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Kingdom of roses in Hanoi offers wonderful getaway

A pig made from 10,500 fresh roses. Photo: VNA
Paragon Hill in the outskirts of Hanoi is a kingdom of roses, with some 600,000 rose trees growing in its terrace fields.

The resort is located in Muong Chau village, Ba Vi district, 50km from the city centre and is an ideal destination for families and groups of friends for a weekend getaway.

The 3.5ha rose garden has been recognised as the largest in the country. Vietkings, the Vietnam Record Association, also recognised the resort for being home to the largest pig statue made of roses in the country. The 4m high pig statue made of 10,500 roses stands in front of the rose hill to celebrate the Year of Pig.

When visitors arrive, they can immediately go to the rose garden to take pictures. They can spend all day contemplating the flowers and enjoying their scent. However, they can also go trekking to discover Da (Banyan Tree) and May (Cloud) waterfalls on Ba Vi Mountain.

In spring, the waterfalls do not have much water, so go in summer and the rainy season if you want to enjoy the spectacular sight of water cascading down.

The paths leading to the waterfalls are full of rocks with green moss. There are many century-old banyan trees around Da Waterfall bringing the name for the waterfall. While May Waterfall with its white water bubbles looks like a cloud drifting between green canopies.   

Tourists can also walk to an observation deck and enjoy the stunning beauty of Ba Vi Mountain. the air here is so clean and cool.

Paragon Hill doesn’t offer beautiful scenes to view only, tourists can also join various games and experiences such as a zip line over Khai Hoan Lake, making apricot wine, riding horses and learning to grow rose trees.

Nguyen Tien Son, head of the management board, said Paragon Hill has become an attractive destination. Positioned near Ba Vi National Park, it connects with other tourist sites such as Khoang Xanh – Suoi Tien, Thien Son – Suoi Nga and Thuong Temple.

“The site received thousands of tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday,” said Son. “We honour traditional values and natural scenes.

“While people concern about the air quality and pollution in the cities, we try to protect the environment here, clean the site and check the air quality index regularly,” he said.

“As far as I know, there are few tourist sites that have air quality reports displayed openly. We want to make sure that tourists have a truly good time here after busy working days.”

Thang Van Phuc, former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, head of the Vietkings, said Paragon Hill is an attractive destination with interesting tourism products.

“Beside the certifications for the largest rose garden and biggest pig made from fresh roses, we also recognised that Paragon Hill is the tourist site with most houses on stilts in Vietnam,” said Phuc.

“The recognition is an encouragement for the management board and the investors of the site. Paragon Hill is suitable for relaxing, teambuilding and MICE tourism. It will help promote tourism in Ba Vi district in particular and Hanoi in general.”

After a day discovering the site, visitors gather at a party offered by local people who are Tay, Nung and Muong ethnicities. They enjoy com lam (rice cooked in bamboo tube), gio da dieu (ostrich sausage), vegetables, boiled chicken and grilled pork.

The most impressive dish was the boiled ostrich sausage. In recent years, local people have raised ostriches as domestic animals. The finger-sized sausages were wrapped in la dong, the leaves people use to wrap banh chung (glutinous square cake).

Inside many layers of leaves, the sausage was smaller than people thought it would be and the locals explained that they wrap the sausage in many leaves to preserve the tenderness and sweetness of the meat. It’s a good thing they did, as the sausage was unforgettable.