After finishing you trip around the Complex of Monuments in Hue, have you ever wonder where you should go in order to avoid the heat of this summer? Here are some recommendations for your refreshment:
- Thanh Tan Hot Spring Resort:
Located around 35km from the city center, Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs is the ideal rendezvous of peaceful natural landscapes and the perfect services. Immersing in the hot springs or experiencing the great services of the tourist area, tourists will definitely experience unforgettable moments.
At the foot of the Truong Son Mountains, just North of the imperial city of Hue, Alba Hot Springs Resort offers the ideal setting for a true wellness escape.
Thermal mineral water discovered almost 100 years ago flows from the core of the property, which sprawls over 50 hectares of lush, natural gardens and forest and delivers a holistic experience unlike any other. With balanced and stable mineral properties comparable with the most famous thermal mineral water sources in Europe,the hot springs can help to activate every single cell in your body.
The facilities and services provided by Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs Resort ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, taxi service, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests.
Located at Alba Hot Springs Resort, Alba outdoor adventure park was built among 50 acres of verdant and fresh forest at the foothill of Truong Son mountain. The park is featuring a wide range of outdoor activities such as Highwire, Zipline, water games, fishing and craft villages, perfectly matched with family outing day or team builing programs.
Entrance fee is at VND100,000 – 200,000 depending the registered activities.
- Bach Ma National Park:
Located in central Vietnam (less than an hour drive from Hue city), the national park covers an area of 22,031 ha and was created in 1991 to protect the centre of the last corridor of forest stretching from the East Sea to the border with Lao PDR.
With steep mountains and dense forests this area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants. At the base of the mountains there is tropical monsoon forest, above 900 m the forest is sub-tropical. There are species from both the northern and southern areas of the country and Bach Ma is recognized as one of the biodiversity centers of Indochina.
The highest point in the park, Bach Ma mountain, is 1450 m above sea level and only 18 km away from the coast. Visitors have been coming to Bach Ma since the 1930s, when the French Colonials built a hill resort here to escape the hot and humid plains during the summer months. The National Park has restored some of the villas built at that time, and is upgrading the services they offer.
The rich flora and fauna also attract many tourists. Bach Ma National Park is home to 233 species of birds and 55 species of mammals, as well as extensive vegetation of more than 500 species. Thus, the park does not only offer beautiful landscapes, but it also allows for scientific research.
- A Luoi town – The highland of Ethnic Minority in Hue
A small town on a plateau among the hills, surrounding by ethnic minority villages, A Luoi doesn’t get a lot of western visitors, but you’re guaranteed a lot of smiles and curiosity if you show up. Sometimes visited as an overnight for those riding the Ho Chi Minh Highway north or south, the road to the north and south of A Luoi is incredibly beautiful, and even if you’re just going between Hue and Dong Ha, plan to take the long way round with a stop here if you have the time.
While there are some historic war sites in the area, there are no travel companies or guides based in A Luoi, so you won’t be able to base a trip from here. In any case, there are no war remains at any of the sites, they are unmarked, and would only be of real interest to returning Vets, who will do best to make arrangements in Hue or Dong Ha. Sites in this category include Landing Zones Razor, Cunningham and Erskine as well as Hamburger Hill.
If you’re with a guide, you’ll probably be visiting an ethnic village at some point in your journey. But if you’re in A Luoi independently with time on your hands, you can visit on your own. Take the road along the south side of the central market heading west. You’ll soon cross a bridge after which you’ll take a left. The road continues for about 5km, passing through some great countryside and a number of ethnic Pa Co and Bru villages.
The Bru women are known for smoking pipes — in fact they never seem to stop smoking them, even when they are up to their knees in mud collecting manioc. They seem to be pretty easy going about posing for pictures, and we have to admit, it makes for a great pic. The road eventually winds back to highway 14, just to the south of A Luoi.
This area is very close to the Lao border. If you wander around, you may pass some signs saying that you are entering the ‘Frontier Zone.’ Our best information is that the area is not off-limits to foreigners, at least not in any way that’s enforced.