5 Street Foods You Need To Try In Indonesia

There are 5 « must-try » dishes that you should give them a try at least once during your trip to in Indonesia. I’m sure that all pack packers will afford these popular street foods because they are offered at reasonable prices.

Bakso (meatball soup)

Bakso, which is also called meatball soup, is one of the most popular dishes in Indonesia, from street food stalls to big restaurants. Traditionally, meatballs are usually made from beef ground and tapioca, but also those made from chicken, fishes, shrimps, or even buffalo meat. The tasteful soup itself is processed from chicken or beef broth, served with pasta, bean sprouts, tofu and green onion. To enjoy a better taste, you might add some chilli or chilli sauce into your bowl. As I did mention before, there is no shortage of places that offer this famous dishes, but for the reason of those that receive high compliments of both locals and tourists, I would recommend  Malang City and Solo City. You can satisfy your appetite for food as well as full your stomach with a bowl of Bakso priced at 10,000 rupiahs (1$)

Soto (Meat soup)

The other tasteful dishes that deserve your « try » during your cuisine tour in Indonesia is the meat soup called Soto. Made from vegetable broth and chicken, it is accompanied by rice and pasta. However, there are some places that use beef, pork, or even lamb to process this dish. Further, each places has its own recipes, display and ingredients to define its own characteristics of making this dish. To enjoy its best taste, you should eat it when it’s still warm. A bowl of meat soup is priced at a very affordable price, 8,000 rupiah (1less than 1$).

Nasi Goreng  (fried rice)

Nasi goreng or fried rice is a popular dish that tourists should give a try when visiting Indonesia. As the name would suggest, this dish is made of rice and fried with different spices and ingredients based on the recipes of each restaurant. In addition to traditional fried rice, tourists now have the opportunity to taste various dishes such as nasi goreng ayam, nasi goreng ikan asin, nasi goreng kambing, nasi goreng pete, nasi goreng jawa, etc.  A plate of fried rice is about 10,000 rupiah (less than 1$).

Mie ayam (Chicken noodle)

Originated in China, Chicken noodle has long been a popular dish in South – East Asia countries. In Indonesia, chicken noodles so-called Mie Ayam is are considered as the famous dish of Chinese Indonesian people. Being processed from simple ingredients such as noodles, chicken, vegetables, green onion and various spices, the dish can be served as the main meals or snacks. After being cooked, the yellow noodle is mixed with soy sauce, garlic and cooking oil. They might use both animal fat oil and vegetable oil to separate the noodles. In term of chicken, it is cut into small pieces and cooked with soy sauce, garlic and other ingredients. The final dish of Mie Ayam is served with chicken, mushroom mixture, green onions, and a small bowl of soup/broth made from chicken bone.  At first glance, you might not have nay special impression of this dish, but after tasting the tasteful and fragrant chicken as well as the broth, you undoubtedly have « crush » on it right away. Feel free to enjoy this amazing dish with only 6000 rupiah (less than 1$).

Nasi Balap (balap rice)

Originated from Lombok Island, one of the famous tourist destinations in Indonesia,  Nasi Balap is the speciality of the island, in particular, and Indonesia, in general.  Therefore, tourists can find it in other islands such as Java, Bali, or Palu (Sulawesi island). This dish is accompanied by a bowl of rice, torn chicken, fried soybeans, and especially an indispensable sauce processed with a special recipe. This dish is priced at 15,000 rupiah per meal (more than 1$).

5 Best Attractions in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also a well-known « bargain hunter ‘s paradise ». Deeply immersed in the Oriental culture, heritage, and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most famous tourist attractions in Malaysia. Noticeably, it is the place that you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods.

Central Market

Originally built in 1928 in Chinatown, the Central Market was used to sell raw food and vegetable. By 1890, the market changed its business direction to offer handicrafts of famous craftsmen. Therefore, visitors definitely find a variety of goods at remarkably « reasonable » prices, from batik fabric, embroidery, wood carving to souvenirs. Certainly, tourists will choose « eyes – catching » gifts that are matched with their relatives when shopping here. Amazingly, tradesmen sometimes sing and dance as marketing tricks to attract the attention of buyers, creating a great atmosphere.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

It might not have occurred to you that a house of worship could be both cultural and attention-grabbing at the same time. The Sri Maha Mariamman in Chinatown is one of the most popular tourist spots among worshippers and visitors alike in Kuala Lumpur. Firstly built in 1873 by the Tamil immigrants but was only opened to the public in the 1920s.  Then, in 1968, the temple was built 5- storey tower at the entrance, featuring more than 288 unique statues of Hindu deities made by sculptors from India. Today, with more than a century of history, it is entitled the oldest as well as the richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur.

At the annual Thaipusam festival, visitors and worshippers flock to this sacred temple to engage in it. The festival begins with a large car carrying the statue of Lord Muruga and his two consorts (Valli and Teivayanni) up to Batu Caves on the northern edge of the city to celebrate this festival.

Kasturi Walk Market

Kasturi Walk is a covered, open-air flea market set along Jalan Kasturi, a lane alongside Central Market. Opened in 2011, this market is full of stalls and kiosks offering various kinds of products from clothing, bags, shoes, to fruits. Bear in mind, you should bargain because the sellers often offer a pretty higher price than the original one. Get there, you have a chance to enjoy attractive specialties like dim sum of Chinese recipes or rojak of Indian recipes one the street.

Featuring the simple architecture but solemn atmosphere, Kuan Yin Temple is a place of worship of the goddess Mercy. Built in 1880, nestled in Chinatown, this temple grasped the characteristics of traditional Baotian style. If you tend to explore the prominent features of the religious Kwan Yin temples in Malaysia, you should visit three golden Buddha statues in the main hall. Furthermore, you can buy incense outside the temple to burn incense to the Goddess.

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Built between 1897 and 1906, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple served as a temple and a community center in Kuala Lumpur at the same time.

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple features prominently in its spacious courtyard and a delicate architecture with terracotta pillars illustrating Chinese history and myths. In addition, going inside the temple, visitors see statues of warriors battling against lions, dragons, and other mythical creatures.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Seized the title of the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is considered as the Chinese Community Center in Chinatown, especially in traditonal festivals like Lunar New Year. The locals come here to burn incense and pray for peace and good luck for themselves as well as family. Most significantly, some of them go through the table in front of the Buddha statue because it was said to bring about luck.

Ramree Island - 'The House of the Crocodile'

Ramree – the Death Island - House of crocodiles, is an interesting and fascinating Myanmar tourist destination for visitors to Myanmar. Let’s come and explore this tourist destination with us.

When touring Myanmar, if you mention the Ramree name to the natives, you will find a bit of anxiousness on their faces. In the past, the island of Ramreewas known as Death Island because it is home to thousands of crocodiles.

Special island

The " swamp killer" has become an obsession for all those who intend to set foot on this "fierce" land by a true story associated with this cold-blooded animal, which makes the death island of Ramree become a haunting obsession.

In 1945, after the war between the British and Japanese forces, nearly 1,000 Japanese troops had retreated to the swamps surrounding the island, encountering the giant saltwater crocodile in the area and only about 20 survived. The Guinness Book of Records notes that this is the "Greatest Animal Disasters".

So, with so many crocodiles, the Ramree death Island is one of the most dangerous islands in the world, even with adventurous travelers, once they hear the name of the island, all feel "shivering" and "hair-raising".

Best Time to Visit Myanmar

Myanmar is a region that is considered to have a good climate, not as harsh or as varied as some other countries in Southeast Asia. While Vietnam has started to become cold, this time, Myanmar is in its most beautiful season of the year.

In the south, represented Yangon, the atmosphere is very pleasant. You can compare with the best autumn days in Vietnam to understand the Myanmar weather. This time, it will occasionally rain but not significant. According to our Myanmar travel experience, it is now the most appropriate time for you to book a Myanmar tour.

Myanmar has three seasons. The fall is from October to February next year. The rainy season is from July to September. Autumn is the best time for Myanmar tourism . In the wet season, in Yangon, it rains both day and night, while in Bangan and Mandalay it is only a little bit rainy. From November to February, visitors to Myanmar are crowded because of the low rainfall and mild weather. In May, July, Sep, very few tourists go to Myanmar. In high season, visitors are crowded and hence the price will be more expensive. If you want to save money, then choose the low season to go.

In the central and northern regions, represented by the capital Naypydaw and the former capital of Mandalay, all year round, there is not much rain and sunshine is very harsh. You will feel it by the way people use to protect their skin from sun: applying sunscreen from thanaka on the face, which is very impressive.

However, in any part of Myanmar, you should also prepare thin jackets, windbreakers to avoid being wet. You can buy lightweight but good clothes at the tourist shops to ensure that your suitcase is not full. Arriving in Myanmar, you will find these shirts useful when walking at night, when sudden rains, on planes, buses or on long journeys.

November to February is the best time to travel to Myanmar. The weather is cool and there is not much rain.

March to May: The dry season and rather hot, not rainy.

June to October: rainy season, high humidity and hot. Particularly in Golden Rock Temple area, the weather on the top of the mountain is cold all year round (around 15oC-20oC) with rain, cloud, fog.

Top 3 Best Homestays in Moc Chau

If you’re planning a Moc Chau tour and you are too familiar with hotels then let’s have a change at these best 3 homestays.

Moc Chau Arena Village

Lies within the green highland filled with tea hills and colorful flowers each season, the special aspect makes Arena Village attractive is the unique restrooms based on container. These restrooms are full of facilities, wide space, friendly with nature, viewpoint over plum gardens and green tea hills.

These small, decent bungalow containers were painted with all kinds of color, and put near each other between large tea-planting land. It’s both convenient for visitors to enjoy the sight while staying in the room, and also have feeling of being one with the nature.

Besides Bungalow Container room type, travelers can choose to sleep in huge nhà sàn which can have 12 – 15 guests, or Japanese-style nhà sàn for 2 – 3 guests. For those who prefer to have experience like the locals, they can choose to sleep in traditional nhà sàn.

Bo House

Resides at Hamlet 2, Tieu Khu Co Quan, Nong Truong town, Moc Chau, Bo House is a nice homestay with good photographing oppurtunities. Here, you will experience cozy atmosphere like at home, clean and neat rooms with full warm bed – blanket – pillow.

In addition, Bo House has entertainment ground, drinking café with imaginative background, provides chances to communicate, have fun, take creative photographs. Especially, Bo House has kitchen area for cooking. Market is near the homestay so it is quite convenient.

Moc Chau Happy Land

Moc Chau Happy Land tourism area resides in a land of 5 acre in the midst of a great valley in Lun hamlet, Muong Sang village. From here, visitors will be greeted with colorful flower beds, some of them are special flower species in Tay Bac.

The tourism area is not only opened for visitors with the cheap price of 20.000 VND (near 1$ USD), but also has unique pipe-shape restrooms area. If you stay there, you will see all kinds of blooming flowers each morning.

The accomodation cost is 250.000 VND per room for 2 people (plus 50.000 VND for third person). The tour ticket is 20.000 VND/person. From Mộc Châu town, go to Lóng Sập border and Dải Yếm watefell. After 3 kilometers, come to Mường Sang then turn right, with 2 more kilometers, you will see the gorgeous Mộc Châu Happy Land tourism area.

5 of Best Places to Eat Xôi in Hanoi

1. Aunt Kim’s sticky rice on Tran Xuan Soan Street, Lo Duc Ward

Aunt Kim’s sticky rice is certainly a familiar dish to those who live on Tran Xuan Soan Street, Lo Duc Ward. Aunt Kim usually starts working from the evening to the late night. Because of the good quality of the sticky rice, the late it is, the more crowded the shop is.

Xoi of this food stall is sold at reasonable prices that still ensure its quality. That's the comment of its regular guests.  The sticky rice is soft and fragrant and served with various accompaniments which are clean and well-processed to ensure its best tastes. Among them, stewed meat and chicken fried with mushroom are highly ordered.

The pickled cucumbers made by aunt Kim, which is sour, sweet, salty and spicy, tastes very well. It is definitely an ideal accompaniment to eat with Xoi to reduce the grease of meat. Pate is often cut into sizeable slices, which “favor” our mouth. There are two types of eggs to be served, namely cooked eggs and half-cooked eggs for its guests to choose. Imagine, paying 1$ and you are probably enjoyed a tasteful bowl of Xoi that are mixed with at less two accompaniments and a quarter of dollar if you want to add to any dish. Thus, it “surely” fulls your stomach, and, later on, satisfies your mouth.

2. Fried sticky rice on Hang Dieu Street

The fried sticky rice restaurant on Hang Dieu Street is considered as one of the oldest sticky rice shops in Hanoi. As the name would suggest, this restaurant impressed its guests with the crispy, fragrant, and tasteful sticky rice that has made and protected its name.  The sticky rice is crispy outside while remains soft and sticky inside.

The distinct feature of this shop is that the owners only fry sticky rice right after guests make orders to ensure that it is hot, crispy, and sticky. To process this amazing dish, the owners wrap sticky rice tightly in a plastic bag, grasp it until grains of sticky rice stick together, then spread and put into a frying pan. There are various dished accompanied by Xoi such as stewed pork, sausages, pate, etc.

The price of a portion fluctuates from 2$ to 3$ depending on the accompaniments you want to add in your portion. However, it’s definitely worth trying. Believe me!

3. Yen sticky rice on Nguyen Huu Huan Street

Xoi Yen on Nguyen Huu Huan Street has drawn its both proponents and opponents for its quality and price. However, it’s worth mentioning that this late night restaurant serves most various accompaniments that is not easy to find at that time in Hanoi. Specifically, they are eggs, pork, sausage, hams, pate, and chicken, etc. Among them, the soft, fragrant, and greasy, sticky rice with chicken is one of the most favorite dishes. It looks delicious and attractive because chicken is torn into strips and pour sauce on them. Additionally, this restaurant offers various kinds of drink for you to choose while eating. The price of each sticky rice portion is not the same but you can enjoy a delicious one with averagely 1.5$ (up to 2,5$). It might be significantly higher than others’ but it probably deserves the amount you pay.

4. Xoi Loc on Ta Quang Buu Street

With 18 years of opening, Xoi Loc on Ta Quang Buu Street has been a familiar dish to those who live in Bach Mai Ward. Firstly featured with the “weird” opening hours, from 6 p.m till 4 a.m of the next day. Noticeably, the “crowded” hours of the restaurant is from 10 p.m to 11 p.m. As a result, you have to queue to be enjoyed a tasteful portion of  Xoi Loc. 

The distinguishing characteristic of the restaurant is the white sticky rice served with Cha (Vietnamese fermented pork roll), stewed meat and eggs, sausages, chicken fried with mushrooms and Char Xiu (Barbeque pork) at a price of 35,000 VND / bowl. You probably full your stomach with just a portion. This dish is served with unripe papaya cut into small and thin slices and aromatic herbs to reduce the grease of meat. In addition to the sticky rice, the restaurant offers various kinds of bread.

The weak point of Xoi Loc is the limited space. Therefore, most of the guests order “take-away” portion. Moreover, it has just changed location from Bach Mai to Ta Quang Buu. Although they are quite close to each other, you will probably go back home if you do not pay attention to the address.

5. Sticky rice with spicy ribs on Truong Chinh Street 

This sidewalk food stall is located on Truong Chinh Street, close to Nga Tu So Crossroads. In spite of its location on the pavement, this food stall still draws a significant number of customers with the wonderful combination of soft sticky rice, well-cooked fried dried ribs, and sticky rice accompanied by the extremely spicy sauce.

A bowl of sticky rice in this stall is big enough to make you full. In addition to the tasteful ribs, there are various accompaniments for you to choose such as meat, sausage as other restaurants serve.
This food stall opens from 5 p.m to the midnight. The price fluctuates from 1$ to 2$ depending what you order. So, if you want to find a late night restaurant to full your stomach, this place must be a reliable one. Especially during cool weather, it’s such a great experience to enjoy a bowl of sticky rice full of accompaniments and a tasteful spicy sauce.

Top Tourist Attractions in Halong Bay

In addition to the stunning Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh has attracted tourists, particularly young ones with impressive destinations that promise to make you fall in love right you set foot in them.

Talking about Quang Ninh, it might be a stereotype that this province was only naturally favored a variety of spectacular landscapes that are nationally and internationally famous. However, this standard tourist attraction is also an ideal place for entertaining activities, exploration, and relaxation like other tourism cities.

Observing Ha Long Bay on the giant wheel

When the Queen cable car system with a capacity of 230 people and the Sun Wheel were completed, they were immediately one of the “hottest” tourists attraction in Ha Long.  At that time, tourists were very curious about how it works and what it looks like, so it drew a significant of visitors.

The queen cable car crosses the gate of Cua Luc Bay, which connects Bai Chay and Ba Deo beaches (Hon Gai, Ha Long City). Therefore, if you sit in this cable car, you will be unconditionally mesmerized by the charming scenery from the upside down. No matter when you get on the cable car, you definitely hold a panoramic view of the stunning Ha Long Bay.

Situated at the peak of Ba Deo Hill, the spectacular Sun wheel is the second largest wheel in Vietnam and also one of the world's largest wheel. Sitting on the Sun Wheel, you can see the whole scenery of Ha Long Bay from the height of 215m above sea level! You will have a chance to capture into your eyes the vast and beautiful nature the bay. Thus, it will definitely be an unforgettable experience during your journey to this amazing land.

The higher the wheel climbs up, the more magical the scenery is. This is totally true when you enjoy the immense nature in Quang Ninh by the giant Sun wheel. Each cabin carries up to 6 people with a rotation of 15-20 minutes. The ticket per passenger is priced at 15$ and 10$ for adults and for children under 1.3 meter tall. Noticeably, children shorter than 1 meter can get free tickets. It seems to be quite high but actually, affordable because the ticket includes the cable car fare, Sun wheel fare and even the fare at the amusement park at Ba Deo hill. It’s wonderful to sit on the Sun wheel to enjoy the nightlife of the local residents and tourists in the Bay. At night, the sparkling light from this wheel winding with the lighting system at Bai Chay bridge surely makes Ha Long city more magical and attractive.

Laying leisurely on the cruise

As the title would suggest, you definitely lay leisurely on the cruise. It is one of the “must-try” activity during your summer cruise vacation in Quang Ninh.

It’s not the normal sleeping, a kind of “luxurious” relaxation, instead. It is because you can indulge yourself into the airy atmosphere of the sea and the stunning scenery of the bay. How fascinating! This experience is valuable because you do not have many chances in your busy life to lay lazily on the luxurious ship to enjoy the melodious songs of wind and wave. It is an opportunity to approach to the immense nature, too. At that time, you try being “selfish” for a short time, ignore every stuff facing you, and do nothing except for totally relax and enjoy the comfortable and peaceful in mind. According to Jordan Jordan Vogt, Kong’s director: " I have never been happy and comfortable before till I sleep on this cruise. Marvelous! Come here and sleep! "

Travel Blog - Summer Days in Cam Pha

I’ve seen nice pictures and heard stories of Cam Pha, the “mining city” for a long time via text messages and emails. Till the day I directly approach this amazing city, I have “crush” on it right a way.

Summer days in Cam Pha

Strangely enough, I can not explain why this city is so close to me. It turns out to be the hometown of my ex-boyfriend who used to return home when feeling depressed during studying and working days in Hanoi.

1. About 200km to the Northeast of Hanoi, an hour of traveling by car from Ha Long, Cam Pha city is on National Highway 18 to Mong Cai and near Bai Tu Long Bay, Van Don Island to the South.
Being naturally favored a sea, Midland, and Delta, however, Cam Pha is prominently featured with hills and mountains, occupying more than half of the area. In addition to a charming sea, this city own hundreds of limestone islands.

These distinct characteristics of geology have intentionally made it gain considerable advantages in terms of tourism. However, coal mining is a big problem and challenge facing the authority of this city. 

Traditionally, tourists just go over Cam Pha to get to  Van Don island district or Mong Cai city, the Northernmost city of Vietnam. It seems that no one wants to stop in the city of coal smoke and dust blurring trees and fences along the road and lorries carrying coal all day long.

2. We arrived in Mong Cai city at 2 a.m. Surely, the streets are still dark and empty. Moreover, the luck seems not to say “hi” to us because some hotels we did drop by didn’t have available rooms. There was no other way, we called some local friends and waited for less than 5 minutes to be taken to the resthouses.

At 6 a.m of the next morning, they are waiting for me at reception hall for breakfast.
This group of friends includes those whom I did meet outside, chat on Facebook, or even whom I have never talked or seen before. However, no matter who they are, what they do and how old they are, we quickly get acquaintance thanks to their friendliness and hospitability. So, we favorably called them “Pha young guys”.

They took us to a seafood market called Ben Do. The photographers must have fully “explored” the features of this market. Therefore, young men and women do not hesitate to take their friends there to see the market and take nice pictures in the early morning. We buy food for lunch, too. Do Market is such a beautiful scenery at sunrise in my mind. The images of fishing boats getting ashore, children getting on board with their parents and the rustic but touching beauty of these fishermen are captured by a “real” photographer.

Ben Do starts from 3-4 a.m and ends at 7-8 a.m, so you must wake up early to morning to see what the locals do for their living.

Do seafood market is divided into 2 turns, one for wholesale traders, other for retail traders who sell all day with categorized foods and higher prices.

We went the wet crowded seafood market full of sellers and buyers, then climbed up a two-storey house near the edge of the sea.

From far distance, the fish market is very colorful. The nice pictures of this market must be taken from this place.

Some of my friends are quite "professional” about seafood. They observed various types of fish and introduced me them such as mackerels, rays, fish, shrimp, crab, shellfish, etc. 

I was highly impressed by the sounds of the bargain, knives chopping fish that seem to stir a corner of the sky. We just walked along for a while but those types seafood are sold out.

That market attracted both locals and tourists. They wear female workers of mining factory, neatly-dressed tourists and young guys liked us. They came here for 3 main purposes, including buy foods for meals, buy seafood as a gift for friends and relatives, and even, just walk along to witness the operation of a seafood market.

3. After having a nice homemade seafood “feast” in a friend’s house, they took us to the mountain where members of Cam Pha photographing club often gather to observe the whole city.

It is actually a hill, not totally a mountain. It is located at Cam Thuy Ward with a small trail which leads to the mountain slope and is surrounded by wild grasses and pine trees. It took us half an hour to get the mountain peak amid the hot weather of summer.

This spot offers us an overall view of the city hiding in the cloud, houses sprouting to each other and numerous fishing boats and limestone islands floating on the surface of the sea.

Wondering along the roads of mining city, some of my local friends told us the about signals indicating that that hill was under city planning, so not allowed to explore. Therefore, the beautiful natural scenery might be preserved and conserved.

The weather did not support our photographing then. A “visible” natural blanket of smoke or even dust did make houses, boats, and even coal conveys on the sea blurred.

Then I ask myself some questions, where is the fish market where I did get up early to visit? Where is the square honoring Vietnamese miners? Is it sad months or calm and pleasant moments in the arms of friends?

4. It was really interesting to see those mischievous guys trying to stand on the edges to take "virtual” pictures while the wind was blowing up their hair and jacket. These memorable moments are probably saved at a corner of my heart.

4 Things Tourists Should Do When Visiting Bagan

The former capital of Bagan for a long time was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, where there are now over 4000 hundreds-year-old temples and pagodas. Bagan not only attracts tourists by its own beauty but also more interesting things. Here are things that visitors should do when traveling to Bagan.

Visit temples

Bagan is a city located in the central region of Myanmar, which used to be the capital of the Pagan kingdom that lasted from the ninth century to the thirteenth century. Bagan is considered to be the site of many of Myanmar's most famous temples, with more than 4000 temples, so when it comes to Bagan, the first thing that visitors must do is to visit and learn about the temples. Some of the main temples that visitors can visit are: Ananda Phaya, which is the best preserved and most intact temple; Dhamma Yangyi Temple, which is one of the largest temples in the area and has a pyramid-like architecture; Shwesandaw Temple is the best place to watch the sunset or sunrise in Bagan. And many other temples are waiting for visitors to explore.

Admire Bagan from balloons

This is a unique product for visitors when Myanmar, the ancient capital of Bagan attracts visitors by the beauty of the centuries-old temples. However, the best way to look and feel the full beauty of this land is to use a balloon, hundreds of meters high, Bagan as zoomed in the eyes of visitors. Feeling overwhelmed when admiring thousands of towers here. At dawn or dusk, visitors on the balloons will see a Bagan with its very own beauty, which will be the best experience of visitors to Myanmar.

Utilize local transportation vehicles

Utilizing local transportation is one of the things travelers should do in Bagan, in which carriage is the most popular form of transportation. The carriage is not too fast, slow enough so that visitors can admire the scenery here, enjoy peaceful space, chat with indigenous people. However, visitors should agree on prices to avoid unfortunate contradictions. The second way is to rent a bicycle, with this means you are free to explore any temples that you like, both do exercise and easy contact with local people. There are also taxis, motorbikes are also available to serve visitors.

Enjoy Bagan culinary

The food in Bagan is much cheaper than other tourist destinations in Myanmar, as well as other countries. Myanmar curries, lemon sauced fish, tea leaves salad, beer and tea are two of the drinks that many people and visitors choose in their meals. If visitors do not match the taste of Myanmar dishes, you can call yourself familiar dishes of Asian countries or American fast food.

I highly recommend you travel to Bagan on Burma Cruises such as Belmond Orcaella or Anawrahta Cruise to experience a different way of exploring Myanmar.

Discover the Summit of Ngu Chi Son in Northwest of Vietnam

Located 25 km from the center of Tam Duong, Hoang Lien Son Pass, Ngu Chi Son Peak with five mountains next to each other at about 2,850m above sea level in Son Binh commune. It is considered the most majestic mountain in the Northwest. This has become the dream destination of many adventurous travellers.

Ngu Chi Son peak is not known much due to the difficult terrain, so not much people come to conquer it. There are only trails along the mountain slopes with lots of waterfalls and primitive forests of hundreds of years old. Passing through the winding roads, you can admire the immense rice terraces of the Mong people. For many generations, the Mong people live together at the foot of the Hoang Lien mountain range, year-round hard-working by wet rice farming.

Green pine forests are immense in harmony with the wind and the birds’ songs, creating a beautiful harmony of mountains and forests of Northwest. It is also the reason why so many visitors come and admire it, and named it "The King of Passes in the Northwest". This is also a stopover for tourists to enjoy and explore.

The road to conquer the peak of Ngu Chi Son is estimated at about 12 km long, mainly through the trail through the primary jungle and rocky mountains which year-round covered by the cloud. The first leg is along the fresh stream with cool water, main resource for rice fields and for people living in Son Binh. It’s also a source of water for the development of cold-water fish such as salmon and sturgeon.

The more you go up, the more magnificent  nature is, and also here visitors find out why many groups choose Ngu Chi Son to conquer, challenge themselves with the challenges of nature. The large rocky mountains are surrounded by thick, mossy forest canopy. The green cardamom fields of the local people along the way has caused the curiosity of many tourists. Under each cardamom tree is the bunch of ripe cardamom fruit wrapped around the tree, look like ruby on the neck of women. According to the people here, cardamom is not only a valuable economic crop, but also a precious medicine that can cure human diseases, and it is an indispensable spice for the cuisine of ethnic people here.

Walking along the stream, approximately 1.5km of forest road from National Highway 4, at an altitude of 2,200m above sea level, between two steep mountainsides, you will see Cau May waterfall. The waterfall is beautiful, not because of the height, but because of the winding and magnificent water rolling non-stop day and night with white foam bubbles as a bridge to connect the floating drifting clouds. At the foot of the cascade is a very shimmering, fanciful scene like in the heaven. All are created by steam, but no less majestic and magnificent. The waterfall flows through the years, deep into the heart of the rock, forming  a deep, blue pond; This is an ideal bathing spot and also a place to inspire the amateur photographer to take beautiful photos. Coming here, everyone wants to capture the best pictures to save as memories when first arrived here.

Up to a height of 2,400m, the thing that anyone can feel is the change of temperature and humidity. Because it’s in Hoang Lien Son range and a windy place, so there is usually white clouds all year around, heavy frost and cold temperatures. At this altitude, there are also many flora and fauna, especially the herbs that grow very much. There are hundreds of species of wood such as magnolia, michelia, burretiodendron hsienmu, oak...... with many different kinds of trees that can not be seen in other north-western forests. Hundreds of rare medicinal plants have not been exploited: Lingzhi mushroom, pseodoginseng, and especially Hoang Lien, which has its own name from the name of this majestic mountain range .... The vegetation here is diverse. The natural landscape is so majestic with the mountain ranges running endlessly. 

Continuing the journey, visitors will conquer deep long trails, soaring and soaring up in many different levels, it seems to have no ending point. Above us is the drifting floating cloud, beloe is the valleys, immense primeval forests in the clouds.

After nearly 6 hours trekking, visitors will reach a height of about 2.800m, where you can see Ngu Chi Son peak. Because Ngu Chi Son peak is very high, rocky mountains are dangerous, so the climbers choose this place as the most ideal place to observe the majestic beauty that nature has given.

The weather here is very cold, in the summer the average daytime temperature fluctuates from 14°C – 17°C, the humidity is above 98%. At night the temperature is sometimes down to 9 - 10 °C. "Hand Mountain" is standing firmly in the middle of the Northwest, the image of five mountains like a wall strongly impresses many visitors. Here you can enjoy the centuries-old primeval forest. To live in a climate of high humidity throughout the year, to survive with nature, these ancient trees themselves produce a thick crust around the trunk, and this is also an ideal place to live for the parasitic trees like moss, orchid, mushroom, lichen ...

A special song of the nature among jungle is created by wind blowing, the rustling of the leaves and mountains and forests. From the height of 2800m, the nature seems to show off all the charms hidden within itself to give to human beings, that only in Ngu Chi Son we can admire it. Here, visitors will have the feeling of being in harmony with nature, as can touch the clouds. The air here is so good. The natural beauty of the place is a gift for those who have the energy to overcome difficulties. Here you can admire the hidden beauty and legendary scene, get the feeling of flying like birds…

And also from this height, on beautiful days when the sky is clear, you can admire the beauty of the whole scenery including Hoang Lien Son Peak, Fansipan peak, Pu Ta Leng peak and so on. That’s the worthwhile gift for those who conquer this montain. After sightseeing, taking pictures, visitors will return to the trail to the original gathering place. This is also a chance for visitors to admire the interesting things being ignored when they climbed up.

Ending a journey full of adventures, looking back on the mountain has just been conquered, interesting experiences and deep feeling strongly rises in the heart of the adventurers. It is also useful experience to add more Into your knowledge of a relatively new field - experience of conquering the climax that people commonly call backpacking or mountain climbing.