Monthly Archives: June 2007


(Conical Hat) Non la & Hue’s young ladies Non la, the distinctive conical palm hat, has always been a symbol of Vietnam, closely linked people & their daily lives. When discussing this hat, constructed of dried palm leaves, thin bamboo strips curved into rings & gut, Vietnamese & foreign tourists talk about the central city […]

Bến Đục, Chùa Hương

(Duc Wharf, Huong Pagoda) Ben Duc, Yen Spring & Huong Pagoda From Hanoi, visitors can reach the Huong Pagoda by taking a car to Ben Duc, the entrance of Huong Son Range in My Duc District, Ha Tay Province. From there they take a boat along Yen Spring. If you travel in the early morning […]


(Cham Tower) Cham Tower, a world heritage The World Heritage Road in central Vietnam has been talked about, far & wide, especially by international tourists wishing to explore the unique character of the region’s heritage site. When visiting Quang Nam Province, you can explore the My Son temple ruins.


(A kind of reptile species) Dong, delicious but endangered Dong is a lizard like reptile species. You can find them around sand dunes, especially in coastal provinces of Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa & Binh Thuan. The reptile runs away very quickly when faced with danger, so people call it dong, which in Vietnamese means “to […]

Snails dishes in Saigon

Gourmet Saigonese and tourists will never forget the city’s various snail dishes. It has been known for years that streets popular with foreigners often  house famous snail eateries, but many snail establishments have scattered over the downtown and other districts as snails have become a Saigon specialty. The most well-known snail eateries and streets are […]

Giá (Bean sprout)

Bean sprouts in Vietnamese dishes In Vietnam, bean sprouts are used as popular additive food in meals and can be found in all markets and supermarkets. They can be eaten fresh like other vegetables or used as an ingredient in dishes like cha gio (Vietnamese spring rolls), banh xeo (Vietnamese crepes) or canh chua (sour soup). […]

Saigonese Coffee At Alley Shops

Join the Saigonese in their habit of drinking coffee at small coffee shops in the alley just along the stree. / By Quynh Thu After their first sips of Vietnamese coffee prepaired in a local coffee shop, many foreigners exclaim, it’s so strong! That’s true if the coffee drinker is, like so many from the […]

The legend of Tam Dao Mountain Genie

If you visit Tam Dao you’re to hear of this Kinh and San Diu legend in which a young girl of the wild became a Vietnamese herione as well as pioneer of women’s rights. Legend has it that by the end of the Sixth Hung King’s reign, in the Tam Dao Mountain by the left […]

Open sesame!

Duc Hanh meets the man who saves your blushes after you lose your keys or leave them inside the car. For me the best place to find a locksmith is in Vu Huu Loi street. If you’re really in trouble, you can even invite the locksmith to your house and within several minutes, i guarantee, […]

Vietnam on Film!

Although the cinema came to Vietnam in the early 20th century it wasn’t until the period between the First ang Second World Wars that movie theatres sprang up throughout Hanoi and going to the movies became a popular social event. Vietnamese filmmaking officially began in 1945 during the First Indochina War. Possibly the greatest film, […]