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Top 5 incredible beaches in Vietnam

Top 5 incredible beaches in Vietnam

Vietnam is endowed with a beautiful coastline stretching along with the country. Do you love the feeling of enjoying the warm sunshine in the tropical climate? Visit the incredible beaches in Vietnam now.Long Beach, Phu QuocPhu Quoc is by far the largest island in Vietnam, a country famous for its 2000-mile-long shoreline and one of the best cuisines in the world. The island has a long list of beaches scattered around, however, Long Beach is the most famous of all for its long stretch of sandy beaches enclosed in a palm-fringed coastline.Star Beach, Phu QuocWhile Long Beach at Phu Quoc Island may be considered as the epicentre of all tourist activities, Star Beach, located on the south coast of the island, is no less when it comes to pristine beach waters and impeccable surroundings.Nha Trang Beach, Nha TrangSituated on the south-central coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is a beach city known for its spectacular turquoise-coloured waters and a high-energy vibe that attracts visitors, especially backpackers from all over the world.Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi PeninsulaTurquoise-coloured water, white sand, palm-fringed coastline, and vibrant fishing boats docked around are some of the key characteristics of Doc Let Beach, located approximately 28 miles from Nha Trang, in Hon Khoi Peninsula.Danang Beach, Da NangA central fighting area during the infamous Vietnam War, Danang Beach, in today’s time, is known for its mammoth stretch of white sandy beach which extends from Monkey Mountain to Hoi An with the popular Marble Mountain smack in the middle of it all.Source: Internet
Spend 3 days discovering the beautiful towns in Thailand

Spend 3 days discovering the beautiful towns in Thailand

Thailand has earned its place as a top tourist destination, but where should you go if you want to skip the crowds but still soak up the beauty?  The country is full of beautiful towns outside of the typical tourist track. Step away from the beaten path and check out this list of 7 underrated spots and hidden gems in Thailand that will blow you away.LamphunLamphunLamphun was once the northernmost outpost of the ancient Mon Dvaravati Kingdom. There is an old fortress that guards ancient temples from when the city was an important defensive post for Queen Chama Thevi, one of Thailand’s most beloved rulers. The city does not promote or celebrate this ancient history too much, but it is quite a charming place as it sits on the Mae Kuang River. The most beautiful attraction might be the scenic 26-km (16-mile) country drive from nearby Chang Mai that gives tourists a visual taste of the beautiful river valley landscape.Nong KhaiNong KhaiLocated along the riverbanks of the Mekong, Nong Khai is a charming town that gives visitors an authentic glimpse into life in the province of Isaan; a region with a strong cultural identity and home to friendly locals. There are beautiful river views to enjoy, ancient and fascinating rock formations to see at the Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, and stunning temples to visit. If possible, visit during one of the annual festivals, when the town becomes as lively and colorful as it can be.PaiPaiNot your typical tiny mountain-valley farming village, Pai is a favorite for budget travelers who want to put their feet up and relax. The scenery is gorgeous, the many bungalows are cheap, and the restaurants are good. You will want to stay longer than you planned.Chiang KhanChiang KhanDeep in the heart of northeastern Thailand, Chiang Khan gives you the opportunity to swim in the Mekong River. To get to the swimming hole at Gaeng Kut Kuu, follow the road next to the river down into the valley a mile or two. If the river bed is dry, pop-up restaurants will await you. Chiang Khan is popular with vacationing Thais because of the beautiful views of mountains in neighboring Laos and the town’s famous walking street. The street, closed to traffic, is lined with vendors, restaurants, bars, shops, yoga studios and boutiques. Be sure to get a guesthouse high on a hill to enjoy the view of Laos yourself.PhetchaburiPhetchaburiA town with a long royal heritage, Phetchaburi has many striking buildings along with some fascinating caves. Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park (also known as Khao Wang) and Khao Luang cave temple are highlights, while nature lovers will find plenty of interest nearby in Thailand’s largest national park, the Kaeng Krachan National Park. A short way outside of the town, the coastal province also boasts several quiet beaches as well as Cha-am, a beach resort that is popular with holiday-making Thais.KanchanaburiKanchanaburiBackpackers looking to escape the fever pace of life in Bangkok come here for the riverside peace. Movie lovers flock to Kanchanaburi to catch a glimpse of the actual bridge over the River Kwai. Kanchanaburi’s chill riverside vibe belies a dark past when the occupying Japanese used American and other Allied POW’s to construct a railway to Burma. Museums and monuments dedicated to this history dot the small town, often called the center of Thailand’s Wild West.Prachuap Khiri KhanPrachuap Khiri KhanA small town in the province of the same name, Prachuap Khiri Khan boasts twin curved bays with soft white sands and a mountain that you can climb for splendid views over the surroundings. Foliage-covered karsts rise from the waters and two types of monkeys call the town home, cheeky macaques and the much calmer dusky leaf monkeys. There are several temples to explore too.Source Internet
6 day trip from Ha Noi, Vietnam

6 day trip from Ha Noi, Vietnam

Ha Noi is the kind of place where you will want to spend a few days and really explore all its museums, landmarks, restaurants and nightlife. But when the traffic and smog starts to drive you mad, leave the city behind and get out into the countryside.Mai ChauMai ChauThe district of Mai Chau is located 150 km (95 miles) southwest of Ha Noi, and it is a mountainous region with plenty of verdant landscapes and towering mountains. While the scenery of green rice paddies and emerald mountains is certainly a big draw, Mai Chau is also worth a visit because it is home to seven ethnic minority groups. Mai Chau also boasts lots of stilt houses made from bamboo, and underneath them it is not unusual to see cows or chickens avoiding the rain. Prepare for a day of agricultural beauty, water buffaloes strolling among the homes and a diverse, welcoming population you’ll never forget.Hoa LuHoa LuBecause they are both so close to each other, trips to Trang An and Tam Coc are often packaged together with visits to the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. As the name suggests, Hoa Lu was once the capital of Vietnam, during the 10th and 11th centuries. Little remains of the original structures, but there are newer temples and buildings honoring the original dynastic families. The area is also nestled between steep hills, making for great pictures.Ha Long BayHa Long BayA trip to Ha Long Bay is top of any travelers list when visiting the north of Vietnam. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most world-renowned natural wonders in Southeast Asia. It can be busy and touristy, but this attraction far exceeds its reputation and will leave you reeling from shock when you see the beauty. Tall, limestone karsts are arrayed across the water for miles and there are many hidden caves and coves waiting to be explored.There are almost 2000 individual islands in the area, it would be impossible to explore every single one. The best way to visit Ha Long Bay on a day trip, is, of course, to take a cruise through the spectacular scenery.Perfume PagodaPerfume PagodaThe name Perfume Pagoda starts to make sense when you learn that it is located in the cliffs of the Huong Tich Mountain, or the Mountain of Fragrant Traces. About 45 miles southwest of Ha Noi, the Perfume Pagoda is not easily accessible. The journey will involve a car or bus ride, a boat ride and then either a short hike or a ride in a cable car. Once you arrive, however, you will be treated to incredible pagodas and shrines built right into the sides of the mountain. The Pagoda Leading to Heaven, or Thien Chu, is one of the most famous sites worth exploring on your visit.Ba Vi National ParkBa Vi National ParkTo really engross yourself in nature, take two hours to go to Ba Vi National Park. There are three peaks which make the focal points of this park, and on the second tallest peak, Tan Vien, there is an 11th century shrine for the Mountain God. And after you have hiked the trails and gone for a swim, take a break in the spa.Source Internet
Top interesting activities to do during Tet in Saigon

Top interesting activities to do during Tet in Saigon

Top interesting activities to do during Tet in SaigonTet is just around the corner! To the Vietnamese, Tet (Lunar New Year) is as important as Christmas is to Westerners. However, because Tet is a family holiday, many people will leave the big city like Saigon to return to their hometown for a reunion. As a result, many restaurants, shopping malls, and attractions will be closed during Tet. So what can you do on Lunar New Year? This article will show you how to celebrate Tet in Saigon like the Saigonese do.Watch the fireworksWatch the fireworksThe Saigonese love their fireworks displays, and there were six of them held at midnight in different parts of the city for Tet this past year. You can catch either high-altitude or low-altitude displays at locations near the city center, or you can take the opportunity to travel to a suburb and catch a low-altitude display there. The precise locations for this coming year are not yet set in stone, but rest assured that the fireworks will be making several reappearances.Check out Nguyen Hue Street’s massive flower exhibitionCheck out Nguyen Hue Street’s massive flower exhibitionPerhaps Saigon’s most popular public attraction during Tet is the Nguyen Hue flower display. For those not familiar with Saigon’s urban sprawl, Nguyen Hue is the city’s upscale walking street, a classier alternative to the hedonistic and exciting Bui Vien backpacker street. During Tet, hundreds of creative, brightly-colored, and expertly-curated flower displays dot the wide pedestrian avenue in the center of the street, creating a spectacle too marvelous to be described in words.Visit Tao Dan Flower GardenVisit Tao Dan Flower GardenAnother place where you can enjoy the grace and splendor of the flowers is Tao Dan Park. This location is not as crowded as the two spots mentioned above. Here you can find different types of flowers, plants, and bonsai. Furthermore, you can listen to the song of the birds here. However, you must pay a small entrance fee.Visit pagodas for a glimpse into Vietnamese lifeVisit pagodas for a glimpse into Vietnamese lifePhoto MekongSmileVisiting pagodas and praying to ancestors is a huge part of the Tet tradition for the Vietnamese. Paying a visit to a pagoda or two is a great way to catch an insight into the spiritual lives of Vietnamese, and it may even get you into the Tet spirit yourself.Experience book festivalExperience book festivalMac Thi Buoi Street is a stretch that, all year round, is lined with outdoor book stores and reading cafes. During Tet, the street (along with neighboring streets Nguyen Hue and Ngo Duc Ke) becomes the site of the city’s annual book festival. Literally tens of thousands of Vietnamese books are introduced at the festival, and a good number of English titles are available as well. Books range from novels to photo documentations of Saigon’s evolution during the 20th century. The festival’s primary purpose is to get locals more interested in reading, but it is also a great way to spend the afternoon for those spending the Tet holiday in Saigon.Enjoy traditional Tet foodEnjoy traditional Tet foodOn Tet holiday, there are many traditional dishes you should try to find in a Vietnamese restaurant such as fatty pork braised with duck egg in coconut juice (Thit kho hot vit), pickled onion (dua hanh), pickled small leeks with dried shrimp and century egg (Tom kho, hot vit bach thao va cu kieu), square glutinous rice cake (Chung cake), Banana glutinous rice cake (Banh tet chuoi), bitter melon soup (Canh kho qua), etc.Source Saigon Expat Services
Da Nang - The city of bridges

Da Nang - The city of bridges

Besides beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, Da Nang also owns a peaceful river called Han right at the centre of the city. When coming here, you will be impressed by not only poetic beauty of the Han River but also the unique beauty of many bridges.Han River BridgeVietnam's first swing bridge Han River Bridge is the first and only swing bridge in Vietnam at present. This bridge is not only one of the most beautiful sights for tourists but also the pride of Da Nang residents.Thuan Phuoc bridgeVietnam's longest cabled-stay bridge Thuan Phuoc bridge is Vietnam's longest cabled-stay bridge. In the daytime, it has a gentle beauty like a silk strip crossing the Han River. And when the lights turn on at night, it becomes a modern charming bridge.Nguyen Van Troi BridgeNguyen Van Troi Bridge was completed by the American in 1965 to serve the military. However, at present, it has been renovated into a pedestrian bridge which has a unique ancient beauty in such a bustling city like Da Nang.Dragon BridgeThe bridge is shaped like a dragon, so it is called the Dragon Bridge. What makes this bridge special is the scene of dragons spewing water which appears on special occasions.Source: Internet
Where to visit in Ha Noi during Tet Holiday

Where to visit in Ha Noi during Tet Holiday

Visiting pagodas at the beginning of Lunar New Year has become an old tradition of Vietnamese people. Here are the five best places to go in Ha Noi, the capital of Vietnam during the Lunar New Year 2020.Ngoc Son TempleNgoc Son TempleAt Hoan Kiem Lake, you can find Ha Noi’s most visited temple Ngoc Son temple, meaning “Temple of the Jade Mountain”. Ngoc Son Temple was built in the 18th century in commemoration for General Tran Hung Dao, scholar Van Xuong and Confucian master Nguyen Van Sieu. It is located on a small island on the lake, and is connected to the shore by the iconic Rising Sun Bridge. The bridge is often lit at night. Also, the pagoda has two towering posts decorated with Chinese writing.Phu Tay HoPhu Tay HoPhu Tay Ho is on the northern bank of West Lake, a few kilometers along the lake road from Xuan Dieu street, Tay Ho district. Phu Tay Ho is dedicated to the Mother Goddesses and the Jade Emperor. Therefore it is referred to as a palace, although laypeople would call it a temple. It is one of the best destination in Ha Noi for those wanting to make a pilgrimage journey to pray for good luck and happiness on the first days of the Lunar New Year.Tran Quoc PagodaTran Quoc PagodaThe Tran Quoc Pagoda is a Buddhist center located on the east side of the West Lake. It has a history of more than 1500 years. Although it is definitely worth a visit, it is crowded there during Tet. It was busier at Tran Quoc Pagoda than at Ngoc Son Temple. A lot of local people went to say their prayers, which creates a walking line to get in. If you are interested in seeing the praying, it is definitely worth a visit. However, if you are a bit claustrophobic, go early and avoid the crowds.Kim Lien PagodaKim Lien PagodaKim Lien pagoda is located in Nghi Tam, Tay Ho district. According to historical records, it was part of the former Tu Hoa Palace where the daughter of King Ly Than Tong (12th century) and her royal maids grew mulberry for silk-production.The pagoda is a combination of Buddhist and Taoist arts, as evidenced by three parallel buildings symbolizing the Sky, Earth, Humans, as well as windows representing the Buddhist concept of “existence and non-existence”, which are surrounded by the Eight Trigrams of Taoism.Quan Thanh TempleQuan Thanh TempleQuan Thanh temple is a Taoist temple built during the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225) to honor “Tran Vo”, the “God of the North” who was beloved by all local Taoists. Therefore the temple was named Quan Thanh, literally translated as “Place of the Gods”.By tradition, Hanoians often come to Quan Thanh temple on the occasion of the Lunar New Year or the first and fifteenth days of each lunar month (new and full moon respectively) to worship and pray for health, luck and happiness for them and their relatives.Source Internet
Top 7 attractions in Da Nang, Vietnam

Top 7 attractions in Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang, Vietnam’s third-largest city, has turned into one of the country’s top destinations. This place is not just comprised of natural beauty but also some gothic style cathedrals to the serene beaches. Soak up in the tranquility of this place and explore all the amazing places.The Golden BridgeThe Golden BridgeVietnam’s newly debuted Golden Bridge is popping up on screens around the world. Two giant stone hands jut out of the mountainside appearing to cradle a delicate strand of gold that is now packed with eager camera-wielding tourists. The bridge offers breathtaking panoramic views of the valley below as well as the rolling Truong Son mountains. This architectural marvel is suspended nearly 4,600 feet above sea level and was built to entice more tourists into Da Nang’s Ba Na Hills.Ba Na HillsBa Na HillsBa Na Hills are one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Da Nang. The place has a year round cool climate which is a welcome relief from hot and humid coasts. The top of Ba Na Hills provides a panoramic view of the sea and other adjoining hills and vegetation. You can start your adventure at Ba Na Hills with a ride on the cable car. It ferries passenger up and down the hills. Ba Na Hill Fantasy Park is an amazing entertainment zone for kids and adults. Wax museum with statues of celebrities and politicians, Mo stream at the base of the mountain and Le Jordin D’ amour are other interesting places to visit in Ba Na Hills.Marble MountainsMarble MountainsMarble Mountain or Non Nuoc is a well-known attraction among local and foreign tourists. It is considered as a "spiritual" land of Quang Nam - Da Nang. It includes 5 spectacular mountains which are named after 5 elements of the universe including Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. They look like bonsais emerging between a vast hillock. Every mountain has its particular beauty in shape, position, material with many caves and temples inside. Marble Mountain is truly a heaven of all tourists.Museum of Cham SculptureMuseum of Cham SculptureDa Nang’s Museum of Cham Sculpture houses the world’s most extensive collection of ancient Cham relics. Champa was an ancient kingdom that flourished in southern Vietnam beginning in the 4th century. The My Son ruins are the former worship grounds for the kingdom and is a famous tourist destination in the country. If you are looking to continue your education about these ancient peoples, definitely pay this museum a visit and spend a day soaking up fascinating knowledge about this archaic culture.Linh Ung PagodaLinh Ung PagodaWhile frolicking in the clear waters of My Khe beach, you might notice a gigantic white statue nestled in the mountain at the far end of the beach. It is the stunning 67-meter tall Lady Buddha majestically looking out over Da Nang Bay. Legend says the Lady Buddha provides protection to fishermen who venture out into rough seas and provides them safe passage. Aside from this gorgeous sculpture, the pagoda itself is one of the largest in the city, featuring a curved roof and pillars surrounded by dragon statues.Con Market - Han MarketCon Market - Han MarketSituated right in the center, Con Market and Han Market have attracted more and more tourists. The markets are very diverse with various kinds of goods such as shoes, clothing, fabrics, handbags, souvenirs and gifts.Especially, Con Market is considered as a culinary paradise of Da Nang with a long food court. Many specialties are served at the food court such as Quang Noodle, Gumbo, Grilled beef noodle, Vietnamese pancakes and sweet soup. Han Market is famous for its fresh seafood, fruits and specialties of Da Nang like dried fish and other dried foods that visitors often buy as gift.Source Internet
Top 7 attractions in Hue - Vietnam

Top 7 attractions in Hue - Vietnam

Hue is one of the most charming towns in Vietnam and is located on the banks of the beautifully named Perfume River. This part of Vietnam has a long and illustrious history as it used to be one of the main royal capitals of the country.Hue Imperial CityHue citadel is the ancient citadel, is one of the most famous tourist sites in Hue today. As a cultural and architectural heritage of the Nguyen Dynasty, this large citadel includes a number of museums, ornate stalls, and interesting sculptures, all surrounded by paintings. Although the citadel suffered much damage throughout the wars, some parts were restored. It's easy to get out of the crowd and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while contemplating history and admiring the details left over.Thien Mu pagodaLocated in the north of the Perfume River, on high ground, Thien Mu pagoda is an important religious and spiritual site. One of Hue's most visited sights and a symbol of the city, this towering temple has exquisite details and beautiful sculptures. The surrounding area also has many fragrant and colorful flowers.The Royal TombsThere are many important royal tombs in Hue, the last resting place of ancient emperors. The most visited tombs include the tombs of Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc. While these three tombs are often considered the most visited places when traveling to Hue, four more tombs in the area are also open to visitors. if you have a lot of time, you should also consider adding those places to your schedule.Thanh Toan bridgeThe charming Toan Bridge, also known as the Japanese Bridge, it is located a few kilometers from the city center. Situated in a peaceful countryside, it was built in the late 1700s to connect the two banks of a small village. This beautiful bridge has elements from both Chinese and Japanese cultures. Today, people often sit and chat on the picturesque bridge and burn incense at the small temple on the bridge.The Perfume riverThis lovely river is a pride of the locals. You can stroll and take a bike along the beautiful river, but the perfect way to enjoy the scenery, when the weather is cool and fresh air is to boat ride along the river and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, travel back and forth through the rich history of the city. Some old bunkers are scattered along the river, as a reminder of the not so distant past. You can only see them from the outside and take some beautiful photos.Hai Van PassHai Van pass emerged on the blue sea of the East Sea, stretching about 20 km from Hue to Da Nang. It is a high mountain pass along the 1600km coastline of Vietnam. For centuries, this pass has formed a wall between the ancient Cham culture in the south and the inheritance of the Vietnamese tribe in the Red River delta, the dividing line between literary influences from the north and south of Asia.Source: Internet
Top best tours for family during Tet holiday in Vietnam

Top best tours for family during Tet holiday in Vietnam

The New Year brings a new chance to introduce your family to the wonders of travel. With its breathtaking landscapes, amazing culture and delicious food, Vietnam has something to offer for all ages. Whether your family is looking for a beach holiday, trekking adventure or wonderful sightseeing trip, you will be able to find it all in Vietnam. Check out the best trips for your family adventure below!Central Vietnam (Da Nang – Hue – Hoi An)Central Vietnam (Da Nang – Hue – Hoi An)The center of Vietnam’s geometry is the most unique compared to other parts of the country. It not only plays a vital role as a witness to Vietnamese history for hundreds of years but also holds numerous crucial architectures such as the marvelous Imperial Citadel and the Royal Tombs at Hue city. Join us in contemplating the unique ancient city of Hoi An and visiting Da Nang, a city blessed with white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue water.The glimpse of Vietnam (Ha Noi – Hue – Mekong Delta)The glimpse of Vietnam (Ha Noi – Hue – Mekong Delta)Vietnam's reinvention as Southeast Asia's most exciting tourist destination has long since been complete. After wars for the larger part of the 20th century, the country is now a hotspot for foodies, beach bums and thrill-seekers alike. Traveling along 2,000 miles of coastline we experience spectacular landscapes, try fresh and tasty local food, explore UN ESCO-listed towns and learn about the ancient and modern history on this epic journey across Vietnam.Northern Vietnam (Ha Noi – Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay)Northern Vietnam (Ha Noi – Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay)Not only is the region home to Ha Noi, Vietnam’s capital, Nothern Vietnam is also where yoi will find breathtaking bays, stunning rice terraces and unbeatable scenery. Northern Vietnam’s cultural attractions are just as diverse ranging from the chaotic highland markets to the hill-tribes in the far north. Spend 4 days exploring this wonderful region with us and experiencing the beauty of history and nature.Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnels)Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi Tunnels)Explore the most fascinating region of Vietnam on a highlights tour designed to introduce you to Ho Chi Minh City’s attractive destinations as well as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam – Mekong Delta. A combination of tradition and modernity with historic attractions, bustling streets, bee-keeping farms and fruit orchards is waiting for you in Southern Vietnam.Source VietravelAsia