Lang Son

Imagine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.

A mass of motorbikes swarms through the tangled web of streets that is the Old Quarter, a cauldron of commerce for almost 1000 years and still the best place to check the pulse of this resurgent city. Hawkers in conical hats ply their wares, locals sip coffee and bia hoi (beer) watching life (and plenty of tourists) pass them by. Witness synchronised t’ai chi at dawn on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake while goateed grandfathers tug at their wisps over the next chess move. See the bold and beautiful dine at designer restaurants and cut the latest moves on the dance floor. Hanoi has it all: the ancient history, a colonial legacy and a modern outlook. There is no better place to untangle the paradox that is modern Vietnam.

The grand old dame of Asia, Hanoi lay in a deep slumber after Vietnam’s partition in 1954 until the effects of economic reforms kicked in four decades later. The city survived American bombs and Russian planners to emerge relatively unscathed in the early 1990s as an example of a French-conceived colonial city. Huge mansions line grand boulevards, and lakes and parks dot the city, providing a romantic backdrop to the nonstop soundtrack. There are still moments of Paris, as the smell of baguettes and café au lait permeates street corners.

Known by many names down the centuries, Thanh Long (City of the Soaring Dragon) is the most evocative, and let there be no doubt that this dragon is on the up once more.

Bac Son Valley in the northern province of Lang Son is entering its peak rice harvest season. Located in Bac Son District and 160km from Ha Noi, the valley has beautiful paddy fields surrounded by high lime mountains. The paddy fields have various kinds of colours – yellow, brown and green – as some rice…
Bac Son Valley is a beautiful valley in Vietnam that deserves to be known as a green paradise on Earth. This valley is situated 250 miles south of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, and it is an ideal place for agriculture. One interesting aspect about this valley is its incredibly high mountains which are about 500-1200…
Mau Son Mountain is located in Loc Binh District, about 30km from Lang Son City to Mau Son Rerort.To the north is Ninh Minh, China, to the east is Na Duong and to the west is Dong Dang, all merging beautifully into one spectacular landscape. The winding narrow mountain path, like a snake, lies tucked between 2…
Lang Son is only 154km from Hanoi, and it takes another 14km to reach Dong Dang. This area is well-known for several beauty spots such as Tam Thanh grotto, Nhi Thanh grotto, Ky Lua Street, Ky Cung River, Vong Phu stone statue, etc., which have been attracting a large number of visitors in Vietnam travel. Among these,…
Nhi Thanh Grotto is situated in Nhi Thanh Street, approximately 1km from the Lang Son City, Lang Son province. It is home to the Pagoda of Triple Regions (Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism). The grotto was closely related to the celebrity Ngo Thi Si when he was the chief of province between 1777 and 1780. He gave,…
To Thi Mountain or Vong Phu Mountain means "waiting for her husband". From ancient times, this human-shaped stone has been associated with the fairy Mrs To Thi hold the baby to waite for husband return from battle field, but never saw him back, and finally she was turned into a rock. So that people called…
Ky Cung is still small temple with tiled roof. At the front of temple is a stone wharf Ky Cung( Ky Cung stone way), which was considered as one of 8 Lang Son places of interesting in 18 century by Ngo Thi Si. The architecture of the temple is the shape of the letter dinh (shape). This…
The Chi Lang Border is located in Chi Lang District, Lang Son Province, and 110km from Hanoi and 60km from the Sino-Vietnamese border. It consists of a valley surrounded by high mountains and through which runs the Thuong River. The mountains were opened in two locations to form two gates. The northern gate was named Quy Mon…
Ky Lua Market in Lang Son is where occurs the exchange of goods between regions in the country with cultural activities being characterized the national identity of Lang Son province. The market monthly occurs 6 sessions dating on 2nd, 7th of lunar calendar, and it consists of goods from almost all provinces. People usually not only go to market for…


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