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Tra Co – Vietnam’s most romantic beach

18 Feb

Tra Co Beach is widely known as the first beach on the country’s map, the longest beach (17km) in the country, and Vietnam’s most pristine and romantic beach.

Tra Co is one of the most beautiful beaches in Viet Nam. Located in Quang Ninh province, next to Viet Nam – China border,  Tra Co – a good and charming place for vacations is only 8 -9 kilometers away from Mong Cai town.

Tra Co Beach is a popular attraction to tourists in Vietnam travel with broad fine sand beaches stretching for 17 kilometers from the cape named Got in the north to the cape named Ngoc in the south. The coastline is bordered by 3-4 meters high sand dunes and peaceful  fishing  villages. It’s widely known as the longest beach in the country and considered the most pristine and romantic one with deep blue sea the year around and smooth white sand.

Tra Co is considered the most romantic beach in Vietnam.

The beach is shaded by a range of casuarina, protecting the village from the wind and the sand. Tra Co beach is an ideal place for tourists in Vietnam tourism to spend holidays. If you spend your holiday on the fifth month of the lunar calendar, you can have a chance to take part in  Tra Co Communal House Festival organized from the 30th of the fifth lunar month to the 6th of the sixth lunar month.

Tra Co beach with its wide stretches of smooth white sand and deep blue sea all the year round

Tra Co has an abundance of fish so visitors in tours to Vietnam can enjoy several local specialties made from cuttlefish, crab, shrimp, oysters and squid. The best known local dishes are made from king crabs.

Sunrise at Tra Co beach

Next to Tra Co Beach is the beautiful Con Mang (Mang islet), about 5km from Mong Cai. The sand here is smooth and firm and you can easily ride a motorbike on it without being afraid of sinking or slipping. You can also enjoy the beautiful view at sunrise or sunset.

So, Tra Co’s beauty is due to many natural features, when you have an opportunity to go to Quang Ninh, you should not miss this place. Please come to Tra Co and explore this charming beach!

Bon bon – A wild and tasty plant

1 Nov

Bon bon, a wild plant first popular in Ca Mau, has since conquered southern Vietnam with its distinctive sweet taste

It would be a shame if someone visited the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau and came away without trying dishes made from bồn bồn.

Bồn bồn (cattail, or bulrush) is a reed-like wild plant with long, firm leaves, olive-green, three-sided stems and drooping clusters of small spikelets. It usually grows in swamps or wetlands, and is known to be useful for land restoration and as an ingredient in food.

Some parts of Ca Mau Province are high in alum and are therefore not good for growing rice paddy, only bồn bồn.

Many families do grow the wild plant as a crop.


Bồn bồn salad with shrimp and meat is a popular dish

The root produces an edible tuber that is considered delicious and healthy. It is distinctively sweet, crunchy, crispy, and soft. It tastes a bit like lotus root and bamboo shoot.

At first people only used it as a pickle. But gradually, as locals began to migrate, they took the plant with them and it made its way into many dishes.

Some of the most popular are braised anabas with pickled bồn bồn, bồn bồn with sour catfish hot pot or sour snakehead hot pot, stir-fried bồn bồn with shrimp, and bồn bồn salad with shrimp and pork.

Pickled bồn bồn remains popular. To pickle it, one uses only the inner white portion of the stalk. Remove the tough outer layer and soak the white portion in salt water with some condiments.

A week later the pickle is ready: it is slightly sour and crispy, and looks like the rustic dish it is. It is delicious if stir-fried with shrimp, meat, or fish, or cooked in sour soup with fish. Also popular is pickled bồn bồn along with braised anabas, catfish, and snakehead fish.

Stir-fried bồn bồn with shrimp is possibly the tastiest of the lot and also easiest to make. The distinctive sweetness of the wild plant remains intact when cooked with little or no condiments.

To make the dish, peel shrimp and get the inner white portions of the stalk and clean them. Pour a little oil on the pot over heat, add some onion for flavor, add the shrimp and then the bồn bồn, and stir-fry together with some condiments.

The dish is served with hot rice.

Bồn bồn salad with shrimp and meat seems to be the most popular dish in restaurants. It is a combination of sour, spicy, salty, and sweet tastes, all essential aspects of southern cooking. Some make the salad with pickled bồn bồn to get many flavors, while others prefer fresh bồn bồn to enjoy the plant’s distinctive sweetness. The tuber is a bit crispy but not tough, the fresh leaves do not fall apart, and the dish seems to melt in the mouth. Black tiger prawn and soft meat with a little fat is often used to make the salad even more delicious. It is served with shrimp crackers as an appetizer at family parties and wedding banquets.

Bồn bồn can be combined with dried shrimp, beef, and pork to make simple but tasty meals at home. Depending on the other ingredients, and how long and how thick the bồn bồn is, one can cook numerous delicacies with the plant.

If customers cannot enjoy bồn bồn delicacies in the Mekong Delta, they can find it at restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. Or buy it from markets or supermarkets and cook it themselves.

Bồn bồn costs around VND50,000 a kilogram.

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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.

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Basket Boat at the fishing village

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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