Monday, December 25, 2017

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The best places to visit in Vietnam

When it comes to Vietnam, people think often about war. In recent years, however, it changes with think of the image of a beautiful country with extremely glamour natural landscapes like Halong Bay, Sword Lake, Hoi An ancient town….

Ha Long Bay.



Located on the west coast of the Gulf of Tonkin (Bac Bo Bay) includes the sea islands of Ha Long City, Cam Pha City and part of Van Don island district, Quang Ninh province. Halong Bay has a coastline of 120 km in length, an area of about 1,553 square kilometers including 1,969 porn large and small islands, mostly limestone islands. And actually the core of the bay has an area of 335 square kilometers, the density cluster of 775 islands with different sizes (big and small)

Being not only charming by scenery of “clouds – waves”, poetic beauty and numerous limestone islands floating on the water, Halong also gives visitors a sense of peace when immersed in this scenery. It is rated as one of the world’s 29 most beautiful bays and the last March in 2012, the New Open World organization also officially recognized Ha Long Bay to be one of the new seven natural wonders of the poker world

Hoan Kiem Lake

Also known as Sword Lake, Hoan Kiem Lake is a natural freshwater lake in the city of Hanoi, the lake has an area of approximately 12 hectares. Previously, the lake also has a name of Luc Thuy Lake, Thuy Quan, Ta Vong and Huu Vong. Hoan Kiem’s name has appeared in the fifteenth century in association with the legend of King Le Thai To paying sword for Turtle golden.



Hoan Kiem Lake is associated with legendary/historic lore, signals of the desire for peace, the literature – martial – virtues of the people of Vietnam. Therefore, there have been a lot of artists who have taken photographs of Hoan Kiem Lake as the foundation for his work.

2008, the site Concierge.com (specializing in tourism in Australia) has announced Phu Quoc Long Beach is one of 13 beaches “wild and beautiful” in the world. Also Phu Quoc is a place producing a fish sauce that is not only famous in Vietnam, but also around the world are known.

Moreover, in the lake, there are two floating islands. Big Island is the pearl one in the north of lake, near the east is The Huc Bridge connecting the island to bend. Turtle Island is smaller; there is the ancient tower in this island to the south of lake and surrounded by water.

Hoi An ancient town



Hoi An is located on the northern bank of Thu Bon river downstream, from Da Nang city about 25km to the southeast and from the city of Tam Ky about 50km to the northeast. From the sixteenth and seventeenth century, this place was famous with Faifoo’s name, where trading and the major trading centers of traders in Japan, China, Portugal, Italy … in South East Asia.

Hoi An today has preserved almost intact relics of ancient architecture and cultural background of the intangible traditions, religious activities, folk art, cultural festival, the traditional village … Besides traditional culinary culture in Hoi has been also one of the special things that tourists often mention, if they have come here without enjoying the traditional dishes such as high floor, Quang noodles cake “white roses” … shall be never deemed to Hoi An.

Phu Quoc Island



This island is also known as Pearl Island, the largest island in Vietnam and also the biggest one out of populations of 22 islands in Thailand Bay. Phu Quoc Island along with other islands has formed Phu Quoc island district, Kien Giang province. The entire island has a total area of 589.23 square kilometers.

In 2008, the website of Concierge.com (specializing in Australia tourism) announced Phu Quoc Long Beach is one of 13 “untouched and beautiful” beaches in the world. Additionally, Phu Quoc is a place producing a fish sauce that is not only famous in Vietnam, but also around the world.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a coastal city and a center of politics, economy, culture, and tourism in the province of Khanh Hoa, located on the south central coast of Vietnam. This Sea Land is also famous with bird nest dishes, one of those nutritious delicacies are used 400 years ago by the kings

Named as the “Pearl of the Orient”, Nha Trang not only owns the natural landscape in the fresh, cool air with the white sand stretching, islands in offshore with the fantastic coral ecosystem, but also is famous by many ancient and mossing Cham temples along with the quiet museum in the heart of the city.

They are the best places in Vietnam for tourists to visit.

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The beautiful places to visit in Vietnam

As a small country, but visitors who coming to Vietnam will be utmost surprised due to so many diverse types of terrain. The landscapes in Vietnam are colorful – looks, one region is different to other ones.

From white sand beaches, sapphire water to the dense tropical, murky forests and going to the forests of tightly leaves, darkening the sun and the high mountains “Skyscraper “, guests climb and feel like flying in the clouds … The below is some impressive scenery that visitors can experience in Vietnam.

Mui Ne

It is a famous tourist center of south central region, from the center of the city of Phan Thiet (Binh Thuan province) of 22km to the northeast, where this is an unspoiled green coastline with red sand dunes stretching as laid desert and sea fishing villages that is pure origin in Vietnam.



In Mui Ne, with the sand dunes of white or red – orange when people standing in front of the beauty of these sand dunes can feel overwhelmed by the charm of nature.

In addition, Mui Ne also attracts tourists by numerous historical – cultural relics and a diverse culture, multi-ethnics as porno Kinh, Cham, Hoa, Cham and typically as Cham tower, Water tower, Wat Ong Pagoda, Thien Hau Temple, Van Thuy Tu and many other valuable monuments of culture, history and tourism.

Mekong Delta



As part of the Mekong River Delta, it is also known as the southern delta or southwest one, a total area of square is 40.548, 2 km. Due to the long coast and the Mekong divided into several tributaries, canals, islands, large and small islands and archipelagos, where did you appropriate for the type of ecotourism, to experience and go go explore.

To the Mekong Delta in addition to visiting the vast orchard, go on one of nine tributaries flowing into the sea of the Mekong River flows; hear traditional music and enjoying the southern region specialties, tourists also hard to ignore the visit the floating markets, a feature found only in West river

Terraced fields of Sapa



Sapa is a town in the northwest highlands of Vietnam, where the beautiful terraced fields that stretch as the ladder taking to horizon. With its spectacular natural and dreamy landscape, the mysterious love markets and rich and unique cuisine, Sapa “mesmerizes” most of the tourists when coming here.

In 2009, Travel and Leisure Magazine (USA) voted Sapa terraced field is one of 7 most beautiful and magnificent terraces in Asia and the world. 12/2011 travel magazine of Lonely Planet (UK) introduced the land of “Sapa is one of 10 amazing points in the world for walking subject” and the first November in 2013, the Ministry of Culture – Sports and tourism also decided to rate Sapa’s terraced landscapes as National heritage.

Tourists can explore the beautiful terraced fields by hiring a local people so that they guide for climbing. Also, here, local people still have service of “home stay” – for tourists to stay home for a few days with family – so, visitors will get the memorable experiences.

It is amazing if you have the opportunity to explore the beauty of these above places.
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How backpackers assess about Vietnam?

There are both positive and negative feedbacks from backpackers.



Positive points:

Nature:

There are many ideal, attractive, famous and extremely wildlife landscapes for them to explore. It arouses curiosity for them to travel. Actually, they feel very excited and enthusiastic to participate and experience.

Historic sites, relics as one pillar pagoda, Thang Long Citedal, Hoi An Ancient town….or memorial monuments of national hero

Some famous villages when mentioned almost tourists always know about them, including Bat Trang, Dong Ho, Nga Son, Ngu Xa bronze casting, Dong Trieu pottery, Van Phuc silk etc.

Many customs and unique cultural festivals: Vietnam is known as the country with unique colorful culture with many traditions, customs and festivals including the Hung Temple festival, Huong Pagoda festival, Lim and Giong festival, Elephant Race Festival….

Culture:

Diverse and unique cuisine from various ethnic minorities is one of reasons making them to visit.

Home stay service in Vietnam is one of kinds of extremely attractive accommodation appealing to backpackers to experience because they can stay and live as a member of family of local people àamazing and memorable moments

Human factor: this is very important reason to pull them to come to Vietnam. Gentle, friendly, hospitality, promoting community and loving peace, intelligent, creative, ingenious and hard-working, inquisitive, high solidarity are positive and plus points that backpackers who already traveled to Vietnam feel and share.

Negative points

Beside of good points they feel as stated above, many bad feelings and emotions issued by them, including:

Many garbage in the local tourist attractions
Pick – pocketing, theft, begging and putting high price compare with normal price of real value of the product.
The status of Vietnam traffic is very complex à quite difficult for travelling.

From this feedback and assessment of backpacker who already experience in Vietnam, we wish you have good and smart decision before your travelling.

We also provide you the service of applying visa on arrival. Because visa is very necessary to travel aboard. You can visit: http://vietnamvisa-services.com/ to apply for visa.

Please come to with us to get the best service. Hope you to have a great time in Vietnam if possible

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Tips when travel to Vietnam

As known that nothing is perfect. So actually, it will be impossible to avoid some negative things that exit in parallel alongside positive ones and Vietnam tourism problem for Backpackers is not an exception.

In addition to good points you should experience in Vietnam at least once your life, there are some tips for you when you come to there.

Vietnam still exits the status of littering; the awareness of local people is poor. In key tourism areas, especially in peak season, there are lots of garbage threw by tourists and local resident àdestroy the beauty of attraction.

The problem of street shops and the status of putting high price as normal or real value of the product, sometimes using dual- pricing against foreigners seems to never fall.

Currently the problem of begging, pick-pocketing, snatching has a tendency to increase.

A system of warning signs and instructions in public areas is irrational and make confusion for foreign tourists. More English signage is one of demands that many travelers wish to make them easier in travelling.

The status of Vietnam traffic is very complex, congestion always happens daily in large cities like Hanoi, HCM and in remote areas like provinces having ethnic minority, the road system is difficult and rough because of not having a compatible and rational transport system. It may make backpackers to worry and affect their travelling.

The final ached issue is some taxi drivers who often run over long distances compare with factual distance to charge extra money for visitors.

From the listed problems, we hope you to have the best preparation (both physical and mental) to have memorable and amazing experience in Vietnam.

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Vietnam wonderful attractions are for Backpackers

Vietnam is famous with many attractive, historic and meaningful destinations and diverse culture as well as the cheapest service charges that are suitable for Backpackers to experience as their main purpose (discover and upgrade their knowledge)

Famous cities like Hanoi, Hue, HCM…especially in Hanoi. The fact is that most of backpackers will be sure to choose Hanoi – ‘Mecca’ of ‘Backpackers’ to be their stop. As known, Young western countries are interested in street style, so when you arrive in Hanoi, immediately this place is considered as “Mecca” of young tourists “Backpackers”.



Hanoi is recognized as a “not sexy” girl if you only look out, you will not be able to capture the entire secret, hidden beauties.

Ancient capital of Vietnam with many historic sites and museums has long been considered as an interesting destination for young travelers having “limited budget” to find out and learn. The cost of living here is cheap and in particular, the experience of common life with local resident will bring an unforgettable impression for foreign visitors.

Referring to Hanoi, certainly, you are sure not to ignore the tasted cuisines in pavement. For visitors Vietnam, snacks are various and rich that they cannot all be listed… And distinguishing each native cuisine in this place has been a difficult challenge for foreign tourists, however, most of the food will not cause them to be disappointed.

Moreover, the connection of Hanoi with many famous traditional villages and ethnic minorities that are wonderful to discover culture is very convenient. It means that there are a lot of suitable destinations for Backpackers to connect after experiencing in Hanoi.

In HCM, there is a “Backpacker” street for them to stay. This is amazing thing to attract them to visit and stay longer.

Traditional villages are one of these destinations chosen by backpackers. Can say about Bat Trang, Van Phuc, Duong Lam, Dong Ki, Dai Bai…at those villages, they can explore how to make traditional products and maybe if you would like to do directly these products in order to hold for them, they can make it according to the guideline of local people.

Besides, ethnic minorities in Northern part are the great places backpackers can choose including Muong people, Chno, Ede, Thai, Tay, H’mong…each of them has outstanding and unique cultures. Backpackers can visit and stay with local people to learn more about the life of local.

In addition, beaches will also be ideal attraction for this type of tourist like in Nha Trang, Phu Yen, Da Nang….

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All interesting things are about Vietnam for Backpackers

Nature and culture beauty in Vietnam have attracted more and more tourists including Backpackers.



Ban Gioc waterfall

Geography

Why, annually, Vietnam appeals to about 04 millions of visitation of foreigners. One of the reasons may be confirmed due to tropical monsoon climate, biological diversity as well as the endless length of our coast with many beautiful and wonderful beaches ranked of the world like Ha Long, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, etc.

Besides, Vietnam also attract travelers by numerous historic sites, relics as one pillar pagoda, Thang Long Citedal, Hoi An Ancient town….or memorial monuments of national hero like Ho Chi Minh, Vo Nguyen Giap, Quang Trung, Ly Thai To, Bac Son, and museums.

Many traditional villages: Although society has developed in Vietnam with mordernization at most of places, a number of traditional villages still exist and maintain so far. It is also one of the advantages of Vietnam’s tourism to attract tourists to visit and learn. Vietnam now has about 1500 villages scattered from north to south. Some famous villages when mentioned almost tourists always know about them, including Bat Trang, Dong Ho, Nga Son sedge mat, Ngu Xa bronze casting, Dong Trieu pottery, Van Phuc silk etc.

Many customs and unique cultural festivals: Vietnam is known as the country with unique colorful culture with many traditions, customs and festivals. In each area or region has its own customs and festivals. If calculated on a national scale, there are thousands of annual major festivals, small place, especially around the time of the Lunar New Year and the Lunar New Year. Some major festivals are known as the Hung Temple festival, Huong Pagoda festival, Lim and Giong festival, Elephant Race Festival …

Outstanding and featured (special) gastronomy of Vietnam like “Bún”, “phở”, “chè” and the service charge in Vietnam is very cheap and affordable being appropriate with backpackers’ purpose

There are 6 major religious: Buddhist, Catholic, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao, Protestant and Muslim.

Most importantly, human being is main factor to attract backpackers because there are actually 54 ethnic minorities with various and outstanding cultures. Moreover, a hospitality and hard-working Vietnam is the reason why they choose to travel.

Politics

As known, Security is the leaders in the Asia – Pacific. A stable politics and security is one of the main reasons for visitors to choose (No.1 priority). And, of course, Vietnam has totally met this criterion.

Vietnam human personality

Gentle, friendly, hospitality
Promoting community and loving peace
Intelligent, creative, ingenious and hard-working
Inquisitive, high solidarity

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Cua Lo beautiful beach in Vietnam

Cua Lo Beach is not charming as other coastal ones in South Central part; Cua Lo – where Lam River flows peacefully in harmony of the sea – bears a distinct mark making people think: come here just to watch poker alone is boring well, that must do other activities like swimming and eating seafood.

The system of accommodations like hotels, motels in recent years on either side of Cua Lo beach path appears closely. It is separately isolated from Vinh by untouched fields alongside the two long paths of 18 km from the city to the sea.



In the hot at the end of day, being walked along the shore of cool wave is perfect feeling. The long sandy beach of more than 10 km starts springing the sunset colors. The red color of sunshine hanging overhead of waves and rolling into winds is a multi-colored picture of nature.

In the twilight, we can see many basket boats, fishing boats for preparation of pushing off. The artless/naive fishermen “eating waves, saying porn winds” and joking Nghe land will not make guests feel disappointed to get acquainted, start talking.

On the cliffs, there is a small cafe. This is also where you can sip a cup of coffee and also have a view to windy sunset panoramically. This rock is more business tourism venue chosen to build the restaurant.

Activities in Cua Lo Beach – Romping

The sun is red like a fireball rolled over the cliff-edge and stopped in purple distant mountains. The beach still bustles by the kids playing football on the wide sandy area, by brittle laughter of girls and the “hò hê” sound of boats preparing to push off.

Cua Lo Tourism at night brings the image of a city bobbing on the sea surface. It is an image that can only get when the boats have set sail simultaneously. Tourists can catch a boat and sail along with fishermen, and enjoy the nightlife scenery between the extensive spaces of sea.

In addition, the fact is that Cua Lo is livelier at night with a world of both fishing village appearance and a new resort, being able to eat and have impressive fun. It will be no wonder when the night comes; the fish shed lights are still enlightened as long rays and sparkling in the sea surface. And on the shore, some groups of tourists are still wading and waiting for the boat dock to enjoy fresh seafood dishes. And after gorge, you can lounge on the beach

Creator has granted Cua Lo a harmonious picture between nature and human, between the river – the sea, the island – the mountain. And Cua Lo beach is one typical example for this picture with shallow, deep area that may create a comfortable feeling of space for bathing pleasure.

It is great, if you can visit this place once in your life to enjoy the entire beauty under your eyes.

Wish you have a good time!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Vietnam’s Stunning Beaches

Vietnam is blessed with a coastline stretching 3,000 kilometers with hundreds of beaches up and down the country that cater to all tastes; from white sand beaches where you can view sunsets, to beaches with 5 star facilities, and beaches with nothing at all to do except swim, relax and enjoy the local culture.


Starting in the Far North, bordering China is Tra Co, not a beautiful beach by anyone’s standards what with its muddy flats at low tide; but it’s a pleasant place to stay if you’re on your way into our out of China, before heading to Ha Long Bay.

Bai Chay beach is the nearest to Hanoi, so it draws a huge crowd of people on the weekends and in summer. It too doesn’t live up to the beauty of the southern beaches, but does serve up some good seafood harvested from nearby Ha Long Bay. It certainly isn’t a place to come in winter as temperatures can drop to the 15 degree C mark.

Ha Long bay offers plenty of small beaches, most of them on islands in the middle of the Bay (though the majority of islands are too steep and rocky to have beaches) These are best visited by kayak because large touring boats don’t have the shallow depth to approach the rocky shore.

The North Central Coast of Vietnam stretches all the way down to the Hai Van Pass, and is almost a continuous stretch of golden sand pounded by huge waves churned by the frequent typhoons. Its an area rarely visited by travelers, because most either fly or take the train straight between Hue and Hanoi, but if you’ve got time they are beautifully deserted and make excellent places to go for long walks. Locals will regard you with great curiosity, and may even follow you to practice their English.

Though the facilities are scarce here, (you won’t find restaurants selling to tourists just yet) it is a rewarding break from the long drive on Highway 1. Take note however, that its not a wise idea to walk any of the beaches near the DMZ and Dong Ha, because of mines, unexploded ordinances can still be found in this area.

The Central and South Central Coast of Vietnam offers the countries best beaches: from Hue to Nha Trang, the miles of coast is populated with coconut palms and dotted with fishing villages with lots of facilities and choices to make your vacation comfortable.

My Khe beach to Vietnamese, or China Beach to foreigners, looks out at Monkey Mountain east of Da Nang Bay. It’s by no means deserted, because locals use the beach as a place to play football, do morning exercises and just chat away with friends. It has some of Vietnam’s best surf beaches and in November waves can reach two meters.

Its here where 5 star resorts like the Furama and the Lang Co resort (north of the Hai Van Pass) are situated and offer the best services in the country including al fresco dining, water sports and day tours.

The beach is also incorrectly linked with the first landing of American Marines in 1963. In fact, it was Red Beach, around the point in Da Nang Bay, where this took place. My Khe was the spot where numerous attacks took place in the American war and it was a center of fierce fighting in the late 1960’s.

From Da Nang, the lazy coast line stretches all the way down to Nha Trang. Dozens of beaches, many of them just a few meters from Highway I can be visited as you drive south. Facilities are mushrooming up to meet the demand of the numerous tour buses that now ply these routes. Seafood restaurants, guesthouses and other businesses are making this area easier to visit.

Nha Trang is the epicenter of the beach travel industry in Vietnam, and if you’re looking for a secluded beach, you won’t find it here. But if you want to enjoy a day trip out to the islands in Nha Trang Bay, where you can snorkel and swim, then Nha Trang is the place for you. One of the best things in the city is its marvelous seafood, which includes abalone, prawns, scallops and crabs.

Doc Let is 40 kilometers north of Nha Trang, and its here where you’ll find solitude and long deserted beaches; the shallow bay in front is perfect for a swim and the place is famous for its boiled crabs.

Even further south is Phan Thiet, close enough to Saigon to be a popular weekend outing destination for residents there. Its got a laid back feel, and includes 4 star hotels like the Nototel Corallia, so roughing it isn’t required here.

Even closer to Saigon is Vung Tau, and serves much the same function as Bai Chay near Hanoi; it’s the closest and cheapest destination for Saigonese to escape the crowded city streets. Again, if youre looking for solitude, this isn’t the place, because on Sundays the beaches are packed.

Phu Quoc has the whitest sand beaches in the country, and if you want to watch the sun set (it’s the only place in Vietnam where you can do this) this is the place to come. Geologically, its totally different to the other beaches in Vietnam, because its in the Gulf Of Thailand, and Phu Quoc closely resembles Koh Chang or Koh Samet near Bangkok. Just an hour flight from Saigon and you’ll be enjoying the sun, sea and seafood of Vietnam’s most southern beach.

North to South, there are a multitude of choices in beaches so whatever kind of beach you are looking for you’ll find it in Vietnam

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Vietnam's Former Battlefields

It has been nearly 3 decades since the American War ended in Vietnam, and 5 decades since the war ended with the French. Though Vietnam is rapidly developing into a major economic power in South East Asia, many of the historic battlefields and war vestiges can still be visited.


Almost every city has a museum dedicated to the Vietnamese Revolution, and contain dioramas, exhibits, and photographs detailing how their inhabitants contributed to the war effort, and which important events took place in their city.

The largest of these museums are in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, is an important place to visit and understand more about Vietnam's great leader, Ho Chi Minh.

THE NORTH

Most of the historical remnants of the wars relates to the French conflict, because the American ground war was centered in the south and the center (extensive bombing was experienced in the north).

Dien Bien Phu

The Dien Bien Phu valley is where the French were defeated in 1954, ending their colonial rule over Indochina. Best reached by plane, you can also hire a 4-wheel drive vehicle and tour the far northwest, to Son La and Lao Cai.

Son La

A site of a Former French Prison, many visitors come here to see the museum commemorating the fiercely anti colonial fighters who were based in the region.

Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison: Razed to make way for a towering office block, the prison is remembered by a museum that focuses on the activities there before 1954, when it was used as a detention center for anti French colonialists.

Ho Chi Minh Museum: More than a museum dedicated to the man who reunified his country, the Ho Chi Minh museum chronicles the Vietnamese revolution of the 20th century, and in an interesting stop for those interested in this phase of Vietnamese history.

Christmas Bombing in 1972: In December 1972, US President Nixon ordered the bombing of Hai Phong and Hanoi, which targeted power stations and other installations; some residential quarters were hit too. In Hanoi alone, more than 1,300 people were killed. Today, the area south of the Hanoi train station is where much of the destruction took place, and Kham Thien was the epicenter.

THE CENTER

Central Vietnam was the scene of much fighting during the American war, and much of the vestiges here are related to that conflict, though a few places, like the Hai Van Pass, contain some remains of the French conflict.

DMZ and Dong Ha

The bridge at the DMZ over the Ben Hai river can be crossed on foot, and the Vinh Moc tunnels (like those built at Cu Chi) can be visited nearby. Tours can be arranged from Hue, or Dong Ha. The road north of Hue was dubbed, 'La Rue Sans Jolie,' or 'The Road Without Joy' by the French troops; who fought fierce battles with Vietnamese forces here.

Truong Son Trail / Ho Chi Minh Trail

As the major supply chain between troops in South Vietnam, the Truong Son Trail (or Ho Chi Minh Trail as it's known in the west), named after the mountains of central Vietnam, was heavily bombed and strafed by American aircraft, trying to sever the artery that supplied men, weapons, and other supplies to the soldiers in the south. It is currently being developed into a tourist attraction by recreating the structures it contained and the methods used to carry weapons to the south, to aid in the war effort. A small section of the Ho Chi Minh trail can be seen after crossing the Dakrong bridge.

Khe Sanh / Con Thien Fire Base; Camp Carroll

Several former American army bases can be visited along Highway 9, between the Dong Ha and the Laotian border. Sites include Camp Carroll, Con Thien Firebase, The Rockpile, and Khe Sanh, where a fierce battle took place in 1968.

Hai Van Pass

Long used as a lookout for enemy troops, Hai Van Pass is littered with pillboxes and installations used to protect this vital link between north and south. Its about 350 meters high, and often is shrouded in mist. On a clear day, however, you can see northwards, to the Lang Co peninsula; and south, to the city of Da Nang.

Da Nang and China Beach

Often mistaken as the site where American Marines first came ashore in 1963, the event actually took place around the bay at Red Beach. China Beach was the site of a major Army base that came under attack by Vietmaese forces based around the Marble Mountains.

THE SOUTH

The South was the command center of the US forces stationed in Vietnam (Followed by Da Nang) though it still has a lot of history related to the French war. Not a whole lot of vestiges remain of the war, though there are some informative museums in Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi tunnels shows the struggle the Vietnamese people endured during the war.

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnel system was built by Vietnamese forces who boldly tunneled beneath a major American Army Base. The tunnels can be visited today, often combined with a day tour.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Useful info

Cuisine

Visitors often notice that Vietnamese food is very healthy. It is mainly based on rice and noodles. The palatable recipes are handed from generation to generation. Delicious bowls of noodle soup with vegetables and meat (pho), fresh rice pancakes (banh cuon) with a tasty sauce, hot grilled chopped fish accompanied by a small cup of rice wine, snail with ginger, green sticky rice (com) in lotus leaves All these specialties that give you a taste of Vietnam!

Fruits and Vegetables

Vietnam is located in a tropical zone, with abundant rainfalls and a high level of humidity. This results in a diversified ecological and agricultural area producing manifold fruits and vegetables, which are rich in flavours and colours. Vietnam counts over130 species of fruit-tree. The tropical zone trees produce bananas, coconuts, mangoes, papayas, listchis, longans, and oranges. The Temperate Zone trees produce apricots, plums, peaches, pears, and more.


There are some well known fruits coming from different parts of the country such as Sapa peaches, Bac Ha Plums, Trung Khanh chestnuts, Doan Hung pomelos, Bo Ha oranges, Hung Yen longans, Thanh Ha litchis, Huong Tich apricots, Ninh Thuan cashews and Thap Cham grapes.

Visas
Most visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country (except for citizens of countries that signed an agreement of visa exemption with Vietnam). For now, tourist visas can only be obtained in Vietnamese embassies, consulates abroad, or at the first point of entry to Vietnam. To secure a visa Vietnam, the applicant is requested to submit: the original passport, 2 copies of the application forms, 2 passport-sized photos, and visa fee.
Tourist visa: they are generally valid for thirty days
Visa extension: Travel agencies offer this service

Customs
On arrival in Vietnam, the customs inspection is usually pretty fast now.
When entering Vietnam visitors will be asked to fill out a form declaring all electronic equipment, jewellery, camera equipment and other valuables (except for the persons exempted by Vietnamese law). Amounts of money exceeding US$3.000 must also be declared on the customs forms upon arrival. Visitor cannot bring more than 1,000g of gold into Vietnam.

When leaving Vietnam, quantities exceeding 300g of gold must be declared unless the holder has permission from the Director of the State Bank. The exportation of antiques is retricted by Vietnamese law.

General information
Vietnam time: GMT plus 7 hours
Office hours 

All government offices are open from 7.30 am to 4.30 PM (with a one-hour lunch break) from Monday to Friday.
In local regions, offices are open from 7.00 am to 11.00 am and from 1.00 PM to 5.00. Banks are open from 7.30 or 8.00 am to 3.30 PM and are closed on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.
Private shops are usually open from 8.00 or 8.30 AM to 9.00 or 10.00 PM.

Holidays
There are 5 Vietnamese holidays every year for total of 8 days.


  • January 1: New Years Day (One-Day holiday)



  • April 30: Saigon Liberation Day (One-day holiday)



  • May 1: International Labor Day (One-day holiday)



  • September 2: National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (One-day holiday) Vietnamese Traditional Lunar New Year Festival, or Tet Nguyen Dan (four-day holiday): this holiday begins on the eve and last over the first three days of the Lunar New Year, generally at the end of January or beginning of February


  • Currency
    The national currency is Vietnamese dong (VND). Notes are available in denominations of 100,000VND, 50,000 VND, 20,000 VND, 10,000 VND, 5,000 VND, 2,000 VND, 1,000 VND, 5,00 VND, 200VND.

    Throughout the country, American dollars are widely accepted. However, the bills must be relatively new with no marking or tear. Travelers cheques are easily exchanged in banks. Credit cards are becoming popular, especially in the major hotels and restaurants of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

    Telephone, Facsimile, E-mail

    The international phone code for Vietnam is 84. It is possible to make international calls or sent faxes from a post-office or major hotel. E-mail and Internet are available in most urban areas throughout the country. Domestic long-distance calls are made by dealing 0, followed by the area code and number. It is very easy to phone inside Vietnam. Most hotels will allow local phone calls free of charge.

    Language

    Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Learning foreign languages, particular English and French, is now vogue among young people. Tourist guides speaking English, French, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese are often available.

    In the North, the best tourist season lasts from November to April. During this period, the weather is cooler and drier. There are several ritual ceremonies and folk festivals to celebrate the arrival of spring. The Lunar New Year festival (Vietnamese traditional Tet) in Hanoi will allow during this season is recommended to bring along warm clothes.
    In the South, the temperature is warm all year round. The average temperature is approximately 27ºC. Therefor tourists need thin garments, sunglasses, and hats.

    Electricity and water supply
    Voltage system: 220 volt.

    Tap water is already filtered and sterilised, but it should be boiled before drinking.

    Accommodation

    There are a vide variety of accommodations for visitor to choose from. Most hotels in big cities meet international standards.

    Transportation

    Visitor can travel over Vietnam through various province and town either by air, by road, or by train. Domestic flights are available everyday. The train between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi stops at different stations and province an exciting and unforgettable trip. The air-conditioned express trains take 32 hours to cover the distance. Cabs, motorcycles, and bicycles can easily be rented all over the country. The cyclo, a three-wheeled vehicle, is perfect for those who wish to move slowly and enjoy a city tour.

    Airports


  • International Airport: Noi Bai (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City), and Danang airports.



  • Domestic Airport: Gia Lam (Hanoi), Cat Bi (Hai Phong), Dien Bien (Lai Chau), Na San (Son La), Vinh (Nghe An), Phu Bai (Hue), Pleiku (Gia Lai), Phu Cat (Qui Nhon), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Buon Ma Thuot (Daklak), Lien Khuong (Dalat), Phu Quoc, Rach Gia (Kien Giang).
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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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    Quao River Lake great beauty unforgettable in Phan Thiet

    How about 20km from Phan Thiet City, located at the foot of the North Pass Gia Lam Dong and Binh Thuan connection, Quao River Lake brings a charming unspoiled beauty.

    Small road leading to the lake Quao River. Construction was started from May 9/1988, 9/1997 to May completed, the lake has the task Quao River water regulation for agricultural areas and Ham Thuan Bac provide drinking water for the city of Phan Thiet.




    The water from the river channel Quao. Straight branch water supply for the city of Phan Thiet, the horizontal arm running around the mountain, bring life to the rice fields and gardens of the district dragon.

    The water from the river channel Quao. Straight branch water supply for the city of Phan Thiet, the horizontal arm running around the mountain, bring life to the rice fields and gardens of the district dragon.

    Shore dam is also the road leading to the foot of the mountain with rich flora and fauna. Quao River to the lake in the last months of the year, you have the opportunity to admire the forests are deciduous, very colorful. A small corner of peaceful lake, with a small fishing boat of the locals. Stop by the lake on a clear blue day, enjoy the peace and breathe the fresh air, you could not help feeling like you are in the windswept highlands.

    The distance is home to put the measuring device parameters of the lake. The main gates of the building brings great significance, making agriculture Ham Thuan Bac change meat. View of the main dam:


    A romantic corner on the original ancient lake, the dam site area.

    Standing in the main dam, once again, you have pretty good vision on the other side of the lake. Visit Quao River Lake, do not forget to take some time to climb the mountain right on the lake, from here, the whole panoramic vast plains around, looks peaceful feel of the land.

    Bring agricultural significance is more tourist, Quao River lakes life seems distant buzzing, just quiet mountain silence is reflected. There are occasions in Phan Thiet, make one visit to this place to feel peace of mind.

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    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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    Delicious grapefruit sweet soup

    Located in an alley modest on Hai Ba Trung Street, grapefruit sweet soup shop that sells coffee and coconut for just 15 thousand VND/cup.


    Although Hanoi has hundreds, thousands of sweet soup shops, but a cup of sweet soup when appetite simple grapefruit, sweet soup and coconut contains only good while until the last piece of the small sweet soup shop is located at the top of an alley on the road Two Ba Trung, paragraph facing American Club is a choice of more people.
    Grapefruit sweet soup shop fit tens of years old where small alley on Hai Ba Trung Street.

    This tiny shop grapefruit sweet soup with fortune mere 2 sweet soup pot and sugar bowl with coconut milk, coffee bottle containers stowed in a small corrugated coffin, a few plastic chairs as seating for guests. This shop only one type of sweet soup is sweet soup grapefruit. Sweet soup cup cooked from dozens of years of experience of the physician owners for the sweet soup things hard match but nothing special, soft bean is tender but still whole grain, especially grapefruit pulp crispy chewy, not he, eat lumpy lumpy, it was mouth. Even coconut milk is also homemade coconut, coconut milk rather than buy available.

    Patrimony of only a pot of sweet soup shop, a pot of coconut. Unlike many on restaurant serving sweet soup cup full of beer and real substance to style diners get to eat no, sweet soup bar scene here is being ladled into the small glass. Guests called, her middle-age sales slowly opened the lid of sweet soup, specialty sweet soup scoop of salt into a glass, add the coconut milk and a little rock salt and give it to guests.

    If an acquaintance to eat, this grapefruit sweet soup cup is hard to please, but must admit pretty small sweet soup cup draw moderate it also has its reasons, when the island was no match sweet soup, dropped out, the stone base both with coconut milk, sweet soup should be sufficiently harmonized to form pieces aromatic sweet soup, cool places throat.

    Apart from grapefruit sweet soup, you can also try adding coconut milk dishes hit the road, smell the coffee to taste, mix coconut fatty slightly bitter taste of coffee and sugar tasted sweet. A cup of sweet soup or coconut like pretty small, the voracious enough to eat 2 cups, but with the ladies really like miu or find dishes stomach lining afternoon afternoon rush, the level is quite reasonable gifts idea to not affect the dinner with family.

    Features of Hai Ba Trung grapefruit sweet soup is pretty light cook, eat well no matter how little stones or after eating joints need to drink more than a cup of water to balance the taste, coconut reviews here have 15 thousand, one price lovely such as the sweet soup cup.

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