Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area imbues with Muong Culture

About 45km from Hanoi, with harmonious architecture in the natural and traditional beauty of Vietnamese and blended with French style, Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area will give you a wonderful weekend trip with your family and friends.

Visiting Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area in Cu Yen Commune, Luong Son District, Hoa Binh Province, tourists will have a wonderful time of total relaxation in a peaceful green space and learn about the cultural features of the Muong ethnic people.

It takes tourists more than one hour from Hanoi to get to Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area, a favourite destination in Hoa Binh Province. The area was established in an immense space of mountains and forests in 2004 by An Tran Chassedieu and her husband who desired to develop green-tourism and preserve the traditional cultural features of the Muong ethnic group.

The tourism area has a total area of over 25ha surrounded by a complex of 100ha forests and hills of tea trees and lakes. In the middle of the area is Phong Lan Building designed with a blend of the architectural style of the stilt-houses of Vietnamese and houses in Cote D’Azur in the south of France, the homeland of An Tran Chassedieu’s husband. Scattered on hillsides under the lush gardens or near Dap Dom Lake are 12 country-seats where tourists enjoy fresh air from nature.


A part of Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area.


Taking a rest under a 500 year-old banyan tree during a tour by bicycle in Cu Yen Commune.


Visiting Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area, tourists enjoy nature and learn about
the traditional culture of the Muong ethnic people.

The owner of the tourism area takes full advantages of favourable conditions endowed by nature to form an eco-tourism area with beautiful landscape of streams, lakes, hills and forests and the simple life of the Muong ethnic people. An Tran Chassedieu said: “We established the eco-tourism area because of our love for nature and the two countries of Vietnam and France. We decided to call the eco-tourism area Vit Co Xanh because the image of ducks is familiar to Vietnamese farmers and reminds me of the peaceful landscape of the countryside in France.”


The Muong people in Cu Yen Commune, Luong Son District, Hoa Binh Province tend
the garden of medicinal herbs. 


Cu Yen villagers introduce their specialties to foreign tourists.


Inviting tourists to enjoy a quid of betel and areca of the Muong people.


Participating in a Sap (bamboo pole) dance.


Tourists learn about the Muong people’s daily life in Cu Khe Commune,
Luong Son District, Hoa Binh Province. 


Foreign tourists go to the market where they can buy many unique products made by the Muong.


During their meals, tourists enjoy traditional folk songs of the Muong people.

Visiting the area, tourists not only mingle with the beautiful nature but also learn about the distinctive cultural features of the Muong people through their habits, customs and cuisine. Tourists also have a chance to go to a mountain market and enjoy spa services with traditional methods of the Muong.

Thanks to the combination of green-ecotourism and traditional cultural features of the Muong ethnic people, the eco-tourism area has become a favourite place for relax on weekends.

Cock fighting (Choi ga)

Cock fighting, a long-standing form of popular entertainment, is organised during traditional festivals throughout Vietnam.

Cock fighting - Vietnamese folk games

Cock fighting  – Vietnamese folk games

Raising roosters for cockfighting requires heavy investments in time and labour. Professional trainers choose young chickens carefully, individually preparing their food and drink, bathing them, separating them from hens, and training them in fighting positions. A fighting cock must be so acquainted with its owner that it will allow only the owner to hold him. Fighting cocks, which come from three main species, are colloquially called “sacred chickens” or “combat roosters”. Black roosters with a red comb and a long neck are full of stamina and will fight to the bitter end. White roosters with ivory-coloured feet and round yellow eyes are hot-tempered and perform “lightning battles”. Also popular are “five-coloured cocks” coated with black, yellow, brown, red and blackish blue feathers. They fight with flexibility and often run away if they lose.

The owners prepare a 1.5m-wide ring walled by a 20cm-high bamboo screen. Spectators stand outside the screen. Only the owners of the fighting cocks are allowed to enter the area to care for their animals. A rooster loses if it leaves the ring twice and does not return.

Before a cockfight begins, owners agree on the terms among themselves. They compare the size, weight and combat achievements of their roosters. If one rooster has longer spurs, its rival is allowed to wear artificial spurs. After the discussion and agreement, the owners bring their birds into the ring. The cocks are kept in two separate halves of the ring until a signal is given to start the fight. Cocks usually attempt some trial feints to gauge their competitor’s reactions before giving mortal thrashings: a double kick against the rival’s body, a cut to the neck using spurs, or pecking out the rival’s eyes.

 The fight continues until one bird is defeated. Contestants time the rounds by burning an incense slick or draining water can with a hole in it.

Vietnamese cockfights have two forms of compensation. In one version, the loser pays an agreed-upon sum lo the winner; in the other, the loser forfeits both money and the defeated bird.

Destinations for camping near Hanoi

Tam Dao, Ba Vi, Quan Son, Dai Lai…are popular and attractive destinations to go camping on holiday.

Tam Dao


Tam Dao is 80 kilometers from Hanoi. It is the lung of Hanoi, making the climate equable for the capital and surrounding areas. If you are keen on discovering mystery of nature and adventuring, trekking in mountains will satisfy you.

Tourists coming to Tam Dao can visit Bac waterfall, Mau temple, temple of Tran God, Tam Dao Television Tower, as well as enjoy chicken, fish, chayote.

Dai Lai Lake


Being 25 kilometers from the center of Vinh Yen city, Dai Lai lake is charming, and tranquil. Coming here, tourists can take a stroll, go sightseeing, go sailing, go fishing, and go climbing. In addition, you can visit the village of San Diu people, Doi cave, listen to Soong Co singing, or enjoy ethnic dishes, or take a stroll in pine forests, etc.

Entertainment services are diversified and unique such as: speed-boat, Kayak, Whitehall, water-skiing.

Quan Son Lake


Being 30 kilometers from Hanoi, Quan Son Lake is a good choice for tourists to rest at the weekend. The lake is surrounded by limestone mountains. Therefore, the weather is cool all year round.

There are many small isles making particularly interesting landscape. Especially, visiting Quan Son Lake in the summer, tourists can contemplate lotus blooming in the surface of the lake. Go sailing in the lake and feeling the fragrance of lotus are unforgettable memory.

Ba Vi National Park


Stretching in the area of 11 hectares, Ba Vi National Park is a popular and attractive destination for camping.

Coming to Ba Vi National Park, tourists can not only explore the nature but also rest in modern resorts and take part in tours.

Ba Vi mountain range is very famous for the potential of eco-tourism. It is in the cultural eco-tourism area with a lot of famous places: Khoang Xanh tourist area, Dam Long, Tan Da resort, Ba Vi National Park, Da waterfall, Duong Lam ancient village, Son Tay ancient citadel, etc.

Hanoi adds two more electric bus tour routes

The Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company will offer visitors two more inner city sightseeing tours using electric buses during the upcoming Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1) public holidays.

The routes are designed to show tourists cultural and historical highlights of the capital including the Hanoi Opera House, Quan Su pagoda and Hang Co station, as well as streets famous for their French-colonial buildings such as Tran Hung Dao, Le Thanh Tong, Trang Tien and Tong Dan.

The company has mobilised an additional 10 battery-charged electric vehicles to run on the new routes. These electric buses are operated by well-trained, professional drivers who speak various foreign languages and can tell their guests about places of interest as they roll along.

Since the electric tour buses were launched three years ago, they have been very popular with tourists and have served more than a million visitors to Hanoi, most of them foreigners.

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Pristine Hon Seo Island: ideal destination for explorers

Hon Seo, which when seen from the mainland resembles a huge ship sailing to shore, is a wild oasis with feral plants, cliffs, various wild sea creatures and birds.

As a beautiful uninhabited island, Hon Seo Island in Binh Dinh province is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the sea and island, see colourful pebbles on the beach,cross large rocks, take a dive, go fishing, and enjoy freshly-caught seafood. Located off the Phuong Mai Peninsula in Nhon Ly commune, about 15km northeast of Quy Nhon city, Hon Seo Island is famous for its pristine beauty.

Hon Seo, which when seen from the mainland resembles a huge ship sailing to shore, is a wild oasis with feral plants, cliffs, various wild sea creatures and birds. In order to explore Hon Seo, you can use boat services of tourism companies or hire fishing boats from fishermen at Nhon Ly. If starting from Nhon Ly Beach, your boat will pass through the Wind Strait (Eo Gio) to Yen (swallow) Island.

It will take you 20 minutes to get to Hon Seo. But if you depart from Quy Nhon port, it will take you more than an hour to get there. The first impression when you reach the island is clear water. You can see strange coral reefs and colourful fish of different kinds swimming in water. Around the island, there are large and small rocks piled up, and you may want to climb them to view the sea.

One of the most interesting things about this island is a long stretch of colourful pebble stones. Colourful fist-shaped pebbles, eroded by the action of ocean waves over the years, become round and smooth. Beautiful pebbles are so attractive that most visitors want to take them home as pretty souvenirs. Some even bring them home to decorate houses or make a rock-garden. About 10 metres from the pebble stretch toward the foot of the mountain, there is a huge natural stone cave.

The cool atmosphere and its capacity of accommodating hundreds of people make this cave an ideal stop for tourists. From the top of Hon Seo, you can feel and see the high sky and the wide sea. On the left-hand side of the sea, there are the Phuong Mai Mountains jutting out, while you can see the Wind Strait, Yen Island and long sand dunes far away on the right-hand side. The combination of the Wind Strait, Yen Island and the Phuong Mai Peninsula looks like a huge pair of arms to embrace the island.

You feel fantastic while standing there, breathing cool, fresh air from the sea. Especially, sunrise or sunset is the most beautiful time to go sightseeing in Hon Seo. Hon Seo is a wonderful travel spot for adventure tours. You may go camping, rock climbing, sightseeing or fishing, and then cook and enjoy what you just caught. If you want to catch fish, you should go to the island in the morning, prepare some fishing rods and bait. Sometimes, you may catch big fish, if you’re lucky. You can also join local fishermen to experience fishing foreel or big fish, and then cook and eat them as a reward for successful fishing, as the locals usually do.

Tourism Sector in Mekong Delta short of skilled personnel

Le Van Hung, acting director of the Southern office of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said on April 12 that the Mekong Delta is one of seven key regions in the country’s most popular tourism destination strategies for 2020 with vision till 2030.


Tourists enjoy catchign fish in a river in Mekong delta (Photo: SGGP) 

However, the region is short of workers and skilled personnel. This is causing the region to lag behind other regions in the country. Presently, the region has only one training facility that supplies trained personnel for the tourism sector.

Some divisions in Can Tho and An Giang Universities also contribute in some small measure. In 2012, around 23,500 people working in the tourism sector in 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta helped serve 18 percent of the demand of 128,000 laborers for the sector. Forecasts predict the region will need around 207,000 trained personnel by 2020.

Dr. Vu Khac Chuong, headmaster of Saigon College of Art, Culture and Tourism, said the region needs around 30,000 laborers of intermediate level and around 20,000 people with higher education each year. According to the Vietnam Tourism Association, in 2012, the Mekong Delta welcomed 1.6 million international and domestic tourists, bringing in revenues upto VND4,344 billion (US$2,085).

However, Hung said this figure is not correct as the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, which receives the maximum number of tourists in the region, received 170,000 international holidaymakers in 2012, while An Giang Province received around four million tourists.

Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area imbues with Muong Culture

About 45km from Hanoi, with harmonious architecture in the natural and traditional beauty of Vietnamese and blended with French style, Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area will give you a wonderful weekend trip with your family and friends,

Visiting Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area in Cu Yen Commune, Luong Son District, Hoa Binh Province, tourists will have a wonderful time of total relaxation in a peaceful green space and learn about the cultural features of the Muong ethnic people.

It takes tourists more than one hour from Hanoi to get to Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area, a favourite destination in Hoa Binh Province. The area was established in an immense space of mountains and forests in 2004 by An Tran Chassedieu and her husband who desired to develop green-tourism and preserve the traditional cultural features of the Muong ethnic group.

The tourism area has a total area of over 25ha surrounded by a complex of 100ha forests and hills of tea trees and lakes. In the middle of the area is Phong Lan Building designed with a blend of the architectural style of the stilt-houses of Vietnamese and houses in Cote D’Azur in the south of France, the homeland of An Tran Chassedieu’s husband. Scattered on hillsides under the lush gardens or near Dap Dom Lake are 12 country-seats where tourists enjoy fresh air from nature.


A part of Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area.


Taking a rest under a 500 year-old banyan tree during a tour by bicycle in Cu Yen Commune.


Visiting Vit Co Xanh Eco-Tourism Area, tourists enjoy nature and learn about
the traditional culture of the Muong ethnic people.

The owner of the tourism area takes full advantages of favourable conditions endowed by nature to form an eco-tourism area with beautiful landscape of streams, lakes, hills and forests and the simple life of the Muong ethnic people. An Tran Chassedieu said: “We established the eco-tourism area because of our love for nature and the two countries of Vietnam and France. We decided to call the eco-tourism area Vit Co Xanh because the image of ducks is familiar to Vietnamese farmers and reminds me of the peaceful landscape of the countryside in France.”


The Muong people in Cu Yen Commune, Luong Son District, Hoa Binh Province tend
the garden of medicinal herbs. 


Cu Yen villagers introduce their specialties to foreign tourists.


Inviting tourists to enjoy a quid of betel and areca of the Muong people.


Participating in a Sap (bamboo pole) dance.


Tourists learn about the Muong people’s daily life in Cu Khe Commune,
Luong Son District, Hoa Binh Province. 


Foreign tourists go to the market where they can buy many unique products made by the Muong.


During their meals, tourists enjoy traditional folk songs of the Muong people.

Visiting the area, tourists not only mingle with the beautiful nature but also learn about the distinctive cultural features of the Muong people through their habits, customs and cuisine. Tourists also have a chance to go to a mountain market and enjoy spa services with traditional methods of the Muong.

Thanks to the combination of green-ecotourism and traditional cultural features of the Muong ethnic people, the eco-tourism area has become a favourite place for relax on weekends.

Provide by Vietnam travel guide