Ninh Binh – Sacred land of heroes

Ninh Binh – Sacred land of heroes

Promoting its claim to be a sacred land once home to the capitals of three imperial dynasties Dinh, Tien Le and Ly, the region is linked to major changes in the nation’s history. According to Associate Professor Pham Mai Hung, vice-chairman of Viet Nam’s Cultural Heritage Association, nature has bestowed Ninh Binh with hills and [...]

Halong in top 10 destinations for Valentine’s Day 2014

Halong in top 10 destinations for Valentine’s Day 2014

The National Geographic magazine said that Ha Long bay has more than 1,600 islands with stunning beauty and its green mountains and blue water make it a worthy choice as a romantic destination for this year’s Valentine’s Day. The magazine recommended booking a tour to enjoy the imposing and poetic beauty of islands and caves [...]

Da Giang Stream in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

Da Giang Stream in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

Located around 35 kilometers from southwest Nha Trang City, Da Giang Stream lures tourists due to its pristine and poetic beauty. The stream starts from Hon Ba Mountain at a height of 300 meters above sea level. It divides into the three sections of Lau Stream, Dau Stream and Da Giang Stream where the section [...]

Quang Ba flower market night in Hanoi

Quang Ba flower market night in Hanoi

At 2 a.m as night comes and sleeping still covers the streets of Hanoi, the burden flowers from everywhere flock to Quang Ba flower market night, Tay Ho. Noisy and busy, the florist fresh flower market focus on this focal. From the dyke overlooking the market, closely the flower stall at the street lights blurred [...]

Saigon, Hanoi among world’s cheapest cities for travelers in 2014

Saigon, Hanoi among world’s cheapest cities for travelers in 2014

Recently, the website Priceoftravel published a list of the cheapest destinations in the world (including Hanoi and HCM City of Vietnam) and most expensive cities in the world for backpackers in 2014. The cheapest city is Pokahara of Nepal with an average cost of $14.32 per day. Hanoi ranked second with $15.88/day. Chiang Mai of [...]

Programs and events at Festival Hue 2014

Programs and events at Festival Hue 2014

Hue Festival 2014 – Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development will showcase stunning art performances representing different sub-cultures and ancient capital cities in Vietnam, especially Hue royal court music and Hue folk songs. In addition, exceptional traditonal and contemporary art performances by leading art troupes from 20 countries of the five continents will be staged [...]

The colour of Pho Cao – Dong Van

The colour of Pho Cao – Dong Van

Pho Cao is a commune of Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. It has a total population of 5,000, mostly the Mong ethnic people. One of the most distinctive features of the area is the Trinh tuong houses which are surrounded by stone fences. The Mong ethnic people still retain their traditional costumes and [...]

Luxury cruise travellers to Vietnam

Luxury cruise travellers to Vietnam

The French cruise ship Le Soleal set sail from Saigon port, Ho Chi Minh City, on February 6, finishing an eight-day voyage from Hai Phong City to the southern hub for 200 passengers. It was among a series of ships carrying passengers to Vietnam in the beginning of 2014. The five-star liner from the French [...]

Unlicensed travel firms in Vietnam mushrooming

Unlicensed travel firms in Vietnam mushrooming

Under the current laws, the foreign invested tourism firms in Vietnam are not allowed to provide domestic and outbound travel services. However, they still have been doing this, in front of the watchdog agency. In July 2013, local newspapers reported the breaking news that Travel Life firm left 701 Vietnamese travelers uncared for in Thailand. [...]

Festival Hue 2014 to welcome 100,000 visitors

Festival Hue 2014 to welcome 100,000 visitors

Hue Festival 2014′s organization board expects to be received around 100,000 international visitors, up 20 percent over 2012. So far 45 art troupes from 35 countries and five territories from around the world have registered to participate in the biennial Hue Festival in Hue City of Thua Thien-Hue Province scheduled to take place from April [...]