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Cua Ong Temple

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1, Overview

Cua Ong Temple is one of famous relic sites of Trần Dynasty in the Northeast and is the only one in which worship all family members of Trần Hưng Đạo Grand commander and his follows. The temple was built at the beginning of the 19th century, and included three main areas: the lower temple (Den Ha), the middle temple (Den Trung) and the upper temple (Den Thuong).

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2, Location

Cua Ong Temple is located on a high hill, looking out over the beautiful natural landscape of Bai Tu Long Bay, where a breathtaking landscape can be collected in full sight of the beautiful Cam Pha Coal and Bai Tu Long Bay There are 34 statues and statutes, elaborately and meticulously carved, and with striking engravings depicting various scenes. They make a great architecture looking to magnificent Bach Long Vi bay.

Visit Cua Ong Temple
Visit Cua Ong Temple

3, Features

The temple includes three parts: lower temple, middle temple and upper one. They make a great architecture looking to magnificent Bach Long Vi Bay.

Although the main festival is held in the second lunar month but ten thousands of visitors and travelers eagerly have flocked to the temple since the beginning of the new lunar year.

The Cua Ong Temple festival will last till the end of the spring.

Soi Sim Beach

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Location and feature

Soi Sim Beach is the beautiful and small island, located in the southwest of Halong bay. It is only about 700 meters far from Titop Island and 12 km from Bai Chay pier.

Soi Sim beach
Soi Sim beach

Soi Sim Islet has an area of 8.7 ha. On the island, there are two 200-meter hills covered by a green primeval forest. This primeval forest is home to many species of flora, especially endemic plants. This is the result of thousands of years isolated from the mainland.

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What to discover?

Coming to Soi Sim Islet, tourists will be impressed by peaceful ambiance and natural beauty of green primeval forest and blue sea. There are two charming beaches on the island with white sand and clear seawater. These are the preferred beaches of tourists on the holiday on Halong Bay. Moreover, from the top of the hills on Soi Sim Islet, tourists will have great views to the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay.

Soi Sim beach
Soi Sim beach

Recently, Soi Sim Islet is received more regards in developing tourism. Halong Bay Management Board set up a plan to planning the island to be an eco-tourist site which brings both economic interest and value of preservation. In the near future, Soi Sim Islet will become an attractive holiday resort right in the center of Halong Bay, the World Natural Heritage.

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Titop Beach

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1, Natural features

Some 14km east of Bai Chay is Titop Beach, which takes the shape of a crescent encompassing the island. Small though it might be, it wins kudos for its quiet and airy atmosphere, its clean and clear waters, as well as its alluring landscape.The name Ti Top is named by the most respectful hero of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh, after the Russian astronaut German Titop on the occasion of his first visit to Halong Bay in 1962.

Titop beach
Titop beach

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During the full moon, you are able to wander around until late at night. Thanks to these, the Titop Beach has become a popular tourist destination.

2, Services

This beach is not only beautiful but also well worth a visit to cool off when the heat starts to get to you. If you spend a day at the beach and elect to take a deckchair, you will be asked to buy either a baguette, some lovely pineapple or a drink, otherwise you will have to pay for the seat.

Titop beach
Titop beach

There has a bar in the island, which also provides swimming costumes, floats, and lukewarm shower. Fresh water was carried to the island from inland.

Swimming in Halong Bay

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1, Overview

Halong Bay is a ideal travel destination – a World Heritage Site, with thousands of limestone islands and caves. There are countless places to stop for swimming, fishing, snorkeling and kayaking when cursing around islands. There are many charming and attractive beaches; it is suitable for swimming activities such as Tra Gioi Beach, Ba Cua Beach, Tuan Chau Beach, Titov Beach, Minh Chau Beach.

Swimming in Halong Bay
Swimming in Halong Bay

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The stunning scenery of sheer mountain cliffs rising out of the bay makes an ideal backdrop to water-based activities.The water of beach is emerald green and turquoise color so you cannot see the bottom. Halong Bay is the safe place for swimming. Because beach is calm waters and tourists will be provided useful equipment such as: life jackets. Moreover the sailors and staff of the ship watched while you were swimming to alert you for dangers in case. Swimming in Halong bay is really nice and refreshing.

2, Swimming Safe guides

– Check with the lifeguard on surf conditions before swimming. If lifeguards give you directions or instructions from the stand, obey them. Never swim alone – use the buddy system.

– Don’t overestimate your swimming ability, especially early in the summer when the water is cold. Swimming ability is severely decreased in cold water.

Swimming in Halong Bay
Swimming in Halong Bay

– Judge your ability to participate in beach activities based on your swimming skills without the assistance of rafts and other flotation devices.

– Never dive into shallow water, or water of unknown depth.

– If you are confronted by a large wave and there is not enough time to get away from it, try to dive underneath the wave. Keep your body as low as possible until the wave passes over you. Timing is important, dive into the base of the wave just before it breaks. Do not dive if the water is too shallow – instead crouch and keep a low body profile.

– If caught in rip currents, relax and swim toward the shore at a 45-degree angle until you are free of the current. If the rip currents are strong, swim parallel with the shoreline in the same direction as the littoral current and then swim diagonally toward the shore. If you are not able to swim out of the currents, call or wave for help.

– When body surfing, do not ride waves in a straight line toward shore. Instead, surf at an angle to the waves. Stay away from the white water in the wave center to avoid going “over the falls.”

– Never swim while intoxicated. Alcohol impairs judgment, unnecessary risks are taken and a swimmer will tire more easily, increasing the chance of an accident.

Tien Yen Chicken

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Tien Yen is a commune of Quang Ninh province, located about 18 km from Northern of Halong. If you visit Tien Yen, you will have opportunities to enjoy many specialties of Quang Ninh such as nod cakes (gat gu cakes), shaking beef and chicken meat.

Tien Yen chicken is very delicious because it is fed by rice, crickets, ants, termites.  It is said because of the “pedestrian” and the “astronauts” free man and asked him what unique natural food that is sweet-scented, firm, crispy and not chewy.

Steamed chicken
Steamed chicken

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There are many ways to cook chicken but the most delicious dish is cooked in the simplest way: boiling. Looking at chickens after boiling, it’s just hard to believe that you are boiled in a normal way, because it looks yellow with shining skin. At first glance, you can immediately see it very fat, but when a bite, you see it’s crunchy and firm.

Boiled chicken
Boiled chicken

Eating chicken in Tien Yen is so great if it is accompanied with nodded cake. Recipes for bread chewy and crispy when it is mixed into the flour milled rice at the rice to cool and when coated with thin thickness does not moderate as rolls, but not as thick as pancake. Whether it is served with chicken or not, nodded cakes is served with a sauce that made from chicken broth, shallots, garlic, chili.

Yen Tu Pagoda

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1, Overview

In Vietnam, the mountainous region of Yen Tu in Thuong Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi District, Quang Ninh Province is famous all over the world for its beautiful landscapes, historical relics and hundreds of ancient pagodas and towers, earning its name as the Buddhism capital of Dai Viet, Vietnam’s former name.

Yen Tu pagoda
Yen Tu pagoda

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Yen Tu Pagoda is associated with King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308) who was the 3rd king of the Tran Family. After successfully driving the invaders out of the kingdom, he resigned and still helped to train his son (King Tran Anh Tong ) to rule the Kingdom.

2, Yen Tu – Famous places in Quang Ninh

Nowadays, visiting the pagodas and mountains of Yen Tu, we’ll hike on the stone steps, the uneven path, the vertically steep rocky path to the top of the mountain which is 1,068m in elevation and which is covered in cloud all year round. A good adventure traveller may complete the round trip up and down in 6-7 hours on a dry day. Alternatively, you can go up and down the mountain by cable car which should take 2-3 hours.

Yen Tu pagoda
Yen Tu pagoda

The more adventurous can go up 800 meters to visit Bao Sai Pagoda, one of the earliest pagodas here. And going even higher brings visitors to the Vong Phu stone, which resembles a mother embracing a child, standing out from the view of forests and mountains. The last stop is Dong Pagoda on the Peak of Yen Tu Mountain, 1,068 meters above sea level.

Quang Ninh tourism sees a robust growth in the first 6 six months

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Quang Ninh tourism has gained remarkable results in the first six months of 2016. Tourism centers within the province have made much positive changes; the number of tourist arrivals to Quang Ninh has increased and many new tourism products have just gone into operation with high quality.

Quan Lan island
Quan Lan island

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In the first 6 months, the number of tourist arrivals to Quang Ninh is over 5.4 million, an increase of 4 percent compared to the same period of 2015. Of which, international arrivals reached nearly 2 million, up 52% over the same period last year. The total tourism revenue gained over 7,083 bln, up 12% in comparision with the same period last year.

Yen Tu
Yen Tu

According to the leader of Tourism Department, from now till the end of the year, one of the key tasks of Quang Ninh tourism sector is to continue focusing on mobilizing various resources, raising the quality of tourism services, ensuring security and safety for the tourists, as well as improving tourism environment in order to develop a safe, friendly and attractive Quang Ninh.

World’s largest cabin cable car system inaugurated in Quang Ninh

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The world’s largest cabin cable car system and the highest Sun Wheel were inaugurated at Bai Chay tourist site, Halong City, the northern province of Quang Ninh on June 25.

At the inaugural ceremony, representatives from Guinness World Records presented certificates recognising the cable car system as the world’s longest largest cabin cable car system and the Sun Wheel as the world’s highest ferris wheel.

Sun wheel cable
Sun wheel cable

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The Nu Hoang (Queen) cable car system and the Sun Wheel are parts of the Ocean Park project of Ha Long City, which cover an area of nearly 200 hectares with a total investment of around VND6,000 billion.

Visitors will have a chance to enjoy sightseeing of Halong Bay, Halong City, Bai Chay Bridge and Cuu Luc River from different angles.

Sun wheel cable
Sun wheel cable

At the inauguration, Chairman of the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee said the cable car system and the Sun Wheel will help boost socio-economic development for Quang Ninh Province as well as help will turn Ha Long into a more attractive tourist destination for both domestic and foreign visitors.

Yen Duc Village on Worldly Nomads Travel Blog

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Yen Duc village tour is recently featured on Worldly Nomads – a travel blog run by Mr. Barry and his partner Mrs. Laura since the year 2011. Coming from Ireland with a big passion of traveling, the couple Barry and Laura has been to a lot of places around the world and deeply love to share some crazy things and good tips they’ve done on their own very pages.

Yen Duc village
Yen Duc village

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In 2015, after nearly 3 years since the first Halong bay cruise with Indochina Junk, the couple Barry and Laura came back to Vietnam and experienced our Yen Duc homestay service. It had only been 48 hours in Yen Duc village but Laura has to say such short stay is one of the most emotional travel experiences to date.

Yen Duc village
Yen Duc village

Actually, Yen Duc village tour is a community-based tourism program developed by Indochina Junk since 2011 with the purpose of supporting local community and bringing more unique experience to visitors. This destination has been provided an excellent base for discovering traditional cultures, the local daily life, especial the activities related to Vietnamese wet rice civilization by doing the daily farming work in the charming and rustic scenery.

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Indochina Junk would like to express a greatest thank to the blogger Mrs. Laura and the video maker Mr. Barry for your excellent work, sharing your great time in Yen  Duc village to the world as well as giving hand to support local community. You, like other visitors, motivated and inspired us very much to develop more meaningful community-based tourism programs in the future.

Sea Urchin

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Sea urchin is one of a kind seafood that has high nutritional value and beneficial effects on health. Sea urchin is also known as the name “ca ghim”, it is a specialty and can be found mostly in Van Hai island. The people in Van Hai Islands andd Quan Lan make different dishes such as sea urchin with tomato sauce and sea urchin soup. On your Halong itinerary, do not forget to visit the Quan Lan by speedboat to explore beaches and enjoy eating sea urchin.

Sea urchin soup
Sea urchin soup

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Summer is the season to collect sea urchin

Season of urchin reproduction and development is from March until June or July according to lunar calendar (from spring equinox weather and ended up collecting more). Especially at the end of the season, it produces urchin meat. When small, urchin-like rambutan, black dark and while growing up, urchins are round flattened, 8-10 cm in diameter; 3-4 cm. When all sizes are large urchin with orange fruit but up and about 3 fingers thick.

Sea urchin
Sea urchin

Various Dishes From Sea Urchin

Sea urchin is also used to cook porridge and other kinds of nutritious soup.  Sea urchin soup is the dish that most of travelers choose when visiting Quan Lan. Savory soup scented with white rice grains, yellow urchin, green scallions, blended together to create an extraordinary flavor stimulate the taste of all customers. Just a spoonful of porridge urchin, you will feel the original taste of sea. In addition to soup, grilled urchin with onion is also appealing. Grilled urchin delicious that you can’t fail to miss it.