Coconut jam – A favorite dessert of Vietnamese people

Coconut jam – A favorite dessert of Vietnamese people

Coconut jam, which is the great combination of coconut meat, sugar and milk, is the favorite dessert of many Vietnamese people. It is not difficult to make coconut jam at home. Slice and wash the coconut carefully before cooking. Afterwards, pour all the sliced…

Ho Chi Minh City wants longer visa exemption for European tourists

Ho Chi Minh City wants longer visa exemption for European tourists

Ho Chi Minh City wants the 15-day visa exemption for Europeans to be doubled so that they can come on longer tours. A source said the city tourism department is all set to ask the tourism ministry to extend the waiver period for tourists…

Da Nang cracks down on beach litter

Da Nang cracks down on beach litter

The central city will penalise persons for littering on beaches as a pilot plan to improve civic behaviour in public places and promote a clean and safe environment this year. As per the plan, warnings or fines of VND50,000 to VND100,000 (US$2.4- $4.8) will…

Splendid gateways mark site of ancient West Lake Village

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Located in Tay Ho District and running along the West Lake’s southern bank, Thuy Khue Street has preserved its typical rural Vietnamese features of ancient pagodas and village gates. Previously, the villages around Thuy Khue Street were collectively referred to as Ke Buoi. Rapid…

The call of Binh Lap

The call of Binh Lap

I have no plan to travel to Binh Lap at first. Then, I see several young adults preparing for a motorbike journey. I simply decide to follow them to the breathtaking Binh Lap Beach, which is more than 90 kilometers from the seaside city…

Vietnam’s Phu Quoc named among top honeymoon places

Vietnam’s Phu Quoc named among top honeymoon places

British popular travel site Rough Guides has named Vietnam’s biggest island Phu Quoc among the world’s best honeymoon destinations. The top-20 list describes the country’s southern island as one of the most appealing honeymoon islands among abundant candidates in Asia. Tourism development has not…

Recycled coffee shop

Recycled coffee shop

Recycled construction is not new as makeshift offices or houses made from pre-used shipping containers can be seen at a lot of construction sites around HCMC. But a café built with two containers supplemented with wooden and glass windows and doors might be a…

Tour retraces a classic novel

Tour retraces a classic novel

When I visited Nhan Hau Village, I felt I was walking into the pages of Chi Pheo, the Vietnamese literature classic about northern farmers in colonial-feudal society. Just as author Nam Cao (1915-51) found inspiration in the lives of villagers to write the story,…

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…

“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…