VIET HAI VILLAGE – THE TRANQUILITY OF YOUR SOUL
Viet Hai Village is still a relatively unfamiliar name for tourists. Often tourists flock to the popular destinations with bustling crowds and local people in a hurry to make money. These are places where tourists rush to keep up with the schedule for their journeys. However, Viet Hai is a far cry from this.
The village is a pristine flower nestled in thick jungle beneath towering limestone rock formations and completely removed from the bustle of Cat Ba Island. Here you will find the true lifestyle and culture of the ancient Vietnamese. The village is separated from the outside world and is a peaceful place to reconnect with nature; admire honest; hard-working people and the simplicity of their lives.
A gently winding road connects Viet Hai Port with the village. On one side there is crystal clear emerald water whilst the other side boasts vertical rocky mountains.
If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy nature the way it was 1000’s of years ago, mountains, and majestic views as well as understand the lifestyle of the Vietnamese, Viet Hai village is the place for you. No more overstimulation; none of the usual worries you might have when traveling in tourist areas; it is just you and nature.
How To Get Viet Hai?
There are two ways to reach Viet Hai village. The first way is by trekking through the national park passing through 17 km of the forest road. The second option is to take a small junk boat from Beo harbour in Cat Ba to Viet Hai harbour. I highly recommend the second option because, not only will it save a lot of energy, it will ensure you can appreciate the landscape to the fullest extent. The boat trip to Viet Hai takes 45 minutes and you can enjoy the stunning view of Lan Ha bay on the way.
Amazing Person In Viet Hai – Loi – the dedicated Politician
During my trip, I met Loi – the Chairman of Viet Hai Committee. He impressed me with his tanned skin, deep voice and humble attitude. Although he was not born in Viet Hai, he has had an association with this miracle land for nearly 20 years. During this time Loi has contributed a lot to the beautiful Viet Hai village meaning it is quickly becoming a favorite destination with tourists who are looking for a taste of the real Vietnam.
WHAT IS VIET HAI VILLAGE?
Viet Hai was previously known only to the local community as an ancient fishing village. Viet Hai people are still living almost exactly as they were 2000 years ago. For the other people in Cat Ba, Viet Hai village was an ancient village. Home to people living in isolation and separated from the outside world. When Loi took office in Viet Hai, he wanted to improve the lives of the local people, as well as share this special part of the world with people from all over the world. It was difficult at the first as the population’s knowledge of the tourism industry was limited but over the past few years Loi has convinced the locals that their traditional way of life and natural environment can be preserved and exist along-side tourism.
LOI BUILT HIS OWN HOUSE
Loi travelled from Viet Hai to Hai Phong countless times to secure funding to re-build the paved road from the harbour to the village. Once the road was built he then needed travel companies to bring their tourists to Viet Hai port. He built his own house using ancient tools to turn it into a place where tourists could experience the culture of Viet Hai, enabling tourists to understand more about Vietnamese agriculture.
I asked him why he chose to do this. His answer really impressed me: “I want tourists to know more about Vietnamese Agriculture and the important role its plays. I earn nothing, but in the long term, Viet Hai will become a eco destination .Currently the only way to experience Viet Hai’s beauty is through a travel company but they will be impressed. Tourists will spread word of that beauty. More tourists will bring more income for the local people and this will improve the quality of their lives.”
THE PLACE WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS FAMOUS AND BEAUTIFUL WHEN MANY PEOPLE KNOWAND TALK ABOUT IT
Loi was right, a place is recognized as famous and beautiful when many people know and talk about it. He showed me the natural garden he planted with his own hands. He said: “Agriculture is no longer valued in Viet Hai by the people as a result of poor crop performance. I am aiming for this place to instead become a cultural destination where tourists can learn about traditional agriculture in Vietnam. I have to be a good example for people to follow.” Loi is also a member of the Cat Ba Langur conservation project, protecting the Cat Ba Langur community. By visiting Loi’s house you will have the opportunity to watch a video on the Langur and find out more about this project.
What To Do In Viet Hai?
In Viet Hai, besides the beautiful natural scenery, you can experience many local activities that foreign tourists may have never experienced before.
Viet Hai village is an isolated village located in Cat Ba National Park. This place still boasts wild, untouched jungles spread across the rocky mountains. Visitors will be able to appreciate nature untouched by humans.
Visitors may also find some of the following activities interesting
+ Fishing in the streams, ponds, and sea:
For ancient Vietnamese people, fishing was an essential activity to provide food for daily meals. Visitors to Viet Hai village will have the chance to experience fishing and learn more about the daily life of the locals.
+ Experience traditional rice production:
You will have the opportunity to learn about rice production in ancient times in Viet Nam. You also will experience the use of ancient tools to make white rice grains. This is something which should not be missed when visiting Viet Hai.
+ Picking Fruits In The Natural Garden
As the platform being developed by Loi, you will have the opportunity to experience the fruit picking from the garden itself and can eat directly. The fruit is clean and nutritious waiting for you.
+ Hiking and visiting caves in Viet Hai:
Surrounded by pristine forest systems and limestone mountains, Viet Hai contains many mysterious caves and viewpoints at the top of the mountains. I had the opportunity to visit these beautiful places. The scenery on the top of the mountain as well as the mystery of the caves were truly charming, keeping everyone’s footsteps here.
+ Enjoy The Local Food
Food is an indispensable feature in any culture. Coming to Viet Hai cuisine, you will have the opportunity to taste the unique local dishes; learn the recipes of the ancient Vietnamese. The ingredients are completely clean and organic; ensuring you will have the most delicious experience If you would like to visit Viet Hai village to experience local activities and stop at Loi’s place, contact us. Part of the money will be donated to the Cat Ba langur conservation project and at the same time, you are helping Loi to maintain his dream of contributing to the Viet Hai Village community.
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Good luck with your amazing journey in Viet Nam!
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