Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stork island in Chi Lăng Nam

The stork island is located in Chi Lăng Nam commune, Thanh Miện district and stays about 25km far from Hải Dương city. Its pen name is An Dương by nature. It is called the stork village because the village has a small island located in the middle of broad lake with ten thousands of storks and herons residing and nesting. With an area of more than 3,000m2, the stork island is home to 15,000 storks and more than 5,000 herons of various kinds and such rare and precious birds as pelicans and teals residing together. 

Stork island in Chi Lăng Nam

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The country - The Vietnamese monochord

"“My country…gently dropping monochord soundings..”Whenever I hear this song, my deepen sentiment is vibrated with very tormented, fretty feelings, the obsessive memory of the soul and childhood in my very first school that when my teacher taught me to write two words “ Viet Nam” and called “ Country” reminded my mind. I understood this in vague, it is like something great and very precious. And now when time has passed very fast and it also brings my childhood away and after reading through so many verses as well as witnessing changes of Vietnam, I have been penetrated that the word “ Country” - the vague memory in my childhood has such a holy meaning. And, it is when the melody of the song: “ The Country” by composer Pham Minh Tuan spreads that my sensation seems to overflow, which helps me figure the image of my country that is: simple and bright; gentle and compassionate; poor but formidable.

The country - The Vietnamese monochord

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Gat gu", a strange pancake

If you ate it once time, you would never forget it as well as Quang Ninh.

Quang Ninh cuisine’s style has the characteristics of people here - fishers, and it is very special.

"Gat gu", a strange pancake

 “Gat Gu” pancake is similar with steamed rolled rice pancake. It is made from rice flour. When making this kind of cake, the maker have a secret to make it more delicious by adding cold rice. After being done, when we take this kind of cake, it nods repeatedly.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Tua Chua Karst Plateau

Tua Chua Karst Plateau in Tua Chua District of northwestern Dien Bien Province is located at a height of 1,500m above sea level. There are various rugged rocky plates placed on one another and shaped into citadels and mounts with different names such as To Cu Nhe, Chung Khoa, Chung Si Seng, Vang Long, and others. Such a natural magnificent landscape has attracted many visitors, both domestic and foreign, to the northwestern region of Vietnam.
Tua Chua Karst Plateau, located about 130km from downtown Dien Bien in the northwestern region of Vietnam, has three-fourths of its area rugged rocky land. It is rated as the country’s second “Dong Van Karst Plateau” (which was recognised by UNESCO as a Global Geo-park in 2010).

From downtown Tua Chua, we travelled along provincial Road 129, driving about 30km of curving roads, over high mountains and deep passes before arriving at the Tua Chua Karst Plateau. Our reward after the difficult trip was enjoying the natural magnificent views of the northwestern forests and mountains.

Tua Chua Karst Plateau belongs to the two communes of Sin Chai and Ta Phin. The rugged karst rocks here are not as high as those in Dong Van Karst Plateau in Ha Giang Province, but they are formed into hills, running up and down, and are scattered along  provincial Road 129. The local weather is not harsh and it favours local people in a developing economy. They can grow corn, rice and fruit trees such as plum and peach.

We met Ha Mac and his wife from Seo Phin Hamlet when they were plowing the narrow land between the rugged rocky land. The husband rode the buffalo to plow the soil into rows in front while his wife walked behind to sow the corn seeds. Sometimes, the animal stopped for a while, then continued working.

Mac said that the buffaloes on this highland plateau are sensitive. They would stop walking if the plow hit some stones, and thanks to that the local people’s tool would rarely be damaged.

Watching the ethnic couple working hard in the rocky land to sow the seeds (being their hope for life), we truly acknowledged how hard the life of the local people is, but what a good co-existence between man and nature it is.


Part of the Tua Chua Karst Plateau seen from high above. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pumpkin Soup (Vegan) - Canh bí đỏ

 Pumpkin Soup (Vegan) - Canh bí đỏ

Recipe: Pumpkin Soup (Vegan) – Canh bí đỏ chay

Video by: Helen
Chanel Youtube:

  • 100 g straw mushrooms soaked in salted water
  • 500 g pumpkin cut into large cubes
  • 70 g raw peanuts
  • 1 tbsp the white part spring onion minced
  • 1 tps mushroom seasonings or vegetable stock
  • pepper, salt
  • vegetable oil
  • green onion
  • cilantro

Friday, July 10, 2015

“The valley of light” in Tuyen Quang

The residents in Tuyen Quang Province are proud of their native land and its development. Over the past half a century, the province where people of 22 ethnic groups live together has experienced great socio-economic changes that brought a better life to the locals and changed the thinking and working habits of the authorities and people in the new period of time.

Tuyen Quang

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Traveling to snake museum in Tien Giang

Exciting journeys on coconut-lined creeks, enjoying My Tho noodles or swimming in the sea of Go Cong ... are among interesting things that tourists can do in the southern province of Tien Giang
A unique destination that not many tourists know when they come to Tien Giang, is the Dong Tam snake farm, which is recognized as the first snake museum of Vietnam.

Visiting the snake farm, you will be given the opportunity to explore the lifestyle and activities of these familiar but dangerous reptiles. In addition, you also have the opportunity to admire the collection of specimens of snakes, see how people take snake venom or learn about the method of creating vaccines or medicines for snakebite.

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