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26 Mar

Must know in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City now is vibrant and charming, filled with friendly people, an alluring culture and all the conveniences of a modern city. The city is considered the economic, cultural, scientific and technological hub of the country. You will be surprised by many interesting things that this beautiful city has to offer on your visit. But you need to know a little about this place to help you have an enjoyable trip in Ho Chi Minh City. 1. Climate – Unlike Hanoi or other Northern parts...

26 Feb

Vietnam Local food

  The spectrum of Vietnamese dishes is surprisingly refined and diverse for such a small country. Each city -- even each village -- may have its own list of unique local specialties. Even common national dishes vary dramatically in the way that each community prepares and serves them. This is a list of popular dishes found in Vietnam cuisine. PEANUT PLAIN RICE FLAN DIPPED IN SEASONING SAUCE (Bánh đúc lạc chấm tương bần)                                                                                                       Peanut plain rice flan This dish is rather popular in the north, made out of plain rice flour mixed with...

26 Feb

Pho for Connaisseur

When talking about pho, the first imagery evoked is of the streets: the sidewalks and lanes where steam­ing soup is served. Hanoians have gotten used to eating pho as a momentary escape from the excit­ing city life. Leaning over a bowl of pho, its fragrant steam in your face, you can temporarily go back to the Vietnamese traditional cul­ture of drinking and eating. As life modernizes, so does the pho industry. Today, there are many pho restaurants emerging with unique styles. For instance, restaurant Pho Vuong is known in Hanoi among...

25 Feb


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7 Feb

Must know in Hanoi

The beauty of Hanoi (by Hung Viet Cao) Hanoi is among the most favorite destinations of all foreign travelers to Vietnam. So, here are some important remarks you need to know to get deep in an enjoyable trip in Hanoi.   1. Climate -- Hanoi experiences a typical climate of northern Vietnam. Here witnesses an intolerable mix of heat and humidity in the summer (June-August), a pleasant shower-splashed spring (March – May), a gorgeous walking-in-the-park-every-day fall (September – November) and a cold yet humid winter (December – February).  So, you should pay attention...

7 Feb

Vietnam accommodation guide

Vietnam Accommodation With door-open policy, Vietnam has become an increasingly attractive destination among foreign travelers. As such, there are a number of both luxury and budget accommodations available along Vietnam, especially in tourist cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Dalat, Danang, Hue and Hoi An, catering for all needs of accommodation of travelers coming to this land, from the 5-star high end family holiday to the back-packers budget rest-place. Travelers often have two options to book a Vietnam hotel room. The first one is to directly book with...

6 Feb

Thit kho tau (Caramelized Pork)

Ingredients   • Bacon 600g •White sugar 01 tbsp • Fish sauce 01 tbsp • Soy sauce 03 tbsp   Wash the meat. Cut into cubes of about 2 cm x 5cm x 1Ocm (see picture). Marinate in fish and soy sauce for about 15 minutes. Combine fish sauce, soy sauce, sweet fennel, cinnamon, cardamom and water. Boil this mixture in a pan for 15 minutes, then add the marinated meat and bring to a boil again. Remove any foam and reduce heat, cooking the meat over a low heat until tender (about 30 minutes). Add sugar. Remove the cover and...

6 Feb

KOTO – to teach one is to know one

While traveling in Vietnam, a young Vietnamese-Australian name Jimmy Pham befriended some Hanoi street children. Three years later, Mr. Pham founded Koto, a not-for-profit deli, which trains and supports Hanoi street children. “He heard their stories and realized they had no stability in their lives”, explains Koto’s manager, Tran Thu Huong. “He’s been supporting them for over three years. He rented a house for 10 kids, bought them food, clothes and paid for them to go to school”.  "At the moment the project supports them," explains Ms. Huong, "Later they will...

6 Feb

Tet jams

No Vietnamese New Year party is complete without a tray of mut, or candied fruits and vegetables. Mut is made from all sorts of fruit, including mandarin oranges, apples, bananas, coconuts, persimmons and breadfruit. Vegetables like potatoes, carrots and squash are also turned into mut, as are certain type of blossoms. The most famous variety of mut is made from rose petals or peach blossoms. The raw materials are cleaned and peeled, then soaked in sugar and cooked until dry. Other types of mut have the sticky consistency of jam. Some...

5 Feb

Vietnam local favorites

Field cabbage with mushroom sauce (Cai xanh sot nam)                                                                                                           Field cabbage with mushrooms sauce                 This cabbage is grown in mountainous areas, mostly around Sapa, so it has a bitter taste, unlike most veg­etables in the Delta. Sautee cabbage with mushroom, then add sauce made of mushrooms and chopped peanuts. Enjoy this fragrant dish with riceFried pig feet (Mong gio chien)                                                                                                                                                  ...