The romantic name attracts a lot of visitors to Tien Sa (Fairy Descending) Lake, located about 60km from Hanoi at the base of Tan Vien Mountain in Ba Vi district.
It is an ideal destination for a relaxing day or weekend in the fresh air and a quiet atmosphere that's hard to find in the city.
There is much to see around the lake where, according to local legend, fairies once descended to earth to bathe. When they were returning to heaven, one of them, hurrying to catch up with the others, left her scarf behind blowing in the wind, which turned into a white cloud above Tan Vien Mountain.
The lake is clear all year round due to the topographical and geological conditions. The surrounding mountains and forests, along with the floating houses on the lake, create a dreamlike and idyllic landscape.
The green forests covering part of the mountain and surrounding the lake create a cool, pleasant and romantic atmosphere, said Banh Thanh Ban, head of the area's management board.
'Many young couples visit on the weekends to relax and enjoy the quiet atmosphere together,' he said.
The couples can explore the lake by boat, enjoy a leisurely walk around the hills or sit in the shade of a tree to read a book, he said.
In the summer, tourists enjoy bathing at nearby Nhi Long Waterfall or at the water park, which has three pools and nine water slides, as well as recreational facilities for tennis, football, volleyball and badminton. An amusement area includes electric cars and rides, and a resident troupe of monkeys.
In winter, the weather is fairly cold but tourists from Hanoi still choose Tien Sa Lake for weekend getaways because they love the cosy atmosphere. Saunas and massages are available featuring herbal remedies of the Dao ethnic people, which help relax and refresh the muscles after a long day of climbing and trekking.
At night, visitors can enjoy folk dances and songs by the Muong people, or join in a bonfire and try such local specialities as baked maize and sweet potatoes.
In addition to the natural beauty, the tourism site features traditional architecture with rich detail and harmonious colours. A hotel with a red roof sits among green leaves beneath the blue sky, and the surrounding structures have romantic names like Ngu Phuc (Five Good Fortunes) Gate, Thuan Thien (Following God's Order) Bridge, Lien Hoa (Lotus) House, Uyen Uong (Inseparable Couple) Pavilion, and Vien Son (Mountain Garden).
At 400m above sea level, the Tien Sa Lake tourism area covers a total area of 150ha, including 120ha of forest and 20ha of water. The tourism site was developed in 2003 by the Cuong Thinh Company with a total investment of VND60 billion (US$3 million) over ten years.
Last year, the site attracted more than 90,000 visitors, according to the director's statistics. (VNA)