Visit These Places When You Go to Sydney

If you’re a big fan of beautiful beaches, then Sydney is the perfect place for you.  The great thing about Sydney is that there are plenty of beaches you can choose from, and all of them showcase what beautiful beaches are made of. Whether you want to surf or just frolic in the fine sand, the city has something to offer to you. Simply put, you would have almost unlimited stunning beach choices when you step into the city.

The beaches of the north harbor, from Manly to Palm Beach, are well-known for their greener and less developed features, attracting tourists who are not very fond of crowded and city-like lifestyle. While beaches of the south harbor, from Bondi to Cronulla, are more developed and usually filled with both local and foreign tourists. You can never go wrong with lazy walks in the long stretch of Cronulla beach, and going there is quite convenient as it is the only beach spot that is accessible via train. Bondi on the other hand is very popular because of the multitude of dining places tourists can try, aside from being a popular surf destination. However, if you are after splendid view, Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk will never fail you.

Sydney has been one of Meccas for surf enthusiasts as the city boasts beaches with great waves. If you’re trying surfing for the first time, you could never go wrong with Bondi and Manly. Surf lessons are offered on these beaches year-round. However, if you’re a more experienced surfer who wants to ride the playful waves of the capital, you would want to head to Narrabeen and Dee Why. For advanced surfers, popular choices are Cronulla and Coogee.

Since Sydney takes tourism seriously, you would have plentiful of choices as far as luxury accommodation is concerned. There is a good number of luxury accommodation near Sydney, so if you plan to explore the capital while enjoying world-class accommodation. If you are visiting Sydney, there is no shortage of world-class accommodation Sydney you can choose from. There are dozens of famous boutique and five-star hotels in and around Sydney so you would have multitude of choices. Common features and amenities of these luxury accommodations include health and fitness centers, spa facilities, entertainment and recreation, and Internet services. So, if you are looking for the best relaxation and most convenient stay in the area, choosing a good hotel would be perfect.

Accommodation Sydney hotels are not the only ones that can provide you the best accommodation. A luxury accommodation within and around Sydney provides clients with topnotch and uncompromising services. Since staying in such hotels is not cheap, you can expect to experience one-of-a-kind luxury vacation stay. The business services are always spot-on, and you don’t have to worry about housekeeping, laundry, Internet, of course, spa. In a nutshell, your stay in Sydney will be more memorable if you choose to stay at a luxury hotel near the capital.

If you’ll be visiting Sydney in January, you should not miss the Sydney Festival, which feature more than 400 contemporary cultural performances. Imagine a big celebration with at least 140 events with more than 1,000 artists in about 30 venues – indeed something every foreign tourist should experience. In case you’re in Sydney in October, there’s no reason for you to miss the annual Good Food Month, which showcase the best of Sydney cuisine and street foods. This annual event is flocked by both local and foreign tourists who want to experience authentic and delightful Sydney cuisine.

Visiting Australia is never complete without exploring the wonders of Sydney. Aside from being the country’s capital, Sydney remains as one of the most visited destinations among foreign tourists because of its beauty and attractions. Visiting Sydney is definitely a refreshing experience due to the fact that there are many things to do in the city.

Trips to be taken for memory

It is mostly said that journeys are always better than the destination. To some, long duration train journeys are boring. But some trains have such beautiful routes that it is indeed a lifetime experience to take that journey. Indian Railways do have some breath-taking routes and one should avail a few of them. Here are some options.

Vasco da Gama (Goa) to Londa (Karnataka): This train actually crosses by the beaches of Goa and also one can get to see the Goan villages from a few inches away. Then the train reaches the Western Ghats and goes through the thick forests with the mountains alongside it. One can see the beautiful waterfalls from a distance and if you get to see the sun set there while passing, then it is an amazing view for sure. The train takes three and a half hours to reach its destination.

New Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), Tinsukia, Ledo (Assam): The DibrugarhRajdhani Express is basically two trains and the first one runs from Tinsukia till the Ledo segment. This is the eastern most part of the railways. The train starts from West Bengal and then reaches to Assam through the green paddy fields and tea plantations on all the sides. When the night approaches, the train passes the Brahmaputra River and then reaches Guwahati. Then there is a view of Tinsukia which has some awe inspiring nature. The journey time in total is around 16 hours in the train and then approximately one and a half hours in the Ledo.

Pune (Maharashtra) to New Delhi: Duronto Expresses are the few nonstop express trains and NizamuddinDuronto Express is definitely one of them. This one connects Pune with Delhi (one being a major city and the other the capital of the country) and the route that it takes is simple fantastic. The train passes through deserts, mountains, meandering rivers and villages. Apart from beautiful nature outside, this train is also famous for the delicious meals served by them. The journey time that it takes is 20 hours which is really less than other regular trains joining these two cities.

Madgaon (Goa) to Mumbai: The Mandovi Express runs through the Konkan Railways and it has beautiful landscapes around with Sahyadri Hills on the east and Arabian Sea on the west. This train crosses many bridges and tunnels in this route and the best one is the Panvalnadi Bridge which is the highest one in India. This is a 12 hours of breath-taking journey that one should not give a miss.

Mumbai to Delhi: There are a few royal trains in India. The Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey is one of them which reaches Mumbai from Delhi and vice versa while running through the state of Rajasthan. The specialty of this train is not the route but the facilities that you get by availing a royal, luxury train. If you take a journey in this train, you can go tiger spotting in Ranthambore and also get to see the Ajanta and Ellora caves.

You will always get delivery of food in trains in all of these.


Have you heard about Phaltan? I can see the dilemma on your face 😉 don’t blame your poor general knowledge because I was in the same situation few months back before visiting Phaltan.

Ok, let me tell you the kind of a traveler I am.                                            

I am the person with wanderlust to travel international destinations like Singapore, Bali, Mauritius and I have visited many of them and if it comes to domestic ones; Goa, Kerala, Leh Ladakh will be on my travel bucket list.

You might be wondering when I am an international travel zealot, how I reached Phaltan, a small city in Maharashtra State?

It all started with browsing Facebook on one lazy Sunday and I found few college classmates of mine visiting Phaltan. They have posted few pictures of the place that were so beautiful and enticing that made me curious to visit the place.

I decided to give the place a go and contacted one of my best friends to join me on the trip.

And what can you expect from an avid traveler now?

If the destination is decided, we don’t waste a Nano second to delay our bookings.

Phaltan is around 200kms from Mumbai, so we booked a flight to Mumbai and after that, we took a taxi to reach Phaltan.

But, where did you stay? If this is your next question, let me answer it first. We stayed in Jakson Inns, an extravaganza Green Platinum rated hotel that is situated near the highway, just 6-hours’ drive from Mumbai.

We reached the hotel around 7 pm and the first word that I uttered after stepping in the hotel gate was “WOW”.

Actually, one doesn’t expect such a lavish property in the middle of far away village and the kind of ambiance the hotel features was beyond words. 

A 6-acre property surrounded by lush green plantation away from the hustle bustle of metro life. Plus, the hotel includes all the amenities one can expect from luxurious stay.

Swimming pool, gym, spa, and salon – everything at your service.

I was overwhelmed by the way they welcome their guest; tikka and sugar cane juice was fantastic. 
After check-in, we had lip smacking dinner in their restaurant “Green Bean” and after a long tiring journey, we preferred to take a beauty sleep.

Next Day in Phaltan

I haven’t told you yet that I am a big foodie.

So, when I woke up in the morning, the first thing that came to my mind was breakfast.

I thought that they will serve their authentic Maharashtrian breakfast but I was wrong, they served us a proper English breakfast with cereals, milk, donuts, fresh fruits, waffles.

And guess where this breakfast was served? On the river side. Fortunately, it was cloudy weather and we enjoyed every bite with the refreshing cold breeze.

After satisfying our souls with heavenly breakfast, we asked the travel desk executive to guide us about the place and famous sight-seeing spots.

I should not miss here; the officer was very professional and handsome 😉 he guided us thoroughly about the place and we decided to head to our first spot i.e. Rajwada Palace Phaltan.

Rajwada Palace

When we entered the place, my co-traveller whispered that she has seen the place earlier also. First, I laughed at her and then suddenly I also found the place familiar.

After a quick thought, we recognized that we have seen this place in Akshay Kumar's movie “Khatta Meetha” and what can you expect next, giggles and giggles around.

The mesmerizing beauty of the palace had made us fall for it. The gold frame portraits, chandeliers, wooden carvings have taken our hearts.

All-in-all, visiting Rajwada Palace was worth and we bid goodbye to the palace with a broad smile on our faces.

Dhumalwadi Waterfall

Waterfalls drive me crazy! I feel like dancing, singing and enjoying in waterfalls.

So, it’s almost next to impossible to miss the spot. It was around 25kms from Phaltan.

As I told you about weather that day was cloudy and suddenly it started raining and I felt that I got a cherry on the cake. Woohoo!

The magnificent beauty of the waterfalls had driven me the craziest. We enjoyed there for more than 2 hours. We ate the delicious food packed by our hotel staff.

Needless to stay, staying in Jakson Inn for a foodie like me is a blessing.

Frankly, I desired to spend the entire day at the falls but due to a shortage of time, we headed to our final and last destination i.e. windmills. 


Our next stop was Windmills. The officer has guided us to visit the place at the time of sunset.  

We reached there around 6 pm. The place was beautiful and fascinating. When the sun was about to set, the rays crossed those wind blades and the sight looked splendid.

The sky was orange and we were in the pink!

We stood under windmills and started our photo session. We enjoyed there to the fullest.

After visiting all the three magical sight-seeing spots, we came back to our hotel.

We were tired but happy. After having mouth-watering dinner at the hotel, we rolled down in our dreams.
On next day, we check-out from the hotel.

The moment we checked out, the whole journey flashed in front of my eyes.

The visit to Phaltan has changed my thinking. I was the person who thinks that traveling internationally or to the posh domestic locations is only luxurious and can be soulful.

But I was wrong. I admitted it.

Sometimes, visiting offbeat places can give you the happiness and pleasure that renowned and crowded places fail to.  
The hotel staff handed us the two Jakson Inn coffee mugs as souvenirs. We bid goodbye from hotel staff.

Like all awesome journeys, this also came to end but it was a big turning point in my life and I returned with a question “Why the hell I haven’t visited this place before?                                               

Don’t Forget to Check in at 3 New Beautiful Destinations in Nam Du Island

Those who enjoy sleeping in the bungalows by the sea now have more choices with the arrival of new resorts on Nam Du Island.

Thao Thuong Camp

If you come to Nam Du Island in recent days, you will be surprised to find a new mini “rainbow village” that has just appeared on the island. This mini-rainbow village is the new Thao Thuong Camp site that was put into operation on Nam Du Island.

Not to mention the comfort, just come here, you will love the immense brightly colored houses lying next to the pristine coast. Moreover, from Thao Thuong Camp you just take a few steps to be able to swim in the clear blue sea in Nam Du then. In the evening, set fire to camp, sit on the beach and relax in the colorful room at Thao Thuong Camp will be great.

Thao Thuong Camp has a total of 9 bungalows and an additional 8 dorm rooms. Each room is fully equipped with air conditioning, toilet in the room and especially from any room you can enjoy the sea.

Nam Du Humiso 

Blessed by nature with a lush landscape of beaches and coral reefs, a primeval forest with hundreds of old trees and many beautiful sights that no where has, Humiso is where you can enjoy the overview of Nam Du archipelago.

Come to Humiso you will enjoy the relaxing moments, fresh air and beautiful natural scenery. Staying here, you can choose bungalow facing the sea or sleeping tent.

At Humiso in the morning you will be gazing at the sun rising behind the islands like a beautiful picture. Just enjoying the coffee, just watching the morning sea is nothing more than excellent. In the afternoon, visitors can explore the sea, scuba diving, sea view and mountain climbing, this is a place that can not be missed, because above Humiso is the hillside overlooking the sea, trails to the mountain will help you study the plants and animals that live in the forest.

In the afternoon you can enjoy the sunset by the sea, enjoy fishing and enjoy fresh seafood. In the evening you can set fire to the camp, participate in the game, sing and play music for more exciting.
Price reference room: 400,000 VND (16 USD)/ night bungalow room (for 2 people, if additional person 50,000 VND (2 USD) / person)

Address: Bai Mui - An Son - An Hai - Kien Giang

Bai Soi Beach

Located in Hon Lon (Cu Tron Island) of Nam Du Archipelago, Bai Soi Beach is the ideal place for you and your loved ones to "escape" to a place of true meaning of the desert.

This is a rare beach resort and restaurant in Nam Du, away from the bustle of the residential area, built with natural materials with a view of the sea and can especially dive into the coral reef right at the beach without having to go far.

Not only space, architecture beautiful and romantic, Bai Soi Beach also has restaurants with different menus served by professional chefs, prices are quite reasonable.

If staying at Bai Soi beach, you definitely have to wake up early to enjoy the sunrise from 5.30-6.30. But the most impressive thing is no need to go anywhere, just open the door to sit in the room (sea view), you are able to watch the sunrise.

In addition, free outside guests can also visit Bai Soi Beach for swimming at a cost of 20,000 VND / person (1.9 USD) (including sanitary and fresh water bath)

Let’s Visit These 5 Charming Islands in Quang Ninh

To Quang Ninh, next to the Bay of Ha Long which is so famous, try to find yourself a pristine island, to enjoy the fresh, separate from everything outside, before the summer of this year ends.

Banh Sua Island

Banh Sua island (also known as Ong To Island or Tu Hai Island) is located on Bai Tu Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province. The island not only possesses the sweet name, but this land is truly a pristine oasis that makes visitors immersed in the journey of nature.

Banh Sua Island is less than 1 km², the largest of which is about 420 meters and it looks like a small turtle in the middle of the vast sea. Though not own the long sandy beaches, white with blue water, no star hotels and the more noisy atmosphere of the resort but the beauty of Banh Sua island will make visitors love infatuated and drowned in the quiet, peaceful space to the surprise of the room, pretty simple.

Wandering the island, you will always find interesting things around the oasis amidst this vast ocean. Somewhere in this lovely island, you will be able to relax in peaceful, peaceful surroundings, enjoy the clear blue water, swim around the island and dive into the colorful coral reefs.

Co To Island

Co To Island in Quang Ninh province is about 3 hours by boat from Cai Rong harbor or 1.5 hours by boat. The island in the last 5 years has been a favorite destination for many young people in the summer with sea activities, night camping. Co Tu still has many wild features, clear beaches, smooth sand, undeveloped services.

To visit and explore Co To island you can spend 1 to 2 days here. Unlike other islands visiting by motorbike or boat, to Co To, you just need to ride a bike.

Where to go on the island is the Co To Lighthouse, visit the Van Chanh wharf, Hong Van, Bac Ngan port, Cau Ma stone beach and do not overlook Co To Son, a small island with no inhabitants living near Co To . You should get up early to go to the market, buy seafood such as squid, clams, oysters ... and then bring to the grill near the sea. If you are a little handsome and meticulous, you can create your own unique BBQ party on the beach of Co To Island.

Ngoc Vung Island

Ngoc Vung Island (also known as Ngoc Island) is located in Van Don District. The name of this jade island originates from the ancient times where many rare pearls emit shimmering light at night.

Unlike other islands in the sea, the island is full of favorable natural conditions such as eco-lakes, plains and small valleys so that people can develop agriculture. Apart from Truong Chinh Beach, which runs more than 3 km, Ngoc Vung Island is a green rice field that is close to the harvest season.
Ngoc Vung Island may not be as famous as Co To Island or Quan Lan, but wild, with the potential to develop tourism as the wide beach is deserted with fine sand, the small straight roads along Casuarina cascades will makes visitors extremely excited.

Quan Lan Island

Situated in the Bai Tu Long Bay, Quan Lan Island, Van Don District is a highlight of the romantic landscape with long white sand dunes, lush green forest, beaches not affected by the children, the people... and the nostalgia of a busy trading port.

Go to Quan Lan peacefully with nature with stretches of sand with gentle slope. The most interesting is the fine white sand, which is exploited as a raw material for glass production. Due to being away from the mainland and encircled in Bai Tu Long Bay, Quan Lan Beach is considered to be the greenest in the north by tourists.

Mat Ronng island - Dragon Eye Island

If Co To, Quan Lan Island is the island of many people interested in planning to explore, this year Dragon Eye Island is becoming a new trend to attract the curiosity of many young people. Dragon Eye Island with an area of about 30 hectares is also known by the name of island Bai Dong. The island is located in the southern part of Ha Long Bay, adjacent to the Lan Ha Bay area.

It can be said that the most attractive point of eye Dragon Island is in the wild, primitive beauty. If you can afford to travel on a seafaring seaplane, you will admire the whole Ha Long Bay from above and understand why this island is called Dragon Eye.

The island lies between the majestic mountains. And if you are able to admire the cool blue waters of the island you will only want to immerse yourself in a place that seems to be able to see through the bottom. Currently the service on the island is very limited, but this is probably the point that makes people want to move the desire to be placed on Dragon Island.

Incredible Nha Trang from The Bottom of The Ocean

This is not the first time I came to Nha Trang, but this experience brings a great inspiration, the scuba diving experience at Hon Mun Marine Reserve.

Located about 6.5 nautical miles (12 km) offshore, Hon Mun is the only marine protected area in Vietnam designated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as the first marine biodiversity site in Vietnam. Vietnam, with more than 350 species of rare coral discovered. Especially, this place has a mixture of hot and cold currents, so there are many rare species of ornamental fish, many scientists in and outside the country come to study and learn.

After days of exploring the sea city with so many activities, we still feel incomplete. Having spent nearly a night thinking, discussing, we dare to challenge ourselves with the experience of scuba diving. It takes so much time as this is a very new challenge and beyond the limits of myself, a person who has never known how to swim.

Having been reassured and consulted with the guidance of a brother I met before, the spirit of the group was more comfortable, and sometimes eagerly anticipated the new day so fast. This experience is great and even if you do not know how to swim, do not worry too much, as you will always have a follower who directs your breathing every time under the ocean. They will always accompany you until you return safely to the ship.

Unlike snorkeling, which is just around the water or just a few meters deep, you have to bounce up to get some oxygen. In this scuba diving experience, you are equipped with a protective suit, an aerosol and a depth of 8 feet. -10 m to have a close-up view of beautiful coral reefs of glittering colors, watching the flocks of swimmers swam right next to you - which is only in the dream.

If you are in good health and have experience, you will dive deeper and shine the light into the deep caves. But first, look at the shimmering coral reefs. Not many people know that they are sensitive to changes in the natural environment, the more vulnerable they are to impacts from people. Feel the natural masterpieces bestowed upon our country with hearts and minds, to know how lucky we are.

Being close to their development and natural activity, we do not touch the coral reefs in the ocean, because they are very sensitive and vulnerable. During this experience, I witnessed a foreigner who was crushed by a coral into his leg, not injured by the instructions of his companion. When he got to the shore, he was very hurt despite the wound being bandaged carefully.

Each year, in favorable environmental conditions, coral can grow only 1-2 cm. Therefore, to maintain the most diverse ecosystem in the world in Hon Mun is a very difficult process in combining the conditions of tourism development today. Some people because of greed and selfishness have inadvertently harmed their life and development is regrettable.

The action and consciousness of preserving the environment will help preserve the beautiful landscape, for later generations are seen in our own country and not far away.

And to be complete, such a diving trip will often be combined with the journey to explore the beautiful scenery around, and enjoy the extremely comfortable moment when meeting new friends on the train, taking part in group activities, having an intimate meal and singing, dancing and using floating wine at the beach made me forget the moments of everyday life.

Come to Nha Trang, experience the best things you want, and love this land like me.

Golden Buddha Statue – The Ancient Temple in Vung Tau

There are many attractive destinations in Vung Tau: Ho May, Bai Sau, Nui Coc, Ho Tram and other beautiful places. Vung Tau owns a strange charm from the coast of green stretches along the dream landing. In addition, the bustling scenes of the boat when entering the port, the crowded seafood market, noisy also makes the coastal city more lively, fun. Vung Tau is beautiful, dynamic but Vung Tau also has quiet ancient space, help visitors relax after long hours working . The Golden Buddha Statue is such a destination. Not only possessing impressive architecture, this sacred place brings peace and happiness to the souls of visitors when coming here.

Golden Buddha Statue - The oldest temple in the sea city

The Golden Buddha Statue is also known as the Linh Son ancient pagoda is one of the famous tourist spots in Vung Tau. The temple is quite small but has impressive history. Besides this spiritual space also gives people valuable spiritual values. It helps people to have more faith in life and to eliminate all feelings of hatred.

Guests can easily find Golden Buddha Statue right at 104 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Vung Tau City. However, few know that this is the new location of the monk Thich Tinh Vien relocated in 1959.

Previously the temple was built by Thang Tam villagers from the 60s of the XIX century on a slope of Little Mountain. When France was invaded in 1919, the temple was demolished to build a navigational mansion. Even in 1921, the temple was forced to move to another location. Through historical ups and downs, this sacred temple still stands there and survives to this day.

The Golden Buddha Statue is a Buddhist temple, so it carries the hallmark of Buddhist architecture and culture. Besides, the pagoda also preserves and worship many ancient Buddhas dating back thousands of years. Come here, visitors will admire the Buddha statue Buddha Shakyamuni gold 1.2m high gold, made of sandstone about 1600 years old. It is also because of this feature that Linh Son temple is also known as the Golden Buddha Temple. The temple is a place of pilgrimage as well as a popular tourist attraction in the coastal city of Vung Tau.

Unique features of the spiritual Linh Son temple

Vung Tau tourism, many tourists like to visit pilgrimage places such as Statue of Christ the King, Shakyamuni Buddha Nirvana, Nirvana Vihara, Quan Tien Pagoda etc. In which, many visitors do not forget to visit Linh Son temple - a sacred temple dating back to the oldest in Vung Tau.

Linh Son temple’s unique architectural space: The pagoda carries bold Buddhist architectural motifs, with curved roofs carved intricately carved. From the moment you step into the gate, you will be impressed by the two worlds. This is a very decorative detail in Vietnamese temples. Besides, the stories in Buddhist scriptures are depicted very vividly through the paintings and statues are decorated in the temple.

The scenery inside the temple is also designed boldly, very close and familiar. Space is always peaceful with green trees shady. Small lotus ponds with ancient roots emit a fragrant aroma that gives a sense of elegance and tranquility to the space.

The unique ancient Buddha statues: Linh Son temple storse many ancient unique Buddha statues. Most of these statues date back thousands of years with unique historical and cultural vestiges.

The most typical example is the Buddha statue carved in Cham culture. This statue is large with a height of 1.2m. The statue is made from ancient sandstone and has been around since the seventh century until now. According to legend, this gold medal was found by the fishing net in the Central Vietnam on the slope near the beach. The story also said that this time the crew found two large statues and a small one. After the procession, the local people prevented it from being preserved as a relic of the locality. The large statue is the golden statue of Buddha, which is retained by people and worshiped in Linh Son temple today. The statue was taken by the fishermen in Central Vietnam is worshiping at Duc Pho Pagoda, Quang Ngai.

Golden Buddha Statue is the oldest pagoda in Vung Tau with values of cultural history. Going to Linh Son temple, tourists will be immersed in the Buddhist world with peace and tranquility. The sorrows, worries are removed. Just listen to the prayer or prayer bell sound alone, in the heart of nature also see the strangeness. Especially, if you visit the temple on the occasion of praying, Quan Yin or Vu Lan festival ... visitors will be immersed in the peaceful atmosphere of the Buddha.

Shakyamuni Buddha Temple – The Symbol of Vung Tau Over Half a Century

Shakyamuni Buddha temple is one of the oldest and most famous religious architecture in Vung Tau. As the development of Vung Tau tourism, Shakyamuni temple became a spiritual sanctuary attracting many visitors every year. Coming to Vung Tau - Shakyamuni Buddha temple, visitors will step into a space of harmonious combination between Buddhist architecture and natural beauty, bring a sense of peace, freedom.

History of Shakyamuni Buddha temple

Shakyamuni Buddha temple is a group of Buddhist architecture in the Southern School located on the northwestern slope of Big Mountain, at 608 Tran Phuc Street, Vung Tau City. Since its completion in 1963, Shikishi has not only acted as a religious, spiritual, but also a historical monument, a famous tourist destination of Vung Tau.

Previously, in the early twentieth century, around the area of Mount Vong Tau - almost no one lives. Around the 40s, St. Narada Maha Thera of Sri Lanka (Srilanka) with retired government captain Le Quang Vinh to visit Big Mountain. The monk noticed that the location was ideal for the construction of a Buddhist temple. In 1957, after his ordination, the imperial governor retired Le Quang Vinh is now known as the French Enlightenment has returned here and set up the temple named Thien Lam.

In 1961, the Theravada Buddhist found that Thien Lam Pagoda not only had a beautiful natural setting, but also a great location for pilgrims and tourists to visit. Therefore, the temple has mobilized to raise money for the restoration of the temple, while building the Stupa with the Buddha statue on the mountain. On 20 - 7 - 1961, restoration works, construction officially started. On March 10, 1963, after 19 months of construction, the Buddhist architecture of Shakyamuni Buddha was inaugurated. Since the inauguration, Shakyamuni Buddha temple has gained the attention and interest of many people near and far.

Currently, along with the Statue of Christ, Lighthouse, Long Son Vung Tau ... Shakyamuni Buddha temple with the 10m Shakyamuni Buddha is a tourist attraction attracts crowds of visitors from home to abroad. In Vung Tau, there is another famous Buddha statue of Maitreya Buddha on Ho May Resort. Guests can see the article "Ho May Resort - cloud and sea" for more details.

Shakyamuni Buddha  temple architecture

Shakyamuni Buddha temple carries the beauty of harmonious combination that holds man-made architecture and natural scenery. Come to Shakyamuni Buddha temple, visitors can both worship, Buddha can just enjoy the scenery of nature painting. From the foot of the mountain to the middle of the Great Mountain, rising from about 3m to 29m above sea level, the whole of Shijiazhuang Shrine is divided into 3 levels. Looking from above, each level is like a hug that huges the mountain.

The first level is also the lowest level including the gate and the flower garden. The second level has a traditional display house and a cool place for pilgrims and visitors to rest. The third level is the highest level, and the main area of the Shakyamuni Buddha temple is composed of the main Buddha image . Thien Lam Pagoda itself decorate the sanctuary, the middle of the statue of Buddha Shakyamuni 1.2m in meditation posture. The two sides of the two statues of Shakyamuni in the standing posture height of 1.2 m high.

About the Buddha, where there are many architectural works, sculptures. Of which the most prominent is the White Buddha, higher than 10 meters. Inside the statue there are 16 relics of the Buddha. The Buddha statue in Shakyamuni Buddha is one of the symbols promoting the Vung Tau tour is very famous.

Besides the Buddha statue, the Buddha also has a Buddha's relic Stupa 17m high, built in octagonal shape. Inside the tower there are 13 members of the relics of the Buddha raised by Narada Maha Thera. There are four major peaks in the four towers. In the crest of the four sacred relics from India brought back to include the Buddha's birthplace - Lumbini garden, where the Buddha attained enlightenment - Bodhgaya, where the Buddha turned dharma - Deer Park, where Buddha passed away - forest Sala Song Tho.

In addition, the Buddha area is a lot of Buddha statues with large and small size as Buddha statue with a standing posture standing up to the sky, the Buddha statue height is over 11m (inside has 3 relics Buddha, Prince Siddhartha hair down, the Buddha entered Nirvana 12.2m long and 2.4m high ...

Visiting the spiritual space of Shakyamuni Buddha  temple, besides praising the Buddha, praying for peace, visitors can learn more about Buddhism, the famous Buddhist stories. After discovering the exciting and exciting places in Vung Tau, this place will help visitors have the opportunity to settle down and find peace of mind.

The 2 “Must – visit” Tourist and Entertainment Complexes in Phu Quoc Pearl Island

If you plan to explore the charming Phu Quoc, the “pearl” island of Vietnam, you should definitely make a visit to 2 most famous tourist complexes namely Vinpearl Safari và Vinpearl Land. They surely provide you with unforgettable experiences. Let’s go to explore!

Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc –  the first wild animal park in Vietnam

Phu Quoc semi wild park is the first of its kind in Vietnam that is designed and built based on world standards of Safari model. Located in Dai (Long) beach, northwest of Phu Quoc island, the sanctuary is home to more than 2,000 animal individuals, representing more than 150 species of rare animals from around the world. In addition, the park is characterized by diverse flora originated from different regions.

Designed for the interaction of humans and animals, Safari Park definitely provides visitors with useful knowledge of living habitat and living habits of wild animals.

Visiting Zoo Safari Park, you can get the closest observation and approach to animals. This is also a wonderful environment for children to explore the wildlife. These activities, gradually, draw their interest of nature and animals, then, raise their awareness of wild animal conservation, in particular, and nature protection, in general.

There are also restaurants, fast food stalls and souvenir shops in Zoo Safari Park. Moreover, this park provides a wide range of business services such as double bicycles, Buggy bike, picnic, steamboat, and Kayak boat bike that enable tourists to relax and go sight-seeing.

The open zoo, the home of rare wildlife, is designed with a moat surrounding it, creating a harmonious environment with nature, bringing both true and lively views to visitors. 

Spread across a large area featuring diverse flora systems, each subdivision of Safari Vinpearl is a distinct habitat with the aim to “satisfy” the living habits of each species. There is one thing interesting that visitors have a chance to sit on “specialized” bus to see prides of lion hunting, rhinos, zebras,..through a glass. How amazing!

Additionally, visitors might take photos with many friendly animals and engage in Zulu dance of the Zulu group -  the largest tribe in South Africa.

Indulging yourself into interesting activities at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc

The in door and out door amusement park

The in door amusement park of Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc offers a wide variety of games that meet the needs of entertaining and relaxing of tourists of all ages.  In addition to “hi-tech game” such as 3D virtual world games, fairy garden, the park provides a large 5D cinema with capacity of hundreds of people. Therefore, it surely provides tourists with interesting entertainment services.

Built on the application of technology from Germany, Argentina, Italy,.. the outdoor playing ground of  Vinpearl Phu Quoc promise to arouse your curiosity, motivate desire for conquer, and prove your courage and bravery. 

Enjoying  the impressive water music performance

If you have ever enjoyed water music performances, you won’t probably forget the familiar melodies that are sophisticatedly shown by water and light. The harmonious combination of sound, water, and light plays an essential role in making the performance successful. 

Therefore, you should definitely grasp your time to admire these amazing performances when traveling  Vinpearl Phu Quoc. It promises to provide you with memorable moments. The program is organized at  7 p.m and 8 p.m, so you need to be available 30 minutes earlier to capture the best place.

Exploring the aquarium

Being entitled the miniature of the ocean, Phu Quoc Vinpearl Phu Aquarium has long been popular with both locals and tourists within and outside the country. Visiting the aquarium, you have a chance to admire hundreds of marine species from all over the world. Noticeably, it is divided into distinct areas such as fresh water, salt water or reptiles. Additionally, the aquarium hosts daily exciting shows such as the performances of the beautiful mermaid or feeding  fishs. How amazing!

Most significantly, you can witness the fastest swimming penguins in the world - Gentoo! Featuring “chubby” body and cute trot, these lovely penguins are easy to “troll”  tourists to think that they are “sluggish” ones. 

The aquarium’s opening hours are from 9 a.m to 9 p.m.

Playing in the water park

Phu Quoc Vinpearl Water Park is a complex of beaches and series of amazing underwater games for all ages. Thus, you definitely stay away from all concerns and worries of life to engage in interesting experiences, then, have fun. 

Of course, there is no shortage of activities in this water park, but for the reason of the best ones that are highly complimented by young travelers, I would recommend Tornado gliding, the super spiral gliding, and the multi-lane sliding. Overally, you can’t help standing or sitting still when stepping onto the park. 

The opening hours of water park are from 9 a.m to 6 p.m

Fulling your stomach by tasteful dishes

Running along the main road leading to Phu Quoc Vinpearl Land, the food street is where tourists relax and enjoy the good dishes. The food street is comprised of two restaurant chains serving a variety of foods to satisfy the needs of the most demanding guests. Among them, Yummy Land restaurant and Deli Land restaurant are certainly worth trying.

Especially, 3 Mien restaurant serves famous cuisine of the northern, Central, and southern regions. In addition, it offers various kinds of sweet soup to satisfy the taste of its guests. Therefore, you can feel free to choose your favorite dishes. Enjoying your meal at the restaurant, you have a chance to pick up the fresh air and admire surrounding romantic scenery at the same time. Give it a try!.