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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. 

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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)

Travel guide: Quy Nhon – the “martial land” of Vietnam

Quy Nhon (Quy Nhơn) is a coastal city of Binh Dinh province (Central Vietnam). People here are very very kind-hearted and nice. Quy Nhon is famous for beautiful landscapes such as Genh Rang (Gềnh Ráng), Bai Trung beach (Bãi Trứng) where Nam Phuong queen used to bath, Trung Luong beach, Han Mac Tu tomb – a famous poet living in the beginning of the 20th century, and many more other places. 

Especially, Binh Dinh is also called Martial Land (Đất Võ) because it is hometown of Quang Trung King, a great king in Vietnam’s history who defeated Thanh dynasty (Qing, a big dynasty of China) in their attack in the 17th century. So, don’t miss the chance to learn about our great king at Quang Trung museum. Following is some information and experiences about Quy Nhon – Binh Dinh tourism.

In this article: How to get to Quy Nhon | Hotels | Specialties | Attractions | Itineraries 

Quy Nhon Binh Dinh travel guide - Things to do in Quy Nhon
Quy Nhon Binh Dinh travel guide – Things to do in Quy Nhon

Family meal culture of Vietnamese

With Vietnamese people, traditional meal (or family meal) are always very important. It’s not only about the food or the dining but also importantly family time. Therefore, family meal in Vietnam are highly appreciated, usually very cozy that many Western tourists want to experience when visitting Vietnam. 

However, the differences in dining cultures are very big. So you need to know what you should do and what you should not do in our family meals.

family meals in Vietnam
A (quite hearty) family meal in Vietnam

The dishes in Vietnam’s meals are divided into 4 types: rice – most important, main dish(es) – often rich in protein, side dish(es) – vegetables and soups, and fruits – eaten in end of the meals. We use small bowls for individual eating rice, big bowls for shared soups and plates for others. And lastly, CHOPSTICK!

Travel guide: Ha Tien, Vietnam – Things to do in Ha Tien for 2 days

Ha Tien (Hà Tiên) is a border town (close to Cambodia) of Kien Giang province. Ha Tien is famous for Mui Nai beach and historical stories about Khai Tran Quoc Cong Mac Cuu, who explored Ha Tien land 400 years ago. From Ha Tien, you can get to Phu Quoccombine travelling to many places in Kien Giang, Rach Gia city or Nam Du island. 

In this article, I’m going to provide the informations and experiences to help you have an overview about Ha Tien tourism.

In the articles: How to get to Ha Tien | Get to Phu Quoc from Ha Tien | Hotels | Attractions | Itinerary for 2 days | Specialties 

Ha Tien Vietnam travel guide - Things to do in Ha Tien for 2 days
Ha Tien Vietnam travel guide – Things to do in Ha Tien for 2 days

Travel guide: Ninh Binh Vietnam – Best itinerary for 2 or 3 days

Ninh Binh is one of 3 most visited destinations in Northern Vietnam, the other two are Sapa and Halong bay. Ninh Binh tourism is famous for the charming and majestic nature in Trang An, Tam CocPhat Diem church, Bai Dinh pagoda, Hoa Lu ancient capital and Cuc Phuong national park. 

Sound like a lot to squeeze in just a few days? Don’t worry because I will help you with a complete itinerary with reasonable time schedule from my experiences in Ninh Binh.

In this article: Itineraries for 2 or 3 days | How to get to Ninh Binh | Hotels | Specialties | Attractions 

Ninh Binh Vietnam travel guide
Ninh Binh Vietnam travel guide

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Ninh Binh travel itinerary

From Hanoi, you can easily get to Ninh Binh by motorbike or bus (less 100km or 60 miles from Hanoi). Usually, tourists stay in Ninh Binh for 2 or 3 days. Following is a popular itinerary for 3 days: 

Differences in coffee cultures of Hanoi, Hue and Saigon

I love coffee, which i have to drink 2 cups, in morning and evening, everyday to work effectively. Majority of vietnamese also like coffee but their ways of enjoying aren’t same. From my trips in 3 regions of Vietnam, i saw very big differences in coffee cultures

To compare the differences, i will take 3 cities, 3 centers of culture in Vietnam: Hanoi, Hue and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city). Coffee cultures of Hanoi and Hue are quite same so i could easily adapt. However, Saigon is too different, i even got shocked when saw them “enjoying”. 

The differences in coffee cultures of Vietnam
The differences in coffee cultures of Vietnam

Coffee culture of Hue people

Coffee culture of Hue can be described in 3 words: concentrated, subtle and slow, like their personality. Because there’re not many amusement parks while too much free time, so they can enjoy coffee at anytime of the day. In the hot summer, you will see the cafes along Huong river are always crowded.

Travel guide: Ben Tre, Mekong Delta Vietnam – The land of Coconut

Ben Tre is a province in Mekong Delta, also known as Land of Coconut. Located at the end of Mekong river, it possesses a dense network of canals and immense coconut gardens. Additionally, Ben Tre also has many other fruits gardens scattered all around, mostly concentrated in Cho Lach (Chợ Lách) and Chau Thanh (Châu Thành) district. 

The Land of Coconut is a good chance to get really local by engaging in local eco-tourism activities, staying at local houses and enjoying the life on water. You can either spend 1 to 2 days or combine Tien Giang for 3 days

Related article:  Tien Giang Vietnam travel guide

In this article: How to get | Things to do | Attractions | Hotels | Specialties | Buy tour 

Ben Tre - Vietnam travel guide
Ben Tre – Vietnam

Travel Guide: Bac Ninh, Vietnam – The land of Quan Ho folk music

Bac Ninh (Bắc Ninh) is a small land in Northern Vietnam, but very rich in culture and tradition. Bac Ninh is also known as “The land of Quan Ho”, a folk music exclusively to the local. 

Bac Ninh tourism is more famous for cultural and historical sites: Do temple (đền Đô – where worship the Ly kings, a big dynasty in Vietnam’s history), Dau pagoda (chùa Dâu)But Thap pagoda (chùa Bút Tháp), Dong Ho painting village, Dai Bai casting copper village and so on

In this article: How should you travel in Bac Ninh | How to get to Bac Ninh | Main attractions | 1 day itineraries

Bac Ninh Vietnam travel guide
Bac Ninh Vietnam

How should you travel in Bac Ninh

The sites of Bac Ninh are scattered and there are too many sites. To visit all of attractions, you need at least 3 days. So you should divide attractions into regions then pick the suitable one, depending on your time and preference. 

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