[Wanderlust Tips August 2019] With the theme “Autumn falls”, Share the love section in August 2019 will take you to the stunning autumnal destinations in Vietnam and around the world.
TRAN LE NGOC THANG – RETURNING TO CHIANG MAI IN AUTUMN WITH MY LOVE
From my perspective, the difference with autumn trips is fewer tourists and cheaper services than in peak seasons. Families mainly opt to take vacations in summer or spring. When autumn arrives, people often have to head back to work and school whilst still yearning for those long summer days but this means that fewer people opt to travel during this period.
When thinking of the autumn trips, I have visited some places in Vietnam such as Sa Pa, Moc Chau, An Giang and Can Tho, and I have also travelled internationally to Thailand and Taiwan. Out of these destinations, I was extremely impressed with a trip to Chiang Mai, in Thailand. In Chiang Mai, Yi Peng – the Lantern Festival and Loy Krathong – the Floating Lantern Festival are celebrated annually, according to the ancient Lanna lunar calendar, on the full moon day of December. The sight of thousands of sky lanterns simultaneously being released into the night’s sky was a real spectacle and made the surrounding space sparkle.
My biggest regret of the trip is that my girlfriend did not accompany me. I really want to witness such an incredibly spectacular moment with my beloved. Therefore, my love and I will return to Chiang Mai this autumn.
NGUYEN ANH TU PHAP – THE ROMANTIC AUTUMNAL SCENERY IN BERLIN
Saigon is hot and sunny all year round, thus, it is difficult to see the typical autumnal characteristics. However, the city of Berlin in Europe, where I am living and working, bears an array of striking features when autumn arrives. During this season, yellow leaves fall throughout the city, so it is a seasonal photo haven with “autumn” oozing from every street corner.
The autumnal landscape in Berlin makes the city more romantic in people’s eyes. Because of the pleasant weather, I enjoyed strolling in Tiergarten Park and Grunewald which are dubbed the lungs of the city. Additionally, I admired a panoramic view of the whole city by taking a train ride along the Spree River and visited Sanssouci Palace – the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in Potsdam, which is just a 1-hour train journey from the city centre, these experiences were extraordinary.
Berlin is also famous for its nightlife, so I often meet up with my friends or colleagues after stressful studying and working hours. In the autumn, I like to drink German beer served with hot dogs, French fries or warm bread. So delightful!
DANG VU HIEP – NINH BINH IS MY FAVOURITE AUTUMNAL DESTINATION
As an art enthusiast, I often make travel plans to seek new inspiration. I have acquired useful resources and broadened my horizons by visiting new destinations. I am particularly excited about travelling in the autumn because the cool weather and mild sunshine during autumn are convenient for me to take beautiful pictures.
Ninh Binh is not a new “undiscovered” destination, but here each visitor will get a different feel for the place. From my perspective, autumnal Ninh Binh is not adorned with ripe yellow rice fields like in the Northwest, but most significantly, the peaceful and gentle ambience that emanates across the landscape is perfect for shooting countless exquisite images.
I still remember the beautiful moments from my previous trip to Ninh Binh during the autumn. Sitting aboard a boat whilst admiring the majestic caves and the lush green moss under the water. I could not express my feelings in words, but I felt at peace and free from the stresses and strains that come with the daily grind. I was also extremely impressed with the Mua Cave, a favourite destination for young tourists, located at the foot of Mua Mountain. Following the white stone steps leading up to the top of the mountain, the spectacular scenery really took my breath away. I will definitely return to Ninh Binh again this autumn.
NGUYEN CAM NHUNG – MESMERISED BY AUTUMN IN MU CANG CHAI
I have a true passion for autumn, mainly thanks to the pleasant weather, the fresh air and the gentle sun. The season of ripe rice starts from September to November, so a trip to the Northwest and Northeast of Vietnam is a must for those passionate about travelling. Just seeing the images of the ripe yellow rice terraces had me mesmerised. Additionally, travelling along the mountain roads is always appealing to young people like me. Thus, when suggested that I visit Mu Cang Chai, I could not say no.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Mu Cang Chai trip is the image of farmers harvesting ripe rice in a small village in Tu Le. On the road from Mu Cang Chai to Nghia Lo, my whole group stayed at Tu Le and the leader stopped at a remote village, which is not a famous tourist destination. Nevertheless, thanks to this, we had the opportunity to get a real feel for the authentic life of the local people. While the adults were busy with the harvest season, children grabbed us intrigued by their strange guests. All these images that spring to mind, are truly beautiful and treasured memories.