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Sep 11 2011

Vietnam’s best beaches according to Lonely Planet

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Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, hidden coves, lovely lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. Help! Too many choices!

Nha Trang

The heavyweight champion of Vietnam, Nha Trang has been knocking out visitors for years. True, the town is brazen and brash, but the beach is bold and beautiful and a gateway to a cluster of quieter islands.

Mui Ne

Set on a seductive swathe of sand, Mui Ne is an absolute charmer with swaying palms and towering dunes. Get pummelled on the beach by a masseur or pummelled by the waves with some water sports – this place blends action and inertia to perfection.

Phu Quoc

Simply the most beautiful island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white-sand beaches and cloaked in dense, impenetrable jungle. Long Beach is sophisticated, Ong Lan Beach romantic, and Bai Sao simply irresistible.

My Khe Beach- Da Nang

OK, so we are using artistic licence with the name, but whether you call it My Khe to the north or Cua Dai to the south, it’s all just one long, luscious stretch of sand. Try surfing off the shores of Danang or just pamper yourself at the resorts near Hoi An.

Con Dao

The Con Dao Islands have been protected from over-exposure by their isolated location off the coast. Enjoy it while it lasts, with their smattering of resorts and an overdose of idyllic beaches, as this is sure to be the next big thing in Vietnamese beaches.

Doc Let

While the rest of the world is sunning itself in Nha Trang, slip up the coast to this little teaser, home to some atmospheric resorts and some squeaky white sand; a place to get away from it all.

Ho Coc

Vung Tau to Phan Thiet is almost one long beach, but much of it remains mercifully inaccessible to the masses. Sample its potential with a retreat to Ho Coc, a glorious sandbar about midway along this stretch.

May 05 2011

Sapa in top ten tourist sites for pedestrians in the world

sapa in top ten tourist sites for pedestrians in the world

VietNamNet Bridge – The reputed travel magazine Lonely Planet has recommended ten best tourist sites for walkers, including Sapa town in Vietnam’s northern mountain province of Lao Cai.

The information was announced by Dr. Tran Huu Son, Vice Chair of the Vietnam Folk Art and Literature Association, Director of Lao Cai Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on May 4.

The ten best sites for walking in the world chosen by the Lonely Planet include: Grand Canyon (USA), Aoraki or Mount Coock (New Zealand), Lake District (UK), Torres del Paine (Chile), Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland), Brecon Beacons (Wales), Kakadu National Park (Australia), Taman Negara National Park (Malaysia), Dartmoor National Park (UK) and Sapa (Vietnam).

The Lonely Planet introduces Sapa as follows: “The Queen of the Mountains, Sapa sits regally overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides. Welcome to the destination in northwest Vietnam, gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes. The spectacular scenery that surrounds Sapa includes cascading rice terraces that spill down the mountains like a patchwork quilt. The mountains are often shrouded in mist that rolls back and forth along the peaks, offering tantalizing glimpses of what lies in wait on a clear day”.

In 2009, readers of the Travel and Leisure magazine (USA) polled Sapa’s terraced field as one of the most grandiose terraced fields in Asia and the world. Sapa’s Fansipan Mount was among candidates for the vote of seven new world natural wonders.

For more information and pictures about Sapa, please see the links bellow:

Happy tears of a Canadian girl in Sapa

Snow falls in Sapa

Terraced fields – nature’s gift to northwestern region

Sa Pa, a natural mosaic

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