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You will find here useful touristic and cultural information about Vietnam as well as our recommendations and suggestions for travelling in our beautiful country.

Tam Coc Garden The only heart-shaped ecolodge in the world

Have you ever heard of an authentic heart-shaped lodge, situated in a charming ecotourism zone of Ninh Binh? Indeed, Tam Coc Garden is a destination of the heart, both in literal and figurative meaning.

A true Tonkin village in miniature, located between rice paddy fields and limestone peaks, with the typical small stone houses and its tile roofs, beautiful bamboo hedges and a rich fruit & vegetable garden.

The heart shape of this lodge is surely not a product of photoshop, nor was it our intention when building it. It was simply the loveliest coincidence which we couldn’t be more happy to clarify.

Originally, this land was an infinitely peaceful place nestled in the heart of green rice paddy fields. We then regenerated it with meticulousness to create a comfortable lodge while respecting the beauty of its pristine natural landscape. Three years after the land was bought, we discovered the amazing heart shape of Tam Coc Garden thanks to an Internet research via Google Earth. So we decided to invite an American photographer – Ryan, to take some photos of our lodge from above with a drone.

The discovery of this shape of a heart gave us a rewarding feeling as for us, it is not simply an awe-inspiring natural wonder, but also a symbol that is so embedded in Tam Coc Garden’s vision and concept. It truly describes our appreciation for Mother Nature, as well as humanity in its purest form.



Ninh Binh strives to become safe,friendly destination

The Department of Tourism, Sports and Culture of Northern Ninh Binh province held a conference on tourism management on November 8 to discuss making Ninh Binh a safe and friendly destination.

Participants discussed strengthening state tourism management, including ensuring security and safety at tourist spots, developing a high level of human resources, enhancing knowledge of tourism and promoting and conserving values of the World Culture and Natural Heritage Trang An Landscape Complex.

Hoang Thanh Phong, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Tourism, Sports and Culture, said the locality should focus on a comprehensive plan for tourism development and call for investment to construct infrastructure.

Ninh Binh also needs to advance tourism management capacity at all levels and boost tourism popularization, he added.

It is important for the province to have a clear strategy to promote tourism products and build brand names and attract investment, said Do Cam Tho, Deputy Head of Department of Planning and Finance under the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism.

Since the beginning of the year, Ninh Binh has welcomed 5.8 million visitor arrivals, a year-on-year increase of 7.2 percent, earning 1.5 trillion VND (67 billion USD) in revenue and providing 18,000 jobs.



Our recommendations

Secret Halong Cruise in Halong bay

With audacity and elegance, Secret Halong subdues the waves to transport you to a place of heightened sensitivities, for a day of discovery, or, better yet, for an even greater appreciation of this enchanted site, a night aboard the junk, where, gently rocked by the sapphire waters, we vanish into the labyrinth of the bay.  

The Island lodge in Mekong Delta

“By creating The Island Lodge, we wanted to share our passion for Vietnam and the Mekong Delta, by offering a certain conception of privacy. Indeed, our hotel capacity of 12 rooms allows us to have an attentive service while providing you with anything you would need in terms of equipment and professionalism”

Bassac cruise in Mekong Delta

The Bassac take you into the greener areas of the Mekong delta, and into the middle of life on the river. The cruises are entirely built of wood and adapted to the for discovery journeys.

Azerai Can Tho, Mekong Delta

Azerai Can Tho is a peaceful retreat set on a lush Con Au Islet, a private island on the Hau River and in the Mekong Delta with 60 Rooms and 5 Pool Villas accessible only by boat. Azerai Can Tho offers seclusion and privacy on a campus that is lush with greenery and mature banyan trees. Only 2.5 hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the resort is only a few minutes from the city of Can Tho.

Mango Bay – Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Located on 10 hectares of beachfront land 10km north of Duong Dong, the island’s main town, the ethos of Mango Bay is to create something close to nature, an unpretentious resort that is the antithesis of luxury. Here, despite the size of the land, there are only 44 rooms and villas, each unique and each hidden away from the beach.