Charm of Vietnam’s central highlands

Vietnam’s Central Highlands are home to pristine mountain scenery and a wealth of ethnic minority cultures. While ways of life are changing in Vietnam’s Central highlands, people still observe their traditional rituals and festivals

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Vietnam’s Central Highlands include the regions of Kon Turn, Kon Plong, Ron Ha Nung, Playku, Mdrak, Dak Lak, Mo Nong, Lam and Di Linh. Here, visitors will find red soil, wild forests and immense plantations of coffee, rubber, pepper and mulberry. Lying some 500 meters above sea level with the Truong Son Mountains to the east, the climate is cool year round. The rains last from May to October and the dry season is from November to April.

The Charm of the Dirndl

Many ethnic minorities including the Jrai, Bahnar, Ede, and M’nong live in the Central Highlands. Lunar March is considered the best time to visit, with soft sunlight and cool breezes at night. In the Bahnar calendar, Lunar March is the season for festivals. A local song states: “March is coming. Bees fly from one flower to another to collect honey. Elephants bathe. I clear the trees for cultivation and you go to hunt…”

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As well as enjoying majestic scenery, visitors who come to the Central Highlands in Lunar March can enjoy delightful festivals like the Coffee Festival and the Gongs festival. Some of my happiest moments came about in the
Central Highlands, in a place known as ‘Bo Y’ (Ngoc Hoi, Kon Tum), where Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia meet.

The local people start to work very early in the morning. Adults climb to the terraced fields while children go to school or play with their friends. While modernity is influencing peoples way of life, they still farm using traditional equipment and techniques. The local ethnic minorities follow the agricultural calendar of the Bahnar. The year is divided into ten months, with “Ning-Nong” being the time for festivals and “Hot- Ning” the time for cultivation.

People begin to clear land for cultivation at the start of the year. When it is time to transplant rice seedlings they perform a ritual ceremony called “Jomul” when it is time to clear the grass they hold the “Somah ba” ritual ceremony to praise the rice crops. In the summertime, families hold the “Ming mir” ceremony to praise the crops. When the crops are ripening they erect scarecrows and sit in watch-towers to protect their crops. After the crops are harvested they perform the “Somah to hao ba” ritual when the rice is stored in barns. The cultivation season ends with the “Teng amang” or “Chruh’ rituals. When the harvests have all been brought in, it is finally time to relax and enjoy the “Ning-Nong” festival season.

The Polang trees flower during the festive season. Villagers busily prepare for the festival. Glasses of wine warm the blood on cold nights. The sounds of gongs echo through the high mountains and torches flickers in the black night.

Live slow to enjoy the picturesque villages in Vietnam

A village with the nostalgic beauty and serenity of the northern countryside with the images of banyan trees and pavilion or a village looking like a fairy land always make those who visited once impress. A coastal fishing village is put on the sleeve of the different stories with vivid colors. And other villages are picturesque with numerous colors in Vietnam. Especially, with experienced travel consultant, Ultimate Hanoi Adventures is the Hanoi local tour operator that offers a lot of different tours with interesting activities to discover the unique beauty of these villages so tourists can fully enjoy the trip.

Po Mu Village

Son La not only welcomes visitors with majestic mountains and endless flower fields, but also the village with thousands of houses made of 100% Po Mu wood and a history of over 100 years old. In such the village of the highland in Son La, life still flourishes and shines amongst fog covered year round. Fresh air along with the moss covered houses becomes a magical place with many wonderful things in front of the tourists’ eyes.

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                                                                      Fairy land in the mountainous area
The unique feature is the house made by Po Mu wood built in line and just separated by the fence, which has been existing for year from generation to another. The life of the ethnic minority people is very quiet like their characteristics. A fairy land in the normal life would not be too much to say about this village. In addition, coming to this place in the weekend evenings, people easily fall in love with graceful dances of the girls of the highland. From Hanoi, travelers don’t worry about what to do, where to eat or which transport is the most convenient, at our booking office located Hanoi Old Quarter, our tour agency will bring you once-in-a-lifetime wonderful experiences with a package service. We always accompany with you in all trips.

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Beauty of the dance of ethnic minority

Mui Ne fishing village

With those who give their hearts to the sea, the living life and landscape of fishing village will be the most lively and beautiful in their eyes. If you visit the coastal city of Phan Thiet, you should go to Mui Ne fishing village to feel the beautiful idyllic image of a coastal fishing village. There are no houses close together, no lush greenery plants because there is only fishing scene, busy trading amongst the sea breezes carrying the salty taste of the sea. However, it is enough to make people infatuate. The fishing village is busiest in the morning. When the sun was not out of the sea, the place is bustling with laughter, the sounds of bargaining from the sellers and buyers. Although it is very busy and noisy, visitors can feel peaceful strangely.

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 Painting of fishermen’s daily life

Going to Mui Ne fishing village, you not only feel the living picture as behind it, it is the story of fisherman subsistence, of those who “make friends with” the sea all year round and depend on the nature. Large and small boats anchoring close to shore as well as the big round baskets with full colors (red, yellow, blue…) lying quietly on the seashore at sunset create an incredibly peaceful scene. Visitors seem to put all the worries aside to emerge themselves in such the beautiful space and then, suddenly feel like that they are missing a beat.

Cu Lan Village

Cu Lan is a small village located at the foot of Lang Biang Mountain. Once arriving at the village, many people are skeptical to ask themselves if they are lost in the wonder land like the little girl Alice falling away into dreamland. You will enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the villages with the houses built in highland style are loomed in colorful flowers. How romantic the village is! Cu Lan Village captivates so many tourists’ minds about a small village surrounded by green pines, like the fairy land in the world.

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Idyllic lives of the local people

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Visiting Cu Lan Village is to feel the peaceful and simple beauty. This land always welcomes the tourists with the wonderful things so that they have one more reason to miss it. One more thing for you to consider is that is an ideal place for taking pictures.

The beautiful idyllic village impresses so many visitors and backpackers. No need to go far, Vietnam never lacks the beautiful scenes like the fairly land. It is so worthy for you to travel to these villages and feel its charming beauty. If you want a tour, contact with us, a trustful Hanoi tour operator for you to choose.

One day in Gyeonggi

Encircling Korea’s capital of Seoul, Gyeonggi province boasts many interesting tourist attractions

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

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Hwaseong fortress was built in the late 18th century. The name Gyeonggi means “The area surrounding the capital”. Photo by loveaffairwithkorea

 

Hwaseong Fortress was built to protect Suwon, one of the main cities in Gyeonggi province. The fortress testifies to the dutifulness of King Jeongjo to his father. Built between 1794 and 1796, the fortress features four gates in the North – South – East – West directions and the seven-arch Sumun Gate. Its walls were built using Seokje and Jeondo bricks. Holes between these bricks are just large enough for the guns, arrows and spears used to defend the fortress. This fortress was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997.

Heyri – Paju Arts Village

Gyeonggi locals are proud of Heyri Village, which is home to some 500 artists working in different fields of art. The resident artists have made books showcasing their work. They run fine art workshops, galleries, museums and cafes so that visitors can experience their art. The village boasts over 100 galleries, shops and museums devoted to everything from international folk musical instruments to toys, butterflies, stamps and traditional cuisine. Anyone who works in an artistic field would love to live in this green and inspiring village.

Demilitarised Zone (Dmz)

The DMZ inspires great empathy in Vietnamese visitors. This is the border between South Korea and North Korea, and measures 248km in length and 4km in width at Parallel 38. The border symbolises both war and peace, national divide and reunification. After some strict physical checks at a military checkpoint, visitors can tour an infiltration tunnel of North Korean soldiers, then climb to an observatory offering panoramic views of the entire DMZ, which features the national flags of both sides. Visitors can tour Panmujeon, where bilateral talks have been hosted. Since normal residential activities have been prohibited here for more than five decades, the demilitarised zone is a fantastic biological reserve with a variety of wild animals.

Dorasan Memorial Peace Park

Near the Demilitarised Zone lies a vast memorial park with a big complex of monuments and professional display halls. Visitors are invited to draw some memorial lines on ceramic bricks, which will be used to make a memorial wall in hope of long-standing peace. The brick wall is expected to be inaugurated in November this year.

Local Flavours

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No day trip to Gyeonggi province is complete without a chance to enjoy the local cuisine. The signature dish of Pocheon grilled ribs is a pleasant end to your journey. Soft grilled pork or beef ribs or chicken is coupled with a fantastic sauce. A glass of traditional Makgeolli wine and the draught beer from Bavaria fuels the locals’ friendly hospitality.