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‘Manh cong’ cake – authentic flavor of ancient Ha Noi

‘Manh cong’ cake is an ancient Ha Noi dessert that embodies the ancient tastes and also the spiritual values of Viet Nam’s capital city.   ‘Manh cong’ is a kind of Herbaceous plant, which can be found growing wild in forests,…

Folk Paintings

Folk paintings are a combination of traditional cultural values with ancient artistic methods that have been created through the labour of past generations. There are two types of Vietnamese folk paintings, Tet (Lunar New Year Festival) paintings and worshipping paintings. …

Worship of Ancestor Custom

A very popular belief among Vietnamese is the custom of the ancestor cult. In every household, an ancestor altar is installed in the most solemn location.  Vietnamese believe that the soul of a dead person, even if dead for many…

A bustling flea market in Tay Bac

Flea markets are one of the unique cultural traits of ethnic minority groups in Tay Bac, the mountainous region in the north-west of Vietnam.  Among many such convergence venues for ethnic minority people, a bustling flea market along the Da…

Vietnam traditional music: Ca Tru Performance

The music is a geisha-like form of entertainment, which combined entertaining wealthy people with performing religious songs for the royal court. A good way for tourists to experience local culture in Hanoi is to attend a live Ca Truperformance, a traditional…

Vietnam Summer Desserts

There are millions of ways to enjoy the cool, sweet taste of summer in Vietnam, so here are some of our favorites. You could find these delicious desserts at any of the big cities in Vietnam, like Hanoi, HCMC, and…

Vietnam Visa exemption extended for five European countries

The Government has agreed to extend a visa exemption policy for citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Accordingly, Viet Nam will grant visa exemptions to citizens from the…

Hoang Su Phi terraced fields in rainy season

The fairy scene of the terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi is a worthy gift for tourists who overcome a long road full of obstacles. Hoang Su Phi is a district of Ha Giang, which is around 5 hours away…

Visiting riverside Kim Lan pottery village

Lying on the banks of Red River, Kim Lan pottery village in Gia Lam district, Hanoi has a more than 1,000 year-history of making of ceramics.

New rooftop restaurant for romance and views in Hanoi

We were desperately searching for a respite from the scorching hot weather that the capital city experienced a week or so ago when a friend suggested the Rooftop. Can’t go wrong with that name, we thought, imagining a beautifully landscaped garden…

Street food isn’t as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi

Hanoi teems with sidewalk life. Motorbikes beep as they zoom past, pushing you closer to the woman washing chickens on the sidewalk who’s crouched in front of a cafe packed with people drinking egg coffees or local beer. It’s also…

Hanoi double-decker sightseeing bus trials

Hanoi’s leading bus operator Transerco has commenced with the trial of sightseeing bus tour services using double-decker buses, offering tourists a new choice to explore the capital city. Known as City Tour, the service follows a loop route that starts…

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