Exploring the Ba Vi National Park

For those who love the great outdoors and nature, the Ba Vi National Park in Vietnam offers much to discover and here’s a look at what awaits.

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Planning Your Trip

This site is around 50 km from Hanoi; serviced apartment options near the CBD like Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi make an ideal base for excursions to this attraction, about a 75-minute drive away. The dry season, from November to April, is generally the best time to visit and at the year’s end, many photograph wildflowers here too.

What to Expect

The Ba Vi National Park was once a French hill station and is known for its rich biodiversity, idyllic scenery and cool climate; no surprises it’s a popular place for weekend visits. A rich storehouse of flora including medicinal plants used by the Dao ethnic group, the site also has varied fauna from birdlife to flying squirrels.

The Three Peaks

The park is set amidst Ba Vi Mountain with three peaks of varying heights namely the Dinh Vua, Tan Vien and Ngoc Hoa peaks. They form a crest which at its tallest point is often shrouded in clouds adding to its enchantment. Not to be missed is a hike to the summit to visit the Ho Chi Minh Temple and take in the stunning vistas.

Other Highlights

There are lots of trails for hiking and trekking through forests or up mountain slopes where you will find sacred temples, an ancient pagoda, tranquil streams and hidden waterfalls. An ancient French church, a scenic pine forest, a cactus garden, an orchid garden and the Ngoc Hoa Cave are some of the other sites of interest here.

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Practical Information

The best time for you to visit the city would be between the months of November and March for comfortable weather. While English is often understood by most of the locals, Malay is the local language. Tamil, Cantonese and Mandarin are also spoken quite prevalently.

Where to Stay

Accommodation options are plentiful, and if you’re looking for a serviced apartment, KL has many great choices for you to choose from, such as PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur for instance.

Getting Around

Getting around the city is quite easy since you can make use of the extensive rail network that’s present here. Taxis too are abundant, but make sure you check if the metre is running.

Night Life

Alcohol can be on the expensive end of the spectrum, so do ask for prices beforehand. An important thing to note is that the legal drinking age is 18 so that you don’t run into any problems.


Shark Dive

If you’ve always wanted to swim with the creatures of the deep, then there’s no better place than to experience this sort of adventure than at Melbourne Aquarium’s Oceanarium. Visit this truly exciting destination by being based at a Melbourne serviced apartment which is part of Citadines on Bourke Mebourne. For those in need of a luxury serviced apartment, Melbourne affords plenty of space to indulge in such forms of lodging.
Australia is known for its shark infested waters but here at Melbourne’s only shark dive centre, visitors bold enough to take the plunge will surely be in for one unforgettable experience. You have nothing to fear for a group of qualified instructors will take you through the basics of diving and later escort you to witness these predators of the ocean. Swim alongside these majestic species and learn of their routines and lifestyles while you can also meet an assortment of other marine wildlife. Species such as stingrays, sea turtles and fish would add to the experience of being able to spend some time with seven gill sharks and grey nurse sharks.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry. Google+