The beauty of Vietnam (Final chapter)

Talking about sceneries to travel in Binh Thuan, cannot miss to mention Co Thach ocean is always called the Wonderland on Earth. The combination between rock, ocean waves and mosses make Co Thach become more magic charm. Visitors will feel like being strayed into an ancient sanctuary that human has not existed.

A beautiful conner of Co Thach

It is a place with a temperate climate and fertile rice paddies as well as orchards are luxuriant throughout the year. Vinh Long also attracts tourists by a pottery village along Thay Cai Canal belong to Mang Thit district. Built in a special form, the pottery kilns are very close in succession and shaped similar to pyramids with the red color of tiles. Looking at the village of Vinh Long, visitors seem to enter the world of myths.

Vinh Long pottery village with pyramidal architecture

Sapa with white snow covering all over its roads, Sapa with a unique market and Sapa with sparkling lights go along with a mist floating in the night. Traveling to Sapa with its cold weather and whole body hiding behind very thick coats, we still feel breath and peaceful rhythm of life here.

Sapa romance in the night mist and lights

Not too showy, not too passionate fragrance, Buckwheat flower petals with its slight pink color spread across Ha Giang highland still attracts tourists when Autumn coming.

Buckwheat flower in Ha Giang

It would be lacking if not to mention Dalat – a miniature Paris in Vietnam. Not as cold as Sapa or hot as the Central region, not as noisy as modern cities or not calm or isolate, Da Lat frosty cold with a smooth pace pass through lightly, make every one coming here feel be attached do not want to go away.

Da Lat floating in mist
And shining in sunshine

What a beautiful picture, which you can easy to see everywhere in Vietnam. Each place contains millions of reasons that we should stop a bit for the legs to travel, for the heart to feel, for the soul is mingled by magic wonders around the world. Do not hesitate any more, let’s take your luggage and discover immediately!!!

The beauty of Vietnam (Chapter 3)

Spiritual places such as temples, pagodas are always in Vietnamese heart. Our nation is varied in beliefs and religious, so each place has its own unique beauty, but only when you lost in its space, time and characteristic sounds, you will feel all that colors with your soul.

Gò Táo temple – An ancient spiritual place in Tiền Giang Province

There is a beautiful spring every moment at Rocky village in Dong Van Plateau. When white flowers, peach blossom, apricot blossom are racing to bloom together, locals are also wearing fresh, colorful clothes to join the festival welcoming New Year. House was built next to each other, separated by ancient stones which our ancestor used from thousands of years ago still not fade. Peacefully dreams fill with baby laughs warmed the spring of Rocky village in Dong Van Plateau.

Rocky village in Dong Van Plateau.

The idyllic landscape of green rice paddies spreading across the S-shape country is always an endless inspiration for poetry and literature. Where people going back to live as children to be hugged, sheltered and protected with love from motherland.

Peaceful in Vietnam village
With small canals, green fields

While travelling to Da Nang, you cannot miss the dawn moment on My Khe Beach. No noisy, no hustle, sunrise in My Khe has many colors that are alive and quiet with the bright red of sun, the deep blue sky prints in clear water like a mirror. Cloud is too light, flies indifferent following wind blowing and golden sand not waking up.

The dawn moment on My Khe Beach

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The beauty of Vietnam (Chapter 2)

If Da Lat has 7-layer Pongour Waterfall as a ladder to heaven to honor the Central Highlands, Ban Gioc Waterfall tilts toward the side of mountains in Cao Bang bringing the fantastic beauty as a fairy made travelers feel extremely surprised and admired when being here. In the middle of soaring blue sky, the white waterfalls dump like a fairy’s hair gently slipping down following rhythm of the old jungle, then through the immemorial mossy stones.

the fantastic beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall
And the glamour beauty when Autumn coming…

Not only the painting of nature that enchant travelers but also masterpieces made by human hands are equally attractive. It was a pearl of Far East famous over the world in past, Saigon today is full of vitality of youth. At night, Saigon performs multi-colored light dance mixed together, harmonizing from skyscrapers to thousands of tiny apartments below, displaying a fresh new face full of lovely.

Multi-colored light dance of Saigon’s night

Located in the relic of Huong Pagoda, My Duc, Hanoi, Yen stream fall as a watery painting of human heart. In autumn, peace songs were resound love rhythms not shredded as festival season. Yen stream is crystal-clear as the shadow of sky.

The beauty of Vietnam (Chapter 1)

Through Northern to Southern of the S-shaped curve, every place has its own unique charm. From multi-colored terraced fields of the highland of Northwest to rivers covered alluvial color in the West of the Mekong river, from lively bustle streets of town lights to trails smelling of ripe rice, both of them made our hearts soothe, just want to carry on and travel to admire the beauty of Vietnam.

Vietnam scenery is beautiful as picturesque.

Below is a picture of a peaceful countryside with rivers, rice flavor and small village roads. A leisurely walk to think about origination, put your mind in peace filled with gentle, no longer tired. As close as scenes when harvest is finished, straw is piled up at the curb, the cows bend down to taste deliciously, next to the small ditches indifferent do not want to flow. The portrait of Vietnam countryside is still rustic, but attractive strangely
by its beauty.

Peaceful as Vietnam contryside

In the middle of the high Northwest, terraced fields are always a great attraction for tourists to come and see once in a lifetime. Covered by thousands of deep blue, the yellow of rice when the harvest season begins to spread all over hills, makes the highlands like wearing a new shirt, brilliant in morning sunshine. Stilt houses with leave roofs seem to decorate the pictures created by nature and people more special features.

When the yellow season comes

As well as the green color of the terraced fields in succession in the highlands also bring peaceful beauty made peace of mind is no different than the straight fields as flying stork wings of delta. The favor of rice blended into blurry fogs flies in midair to tempt footsteps whose could not get away.

The green color of the terraced fields behind blurry fogs

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Phu Quoc Island – SHOULDN’T MISS TOP 5 THINGS MUST DO

Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam, near the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. The Island attractions aren’t just limited to its stunning beaches, but extend to high-end resorts, delicious cuisine, evidence for brutalities of wars and its famous fishing villages. A UNESCO-listed national park takes up more than half of Phu Quoc Island, offering recreational activities such as hiking, camping, wildlife, photography and bird-watching. Meanwhile, vibrant markets, traditional fishing villages, and pepper plantations are perfect for experiencing the local lifestyle and sampling authentic regional specialties. Laying for hours on stunning beaches, sinking in the warm ocean, enjoying a massage, and a few cocktails as the sun goes down followed by a delicious dinner on the beach will made you relax completely after the busy working day. HiVietnam is willing to guide you to travel Phu Quoc by the list best things to do in Phu Quoc Island.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Beaches – the heaven for relaxing

Anyone who’s been to Phu Quoc will tell you it’s hard to believe that there are so many beaches that are both stunningly beautiful and deserted in just one place. The triangular-shaped island has many good beaches, like Long Beach on the western side, which is also the biggest and where most of the hotels are located. Bai Sao, on the east coast, is a favorite spot – possibly the best beach on Phu Quoc with fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Some others worth checking out are Ong Lang, Bai Thom and Bai Dai. Many of the island’s beaches are not marked on maps also very well.

To relax on the beach, just lying in a comfy beach chair catching some sun where you can read a bit, swim a bit and have a drink or two. There are ladies selling fresh fruit for when you get a bit hungry. This is completely the authentic heaven!

After a hard day on the beach, you can also enjoy a massage, order yourself a cocktail and watch the spectacular sunset. If you travel with kids, beach bars are perfect as the kids can play in the sand, even swim while the adults unwind with a few drinks.

Bai Sao – one of the best beaches on Phu Quoc

Explore Phu Quoc National Park

Occupying more than 50% of the Phu Quoc Island and being home to a variety of ecosystems, wildlife and plants, Phu Quoc National Park is considered a precious gem, and in 2010 the park was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. A visit to the park is always worth time and money, especially if you long to make an escape from the heat of the sun and stay close to nature at best. Whether you choose to walk in the forest along narrow trail or ride a motorbike on one of the park’s roads, the experience is always stunning and wonderful, which gives you a close look and taste of this large and lush park. Visitors to Phu Quoc, especially those enjoy discovering the natural, mostly untouched environment, should not miss the Phu Quoc National Park.

Phu Quoc National Park

Wander around Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc Prison is where Northern Vietnamese soldiers were imprisoned during the Vietnam War. This was the largest place to keep communist soldiers in the South with more than 32,000 prisoners. Sometimes, this number was up to 40,000 people including political prisoners in several periods. The prison is now a museum where you can see torture instruments, photographs of former prisoners and various exhibits with life sized mannequins depicting graphic scenes of what life was like in prison during its operation.

Phu Quoc prison was the living evidence for the extremely brutal crimes of aggression colonialism and imperialism, while it proved the indomitable spirit and valiant struggle of revolutionaries. The war prisoners in Phu Quoc prison were suffered extremely savage punishments and tortures. The prison is a way for tourists to learn more about Vietnam’s history and a reminder of the brutalities of war. It’s becoming one of the best things to do in Phu Quoc.

Putting prisoner into sack and placing on the oven

Explore the Local Life at Ham Ninh Village

Ham Ninh Village is a picturesque fishing village and a great spot to get a glimpse into the everyday life of the local fishermen. For those who love fresh fish, the village is a great spot to eat some bargain priced seafood as well as try some unusual dishes such as sea cucumber soup. Especially, Ham Ninh’s flower crab is one of the best dishes must-eat in Phu Quoc and readily available in many local restaurants. The fresh red flower crabs get an amazing taste when being boiled and dipped in the sauce made from black pepper, salt and lime juice. Moreover, fishermen often take the fresh crab blood which is extracted from the pincers to drink. Later, the fresh crab blood is cleverly processed to create a very impressive dish called Phu Quoc fresh crab blood. A delicious and nutritious fresh crab blood dish must be made from sea crabs which have roe.

Ham Ninh Fishing Village
Fresh crab blood

Enjoy scuba diving in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is an island district located 45km off the coast of mainland Vietnam, that consist of 28 different islands and scuba diving in Phu Quoc is slowly becoming popular adventure sport activities. Diving is a great way to escape reality and explore the underwater world.  Whether you are just a beginner or expert diver, Phu Quoc Island is one of the most beautiful areas to dive. With beautiful reefs, wrecks, and weird fascinating sea creatures, you will be in constant awe with everything you see during your dive.

Enjoy scuba diving in Phu Quoc

All of this makes it the top destination must come in Vietnam and totally relax and chill out. Make sure to get here soon!

VIETNAM FOOD IN REAL EXPERIENCES

Vietnam is considered one of the most attractive culinary destinations in the world. Tourists coming to Vietnam will have many opportunities to enjoy Vietnam food throughout this S-shaped country.

Hanoi – The destination for traditional food

As you know, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the most vibrant city of the Northern Vietnam. The culinary tour starts by a walk in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Tourists will taste all local traditional food specialties like Banh Cuon (Steam rice pancake rolled with cooked pork, ear mushroom, and minced shallots), Bun Cha (Rice Noodle with grilled pork), Pho (Rice Noodle soup with beef or chicken),… some dishes you can take while walking around Hanoi’s Old Quarter – also call as street food. As well as, you should spend time to enjoy some coffee in a local coffee shop followed by the dinner at Cha Ca La Vong – the most famous traditional food in Hanoi made with rice noodles and grilled fish on the charcoal stove. Moreover, tourists can also learn how to prepare Northern Vietnamese dishes by enjoying a private Vietnamese cooking class with a professional chef.

Banh cuon

Halong Bay – Full of fresh delicious seafood

Halong Bay is famous for its green islands – the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We start with an outdoor market, where vendors sell all kinds of fish and seafood straight from water. You can also communicate with the Vietnamese boat people (who live and work in floating homes) to understand more about the life of local fisherman. Visit Dau Go cave, the largest cave in Halong Bay with its majestic and ancient beauty. Especially, during taking in the brilliant views of the Bay on a luxury ship, you can order all seafood for your meals such asfresh clams, prawns, sea snails and other delicacies which you want to taste.

Sea snails

Hue – Combination of royal culinary and folk dishes

Hue used to be the capital city of Vietnam. That’s why Hue people have many extremely delicate ways of royal cuisines which only offered on the King’s table such as nem công, chả phượng, thấu thỏ, xôi vò, nham bò,…. Beside, Hue is also famous for folk dishes like Nem Lui Hue, the dish no one can forget if have a chance to taste. Its main ingredient is spring roll of meatball grilled on the charcoal stove. Moreover, the deliciousness of this dish is in the accompanying vegetables and sauces made from plenty of different materials. When eating, take a meatball wrapped with vegetables, pineapple, caramel, prices, sliced green banana slices, pieces of life, chili color…  then dips in a special sauce called nước lèo. Nước lèo is also made from many different ingredients such as vegetable oil, pig liver, swordfish, sugar, fish sauce, cinnamon, flowers mixed with coconut milk. Its taste is worthy to become one of the most delicious local specialties in Vietnam.

Nem Lui Hue

By the way, you can visit Dong Ba Market in early morning. This is the biggest whole sales market in Hue for food, vegetable, herb, spices and fruit. In the morning, everything is so fresh. This is the best time and best way to experience and learn about local food ingredients as well as the daily life activities in Hue. We also have a chance to enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist pagoda.

Dong Ba Market

Hoi An – The culinary of Ancient Town

Hoi An ancient Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have many Vietnam must-eat dishes here such as chicken rice, bread, cao lầu noodles… Especially, you cannot miss cao lầu – the most famous local specialties in Hoi An. A delicious cao lau bowl includes noodles past boiling water, some bean sprouts and essential vegetable of Tra Que village. It’s covered by plates of xá xíu meats as well as fried crispy pork skin above. Visitors can also enjoy a private cooking class focusing on regional specialties such as fresh spring rolls or cao lầu noodles. In the evening, visit Dong Thien Pagoda to enjoy a vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns.

Cao Lau noodles

Sai Gon – A haven for street food lovers

It’s Ho Chi Minh City – the most modern city in Vietnam, but locals still use “Saigon” to name this place. Street food is one of the things that make Saigon different from other regions. You have many chances to taste Vietnam street food in evening at all Saigon districts. Grilled meatballs, noodles mix roast duck meat, rice handles, bun mix grilled meat, bánh tráng nước, bánh tráng trộn, bún mắm… are extremely popular on Saigon’s sidewalk which you cannot miss during your Vietnam culinary tour. In addition, you can also take opportunities to stop for tasting iced coffee, iced tea, snack or banh mi – typical Vietnamese street foods while walking around Saigon to discover the culture of this place.

Grilled meatballs

There are differences of characteristic in each region, but Vietnam cuisines are distinctive and leave an unforgettable impression on tourists.

SAPA – MOST ATTRACTIVE DESTINATION

Sapa is a mountainous town in the North of Vietnam, being also one of the most attractive tourism destinations in Vietnam. Sapa is a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam. Perched in the mountains of Vietnam’s northwestern corner near the borders with China and Laos, Sapa is worthy for you to explore.

Rice filed in Sapa

Sapa owns not only extremely pristine beauty of nature but also extraordinarily cultural values of ethnic groups. With the altitude of about 1500-1650m above sea level, this town is featured by temperate climate which makes visitors more comfortable during their trips. HiVietnam is willing share the list places to visit in Sapa as an ideal suggestion for your adventure tour

  • Fanxipan Mountain – The roof of Indochina

Fansipan is branded “the Roof of Indochina” at the height of 3, 143m; located in the center of Hoang Lien Son. Although it is only 9 km from Sapa downtown in the southwest, but if walking and hiking, you may take 6 to 7 days to conquer this mountain. On the way up the mountain, visitors can explore the flora and fauna, especially precious and rare species in mountains such as monkeys, antelope, birds, and the natural wonder of the Hoang Lien Son. If you wish to visit it, it is important to take a guide and certainly not go alone. The best time to make the ascent is from mid-October to mid-November, and again in March.

Fanxipan Mountain – The roof of Indochina
  • Heaven’s Gate and Thac Bac waterfall.

Out of Sapa town center, go towards North about 18km, the road to Heaven’s Gate in Sapa look like a snake. It is located in the middle of majestic Hoang Lien’s mountains. The top of this road is Heaven’s Gate and you can see the top of Fansipan from this place.

The road to Heaven’s Gate in Sapa

Far side is Thac Bac Waterfall – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam, most tourists want to explore this place when travelling to Sapa. The height of Thac Bac waterfall is 200m, the water fall from the top violently, the foam is so white so this waterfall is called “Thac Bac” (Silver Waterfall). From a distance, you will hear the sound of the waterfall, it makes tourists feel wild and mysterious. This natural beauty attracted many visitors when travelling to Sapa.

Thac Ba Waterfall
  • Bac Ha Market

Although it takes a long distance from Sapa to Bac Ha market (about 80km), this destination is really a lively picture about cultural identities of ethnic groups in the Northwest of Vietnam. The market is organized weekly on every Sunday with the participation of ethnic people such as H’Mong, Dao, Tay, Nung… Bac Ha market has still saved outstandingly traditional features due to the big changes of business. On every corners of this market, tourists are attracted by colorful costumes which manifest for each own ethnic groups. Everyone comes to exchange daily items such as animals, brocade products and jewelry. Sometimes, both the sound of bamboo flutes and the voice of local singers are raised among the bustling atmosphere of Bac Ha market which created the unique elements for this mountainous market.

Bac Ha Market

That all make Sapa is a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam and worthy for you to organize your Sapa adventure tour right now!

Ho Chi Minh City – Top best places to go

Ho Chi Minh City is the most populated city in Vietnam. After the Vietnam War, when the South lost the battle from the North of Vietnam in 1975, Saigon was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City. It got its name after the communist leader Ho Chi Minh. Locals still call it Saigon, especially the center of the city. With so many people around, the best way to discover its highlights is with the insights and tips from a local. Therefore, instead of hopping on one of the tour buses, hop on the back of the motorcycle of a private guide and experience the War Remnants museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Diamon Plaza and many more highlights in this bustling city.

Ho Chi Minh City

Let’s go through the history of the Vietnamese folks that stretched out over 2000 years until 18 Century at the History Museum. Built in 1929 with the harmonious combination of Indochinese and French styles, the museum and the surrounding gardens do give visitors a peaceful escape from the bustling city vibe. Simply enjoy a promenade around the gardens and zoos for a chance to learn more about nature and history.

Exhibition at History Museum – Champa Empire relics

Next to, paying visits to French Quarter buildings, most built in the early 18 centuries, bringing the essence of French culture and architectures including Notre Dame De Saigon Church, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, City hall (now at Ho Chi Minh square), Opera house. A private tour guide will lead you to some of the most famous sights in this city.

Notre Dame De Saigon Church
Sai Gon Central Post Office

Visiting next to the War Remnants Museum to have an insight into Vietnam – American War in the 60s and 70s here, the war that surpassed all limits to human’s spirits. Museum store more than 20,000 documents, exhibits and films, in which more than 1,500 documents, artifacts, films have been applied to introduce in eight thematic exhibitions frequently. In 35 years, the Museum has welcomed over 15 million visitors at home and abroad. Currently with about 500,000 visitors each year, the War Remnants Museum is one of the only cultural tourism to attract high public credibility at home and abroad.

War Remnants Museum

Let’s make plans to visit Ho Chi Minh city right now!!!

Westerners share 10 things you must try when coming to Hanoi (Chapter 3)

Walking on the Long Bien Bridge or join the flag raising and lowering ceremony at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which are also the things you cannot miss in Hanoi.

Walking on the Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge is like a historical witness throughout the ups and downs of Hanoi. The bridge is more than a hundred years old is also the connection between the present and the old memory of Hanoians.

Long Bien Bridge late afternoon

The bridge was built in 1898, and now still operates with three lanes, middle lane was separated for only train crossing. Westerners often share about the experience of walking or cycling through the Long Bien Bridge early morning, late afternoon or at night, and don’t miss bring each camera together to preserve the beautiful images of this ancient construction.

Walking on the Long Bien Bridge

Join the flag lowering ceremony at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

If you miss the flag raising ceremony at Ho Chi Minh mausoleum in morning, visitors can take a comfortable walk around the city and come back here to attend the flag raising ceremony at 9pm daily. The solemn atmosphere covers throughout Ba Dinh Square when the loudspeaker sounded alarm the flag lowering ceremony upcoming. People line up neatly and watch the bodyguard pull the national flag down gravely with the song “You are still marching with us, Uncle Ho”.

The flag raising ceremony at 9pm daily

Walking at night

When the whole city was asleep, Hanoi streets suddenly dressed the calm cover, contrasted with the bustle of the day. Doors are immobile, stores turn of the lights to close, vehicles in the streets are sparse … will leave a very different impression in the hearts of travelers.

Big Church at night

Westerners share 10 things you must try when coming to Hanoi (Chapter 2)

Getting lost in Hanoi Old Quarter or losing your footsteps on the old streets, which is also one of 10 things you cannot miss in Hanoi.

Getting lost in Hanoi Old Quarter

Chris Anderson, CNNGo reporter, lost his footsteps on the old streets of Hanoi. He said that describing Hanoi Old Quarter is somewhat of a waste of breath. “No need go to the right place, just letting your feet lead the way to discover the most colorful nostalgic streets of the capital. No destination, no lines, only turn right, turn left or go straight.” Chris suggested.

Saint Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi (simply called “Big Church” in Vietnamese)

This street is full of toys, that street is selling all the shoes, clothes, antique or tombstone, motorcycle parts. If you come here at rush hours, you will have the experience more interesting. You always have to be willing to dodge people and cars on the road.

The street at rush hours

On the sidewalks as bustle as in the middle of the road, people set up plastic chairs to trade, motorcycles parked in rows, small dogs running around, full of laughter at the stalls.

Hanoi’s history flows through the streets

Day by day, 1000 years of Hanoi’s history flows through the streets as the blood stream in every vein, blowing into the breath of both past and present.

Visit “railroad – village

Tourists normally have to surprise if accidentally crossed railway trains running between small streets in Hanoi. People can calmly trade, chat or circulate in this area cause of they know the time of the train coming accurately. As soon as the bell rings, they will re-clean the store and spread out the rails. While the train was crossing, so close that it feels like someone just stands out from the door with his hand out impossible touch the train. “Crazy“, “unique” or “only in Vietnam” are what visitors describe this rare sight.

Kham Thien Ward – Railroad village

Egg coffee – the special drink cannot miss in Hanoi

Besides black ice, milk ice coffee or yogurt coffee, many visitors are surprised to know egg coffee in Hanoi. A small cup of coffee putted in a bowl of warm water will fascinate visitors with different flavors – not too sweet or bitter, the greasy taste of eggs beaten up mixed with each drop of coffee.  Foreign visitors to Hanoi often go to Giang, Dinh, Lam or Coffee in Old Quarter … to enjoy some old Hanoi aftertaste. Let’s pull a chair to sidewalks, sit down and sip coffee in the style of Hanoians. It really is a way to enjoy the wonderful life.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee in Hanoi

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