Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vietnamese MINI-PANCAKE Recipe (Bánh Khọt / Bánh căn)

 Vietnamese MINI-PANCAKE

The mini pancakes are made with a unique pan that looks like a thick cupcake pan. The pan holds the banh khot as they fry in oil. Banh khot is a great street treat for a snack or light meal.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Chàm towers in Mỹ Sơn

Mỹ Sơn 
I am wearing a white Áo Dài
(traditional dress) and sitting at
 the main tower group of Mỹ Sơn.
Mỹ Sơn Holy Land (Thánh địa Mỹ Sơn) near Đà Nẵng and Hội An in central Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It used to be an imperial city during the Chăm dynasty (Champa kingdom) from the 4th to the 13th century. Mỹ Sơn is also the only site in South East Asia which experienced such a long development period (for 9 centuries). Up to present, it has played an important role in the architectural heritage of the Chăm ethnic minority group in Vietnam.

Mỹ Sơn is a large complex inside a valley, which was built to celebrate the divinity of the King. The 71 towers of red and brown bricks were divided into 13 groups and used symbolic architecture to reflect the various facets of the King's divine nature. However, after the wars, most of the buildings had been destroyed. There remain only some brick towers and ruins, but they still look very special.

I visited Mỹ Sơn for the first time in July 2003 on a business trip. At that time, my Company was awarded the Contract to build an exhibition house at the entrance of the site. The project used a

Friday, December 12, 2014

Most unforgettable vacation with travel agencies in Vietnam

Are your looking forward to a holiday on some of the best Vietnam travel destinations? You are probably scouting for travel agencies in Vietnam to help you get the best discounts, travel advisories, and hotel accommodations.

Vietnam is a great place for a getaway. However, you have to choose the right Vietnam travel agency if you want the experience to be stress free and memorable. More importantly, you need to get the right amount of security given that you are traveling to a different country.

To choose the right Vietnam travel company, there are a couple of things that you need to consider. For one, you have to know if the agency is legal or not. There are plenty of travel agencies in Vietnam online. However, not all of these companies operate legally. You have to be careful with fraudulent agencies since the last thing you need is to spend your hard earned money on fake tour operators in Vietnam.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Me Cung Grotto in Halong Bay

Me Cung Grotto has been recognized by archaeologists as one of the vestiges of the pre-Halong new Stone Age culture that existed between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago. 

Two kilometers south-west of Ti Top Beach is the Me Cung Grotto or Bewitching Grotto. It formed on Lom Bo Island, and seen from afar, the entrance is like the roof of a house denting the island’s side.

Me Cung Grotto in Halong Bay

After a narrow crack only allowing one person through at a time, many partitions appear. These chambers are somewhat small and narrow, but very refined, and with many stalagmites and stalactites bearing beautiful forms.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vietnam strongly objects to Taiwan’s survey on Ba Binh Island

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly objected to Taiwan’s illegal survey work on Ba Binh Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea. 

Le Hai Binh
Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh
The objection was released by the ministry’s deputy spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang at a regular press conference of the ministry in Hanoi on Thursday, in reply to questions on Vietnam’s response to the fact that Taiwanese defense officials have made a survey trip on the island.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dare you eat this? Bizarre Food in Vietnam (Eps. 1)

Bizarre Food in Vietnam

Warning: This video may contain scenes that are disturbing for some viewers. Do not watch if you are sensitive.

Video by: Helen
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ho Chi Minh City - ongoing dynamic & enchanting

Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It's a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital, and the cultural trendsetter. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. 

If you have visited a number of cities in Vietnam but forgot Ho Chi Minh City, you have not known much about Vietnam for real. It is considered the capital of the Southern area of Vietnam. 

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam. One  of  the  most important  commercial  and tourist centres in Vietnam.  All the accoutrements of economic success – fine restaurants, flash hotels, glitzy bars and clubs, and shops selling imported luxury goods – are here, adding a glossy veneer to the city’s hotchpotch landscape of French stones of empire, venerable pagodas and austere, Soviet-style housing blocks.

These are some tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City:
Ben Thanh Market 
Saigon Post Office & Notre Dame Cathedral
Reunification  Conference Hall
Museum of Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum
History Museum & Zoo
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda
Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cu Chi Tunnel

Ho Chi Minh City ongoing dynamic, enchanting
Saigon from above. Photo by John Harper

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