Northern Vietnam has a cool climate, hence tea tree is one of the main cash crop. Tan Cuong tea is the most famous type of Northern Vietnamese tea, specifically grew in Thai Nguyen province only. Its distinctively acerbic taste and sweet aroma has captured the hearts of many meticulous tea lovers.
However, there is another tea islet in Vietnam that is starting to garner more tourists. Thanh Chuong tea islets in Nghe An, surrounded by clear, emerald water. Many tourists has referred to this attraction as “Halong Bay on land,” because it is an area consists of many small islands and islets. There are approximately 35 islands and islets in the area, most of them are covered in tea trees.
Thanks to its unique geographic position, tourists can only reach the area by boat. Most are very impressed with the lush green scenery. There are 10 tea tree hills that visitors can come up and take a tour. The locals have erected tents throughout the tea tree hills to make the tour more comfortable for tourists.
The best time to take a tour through the tea plantations is early morning. Being a small and relatively new tourist attractions, the plantations are still very quiet and not overflowed with crowds. Early morning, tourist like to take sunrise photos on the plantation while enjoying the fresh, clean morning air with the aroma of tea tree.
Besides looking and enjoying the fragrant of tea tree, tourists can kayak themselves to visit nearby islands and islets. There is Rain waterfall, which is 15 km driving from the homestay. If you want to learn about new cultures, you can visit and observe daily lives and activities of Thai people, who lives only 7 km away from the homestay. If you want to dive deeper into nature, you can choose to visit the national forest Pu Mat, 60 km from the homestay. Thanh Chuong tea tree plantations would be a good choice for a short getaway for tourists who want somewhere primitive and isolated.