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12 interesting Western – Vietnamese cultural differences

A few days ago, I read the article “East meets West” of young artist Yang Liu, a Chinese who has been living in Germany from over 10 years ago. The article explores major differences between Eastern and Western culture, especially beneficial for Western tourists on their first visit to Vietnam. Today, I’d like to develop on that topic, exploring Western – Vietnamese cultural differences.

15 interesting differences between cultures of Vietnam and West

Travel guide: Tam Dao – An ideal destination in the North

Tam Dao (Tam Đảo), a small mountainous town of Vinh Phu province, is favored by many young locals. At 1000m (3000ft) high, Tam Dao has a cool weather throughout the year like Da Lat and Sapa. In addition, the 70km (44miles) from Hanoi has made it an attractive place for Hanoi people on weekends and holidays. 

>> Check out hotels and motels in Tam Dao

Tam Dao Vinh Phuc Vietnam travel guide
Tam Dao travel guide

In the article:Attractions in Tam Dao | Hotels and motels | Famous specialties | Tips 

25 specialties and best restaurants in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Mui Ne Phan Thiet is a coastal city famous for many luxury resorts runing along the coast. Sea creates the beauty of Phan Thiet and also brings in the diverse seafood sources. Phan Thiet’s cuisine is very diverse, from luxury to popular dishes, serving all needs of customers. 

Phan Thiet cuisine has a very special characteristic: all of dishes are slightly sweeter compared to other places. However, you will be addicted soon. The highlights of Phan Thiet cuisine are fish cake noodle (bánh canh chả cá), duck Hu Tieu (Hủ tiếu vịt – a kind of noodle), Quang noodle (mì Quảng), baked rice paper, (bánh tráng nướng), pancake (bánh xèo),… 

25 specialties and best restaurants in Mui Ne Phan Thiet
25 specialties and best restaurants in Mui Ne Phan Thiet

In this article, I’m going to list the famous specialties and good restaurants in Phan Thiet Mui Ne.

20 famous specialties for under $2 in Vietnam

With just $2 (~42,000 VND), what specialties can you enjoy in Vietnam? A LOT! Vietnam’s food is cheap, if not very cheap. $2 can buy you scores of amazing local food. Here is a list of under-two-dollar food you can find in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh city – 3 in the 5 biggest cities of Vietnam. 

Famous specialties of Vietnam that you can buy for $2
20 famous specialties for under $2 in Vietnam

Travel guide: Nam Du island – A pristine archipelago

Nam Du is a small archipelago (near Phu Quoc island) of Kien Giang (a province in Mekong Delta). The largest island is Hon Lon (Large Islet), locally called Cu Tron islet. Nam Du tourism is at its early stage so everything is still pristine and natural. Following are some my informations and experiences for travelling to Nam Du island.

In the article: How to get to Nam Du | Attractions | Hotels | Restaurants 

Nam Du island - Vietnam travel guide
Nam Du islands – Vietnam travel guide

How to get to to Nam Du island

Basically, way to get Nam Du is similar to Phu Quoc. You have to get to Rach Gia from Ho Chi Minh by bus (take about 6 hours) then take the boat.

Travel guide: Ban Gioc Waterfall- the most spectacular waterfall of Vietnam

Ban Gioc waterfall, located on the Vietnam – China border in Cao Bang province, is considered the most spectacular waterfall of Vietnam. Standing at the foot of waterfall, the cool atmosphere from the dense water vapor will literally bring you to the heaven of freshness and relaxing.  It will be very big regret if you miss this attraction during your stay in Vietnam. So pack up together with some of my experience and get to Ban Gioc Waterfall now!

In the articles: Attractions on route | How to get to Ban Gioc | Hotels | Itineraries 

Ban Gioc waterfall - Cao Bang - Vietnam
Ban Gioc waterfall – Cao Bang travel guide

Attractions on Ban Gioc Waterfall trip

While Ban Gioc Waterfall is the absolute final destination and the main highlights of the day, Cao Bang also offer its visitors a generous number of destinations to incorporate with the trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall. Check out Thang Hen lake, Nguom Ngao cave (động Ngườm Ngao), Pac Bo cave (hang Pắc Bó – where Ho Chi Minh president used to live). If you have enough time, consider combining Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfall to make a circular trip to include all of the main attractions in Cao Bang. 

Phuot (travel on motorbike) – the best way to travel in Vietnam

As a guy having many experiences in Phuot (a rising way of travel on motorbike in Vietnam), I wish to share with our happy stories of passion.  

Phuot (phượt) to me is simply travelling on motorbike to a distant land. Many people consider travelling on other private vehicles is also a form of phuot (not me though, to me phuot translates to only motorbike), but motorbike is most popular and the best way to visit strange places whose roads are largely undeveloped.

So, why self-service travelling while tours are so cheap and easily accessed now!? You don’t have to worry about accomodation, about your going from place to place, or about what to eat!?. Easy answer because you can go to and stop for wherever you want and spend almost as much as you feel like without being rushed (quite aggressively) from place to place. With phuot trip, you can follow your own itinerary with no limited time, explore new places that haven’t even been on travel maps. 

Phuot - The most amazing way to travel in Vietnam
Phuot – The most amazing way to travel in Vietnam

Travel guide: Mu Cang Chai – the most majestic terrace of Vietnam

Every year, during grain season, thousands of flocks of tourists and photographers go to mountainous areas in Northern Vietnam for the most scenic rice terraces in the world. Mu Cang Chai (Mù Căng Chải), Yen Bai province, is one of most attractive destinations of all. Personally, I think Mu Cang Chai’s rice fields are even more beautiful than Sapa‘s

You will not only enjoy the majestic and beautiful terraces but also learn the unique and rustic life of H’mong ethnic group. A hard but warm-hearted life – a rare thing in the modern world. Mu Cang Chai’s highlights includemajestic rice terracessticky rice in Tu Le (xôi Tú Lệ)Tu Le hot stream and unique life of ethnic H’Mong. Read on to see what you should do to get the best trip!

In the article: Best time to visit | How to get to Mu Cang Chai | Itinerary by bus | Itineraries by motorbike | Hotels | Combine travelling 

Mu Cang Chai Vietnam Travel guide
Mu Cang Chai – Vietnam

Best time to visit Mu Cang Chai

The best time to visit Mu Cang Chai is from Mid-September to Mid-October during the season when rice fields are turning yellow and ready for harvest. This can be different each year (depending on weather),  so be sure to check out first. BUT from May to Sep is also no less impressive when the rice fields are green. 

You can travel to Mu Cang Chai for 2.5 days with motorbike, or 3 days by bus (overnight on bus). 

20 famous specialties and restaurants of Hanoi

After my blog post on Hanoi travel itineraries for 1 or 2 days, many of you asked for recommendation of good restaurants in Hanoi. I couldn’t believe I actually forgot about this!!?? Food is sometimes the reason you travel (and I’m one of those), right!. So this is the list of famous restaurants in Hanoi, adored by both locals and tourists. 

Hanoi cuisine is not only mesmerizing but also diverse and distinctive, so you may have to prepare a really good room and strength for your stomach ready to actually spend a couple days to indulge in all of Hanoi’s specialties. 

>> Check out hotels in Hanoi city

The famous specialties and restaurants of Hanoi
Famous specialties and restaurants in Hanoi – Vietnam

Specialties and famous restaurants 

1. Pho Hanoi (Phở Hà Nội). If you’re finding out about Hanoi tourism, you may have got to know this specialty. There’re lots of Pho restaurants in Hanoi, but if you want authentic and traditional taste of Pho Hanoi, go for 49 Bat Dan street (near the Old Quater) or Pho Thin at 11 Lo Duc street – 2 best Pho in town. 

15 interesting “truths” about Vietnam tourism by Tara Vargas

Few days ago, i read an article 15 interesting things about Vietnam tourism of blogger Tara Vargas. She said:

“I traveled to Vietnam in 2007 and wanted to share with you the knowledge that I have been to Vietnam, especially the Saigon Tourist. My thoughts may be right, may be wrong but that’s the experience I want to share with you!”

The most of info that she shared are right, but few are not totally and I want to add few things. This’s not a rejection to her experiences, but I just want to add few things and explain them for more complete.

15 interesting truth about Vietnam tourism
Sai Gon by night (Photo of Buffalotours)

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