Archive | August, 2012

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup – Pho bo

31 Aug

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup – Pho bo.

The best tourist attractions of Vietnam

28 Aug

Many visitors to Vietnam have been impressed by the unique beauty of the scenery.

The first place to see the crack of dawn

Mui Dien, Phuoc Than village

Mui Dien in Phuoc Than village, Hoa Tam Commune, Dong Hoa district, in the south-central province of Phu Yen is the first place in Vietnam to greet the dawn.

Visitors will have the chance to see the first rays of the rising sun and its reflection in the sea. The best view is from the 26-metre light house, which was built by the French in the late 19th century.

It is very convenient for tourists to get to Mui Dien by car as there is a road leading up to the peak from the bay, not far from the sand dunes at the foot of the hill. In the evening, visitors can enjoy eating grilled fish while listening to the tales of the lighthouse watchmen.

The hottest region

Cua Rao

Cua Rao is located in the Lam River Junction, 60 kilometers from Phu Mat forest, but its temperature always goes up to 37 degree Celsius after 9am. During winter days, it is still very hot with a blazing sun.

The changing Sand Dunes

The White Sand Dunes, Mui Ne

The White Sand Dunes is a top attraction at Mui Ne in Phan Thiet town, in southern Binh Thuan province. Affected by Northeastern and Southwestern winds, they change rapidly, both in shape and color.

In addition, visitors can enjoy the full contact of sand boarding. 5am-6am is considered the best time for this sport.

The longest oversea bridge

Thi Nai Bridge

The 7-km Thi Nai Bridge, which connects Qui Nhon City and Phuong Mai Peninsula has become the longest oversea bridge since it was completed in December 2006.

From Qui Nhon City or the Phuong Mai Peninsula, visitors can enjoy seeing the charming bridge over the blue river and the reflection of the Thay Boi (Fortune-teller) tower in the calm water, as well as the Swallow Ground (Bai Nhan) and the Bird Hillock (Con Chim) in the distance.

The longest house

vietnam's longest house

Built in 2002, the 85-metre long thatch-roofed house in Gia Lanh ethnic village, Krong Na Commune, Buon Don District in the Central Highland province of Dak Lak is considered the longest of  Vietnam travel.

The interior of the house is decorated in the unique traditional style of the Central Highland people, with rafter, papoose and cooking fire. Visitors pay VND15,000 (US$0.7) for entry and another VND150,000 (US$7) if they want to spend overnight there in one large, common bedroom.

Cathedral with the biggest bells

Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon's bell

Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, located in Paris Commune, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, is a magnificent cathedral which was built with material imported from France.

The cathedral has a set of six large bronze bells weighing 28.85 tons, in the musical syllables of sol, la, ti, do, re and mi. All these bells, which were cast in France, are considered the biggest in Vietnam.

The biggest Jesus Statue

Vietnam's biggest Jesus Statue

Built on Tao Phung Mountain in Vung Tau City, the 32-metre-tall Jesus Statue is the biggest with his arms stretching 18.4 metres long, on a 4-metre-high concrete base with a beautiful carving of the last supper of Jesus and his 12 apostles.

Inside the statue, visitors will be able to climb a 133-step spiral staircase to his arms and stand on his shoulders to enjoy panoramic views of the sea and mountain.

Tien Phi cave cannot miss in Hoa Binh

24 Aug

The scene of Tien Phi Cave is so tranquil that it is like a sacred and mysterious castle among the world of shaped stones. Thanks to nature light from the hole on the cave’s roof, those stalactites become extremely spectacular when bright light is shone on them

Tien Phi Cave in Hoa Binh province is located in the complex of Hoa Binh township. The Cave is on the same tourism route with Hoa Binh Dam and becomes the attractive destination for tourists.

It is on the Thuc hill (or Thung Phi hill) with the gate faces the East North.The entry mouth is considerably narrow, followed by a gentle slope.  From the outside to 10m inside, there is a high ceiling, which is cool and comfortable. There are some parts of rough stone inside the hill and the floor soil is dry in dark color. The stalactites from the ceiling have many different shapes. In the ceiling, there is a hole to the top, which let through the natural light and make it more sparkling. This cave is like a castle, which is silent and grave with the lively stone shapes world inside.

Much more interestingly, thanks to nature light from the hole on the cave’s roof, those stalactites become extremely spectacular when bright light is shone on them. Right in the middle of the cave is a charity box and an altar for those who want to prayer. This scene is so tranquil that it is like a sacred and mysterious castle among the world of shaped stones.

Going inside for more 10 meters, looking to the left up side, there is a shape of fairy that is lying on a five-color hammock with the long romantic hair. Next to it is the group of fairy who are flying with clouds around.

On the way down there are shapes of Buddha, Jesus Christ and a lion sleeping to guard. In these sparkling ceiling of the cave, visitors would feel like coming to the former kings and the natural masterpieces are keeping the visitors.

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Traveling to My Khe Beach, Da Nang

18 Aug

My Khe Beach, recognised as one of the most ideal beach when tourists visit Da Nang City, is huge beach with smooth sand and a slight slope. Behind My Khe beach is a dark green poplar forest, and beside, the Kinh River carries crystal water to the sea. It has coral, abundant plants and creatures along bankside and under sea.

Da Nang City has a coastline of 30 kilometres long, famous for a lot of beautiful seashores stretching from the north to the south like My Khe, Nam O, Xuan Thieu, Thanh Binh, Tien Sa, Son Tra, etc. They are calm seas with green and clear water during all seasons, not being polluted with 60% salination and high safety. With 900m in length, My Khe Beach is the most crowded of Da Nang beaches and popular to local people.

Located about 6km east of Da Nang, the Beach is a nine-kilometre stretch of smooth sand with an average width between 50m and 70m. The gradient is gentle, and its sheltered position in the lee of the Son Tra peninsula softens the autumn winds that restrict swimming further down the coast.

Behind the beach is a dark green poplar forest, and beside, the Kinh River carries crystal water to the sea. It has coral, abundant plants and creatures along bankside and under sea. Moreover, the beach is next to the city centre, in roads easy to come and by various means of transport. Sea water in My Khe is extremly cool with little wave so you can bath all year- round, especialy in summer between May and August. The lack of large waves, less than average pollution, and an annual average temperature around 25oC, makes it a safe place to swim for all adults and children.

With lots of hotels, pleasure-houses and various abundant services, creating favourable conditions for tourists in Vietnam tours to relax on the seashores. There are 50 well-equipped and comfortable bedrooms and many services in My Khe hotel. Lots of luxurious seaside villas with more than 100 rooms are available for families. Tourists can come here to play and rest at weekend. Around the hotel area, there is many eafood restaurants and stalls, and large numbers of local vendors traverse the beach selling all kinds of foods and drinks. Coastal specialties such as shrimps, crabs, fish, cuttles, etc. in hundreds of small shops are at reasonable price. They can be irritating sometimes – if they are too persistent, you should ignore the nuisance since that is the best strategy.

Before 1975 American soldiers occupied a part of the beach. They established some premises for their relaxation and recreations. With some enabling conditions such as being near the city’s center, beautiful landscapes, and qualified services (hotels, restaurants, vehicles keeping site, fresh water bathing, sunshade and buoy lease), My Khe Beach is now convenient for developing various services such as fishing, water-skiing, diving, yatch race and so on.

In addition, the safeguard team of Da Nang seashore work from 5 a.m to 8 p.m every day to guarantee safety for visitors in Vietnam travel to bath and relax on the beach. There has been a steady increase in the number of tourists visiting the beach.

Han River suspension bridge was completed, it links the east to the west area, making transportation possible. Hence, My Khe Beach becomes a very attractive resort,an ideal place for visiting.

Banh Cuon (steamed rice rolls) – a favourited Vietnamese food

13 Aug

Banh Cuon (steamed rice rolls) – a favourited Vietnamese food.

Banh Cuon (steamed rice rolls) – a favourited Vietnamese food

13 Aug

“Banh Cuon” looks like a soft spring roll, filled with a mixture of pork, onions, wood ear mushrooms, and fish sauce..It tastes delicious and the ingredients are actually common foods.

For many years, Bánh Cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls) has never stop to demonstrate its long-lasting perfect comfort food to food lovers in Vietnam Travel. For those are familiar with Bánh Cuốn, it become favourite breakfast food. For those have not yet ever try the dish, once taste it, you soon fall in love with its flavor.

How to make it?

Starting with a steamed rice roll cooked on a pot, covered by thin fabric, until it is very thin. Then it is scrapped off the pot with a flexible bamboo stick. After that, the roll is filled with a mixture of pork, wood ear mushrooms, onions, and fish sauce.

When and where to eat?

Banh cuon stands face their rush times during breakfast and dinner, so it is difficult to find stalls still selling the dish in late morning or evening.

Use your better judgment when eating from street vendors, but on average I find that banh cuon carts are some of the cleaner carts on the street, and wearing plastic gloves is a common practice among these vendors. A plate will usually cost between 15,000 and VND20,000 on the street and, if you are afraid of the carts, between 25,000 and VND50,000 in some local restaurant.

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Cai Luong or Renovated Opera

9 Aug

Cai Luong or Renovated Opera.