Da Nang – a city of contrasts

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In no other city in Vietnam the differences have been so clearly shown to me as in Da Nang. The city in Central Vietnam radiates its charm: On the one hand, many small fishing boats are clustering on the sea. Vietnamese children play soccer on the beach. The streets are very quiet, so you can […]
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The Botanical Garden of Hanoi

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The Botanical Garden of Hanoi was created in 1890 by French landscape architects. At that time it stretched over an area of 33 hectares. Although today it has shrunk to about two thirds of the original size, it is among the most important green lungs of the Vietnamese capital. The park is not only a […]
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Cloud Pass

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South of Hue lays the 20 km long Hai Van Pass. During the Vietnam War the pass was one of the most embattled areas. He is almost 496 meters high and often draped in clouds. Thus came the name: cloud pass. In the meantime you can also get through a 6.3 km long tunnel from […]
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The oldest woman of Vietnam – 119 years old and almost 500 descendants

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Bà Trần Thị Viết Trần Thị Viết will be 119 years in 2011 but her memories of events and people from the las three centuries are still clear. The oldest woman of Vietnam, whose offspring includes almost 500 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, counts to one of the country’s heroic mothers. Born in Long An in […]
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With Easy Rider through Hue

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Since all flights were booked out from Hanoi to Hue, I took the night train. Although the 650 km to Hue took 15 hours, it seemed not to be so long for me. I booked a four-compartment for 30 USD. (In comparison, the six-compartment cost only 3 USD less and you can then no longer […]
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Xúc xích Đức – German bratwurst in Hanoi

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Hoc to, hoc Noi (Man learns to eat before he speaks.) This is a Vietnamese proverb. Vietnamese food means mainly rice and noodles in many variations. Vegetables and fragrant herbs are part of every meal. As anywhere else in Asia, people also eat a lot of tofu or soybean curd. In a country with over […]
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Mùa hoa sưa – Milk flowers

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Despite the lousy weather at the moment, Hanoi looks like a ocean of white blossoms. Every year around this time, the trees of Dalbergia tonkinensis are full abloom. They are also known as Hoa Sua (milk flowers). The evergreen trees belong to the family of leguminous plants. As the most expensive furniture is made out […]
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Day trip to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc

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Last Sunday I took a day trip to Tam Coc. At 8 o’clock in the morning tour guide Thu picked me up with a minibus from the hotel. Along with 14 other German, Australian and Vietnamese tourists I squashed myself into the tiny vehicle with only 15 seats. No space was wasted, Thu had to […]
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