Friday, March 20, 2015

US Newspapers wrote about the value of traditional culture in Vietnam

Recently, The Huffington Post News (USA) has published an article confirming that Vietnam traditional cultural values will bring a bright future for Vietnam tourism industry. This article written by the author Tamar Lowell, CEO of Access Trips - a tour company is headquartered in the State of Washington, USA.

Author Tamar Lowell said that Vietnam is a destination to evoke many emotions with those images will stay long in the memories of visitors. That is a picture of farmers with shimmering smiles, wearing conical hats are assiduously nurtured for their rice fields, or the scent of the herbs used in Vietnamese cuisine such as lime leaves, ginger slices, mint and basil leaves...


It also seems as a romantic stay in the architecture of the French colonial period. It is the hope emanating from those who are hardworking, patience people in life. Vietnam is a strange country among modern flow, rolling in everyday life, people still preserve the traditional culture of the past thousand years of history.

The article written by Tamar Lowell was opening so sympathetic. Author herself had also traveled to Vietnam and the greatest feelings are the excitement even mesmerized for Vietnam. Since she was a child, Tamar had always read the information about Vietnam, watched a lot of movies about Vietnam, and even participated in a classroom to learn about the history of Indochina.

So, when the US and Vietnam began to normalize relations, Tamar was immediately planned a trip before graduating University. For her, it is a meaningful trip to mark her young age, before officially entering livelihoods. May 7/1994, Tamar was among the first Americans to Vietnam after the war.


Over two decades later, Tamar still keeps abreast of the rapid changes in Vietnam and realized that sooner or later, Vietnam still exudes a core characteristic way, separately, that is the beauty of longstanding cultural traditions. For Vietnam people, Tamar noticed the biggest feature is the openness and sincerity.

For Tamar, Vietnam, unlike many other developing countries, here, visitors are respected indigenous people, the hawkers approach, offering guests politely. Tamar said she loved the Vietnam because of the particular person she had ever met and optimism for the society. Vietnam is the country quickly stepped forward, but the beauty of traditional culture has always accompanies with modern life. The ancient buildings, beautiful in Hanoi; streets in Hoi An lanterns hanging; women in conical hats, long robes; and above all, the hospitality of the local people ... "It's amazing when Vietnam's tourism has grown rapidly in the past two decades, but never lost his spirit remains characteristic", Tamar has ended her article.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Travelling in Sapa

Sapa is a small highland town in Lao Cai, Vietnam. This beautiful town has been a famous resort in Vietnam from French colonial time. This land is known for its romantic and charming natural landscape. Visiting Sapa, you cannot miss the chance to visit the following interesting tourist attractions.


Travelling to Sapa in sunny days, you could admire this spectacular city center with sparkling scenery of plum flower or rainbow of fountain.


1. Cat Cat village

Cat Cat village is an ethnic village of the H’mong near Sapa town. This is a well – known tourist attraction that you cannot miss. In this village, you will have a golden chance to experience the traditional culture of the Mong people through the colourful brocade and the unique house architecture here. Houses here are made mainly of wood with worship space, kitchen, bedrooms, etc. The main door is always closed and they only open it when there is a wedding or federal.


2. Ham Rong mountain

Ham Rong mountain is located right in the heart of Sapa town. You have to buy entrance tickets to visit this magnificent mountain. To get to Ham Rong, you need to walk through hundreds of stone steps. This is the world of flowers with lots of different colors. When you get to the top of the mountain, you are bound to see a panorama of the whole town – a wonderful scene that you don’t want to miss.


3.  Fansipan summit

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Indochina. Standing on ‘the roof of Indochina’ is the dream of many young people. This is probably the place that tourists want to visit most in Sapa.  The feeling of standing on the height of 3.143 m breathing the fresh air and taking photos with your dear ones is sure to be the experience that not everyone can have.


However, nowadays, standing on Fansipan summit is no longer a distant dream when the way to conquer the summit is made much more easier with a cable system. This system is being built and will soon finish.

4. The old stone church 

This church is located in the central of Sapa town and was built of stones in the style of Roman Gothic architecture. Tourists love this place for its European surrounding scenes. The ancient beauty of the church is sure to make your trip to Sapa unforgettable.


The stone church is glimmering both at dawn and at night time.


5. Ta Phin village, Ta Van village, Lao Chai village

The ethnic villages are the places that you cannot miss in your itinerary.

Visiting these ethnic villages creates a chance for you to experience the life of a local resident. The traditional culture and ethnic identities are sure to bring you an unforgettable memory.


Also, you can buy the local jewelries or brocade textiles here. More interestingly, you can have a chance to try a special service – medicinal bathing. This is a local feature of the indigenous Red Dao.

6. Silver waterfall, Cat Cat waterfall, Love waterfall, Gold waterfall.

The famous waterfalls associated with many legends and thrilling stories recounted by the locals are sure to fascinate you and your friends. These are the magnificient waterfalls surrounded by a lot of beautiful sceneries.


Another thing that is going to excite you is the extremely interesting and impressive sound created by the flowing waterfall from on high.

Besides, you could also go to Heaven Gate in Sapa to look over the spectacular scenery of moutain and cloud. It is such an unforgetable experience and romatic place for any couple who expect to admire sunset momment as well.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bat Trang Pottery Village

Bat Trang pottery village is located along the Red River in Gia Lam District, Hanoi suburb. Bat Trang means The Great Yard, is a land of skillful craftmen.  This name is formed under Le reign which is the integration between the five families in Bo Bat Su Thanh village. The 5 biggest families including Tran, Vuong, Nguyen, Le,  Pham. They made a meeting  and decided to take some artists, potters and children left the village and migrate  to Thang Long citadle to develop their career.  They stoped at Ming Trang village.


Today the village of Bat Trang Pottery specializes in producing of many different capabilities from: utensils, worshiping, ceramics and fine arts, etc. Here the family retained quality craft passed down by his father, that the products are displayed and sophisticated feature set separately. Products from ceramics  also was well known and exported to many parts of the world.

If you take the bus, you will walk from the gate of the village and go through the Ceramics shops to Ceremic market in the core of Village. If you take a  motobike, let go straight to the Ceremic market. You can learn how to make a pottery. After finishing a ceramic clay, you have to wait for drying. During that time you walk around the village and visit the market. Also take a walk around the village, you can choose the form of buffalo ride, about $ 150k - 200k / truck is about 10 people. Buffalo vehicles will take visitors to go around the village.


You can model a portery. There are many families provide this service. This is how you play and learn how to makea  pottery and processes. It is quite simple: the landlord has given you one huge clods, one little moisture, provide you with one turntable, then you put clods between the turntable and visual delight for the land department. Most of you will make the cup, do dishes, do the usual utensils circle. If you are handy, you can squeeze the shape of animals. After molding is complete, you move on to the drying stage, takes about 30 minutes, during this time you can go out or lunch. Next you get to the stage of painting, decorating products. And finally, workers will paint ball outside to keep the product more durable over time. The cost for each product around VND30,000 - VND50,000. There are plenty of families are along the road from beginning to the end in the market. When visiting these families you can ask them about the process of making pottery, history, or simply watch them do it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Seven typical dishes of Vietnam in wish list of Foreigners when coming to Vietnam

Vietnam cuisine is quite diverse and rich. The various flavors and colors feature clearly the culture of Vietnam cuisine. Some rustic dishes such as noodles, bread, noodle soup, fried rice noodles, spring rolls, sticky banana or roasted egg coffee …could fascinate many tourists.

Pho ( Rice noodle )

Pho is a traditional dish of Vietnam, is also seen as typical dish of Vietnam cuisine.  According to Business Insider Magazine, Pho topped the list of 40 dishes that you should try once in your life.

The main component of pho is soup and rice noodle, along with sliced beef or chicken. Also it is served with onions, coriander and a little price to make up the characteristics flavor of Pho.


Guests also can add some spice flavor like pepper, soy sauce, chili sauce...This depends on your taste. Pho is served hot. Pho soup is delicious with "recipes". Pho Vietnam is quite diverse, noodles originated from the north and then expand into Central and South, each domain has a bold flavor noodles separately. A tourist from all over the world to come to Vietnam, all praise and said Pho is the most popular dish when they set foot on the piece of land shaped like the letter S.

Bread

"Vietnam bread is finest in the world" – A reporter from BBC said.  In 2013, According to National Geographic magazine, Nha trang bread is considered as one of the 11 best street foods in the world.


Saigon Bread topped the list of 12 street foods by Nast Traveler – an American magazine. Recently, Vietnam bread is also voted as one of the 5 best street foods in the world by Canada.com
Bread with crispy outer skin, gut in dense silky captivates many tourists. A delicious loaf completely full of butter, pate, vegetables, pork, beef rolls, sauces, can add a little spicy chili create light. You could feel delicious when reading these words.

Bread is available at all times, everywhere in the daily life of Vietnam people. Bread is fast food for breakfast of pupils, students, workers because of it’s reasonably price.

Bún riêu (a Vietnamese crab vermicelli soup)

Crab vermicelli noodles also known as crab soup is a specialty of Vietnam and is well known to the world. Bun Crab elected to the list of food street of Asia's most attractive CNN in 2012.

A bowl of noodle soup includes plain rice noodles and crab soup. Crab soup made from crab, crab body pounding, tomatoes, tofu ... When eating noodle soup can add a little peace shrimp sauce to taste more tasty noodle bowl.


Noodle soup is a dish with sour purification, food is very cool in summer, warm in winter, and the people of Vietnam should be favored. Guests can catch the crab noodle shops selling sidewalk along the street.

Bun Cha

Fried noodle dish in northern Vietnam is the most popular in Hanoi. Bun cha Northern similar bun barbecue in Central and Southern. Familiar dishes of Hanoi people have entered the list of 10 best street foods the world over the results of visitors voted on January 11/2014 National Geographic.


Bun cha often simultaneously two kinds of dumplings and spring rolls are pieces. Rolls are made from lean minced pork shoulder mixed with some spices like salt, pepper, fish sauce, sugar, dried onion bun cha ... How do quite simple but delicious fried noodles have a secret sauce, sweet and sour premium there!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Three means of transportation when traveling Vung Tau

Vung Tau is an extremely attractive tourist destination for people HCM City for various reasons, the most important of which is not too far distance. From Saigon, there are many options for tourists to Vung Tau, including 3 vehicles used most hydrofoil, buses, and motorcycles.

Hydrofoil

Hydrofoil has been considered as one of the means of quick and convenient to go from Saigon to Vung Tau. Derived from Nha Rong Wharf in Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can take about 1 hour 30 minutes to sit ship to Cau Da port area in Vung Tau. Featuring fast (fastest in the media) and not get drunk car, sun and wind while moving, hydrofoil received the support of domestic and foreign tourists.


Due to the incident on the day 01.20.2014, hydrofoil temporarily inactive, but recently, on 23/12/2014, hydrofoil was assured of the top criteria for safety and continue to operate at a cost of around 200,000 VND - 250,000đ / person / one way for adults and 100,000 VND / person / trip with children. Train operates from 6 am to 17 pm, on a range of 1 hour will be a train from Saigon.

Bus

Tourism Vehicles, also known as shuttle bus is the means used most when moving from Saigon to Vung Tau. The most simple is that you go to the Eastern bus station and contact the box office; you will be introduced to the online bus ride to Vung Tau with the average price is 100,000đ / ticket.

Passenger will have a perfect vehicle if you do not get car sick. Rates, time of movement is pretty fast, only takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes to go from Saigon to Vung Tau, and also very flexible, about 15 minutes there will be a ride from Saigon to Vung Tau and activities continuously from 4 am to 18h pm.

However, you need to avoid some cheap bus, the bus is crammed all the guests to carry large amounts of people and goods as possible. A number of reputable car company you can choose the Phuong Trang, Hoa Mai and Kumho Samco. In particular, the Phuong Trang is reliable company to book bus ticket.

There's also a tourist bus route specifically for passengers who want to travel Vung Tau. When landing at Tan Son Nhat airport, buses will take you straight to Vung Tau without having to move away from Thanh Mien Dong Bus station. You contact stewardess on the plane or airport staff to book tickets and pay directly.

Motorbike

As well as tourist bus, motorbike is a familiar means to travel to Vung Tau. It also means of transportation for young people. It takes about 2 hours by motorbike; you will be at the sunny and windy city - Vung Tau. Along the way there are plenty of cafes hammocks for you to rest, take some photos together.