Teamwork is important at Fisher's SuperKids. We want our staff and teachers to be comfortable together and work as one cohesive unit. That's why Fisher's SuperKids organizes an annual retreat for all teachers and staff as a way to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication. The school pays all transportation and lodging costs in order to provide the best opportunity for fun, relaxation and bonding. Over the past few years, we have been to Ba Na, Ha Long Bay, and the Cham Islands. This year we made a trip to Thanh Tan Hot Springs and Hue.
Just 40 kilometers west of Danang, Ba Na is located 1,487 meters above sea level in the Truong Son mountain range. Ba Na was formerly a French resort and once boasted 200 villas, restaurants, and clubs. Its temperate climate, unspoiled forest, and spectacular views over the South China Sea and the Lao mountain range make Ba Na a popular retreat for locals and tourists alike. In 2009, a new cable system started running to the top of Mount Chua and set two Guinness World Records for its height and length.
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam's most spectacular tourist attractions.
Lying 23 kilometers offshore from Da Nang, the Cham Islands feature beautiful seascapes and mountains. Easily accessible by speedboat from Da Nang or Hoi An, it is the perfect place for a day trip of snorkeling or diving among beautiful coral and marine life. The water around Cu Lao Cham is home to 135 species of coral, four species of tiger shrimp and 84 species of mollusk, many of which are listed in Vietnam’s and the world’s Red Book of endangered species. There are also many other interesting attractions for visitors, including traditional crafts, swimming and sightseeing.
Today the Cham islands are a Marine Protected Area because of their many important marine habitants and rich biodiversity. The MPA includes eight islands; the largest island Hon Lao, features magnificent beaches and forests, a traditional fishing village, temples, shrines and a pagoda. Cham Islands were recently recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Thanh Tan Hot Springs
Thanh Tan Hot Springs offer a unique blend of natural environments which include precious hot mineral water springs, extremely fresh air, grandiose mountain chains, and an awesome cool stream. Thanh Tan resort is an ideal place to refresh and get away from the madness of the city and the blazing hot summer. Explore the resort to experience a perfect place for body rejuvenation, relaxation, and recovering.
Another fascinating town not far from Da Nang is Hue, which until 1945 was actually the Nguyen Dynasty's capital city. Hue lies some 98 kilometers to the north and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, being most famous for its old architecture and many monuments, and is somewhat surprisingly home to more monasteries than any other Vietnamese town. The former imperial seat of government and Hue's prime attraction is the Imperial Citadel, a great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries, featuring art and costumes from various periods of Vietnamese history. Thanks to its size, it is also delightfully peaceful - a rare commodity in Vietnam.