5 safe havens for a Tet breakaway

5 safe havens for a Tet breakaway

If you are still chewing over what to do during the week-long Tet holiday, how about hopping on a trip to one of these destinations that have become popular among many Vietnamese people choosing to break away from endless gatherings and parties.  Make sure…

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…

Touring Saigon at Tet

Touring Saigon at Tet

During Tet (the traditional Lunar New Year holiday), Saigon is always different as its streets are not as crowded as usual and one can see beautiful flowers, fruits, ornamental trees and revelers with beautiful clothes and smiling faces. In case your schedule for Tet…

Who rules the kitchen in Vietnam? A woman, and her two husbands

Who rules the kitchen in Vietnam? A woman, and her two husbands

Every house has a kitchen; every kitchen has its gods. And you’d better treat them well, because they are guardian angels/special agents sent from heaven. Vietnamese people adore their Kitchen Gods. They have a day just for them during the busy Tet festival. On…

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…

Vietnamese conical hat honoured by UK magazine

Vietnamese conical hat honoured by UK magazine

Vietnam’s conical hats, or non la, have been featured as one of the impressive traditional costumes around the globe by British travel guidebook Rough Guides. According to the magazine, Vietnam is home to an extraordinary wealth of traditional clothing, with the most elaborate outfits…

Discovering Ban Gioc Waterfall and Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort

Discovering Ban Gioc Waterfall and Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort

The newly inaugurated four-star Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort in the northern upland province of Cao Bang boasts fine accommodations and a magnificent natural landscape. First four-star hotel in Ban Gioc Waterfall area Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort by Ban Gioc Waterfall, which is one of the most…

Ho Chi Minh City rolls out digital tourist info stations

Ho Chi Minh City rolls out digital tourist info stations

Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City can now search for where to go and what to do at a brand new tourist assistance station downtown. The station, in front of the Opera House, has a touch screen of 47 inches that can connect to…

“Com nam” with roasted sesame – A delicious rustic gift

“Com nam” with roasted sesame – A delicious rustic gift

“Com nam” (a Vietnamese rice dish pressed into cylinder or sphere shape) is sold in small alleys in Hanoi by vendors. This dish is very familiar with Vietnamese people. In the past, “com nam” was regarded as a popular meal of Vietnamese farmers. “Com…

Biggest Mong festival set to begin

Biggest Mong festival set to begin

Biggest Mong festival set to begin Gau Tao, the biggest festival of the Mong ethnic people, will be open to tourists in 2016, according to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the northern Lao Cai Province. The department said the biggest ever…

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