Archive | September, 2012

Cu Lao Cau – Island paradise!

26 Sep

The typical characteristics of Cu Lao Cau island are smooth sloping sandy beach, blue seawater, endlessly hills and mountains that create charming landscape…

Binh Thuan Province is rich in human and natural potentialities that are good advantages for developing tourism and service sector. The province has the coastal line of nearly 200 km with many beautiful beaches such as Mui Ne, Ca Na, Cu Lao Cau and so on. Cu Lao Cau is a small and young island rising in the middle of the sea, located in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan, about 9 km away from the seashore. Tourists can spend 30 or 40 minutes to get there by boat. This island stays about 119 km away from Phan Thiet City to the Northeast.

Cu Lao Cau island is characterised by rocky outcrops, with sandy beaches on the north and south sides. The highest point on the island is 27m. It covers a long distance of over 1.500m with the widest area of nearly 700m and the highest one of 7m above sea level. The entire island is surrounded by tens of thousands of cliff blocks of different colors and shapes. From the main land, it looks like a big warship. It is really interesting when having a condition to observe the whole island carefully. Around this isle, the water is always clean and blue. When the tide goes down, on the seashore we can see numerous beautiful shells and corals pleasing the tourists’eyes.

Quite many kinds of sea creatures living around this island. It would be very great if tourists bring a fishing rod and some preys to fish. On the island, there is also a fresh water well, which is called a Fairy Well from an old book. Although the water amount is small, the well is the sort of permanent leaking water.

Fringing coral reefs can be found around Cu Lao Cau island and platform reefs on submerged banks. The reefs are pristine, with an average cover of 43%. This site supports the highest diversity of hermatypic corals known in Vietnam. There are more than 65 genera of coral known here, including Acropora, Goniopora, Montipora, Porites, and Favia. There is also a small area of seagrass beds. Sea currents from the north and south converge near Hon Cau-Vinh Hao, with strong upwelling. The area has high productivity, with 175 phytoplankton species, 163 seaweed species, 147 coral species, 80 mollusc species, 46 crustacean species, 26 echinoderm species and 211 fish species so far recorded here.

Cu Lao Cau island is one of the places that has Vietnam’s best ecological environment. With beautiful neglected beach, presently, it is has been planned to be a marine life preservation zone and an eco tourist site. The island will promisingly become an ideal ecological tourist attraction.

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The best places in Nha trang – Vietnam

21 Sep

With white sandy beaches as well as nearby islands with clear turquoise waters, Nha Trang is also known as one of the best places in Vietnam for excellent fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Boat trips are also a real highlight of Nha Trang.



Basket Boat at the fishing village


Fishing Boats

Chong has two meanings in the Vietnamese language. The first is to stack and the second is husband. Hon Chong is located on a stretch of rocky mass of land, famous for the thousands of smooth rocks being stacked on one another. There are two clusters of such rocks in the area called Hon Chong. The first is further out in the ocean and the second is located near an islet called Sat Thon. The cluster in the ocean is most impressive since there are large boulders stacking on one another seemingly out-of-balance, yet remaining stable.


Hon Chong

The Long Son Pagoda was originally built on the Mount Trai Thuy in 1886. At the beginning of the 20th century, a storm destroyed it. It was then rebuilt at the foot of Mount Trai. The pagoda had to be restored several times in the 20th century. The current Long Son Pagoda is dedicated to the Buddhist monks who died protesting against the US supported Diem regime.


Long Son Pagoda

Dam Market is the open air market in Nha Trang, lively and vibrant with colourful selection of local produce including fruit, vegetables and seafood, but you will also see dried seahorses and lizards – popular specialities of Nha Trang.


Maring Fishing Market

Once a collection of small fishing villages, Nha Trang Bay is now a bustling tourist destination, famous for its 7km stretch of coastline, coral reefs and warm, turquoise water. The sun shines all year round here, and temperatures never stray far from 26oC, thanks to its sheltered position beneath the mountains. It’s this winning combination of favourable climate and rare natural beauty that make Nha Trang a jewel on the South China Sea.


Nha Trang Beach

Po Nagar Cham Towers were built by the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th century to honor Yang Ino Po Ngar, mother of the kingdom. Later, the temples were appropriated by the Mahayana Buddhists. The Po Ngar Kalan is a very glorified structure with amazing architectures filled with stunning colors.


Ponagar Cham Tower

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town. It’s more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It’s also the scuba diving center of Vietnam Travel.


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5 best food to eat in Hoi An

19 Sep

Many people come to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An for its well-preserved architecture. Walking around Hoi An, it’s easy to get lost in time and be shuttled back to an age when the river-front city was the largest harbor in all of Southeast Asia. It’s very easy to understand why Hoi An is such a top tourist destination in Vietnam.

I, however, came to Hoi An to eat. It just worked to my benefit that I had such lovely setting to do it!

There are a number of local delicacies specific to Hoi An that can draw a traveler to and persuade them to stick around Hoi An for awhile. I know because I fell in love with Hoi An’s specialties and ended up eating my way around town for almost two weeks (well, also because I was having clothes custom-made but more on that in a later post)!

Although many restaurants serve up all the usual Hoi An dishes for a few dollars a plate, heading to the street stalls is really where you’ll get the authentic taste and the local price!

Com Ga

Com ga is as ubiquitous in Hoi An as pho is in Saigon on so you’ll be able to find it on nearly every street corner. It’s a straightforward meal of seasoned rice and shredded chicken, served with a side of fresh onions, greens and mint leaves. Nothing about com ga will change your life but it certainly makes for a filling meal when you’re in the mood for something simple and fast. The tastiest spot I found was away from the city center, near my hotel on Hai Ba Trung at the family-run Cafe 619. I’ll let you in on a secret though, their com ga is good, but not half as good as their savory pork. Same meal, different meat, but trust me on the pork!

Cau Lau

Cau lau is a bowl of doughy flat noodles served with bean sprouts, green vegetables, slices of juicy pork and croutons. The secret to a good cau lau is said to come from the water from the Ban Le well in town. Whatever the secret ingredient may be, the taste is simply delicious! The best street cau lau can be found along the river, just outside the Citronella Restaurant near the old Japanese Bridge. They add sprigs of fresh mint into their bowl of cau lau, and it makes all the difference!

White Rose

With such a pretty name as White Rose, you can expect something as delicate and light as these steamed shrimp dumpling-like appetizers. Trust me, they’re small and you’ll need something more substantial for a full meal. In any case, no meal in Hoi An truly starts without a plate of White Rose on the table.

Fried Won Tons

Delicate and crispy fried won tons topped with fresh ingredients is another Hoi An specialty to help start a meal right. I’m typically not one to indulge in fried foods, but the fried won tons are light and tasty, not greasy and oily. With a number of toppings to choose from such as beef and duck, as well as vegetarian options, these friend won tons can win over anyone, no matter how picky an eater.

Dessert at Cargo

Perhaps the best surprise in all of Hoi An is the delightful bakery found at the wildly popular Cargo restaurant. The chocolate cheesecake literally changed my life! It’s rich, creamy and the milk chocolate topping is absolutely divine. So good that I had to have a slice three days in a row! In fact, every dessert I tried at Cargo was fabulous, including the cinnamon waffle served hot off the grill with a scoop of ice cream. Magnificent! An evening is not complete in Hoi An without a stop in Cargo for dessert and once you try one, you’ll find it hard to not keep going back.

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Lǎng Cô Beach attracts tourists

17 Sep

Lǎng Cô Beach lies between Da Nang and Hue. Lang Co itself is a developing touristic area, where the natural beauty of the lagoon, the long beaches and the fishing village is still mostly untouched.

Lang Co Beach, near Da Nang

On the way from Da Nang to Hue, just after passing the Hai Van Pass, while descending from the pass the very nice village of Lǎng Cô with its nice white sandy beaches appears. Lang Co is an attractive, peninsula stretch of palm-shaded sand with turquoise lagoon on one side and very long beaches facing the Pacific Ocean on the other.

It’s a great places where lots of visitors make a lunch stop or spend the night. Here you can take a rest from the Hải Vân pass in a beachside seafood restaurant in the village or watch fishermen inventorying the catch of the day. The Sao Bien Restaurant lies on the lagoon side is quite good in seafood specialties (grill baby squids here are well-known). From March to September swimming is good by warm weather. The village of Lǎng Cô is definitely worth a short – or even a long – stop before the trip takes you further to Huế.

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The heat with Pho Cuon Hanoi

14 Sep

The summer in Hanoi is brutally hot and it often seems like a chore to face a bowl of steaming hot noodle soup (Phở) or a plate of rice.

Many believe that such dishes, by inducing sweat, actually help lower ones body temperature and help fight the heat.  Not everyone feels that way. One cool and refreshing alternative is Phở Cuốn, a food resembling fresh spring rolls, but fundamentally different in a number of ways.

Another advantage that Phở Cuốn has is it’s location. The most famous places to find the dish are located onTrúc Bạch lake, just opposite West Lake, Hanoi’s largest lake. Trúc Bạch itself is a relatively small lake and can be circled in five minutes by motorbike or half an hour on foot. There are plenty of places that offer  Phở Cuốn around the lake, but the easiest to find are on Trúc Bạch road, on the north end of the lake, or Trấn Vũ on the south end.

Finding a Phở Cuốn restaurant is not a problem, but choosing the right one sometimes is. With such a large number of these types of restaurants, there is natural competition between them. It is not uncommon for restaurant owners to jump in front of your cab or motorbike in a desperate attempt to get you to come to their shop. ”Stop, you want Phở Cuốn…” one young man told me putting his hands on the dashboard of my motorbike pleadingly – as it turns out he was right.

  Phở Cuốn consists of a slightly cooked rice paper shell the same thickness as a Phở noodle. Inside this soft shell is a selection of herbs and greens – mainly cilantro, mustard leaf, and lettuce – and thinly sliced beef that has been cooked with garlic and generous amounts of pepper. It is served cold with a bowl of fish sauce, garlic, carrots, raddish, vinegar, boiled water, chilli and some sugar for dipping.

Once dipped in the sauce the taste of Phở Cuốn contains many of the fundamental elements of Vietnamese cuisine: slightly sweet and spicy but light and fresh. The dish is served cold and has the effect of a hearty salad on one’s appetite leaving plenty of room for a few cheeky beers or to try some other delights that many of these restaurants offer like Phở Chiên.  Phở Chiên is similarily light summer fair; it uses the same rice noodle paper as Phở Cuốn but is sliced into squares, stacked, and deep fried.  It is topped with the same garlicky beef as well as field cabbage and it is recommended that one dip it in the Phở Cuốn sauce.  It has a crispy exterior but a delicate center, it is reminiscent of a fresh savory donut.

Hours can easily slip by sitting cross legged on bamboo mats as one enjoys the cool breeze of the lake and a few plates of Phở Cuốn with friends.  You see a different, more relaxed side of Hanoi, as old men fish and young couples paddle along leisurely in swan boats.  It is the ideal place to wile away one’s time under the shade of a tree and await the cooling relief of evening.

The Phở Cuốn restaurants on Trúc Bạch are open from early afternoon till about nine or ten at night. The cost for a plate of about twenty Phở Cuốn, a plate of Phở Chiên, and four beers is just over VND200,000 (Ú$10). For the relief it offers from the heat, it’s a steal.

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Saigon’s sounds – Vietnam

12 Sep

Just ten minutes walk from the spires of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office and the colonial thoroughfare of Dong Khoi in the centre of Saigon is the alley where I live.

What follows is not a replete canvas of the broad, beautiful sweep that is Vietnam, but a miniature, a mosaic of those pieces that make up the sounds of Saigon – an aural mosaic that describes a true picture of bustling life in Saigon.


It’s 10pm and the alley is ready for another night.  From my room overlooking the street I can hear the familiar sounds. The hissy – hiss hiss of the vegetable sellers broom sweeping away the curls of courgette and onion from the concrete in front of the shop.

The same sound wakes me up at 5.30am. The two old men, one always dressed in a blue suit, take their last coffee of the day in the café below my flat. The metal on metal of the Vietnamese drip coffee set clinks dully, the plastic stools scrape back and they wish each other ….. A stick tip – taps into the distance. Across the way the final numbers of the nightly bingo game are being called…, and a swarm of scooters beck from a night out on the honey trap buzz into their parking space.


The alley cat prowls his patch, yowling his displeasure to the world. Then a blanket of silence falls over the buildings and the beds and the balconies. Sleep comes fast under the ticka-ticka of the ceiling fan.

Sometimes the stillness is punctuated by the sound of rain, falling like sand on a metal tray. Or the crackle and bang of an electric storm cuts with a razor edge through the blackness.

The sharp metal squeak of the shop shutters opening welcome a new day. The love bird in the cage on a balcony stretches her throat and is joined swiftly by the aviary that hangs outside the cobbler’s house.

And then the dull, rhythmic thump – thump. The fish seller is squatted over a wooden board preparing her wares – the knife slicing through silver heads –followed by a splish, splash as she tosses them into the waiting bucket of iced water.


The wave of voices begins to surge forward. Children taken heavy eyed from their beds float past. The little girl who helps her mother at the Pho stall on the pavement hums a snatch of Vietnamese nursery rhyme – sweet as a mermaid. The voices keep rising up to my balcony, horns like pebbles skimming the surface. Finally I hear a banana cart driver calling…

That’s the signal for me to get up, make a coffee and sit on the balcony where I can see the alley awash with colour and infused with aromas.

When I first arrived in Vietnam these alien sounds stole sleep away from me. Now they make me feel comfortable like at home.


A few trilling notes rise above the sea of noise, light as a linnet. Below I see a blind man playing the flute, his daughter guiding him by the shoulder through the milling throng. The music fades away like melting snow… But not from my mind.

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Julie Knight

Nha Trang is famous for mango cake dish

7 Sep

Nha Trang is famous for mango cake dish nicely.This cake is made very simple. One ripe mango selected, washed, stripped of bark, rub up small holes in the basket, oncoming mango water flowing into the tank, throw seeds.

Unlike other commonly used on rice paper, Cam Ranh area, Khanh Hoa, famous for mango cake dish nicely. Cake “flourished” about thirty years. This is where the famous mango varieties in the country, in every season of mango fruit very much. People started to think of other ways of cooking, so mango roll was born.

This cake is made very simple. One ripe mango selected, washed, stripped of bark, rub up small holes in the basket, oncoming mango water flowing into the tank, throw seeds. Next, to get water into the pot of mango to put on the stove, medium heat stirring both hands from the fire. Cook until boiling, the mixture is pasty.

Then they spread a piece of plastic to the hot, fork or place, the mango mixture into water, paper thin. Finally, bring sun to the touch is not sticky. Mango rice paper wrapped in nylon pads for storage. Especially, this cake stays longer ..

Other foods like preserved for a long time to use chemicals against fungi, and mold. Individual mango cake without any one chemical. Itself of sour mango killing the mold.

As milk of South cake, mango cake using very simple, without further processing or combining with raw food. If so, who enjoy the new feel the bar sour, tasted sweet and fragrant aroma of mango nature where every subtle tip.

Today, the mango has high economic value, but the mango roll is still preserved, and processing. It has become a gift for the ones used in both domestic and overseas Vietnamese.

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Source: Nhatrangbeauty