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Top 6 tips to experience life in Saigon

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Check out this list to live like a native and make your trip to Vietnam's largest city worth every second.Take a dive into Saigon night marketsHo Thi Ky Flower Market and Ben Thanh Night Market are the places to get a broader picture of Saigon’s nightlife.Ho Thi Ky, the city’s largest wholesale flower market, is home to more than 100 households selling hundreds of kinds of flowers in a rainbow of colors. It operates round the clock and is most vibrant between midnight and 2 a.m., when retailers are rushing back and forth with fresh produce.The outdoor night market next to the iconic Ben Thanh Market serves mostly hungry night owls and curious travelers, which partly explains the reason for the slightly higher prices of the dishes here. Expensive as it is, the market is still the go-to place for many owing to its convenient location.Opening from 7 p.m., the market operates well into the evening and also features stalls selling clothing, jewelry and other items. Explore Vietnam’s war…

Unmissable 7 wonders of Cao Bang province

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Thang Hen LakeLocated in the district of Tra Linh, about 30km from the city of Cao Bang; Thang Hen Lake has been voted as one of 10 most beautiful lakes; of Vietnam thanks to its clean water and magnificent beauty. (Photo: Kieran Turner-Dave) Ban Giuong  Ban Giuong consists of about 75 households. In addition, this place is famous for its fresh air and The Nang Hai festival; which has been listed as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture; Sports and Tourism. Quay Son River Next, Quay Son river rises in China and when it reaches the Dam Thuy commune of Trung Khanh district, the mild river circles around Co Muong Mountain bottom and flows down to the rice fields of Dam Thuy towards the large alluvial plain of Ban Gioc village. Looming in the background of the rice paddies are Tay ethnic villages; with ancient stone houses on stilts, creating a nostalgic beauty. (Photo: ore Van de Weyer) Ban Gioc Waterfall In general, its in Dam Thuy village, Trung Khanh district, C…

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Must-try dishes in Hue

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Hue food is a must when you visit the ancient capital of Vietnam. It is so easy to eat like a king here, but to understand the meaning behind the food, we need to go back in time a bit. In addition, Hue is the Imperial City of Vietnam until the year 1945.As the imperial city, Hue takes reign to some of the more delectable dishes throughout Vietnam dating back to the culinary cravings of Nguyen feudal lords, emperors and their hundreds of concubines and wives.Banh Canh Nam Pho (Nam Pho rice noodle soup). The soup was originally created by peddlers from Nam Pho village, Phu Vang district, Thua Thien Hue province. Banh Canh Nam Pho has now become one of the most delicious noodle soups in Vietnam. Banh Nam (rice flour wrapped in banana leaves with shrimp cakes). Banh Nam is covered in layers of the banana leaf, steamed for 10 minutes, and served with sweet fish sauce. Banh Beo (Water fern cake). It is white in colour and usually has a dimple in the centre, which is covered with savoury re…

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Hoi An promotes new interest tourist products

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Hoi An streets are particularly exciting after the sunset. Along the scenic Hoai River are stalls selling local souvenirs and handicraft products. Going around Hoi An Ancient TownThese include colorful lanterns, toy figurines made by Thanh Ha pottery artisans, silk items, and local cuisines like noodles, rice cakes, and sweet soup.Walking through Hoi An’s narrow alleys at night induces a feeling of profound peace.Dan Phuong, a visitor from Da Nang city, said she visits the Hoi An night market at the weekend just to mingle in the crowd under the colorful lights, walk along the river, and stop at a stall to sample Hoi An food.She said, “I’m not sure exactly why it is, but Hoi An inspires me so much that I visit the town quite often. I particularly like the night market where they offer delicious food and cute handicraft souvenirs. It’s very exciting and fun.”Nguyen Van Son, Vice Chairman of the Hoi An Municipal People’s Committee said that nearly 9,000 visitors come to the Nguyen Hoang m…

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