#Vietnam’s 10 best #fine #dining #restaurants by #Tripadvisor #readers

You can revel in Vietnam with its great restaurants offering you international dishes. #TripAdvisors USA #readers choose to treat their taste buds to a delectable, #Asian, #Fusion and #Western #culinary #experience ranging from #steak to #seafood, #grill with Hanoi boasting six. Bon Appétit ! #MustSeeInVietnam Editor

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Kabin Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City topped the list, which is decided by an algorithm that analyzes millions of reviews and ratings collected in a year from travelers around the world.

Located on the second floor of Renaissance Riverside Hotel, the restaurant mainly serves Chinese cuisine and offers views of the Saigon River. 

Its signature dishes include steamed fresh prawn dumpling, deep fried prawns with salty egg yolk and Peking duck with prices starting from VND250,000 ($10.47).

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Vista Restaurant in Phan Thiet, home to Mui Ne resort town in the south central province of Binh Thuan, ranked second on the list.

It has both indoor and outdoor space that can accommodate 200-300 guests at a time and mainly serves seafood and signature central region dishes. 

The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Temple Restaurant & Lounge at five-star La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa in Hoi An ranked third on the list. 

The restaurant’s name is inspired by a nearby community house that acts as a traditional place of worship. 

Its menu features European dishes like seafood and assorted meat platters, French duck breast and prawn cocktails. The restaurant offers diners an outdoor space near a swimming pool while its decor resembles that of ancient houses across Hoi An with yellow walls. 

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Hemispheres Steak & Seafood Grilled Restaurant on the second floor of five-star Sheraton Hanoi Hotel secured the fourth position.

The restaurant offers a variety of beef choices like black angus, U.S. prime sirloin, rib eye, grilled rump and tenderloin served with different sauces as well as fresh salads and vegetables. 

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Located on the seventh floor of a building on Hang Dau Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, The Rhythms Restaurant came in fifth. 

The restaurant highlights traditional Vietnamese cuisine while pushing an ingredient-driven menu that showcases local farmers and national heritage.

It provides views of the Hoan Kiem Lake and nightlife activities in the Old Quarter. 

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Cloud Nine Restaurant on the 9th floor within La Siesta Premium Hotel on Hang Be Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter ranked sixth. 

The restaurant’s classical style is reminiscent of the Indochina era with black, white, blue-gray and cream colors.

Its menu features iconic dishes from northern, central and southern areas: spring rolls, fragrant beef noodles, grilled beef, and bun cha – a combination of three main ingredients: rice vermicelli, grilled pork and a mixture of fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic and chili. 

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Located in the lobby of the five-star JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi in Nam Tu Liem District, French Grill Restaurant came in seventh. 

It serves classic French cuisine with a local twist, and has become popular among foreigners.

Led by French chef Jean-Francois Nulli , the restaurant serves dishes including seared foie gras, classic caviar and premium steak.

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Moo Beef Steak – Prime Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City ranked eighth in the top 10. 

The restaurant offers premium steaks imported from the U.S., Japan and Australia, with prices ranging from VND100,000 to 1.5 million. 

The steak here is served with hot pepper, cheese, roasted sesame, or cream sauce. 

Most of its branches are located in District 1: 44 Dong Khoi Street, 35-37 Ngo Duc Ke Street and 109 Ly Tu Trong Street. 

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Located inside Lotte Hanoi Hotel, Grill 63 Restaurant ranked ninth. 

Specializing in serving European – American food, the restaurant offers a panoramic view of the city, located on the 63rd floor. 

It serves beef steak and premium wine. 

Tripadvisor readers select Vietnam’s 10 best fine dining restaurants

Situated inside Furama Resort on Vo Nguyen Giap Street in Da Nang City, Don Cipriani’s Restaurant finished the list. 

It mainly serves Italian cuisine, especially pizza and is considered by many diners to be suitable for families with young children.

Written By Hoang Phong for E.VnExpress.net

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#Vietnam #Architecture : #Green #Villa in the hearth of #HCMC

Each week we present a unique #architectural #design. This morning we show you a #Villa that does not adhere to a single architectural style, instead drawing inspiration from a variety of influences including Japanese Edo, Dutch De Stijl, and Vietnamese modernism and especially its #exterior #forest #appearance which clashes with #HCMC. Enjoy your visit… Must See In Vietnam Editor

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

The three-stories house is located in HCMC’s Thu Duc City, with two sides facing the road and the front overlooking Saigon River. 

Green trees wrap the house from top to bottom and from outside to inside. Vegetation, according to the architect, takes up around 15% of each floor, from the ground floor to the terrace.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

The house appears to be entirely carved from monolithic concrete by the architect, who employed Beton brut to add simplicity and eco-friendliness to the home. 

Beton brut, which translates as “raw concrete,” was a phrase coined for futurist architecture. The title is used to classify this kind of design, defined by the massive scale of the buildings and the use of raw unfinished concrete where functional areas are hidden behind giant concrete walls.

While its exterior is made of concrete blocks, the interior is decorated to resemble a forest, making it a great space for relaxation and rest.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

The living room’s open layout lets in plenty of light and air from the yard out front. 

Due to the cool environment afforded by the house’s riverside location, the living room and kitchen have been thoughtfully integrated into the layout, and a skylight at the home’s terminus has been installed to facilitate natural air circulation.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

The house does not adhere to a single architectural style, instead drawing inspiration from a variety of influences including Japanese Edo, Dutch De Stijl, and Vietnamese modernism. Consequently, the home’s interior is very variable, adapting to the needs of the owner at any given time.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

Behind the living room are stairs leading to the mezzanine and kitchen, which is below ground level. 

In keeping with the minimalist aesthetic, the house is constructed primarily of standard materials, with some decorative touches and added greenery for warmth.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

On the first level, there is a bedroom in the center of the home. 

The majority of bedroom furniture is wooden, adding an old-fashioned appeal. The mattress is lowered to the floor, making it more comfortable and tidier than a standard bed. Trees are strategically placed in the middle and at the far end of the room to help filter the air and keep the room cool.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

Residents can congregate in the buffer zone to unwind and have friendly conversations when they have free time. 

The atrium’s crimson wall is reminiscent of conventional burnt bricks. The red wall and bright glass panels contrast with the dark wood of the steps and the drab concrete ground, highlighting the space and interior.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

The bathroom on the second floor has an open-concept tub. With all the natural light and lush plants, homeowners can enjoy the spa-like feeling of a vacation without leaving their home. 

Wooden floors give a room warmth and a traditional, rustic look. Old pieces of wood from shipping lines are used to make them.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

The bedroom’s balcony doesn’t project outward like most, but rather recedes inward so that it can be shadier. Many large trees have been planted in front of the balcony area to provide shade and ensure privacy.

The architect cut holes in the walls to let in fresh air and natural light instead of installing windows. These slits serve as solar dials. Observing the sun’s reflection on the floor, homeowners might get a sense of the passage of time.

Plants add fresh touch to monolithic concrete house in HCMC

To avoid heat and keep the house cool, the swimming pool is erected immediately on the terrace. At the top are wooden slats that simulate railway sleepers. They are meticulously positioned to delineate the roof’s outer framing. 

It took six months to finish the project at a total cost of around VND6 billion (over $251,000).

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#Vietnam #resorts bearing #fishing #village #aesthetic

Fishing village in Bac Binh

Little girl and even young teenager I got up early to go to the beach to see the fishermen. Their ritual is amazing. Rain or shine, they brave the elements of nature and valiantly go fishing to feed us. Take some time to meet the fishermen of the quad resorts we present to you in this article and soak up their patience and courage… Happy reading! Must See In Vietnam Editor

From affordable to high-end, these are the resorts that offer the best fishing village experiences. 

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic
Zannier Hotels in Song Cau Town

Zannier Hotels in Song Cau Town, Phu Yen Province has 73 villas with a traditional design. Located in a bay that has a private beach and surrounded by mountains, this resort brings tourists the feeling of a peaceful fishing village separated from the outside world. In early 2022, Zannier received the Kiwi Hotel Collection Award and was chosen as the best hotel by the beach.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic

The Rice Paddy Field villa’s decoration is inspired by the houses of Phu Yen fishermen. These villas are located by the lotus pond and rice field, and do not come with a private swimming pool.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic

Some experiences that you can try at the resort are coral diving, surfing, rowing basket boats or visiting either Mo O, a traditional fishing village, or Tuyet Diem salt field. One night at this high-end resort costs from VND9.4 million ($396) for the Rice Paddy Field villa and VND20 million ($842) for rooms by the beach or on the hill.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic
Six Senses Con Dao

Also a high-end resort is Six Senses Con Dao, the first and only 5-star luxury resort currently in Con Dao Islands, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. The resort is ranked 51st out of the world’s 100 best resorts and was named one of the top 15 resorts in Asia at Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards this year.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic

The architecture of the 50 villas in the resort is a combination between traditional Vietnamese fishing village style, contemporary design and natural scenery.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic

All furniture is made of traditional materials like wood, bamboo, and reminiscent of village life by the sea. Some experiences that you can try in Six Senses Con Dao are stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, jungle trekking and a sunset boat ride at Hon Ba Islet. A night here costs from VND23 million.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic
New World Phu Quoc Resort

Also bearing the atmosphere of a fishing village but with a more modern touch is New World Phu Quoc Resort, which has just been named Asia’s leading family beach resort at the 2022 World Travel Awards and best new resort in Asia at Haute Grandeur Global Awards.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic

The villas here boast a combination of modern colors, and the design of an old fishing village with thatched roofs and natural light to create a cozy feeling. The interior is made of rattan, bamboo, and other familiar materials from a fisherman’s dwelling.

The activities that you can try at the resort are kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding… A night here costs from VND5.2 million, and there is a promotion package with free cable car to Hon Thom Island.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic
Stop And Go Lang Chai Resort

A more affordable option is Stop And Go Lang Chai Resort in Bac Binh District in Binh Thuan Province. The resort has a simple appearance, located in the fishing village of Hong Chinh, about 45 kilometers from Phan Thiet Town. The resort is not high-end but rustic and peaceful.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic

At the resort there are many corners to relax with ocean views. Daily activities here are associated with the life of a fisherman. In the morning, you can go with the resort’s chef to pick fresh fish from the boats at affordable prices. In addition, you can visit the famous Bau Trang, an oasis-like freshwater lake surrounded by tall sand dunes, which is about six minutes by car from the resort.

Four resorts bear fishing village aesthetic

Rooms are designed in a minimalistic and spacious style, with a dominant white tone. A night here costs from VND860,000. The resort is also offering a free room for every three booked.

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#Vietam #Travel #Guide : Phu Tho

Phu Tho’s location gives it an important mission: being the center of the Northern region of Vietnam. It is the gate connecting the north-western provinces and Hanoi, as well as other provinces on the Red River Delta. Important to the Phu Tho Province is the production of tea, dynastical connections, and the Xuan Son National Park (Xuân So’n). Additionally, the province’s proximity to Hanoi makes it a popular day trip or weekend vacation destination. A Must See for the landscape, heritage, history, meditation, the food, the TEA, the People and much more … Must See In Vietnam Editor

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BEST TIME TO VISIT

The busiest time to visit Phu Tho is the third lunar month, when the Hung Kings Festival is celebrated. People from across the country flock to the northern province to pay tributes to the Hung Kings (2879-258 BCE), the nation’s mythical founders.

January through April and July-August are good times to visit the province, when the weather is warm and there is less rain.

WHAT TO EXPLORE

The Hung Kings Temple is a complex of temples first built in the 10th century AD on Nghia Linh Mountain, 10 km from Viet Tri Town.

The complex has four temples dedicated to the Hung Kings, first descendants of the mythological forebears of the Vietnamese, Lac Long Quan and Au Co, a pagoda, a mausoleum, and other structures.

The Hung Kings Temple is seen from above. Photo by Tung Vy

On reaching the temple complex, pilgrims will pass through a gate and hike up steep steps that lead to Den Ha (the Lower Temple). An ancient Vietnamese legend says this is the place where Mother Au Co delivered the bag of a hundred eggs from which one hundred sons were born.

Next to Den Ha is a Buddhist Pagoda that was built in the 15th century.

From the pagoda, a hike through dense forest leads to Den Trung (the Middle Temple), said to be the place where Hung Kings and courtiers attended meetings of the royal court.

The Den Thuong (Upper Temple) is reached by climbing up steps to the top of Nghia Linh Mountain. This is where Hung Kings and the Royal Court worshiped the King of Heaven and other gods of mountains and rice.

Every year, Vietnamese commemorate the death anniversary of the Hung Kings at the Hung Kings Temple Festival on the tenth day of the third lunar month.

Fireworks display at Van Lang Park in Viet Tri Town during the Hung Kings festival, April 2022. Photo by Ngoc Thanh

During the national holiday, processions are held, Xoan and Ca Tru (ceremonial singing), unique traditional cultural products of the northern delta, performed. Rice cooking contest, cross-bow shooting, cock fighting, swinging contests, and dragon dancing are other popular festival activities.

Phu Tho authorities have in recent years allowed firework displays over the Van Lang Lake in Viet Tri Town on the eve of the festival.

Travel agencies offer tours that include visits to the Hung Kings Temple at night, My Thuan tea hill and Tam Giang Temple at prices starting at VND1.5 million per person.

A shrine inside the Hung Kings Temple Complex in Phu Tho Province. Photo by Trung Nghia

The Long Coc tea hills in Tan Son District, around 70 kilometers from downtown Viet Tri, has become an increasingly popular tourist attraction after spectacular photos of them blanketed in early morning mist won international prizes.

The sight of hills covered with trimmed tea shrubs making them look like upturned bowls placed next to each other, covered in autumn and early winter fog, attracts photographers galore.

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Tea hills in Long Coc are blanketed by fog in the early morning. Photos by Pham Hoang Cuong

Tea is also a major agricultural produce here. Visitors can stay on until the morning and meet the workers who come to pick tea leaves.

Long Coc has a population of 3,600 people, mainly of the Muong ethnicity, for whom tea cultivation is the main source of income.

Given its close proximity to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, the Xuan Son National Parkis an ideal camping destination for a weekend vacation.

As it is much more isolated than Vietnam’s other national parks, visitors wanting to stay overnight have to book a homestay in one of the local villages.

Xuan Son National Park is covered with white clouds in an early morning. Photo courtesy of Xuan Son National Park

Ban Coi, Ban Lap and Ky Tam are among the more popular villages where locals offer homestay services.

Trekking through dense forests inside the national park is a great experience. The most popular hike is a strenuous climb to the summit of Ten Mountain, which takes around 10 hours.

Three mountains, Can, Ten and Voi, at over 1,000 meters, are some peaks to climb at Xuan Son. Inexperienced trekkers can hire a guide, mainly from the local ethnic minority community. Some tours that depart from Hanoi include a guided trek of Ten Mountain. Treks to the park’s remote villages can also be arranged and guided by local people.

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Tourists trek in Xuan Son National Park in Phu Tho Province. Photos courtesy of Xuan Son National Park

Ban Du is one of the most remote villages in the park, an increasingly popular destination among those who desire close encounters with rural life and ethnic minority cultures. With its valleys and limestone karsts, the national park is home to a series of caves accessible on foot, some more open than others. A few have rivers flowing through them.

Camping is allowed in Xuan Son National Park but homestays are a better way to connect with locals and their culture. Instead of a tent, visitors can sleep in one of the villagers’ traditional stilt houses.

Booking a homestay can be a challenging task as most local villages do not have an online website. Instead, travelers have to ask local guides for assistance in locating and booking one.

Ha Duc Minh, chairman of the Xuan Son Commune People’s Committee, said the locality operates eight homestay facilities with 30 rooms for two to four guests and eight community rooms for 40 people each.

“Local ethnic minority communities have preserved their unique cultures. Aside from exploring the national forests and caves and bathing in streams, visitors can learn about the daily life of the Dao and Muong groups,” Minh said.

The Xuan Son National Park is home to 1,270 species of plants and almost 800 species of animals. Many plants and animals within the park are rare; and a few listed as endangered or threatened such as the sun bear, Asian black bear, Phayre’s langur, Francois langur, Chinese pangolin, and king cobra.

The Hung Lo communal house is famous for Xoan singing which was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding in 2011.

An aerial view of Hung Lo communal house in Phu Tho Province. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

The singing, also referred to as “singing at the gate of the communal house,” is linked closely to the beliefs of local farmers, who worship heaven gods and kings for good harvests.

The house is situated on 500 square meters of land in the ancient village of Hung Lo, 10 km to the east of Hung Kings Temple. Legend has it this was formerly the sacred land Hung Kings had used to rest on their journey.

The 300-year-old communal house has its original architectural features intact. Its main components are rare iron-wood, mukulungu and apitong. The house was recognized as a national historical site in 1990.

The Thanh Thuy hot mineral spring has been exploited on an area of one square kilometer along the Da River. The spring water has temperatures ranging from 37-43 degrees Celsius. The water source is typically 130-160 m deep.

The Van Hoi Lagoon in Ha Hoa District was developed about half a century ago to meet irrigation needs of Ha Hoa and Tran Yen Districts. It has become a popular eco-tourism site in Phu Tho and is often dubbed a miniature version of Ha Long Bay.

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Van Hoi Lagoon is famous for eco-tourism activities in Phu Tho. Photo courtesy of Hoang Do Photographer

There are 40 large and small islets surrounded by lush greenery that rise out of the waters. They can be explored after renting a boat from locals. The residents of the lagoon belong to the Tay, Dao and Kinh ethnic groups.

As the capital town of Phu Tho, Viet Tri bustles at night but is not crowded like Hanoi, giving it a relatively secluded charm.

Iin the heart of Viet Tri is the 116-hectare Van Lang Park which includes a walking path surrounding a lake and a pedestrian bridge lit up at night.

Van Lang Park in the heart of Viet Tri Town is seen from above. Photo by Tung Vy 

This is one of the more crowded places in Phu Tho at night, hosting a series of restaurants and beer stalls with affordable prices (VND15,000 – 30,000).

Some of the popular bars to hang out at are the Q Club, Viet Tri Nightclub and Bar X2 Vibe.

Hungry visitors can enjoy grilled fish and goat hotpots at the night street food hub on Nguyen Du Street.

WHERE TO STAY

The tourist attractions in Phu Tho are relatively far apart, so hotels and homestays are mainly scattered in the downtown area.

Four-to-five-star hotels in Viet Tri include Muong Thanh Luxury Phu Tho and Garden Viet Tri with room rents starting from VND1.3 million a night.

A bedroom of Muong Thanh Luxury Phu Tho. Photo courtesy of the hotel

Cheaper options include X2 Vibe Viet Tri Hotel, Saigon Phutho Hotel, SOJO Viet Tri with room rates starting from VND800,000 a night.

At the Xuan Son National Park, some ideal homestay facilities featuring the architecture and culture of the Dao ethnic community are Xuan Son, Lam, Quynh Nga and Thuc Nhu.

Xuan Son homestay inside the Xuan Son National Park. Photo by Duc Minh

WHAT TO EAT

Phu Tho is famous for its lang (bagridae), a type of catfish caught in local rivers.

The fish would be fried in oil and flavored with dill. It is served with fresh rice vermicelli, aromatic herbs, roasted peanut and shrimp paste. Grilled fish is wrapped in rice paper with herbs and served with soya sauce.

Lang (Bagridae) fish is served with fresh rice vermicelli, aromatic herbs, roasted peanut and shrimp paste. Photos courtesy of Da River Lang Fish Restaurant

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Photos courtesy of Da River Lang Fish Restaurant

The dishes can be tried at Da River Lang Fish Restaurant in Gia Cam Ward, Viet Tri Town.

A must-try Phu Tho specialty would be banh tai, a rice cake with pork filling. The cake is molded in shape of an ear (tai in Vietnamese) and uses fish sauce as its dip.

As a local specialty, it’s not difficult to find the dish at many street-side stalls and restaurants.

Thanh Son sour pork, a specialty of the Muong ethnic minority group, is made from badger pigs husbanded by the ethnic minority community. The pig is only fed vegetables and wild fruits. The dish is usually served with guava, cloves and fig leaves with a spicy chili sauce.

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The dish can be found at several stalls in Thanh Son District.

In addition to fish and pork, Viet Tri has crab and goat hotpots served by stalls on the Nguyen Du food street. Crab hotpot or goat hotpot at Phu Thanh eatery on Nguyen Du Street are recommended places.

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Thanh Son sour pork and goat meat served at a stall in Phu Tho. Photos by Phuong Anh

The food street on Nguyen Du in Nong Trang Ward hosts more than 100 food and beverage businesses serving all kinds of Phu Tho specialties including BBQ, rolls and vermicelli dishes.

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HOW TO GET THERE

Phu Tho is around 90 kilometers from Hanoi. The best way to reach it is by bus. One-way tickets at Hanoi’s My Dinh bus station cost VND60,000 per person. Since the buses can get crowded, a “limousine” offers a more comfortable trip with one-way prices starting at VND140,000 per person.

With private vehicles, the fastest route to reach Phu Tho is the Hanoi – Lao Cai highway.

Those driving their motorbikes to Phu Tho can take National Highway 2 and pass through Phuc Yen Town in Vinh Phuc province. Another route is Highway 32 through Son Tay Town.

Viet Tri Town in Phu Tho is lit up at night. Photo by Tung Vy

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#Vietnam #Architecture : Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

The forces and elements of nature in Vietnam are the basis of the ingenuity of the architects. This morning we present to you the nest of a couple who live in a place where flooding episodes are frequent. Happy reading… Must See In Vietnam Editor

The house in Hoa Vang District, a flood-prone area in Da Nang City, is fashioned like a birdhouse with the lowest floor vacant to avoid getting submerged in floodwater. 

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

The home of a young couple has a floor area of 70 square meters with three stories and an attic. The property is in a quiet area with fields and bamboo trees all around it, creating a stunning backdrop for homeowners to view both the sunset and sunrise from inside.

However, because it is next to the rice field and is far from the city center, the ground where the house is built is weak. So, builders had to drill and install bored piles, which are cylindrical concrete structures, in the ground to strengthen the rigidity of the foundation.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

Another disadvantage of the project is that it is located in an area prone to flooding with high water levels of 1.2-1.5 meters. 

Building a house with a lot of function rooms was a big problem for the design team. The approach was to leave the ground floor empty and move the most important functions to the floors above.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

The first level, according to this design, primarily serves as a parking space and place for the owners to sip coffee and tea in the morning and afternoon. 

The second floor is 3.6 meters higher than the ground floor. This height is appropriate for furniture and function rooms not getting flooded during the raining season. Not only does leaving the ground floor empty prevent water from entering the house, but also makes the rooms on the upper floors feel bigger.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

To complement the house’s lovely surroundings, architects created an interior with rustic and romantic elements. 

Outside, the architect used concrete gray as the main color, which gives the building a rough, simple, but sturdy look. Red-fired bricks are used both inside and outside to help the structure stand out among its quiet and peaceful surroundings.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

Because there are so many big windows, every little corner of the house looks out onto the rice fields. From the inside, each of these doors looks like a colorful landscape painting. 

The dome on the windows in the living room and kitchen adds a unique character to the building.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

The size, shape, and placement of the windows are all carefully thought out in order to provide diverse views of nature outside.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

The kitchen looks clean and organized, accentuated by its white theme.
The architect says that the functional areas are all simple and take up little space to match the aesthetics of the natural surroundings.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

Quiet and private spaces like bedrooms face the north, which is the best direction for seeing the whole field and enjoying the cool breeze.

Kitchen and restroom facilities are located to the east and southeast. This is the direction to look for the sunrise and also to glance down at the chicken farm below. Meanwhile, the living room faces the southwest direction.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

From the family bedroom, homeowners can see rice fields and mountains in the distance.

To serve such views, the architect constructed the space with transparent glass. Brown curtains are hung on the walls and glass doors to help filter light, cut down on harsh sunlight, and make the room feel more private.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

The goal of the common area is to give owners a space for relaxation where they can see their surroundings from a higher vantage point.

Birdhouse inspired home mitigates flooding risk in central Vietnam

The house took a year to complete due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The construction costs were not disclosed by the owners.

By Trang Vy October 1, 2022 Photos by Quang Tran

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#Food #Central #Vietnam : Where to eat in #HôiAn

With the late resumption of international flights authorized since mid-April … it is not a godsend for hoteliers and restaurateurs in Hoi An who have been hit again recently by Typhoon Noru. We are specially publishing this article this morning to simply make your mouth water. And please … write to us, send us your photos and comments of your experiences in Hoi AN. Must See In Vietnam Editor

This ancient lantern-dotted town has long been a highlight for travelers on a food pilgrimage through Vietnam. Renowned for its regional dishes like cao lầu, white rose dumplings, and mì quảng, there are plenty more delights on offer here from the myriad restaurants and cafes lining the streets. From vegan buffets hidden down tiny alleyways to historic buildings serving charcuterie and Swedish meatballs, Hội An packs a huge flavor punch for such a small destination. After living here for 14 months and visiting yearly, here are some of the best places to try, both Vietnamese and not, on your next visit.

MAKE IT QUICK

Cao lầu Không Gian Xanh

When in Hội An, cao lầu is practically obligatory. You’ll see sign after sign advertising this local pork dish made with its special chewy rice noodles (crafted with water from the ‘magical’ Bá Lễ well), char siu-style pork, greens, herbs, cracklin’ and a small serving of slightly sweet broth. But down a narrow alley in Hội An’s old town is one of the area’s best. This place is always packed, but don’t worry, bowls are served within seconds, and locals are in and out.

SEE AND BE SEEN

Market Terrace

Market Bar, as it’s known around town, is the place for happy hour drinks and prime people watching. Located on the terrace above the Hội An Market, you’ll see ladies in conical hats crossing the street, motorbikes whizzing by and boats puttering down the river. The top-notch team here serves an impressive variety of infused G&T’s like fig and pistachio as well as gin infusions like phở. They also have Vietnamese-inspired cocktails like the Ode To The Hội An Chili, made with, you guessed it, local chilis. You’ll definitely need food to go with these. The fries with a variety of salts are a favorite, as are the meat and cheese boards. If you’re looking for something bigger, try the fish & chips.

HOLD THE MEAT

Quán Chay Đạm Vegetarian Cafe

There are a handful of vegan spots popping up around town, but none more Vietnamese than this alley-side buffet. You can try vegan and vegetarian versions of Vietnamese classics like phở, cao lầu, bánh cuốn and more, but the buffet is your best bet. It changes daily and is typically packed with veggies, tofu and, if you’re lucky, grilled jackfruit. Point to the items that look good (there’s no English here), and they’ll fill up a plate for no more than a few dollars.

IF IT AIN’T BROKE

Bánh Mì Phượng

Like moths to a delicious, delicious flame, you’ll always find a pack of people crowded around this Hội An institution. With the Anthony Bourdain seal of approval, it’s been the most popular bánh mì place in town for years. There are a lot of options on the menu, but the pork bánh mì with all the fixings, especially the pâté and chili, is a solid choice, as is the egg bánh mì.

MUNCHIES

Mama’s Authentic Vietnamese Kitchen

Things in Hội An close early, so after a day of drinking Huda and Larue by the river, late-night options are very limited. Snag a tiny stool at this spot for traditional home-style dishes that are sure to soak up some of that alcohol. “Mama” and her family are kind and willing to help with your order, but the bò kho is the reason you come here. This hearty, traditional beef stew is the go-to served with a baguette for dipping.

START ME UP

Rosie’s Cafe

Rosie’s is a much-loved breakfast spot for expats and tourists looking for a bit of comfort food. Two lovely friends, My and Thuy, run this open-air, all-day breakfast spot. The menu includes everything from a terrific avo toast to house-baked granola and yogurt paired with juices, smoothies or heart-stoppingly strong Vietnamese coffee. For lunch, try the chicken tacos and the brunch wrap. With Instagram in mind, everything here looks as good as it tastes.

THE HOT SPOT

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Surrounded by Cẩm Thanh’s postcard rice paddies is this much-anticipated new addition to Hội An’s dining scene. At the helm is Long Phan of the popular Hanoi restaurant Bao Wow, serving colorful fusion plates using local ingredients. Order inventive dishes like the Cham Island scallop ceviche, a tomato salad using fresh Da Lat tomatoes and finish it off with hibiscus gelato. This chic, sprawling restaurant with an open kitchen and roof terrace is perfect for a night out in Hội An.

DOLLAR STRETCHER

The Hill Station Hội An

Inside a 100+-year-old French home is one of Hội An’s best restaurants. The menu reflects its Norwegian and Thai ownership with unbeatable Thai basil stir fry with chicken (pad gra prow) and Scandinavian meatballs. While the menu may sound eclectic, it’s consistently delicious and top-quality. They also serve sandwiches, including a piled-high Reuben, as well as salads. Come during happy hour from 4-6 pm, and you’ll find people here sipping rosé and devouring the best meat and cheese boards in town. While it’s not exactly a dollar stretcher by Vietnamese standards, the historical setting, relaxed vibe and food are unbeatable if you’re carrying USD.

ON THE STREET

Nếm Restaurant

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ON THE BEACH

Wind & Moon Restaurant and Bar @ AN BANG BEACH Photo by Must See In Vietnam and MiKi Chef Vietnam

Relax or ‘NHAU’ At Wind & Moon in an atmosphere you won’t find any where else. Eat fresh Vietnamese Dishes, Sea Food and the unique MiKi Chef CHẠO ỐC HỘI AN / HỘI AN ESCARGOTS !!!

There’s no better Hội An food tradition than riverside barbecue. Located on Cam Nam island, these family-run street sellers set up plastic chairs and makeshift tables straddling the Thu Bon River. Here you’ll find groups of men and families with buckets of beer, snacking on bites as the sun sets and the lantern-lit river boats appear. At Nếm, the menu is only in Vietnamese, and English is limited, but if you’re an adventurous eater, just point and let the food come to you. Try to order the stand-out dishes, including grilled chicken, whole or half, rau muống (morning glory) and fried squid in a chili fish sauce.

Written by Kathie Lockhart for the Daily Beast sand with Must See In Vietnam Special Touch

Vietnam Resorts nestled in pine forests

Amaya Retreat

Vietnam offers you countless wonders of Nature and among these wonders enchanting tourist sites. Located in the heart of nature, in the mountains, these 3 resorts will make you want at least one try. Discover with us these treasures located in Da Lat, Hanoi and Sa Pa. Must See In Vietnam Editor

Isolated amid green pine forests and chilly weather, three resorts in Hanoi, Sa Pa and Da Lat are perfect for those craving intimacy with nature. 

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Amaya Retreat

Amaya Retreat covers 10 hectares in the outlying district of Soc Son, around 10 kilometers from downtown Hanoi.

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Amaya Retreat

It has 12 bungalows with 16 bedrooms and a wooden suite villa with a private swimming pool. 

A night’s stay costs from VND2.5 million ($105.61) on weekdays and VND2.9 million on weekends. 

The resort offers meditation and yoga classes.

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Amaya Retreat

Bungalows here are mainly made of eco-friendly materials and designed in European style that offer forest views. 

If you are lucky, you can see squirrels right from your bedroom. 

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Villa de Mont Mountain Resort

Located in Sa Pa Town in the northern province of Lao Cai, Villa de Mont Mountain Resort has 39 villas lying at a height of 1,555 meters above sea level.

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Villa de Mont Mountain Resort

All villas here are built from stone, indigenous wood in combination with handmade ethnic brocade.

The resort was named “Asia’s leading lifestyle resort” at this year’s World Travel Awards. 

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Villa de Mont Mountain Resort

The biggest highlight of the resort is that all villas overlook Muong Hoa Valley and Ham Rong Mountain. 

Members of the Canadian pop/rock country band The Moffatts stayed at the resort during their trip to Sa Pa last month. 

A night’s stay costs from VND8.5 million. 

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat

Nestled on a hill and surrounded by pine forests in the Central Highlands town Da Lat, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat was built during the French colonial period in the 1920s and 1930s.

Despite major renovations, it still preserves its French design.

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat

There are 17 Indochinese-style villas with yellow-painted walls and wooden furniture. 

Their interiors remain almost intact with wooden floors, fireplaces and light switches.

3 Vietnam resorts nestled in pine forests
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat

While staying here, guests can rent bikes to cycle through pine forests or explore downtown tourist attractions like the Da Lat night market and Hang Nga Guesthouse. 

Rooms cost from VND2.7 million a night.

By Trung Nghia Photos courtesy of the resorts and a special touch of Must See In Vietnam

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Vietnam Landscape : Rice Paddies near Cambodia

Best tourists attraction An Giang’s Tinh Bien District near the Cambodian border

With the beauty that speaks to the heart of Ta Pa rice fields, this will definitely be a great destination in your An Giang travel program. Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors for your eyes and your feelings Must See In Vietnam Editor

Rice paddies surrounded by palmyra palm trees in An Giang’s Tinh Bien District near the Cambodian border appear in a riot of colors via the lens of a local photographer.

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

Duong Viet Anh, 37, who currently works at Nui Cam tourist area in An Giang Province, captures the greenness of rice paddies intermingled with rows of thot not (palmyra palm trees). 

Besides adding a unique touch to the local scenery, palmyra palm trees provide fruits that are used to produce pandan honeycomb cake, palm sugar and refreshing beverages.

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

During the harvest season from August to early December, rice paddies in Tinh Bien District, around 80 kilometers from Long Xuyen, capital of An Giang, stretch as far as the eye can see with golden yellow hues.

With more than 2.2 million people, An Giang is the most populous province in Mekong Delta, known as Vietnam’s rice basket. 

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

Tinh Bien is a mountainous district close to the Cambodian border and home to the largest number of ethnic Khmer communities in An Giang, with most farming or growing palmyra palms. 

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

November is the most ideal time of year to visit Tinh Bien as its rice paddies turn a golden yellow. 

As tourism popularity has risen in recent years, homestay facilities are also available in the poverty-stricken district, including Ngoc Han Hotel, Sang Nhu Ngoc Resort or Nui Cam Resort with prices starting from VND500,000 ($21.13) a night. 

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

From Tinh Bien District, tourists can easily reach Nui Cam tourist area, home to a series of Buddhist pagodas and temples, along with natural attractions, which take around 20 minutes to reach by car. 

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

Anh promises that harvest season is the most beautiful in his hometown, and recommends visitors to take a leisurely drive early in the morning to discover the local grandeur.

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

Khmer farmers go to their fields before sunrise.

There are over 35,000 Khmer people living in Tinh Bien District, accounting for one third of the district’s total population. 

Rice paddies near Cambodia border put on show of colors

A field of palmyra palms in Van Giao Commune of Tinh Bien District at dawn.

Written by By Veronica Linh, Duong Viet Anh for E.VnExpress.net with a special touch of Must See In Vietnam

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The Feeling of the Mediterranean in Vietnam

Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne

Mediterranean Feeling transports us to summer’s most desirable destinations, for lazy afternoons, good times around the table and that magical sea breeze. We’ve aimed to conjure the essence of the Mediterranean in these four Vietnam resorts … Must See In Vietnam Editor

With red-tiled roofs, white walls, pink bougainvillea flowers and arched doorways, four seaside resorts give visitors a feeling of being lost on a Mediterranean beach. 

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break
Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne

Located on Huynh Thuc Khang Street in Mui Ne resort town, around a four-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne opened to tourists in 2021.

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

The resort has 984 rooms and villas decorated with pink bougainvillea flowers overlooking Hon Rom Bay. 

It features a lazy river, a splash pad for kids, a water play area with slides, a swimming pool, and rock for cliff jumping.

The resort has large banquet halls and outdoor stages, with other entertainment facilities including a 100-meter observatory, sports club, and an indoor entertainment center.

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

A night’s stay costs from VND2.88 million ($120.68) while a villa with private swimming pool costs from VND7.68 million.

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break
Fleur de Lys Resort & Spa Long Hai

Fleur de Lys Resort & Spa Long Hai in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, around two hours from HCMC, is on a small hill at the foot of the Nuoc Ngot (Fresh Water) mountain pass.

It was popular with Bao Dai, the last Nguyen Dynasty king, as a retreat. 

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

The resort has 69 rooms and five villas with white and blue themes inspired by Santorini Island, famed for its white houses with blue domes. 

Each villa has a private swimming pool and overlooks Long Hai Beach. 

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

The resort is close to tourist attractions including Dinh Co Temple, Monkey Pagoda and Minh Dam Pagoda. 

A night’s stay costs from VND2 million. 

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break
Lan Rung Resort

Also in Vung Tau is Lan Rung Resort on Vo Thi Sau Street next to Phuoc Hai Beach.

Viewed from above, the resort resembles a “mini Santorini” with blue domes mixed with white walls, and an outdoor swimming pool. 

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

The resort has 369 white-tone rooms designed in European style. 

Currently, it is offering two-day packages, priced from VND2.96 million for two guests.

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

Another highlight of the resort is a café named after American music legend Elvis Presley.

The shops features American snacks including pizzas, burgers, baked goods and cocktails inspired by the king of pop’s most beloved hits.

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break
Stelia Beach Resort

Located at the heart of Tuy Hoa, the capital of Phu Yen Province, Stelia Beach Resort boasts Mediterranean-style architecture with white walls and arched windows, decorated with cacti and bougainvillea.

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

The resort has a 41 villas covering a 9-hectare area under a casuarina forest canopy that is nearly 50 years old. 

Each villa offers views of either swimming pools or flower gardens. 

A night stay costs from VND3.3 million while the Presidential villa class is priced from VND27.7 million.

4 Vietnam resorts for a Mediterranean-inspired break

Its outdoor swimming pool overlooks Nghinh Phong Tower, an emerging tourist attraction in Phu Yen. 

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VIETNAM CULTURE : Exhibition in HCMC from September 23rd until November 5th shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

Throughout its history, Vietnam with its thousand-year-old civilization, the development of its thought, its culture, and its wealth of men of genius, has built up a philosophy of its own and which is transmitted as a perpetual heritage. What is interesting to note with this exhibition is how Vietnamese mercantile culture is transposed into the daily life of villagers and city dwellers of this century. I recommend that you take photos of everyday life that will seem like a legacy of the past and send them to us for publication in this blog and on our community site. Must See In Vietnam Editor

Black and white photos by French photographers of street vendors in Hanoi in the mid-20th century offer a glimpse into a lifestyle whose vestiges were to be seen until recently. 

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

A woman sells oranges on Hang Buom Street during the Lunar New Year season in 1955. 

The photo is one of more than 20 works exhibited at an exhibition – “Ganh hang rong (Street vendor shoulder pole) – organized by the French Institute in Vietnam and the Institute of the Far East (EFEO) from September 23 to November 5 at Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (Idecaf) in HCMC’s District 1. 

The exhibition displays photographs taken 1930-1950 by French photographers during their trips to Vietnam at that time. 

Since 2008, Hanoi authorities have banned the once ubiquitous vendors, who roamed the streets with two heavy baskets balanced by a bamboo pole on their shoulders, from major streets in the capital.

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

A woman sells fish at a market in Hanoi in the 1950s.

Olivier Tessier from the Institute of the Far East, who has studied Vietnamese culture for many years, said the street vendors in the past mainly came from poor villages surrounding Hanoi that served as an agricultural hub providing the vital service of supplying food to more than 100,000 people in the inner city.

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

A street food vendor sells pig’s intestine soup on a Hanoi street. The image of women squatting on the ground and selling goods carried in rattan baskets is a scene that has disappeared forever. The loose-fitting ao dai that women wore then are also a thing of the past. 

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

Women sell pomegranate syrup near Dong Xuan market in Hanoi in 1951.

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

Bunches of fresh flowers are sold along Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake on wooden stools. This is another sight of the heart of Hanoi that is far removed from today. The sellers are women from Ngoc Ha and Huu Tiep flower villages. It is said that a the banks of the Hoan Kiem Lake used to become a “flower market” because demand was high, particularly from the French colonialists. 

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

People sit to enjoy a bow of pho (noodle soup) sold by street vendor at Hoan Kiem Lake. 

The iconic Vietnamese soup is famous around the globe today was then sold by people carrying baskets on bamboo shoulder poles. Today, the soup is served at food stalls or restaurants. 

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

A morning market in front of a communal house at the Bat Trang pottery village. The village is a tourist attraction today and its pottery creations have acquired a worldwide reputation.

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

A stall displays banh chung (Vietnamese square sticky rice cake), teapots, ceramic bowls, kitchen utensils and glassware.

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

pho seller walks on a Hanoi street with all the items of a food stall balanced on his shoulder. On one end of the pole is a coal stove and cooking pot. The other side has cups, bowls, chopsticks and condiments that the soup is served with. 

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

Sellers of tea, mats and bamboo baskets in Hanoi.

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

In front of the Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi.

Established in 1889 during French colonial times, this is the oldest wholesale market in the city and all its residents have fond memories of the place. Just a few steps from the Old Quarter, customers visited the market for clothes, electronic goods and thousands of other items.

Exhibition shows Hanoi street vendors from a bygone era

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