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Song Ngu Island in Cua Lo
Song Ngu, a low mountain in the Nghe An Province which had long attracted great poets, writers, artists such as Phan Huy Chu and Bui Duong Lich. Song Ngu is described as “two fish swim on the wave when seen from a far distance”.
In the past, King Le Thanh Tong often anchored his boat by the island to view the beauty of the island, the sky, the cloud and waters and got inspiration to write poems.
Having set foot on the island, tourists are fond of viewing strange pebbles shore, stretching kilometres. If tourists want to swim, they can swim on the “Fairy” bathing beach in transparent waters.
There is a big pagoda on the island. The pagoda was built in the Tran dynasty in the 13th and 14th centuries. Princess Huyen Tran, who was saved and taken to Thang Long by general Tran Khat Chan, once was on the island and burnt incenses in the pagoda.
The old bell in the pagoda was cast in the Tran dynasty. On the pagoda’s yard, tourists can sit under shadow of centuries-old trees and view transparent water of Fairy Well.
The well water is used to distil very delicious steam rice alcohol, which is very famous in the central province of Nghe An
The wonders of Pu Mat National Park
The Pu Mat National Park is located in the southwest of Nghe An Province, about 130km from Vinh City.
The park, formerly known as Pu Mat National Reserve, covers three districts - Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong - with an area of over 91,000ha.
Pu Mat, home to diverse flora and fauna, has 896 flora species, 241 mammal species, 137 bird species, 25 reptiles and 15 amphibians. Many scientists also see Pu Mat as Vietnam’s great museum of animal gene pool.
Significantly, Pu Mat is one of Vietnam’s rare forests such as Quang Nam, Danang, Ha Tinh and Thua Thien-Hue where sao la (long-horned bovid or scientific name Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) can be found. Sao la is one of the animals facing extinction, according to the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Endangered Species. A mature sao la can weight up to 100kg and groups of scientists, natural reserve managers and foreign experts are discussing ways to protect the animal.
Together with many unique animals, the primitive forest also has many beautiful landscapes. Among the favourite destinations are the 150m Kem Waterfall, Giang River and ethnic minority villages in the forest such as Thai, Tho, Dan Lai and H’Mong.
As such, Nghe An Service of Tourism is hoping to promote the park as the best ecological tourist destination in central Vietnam. The province will be preserved and the forest and surrounding areas developed to attract visitors, who come to Pu Mat for research or to experience adventure tours.
So far, the trekking tours, where travellers have an opportunity to explore the jungle and unique villages, are among the top choices for visitors of Pu Mat. These tours also allow visitors to speak to ethnic minorities and learn about their arts and culture, visit villages making brocades or tho cam and enjoy special food such as com lam (rice in bamboo cylinders).
Currently, Pu Mat welcomes over one thousand guests a year. Late last year, the provincial tourism service organised a familiarisation trip for photographers, guiding them to Dan Lai Village, Kem Waterfall and rowing on the Giang River, so they can take beautiful photos of Pu Mat to promote to tourists.
Pu Mat National Park - Nghe An province
The restricted area is about 91 113 ha in Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong. This is a primitive forest of great value for scientific study and multi-biology reservation.
Plant branch is very diversified and rich: 986 plant species of high level belonging to 552 branches and 153 clans and over 220 precious herbal trees such as: cinnamon, anise...and precious wood such as aquilaria, in addition, there are hundreds of food and fruit trees.
Animal branch is very diversified with 241 kinds of beast, 86 clans, 28 sets of which there are 24 kinds of beast, 135 kinds of bird, 25 kinds of reptile, 15 kinds of amphibian; such as tigers, panthers, forest pigs, monkey, black monkey, dog bear...Pu Mat forest is a place where the biggest herb of elephants in Viet Nam and some precious birds
At present, many international organizations on environment as well as domestic organizations have projects on the reservation and development of Pu Mat National and Pu Huong Parks to make an attractively ecological area.
Cua Lo tourism area - Nghe An province
This is an attractive sea point with beautiful white sand stretched 10 km long to Ngu and Mat Islands, Lan Chau Island at the coastal beach is a sketchy line of a Chinese ink drawing picture. All to make Cua Lo be an attractive place for visitors to come.
In 2002, Cua Lo town has 86 hotels of 1996 rooms with modern equipment, 4212 beds. There are 5 hotels ranked from 1 - 2 stars. The town also has so many entertainment places for visitors, such as Hoa Cuc Bien (sea chrysanthemum) , beach volley ball ground..
According to the master plan for Cua Lo development, It will daily satisfy the visitor's demand.
Sen Village - Nghe An Province
Sen Village, located in Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district, Nghe An province approximately 20 km west of Vinh, was the homeland of President Ho Chi Minh's father. Like other rural villages throughout the nation, Sen village is surrounded by bamboo trees, water wells, Banyan trees, communal houses, vast rice fields, and mountains.
Next to Sen Village is Chua, the homeland of Uncle Ho's mother where President Ho Chi Minh was born. Areca trees border the path leading to the house where Uncle Ho spent his childhood. The local people built the house as a present for Mr. Nguyen Sinh Sac, Uncle Ho's father. He received this house after he successfully passed the national examination and obtained the second rank in 1901. Inside the cottage are some facilities that reflect the life of a poor Confucian scholar's family such as a wooden board, a writing desk, chairs, a wooden tray and other artifacts. President Ho Chi Minh used to listen to the literary and political discussions of his father and his fellows Mr. Phan Boi Chau and Confucian scholar Mr. Vuong Thuc Quy.
The house is situated under a row of bamboo trees, with an orchard in the front yard and a garden at the side. In 1957, President Ho Chi Minh went back to Sen after 50 years.
Cua Lo Beach - Nghe An province
Cua Lo, located 20 km from Vinh in Nghe An province, was formed in 1994. Cua Lo Beach is 7 km long and joins Nghi Huong to Nghi Hai; it is one of the nicest beaches in North Vietnam with its white sand and clear blue water. Not far from the beach are three islands: Hon Ngu, Hong Chu, and Hon Mat.
Once in Cua Lo, tourists can visit the islands by boat, climb the mountains, dive, and visit historical and literary sites, such as the temple in honor of Nguyen Xi in Nghi Hop commune, the Trung Kien Pagoda in Nghi Thiet commune, and the Hoang Van family altar in Cua Lo.