East Sea Dispute Increases Tourism

Vietnam.com Editorial Team 2015-07-25

Despite the rising tension in the East Sea, many Vietnamese are in fact deciding to visit the area's beaches and islands to spend their vacation to show their love and prove their loyalty to their homeland.   The April 30 holiday alone saw an evident increase in the number of tourists...

Vietnam Granted Two World Image Status

Vietnam.com Editorial Team 2015-07-20

Vietnam has earned “World Image” status in not one, but two of its ancient documents by no lesser than UNESCO. The ancient documents that received such an important status are the wood block prints from the Nguyen Dynasty and the doctoral steles from the Le Ma Dynasty. The former was awarded 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?

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...

Vinh

vietnam.com 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.

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...

Quy Nhon

vietnam.com 2013-09-12

The city of Quy Nhon is through its quarter a million inhabitants the bustling heart of Binh Dinh province. Touristic infrastructure expands here, while new accommodations raise alongside the wide beaches.

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,...

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.

Tra Phuong Pagoda (Wishmaster Pagoda)

vietnam.com 2013-09-12

In the Red River Delta, it is an unwritten requirement for every commune to have at least one pagoda. So it is not surprising that you find these pagodas by the thousands in such places. But in Tra Phuong Village, in the Thuy Huong Commune in Hai Phong City’s Kien Thuy District, one pagoda stands...

Tan Dinh Cathedral

vietnam.com 2013-09-12

Tan Dinh Cathedral was built by French colonists when the nation was part of French Indochina over a period of six years from 1870-1876.

The General Post Office

vietnam.com 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.

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...

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.

Perfume Pagoda (Chùa Hương)

vietnam.com 2014-07-30

Located in Ha Tay province, 70 km southwest of Ha Noi, Chùa Hương (Perfume Pagoda) is one of the most popular religious sites in Vietnam. Chua Huong is the name of a cluster of temple sites in the mountain area of Huong Son in the province of Ha Tay. Chua Huong is famous for the annual pilgrim site...

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.

Huong Pagoda Festival

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Every year, when the spring comes, millions of people from all over Vietnam would travel to Ha Noi to take part in one of the country’s most elaborate festivals to welcome the Lunar New Year.

Ada festival

vietnam.com 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

vietnam.com 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...

Hue Festival - Highlight of Tourism Year 2012

vietnam.com 2014-07-25

Hue Festival will be the highlight of next year’s National Tourism Year. The festival will be held on April 7-15, 2012, according to a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City last Sept. 15.

Experiencing Vietnam’s Tet Festival

vietnam.com 2014-07-25

Because of its significance in the country’s cultural identity, the Vietnamese New Year, more known as Tet, is considered the most important and popular festival in Vietnam.

Homemade Wines

vietnam.com 2014-07-24

Vietnam is famous for its natural, in fact rugged, landscapes. It has become a popular tourist destination through time because of its many, untouched and purely pristine sights and views. But perhaps unknown to many, Vietnam is also famous for another thing: homemade wines.

Quang Nam’s Chicken Rice - a Delectably Spicy Treat

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

A visit to Quang Nam province in Vietnam’s South Central Coast would never be complete without enjoying their specially prepared local Chicken Rice dish. Described to be remarkably spicy, and may bring an unsuspecting diner to a momentary surprise - - - but it is more of a pleasant surprise even the...

Lau Mam - Adventure in a Bowl

vietnam.com 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.

Rambutan (Chôm chôm)

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

The Rambutan is also unofficially known as Hairy Cherry because of the soft, fleshy hair-like projections around its covering which appears green or yellow, and turns red as the fruit ripens.

Mangosteen (Măng Cụt)

vietnam.com 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.

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...

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...

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...

Chú Cuội or The Man in the Moon

vietnam.com 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 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...

The legend of Dã Tràng - a tale of endless pursuit

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Long time ago, there lived a hunter named Dã Tràng. Everyday he would take his bow and arrows and head to the forest in search for a worthy prey. He follows the same trail everytime he hunts, passing by the same shrine along the way where lived two spotted serpents, which he feared at first, but as...

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The Zen monastery Tây Thiên is located in the district of Tam Đảo province Vinh Phuc Province, about 85 kilometers northwest of the center of Hanoi in a beautiful landscape, which is surmounted by the three mountains Thach Ban Sunglasses (1.388m), Thiên Thị (1.375m) and Phu Nghĩa (1.400m)....
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Today my “cooking-master” Huyền, along with Giang and Hạnh, cooked a special birthday meal for me. It was a mix of Vietnamese cuisine and the cuisine of the Muong, which the sixteen-year-old Huyền has mastered almost perfectly after two years in Luong Son. Thank you. Cathrin’s Blog: Zwischen...

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