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Vinh Phuc Province - Tam Dao National Park
Tam Dao National Park
The Tam Dao National Park can be reached if you follow National Road No.2 to Vinh Yen Town (Vinh Phuc Province) where you should turn right into National Road No.2B and go ahead about 13 km. The centre of this natural park is located in Ho Son .
Commune, Tam Duong District, 70km northwest of Hanoi. Located on Tam Dao mountain range, the park covers an area of 36,883ha. Tam Dao is in a vast high mountainous region affected by tropical humid monsoons. The average temperature during the year is 22.9oC. The mean humidity is about 84%. The vegetation cover is representative of five types of tropical forest. The flora consists of 904 species classified into 478 genera and 213 families of high plants, 64 of which are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book. The rich fauna includes 307 species, 56 of which are registered in Vietnam’s Red Book (22 mammal species, 17 amphibian species and the remainder of insects).It is unforgettable address during your journey to Tam Dao Tourist  Resort.

Tam Dao Tourist Resort
Tam Dao is an ideal summer resort in the North, located 900m above sea-level, approximately 86km from Hanoi.  Tam Dao Mountains are 80km long, 10-15km wide. At the early of the 20th century (1904-1906), it was transformed into a resort with comprises villas, hotel, restaurants, sport fields, swimming pools, and dancing halls by the French. Tam Dao range has three peaks: Ban Thach with 1.388m high, Thien Nhi with 1,375m high and Phu Nghia with 1,400m high which emerge like three islets. The weather is cool all year round with an average temperature of 20 to 22oC and it may changes four seasons in a day. During the hottest days, the temperature reaches 27oC (80.6oF). Long ago Tam Dao was a tourist attraction. Nowadays, Tam Dao becomes Tourist Resort with an area of 235ha lying at the attitude of 900m above sea level. It is a wonderful resort with fresh, pure and cooling air, beautiful scenery. Many hotels, guesthouses and restaurants are ready to serve tourists. It is worth to visit when tourists take a walk on zigzaging mountain path to sightsee the landscape of mountain and forest in this palace. Other few places that should be listed in tourists’ itinerary are Bac (Silver) Waterfall, Mother Goddess Temple, Phu Nghia Peak. Tam Dao is a tourist attraction frequented by thousands of visitors in summer.

Binh Son Tower
Binh Son Tower is situated near Vinh Khanh Pagoda and belongs to Tam Son Village in Lap Thach District. Erected during the Ly-Tran Dynasty, the 16m tower has 11 floors, each with a curved roof. It was built from terra-cotta baked at a high temperature. The foundations are made of vo bricks (bricks made with a mallet), whereas the exterior surface of the tower is built of dark red bricks decorated with very fine lines. The result is an harmonious architectural complex. Through many centuries, the tower has been leaning and its foundations have collapsed in several locations. In 1972, the foundations were rebuilt in concrete, 4m higher but still faithful to the original architectural style.

Dai Lai Lake
An artificially created lake, Dai Lai is situated at the foot of Tam Dao Mountain in Me Linh District, 50km from Hanoi. The lake covers 525 hectares. Over the lake lies a 3-hectare island, and the highest point of the island is more than 23m, which is home to different kings of birds. To the west and southwest of the lake stands Than Lan Mountain. Atop the mountain, one can get a panoramic view of the lake. Many enchanting artificial beaches line along the clear and blue water, under the foot of different hills. Dai Lai constitutes a holiday resort for Vinh Phuc province and its neighborhood. Dai Lai is blessed with a favorable climate, cool summers and warm winters. Fascinating extras comprise natural landscapes of stunning beauty. In its vicinity, the Ngoc Thanh Forest covers 500 ha of natural forests and 300 ha of newly grown ones, sheltering a diversified flora and fauna. The alluring Dai Lai is attracting more and more holiday-makers.

Tay Thien Site
Located 10km form Tam Dao Tourist Resort, the Tay Thien complex boasts numerous temples, including Chan Suoi, Dau, Ca Thong, Co, Cau and Dong Co that contains two valuable bronze statues. Tay Thien Temple is located on 600 meter-high mountain in Dai Dinh Commune, Tam Duong District. It is dedicated to goddess Nang Thi Tieu. According to legend she was one of the seven fairies Jade Emperor sent to the earth to treat diseases to save human beings. She married Lang Lieu, the sixth Hung King and was conferred the tittle of Quoc Mau Tay Thien (Mother of the country). In addition to religious structures, Tay Thien has beautiful landscape with forests, streams, waterfall, and grottoes. This complex was recognized as the cultural and historical site in 1991.

Huong Canh Pottery and Porcelain
Who will come and buy Huong Canh jars?” These words of a popular traditional song have been passed from generation to generation, clearly displaying the vitality of the Huong Canh Pottery and Porcelain Village. In the past, Huong Canh Village specialized in the production of porcelain and glazed terra-cotta products for daily activities, such as big jars for holding water or kettles for boiling water and for distilling medicinal products, some tiles, “antique” jars and other beautiful high quality products are produced in Huong Canh. Unlike the enameled pottery form Bat Trang, Huong Canh’s products are enbleached. Huong Canh’s traditional work helps local people to have secure jobs and fairly good incomes. Huong Canh is located in Vinh PhucProvince, approximately 52km form Hanoi.
 
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