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New Year Rituals in Vietnam

New Year Rituals in Vietnam

Vietnam celebrate new year 2 times a year! The Western new year and the traditional Tet. Tet is the biggest festive time of the year and all Vietnamese, no matter what they do where they stay, come back home for a family reunion. There are many interesting rituals that are practiced during the Vietnam New Year.


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Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad

Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad

Locating on Ho Hoan Kiem street, north of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad outlet makes the Hanoi’s shortest street always crowded with locals and tourists. Groups of young students and families seem comfortably sit on plastic stools on sidewalks, and enjoy a fresh salad on small plastic plates. The dish must be so good that they don’t mind motorbikes and cars passing by their tables.


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Banh Khuc

Banh Khuc

Banh Khuc or Khuc Cake, one of Vietnam’s most traditional cake, is a steamed cake made of glutinous rice mixed with brayed cubweed leaves, filled with mung bean paste, pork, black peppers, and sprinkled with grains of cooked sticky rice. Banh is glutinous rice cake (with mung bean and pork), Khuc is the brayed cubweed leaves. And it is very delicious!


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Bun Cha

Bun Cha

Bun Cha is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and rice noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi. Bun Cha comprises of two main simple parts, Bun (white rice noodles) and Cha (grilled fatty pork and meatballs). The dish is always served with dipping sauce, which is made of mixed fish sauce, pickled carrot and green papaya. It is also come with a side dish of herbs, and Nem Cua Be (crab spring rolls).


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Banh Chung

Banh Chung

Banh Chung, or Chung Cake, is a traditional Vietnamese steamed sticky rice cake, which is made of glutinous rice, mung beans, pork, and other ingredients. Chung Cake is considered an essential element of the family altar on the occasion of Tet (Vietnamese’s New Year), the making and eating of Chung Cake during Tet is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people. For every Vietnamese, making Banh Chung is the ideal way to express their gratitude to their ancestors.


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Phan Thanh Liem the Talented Water Puppet Artist

Phan Thanh Liem the Talented Water Puppet Artist

Water puppetry is one of the must-sees in Hanoi. Beside the public water puppet theaters where hundreds of audiences, you should also know about this very unique water puppet theater: the one-man show of Phan Thanh Liem. Liem is known to be the first water puppet artist who brought water puppetry to a private performing level.


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Tet Celebration

Tet Celebration

Tet, or Lunar New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tet Nguyen Dan, which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day". Tet celebrates the arrival of the spring based on the Vietnamese calendar, which usually has the date falling in January or February (2017 date: Jan 28, 2018 date: Feb 16). Tet is generally celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year.


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Is Vietnamese Food Really Healthy?

Is Vietnamese Food Really Healthy?

One of the must-dos while traveling in Vietnam is to sample Vietnamese food. It is so well known as one of the most important factors for Vietnam travel. Vietnamese food is exceptionally delicious and it is often recognized as one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. To confirm this is a true statement I've spoken to some in-the-known Vietnamese chefs and here is the result.


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What Travelers Can Do in Hanoi Rainy Season

What Travelers Can Do in Hanoi Rainy Season

Summer is around the edge and it comes together with Hanoi rainy season. During the summer from June to around October it rains almost every day. It comes like a flash for an hour or two and the sun comes out like there’s never any rain before. Visiting Vietnam in Hanoi rainy season can be a bit different. While rain in the summer is not too uncomfortable to interrupt your itinerary. You should always have some back up plan in case it rains too much or too heavily.


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Vietnamese Tea- Traditional Drink Nationwide

Vietnamese Tea- Traditional Drink Nationwide

For Vietnamese people, everything begins with tea: friends gathering, chitchat, business meetings, weddings, funerals, festivals…Everywhere you go, you’ll be offered small cups of bitter and sweat-in-throat Vietnamese tea. Tea is a sign of hospitality, warm heart and friendliness. Vietnamese tea is an extremely common drink for Vietnamese people. Younger generation tend to drink coffee, in towns and city. While older generation drink more green tea in the countryside.


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