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A day to visit Cai Rang Floating Market

A day to visit Cai Rang Floating Market

Known as the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang is just 6 km from Can Tho in the direction of Soc Trang. There is a bridge here that serves as a great vantage point for photography. The market is best around 6 am to 7 am, and it's well worth getting there early to beat the boatloads of tourists and the heat. This is a wholesale market, so look at what's tied to the long pole above the boat to figure out what they're selling to smaller traders.A busy colorful marketFrom Cai Rang Bridge, the market stretches half kilometer downstream Can Tho River. Hundreds of boats gathering here from the dawn till before noon makes the area extraordinary animated and the water surface colorful with numerous tropical fruits. The large-sized anchored boats create meandering lanes for smaller ones to weave through. All create a bustling and joyful atmosphere that can attract any tourist.Most of the boats here are packed with a lot of farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Thanh district and the nearby areas like vegetables, coconut, banana, watermelon, grapefruit, dragon fruit and so on. Small boats that sell soft drinks, wine and food for breakfast go among the others to serve market-goers and visitors. Other services and products like mending machine, selling gasoline, mobile card, clothes, cosmetic, spicy, etc all are available here, not different from what are sold in common markets on land.Local productsAs one of the main trading centers of the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang is a place where the locals sell and buy a wide range of products catering to their daily lives. Besides staple commodities, this is a famous location to find local products priced quite reasonably. You can find the freshest fruits harvested from nearby farms: durian, milk fruit, rambutan, mangosteen, grapefruit, etc., or even other processed specialties, such as fish sauce, coconut candy, or dried fish. You can choose from a variety of fresh fruit for a picnic later in the day.Eating experiences while visiting floating marketOn the other hand, visitors shouldn’t miss out on interesting eating experiences while visiting the floating market. Because the trading activities start early in the morning, many floating restaurants open to serve breakfast for both sellers and shoppers. Here, you can find most local dishes, such as pho, hu tieu, com tam, bun rieu, etc.Despite the limitations on space, these “floating restaurants” make delicious food. Take it from the talented chef Gordon Ramsay, who once exclaimed that the bowl of noodles he enjoyed at Cai Rang had one of the best broths he has ever tasted. He found the dish so amazing that he decided to include it as a challenge on his worldwide famous cooking show – Master Chef US.Source Internet
The most-visited destinations in Vietnam

The most-visited destinations in Vietnam

Though Vietnam looks small on the map, you could easily spend weeks exploring this fascinating country. From the jagged mountains in the north to the tropical beaches in the south and all of the history and culture, Vietnam is such a great place you can't miss.Ha Long BayNot only is Ha Long Bay a spectacular collection of 2,000 karst outcrops, but this natural wonder is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore these natural wonders and discover the limestone islands that sit in the bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, where the views are best seen from a boat cruising on the waters. Go on an overnight tour to see the views change throughout the day or hop on a kayak and explore the mammoth caverns with stalagmites and stalactites.Hoi AnIf you only have time to visit a few places in Vietnam, make Hoi An be one of them. The first time you walk out by the river in the Ancient Town is a special moment. It’s exactly as captivating as the pictures show, and it gets even more beautiful at night because of all the lanterns. This town is also home to hundreds of professional tailors, so spend a couple of days and have a nice dress or suit made just for you.Related: A day to experience the glorious Hoi AnHanoiHanoi is Vietnam’s buzzing capital, where the sound of motorbikes and street vendors are a constant presence. The Old Quarter showcases businesses as they did hundreds of years ago, offering a glimpse into the local life. The open-air museum features historic Asian and French colonial architecture, where you can take a stroll down its scenic tree-lined streets, browse the busy markets and visit the city’s collection of excellent museums. Take a break to see prominent sites like the Presidential Palace and Saint Joseph Cathedral.Phu QuocVietnam’s largest island, Phu Quoc is a quiet beach getaway where you can enjoy the tropical ambiance, alluring shoreline and forested hills reserved as a national park. If you can peel yourself away from the sands there are guided tours to explore the backcountry to see pepper farms and factories processing anchovies for the country’s famous fish sauce. Soak up the sunshine along the palm-fringed beaches of Sao, Bai Truong and Bai Khem or go on a kayaking excursion through the bays.Mekong DeltaNicknamed “Vietnam’s Rice Basket”, the Mekong Delta is an agricultural region made fertile by the maze of waterways fed by the Mekong River. It is incredibly lush with paddy field vistas and mangroves that are full of local life, where you’ll discover colorful floating markets, sugar cane groves and quaint villages that you can explore on guided tours. More than half of the rice comes from the Mekong Delta, and the best way to see its beauty is by boat.HueThis city was once the capital of imperial Vietnam, and much of its rich history still remains. The centerpiece is the Citadel and the enclosed Imperial City. Much of it was destroyed by American bombers during the war, but plenty remains to give you an idea of the former splendor. Hue is also famous for its spicy cuisine, so be sure to check some local versions of popular Vietnamese dishes.Phong Nha – Ke Bang National ParkUnless you’re making your way the whole length of Vietnam, this national park is pretty far out of the way. But those who do make the effort to get here will be rewarded with some of the most unique experiences in all of Vietnam. This park is famous for its caves and even has the largest in the world by volume.Nha TrangThose looking for some fun in the sun should head to Nha Trang, located on one of Asia’s most beautiful bays off the coast of South Central Vietnam. It is a popular seaside resort city where you’ll find picturesque mountains, beaches and lush islands surrounding its three miles of golden sands. Spend your days lounging under the palm trees, swimming in the waters, walking along the promenade and indulging in the fresh seafood offerings. The kids will enjoy the area’s collection of amusement and water park attractions.Source Internet
Visit 4 best colonial architectures in Hanoi

Visit 4 best colonial architectures in Hanoi

Architecturally, the French left their mark throughout Vietnam, and Hanoi is the city that still preserves it the most in this country.National Museum of Vietnamese HistoryBuilt between 1925 and 1932, this architecturally impressive museum was formerly home to the École Française d’Extrême-Orient. Its architect, Ernest Hebrard, was among the first in Vietnam to incorporate a blend of Chinese and French design elements. Exhibit highlights include bronzes from the Dong Son culture (3rd century BC to 3rd century AD), Hindu statuary from the Khmer and Champa kingdoms, jewellery from imperial Vietnam, and displays relating to the French occupation and the Communist Party.Hoa Lo Prison MuseumThis thought-provoking site is all that remains of the former Hoa Lo Prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US prisoners of war (POWs) during the American War. Most exhibits relate to the prison’s use up to the mid-1950s, focusing on the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France. A gruesome relic is the ominous French guillotine, used to behead Vietnamese revolutionaries. There are also displays focusing on the American pilots who were incarcerated at Hoa Lo during the American War.Hanoi Opera HouseThis glorious neoclassical centrepiece of Hanoi's French Quarter is unmissable with its Gothic pillars and domes. The French-colonial 900-seat venue was built in 1911. On 16 August 1945 the Viet Minh–run Citizens’ Committee announced that it had taken over the city from a balcony on this building. For some drama today, book ahead for a performance here, even if just to experience the grand interior. Most weekends you’ll see Hanoi wedding couples getting photographed on the elegant front steps.La BadianeThis stylish bistro is set in a restored, whitewashed French villa arrayed around a breezy central courtyard. French cuisine underpins the menu – La Badiane translates as ‘star anise’ – but Asian and Mediterranean flavours also feature. Menu highlights include sea-bass tagliatelle with smoked paprika, and prawn bisque with wasabi tomato bruschetta. Three-course lunches (385,000d) are excellent value, and there's an evening degustation (1,490,000d).Source: Internet
Top worth-living city in Vietnam

Top worth-living city in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the best places in Asia for expats to live abroad, and there are plenty of reasons as to why. For pennies on the dollar, you get a year-round tropical climate and access to modern comforts and conveniences. Here are the best cities in Vietnam for expats to live.Da NangA port city located along the South Central Coast and Vietnam's third-largest city is Da Nang. Well-known for its healthy, clean and safe environment, Da Nang is truly one of the best cities you can choose for living. Mi Quang - The most popular dish in Da NangWith uninterrupted stunning, white sandy beaches stretching nearly 60km from Hai Van Pass to Non Nuoc Beach, gentle slopes, and crystal-clear blue water all year long, Da Nang beach was once listed in the US Forbes Magazine as one of the 6 most beautiful beaches in the world. Besides swimming and sunbathing on endless white sands after a hard-working day, there is a variety of interesting sports activities for visitors to relax such as canoeing, surfing, kayaking, water skiing, motor skiing, and scuba diving.Hoi AnHoi An is full of old Vietnamese charm. Known as the "town of lanterns", the vibrant yellow ancient town is made up of a network of a tiny winding alley, weathered ochre building, circular fishing boats swaying in the Thu Bon River and rainbow lights that come to life at dark. A stroll through its historic streets will lead you to endless cute little cafes, colorfully decorated restaurants, and boutique art galleries.Hoi An's signature dish - Cao LauComplete a busy day by visiting Night Market which is just across the bridge over the Hoai River, in An Hoi island. This is where you find most dining and drinking venues. The market is full of stalls, stacked high with souvenirs, from clothes to accessories, shoes, handbags, lacquer wear, lanterns, and jewelry.Da LatDa Lat, set at an altitude of about 5000 feet (1500 meters), is what the French colonists used as a cool retreat from the heat and humidity of Vietnam. Da Lat has year-round cool weather that is extremely welcoming. Da Lat is not only that, but the culinary is one of the main reasons that people fall in love with. The town is picturesque with colorful French-influenced architecture. You will find a nice nightlife, a good handful of restaurants that you will find yourself returning to time and time again, gardens, parks, and supermarkets. The coffee scene here is wonderful, with many plantations and something.Brunch in Da LatPhu QuocThe number one getaway in Southern Vietnam is definitely Phu Quoc Island, situated just off the coast of Cambodia. Not only is it surrounded on all sides by the beach, but it is also mountainous and densely forested, especially in the northeast, where you find the gigantic Phu Quoc National Park, mostly used for research. If you are a beach bum and would like a little beach house or to spend your day doing beach-related things, then this is ideal.Seafood - dish that need to try in Phu QuocThe national park is also great for hiking, camping, and exploring. You will spend some of your days lazing out at the beach, reading stacks of books, and other days on a motorcycle exploring the island and finding hidden gems. It will be adventurous, yet relaxing at the same time.Read more: A day to experience the glorious Hoi AnSource Internet
Top coffee shops in Can Tho

Top coffee shops in Can Tho

Enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or when hanging out with friends in the evening has been a tradition of the Vietnamese. As a result, a big city like Can Tho undoubtedly houses many coffee shops with different themes and varied menus. Café EnglishCafé English is opened by an Australian husband and wife couple, Russell and Ann. The staff speak English all the time, so this café is a popular hub for locals to come and practice the language. The menu is also great with many Western items such as sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, fries, and burgers aside from coffee. You can even get a glass of white wine for (2 USD).Address: 11 Tran Quoc Toan, Tan An, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, VietnamBook Café PNCBook Café PNC is located on the third floor of a bookstore. It is a part of a book cafe chain famous throughout the country. Inside, you will find a spacious venue full of books and you can read freely without being disturbed by anyone. Most are in Vietnamese so if you want to read English books, it’s best to bring your own. Make sure to leave your shoes outside.Address: 06 Hoa Binh, Can Tho, VietnamGONY Spa & Cafe LoungeGONY Spa & Cafe Lounge is a mix of a restaurant, café, bar and spa. It’s a modern looking venue, decorated in an easy-on-the-eyes way. The menu is full of Vietnamese dishes and Western food such as pizza, spaghetti, steak, and the good point is extremely affordable. As for drinks, you can go for coffee, tea, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages. Address: 8 Nguyen An Ninh, Tan An, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, VietnamZest CoffeeZest Coffee is a great place to stop by and enjoy a fruit or a zesty coffee drink and a meal in a nice location. The seating area is huge, so you will always be able to find a spot to chill out in. Coffee drinks are cheap, and the menu has Vietnamese items like noodle soup dishes and wrap & roll meals. The friendly staff will teach you how to eat these if you have no idea how to.Address: 57 Nguyen Viet Hong, An Lac, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, VietnamSource: Internet
Top spas and mud baths in Nha Trang

Top spas and mud baths in Nha Trang

Taking a mud bath is one of the most enjoyed activities in Nha Trang. Take note these spas and mud baths if you want to experience leisure time under warm mud in Nha Trang. Thap Ba SpaThap Ba Hot Springs opened in 1999, the first of its kind in the city. It has now become a popular stop for locals and travelers looking for an evening of relaxation and therapeutic cleansing of the body and hence is one of the cheaper options. There are all sorts of services available at a range of costs, the cheapest being 180,000 Vietnamese Dong ($7.92). For this you will get 15 minutes in a communal mud bath and be able to take advantage of other services like the mineral waterfall, hydrotherapy wall, and swimming pool.If you do not enjoy bathing with complete strangers, private mud baths are also available, and these tubs can handle up to eight people. Of course, these are more expensive but sharing the cost with your friends will redce the cost. Paying full package here is worth it as it is cheaper than the other options in Nha Trang, yet you have similar services – four pools, two of which are thermally heated, a jacuzzi, sauna and a restaurant.100 Eggs Mud BathUndoubtedly the most unique of all mud baths on this list, the 100 Eggs Mud Bath is best reached by taxi as it is around five miles from the city center. Built against a beautiful backdrop of mountains, everything here is inspired by eggs, from the tubs to the decorations to even the menu in the restaurant.Other spa services are offered, such as herbal and mineral baths, swimming pools, communal saunas, and jacuzzis. There are even places to go shopping, kayaking and rock climbing, Take advantage of all of this and have a meal at the restaurant – it serves everything you could ever imagine containing eggs.I-Resort SpaI-Resort opened in 2012 and is the fanciest of the spas mentioned here. The VIP package comes at a rate of 3,000,000 Vietnamese Dong ($132.00), and while it sounds so expensive with all those zeros, it is really worth it. With this ticket, you get your own bungalow on the hillside for the day, a 45-minute soak in a private mud bath, a private mineral pool to lounge in while you feast on the complimentary fresh fruit platter, sip coffee or herbal tea and then have a full body massage. A beautiful two-course meal tops it all off and you can choose from the extensive Western and Asian menu they have.Galina Hotel & SpaGalina Mud Bath & Spa is located on the third and fourth floors of the four-star Galina Hotel, making it the only mud bath available right in the city center. Despite being in a modern establishment, the mud bath area is designed to look like a cave. The solo option here is cheaper and fancier than the ones found at Thap Ba and 100 Eggs Mud Bath. For 700,000 Vietnamese Dong ($30.90) for two people, you will get access to your own mud bath, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and enjoy some time at the swimming pool.Source: Internet
What to do in Hoi An at night

What to do in Hoi An at night

Hoi An is beautiful no matter the time of the day, but it’s especially spectacular at night. Watch as candle-lit lanterns float down the Thu Bon River. Here are our favorite things to do in Hoi An at night.Stroll Around The Ancient TownThe Hoi An Ancient Town is beautiful at night. There is nothing more peaceful than strolling through the big and small alleyways of the town, each unique and colored by the lanterns strung above from wall to wall. Explore the streets and hop in and out of shop houses. There are no vehicles to bother you—just other curious souls.Marvel at the Japanese Covered BridgeAn emblematic symbol of Hoi An, The Japanese Covered Bridge is located in the heart of the Old Quarter. It was built in the 17th century by the Japanese as a way of getting to the Chinese quarter. When darkness falls, the bridge gets illuminated by colorful lights which get reflected on the water, making it an even more beautiful spectacle. It’s also a popular spot for engagement photo shoots.Shop at the Night MarketThe Night Market is just across the bridge over the Hoai River, in An Hoi island. This is where you find most dining and drinking venues. The market is full of stalls, stacked high with souvenirs, from clothes, to accessories, shoes, handbags, lacquer wear, lanterns, and jewelry. If you’re looking to buy some gifts for your friends back home, buy them here. There are plenty of street food vendors around too, so grab some snacks such as a banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwich) as you jump from stall to stall. Make sure to try the famous coconut popsicle ice cream too!Play Bai ChoiBai Choi is a traditional Vietnamese game. By the Hoi An bridge, there’s a wide yard with a daily crowd playing what looks like a card game. If this ignites your curiosity, join them; they are very welcoming. Buy in and get some cards, and they will teach you how to play. All you have to do is listen to the Hoi An folk songs the locals sing. At the end of each song, you’ll hear the name of the card you have to play. If you get three, you get a gift!Release a Paper Lantern and Make a WishAfter 6:00 p.m., you will see street vendors of all ages starting to sell paper lanterns by the river. A common tradition is to buy these, light them up, and make a wish as you set them afloat on the water. It’s thought to bring you luck and happiness. The river twinkles with hundreds of these lanterns floating away into the distance.Source: Internet
5 cities to visit in Northern Vietnam

5 cities to visit in Northern Vietnam

Northern Vietnam are mostly famous for its wild beauty and breathtaking scenes. Below are cities that can be considered the most beautiful and worth-visiting in this particular region of Vietnam.HanoiThe seat of government and the cultural and historical capital of Vietnam, Hanoi hides remnants of the past down every boulevard and alleyway. The city is perhaps the largest and best preserved piece of history Vietnam has to offer. Those visiting will most likely be centered around the winding narrow streets of the Old Quarter. It’s a district made up of ancient shops and storefronts dating back more than 1000 years.Whole days can be spent exploring the streets of the city and effort should be made to visit as many treasures of the past as possible. These include Hoan Kiem Lake and its tortoise tower, Tran Quoc Pagoda, the colonial era Sofitel Metropole Hotel, the opera house, the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. The city is renowned for water puppetry and a night should be spent on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.Lao CaiLocated in the distant and mountainous northwest, Lao Cai sits on the intersection of the Red and Nanxi Rivers just across from the Chinese border. Those spending any time in the city will be based either around the banks of the Red River or by the backpacker-heavy neighborhood near the train station. A night should be spent exploring the bars and restaurants in the glow of neon lights reflecting on the river. Like many other Vietnamese cities, Karaoke is wildly popular in Lao Cai and there are dozens of clubs running late into the night located near the backpacker area.The majority of travelers who find themselves in Lao Cai are stopping through on their way to see nature. The city is less than an hour away on a motorbike from the rice terraces of Sapa, the Tam Tron Pass which is Vietnam’s loftiest road, and the towering peak of Mount Fansipan which is Vietnam’s tallest mountain.SapaNear to Lao Cai, yet wholly dominated by the tourist industry, the mountain town of Sapa is a nice option for those seeking western comforts in the midst of their Vietnamese adventure. The city has a number of western bars and restaurants and is a mainstay of the northern backpacker trail. Hundreds of affordable hostels, guesthouses and hotels line the winding streets.The city is also a jumping off point for countless treks and hikes that traverse along peaked ridges, through mountainside rice terraces and into minority villages. The region is home to a number of ethnic minorities, including the Hmong, Dao, Pho Lu and Tay, and the hillsides are dotted in the vibrant mix of their colorful clothing.Cao BangCao Bang is the capital of the similarly named province, located in the northeast of Vietnam. It’s a common stopping point for those riding east from Ha Giang or north from Hanoi. The city of little more than 100,000 climbs from the banks of the Bang Giang River and most of the shops, restaurants and bars are located on the main streets nearby. A number of great food stalls line the back end of the city’s central market, Cho Xanh. The sprawling, fun shopping center should be visited by any travelers passing through.Most individuals traveling to the region will use Cao Bang to visit any number of nearby natural attractions. The stunning Ban Gioc Falls break through jungled walls just two hours to the north and mythical Hai Giang lies several hours west.Ha GiangHa Giang is the capital of what is arguably the most beautiful province in all of Vietnam. This was an area once left alone, that has since seen a recent spike in visitors. The city is bordered by picturesque limestone juts framing the horizon in all directions. A number of great hotels sit on either side of the Lo River. Seafood restaurants can be found nearby as well. For those looking to rent a motorbike to explore the nearby Dong Van Karst Plateau, Ha Giang is the place to do it. Most hostels and hotels will be able to set this up and the cost should never be more than seven or eight USD per day.Source: Internet
Visit Hue, an ancient city in Vietnam

Visit Hue, an ancient city in Vietnam

Situated on the banks of the Perfume River in Central Vietnam, Hue once served as the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty, which ruled from 1802 to 1945. Today, the vestiges of this former glorious period are reflected in the city’s architecture, culture and cuisine, making it a popular tourist destination.Hue Imperial CityHue Imperial City, set along the northern bank of the Perfume River, features hundreds of monuments dating back to early 19th century, including the Forbidden Purple City, royal tombs, pagodas, temples, royal quarters, a library and museum, Also called the Complex of Hue Monuments, this UNESCO World Heritage Site also hosts daily cultural performances at 09:00, 10:00, 14:30 and 15:30. A 30-minute drive from Phu Bai International Airport, Hue Imperial City is a must-visit for any visitor to Central Vietnam.Bach Ma National ParkLocated in the Annamite Mountains, Bach Ma National Park is a lush and verdant place, situated in one of the wettest regions in the country. The steep mountainsides are home to resplendent forests and beautiful waterfalls, and dilapidated French villas are scattered about here and there. Unspoiled and untouched, this biodiverse region is home to a huge range of wildlife, making it a great place to go hiking. Trekking through the jungle is an amazing experience and consequently, Bach Ma is well worth checking out when you’re in Hue.Tu Duc TombTu Duc Tomb is one of the many royal tombs set within the outskirts of Hue Imperial City. Built between 1864 and 1867 in commemoration of the fourth emperor, the complex also served as a summer palace for Emperor Tu Duc thanks to its natural hillside and riverfront landscape. Home to a massive lake and over 50 palaces, pavilions, temples and shrines, the Tu Duc Tomb offers relaxing ambience for visitors looking to experience the remnants of ancient Nguyen Dynasty. Set within Thuong Ba Village, the royal tomb is 15-minute drive from Hue Imperial City.Perfume RiverPerfume River spans approximately 80 kilometres in length, flowing from Truong Son Mountain through Hue City Centre and Bang Lang Fork. Locally known as Huong River, it was so named after wilted flowers from upriver orchards are carried through its flow during autumnal months, resulting in a strong floral scent. As most of Hue’s iconic attractions, temples, and local villages are set along Perfume River, there are numerous tour operators offering paddleboat rentals, boat rides and dinner cruises at various price points.Thanh Toan BridgeAlso known as the Japanese Bridge, Thanh Toan is a quaint and pretty bridge, although there is not much else near it that will be of interest to visitors. Tran Thi Dao commissioned it to help facilitate travel and communication between a small secluded village and the wider world, which until then had been separated by the canal that the bridge now spans. When Tran Thi Dao died childlessly, the emperor ordered the villagers to put up an altar at the bridge and pray to her when they passed by. In Vietnam, ancestor worship is still very important, and the villagers still pray to her today. With its distinctive rickety look, the Japanese Bridge is a nice place to stop by although it won’t take you very long to explore.Thien Mu PagodaOverlooking the Perfume River that snakes its way through the city, the Thien Mu Pagoda is the unofficial symbol of Hue and is renowned throughout Vietnam. First built all the way back in 1601, the current pagoda dates back to 1844. The tomb’s seven stories that tower above the surrounding trees make it one of the highlights of any trip to Hue. The lush grounds around it make a beautiful opportunity to wander and explore. The pagoda is also a site of political significance, as Buddhists protesting against the oppression of the Catholic government were sadly killed here in 1963. Nowadays it is a peaceful and relaxing spot to visit, and one of the main attractions in Hue.Read more: The best historical sites to visit in VietnamSource Internet