubbles. On this 70km way, travelers will pass Nhon Ly (where is famous for its Ky Co Beach and Eo Gio), Trung Luong picnic area, Cat Tien and De Gi Beach, Mui Rong.

- From Quang Ngai, travelers can go on the 1A National Highway then turn left at Tam Quan into the DT639, passing the Lo Dieu Pass to the lighthouse. This is a 120km long road but easier to go and quite beautiful. Along the way, travelers can stop at Sa Huynh Beach, fanciful Lo Dieu Pass, or Lo Dieu Reef.

Travel note:

- DT640, TL632, DT639, QL19B are deserted roads and have no gas station and garage. Therefore, travelers should check the gasoline before departing.

- Crossing the DT639 to the sand road till seeing a sign of Hon Nuoc Lighthouse Station, travelers follow the directions to reach the destination.

- The road to the lighthouse is a bit of hard to go, thus travelers should drive carefully.

- Be careful with the angry dog at the gate of the station. Visitors should also ask for the permission to visit the lighthouse.

- Travelers can purchase food and drinks at a small market in Chanh Trach Village, located around 2km from Hon Nuoc Lighthouse.

- Enjoy swimming in the shallow natural pools at the rock reef for safety.

- Absolutely no littering rubbish and destructing the natural landscapes.

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Enjoy Halong Bay panorama from the seaplane at reasonable prices

With only 100 USD/ person, you will have a luxurious experience when admiring the scenic landscape of Halong Bay from a seaplane.

If not satisfy with the experience of enjoying the landscape of Halong Bay on the cruise, travelers can try a brand new type of sightseeing tour in which visitors will have chance to see the panoramic view of the bay from a sea plane. Travelers will absolutely be overwhelmed with the scenery like in a Hollywood movie of Halong from above.

The seaplane tour not only helps passengers to save time while on the move, but also offers many beautiful views of the scenic spots in the bay.

Currently in Vietnam, Hai Au is the first private airline providing the seaplane sightseeing service. This type of business has grown significantly over the world but is quite new in Vietnam.

Seaplanes land on the surface of the bay.
Each aircraft features 2 pilots and 12 passenger seats, with spacious windows, allowing passengers to comfortably watch the beauty of Halong Bay from the plane and record the memorable moments of the trip at the height of 150 to 3,000m above the sea level.

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The beautiful scenery seen from seaplane
As the plane slowly glides into the ocean then flows up the high waves, passengers will have an exciting experience because it is completely different from the normal flights. Additionally, the planes also cruise around offerings passengers chance to observe the scenes of the bay.

The New York Times Magazine (US) has voted watching Halong Bay from seaplane service is one of the best tourist experiences in 2015.

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From seaplane, travelers can see the panoramic area of Halong with nearly 2,000 islands appear vividly and dreamilyon the turquoise se, creating a paradise on land. Especially, at the end of the flight, travelers can also embark a cruise ship to admire the bay at night.

Recently, Hai Au airline has been implemented special promotions with amazing deals from only 100USD for a 25-minute flight to contemplate the scenery of Halong Bay

Also, if would like to have a more lavish experience, travelers can choose a scenic flight packages combined with L'Azalee Yacht with 140 USD contract for 1 day or a scenic flight and an overnight cruise on the Halong Bay with 440 USD or a package including a flight from Hanoi to Halong combined with a cruise at the price of 530 USD.

8 World Heritage Sites attract tourists in Vietnam

Trang An, Hue, My Son, Hoi An ... were recognized as the World Heritage Sites and became most famous attractions in Vietnam.

Not only recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994, Ha Long (Quang Ninh) was also named one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The bay is famous for its wonderful and romantic panorama with rocky island system and beautiful caves.

Currently, Ha Long is usually listed in the top best destination voted by the famous travel websites and magazines. Ha Long also owns many titles includingthe most beautiful place for capture, the most check-in places on Facebook, the best fishing point...

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Trang An (Ninh Binh) is the first complex cultural World Heritage of Vietnam recognized by UNESCO in 2014.

There are many highlights in the complex including the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, Trang An caves, Tam Coc - Bich Dong…

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Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh) is recognized as a World Heritage Site of Vietnam in 2013. Before, the park has been one of the most well-known attractions in the country which attracts a lot of domestic and foreign travelers.

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Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world makes Phong Nha a desirable destination for all backpackers from all around the world.

Thang Long Citadel is the place associated with the history of the ancient Thang Long capital. The relic is located in the central area of ​ Hanoi and is recognized World Cultural Heritage in 2010.

Visitors can discover some historical site in the complex such as the archeological site on Hoang Dieu Street, the Citadel, Hanoi flagpole...

Ho Dynasty Citadel (Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province) is the former capital city of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. The citadel was constructed by Ho Quy Ly in 1397.

This architecture was recognized as a World Heritage Site of Vietnam in 2011.

Hue Conservation Monuments Center was named by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage on December 11th 1993.

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The complex of Hue Ancient Capital consists of Hue Citadeland the Forbidden City. The structure was built in a natural surround of the charming mountains and poetic rivers.

Hoi An Ancient Town is a well-known World Cultural Heritage in Vietnam recognized in 1999.

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The Old town gives visitors a sense of peace with the ancient architecture, the fascinating nights of the Lantern Festival, and rustic delicacies.

Recognized in 1999, My Son Sanctuary is a special World Heritage Site in Vietnam where the shrine of the Hindu under the old Cham Kingdom.

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Currently, most of the monuments here are not intact. However, My Son is still a reliable witness that visitors can partly imagine the heyday of the ancient Cham Empire.

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