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The famous rice noodle of 3 regions you should try while traveling

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Cuisine, Vietnam cuisine | 0 comments

While the North has the rice noodle with grilled meat balls; there are beef noodle or jellyfish noodle of the central region; the South has the typical noodle soup with shrimp paste. Each region has its own subtle cuisine style. Below are some the rice noodle soup you should try when you are traveling.

Hanoi style rice noodle with grilled meat balls

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Hanoi has no shortage of good food, but to understand a part of Hanoi cuisine, you should not miss enjoying the rice noodle with grilled meat balls. Like Pho, this dish is present in almost all the streets, alleys with different variations. In which, the most common one is the dish of noodles with a bowl of mixture sauce of kohlrabi and carrot pieces, including grilled meat balls and pieces. Especially, in Hanoi, there is one cooking class course taken place at home named Hanoi home cooking class organized by Ultimate Hanoi Adventures, you can not only learn how to cook many traditional dishes of Vietnam but also know more about Vietnamese cuisine for each region.

Grilled meat balls are made from pieces of sliced pork, which are marinated with spices, then grilled on charcoal until it turns brown yellow. This kind of dish is very easy to eat so it is suitable for hot sunny days. While eating, adding some fresh herbs will become more delicious. You can visit Hang Manh Street, Hang Than, Bach Mai and Dong Xuan Market to enjoy it.

Hai Phong prawn noodle

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As typical dish of port land, today it is one of your favorite shrimp noodles in many parts of the country because of specific flavor. The essential ingredients of this dish are rice noodles and prawn, accompanied with some herbs and vegetables like spinach… Unlike conventional noodle soups, the broth of this dish is made from shrimp and sweet bones so it is naturally sweet.

When serving, a bowl of noodle soup with prawn will be added with fried meat betel rolls, fried fish, and some stir fried ear wood slices or water celery. If you want to try this one, you can come to Luong Khanh Thien Street, Tran Quang Khai Street or Cat Dai Street.

Hue style noodle soup with beef

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It is no need to go to Hue to enjoy this dish, but if you have the opportunity to come here, you should try to feel its own flavor. Features of Hue beef noodle soup are big, round, long and white noodles; and typically red broth. On the top will be some beef slices, Hue pork rolls and simmered pig legs.

When eating, Hue style beef noodle soup will be served with lemon, chili, herbs, bean sprouts and banana flower slices. Spices and rich aroma of shrimp sauce (mắm tôm) create very specific taste for this dish. Do you want to cook this kind of food? If you like, please come to us, Hanoi home-cooking class, to learn how to make it and enjoy the dish.

Some Hue beef noodle restaurants in the city where visitors can visit are located on Bach Dang Street, Le Duan, Nguyen Du, Nguyen Sinh Cung, Thuong Bac and Ly Thuong Kiet.

Nha Trang jellyfish rice noodle soup

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Exotic taste and specialty in Nha Trang are the reasons that you should try the jellyfish noodle soup when traveling to the coastal city of Khanh Hoa. Although the soup is not eye-catchy on color as its ingredients are mainly rice noodle and jellyfish, it attracts a lot of tourists by its typical flavor. The jellyfish after cooked has to be still naturally sweet and crunchy. The broth made from the fish makes the dish more delicious.

You can eat with the fried pork rolls and herbs. After ladling the broth into the bowl of rice noodle with jellyfish to enjoy, you will feel the sea flavor. Thus, it can be said that no matter how many tasty specialties, Nha Trang still captures the visitors by simple but strangely palatable bowls jellyfish noodle soup. Phan Boi Chau Street, Ngo Gia Tu Street, Han Thuyen Street are the trustful addresses for you to enjoy this kind of dish while visiting Nha Trang.

While you are in Hanoi, no worries, join Hanoi cooking class at home, you get to explore a variety of food from lots of regions in Vietnam with their specialties. Led by the famous chef named Phan Hang, this lady teaches you how to cook them and pick ingredients.

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Discover Ba Na Hills of Da Nang City one day

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Attractions | 0 comments

Vietnam is such a beautiful country, full of tourist attractions that every traveler from all walks of life do not want to miss. The moment you started planning to visit Vietnam, you will surely list down all the places that you want to visit. It could be in the North, in the central or in the South of Vietnam. If only you have ample time to spend, you will surely want to explore all of them.

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One of the most visited spots in Vietnam is Da Nang City. There are many different tourist attractions in Da Nang City, but if you have a day to tour the place, you will have to choose one among those beautiful spots. The Ba Na Hills on the Truong Son Mountain must be your top most choice. Why will you choose the Ba Na Hills? It is enough reason to say that this place is perfect for a tourist, especially those who are traveling with their friends, family or loved ones.

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You will surely enjoy the scenery in the Ba Na Hills, especially if you can discover the deepest beauty of nature given to the Ba Na Hills. You will surely have a day to remember and a precious experience to keep for the rest of your life.

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If you are thinking about climbing the mountain, your day will not be enough to reach the top of the Ba Na Hills. Cable cars are available, anyway, so there will be no worry about how you are going to arrive there. Before you reach the top of the Ba Na Hills, you have to go to Suoi Mo station and jump on the cable car. With the cable cars, you will feel relaxed. All you have to do is take your seat and enjoy the view. Your tour guide will be there to accompany you whole day, so keep yourself busy embracing the freshness of the air and looking at the green and clean environment.

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A wonderful day trip to Bavi

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Last week, I just had a wonderful visit to Bavi with my friends so now I’d like to share our experiences and travel guide to anyone who is about to go there.

Preparing for a safe adventure, you need a manual motorbike or semi-automatic one for your travel adventure. (From Hanoi, you can come visit James Hanoi Motorbike to have a look their wide range of motorbikes from manual, semi to automatic bikes. They specialize in providing motorbike rentals or sales) You should bring your necessary things such as a thin jacket upon arrival in the Upper temple (located on the top of the Bavi mountain, at an altitude of more than 1200 m, the temperature will decrease drastically).

In addition, you remember to buy anti-allergy medicine or mosquito repellents because we go into the forest, there are so many insects and mosquitoes as well. This is a must have thing, and don’t forget to fill with gas for your bike before traveling.

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Our adventure started at 6:00 am, the sky was very clear and loved the atmosphere and the air in early morning. I rode along with Thang Long freeway by the West direction. For backpackers departing from Hanoi Old Quarter, this is the best way to get to Ba Vi mountain because Thang Long freeway is very wide and clean. At the end of this freeway, you turn right and then ride pass Son Tay center town ( intersection of 105 hospital) and turn left and pass Xuan Khanh village and keep going ahead until reach Ba Vi National Park sign and then go into and purchase tickets. It costs one dollar. Unlike Cuc Phuong national park, we are allowed to drive into the Bavi park, what a great experience.

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Using a manual bike or semi-automatic on the sloping or winding road is suitable

My arrival at 7:30am, the weather was very perfect. Entering the national park, you could easily admire the stunning scenery while driving a manual bike while. Along with the road to the Temple, we have a break spot where you can stop for awhile and take pictures. Upon arrival in the temple, you have to park your bike at the foot of the temple and then you hike a bit to visit Uncle Ho temple and Upper Temple. This adventure sounds a bit exhausted for girls but I think any backpackers, you guys are still able to make it.

According to our itineraries, initially, we hiked to Uncle Ho temple and then went ahead Upper temple that is dedicated Mountain God. Here, the scenery was very beautiful, you get to capture a lots of nice photos. Below was a white color of the clouds mixed with the green of the mountains, and the winding river of Ha Giang creates a charming painting. It totally took 2 hours for hiking.

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Here we sampled a lot of tasty food such as Wild pork, birds and frogs

After a hike, while we’re riding down to the foot of the mountain, we felt tired and hungry so we decided to stop at one restaurant to enjoy their specialties here to add more energy to keep the rest of travel. We got to the main road and looked for a restaurant and we saw one with a sign sounds very rustic “Palm leaf” restaurant. No doubt, we got into this restaurant and enjoy food here. This was a very large space closed to nature. Fortunately, as a amateur photographer like me, I still got to capture a lot of nice natural photos. One of the things i like the most was a orchid garden and the food here were very fantastic and they seemed to be planted here by themselves. We also were recommended their menu with their specialties and reasonable prices.

After lunch at “Palm leave” restaurant, we continued our adventures at 2pm and the next visit was the Thien Son natural reserve. In fact, there are many other destinations left such as waterfall of love; skyland cave; Ao vua stream. But our opinions, Thien son natural reserve was the most beautiful, here you get to take great pictures of nature.
In addition, you can enjoy the cold water at the waterfall of Heaven gate that pours white water above. What the magnificent scenery.

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Our travel ended at 3:30pm by snack food at a restaurant at Thien Son natural reserve. And 2 hour on the way back to Hanoi left us a regrettable feeling. Definitely we come back to Bavi mountain soon to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Hopefully the information above bring you useful tips

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Explore a “Museum” tour

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Festival and Culture | 0 comments

Whatever your interest, there is probably a museum devoted to it. Nguyen Duy Duc takes us on a virtual tour of some of the world’s countless museums

The English word museum” comes from the Greek and refers to a temple to the mythical Muses, where scholars studied art. The Greek philosopher and astronomer Ptolemee established an art research center in Alexandria in 208 B.C. Centuries before the start of the Christian era there were museums in Athens.

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Later, the concept of a museum was expanded to include spaces containing art collections owned by private individuals. The owner would decide who could or could not enter.

Museums that were officially open to the public appeared during the Renaissance. In 1471 Pope Sixtus IV presented an impressive collection of sculptures to the people of Rome. But it wasn’t until the middle as well as upper classes were allowed to enter museums in the 1600s that museums became hugely popular. In Europe at the end of 17th and beginning of the 18th century, some museums were so popular that people had to buy tickets weeks in advance.

Nowadays, even small towns boast a museum or two. Whether visitors love art, military history or virtually any topic imaginable, there is a museum devoted to their interest. Museums offer entertainment and information, programs devoted to art and culture, and souvenirs and books that can’t be found in regular tourist shops.

Join the queue

While many countries try and fail to attract one million foreign tourists per year, some museums located in the world’s most popular tourist destinations attract as many as two million visitors per year. Worldwide, 42 museums attract more than one million visitors each year. Leading the pack is the Louvre in Paris, France.

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Home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, over the last three years the Louvre lured 8.5 million visitors through its doors. Other highly popular museums include the British Museum (UK), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), the Centre Pompidou (France), the Museo Nacional del Prado (Spain) and the National Museum of Korea (South Korea) or a robust harbor city-Bruges – the “Belgian Venice

Weird and wonderful

The human imagination is limitless, as revealed by the world’s strangest museums. If you’re looking for oddities head to France, where 1,000 of the country’s 10,000 registered museums are classified as “strange”. Would you like to visit a museum devoted to snails, broken crockery or deformities? Perhaps a hearse museum might be more to your liking, or else a museum packed with sewer caps.

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Belgium, meanwhile, is home to a museum devoted to underwear. Germany, not surprisingly, has a sausage museum. In Thailand you’ll find a condom museum and an opium museum. India, meanwhile, has a museum devoted to toilets.

While some museums focus on specific objects, others focus on a single concept or event. In Croatia there’s a museum that seeks to explain the regions ethnic conflict. There’s a museum in the United States that examines the assassination of President Kennedy. Another American museum is devoted to ventriloquists. Japan, meanwhile, is home to a museum devoted to parasites that plague humans. Less deadly, but perhaps more poignant, is the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Here, visitors will find mementos from failed relationships with brief notes about the objects’ significance and what went wrong.

Have you visited a museum lately? If not, what are you waiting for?

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Street food at the international corner Ta Hien

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Cuisine, Vietnam cuisine | 0 comments

Ta Hien Street is famous for a lot of tasty street foods such as Southern style beef noodle soup, roasted birds, fried spring rolls, fried fermented pork rolls and a “heaven” for foreign tourists when visiting Hanoi.

Southern style beef noodle soup

Ta Hien Street is small and long just with a few hundreds of meters, but it is the familiar place of domestic and international tourists with the exchange of different cultures. Along the street is so many street stalls close together with lots of customers. So, you can find all kinds of street foods in Hanoi like fried fermented pork rolls, fried potato. In which, you should not miss a chance to try Southern style beef noodle soup.

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Although the street stall is small with narrow space, you can find it easily with the typical aroma of stir fried beef with garlic. Similar to other restaurants in Hanoi, the dish basically includes vermicelli, bean sprouts, herbs, cucumber, fried onion and stir fried beef with garlic.
Just after customers order will the owner stir fry beef quickly and make the noodle soup. So, the dish is always hot and the beef is not tough at all. While eating, you need to mix all ingredients together. What makes the kind of noodle soup more special is the sweet and sour dipping sauce. You will clearly feel the harmonious tastes of ingredients from the buttery of peanuts, the crunchiness of bean sprouts to the flavor of fresh herbs.

Taste some kinds of rice noodle soup in Vietnam, must try!

To make the beef noodle soup delicious, choosing ingredients is the important step. Fresh beef is marinated with sugar, fish sauce, pepper and other spices. Bean sprouts and herbs need to be fresh. Specially, the broth mixture is not too sweet or too sour. Price for a bowl of Southern style noodle soup is around 35.000 VND (equivalently $1.6)

Roasted birds

With the gourmets, roasted birds in Ta Hien Street is no longer strange to them because it has appeared for nearly 20 years. The small restaurant selling this dish is simply decorated with the design of ancient but cozy house and opens from 2pm to 10pm. Price for a roasted bird is about 100.000 VND (equivalently $4.5).

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A lot of locals and foreign visitors come to this place to enjoy two main dishes which are roasted quails and roasted doves. As the owner said, it takes about 5 hours to marinate the birds before roasting it on the charcoal until it turn golden brown and aromatic.

When serving, a plate of roasted birds will be very hot with the crunchy skins outside and sweet soft meat inside. The meat will be dipped in the mixture of salt, pepper and lemon to get the salty, spicy and sour tastes.

If you have great chance to travel to Vietnam and visit Hanoi, you can try to enjoy these kinds of delicious dishes in Ta Hien Street. If you want a companion to take you around, we are willing to help you with a Hanoi street food walking tour with a local guide Ducivan who has 2 years of experience guiding the food tours around Hanoi with best foods. We really recommend this guide, he is excellent and friendly.

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A cultural explorer

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Festival and Culture | 0 comments

Cutural researcher and photographer Nguyen Van Ku has authored and co-authored several interesting books about Vietnam’s diverse cultures, including ones about the Chams, the Central Highland, and about pagodas in Southern Vietnam. Heritage met the Mr. Nguyen Van Ku to discuss his passion for preserving Vietnam’s cultural heritage

Heritage: You have written many books about Cham culture. What draws you to this subject?
Mr. NVK: I got my first impression of Cham culture nearly 40 years ago when I visited the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. I was mesmerized by the carvings of Shiva and Uma and the dancers’ pedestal of Tra Kieu. I strongly admire the Cham civilization with its unique and flourishing culture as seen through many temples, palaces, sculptures, antique steles, etc.

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exhibits in museum of cham sculpture

Heritage: Your photo book “Cham Cultural Herritage” was voted the best multilingual book by the Vietnam Book of Records. Why did you decide to republish the 3rd edition in the ancient language of the Chams and Cham Latin?

Mr. NVK: The book was published in five languages, including Vietnamese, traditional Cham, Cham Latin, English and French with an aim to widely introduce the cultural values of the Cham civilization to audiences all over the world. Most importantly, I wanted to present this book as a gift to the Cham people because they are the descendants of the owners of this valuable cultural heritage. I was thrilled to receive a lot of positive feedback from the Cham community. The book creates a path for the young generation to return to their previous era of culture, which deserves its own identity in the past, present and future. I hope that by reading this book in the ancient language of the Cham people, the Cham elders will have the opportunity to teach the young generations about this language as well as about Cham culture.

Discover the spectacular nature place at the central region of Vietnam

Heritage: You have also co-authored many books about Vietnamese pagodas and temples. Why are you passionate about this subject?

Mr. NVK: Communal houses and pagodas play a critical role in the cultural life of the community. These are cultural museums bequeathed by history, which stand for local beliefs and as places for spiritual activities such as traditional festivals and rituals. I have traveled a lot and visited many communal houses and temples all over the country. My desire is to preserve the unique culture of Vietnamese pagodas in a systematic manner. The books I co-authored contain the most succinct information and the most impressive images of 108 communal houses and 122 temples in Vietnam. The 5th edition of the book “Vietnamese Pagodas” introduces typical temples in Vietnam from the beginning of the first millennium AD, through the Dinh, Le, Ly, Tran and Nguyen Dynasties to the present and also recently reconstructed and newly built temples such as Non Temple in Hanoi, Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh, Thanh Long Pagoda in Binh Phuoc, etc. The book also illustrates temples on the Spratly Islands, shedding light on the traditional beliefs of Vietnamese people in remote areas, and sending a passionate message to the people living there, who are dedicating their lives to the cause of national defense.

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Festival at the communal house of central highland

Heritage: Your journey is ongoing. What are your plans?

Mr. NVK: I am happy to have great opportunities to travel and visit many places. Luckily, I am very healthy and travel is good for one’s health. By my side there are always teachers and friends who are great authorities in culture, history and archeology, such as Professor Pham Huy Thong, Professor Ha Van Tan, Historian Le Van Lan, Associate professor Ngo Van Doanh, Dr. Luu Hung, etc. My trips bring me great opportunities to search for information and take documentary photos in an attempt to preserve invaluable national cultural values. I have finished a manuscript of the third edition of “Vietnamese Communal Houses”. I also plan to publish the sixth edition of “Vietnamese Pagodas” including Vietnamese pagodas overseas.

The ancient Cham civilization, the culture of the Central Highlands, and Vietnamese communal houses and pagodas bring me endless inspiration. I am always looking for additional information so that audiences have the chance to keep reading.

Heritage: Thanks and all the best.

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“Blue Gem” Phu Ninh Lake amongst the harsh central region of Vietnam

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Attractions | 0 comments

With wild beauty covered by spectacular nature, Phu Ninh Lake is regarded as the “blue gem” amongst the blue sky and immense land of the harsh central region in Vietnam.

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Far from Tam Ky, Quang Nam about 7 km, Phu Ninh Lake is loved by the locals and called “Blue gem”. In the sweltering weather, blazing sun of Central region, Phu Ninh Lake appears with the wide space with the blue color, diverse flora species, beautiful mountains, more magnificent oasis amongst the immense waves.

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Phu Ninh Lake is surrounded by green forests, mountains, poetic streams along with the same green color stretching to infinity. Coming to Phu Ninh Lake, you will feel the wild beauty, coolness, unique natural scenery, which are is not inferior to any famous tourist destinations in Vietnam. Even a lot of backpackers prefer calling this place with the name “Maldives Paradise” of Quang Nam. Organized by Ultimate Hanoi Adventures, this local operator offer local experiences with the getaway to non-touristy place like Phu Ninh lake. You guys will get to enjoy the peaceful and get the joy of your travel.

Phu Ninh lake has about 30 large and small islets

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Phu Ninh lake has about 30 large and small islets which are known by names like Turtle Island, Monkey Island and so on. After getting on the boat, the journey to discover paradise Quang will become more mysterious than ever. Cool breeze and warm voices of the girl guides will capture the visitors’ minds.

In addition to discovery, you will have great chance to explore the hot water sprayed directly from the lake bottom and run via a rubber tube for customers to use. Hot water is circulated all day and night so even here at the day time, you can still touch and merrily play with the underground hot water of the lake. For the springs that are cold, you still step into the water with the bare feet to feel.

Guests have the opportunity to visit many interesting places

Once visiting Phu Ninh, you can not give up on halfway by lake beauty as the elegant but attractive girl. Feeling comfortable to sit on the boats to watch our shadows under water or experiencing a night in the lake with the fog spreading fancifully to hear the mysterious stories will be unforgettable memories.

With Phu Ninh Tourism, visitors not only admire the rich ecosystem, spacious green space, but also to discover the places, historical monuments from Khanh Tho forbidden forest, Coc Ba Cay, Ao Lay and Ky Thinh, Cam Khe to the tunnel area Ky Anh – one of the famous legends of the war in the ground from the previous century.

Don’t miss destinations in Ninh Binh province

Amur in Phu Ninh Lake is very tasty

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Do not forget to enjoy the Amur directly in the lake. Especially in the moonlit night, doing camping fire and catching the fish to grill it at the lake is a great experience. The carp in Phu Ninh Lake is delicious and fresh. Amur salad is one of the cannot-miss specialties when coming to Phu Ninh. If lucky, you can catch fish that weighs tens of kilograms.

Mountains and forests around the lake

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If you want to enjoy all the beauty of Phu Ninh Lake, continue driving up to Tam Lanh road. Standing on this path, you will see a bigger picture of the lake with mountains, forests and immense sky. Spectacular landscapes, the sound of birds, the sound of gurgling streams will dispel your worries and sorrow, and you just want to stand here alone to embrace Phu Ninh Lake forever, to feel something more peaceful and comfortable.

Paradise amongst the scorching sun in Central region of Vietnam

It will be definitely a wonderful experience for you to come and feel the picturesque scene of the lake. From the far distance, you will see so many houses with the smoke releasing from and the sun gradually going down behind the high mountains to give a way to the quiet space, like a beautiful water-color painting. Only after visiting Phu Ninh Lake once, you can fully feel the picturesque beauty of the “paradise” amongst the scorching sunlight of the central region in Vietnam.

It can be said that each destination will impress you in its own way with the unique beauty. All what you need to do is that making a chance to take a tour to and experience because life is the traveling! Ultimate Hanoi Adventures will design different tours for you to choose. Come with us and enjoy the trip!

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Tourist attractions in Ninh Binh Province

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Attractions | 0 comments

Ninh Binh is a southern province of the Northern Delta. The nature favorably gave this land so many amazingly beautiful landscapes, attracting a lot of domestic and international tourists. It is a potential destination in Vietnam.

Ninh Binh Tourism is known for many famous caves such as Tam Coc – Bic Dong, Dich Long, Tien Cave, Hoa Son Cave and so on. Cuc Phuong National Park is well-known for the diverse flora and fauna species, especially 1000-year-old White Meranti tree. This land also treasures lots of cultural, religious and historic relics as Hoa Lu ancient city, Phat Diem Stone Church Complex, Non Nuoc Pagoda, etc. All of these relics have become the attractive destinations for domestic and international visitors.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Site

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Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Site is a landscape regarded as “Halong Bay on land”

Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Site is far from Ninh Binh City about 7km towards the south. It is a famous place in Ninh Binh and regarded as “Halong Bay on land”. There are unique tourism routes such as Tam Coc – Thai Vi – Mua Cave; Thach Bich – Thung Nang; Bich Dong Pagoda – Tien Cave – Chua Cave – Ghe Cave – Chim Valley and Doi Nham ecosystem tourist site. Depending on your time, you can choose to visit one or many visit routes and one of the most popular route about one day trip from Hanoi is Hoa Lu-Tam Coc tour that you can do the guided tour. Otherwise, you can discover the site according to the research-oriented tourism, cave discovery or visit to handicraft villages.

Hoa Lu ancient capital

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Hoa Lu is the capital city of the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam

Unlike the ancient imperial capital of Hue, Hoa Lu is the capital city of the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam. There are currently palace, temples, pagodas and tombs (until Dinh – Le Dynasties). Hoa Lu historic site also has the picturesque pagodas such as Ngan Xuyen Pagoda (near Ma Yen Mountain Foot) and Nhat Tru Pagoda (far from Le King Temple about 200 meters), attracting a number of visitors to Ninh Binh for wandering and sightseeing.

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Bai Dinh Pagoda was built with the largest scale in Vietnam
Far from Ninh Binh City about 15km towards the north, Bai Dinh Pagoda has the largest scale in Vietnam with many records verified like Vietnam’s biggest bell, heaviest bronze-made statue, largest well and so on. Therefore, it is the cannot-miss destination when you take a tour around Ninh Binh

Cuc Phuong National Park

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Cuc Phuong is the home to many kinds of beautiful and rare insects

Far from Hanoi about 120km towards the Southwest, the forest has the total area of 22.200 ha, in which ¾ are Limestone Mountains which are high from 300 meters to 600 meters above the sea level. Cuc Phuong National Park treasures 71 animal species, including 319 bird species, 33 reptile species, 16 amphibians and other rare animals like bears, horses, panthers, etc. In this place, there is a special area for semi-natural breeding to conserve some kinds of animals like deers, Indochinese rhesus macaques, and polatouches and so on. Moreover, Cuc Phuong is the home to many kinds of insects and hundreds of unique birds.

Trang An Ecosystem Tourist Site

Far from the city about 7km, Trang An Ecosystem Tourist Site is the place for tourists to discover the amazing caves to know more about the history and culture of Ninh Binh. Its total area is 1961 ha with 31 valleys, nearly 50 caves stretching over 10km across the river towards the north and historic sites closely attached to Hoa Lu ancient city.
Beside some famous places for Ninh Binh Tourism mentioned above, there are a lot of other attractive sites such as Tien Cave, Hoa Son Cave, Van Trinh Cave, Ga Channel and so on. Just take these suggestions as reference and then, plan for your own trip to Ninh Binh Province as your wish.

Let’s take a visit and discover the beauty of Ninh Binh for your holidays by browsing Hanoi local operator to enjoy these amazing destinations by a package tour

Phat Diem Stone Church

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Phat Diem Stone Church, an architectural masterpiece is one of the tourist attractions in Ninh Binh Province and far from Hanoi 130km towards the south. It is a masterpiece built by vicar Tran Luc (often called “cu Sau” in Vietnamese) from 1875 to 1899. This is a architecture complex according to the combination of the Eastern temple style and Gothic architecture of Western churches, including lakes and ponds, main church, side churches, stone church and stone cave.

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France’s Loire River Valley (Valley of Kings)

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Attractions | 0 comments

France’s Loire River valley is home to stunning scenery and historic chateaux. Since the 11th century, French Kings and Nobles came to the scenic Loire Valley to hunt and relax

Flanking the longest river in France, the Loire Valley is often called the “Valley of Kings”. Since the 11th century, French kings and nobles came to the Loire Valley to hunt and relax. They built magnificent chateaux, more than 100 of which remain today.

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Touring chateaux that date back to the Renaissance is like going back in time. Photo by amyvermillioninteriors

Strolling along the Loire River and gazing at chateaux dating back to the Renaissance is like going back in time. Despite the ups and downs of history, the Loire still boasts a variety of chateaux in diverse styles. The Loire Valley is also one of France’s most famous wine regions, the river lined by lush vineyards. Every wine brand that originates in the Loire is associated with a chateau.

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Most of these chateaux were built during the Middle Ages and Renaissance from white stone or marble. One of the most enticing is the Chateau de Blois, constructed at the behest of the Duke of Chatillon. It comprises four separate wings encircling a public yard and resembles a medieval castle mirrored in the Loire River. In 1498, Blois was made into a royal residence. It accommodated seven kings and nine queens of France. Each symbol in this chateau is linked with a specific figure; Francois I with a fire-breathing dragon; Louis II with a porcupine,… Pillars in the chateau feature carved fleurs de lis, a symbol of the French royal family.

Equally impressive is the Chateau de Chambord, built under the reign of King Francois I (1515 – 1547) and influenced by Renaissance architecture. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage, Chambord measures 156m in length, 56m in height and boasts 440 rooms set in lush forests spanning 4,440 hectares. Home to various kings, Chambord houses a collection of invaluable artefacts that draw visitors from all over the world. Visitors flock here to admire the breathtaking gardens. In 1992 the first International Bonsai Festival took place at this chateau.

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Not far from Chambord lies the chateau of Chenonceau, built between 1513 and 1521. Known as “the Chateau of Ladies”, it is associated with strong Renaissance women. Viewed from afar, Chenonceau seems to float on the water because its outer vaults are built across the Cher River, a small branch of the Loire. The lavish beauty of Chenonceau is further accentuated by two royal gardens.

The chateau of Cheverny to the south of the Loire River has a collection of rare household items. Walls are draped in leather or decorated with old tapestries. Furnishings and ornaments are virtually intact, transporting visitors to the past.

The architectural diversity, historical value and cultural significance of these chateaux make the Loire Valley a marvelous destination.

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10 cannot-miss tourist attractions for traveling to Australia

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Attractions | 0 comments

There are a lot of interesting things to discover and experience for tourists visiting Australia such as discovering the lifestyles of aborigines on the island, relaxing on the beach in the sunlight of the sunset or experiencing the night life of the city and much more.
Located in the middle of Pacific and Indian Ocean, Australia is the world’s largest island country and also the smallest continent.

Below is the suggestion of 10 attractive tourist sites in Australia:

Adelaide

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Adelaide is a center of the south of Australia. It is the third largest city of the country with the population of more than 1.2 million people. Over ¾ population in the south of Australia are living in Adelaide. The city is on a plain between Adelaide Hill and St. Vincent Bay, surrounded by the famous wine hill in Australia. With the long standing history, this place has many churches and building built according to the colonial architecture style.

Darwin

Located along the coastline of the Northern Territory, Darwin has traded with almost the big cities of the country and other nations in Indian Ocean. Despite being destructed heavily under the World War II, Darwin residents were always resilient to fight against the enemies to protect their beloved hometown. Currently, the city becomes one of the most attractive tourism spots in Australia.

Hobart

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Hobart is the city on Tasmania Island with the second long standing history, just after Sydney. With the population of about 250.000 people, Hobart is a small but friendlier city than others in Australia. The city has many construction works according to Georgia and Victoria architecture styles such as Salamanca Place. In which, there was an area for whaling in 1830.

Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland State with the population of approximately 2 million people, making it the third largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne. Brisbane has the warm climate all year around with the beautiful landscapes and hospitable locals. Therefore, this is the most fast-moving city in Australia.

Perth

With the location along the coastline of the southwest in Australia, Perth is the fourth largest city and also the center of the Western Australia. In spite of the thousands years of history, Perth with 2 million inhabitants is now very modern, lively and friendly.

Melbourne

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Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria State. The population in Melbourne is the second largest all over the country. Located on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is the port city and regarded as the cultural center of the nation. The city is famous for shopping, restaurants and sports so it can be said Melbourne is the ideal destination for those who are seeking for experiences of the civilized lifestyle

Cairns

With the tropical climate and the position near Great Barrier Coral reefs, Cairns is one of the most well-known resort stop in Australia. In the corner of the Northwest of Australia, Cairns just have 150.000 residents with the typical features such as many wild animals in the suburban areas. If tourists choose to visit this city, it will be a wonderful experience for adventure trip.

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Alice Springs

Alice Springs has a lot of cliffs and caves with the immense dessert landscape. It also has the aborigines living in the remote areas. It is the ancient land of Australia, especially, remote area Red Centre which has the interesting sites for adventure travels such as Uluru / Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and Kings Canyon

Great Barrier Reef

One of the top tourism destinations for the explorers and divers is Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef in the world. Its location is in the Coral Sea, outside Queensland State. The coral reef consists of more than 2.900 coral species from hundreds of islands. Here, there are millions of microorganisms living about millions of years ago
Great Barrier Reef has the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Thus, it is a tourist attraction for those who want to discover Australia

Sydney

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Located on the coastline of the southeast of Australia, Sydney is the center of New South Wales State. It is a modern city with the long standing history and splendid landscapes. The port area has inhabitants living thousands of years ago. In 1780, the criminals were sent to this city in Australia
Nowadays, Sydney is the top tourist destination of the county and famous for Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House which are both symbolic to the city

In conclusion, you should take a visit to Australia to experience and discover the tourist sites of the country and get more memories.

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