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24 hours in Vung Tau city

24 hours in Vung Tau city

Located near Saigon, Vung Tau is seen as a paradise with blue sea and white sand to many people, especially, for holiday and picnic. A day trip to Vung Tau is probably the best and the quickest way if you want a few hours to escape from the noisy city.Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda (Platform of Shakyamuni Buddha)Thich Ca Phat Dai pagodaA large pagoda located on the slopes of Big mountain in Vung Tau city. The beauty of the pagoda is the artful combination between religious architecture and natural landscape. The remarkable points in this pagoda are the 19-meter-high Bat Giac tower and the meditating Shakyamuni Buddha statue on a lotus sculpture built halfway up the mountain which visitors can see from afar.Jesus Christ StatueJesus Christ StatueThis statue of Jesus which height is 32 meters may be considered as a small version of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mount Nho was closed for its construction in 1974 and the statue was completed in 1993. The statue itself is not a masterpiece. However, with good positioning, the architects did a good job making a charming point of interest. Inside the sculpture, there are 133 steps which lead you to the balconies on statue’s shoulders. From there, you can observe the whole Vung Tau city.Bach Dinh (White Palace)Bach DinhBach Dinh, or the White Palace of Vung Tau City, is located at 4 Tran Phu Street, on the slop of Big Mountain. Standing 50 meters above the sea level, White Palace has its French name, La Villa Blanche. Tracing back to the year of 1898, it was considered as a summer holiday villa of French Governor General Paul Doumer. This palace was named after his lovely daughter.Standing in front of the building, you would fall in love with its antique and glamorous structure since the outside walls were decorated with beading and the Hellenic statues. Porcelain enamel colors are the main raw materials, making you feel fresh and peaceful.Vung Tau LighthouseVung Tau LighthouseAfter follow the tunnel built in a 2-floor house where the lighthouse watchmen live, you will reach the top of the lighthouse. From that position, you can see the whole view of Vung Tau city, the crescent shaped beaches, green Minh Dam mountain. Or just look down, a “forest” of flowers is blooming, making the entire lighthouse more unique. Besides, Vung Tau is also famous for its local foods, which you should try after a long day.Banh Khot Vung Tau (Vietnamese Mini Pancake)Banh khot Vung TauIt is not an exaggeration when saying that some people travel to Vung Tau with the sole intention of eating Banh Khot. This dish is absolutely legendary and no better version can be found outside of this city. If you ever tasted banh xeo in Saigon and fell in love with it, wait till you try the Banh Khot in Vung Tau.Banh Bong Lan Trung MuoiBanh Bong Lan Trung MuoiThe original version of Banh Bong Lan Trung Muoi just included the ingredients of sponge cake and salty egg yolk. Nowadays, to please the customers and give you more choices, cheese and rousong are added as topping. Every bite you take is a combination of sweetness, saltiness and greasiness. This cake is a perfect Vung Tau gift for yourself or your family and friends.Fresh SeafoodFresh SeafoodYou should not leave Vung Tau without trying any of the fresh seafood available in this city. You can easily find many kinds of seafood such as crab, snails, shrimp, blood clam, amberjack fish and so on. The fish and other kinds of seafood come directly from the sea every day in the afternoon so it is absolutely fresh.Source Hiasia
Visit Borneo's best islands in Malaysia

Visit Borneo's best islands in Malaysia

Malaysian Borneo, or Sabah, can be defined as a tropical wonderland with dense virgin rainforest, vast biodiversity and hundreds of nearby islands. Check out the following top five islands in Sabah for world-class diving, snorkelling and to see a mysterious mud volcano.Tunku Abdul Rahman National ParkEstablished in 1974, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park consists of five islands in Sabah off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Regular ferries and shuttles take visitors to each of the islands from Jesselton Point. Gaya, the largest, sits closest with steep forests, mangroves, hidden bays and a floating village. Hiking and bird watching are favourite activities. A short distance to the southwest is Sapi Island separated from Gaya by a shallow channel. Visitors can enjoy some of Sabah’s best beaches, snorkelling, diving and occasionally spot sea turtles. Manukan, the second largest and most popular, boasts a developed tourist infrastructure including chalets and the option to take part in water sports. Mamutik, the smallest and least visited, and Sulug, the furthest, will intrigue the adventurous.Pulau TigaPulau Tiga, the youngest island in Sabah, formed after a volcanic eruption in 1897. After featuring on TV reality show Survivor, Pulau Tiga, with its dense rainforest and mud volcano, gains in popularity as a tourist destination. Today, visitors can stay overnight at the Pulau Tiga Resort and enjoy the therapeutic mud volcano spa. Getting to the island can be challenging. First, tourists need to reach Kuala Penyu just over 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Kota Kinabalu before taking a boat to the island. Or, just join a guided tour.MantananiThe small archipelago of the Mantanani Islands to the northwest of Kota Belud, a small town approximately one hour from Kota Kinabalu, features some of Sabah’s best diving locations. More than 20 diving spots around the islands include virgin and unexplored areas as well as three shipwrecks. Several species of stingrays, seahorses, large schools of fish and the occasional dugong (sea cow) live off the coast. Other activities on these relatively unexplored islands in Sabah range from sea kayaking, relaxing on pristine beaches, sunset cruises and island-hopping between Mantanani Besar, Mantanani Kecil and Mantanani Lungisan.Layang LayangLayang Layang, or Swallow Reef, might not feature on a list of islands in Sabah for external beauty. The former military base in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Islands offers little in the way of aesthetics. But the real beauty lies in the water. Not only is Layang Layang 300 kilometres (186 miles) from Kota Kinabalu in unspoilt water but the area has a refreshing lack of fishing and commercialisation. A total of 12 dive sights and a 20-metre lagoon with beds of coral housing a variety of marine life. Lucky divers might see pigmy seahorses, manta rays, and barracuda along with whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins and hammerhead sharks.SipadanAn hour from Semporna by boat off the eastern coast of Sabah lies a small island called Sipadan. Sipadan, a limestone pinnacle, claims some of the best diving spots in the world. Protected since 2002, the island lacks accommodation and tourist facilities giving it an unspoilt appearance. Certified divers can join a day tour, which visits several unexplored areas. Expect to see vast swarms of barracuda and turtles among many other types of marine life. Because of its protected status, only 120 diving permits are issued each day. Non-divers can visit and snorkel through the coral reef.Source: Internet
The best festivals you should not miss in Ho Chi Minh City

The best festivals you should not miss in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is an exhilarating, cheerful metropolis that boasts of being the biggest economic center in Vietnam. It is also very famous for its cuisine, especially its Pho.Located on the banks of river Saigon, this city is home to a variety of festivals and cultures, and comprises of people from various ethnicities. And while the city is known for its historical buildings as well as museums, it is the festivals in Ho Chi Minh City that really attract the tourists.Ba Thien Hau Pagoda: 23rd day of March (Lunar Calendar)Ba Thien Hau PagodaThis festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Thien Hau, a deity of the Chinese. Ba Thien Hau Pagoda is an ancient Chinese temple dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea. Many Chinese make two effigies Ong Thien and Ong Ac, which means a good god and a bad god, respectively. These effigies are burnt down as offerings at the end of the festival.Tet Doan Ngo (Mid-Year Festival): 5th day of May (Lunar Calendar)Tet Doan Ngo (Mid-Year Festival)Also known as the worm-killing festival, this is when almost all the farmers begin killing worms on their fields. After the lunar New Year, everyone in Vietnam works really hard until the Tet Doan Ngo. This festival provides people with a much-needed break as they indulge in parties as well as offer various delicacies to their ancestors.Tet (Lunar New Year): First Three Days of January (Lunar Calendar)Tet (Lunar New Year)Tet is an important and one of the most popular festivals in Vietnam. The thought behind celebrating this festival is to begin the year on a good note, with all your loved ones by your side. People return back to their hometowns to be with their families. During Tet, you can see a floating flower market in the city. Also, make sure to stop by Dam Sen during Tet.Book Reading Festival: MarchBook Reading FestivalOne of the most interesting Ho Chi Minh festivals 2020 is the Book Reading Festival. A festival for those who love the smell of books, who lose themselves while reading and for all the bibliophiles, readers and book lovers, this festival is held in the city in March every year! For two weeks bookstores put out an exhibition of Vietnamese and English language books in a park setting.Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival): 15th day of August (Lunar Calendar)Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival)Coming to the world famous Lantern festival in Ho Chi Minh which is a sight to behold! Well, this beautiful festival features children all over buying, or even making lanterns for themselves. They can also be seen indulging in activities like lion dances or even setting up food booths selling fruits, sweets, etc. The idea behind this festival is to bring an animal or person down from the moon. Hence, the children lighting lanterns acts as an enlightened path for the animal or person coming down.Southern Fruit Festival: JulySouthern Fruit FestivalThe Southern Fruit Festival is one of the most vibrant and colourful festivals in Ho Chi Minh City. The festival takes place in Suoi Tien Park every year in July and can be best described as an exhibition of different species of fruits that are grown in various parts of Vietnam, most of which are unique to Southern Vietnam. The colors, shapes and tastes of these fruits are distinct and unmatched!Source Traveltriangle
Best destinations to visit in Central Vietnam

Best destinations to visit in Central Vietnam

From rocky inlets to a sandy lagoon, Vietnam's Central is an area of great cultural and historical significance, a home to amazing cities both well-traveled and hardly yet explored.Da NangDa Nang is the halfway between the north and the south of Vietnam. As an important port city of our country, Da Nang is the combination of the young, dynamic Ho Chi Minh City and the traditional, historical Hanoi. Da Nang is the destination for a perfect beach vacation. My Khe Beach in Da Nang is notable for stunning scenery, beautiful resorts, surfing and other water sports.HueHue used to be the capital city of Vietnam during the 19th century. Situated along the banks of Perfume River (Huong River), Hue is known as one of the most poetic and dreamy cities in Vietnam. Hue is home to the World Heritage site: Complex of Hue Monuments. Visiting this place, it is advisable that you spend your time in Imperial Citadel, Tombs of the Emperors and Thien Mu Pagoda, the ‘symbol’ of Hue.Hoi An, Quang NamHoi An is one of the nation’s most important tourist destinations. An area once home to Cham people, the small town grew in size and importance between the 15th and 19th centuries, attracting a large number of Chinese and Japanese traders and becoming known internationally as a top tier Asian trading port. As a result, the well-preserved stucco buildings are awash in both Chinese and Japanese influences.Quy Nhon, Binh DinhNestled along the coast halfway between Nha Trang and Hoi An, Qui Nhon is in the midst of a government-planned, tourist-targeted revival. The main beach is one of the cleanest city beaches in Vietnam, hardly developed and very well maintained. A boardwalk shrouded in greenery runs parallel to the ocean. Most tourists visiting the region also head 10km south of the city to Bai Xep beach, which has become famous throughout Vietnam for its natural beauty.Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Quang BinhQuang Binh province is well known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site – Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. This place preserves the most ancient karst mountains in Asia. Phong Nha - Ke Bang is the home to more than 300 cave and grotto systems. Some spectacular caves for your adventure are Phong Nha Cave, Tien Son Cave, Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave), Tu Lan Cave, Hang En and notably Son Doong Cave.Source: Internet
Handy tips to travel safely in Vietnam

Handy tips to travel safely in Vietnam

Are you wondering what you need to prepare for your trip to Vietnam? Accommodations, destinations or restaurants, etc. Or is it safe to travel in Vietnam?The answer for you is Yes. However, you should know some following small tips, which must be helpful for your trip without any troubles.Traffic is incredibly crazyTraffic is incredibly crazySaigon is the city with the largest concentration of motorbikes in the world. Traffic in Ha Noi is not any better too. Crossroad is very difficult to pedestrians, especially, foreigners. It will take some time before you feel comfortable, but keep calm!The best way to cross a road in Vietnam is to always keep a slow pace all the way. Make yourself predictable on your route and walking speed.Avoid the tap waterAvoid the tap waterBottled water is cheap and readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants across the country. Always check that the seal on the bottle cap is intact.To keep yourself hydrated, you should carry your own bottled water or use a water filtering system at all times.Dress appropriatelyDress appropriatelyVietnam is not by any means a conservative country in what it comes to clothing. You do not need to dress like an Afghan woman and the hot weather does even force some skin to be shown amongst locals. If you want to wear shorts, a shirt and flip-flops, which is absolutely fine. If you are unsure what to wear, do as locals do.Take care of your belongingsTake care of your belongingsVietnam is a diverse travel destination from the busy cities of Ha Noi and Saigon to the beautiful beaches in Da Nang and Hoi An. However, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times and hold onto your belongings. Although people seem friendly and warm, most are not and just want your money.One of the typical crimes in Vietnam is pickpocketing. If you are walking around the city center, especially in the backpacker's area, be aware of the women who start becoming a little too friendly. You may think they are just offering their "services", but they are distracting you by touching and holding your arm, and without realizing it, you have lost your wallet and phone. This is common in Vietnam, and people tend to see westerners as easy targets.Bag snatching is another common crime by opportunistic thieves. If you are carrying a bag, make sure you hold it close. Keep your passports and money in a money belt.So, here are some advices for you:• Don’t show off any expensive items carelessly.• Spread your most valuable items across different pockets or bags.• Avoid using your phone on busy streets.• Carry your camera with the strip around your body.Try to bargain when buying somethingTry to bargain when buying somethingBargaining for goods is part of the Vietnamese culture and it is acceptable in markets and even in some stores. The act of bargaining is seen as entertainment so always approach transactions with a smile and a friendly manner. The amount you can negotiate off varies but you will get better rates if you bargain in the local currency rather than USD, which is also widely accepted.Source Hiasia
Cooking classes to attend in Hoi An

Cooking classes to attend in Hoi An

Taking a cooking class is a popular activity in Hoi An. Once you are in Hoi An, try attending one of these cooking classes to have a deeper understanding in Hoi An's cuisine.Red Bridge Cooking SchoolRed Bridge Cooking School is one of the most established names in Hoi An when it comes to cooking classes, offering classes now for over 10 years. Daily, they offer a classic half-day tour and a deluxe full-day tour of Hoi An’s colorful central market and other areas. There’s also a night tour at their sister restaurant, Hai Cafe. Red Bridge is located a little out of town, in a romantic riverside setting — the perfect backdrop to enjoy a meal you just learned to cook. By the way, after a delicious family-style meal, you can jump in the pool.The tours include a walk through the picturesque Tra Que Herb Garden and a leisurely river cruise. The tours differ when it comes to overall time, meaning you get to spend more time enjoying the activities and the dishes you prepare in the full-day tour. The tours are priced at USD$33 for the half day and USD$55 for the full day. Children under seven years of age may join the tour free of charge.Hai Café, run by the same owners of Red Bridge, offer an introductory-level cooking class in the evenings, right in the heart of the Ancient Town, in a gorgeous heritage building with a lovely courtyard as a backdrop. The class is only USD$20 and makes for a perfect alternative to dinner at a restaurant.Tra Que Waterwheel Organic Farm Cooking ClassTra Que Vegetable Garden is an organic herb and vegetable village located two kilometers northeast of Hoi An that has existed for around 300 years. It is where all the delicious herbs and veggies used in everyday meals of Hoi An are grown. Tra Que Water Wheel restaurant is located right in the heart of the village — a traditional Vietnamese house from where you can watch farmers with their Vietnamese conical hats tend to their produce in absolute tranquility.In this tour, after exploring the central market, you get on two wheels and cycle through the garden. You can also get down and dirty — but first, get into some farmers clothes! Try your hand at fertilizing the plots, preparing the soil, planting the herbs, and watering and hoeing the vegetable beds. You’ll even get to pick some delicious greens! The tour also includes rice paper making, and, of course, the opportunity to cook a variety of healthy Vietnamese specialties. A water buffalo ride will complete the awesome day.Green Bamboo Cooking SchoolGreen Bamboo Cooking School is the ideal cooking class and was opened in 2010 by Ms. Van, the perfect hostess. She differentiates her class from some of the more established players by offering a more personalized cooking class experience. Ms. Van runs the show herself and openly shares her knowledge about Vietnam and its cuisine in a very friendly and relaxed setting.After visiting the market, she will invite you over to her own home and kitchen to cook together and then enjoy your meal family-style, with absolutely no rush and lots and lots of chatter. Her home is located right by Cua Dai beach, so you could enjoy a gorgeous sunset after your meal.My Grandma’s Home CookingMy Grandma’s Home Cooking is a good option if you’re looking to learn recipes that are more traditional and have not changed with the times. Your hostesses are Thom and Phuong, who welcome you to their own home, located on an island just outside Hoi An, where you will learn to prepare central Vietnamese cuisine as it has been traditionally prepared by their grandmother.The tour will begin by a boat ride to the village where Thom and Phuong were raised, and you will get to interact with the friendly locals and visit their aromatic gardens and learn about spices, herbs, and vegetables used daily in their dishes. Afterwards, you will cook with the ingredients you learned about and also learn how to adapt these Vietnamese recipes back home with ingredients that are readily available to you.Once you have enjoyed your delicious meal, you will leave with a gift: a collection of recipes of the dishes you learned to prepare. And a bonus, grandma will make an appearance at some point too. The tour can be combined with a cycling tour. Overall, a brilliant experience of Vietnamese culture and cuisine.Taste Vietnam – Ms Vy’s Cooking classesMs. Vy is the owner of a few restaurants — Cargo, Morning Glory, and Vy’s Market, all of which have raving reviews from even the most discerning of customers. She is also behind some of the town’s most successful cooking classes but no longer runs them herself.At Taste Vietnam, all sorts of classes are offered — some for those casual foodies looking to dabble in a bit of cooking, others for more serious amateurs and for more professional chefs. While Ms. Vy doesn’t run her classes, she has a great team on the job that is more than competent. Classes are run in a training facility upstairs at Vy’s Market restaurant, where you can expect nothing but professional facilities and training.Hoi An Eco Cooking ClassHoi An Eco Cooking Class is full of fun activities! Not only do you get to learn to cook the best Vietnamese dishes, but you really get to enjoy experiencing the local lifestyle: Bargaining at the local market, learning about ingredients, traveling by boat, riding a basket boat (check this video out!), joining race competitions, catching fish, and visiting a coconut tree forest — these will all be part of your day!The dishes cooked in this class are also diverse — goi cuon (fresh rice paper rolls), nom hua chuoi (banana flower salad), bun thit nuong (grilled pork vermicelli noodles), and banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) are some examples that are included in the menu. Chop, cook, stir, and learn to roll in this truly authentic experience.Source: Internet
7 souvenirs you should buy in Vietnam

7 souvenirs you should buy in Vietnam

Every country has a special list of products which tourists must buy as souvenirs and Vietnam too has these which you must buy when you travel to Vietnam. There are many things to choose as a gift for your friends or family as the following things.Ao DaiAo DaiAo Dai (long dress) is perhaps extremely well-known over all the world as the traditional clothes of Vietnam. Its elegant and beauty are loved by plenty fashionable tourists and obviously Vietnamese woman. Nonetheless, be sure to look up at different types of Ao Dai such as trendy ao dai, hippy ao dai, or mini ao dai. Moreover, tailors also need about 24 hours to complete an Ao Dai. However, this will both be a nice present for your friends, family member or simply kept as a memento.SilkSilkBe one of the most common materials used daily by the locals, silk is easily met in a scarf, paintings and many kinds of traditional costumes in Vietnam. Silk in the country is made in traditional handlooms at very beautiful patterns, along with distinguished colors and sizes. Everywhere around Vietnam can tourists buy woven silk or products made of silk, but it is highly recommended for Hoi An town, one of top 10 best places in Vietnam or Van Phuc Village. Silk in Vietnam is renowned for brilliance and you can effortlessly find some unique souvenirs to buy here.Vietnamese CoffeeVietnamese CoffeeVietnamese coffee is famous for its preparation and special taste as locals put milk mainly instead of sugar into strong coffee. Therefore, tourists can enjoy themselves in the coffee shops of Vietnam. To buy coffee as a souvenir when in Vietnam, you should prepare carefully, the best coffee for a gift is the original ones called dried coffee beans. They are often at the price around $10 per 1 kilogram, Arabica is much more expensive.Vietnamese EmbroideryVietnamese EmbroideryThe art of the hand-embroidery piece of clothing and framed silk pictures is an ancient handicraft tradition in Vietnam. Visitors can mostly encounter picturesque natural scenes such as flowers, trees, animals, birds and even human patiently basted in one colorful thread a one time. Also, daily life scenes and portraits can be created with this old technique. Offered in various hand embroidery shops, the vast variety of designs and patterns along with the vibrant colors and spiritual depth of the artwork usually baffle tourists when coming here. Especially in some shops, visitors can exchange or sketch their individual idea to the artist, who creates a personalized present for friends and family.Conical HatsConical HatsConical hat, or straw hat, has long been the symbol of Vietnam, it stems from a legend related to Vietnam’s rice-growing culture. Being in the shape of a circular cone, conical hats are made of palm leaves, bamboo cataphylls and is an ideal souvenir for tourists traveling to Vietnam. This stuff is kind of versatile when can be used in any weather conditions to help users feel more comfortable. Also, nowadays, there are a variety of types, varying in designs, alongside with sizes and quantity, which makes it easier to select.Bamboo SouvenirBamboo SouvenirBamboo symbolizes the strong spirit and energy of Vietnam. Bamboo products are used widely in Vietnam because it is cheap and environmentally friendly. Why don't you buy a souvenir made of bamboo when you travel to Vietnam? There are many bamboo products for you to buy such as bookmark, tray, cosmetic box, etc.Pottery or CeramicPottery or CeramicSeveral countries are selling Vietnamese traditional pottery which shows the great influence of the once pottery center in Asia. A huge number of stores offer this type of product since pottery is still being used in the everyday life of Vietnamese people. Nevertheless, if you travel to Hanoi, it is advised to get to Bat Trang traditional village in which the art has been passed down for a thousand years. In the South of Vietnam, high-quality ceramic is available in Ho Chi Minh shops or Binh Duong province.Source Internet
5 scams to beware of when travelling in Vietnam

5 scams to beware of when travelling in Vietnam

Whether it is in Vietnam or any other major tourist hubs in Asia and around the world, all it takes for a smooth journey is cautious awareness and being smart with your surroundings.The shady taxi rideThis notorious scam is common all across popular travel destinations and you can avoid this in Vietnam easily with some simple steps. The keyword here is the ‘meter’- you should always check if a taxi has one or the driver has turned it on properly before getting into the vehicle. Remember that it is often harder to negotiate or withdraw the price if your journey has already started or almost ended. If you, unfortunately, have already gone into one of these scam taxis and hence presented a ridiculously expensive bill, simply refuse to pay, take photos of the car’s license plate and the driver’s plate in order to report to authorities.As importantly, make yourself aware of official taxi companies before visiting, for example, Vinasun Taxi or Mai Linh Corp which are the two main taxi companies everywhere in Vietnam. Independent drivers or dubious companies can pretend to be legitimate taxis and charge you overwhelmingly. These people can often be encountered at airports or stations; they will try to ask if you need transport and try taking you to a separate parking space. When this happens, simply ignore the pushiness and come to the airport’s official taxi queue where an operator from legitimate taxi companies will ask where you are headed and assign you a vehicle with a proper meter system.To be extra safe, you can negotiate with the taxi driver before starting your journey on an approximate price- keeping in mind that there is usually an extra exit fee from airports of around 10,000 VND. Moreover, even if a taxi has a working meter, it is very common for drivers especially in Hanoi to drive through further paths instead of the most convenient one to your destination in order to increase the meter price. When you are a tourist, it is usual to be clueless about the city map and directions, therefore it would be very useful if you have 3G wifi connection in order to keep track of your ongoing journey via Google Maps. This way, you would be able to see if the driver is going the further way and question them about it.Finally, you can use the Grab application which is like Asia’s Uber- the fares are often cheaper than traditional taxi prices and you won’t have to worry about negotiating prices and stressing out about the driver’s integrity as the fare is precalculated. Motorcycle/Scooter taxi is also available via Grab Bike, which would be a very interesting experience for foreigners and a must do in Vietnam.Where’s your bike?Usually encountered in Nha Trang and Mui Ne, the motorbike scam is an unfortunate one to fall victim of as experiencing Vietnam by bike is certainly a joy not to be missed. Usually, all would appear well at first, before the rental company owner ‘robs’ back your bike and demand you to pay a whopping fee for the ‘lost’ vehicle. Another direction to this scam is that the owner will give you a bike rigged with mechanical problems which you will have to pay for upon the return date. Even worse, it could even contain ‘made up’ issues from which a payment will be demanded.To be as safe as possible, make sure a thorough testing of your bike is carried out right after renting it. In addition, an investment in your own bike lock would be worth it, in case no one other than its own owner wants to ‘steal’ it back. The lock would also be useful if you plan to park your bike outside of houses or shops since thieves are known to steal bikes or their components when you’re least cautious, even during midday. Ensure that you do careful research on the rental company and other people’s past experiences before renting and make sure you always have a Vietnamese driving permit in hand- if you get in trouble with authorities without it the bike can be confiscated up to a month and the costs could be high.The snatch and fleeWhen you’re in the middle of a busy street or marketplace, your belongings could be gone in a matter of seconds without caution. Handbag thieves and pickpockets could be an issue when you’re exploring crowded touristy areas, therefore the way you keep your valuables and important documents is important to note. If your hotel room has a security safe, it is best to leave important documents such as your ID and passport in there and only carry copies around- we have learned this from the countless incidents when tourists lost everything when they store most of their lives in a single bag. It is also wise to store half of the cash you have or some emergency cash in the secured safe, in case of the worst case scenario.Always close your bags and purses carefully and keep an eye on them whenever you’re walking through a busy area where a pickpocketer can slip in quicker than you can detect something went wrong. The snatching of bags and belongings can be dangerous physically as many tourists fall trying to protect their bag or simply because they were off guard. Therefore, be cautious of your surroundings and do not get distracted too often; you can even use a small lock on your backpack’s zippers or wear your handbag in front of your belly for safety. While sightseeing on foot around the city and taking photos is fun and interesting, it is also important to stay cautious and be safe than sorry.Cash and currency scamsWhile it is acceptable to hand over large denominations, always be careful of the change you receive back from shops and restaurants. There are various incidents when tourists are given less change than they were supposed to get or the vendors claim that they don’t have enough change. Or worse, the seller can walk away with your money before you can say anything. Therefore, ensure you keep some smaller denominations in hand in case you buy a low-value item or simply get used to the Vietnamese dong currency and count your change carefully. Vendors can even go as far as to snatch the pile of cash you have in your hands, assuming that a foreigner is unaware of the local currency and swap out similar notes with fake or lesser value ones. (For example, a 20,000 VND and 500,000 VND note look quite similar as they are both blue).When getting your prices or rates quoted, always remember to confirm the currency as some sellers or hotels are known to switch currencies which make the price increase substantially. For example, ‘5’ could either mean 5 USD which is roughly 116,000 VND or simply 5,000 VND which is only 20 cents in USD. Additionally, whenever you want to exchange currencies, make sure to research reputable locations and exchangers before you go as exchange rates can fluctuate and differ in various hotels and airports.Source: Internet
Visit Dalat! Stop by Cau Dat Tea Hill (Cau Dat Farm)

Visit Dalat! Stop by Cau Dat Tea Hill (Cau Dat Farm)

Cau Dat Tea Hill is about 25 km from the centre of Da Lat city, which is one of the most favourite free attractions in Da Lat city. The green and fresh landscape with cool weather attracts more and more tourists visiting Da Lat.Especially, travelers can contemplate green tea gardens, enjoy tea and coffee when arriving the farm. High quality Oolong tea, green tea, black tea or black tea OTD are exported most by Cau Dat brand.Cau Dat’s originCau Dat’s originCau Dat Tea Hill was founded by the French people in 1927, during their domination in Vietnam. In reality, Cau Dat Tea Hills is another name of Cau Dat Tea Company. Nowadays, you could still see the old panel since 1927 mounted at the entrance of the tea hill.There are 4 reasons you should visit Cau Dat Tea Hill when traveling to the city of flower and love.Refresh yourselfRefresh yourselfWhen the first sunlight shines through the mist, everything becomes very fresh and vivid. It is the moment you can feel all the beauty of Da Lat. Visit Da Lat, you once try to get up early, wander on the romantic suburbs’ roads. The pure harmony between the earth and sky will refresh your soul and the ego of the travelers as well.Lost on poetic roads of DalatLost on poetic roads of DalatThe road to Cau Dat is not too far, only about 25 km. It is a beautiful road, easy to walk, the scenery along the road with the pine forest is as romantic as a picture. It can be said that this land is not only nice and gentle, but also keep its wildness which impulse us to discover immediately. Do not rush to travel all the places when traveling to Da Lat, try to rent a motorcycle, go around the suburbs’ roads, you will feel the sweetest beauty in “Land of Dream”.Land of DreamersLand of DreamersIf you love busy cities or crowded commercial centers, Cau Dat is definitely not for you. Cau Dat Tea Hill is always beautiful in the eyes of dreamers. Sit down under an old pine tree and listen to the whisper of the wind. It means you are making your own life more meaningful.The hills of tea stretch out over the horizonThe hills of tea stretch out over the horizonPeople come to Da Lat, then their love for Da Lat naturally grows up day by day. It attracts travelers from the simplest things as wild flowers along the road. In the early morning mist, the green tea farm endlessly stretch out over the horizon, Cau Dat is more beautiful than ever.Store the most memorable momentsStore the most memorable momentsMany photographers as well as young people choose the Cau Dat Tea Hill to “hunt” the pictures of art because of fresh green background and the blue sky. Futhermore, you can enjoy the fantasy beauty of Cau Dat in the early morning mist or sunset. That is why many couples consider this place as the place to store the most memorable moments of their life and love. Stop by Cau Dat Tea Hill to immerse yourself in beauty of nature and forget all your worries.Source Hiasia