Nui Coc Lake

Nui Coc Lake, suited in Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province is famous for its charm and legend beauty.

Coming there tourists will be greeted by immense emerald rice fields along the way to Nui Coc Lake. Passing18km of windy roads from Thai Nguyen City’s centre to the lake are lined by tea-terraced fields on hills, and gentle rivers under a blue sky. Tourists always are surprised by the mystical beauty of Nui Coc Lake. Its scene is more like a water-colour painting than a real landscape.

Nui Coc Lake with a width of 2,600 ha and a depth of 50m, it is an interesting eco-tourism destination. The large tourism sector was built close to it. The lake includes 89 islets; some are covered with trees, some with flocks of birds, and others with flocks of storks or mountain goats. There are about 40 species of birds and 15 species of mammals have been listed in the reservoir area. Next to the lake, Coc Mountain stands imposingly middle of the blue sky, the bright sunshine over every blade of grass and twig, all making beautiful scenery. Coming there you will feel quiet and pleasant life far from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. Nui Coc is related to the legend of the romantic love between the girl named Cong and ther man named Coc.

The legend behind…

According to the legend there was a couple love each other very much but their love did not have happy ending due to the different social positions. All Vietnamese people know the sad story, as the legend that “One pained person cries and the tears have become a river. One person who spent a life waiting becomes the mountain.”

The story is like a Vietnamese Romeo and Juliet. Man’s family is too poor, the girl’s family is rich, and her family forbids their marriage. But they still determine to wait for each other. One day, Coc’s the sound of the flute used to call for Cong did not reach Cong’s room. Cong thought that he forgot her so she was died of a broken heart.

Their story made the fairy in the sky feels pity for him and he was transformed into a mountain. During four seasons, the lover’s flute was blown by the wind through the leaves to resound it. For the girl, she cried all day in her room until one day her body transformed into tears. The tears full of love and loyalty absorb into the soil, and run as currents looking for a way to Coc Mountain. Since then every year, in summer, when violet sim (violet myrtle flower) boomed on Coc Mountain and on Cong River, people remember this beautiful love.

Tan Cuong region is the place where this legend was born. It is famous for its perfumed tea in Thai Nguyen. Plants were watered by Cong’s tears, creating a lasting sweet flavor that anyone who tastes can remember it forever.

Tourists will have the chance to visit another interesting place on Nui Coc lake

… to the Palace of Legend

Tourists can take a trip to one of the interesting stops it is Huyen Thoai Cung (Palace of Legend). There has many statues made by 50 artisans from Nam Dinh Province. On a little bamboo boat tourists can live out the legend of Cong and Coc as passing the little statues .Scenes of caves has been designed by architectures on an area. It is one of a cultural tourism work. Architectures have designed the system of the caves on an area of 3,000 square meters. Tourists will see the statues of Cong and Coc standing by the gate of the tourism site. It is far about 100 meter from the gate.

The Palace Legend’s the appearance is like a mountain range with the statue of male fairy holding a bamboo stick. Tourists can see the man-made stream flowing around the cave. Besides you can look at scenery of the two sides.


Little zoo is another place you can visit, it has a dozens of different of animals namely monkeys, crocodiles, pythons and ostriches. Tourists can also visit the region’s specialties having bamboo and rat meat. Amazing water music display is a special highlight that tourists can not miss the chance to see it.


and getting on the boat…

To enjoy the panorama of the lake, tourists should travel in a boat on the lake. It is one of the most relax time. You can visit Co Island (island of stork) with the myrtle and old bamboo trees where the host of the bird, stork and so on is. In the North of the lake you will visit the irrigation spillway and tourism sites. Tourists will have a chance to enjoy delicious meals and pleasant minutes, which will last in your time. Visitor can wallow in the pure setting when fishing on the lake.

The hidden charm of Nui Coc Lake is really attracting the tourists. It is certainly that tourists will have good memories when visiting here.

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