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Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and selective use of herbs and vegetables. The balance reached between fresh herbs and meats as well as the selective use of spices has earned Vietnamese food the reputation of being one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. Historical influences  Due to long periods of occupation by China and France, Vietnamese cuisine now shares many of its characteristics with food from both countries. The Chinese introduced many different noodle dishes, moon cake, fried rice and many pork dishes as well as many others. They were also responsible…
VIETNAM VISA ON ARRIVAL Vietnam Visa is required for most foreigners to enter and exit Vietnam at one of  3 international airports: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh city & Da Nang.  Travellers are advised to arrange Vietnam Visa before their departure by applying online for the Approval Letter first, receive the letter by email, then get Visa Stamped on their passports at Vietnam Airports upon arrival. This is called: VIETNAM VISA ON ARRIVAL. Visa cost at the airport   No. Type of fees Fee rate 1  Single-entry visas USD 45 2 Multiple-entry visas   a) Valid for less than 01 month USD…
WEATHER & CLIMATE OF VIETNAM Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia, affected by tropical moonsoon.The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from region to region. Although the entire country lies in the tropics and subtropics, local conditions vary from frosty winters in the far northern hills to year-round, subequatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta.Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hai Phong) has two distinct seasons - hot and rainy summers and cool and dry winters. Summer: May - October. Average temperature 24 - 33º C It is hot and humid, especially inland, which is not touched by cool coastal breezes. Tropical…
Da Lat, located 1,500 m above sea level at the southern end of the central highlands on the Langbian Plateau, Da Lat is regaining its reputation as a popular tourist destination for visitors to Vietnam. Often referred to as a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps, Da Lat is a relatively small city with a population of approximately 200,000. The area is famous for having a temperate climate and the beautiful pine forests and lakes ensure there is an abundance of lovely scenery and places to explore.
Phu Quoc is a large tropical island located 50 Kms off the west coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand and is the largest Island in Vietnam. Due to the fabulous beaches, clear seas and warm temperatures, Phu Quoc is a great place for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Temperatures range from overnight minimums of 22 deg C to daily maximums of 34 deg C throughout the year with the wet season being in June to October. During the period 1760 to sometime in the 1780s, Pigneau de Behaine a French missionary was based on Phu Quoc and he is…
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Huế, the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyễn Dynasty (1802–1945), but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976, after the North's victory in the Vietnam…
The Mekong Delta is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam as it produces three harvests per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta area marks the end of the Mekong Rivers 4,500km journey made through six countries to reach the ocean. Traditional transportation in the Delta is by boat along a vast network of canals and channels.  
Saigon is a city full of contrasts as street vendors selling fruit and vegetables can be seen next to modern businesses and boutiques. In 1859 the city was captured by the French and from 1956 until its demise in April 1975, it was the capital of the US-backedRepublic of Vietnam. Saigon’s history is only 300 years old but today, renamed Ho Chi Minh City at the end of the American war, is very much the heart of Vietnamese business. However, the city still retains its connections to the past, particularly in Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown. Evidence of the French occupation can…

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