Travelling to Tam Dao for backpackers

Travelling to Tam Dao for backpackers

How to travel to Tam Dao?

Tam Dao is far from Hanoi about 85km (2-hour drive), so it is very convenient to travel to tam Dao. You can go by car, bus or motorbike, taxi.


The most beautiful tourist places around Hanoi

The majority of young people are interested in backpacking to Tam Dao because of short distance and very convenient transportation. From Hanoi, you can get a motorbike at James Hanoi Motorbikes company specializing in motorbike rental Hanoi with a wide range of motorbikes such as manual or semi-automatic motorbikes, you can get one manual motorbike that is very suitable for the road leading Tam Dao, you just follow Pham Hung Street and then, go straight to Vinh Yen City, Vinh Phuc Province, turn to Road 28 to continue about 25km to Tam Dao.

For those who prefer going by bus to save money (mostly students), you take bus 58 (route: Long Bien – Me Linh). From Me Linh Plaza, you will take bus 01 to Vinh Phuc Commune, then take bus 07 to Vinh Yen – Tam Dao.
Also, you can take a passenger car from Hanoi to Vinh Yen at My Dinh station. Then, you will take a taxi or motorbike taxi to Tam Dao.

In addition, you might take the train from Hanoi – Lao Cai, get off at Vinh Yen train station. After that, you will take the bus 07 to Tam Dao – Tay Thien, or catch a taxi/ motorcycle taxi to Tam Dao.

Experience for renting the hotel room in Tam Dao

Hotels and motels in Tam Dao are quite plentiful so the prices are suitable for tourists. As experience, the average room rate in Tam Dao is about 300.000/ room/ day and, from 500,000 to 3.000.000 VND/ room/ day for star-class luxury hotel.
The main means of transport in Tam Dao is the taxi, motorbike taxi, rental car or on foot. Before going to any places, you should make a deal on price with driver.

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These attractions in Tam Dao

We call the place Tam Dao because it is formed from three high mountains, including Thien Thi, Thach Ban and Phu Nghia. Tam Dao is famous for scenic spots such as Thac Bac, Xa Huong Lake, Dai Tuyet Bridge, Thang May, Rung Rinh Mountain and so on.

Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple is located at the foot of Thien Thi Mountain. You have to climb 200 stone steps to go to the temple. In this place, you can admire the famous Golden temple of Vietnam.
Thac Bac is a small stream with about 50 meters in length rushing along with the sound of the forest and echoing leaves.

Rung Rinh Peak owns a lot of picturesque trees and hills. You can not only admire a lot of orchids but also hear chirping birdsong and flying butterflies.

A place you cannot miss when traveling to Tam Dao is Heaven Gate. From the hill, you will go straight to the French church and turn left to Heaven Gate. Standing on the Heaven Gate, you can see the whole town fanciful in smog and feel the peaceful atmosphere here.

Tam Dao ancient church built by French architecture, becomes an attractive tourist destination. Standing on the church, you can see the whole natural scenery of Tam Dao.

In addition to the places you can do with your groups, you can go camping in the wide and very clean lawn area in Tam Dao. Especially, Tam Dao has tennis court, football ground and swimming pool.

What to eat in Tam Dao/ Specialties in Tam Dao

In the top of the specialty list in Tam Dao is chayote, a simple but typical dish. Stir fried chayote famous and tasty dish. Moreover, boiled chayote served with sesame salt is familiar in many big and small parties.

Naturally raised chicken is the second famous dish in Tam Dao. It is cooked into many different dishes like stir fried chicken with salt, stewed chicken, stir fried chicken with onion, especially delicious and greasy grilled chicken covered with mud.

You can also enjoy the wild boar cooked into dishes such as baked, steamed, etc. If you go with your group, you can buy a whole pig to cook and enjoy it with your friends. Such an interesting experience!


This is a kind of Tam Dao’s specialty

However, the eating service in Tam Dao is quite expensive so you should bring some kinds of ready-made foods and drinks if you do not want to spend too much money.

Hopefully, with the useful information, you will get some ideas on how to travel to Tam Dao, what to do and what to eat in Tam Dao to save time and money.

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4 must-do things when traveling to South Africa

4 must-do things when traveling to South Africa

In spring from September to November, the scenes of the South Africa will become brighter and vibrant thanks to the colorfully blooming of nearly 4.000 kinds of flowers in the warm weather of 17 – 27oC, attracting millions of tourists to travel to this country for their holidays. Let’s discover what makes the “country of rainbow” so gorgeous and charming.

If visitors take the tour from Johanesburg – Pretoria – Sun City – Cape Town, they can have great trip to experience 4 most attractive things in the “country of rainbow” when sightseeing the wonder Table Mountain, explore Cape of Good Hope, touch South African diamond, feel the purple shade of Jacaranda flowers and behold the “big five” of the wild nature.

Sightsee the wonder Table Mountain and explore Cape of Good Hope

It is commonly believed that if traveling to the South Africa without visiting Table Mountain means that you never arrive in this country. Simply, if Mount Phou Si is the symbol of Japan, the symbol of South Africa is Table Mountain.


The mountain located in Cape Town which is “the world’s most beautiful port”. It is one of world’s 7 new wonders. Through 6 million years, the mountain has had the height of 1.086 above the sea level and width of 3km. It is unique with the flat mountain top as its name. Previously, to reach the top of Table Mountain, it took tourists 4 hours to climb but the time is now saved much thanks to the 360o rotating suspension cable system enabling you to see the whole of the most attractive city around the world. If you like, you can walk to the mountain top for sightseeing the landscape. Moreover, tourists are allured by not only the unique beauty but also the biodiversity system with the arrays of primitive plants living in the ravines and over found 2.200 plant bushes and wild animals such as porcupines, civets, snakes, turtles, deer, etc.


One more thing you cannot forget to Cape Town is Cape of Good Hope where two famous restaurants Batorluomei Bird Diast and Da Gama greatly discovered the road to Asian Ocean though Cape of Good Hope in 15th century. Conquering the end point of the Africa for the interference of 2 great oceans in the world may be an unforgettable experience to anyone in life.

Touch the diamond in the South Africa


South Africa is known as the kingdom of diamonds because it is one of the countries treasuring a number of diamond mines with special quality in the world. In particular, the world’s largest diamond Cullian weighing 3,106 carats was extracted into nine pieces. In which, many mounted on the crown the Queen of England were also found in the diamond mine in the northwestern South Africa in 1905. Taking the tour to the South Africa, visitors will have the opportunity to touch and feel overwhelmed by the richness and splendor of the most valuable gemstones on the planet, in Johannesburg-based De Beers – the world’s biggest diamond manufacturer.

Feel the purple shade of Jacaranda flower


It is estimated there are about 70,000 Jacaranda trees planted throughout the parks, streets and gardens in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. In the spring, around 9th to 11st of May every year, the city with the European architecture style will coat the romantic purple of Jacaranda flowers pervading the perfume into the air. This is a wonderful opportunity for tourists all over the world to sightsee and admire. The streets where the flowers bloom purple all over become an ideal place for couples.

Of equal attractiveness are the ancient architecture works and the national cultural heritage in Pretoria such as the former city council, town hall, Church Square central square, etc…

Let’s discover 7 impressive construction works of the world recognized world heritages by UNESCO

Behold “big five” of the wild world

Coming to South Africa, you will notice the “big five” of the world of wild animals including leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo, but before the tour, we still see on TV or countless photographs and online videos. The interesting place to experience this is probably not anywhere else but Pilanesberg National Park, which is the fourth largest of South Africa and also attracts the biggest number of tourists because it is only about 1.5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Apart from the big 5, you can see more than 7,000 species of mammals, 300 species of birds in the Pilanesberg Park by your eyes.

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2-day backpacking from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – Ha Long

2-day backpacking from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – Ha Long

Only trip for 2 days 1 night, you can discover two tourist sites in the north of Vietnam, which are Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay. We are an experienced travel consultant will help you schedule departing from Hanoi, here you get to receive detailed explanations and informative advice at our office located in the Old Quarter and on behalf of Hanoi local tour operator, we will be your reliable companion, just follow this itinerary below:

Day 1: Hanoi – Ninh Binh

7am: Departure from the Southern Station in Hanoi (Giap Bat station) on the road to Ninh Binh. Every 30 minutes, there will be a passenger car to Ninh Binh, from 6am to 6pm every day. The current price is about 60,000 – VND100,000/ ticket. Currently, because Cau Gie highway was put into the operation, the time from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is only about 50-60 minutes.


Harvest season Ninh Binh

8am: you are present in Ninh Binh District and have breakfast with specialty which is the eel vermicelli soup on Tran Hung Dao, or at 86 Vo Thi Sau Street, opposite the youth park. After breakfast, you will catch a car to Bai Dinh Pagoda, which is far from the district about 15 km. If you go with your group, you can take a taxi. Otherwise, you can go there by bus or taxi.

9am: You arrive in Bai Dinh Pagoda and enjoy the breathtaking scenery

12pm: You will have lunch at many restaurants nearby to enjoy the plenty of specialties such as mountain goats in Ninh Binh, wild chicken, “cơm cháy” (literally “scorched rice”) and Vietnamese traditional foods with affordable price.


Bai Dinh pagoda

2:30pm: You will be at Trang An tourist site, which is in the opposite direction with your departing point in Ninh Binh with the distance of about 5km. Then, you will buy entrance and ferry tickets: VND100.000/ person. You should avoid going to Trang An in the peak season so not to suffer from the crowds, queues and chaotic.

5.30pm: You will finish the visit and catch the car from the Bai Dinh to Ninh Binh town. There are two choices: You will either have dinner and stay overnight in Ninh Binh hotel and the next day, you can take one day trip from Hanoi to Hoa Lu Tam Coc by organized tour or have dinner and then go back to Hanoi to stay at the hotel. It is up to you as your preference.

Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long

6am: You will depart to Ha Long – World Natural Heritage, 170 km from Hanoi, with 3 to 4 hours by car. If you are backpacker, you can catch a bus, at Kim Ma station on Nguyen Thai Hoc in Hanoi. Regularly every 15 minutes, there will be one flight. You can also depart from Luong Yen station or Gia Lam station and stop at Bai Chay. To save time, you have breakfast before departure or while moving on the road. Ticket price ranges from 90,000 to 120,000 VND
(For those who stay in Ninh Binh, you can catch the passenger car to Giap Bat station and then the car to Quang Ninh. You should remember to get off at the Bai Chay).


Ha Long Bay – natural wonder of the world

10pm: You will be at Bai Chay station. From the station to the Bai Chay tourist cruise port, you can take the taxi motorbike about 30.000/ person, bus of approximately 5.000 – 10.000 VND/ person. You should take a taxi if the group is more than 3 people.

Every day, Bai Chay tourist cruise port organizes the visit to Thien Cung Cave – Dau Go through Cho Da Islet, Dinh Huong and Trong Mai (Kissing Rocks Islet) with 04 hour journey and the fare of 100.000/ passenger; at fixed time: 8am and 12.30pm. (As a rule, in addition to the train ticket, you have to buy visit tickets as a form of contribution of tourists to Ha Long Bay conservation). You should go directly to the official ticket office of the tourist site, not the purchase of the ticket brokers.

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Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay

Note: You can change the journey into Hanoi – Ha Long – Hanoi – Ninh Binh. Thus you can experience through one of the preferred choices of tourists, which is staying overnight on the cruise available at Ha Long Bay to enjoy the fresh air and the freshness of the sea. The lowest price is from 2.028.000VND / night. However, the service price is quite expensive and often applied for 2 days 1 night, with lots of recreational activities such as squid fishing, kayaking, hiking, visiting caves, etc. So if you have time and money, you should choose overnight on cruise.

Some overnight cruises on Ha Long Bay are:
– Syrena Cruise
– Emeraude Classic Cruises

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A visit to Cai Rang Floating Market

A visit to Cai Rang Floating Market

Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho is a colorful early-morning bazaar full of memorable sights, sounds and tastes.


Sampan boats typical of Southwestern floating markets, equipped with both oars and engine

As a student of mine advised me, no visit to the Mekong Delta is complete without stopping by a floating market. The student, Pham Viet Ngoan, is from Can Tho, and his hometown boasts Vietnam’s most famous floating market, Cai Rang. We made plans for an outing, and at dawn of the next day, a group of five students and I arrived at Ninh Kieu Harbor to set out for Cai Rang Floating Market by small boat.

The river was sprinkled with floating patches of algae and a buzzing boat traffic passed in both directions. After 30 minutes on the lively river, our boat reached the floating market, set on a river bend that was around 300 meters wide and one kilometer long and full of boats and canoes of all sizes, colors, shapes and styles, carrying both market-goers and vendors.

Trung Dong, another student, explained the market’s name to me: local legend has it that in ancient times a giant crocodile crawled out and sank its teeth into the riverbank, thus the name “Cai Rang” (which means “the teeth” in Vietnamese). However, according to scholar Vuong Hong Sen in his Analyses of Southern Dialects, Cai Rang was actually derived from the Khmer word karan, the traditional kitchen god. Khmer natives in Tri Ton (An Giang) specialized in terracotta pots and karan statues and loaded them on boats to sell along this river bend. Gradually, the word “karan” became commonplace for the vibrant trading boats seen everyday, and the Vietnamese in the Southwest modified the name to Cai Rang.

Whatever the origin of its name, Cai Rang Floating Market today is a wholesale market specializing in fruits and vegetables, local staple commodities, merchandise and delicacies that characterize the region’s cultural identity and enhance the market’s distinct charm. The captain skillfully maneuvered the boat to carry us around the hundreds of other boats, ferries, coracles and vessels that filled the market. None of us could count how many boats were gathered that day; however, the driver said that there were 400 to 500 boats on ordinary days and up to 700 trading boats during the run-up to Tet holidays, when a colorful variety of flowers are on offer.

Pointing out bamboo poles planted on prows on which fruits, tubers and other little items were hung, my student Dong Yen explained that these are called beo poles, and are used to promote goods for sale. The students further explained that the poles were also used by locals to hang out their clothes to dry, while a coconut leaf hung on the beo pole advertises that the entire boat is for sale.


Transport fruit for sale

Our boat continued deeper into the market to explore further delights: merchants tossing watermelons from big ferries to smaller boats; women piloting oars with their feet to transport fruits for sale; coffee vendors who steamed coffee in Chinese medicinal kettles on glowing braziers. Piercing cries advertising goods, murmured words of bargaining and exclamations of joy over delicious foods mingled with noise of boat engines to result in the daily concerto of sounds of the floating life on the Mekong.

Last year, I also had a visit to another province in southern Vietnam, Kien Giang and got to the island Nam Du, and this floating market reminds me of the fishing village.

Minh Thu, the youngest one in our team, stood at the prow and waved her hand. A boat selling kuy teav, vermicelli with grilled pork and soup rice cakes, promptly approached our port side. Immediately another boat selling drinks reached our starboard side. We chose our favorite foods and coffees to enjoy a floating breakfast together.

No sooner had the food boats left than fruit and souvenir ones arrived. Reasonably priced tropical fruits that had been collected last night (to retain their colors, fragrances and tastes) enticed many of us. Souvenirs included coconut-based products, local striped scarves and Southwestern confections and specialties.

At 9am, boats started to spread apart, as the Cai Rang Market grew quieter and dissolved. Our boat headed back to Can Tho. Departing from this unique and fascinating market, I was reminded of some verses by Huynh Kim about Cai Rang that I had once read somewhere:

The market has floated since midnight
And I sink into endless dusk
… Urban girls and guys from afar
Wander aimlessly throughout the floating market
Reaching the merchant boat they just squirm
A durian deepens their sorrow.

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Beautiful Bagan-Myanmar in my heart

Beautiful Bagan-Myanmar in my heart

Some 3000 temples and pagodas lie scattered around Bagan, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular destinations

Myanmar’s economic opening has brought many changes to its big cities. Its golden capital, Yangon, attracts foreign investment, while other destinations draw growing numbers of tourists. Bagan is the country’s best-known tourist site. Home to over 3,000 temples and pagodas built around the 13th century, Bagan covers some 42 square km along the Ayeyarwady River. This old city is a world wonder.


Photo by adventureideas

It costs just 10,000 Kyats (US$10) per day to hire a horse-drawn carriage. I met an experienced, friendly and funny coachman named Ko Zaw Win, who lives in Bagan and speaks good English. He told me that, long ago, Bagan was home to around 4,000 temples and pagodas, of which some 3,000 remain today. My guide led me through small villages and up to temples located on high hills. Along the way, we met lovely children running barefoot, Bagan women with thanakha powder on their faces, and workers in small pottery kilns.

unlike the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the most famous pagoda in Bagan is the white-painted Ananda Temple, which stands 52 meters high. The temple is nearly intact and a very good example of Myanmar’s ancient temple architecture. Ananda Temple is famous for four gilded wooden Buddha statues. Each statue stands 9.5 meters high and shows the Buddha in a different posture. Built by King Kyanzittha between 1090 and 1105, this temple has been renovated many times. Legend has it that the architect who designed the temple was killed by the king as soon as the temple was completed to preserve its uniqueness.

Shwesandaw Temple, also known as the Sunset Temple, is an ideal place to watch the sunset. At 5 pm, people flock to this temple. Visitors may be amazed to see photographers lugging heavy camera equipment up the temple’s narrow stairs. At sunset, visitors will understand this venues magic, as the hot red sun sinks below the horizon, its golden rays highlighting thousands of temple spires before everything fades into darkness. With no street lamps, we rode back to the hotel in darkness.


At sunset, visitors will experience this venue’s magic, as the hot red sun sinks below the horizon and golden rays highlight thousands of temple spires. Photo by Cathyw228

At five the next morning, my guide and his horse-cart appeared in front of my hotel. We traveled along unlit roads, armed with an electric torch. Our destination was a hot air balloon. Visitors can enjoy one hour-long flights that depart from the north and arrive to the south of the city. While the tickets are expensive, Ko Zaw Win assured me the ride was worthwhile. He was right. Sunrise over Bagan is breathtaking. Before 6 a.m, the temples lie in thick mist. As the mist clears, colorful temples appear against the red-basalt soil and nestled into thick jungle Gilded wood, red bricks and white paint glow in the morning light. The view is unforgettable. This was the journey of a lifetime

By Hai Au

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Majestic Angkor Wat

Majestic Angkor Wat

The temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom remain serene, as if they were still largely untouched by human interference

City of Peace

Siem Reap Airport lies about 10km and 15 minutes by bus from the city center. The road to town is flanked by hotels and resorts that reveal Siem Reap’s place as a popular tourist site. While the city welcomes visitors from around the world, it has not lost its authentic beauty. The Cambodian government regulates construction and architecture to maintain Siem Reap’s identity in harmony with the Angkor complex. Most hotels and resorts feature Khmer architecture with red roofs. Buildings cannot be taller than 65 m so as not to surpass the tallest temple towers. This demonstrates local people’s reverence for this sacred site.


At the heart of the Angkor compound stands the Bayon, famous for both its scale and its unforgettable architecture

The second largest city in Cambodia, Siem Reap attracts thousands of tourists each day. Nonetheless, it remains calm, with no traffic jams or noise. Security is quite good despite a vibrant atmosphere in the main streets and markets. The friendliness and simplicity of the Khmer people make visitors feel comfortable. Even at busy tourist sites, order and security are strictly guaranteed. The temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom remain serene, as if they were still largely untouched by human interference.

Ancient temples

The best time to discover Angkor is during the dry season between November and April. While the summer brings treacherous tropical rains and burning sunshine, legions of visitors still stand in line waiting to discover Siem Reap’s most famous temple compounds: Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat.

Built at the behest of King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century, Angkor Thom was the last and longest-standing capital of the Khmer Empire. On a perfect square that measured 3 km by 3 km stand temples dedicated to deities and ancestors of the Khmer kingdom. Key materials include laterite and sandstone. Historians and archeologists still struggle to understand the construction techniques of the ancient Khmer workers. The prevailing theory holds that workers used a canal system to transport stones weighing up to 1.6 tons over 30 km from quays to the construction site.


Dedicated to the Hindu God Visnu, the second floor of Angkor Wat boasts a variety of beautifully carved Apsara fairies

The compound is home to 54 towers of various sizes, each tower featuring the massive statue of a face carved on each of its four facades. Whether these smiling faces embody deities, demonstrate key Buddhist principles, or represent King Jayavarman VII is still subject to debate. The benevolent and enigmatic faces lend the Bayon a romantic and otherworldly atmosphere.

To the east of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm Temple is another much-visited site. Ta Prohm was both a Buddhist monastery and a secluded royal place built for King Jayavarman VII. King Jayavarman VIII ordered that all Buddhist images be destroyed and replaced with Hindu motifs. Therefore, the temples reveal both Buddhist and Hindu influences. Largely untouched since the late 19th century, Ta Prohm remains dotted with massive trees. Great roots wrap around the old temples, threatening to pull them apart.

Khmer architecture reached its peak with the temples of Angkor Wat. Visitors usually come here at the sunset when the sun’s rays shine directly through the main western hall. Nobody is sure why Angkor Wat faces west while all of the other temples in Angkor face to the east.


Visiting Angkor Wat in a heavy rainstorm, I found the main hall relatively deserted, all of the other visitors intent upon the masterful stone carvings. Lining an immeasurably long terrace are the longest and largest stone murals in the world. They measure 2.5 m high and run for 800m along the terrace of the temple’s first floor. Sophisticated and gentle patterns portray key scenes from epics and recount the deeds of King Suryavarman II, who ordered the construction of Angkor Wat. The second floor of the temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Visnu. This floor boasts a variety of carved Apsara fairies. With their inspiring faces and postures, these fairies appear incredibly lifelike. Representing Heaven, the third floor lies 65 m above the ground and is reached by a steep, narrow staircase. Few can enter this Heaven. Those who succeed are rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view of Siem Reap and the Angkor compound.

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It was a dream-come-true when I set foot in this land of ancient temples and marveled at the architectural masterpieces of Khmer civilization. Touching stone walls that had stood for millennia, I felt total peace of mind amidst these sacred temple towers.

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Nam Du fantastic islands

Nam Du fantastic islands

Located 83km off the shore of Rach Gia in Vietnam’s southern Kien Giang province, the Nam Du Islands are unspoiled natural masterpieces. Comprising 21 islands of various sizes, the Nam Du Islands have a total land area of 1,500 hectares. Let’s discover the otherworldly beauty of Vietnam’s Nam Du islands


With fine sand and azure water, there are many places o swim and sunbathe

From Rach Gia Wharf it takes about three hours to reach the islands. It’s no exaggeration to dub Nam Du “a southern Ha Long Bay” thanks to the archipelago’s tranquil and romantic beauty. A popular chant describes the islands as follows:

“Mau Islet leans against Do Nai
Do Nai turns to Bo Dap
Bo Dap overlaps Lo Islet
Lo Islet crashes against Cross Islet
Cross Islet comes across Dung Islet
Dung Islet meets Dau Islet
Dau Islet lies near Bo Ao
Bo Ao turns against Ong Islet
Ong Islet joins Dam Islet
Dam Islet overlooks Bamboo Islet
Bamboo Islet floats to Moc Islet
Moc Islet approaches Nhan Islet
Nhan Islet overshadows Han Islet
Han Islet lakes over the three Nom Islets
Nom Islets sweep over Kho Islet
Kho Islet reaches to the Chet shore
The Chet shore leans against the Major Islet…”

My first destination was Cu Tron Island, also known as Major Island. The largest of the 21 islands, it has the biggest population. A road runs for 2.6km from the heart of Major Island to its highest mount, which stands 295m tall. Since the climb was quite easy I decided to hike. Climbing the mount, I felt as if I was floating in a world of ocean and clouds. I was so fascinated by the scenery that, before I knew it, I had reached the summit. There, a lighthouse rises 309m like a devoted guard. Day and night, it guides ships safely back to shore. As I scanned the sea and the islands I wondered whether this archipelago had been formed by chance or as part of some greater plan by the Creator.


Gazing upon the gleaming light from the offshore squid-fishing boats and the twinkling stars high overhead, the whole world seemed to sparkle

Near Major Island’s wharf a lane leads to some amazing rock formations. Stone slabs and lava have eroded with time and become fabulous natural sculptures, each with its own shape and pattern.
It takes 30 minutes by boat to travel 3.5 nautical miles east to reach Cross Islet. Drawing near this island I caught sight of lovely bamboo stilt huts beneath lush coconut trees. Seen from afar, boats lay shoulder to shoulder like a floating town on the sea. The island’s fishing villages were beautiful and peaceful. Here, I enjoyed some local delicacies including fresh crabs, oysters, scallops and squids at a beach side restaurant.
While life on Nam Du seems serene, the locals sometimes face harsh weather. The sea can be calm and benign, or violent with treacherous tides.

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From Cross Island I traveled to Mau Islet by canoe, admiring breathtaking beaches. With fine sand and azure water, there were many places to swim and sunbathe. As sunset fell, everything was drenched in liquid light. Gazing upon the gleaming light from the offshore squid-fishing boats and the twinkling stars high overhead, the whole world seemed to sparkle.

Set in the middle of the vast sea, these islands offer stunning ecological diversity and natural beauty. Spending time on these 21 islands was like visiting another world.

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