Youth Explores Vietnamese Culture on Windy Days Trips Editorial Team 2015-11-25

Windy Days is a non-profit project composed of students and experts who travel once a month to important historical spots in the country in order to gain a better understanding and appreciation of time-held traditions and heritage.   The group celebrates its 11th trip by exploring Tho Ha...

Ksor Cham: The Last Elephant Keeper Editorial Team 2015-11-20

Ksor Cham is a resident of Plei Pa Kdranh Village who has been named “The Final Elephant Keeper in Gia Lai” because of his steadfast determination and passion to take care of elephants despite everyone else leaving the tradition. Chu Mo Commune in La Pa District in the Central Highlands Province of...

Tours and Hotels in Hanoi- Top Class Hotels in Hue 2015-08-26

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 2014-10-24

Ho Chi Minh City is commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviation HCMC. Although it is not the capital of Vietnam, it is the largest city in Vietnam and it was the capital of the former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

Grilled Varieties in Saigon 2014-07-31

There is no denying that HCMC is one of the best places to visit, not just in Vietnam but across the globe. The live and bustling city is known for many things - - - excellent shopping, colorful streets, tons of attractions and great food among the many. But there is something more with the “great...

Cua Dong Restaurant 2014-07-31

As a country with a long sea border, they have an abundant supply of shellfish and fishes. Of all popular sea food served in Vietnamese tables, crabs is among those that have the most variation in cooking and preparation. In Vietnam’s largest and most bustling city, Ho Chi Minh, is also where you...

Da Nang 2013-09-12

Da Nang (Vietnamese: Đà Nẵng) is known as the largest city in central Vietnam and one of the country's most important ports. With an area of 1,255.53 km² and a population of around 700.000, it is considered the county’s fourth largest city next to Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, and Hai Phong. During the...

Vinh 2013-09-12

Vinh, known as the capital of Nghe An province, is not much of a tourist site. However, the city holds a long history, and during the Tay Son dynasty (1788-1802), was considered a potential capital of Vietnam. Originally known as Ke Van, Vinh have had several other names.

Nha Trang 2013-09-12

Nha Trang, the country’s premier traditional seaside resort situated in Nha Trang Bay, surrounded on all three sides by mountains and widely considered as amongst the world's most beautiful bays, is well known for its pristine beaches as well as its variety of activities. With hot water springs,...

Hue 2014-07-30

Huế, once the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, is known as the cultural heart of Vietnam. Several sources claim that the name ‘Hue’ was derived from “Hoà”, meaning harmony, which could be the reason for the Nguyen dynasty to choose Hue as its emperor city.

Sa Pa 2014-07-30

In Northwest Vietnam, lying close to the Chinese border, a frontier town and district known as SaPa is considered one of the major excursion routes from Hanoi because of its breathtaking landscapes, famous hiking destinations and quite interesting form of trade. The township of SaPa, better known as...

Rach Gia 2013-09-12

Most travelers only visit Rach Gia as a starting point for a trip to the island of Phu Quoc. Most ferries depart early in the morning and that is why Phu Quoc travelers use to stay here for the night, which is not too bad since accommodation and restaurants are good and the people are friendly.

Luy Thay Rampart in Quang Binh 2014-07-30

Both for its commanding presence and its long and enduring past, the Luy Thay (Master rampart) system in the northern central province of Quang Binh remains among the most important attractions in this part of Vietnam.

Thien Mu Pagoda 2014-07-30

The Thiên Mụ Pagoda was constructed 1601 by Nguyễn Hoàng (1525-1613), who was the ruler of southern part of Viet Nam. He followed an old legend, saying that a Holly Lady has often appeared, who predicted that one day, a popular leader of the country will establish a pagoda at this hill for the sake...

The General Post Office 2014-07-31

The Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City are as old as 130 years old. Yet, the older they are, the more they attract visitors from as far as foreign countries and have even become “iconic” symbols in their place and in their own right as well.

Citadel of Hue 2014-07-30

There are sources claiming that the name of the city Huế comes from “Hoà” (harmony). This could be the reason for the Nguyễn dynasty to choose Huế to be their emperor city. Lying on the bench of the Perfume River (Hương Giang) and embedded between the mountains Huế still has the grandeur and the...

Vuong Palace in Ha Giang 2013-10-09

The Vuong Palace in Dong Van Plateau in the mountainous province of Ha Giang has been a well-known tourist destination for several years now. A century-old mansion and once home to an influential family headed by a powerful don in the 20th century, it was also recognized as a national cultural...

Hoi An: places of interest 2014-07-30

Hoi An offers a number of interesting places to visit:

Celebrating the Lan-Bao Hieu Festival with Lessons, Prayers and Meals 2014-07-25

Vietnam may be a mix of different cultures and traditions, but Confucianism and Buddhism are among the strongest influence in the lives of its people. As filial reverence is the primary duty of all Confucianists, such could be strongly observed in the country.

Yen Tu Spring Festival 2014-07-25

The Yen Tu Spring Festival officially opened last Saturday, February 12, on the Yen Tu Mountain, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. The celebration will last three months, a very important annual celebration in Vietnam in honor of King Tran Nhan Tong, who ruled over the country...

Ada festival 2013-06-25

The Pa Co ethnic minority people in Vietnam hold the Ada festival after harvest to thank Heaven and prepare for the next crop.

Tran Thuong Temple Festival 2013-06-25

Built between 1228-1300 in honor of the great Vietnamese general Tran Hung Dao and the soldiers who laid down their lives to fight the invading Mongols during the 13thcentury, the Tran Thuong Temple Festival was celebrated on Sunday in the northern province of Ha Nam along with thousands of pilgrims...

Bracing Up for Hue Cultural Festival Kick-off On June 2014-07-25

Something that began as a display of Vietnam’s royal heritage along with the interesting local culture of Thua-Thien-Hue province, the Hue Festival had turned into one of the biggest attractions marked in the country’s cultural calendar and a much looked-forward to event not just for the people of...

Sweet Tet Treat 2013-06-25

The Lunar New Year has many wonderful and fun traditions. One of the most anticipated Tet customs perhaps is preparing and sharing Mut Tet to family, friends, visitors and even to ancestors. Mut Tet is colorful, candied fruits that have become an indispensable Tet treat for many generations.

Chrysanthemum Wine 2014-07-24

Vien Tran is a wine collector and artisan who owns a teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City. An obvious wine lover, she specializes in making a kind of wine mixture made from a special blend of chrysanthemum flowers. In this particular interview, she is accompanied by Professor Tran Van Khe, an...

Mangosteen (Măng Cụt) 2013-06-25

Because of the suitable climate owing from its geographic origin, the best mangosteens are grown in Southeast Asian regions. A known tropical fruit, it takes a great deal to successfully grow a Mangosteen tree in western countries.

Bun Thit Nuong – A popular yet specialty of Vietnamese Noodle Dish 2013-06-25

Bun Thit Nuong (vietnamese Bún Thịt Nướng or Bún Chả) is a popular dish of Vietnamese cuisine which is considered as a Vietnamese culinary specialty. It consists of grilled marinated pork chop serves with thin rice vermicelli over a bed of mixed fresh vegetables and well mixed fish sauce. Bun Thit...

Lau Mam - Adventure in a Bowl 2014-07-25

Vietnamese cuisine is always fresh and healthy with soups and hotpot dishes as central part of their diet. But probably with every type of dish laid in Vietnamese tables, fish pastes have long played huge roles in adding flavors to their menu.

Custard Apple (Mãng Cầu) 2013-06-25

There are two kinds of custard apples grown in Viet Nam, a firm variety and the other one, soft. Custard apples could vary in shape regardless of its variety, and its fruit could be round, oval shaped or irregular. The fruit has a green peel which is rough to the touch, enclosing white milky pulps...

A Tribute to Ba Khia 2014-07-24

Ba khia is a three-striped crab that lives in the wetlands and considered a delicacy in the southern coastal provinces of Bac Lieu and Ca Mau. When it used to be a merely salty addition to most meals in the Mekong delta, it has now gained popularity in major cities and prepared in more elaborate...

Chú Cuội or The Man in the Moon 2013-06-25

Long time ago, in a tiny bamboo hut beside the jungle, there lived a poor woodcutter named Chú Cuội. He had lived every day of his life cutting small trees in the woods and gathering dry sticks to sell as fuel in the market. He then would tie the woods and sticks up in bundles and carry them home...

The peasant, the buffalo and the tiger - a tale of strength and wisdom 2013-06-25

A long time ago, when animals still had the power of speech, the buffalo used to have sharp front teeth while the mighty tiger was a pure golden beast. A young peasant was resting under a mango tree one fine afternoon. He and his water buffalo had plowed the rice field the whole morning and stopped...

The Story of Tấm and Cám 2013-06-25

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful girl named Tấm. She was very young when her mother died. But despite her mother’s absence, Tấm was a very happy girl since her father, who loved her dearly, devoted his days raising her and looking after her.

Chử Đồng-Tử and princess Tiên Dung 2013-06-25

Long time ago in the kingdom of Văn Lang, there lived a king named Hùng Vương the Third. He had a daughter who was blessed with truly divine beauty, of which why they named her Tiên Dung. But despite her gift of enchanting loveliness, the princess remained indifferent to any man’s affection and no...

An Tiêm and the Watermelon 2013-06-25

Centuries ago, Vietnam was ruled by King Hung Vuong the Third, a king greatly loved by the people for his kindness and generosity. Having only one daughter, he decided to adopt a boy. His devotion to his people made him decide to adopt the child of a very poor family from a distant island, and named...

The Two Sisters - A Vietnamese Story of Pride and Jealousy 2013-06-25

In the foot of a jungle-covered mountain, there used to live an old-woodcutter and his twin daughters, Thảo and Hiền. Despite his old age, the woodcutter works extremely hard for his two children. Every day, he would take his axe and cut huge woods or gather small sticks from the jungle floor to...

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