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BACH MA NATIONAL PARK

Bach Ma National park is located approximately 50 km north of Hue. In the 1930s, a city was located in the mountains, but it was almost completely destroyed after the 1946 – 1954 revolution. Nowadays, all that is left are the remmants of a city built with roman architecture and buried under vegetation.

Bach Ma National park is now considered as another Da Lat, but in the centre of the country. The temperature never goes below 4oC in the winter and the hottest summer temperature does not exceed 26oC.

Bach Ma National Park has a lot to offer, as much in terms of sites to visit as landscapes to admire. fRom the top of Hai Vong Dai, the highest peak at 1,450 m, one can admire a fantastic view. The Grand Do Quyen Waterfall, over 300 m high and 25 m wide, is also impressive.

Rich vegetation and animal-life also attract many visitors. The park is home to 233 species of birds and 55 species of mammals, as well as extensive scientific research is also carried out here.

 

HAI VAN PASS

Traversing Hai Van Pass. Two feelings are usually experienced: amazement at passing through the clouds and fear of the dangerous bends of the road.

It is located 1,500 m above sea level. Its name means “Pass of the ocean clouds”, as the peak of the mountain is above cloud level while its foot is close to the sea.

From the top of Hai Van Pass, one can admire Lang Co Beach to the north and Da Nang to the south. Endless forests stretch out west of the pass and the ocean is to the east.

The government has approvaed a project to build an 8 km tunnels through the mountains to faclilitate access to the area.

 

MARBLE MOUNTAINS

The Marble Mountains, also called Ngu hanh Son or Mountains of the Five Elements, consit of five peaks: Thuy Son (water) which is the highest, Moc Son (wood), Kim Son (metal), Tho Son (soil) and Hoa Son (fire). They are located 12 km west of Da Nang.

Thuy Son has developed into a popular tourist resort because of its alluring beauty. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to Tam Thai Pagoda and Huyen Khong Cave. In the past, the pagoda paid tribute to Hindo and Buddhist gods and is now dedicated to Cham deities. Huyen Khong Cave was a base for Vietnamese revolutionaries during times of war.

The Marble Mountains are famous for traditional pratices of stone engraving. In Dong Hai villages, close to Thuy Son, 600 families chisel statues, jewellery and art works. Stone from the Marble Mountains has been exported to many countries.

One of the more popular beaches in Vietnam is located 2 km from the mountains and 10 km from Da Nang, which is convenient for those visitors wishing to climb and swim.

 

BA NA MOUNTAIN

Ba Na Mountain (Da Nang) belongs to the district of Hoa Vang, 35 km from Da Nang to the southwest and at an altitude of 1,487 m above sea level. The temperature only varies between 17 and 20OC throughout the year.

Ba Na features beautiful thick forests with deep green pine-covered hills. There is a characteristic point of the area that few others possess: the clouds in the zone reach the middle of the mountains, while the peaks are always clear, from the top one can admire a landscape of mountains, rivers, sky and sea.

 

PERFUME RIVER - NGU MOUNTAIN

The Perfume River, Huong Giang in Vietnamese, has two main sources in the Truong Son Mountains: The Ta Trach and Huu Trach rivers. It is 30 km long and features an extremely slow current as the water is at almost the same level as the sea.

The river runs through the villages of Kim Long, Nguyet Bieu, Vy Da, Dong Ba, Gia Hoi and Bao Vinh.

The view on both sides is magnificent with the citadel, gardens, pagodas, towers and temples; their reflection on the water makes the river even more poetic. Many locals think that Hue has such peaceful, gentle and tranquil landscapes because of the Perfume River.

 

DALAT

Dalat is located in Lam Dong Province, approximately 200 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. At an elevation of 1,500 m, Dalat bears the look of an old French city as colonialists chose it as a popular vacation spot away from the heat of the rest of the South. It was founded in 1897 when Doctor Alexandre Yersin recommended that the area be developed as a resort town.
Dalat has many natural and artificial lakes such as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien and Tuyen Lam. They are bordered by lines of pine trees, a well – known feature of the area.

Dalat has many natural and artificial lakes such as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien and Tuyen Lam. They are bordered by lines of pine trees, a well-known feature of the area.
A trip to Da Lat is not over unless you pay a trip to the Da lat flower Gardens. The temperate climate is very suitable for growing flowers such as orchids, roses, lilies and camellias.

Nowadays, tourist not only limit themselves to Da Lat, but also visit the area of the Lanbian Highlands and the local ethnic minorities. The Langbian Mountains’ highest peak at 2,165 m is very tempting for climbers. From Long Bien Klo, one can view endless green mountains for as far as the eye can see.

 

VALLEY OF LOVE

About 5 km from Dalat’s center to the North, the Valley of Love is ringed by hilly slopes covered with pines. Under King Bao Dai, the valley was called Hoa Binh (Peace).

In 1972, Da Thien lake was created in the valley and thanks to this enhancement, has attracted countless visitors and, of course, lovers.

 

 

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