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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.

Danang Bana hill tour

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.

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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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