Phu Yen: Wild and Beautiful

Vietnam.com Editorial Team 2015-06-30

Phu Yen is an unassuming coastal province in the South Central Coast of Vietnam located at the easternmost part of the country’s mainland. It is bordered by two other provinces: Binh Dinh Province to the North, and Khanh Hoa Province to the South. But despite its simplicity and quiet state, the...

Kon Tum: History of a Wooden Church

Vietnam.com Editorial Team 2015-06-25

Kon Tum is the capital town of Kon Tum Province in Vietnam. It is located inland in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam, near the borders of Laos and Cambodia. If there’s one thing that puts the place in the international map of tourism, it is its Roman Catholic wooden church, built by the...

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

vietnam.com 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

vietnam.com 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

vietnam.com 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...

Hands-on cooking classes for foreigners

vietnam.com 2014-07-31

Are you a foreigner traveling around Vietnam or an expatriate working in the city? Do you love Vietnamese cuisine and want to learn the way to cook it?

Tuy Hoa

vietnam.com 2014-07-30

Since it lies aside the main touristic routs the city of Tuy Hoa will welcome you most kindly. The rather small capital of Phu Yen province in the north of Nha Trang lies at Da Rang rivers opening and mainly attracts through its widely stretched beaches.

Da Nang

vietnam.com 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...

Sa Pa

vietnam.com 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...

Nha Trang

vietnam.com 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,...

Mui Ne - Phan Thiet

vietnam.com 2013-09-12

The never-ending sand beach at the Mủi Né Peninsula is well on its way to turn into one of Vietnam’s most popular seaside touristic sites. Over the last years this destination also known by the name of the nearby city Phan Thiet has almost caught up with Nha Trang in terms of visitors.

Ha Long City

vietnam.com 2014-07-30

The name Halong City just exists since 1994 when the two places Hon Gai and Bai Chay on the two sides of the Cua-Luc-canal became one in being the new capital of the province. Tourists who stay in ordinary Halong City are mostly waiting for a tour to famous Ha Long Bay.

Hands-on cooking classes for foreigners

vietnam.com 2014-07-31

Are you a foreigner traveling around Vietnam or an expatriate working in the city? Do you love Vietnamese cuisine and want to learn the way to cook it?

Nha Trang: Places of Interest

vietnam.com 2014-07-30

Known to be one of Vietnam’s best beach destinations, Nha Trang welcomes thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy the pristine waters, beautiful sand, virgin dive spots and the many cultural and historical sites cradled by this marvelous coastal city. Historically called the Kauthara as it...

Minh Mang Tomb, Hue

vietnam.com 2014-07-30

Among the emperor tombs in Hue, the author of this article likes the Minh Mạng Tomb the most. The Tomb is 12km from Hue, on Cam Ke Hill, on the west bank of the Perfume River and can be reached by car or – much nicer – by boat.

Citadel of Hue

vietnam.com 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...

Thien Mu Pagoda

vietnam.com 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...

Tu Duc Tomb

vietnam.com 2014-07-30

Located in a narrow valley 8 km from Hue (Duong Xuan Thuong village), Tự Đức Tomb is one of the most beautifully designed complexes among the tombs of the Nguyen dynasty. Embedded in a lush pine forest, this tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Tự Đức (1848-83) who had the longest reign of all...

Gearing up for Hue Festival 2012

vietnam.com 2014-07-25

In preparation for the 2012 National Tourism Year, the Hue Festival will open on April 7 next year. All resources mobilized The former imperial city of Hue in central Vietnam has held the Hue Festival four times, attracting an increasing number of both domestic and foreign tourists every time.

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

vietnam.com 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.

New Year Customs - Vietnam Style

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

There are several New Year customs in Vietnam that further enrich the already interesting Vietnamese culture.

Sweet Tet Treat

vietnam.com 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.

Yen Tu Spring Festival

vietnam.com 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...

Water & Rice festivals in Soc Trang

vietnam.com 2014-07-25

Oc Om Boc, the annual Water Festival of the Khmer people, will this year coincide with the Vietnam Rice Festival in Soc Trang Province, home to a large community of the ethnic minority group.

Chrysanthemum Wine

vietnam.com 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...

Hanoi Fruit (quả sấu)

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

A common urban tree in Hanoi bears a simple, yet popular fruit both to locals and tourists. The fruit, called, quả sấu, sour in taste and is known to create delightful soup recipes and beverages. Among a common favorite by locals is a drink made from the fruit combined with jasmine water. This...

Evolution of Pho - Now, Mixed Pho

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Who can resist a good bowl of Pho? The hearty and flavorful rice-noodle dish known as Vietnam’s national soup is not just a delicacy and specialty in Vietnam, but is also a delight to tourists and an unending craze to locals. Probably in every corner, and every alley in Vietnam, you will see locals...

Waterapple (Quả Roi, Quả mận)

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

A bell-shaped fruit, mostly 5cm in diameter, the Waterapple is abundant in Vietnam, its neighbours in Southeast Asia as well as in the Pacific Islands. It may be named waterapple, but it does not, in any way, taste like an apple.

Nước mắm – soul of Vietnamese dishes

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

In Vietnamese cuisine, unique taste and specialties of dishes depend upon the well-blended of various kinds of traditional condiments. A secret ingredient surprises many professional cookers, talented chefs and food lover, an essential to create a unique taste for Vietnamese savory dishes is “Nước...

Star Apple (Vú Sữa)

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Star apple is a fruit commonly grown in the orchards of central and southern parts of Viet Nam, though the most famous ones are located in Can Tho Province in the Mekong Delta.

An Tiêm and the Watermelon

vietnam.com 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

vietnam.com 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...

The Magic Crossbow - An Old Vietnam Tale of Trọng Thủy and Mỵ Châu

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

After defeating the last king of the Hùng era, putting an end to a dynasty that reigned the kingdom for so long, Thục Phán An Dương Vương unified the two countries of Âu Việt and Lạc Việt, establishing it into a new kingdom and named it Âu Lạc. He then proclaimed himself King An Dương Vương and Âu...

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

vietnam.com 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 Boatman’s Flute - A Vietnamese Love Story

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

“Physical beauty is no guarantee of one’s love. But a love so enduring will surpass the limits of beauty itself.” Long ago, during the time of Ancient Vietnam, lived a very wealthy mandarin who only had, but one daughter. With a face as beautiful as lotus blossoms, the mandarin treasured his...

Legend of the Heavenly King of Phù Đổng (Phù Đổng Thiên Vương)

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

An invasion by a strong army from the north has ravaged the country during the reign of King Hung the Sixth. The Ân army have taken over Van Lang, setting houses on fire, and invading village after village. As cries of the women, children and all innocent victims filled the air, mixing with the...

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