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Ha Tay Travel Gudie


Ha Tay Overview


Area: 2,193 km2.

Population: over 2 millions.

Provincial capital: Ha Đông city

Districts & town: Sơn Tây town, Ba V́, Phúc Thọ, Thạch Thất, Quốc Oai, Đan Phượng, Ho� i Đức, Chương Mỹ, Thanh Oai, Ứng Ho� , Mỹ Đức, Thường Tín, Phú Xuyên.


Telephone code: 84-34


  - Average annual temperature: 230C - 23.40

  - Average annual humidity: 83% - 85%  

Ha Tây lies in the Red River Delta, the south-west of and at the entrance to the capital city of Hanội. Ha Tây is situated from latitude 20031’ to 21017’ North and from longitude 105017’ to 1060 East. Ha Tây is an ancient land taken shape by Sơn Tây region “Xứ Đo� i” and Sơn Nam thượng area (Sơn Nam region). During historical time of foundation and development, H� Tây has always been located near the capital cities of Vietnam, which created favorable conditions for setting up a long-lasting culture tradition, worth of a land of “quintessence agglomeration, superpower and pre-eminent men” which have had a stable position in the country’s history.

Ha Tây land has preserved many national cultural heritages, comprising hundreds of communal houses, pagodas and temples having an architectural, sculptural and art value such as the first famous cave in Vietnam - Hương Tích cave, Tây Phương pagoda with 18 statues of Arhats - nation’s famous works of art, the corpses of the two monks Vũ Khắc Minh and Vũ Khắc Trường preserved as the statues, covered with vanished black laquer... All of them were linking with the legends of popular religious that was built through the nation’s foundation and defense.

Ha Tây is the age-old land with a lot of famous persons such as Nguyễn Trăi - the world’s well-known poet and writer, two kings Phùng Hưng and Ngô Quyền, Giang Văn Minh - the hero ambassador who laid down his life to protect national prestige...

Ha Tây is the land of traditional handicraft villages, which are famous for Vạn Phúc silk, Chuyên Mỹ pearl inlaying, Chuông conical hat, Quất Động embroidery...

Ha Tây is offered a unique topography by the nature with the system of mountains, rivers, lakes, springs, waterfalls, grottoes, caves... all of them created the resorts, ecotourism spots, weekends with beautiful landscape, cool weather that were attractive domestic and foreign tourists such as Ao Vua (King pond), Khoang Xanh - Suối Tiên, Đồng Mô lake, Suối Hai lake, Quan Sơn lake...

Coming to Ha Tây, you shall integrate yourselves with original atmosphere of Ba V́ national park, enjoy coolness and clearness of the waterfalls and springs: Ao Vua, Khoang Xanh, Suối Mơ... and beautiful lakes: Đồng Mô, Suối Hai, Quan Sơn... You will have the chance to take part in the traditional festivals such as Hương pagoda's festival, Thầy pagoda's festival… - the lively museums of the national culture.

HaTây’s charming natural scenery, hospitality and passionate people always to be a rendezvous destination for visitors from all over the world.

source: hataytourism


Van Phuc Silk Village
Located 15Km west of Hanoi, Van Phuc is renowned for centuries of silk making and silk products. The streets of Van Phuc, lined with modern store fronts selling beautiful silk clothes and fabrics, are abuzz with looms and sewing machines. The local silk is known for its smooth and lightweight appearance, qualities that enable it to be dyed more colors to suit a variety of skin tones. You can buy ready made garments or buy the raw fabric of your choosing and have one of Hanoi’s famous tailors custom craft your clothes.

The grandfathers of mother-of-pearl inlay - Ha Tay province


The grandfathers of mother-of-pearl inlay - Ha Tay province
The grandfathers of mother-of-pearl inlay - Ha Tay province
The handicraft village of Chuon Ngo in the northern province of Ha Tay is home to that quintessential Vietnamese art: mother-of-pearl inlay. The delicate and much-admired craft runs in the veins of resident who have passed the skills down the generations.
Truong Cong Thanh is believed to be the founding father of the craft.He graduated as a master of both literary arts and martial arts during the Ly Dynasty.Truong joined Ly Thuong Kiet’s forces to repel foreign invaders and was decorated. Then, he dedicated his life to travelling and learning about his passion – mother-of-pearl inlay.

The years have passed, but Truong’s legacy is still alive and well in Chuon Ngo.Three artisans from the village have had the Golden Hands Medal bestowed upon them.They have skilful hands, artistic eyes and creative minds.They embody the old adage: "Those who inlay mother-of-pearl into wood or copper seem to be laying their heart into their designs too." I was fortunated to meet them on a recent trip to the village, in Chuyen My Commune of Phu Xuyen District.One of the men, Tran Ba Dinh, took me to a temple devoted to the Tutelary God of the village hidden under a century-old banyan tree.
The site was simple in its adornment, but he drew my attention to the parallel scrolls and gave a rough translation: "The people of Ngo Village give thanks for the prosperous life that is developing on this sacred land and will be handed down forever."
Nguyen Thuyet Trinh, another Golden Handed master told me: "In the past Chuon Ngo mostly produced mother-of-pearl inlaid tea trays found in royal courts and on the banquet tables of kings, lords and queens.

"A mother-of-pearl inlaid tray placed on a carved bed was a symbol of nobility and dignity.

"Only rich people and Confucian scholars could afford to have them. Mother-of-pearl inlaid products go with old-styled houses: they match curved roofs covered in royal blue tiles."They do not look so fine among our modern houses," he conceded. Nguyen Van To is the final Golden Handed artisan. The 80-year-old man, who began his craft when he was just 18 years of age, dropped his chisel to receive me.He talked excitedly and moved briskly. He looked quite sturdy, despite his age.And he was keen to impart some crucial knowledge: the area should be referred to as Chuyen My, because the whole commune works at this craft.Chuon is apparently the village that first began the craft and is well-known to customers for the quality of its products.Neighbouring Ngo Ha is the village famous for its lacquer craft. So the names of these two villages are joined together to symbolise Chuyen My.
When you talk of Chuon Ngo, you are really referring to the seven handicraft villages of the commune. Chuon Ngo has 378 families with 1,700 inhabitants and 95 per cent of its households work in mother-of-pearl inlay. The craft has elevated locals out of poverty and 30 per cent of families are even dubbed "affluent."
On average each craft family earns VND6 million per year. The lowest monthly salary of a worker is VND200,000, the highest VND500,000. Every year the village contributes VND500 million to State coffers.

Nguyen Thi Vui, chairwoman of Ngo Ha Co-operative, showed me samples of finished products. I had always admired mother-of-pearl inlay for its ability to turn simple mussel shells and wood into a sought-after piece of art. But I was more than amazed when knives and chisels that seemed to fly and dance and, in a twinkling, turned wood or horn into a shepherd, a buffalo, a bridge or a kite.

Chuon Ngo artisans now make a wide range of products. Apart from simple objects like tobacco boxes, trays and combs, they also produce carved beds, cabinets and even paintings and portraits. These products are renowned both at home and abroad and are already exported to Britain, the Netherlands and Singapore. While some craft villages jealously guard the secrets of their art, Chuon Ngo is keen to share. Ngo Ha Co-operative, with assistance from World Vision, recently held three charity teaching courses for handicapped children from Phu Xuyen district, Nguyen Thi Vui explained.
One-hundred children have already completed the course and got jobs with monthly salaries ranging from VND150,000 to VND500,000.

At the moment, only the three Golden Handed artisans can make mother-of-pearl inlaid portraits and Nguyen Van To worries that the future generations may not produce any more medal winners. "The young generation are too pragmatic, they run after the spoils of the market economy and work in a careless manner. They are not concerned with art or creativity," he confided. But the three master craftsmen are determined to keep their trade alive. They are even compelling children as young as seven or ten years to learn inlaying skills. Many local residents share the simplistic belief that their children will not be able to compete in the education stakes with children from urban areas. And even if they could compete, so the thinking goes, they would not earn as much as the average village craftsman.
As a result, many children from Chuon Ngo leave school when they have learnt only the basics: reading, writing and some simple arithmetic. Only 20 of the village’s children have completed secondary school and only four have managed to attain bachelor’s degrees in the past decade. Four other students from Chuon Ngo are currently studying at universities or colleges. But the village’s craftsmen must contend with another worry: the potential for damage to their health. Children learning the art must be meticulous, they sit for long periods of time to polish the mother-of-pearl and carve the wood. Many of them suffer from curvature of the spine and dust in their lungs.
Residents are concerned that the number of illiterate and sickly people will increase, as such an outcome would spell disaster for the village.

When I left Chuon Ngo I was struck by a sense of melancholy. Certainly, locals have prospered from mother-of-pearl inlay. But there are costs to be borne too. How do we minimise the costs but also protect the benefits? That is a question few can answer. Meanwhile, life goes on in Chuon Ngo and the good and bad take their toll. Sadly, such worries are not confined to this humble little craft village.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Phu Vinh Bamboo and Rattan - woven handicraft - Ha Tay province


Phu Vinh Bamboo and Rattan - woven handicraft
Phu Vinh Bamboo and Rattan - woven handicraft
Bamboo is ubiquitous in the Vietnamese countryside. Almost all villages are surrounded by bamboo hedges. Images of bamboo are attached to childhood, while a bamboo cane is a good companion to support old people when walking.
From ancient times, traditional bamboo and rattan weaving villages were established and have become famous both at home and abroad. Among them is Phu Vinh craft village in Chuong My district, Hà Tây province.Every family in Phu Vinh village weaves bamboo and rattan articles for domestic use and export. Over 6,000 out of 8,000 villagers practice the handicraft, earning more than VND 2.2 billion a year.

Along with bamboo, Phu Vinh village cultivates 120 mau (approximately 432,000 sq.m) with one main rice crop and one sub-crop a year due to the submerged fields. About 2,800 tons of rice are harvested annually, equaling the income earned from weaving. Weaving has created sideline jobs for the farmers in their free time as well as for the old and disabled, women and children. By undertaking both farming and weaving, Phu Vinh villagers have enjoyed a plentiful life.

The main instruments for bamboo and rattan weaving are knives, pincers, scissors and awls. The knives are varied: big knives for felling and cutting bamboo and rattan trees, small knives for splitting bamboo slices and pointed knives for whittling and polishing slices.

At first glance, experienced craftsmen know how to classify old and young bamboo trees. Old bamboo trees are used for making edges and frames, and the young ones are used for splints. Making splints requires skilled hands. Looking at the way an artisan controls a knife with his forefinger, it is possible to determine his expertise. Splints must be smooth, polished, of the same size, and kept away from humidity.

Designing, however, is the most difficult process and is usually done by experienced artisans. For example, to produce a bamboo and rattan-woven flower vase with a form and size suitable to a particular place, the artisan has to fashion appropriate splints and materials to make the frame and dye to colour the splints. From a picture, portrait or landscape painting, the artisan can imagine how to make a design work with bamboo and rattan materials.

Design artist Nguyên Van Kinh in Phu Vinh and his brother Nguyên Van Chung are famous for their expertise. They were invited to Cuba for vocational teaching and to studying the flora to find raw materials for weaving.

Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan-woven products exceed 500 varieties. The most notable include art work such as panels, couples, birds and animal pictures. They are made of extremely thin and small splints woven with a small awl as if embroidered. Another variety includes fruit baskets, trays, plates, bags, suitcases, sandals, hats, lamp shapes and flower vases.

A third category includes large baskets, sieves, buckets and creels.

Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan-woven products are in demand by both domestic and foreign customers. Orders from Russia, Great Britain, France, Japan, The United States and other countries are placed regularly to Phu Vinh craftsmen.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Trade village in Son Dong - Ha Tay province


Trade village in Son Dong - Ha Tay province
Trade village in Son Dong - Ha Tay province
On the way from Hanoi to Son Tay, turning left at the point of 16th km and going forwards more 2 kilometers is Son Dong village (Hoai Duc district, Ha Tay province). Perhaps the name (Son Dong village) was originated from the local activity of producing traditional paint. Hundreds of years ago, Son Dong people already mastered the technique of making wooden statues and various worshipping objects. The material is wood (mainly jack-fruit wood), even clay and other materials.
To widen their productive activities, some families have invested hundreds of million VND into purchasing facilities and hiring workers (up to tens people). The Son Dong workers are good not only at sculpturing, but also in doing other work-pieces like polishing, red lacquer trimmed with gold until final products. Thanks to its good reputation, the Son Dong wooden statues are present in many pagodas and communal houses in the northern provinces. Presently, more than 70 percent of households in the commune are involved in this business with thousands of workers. There are also people from Dong Ky (Bac Ninh) and Chang Son (Thach That). Thanks to the traditional profession, various related services have been also developed, and the living standard of local people has considerably improved.

However, although there is, geographically, a large market for selling products, the actual demand is still rather small. The establishments have, therefore, to work mainly on orders. And Son Dong, in spite of its precious traditional profession, is not a rich village yet.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Ha Thai lacquer village

add: Ha Thai Village, Duyen Thai Commune, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay province, Viet Nam

Quat Lam embroidery village

add: Quat Lam, Thuong Tin District, Ha Tay province, Vietnam

Chuong conical hat village  

Return to Binh Minh, go along approximately 8km then turn night, we will arrive in Phuong Trang village or Chuong village. This is an only village making conical hat of Ha Tay province. If customers wish to know about this craft trade as well as to make study on mini-agricultural economy in Tonkin delta, they should visit this place.

In the old time, the Vietnamese wore the conical hats to hide the rain and the sun.

The conical hats fabricated with a bamboo frame and covered by leaf. Each household of Chuong village can produce the conical hat. The materials are simple: leaves for covering; bamboo for the frame, rattan strings and now the industrial thread, some rattans to fabricate the frame.

Although it is such simple only, a white leaf conical with roll and equal thread line require a talent producer.

There are various kinds of conical hat, thick, solid or thin, elegant. In the old time, there were hats with silk tasseled trap, bamboo hat worn by Buddhist monks, by soldiers…

author: Hanoitourism

Thay Pagoda - Ha Tay province

Thay Pagoda - Ha Tay province
Thay Pagoda - Ha Tay province
Thay Pagoda, alias Ca and Thien Phuc Tu Pagoda, is situated at the foot of Sai Son Mountain, in Quoc Oai district, in Ha Tay province, 30 km southwest of Hanoi
The pagoda was built in the 11th century during the reign of Ly Nhan Tong King. At first, it was a small pagoda managed by Priest Tu Dao Hanh. The pagoda was initially built according to Sino-Vietnamese character Tam—this character is formed by 3 hyphens parallel to each other. The pagoda therefore consists of 3 sections: Ha Pagoda, Trung Pagoda, and Thuong Pagoda. The outer part, Ha Pagoda, is a place for offerings and ceremonies; the middle part, Trung Pagoda, is a place for worship of Buddha; and finally, the inner part is a place for worship of Priest Tu Dao Hanh. An automated sandalwood statue of Tu Dao Hanh that stands and sits is located in a red lacquered shrine trimmed with gold and covered with a curtain.

In front of the pagoda is Long Tri pond, in the middle of which is a stage called Thuy Dinh, where water puppet performances are held. Nhat Tien and Nguyen Tien bridges, built by doctor Phung Khac Khoan in 1602, are located on each side of the stage.

Interesting sites can be visited in the surroundings of the pagoda. For example, Phat Tich and Cac Co caves are located not too far behind the pagoda. A hole in the dome of Cac Co cave lets one see outside the cave.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Ba Vi Mountains - Suoi Hai Lake - Ha Tay Province

Suoi Hai Lake - Ha Tay Province
Suoi Hai Lake - Ha Tay Province
Ba Vi Mountains cover an area of over 5,000 ha in Ba Vi district, in Ha Tay province, 60 km west of Hanoi. According to Vietnamese legends, a Vietnamese deity resided in Ba Vi Mountains, which is why these mountains are considered as the ancestors of all Vietnamese mountains. The highest mountain is Ngoc Tan with 1,281 m.
There are 3 temples in the mountains: Thuong Temple, located at the top of the mountain and built in honour of Tan Vien God; Trung Temple, located at the middle point between the foot and the top of the mountain; and Ha Temple, located at the foot of the mountain.

Ba Vi Mountains also consist of Ngoc Linh, Tuong Mieu, U Bo, Ghe Dung, and Tram Voi mountains. The pure and cool air above 200 m has made of Ba Vi a famous resort since the French colonialism era. Over 200 villas and resting houses were built there. Ba Vi National Park is also located in Ba Vi Mountains; several rare bird species can be observed in that area.

At the foot of Ba Vi Mountains is Suoi Hai Lake. This artificial lake was built in December 1958. Fourteen islands of all sizes totaling 90 ha are scattered on the lake. There are many trees and fruit gardens on the islets and lakeshore. The lake attracts tourists to its many clean beaches where uncountable species of valuable birds live.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Son Tay Citadel - Ha Tay province

Son Tay Citadel - Ha Tay province
Son Tay Citadel - Ha Tay province
Son Tay Citadel, located in Son Tay village in Ha Tay province, 60 km from Hanoi, was erected in 1822. The body of the wall was built of hard sandstone with one gate on each side. The wall is surrounded by a 3 m deep, 20 m wide moat. Each corner of the citadel was armed with a cannon.
Furthermore, there is the Kinh Thien Palace - the rest house of the king, residences and offices of provincial leaders, warehouses, and troop camps.

Due to time and the effects of war, parts of the ancient wall were destroyed.

Measures to prevent and restore this historical relic have recently been implemented.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Tay Phuong Pagoda - Ha Tay province


Tay Phuong Pagoda - Ha Tay province
Tay Phuong Pagoda - Ha Tay province
Tay Phuong Pagoda is located on Tay Phuong mountain in Yen village, Thach That district, Ha Tay province. It is 37 km from Hanoi, along the Hanoi - Son Tay route, and 6 km from the Tay Pagoda.
The pagoda was built during the 6th and 7th centuries and has been restored several times since. In 1632, the pagoda was rebuilt according to the Sino-Vietnamese character Tam (three), featuring three sections: the upper sanctuary, back palace, and lobby rooms. Later on, in 1794, the pagoda was completely rebuilt.

Tay Phuong Pagoda is also an exposition gallery for many national engraving and sculpture masterpieces.

The pagoda has approximately 80 statues of all sizes representing former monks who stayed at the pagoda. The pagoda also possesses a bell molded in 1796 and many valuable altars of emperors of the Canh Thinh dynasty. Tay Phuong Pagoda is not only an historical site with valuable architecture, but also a scenic spot in Ha Tay province.

After climbing 239 stone steps bearing the signs of the passage of time 'and sheltered by the shade of age-old trees one reaches a gate. The gate carries the name of the structure : Tay Phuong Co Tu (Ancient Pagoda of the West) According to the inscri tion on a 17th-century stone stele it also has two other names: Sung Phuc Tu and Hoang Son Thieu Lam Tu.

The pagoda was built in the 3rd century and was undergone several restorations. In 1794 under the Tay Son regime, it was completely renewed, hence its present design. It comprises three successive constructions : the Hall of Prostration, the Main Shrine, and the Sanctuary, all with doubletiered roofs. It seems that this architectural arrangement is inspired by Buddhist and Confucianist thought: the three constructions symbolize the three forces governing the world.

The central construction has a directing role and is consequently raised higher than the others. It symbolizes Heaven. The construction at the rear plays the role of a foundation: it symbolizes the earth. The construction closest to the world of man stands in front. The whole structure is the symbol of Thai Cuc (the Prime Principle, from which the whole world derives). The double tier of the roof symbolizes the double principle, Luong Nghi, yin and yang. The slopes , the roof on the four sides symbolize the four elements of heaven, Tu Tuong; the sun, moon, stars and deities, while the slopes on the eight sides stand for the Eight Signs of the Sacred Octagon (Bat Quai).

All the wooden parts of the pagoda are beautifully sculpted following farniliar folk motifs: mulberry leat Ficus leat lotus flower, chrysanthe mum; dragon, phoenix, etc. But the Tay Phuong pagoda is mostly famous for the statues it contains, magnificent wooden sculptures representing Buddhas as well as Vajrapanis (Kim Cuong) and Arhats (La Han) who are middle-ranking Buddhist deities. One in particular portrays Sakyamuni in meditation at the foot of Tuyet Son (Snow Mountain). He was then leading a life of extremely severe ascetism, and his emaciated body, as represented by the statue, shows good knowledge by the artist of human anatomy.

The figures of the arhats each bear distinctive features which depict meditation in original aspects. All are impressive works of art.

A festival is held in the grounds of the Tay Phuong pagoda in early spring each year. It features many games and entertainment: marionette performances, tug-of-war, cock fighting, chess with human chess pieces... The central piece of the festival is the Sam Hoi (Expiation) ceremony, held on the 6th of the 3rd moon, which calls on all men to practise compassion and charity, to avoid wrong doing, and aim for serenity and quietude.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Tram Gian Pagoda - Ha Tay province

Tram Gian Pagoda - Ha Tay province
Tram Gian Pagoda - Ha Tay province
Tram Gian Pagoda, also called Tien Lu Pagoda, is situated in Tien Lu village, Hoai Duc district, Ha Tay province. The pagoda was was probably originally built in 1185 during the reign of King Ly Cao Tong on its present site at the top of the low Tien Lu, or Ma Hill.It nestles snugly on that hill in a natural cushion of mature trac, or kingwood and tram, or canari trees, and watched over by giant pines. It’s impressive construction and history immerse the visitor immediately: its multi-pillared temples, ornate altars, leisure areas, where mandarins would play chess with live human pieces.
At festivals the separate pavilions were given over to all-consuming and lavish praise, no more so than the Gia Ngu where the statue of Buddha was paraded during water puppet performances on the semi-circular lotus lake.

A visit demands a degree of effort: a climb of several hundred steps, a walk down an alley paved with bricks and stone, reveals a two-storey bell tower of eight elegantly corner-curved roofs. Known as the Bell Tower of Tram Gian, it still preserves its detailed art work, its supporting columns carved with intricate lotus shape, the wood panels in the shape of dragons, flowers and leaves, clouds and the sky. Under the roof hangs a 1.4m tall bell, made in 1794 on which is also carved a literary work by Tran Ba Hien from nearby Van Canh Village.

Then, and another healthy flight of stairs on, there’s the main pagoda – the legacy of the Tran Dynasty in the 14th Century but largely destroyed by the Ming invaders in the 15th and rebuilt probably during the Le Dynasty, as much as a tribute to those times.

The Pagoda is built in the noi cong ngoai quoc architectural style, the favoured style of the Cong Chinese character in the inner part and the Quoc Chinese character in the outer. There the statues of two Guardian Spirits, the Good-encouraging Spirit and the Bad-punishing Spirit, preside and the Thien Huong, or Celestial Perfume)Seat, and in the inner part of the second house two Thuong Dien , or Upper Altars, for the praise of Buddha. A four curved-cornered and columned roof shelters a 1-metre wide drum, and an equally large gong, both dating from the 10th Year of Canh Hung (1750).

Tram Gian Pagoda is architecturally and spiritually unique – as much a place of pilgrimage for design students captured by its design and construction.

It can variously, and depending on your point of view, be seen as one entity or 100 smaller ones. It houses 153 statues mostly made of wood, some of clay red lacquered and trimmed with gold, all to the greater glory of Tam The, the Past, Present and Future Lives. A large terracotta platform supports an ornately carved altar bearing lotus flower, legends, and dragon, tiger, horse, and elephant reliefs. Nearby stands the black-lacquer jackfruit-tree wood statue of Tuyet Son styled on one found in the Himalayas. The imagery goes on at every turn: arranged and ornate altars to worship 18 Arhats and the Ruler of Hell in the Ten Great Halls, a separate pagoda and altar to worship Saint Boi or Monk Nguyen Lu also known as Binh Yen. Legend has it the statue is actually his rattan preserved body covered by an oil cloth.

Two mighty central columns bear parallel scrolls inlaid with mother-of-pearl praising the victories of the Vietnamese people’s struggle against foreign invasion:

Up till now that northern country is still afraid of the fierce rains
And since the bygone days the southern land is still waiting for the auspicious clouds.

In the pagoda itself, a statue lauds General Dang Tien Dong, who served King Quang Trung in the historic battle of Dong Da and then in 1794 helped repair the pagoda, casting its bell and erecting stela.

He too was commemorated as one of the architects, if not of the pagoda itself, then certainly of its place in history. Not for nothing have Xu Doai locals praised the pagoda through time:

So Communal House, Gia Temple and Thay Pagoda, all are beautiful
But still cannot be compared with Tram Gian Pagoda.

Author: Vietnamtourism

Dong Mo Lake - Ha Tay Province


Dong Mo Lake - Ha Tay Province
Dong Mo Lake - Ha Tay Province
Dong Mo Lake is located at the foot of Ba Vi Mountain in Ha Tay province, approximately 50 km from Hanoi. This artificial lake has long supplied water for the whole Son Tay area.

More than 20 islands emerge from the lake. With a total area of 1,500 ha, Dong Mo Lake is an ideal site for camping, Sunday picnics, or vacations. An international 18-hole golf course was opened in 1995.

A cultural village illustrating Vietnam's ethnic minorities will be built in Dong Mo - Ngai Son region. Thus, this region will surely become an interesting tourist attraction.

Author: Vietnamtourism

 Hotels in Ha Tay


    Address:   No 150 Trần Phú Road - Ha Đông city 
Tel: (84-34) 512418 Fax: (84-34) 510446
    61 rooms; price:  from 10$ to 25 $ 
    Services:    karaoke, massage.

Address:    Trần Phú Road -  Ha Đông city  
Tel:    (84-34) 824052
54 rooms; price:   
from 10$ to 25 $
Services:    karaoke, massage 

Address: Ao Vua tourist complex - Tản Lĩnh commune - Ba V́ district  
Tel:     (84-34) 881019 - 881020
80 rooms; price:
 from 10$ to 25 $
Services:    karaoke, massage 

Address:     Ho� Lạc commune - Thạch Thất district  
Tel:    (84-34) 686201 Fax: (84-34) 686255
17 rooms; price: 15 - 20 USD 
Services:    karaoke, massage

Address:    Vân Hoa commune - Ba V́ district  
Tel:     (84-34) 881206
50 rooms; price:
 from 10$ to 25 $
Services:    karaoke, massage

Address: Hương Sơn commune -  Mỹ Đức district  
Tel:     (84-34) 849609
32 rooms; price: 
 from 10$ to 20 $

Address:     Suối Hai lake - Cẩm Lĩnh commune - Ba V́ district  
Tel: (84-34) 863098
30 rooms; price: from 8$ to 16$   
Services:    karaoke


  Address:    Thác Đa ecotourism resort - Vân Hoa commune - Ba V́ district  
  Tel:   (84-34) 881411
  6 campings, 16 houses on stilts; price: from 10$ to 35$ 
  Services:   karaoke

Address:    Hoa Lạc commune -  Thạch Thất district  
Tel:    (84-34) 686728  Fax: (84-34) 686303
20 rooms; price:  
from 10$ to 25 $
Services:    karaoke, massage 


getting there

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