DISCOVERY THE CHAM ISLAND

Cham islands are 15km from Cua Dai. There are seven islands altogether named according to their shape or characteristics. They are called Lao ( pear ), Dai ( long ), La ( leaf), Kho ( dry ),Tai ( ear ),Mo ( tomb ) and Nom ( East Wind ). They have good climate, cool the year round, trees and animals as well as marine life are plentiful here. On the island, there are precious bird nests while under the water, the coral is marvelous. There are also scenic spots around the island, such as Suoi Tinh ( Love stream), Suoi Ong ( Sir’s stream ), Hon Chong ( Piled up rocks ), Hang Ba ( The lady’s cave ). The island is also surrounded by very nice beaches with clean white sand and transparent, cool water.

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PROGRAM

8:00: The local tour guide will pick you up at the hotel’s lobby, you will be transferred to Cua Dai harbor to register with the Border Police before heading to the islands. When arriving in the island, your guide will take you to the showroom where the history, map, objects are displayed. visiting Au Thuyen where the local boats are hidden in big storms, walking along the rice field to the over-100-years-old temple of Hai Tang.

9:50 –11:00: Going back to the boat for snorkeling for half an hour at Xep beach. Here you can swim, see the forest of nice coral under the sea, then go to Bai Bac beach for lunch and relax.

14:00: Back to Cua Dai estuary where out vehicle  will take you back to Hoi An.

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Including: A/c bus, speed boat, fee for visiting the island, English/Vietnamese local tour guide, lunch with fresh seafood, snorkeling, mineral water, VAT.

Excluding:  Insurance and other personal fees

Please note :

– Kid under 02 years old: free of charge

– Kid from 02 to 05 years old: 100.000vnd/ per person

– Kid from 06 to 10 years old: pay 50% of the contract rate

** Lunar New Year surcharge 30% from 18th Feb, 2015 to 21st Feb 2105 for all tours.

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Home for Hanoi’s destitute: The reality of Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge, celebrated in Vietnam as a symbol of military resilience, is now a haven for the poor

By Jame Durston (CNN TRAVEL)

Drug users, orphaned children and destitute families.

The reality of life under Hanoi’s Long Bien Bridge today is a world away from its image as a symbol of Vietnamese military ingenuity and resilience. The 107-year-old bridge is celebrated as one of Vietnam’s greatest ‘triumphs’ against Western imperialism, and has even inspired songwriters and poets. Guidebooks describe how the Vietnamese managed to keep the bridge open and functioning — a key supply route from the port of Haiphong into Hanoi during the Vietnam War — despite the assault by U.S. bombers. But as I discover during a film shoot for CNNGo TV, looking at this bridge through history’s glorifying lens is to take a one-dimensional view.

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At one point I clamber up a riverbank made entirely of trash and emerge through a pungent cloud of smoke onto a hill of coal. A soot-smeared woman is hacking up chunks of coal with a mallet; nearby a huge pile of black sludge sends out a horrific stench.   sludge at long bien bridgeDecrepit corrugated tin huts acting as homes are crammed together on one side, like a mini shanty town. This, I now know, is the modern Long Bien Bridge, a home for some of Hanoi’s most disadvantaged people.   home under long bien bridge
Heroin users are known to congregate on Bai Giua (middle island) under the bridge at dusk to indulge their habit. Orphaned children have turned to Bai Giua for shelter, and the poorest of Hanoi’s families, some of whom are forced to live on the river in floating huts, also can be seen around the bridge, pushed to the edge of the city by its burgeoning economic bubble.   paintshop long bien bridge
It is an aspect of modern life in Hanoi that jars with the bridge’s appearance — all girders and bolts and rivets — of might and solidity.   long bien bridge Like a wizened grandfather who can’t stop telling tales of his war-time endeavors, the bridge’s scarred and patched-up appearance seems to say, “Been there, done it, survived it.”   hanoi's long bien bridge
No doubt the events that surrounded this bridge during the 1960s and 1970s were tremendous, and it serves an important purpose as a living memorial to the people that were involved. But for the folk living there now it is simply a makeshift home they have been forced to occupy as the rest of Hanoi moves on.

 Getting there

The bridge is not open to car traffic, so hire a scooter taxi to drive you across the bridge, or take a taxi to Dike Road, near Gam Cau Street, where you’ll find the approach ramp.