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Phú Yen’s Highlights

Phú Yen’s Highlights

What more could tourists want than clear blue seas, white sand and sunshine? Vietnam’s Phu Yen province lures visitors with long beaches and interesting beauty spots, which include Tuy Hòa town, Nhạn Mountain and Đà Rằng Bridge. Less well-known but equally worthy sites lie nearby. Nguye Thang shares some tips on what to see, where to stay and what to eat in Phú Yên province. Stay CenDeluxe Hotel Located in the centre of Tuy Hòa town, the CenDeluxe Hotel Thuận Thảo blends modern French architecture with Vietnamese-stỵle décor that reflects the local culture. The hotel covers an area of 5,600 square meters and stands 17 storeys tall, including the basement, ground floor, mezzanine, 13 floors, and a rooftop terrace and restaurant. There are 218 suites to choose from. The hotel’s restaurants offer international and Vietnamese cuisine. Sao Viet resort and Spa Located on Đổi Thơm Hill and facing towards the sea, this resort lies a 10-minute drive from the city center and 20 minutes from Tuy Hòa Airport. The resort features 83 luxurious villas and Vietnamese-style bungalows set on a hilly site of 48 hectares. Along with a bar, restaurant and spa, guests can enjoy an 800-square meter swimming pool that features a whirlpool, artificial caves and waterfalls. Rare animals like deer, pheasants and wild boars roam the lushly landscaped grounds. Phu Yen is famous for its excellent seafood. NO visit is complete without trying the following local delicacies....
Cannot-miss interesting experiences when taking Sapa tour

Cannot-miss interesting experiences when taking Sapa tour...

Sapa is a mountainous tourist destination in the North of Vietnam. If you visit Sapa, you will have the opportunity to conquer Fansipan Peak, which is the highest mountain of the Indochinese Peninsula (3,143 m); admire the grandeur beauty of the terraced fields, climb Ham Rong Mountain, join in the ethnic markets, enjoy the mountainous specialties and sleep at the village as homestay. Conquer Fansipan Mountain Conquering Fansipan Peak became a burning desire for all adventure lovers. The suspender cable system to Fansipan will be put into operation so soon. If you like to challenge yourself, do not hesitate any longer to start your jouney. On the way to conquer Fansipan peak, visitors also have chance to discover the natural wonders of the Hoang Lien and the spectacular terraced fields. Sightsee spectacular beauty of the terraced rice fields Terraced fields in Sapa are honored as one of the most beautiful ones in the world. Nature is gives to people in this area not only landscape and ideal climate, but also skillful hands. For hundreds of years, they have been making the masterpieces which are the terraced fields leading up to the sky. The harvest on September iss time to replace the green field with golden colors. This is a fascinating time to travel to Sapa. Climb the mountains to get the panoramic view of Sapa town Observing the town from atop of 1800m in height on Ham Rong Mountain...
Buon Don village charms

Buon Don village charms

It took about one hour by car to reach Don village from Buon Me Thuot. Driving slowly, I admired the vast and stunning views of the Central Highlands, sometimes passing working elephants and their riders. A red dirt path led into Don Village, which was extremely peaceful. The air smelled of coffee flowers. Every visitor to Don Village must see the historic home of the late “King of the Elephant Hunters” Ama Kong, whose birth name was Y Prong Eban. This elderly man, who passed away in 2012, was well known for his legendary elephant hunting skills and his talent playing various folk musical instruments. During his long lifetime, Ama Kong was reported to have caught 298 elephants. Ama Kong was also famous for having four wives, the last of whom he married in his eighties. Ama Kong’s house was built 127 years ago in the tower pagoda style of a Laotian or Thai temple. The walls and roofs are made of cà chích wood, known for its excellent elasticity. This wood can shrink on rainy days and expand in the sun. The house previously consisted of three compartments. In 1954, a big storm caused an old tamarind tree to collapse on one compartment, leaving two compartments. The house was purchased by Ama Kong’s grandfather – Mr. Khun Ju Nop, who paid for it with the tusks of 12 male elephants. After buying the house, Mr. Khun Ju Nop...
Sapa mountain Marathon

Sapa mountain Marathon

This October, over 120 athletes from around the world will compete in an off-road marathon in scenic Lao Cai province On October 5th, runners from more than 20 countries will convene in Sapa, a small town in Vietnam’s Lao Cai province to participate in the first Vietnam Mountain Marathon. Organized by the Danish Embassy and the Topas Ecolodge, event promises to challenge participants’ fitness and introduce n to the area’s beautiful mountain scenery and diverse cultures. Four Vietnamese runners have signed up, as has the Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. John Nielsen. “I know it will be difficult, but the atmosphere and beauty of the mountains and rice fields on the race course will compensate for my physical tiredness,” said Ambassador Nielsen. Having taken part in seven marathons in cities including Copenhagen, Venice, Berlin and Paris, Ambassador Nielsen is looking forward to this event’s rural setting. Participants in the Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2013 may choose to run a half-marathon (21 kilometers), a marathon (42 kilometers) or an ultramarathon (70 kilometers). Runners will race along dirt roads and tracks through rice paddies, mountains and valleys, where few tourists reach. The track features many ups and downs, but will allow runners to experience local life. “You don’t have to run fast, but you should keep a steady pace and look at this as a unique adventure,” said running instructor Mr. Asger Koppen. Sponsored by the Novo Nordisk company, the Vietnam Mountain...