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Nha nhac, Vietnamese Court Music – An Intangible Cultural Heritage

On November 7, 2003, UNESCO bestowed world heritage status on 28 relics of nations as masterpieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Among the 11 masterpieces of Asia, nha nhac (royal music) represents the first intangible legacy of Viet…

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…

Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve

Location: Ly Nhon Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, 50km from the city’s centre. Characteristic: Can Gio Mangrove Forest was recognized as World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2000. Is is the first biosphere reserve in Viet Nam and is…

Notre Dame Cathedral starts restoration

The Notre Dame Cathedral, which is situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, began restoration last Friday, marking the first overhaul after 137 years of its existence. Multiple parts of the old structure, including its roof and windows,…

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…

Fermented bee larvae: a gift of the Mekong Delta’s cajuput forest

  Cajuput trees bloom in November, feeding large numbers of honey bees in the Mekong Delta’s U Minh Forest. As local hunters plunder the hives of honey, they often grab a few larvae to eat as a prized source of…

Festival promotes culture of Cai Rang Floating Market

The second Cai Rang Floating Market Culture and Tourism Festival kicked off in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on July 7. The event marks one year since the “Culture of the Cai Rang Floating Market” was recognised national…

My Long rice papers

My Long Rice Papers is a special food from the coconut growing area of Ben Tre. Coconut rice papers in My Long are famous as they are particularly fatty, tasty and aromatic when roasted over hot coals.  The rice papers…

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…

The most nostalgic coffee shops in Hoi An

Phai Pho, LE Fê Cafétéria, Hoi An Bread Break and Cocobox are known as nice places for groups, couples or anyone who like savouring a cup of coffee and indulging themselves in a nostalgic space full of items that date…

Upside Down House in Vung Tau

The Upside Down House in the southern city of Vung Tau is the country’s quirkiest and funniest tourist attraction for all ages and generations. The Upside Down House, located at 66 Co Giang Street in the city of Vung Tau,…

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