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Tay Ninh Province reveals the wild beauty of the South

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:16 am

Tay Ninh Province reveals the wild beauty of the South

QĐND – Sunday, January 02, 2011, 20:18 (GMT+7)

Being a citizen of the North, I’ve always been curious about people, life and the countryside in the South, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I had the chance to visit one of the most popular tourism destinations in Tay Ninh Province – Dau Tieng Lake.

The lake, which is located in Phuoc Minh Commune, 20km from the provincial centre, covers 27,000ha and has a capacity of 1.5 billion cu.m, irrigating Tay Ninh Province as well as neighbouring localities. 

Dau Tieng Lake is famous firstly because it is the largest man-made irrigation reservoir in Viet Nam and secondly, given its remote location, for its breathtaking landscape of mountains and mysterious islets. The crystal-like lake provides clean water and a fresh, pure atmosphere that visitors can relax in.

Rising majestically out of the lake, Mount Cau dominates the landscape, covered in a thick primeval forest. Scattered across the lake are a number of islets and the green banks offer inviting camping and fishing spots.

Mt Cau is 198m high and boasts diverse flora and 1,600ha of protected forest. At the top of the mountain stands the Thai Son Pagoda, which attracts many pilgrims at full moon.

Next to the mountain buried deep in the rubber plantation is Cau Nom Lake, where the combination of the clean water and fresh air create a tranquil atmosphere.

In my opinion, the area around the two lakes is a great place for tourists who either want to relax after a hard days work, go camping with family and friends or try out water sports.

However, despite its beauty, a shortage of basic infrastructure such as hotels, restaurants and services mean this is a day trip at most (unless you decide to camp).

From Dau Tieng Lake, my friends and I walked for about 5km through the rubber plantation and reached Truc (small bamboo tree) Stream, which runs down from Mt Cau into Binh Duong Province’s Dau Tieng District. 

The name of the stream originates from its source further up the hill in a small bamboo forest, and my friends and I decided to try and find it.

The first thing I saw were huge flat rocks that nature had arranged into stairs leading to a shelter for a giant, according to a legend told by local residents.

Passing through the huge shelter was like walking through a stone maze, with millions of small stones arranged in all sorts of different shapes.

One friend had the bright idea of stopping there for a picnic lunch, so we made makeshift chairs and a table out of the rocks, and spent a leisurely couple of hours enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

The fresh air and cool atmosphere enhanced by the murmuring stream and twittering birds were like something out of a fairy tale.

Promenade: Dau Tieng Lake is one of Tay Ninh Province’s most well-known locations, although it needs more investment to improve facilities. (Photos: VNS)

Leaving the maze, we reached the giant’s stone bed which covers an area of about The ‘bed’ is covered with natural wrinkles that local residents say were made by the giant as he tossed and turned in his sleep.

A beautiful staired waterfall was awaiting us ahead, where visitors, including ourselves, did not miss the chance to take photos.

“I have been taking photos here for a long time but it wasn’t until 2003 that the area becoming a popular tourist destination for local residents and those from neighbouring Tay Ninh Province,” said Nguyen Van Den, a photographer.

Den said it was a beautiful setting and it was a shame that not many people from other cities and provinces knew about it. He added that only a small number of visitors were from HCM City and other localities although the number had increased recently.

Den said Truc Stream was a popular destination all year round but it was most beautiful during the sixth to tenth months of the lunar calendar. He said it was because the area had remained relatively untouched by humans that it retained its wild and natural beauty.

Den also showed us one of three small ponds around the stream where he said not many people could refuse the inviting waters on a hot summers day.

“Some of them even enjoy skinny dipping. It looks funny but it feels great to escape the hot weather in the cool water,” Den said and laughed.

Departing the stream at sunset, my friends promised they would return soon when it was a bit quieter, to enjoy a once in a lifetime naturalist experience.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

Source: QDND

Coming round mountains to Tay Bac

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am

Coming round mountains to Tay Bac

QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Tay Bac, the mountainous region in the northwest of Vietnam, is famous for beautiful terraced fields, colorful love markets, magnificent mountains and valleys. The terrain is fascinating for tourists who can discover many riddles of nature and indigenous cultures. The spectacular hillside-hugging road to the northern province of Ha Giang has a few hair-raising turns but the marvelous landscape is irresistible for nature lovers and adventurers.

I came to Meo Vac, a mountainous district in Ha Giang Province where tourists can visit Khau Vai love market, in the late afternoon. The topography is limestone mountains that impose over the poetic Nho Que river running through.

The love market often opens on the nights of 26th and 27th days of the lunar month. Shops trade till after midnight and local residents also stay up late. Their life rhythm is slow; the market is busy but I still sense a tranquility of there that is different to the markets in lowland regions.

In contrast, Meo Vac market in the morning is rather quiet with dozens of ethnic women standing around with wooden packs, filled with vegetables and other agricultural products on their back. Buyers take a look and handle the produce before they start to bargain. The market doesn’t stay open long.

Leaving Meo Vac, I continued the journey to conquer Ma Pi Leng Mountain. I have traveled through many Highland passes, but I felt a bit giddy at Ma Pi Leng, the king of all mountain passes in Vietnam.

Ethnic kids carry water large distances in the dry season

Ma Pi Leng is located on the border of Ha Giang Township and Dong Van and Meo Vac districts. The road runs round the sides of black limestone mountains, which are typical features of Dong Van Plateau. Wall-like rocks of all shapes also beautify the pass between Dong Van Town and Lung Phin Commune. The Nho Que River adds the finishing touch to nature’s masterpiece.

In the dry season, ethnic people have to carry water large distances. I felt touched to see their hardship.

The next stop is conquering Lung Cu Mountain in Dong Van Plateau. It is in Lung Cu Commune, which is about 1,600 meters above sea level. On the peak of the mountain is a flagpole about 30 meters tall.

From the top, tourists can see the terraced fields and lakes below. It was breath-taking. I felt a sense of awe that I cannot forget.

Then I arrived at Dong Van District near sunset. Dong Van, about 155 kilometers from Ha Giang Commune, is the most developed district among the ethnic districts in Ha Giang.

Women carry firewood to Dong Van District in late afternoon

Dong Van is famous with old quarters, old markets, especially with its name meaning a plateau of limestone. Dong Van’s old quarter is different from Hoi An ancient town as most of houses here are built the Chinese way with 60-80-centimeter-thick clay walls and tiled roofs.

The market days in Dong Van left the biggest impression on me. Groups of H’Mong, Dao, Tay and other ethnic peoples in their colorful costumes walk from every corner of the mountains to the market to buy and sell. They arrive on foot with oxen, pigs, horses, chicken and every type of livestock and fowl. It’s exciting to watch the noisy bargaining at the trading area for animals and the tinkling sounds of spoons, pots and bowls when food sellers prepare for the market.

The market is a place where the Kinh people can meet and exchange culture with minority peoples.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

Source: QDND

PM urges Tay Ninh to create competitive investment climate

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

PM urges Tay Ninh to create competitive investment climate

QĐND – Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked Tay Ninh province to review its infrastructure works and mobilize all sources of investment, take better care of human resources, especially farmers, and boost public administration reforms to attract more investors.

Mr Dung made this request while working with authorities from the southern province on August 11 for the implementation of socio-economic plans in the 2006-2010 period and orientations for the next five years.

He said Tay Ninh has made many achievements in various fields and ensured better living conditions for the people but can do more to ensure sustainability of the local economy, orientations for agriculture, and phase out obsolete technologies that cause pollution.

The PM requested the province specify each of its future development targets, including seeking investors for its eight industrial zones, and the ongoing cement project, and to quickly introduce the pharmaceutical chemistry to hi-tech industrial parks.

Tay Ninh province needs to apply modern technology and expedite the application of new varieties in agriculture and aquaculture, said Mr Dung.

At the same time, he suggested that the local officials better deal with social issues, with a particular focus on forest plantation and protection and maintaining social order.

During the working session, PM Dung and some senior government officials in his delegation discussed provincial proposals to build a 55km expressway connecting HCM City and Moc Bai border gate, to expand National Highway 22B, its border routes and build roads between districts and communes.

Over the past five years, Tay Ninh has recorded an average annual GDP growth rate of 14 percent and raised its per capita income to US$1,390. The province’s industrial and service values rose by 16.8 percent and 21.5 percent respectively over the reviewed period and the rate of poor households fell to just 1.5 percent.

The province has set plans for the next five years to increase its GDP by over 14 percent annually and reach more than US$2,970 in per capita income. It also plans to make 100 percent of its business and production establishments meet environmental standards.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Large eco-tourism area to be built in Tay Ninh

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

Large eco-tourism area to be built in Tay Ninh

QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

A large eco-tourism area named ‘Bau Ca Na’ will be built in Hiep Tan Commune, Hoa Thanh District in the southern province of Tay Ninh by the Hung Duy Trading Import Export Transportation Company.

The resort will be built on an area of 5 hectares at a cost of VND130 billion.

Once completed in 2010, the Bau Ca Na area will include entertainment and sports facilities, conference centres, shopping centres, restaurants and other luxury facilities at the service of tourists who are visiting other tourist sites in the province.

Tay Ninh has many famous tourist sites such as Dau Tieng Lake, Ba Den Mountain, Binh Thanh Old Tower and the Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park.

Source: NLD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Red headed cranes return to Tay Ninh

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Red headed cranes return to Tay Ninh

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

A flock of red headed cranes, or Sarus Cranes, were seen in the Ta Not clearing at the Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park in the southern province of Tay Ninh over two days on May 3rd and 4th.

This is the fourth time these cranes, with the scientific name of Grus Antigone, came to the Ta Not clearing.

The red-headed crane is a species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world. These birds are very sensitive to people’s appearance and acts.

In Vietnam, so far they have often appeared in the Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province and in grasslands in Kien Giang province.

Since early March this year, a flock of about 300 red-headed cranes have been seen in fields in Hoa Dien Commune, Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province.

At present, local authorities and agencies are observing these crane’s activities to understand more about them and find ways to attract and protect them.

Source: NLD and LD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND