Tibet backpacking experience

 Located at an average altitude of 4200m above sea level, the roads are complicated, the terrain is difficult, the air is thin, the security situation is not stable, but in return, the mysterious land of Tibet has many things. Interesting worth exploring. Every year, thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to Tibet.

The sky of Tibet is deep blue

Currently in Vietnam, tourism to Tibet is a tour very few tour companies organize, few people go, complicated procedures, high costs, especially health problems of tourists and not everyone can afford it. The best condition to go is to organize yourself. So to explore the land of Tibet, you should accumulate the necessary experiences for this trip.
About TibetTibet is now an autonomous region of China. There are four routes to Tibet: Tibet, Xuyen Tibetan, Tian Tang (from these two places climb to the plateau with a dangerous height of several thousand meters but many beautiful scenes) and Tibet (extremely arduous and dangerous. dangerous but beautiful scenery).
Visa proceduresTibet is an autonomous region, so in addition to applying for a Chinese visa, you must also apply for a separate passport issued by the embassy to Tibet. You should book a tour at a travel agency in China to complete the procedures to enter the country. Tibet, which guarantees exceptional safety and health services, and has a local guide. If booking travel agencies, they will always prepare oxygen tanks and backup oxygen for guests. In Lhasa, there are many tour companies right at the airport that advertise and introduce.
Go when?

Spring and summer are the best times to go to Tibet

Located in the Himalayas with an average altitude of about 4,900m, Tibet is considered the "roof of the world" with towering mountains covered with snow and ice all year round.

Spring and summer are the most suitable times for pilgrimage and sightseeing in Tibet, because in winter the temperature of this land can drop to minus a few dozen degrees. This time is also the festival season of Tibet, pilgrims from all over the world gather here, in the colorful festive atmosphere.

Means of arrival and departure:

There are 3 ways to get to Tibet by road, rail and air. However, by road, almost no tourists go, including Chinese. If you take the railway, you have to go to Beijing station or Qinghai station. Takes a lot of time and money.

If you go by air, you can go through Air China with a representative in Vietnam to book tickets from the previous leg. If you are in the city. Ho Chi Minh City can book tickets from Ho Chi Minh to Nanning. If you are in Hanoi, you can take the bus to Lang Son via Huu Nghi border gate, or the Lien Van train to Ho Chi Minh City. Nam Ninh

From Nanning, board a plane after 2 hours of flight and the group will be present at Chengdu airport - Sichuan Province, depending on the flight, you may have to sleep overnight to have a plane to Ho Chi Minh City. Lhasa .

In the capital Lhasa you can travel by foot, motorbike in Thai tuk tuk or taxi for 10 yuan a time. As for the tourist destinations outside Lhasa, we have to travel by bus which takes a lot of time.

Tibet is a low-pressure land, the air density is 25 to 30% thinner than the plains, so you should go to Tibet by train to get used to the altitude and the thinning of the air. . When going down you can go by plane. Those with weak health such as low blood pressure or cardiovascular diseases should immediately abandon the intention of conquering Tibet.

Lhasa is at an altitude of 3800m when you come down to the airport you may feel very short of breath, so don't go fast and talk much. At the airport, there are oxygen cylinders that you should use when you feel short of breath. Normally, you have to rest for 1 day and night to get used to the environment before going to visit. In the evening, we often find it difficult to sleep, after 3-4 days, this phenomenon will subside.

Carry-on furniture

You must prepare warm double-layer clothes that can be waterproof, if you go in winter, you must bring snowshoes. Should wear sports shoes, light and breathable preferred, buy a small backpack to carry essential items (should buy the type with air outlet on the back), a large bag or suitcase for all the rest .

When visiting tourist attractions in Tibet, you should bring a pitcher of warm water - do not drink cold water, bring ginger tea to drink to fight colds, increase heat very well.
Sight seeing

Potala Palace:  In Sanskrit, it means Bodhisattva's Palace. This is where the Dalai Lamas live and work, spiritual leaders of Tibet. (Visiting the Potala Palace must be booked in advance. They have security checks like at the airport.)

Potala Palace

- Dai Chieu Pagoda (Jokhang):  built in 693, located right in the center of Lhasa city with a garden of 25,000m2 and 370 rooms. This is both an ancient temple and a famous monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

–  Dzongchen Monastery – Pure “Buddha Realm”:  1 of the 6 major monasteries in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Tibet.

– Should spend time watching art performance, it is a very good and unique program.

Attention :

-Do not take photos of security personnel, military. In most places to visit, take photos usually have to pay from 20 -50 CNY.

– Do not enter small alleys without a guide, avoid asking sensitive religious issues.

– Buying and selling souvenirs can be bargained, if you intend to buy, ask, ask without buying, which is easy to cause conflicts.

– Should change currency in Vietnam, it is not beneficial to change from USD, can spend with Visa card but it is relatively difficult.

– The food in Tibet is quite similar to that in China. Tibetan food is difficult to eat. You should try it, though.

Currently in Vietnam, there are a number of companies that organize tours to Tibet, if you have a need, you can refer to the program and book a tour from Vietnam for a safe trip for yourself and your loved ones.