Wings of the Hundred Viet - Canh Chim Bach Viet
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The capital of Central Vietnam during the last royal dynasty was Hue. This region is blessed with the beautiful Ngu Mountain and romantic Huong River. Amidst the mesmerizing scenery, the renowned girls school Dong Khanh has inspired many poets with its deep purple ao dai uniforms of yester years.
Nowadays, the color of the ao dai uniforms is white, as a symbol of the innocence of school age days. Each afternoon when school lets out, one can see on the famous bridge Truong Tien those white ao dais crossing the bridge like a school of white butterflies flying, creating a perfectly joyous picture.

During the period 39-45 AD, whenever Vietnam was attacked by northern invaders, two sisters named Trung Trac and Trung Nhi united the people to defeat the enemies.

Immediately following the Trung Sisters era, the Southerners from Bach Viet origins did not want to be under the control of the northern invaders. They formed their own land and converted to Muslim, Hinduism, and Buddhism. They called their country Chiem Thanh, and the people were called Cham.

The Cham people spread mostly around the cities of Phan Rang, Phan Ri, and Binh Dinh. They built magnificent towers for their Hindu temples in the early 14 century, which remain beautifully preserved today.

Phan Thiet is an old Cham outpost with a population of 75,000 people. It is renowned for its large fishing fleet and is famous for "nuoc mam," or fish sauce, the traditional and most popular dipping sauce in Vietnam. The distinctive aroma of fish and fish sauce permeates the downtown area, as Phan Thiet river cuts right through the centre of the town.

Dalat, located in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam, was originally the playground of the French who built villas in the clear mountain air to escape the heat and humidity of the coast and of Saigon in South Vietnam.

Many of its buildings and houses are built in a French style. The city spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, with a small lake in the center and surrounded by higher peaks, making for some lovely scenery quite different from the rest of Vietnam. Temperatures are pleasantly warm by day, and quite cool at night, down to perhaps 10C.

Dalat's high altitude and fertile landscape make it one of Vietnam's premier agricultural areas, producing varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers that don't grow in the lowlands.

At Dalat, one can feel the tranquil atmosphere that reflects through the air, the flowers, and the peaceful, simple lifestyle of the local highlander tribes.

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