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  • Some main Festivals in Vietnam

    Some main Festivals in Vietnam

    A calendar full of festivals Life in Vietnam is a succession of major and minor festivals, mostly based on the lunar calendar – there is seldom a day when the festival calendar is blank. Local festivals The minor festivals are mostly...
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  • Vietnam’s religions

    Vietnam’s religions

    The complex patchwork of belief in Vietnam In Vietnam, little is what it appears to be on the surface. The country’s religion is an excellent example. Ostensibly, Vietnam is a Buddhist country – around 80% of the population regard...
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  • Craft Villages

    Craft Villages

    Da Si village, famous throughout north Vietnam for its high quality knives Traditional craft villages are a longstanding convention in Vietnam as a means of supplementing income from farming – nearly always rice cultivation. Over time, the...
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  • History of Vietnamese Food

    History of Vietnamese Food

    Steeped in history, Vietnamese cuisine is one of the jewels of South-east Asia. The style of cooking, which has evolved over many centuries, is a wonderful blend of Chinese and Asian spices, flavours and techniques, fused with the ingredients and...
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  • Ao Dai

    Ao Dai

    Ao Dai- A lasting impression for any visitor to Vietnam is the beauty of Vietnamese women dressed in their Ao Dais. These long flowing dresses worn over loose-fitting trousers are considered to be the national dress of Vietnamese women. Early...
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  • Night Markets in Saigon

    Night Markets in Saigon

    While they may not be as bright and shiny as malls or supermarkets, night markets have their own character and are popular destinations for local people and travellers alike. For many travellers the day is just too hot to spend shopping, and the...
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  • Ancestor worship

    Ancestor worship

    The presence of the dead, the behavior of the living, and an influence on the future - the many generations of the Vietnamese family Ancestor worship was introduced into Vietnam by the Chinese during their long occupation of the country that...
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  • The Kitchen Gods going to heaven

    The Kitchen Gods going to heaven

    There is a popular belief in Vietnam that Tao Quan, the Three Kitchen Gods, are present in the kitchen of every home. These gods observe everything that takes place there. At the end of the lunar year, on the twenty-third day of the twelfth...
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  • Duong Lam Ancient Village Travel Guide

    Duong Lam Ancient Village Travel Guide

    Duong Lam Village is in Ha Tay Province and about 60 km west of Hanoi. This village has been known as a museum of laterite with ancient houses aged up to 400 years old. It is also the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from. After the...
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  • Dzao's Traditional Costume

    Dzao's Traditional Costume

    The Dao (pronounced Zao) are the 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam with a population of just under 500,000. They belong to the Hmong Dao language group and are believed to have started migrating from China in the 13th century. The women wear...
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  • Đồng Xuân Market

    Đồng Xuân Market

    Đồng Xuân is the name of the largest market in Hà Nội. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, it was part of an ancient hamlet of that name before it became a street. It was built in 1889 by the French colonial administration...
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  • Theatre

    Theatre

    Theatre Hát tuồng   (also known as Hát bội): A theatre form strongly influenced by   Chinese opera , it transitioned from being entertainment for the royal court to travelling troupes who performed...
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  • Buddhism

    Buddhism

    Buddha was born in Nepal, five centuries before Christ. His teaching was based on Brahmanism but without a deity or ritual. After his death, Buddhism acquired the trappings of a religion and split into two schools. Theravada Buddhism In the...
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  • The Origin of Bánh Dày and Bánh Chưng

    The Origin of Bánh Dày and Bánh Chưng

    The Origin of Bánh Dày and Bánh Chưng Years ago, Emperor Hung Vuong had many sons. Some pursued literary careers. Others excelled in martial arts. However, the youngest prince, named Tiet Lieu, loved neither. Instead, he and...
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  • Ha Thai Village

    Ha Thai Village

    Duyen Thai commune, Thuong Tin district, Ha Noi Like all other ancient villages in the Red River Delta, Ha Thai has a communal house and pagoda for worshipping the village founder. Unlike most villages it is also famous far and wide for its...
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  • Ao Tu Than

    Ao Tu Than

    Introduction The Áo Tứ Thân or 4-part dress is one out of several traditional Vietnamese costumes. Besides the more widely recognized Ao Dai, Ao Tu Than is the other more commonly worn Kinh costume (in Vietnam). Ao Dai is often...
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  • Hang market – The countryside charm in city centre

    Hang market – The countryside charm in city centre

    Right in Haiphong city centre, there is a special market-day which is opened up only once a week on Sunday morning. In this market, foods and vegetables are not sold, neither are luxurious goods, but plant seeds, breeders and agricultural...
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  • Water puppetry

    Water puppetry

    Water Puppetry is a distinct Vietnamese art which had its origins in the 10th century. In Water Puppetry a split-bamboo screen obscures puppets which stand in water, and are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water. Epic story lines...
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  • Caodaism

    Caodaism

    Cao Dai is a 'home-grown' religion based in the South of Vietnam. Its centre of operations is the Cao Dai Holy See, in Tay Ninh, about 100km from Ho Chi Minh City. It is a large complex containing a school, an agricultural co-operative, a...
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  • Legend of the water melon

    Legend of the water melon

    Once upon a time, the sixth son of King Hung Vuong the Fifth named An-Tiem disobeyed the King's order and was exiled to a deserted island. The Prince had to build his own shelter, dig a well for water, and fish and hunt animals for food. One...
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  • Lim Festival

    Lim Festival

    The Lim Festival, organized in Lim village located 18 km from Hanoi, where Quan Ho, the special folk songs performed. It takes place every year on 13th day of the 1st lunar month. Tens of thousands of visitors come here to enjoy the dialogues...
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  • Van Phuc Silk Village

    Van Phuc Silk Village

    Van Phuc Silk Village is situated on the banks of Nhue Thi River, Nguyen Trai Road, near Ha Dong city, 8 km southwest of Ha Noi. It takes you only 30 minutes by motorbike to go there from the centre of Hanoi. The village has been much well known...
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  • Conical Hat (or Non La)

    Conical Hat (or Non La)

    Take a peasant's common conical hat, add a touch of this and a little of that, and you will have the idea, but not quite an authentic Non Bai Tho or "Poetical Leaf" from Central Vietnam. Just a few simple arrangements added to the conical...
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  • Sat Market

    Sat Market

    Located on the adjacent banks of the Cam River and the Tam Bac River, the Sat Market is the biggest market in Hai Phong City. In the past, it was known as An Bien Fair. When the city was established in 1888. The market was divided into large...
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  • Quan Họ Folk Singing in the north of Viet Nam

    Quan Họ Folk Singing in the north of Viet Nam

    In the provinces of Bắc Ninh and Bắc Giang in northern Viet Nam, many of the villages are twinned, reinforcing their relationship through social customs such as Quan họ Bắc Ninh folk songs. The songs are performed as alternating...
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  • Christianity

    Christianity

    Christianity enters Vietnam Christianity was introduced to Vietnam in the 16th century by missionaries from Europe’s main Catholic evangelist countries, France, Spain and Portugal. One of the early arrivals was Alexandre de Rhodes, a French...
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  • The typical Vietnamese family meal

    The typical Vietnamese family meal

        A typical meal for a normal Vietnamese family would include:     A carmelized meat or fish dish     A stir-fried vegetable dish     A large bowl of rice to share amongst the...
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  •  Nui Ba Festival

    Nui Ba Festival

    If you go to Tay Ninh, you should visit Nui Ba, a beautiful mountain located in the middle of the Mekong Delta, 11km from downtown Tay Ninh. Nui Ba (Ba Mountain) is often called Ms. Den Mountain. According to a legend, the mountain was named...
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  • Trieu khuc Village

    Trieu khuc Village

    Trieu Khuc village is nearly ten kilometres far from Ha Noi, belonging to Tan Trieu community, Thanh Tri district. This village is famous for its pretty hats with fringed chinstrap winning praise in folk songs and proverbs. Here, every year, the...
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  • Guoc Moc (Sole sisters) for the Vietnamese

    Guoc Moc (Sole sisters) for the Vietnamese

    Due to Vietnam's hot and humid climate and wading days in wet rice paddies or fishing, Vietnamese people usually went barefoot. Formerly, on cold days, men and women from rural areas would don clogs made from bamboo roots when attending...
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  • Ca Trù Singing

    Ca Trù Singing

    Ca Tru is one of Vietnam traditional music. It appeared in the early sixteenth century. Although it was experienced ups and downs of history, with the characteristics of a unique art form, coordination between the shifts from and...
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  • Confucianism

    Confucianism

    Confucianism’s originator, K’ung Fu Tzu (Latinised to Confucius), was an official in the Chinese court. During his lifetime (around 500 BC), China had broken into rival states fighting for supremacy. Confucius, comparing the turmoil...
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  • Cau Ngu Festival

    Cau Ngu Festival

    This festival of lower Thai Duong Village in Huong Hai Commune of Huong Dien District is organized annually on the 12th day of the 1st lunar month in memory of the village tutelary genie Truong Quy Cong. His alias is...
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  • Typical Vietnamese Foods

    Typical Vietnamese Foods

    Vietnamese food is quite unlike any other food in Southeast Asia. It�s even quite different from China. Overall it�s a blend of Malay, Indian, French and influences and incorporates baguettes and pate from France; and curries and chilies from...
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  • Ao Yem, the indispensable dress of ancient girls

    Ao Yem, the indispensable dress of ancient girls

    Looking back into the historic development of national dress, Vietnam not only has “Ao Dai” but also “Ao Yem” – the indispensable dress of ancient girls. Images of graceful girls in national charming long dress have...
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  • Cai Rang Floating Market - Can Tho

    Cai Rang Floating Market - Can Tho

    Cai Rang Floating Market is 30 minutes by boat from Can Tho City. People start coming to the market by boat from 04:00 or 05:00 A.M to sell agricultural products to wholesale traders, some retailers would come later to get goods for their shop at...
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  •  Phong Nam Village

    Phong Nam Village

    Near the bustling city but Phong Nam village is still kept for serenity and traditional features of an ancient village in Vietnam. In the village is still keeping forefathers house, clan temples building many years and the villagers see it as...
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  • Customs and Beliefs

    Customs and Beliefs

    In the past, and even today, a traditional Vietnamese person would comply with most or all of the following traditions and precepts:     The Family     The family is the basis of society, not the individual...
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  • Others religion

    Others religion

    Hinduism Funan and Oc Eo Much of the early history of the southern part of Vietnam is closely associated with India. During the first century AD, Indian merchants voyaging to China established Hindu outposts en route, one of which was on the...
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  • Hoi An Full Moon Festival

    Hoi An Full Moon Festival

    Every 14th day of the lunar month, Hoi An’s old town bans all motorized traffic and transforms itself into a massive performance venue for Vietnamese arts contemporary to the old trading town’s heyday in the 18th to 19th century...
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  • Hoi cake

    Hoi cake

     Hoi cake is a Vietnamese dish consisting of rice vermicelli woven into intricate bundles and often topped with chopped scallions or garlic chives sauteed in oil, served with a complementary meat dish. The strings of noodles are usually only...
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  • Pa Then women's costume

    Pa Then women's costume

    Visitors to the northern provinces of Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang will enjoy the colourful costumes of women from the Pa Then ethnic minoirity. Like many other ethnic groups in Vietnam, Pa Then people grow flax to weave the brocades and fabrics for...
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  • Han market
  • Non Nuoc Fine Arts Stone Village
  • Traditional Vietnamese Weddings circa 1900

    Traditional Vietnamese Weddings circa 1900

    Vietnamese garments circa 1900The traditional Vietnamese family was patriarchal and the central element in a tightly structured social system. Families were linked in a ‘clan’ with a common ancestor and consisted of individuals,...
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  • Shamanism

    Shamanism

    The shaman A shaman is an intermediary between humankind and the spirit world, occupying a role similar to that of a priest: a religious specialist, possessing the ability to communicate with spirits, to appeal to them to dispel evil, to explain...
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  • Tet Festival

    Tet Festival

    Tet is Vietnam's equivalent to the Chinese New Year , and is just as auspicious . The Vietnamese consider Tet to be the year's most important festival. Family members gather in their hometowns, traveling from across the country (or...
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  • Nuggets

    Nuggets

    Nuggets(Cốm), or green rice, is a dish in Vietnamese cuisine. It is not dyed green, as can be done with pandan, but is immature rice kernels roasted over very low heat then pounded in a mortar and pestle until flattened.[1] Cốm is seasonal...
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  • Traditional Vietnamese dress for men

    Traditional Vietnamese dress for men

    The special features of the national Vietnamese dress for men have been preserved through the ages. Vietnamese man is proud of wearing this dress because it is part of Vietnamese nation, their history and their culture in general. Moreover, it is...
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  • Non Nuoc Fine Arts Stone Village

    Non Nuoc Fine Arts Stone Village

    The village was formed in the eighteenth century by a Thanh Hóa craftsman’s name Huynh Ba Quat who is founded. Raw materials including marble stones with striated iridestion are very beautiful and iridescent elegance with innovative...
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  • Contemporary Vietnamese Traditional Weddings

    Contemporary Vietnamese Traditional Weddings

    This isang and her husband. In Vietnam, wedding photographs are taken in advance, usually in a studio - the bride wears heavy make-up and a complicated hairstyle For the photographs on this page, we've used the wedding of one of our staff...
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  • Taoism

    Taoism

    The glue that binds the elements of the 'tam giao' - the triple religion Taoism is believed to have originated in China with a man named Lao Tzu at around 500 B.C. The legend says that Lao Tzu was so "saddened by his people's...
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  • Perfume Pagoda Festival

    Perfume Pagoda Festival

    The Perfume Pagoda is Vietnam's most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site, welcoming hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who arrive at the sacred cave to pray for a happy and prosperous year ahead. This stream of pilgrims reaches its peak at the...
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  • Pudding

    Pudding

    Pudding(Tiết canh) is a traditional dish of blood and cooked meat in Vietnamese cuisine . The most popular is tiết canh vịt, made from raw duck blood and duck meat. In rarer instances, tiết canh chó, made with dog blood...
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  • Impressive Costumes of Vietnamese Southern Women

    Impressive Costumes of Vietnamese Southern Women

    The costume of women in South Vietnam has gone through many stages of development, but still preserves its distinctive and unique imprints of the traditional culture. Initially, the women’s costume in the North of Vietnam was ao tu than...
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  • Dong Ba Market Hue

    Dong Ba Market Hue

    One of the must see sites in Hue is Dong Ba Market. Roaming around this food market would add new color to your visit to this Vietnamese city. Dong Ba Market in Old Hue is near the position where the Dong Ba Canal merges with the Perfume River....
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  •  Cam Ne Mat Village

    Cam Ne Mat Village

    Cam Ne has been long time famous for the traditional flower mat types. Making leaves and raw materials from jute with a subtle textured woven frame has been formed for all sorts of mats in different sizes and decorative patterns, cool in...
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  • Rites of Passage

    Rites of Passage

    Births Births are a low-key affair in Vietnam. After an explosive baby boom at the end of the war, families are now penalised if they have more than two children. The need for the policy is widely recognised, and most couples adhere to it. In...
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  • Phu Giay Festival

    Phu Giay Festival

    At Phu Giay Temple in Nam Dinh province, tribute is paid to Lieu Hanh, one of the Vietnamese "four immortal gods", and the only one based on a real person (a princess of the 16th century who died young). Many devotees from all over make a...
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  • Cay Cake

    Cay Cake

    Cáy cake is a variety of cake made in the Thai Binh Province of northern Vietnam. It is made of sticky rice, sugar, gac or gardenia, sesame, carrots, mandarin orange peel, and lard. The mixture is roasted and ground, then put into a square...
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  • Dalat market

    Dalat market

    In the morning, the Dalat market -a harmonious architectural work -gathers people of all ethnic origin, wearing multicolor traditional costumes, and coming from surrounding villages.Dalat abounds in fresh vegetables and fruits, which are piled up...
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  • Traditional village Tuy Loan

    Traditional village Tuy Loan

    The ancient village of Tuy Loan is located far 15km to the southwest along the National Highway No14B from Danang City. This village is over 500 years old and imbue with mark of traditional and cultural character of Vietnam rural. The...
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  • Myths and Legends

    Myths and Legends

    A land of fantasy and imagination Vietnam has an enormous treasury of myths and legends, both ancient and recent. As the language developed, it often used poetic imagery to describe and narrate through metaphor and allegory. The country’s...
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  • Hue Festival

    Hue Festival

    A biennial (once every two years) festival celebrated in the former imperial capital of Hue , the Hue Festival last took place from April 7 to 15, 2012, and the next one is scheduled to occur on April 12 to 20, 2014. The Festival condenses...
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  • Tét Cake

    Tét Cake

    Tet cake is a Vietnamese savoury but sometimes sweetened cake made primarily from glutinous rice, which is rolled in a banana leaf into a thick, log-like cylindrical shape, with a meat or vegetarian filling (such as mung beans), then boiled.video...
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  • Love market in Sapa

    Love market in Sapa

    Sapa is the famous destination in the northwest Vietnam, opening the world of ethnic minorities' culture. One of distinctive cultural features here is the love market which takes place every Saturday night. Since the market, the place of...
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  • Thanh Tien Paper Flower trade village

    Thanh Tien Paper Flower trade village

    Thanh Tien village is about 10km far from the center of Hue city in the East – North. Like other villages in the area, people regard agriculture as a major trade there; however, in December, they are busy producing kinds of paper flowers...
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  • Thay Pagoda Festival

    Thay Pagoda Festival

    If any Buddhist monk deserved worship, it was Tu Dao Hanh, innovator and inventor. He made numerous advances in medicine and religion, but is mainly remembered for inventing Vietnamese water puppetry . The Thay Pagoda Festival celebrates Tu...
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  • Mooncake

    Mooncake

    Mooncake (simplified Chinese: 月饼; traditional Chinese: 月餅; pinyin: yuè bĭng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu). The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when...
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  • Cho Lon (Lon Market)

    Cho Lon (Lon Market)

    Cho lon is the name of the Chinese district of Ho Chi Minh City (the former Saigon), the largest such Chinatown district in Vietnam. It lies on the West bank of the Saigon River, having Binh Tay Market as its central market. Cho Lon spans across,...
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  • Sinh Village Paintings

    Sinh Village Paintings

    Unlike the painting genres of Dong Ho in Bac Ninh Province and Hang Trong in Hanoi, the paintings of Sinh Village in Huong Tra District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, are very simple with plain glyphs and traditional colours, reflecting people’s...
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  • Hung Festival

    Hung Festival

    This festival celebrates the legendary birth of Vietnam’s first kings, the Hung Vuong. Details of their origin remain sketchy, but the story has become rather embellished over the years: born from the union of a mountain princess and a...
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  • Weddings

    Weddings

    Whilst on my City Tour of Hanoi, we were at the Temple of Literature when we spotted a professional photo shoot being done. There was quite a crowd of people watching the proceedings. Lucky we were on tour, and had a guide with us, as he told us...
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  • Che troi nuoc

    Che troi nuoc

    Che troi nuoc (or sometimes is called Chè xôi nước) is a Vietnamese dessert consisting of balls made from mung bean paste wrapped in a shell made of glutinous rice flour. The balls are served in a thick, sweet clear or brown...
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  • Ben Thanh Market

    Ben Thanh Market

    Let the spirit of Ho Chi Minh City lift you up and carry you through this network of colorful bustling activity. Cho Ben Thanh, or Ben Thanh Market, comes alive every evening with a thrum of tireless energy that never ceases to enthrall. This is...
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  • Vietnamese Lacquer

    Vietnamese Lacquer

    Vietnamese Lacquer Wares are known world wide for their exquisite designs and make. They rival chinese, japanese and other south east asian lacquer ware pieces and when in Saigon, this can be a very good gift item for friends or even buying...
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  • Quan The Am Festival, Da Nang City

    Quan The Am Festival, Da Nang City

    Quan Am (Avalokitesvara) Festival on Ngu Hanh Son, Danang is organized on the 19th day of the second lunar month. It was first organized in 1962, for the inauguration of the Avalokiesvara Bodhisattva statue in Hoa Nghiem cave at Thuy Son, west of...
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  • Coconut candy

    Coconut candy

    Coconut candy most commonly refers to the candy produced in Bến Tre province, Vietnam, made with coconut milk and coconut cream. The Ben Tre Province is nicknamed by Vietnamese as the "Land of Coconut" (Xu Dua). The Vietnamese term for coconut...
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  • Hanoi Night Market

    Hanoi Night Market

    Hanoi night market, also known as Dong Xuan night market, is weekly held on weekend evenings in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. It’s a very interesting place that all visitors should not miss if they have chance to travel to Hanoi. For many...
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  • Vietnam Figurines

    Vietnam Figurines

    You can buy assorted souvenir stuffs in saigon like my favorite fridge magnets and shot glasses but I bought one kind of thing that ticked my fancy, the iconic vietnamese figurines showing a classic vietnamese girl in a blue aoi dai and a straw...
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  • Attractive rural market

    Attractive rural market

    More than 100 dishes provided by 11 tourist units in the city centre were an original feature of rural Vietnam's culinary culture at the Danang Tourism and Culture Festival 2004. Along with specialities of the Quang people including Quang...
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  • Douhua

    Douhua

    History Tofu is thought to have originated in ancient China during the Western Han Dynasty. Chinese people have developed and enriched the recipes for tofu dishes on the basis of their own tastes, such as mapo tofu, stinky tofu, pickled tofu and...
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  • Saigon Shot Glasses

    Saigon Shot Glasses

    Collecting Assorted Shot Glasses of the places that I've travelled is again one of my hobbies when going to a place and besides these shot glasses, I also collect Fridge Magnets. You can find lots and lots of souvenir items in and around The...
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  • A Colorful, Attractive and Ebullient Danang Tourism - Culture Festival 2004

    A Colorful, Attractive and Ebullient Danang Tourism - Culture Festival 2004

    The festival was held from July 23 to August 1 with lots of activities. Most of attractive activities took place in the evening of July 31 when the festival was organised on Bach Dang Street near the stunning Han River. Tens of thousands of...
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  • Tangyuan (food)

    Tangyuan (food)

    Tāngyuán is a Chinese food made from glutinous rice flour. Glutinous rice flour is mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tangyuan can be either small or large, and filled or...
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  • Do Son Bufailo Fighting Vietnam Festival, Hai Phong City

    Do Son Bufailo Fighting Vietnam Festival, Hai Phong City

    Although the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival is officially held on the 9th of the 8th lunar month in Hai Phong,Vietnam, preparations start several months before. Fighting buffaloes must be carefully selected, well fed, and trained. The selection...
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  • Visiting Pagodas!

    Visiting Pagodas!

    Although Vietnam is officially an atheist country, buddhism is still a major religion here and more than half of the vietnamese people follow the buddhist faith hence there are lots of buddhist temples and pagodas all throughout vietnam and also...
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  • Crossing the streets in Danang City

    Crossing the streets in Danang City

    Look ahead and just walk across...Avoid direct eye contact with the motorists and your body language will confuse them
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  • Yen Tu Festival

    Yen Tu Festival

    Place:   The mountainous region of Yên Tử, Thượng Yên Công Commune, Uông Bí Town Time: Yên Tử festivities begin on the ninth day of the first lunar month and last until the end of the third...
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  • Funeral Ceremony of Vietnam

    Funeral Ceremony of Vietnam

    “The sense of the dead is that of the final,” says a Vietnamese proverb, meaning that funeral ceremonies must be solemnly organized. Formerly funeral ceremonies went as following: the body was washed and dressed; then a le ngam ham,...
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  • Hue festival honours “ao dai” in fashion show

    Hue festival honours “ao dai” in fashion show

     The elegant beauty of “ao dai”, Vietnam’s traditional long dress, will be honoured with a special performance taking place as part of the 2012 Hue Festival. With the theme “Lotus in the fine arts”, the show...
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  • The Vietnamese Ao Dai

    The Vietnamese Ao Dai

    The Ao Dai is the most recognizable traditional dress seen in Vietnam, and though western style clothes are popular, this beautifully styled outfit is still actively worn throughout the country during Tet, at work, to weddings, and other national...
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  • Ba Den Mountain Vietnam Festival

    Ba Den Mountain Vietnam Festival

        One cannot visit Vietnam�s Tay Ninh without going to Nui Ba, a beautiful high mountain located in the middle of the MeKong Delta, 11km from Tay Ninh. Nui Ba Mountain is often called Lady Den Mountain after the devoted...
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