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Chuyện làng Trinh Tiết

Trên đường vãn cảnh Chùa Hương, ngang qua xã Đại Hưng, huyện Mỹ Đức (Hà Nội), sẽ dễ dàng bắt gặp một cái cổng làng sơn vàng, mái cong. Cổng được xây dựng khá công phu và hoành tráng, trên cổng đắp hàng chữ to mang tên “Làng văn hóa Trinh Tiết”.

“Phượt” miền Tây

Về Sa Đéc dạo phố đêm bên dòng Sa Giang thơ mộng, cùng thưởng thức lẩu cá bông lau; rồi đi Xẻo Quýt trải nghiệm thực tế các loại hình du lịch mùa nước nổi; đến Trà Sư khám phá rừng tràm vào buổi sớm mai; và dừng chân tại Tri Tôn để vui cùng lễ hội đua bò...
Đó là lịch trình đầy thú vị được các “lead phượt” (người tổ chức) mời gọi “xế - ôm” (bạn đồng hành) vào dịp cuối tuần để thoả sức khám phá những vùng đất mới, tìm hiểu về văn hoá bản địa và nghỉ ngơi thư giãn, cũng như trang bị những kỹ năng sống cần thiết.

10 ideal places for travel alone in Vietnam

Traveling alone is the pleasures and interests of many people. It gives travelersexperiences that group traveling cannot.

1- Dalat

The resort city with the lovely scenery is an ideal place for those who love traveling alone. In Dalat visitors can admire the lyrical scene here with lots of flowers, the tree-lined streets, quiet roads in the early morning.

360 tourists book adventure tour of Son Doong Cave

As many as 360 domestic and foreign tourists have registered for a tour to explore Son Doong, the largest natural cave in the world, in the central province of Quang Binh in 2017.

The Son Doong Expedition Tour 2017 has been sold on the website of Oxalis Adventure Tours - the sole operator - at a cost of 3,000 USD per person. The five-day and four-night tour is available for a maximum of ten people during January-August.

Ban Gioc waterfall - A landmark at the national frontier

The Ban Gioc waterfall on Quay Son River in the northeastern province of Cao Bang province is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls for its grandeur and charm.

Stretching the international border between Vietnam and China, it has been a natural demarcation between the two for long. The waterfall is also listed among the largest along a national border.
Located in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, the waterfall is fed by Quay Son River rising from China. The river flows into Vietnam and reaches Dam Thuy commune at Ban Gioc village. Here, the flow divides into several branches and lowers its flow to create Ban Gioc waterfall.
The waterfall measures 35 metres high and spans 300m. Great water columns can be seen from a distance.

The current life of Vietnam's 'wild man'

Three years after being “rescued” and brought back to his home village, the so-called “wild man” Ho Van Lang in Tay Tra District of the central province of Quang Ngai still remembers his old life and has decided to build a tent in the jungle to live alone. 

After the tragic death of his mother and two sons when US bombs hit his house, Ho Van Thanh, a soldier, panicked and held his one-year-old son Ho Van Lang and ran into the jungle. He lived in the forest for 40 years until August 7, 2013.

When they were rescued, Thanh was 81 and Lang was 41. They were living in a 2sq.m thatch hut on an ancient tree on the peak of A Pon mountain.

Mr. Ho Van Tri, Thanh’s son, said that according to his relatives, in 1972 his father, a soldier, was stationed near his home. One day, Thanh heard the bombing so he quickly ran home. But his home was in rubble and his mother and two older sons had died.

"Facing a great loss, my father panicked. He held my brother Loan, over one year old at that time, to run into the forest. At that time I was an infant. Until the age of 12 I followed my uncle to seek my father and my brother in the forest. They lived in the hut on a tree," said Tri.

After that meeting, twice a year Tri carried salt, kerosene and several knives to the forest for his father, even though his father and brother did not realize hewas their relative. Every time entering the forest, Tri slept along streams. He did not dare sleep in the hut with his father and brother because of panic.

According to Tri, the villagers repeatedly went to the forest to advise his father and brother to come home, but whenever they saw strangers, they ran very fast into the jungle to hide.

To survive in the wilderness, the two men lived on the tree to avoid predators. They also tried to keep a fire and went to neighboring upland fields to seek rice, corn, sesame, sugarcane and tobacco seedlings to plant around their hut.

The villagers sometimes brought clothes, pots, axes and knives for Thanh but he kept these things in his hut, not using them. Every day the father and son wore only a loincloth braided with bark and made homemade tools for pounding rice and cassava into flour. They also created bayonets, broadswords, arrows, traps, and axes to hunt wild animals.

To overcome the cold winter, Thanh and his son lit fires in the hut, and smoke in the hut warmed the body. Checking the hut, the villagers found a variety of wild meat, including dried mouse meat and tens of large bamboo tubes filled with reserve food such as rice, sesame and chili. They also kept teeth and gall of many species of animals to use as medicine and jewelry.

Returning back to their village, the father and son had a new home while the father enjoyed preferential government policies for a war invalid.

Living in the community, the two people could not completely integrate into normal life. Thanh sat pensively in his house and rarely talked to anyone.

Tri said even though Lang was happy to see his family again, he missed the forest.

"He was used to live in the trees so everything here is new and strange to him. Sometimes, he'll go to the forest from morning to sunset no matter if it's raining or not," Tri said.

Lang started to get used to the new life two years later but he still didn't know what to do during the days. Thinking that he had become a burden, Lang decided to go into the forest and find a place for farming. Sometimes, when the rice runs out, he will return home for a while.

This makes him happier because he can bring home his potatoes or cassava. Since Lang follows nomadic farming, he recently moved the farms closer to home. Lang looked ecstatic when he had guests. It has been a long time since he met so many people. Lang is still sourcing his own meals like going out at night to find frogs or eels.

Lang said he also wanted to have a family of his own but worried that "I'm too old now, no woman wants me."

Lang's father, Ho Van Thanh, only sits in one place because of mental illness. When he was rescued, the family brought him to hospital immediately but doctors said not only did he have mental illness but also lots of age-related health problems. He lost one eye in the forest and has kidney failure which can't be treated anymore. He is provided with VND600,000 (VND27,000) a month pension.
Lang recently built a hut near his field to live alone. He said he did not want to live in the brick house in the village because he was unfamiliar with it and he preferred the forest.
Lang’s life is very simple, and not very different from his previous life.

Some photos of Lang's current life:
Lang returned to his home village three years ago.

Visiting riverside Kim Lan pottery village

Lying on the banks of Red River, Kim Lan pottery village in Gia Lam district, Hanoi has a more than 1,000 year-history of making of ceramics.
The craft reached its peak around the 13th and 14th centuries, making the village a pottery production centre for the capital city of Thang Long (now Hanoi). During that time, most of the country’s ceramic products exported to Japan were made in the village.

Hoi An plans to dismantle iconic 400 year-old bridge

Some say the Chua Cau Bridge simply won't be the same if it is dismantled for restoration work.

International and Vietnamese experts are debating over restoration work on the 400-year-old Chua Cau Bridge in the central ancient town of Hoi An.

In order to restore the bridge properly, most experts at a recent conference think it should be dismantled, said Nguyen Chi Trung, a senior conservation official in Hoi An.

The solution has received mixed reactions. Historian Vo Ha has warned that dismantling the bridge will make people feel "it's not the same", while architect Le Thanh Vinh said it should be implemented only as a last resort with careful planning by conservation experts.
The iconic image of Hoi An's Ancient Town, Chua Cau literally means 'bridge pagoda'. Built by Japanese merchants in the 17th century, it's also known as the Japanese Bridge. 

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