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A wonderful day trip to Bavi

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Last week, I just had a wonderful visit to Bavi with my friends so now I’d like to share our experiences and travel guide to anyone who is about to go there.

Preparing for a safe adventure, you need a manual motorbike or semi-automatic one for your travel adventure. (From Hanoi, you can come visit James Hanoi Motorbike to have a look their wide range of motorbikes from manual, semi to automatic bikes. They specialize in providing motorbike rentals or sales) You should bring your necessary things such as a thin jacket upon arrival in the Upper temple (located on the top of the Bavi mountain, at an altitude of more than 1200 m, the temperature will decrease drastically).

In addition, you remember to buy anti-allergy medicine or mosquito repellents because we go into the forest, there are so many insects and mosquitoes as well. This is a must have thing, and don’t forget to fill with gas for your bike before traveling.

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Our adventure started at 6:00 am, the sky was very clear and loved the atmosphere and the air in early morning. I rode along with Thang Long freeway by the West direction. For backpackers departing from Hanoi Old Quarter, this is the best way to get to Ba Vi mountain because Thang Long freeway is very wide and clean. At the end of this freeway, you turn right and then ride pass Son Tay center town ( intersection of 105 hospital) and turn left and pass Xuan Khanh village and keep going ahead until reach Ba Vi National Park sign and then go into and purchase tickets. It costs one dollar. Unlike Cuc Phuong national park, we are allowed to drive into the Bavi park, what a great experience.

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Using a manual bike or semi-automatic on the sloping or winding road is suitable

My arrival at 7:30am, the weather was very perfect. Entering the national park, you could easily admire the stunning scenery while driving a manual bike while. Along with the road to the Temple, we have a break spot where you can stop for awhile and take pictures. Upon arrival in the temple, you have to park your bike at the foot of the temple and then you hike a bit to visit Uncle Ho temple and Upper Temple. This adventure sounds a bit exhausted for girls but I think any backpackers, you guys are still able to make it.

According to our itineraries, initially, we hiked to Uncle Ho temple and then went ahead Upper temple that is dedicated Mountain God. Here, the scenery was very beautiful, you get to capture a lots of nice photos. Below was a white color of the clouds mixed with the green of the mountains, and the winding river of Ha Giang creates a charming painting. It totally took 2 hours for hiking.

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Here we sampled a lot of tasty food such as Wild pork, birds and frogs

After a hike, while we’re riding down to the foot of the mountain, we felt tired and hungry so we decided to stop at one restaurant to enjoy their specialties here to add more energy to keep the rest of travel. We got to the main road and looked for a restaurant and we saw one with a sign sounds very rustic “Palm leaf” restaurant. No doubt, we got into this restaurant and enjoy food here. This was a very large space closed to nature. Fortunately, as a amateur photographer like me, I still got to capture a lot of nice natural photos. One of the things i like the most was a orchid garden and the food here were very fantastic and they seemed to be planted here by themselves. We also were recommended their menu with their specialties and reasonable prices.

After lunch at “Palm leave” restaurant, we continued our adventures at 2pm and the next visit was the Thien Son natural reserve. In fact, there are many other destinations left such as waterfall of love; skyland cave; Ao vua stream. But our opinions, Thien son natural reserve was the most beautiful, here you get to take great pictures of nature.
In addition, you can enjoy the cold water at the waterfall of Heaven gate that pours white water above. What the magnificent scenery.

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Our travel ended at 3:30pm by snack food at a restaurant at Thien Son natural reserve. And 2 hour on the way back to Hanoi left us a regrettable feeling. Definitely we come back to Bavi mountain soon to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Hopefully the information above bring you useful tips

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Bruges (Belgium) – A Belgian Venice

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

I arrived in Bruges – the “Belgian Venice” – on an early autumn day. The Northern sun cast its gleaming velvet light on Gothic buildings which seemed to float on canals, and ancient Bruges greeted me with jangling horse bells and clomping horseshoes on old alleys paved with medieval tiles.

Bruges was a robust harbor city between the 12th and 15th centuries, as trading vessels from throughout Europe came offering pepper, cinnamon, chili and agricultural staples to trade for Flemish wools and cottons. Canals connecting Zeebrugge with the center of Bruges were the crucial transport network of the town during its golden days and now contribute to this well-preserved floating city’s status as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Bruges - Belgian Venice

Bruges – Belgian Venice

The medieval city of Bruges entices with well-preserved architecture and delicious chocolate, fries and beer

An outdoor museum

Bruges boasts some of the most unique museums in Belgium: The Fries Museum (Frietmuseum), Chocolate Museum, Beer Museum De Halve Maan, Diamond Museum and Groeninge Museum, which displays art by painters who lived and worked in Bruges from the 14th to the 20th century. In fact, the town itself is an outdoor museum that exhibits architectural masterpieces and countless bridges crossing centuries-old canals. Highlights include Beguinage Castle, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Church of Our Lady, the Saint Salvator Cathedral, Mariastraat Cathedral, the Tomb of Duke Charles the Bold, the City Hall of Bruges on the Burg Square, St. John Hospital and Begijnhof Monastery.

My journey to discover Bruges began on a canoe packed with dozens of visitors from all over the world. The canoe pilot and a tour guide led us along Groenerei Canal, the main route for exploring Bruges. The canoe snaked through floating buildings along river banks, crossed beneath curved stone bridges and sometimes turned down narrow canals, revealing modest rooms looming behind old green shades. On each of these 30-minute trips, the canoe driver took us to the outstanding constructions of Bruges and told us of the golden age and fall of the town as well as the miraculous revival of this outdoor museum since the turn of the 20th century. Like a short film rolling through the memories of the narrator, a Bruges of the past and present revealed itself to me.

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I left the canoe at a wharf sprinkled with flowers at the other end of town. There stands the Church of Our Lady, home to the masterpiece “Madonna of Bruges” sculpture by Michelangelo, which was the only of his works to leave Italy during his lifetime. It seemed that all the ancient lanes in downtown Bruges led to this church. From here, visitors can branch out to admire other architectural masterpieces of Bruges, where every single fairylike gate is marked with UNESCO’s Blue Shield symbol, representing a commitment to protecting humanity’s cultural sites.
Joining the throng of visitors strolling along narrow and labyrinthine alleys, I crossed bridges that led to other jewels of Bruges in hopes of exploring all the wonders of the harbor town while the sunset fell.

Take a look at the ancient imperial capital of Hue

The kingdom of chocolate, fries and beer

However, there is much more to Bruges than its ancient buildings – no visitor should miss out on the city’s chocolate, fries and beer. Belgium is the kingdom of chocolate and Bruges is undoubtedly its heart, as numerous chocolate shops permeate the town with their sweet fragrance. In these stores, some of the finest chocolate of Belgium and the world comes in all styles, shapes and sizes. I also stopped by the Chocolate Story, a museum where all things related to chocolate were on display: cocoa beans, chocolate making tools, statues of Mayans – the first people to use cocoa – sculptures of chocolate, legends of the goddess of chocolate and the history of chocolate production. Stepping out of the museum, my newfound knowledge of chocolate only added to the irresistible appeal of this sweet obsession.

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Bruges is a place where one will frequently encounter visitors strolling through the Old Quarter, carrying paper cones of salted fries served with mayonnaise and other delicious sauces, perhaps on their way to the unique Frietmuseum. However, the finest delicacy in Bruges for me was beer. The town is the home to various renowned beer brands of Belgium such as Bruges Tripel, Bruges Blond, Bruges Babbelaar, Brugs, Bruges Straffe Hendrik, and many more. The beer I loved the best was a dense concoction brewed by monks that resembles golden honey and is stored in drum-shaped oak barrels.

After a long day spent exploring, I stopped by a beer pub by St. John Cathedral for Cloister Beer and lamb ribs while Bruges was draped in the dark blanket of falling sunset. As the sunset gleam faded away, light from church belfries and the window panes of old castles cast a warm glow. Another side of Bruges emerged, as visitors began flocking to Market Square in the downtown to continue their explorations of the town’s nightlife.

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