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The best shopping places in Nha Trang, Vietnam

The best shopping places in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang is famous for its street shops which have a wide variety of local handicrafts, clothes, jewelry and much more. These Vietnamese traditional goods are available at very low rates but one can still bargain and get these beautiful pieces of traditional creations for an even better deal. These places for shopping in Nha Trang offer the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture.Nha Trang CentreNha Trang CentreNha Trang Centre is the first shopping mall in Nha Trang, you can find fashion boutiques, entertainment centres, restaurants and cafés, as well as a food court and cinema here. After a day of shopping, patrons can enjoy a game of bowling, catch the latest films, or unwind with drinks and live music at Nha Trang Centre’s rooftop pool lounge.Address: 20 Tran Phu Street, Nha TrangLotte Nha TrangLotte Nha TrangThis is one of the best shopping malls in Nha Trang. It is a four-storey building where one can find a variety of commodity goods, fashion merchandise, modern designer jewelry and cosmetic outlets. For the video game lovers, the game center housed by this mall can be given a visit. For all the movie buffs, there is an entertainment center which accommodates a movie theatre. KFC and Lotteria fast food chains are also based in the biggest shopping mall in Nha Trang.Address: 58, 23/10 Street, Phuong Son WardDam MarketDam MarketDam Market (Cho Dam) is the largest and most popular one of all. With three floors full of stalls and boutique shops to explore, Dam Market is a bit of an overwhelming experience, but nevertheless a must-do.You will find all sorts of goods, from clothes, shoes and bags to tourist trinkets, art, designer knockoffs, electronics, dried and packaged foods and food stalls. The dried seafood section is worth your time, because you will find some of Nha Trang’s most famous local specialties such as dried shrimp, squid and cuttlefish. Since this is a very popular destination for most tourists, prices may be a little inflated when quoted to you. Get your bargaining skills ready. However, do not try to haggle too much.Address: Van Thanh, Nha TrangMaximark SupermarketMaximark SupermarketThis compact but multi-utility supermarket is at a walking distance from Nha Trang Cathedral. On the first floor of this supermarket, one can find an assortment of imported food items, while the second floor of this building houses the popular accessory and apparel stores. At the fourth floor, one can indulge in many arcade games and visit Lotte Cinema too.Address: 60 Thai Nguyen StreetXQ Hand EmbroideryXQ Hand EmbroideryXQ Hand Embroidery, set along Tran Phu Street, specializes in silk apparel and hand-embroidered portraiture. More of a craft centre than a souvenir shop, it is built to resemble a Vietnamese village home, where you can see locals in traditional clothes working on new pieces around the store. The atmosphere here is similar to a museum, where you can wander and browse through the displayed items at your own pace. In addition to premade embroideries of landscapes, flowers, animals, and famous celebrities, you can also have your portrait embroidered at XQ Hand Embroidery.Address: 64 Tran Phu Street, Nha TrangSource Internet
How to go green when you travel

How to go green when you travel

Traveling green takes a little extra effort at first, but it soon becomes second nature and those extra steps can enhance every trip you take. Not only will you feel better about your travels, but you’ll also leave a more positive impression on the place you visited and often have more meaningful experiences along the way.Green TravelWe believe responsible travel is a force for good: it can open hearts and minds, give us a broader understanding of the world, and inspire us to make a difference; but when you consider the environmental impact of commercial aviation, the sometimes negative effects of tourism on other cultures, and the trail of strained resources travelers can leave behind, tourism doesn’t look so pretty.Here are our tips for you to go green when you travel with ease and making travel better for everyone.Read more: A day to visit Cai Rang Floating MarketAt the planning stageChoose an ethical travel destinationIndependent nonprofit organization Ethical Traveler ranks destinations each year by their environmental protection standards, social welfare and human rights record.Ethical travel destinationBy visiting countries on these lists, your tourism dollar supports their efforts to create sustainable tourism industries, and encourages other destinations to follow suit.Choose a green hotelLook for certified green hotels that are in LEED Certified buildings use renewable energy, recycle, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and offer options for guests to make an impact (such as not having the sheets changed daily).Green hotelThere are several certification programs - the better-known ones include Green Key Global, Green Globe International, Green Seal and EcoRooms & EcoSuites. Staying in smaller, locally run hotels and B&Bs is often the greenest method around, making your stay environmentally and socially responsible as well as being a more direct boost to the local economy.Read more: Discover interesting museums and galleries in Ha NoiChoose a green tour companyAgain, going with an independent local guide can often be the best way to ensure your money is doing the most for your destination’s economy.Green tourWhen looking for a tour company look for the following:• The company proudly promotes their ethical practices.• They use green office products.• You can tangibly see how they contribute to the community.• They respect the local flora and fauna.• They take destination-specific social and political issues into account.While you're on the roadUse public transport, bike or walkUsing public transport or travelling under your own steam can cut your environmental impact, and also allow you to meet locals and experience a culture in a slower, more detailed way. Instead of renting a car, hop on a local bus; take a walking tour or view the countryside by bike. Green transportFor long distances consider trains, which allow you to see the country out the windows while meeting locals at your seat, the cafeteria or lounge areas.Read more: Where to have the best egg coffee in HanoiDon’t use plastic bottlesA small water filter such as a battery-powered Steripen (steripen.com) easily fits in a daypack or purse and can make tap water safe to drink. You can treat water by the liter if you carry a wide-mouth bottle, or you can dunk the device directly into your glass at restaurants, etc, to zap ice cubes and fruit juices. Green travelThis allows you not only to reduce your plastic bottle consumption but also to feel safe drinking a wider variety of local beverages - including ice cold drinks on hot days.Eat locally sourced foodSupport the region's farmers, get a more authentic taste of the cuisine and cut your carbon footprint even more. Look out for restaurants advertising local produce or, if that’s not possible, eat local dishes at mom-and-pop-style places that will most likely use what’s produced nearby. Whatever you do, don’t eat endangered species like turtle or over-harvested shellfish.Green travelRead more: 5 best vegan restaurants in SaigonKnow when, and when not to volunteerWe all want to help, but take the example of Cambodia, where so many travelers wanted to volunteer at orphanages that fake ones were opened to make a healthy profit. For more detailed information on this issue, check out our article: Voluntourism tips: is it ethical to visit orphanages?Green travelIn general, places that involve animal welfare or the environment are the most likely volunteer opportunities to be legitimate. Of course there are all sorts of organizations doing incredible humanitarian work; just be sure to do your homework before donating your time and money.Do your homework on any tour involving people or animalsIt’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a close encounter with an indigenous tribe or exotic animals but stop for a minute, think logically and ask questions before you support a business that may be doing more harm than good. Just because an experience is offered, promoted and everyone else is doing it does not mean it’s the ethical choice.Green travelLeave a light footprintTake simple steps such as not getting your sheets changed daily at your hotel, taking short showers, keeping air-con use to a minimum and turning off lights when you don't need them. Research your destination by internet or ask around to find out if there are water shortages, how energy is produced, and if there are any resource issues to be aware of. And use your eyes. Green travelSeeing the giant, noisy, gas-guzzling generator that produces the electricity on that desert island will make you think about it every time you flick a switch.Read more: 6 most beautiful islands in VietnamDon’t dump your stuffMany developing countries don’t have the means to dispose of bulky, man-made items like old electronics, polyester clothing or used batteries. If you leave them, they could remain in a landfill or worse for literally hundreds of years after you’re gone. Pack your trash and take it home. The exception is clothing and items that may be of use to local people – these should be donated to local charities or religious organizations so they can reach those most in need.Green travelWhen you come back homeCarbon offsetCalculate your carbon offset via this handy calculator at Sustainable Travel. While it's better to concentrate on shrinking your footprint in the first place, a contribution to carbon offset programs will help by funding reforestation and renewable energy projects. Sustainable TravelDonateNow that you’ve experienced a place, met its people and seen what is needed the most, why not make a donation to one of the region’s grass-roots organizations? Perhaps you found this on the road or researched it as an afterthought, but there’s always a way to give more back.Source: Celeste Brash - Lonely Planet 
Feel Hoi An: 6 must-see traditional festivals

Feel Hoi An: 6 must-see traditional festivals

Festivals take place in Hoi An according to the lunar calendar. There are some celebrations that only take place in Hoi An and others that are countrywide. It is worth paying your visit with one of the festivals in order to fully experience Hoi An.Tet Nguyen TieuTet Nguyen TieuDue to geographical location and China’s historic impact, Vietnam has adapted many of China’s valued traditions and gradually promoted them to integrate with our cultures. Pleasantly, Tet Nguyen Tieu is no exception. After all these years, it still remains as one of the most popular festivals in Hoi An city, which has the second largest number of Chinese-Vietnamese people in Vietnam, only ranked behind the famous District 5 in Saigon. This is also the reason why Hoi An city still treasures these originally Chinese festivals, to honor and preserve the beauty of this major community’s values, not only for native Vietnamese but also for foreign tourists.  Long Chu FestivalLong Chu FestivalLike many festivals in Hoi An, the Long Chu Festival is steeped as much in cultural belief as it in religion. Long Chu festival is celebrated on the 15th of the seventh and eighth lunar month, when the new season is coming and the old one is leaving, and the entire climat is uncertain. It is held in the summer months, when plagues and other types of epidemics are most likely to break out in the fishing villages. As a result, religious ceremonies are carried out to fight the diseases.Hoi An Lantern FestivalHoi An Lantern FestivalHoi An Lantern Festival is a monthly event to celebrate the full moon. It is held on the 14th day of each lunar month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.In Buddhism, a full moon is one of the most sacred events. Nowadays, Vietnamese celebrate their full moon as time to reflect on our lives and worship our ancestors as well as to honour deceased relatives and ancestors. Local families will also visit shrines and present offerings of flowers, food and candles and fake money bills in exchange for prosperity.Hoi An Legendary Night Hoi An Legendary Night Hoi An Legendary Night is a monthly festival to the town. This event is held on the 14th evening of every lunar month and during this festival, the city lights are shut off between 17:30 and 22:30 and the streets are lit up by an array of colourful lanterns. Motor vehicles are not allowed in the city during this evening, which allows pedestrians to walk the streets care-free, enjoying the relaxing mood, cultural music, and atmosphere similar to ancient times. There are many activities and performances throughout the city.Lady Thu Bon FestivalLady Thu Bon FestivalThis festival falls on the 12th day of the second month of the lunar calendar, and is celebrated in Lady Thu Bon’s Palace in Duy Tan commune, Duy Xuyen district. It is a traditional festival of the ancient Cham Pa people that was inherited and is still kept nowadays.Mid-Autumn FestivalMid-Autumn FestivalOn the 14th and 15th of the eight month of the lunar year, Hoi An organizes traditional cultural activities such as a Mid-Autumn Party to enjoy the moon-light and watch the unicorn dance, the procession of lanterns, and music and song competitions. This festival is popular with children. Drumming, moon cakes and lion dances are all involved in this festival.Source Internet
Discover interesting museums and galleries in Ha Noi

Discover interesting museums and galleries in Ha Noi

There are plenty of museums and galleries in Ha Noi where you get to learn more about the Vietnam’s rich culture and turbulent history while escaping daytime downpours during your holiday. Vietnamese Women’s MuseumVietnamese Women’s MuseumIt is very rare that a country has a museum dedicated to women. However, you can find two women’s museum in Vietnam, Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Ha Noi and Southern Vietnam Women Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. There are three themes which are exhibited in Vietnamese Women’s Museum including Women in Family, Women in History and Women’s Fashion. Narratives in Vietnamese, English and French can be found for every object. Visitors will be fascinated with colorful and impressive traditional jewelry and costumes made by skillful handicrafts of ethnic minorities. Do not forget numerous colorfully-painted Non La hanged impressively throughout all five floors of this museum.Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hang Bai Ward, Hoan Kiem DistrictDOCLABDOCLABThis contemporary art gallery in Ha Noi is all about video art. The experience here is an immersive one, mostly focusing on experimental documentaries and the works of local video artists. There is also a regular calendar of film screenings, workshops and discussion groups.Address: 56 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Dien Ban, Ba DinhVietnam Museum of Ethnology Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. Visitors are welcome to browse some of the vast research on offer at this public museum which is also a centre for ethnographic research.Address: On Nguyen Van Huyen Street in the Cau Giay district of Ha Noi about 8km away from the centre of townVietnam Fine Arts MuseumVietnam Fine Arts MuseumHoused in a gorgeous French Colonial building formerly used by the French Ministry of Information, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is a real treasure trove of traditional, religious, modern and contemporary Vietnamese art. The museum can sometimes be completely empty, a remarkable detail considering the quality of the work on display.Chronologically organized, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum offers an easy lesson in the history of Vietnamese art and features ancient Champa carvings, 20th-century folk paintings, and 21st-century abstract works. The museum is so large and densely packed with artworks that you might want to make more than one visit to take it all in and be sure to take a moment to view the sublime effigies of Guan Yin, the 1,000-armed and 1,000-eyed goddess of compassion.Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Dien Ban Ward, Ba Dinh District Thang Long Art GalleryThang Long Art GalleryThe Thang Long Art Gallery was established in 1996 as a way to promote talented Vietnamese artists and based on the idea is that art should be accessible to everyone in order to make the world better. One of the most unique things about the Thang Long Art Gallery is that it is family run, founded by Nguyen Dinh Quang, and gives younger artists wonderful opportunities to display their art. The gallery works with these artists and has established a relationship with them over the years to promote them and put their artwork on display. The Thang Long Art Gallery offers visitors a chance to see the raw, local art in a quiet and simple setting, a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Ha Noi. You will need about an hour to explore this art gallery and you can also purchase some of the art works to take back home as a wonderful souvenir.Address: 41 Hang Gai, Hoan KiemHo Chi Minh MausoleumHo Chi Minh MausoleumHo Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most visited attractions in Ha Noi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi (albeit against his wishes). For visitors, a trip to Uncle Ho’s final resting place can be an extraordinary experience as it is not just an average attraction; it is a part of a unique history.Adress: 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba DinhSource Internet
Experience 5 flea markets in Saigon

Experience 5 flea markets in Saigon

If you are looking for something cool to do on weekend or places to go shopping, check out the flea markets in Saigon. The trend is here, the dry season as well, therefore many flea markets are organised throughout the city. Here are where to find them.Saigon Flea MarketSaigon Flea MarketSaigon Flea Market is known as the ‘Market of Artists’ because this is where the local and expat artisans spread their love of creating handmade crafts and vintage clothes to the community. Phu My Hung is one of the calmest areas in town, there are no crazy beeps and honks from traffic that drives you crazy sometimes and the scenery is really romantic.Saigon Flea Market is based on the first floor of the Boomerang restaurant, which has a seductive river view. Unlike other flea markets, the products sold at the Saigon Flea Market are quite unique and the price is reasonable. You can find remarkable jewelry, custom notebook covers, vintage clothing, and a bunch of cute home décor items that can melt your heart.The Box MarketThe Box MarketIn contrast to its name, this place is completely out of the box. It is a shopping haven for artists and art enthusiasts alike. This market features a lot of local artisans and artists. You can have your portrait done and watch several artists draw or paint their impression of you in just about 20 to 30 minutes. There are a number of stalls for your home as well, paintings, lamps, figurines, photo holders, and a whole lot more. Aside from products, they also offer services for customers like a henna tattoo, nail art, and tarot reading. It is a showcase of different crafts. They also have a photo booth area that is decorated differently every week. At times, there are acoustic performances by local singers and performers as well. Go here if you need some items for your closet or your home.The Box Market is held on weekends at two places: at Ho Xuan Huong Sports Center, 2 Ho Xuan Huong, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (corner ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street), and sometimes at Cung Van Hoa Lao Dong, 55b Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1. It is open from 10 am to 9:30 pm.Cho 3 TuCho 3 TuThis flea market settle itself, each time, on different places all over Saigon. You will find various local brands, be sure you will not leave with empty hands. Follow their newsfeed on Facebook, not to miss anything.Hello Weekend MarketHello Weekend MarketThird on our shopping in Saigon list, Hello Weekend Market. You can shop for clothing, accessories, beauty products, and home decor at Hello Weekend Market. Many online shops and new brands that want to approach their potential customers tend to bring their products to this flea market.This is a great chance for you to look for your new favorite brands not common among the public yet. But you can also find items from brands that are popular among locals too. Some are Soda Pop, RẬP design, Dottie, and so on. This market is not all about new products but you can also find some second-hand items – similar to garage sales in western countries.Outcast Farmers Market & Outcast Bohemian MarketOutcast Farmers Market & Outcast Bohemian MarketIf you are up to more adventures, drive a bit farther to District 2 and visit Saigon Outcast. It is a creative space for performances, workshops, music, and other activities, which now include two different kinds of markets.The Farmers Market is for everybody, the home cooks or the foodies. It features fresh produce, homemade goods, and some home decors. Just like the other markets mentioned, the farmers market is not just a buy and sell event, as it also has some performances and other fun activities for both the adults and kids. It also aims to educate people about our environment, and what healthy eating does to our body.Both The Farmers and Boho Market are held at Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2. They are held on a weekend, once a month. There is a fee of 20,000VND to enter, which also includes 1 bottle of water or Red Saigon Beer.Source Internet
5 busiest streets in the Old Quarter, Ha Noi

5 busiest streets in the Old Quarter, Ha Noi

Old Quarter, also known as The 36 Streets, is a must-visit destination if you have a chance to stop by Ha Noi - the capital of Vietnam. Not only are the 36 streets crowded with both locals and tourists but they are also full of historic charms.Hang Bac StreetHang Bac Street used to be called "Rue des changeurs" which literally means "street for money changers" during the French colonial era. The name was changed to "Hang Bac" after 1945. "Bac" means "silver" and that is what they mostly sell in this street: jewellery, gemstone and even gold.Hang Duong StreetHang Duong Street used to be called "Rue du Sucre" and this street is famous for selling sweets, jams and especially "o mai" (salted dry apricot) as "duong" literally means "sugar". Hang Duong Street is the busiest during Mid-Autumn Festival thanks to parents buying sweets for their children.Hang Dao StreetHang Dao Street is one of the most significant streets in the Old Quarter. It used to be called "Rue de la Soie" which means "street selling silk". In the present days, Hang Dao Street doesn't exclusively sell silk cloth or fabric anymore, instead it sells all kinds of goods such as adornments, clothes, watches, etc.Hang Bong StreetHang Bong Street is a top spot for history lovers as this street still remains many old shrines, temples and what's left when it was still called "Hang Hai", "Hang Bong Dem", "Hang Bong Lo", etc. In the past, its French name is "Rue de Coton" and now it's a favourite gathering place of teenagers as some of the best "nem chua ran" stores are all in this street.Ma May StreetIts name "Ma May" is a combination of Hang Ma Street and Hang May Street. Its name used to be "Rue des Pavillons Noirs". Now the street is mostly for travelers as it is full of motels, hotels, and travel agencies. You can spot lots of foreigners walking along the street every day.
6 most beautiful islands in Vietnam

6 most beautiful islands in Vietnam

Vietnam owns some of the most beautiful yet underrated islands ever in Southeast Asia. Once visiting these islands, you would never regret your decision.Cat Ba IslandSpending the night on a traditional junk boat floating through Ha Long Bay is a quintessential Vietnamese experience that you need to add to your agenda, especially if it means a visit to Cat Ba Island. With limestone pillars jutting out of the surrounding emerald waters, and jungle terrain protected by national park status covering most of the island, this island is a hot-spot for travellers, but don’t let its popularity deter you.If you want to spend time lazing by the water, be sure to visit Cat Co 1 and Cat Co 2 beaches during your stay on the island. If active adventures are your calling, be sure to visit Cat Ba National Park and enjoy a day of trekking, caving, and rock-climbing.Phu Quoc IslandPhu Quoc is a Vietnamese island where you come to do absolutely nothing. This dreamy island is located near the coast of Cambodia and is home to the very best marine life in Vietnam, and Phu Quoc is the ideal place to get acquainted with puffer fish, crustaceans, anemones, moray eels, and other sea creatures found below the surface.The options are to snorkel or dive, or you can laze about on the powdery white sand beaches, especially those at the north of the island that is far less crowded than those in the south. And let’s not forget about the must-try seafood dishes that will delight food lovers.Con Dao IslandsThis archipelago of 16 islands might be famed for its crystal-blue waters, superb hiking trails, and scuba diving spots, but the islands’ other claim to fame is the infamous Con Son prison that housed multiple political prisoners from the colonial and wartime years.Today, the prison stands as a sombre reminder of the past, yet the combination of flawless scenery and dark history make Con Son island a must-visit destination.Ly Son IslandIf you’re not a beach-goer, or if you prefer visiting smaller towns and uncovering unique cultural experiences, make sure you check out Ly Son, also known as The Kingdom of Garlic thanks to its most famous crop. Across Ly Son, you’ll smell garlic everywhere, you’ll see garlic growing in neat little rows planted in the volcanic soil, and you’ll undoubtedly taste garlic in most dishes, as it’s a feature of almost all meals on the island.Nam Du IslandIf you want to escape the modern grind, Nam Du Island gets our vote as one of the best places for an island escape. But be careful, as Wi-Fi is hard to find, phone service is almost non-existent, and electricity will not be available 24/7. So if you do make it to Nam Du, be prepared with a book and find yourself a spot under a palm tree to relax.Binh Ba IslandBinh Ba Island, or Lobster Island, is the place where foodies go to enjoy copious amounts of fresh seafood while relaxing on the smooth, white sand beaches. Just 15 kilometres south of Nha Trang, this island has yet to be hit with a tourism boom so you can enjoy the local experiences without battling the crowds that other destinations struggle with combating.During your stay, don’t miss the morning Binh Ba market, where you can find the best fresh seafood; a true culinary treat.Source: Internet
Top man-made structures in Da Nang

Top man-made structures in Da Nang

From the hands of God to a fire-breathing dragon, artistic architecture abounds in Danang. Located in Central Vietnam, this coastal city doesn’t only have beautiful beaches on offer, but also stunning structural marvels that make it extra worthy of a visit.Golden Bridge HandsEver wondered what it would feel like to stroll through the hands of God? Well, now you can, thanks to this incredible 150-metre-long walking bridge nestled in Danang’s Ba Na Hills, 1,400 metres above sea level. The gigantic hands, which appear to be emerging from the forested hillside, proudly hold a golden walkway that offers awe-inspiring views of the mountain landscape. It’s no surprise that the bridge has become a social media sensation, attracting visitors in their droves. Located 90 minutes from Danang’s city centre, the Golden Bridge Hands offer a truly sublime experience that makes it well worth the trip.Dragon BridgeStretching across the Han River, the Dragon Bridge is undoubtedly one of Danang’s finest examples of architecture – and a great Instagram opportunity. As you might guess from its name, the bridge is shaped like a dragon flying across the water – although the resemblance to the mythical creature doesn’t end there. The dragon delights crowds by spitting water and breathing fire on weekends after 9pm. Don’t let that fool you into thinking the bridge is a mere gimmick, however. Dragons are a symbol of prosperity and power in Vietnamese culture, and thus the structure represents Danang’s growth into a thriving economic hub. Whether you view the dragon basking in the sunlight or illuminated at night, no visit to Danang is complete without a glimpse of this feat of engineering.Han River BridgeThe Han River Bridge is notable for being Vietnam’s first swing bridge, as well as for its important role in the stimulation of Danang’s economy. Designed by Vietnamese architects and built largely by the local population, the structure is an emblem of achievement within the city. It looks especially lovely when lit up in dazzling colours after dark, swinging open at 11pm on weekends where it captivates locals and tourists alike.Lady BuddhaBuddha statues are a common sight throughout Vietnam but the tallest and most impressive is found at the entrance of Linh Ung pagoda atop Son Tra mountain. Measuring a whopping 67 metres in height, the Lady Buddha casts a protective gaze over Danang, with her striking white figure visible from almost any point in the city. Inside the statue are 17 floors, each one dedicated to a different Buddha. There’s also the chance to visit the statue’s head – provided you can cope with all the stairs.Thuan Phuoc BridgeAt 1,850 metres long, Thuan Phuoc Bridge is Vietnam’s longest suspension bridge. It was opened for traffic in 2009 and has remained an integral part of Danang’s infrastructure ever since. The bridge has become a popular tourist attraction due to its clean, modern design and its appealing LED illumination system that makes it one of Danang’s most picturesque spots by night.Tran Thi Ly Bridge Much like the Dragon Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge has won international awards for its innovative design. With an overall length of 731 metres, the cable-stayed bridge has simultaneously managed to reduce congestion in Danang and become an attractive landmark since its rebuilding in 2013. The bridge is designed to resemble a sailboat drifting down the Han River, reflecting the relaxed atmosphere of this seafront city.Source: Internet
A day to explore the ancient city Hue, Vietnam

A day to explore the ancient city Hue, Vietnam

Being the former capital of Vietnam, Hue still owns several royal tombs both visually and historically important. 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.What to seeHue 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.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.Minh Mang Royal BombImage: IvivuMinh Mang’s royal tomb reflects the emperor’s staunch traditionalism, laid out in a classical Chinese scheme with a symmetry that no other royal tomb approaches. The forty structures within the royal tomb complex lie within an oval, walled compound, bisected by a central path that contains the salutation court, stele pavilion, and the emperor’s own tomb.The emperor ordered the construction of his tomb but did not live to complete it; he died in 1840 and was only laid to rest in his tomb in 1843 when his son had completed the tomb for him.What to eatBun Bo Hue (Hue Beef Noodle Soup)Bun bo hue (Hue beef noodle soup) is a regional speciality comprising thick rice vermicelli and various toppings in a thick soup. Unlike pho, this dish is a combination of sweet, sour and spicy as it’s flavoured with boiled bones and shank, annatto seeds, lemongrass, ginger, fermented shrimp paste, chilli oil, and sugar. As for the toppings, expect congealed pig blood, beef or pork knuckles, bean sprouts, lime wedges, cilantro, diced green onions, banana blossoms, mint and basil. You can also ramp up the spiciness by adding fresh chillies and fermented fish sauce to your bun bo hue.Banh KhoaiBanh khoai is a type of crepe fried in oil or lard. Locals often add duck eggs to make the color of the cake turn into a medium yellow and the eggs also contribute a powder-spongy texture, which is different from “Banh Xeo” which is also yellow, but due to turmeric powder. Banh Khoai is topped with shrimp, pork, and served with lettuce, herbs, coriander, and a few slices of sour bananas and star fruit.Banh Bot Loc (Tapioca Dumplings)Banh bot loc, made with tapioca starch rather than rice flour, is filled with marinated shrimp and milled pork before it’s wrapped in oiled banana leaves and steamed until cooked. To enjoy this Hue snack, simply unwrap the banana leaf and dip it in a platter of nuoc mam pha, a sauce made with vinegar, shrimp stock, fermented fish sauce, sugar, and fresh chilies.Com Hen (Clam Rice)Com hen (clam rice) consists of rice topped with baby basket clams, crispy pork skins, roasted peanuts, shrimp paste, and fresh greens. Commonly eaten as a filling breakfast, the clams are stir-fried with chopped garlic, onion, fish sauce, pepper, and mint leaves before they’re poured over a plate of steamed jasmine rice. In some restaurants, com hen is often accompanied with a bowl of clam broth as well as a platter of coriander leaves, shredded banana blossoms and bean sprouts.Source Internet