Aside from the pilgrims who are its main source of tourists, Bay Nui in the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang is now serving a soaring number of young travelers.
They want to spend their time experiencing mountain hiking and jungle trekking in the morning as well as admiring stunning sunsets amidst the magnificent landscape of the area.
Bay Nui, also known as That Son, which means 'seven mountains' in Vietnamese, is a range of small mountains spanning Tri Ton and Tinh Bien District of An Giang Province.
Situated in Tinh Bien District, Cam Mountain, the highest mountain in the Bay Nui region, annually mainly serves millions of middle-aged pilgrims who usually go trekking in groups.
Recently, Cam Mountain has welcomed more young trekkers than before.
|Trekking is here to stay among young travelers in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre|
Trekking activities in the area have been well-organized for over half a year, reaping positive outcomes.
Trekkers can opt for 7km, 21km, or 42km distances depending on their physical strength.
They have to conquer a trek across mountains and jungles with various slopes, arduously climb steep cliffs with the support of ropes, cross over green ancient forests, and sit by a cool forest stream during the trip.
|Groups of young trekkers conquer a mountain trek in the Bay Nui region in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre|
At the end of the trekking trip, trekkers can stroll on green grass and among fruit plants on the mountain.
Meanwhile in neighboring Tri Ton District, visitors should try local specialties, such as rice and rice porridge served with beef, and chicken dishes, among others.
They can also stay overnight at camping sites, breathing in the fresh, cool forest air, in addition to visiting grape orchards in the area.
|Visitors go camping and take photographs in the Bay Nui region in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre|
Nguyen Van Hien, the owner of a grape orchard named Thao Nguyen in O Lam Commune, Tri Ton District, said he had converted 20,000 square meters of rice fields into the grape orchard almost two years ago.
His grape orchard has been open to visitors since the beginning of this year.
He added that around 6,000 square meters of grapevines are producing fruits to serve visitors.
|Visitors to a grape orchard in Tri Ton District, An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre|
“I planted 18 grape varieties sourced from the Mekong Delta provinces and Ninh Thuan Province [in south-central Vietnam]," Hien said.
“Last Tet holiday, my garden served nearly 3,000 visitors per day and roughly 500 on weekends.
“Visitors ordering ga dot [grilled chicken originating from neighboring Cambodia] can take photos in the garden at no charge."
|Visitors pose for a photo with grapevines in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre|
Le Thi Hong Hanh and her family from the Mekong Delta province of Long An stopped by the grape orchard during a trip to Cam Mountain.
“I thought grape orchards were only available in Ninh Thuan Province," Hanh said.
"It’s amazing to see a grape orchard in the Bay Nui region.
"An Giang Province is also home to many incredibly beautiful pagodas, splendid scenery, and yummy food.
"I’ll be back!”