Brocade knitting village of Cham people

Brocade weaving of Cham community being gathered mainly at Phan Hoa and Phan Thanh communes in Bac Binh district, 80 km away from Phan Thiet city northward. According to legend, the mother of Polnu Nagar taught Cham women how to weave to honor beauty. 

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The book "Van Dai Loai Ngu" of Le Quy Don wrote that "At Lam Ap there is Cat Boi tree whose flowers like goose feathers. Thread drawn from these flowers are used to embroider scarves, costumes with images of Cham dragons and Garuda birds to serve the King and court". Currently, brocade weaving village of Phan Hoa still maintain wooden weaving frame by rosewood made hundreds of years ago.

Wanting to create models of patterns the skilled artisan can catch the flakes with stylized motifs of cultural identity of Cham. From four traditional patterns: green, yellow, white, and black on red background, the artisans can create many kinds of products like handbags, wallets, scarf, belt matching to the needs of tourists and consumers.  

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Tay's culture and belief

(VOVworld) – With around 1.7 million people, the Tay are the biggest ethnic minority group in Vietnam. They live mainly in Vietnam’s northern and northwestern provinces - Cao Bang, Bac Can, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Thai Nguyen, and Lao Cai. They live along rivers in mountain foothills.

The Tay build their villages in valleys, on mountainsides, or in the highlands. A Tay village has from 20 to over a hundred households. They live in wooden stilt houses with tile or palm leaf roofs.



Both men and women wear clothes made of hand-woven cotton, dyed with indigo. Women wear high collared, waist- or knee-length shirts buttoned on the right side. Their pants have roomy legs and a wide belt. Tay women enjoy wearing jewelry, particularly silver necklaces and arm and wrist bracelets. Men’s clothing is similar to that of women. Hoang Thi Xoan, a white Tay woman in Xuan Giang commune, Ha Giang province, said: “The Tay include black Tay, white Tay, and Thai-Tay branches. We identify each other mainly by the color of our costume. The white Tay wear indigo headscarf, shirt, pants, and belt. The black Tay wear a black shirt and long dress. We all wear silver necklaces. The white Tay make up 80% of the population in Xuan Giang. The black Tay live in Xin Man, Ha Giang province.”


Like many other Vietnamese ethnic groups, the Tay practice polytheism and believe that supernatural powers have impacts on their life. Worshiping their ancestors is the most sacred ritual of the Tay. The ancestral altar is placed in the center of the house. In front of the altar is a bed on which visitors are not allowed to sit or lie. The Tay have many taboos, like: people may not step on the edge of the stove, after attending a funeral people must take a bath before tending the cattle and poultry, and new mothers are not allowed to stay near the altar.

Every Tay house in Lang Son has a stone dog at the gate. The Tay believe the stone dog will help the owners take care of the house and chase away bad luck. Vy Van Co of Loc Binh, Lang Son province, said: “Our ancestors told us that if the house is built on hard soil or if the house faces a bad direction, a brook, a lane, or a hill, we should place a stone dog at the gate to protect the house and its contents, preserve peace, and promote production. The stone dog will inform our ancestors of any evil coming to our house.”

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The Tay have developed a rich culture of poems, songs, epics, tales, funny stories, and dance. Popular folk singing genres of the Tay are call-and-response singing, lullaby, Then, and wedding and funeral singing. Then is sung at events such as worshiping at the ancestral altar, praying for sick people, praying for a couple to have children, at family get-togethers, to welcome guests, and at a “going to the field” festival held in the first month of the new year. Then is an indispensable part of the spiritual and religious life of the Tay.

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Can Cau - largest buffalo market in Vietnam's North West


(VOVWORLD) - The largest buffalo market in Vietnam’s northwestern region convenes every Saturday morning in Can Cau village, Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province. This authentic and bustling market attracts hundreds of ethnic minority people who come to sell cattle and local products.
Can Cau market opens along the side of Road 153, 30 kilometers from Bac Ha town. It is surrounded by terraced rice fields and a view of rugged terrain that is truly awesome. On display are colorful handmade brocades, wild meats, fresh bamboo sprouts from the forest, farm produce, and farming equipment.


                                     The buffalo trading lot at Can Cau market (Photo: VOV)

On a large trading lot, hundreds of buffalos are for sale from different districts of Lao Cai and far-flung regions of Ha Giang, Vietnam’s northern-most province. They are sold for breeding, ploughing, or for meat. Sellers and buyers bargain good-naturedly and vigorously.

It may take several market sessions for a buyer to find the buffalo that meets his requirements. A seller may not sell any buffalo when the market is closed. Lu Van Dao takes his herd of buffalos to Can Cau from Bac Ha town at 4am. He has been a buffalo trader for 20 years. He may sell as many as 20 buffalos at a single market session. Ethnic people sell their buffalos in order to build a house, pay for their child’s marriage, or buy a new vehicle.

“The number of buffalos traded last year declined as a result of COVID-19. But it has bounced back this year. I’ve never missed a market session in the last 20 years. Ethnic people consider buffalos a treasure, the foundation of their business. Only when they desperately need money do they sell their buffalos,” said Dao.

From shortly after dawn until noon, the Can Cau market promotes ethnic culture. Mong, Black Dao, Tay, Nung, and Day ethnic minority people dress in their traditional costumes and sell their typical food specialties.


                                     The buffalo trading lot at Can Cau market (Photo: VOV)

Tran Thanh Linh, a tourist from Hai Duong province, said, “Can Cau market is unique. It’s less noisy than Bac Ha market. I come here not to buy buffalos but to look at everything, admire the beautiful ethnic women in their eye-catching clothes, and try the local food. Today I had buckwheat cakes, corn rice cakes, and ‘thang co’ - a soup made of horse meat and organs. The people here also invited me to drink some wine.”

Ethnic girls and boys come to Can Cau market to find a partner or at least a date. They sing and dance to the panpipes and play a spinning top to give pique to a partner’s interest. Many ethnic people have found the love of their life in Can Cau market.

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Lighthouse of Ke ga

 Khe Ga Light house also called Ke Ga Light house, is away from Phan Thiet city about 30 km to the south. This designation due to the fact that the light house is located on a headland protruding out to the coast about 500m - like the head of a chicken.

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Khe Ga light house was built from 1897 to 1899, designed by French architect Chnavat, and is made entirely by marble materials with 65 m height above the sea. The light house is considered as one of the oldest and highest lighthouses in Vietnam and South east Asia. The 2000w lamp on the lighthouse is the construction signal for shipping.

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At night, the lamp lights up to 22 knots. Below is a square house with each side of 40 m, and 3 m deep of system water to serve for those guarding the tower. There are 184 steel spiral stairs leading to the top of the lighthouse. Today the Lighthouse is not only an unique architectural monument but also combined with Khe Ga island to form a stunning attraction for tourists.   

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10 best golf courses in Hanoi


In recent years Vietnam become popular destination in Asia. In addition, Vietnam is also ranked as the one of best attractive Golf destinations in Asia and the world in 2019.

In total Vietnam has over 80 golf courses across the country, in which 32 are at international level. We figure out that the number of country golfers reach 300,000 in 2025. Many golfers from EU, Korea, Japan, and South East Asia choose Vietnam for holiday and combine with golf play.


Come to Hanoi capital you can spend one day at one of top 10 golf courses in the suburb of Hanoi city as the followings:

Epga Ecopark - Long Bien Golf Course - Van Tri Golf Course - Hanoi Golf Course - Dai Lai Star Golf - Kings' Island Golf - Dam Vac Golf - Sky Lake Golf Club - Tam Dao Golf and Resort - Legend Hill Golf Course
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HISTORICAL HOUSE OF 48 HANG NGANG STREET

 The house at 48 Hang Ngang street become famous historical house in Hanoi, where president Ho Chi Minh drafted the Declaration of Independence for the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945.

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By the end of August 1945, after returning from mountainous area of Tan Trao, the resistant base of Viet Minh, Ho Chi Minh chose the house as one of his meeting places. 

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The living room is the place where he received representatives of domestic and foreign visitors. Next to the living room is a small room with humble furnishing of a wardrobe, a sofa, a round table, and an armchair, where the President composed the Declaration of Independence. 

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The houe number 48 Hang Ngang street is situated right in the heart of Old Quarter Hanoi, and becomes one  of National Heritages

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HALONG BAY - TOP WORLD PLACES FOR WATCHING SUNRISE

 

Halong Bay is listed as one of 7 New Wonders of Nature in the world. Halong Bay consists of about 3000 lime stone islets. 


Halong is famous for cruise holiday in Asia. You can buy 2-3 day trip staying overnight on cruises. Sunrise is important moments starting new day, so it is quite fascinating to watch sunrise at beautiful tourist sites.


Halong bay is ranked top places for watching sunrise in the world, listed by Love Exploring. Come to Vietnam and make your meaningful holiday in Halong Bay.


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MERCURE LA GARE HOTEL HANOI

 Mercure La Gare hotel is situated at 94 Ly Thuong Kiet street, inside French Old Quarter, near Hanoi train station. 


Hotel has 102 rooms of different kinds, restaurant, outdoor cafe. Staff in hotel are friendly and professional. 

You can take a walk around hotel to visit Temple of Literature (the 1st university of Vietnam), Rail station, former "Hanoi Hilton" or Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi Cathedral....


Please email to Hanoi Stay for the best rate. 

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HANG DAO STREET IN OLD QUARTER HANOI

 Hang Dao and Hang Ngang streets connect with Hang Duong, Dong Xuan, and Hang Giay streets deriving from Hoan Kiem Lake in Old center of Hanoi capital city.

Formerly, Hang Dao street inside Thang Long citadel was a hamlet for the artisans immigrated from Hai Duong city. In the old days, the dwellers made their owned living by the job of dying cloth and sold red silk. The street name was taken since 19th century. Nowadays, people sell clothing and watches.

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Next to Hang Dao is Hang Ngang street, where family traders sell clothes - fashion for kids and women. The building numbered 48 is the place where President Ho Chi Minh drafted Independent speech for Vietnam in 1945.

The connecting street is Hang Duong (sugar street) where you can find shops selling Vietnamese dried fruits. Going further we will meet Dong Xuan street and market as well as Hang Giay street. 

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These streets situated in the mid-old quarter Hanoi where city people run their private business inherited from families. Houses in here long and narrow with 2 - 5 floors. It is quite interesting to have a short walk and explore daily life there. 

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DONG XUAN TRADITIONAL MARKET HANOI

Dong Xuan market is situated in the mid-Old Quarter Hanoi. It is the largest market among 10 ones in the capital city such as Mo, Hom, Cua Nam, and Ngoc Ha....Dong Xuan market was founded in 1889. It used to be an open-air market but later was rebuilt with five iron arches and the roof made of zinc-coated iron sheets. Dong Xuan covers an area of 6500 sqm. 

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Dong Xuan is for wholesale and retail market Favorited by people in Hanoi and in Northern Vietnam. People can find essential goods such as clothing, fabric, shoes, dried food, hats, souvenirs... Today it is one of the best attractive shopping places for domestic and international tourists. It opens from 7:00AM to 5:00PM everyday. 

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Very closed to Dong Xuan market there are some nice places to visit such as old Long Bien bridge built by French, Masjid Al Noor Hanoi, street food place, electrical car stop by the entrance, Quan Thanh Park and old water tower. 

At the weekend, Friday to Sunday night, an open air night market gathered with the length of 400 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake to Dong Xuan market. Nice to come and buy souvenirs and t-shirts made in Vietnam
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DONG HO PAINTING VILLAGE


Dong Ho village belongs to Song Ho commune, Bac Ninh province, about 30 km away from Hanoi center. Dong Ho village is situated by Duong river, in the mid of the Red river Delta.

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Dong Ho is famous for traditional painting village. The artisans use those to make folk paintings such as wooden printing panels, Do paper made from Do’s tree bark and oyster powder, many kinds of natural colors. They have to follow many strict steps of making the paintings. The quality of the color and paper exist hundreds of years.

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The art conveys daily life of the people in the Red River Delta, the wish for happiness as well as the good ways of living. Painting market days are 5 times a month and before Tet or traditional New year holiday. You can do one day trip from Hanoi to visit Dong Ho village, ancient Dau pagoda, and But Thap pagoda.


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THO HA COMMUNAL HOUSE IN BAC GIANG



The Communal House of Tho Ha is situated at Tho Ha village, Viet Yen District, Bac Giang province. The Communal House was constructed under Le Dynasty, in 1692, and on the land of about 3000 sq meter. The construction is the place worshiping the God of the village and discussion village affairs.


The construction is 27 meter long and 16 meter wide. The architecture of Tho Ha communal house is very impressive. The roof is covered with ancient crescent shaped tiles. Four corners of the roof curve up that look like scimitar sword blades.


The Communal House is supported by 48 huge pillars made of hard iron wood. The floor in Communal House is paved with blue stones. The inside decoration are beautiful motifs on pillars and frames such as dragons, clouds, lion cubs, ladies who wear long dress riding phoenix… The wood carving art is extremely marvelous reflecting the art during Le Dynasty in 17th century.



Tho Ha Communal House, one of the best known in Northern Vietnam, was listed as National Heritage in 1964 by Ministry of Culture. The village is 60 km from Hanoi. You can do Tho Ha one day trip from Hanoi. Visit Tho Ha Communal House, old houses in the village, and how the locals still maintain traditional job of making skin for spring rolls, pottery, and Vietnamese rice wine.


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HANG KENH COMMUNAL HOUSE HAI PHONG


Where is Hang Kenh communal House?
Hang Kenh Communal House is 2 km from Hai Phong city center. It was constructed during 17-18th century under Le Dynasty. Hang Kenh Communal House is typical architecture for the construction during Le Dynasty. The Communal house is not only the place for worshiping village God but also for discussion village affairs.


The architecture of Hang Kenh Communal House
The construction was built in the complex of 6000 sq meter large, has 2 layer of tile roof, and 2 dragons protecting the sun on top of the roof. Front roof sides are curved shapes that look like the link between the earth and the sky.



The Communal House is 32 meter long and 13.5 meter wide, has 32 huge iron wood pillars, of which one is 2m in diameter. The base under each pillar is made of stone carved with lotus motif. Ngo Quyen King is worshiped in here. The King who vanquished Chinese invasion from the battle that was on Bach Dang River in the year 938.

Wood carvings in the construction are masterpiece created by skillful artisans under Le Dynasty in 17-18 century. All 308 carved dragons in mass of clouds are still well preserved. Dragon is one of 4 holy animals in Vietnamese Culture.



Every year, from 16th – 18th of second lunar month, ritual festival is held in the village. They arrange traditional games and arts such as chess, wrestling, singing folk songs at the Communal house.

Tour to Halong Bay we can stop here, Hai Phong city, for visit Hang Kenh Communal house. You pay entrance ticket. Vietindo Travel


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