Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Bridge Goes through Three Centuries

Over 100 years ago, in September, the Governor-General of Indochina started construction of a bridge over the Red River. The bridge was named Paul Doumer, but Hanoians call it Long Bien Bridge or Cai River Bridge. 
At that time, it was the second longest bridge in the world, only after the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River in the US and is considered the horizontal Eiffel Tower of Hanoi.

Due to the impacts of nature and destruction  by wars for three centuries, the bridge has  now kept intact a compound span in the north, another in the south and half of a compound span in the middle of the river.
Long Bien Bridge
The board records the name of the contractor, Dayde&Pille, and the years of construction and inaugurations,
on the Long Bien Bridge.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lan Hạ bay and Cát Bà island

Boats for kayaking at Hạ Long bay
One of the things to do on the tour was to do kayaking
at Hạ Long bay. We traveled from Lan Hạ bay to Hạ Long
 bay and I got sea sickness on the way because of waves.
Weekend 20 to 22 March 2015 - I bought a ticket at Hoàng Long bus company in Hanoi and traveled to Cát Bà island for 3 days. It took me 4 and a half hours to travel by bus and speed boat from Hanoi to the island. It is 20 years since my first trip to Cát Bà island. I still remember that day when my boat was approaching the island at the sunset. I saw some simple buildings along coastline and rock mountains behind them. At that time there was no electricity on the island yet and the locals had to use generators at night. Today Cát Bà island is a very popular tourist destination and it has changed a lot. The purpose of my trip this time was to visit Lan Hạ bay which is located south east of the island. I planned to do this tour 3 years ago on my last visit but I missed it.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A four-hour tour of the Chay river and Toi cave

Since the eco-tourism area of the Chay river and Toi cave in central Quang Binh province was put into operation in 2011 with a new tourist activity of kayaking on the Chay River and discovering the mysterious beauty of Toi cave, it promises to be a haven for tourists.

The trip starts from the wharf at Tro Mong Forest Management Station in Phuc Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province. Rowing on the 10km-long Chay river which originates from the immense mountains in the ancient karst mountain area of Phong Nha-Ke Bang, tourists seem to be on a lissome silk ribbon with two sides of verdant fields of corn and old trees.

An angle view of the Chay river

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Interesting facts about Vietnam food

There isadmirably a great balance between vegetable and meats, as well as a selectiveuse of spices to reach a fine taste. Vietnamese food can be considered one ofthe healthiest cuisines worldwide. 

Interesting facts about Vietnam food

Traditional Vietnamese cooking isappreciated for the freshness of the ingredients and for the minimum use of oilwhich makes this cuisine very healthy. Hardly do families use processed foodfor daily meals.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Roast Duck Noodle Soup - Mì vịt

 Roast Duck Noodle Soup - Mì vịt

Video by: Helen
Chanel Youtube:
  • 2 duck legs (600g)
  • 2 pcs ginger thumb-sized
  • cooking wine (rice wine/ vodka)
  • salt, sugar, chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp shallots minced
  • 1½ tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp each oyster sauce, sesame oil and dark soy sauce
  • 6 Shiitake mushrooms soaked in hot water 15 mins
  • green papaya or kohlrabi, carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 bundles egg noodles
  • 2 bok choy
  • 1 pc each star anis, cinnamon, black cardamom

Friday, March 13, 2015

Gifted beauty of Quang Binh

Quang Binh is just like an imposing picture with beautiful forest, sea and many other landscapes that are very famous as Ngang pass, Ly Hoa pass, Nhat Le seaport, Hac Hai, Cong Troi lagoon and Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

Quang Binh is a Coastal Province in North Central part. It places in the narrowest land of Vietnam. To the North, Quang Binh borders Ha Tinh Province by Hoanh Son mountain chain and borders Quang Tri Province to the South.

Towards the East, Quang Binh borders the East Sea and towards the West, it borders Kham Muon Province of Lao by Truong Son mountain chain.

There are not many places in Viet Nam that has such advantages for developing tourism like Quang Binh Province. With an area of 8,065 square kilometers, Quang Binh has three kinds of geographical terrains, including forests, hills and mountains, and coastal areas.

Gifted beauty of Quang Binh

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Glowing Lanterns of Ancient Hoi An

The tradition to decorate the ancient town in Hoi An with multi-colored lanterns, which started three centuries ago, is still continued today on the fourteenth night of each lunar month in this small town in central Vietnam.

The Glowing Lanterns of Ancient Hoi An

The history of the lanterns

In the past, Vietnamese people often put oil lamps in decorative spherical and hexagonal lantern shades, which were hung in the eaves and both sides of the door in the Chinese style. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Faifo (the name of Hoi An`s ancient town at that time) was bustling with foreign merchants from the Netherlands, India, and Japan around the clock. Japanese merchants often hung tube and canary-shaped lanterns along the poles in front of their houses, which lit up the whole commercial quarters at night with a glowing, mysterious light. Locals began hanging lanterns out as well, with hopes for bringing good luck and coziness to the town.

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