Ho Chi Minh City

Located in the center of southern, Ho Chi Minh, now one of the most densely populated places in Vietnam.

The climate in Ho Chi Minh City is divided into two seasons: the rainy season and dry season. Especially, rainy season last quite long. It is about from 2 to 3 months. However, residents are used to living here a long time.

Ho Chi Minh City

The streets of Ho Chi Minh are a frenzy of activity and noise. The roads are congested with vehicles, from sparkling limousines to dusty rickshaws, while countless of people stream past on the pavements, and in the crowded narrow alleyways, the sense of the pedestrian are bombarded with a variety of exotic sights and smells. Around the city is like covered by a myriad of skyscrapers. Meanwhile, Sai Gon river is very tranquil with huge ships float on the surface. I was definitely impressed by atmosphere here. It is not extremely different from Hanoi. However, I feel as if something makes me fervent.

Below the bright neon lights, advertising every brand name conceivable, visitors can find an endless variety of shopping malls. You can buy anything here such as luxury clothes, jewelry, furniture and so on. Moreover, famous restaurants are also found in everywhere. There are many kinds of the restaurant coming from many countries all over the world. Tourists can enjoy a myriad of different dishes with many aroma dishes. I have had a memorial experience. Besides traditional food of a lot of countrysides in Vietnam, I have also enjoyed dishes that I have never tried such as pizzas from Italia, grilled meat from Korea, sushi from Japan and so on. Besides, Ho Chi Minh also has many markets for residents and tourists. Ben Thanh market is one of the famous markets in Ho Chi Minh City. When you see this market in outside, Clock Tower will come to your view. The people here see it as an unofficial symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh market is known as a mainly business center of normal people in Ho Chi Minh. Residents sell many kinds of things such as vegetables, clothes or personal items. Each year, a variety of tourists come to Ben Thanh market for visiting or buying.

Because of lying in the center of Northern, Ho Chi Minh has no beautiful beaches for visitors enjoying the atmosphere. However, you can spend two hours going to other areas that is adjacent to Ho Chi Minh to go on holiday. Vung Tau beach is one suggestion for you. It is about 106 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh city. Vung Tau is a seaside town about 2 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City by car, making it a popular weekend getaway for local and foreign city dwellers. Called Cap Saint-Jacques by French colonists, it features a long coastal promenade connecting two beaches, colonial-era architecture, bars, and restaurants, as well as beach umbrellas, chairs, loungers, and kayak rental kiosks. While Vung Tau can be visited all year long, we highly recommend making your way here during the week if you prefer a more relaxed setting. Long Hai is another suggestion. It is mostly frequented by the local population during the weekends, offering plenty of hippy bars, seafood eateries, and water sports facilities at affordable prices. Located almost 100 kilometers southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the beach also houses a wide range of expansive resorts with stylish rooms and villas overlooking the East Sea. The more high-end establishments tend to offer shuttle services for guests departing from Ho Chi Minh City, whether via private car or ferry from District 1.

Ho Chi Minh City has some typical culture that it is not the same as whatever countrysides in Vietnam. The lifestyle is one example. When I came here at the first time, I was so confused. It is not extremely noisy and it is also not too silent. Moreover, if you are foreigners, you can see that Ho Chi Minh people’s voice is different from Ha Noi people. In my thought, I feel their voice very sweet. This is the other type of northern people. Besides, Ho Chi Minh people are very active, enthusiastic and modern. When I talked to them, they also have a bit humorous and it helps me be more confident when communicating.

Ho Chi Minh city is definitely an interesting place!!

Mekong Delta Expedition: My Tho Travel Guide

Once setting foot in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, you shouldn't skip My Tho - a peaceful and beautiful city lying on Mekong River basin. If you are thinking about a trip to this land during your Indochina Tour Packages, then our My Tho travel guide might be useful.

How to reach My Tho

It is quite easy to find your suitable vehicles to My Tho. One of the most convenient and stable is to travel by bus. All you need to do is to come to Cho Lon Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and board the bus Saigon – My Tho or other buses to Ben Tre, Go Cong etc. 
Located just about 70km from Saigon, riding your own motorbike to My Tho is also a good idea. Just ride straight from Saigon to the Western area on the AH 1A, passing Long An and take a left hand turn at Trung Luong T-Junction.


Where to Stay

Lying at the heart of Mekong Delta’s countryside, the price for accommodation in My Tho is never a problem, only $5-10 for a nice hotel. Chuong Duong and Cong Doan seem to be the most luxurious ones, which come with great services, maybe you should give them a try:
  • Chuong Duong Hotel: No. 10, 30 Thang 4 Street, My Tho, Tien Giang
  • Cong Doan Hotel: No. 61, 30 Thang 4 Street, My Tho, Tien Giang

How to Move Around

The system of buses in My Tho is quite large, which guarantees you an access to many highlights of the city. However, if you want to see more tourist attractions on the outskirt area, this is not really a good choice.
The best vehicle you should choose to discover this tranquil land is motorcycle, which offers you the chance to discover deep into many obscured areas that bus can’t. Although the motorcycle rental in My Tho is not so popular, you can ask the hotel receptionists for one for about $6-8 per day, depending on the quality of the bikes.
To explore deep into the rustic waterways and see the local villages and markets, boat is the only choice. This will be an interesting experience for you to sit on local bamboo boat controlled by the local, enjoy fresh air, admire tranquil scenery of Mekong Delta’s countryside and enjoy the unique fold song called Don Ca Tai Tu.



Last but not least, My Tho is the departure place for those who want to take one of Mekong Cruises on Mekong River to Vietnam's closeknitting neighbor - Cambodia. Experience the cruise today and you can thank me later.

Cruising on Mekong River on Jahan Cruise

What to See

My Tho is always a good destination for tourists to discover both historical sites and ecotourism. 
If you are eager to learn more about architecture and religion in Vietnam, you should pay a visit to Vinh Trang Pagoda, a beautiful Buddhist complex dating back to 1850.


For those who are interested in Ecotourism, a trip to Thoi Son Island will not disappoint you. There, you will not only admire a peaceful island but full of interesting activities, but also set foot in one of the biggest fruit gardens in Vietnam.


Dong Tam Snake Farm – the biggest of its kind in Vietnam will be one of your highlights offering you the chance to observe the lives of various types of snakes and lizards as well as meet the locals who daily take care of them.

Beyond Pho: 5 Local Dishes to Try in Vietnam

Many of you might hear about Pho - a beautiful specialty full of Vietnamese flavours. However, Vietnam does has a lot of local dishes that can definitely make you fall in love once tasting for the first time. Let's have a look at my post of 5 must-try local dishes for your excursions in Vietnam

Bún chả
You might see some Bun Cha shops in your country or many big cities in the world, but the original, cheapest and absolutely the best Bun Cha comes from Hanoi. Together with Pho, Bun Cha is an charming dish that can conquer every gourmet travellers thanks to its harmonious fusion of different flavours. The broth of Bun Cha is not like others of its kind, it is a bit more salty because 60% of it is Vietnamese fish sauce, which helps balance the flavours of the entire dish. What is more, the broth bowl is not too big but simply enough for you to grap some amazingly delicious barbecue meat balls and dip the rice noodle, herbs, lettuce and spring rolls at the same time. It will be even better to taste Bun Cha with a cup of Tra Da (Vietnamese Tea) and you will understand why this culinary culture is becoming a typical routine in Hanoi for years.


Chả Cá

Cha Ca is a harmonious combination of different local ingredients and condiments. Grilled fish is marinated in a mixture of turmeric, ginger, garlic, then fried until it turns to be a cripsy and fleshy ball. Onions, scallions, peanuts and handfuls of fresh dill are quickly sauteed and tossed with the fish, which is served on a bed of rice vermicelli noodles. The whole thing is then topped with a smattering of fresh herbs including mint and coriander. Dip each mouthful in nuoc cham, a Vietnamese dipping sauce made from fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and red chilli.


Bún riêu cua

Due to the fact that northern Vietnam has a interlaced system of rivers and canals, charming dishes from crabs are unmissable in Vietnamese people’s menu. Indeed, when you set foot in Hanoi, you should try Bun Rieu Cua - a nutritious bowl of crab soup that will not dissappoint you. The broth of Bun Rieu Cua is made by pounding local river crabs then straining water through their shells, creating an attractive crab’s smell that will sure delight you. Bun Rieu Cua offen goes with Vietnamese sausages, shirmps, Cha Ca and some healty Vietnamese vegetable such as Rau muong, Rau Can etc.


Cá Kho Tộ

This is a must-try specialty in the southern provinces of Vietnam. Ca Kho To is the dish from fresh catfishes cooked in clay pots with ginger, shallots, garlic, herbs and local ingredients. Once giving a try, you will experience a favorsome piece of fish which is both spicy, sweet, fleshy. The dish is also salty, because it always goes with jasmine rice as an essential dish in every meal of Vietnamese families.


Chè Bắp

Che Bap, a specialty of Hoi An, must be the one that you will never forget once tasting. This charming rice pudding with sweet corn is considered the best classic dessert in Vietnam, which will sure guarantee you the chance to freshen up your mind and body after your parties of meat and calories. Depending on each person’s tastebud, Che Bap can be used with ice, sugar, coconut milk, jelly or fresh fruits, creating a gorgeous mixture of flavours – absolutely the one for hot summer days.


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Top 5 Best Attractions to See in Hanoi

Hanoi, the one-thousand-year-old city, is well known for its harmonious combination of traditional and modern life style. During the tour in Hanoi, you can have a chance to visit a lot of beautiful historical sites to understand more about this long-term-history city. I would like to present to you the list of 5 Best Attractions in Hanoi, one of the most recommended places for Vietnam excursions

Hoan Kiem Lake

Located in the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem lake is where you can experience a real Hanoi. ‘Hoan Kiem’ or Sword Lake is widely famous for its legendary stories. Visiting the lake, you will see the unique Turtle Tower floating on a tiny islet (at the center of the lake), a little unique temple, where is the favorite spot for Hoan Kiem’s giant turtles to sunbathing. Known as an ideal spot for Vietnam family tours, a trip to Hoan Kiem lake offers you and your family the chance to observe and join in interesting daily activities of local Hanoians such as morning exercises, tai chi practice, traditional folk games for children etc. Additionally, you can easily taste many Hanoi street foods around here.


Temple of Literature

Another one of the best attractions to visit in Hanoi must be the Temple of Literature. Built in 1070, the whole temple complex is an architectural masterpiece, which is mentioned in a lot of newspapers. Visiting the temple, you will be amazed by its tranquil beauty with ancient structures and green surrounding environment. You can also learn more about Vietnamese history as well as the development of education in Vietnam from generation to generation.


West Lake     

If you are looking for a place to relax inside such a bustling Hanoi, then West Lake will be the one. It is not only the biggest lake of the city but also the most exciting entertaining spot to most of Hanoians and foreign expats and tourists, which offers you the opportunity to enjoy the tranquillity of the nature and take some good photos.  Moreover, you can easily enjoy yourself riding a bicycle around, feeling cool breezes, observing daily local fishermen, or having some cold drink at many lake-view cafes and restaurants. Although this attraction is a popular spot to travellers and expats in Hanoi, it is still an amazing place to relax during your Vietnam private tours.


Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is the perfect spot for those who concerns about cultural and historical developments of Vietnam. The museum shows a huge range of exhibits as well as some unique traditional structures from 54 different Peoples throughout the country. It will sure be interesting for you to know more about the cultural diversity in Vietnam and some ridiculously funny customs and habits you will not see in your country.


Ho Chi Minh Complex

Known as the final resting place of the greatest President in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh complex (including Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, his stilt house and museum) is the must-see attraction for every Vietnamese and many international tourists who ever came to Vietnam. There, you will have a chance to know more about Ho Chi Minh's life, his struggle time to find the way to save the country.


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The Uniqueness of The Cham Museum in Danang

Traveling to Da Nang in addition to exploring the exciting sites such as Helio Center, Ba Na Hill, Sun Wheel Sun Wheel ... do not miss the opportunity to explore the unique Cham Museum Da Nang to admire traces of time through many precious objects.


Da Nang has long become a popular tourist destination with its crystal-clear blue-white beaches, fine white sand and majestic mountains and fertile alluvial rivers. Danang owns many modern and unique architectural works attracting domestic and foreign tourists such as Han River bridge - the only bridge in Vietnam, Dragon Bridge - the world's longest steel bridge with the ability to spray water and fire ... Besides, Danang also has an ancient cultural relics from thousands of ancient people are attracting many visitors that is the Cham Museum - the only museum in the world about Champa civilization.

Cham Museum was built in 1915 according to the idea of Henri Parmentier - a French archaeologist with a project of the Institute of Far East. This work was completed in 1919, located on a mound near the romantic Han River, which preserves and displays the most rare collections of sculptural art of Champa. At the suggestion of Parmentier, the Cham Sculpture Museum is designed in a blending of classic European style with the outlines of Cham architecture.

Cham Museum of Da Nang Sculpture became one of the earliest museums in Vietnam with outstanding architectural value. The sculptures displayed here express the spiritual life, culture and beliefs of ancient Cham people as well as the conceptual and visual thinking in architecture and sculpture. In addition, the Museum contains a large number of works depicting the gods in Hinduism and some other works with close-knit life.


Henri Parmentier, archaeologist Henri Parmentier, has proposed the idea of dividing the artifacts in the Cham Museum into 10 zones, named after their origins and locations of discovery the artifacts. At present, there are nearly 2,000 artifacts and objects, of which about 288 exhibits are displayed in the museum and divided into exhibition areas including Quang Nam corridor, Quang Ngai; Quang Tri, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong, My Son, Thap Mam, Binh Dinh, Kom Tom and Extension areas. Each exhibition area is unique in each region and has its own unique culture.

Besides the way of dividing artifacts by origin, there are many ways of arranging and classifying objects and other Cham sculptures such as age, material, work content, type of sculpture. In addition, the works of the Cham Sculpture Museum are divided into collections such as the contents of statues, temples, architectural details, objects soldier; Sandstone, copper, terra cotta and other materials.

Traveling to Danang's favorite places and visiting the Cham Sculpture Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the artifacts collected from a number of temples and Cham towers of the central provinces of Vietnam, from Quang Binh to Ninh Thuan. Currently, the museum has exhibited more than 300 artifacts are original sculptures made of sandstone dating from the seventh century - XV century, and some products made from terracotta. Some typical artifacts in the Museum such as musical instruments, radio stations ... of Champa ethnic people. In particular, there are also three national treasures belonging to the Champa culture, Tra Kieu Temple, My Son E1 Temple and the unique Tara Bodhisattva statue which attracts many international tourists to contemplate. 


At the Temple of My Son E1, visitors will be able to see the lively and artistic portraits of the everyday scenes of Hindu life in the forest. Tra Kieu temple is a masterpiece sculpture, which was carved very elaborately to the smallest details; It consists of two parts, the upper part has two rounded boards decorated with symmetrical lotus petals, the lower part is a four-sided square base with innumerable carved figurines.

However, the most prominent of the hundreds of beautiful Cham sculptures is the Tara Bodhisattva, a unique bronze sculpture in the Cham Museum. 1,148m high bodhisattva statue is displayed in the Indochina room, beautifully seductive with delicate carvings. Therefore, it has attracted the curiosity and admiration of most visitors when visiting here.

Coming to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, visitors are like a relive the flourishing of sculptural art. In it, these works convey the vivid and true image of the ancient religious symbols along with the mystical spiritual world. It is more interesting to come here as well as enjoy the graceful dance from the Cham girls at the museum grounds.


When walking through each room in My Son or Quang Binh Corridor, Quang Nam, you will be able to see the artistic masterpieces of Brahma, Shiva and My Son temple, while admiring the talents of the ancient artisans. In particular, images of Hindu deities, mascots or scenes of daily life are often elaborately carved to retain the mysterious beauty until now challenging the destruction of time.

When coming to Danang, in addition to the Da Nang Museum of Fine Arts, visitors should spend some time visiting the Cham Sculpture Museum for an opportunity to better understand the beauty of sculpture - a unique culture of the old Kingdom of Champa. Once inside this unique space, visitors will be able to "leave" all the usual sadness in life and drown in the tranquility of the place. The Cham Sculpture Museum has become the pride of Da Nang people as the only place still bearing the mark of Champa civilization.


Explore The Non Nuoc Beach in Danang

In addition to charming My Khe Beach, wild Nam O, Da Nang has another excellent beach - Non Nuoc beach. Non Nuoc Danang tour promises to bring visitors, fun, exciting and unforgettable experience.

Enjoy peace and fresh air

The Non Nuoc beach is located in Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son district, about 12km southeast of Danang city center. Seen from above, Non Nuoc Beach looks like a large circle surrounded majestic Ngu Hanh Son. If My Khe Beach is known as the most attractive beach on the planet, Non Nuoc Beach also has a beauty as well as blue sky, blue sea, sunshine and white clouds to enthuse people. However, Non Nuoc beach brings a quite different feeling from My Khe. Wecan make a small comparison: if My Khe as a uptown picky beautiful girl, Non Nuoc beach is like a rustic, charming and simple girl.

Fortunately, Non Nuoc still retains the beauty of the wilderness, which has not been affected and changed much by the "smoke-free industry". Coming to Non Nuoc, visitors will feel like they are entering a "pure" country separate from the outside world, separated from the urban noise and separated also from the chaos of life. Standing in front of the sea, so that the sea breeze blowing in people, visitors will like the taste of the salty sea and enjoy the fresh air. This is the reason why many visitors come to Da Nang to enjoy sightseeing Ba Na Hills, Ngu Hanh Son, travel to My Son sanctuary, Son Tra peninsula ... and also Non Nuoc beach. The Non Nuoc beach always has a special position in the heart of tourists and is always on the list of attractive tourist attractions.



One of the things that make up the beauty of Non Nuoc beach is the smooth white sand stretching 5km. Sandy beach is quite wide and very clean. When laying bare feet in the sand, anyone can not help but feel like the masses of sand massaging each toe by trying to slip in. Walking around the beach, a little sunshine, a bit of wind and listening to the gentle waves pounding in the ears, all bring a sense of peace.

Swimming and scuba diving

The water in the Non Nuoc beach is clean and clear. In Da Nang's handbook and favorite tourist destinations, Non Nuoc Beach is considered to be salty, with moderate waves and temperatures suitable for bathing and diving all year round. However, the ideal time to travel to Non Nuoc beach is in the summer from May to September. Being in the cool waters of Non Nuoc is one of the best experiences when coming to Non Nuoc beach. In addition to swimming, visitors can also dive to enjoy colorful aquatic plants.

Paragliding on the sea


For those who love the game of intense adventure – you can not miss parachuting in the sea of Non Nuoc. At sea, Non Nuoc offers safe parasailing services. Guests will be locked by a dedicated cord into the umbrella. Then cano runs at high speed to pull parachute flying. When playing paragliding, tourists can enjoy the whole view of Non Nuoc beach and Danang city in a very special position from above.

Surfing

A special feature of the Non Nuoc beach is the weather conditions that are very suitable for surfing at sea. From September, October to March next year is the ideal time to surf in Non Nuoc Beach. Because of this, at Non Nuoc the wind speed is stronger with the high waves can help satisfy the passion of surfing. Many surfing contests are also held annually in Non Nuoc Beach. Many people, especially international visitors converge here to conquer the waves together. If you love and want to experience this sport, you can go to Da Nang and to Non Nuoc sea at the time mentioned above.

Water motorcycle

Water motor play is one of the attractive games on the Non Nuoc beach for those who love speed and adventurous. How to control the water motor is not too difficult, you will be guided by the dedicated staff and steering if necessary. So, not only surfing, but also water motorcycles can help you conquer the waves.


In addition to the above experience, when coming to Non Nuoc, visitors can also experience the Danang Non Nuoc beach with many other interesting activities: Kayaking, paddle, Fly-board By jet engine), enjoy fresh seafood dishes or visit nearby places (such as Ngu Hanh Son, Non Nuoc stone carving village) ...

The Legend of Tuyen Lam Lake Dalat

Da Lat city is one of the "extremely attractive" tourist attractions in our country. Being blessed by nature, Da Lat is beautiful with charming scenery and a cool, clear and pleasant climate. Besides, the homely and sincere lifestyle of the local people is also one of the hallmarks attracting tourists. If you have not had a chance to visit the city of thousands of flowers, do not hesitate to do a Dalat Tour to experience the wonderful things here.


Now, join us to discover Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat - one of the most interesting sights in the city of thousand flowers.

Introduction to Tuyen Lam Lake: location, history and name

Tuyen Lam Lake Da Lat is the largest freshwater lake in the mountain town known as the "best lake in Vietnam " because of the charming wild nature. Surrounded by lush pine forests and soft winding courtyards, Tuyen Lam Lake has a beautiful, poetic beauty. Tuyen Lam Lake is a large freshwater lake with many small oases. Not only is the ideal place to relax, Tuyen Lam Lake also attracts many paparazzi and many pairs coming to the picnic, take photo. To immerse yourself in a beautiful and peaceful natural setting, feel the breath of nature, and forget about the fatigue and sadness of life, register for a 1 day Da Lat Tour to explore the beautiful Tuyen Lam lake.

Although located in the suburbs, Tuyen Lam Lake is not too far from Dalat city center (about 5, 6 km to the south). Tuyen Lam Lake is located at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain and right at the Truc Lam Zen Monastery, so it is considered as an integral part of the Truc Lam Lake complex tourist complex. With a convenient location, visitors can easily move and visit the lake easily. From the city center, you can go along the Trieu Viet Vuong road or if you go from Highway 20, you can go down the Prenn Pass to Danang River about 1km to reach Tuyen Lam Lake.


With a beautiful and harmonious natural environment, not many people knows that Tuyen Lam Lake is an artificial freshwater lake that was formed in the 30s of the last century. Tuyen Lam Lake is surrounded by the legendary Tia stream and majestic Elephant Mountain. Farraut, a Frenchman who has lived in Dalat for a long time, is considered the first person to explore the Tuyen Lam area when he hires more than 3,000ha of land (in the current Tuyen Lam lake) to farm (1930). During the harsh resistance of the Vietnamese nation in general and Da Lat in particular, this place became a key base of the revolution. The resistance zone is known as Tia Stream War Zone or Quang Trung War Zone. Therefore, when the irrigation company Lam Dong built dams across the Tia stream in 1987, Tuyen Lam lake was then called Quang Trung Lake. Later on, Quang Trung Lake was renamed Tuyen Lam Lake as it is now with the meaning of harmonious landscape (Tuyen is a stream, Lam is a forest).

Exciting activities at Tuyen Lam Lake

Besides the famous names have made marks for the city of love as the village of Dalat Dalat, the legendary LangBiang, the road of wild flowers or waterfalls such as Cam Ly, Pongour, Datanla ..., Tuyen Lake Lam is a tourist destination with many interesting experiences awaiting visitors to visit and explore.

Surrounded by a green and tranquil green pine forest with soft lines and beautifully landscaped landscapes, Tuyen Lam Lake is an ideal place for picnics with friends and relatives. .Tia stream in the cool blue and a pleasant fresh air will make visitors feel very comfortable. Take a walk around the lake to listen to the rumbling of the pine grove, the screeching of birds or the distant temple bell ... all these wonderful experiences will bring visitors a lot of feeling of a "real Wonderland" Da Lat.


In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery and charming, visiting Tuyen Lam lake visitors can participate in many exciting recreational and fun activities such as camping, convalescence, horseback riding, hiking, walking or fishing. In addition, rowing a duck bat, swings across the lake or go on a boat cruise ... are interesting recreational activities attractive to tourists.

Dalat tour to discover Tuyen Lam lake would be better if you visit the Truc Lam Zen Monastery on Phuong Hoang Mountain not far from the lake by walking or cable car. Or you can visit Bao Dai Falls not far from Tuyen Lam Lake. Legend has it that this is the waterfall King Bao Dai had come to. In addition, Da Tien tourist area - Elephant Mountain or Nam Qua tourist site are also interesting stops around the romantic Tuyen Lam lake.

Tuyen Lam Lake, a wonderful destination in Dalat is waiting for visitors to visit and explore. 



The Beauty of Khai Dinh Tomb in Hue

There were 13 kings during the Nguyen Dynasty, but due to political and economic reasons, only seven tombs were built: Gia Long Tomb, Minh Mang Tomb, Thieu Tri Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb, Dong Khanh Tomb, Duc Duc Tomb And Khai Dinh Tomb. Each tomb is built with its own architecture, in which Khai Dinh Tomb is the mausoleum that took time, effort and money the most. If you have the opportunity to travel to the ancient capital city, let’s stop to admire the beauty of Hue Khai Dinh Tomb to learn about the architecture of the tomb.

About King Khai Dinh


Khai Dinh (1885-1925) was the 12th king of the Nguyen Dynasty, in position from 1916-1925. Of the 13 kings of the Nguyen Dynasty, Khai Dinh was the king known for the worst reputation. In addition to gambling,  he is often criticized by contemporary newspapers for his flamboyant outfits, not adhering to ancient royal attire and makeup.

Khai Dinh has 12 wives but only one son is Nguyen Phuc Vinh Thuy, King Bao Dai. According to many documents, having this child is not entirely formal. Because the king did not fond of femininity but favors Nguyen Dac Vong - a guard in the palace. Perhaps this is the reason that the tomb of King Khai Dinh more impressive than the tombs of the Nguyen kings. Khai Dinh's tomb becomes an indispensable sight in the two-day Hue tours of many travelers.

The process of building Khai Dinh Tomb

With the viewpoint of the Confucian people and the philosophy of the Buddha, the kings of the Nguyen Dynasty built their mausoleums from the time they were alive. After taking the throne in 1916, Khai Dinh set out to find a place to rest. And Chau Chu Mountain (also known as Chau E), outside the Hue Citadel was chosen. In 1920, Khai Dinh Mausoleum was started but was under construction until 1925 when the king died. The construction of King Bao Dai continued until 1931 was completed.



According to many records, for the money to build the mausoleum, King Khai Dinh asked the government to raise the tax to 30% and sent people to France, China and Japan to buy iron, steel, cement, porcelain , Colored glass ... Because of that, he was harshly condemned by history.

The unique architecture of Khai Dinh Tomb

Located on a fairly modest area, only about 117m × 48.5m but built with great meticulous and elaborate so the beauty of Khai Dinh Tombs are always praised by researchers and tourists. Like the tombs of the predecessor kings, Khai Dinh Tomb was planned according to the Eastern Feng Shui philosophy: in front of the tomb there is a low hill; the two mountains of Mount Chop Vung and Kim Son in front of the tomb are considered Blue dragon and White Tiger; Asian water flows in front of the mausoleum, from left to right is hydrous or also known as road; Chau Chau Mountain is behind. In addition, the king also changed the name Chau Chu Mountain to Ung Mountain and the tomb was named after the mountain - Ung Tomb.

Khai Dinh built his mausoleum with the combination of modern Western architecture style with traditional Eastern architecture. This is also the only mausoleum that mixes East and West style. Located quite high, so visitors must pass 127 steps to visit this tomb.


Most prominent in the Tomb of Khai Dinh is Thien Dinh Palace - where the king's body is placed. In the palace, there are two statues of Khai Dinh: a statue of the king dressed like a French soldier and ones in Vietnamese style, made in France. Especially, on the ceiling of the palace there are three large murals of “nine dragons in clouds” which is the largest in Vietnam by Phan Van Tanh.

Another difference of the tomb of Khai Dinh compared to the tomb of the previous kings is: the location of the king's body in the other tombs are difficult to determine while it’s clear in the tomb of Khai Dinh. Due to the historical situation changes during the reign of King Khai Dinh and when he died, all actions of the Nguyen court were monitored by the French.

Today, over 80 years, Khai Dinh Mausoleum’s original architecture is still quite intact. The beauty of Khai Dinh Mausoleum remains the subject of much discussion among researchers. However, there is a sad fact for this king that since he died, he has never received an incense stick from his child and grandchild.

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The Beauty of My Khe Beach in Danang

My Khe Beach Danang has become one of the "signature" for the coastal city of Da Nang. With a wild and charming look, My Khe has become a hot spot for tourists during this time. And so far, that "fever" has not yet stopped. My Khe - an impressive destination not only attract the attention of domestic visitors but also international tourists. My Khe has reached the top six of the most beautiful and seductive beaches on the planet by prestigious Forbes magazine and is among the top 10 most popular Asian beaches in the world by the Australian Sunday Herald Sun. So it is not surprising that My Khe has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Da Nang.

About My Khe Da Nang beach

My Khe beach is extremely convenient, just 3km to the east of the city center. So visitors can easily move to My Khe by various means. From Danang city, tourists can choose to travel by taxi, bus (Danang - Hoi An line stopping at My Khe beach) or renting motorbike taxi.


The smooth white sand stretches, the gentle blue water flowing smoothly and the coconut cheerful in the wind ... are impressive images when talking about My Khe. The green and seductive beauty of the sea of My Khe can easily take your heat away. Who have ever come to My Khe or simply watching My Khe through the beautiful images on the page, newspapers ... are longing for a once experience, immersed in the beautiful scenery My Khe.

My Khe sea water is mild and green throughout the year, so visitors can visit at any time. Besides the summer season (the most beautiful time of Da Nang seaside), autumn, spring or even winter are also excellent suggestions for visitors. With its own unique season, visitors will be able to admire the beautiful scenery and experience a variety of different emotions about the planet's most beautiful beach. Many visitors shared that My Khe is really charming with blue seawall, four seasons, soft white sand, a clear atmosphere and lots of fun activities. So many visitors spend a full day on their 3-day Da Nang tour for My Khe beach.

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Interesting experiences at My Khe beach

If you visit the coastal city, go to My Khe to experience the beauty of peace, charm, harmony with nature and cool water. Guests will feel refreshed and pleasant, forget the sorrows in life.

The first activity that travelers love to go to My Khe is to be immersed in fresh blue water. My Khe has more than 900m long beach and three beautiful beaches that you can explore, experience:

Pham Van Dong beach center: located in the park, so Pham Van Dong beach is quite compact and very convenient location.


T20-T18 Beach: Previously this beach was built by the US military entertainment area for soldiers. Especially, the beach is very close to Non Nuoc tourist site, so you can combine your trip to My Khe to visit Da Nang fine art handicraft village and some tourist spots around.

1-2-3 Beach: The main beach of My Khe, which is invested in various types of services and high safety.

Beside bathing, a wonderful experience that visitors do not miss when visiting My Khe is watching the sunrise - sunset here. My Khe dawn is clear and tranquil while My Kha sunset is quiet and romantic with red light. At the end of the day, the sun descends like a flaming fire", a vast sea is beautifully dyed red. Waves rippling echo echoing the soul peace and quiet. Walking on the beach and feeling the changes of the day will definitely be a memorable experience for visitors. In addition, recreational activities such as fishing, snorkeling or surfing, yachting and jet skiing are all very interesting games at My Khe beach that visitors should experience.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you My Khe - one of the attractions of Da Nang tourism is extremely attractive. And we hope that through the short article,you will have more "motivation" for a trip to Da Nang beach to beautiful dreamy My Khe beach.

Source: Excursion Vietnam

Experience The Magical Beauty of Suoi Hoa Resort in Danang

Experience the beauty of Suoi Hoa Da Nang tourist area, tourists will be amazed by the beauty of green nature, fresh air and many fun activities. This is a great tourist destination for friends and family gatherings on weekends.


Danang is not only famous for its brilliant bridges and beautiful beaches, but it also attracts visitors by its unique eco-tourism. About 30km west of Da Nang city center, visitors will encounter Suoi Hoa tourist area with colorful flower fields and green hills. All combined with waterfalls, streams, lakes, waterfalls create a beautiful and poetic landscape. Suoi Hoa is not only a favorite destination for many people in Da Nang but also a suitable place for a holiday or a picnic.

Suoi Hoa Resort is located in the majestic Truong Son Mountains and lies on the Lo Dong River. This resort has a natural beauty of the water, clouds and waterfalls, streams, flowers and plants ... The scenery here makes visitors feel surprised, impressive. This resort has the name of a stream, covered by lush green vegetation and many forest flowers. Many species of flowers in this area are blooming, creating a cool space for visitors. In particular, this is not a wild resort but man-made, making the journey experience the beauty of Suoi Hoa more attractive and interesting.


Suoi Hoa has a cool climate with many plants and water streams leading up to a cool pool area. Rough terrain creates white waterfalls that run all year round. Suoi Hoa Flower Center is a variety of forest flowers, wild weeds with brilliant colors. Coming to Suoi Hoa, visitors will be able to enjoy the green hills and experience the feeling of spring bathing. These are the things that attract visitors once set foot here. Suoi Hoa "promises" to give visitors a wonderful experience. Perhaps this is why anyone who comes here once wants to have the opportunity to come back again.

The scenery in Suoi Hoa makes visitors feel surprised by the feeling of being lost in a lake in the high mountains all year round, with green streams, cool. When you come here, you can walk or play in the cliffs, streams; Bathe in the cool lake water and admire the surrounding mountains and forests. However, the first stop that tourists should not be overlooked is Ru Ri Falls and Ha Waterfalls - two low-level artificial waterfalls with blue water and flowers such as cherry blossoming, orchid…


In addition to playing with water, visitors can sit chess under the tree flowers Peach, smelling the fragrance of peach flowers spread in the wind, just heard the murmuring streams. For families with small children, it is possible to bring your baby to the lake with a water depth of only 0.5m to play exciting sports on the water such as swimming, kicking ... In three days trip to Da Nang, visitors will also encounter the Long house was built like the house of the Cotu people for meetings and cultural activities.

In particular, under the Long house is a large 1.5m deep lake for adults to bathe and play; At the same time, there is a bridge hanging over the lake for sightseeing. The bridge is considered the ideal place for visitors to save memories when visiting Hoa Stream. When standing on the bridge, visitors can admire the immense grandeur of the vast green mountains. Thanks to the sophistication and skillfulness of the people, Suoi Hoa resort has brought beauty and beauty to preserve the natural beauty of wild mountains. Come here, visitors like to dispel the tiring of everyday, enjoy the relaxed moments of comfort. 

Come to Suoi Hoa after the trip to Non Nuoc beach Danang, visitors also enjoy the specialties of the mountain forests such as sesame rice, wild pork, Dien Truc bamboo shoot, wild chicken... at the ethnic restaurant. Here, visitors will enjoy playing on a large lawn with green grass, surrounded by majestic mountains; On the other hand, there is an area for sports enthusiasts such as horseback riding, soccer, badminton, volleyball ... In which, the stadium is about 6.000m2 serving the guests free of charge. Around are the houses to serve visitors to rest.


The resort also has accommodation blocks for visitors who want to spend the night at affordable prices, cool and clean rooms with fresh mountain air, listening to birds chirping early in the morning. In particular, these lodges are located around the lake and the middle of the mountainside makes visitors feel very excited. In addition, in Suoi Hoa there are many other famous places with charming names such as Toc Tien Waterfall, Thien Thai Waterfall, Bong Lai Lake ... for visitors to enjoy.

Suoi Hoa Resort is an ideal resort and wonderful resort for tourists when coming to Danang. Come here to experience and feel your soul relaxed. Suoi Hoa Da Nang will help visitors forget the tiredness, the stress of hard working days together with the noisy, sloppy urban areas to be released into nature with fresh air. 

Top 3 Best Hotels in Ba Na Hills

At an altitude of 1.489m above sea level, Ba Na Hills is blessed with a mild climate all year round and beautiful natural scenery. This place has become one of the most attractive destinations in Danang. To visit the beautiful scenery, Ba Na entertainment venue, visitors can stay overnight at one of the hotels in Ba Na Hills Da Nang as following.

Mercure Bana Hills French Village

Mercure Bana Hills French Village is a 4 star hotel of Accor Hotel Group. This is also the only hotel located on Ba Hills, a complex of resorts Ba Na Hills Resort Da Nang.


The Mercure Bana Hills French Village has 494 tastefully and elegantly furnished European-style rooms. The hotel will provide visitors with a comfortable, classic and romantic living space "substance" French nineteenth century. According to the Mercure Bana Hills French Village and Ba Na Hills Da Nang tourism site, each room has a window overlooking the mountains or the old French Village nearby. Not only that, with the rooms located on high floors, visitors can also admire the panoramic space that poetic majesty of the "scene" Ba Na Hills.

Mercure Bana Hills French Village has a variety of rooms. For small families or groups of friends, choose Family Bunks with two bunk beds; Family Superior room type with one king bed and one bunk bed; Family Suite with one king bed and two double beds. For couples who wish to enjoy a true French-themed romantic atmosphere, choose the Executive Suite with one bed, separate living room, two bathrooms; Deluxe Twin rooms feature mountain views with a large double bed; The Standard King Room is tastefully furnished with a large double bed. In addition, the hotel also has other types of rooms as Deluxe King, Superior Twin, Superior King, Standard Twin ...

In addition, the Mercure Bana Hills French Village also offers a full range of high-end amenities including a bar, pastry restaurant, indoor swimming pool, spa, gym, convenience store. Bana Hills French Village, guests will have the most relaxing moments on Ba Hills - one of the most famous tourist spots in Danang.

As a budget hotel, the price of each room at Mercure Bana Hills French Village is quite high. For the best rates, travelers can book accommodations at reputable online booking sites such as Agoda.com, Booking.com, or Tripadvisor.com.

Ebisu Onsen Resort 


In the area around Ba Na Hills there are many hotels with good quality service. Outstanding at the Ebisu Onsen Resort is located at the foot of Ba Na Hills, in Hoa Phu Commune, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang.

The Ebisu Onsen Resort is built on a hillside, each room has a beautiful view. The hotel has a total of 93 rooms, designed by the idea inspired by Hoi An ancient style architecture. The space is elegantly decorated, the old part of the room, feeling gentle, close. The special feature of the Ebisu Onsen Resort is the natural hot mineral water system that leads to the rooms. At the same time the bathtub in each room is made of natural stone monolithic, bathrooms are designed on the standard ONSEN. After a day of Danang tours, discover Ba Na Hills, when you are tired, you can soak in the hot tub and enjoy the most relaxing feeling.

The Nature Villas & Resort Danang

The Nature Villas & Resort Danang is one of the hotels just near Ba Na Hills which is located beside the Danang bay. It is in Nguyen Tat Thanh street, Lien Chieu district. Come to The Nature Villas & Resort, you can enjoy the mountain view poetry floating behind the white clouds, and can also watch the beautiful Da Nang Bay in the blue sky.


The rooms of The Nature Villas & Resort Danang are designed and decorated in modern furniture style, with emphasis on simple beauty and sophistication. The hotel has a variety of rooms for visitors to choose from depending on their taste and needs. In addition, The Nature Villas & Resort Danang also has many high-level facilities such as swimming pool close to the sea, Spa, Gymnasium, tennis court, children's play area, café ... Especially Upon arrival at The Nature Villas & Resort Danang, guests can enjoy tasty delicacies made from fresh seafood caught in the hotel's two Ocean View and Red Beach restaurants.

Besides the hotels in Ba Na Hills Da Nang on, near Ba Na Hills area, there are some hotels and guesthouses such as Hung Lam Hotel (497 Nguyen Luong Bang, Lien Chieu), Dong Phuong Hotel (93 Phan Chu Viet Hieu Hotel (41 Cao Son Phao, Cam Le District), Lang Viet Homestay (Phu Thuong Hamlet, Hoa Vang District), Lucky Bee Homestay (453 Kinh Duong Vuong, Lien Chieu District) ... Check out the Ba Na Hills tourism experience in Danang for more information on this resort. We hope that the above sharing can provide more useful information for your trip to Ba Na Hills.

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