Tam Dao – an ideal place for your holiday retreat
Tam Dao is a small town belonging to Vinh Phuc Province, just 85 kilometers from Hanoi. With the average height of 1000 metres, the weather of Tam Dao is cool and pleasant all the year around.That is the reason why the French did develop Tam Dao as an ideal hill station for their summer vacations in early 20th century to relax and avoid the hot weather from Hanoi.Travelling to Tam Dao, you can still view some of beautiful French villas & French church around the town.
Tam Dao ( translated as three islets or three peaks) with its mountain range has three highest peaks: Ban Thach with 1,388m high, Thien Thi with 1,375m high and Phu Nghia with 1,400m high which emerge like three islets from the clouds. The weather is cool all year round with an average temperature of 20 to 220C and it may changes four seasons in a day. During the hottest days, the temperature reaches 27″C (80.60F).
Thanks to its pleasant climate & mountain views, to locals,Tam Dao is considered as a miniature of Sapa or Da Lat. Tam Dao’s natural landscapes are extremely majestic and romantic with beautiful view of high mountains & rain forests in the middle of flying clouds & fogs here & there along with fresh air. Tam Dao has become an ideal resort for holiday makers when doing their trips to Hanoi, Vietnam
Some important notes
thanks to the high elevation of the town, it’s fairly uncommon for a dense mist to obscure the views. Of course, this may inhibit your ability to see far into the distance. Personally, my best memory of Tam Dao Town is the mysterious atmosphere created by the dense fog. Certain parts of the town, such as some of the oldest villas and the church, can be appreciated on an even deeper level when set against a backdrop of the unknown.
For those whose blood pressure and stress levels need more than a day or two away from Ha Noi to recover, Tam Dao is a great base from which to enjoy some hiking or camping. The Tam Dao National Park covers an area of nearly 370sq.km and includes more than 20 peaks boasting altitudes of over 1,000m. Large expanses of tropical evergreen along with many other types of forest fill more than 70 per cent of the region, which is home to more than 800 species of animal.
The journey home from Ha Noi is made better if you have time for a small diversion, as the Tay Thien site encompasses the Quoc Mau Tay Thien Temple, one of the prominent centres of Vietnamese Buddhism. After two or three days of crisp mountain air, picturesque elevated roads and fresh vegetables, an hour spent reflecting in a beautiful mountain temple will be the perfect end to your trip.
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