Located 90 kilometers from Hanoi, Tam Dao tourist area in Tam Dao Town, Vinh Phuc Province, is an ideal getaway for tourists to escape the crazy, scorching heat. In summer, people rush to Tam Dao which is considered the Dalat of the North with its fresh cool air, mist and romantic scenery.
One weekend, we decided to go to Tam Dao when Hanoi was filled with rain. As I had not come to Tam Dao during the cooler weather I was very excited. I imagined Tam Dao at that time very quiet and deserted. I even thought I’d write a play about a love story set in Tam Dao among the romantic, misty surroundings.
We reached Tam Dao with the sunset upon us. Tam Dao appeared vaguely in the vaporous mist and golden light reflecting over the wet road. It was not too cold, so we all felt the fresh air flowing into our ribs as we walked fast to look for a guest house.
At night, it got colder and Tam Dao was blanked in tranquility and fog. The silence was sometimes broken by singing from karaoke rooms. Tam Dao perhaps has three specialties that tourists should not miss – eating chayote buds, gambling for fun and singing karaoke.
There is some architecture worthy of a look such as an old stone church, Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple or Tam Dao TV Tower. In the dark, the old church stands imposingly. In front of the church, some vendors sell grilled corn and eggs, bringing some warmth to the night.
In the early morning, it was like spring in Tam Dao with golden beams and warm weather. Like Sapa, the higher tourists trek, the more beautiful Tam Dao is. Nestled right at the foot of Thien Thi Mountain after its 200 stone steps, Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple is apparently a sacred place luring many pilgrims daily, especially during festivals to pray for love and bearing children. Bac (Silver) Waterfall is another must-see in Tam Dao. Flowing down from the mountain peak, the fall looks like a silver carpet studded with green moss.
DAY 1: HANOI – TAY THIEN (L, D)
06:00 Driver and guide of APT Travel pick you up at the appointed site for departure to Tay Thien tourism area.
07:30 Arriving in Tay Thien, you prepare offering and burn incense at Trinh Temple. Our next destinations include Trung (Middle) Temple, Thuong (Up) Temple, Mau (Mother) Temple, Truong Sinh (Longevity) Stream and Bac (Silver) Falls.
11:30 Have lunch in local restaurant
13:30 Get on bus transferring to Truc Lam Zen Monastery, a Vietnamese one founded by King Tran Nhan Tong (13th). This is one of the three largest Zen monasteries in Vietnam. It is known as not only a holy land attracting a large number of Buddhist pilgrims but also a beautiful tourist destination. You will find the Drump Tower and the Bell Tower here.
16:00 Depart for Tam Dao, which is 10 kilometres away from Tay Thien. Check in to hotel in Tam Dao. After the dinner in restaurant , it is your free time to discover Tam Dao town by night.
DAY 2: TAM DAO – HANOI (B, L)
07:00 Have breakfast. Climbing up 1,400 rock steps to stand atop Thien Nhi Mountain beneath the 100 meter television tower, you find the feeling of one who has conquered the peak. Taking a deep breath catching the fresh air of Tam Dao and feel your heart at ease. All grief, sorrow and worries of every day life seem to be washed by the Silver Waterfallto go to somewhere far away. Continue hiking up 200 rock steps to reach Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple. Have lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Free time for shopping before transferring back Hanoi.
17:30 Tour ends upon arrival in Hanoi.
Price for adults : 55 USD / pax
( Depart every Saturday from Hanoi )
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