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Top things to do & see in An Giang Vietnam. What & where to eat in An Giang

Traveling to Mekong Delta, you shouldn’t skip An Giang, which is called Seven-mountain land (Thất Sơn or Bảy Núi). An Giang is a very special land with massive mountains in the Mekong Delta. The most famous is Sam mountain where Ba Chua Xu temple (đền Bà Chúa Xứ) is located, and Cam mountain (núi Cấm) with the biggest Maitreya Buddha statue in Asia. 

Some must-see beauty spots of An Giang include Tra Su melaleuca forest (rừng tràm Trà Sư), which is the home of various birds, the immense Sky Lake (Búng Bình Thiên) covered with the yellow of Dien Dien flowers, Vinh Te canal with busy traffic during the flood season. Moreover, An Giang also has many cultural attractions, such as mosques and pagodas of Khmer’s architecture. Besides, visiting An Giang, visitors may have chance to enjoy the cow race festival.

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An Giang in Mekong Delta - Vietnam
An Giang in Mekong Delta – Vietnam

Top things to do & see in Nha Trang Vietnam. What & where to eat in Nha Trang?

Nha Trang is a coastal city in Khanh Hoa in the Central of Vietnam. There are a lot of beautiful and sunny beaches and blue sea in Nha Trang. This is an ideal destination to visit in Vietnam from July to September, when other parts of the country are suffering from harsh weather conditions. To help you have a perfect trip, I will share my experiences and top things to do in Nha Trang – Vietnam. 

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Top things to do in Nha Trang - Vietnam
Top things to do in Nha Trang – Vietnam

Best time to visit Nha Trang city

July to September is the best time to visit Nha Trang. During this time, Nha Trang is full of sunshine, which is totally different from Hanoi and Saigon with heavy rain and stormy weather. Therefore, there is nothing comparable to spending this time resting on a cruise or on the beach in Nha Trang.

How to get to Mai Chau? Things to do & see in Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) – Vietnam

As I mentioned in the article of Moc Chau travel guideMai Chau (Mai Châu) is a beautiful valley in Hoa Binh. It is located in the middle of the road from Hanoi city to Moc Chau. Mai Chau – Hoa Binh is famous for its beautiful and majestic landscape as well as diverse culture. Most tourists spend at least 1 day in Mai Chau before getting to Moc Chau. In this article, I will provide you with a preliminary schedule for a trip in Mai Chau.

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Mai Chau valley - Hoa Binh province - Vietnam
Mai Chau valley – Hoa Binh province – Vietnam

Things to do & see in Moc Chau Vietnam. What & where to eat in Moc Chau

Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) is a big plateau in Son La province. It is well-known for poetic landscapes with endless grass fields, huge gardens of plum and apricot trees and various flowers, immense tea plantations and large herds of milk cows. There are many ways to travel to Moc Chau plateau, however, I think the best way is traveling by motorbike. During the trip, you can observe the poetic but majestic beauty of Moc Chau.

If traveling by motorbike is not of your interest, you may get to Moc Chau by bus from Hanoi city, and then, rent a motorbike there. However, personally, I prefer to travel by motorbike from Hanoi because you can take time to observe and explore the beauty of Moc Chau along the road. The following are some of my travel experiences and tips when traveling to Moc Chau.

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Moc Chau plateau in Son La - Vietnam - Things to do in Moc Chau for 3 days
Moc Chau plateau in Son La – Vietnam – Things to do in Moc Chau for 3 days

Best things to do & see in Ha Giang – Vietnam. How to get to Ha Giang?

Traveling to Ha Giang brought me many interesting experiences. Ha Giang is famous for its majestic landscape, endless winding roads and huge flower fields. Besides, the kindness and friendliness of the people there also contribute greatly to its attraction. Visitors are easily overwhelmed by the colorful mosiac of yellow kale flowerspurple buckwheat flowers (Tam Giac Mach), or pure white of plum flowers

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Ha Giang Vietnam travel guide - Things to do in Ha Giang
Ha Giang Vietnam travel guide – Things to do in Ha Giang

Best things to do & see in Tien Giang – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Tien Giang?

Tien Giang and some other provinces in Mekong Delta are famous for their large fruit farms or you can just call them gardens, floating markets and beautiful nature. When traveling  to Tien Giang, you should also visit Ben Tre as these provinces are very close together. Ben Tre is known as the coconut kingdom in Vietnam due to its endless coconut farms. During the war, Ben Tre was the cradle of Vietnam revolutionary uprising. 

In this article, I will provide some information related to My Tho (the center of Tien Giang province). And I will introduce Ben Tre in another article.

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Tien Giang Vietnam travel - Things to do in Tien Giang
Things to do in Tien Giang – Vietnam

Mid-Autumn festival in Vietnam – A traditional touch in the air

Mid-Autumn festival is a major festival of Vietnam held on the full moon day of lunar August. Children in Vietnam just love this festival a lot because they can eat a lot of moon cakes and get given gifts. The festival is also a time for family to gather, eat mooncake and enjoy the full moon. 

mid-autumn festival in Vietnam
Mid-Autumn is a major festival of Vietnam

I still remember when I was a kid, on the Mid-Autumn days, I used to have a mask on and hold a lanterns, form a long line with other kids and parade noisily through all the streets that we can. Later on, we gather to watch lion dance and set out on Full Moon party. When I grew up a little more and had a bike, my younger sister and I usually chased the lion dance troops. 

Best things to do & to see in Cat Ba island- Vietnam. What & where to eat in Cat Ba?

Cat Ba is the biggest island of Hai Phong city, famous for very beautiful beaches, national park, Lan Ha bay (a miniature Ha Long bay ),… and interesting activities. There are many ways to travel to Cat Ba. You may combine travelling to Ha Long bay then get to Cat Ba by ferry, or go to Cat Ba from Hai Phong city.

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Cat Ba islands travel guide - Things to do in Cat Ba for 1 day?
Cat Ba islands travel guide – Things to do in Cat Ba for 1 day?

Top things to do & see in Halong Bay – Vietnam. What & Where to eat in Halong?

It’s no exaggeration to say that Halong Bay is torn right out of a fairy tale book. It’s too beautiful to be true. Halong Bay of Vietnam has been a UNESCO Heritage Site for a long time now and its beauty has never failed any I promise. It’s just true that this attraction is becoming more touristified and taking a lot of cash out of your pocket. In this blog post are my tips, experiences and list of top things to do in Halong Bay to help you plan a more affordable trip.

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Top things to do in Halong bay - Vietnam
Top things to do in Halong bay – Vietnam

How to get to Halong Bay?

The distance from Ha Noi to Halong city is about 180km (110 miles ). So buses are absolutely the best choice for a 4-hour ride. There is a good abundance of buses to Halong in a day.

If starting at 7am, you will arrive in Halong City at around 12pm.

Top things to do & see in Phu Quoc Vietnam. What & Where to eat in Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc ), also known under the name Pearl island, is biggest island of Vietnam and is a district of Kien Giang. Phu Quoc is famous for beautiful sea, beaches, primary forests and ancient fishing villages. This island is an ideal destination of Vietnam. Following is my tips, experiences and top things to do in Phu Quoc island – VIetnam. 

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Top things to do in Phu Quoc island - Vietnam
Phu Quoc island – Vietnam

Top things to do & see in Phu Quoc island

There are 3 main tourism areas in Phu Quoc: NorthernSouthern and Western. Usually, visitors to Phu Quoc will spend 3 days to visit these areas.

Western  Island 

Western part is Duong Dong town, the first place you see when coming to Phu Quoc.

The first site you should visit is Dinh Cau (Dinh Cậu), a very sacred temple with the locals.

Next is Ham Ninh fishing village. This is an ancient village with rustic and pristine cottages. You may also buy fresh seafoods and enjoy them on beach when ships of fishermen just docked.

Ham Ninh fishing village in Phu Quoc
Ham Ninh fishing village

After visiting Ham Ninh village, if it’s not yet dark, let’s visit Cuoi Nguon museum, where stories and legends about Phu Quoc island are kept.

In the evening, try out the bustling Dinh Cau night market and eat famous specialties of this island.

Southern Island

The famous attractions in Southern Island is Phu Quoc prison (Nhà tù Phú Quốc ). The prison was restored to be a museum, with wondrous statues about scenes of torturing prisoners. 

Tranh stream (Suối Tranh ), rooted from Ham Ninh mountain, has beautiful scene and cool air like Dalat city.

Top things to do in Phu Quoc island - Vietnam
Painting stream

Khem beach (Bãi Khem ) is surrounded by mountains. This is a beautiful beach of Phu Quoc with blue sea and a long stretch of sand coast.

Next destinations in Southern are Kingdom of pepper (Vương Quốc hồ tiêu ), Fish sauce barrel houses, which produces millions of litters of fish sauce every year. I’m sure, you will be overwhelmed by the massive barrel systems; and Pearl farms, which produces famous pearls of Phu Quoc.

Northern Island

Northern area of the island owns Phu Quoc National park (Vườn quốc gia Phú Quốc), which has the most beautiful beaches of the island, along with other pristine landscape:

Ham Rong mountain (Núi Hàm Rồng ), Ganh Dau beach (Gành Dầu ), Cua Can (Cửa Cạn, an estuary). 

Top things to do in Phu Quoc island - Vietnam
Ganh Dau

Bai Dai beach (Bãi Dài), the most beautiful beach of Phu Quoc. 

Da Ngon (suối Đá Ngọn ), Da Ban stream (suối Đá Bàn) with beautiful waterfalls

Finally, Nguyen Trung Truc temple, the end of my northern journey, is where the locals commemorate a great hero of country. 

Bai Sao beach in Phu Quoc
Bai Sao beach

My tips: You should rent a motorbike to visit all attractions in Phu Quoc and make sure to fill up gasoline if travelling the Northern area.

For motorbikes, you may rent in your hotel or contact: Mr. Thanh, +84918.579.218, very enthusiastic, price is also ok.  Mr. Minh, +8498.384.6982. Mr. Duc, +8498.5034.111

Or for renting car, contact Mr. Huy +84168.8880.608


 

How to get to Phu Quoc island?

There are 2 ways:

1. By plane

You may go from Ha Noi or Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city ). 

– From Sai Gon to Phu Quoc. There are 6 – 10 trips every day. Fares are from $50 to $70. 

– From Ha Noi, airfares are from $150 to $250, depending on season.

Planes to Phu Quoc also have cheap fares, but you have to keep your eyes out for promotion or book a few months beforehand. 

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Phu Quoc view from plane
Phu Quoc view from Plane

2. By road and waterway

This way is very complex. 

– First, from Sai Gon, you will get to Rach Gia by bus. If going at night, you will arrive at 5am. Then, catch a taxi or motor-taxi to the dock. 

Notes:  Try to remember the number of your bus as it will stop a few times for break during the ride and there are many similar buses around at the stop. 

Best taxis in Rach Gia:

Mai Linh: +848 3929 2929

Phuong Trang: +848 3833 3468

– Second. Usually, ships go to Phu Quoc leave at 8am and 1pm, taking from 2h30 to 3h depending on the weather.

Two ship firms:

– Superdong ship. Add: 14 – Tu Do street, near the dock. Phone: +8477.877.742 – +8477.877.741. Fare is $15/adult.

Superdong ship to Phu Quoc
Superdong ship

– Shavanna ship. Add: 12 Tu Do street – Rach Gia, near the dock. Phone: +84773.692.888. Fares: : $15/adult and $10/child. 


 

Best Hotels and motels in Phu Quoc Island

1. Kim Thanh Nga hotel in region 7 (khu phố 7) – block 20 – Duong Dong town is $18 to $25. Fine room, good hotelier. $7 for taxi from airport to the hotel. 

2. Hong Tuyet hotel is at 14 – Bach Dang street – Duong Dong. Near the Duong Dong night market, and dock of night squid fishing. 

3. Sea Breeze hotel is very clean and spacious with balcony overlooking the sea. Prices from $18 to $43. The hotel is located on Tran Hung Dao street. Phone +8477 399 4920 

4. Hiep Thoai hotel on Tran Hung Dao street is in the town center. Phone: +8477.398.1060. I don’t know its exact price, but for sure it’s affordable, you may call to check the prices. 

5. Huong Giang bungalow hotel. I really like this hotel. It includes 16 bungalows, located in bustling area of Phu Quoc and only 5 minutes walk  from beach. Prices from $25 to $30. I’m pretty sure you will like it too.

Huong Giang bungalow hotel
I like Huong Giang bungalow hotel

Some cheap motels in Phu Quoc

6. Thien Vy motel at 6 – Ly Thuong Kiet, near Phu Quoc ariport. 

7. Oc Dao motel has very cheap price at only$10. Phone +8498.2111.232. 

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What and where to eat in Phu Quoc?

In Duong Dong town (western island)

Top things to do in Phu Quoc island
Top things to do in Phu Quoc island

Breakfast restaurants:

1. Le Giang restaurant is near the traffic circle of night market. This is familiar breakfast place of groups tourist. 

2. Quoc Anh on 30/4 street, near Thang Long hotel. I don’t try yet but some my friends said it’s good. 

3. Banh canh cha ca is a popular restaurant close to Thang Long hotel. If you want to watch the streets and enjoy taste of the local, let’s come here. 

4. Breakfast buffet at Huong Bien hotel. You may call the hotel to book breakfast. 

Other restaurants: 

5. Vuon Tao (Vườn táo ) is my favorite. They have raw herring, which is the pride of Phu Quoc cuisine. Other restaurant also have this dish, but here is best. You should drop by this restaurant during daytime, because it’s quite distant from the center of the town so deserted in night. 

Herring salad of Phu Quoc
Raw Herring – A famous specialty of Phu Quoc

6. Zen is a luxurious restaurant on 30/4 street. Cool campus and professional staffs. This restaurant also serves breakfast. 

7. Song Xanh restaurant has nice view, overlooking Duong Dong river. 

8. Trung Duong has good prices. 

9. Huong Bien restaurant is located on terrace of Huong Bien hotel, which has a very impressive sea view. This is ideal place for dinner. 

10. Ngheu So Oc Hen and Nghe So restautants serve seafoods at reasonable prices. 

11. Dinh Cau night market has many restaurants close together and prices are also average. Let’s enjoy a very Phu Quoc cuisine style. 

what to do in Phu Quoc island Vietnam
Coi Bien Mai salt and chili grilled

12. Gia Tuong is the only restaurant in Phu Quoc that does not have seafoods but serves specialties from Phu Quoc forest instead. 

In southern Island

12. Sao beach club is a new restaurant with nice view and good service. You may rent hammocks or chairs to eat on the beach. 

In Northern Island

13. Mai Phuong restaurant on Vung Bau (Vũng Bầu ) beach has over 10 bungalow. 

14. Bien Hai Quan on Ganh Dau. 

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