Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park to get UNESCO recognition for 2nd time

Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park to get UNESCO recognition for 2nd time

The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which boasts the high-profile Son Doong Cave, which is the world’s largest, is looking forward to its second recognition by the UNESCO as a world heritage site next month. The management of the park, secluded in the central…

Dining in a small antique museum

Dining in a small antique museum

Si, a newly established restaurant in HCMC’s District 1, might bring an unforgettable experience to diners as they are served beautifully prepared Vietnamese dishes and surrounded by numerous antiques dating back hundreds or thousands of years. The restaurant with its humble façade in glass…

Hanoi’s old quarter street food

Hanoi’s old quarter street food

Cha Ca La Vong (fried fish), Bun Cha Hang Manh (rice noodle with grilled pork), Banh Duc Le Ngoc Han (cake made from ground rice and peanuts) and Banh Cuon Hang Ga (steamed rice pancakes rolled with pork and mushroom) are just a few…

Hoa Lo Prison, one of few places in Hanoi with memories of war

Hoa Lo Prison, one of few places in Hanoi with memories of war

Whenever he has come to Vietnam for tourism or work in the past decade, Richard O’ Neill, an information technology teacher from the US, has visited the former prison Hoa Lo, where American prisoners, including Senator John McCain, were held during the Vietnam War….

Hai Van Pass listed as one of world’s top 10 best drives

Hai Van Pass listed as one of world’s top 10 best drives

Vietnam’s Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass was listed ninth in a list of the top 10 most scenic drives in the world by UK newspaper The Guardian. The pass is located along the Hai Van mountain side, between Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang city…

Vietnam to require two people in cockpit

Vietnam to require two people in cockpit

Vietnam’s aviation authority will intensify supervision of pilots and require at least two people to be in the cockpit at all times on local flights after revelations about the final minutes of the Germanwings Airbus that crashed in the French Alps on March 24….

Vietjet to double HCMC-Singapore flights daily

Vietjet to double HCMC-Singapore flights daily

Budget carrier Vietjet has announced a plan to increase the frequency of the Ho Chi Minh City-Singapore route from daily to double daily from May 30. With two round trips per day, the route will have a capacity of 5,040 seats per week, Vietjet…

One-day tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall

One-day tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall

Standing in front of Ban Gioc Waterfall in the northern upland province of Cao Bang, I think one cannot resist its magnificence. Cao Bang is a remote mountainous province, so tourists seldom choose to come there but once they are there, they will never…

Glimpsing colours of Tet

Glimpsing colours of Tet

Tet has yet to come, but the smell of it lingers in alleys throughout the country. For Vietnamese people, no holiday is as significant as Tet. It’s an occasion for family reunions, for worshipping the ancestors, for taking a once-a-year rest – and for…

Young trio tries to make Saigon shopping tourist-friendly

Young trio tries to make Saigon shopping tourist-friendly

Mai Cam Linh took her Indonesian boss to a cloth shop in Ben Thanh Market and ordered a piece similar to one just bought by a group of Vietnamese customers. But they were charged three times more. “Foreigners pay different prices,” the shop owner…