You believe that while in Hanoi, you get to taste a big variety of spring rolls from each region of Vietnam, no worries, just follow the guide Ducivan of Hanoi food tour who is an expert of Hanoi cuisine and he shows us where are the best for each spring rolls at food stalls in Hanoi Old Quarter. Now check some food out
Hue lemongrass skewer
The lemongrass skewer is considered as one of the specialties of Thue Thien Hue, which any one visiting this province will give it a try at least one time. The dish brings itself the unique taste of the central region of Vietnam and then leaves a deep impression to domestic and international tourists.
The way to make the lemongrass skewer is quite simple, with minced meat, sliced pork skin, small fat pieces, which are all marinated with salt, pepper, sugar and roasted rice powder. Then, the cooker will skew the mixture through small bamboo sticks and grill it on charcoal. While grilling, the aromatic taste releasing from the lemongrass skewers will attract a lot of people’s attention.
While eating, it is often served with rice paper, herbs, sour star fruits, green banana and figs. The dish is the great combination of different flavors like the aroma of grilled meat with the spicy of pepper and chili, sweet and sour taste of dipping sauce and the coolness of fresh herbs. Actually, you also can try this dish in Hanoi. In case you need a companion to introduce Vietnamese traditional dishes, let’s do with a local guide by a Hanoi street food tour to enjoy it at the address 27 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem district
Tre (Binh Dinh bologna)
Talking about the fermented pork rolls, we cannot miss Tre Binh Dinh (bologna). The ingredients to make this famous dish are all familiar to the local people, including pork ear, pork head meat, bacon and spices like sesame, galangal, chili, young guava leaves and garlic.
Rolling Binh Dinh bologna is a very important and complicated step. The ingredients to roll tightly is a layer of banana leave and young guava leave. Then, it will be wrapped with thick layer of straws and tightened by bamboo strings. This way of wrapping can keep this dish for many days. Tre Binh Dinh is fermented naturally. After 2-3 days, it will be gradually well done with the typical taste.
In Lunar New Year holidays, this dish cannot be missed on the ancestor’s altar of every family in Binh Dinh.
The address: 49 Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hoan Kiem district
Ninh Hoa grilled meat rolls
Ninh Hoa grilled meat roll has its own unique flavor because it is cooked from the famous local pig meat. A kind of grilled dish combined with dipping sauce and fresh herbs will attract both locals and tourists.
A portion of grilled meat roll is quite a lot, including 6-8 pieces of grilled meat and crunchy fried rice papers. It will be served with many kinds of spices and herbs, especially cucumber and sour pickles. Ninh Hoa grilled pork roll is one of tourists’ favorite dishes so for anyone who wants to take a guide food tour in Hanoi to enjoy this dish, come with us to have great time together while tasting Vietnamese food at 56 Hang Bac street (next to the IBanh My shop)
Lai Vung spring rolls (Dong Thap)
Lai Vung spring rolls have red pink color, wrapped in banana leaves to be served at parties or family’s daily meals. Also, this dish is quite suitable to eat as snack because of its sour and spicy taste.
It is pretty complicated to cook Lai Vung spring rolls, depending on each family’s secret. The lean will be taken out thew and fat and sliced. Then, mince it with salt and sugar. Mix it with pork skin and roasted rice powder with pepper and garlic slices. Finally, wrap it with Tiger’s claw leaves and banana leaves.
When tasting, you will feel the sour, spicy, salty and sweet taste of this roll. If you want the dish crunchier, you can add more slices of pork skin. Without a guided tour, you probably have not found on your own. Trust us!
Have you ever visited Nha Trang? Which tourist attractions do you know to take a tour to Nha Trang? If your answer is “No” or “No idea”, please read this article for more ideas about Nha Trang – the city of beaches.
Nha Trang is famous for wonderful landscapes often recommend by the famous tourism websites as a great destination. Here are 8 cannot-miss places in Nha Trang for you:
Hon Mun Island – Hon Tam Island
Hon Mun Island is a spotlight place with the clean water and beautiful ecosystem of corals. It is recognized by World Wild Fund as the most diverse biological area in Vietnam
Hon Tam Island has the total area of approximately 100 ha. It is far from Nha Trang about 7km towards the Southeast. From Hon Tam Island, you can view all the city of beaches in the North and Cam Ranh Semi-peninsula in the South. In addition to the beautiful beach, it is well-known for discovery activities by submarine as well as diving services for sightseeing the colorful coral reefs.
Ninh Van Bay
Far from the city about 60km, the Bay has its pure and rustic beauty that is suitable for those who want to look for the comfortable feelings in the quiet sea space. When visiting Ninh Van Bay, tourists can take part in many thrilling activities such as surfing, kayaking and so on
Bao Dai Palace
Bao Dao Palace’s another name is Cau Da (Stone Bridge), located on Canh Long Mountain toward the sea. From the distance, it looks like a green dragon embracing the sea area of Nha Trang. It is used to be as the place for Bao Dai King to work and rest during his reign.
In summer, many kinds of flowers bloom colorfully, especially Poinciana
Five villas were built according to French architecture in the ground of 12 ha, hidden after the green foliage of Terminalia Catappa. In the summer, there are many blooming flowers, especially Poinciana. Standing from Bao Dai Palace, tourists can have the panoramic view to sightsee the whole city with the majestic landscapes
The institute was established in 1923 to store a lot of strange creatures. Its location is No. 1 Cau Da, far from the city center about 6km towards the Southeast
In this place, there are more than 20.000 samples of 4.000 sea creatures collected and kept for years. It also displays a set of giant whale bone with 26 meters in length, 3 meters in height and 48 completely restored vertebrae.
Hon Chong– Hon Vo Island
The space of Hon Chong – Hon Vo Island is almost isolated from the bustle and hustle of the city. This place is considered as one of the most beautiful place for tourists to sightsee the whole city of beaches
Hon Chong – Hon Vo Island
Thap Ba Hot Spa Spring
Thap Ba Spa Spring is the place for health care services and also a famous attraction in Nha Trang. There are many services for health care such as bathing, soaking mainly with mineral mud. It is far from the city about 4km towards the North so it just takes you 20 minutes to drive.
You can read more about Tram mountain
Thap Ba Po Nagar
Po Nagar (the full name is Po Ina Nagar or Thap Ba) is a Champa temple located on a top of a small hill with 10 – 12 meters above the sea level in the Nha Trang River. It is just far from the city center about 2km towards the North. Currently, it belongs to Vinh Phuoc Ward
The name of Po Nagar Tower” is used to refer to the whole architecture work. However, actually, it is the name of the highest tower with 23 meters
The temple was built under the peak period of Hindu religious so the Goddess statue has the shape of Umar, the wife of Shiva
In brief, Nha Trang is so famous for the beautiful beaches in Vietnam. However, when visiting to the city, you can take a tour to other famous places like Hon Mun Island, Hon Tam Island, Bao Dai Palace, Aquarium Institute … to make your trip more memorable and wonderful. Read it and note down!
In addition to the modern architecture works, Da Nang make tourists be allured by the friendly services, the hospitable welcome of local people and other wonderful things.
The beauty of Da Nang at the late afternoon
New York Times chosen Da Nang is one of the ideal destinations in the world in 2015 because this place treasures the beautiful white sand along the coastline. However, actually, the city makes people impressed by the innovative and civil image with many new things.
Below are ten reasons to recognize Da Nang is the worth living city. And the route Da Nang – Hoi An is one of the most popular package tours in the our travel agent. From Hanoi while visiting the capital, no worries, Let’s find out with Ultimate Hanoi Adventures, we specialize in providing amazing tours in Hanoi that bring unique experiences to travelers
The city of interesting and new architecture works
Splendid beauty of the city under the light
Da Nang treasures the top modern architecture works in Vietnam such as Ba Na Hills – Road to the heaven, Dragon Bridge, Han River Bridge, Sun Wheel, A La Carte Hotel and so on
Right the middle of the Tourism axis: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An
If Hue and Hoi An make tourists remember about the image of ancient cities, Da Nang evokes the friendly atmosphere because of the civilization and dramatic transformation after each visit. So, it is also a reason why many tourists feel like they want to come back next time.
The beauty of Dragon Bridge
In the top 30 world’s most impressive bridges, Dragon Bridge can not only show up its beauty but also make impressive fires.
Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills
Many visitors regard Ba Na Hills as “Da Lat” of the central region in Vietnam. It is just far from Da Nang about 25km. Especially, in Ba Na Hills, it is cold all year round. Even in the much cloudy days, Ba Na Hills will be covered a white color like the frost. If you plan to travel to Da Nang, do not forget this wonderful tourist site.
No need to bargain when buying in Da Nang
Selling and buying at Con Market
Not matter where you from or what you do, the locals are always friendly and helpful when you ask for directions, hotel address and even they will introduce you some motorbike taxi drivers to be the “tour guide” if you arrive in Da Nang in the first time. They will enthusiastically give you the names of restaurants serving the delicious but cheap food, the means of transportation to travel or how long to visit any certain place.
Non-profit Humanitarian Cancer Hospital
Humantarian Hospital for the poor
Since establishment, there are lots of poor people coming from Da Nang and other provinces of central region have chance to be examined and treated for free at this extremely modern and spacious hospital. Referring to the works of the cancer hospital, it looks like a hotel meeting 5 star standards rather than a hospital for the poor.
Free Wi-Fi all around the city
Free Wi-Fi all around the city
Da Nang is the place you can use free Wi-Fi at every corner of the city. There is no city in Vietnam but Da Nang providing such the special free service. Started from July 10, 2014, the city officially offer Wi-Fi coverage in the central areas to help locals and tourists connect internet stably and regularly
Cheap but delicious dishes
Da Nang cuisine
In Da Nang, tourists can eat from the cheap street foods like banh beo (bloating fern-shaped cake), banh nam (rice floor, with a bit of shrimp and pork meat being smashed) with the price range of a few thousands to the tasty dishes such as fermented thick Vietnamese vermicelli soup or mixed rice vermicelli with grilled pork with the price of 15.000 to 20.000 VND, or some loafs of bread with salted shredded pork from every streets
The beach with no garbage
No rubbish beach
At beach, no camping and no food on the sand are the common rule for anyone, locals and tourists to follow. Thus, the beach will has its own definition, meaning that it is just for visit, bathing and going for a walk.
That is all for the reasons to recognize Da Nang is the most worth living city Vietnam. Why don’t we take the package tour with the entire destinations above. For those who staying in Hanoi, just come to our booking office and meet our travel consultant and just let us know your need, your interest. We organize the tailor-made trips for you from Hanoi to Danang
Each month will have one typical kind of flower to make Hanoi more beautiful and attract more and more tourists
Peach blossom flower in January
The pink shade of peach blossom in the beginning of spring
Peach blossom flowers will bring the warmness of the spring with it to expel the coldness of winter. At the time the beach blossom blooms, the atmosphere of Lunar New Year holiday in Hanoi will come. All families and all people will go shopping and buy the essential things, especially the most beautiful peach bloom as they wish.
Peach blossom is beautiful from Nhat Tan Village to Hanoi. Especially, the spring is the best season to admire peach blossom in the Mau Son mountain. The straightly standing green trees with many various types of flowers, only walking also make you feel warm and wistful.
February – pure Alstonia scholaris and flowering Barringtonia acutangula
The delicate white petals vibrates in the wind on the streets is something that visitors cannot forget after sightseeing. Hanoi has the famous streets for Alstonia scholaris, which are Phan Dinh Phung, Hoang Hoa Tham, Buoi and so on. The Alstonia scholaris flowers are as white as snow, blooming white over the green trees.
At the same time, Barringtonia acutangula will bloom. The flower is beautiful because of the long tiny petals and red red inflorescences decumbenting the surface of Sword Lake. Silhouetting on the surface of the lake through the branches of Barringtonia acutangula is the small turtle tower.
March is the season of Ban flower (Bauhinia Variegata)
Ban flower is not fragrant but fragile beautiful. There are 5 petals on each flower with the colors of red, white and purple. Sometimes, the white will intermingle with the purple on one flower.
Ban flowers bloom purple over the streets around West Lake
Such a stunning view when you can walk on the streets full of Ban flowers
April for lily
April of the dry and sunny weather will become more romantic and picturesque with the presence of lily. Enjoy every moments of sightseeing the white flower petals of lily before the exam season and the hot summer come.
West Lake lotus in May
The presence of lotus in May
In May, the lotus will bloom around West Lake so you can see there are many lotus flowers on 2 sides of streets. Tiny lotus buds knob on the water and fresh rose-colored petals blooms in the sunlight. So beautiful and fragrant! If tourists visit West Lake on the days of fully blooming lotus, they will have chance to take pictures or simply enjoy cups of lotus seed tea while sightseeing the West Lake lotus in the morning.
June with Giant Crape-myrtle and Flamboyant
Hanoi on the hot days suddenly becomes more romantic and cooler with the presence of Giant Crape-myrtle and Flamboyant on the streets such as Hoang Quoc Viet, Kim Me, etc.
The intermingling of the purple of Giant Crape myrtle and the red of Flamboyant create a romantic and beautiful summer picture for the capital city in Vietnam. So, the heating of summer cannot be a big obstacle any more!
Bright bunches of sunflowers in July
The bunches of sunflowers on the old bike of a vendor
In Hanoi, the sunflowers are grown much in Quang Ba flower village, right after the banana areas of peach blossom garden. Recently, Nhat Tan flower villages have grown a flower bed so that visitors can take photos in the season of the sunflowers.
October for Globe Amaranth
When the autumn is till present in Hanoi with the rays of sunlight and gentle wind, the Globe Amaranth will be sold all around the streets by the vendors. While seeing these bunches of flowers, the idyllic but glamorous purple shade will make you feel like that you are lost in a certain romantic movie scene.
November is time for daisy
This kind of flower just blooms in the very short time, about 2 weeks with the big bunches. What attracts visitors is its stiff but papery leaves forming the bunches of flowering daisy. Sightseeing and taking photos with this kind of flower is also very wonderful thing to do.
December is the start of Barbarea vulgaris on the riverbank
When the winter comes, in the cold weather, Hanoi youngsters will prepare beautiful clothes just for visiting the Barbarea vulgaris (also called common winter cress) and capturing the best poses at the yellow winter cress flower field. The immense space of Barbarea vulgaris flower field will make visitors agitate.
Season of blooming Barbarea vulgaris
Visitors to Mau Son will find stunning mountain views and diverse ethnic minority cultures
Mau Son is known for its delicious peaches, fragrant local liquors and winter snows. Yet despite this familiarity, it remains off the tourist map. Just 30km from Lang Son, Mau Son retains the unspoilt ambiance of the wild Northeast Highlands.
From Lang Son City to Man Son I drove 15k along meandering mountain roads. With steep cliffs on one side and deep chasms on the other, even experienced drivers must drive slowly. The road left me both anxious and exhilarated by views of boundless greenery and overlapping mountain peaks. Silver clouds swirled playfully around the peaks like a soft white scarf. Along the road lie safe places for visitors to stop and take photos. Here, local ethnic peoples such as Dao, Tay, Hmong and Nung sell handicrafts to visitors. They are eager to communicate with lowland people.
The higher I travel, the purer the air and the lower the temperature. Situated 1500m above sea level, Mau Son Peak is a wonderful spot to relax. The average temperature in Mau Son is 15.5°C. The winter is characterised by thick fog and occasional snow. The summer is cool and pleasant even in radiant sunshine. And in springtime, all of Mau Son is draped in tantalising pink peach blossoms.
Thanks to its changing seasons and unspoiled nature, during French colonial times Mau Son was designated as a tourist resort. In 1923, a French doctor by the name of Dr. Opilot arrived in Mau Son and laid the cornerstone of a convalescence villa. More French colonists followed suit, building villas in the hills. Unfortunately, after years of warfare, this budding tourism area was forgotten. The ruins stood grim and grey, uninhabited by even ghosts. Even though some villas have been converted into fine and ancient hostels, their facilities remain limited. Yet thanks to this wild and rustic setting, people can come closer to nature.
Drawn by the cool climate, French settlers built a tourism resort in Mau Son in the 1920s
Mau Son is popular with backpackers and hikers who climb its high mountains. Visitors can also learn about the local cultures and visit sacred sites. Hiking here yields many surprises, but visitors must remain alert for changing weather. Mist and wind can come suddenly, and it gets dark quickly in the mountains. After a busy day I took a relaxing dip in a herbal hot tub prepared by Dao natives.
Visitors in search of adventure can choose to camp in the mountains and feast on local delicacies such as roasted boar with móc mật leaves, and grilled chicken or frogs with bamboo shoots. Be sure to sample the local Mau Son liquor, raising a toast to this amazing landscape and the hospitable locals.
Next year, I’m going to another mountain in Hanoi suburbs called Tram mountain to visit the pagodas