Early Mid-Autumn colors at District 5’s lantern street

Last update 17:09 | 20/09/2017

Although the Mid-Autumn Festival is still half a month from now, thousands of local and foreign tourists are rushing to the lantern quarter on Luong Nhu Hoc and Phu Dinh streets in HCMC’s District 5 during the weekend to admire the beauty of sparkling lanterns in different shapes and vibrant colors, pose for stunning photos and immerse themselves in the joyful and jubilant atmosphere.  Continue reading “Early Mid-Autumn colors at District 5’s lantern street”

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The snake raising village in Hanoi

Last update 14:38 | 20/09/2017

Le Mat Village in Long Bien District, Hanoi, has raised snakes for hundreds of years. The locals are skilled in catching snakes and earned good money from selling products made from snakes. Now they specialise in catching, trading and raising snakes. Snakes are also available to be eaten.

According to the villagers, it’s not difficult to earn money from the business, but it is obviously dangerous.

There is only one large-scale snake farm in Le Mat, most households can only afford a small snake farm. Continue reading “The snake raising village in Hanoi”

Discover Da Lat – Vietnam’s most romantic city

Last update 16:00 | 17/09/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The hill town of Da Lat has long been the most popular location in the region for getaway holidays since French colonial times.

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Da Lat City (photo: travel sense asia)

Situated on a plateau 1,500 metres above sea level, this retreat town offers a good change of atmosphere with a refreshingly cool climate while other cities in Vietnam can be very hot and humid especially during summer.

Da Lat is famous for its wide variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit from its surrounding farmlands as well as countless nature sites; its beautiful landscape, evergreen forests and minority villages.

The area’s main sources of income are from agriculture and the tourism industry but the city is also very proud of being an education centre that produces multi-field professionals each year including doctors and architects. Continue reading “Discover Da Lat – Vietnam’s most romantic city”

Great travel experiences in Hai Phong

Last update 11:00 | 14/09/2017
If you come to Hai Phong, you will surely fall in love with this port city. Hai Phong impresses visitors by its landscape, food and enthusiasm, and hospitality of the local people.

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Nature not only offers Hai Phong advantages of a marine economy but also beautiful natural wonders. Hai Phong is not only the largest port city in the North Vietnam but also a major tourist and cultural center of the country. Continue reading “Great travel experiences in Hai Phong”

Cruise ship brings 3,000 tourists to Vietnam

Last update 00:57 | 14/09/2017

The cruise ship Voyager of the Seas with 3,000 tourists onboard arrived at Chan May Port in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on September 12, allowing tourists to visit popular destinations in Hue, Danang, Hoi An and Nha Trang.

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Passengers disembark from the Voyager of the Seas ship at Chan May Port in Thua Thien-Hue Province 

Saigontourist, Vietnam’s leading tour operator, is arranging tours for some passengers, which take in the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Tu Duc in Hue City, and the Museum of Cham Sculpture, Linh Ung Pagoda, Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village and My Khe Beach in Danang City. Continue reading “Cruise ship brings 3,000 tourists to Vietnam”

Hanoi’s calm corner

Last update 09:00 | 10/09/2017

When visiting Hanoi, many people have the same feeling that the city is narrow, crowded, hurried and noisy. However, that is only true when describing Hanoi during the day. Hanoi at mid-night or early morning is a very different place.

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The peaceful and serene space of Ba Dinh square – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum after the flag lowering ceremony  Continue reading “Hanoi’s calm corner”

Vietnam floating market struggles to stay above water

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A resident of a house boat yawns as he swings on a hammock on the vessel in a canal off the Song Hau river at the floating Cai Rang market in Can Tho, a small city in the Mekong Delta AFP/Roberto SCHMIDT

CAN THO: Fixing weighing scales used to be good business on Vietnam’s floating Cai Rang market, but the last repairman on the river now makes just a few dollars a month as modernity pushes traders to land.

Surrounded by dusty old scales on his cluttered houseboat, Nguyen Van Ut said vendors are giving up their boats for better lives on terra firma where supermarkets draw the traders who once thronged the waterway. Continue reading “Vietnam floating market struggles to stay above water”

Statue recalls the glories of the Lý Dynasty

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Update: September, 10/2017 – 09:00

Piece of history: The original statue of the Việt people from 900 years ago. — VNS Photo Phạm Hoàng Văn

To many first-time visitors, Hà Nội seems to be a young city not only because of so many young people out on its streets, but also because of new buildings and supermarkets, shops and restaurants, colleges and libraries. Thousands of new buildings have sprung up in the past 20 to 30 years.

Many people, particularly expatriates, find it hard to look into the 1,000-year-old history to find traces of the many dynasties that had their capitals up and down the Red River. Continue reading “Statue recalls the glories of the Lý Dynasty”

Cable car and resort plan raised for Bach Ma National Park

Last update 14:52 | 08/09/2017

The Ministry of Construction has asked the authorities in Thua Thien-Hue Province to gather opinions from experts and the public before building a large-scale resort project and cable car system on Bach Ma Mountain.

 

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Tam Giang-Cau Hai Lagoon from Bach Ma Mountain.

Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Dinh Toan asked Thua Thien-Hue provincial authorities to consider several issues including the project land, road adjustment and required utility lines. Toan also said there was absolutely no evidence that the project could attract 500,000 visitors a year. Continue reading “Cable car and resort plan raised for Bach Ma National Park”

Explore the H’mong King’s Palace in Ha Giang

Last update 15:13 | 06/09/2017

The H’mong King’s Palace is considered a gem of the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, and is a popular tourist destination besides the Dong Van Stone Plateau.

Lying some 130 kilometres north of Ha Giang Town, the century-old palace is still the largest construction in the area and boasts special architecture style.

According to a tour guide who is also a woman member of the King’s family at the palace, Vuong Chinh Duc (1865 – 1947), known as the king of the H’mong or Meo ethnic minority group in the area, built the palace which cost 150,000 Indochina silver coins equivalent to VND150 billion (USD 6.61 million). Duc earned his fortune from growing and trading opium. Continue reading “Explore the H’mong King’s Palace in Ha Giang”

The house where VN Declaration of Independence was written

Last update 17:38 | 02/09/2017

The house at No.48 Hang Ngang Street was where President Ho Chi Minh wrote the Declaration of Independence by the end of August, 1945 which gave birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

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The house has two entrances: No.48 Hang Ngang Street and No.35 Hang Can street. Continue reading “The house where VN Declaration of Independence was written”

Nam Du island: Enchanting pearl in southern pole

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Last update 21:47 | 03/09/2017

 Located in southeast of Phu Quoc island, untouched Nam Du archipelago with more than 21 islands, has become an attractive destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.

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Nam Du island is surrounded by lush green coconut tree rows and poetic landscapes Continue reading “Nam Du island: Enchanting pearl in southern pole”