Tran­quil­ity soars on Ea­gle Is­land

Viet Nam News - - WORLD BUSINESS - Ngoâ Minh

Prov­ince. From here, take bus No 19 to Vónh An Town.

There are few rooms on the is­land so tourists should book in ad­vance.

Alex Nguyeãn and his wife usu­ally visit the is­land on the week­ends for a quick break from HCM City. He al­ways brings a tent to spend a night in the for­est.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing to lie in the silent for­est lis­ten­ing to the sound of in­sects and the pad­dle of fish­er­men who head out on the lake, and the birds singing at dawn,” he said.

For those who want to stay overnight out­side, a boat is avail­able for hire. The ex­pe­ri­ence of sleep­ing on a boat un­der the moon and stars, sway­ing on the placid lake is an unforgettable one.

Tourists can walk around the is­land to re­lax, take a sight-see­ing trip on a boat and swim in Tourists are ad­vised to bring tents to spend the night in the for­est, close to na­ture. — Pho­tos cour­tesy of Alex Nguyeãn

the lakes.

“If you are up for a chal­lenge, you can ab­so­lutely pad­dle from the ship dock to the is­land for two to three hours, against the wind and soft cur­rent. The re­turn route is around 12km,” said Alex.

“Once when I came here with a group of friends, we brought an in­flat­able rub­ber boat to dis­cover the is­land by our­selves.”

“Our sor­row and wor­ries seem to be blown away when we drag the pad­dle in the wa­ter.”

Sun­rise and sun­set are the most im­pres­sive mo­ments on a tour to the is­land.

Since the place is gen­er­ally un­known and un­de­vel­oped, guests have to bring their own sup­plies like food, wa­ter and other ne­ces­si­ties. But for the adventure-seek­ers, fish is abun­dant in the area. You can catch some or ask the lo­cals to do so and cook it, too. Caù laêng or hemiba­grus fish is the spe­cialty fish of the lake. It can be pre­pared

in sev­eral ways: sour soup, crispy fried, grilled with salt and chilli, and hot­pot.

As the scent of the dishes wafts into your nose while you sit freely un­der the trees await­ing a hearty din­ner, you will feel like you have found a slice of heaven.

“I or­dered a 1-kg fish and or­dered half of it grilled with salt and chilli and half for the hot­pot. It sounds like too much for two peo­ple but we still made the plates empty,” said Alex.

From the Ea­gle Is­land, tourists can book a tour to visit Trò An Hy­dro­elec­tric Plant and War Zone DinBienâ Hoaø City,afa­mous­base dur­ing the Amer­i­can War.

The sur­round­ings of Ea­gle Is­land are lush and green all year round. The wa­ter level can go shal­low dur­ing the drought sea­son from Feb­ru­ary to May and rise up again dur­ing the rainy sea­son from June to Septem­ber, con­tin­u­ing until the end of the year. Ev­ery day is a good day on the is­land. — VNS YEN BAIÙ — Some 70 Viet­namese and for­eign­ers will take part in a paraglid­ing fes­ti­val in the north-western prov­ince of Yenâ Baiù from May 18 to 20.

The fes­ti­val will be or­gan­ised at the Khauâ Pha Mountain Pass in Muø Cang Chaiû Dis­trict.

Par­tic­i­pants will have a chance to com­pare paraglid­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and tech­niques, and explore the beauty of the north-western re­gion.

Si­t­u­ated 1,200 me­tres above sea level, Khauâ Pha Pass, 250km from Haø Noiä , has im­pos­ing moun­tains and forests cov­ered in mist all year round.

It is one of the long­est mountain passes in Vi­etä Nam.

When the rainy sea­son starts in May, visi­tors can see glit­ter­ing ponds on ter­raced fields be­fore lo­cal farm­ers trans­plant rice seedlings.

The fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by the Vi­etwings Haø Noiä Club and the Yenâ Baiù Depart­ment of Cul­ture, Sports and Tourism.

Sa Pa lodge named among world’s most unique places to visit

LAOØ CAI — Sa Pa in the north­ern prov­ince of Laoø Cai has be­come in­creas­ingly at­trac­tive to visi­tors in re­cent years, mak­ing it im­por­tant for those who love the pris­tine beauty of the town to find a place where they can breathe in the fresh air, dive into the green jun­gle, gaze over the vast paddy fields and ex­pe­ri­ence eth­nic cul­ture.

has the an­swer: Topas Ecolodge in Banû Lòch Vil­lage.

Nam­ing the lodge in its new list of Unique Lodges of the World, the US pub­lisher says guests can “wake in the morn­ing to the mist rising with the sun, and spend your days ex­plor­ing the sur­round­ing forests and eth­nic vil­lages, and you’ll start to feel the pull of the hill tribes’ cen­turies-old life­style, na­tive to these moun­tains and vir­tu­ally un­touched by the mod­ern world”.

“The stilted com­mon build­ings at the heart of the lodge were sourced from a nearby com­mu­nity of eth­nic Tayø peo­ple; and pri­vate guest bun­ga­lows swirl along the ridge­line, en­sur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar view no mat­ter which one you check in to.”

Opened in 2005 on a moun­tain­top near Sa Pa Town, Topas Ecolodge of­fers its guests a rare ex­pe­ri­ence of cul­ture since there are five dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups in the re­gion with dis­tinc­tive lan­guages and life­styles.

The re­sort is the first in Vi­etä Nam and the fifth in Asia to make the list. — VNS

Nearly nat­u­ral: Trò An Lake is a man-made lake that ex­udes nat­u­ral beauty with its spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of the sun, sky, for­est and wind.

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