Exploring Vietnam

Giac Lam pagoda, must-visit spiritual attraction in Saigon

Giac Lam Pagoda is well-known for the oldest temple in Saigon. Located at No.565 Lac LongQuang Street,  Ward 10, Tan Binh District, the pagoda was built in 1744 by Ly Thuy Long from Minh Huong. At first, the pagoda was named Son Cam. Later, it is also called Cam Son because of its location on Cam Son Mound. The name …

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Than Tho Lake, witness of a sad love story

Located about 5 km to the northeast of Dalat city, Than Tho Lake (Lake of Whisper) is a poetic attraction drawing a lot of visitors, especially the love couples. The visitors come to Than Tho Lake not only for sightseeing but also for being told the love stories creating fame of the lake. In French colonialism, the lake was called …

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3 Soc Trang’s specialties set Vietnamese record

On the 16th November, the Vietnam Record Organization granted record certificate for 3 specialities including an In Cake, a Pia Cake and a plate of green rice produced by Tan Hue Vien Limited Company in An Hiep Commune, Chau Thanh District, Soc Trang. The in cake weighs 595 kg with 7 layers, 2.2 m in diameter, and 20 cm thick. …

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Tips to visit ethnic minority villages

Visiting ethnic minority villages is one of the most interesting activities of foreigners when travelling in Sapa. However, if not the following advice below, you may be not welcomed by the host. Visit in a small group The tourists, especially foreigners like to explore the culture and lifestyle of the ethnic minority groups by visiting their villages. However, it is …

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Duc Ba cathedral, architectural masterpiece in Saigon

Constructed by French between 1863 and 1880, the Duc Ba Cathedral of Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica on Han Thuyen Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City is really an architectural masterpiece. It is considered as the largest Roman Catholic Church in Vietnam. Located in the complex of Municipal Post Office, Municipal Theater, Kids Hospital 2…; the Duc Ba Cathedral is a …

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Com Tam, taste of Saigoneses

In culinary diary today, we are going to introduce you to a very popular dish in Saigon: Com Tam (Broken Rice). If Hanoians are proud of pho, the Saigoneses are happy with Com Tam. The coffee culture between Hanoi and Saigon The Saigoneses eat Com Tam as frequently as the Hanoians eat pho, even more. Because there are so many Com …

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Enlarge pedestrian street in Old Quarter in December

 The Hoan Kiem District has completed the project on expanding pedestrian street including Hang Buon, Ma May, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien streets. According to a survey executed by the district, there are about 10.000 people in these streets. They mainly earn living by doing business in service and tourism for domestic and foreign tourists. …

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Banh tet, Southern traditional food on Tet holidays

The Tet holiday is coming. Therefore, there are a million reasons to talk about Tet cake (also known as Don cake), a traditional Vietnamese New Year food, especially in Vietnam’s Central and the South with many variants and different flavours… If Chung cake is an indispensable dish of the North people to offer ancestors on Tet, Tet cake is a …

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Dong Da Festival, pride of Vietnamese people

Did you ever take part in any Vietnamese festival? If your answer is “No”, follow us to Dong Da Festival in Hanoi to witness the formal rituals and join exciting games at the festival.                                                      …

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Street food tour in Hoi An

Hoi An, the beautiful tourism city with the highlight of the ancient town is always a favourite destination of domestic and foreign visitors. Many of them first come to Hoi An to escape from busy life and seek leisurely moments but then they are totally allured by its landscape and cuisine. It is not surprising when Hoi An ranked the …

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