Exploring Vietnam

A brief history of traditional Vietnamese ao dai

The Vietnamese ao dai has seen significant evolution throughout the years and has been in the forefront of the fashion industry, as well as the subject of political reform and cultural identity since its first introduction in Nguyen dynasty. Before Nguyen dynasty The exact origin of ao dai is unknown; though, some affirmed that it was first seen around 38-42 AD and worn …

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Traditional wedding ceremonies and customs in Vietnam

Wedding is more than a ceremony of celebrating union of two in the presence of their families and close friends, it is tradition and culture. Let’s explore Vietnamese tradition through a typical morden wedding. A Vietnamese traditional wedding consists of 3 ceremonies: lễ chạm ngõ, lễ ăn hỏi and lễ rước dâu. Lễ chạm ngõ Lễ chạm ngõ (also known …

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COM BINH DAN-BUDGET MEAL EATERY FOR COMMONERS

When coming to Vietnam, you easily see countless eateries with sign board “cơm bình dân”. The majority of these eateries are small, family-run business offering a variety of home-cooked dishes at budget prices. In Vietnamese, “cơm bình dân” means “common rice”. Especially busy at lunchtimes, “cơm bình dân” serves customers from all walks of life: from clerks to labourers, from …

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8 tips for your first trip to Southeast Asia

Don’t go wide, go deep Instead trying to visit many countries and cities on a single trip, it’s better to pick up one or two countries/cities and dig into their culture. Hopping over to several places will exhaust yourself and make your journey boring. To ultilize travel time wisely, you should choose countries which are close together and easily accessible. …

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Difference betwen Saigon and Hanoi lifestyle

The first diffrecence between two cities to be mentioned is morning routines. While Saigonees would love to start a new day with a cup of coffee while reading newspaper in a quite corner café, Hanoians enjoy early morning in the parks or by the lakes doing excercises. Speaking of breakfast, to some of Saigonese, coffee is breakfast. They rarely have …

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Beautiful view of Muong Thanh from train

The station is designed by a well-known architect, Bill Bensley. Its structure features European with variety of colors. The purpose of these windows is to get more natural light into the station hall. The arch roof has light spaces combined with floral decorations. The hallway is located right at the center of the town. From now to 31st December, the …

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Vietnam Airlines offering free in-town check-in service

Effective from October 12th, all passengers of Vietnam Airlines have option to check in inside the city to save waiting time at airport. The in-town check-in service is provided by Vietnam Airport Ground Services Company Limited. Accordingly, the passengers are allowed to check-in for flights at the stations from 2 hours to 12 hours in advance of departure time. At …

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Halal Street in Saigon

Located to the West of Ben Thanh Market and between Phan Chu Trinh and Truong Dinh Street, Nguyen An Ninh street in District 1 is well known as bustling trade for Malaysians, Indians, Indonesians…The street is only 100 meters long but has almost 100 stores opening till midnight. There are varieties of items sold here, from traditional dresses to souvenirs, …

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Golden Bridge-where nature meets wow

Danang always ranks top most visited destination in Vietnam for great food, beautiful landscapes and now its position is consolidated once again by the presence of Golden Bridge, a pedestrian bridge nestled at Thien Thai garden of the Sun World Ba Na Hill Resort. Opened to the public in early June 2018, the Golden Bridge Ba Na Hills has quickly …

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Pollution in Vietnam

When thinking of Vietnam, you probably imagine the beautiful nature and lush landscapes with its plenty rice fields, mountains, the gorgeous Ha Long Bay, or the women with conical hats. You might even think of the war, or biking around among an ocean of other riders. In the past 20 years the use of motorised vehicles grew exponentially and according …

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