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The Best 5 Places to See in Hanoi

The Best 5 Places to See in Hanoi

Being the capital of Vietnam for more than a thousand years, including 57 years colonized by the French (from 1888 to 1945), Hanoi offers a limitless variety of places to see from old aged religious temples to historical landmarks. With so many unique sightseeing tours and great attractive sites available, it is really a challenge to decide what to see and what to do in Hanoi. Here is our choice for the best 5 places to see in Hanoi.


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Old Quarter of Hanoi

Old Quarter of Hanoi

Many travelers say it's the Old Quarter in Hanoi that gave them the most interesting expression of Hanoi. With the many narrow streets and such a busy atmosphere, the Old Quarter is really a should not miss place to go when in Hanoi. And don't forget to sample the best street food when you are here.


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How Many Incense Stick Should We Burn

How Many Incense Stick Should We Burn

Burning incense sticks is an important ritual for Vietnamese. The number of incense stick they burn varies from occasion to another. Here is the reasons why people burn 1,3,5 or 7 incense sticks when praying to ancestors at home or Buddhas at pagodas.


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Where to Eat the Best Banh Mi in Hanoi

Where to Eat the Best Banh Mi in Hanoi

Hanoi is full of iconic foods, and of all the dishes to result from the French influence on the local cuisines, Banh Mi is still the undisputed king. Choosing the best Banh Mi to try while you’re in Hanoi can be overwhelming, scrolling through all those recommendations and mouthwatering photos would take eons. And seriously, you’re passing by as a visitor, the best experience is what you’re looking for.


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The Scenic Countryside of Ninh Binh Province

The Scenic Countryside of Ninh Binh Province

There are so much to see in Hanoi, which has been the capital of Vietnam since 1010. You can enjoy exploring the French quarters with tree lined boulevard sparking with yellow buildings, or walking the old quarter to discover thousands of groceries on narrow streets. Where else can you go without a long drive? Is there any countryside area you can go for a day trip? The answer is Ninh Binh province, known for the scenic countryside and limestone mountains.


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Vietnamese Names

Vietnamese Names

Vietnamese names are not easy to pronounce and remember. It works the reversed way compared to a Western name. Here is how Vietnamese names should ben used and how people are named and called.


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What Does Vietnam Means?!

What Does Vietnam Means?!

One of the most asked questions during my many years being a national Vietnam guide, is the question about the meaning of the word Vietnam. How do we say it correctly? Does it have a special meaning? Why did you name Vietnam Viet Nam?


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The Worship of Mother Goddesses

The Worship of Mother Goddesses

In Vietnamese, the term Dao Mau refers to the worship of mother goddesses. It represents a systematic mother goddess cult, which draws together fairly disparate beliefs and practices. The worship of mother goddesses includes the worship of goddesses such as Thien Y A Na, the Lady of the Realm, the lady of Storehouse, the Princess Lieu Hanh, or legendary figures like Au Co, the Trung Sisters, the Lady Trieu, and the cult of the Four Palaces.


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Adventure Kayak Cruise in Lan Ha Bay

Adventure Kayak Cruise in Lan Ha Bay

Everyone is talking about Halong Bay, but most people miss out the fact that Halong Bay is actually the center of a large limestone karst zone, which includes Bai Tu Long Bay to the northeast and Lan Ha Bay to the southwest. Sine Halong Bay is getting more crowded recently with tourist boats, Lan Ha Bay is coming up as a great alternative, with much quieter cruising routes, more sandy-beaches, and an abundant of deserted lagoons.


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Buddhism in Vietnam

Buddhism in Vietnam

Came to Vietnam in the early 3rd century, Buddhism has been the most practiced religion in the country. Buddhists often go to pagodas for praying and worshipping their religion. This is a short introduction about buddhism in Vietnam and the structure of a pagoda.


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