About 150km far from Hanoi centre, Dong Cao is suitable for a weekend picnic that backpackers can get rid of the summer heat and escape the hustle and bustle of cities.

Considered as a small Tam Dao or Mau Son manner of Bac Giang province, Dong Cao surprises many visitors by the peaceful and fresh air, covering a large plateau. Dong Cao is located at an altitude of nearly 1,000 m above sea level, about 20 km from Son Dong district, Bac Giang province.

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When to go?

Located in the Northeast at a height of 600m, Dong Cao has a cool climate in summer and is relatively cold in winter. The road to Dong Cao is also a dirt road and quite steep, not suitable to travel in rainy seasons. According to this information, backpackers are suggested to go to Cao Cao around September to November when the North has almost no more rains so it is the dry weather that is very suitable for camping. If you go in the summer (June-August) you pay attention to follow the weather forecast to avoid unexpected things such as a storm.

Tips to remember

One of the best moments of the day is a sunrise and sunset. At the time, this place is like a mysterious land that attracts photographers

Dong Can still is an off the beaten path in Hanoi suburbs therefore when you visit to this plateau for picnic, you need to prepare something yourself prior to arrival such as food, camps, drinks..

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When setting a camp, avoid windy direction

Apart from the ancient rocks with many strange shapes carved on them lying on the grassy hill, you can see many buffaloes fed leisurely green grasses by local farmers. In addition to sightseeing in Dong Cao, you can explore some waterfalls, natural streams in the surrounding area.

Camping overnight is a very popular activity for backpackers and youths as well when they come to Dong Cao. One of tips if you want to set fire to camp and stay overnight, remember to choose a flat place to set up a tent. Before that, you can buy firewood in the foothills at locals’ houses. When you travel with a huge group, you should rent a large tent with a 8 person capacity. Wherever you travel in Vietnam, one of the things you have to remember is to bargain prices. At Dong Cao, it cost $10 per day and $5 for the next day.

In the case, you have a small group so the best thing is to explore the life of the Dao ethnic minority by your own way at the foot of the mountain, and the best way to immerse into their culture, their life is to stay in homestay. Here you get to meet tribes and find out how their life looks like.  You can also explore Mau Son mountain is similar to this plateau

The temperature here is always lower than in the neighbors. If you intend to stay overnight, please remember to bring a thin coat, a warm blanket, flashlight, a kettle and an insect repellent. Especially, you need to bring enough water and don’t forget to clean up rubbish before leaving

How to get there?

From Hanoi, backpackers can rent a motorbike and ride along along Highway 1 to Bac Giang city and then turn to Son Dong district. Upon arrival in Cam Dan bridge, turn left across the two communes of Chien Son, Phuc Thang and straight to Dong Cao. It takes around 4-5 hours


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As you know, Vietnam is famous as a country which export rice a lot in the world, and it’s easy to understand why almost Vietnamese food made of rice or vermicelli, throughout Vietnam, we can taste every specialty at each region, they bring their unique taste, and we can not miss 5 yummy food below.

Clay pot rice

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According to Vietnamese culture, it is said that cooking rice in clay pot will be most delicious because the flavor you cook from other pots will never have as great as you cook in the earthenware pot.

Normally, the clay pot rice will be served with braised fish, eggplant with shrimp paste and Vietnamese crab soup with malabar nightshade. This is a Hanoi specialty that no traveler would miss because all Hanoi streets from the food stalls hidden in small alleys to fancy restaurants serve. Especially, at the local house next to Ba Dinh square, there is the lady who famous as a food expert able to cook this original food.
There are so many recipes to cook with rice, including clay pot rice in a Hanoi cooking class. If you like to cook, please join with us and have fun with that to have chance to discover Vietnamese cuisine through cooking with the lady Ms Hang.

Rice cracker – Ninh Binh

Rice-cracker– Ninh-Binh

Legendarily, Ninh Binh rice cracker has been cooked for more than 100 years (from the late 19th century), by a male named Hoang Thang, who learned from Chinese dish, and then opened a lot of restaurants in Ninh Binh and Hanoi to sell. Since then, the rice cracker is passed on and developed into a specialty of Ninh Binh.

To make this kind of rice more delicious and crunchy, locals will use the cast iron pot to cook glutinous rice on charcoal. The rice cracker is taken from the bottom of pot to dry from 2 to 3 days. It needs to be stored in the dry place to avoid mold. You have to eat this dish right after it is fried because if after frying, you let it until the other day, its taste is no longer delicious for you to enjoy.
You can eat rice cracker with beef, pork heart or kidney stir fried with onion, mushroom, carrot and tomato.

Coconut rice – Ben Tre

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Ben Tre is not only famous for coconut candy and coconut wine but also coconut rice. With the clever hands of locals, this simple dish becomes a specialty worthy to try. It takes nearly 2 hours to cook the coconut rice.

The coconut will be cut the top horizontally and take out the water. Use that top cut as the lid. Rice will be washed by warm water and the last wash is by coconut juice. Then, let it dry. Its taste is typically sweet because the rice is cooked in a bain-marie with coconut juice. You should the dish when it is still hot.
The interesting thing is that the rice will be put inside the coconut, not in a bowl. So, you can feel its typical taste clearly.
It sounds quite difficult to cook at first, but its recipe turns out to be easy for you to follow. In Hanoi cooking class, you can both enjoy cooking this dish and having great time with us.

Bamboo-tube rice

Bamboo-tube rice

It is a kind of sticky rice with other ingredients, put in a bamboo tube and grilled on the stove. When eating, split the black part outside the tube. Bamboo-tube rice is very delicious with different flavor from normal steamed rice and typical aroma of bamboo.

Dipping the bamboo-tube rice with sesame salt or grinded peanut salt will make you more appetite. Bamboo-tube rice is the specialty of ethnic groups in Tay Nguyen and the Northwest of Vietnam.

Com Ni

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Com Ni is a traditional dish of Cham people in Chau Giang, An Giang. Com Ni is often cooked with milk and sometimes dried grapefruit, depending on each person’s taste. Cham people eat this kind of rice with “Ca pua” (made from beef). These two dishes served together will create the unique flavor to enjoy.

This rice has the fat sweetness of milk, the buttery taste of peanut, salty sweetness of beef with spicy taste of chili and sweet taste of dried grapefruit. All bring you feeling of good appetite, strange but so delicious.


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In addition to the modern architecture works, Da Nang make tourists be allured by the friendly services, the hospitable welcome of local people and other wonderful things.

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The beauty of Da Nang at the late afternoon

New York Times chosen Da Nang is one of the ideal destinations in the world in 2015 because this place treasures the beautiful white sand along the coastline. However, actually, the city makes people impressed by the innovative and civil image with many new things.

Below are ten reasons to recognize Da Nang is the worth living city. And the route Da Nang – Hoi An is one of the most popular package tours in the our travel agent. From Hanoi while visiting the capital, no worries, Let’s find out with Hanoi Ultimate Adventures, we specialize in providing amazing tours in Hanoi that bring unique experiences to travelers

The city of interesting and new architecture works

Splendid beauty of the city under the light
Da Nang treasures the top modern architecture works in Vietnam such as Ba Na Hills – Road to the heaven, Dragon Bridge, Han River Bridge, Sun Wheel, A La Carte Hotel and so on

Right the middle of the Tourism axis: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An

If Hue and Hoi An make tourists remember about the image of ancient cities, Da Nang evokes the friendly atmosphere because of the civilization and dramatic transformation after each visit. So, it is also a reason why many tourists feel like they want to come back next time.

The beauty of Dragon Bridge

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Dragon Bridge

In the top 30 world’s most impressive bridges, Dragon Bridge can not only show up its beauty but also make impressive fires.

Ba Na Hills

Ba Na Hills
Many visitors regard Ba Na Hills as “Da Lat” of the central region in Vietnam. It is just far from Da Nang about 25km. Especially, in Ba Na Hills, it is cold all year round. Even in the much cloudy days, Ba Na Hills will be covered a white color like the frost. If you plan to travel to Da Nang, do not forget this wonderful tourist site.

No need to bargain when buying in Da Nang

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Selling and buying at Con Market

Not matter where you from or what you do, the locals are always friendly and helpful when you ask for directions, hotel address and even they will introduce you some motorbike taxi drivers to be the “tour guide” if you arrive in Da Nang in the first time. They will enthusiastically give you the names of restaurants serving the delicious but cheap food, the means of transportation to travel or how long to visit any certain place.

Non-profit Humanitarian Cancer Hospital

Humantarian Hospital for the poor
Since establishment, there are lots of poor people coming from Da Nang and other provinces of central region have chance to be examined and treated for free at this extremely modern and spacious hospital. Referring to the works of the cancer hospital, it looks like a hotel meeting 5 star standards rather than a hospital for the poor.

Free Wi-Fi all around the city

Free Wi-Fi all around the city
Da Nang is the place you can use free Wi-Fi at every corner of the city. There is no city in Vietnam but Da Nang providing such the special free service. Started from July 10, 2014, the city officially offer Wi-Fi coverage in the central areas to help locals and tourists connect internet stably and regularly

Cheap but delicious dishes

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Da Nang cuisine

In Da Nang, tourists can eat from the cheap street foods like banh beo (bloating fern-shaped cake), banh nam (rice floor, with a bit of shrimp and pork meat being smashed) with the price range of a few thousands to the tasty dishes such as fermented thick Vietnamese vermicelli soup or mixed rice vermicelli with grilled pork with the price of 15.000 to 20.000 VND, or some loafs of bread with salted shredded pork from every streets

The beach with no garbage

No rubbish beach
At beach, no camping and no food on the sand are the common rule for anyone, locals and tourists to follow. Thus, the beach will has its own definition, meaning that it is just for visit, bathing and going for a walk.
That is all for the reasons to recognize Da Nang is the most worth living city Vietnam. Why don’t we take the package tour with the entire destinations above. For those who staying in Hanoi, just come to our booking office and meet our travel consultant and just let us know your need, your interest. We organize the tailor-made trips for you from Hanoi to Danang


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Have you ever visited Nha Trang? Which tourist attractions do you know to take a tour to Nha Trang? If your answer is “No” or “No idea”, please read this article for more ideas about Nha Trang – the city of beaches.

Nha Trang is famous for wonderful landscapes often recommend by the famous tourism websites as a great destination. Here are 8 cannot-miss places in Nha Trang for you:

Hon Mun Island – Hon Tam Island

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Hon Mun Island is a spotlight place with the clean water and beautiful ecosystem of corals. It is recognized by World Wild Fund as the most diverse biological area in Vietnam
Hon Tam Island has the total area of approximately 100 ha. It is far from Nha Trang about 7km towards the Southeast. From Hon Tam Island, you can view all the city of beaches in the North and Cam Ranh Semi-peninsula in the South. In addition to the beautiful beach, it is well-known for discovery activities by submarine as well as diving services for sightseeing the colorful coral reefs.

Ninh Van Bay

Far from the city about 60km, the Bay has its pure and rustic beauty that is suitable for those who want to look for the comfortable feelings in the quiet sea space. When visiting Ninh Van Bay, tourists can take part in many thrilling activities such as surfing, kayaking and so on

Bao Dai Palace

Bao Dao Palace’s another name is Cau Da (Stone Bridge), located on Canh Long Mountain toward the sea. From the distance, it looks like a green dragon embracing the sea area of Nha Trang. It is used to be as the place for Bao Dai King to work and rest during his reign.

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In summer, many kinds of flowers bloom colorfully, especially Poinciana

Five villas were built according to French architecture in the ground of 12 ha, hidden after the green foliage of Terminalia Catappa. In the summer, there are many blooming flowers, especially Poinciana. Standing from Bao Dai Palace, tourists can have the panoramic view to sightsee the whole city with the majestic landscapes

Aquarium Institute

The institute was established in 1923 to store a lot of strange creatures. Its location is No. 1 Cau Da, far from the city center about 6km towards the Southeast
In this place, there are more than 20.000 samples of 4.000 sea creatures collected and kept for years. It also displays a set of giant whale bone with 26 meters in length, 3 meters in height and 48 completely restored vertebrae.

Hon Chong– Hon Vo Island

The space of Hon Chong – Hon Vo Island is almost isolated from the bustle and hustle of the city. This place is considered as one of the most beautiful place for tourists to sightsee the whole city of beaches

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Hon Chong – Hon Vo Island

Thap Ba Hot Spa Spring

Thap Ba Spa Spring is the place for health care services and also a famous attraction in Nha Trang. There are many services for health care such as bathing, soaking mainly with mineral mud. It is far from the city about 4km towards the North so it just takes you 20 minutes to drive.

You can read more about Tram mountain

Thap Ba Po Nagar

Po Nagar (the full name is Po Ina Nagar or Thap Ba) is a Champa temple located on a top of a small hill with 10 – 12 meters above the sea level in the Nha Trang River. It is just far from the city center about 2km towards the North. Currently, it belongs to Vinh Phuoc Ward
The name of Po Nagar Tower” is used to refer to the whole architecture work. However, actually, it is the name of the highest tower with 23 meters

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The temple was built under the peak period of Hindu religious so the Goddess statue has the shape of Umar, the wife of Shiva
In brief, Nha Trang is so famous for the beautiful beaches in Vietnam. However, when visiting to the city, you can take a tour to other famous places like Hon Mun Island, Hon Tam Island, Bao Dai Palace, Aquarium Institute … to make your trip more memorable and wonderful. Read it and note down!


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You believe that while in Hanoi, you get to taste a big variety of spring rolls from each region of Vietnam, no worries, just follow the guide Ducivan of Hanoi food tour who is an expert of Hanoi cuisine and he shows us where are the best for each spring rolls at food stalls in Hanoi Old Quarter. Now check some food out

Hue lemongrass skewer

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The lemongrass skewer is considered as one of the specialties of Thue Thien Hue, which any one visiting this province will give it a try at least one time. The dish brings itself the unique taste of the central region of Vietnam and then leaves a deep impression to domestic and international tourists.

The way to make the lemongrass skewer is quite simple, with minced meat, sliced pork skin, small fat pieces, which are all marinated with salt, pepper, sugar and roasted rice powder. Then, the cooker will skew the mixture through small bamboo sticks and grill it on charcoal. While grilling, the aromatic taste releasing from the lemongrass skewers will attract a lot of people’s attention.

While eating, it is often served with rice paper, herbs, sour star fruits, green banana and figs. The dish is the great combination of different flavors like the aroma of grilled meat with the spicy of pepper and chili, sweet and sour taste of dipping sauce and the coolness of fresh herbs. Actually, you also can try this dish in Hanoi. In case you need a companion to introduce Vietnamese traditional dishes, let’s do with a local guide by a Hanoi street food tour to enjoy it at the address 27 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem district

Tre (Binh Dinh bologna)

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Talking about the fermented pork rolls, we cannot miss Tre Binh Dinh (bologna). The ingredients to make this famous dish are all familiar to the local people, including pork ear, pork head meat, bacon and spices like sesame, galangal, chili, young guava leaves and garlic.

Rolling Binh Dinh bologna is a very important and complicated step. The ingredients to roll tightly is a layer of banana leave and young guava leave. Then, it will be wrapped with thick layer of straws and tightened by bamboo strings. This way of wrapping can keep this dish for many days. Tre Binh Dinh is fermented naturally. After 2-3 days, it will be gradually well done with the typical taste.

In Lunar New Year holidays, this dish cannot be missed on the ancestor’s altar of every family in Binh Dinh.

The address: 49 Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hoan Kiem district

Ninh Hoa grilled meat rolls

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Ninh Hoa grilled meat roll has its own unique flavor because it is cooked from the famous local pig meat. A kind of grilled dish combined with dipping sauce and fresh herbs will attract both locals and tourists.

A portion of grilled meat roll is quite a lot, including 6-8 pieces of grilled meat and crunchy fried rice papers. It will be served with many kinds of spices and herbs, especially cucumber and sour pickles. Ninh Hoa grilled pork roll is one of tourists’ favorite dishes so for anyone who wants to take a guide food tour in Hanoi to enjoy this dish, come with us to have great time together while tasting Vietnamese food at 56 Hang Bac street (next to the IBanh My shop)

Lai Vung spring rolls (Dong Thap)

Lai-Vung-spring-rolls

Lai Vung spring rolls have red pink color, wrapped in banana leaves to be served at parties or family’s daily meals. Also, this dish is quite suitable to eat as snack because of its sour and spicy taste.
It is pretty complicated to cook Lai Vung spring rolls, depending on each family’s secret. The lean will be taken out thew and fat and sliced. Then, mince it with salt and sugar. Mix it with pork skin and roasted rice powder with pepper and garlic slices. Finally, wrap it with Tiger’s claw leaves and banana leaves.

When tasting, you will feel the sour, spicy, salty and sweet taste of this roll. If you want the dish crunchier, you can add more slices of pork skin. Without a guided tour, you probably have not found on your own. Trust us!


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