Top 4 Need-to-try Restaurants in Mandalay

Along with the developing process of globalization, the tourism industry’s emergence Mandalay over the last few years has significantly diversified the gastronomy. Of course, as a traveler of this classical-style city, there is no more exciting thing than aquiring experiences about new kinds of delicacy which are entirely dissimilar from your motherland’s ones.
To help you find the best places to kick off your Burma travel by trying delicious cuisines, followings are 4 beloved restaurants in Mandalay which will definitely satisfy you a lot.

Green Elephant

No. 3, block 801, 27th Street, Between 64th and 65th streets

After setting first foot steps in this golden city, you are surely suggested to come Green Elephant which is proudly listed as one of the most luxurious place in Mandalay for a traditional culinary experience. Set within an early 20th century colonial villa with a pastoral garden, it’s like an oasis removed from all of the surrounding streets' dust.

This restarant mainly serves its customers with a unique manu including traditional Burmese dishes like tealeaf salads, fine curries accompanied by soy paste, and moet-hin-kar fish soup as well as other foreign ones like Thai and Chinese delicacies.


 Super 81

No 582 81st Street, Between 38th and 39th Streets

Because of gaining insight into the authentic fact that Southern Chinese immigrants accounting for over a third of the Mandalay’s population, Super 81 has existed to satisfy for those who are a loyal fan of Chinese-influenced dishes.

In this restaurant you can sample a dozen variations of steamed duck alone or along with excellent squid and sea bass, pork in coconut curry and chicken simmered in a clay pot as well. Interestingly, all cuisines are served in generous portions. 


Lashio Lay

No. 65 23rd Street, Between 83rd and 84th Streets

Lashio Lay’s secret to attract customers is parallel with a professional style of buffet which offers an introduction to Shan cuisine through heaping portions and affordable prices. Apart from freshly eye-catching dishes, the way of display is also extremely tidy at the till, from which you can choose wish-to-try dishes by yourself.

There are usually 20 dishes recommended including shan tofu (chickpea-flour tofu fritters), wet tha chin (minced pork in rice) and papaya salad, with an emphasis throughout on sesame, peanut and garlic flavours.


Vegetarian Option: Marie Min

27th Street, Between 74th and 75th Streets

If you’re a strict vegetarian in search of appetzing meals, then look no further than Marie Min. Needless to say, all dishes in this restaurant’s menu are in relation to different kinds of vitamin-rich vegetables containing delicious curries, accompanied with dahl, baingan bharta (roasted aubergine sauce) and a range of lassis. In addition, here you also can find numerous Indian dishes made from local ingredients as well as a friendly English-speaking staff willing to make flexible adjustments to accommodate customers’ varying dietary necessities


If you are still wondering which kind of transportation to reach Mandalay in the most convenient way, let the ship named as Belmond Road to Mandalay help you. Additionally, you can also find more helpful information about varing ships in luxurymyanmarrivercruises.

To sump up, discovering myriad of great destinations and the nation's wonderful uniqueness in Mandalay, please do not forget trying delectable cuisines in top 4 cannot-be-skipped restaurants mentioned above!

Top 5 Crazy Things You Will Experience in Hanoi

In the recent years, many tourists decide to choose Hanoi for their Vietnam tour packages to experience a rich 1000-year-traditioned culture along with a wide range of charming attractions and historical sites. Are you thinking about a similar trip? If you are, be sure to read my post to know 5 among many crazy things you will experience in Hanoi, nothing seriously crazy but surely fasfinating, which creates some unique flavours for this beautiful city.

Crossing the Streets

If a foreign traveler has to make a list of unforgettable things in Vietnam, the top-ranking one must be its crazy traffic, especially in 2 biggest cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Once you first set foot in Hanoi, you will possibly be shocked when witnessing an extremely large number of motorcycles and scooters, probably 50 times larger than the number of cars and buses, creating a maze of traffic around you. As the result, one of the craziest experiences is to cross the streets where zebra crossing is rarely useful in these cities. You will have to find your own paths while hundreds of vehicle running towards you. If you don’t have strategies, you might easily cause some troubles. The Rules is to merge into groups of local people, walk slowly and steadily, show some visible sights so the riders can see you and let them move around you.


Haggling as always

You would think that buying local stuffs in local markets in Hanoi is much cheaper and easier than in supermarkets and shopping centers. Well, it really depends on your haggling abilities. Indeed, the goods in supermarkets might have their certain price tags but quite expensive because of additional taxes, while joining a shopping trip in local markets offers you various choices but with ‘random’ range of price. Thus, every time you – the foreigners - go shopping in local market or purchase souvenirs, foods and personal stuffs like lighters, glasses, street tropical fruits, cakes, etc, do not totally trust the sellers because they will ask for a different price (normally double or triple priced to the real quality of the one you’re purchasing). You don’t want to pay $15 for a fake leather wallet, do you?
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Drinking 50-cent Beer in Hanoi Old Quarter

If you’re walking around Hanoi Old Quarter, you shouldn’t leave without having a look at Ta Hien, a narrow little street where one of the craziest things happens: the 50-cent Beer. Ta Hien’s appearance is not much different from other streets in Old Quarter’s area during day time with hundred-year-old structures, fascinating designs. However, when the night falls, it turns into a bustling tourist’s heaven, where a lot of Biahoi shops open on the sidewalk and every corners. All you have to do is to grab a plastic stool, sit down, order a cup of 25-cent beer (10,000VND), taste it with a dish of boiled peanuts and other local specialties chilling out with your friends – You can thank me later.

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Witnessing Russian and American Military Vehicles in Hanoi

See Old Russian and American military vehicles in Hanoi? Sounds insane but you can possibly have that chance by taking a short trip to Vietnam Military History Museum. The Museum is located at the heart of Hanoi, close to Ho Chi Minh complex and temple of literature, which owns a wide range of military exhibits, objects and evidences relating to the intense Vietnam War in the last century.


Once visiting, you will have an opportunity to not only admire foreign military means used in Vietnam War including tanks, aircrafts, cannons, tambourine, guns of all types etc, but also have the access to learn more about long-term battling traditions of Vietnamese people to protect their countries from aggression. If your kids go with you, then this is a good chance for them to learn more about history and culture of Vietnam – A great spot for your Vietnam family holidays.


Sampling Snake Wine

Thanks to a giant area of rice growing and long-term traditional agriculture, Vietnam is known for a wide range of products from rice, the most unique of its kind must be the rice wine. Its color is similar to Vodka but its taste is much stronger. However, wait till you taste Vietnamese Snake rice wine, which is cooked and processed in several years with the whole body of snakes (mostly venomous species). Many foreigners cannot overcome their fears to give it a try, but once tasting it, it might be the most unique and flavoursome drink that you’ve ever had. More importantly, snake wine is really good for your health and able to cure a lot of diseases. Snake wine can be found at your Vietnamese friend’s houses and many local restaurant and Beer shop in Hanoi – Noted that you should ask for the price before purchasing or just let your Vietnamese friends or tour guides do it to get the best local prices.


Top 3 Yangon’s Must - See Ancient Pagodas

Taking a trip to Myanmar, nothing can prevent you from being attracted by the metropolis of Yangon which is the without-a-doubt grandest architectural and cultural monuments of this nation. This city is even like the Burmese treasure that is appropriate for travelers who has never stopped exploring Buddhist culture and visiting religious pagodas.Hence, tours in Yangon, especially journeys to following TOP 3 Yangon’s ancient pagodas certainly do not make you disappointed.

1, Shwedagon Pagoda (ShwedagonPaya)

In fact, the Shwedagon pagoda’s legend is associated with containing relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa including the Kakusandha’s staff, the Koṇāgamana’s water filter, a small part of the Kassapa’s robe, eight hair strands from the Gautama’s head as well.

In terms of the architecture, Shwedagon Pagoda was perfectly designed as one of the greatest wonders in the religious world. From the height of 8.2 meters, this pagoda has been built gradually to 110 meters over the course of thousandsof years. With an ideal height like that, this scared land tends to be observed from everywhere in Yangon. Although any details in the stupa’s top is extremely difficult for ordinary human eyes to discern, its charming light has never been faded. In a little more detail, itis exactly a wonderful ordination of 5448 diamonds, 2317 rubies, sapphires,costly gems and 1065 golden bells.

Whether you have a long holiday or not, do not forget visiting the 2500-years-old Shwedagon Pagoda which is an indispensable landscape of Myanmar tourism.

2, Kyaik khau pagoda

Another spiritual destination that you should not skip is Kyaikkhau pagoda. In Yangon metropolis, the town where the golden pagoda located is Thailyn where the currents of the Bago and Yangon river meet. Being influenced the unique architectural style of Shwedagon pagoda, it also has existed for more than 2000 years which serves as the holy land of Buddhist believers in Burma and across the globe. Annually, the large number of people often visit this pagoda to pray for myriad things of lucky and happiness. 


Furthermore, Kyaik khauk Pagoda, every year, has its own traditional festival which is held in February offering numerous local products such as the attires, food and pottery. Apart from these items, diverse activities are also taken place in this festival overlapping with the surprising evening shows for entertainment. Specifically, this occasion is also a good chance for you to take photos of your family members or best friends with Myanmar photography tour.

3, Sule Pagoda

As a modestly small pagoda located on the downtown of Yangon, Sule Pagoda has its own power to make this city become more charming and perfect. Looking down from a high place, you can see that the surroundings of this Buddha pagoda are streets in which remain the bustle, a small local market and colonial buildings such as the Supreme court building and Yangon City Hall.

According to legend, the pagoda has witnessed most of events happened throughout Myanmar’s history due to being builtin the lifetime of the Gautama Buddha, for 2500 years. After being renovated and enlarged for several times by King dynasties, especially in the 15th century, the small Sule pagoda of the past reached the current dimension.

Situated in Yangon center about halfway between the central railway station and the Yangon river, Sule Pagoda can be easily reached by taxi or many other kinds of public transportation. This worthy destination is waiting for you to visit, let's quickly start your trip by requiring the driver to take you to the center of a roundabout on the junction of Maha Bandula road and Sule road.


>> Considering taking part in one of our Myanmar Private Tours, you will surely gain completely different experiences for yourself.

What to Expect on a Tour to Ninh Binh

Historical Sites

As the ancient capital city of Vietnam, Ninh Binh has a wide range of historical sites related to the Emperors in the past. Among them, the Temple of King Dinh and Le is the most famous. The Temple was built on the ground of ancient Citadel, surrounded by Ma Yen Mountain, on which lies the tomb of King Dinh Tien Hoang. Visiting the temples, you will have a chance to admire an outstanding-architectural temple with traditional vignettes and sacred animal of Vietnam.
For those who concerns about history in Vietnam during War time, paying a visit to Non Nuoc mountain will sure be a great idea. Located in central park, next to Non Nuoc pagoda, Non Nuoc Mountain is known as the symbol of Ninh Binh and the secret military base of Vietnamese troops in wartime. Once climbed to the top, you will easily recognize the base with old huge hidden cannons covered by shady trees to avoid enemy. There, you can admire a panorama of Ninh Binh city as well as the dreamy Hoang Long River.
Other historical sites you may like are located nearby including: Bao Dong pagoda, Truong Han Sieu temple, Quang Cung etc. 


Ecotourism

Ecotourism is the most popular of its kind in Ninh Binh thanks to a wide range of World heritage sites. The ecotourism trip to Ninh Binh will offer you the opportunity to explore a biodiversity of this beautiful land. Trang An will be the first attraction to put in your list. Recognized as the World’s cultural and natural heritages, It is a complex of a picturesque limestone islets, caves, rivers, forest and sacred Buddhist temples, which allows you to both experience your best boat trip ever in Vietnam and extend your knowledge of culture of the country.
Located not too far from Trang An, Thung Nham bird park will also be a unmissable spot for ecotourism. Once arrived at the park, you will be guaranteed to have a scenic cruise by bamboo boats deep into the unique mangrove forest to discover a kingdom of Wild birds and animals of all kinds, including some rare birds in World’s Red Book.


Cuisine

Thanks to a huge population of goats, Ninh Binh is widely well-known for its charming dishes from goat. The goats here are really healthy because they are not kept in the cages most of the time, so they can feel free to eat freshest grass in the wind or whatever they want. Goat has a strange smell but its meat is really nutritious and tasty, which can be cooked with different ingredients and methods. Moreover, Ninh Binh does has a lot of other fascinating specialties such as comchay, Kim Son rice wine, walking chickens etc.


Accommodation

Just like other famous tourist destinations, Ninh Binh owns a large number of hotels of all types. If you want to stay in the city center, then there are a lot of choices for you with luxurious services and great view of rivers and mountains in Ninh Binh. For those who wants to spend their nights in nature, then there are some nice bungalows and homestay in Tam Coc and Trang An, which will sure be a unique experience during your holidays, especially your Vietnam honeymoon.


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7 Reasons Why You Will Fall in Love With Nha Trang

If you're thinking about your Vietnam beach vacations, then you should have a look at Nha Trang - one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Today, we would like to present some reasons why you will fall in love with this mysterious 'Pearl'.

Charming Beautiful
One special thing that you can realize in Nha Trang is the immense area of palm-lined beaches, which makes the beach here distinguish from the others in northern and central Vietnam. The beach water colour is totally emerald creating a majestic marine picture to tourist’s eyes. Especially, you can have a chance to admire a wide range of surrounding islets floating on the ocean including the famous VinPearl Land, one of the most luxurious and attractive entertainment centers in Vietnam.


It’s sunny as always
Due to the fact that Nha Trang is located near the southernmost part of Vietnam, closer to the equator than other provinces in Northern and Central, the climate in summer and autumn is always hot and dry, the sun shines almost the entire day which allows you to enjoy to the fullest during your beach holidays here.
Nha Trang nightlife
Nha Trang might be your beach heaven at day time. However, when the night falls, the city turns into a fascinating nightlife kingdom consisting a wide range of activities and experiences for you to try such as traditional music shows, night markets, entertainment centers etc. Furthermore, the streets there are always full of interesting things to see from sidewalk seafood shops, street barber shops, souvenir stores of all types. What is more, you can easily find for you a good Café or beverage stops in every street corners, which offers you the chance to  make friends with other foreigners different countries in the world, explore an amazing culinary culture or just chill out.


Mud baths
This seems to be a must-try experience for all first-time travelers, especially European girls. This is pretty ridiculous for you as a newbie but you will never forget once having a try. You will soon recognize and be amazed at the benefits and changes that mud brings to your skin. What an unmissable opportunity!

An ideal spot for snorkeling and scuba diving
Widely well-known for the extremely rich beach ecology, Nha Trang attracts millions of tourists each year to visit its world famous snorkeling and scuba diving areas. Once arrived at Hon Mun area – one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and book some snorkeling and scuba diving tours, you will have the opportunity to not only experience high-quality services including professional local guides, equipments, lectures etc but also admire a priceless coral reef areas with a lively wildlife marine worlds of various species.
What is more, you can easily transfer to some picturesque islands and caves from Hon Mun area to swim, sunbathing or  kayaking through many stunning caves.

Fresh seafood
It goes without saying that Nha Trang is home to one of the best seafood in Vietnam. Although there are a lot of Russian and Chinese restaurants there, the seafood is always comes from local fishing boats of Nha Trang fishermen, which is fresh, clean and healthy. It is a must that you should try one of them or if you can even purchase the freshest grilled lobsters, sea crabs or squids from the local shops on the sidewalk.

Various things to see
Beyond the lovely seafood restaurants, romantic beaches and party-all-night bars, Nha Trang is a complex of many impressive and charming tourist attractions that you cannot miss including Cham towers, Long Son Pagoda, Thap Ba Ponagar, stone church, etc.

Top Must-Try Dishes in Mekong Delta Vietnam

Mekong Delta Vietnam is famous not only for its idyllic tourist attractions but also for a lot of special dishes that you cannot skip in your Vietnam culinary tours. Here is the list of top must-try ones when travelling to this region.

Fish Sauce Hotpot
Hotpot or Lẩu is the famous dish in almost every region in Vietnam, but you can only find Fish Sauce Hotpot in Mekong Delta. Just like other versions, the main ingredients of this are pork ribs broth, vegetables, herbs, meat, but the brilliant spice must be Fish sauce. Besides, there are a lot of stuffs that you can put into it to make the broth flavorsome and more delicious like eel, eggs, potatoes, pineapples, papaya, mushroom etc. Fish Sauce Hotpot will be an ideal dish for a weekend’s rainy day and is considered to be the signature food in Mekong Delta.


Linh Fish
Linh Fish can be seen in almost every small waterway in this area and cooked in a lot of different dishes here. This kind of fish is pretty small but it’s sweet and nutritious, especially at the early Linh Fish season. Some must-try dishes from Linh Fish can be listed as Linh fish sour soup, Linh fish sauce. Furthermore, if you are a rice lover, Linh fish will definitely one of your best friends when coming to Mekong Delta.

Located at the heart of Mekong Delta, My Tho is famous for its notorious Hu Tieu, which is different from the ones in other regions. The main ingredients in Hu Tieu My Tho are rice noodle (like in Pho and Bun in Northern Vietnam but a bit smaller), dry shrimps, pork, bean sprouts, herbs and some secret spices from the local. After mixing them together, it will turn into one of the best noodles you ever taste in Southern Vietnam.


Steamed Eel with Citronella
Eel is one of the most popular dishes in Mekong Delta thanks to this region’s huge system of rivers and canals. In order to make this skillful dish, the chef has to spend most of their time choosing the freshest and strongest big-size eels. He puts citronella at the bottom of the saucepan after placing the eel inside. The heat from the saucepan makes the eels find their way to hide under the citronella.


There are various ways to be able to taste these specialties. Among them, taking some Mekong river cruises is an ideal choice not only to discover Mekong Delta's cuisine but also admire the majestic beauty of Mekong River.

Spend some meowsome time in these cat cafes in India and abroad

Looking for some ‘purrrrr’ therapy? If the idea of sharing your table with cuddly kitties sounds exciting, a cat cafe is the place for you. With so many cats around, you are spoiled for choice as to which darling to cuddle while sipping your coffee. From cat mugs to beautiful cat decor, these cafes are simply a paradise for staunch animal lovers. Not just minting money, these cafes are also serving a social cause by rescuing Indian cats and rehabilitating them.

Let’s have a look at them --

Cat Cafe Studio, Mumbai

Located in Mumbai, Cat Cafe Studio is India’s first cat cafe. It is an amazing place to lounge with your feline friends while sipping your freshly brewed coffee. There are more than 30 cats in this cafe with whom you can play and interact. Till date, about 300 cats have been adopted from the café.

Address: 63, Harminder Singh Road, Aram Nagar Part 1, Aram Nagar, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061

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The Cat Studio, Bangalore

The best way to de-stress yourself from the heavy load of traffic is spending some time with your furry friends. Located in Indiranagar, The Cat Studio is an abode to some of the cutest kitties ever. The ambiance of this cafe is very soothing and serves as a beautiful home for many rescued kittens. Even if you are not a cat fan, you must spend some time in this cafe as you never know purr therapy might work for you.

Address:

485, Jeevan Bima Nagar Main Rd, HAL 3rd Stage, LIC Colony, Sector 11, New Tippasandra, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560075

Brooklyn Cat Cafe, New York

If you are a cat lover, a visit to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe is sure to give you immense pleasure. Located in the Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood, this cafe provides a cosy space where you can spend leisure time with your feline friends. Most of the cats and kittens in this cafe are up for adoption and in search for loving homes. Also, the cafe has a wide menu with vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.

Address: 149 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Cats Republic, St. Petersburg, Russia

Home to the famous hermitage cats, Cats Republic is the first cat cafe in Russia. These furry comrades are used to save the Petersburg art collection from rats, and once they retire, they end up at the Cats Republic. They are given immense love and proper care at this cafe. Also, there is a beautiful library and a gift shop in this cafe.  

Address: 10, Yakubovichast. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Neko no Jikan, Osaka, Japan

Due to the strict no-pets policy in many of the Japanese apartments, it is no wonder that this country has the maximum number of cat cafes in the world. Neko no Jikan, opened in the year 2004, is the Japan’s first cat cafe. You can spend 1 hour with the cats at ¥1000 and with a drink at ¥1250.  

Address: 2 Chome-17-10 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086, Japan


Want to spend some time with the furry little balls of love? Pay a visit to your nearest cat cafe and spread some love :)

Where Everyday is a Happy Day! Happiest Countries Across the Globe

How about planning a trip to these happiest countries across the globe this vacation? Enjoy a break at these places where you can have happy holidays in the truest sense of the word. So, think no more, pack your bags and take your pick from the list:

Bhutan

Well, have you heard that Kingdom of Bhutan is the only country in the world which has a Gross National Happiness index? Sounds interesting, right? The mesmerizing Bhutan has a lot to offer to its travellers- serene monasteries, beautiful landscapes and lovely locals.

Venezuela

A country full of exotic beaches, beautiful plains and picturesque rainforests, the “Land of Grace” gives you a lot of reasons to be happy. Venezuela has an array of “not to miss” attractions which you would love to explore while you are here. The warm locals will make sure that you have a great vacation time amidst all the hustle bustle of your stay at this place.

Australia

The “Land of Kangaroos” is one of the happiest countries in the world and it’s time you should plan a trip here to find out more about this place. Termed as “Paradise Down Under”, Australia has so much for travellers- pristine beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains, Sydney Opera House and many more. Come and explore all this on your next vacation. Book cheap flight tickets from Delhi to Sydney well in advance to avoid last minute hassles.

Jamaica

The beautiful Caribbean island is a haven for party lovers as the place is famous for its happening and vibrant parties all day long. Enjoy exciting water sports, delicious local cuisine, amazing beaches and electrifying parties and we are sure you are going to love your time spent here. There is not a single dull moment in Jamaica!

Costa Rica

Lush coffee plantations, expansive beaches and a carefree Caribbean lifestyle- is what Costa Rica is all about! All these interesting quotients make this place a happy destination where you can throw all your worries to unwind and relax over tempting drinks and awesome food. There are a lot of touristy attractions which should be on your not-to-miss list for that complete experience.

Some of the famous places include Arenal Volcano, Corcovado National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Poas Volcano among others. And, if you are among those who love their leisure time, then all you have to do is, sip on a pina colada while you enjoy the amazing view of the sunset.

Switzerland

One of the most favourite destinations for us, Indians, Switzerland is also home to the happiest people on this planet. The breathtaking natural beauty, stunning views and warm locals make this place a must visit for a memorable vacation experience. Oh and did you know that there is a lake in Alpenrausch, “Chopra Lake”, which has been named after the legendary Bollywood filmmaker, Yash Chopra. Fascinating, isn’t it?

Sip some wine, spread some smiles and take that much needed break at these happiest countries in the world. Here is wishing you happy days ahead! :)

A Series of Pretty Homestays in Halong Bay

In spite of the fact that they are not luxury resorts that meet the international standards, the following series of homestay in Ha Long surely make tourists “overwhelmed” by their scenery, architecture, location, and atmosphere.

Banana and Rose Homestay, Ha Long


If you are looking for a homestay in Halong, you might give Banana and Rose a try. Stretching over an area of 300 square meters, including houses, gardens, and swimming pools, surrounded by lush green trees, the homestay surely “satisfy” your need of fully relaxing and staying away from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. The homestay is currently offering 6 bedrooms accommodating up to 16 guests. Spcecifically, the large room can afford the place for 6 people while the other small ones can cover 2 people.  The price of a room is from 950,000 VND (approximately 50$) per night.



Banana and Rose homestay is highly appreciated by the visitors in terms of the enthusiasm. They are ready to accompany foreign visitors to prepare Vietnamese dishes in the kitchen. From the homestay, you might go to the port to get a boat to Halong Bay or Cat Ba Island.

Ha Long Ginger Homestay, Ha Long


If you are engaged in green space and quiet atmosphere, you should definitely give Ha Long Ginger Homestay a try. The homestay is located near the center of Bai Chay tourist site, about 5 km from Tuan Chau Port.



There is one thing interesting that the homestay offers a large open garden in which the guests can organize warmly barbecue party or relax. This garden is taken care of by the landlord every day, so it’s very green and lush. Additionally, you might process your favorite dishes at the  shared kitchen. Each room is averagely priced at 500,000 VND (25$) per night.

In addition, you might stay at a 6 – layered bed room that costs over 200,000 VND (10$) per night.


The Most Stunning Trekking Route Ta Nang – Phan Dung in Vietnam

Stretching s across an area of 60 kilometers through 3 provinces namely Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan, The exhilarating route of Ta Nang - Phan Dung seizes the title of the most beautiful trekking route in Vietnam. Furthermore, it is considered the tough but the rewarding journey to trekkers.  It might be the reason why all pack backers have desire of “conquering” this route. However, to make this dream comes true, you must have a good health, good mate, and strong mentality.


Our journey to Vietnam's most forest trekking lasts three days and two nights, beginning at Duc Trong (Lam Dong) and walking down to Phan Thiet. Our very first impression of this trekking route is the “toughness” that the posts on Internet merely mention rough mountain roads stretching over a few kilometers.


Our journey begins with jungle crossing, mountain climbing, and stream passing. We had to climb up and down slopes of 1,100  meters high. It was really valuable and memorable experience to us. You might engage in this amazing activity to find out your endurance and explore the charming nature. 


We did make detailed schedule for the 3-day-2-night journey.  In the evening of the first day, we caught a coach from Ho Chi Minh City to Duc Trong and stop at the three – way intersection into Ta Nang. We all got there at around 3 a.m, then, took a short rest and had breakfast at the nearby stir fried noodle restaurant. 


At  a.m, we asked the motorbike driver to take us to the rose house located at the entrance of the forest.  The charge is 250,000 VND (12$) / turn/ 2 people. You should not travel by car because of rough roads, so you will have to stop far from the forest entrance. On the way of reaching the destination, you go through several markets and grocery stores, so you can buy noodles, drinking water, milk, mini gas, etc. 


At 9 a.m, we got to the entrance of the forest. After gathering, we prepare the foods and drinks that are essential to the journey. Generally, we have to carry a backpack of about 15 kg weighs. At the beginning of the trekking, we went through many low pine forests in which you definitely feel free to grasp nice check – in pictures to enrich your trip. Then, we climbed up to high slopes that costed us a lot of energy and effort at the same time. At noon, we had lunch with bread with canned fish and pate, then take a short break to continue the journey. 


In the evening, we camped and grilled chickens that we did prepare for dinner.  It was not rainy that night but the temperature drops fast, so you need bring raincoats and warm clothes with you. Occasionally, we met some local residents cutting firewood and forest guard keeper patrolling. The point was that they were very nice to us. They showed us the shorter route and advised us to come back to save time. 


We woke up in the early morning of the next day to watch the striking sunrise, have breakfast, and continue the coming journey. Bear in mind, you should save water for the next stages unless you might face up to a big trouble. As what the forest watchers did tell us last night, we came back to Phan Dung three – way intersection (Tuy Phong district, Binh Thuan province). At noon, we met another group who showed us the way to the house of Sister Ot to get to the entrance of the forest.


At that time, we didn’t have water anymore while we might trek further 8 kilometers to reach the stream. Honestly, we were all exhausted and quite frustrated. At 4 p.m, we finally got to the streams for drinking water, bathing, etc. There, we met a scout group of students who did not find the way back, so they decided to set up the tent for camp. Actually, that place is a beautiful spot for camping but you should stay away from the edge of the stream to avoid being lost when it gets dark. 

When the night was coming, we prepared coffee and tea, sitting together, talking, and resting.


In the morning of the third day, we got up early, had noodle for breakfast, then, tidy up the camp. At that time, both groups decided to trek together to reach the exist of the forest.

At the entrance of the forest, you will see the house sister Ot that serve two ‘specialties” namely energy drink and noodles. After resting for a while, we hired a 16-seat coach to return Ho Chi Minh City. At 9 a.m, we were available at the city and completed our 3 – day – 2 – night trekking journey at the most beautiful trekking route in Vietnam.