Cua Van, a small floating fishing village in the northern province of Quang Ninh, has been listed among the world’s 16 most beautiful villages by Journeyetc.com, a travel advisory website.
Cua Van floating fishing village (Source: journeyetc.com)
“You’ll be amazed at the historical sites and the cobble stone streets of this village,” the website said, describing Cua Van village as definitely one of the most scenic around the world.
“Admire the majestic lime stone hills of Ha Long Bay, take photos of this floating fishing village and colorful raft houses, and immerse yourself in the rustic lifestyle of Cua Van,” it said.
There are also more luxurious, overnight cruises available to this destination, according to the website.
Other villages included in the list are Wengen in Switzerland, Chimayo in New Mexico, Savoca in Italy, Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia and Shirakawa-go in Japan, among others.
“These places are sure to give you goose bumps because they have managed to retain so much of their culture from decades, if not centuries ago,” the website said.-VNA
Thanh Ha villagers living on the banks of the Thu Bon River in the city of Hoi An, Quang Nam province have kept their traditional practice of making pottery by hand.
Some look-alike pottery animals made by Thanh Ha villagers. The village have kept its traditional practice of making pottery by hand for five centuries. Continue reading “The Ancient Pottery Village of Thanh Ha”
Tourism has been chosen to be developed as a key industry
In the WEF (World Economic Forum) report on 2017 tourism competitiveness index, Vietnam ranks 34th out of 136 countries in terms of tourism natural resources, 30th in cultural resources and 37th in human resources.
“These are pretty high rankings, but when combined with other factors, the overall competitive index for Vietnam is only the 67th position,” said Luong Hoai Nam, who has many years of experience in the aviation industry and is involved in Gotadi.com. Continue reading “The ‘bottlenecks’ in Vietnam’s tourism”
These days, Moc Chau Plateau in the northern province of Son La attracts travellers to not only endless tea hills and white mustard flower fields but also white apricot flowers.
Getting lost in a paradise of pure white apricot flowers. Continue reading “Moc Chau: Lost in paradise of white apricot flowers”
Lying at the foot of Chanh Hung Bridge in District 8, HCMC, An Phu Pagoda with a history of more than 170 years is frequented by foreign tourists who want to explore its ancient and unique architecture.
Its history dates back to Nguyen Dynasty which ruled the country from 1802 until 1945. Construction of the pagoda was completed in 1847 by Venerable Thich Thanh Duc under the reign of King Tu Duc.
Due to the deteriorating structures, the pagoda underwent restoration in 1961 under Master Monk of Thich Tu Bach. Restoration work lasted until 2004.
One of the features of the pagoda that all wall surfaces and columns for the both exterior and interior are stunningly decorated with nearly 30 tons of broken porcelain pieces, including chipped plates, bowls and vases, making it the only porcelain pagoda in HCMC. Continue reading “A 170-year-old pagoda in HCM City”
Hanoi seems to be warmer with beautiful peach blossoms and kumquat trees.
The Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) is still a month away, but gardeners in Nhat Tan flower village, Hanoi are taking special care of peach blossoms and kumquat trees to meet consumers’ demands during Tet. Continue reading “Kumquat trees and peach blossoms beautify Hanoi’s winter”
For women in the La Hu community in Muong Te district, the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau, their intricate and unique headdresses show their desire for living in harmony with nature.
A reddish brown plastic ring used for fixing hair is the first step of wearing a La Hu headdress. Continue reading “Unique headwear of La Hu women”
A blanket of ice and frost spread across many areas of Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai and Sapa in Lao Cai Province on January 10 as temperatures dropped to 5-6 degrees Celsius, even hitting 3 degrees C in places. Below are pictures taken in Mu Cang Chai and Sapa.
Continue reading “Trees frozen over in Sapa”
One month ahead of the lunar New Year Festival or Tet, fishing villages in Ca Mau are busy preparing their special product for Tet market: dried siamese gourami or Trichogaster pectoralis [Cá khô bổi U Minh, hay Khô cá sặc rằn]. .
Used to be found in river, siamese gourami was first bred by farmers in Ca Mau in 2010. Continue reading “Ca Mau’s fishing villages prepare for Tet”
Perfect choices for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Sapa, Dien Bien, Moc Chau, Gia Lai, Nghe An, Da Lat, Sa Dec, and Phu Quoc, are the eight most intriguing travel destinations in January.
There is still one week left before Christmas but the festive atmosphere is hard to avoid with many streets colourfully decorated in the capital city of Hanoi.
|Preparations have been underway at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Nha Chung Street, Hanoi for two weeks before Christmas. Continue reading “Sparkling Hanoi streets welcome Christmas”|
Fansipan mountain in Sapa district in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai has been covered with snow and frost on December 19.
The temperature dropped to minus 7 degrees Celsius on the previous night, and minus 4 degree Celsius on early morning of December 19. Continue reading “Snow blankets Fansipan Mountain”
The underground military operation bunker where the Vietnamese government worked during the American War in Thang Long Imperial Citadel has been opened to visitors for the first time.
The Thang Long Heritage Conservation Centre opened the bunker and exhibition about the general command headquarters on the occasion of 45th anniversary of victorious air defence of Hanoi during the American bombing raids of Christmas 1972.
The bunker was built in early 1965 by military engineers. They demolished the two-storey command building to disguise and cover the bunker. The bunker has three rooms, covering 64 square metres. The roof is 1.5 metres higher than the ground and has three layers to protect officers against falling bombs and rockets. It was supposed to be a shelter even against nuclear or chemical weapons.
Decisions issued during the 1972 air battle and supply routes for the south were from the site. The first sirens warning of US air force attacks were approved in the bunker.
After 1975, the bunker was largely abandoned until it was renovated in 2012.
Some photos of the bunker:
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