Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Preparation for Fansipan Tour

At the height of 3,143 meters, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Hoang Lien Son range and known as the roof of Indochina.

Preparation for Fansipan Tour

The fascinating beauty of azalea flowers forest, bamboo forest, pine-trees forest and the gigantic landscape here make the tourists feel like they are lost in legendary world.
To well prepare for the itinerary conquering Fansipan, some advices following may be helpful to those who take part in this tour:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kingdom of Trinh Tuong Houses

 Huu Khanh Commune in Binh Loc District is locally known as the "kingdom" of Trinh tuong houses, streets of Trinh tuong houses or land of Trinh tuong houses.
Visitors to Chi Ma Border Gate in Lang Son Province will be amazed at the streets of old Trinh tuong (earthen) houses that stretch for three kilometers. Strangely, these houses are made of clay but they are very solid and firm and have existed for over 100 years. Many of them have one floor.
Ha Van Bon, Chief of Kieng Hamlet said: “Nobody knows when Trinh tuong houses were built in this area. When the Tay ethnic people came here to settle, there were Trinh tuong houses. Now nobody builds such houses and only Ha Van Dan knows the secret of building them.”

A part of the hamlet of Trinh tuong houses in Huu Khanh. Photo: Thong Thien

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Mid-Autumn Festival 2014

Drums and lion heads
At a stall on Hàng Mã street
 in Hanoi's Old Quarter
8 Sep 2014 - Today is our full moon day or Mid-Autumn Festival. It is 5 years since my last blog about the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi which I published in 2009. One week ago I took my nephew and niece to visit a big market in the Old Quarter where traditional lanterns and toys are sold for this event. In Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival is considered as the festival for children and we buy them lanterns or toys as well as presenting each other moon cakes. On r the 15th of August based on our lunar calendar a big party is organized fochildren and they parade with lanterns or watch lion dance.

We walked along some streets in the Old Quarter and enjoyed great atmosphere there. It has been a long time since I went to this place. Two years ago I was traveling in the North West of Vietnam during the moon festival and I saw local people parading on the street or practicing lion dance.

Friday, September 12, 2014

King Bao Dai’s Palace

Located on Trieu Viet Vuong Street, Da Lat in Lam Dong Province, Bao Dai’s Palace is a charming structure with a European renovated architectural style that helps beautify this romantic city.
The old palace, also known as Palace III, belonged to King Bao Dai, the last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) in Vietnam’s feudal regime. It was built from 1933 to 1938 according to a design by a French architect and Vietnamese architect Huynh Tan Phat. The palace has been evaluated as one of the most beautiful architectural works in Da Lat with a hamorny between pine forests and parks, Thuong Uyen (royal garden), Ai An Forest and a small lake. During his reign, King Bao Dai used the palace as holiday house during the summer. During his holidays in the palace, there were always a regiment of imperial guards, a train of cars called “Cong xa biet dien” and private airplanes to serve him and his family. In 1948, when the French persuaded Bao Dai to serve as “head of state” and then established “Hoang trieu Cuong tho”( Domaine de la Couronne in French) in 1950, Bao Dai’s Palace was renamed “Biet dien Quoc truong” (the palace of the head of state).

King Bao Dai’s Palace
Bao Dai’s Palace is imbued with the European renovated architectural style.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

China told to explain attacks on fishermen

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh.— Photo petrotimes

HA NOI (VNS) — China has been asked to deal with the beating and robbery of Vietnamese fishermen by its forces in the East Sea.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said yesterday that on August 1 and 14, two Vietnamese fishing boats from Quang Ngai, the QNg 96416 TS and QNg 96674 TS, were held up and robbed by the crew of several Chinese ships.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MOONCAKE Recipe - Bánh Trung Thu (Bánh Nướng)

This recipe is adapted from traditional Vietnamese mooncake recipes with ingredients that are easier to find in Western countries.

Video by: Helen
Chanel Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HelenRecipes

CLICK HERE for Baked Mooncake Recipe (BAM VAO DAY de xem cong thuc) http://danangcuisine.com/?p=1876

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Do you appreciate the chance to travel?

Hạ Long bay
One of the UNESCO world heritage sites in
Vietnam. There are 1,969 islands in the bay.
Last week a Travel Blog member said to me “Your blog is a bright statement of Vietnam”. I replied to him “There are the good and the bad everywhere in the world. I always show my respect for the people and countries I visit. Life is too short, so I try to think about the positive side”. And he agreed with me.

My story will start with the meetings with two English men in Hanoi. The first English man visited Vietnam on 12 business trips during the past 3 years and he fell in love with Vietnam. I also attended the dinner farewell party with his local staff and saw how sad he was on the last day in Vietnam. The second English man came to Vietnam based on the votes of his friends and traveled for a couple of weeks from south to north. During his visit in Hanoi I took him to a camera shop where the shop owner inserted two screws into his camera without any fee. He was also invited to drink tea at a shop and at some places people approached him and asked him how old he was.

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