For your eyes : 15 Stunning Aerial Photos That Highlight the Lush Landscapes of Vietnam

Simply Must See In Vietnam presents to you Pham Huy Trung – Photographer. He captures the most amazing Vietnam landscapes through his photography. Must See In Vietnam Editor

Trung Pham Huy Experienced Photographer with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. Skilled in Photography, Landscaping, Aerial photography, and Art. Strong arts and design professional with the prestigious international and local photo awards.
Lily Harvest in the Mekong Delta

Lily Harvest in the Mekong Delta

Photographer Pham Huy Trung uses his craft to spotlight Vietnam’s rich cultural history. Through his aerial photography, he shares his country’s lush green landscape and colorful flowers. His work is a far cry from his former profession in telecommunications, which he left behind to pursue his passion for photography. Now, he’s a renowned photographer whose work has been recognized by the Sony World Photography Awards, among others.

Whether he’s sharing the colorful lily harvest on the Mekong Delta or revealing the mysteries of how coffee beans are dried, Trung uses his aerial photos to make Vietnam look its best. “Vietnam has Asian cultural characteristics which cannot be found in other countries, especially the landscape with its green colors, flowers, caves, and beaches,” he tells My Modern Met. “However, in the big picture, we can only recognize the difference in Vietnam’s heritage with the bird’s eye from above, so I usually use aerial photography to showcase the impression of the subject and my ideals.”

While the natural landscape is the protagonist of most of Trung’s photographs, humans also play an important role. He notes that people in Vietnam tend to be welcoming and friendly, and farmers are particularly happy to have him photograph their land. In fact, a human presence is a welcome contrast in his photographs, even if they are just small dots in a vast green field or bobbing along in a fishing boat.

Trung hopes that his images will encourage people to pay Vietnam a visit and to discover firsthand the places that he photographs. For those who are interested in his work, he also offers prints and digital downloads via his website.

Aerial photographer Pham Huy Trung gives a bird’s eye view of life in Vietnam.

Rice Paddies in Mu Cang Chai

Rice Paddies in Mu Cang Chai

Fishing Nets in Phu Yen

Fishing Nets in Phu Yen

Countryside in Vietnam

Countryside in Vietnam

Pink Trumpet Flowers in Bao Loc
Drying Coffee Beans in Gia Lai

Drying Coffee Beans in Gia Lai

In particular, his work focuses on the country’s lush green landscape.

Aerial Photo of Tea Harvest in Bao Loc

Tea Harvest in Bao Loc

Aerial Photo of Trang An

Trang An

Grass Harvest in the Mekong Delta

Grass Harvest in the Mekong Delta

Buffaloes in the Mekong Delta

Buffaloes in the Mekong Delta

His aerial photos also show how Vietnamese people interact with the natural world.

Fish Market in the Mekong Delta

Fish Market in the Mekong Delta

Daisy Farm in Dong Nai

Daisy Farm in Dong Nai

Basket Boats in Binh Thuan

Basket Boats in Binh Thuan

Lilies in the Mekong Delta

Lilies in the Mekong Delta

Fishing net in Phu Yen

See Pham Huy Trung portfolio and awards : https://trungpham.myportfolio.com/about-1

This is an article extracted in My Modern Met by By Jessica Stewart on July 4, 2022

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Resorts which offer wellness boost in pandemic times … in Vietnam ❤️

Mind and body medicine harnesses the power of the subconscious mind to promote healing in the body. Some forms of mind-body medicine, including affirmation and visualization, are dynamic techniques that use mental exercises to influence the state of physical health. Other forms of mind-body medicine work more indirectly, recognizing that stress and traumatic events negatively impact both the immune system and the body as a whole. These approaches work to control mental and emotional stress. Meditation, tai chi, yoga, and mindfulness meditation programs are indirect forms of this kind of therapy. We can practice these therapy almost everywhere. Just Imagine when you have the chance to practice them in a bucolic place ! Must See In Vietnam Editor

Naman Retreat in Da Nang Vietnam

Spa treatments, yoga and vegetarian diets are just part of the regimen at four Vietnam resorts that aim to give guests a welcome wellness boost in pandemic times.

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

The TIA Wellness Resort on My Khe Beach in Da Nang is an ideal spot for a post-Covid vacation and fortification. 

The resort has 22 spa treatment rooms, two beauty care rooms, a steam room, a sauna and an outdoor swimming pool. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

The resort is currently offering two packages for 4 days and 3 nights, which include two intensive care treatments per night, each lasting 80 to 120 minutes. 

Guests can also join pranayama (breathing exercises), tai chi or yoga classes/sessions guided by personal trainers. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

The resort has 87 rooms and a night’s stay costs from VND5.9 million ($253.32) per person. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

Also in Da Nang, the Naman Retreat on Truong Sa Street along Non Nuoc beach has 113 villas amidst lush greenery.

The resort has private gardens for guests to exercise and join other wellness services to improve their health. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

Each villa, a harmonious combination of contemporary architecture and Vietnamese culture, covers an area of 45 meters and is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

There are a total of 15 spa treatment rooms, Jacuzzi baths and saunas in addition to gym and yoga services. Guests can enjoy a traditional Japanese massage here and join tai chi, yoga and meditation sessions on the beach. 

Room prices start from VND5.9 million a night. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

In the north, the Legacy Yen Tu MGallery in Quang Ninh Province functions efficiently as a stress buster.

Located at the foot of the Yen Tu Mountain, the resort’s architecture carries royal touches of the Tran Dynasty that ruled the country in the 13th century.

The Yen Tu Mountain carries the legend of King Tran Nhan Tong, who founded the Truc Lam Zen sect in the late 13th century after abdicating his throne and embracing the life of a Buddhist monk.

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

Each room is designed with wooden furniture, latched wooden doors and ceramic floors with rise hull walls.

It also features handcrafted materials from northern Vietnamese villages. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

Morning yoga classes, meditation and mantra immersion to relax body and mind are part of wellness exercises at this resort. 

Furthermore, the resort’s Am Tue Tinh healthcare center offers traditional herbal treatments and rooms with hot mineral springs, steam bath and dry sauna.

A night’s stay costs VND3.7 million onwards while health treatments cost from VND1 million. 

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

Around two hours from HCMC by car, Mineral Hot Springs Binh Chau in Xuyen Moc District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province is spread over an area of 12 hectares and has the only natural mineral hot springs in southern Vietnam.

It offers over 30 hot mineral bath services and its most popular area is the cluster of mineral springs in the middle of a cool green garden with water temperatures soaring to 82 degrees Celsius where guests can actually boil eggs. 

According to researchers who tested the springs in 1975, the hot mineral spring source here contains silica, sulphur, sodium and chlorine, all of which can offer relief from rheumatism and aid blood circulation.

4 resorts offer wellness boost in pandemic times

The resort has 137 hotel rooms and private villas, all of them equipped with hot mineral springs. 

A night’s stay costs from VND1.5 million onwards.

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Legacy Yen Tu MGallery in Quang Ninh Province

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Escape summer heat at Vietnam Northern Resorts with infinity pools …

With the northern region entering the peak of summer, here is a list of three resorts not far from Hanoi set amid green nature for cooling downthese are bucolic places and the views of the surrounding landscapes are breathtaking ! Must See In Vietnam Editor

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

Hidden inside Muong Hoa Valley 15 kilometers from Sa Pa, Topas Ecolodge has catapulted to fame after western celebrities like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Manchester United football player Chris Smalling stayed there.

It was voted as one of seven resorts with the world’s most unique swimming pools by Agoda readers.

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

The absolute highlight of the resort is an infinity pool situated 900 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level and surrounded by terraced rice fields. 

The pool is warmed all year round by an environment-friendly system. 

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

Opened in 2005, the five-star resort has 41 bungalows built with white granite that resemble ethnic minority stilt homes. All their furniture is made from natural materials like wood, bamboo and rattan.

There are no TVs, computers or even wifi.

A night’s stay costs from VND6 million ($257) per person. 

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

Set inside the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in the north-central Thanh Hoa Province, around 190 kilometers to the south of Hanoi, Pu Luong Eco Garden opened to tourists in 2018 and offers rooms for both budget and high-end travelers with tariffs ranging from VND300,000 to 2 million a night.

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

The resort has an infinity swimming pool also surrounded by terraced rice fields and overlooking Pu Luong Valley. 

Set in a national reserve, all the lodgings here follow ecotourism principles with rooms not having television sets or air conditioners, and using only environment-friendly materials. 

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

Guests can trek up Pu Luong mountain peak at a height of 1,700 meters above sea level and explore Pho Doan flea market where ethnic minority people such as the Thai and Muong sell their unique products. 

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

At more than 600 meters above sea level, the Melia Ba Vi Mountain Retreat is just a short ride from the Ba Vi National Park, a popular weekend camping spot on the outskirts of Hanoi.

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

The resort’s architecture is a combination of French colonial and ancient Vietnamese. 

It has eight rooms and three- to five-bedroom villas with views of the Ba Vi mountains and gardens. 

Guests can hike through the forest in Ba Vi National Park, cycle or go camping in the mountains. Interacting with the Muong and Dao ethnic people is a special bonus.

Escape summer heat at northern resorts with infinity pools

The highlight of the resort is an infinity pool overlooking a pine forest. 

Prices start at VND3.6 million a night.

An article for E.VnExpress By Trung Nghia

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Must See In Vietnam 5 best Articles published during the recent weeks on our Social Medias Platforms …

This morning, we share with our readers the 5 most read articles in June, published on this site, on our Facebook FanPage (https://www.facebook.com/mustseeinvietnam/) and on our Linkedin platforms (Group Must See In Vietnam and that of our journalist “Uncle Minh” https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelverdy). Our site on World Press is apolitical and has the mission of making people discover Vietnam, particularly what we believe deserves to be known, seen and shared. In order of viewing on all of our platforms, we share our top 5 with some photos. Happy reading and Happy Weekend! Must see in Vietnam Editor .

#1 Vietnam likely to replace China as factory of the world in near future 👉 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6947724033744326656-G80I?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app 👀
#2 Coming out of your ‘bubble’ feels good… doesn’t it? … 👉 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6946700561396158464-cycP?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app 👀
#3 Breaking ‘ Good ’ News : Vietnam jumps 39 notches in quality of life rankings 👉 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6947376745863872512-EPZB?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app 👀
#4 Vietnam celebration spills out into the Country streets after the victory of the National men’s football Team Sunday – This happens only in VIETNAM 👉 https://mustseeinvietnam.wordpress.com/2022/05/23/vietnam-celebration-spills-out-into-the-country-streets-after-the-victory-of-the-national-mens-football-team-sunday-this-is-happens-only-in-vietnam-%f0%9f%98%89/ 👀
#5 Must See in Vietnam: A Soccer Match (Football) @ Thống Nhất Stadium in HCMC 👉 https://mustseeinvietnam.wordpress.com/2022/05/02/must-see-in-vietnam-a-soccer-match-football-thong-nhat-stadium-in-hcmc/ 👀
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Do Manh Cuong, talented fashion designer launches nature inspired collection

Today Must See in Vietnam makes you discover Vietnam through the artistic creation of an incredibly talented designer. Do Manh Cuong is one of the most talented and the most famous designer in Vietnam. After graduation from Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisenne, Do Manh Cuong advanced in professional designer career by working for two famous fashion brands in France are Christian Dior and Dominique Sirop. Accompany with fashion shows, large and small fashion events in Vietnam for five years from the date of his return to hometown after studying and working in professional environment in Paris, Do Manh Cuong has always been a leading name, a proof for his talent and exceptional quality of work. Besides the impressive collections for the catwalk, fashion designer Do Manh Cuong also conducting his own business brand, “DMC by Do Manh Cuong”, a fashion brand exclusively for businesmen, artists and the upstream class of society. Enjoy your reading and ‘buy made in Vietnam’ ❤️ Must See In Vietnam Editor

Do Manh Cuong recently dropped his spring-summer 2022 collection, featuring outfits inspired by nature, the ocean.

HHen Niê made an impression on the catwalk with a see-through dress with two large flowers on her chest and shoulders, closing the show - June 26. She just catwalked and lifted the skirts, making them flutter in the sea breeze.

H’Hen Nie, a top 5 Miss Universe contestant, crosses the runway in a sheer long white gown with floral details while closing the show last Sunday, her train fluttering in the sea breeze.
Cuong’s spring and summer 2022 fashion show took place at a beach in southern Ninh Thuan Province.

The entire show is divided into four parts, showcasing four mini-collections made from of different materials and concepts.

The entire show was divided into four parts, showcasing four mini-collections made from of different materials and concepts.

The show began with dresses, blazers, shirts and mini skirts made from linen, a natural and lightweight fabric with good absorbent properties that is ideal for summertime wear and suitable for Vietnams humid climate.To ensure quality, he uses imported linen fabrics with modern weaving techniques. Cuong also requested for the fabrics to be customized by specially dyed in the colors of sky blue, beige brown, rose pink and others.

The show began with dresses, blazers, shirts and miniskirts made from linen, a natural and lightweight fabric with good absorbent properties ideal for summertime and suited to Vietnam’s humid climate.
To ensure quality, he uses imported linen fabrics with modern weaving techniques. Cuong also requested fabrics to be customized by being specially dyed in sky blue, beige brown, rose pink and others.

The second part of the show featured textured, ocean-inspired outfits in vibrant colors. The designer incorporated many print patterns inspired by the ocean such as seashells, fish, corals and other sea creatures.The main materials used by Cuong in this part are lace and chiffon, which are soft and easy to care for summer fabrics. They also help the wearer feel relaxed, cool and comfortable even in the hot and scorching heat.

The second part of the show featured textured, ocean-inspired outfits in vibrant colors.
The designer incorporated many print patterns featuring seashells, fish, coral and other sea creatures.
The main materials used by Cuong in this part are lace and chiffon, which are soft and easy to care for summer fabrics. They also help the wearer feel relaxed, cool and comfortable even in the scorching heat.

If the color palette of the linen collection is basic with pastel colors, the third part of the show features monochromatic silk outfits with prominent colors such as pink, blue, yellow, orange, red, purple and others.

If the color palette of the linen collection is basic with pastel colors, the third part of the show features monochromatic silk outfits with prominent colors like pink, blue, yellow, orange, red, purple and others.

In addition to the outfits using only one color, Cuong also mixed many opposing tones on the same design to create bold and eye-catching looks.  These feminine, elegant and classy dresses, shirts and ruched skirts are made of silk.

In addition to his monochrome outfits, Cuong also mixed many opposing tones on the same design to create bold and eye-catching effects.
These feminine, elegant and classy dresses, shirts and ruched skirts are all made of silk.

The last part of the show is Cuongs limited-edition of white-dominant designs. According to Cuong, these outfits are aimed at customers who attend big events and have a need to dress prominently with elaborate styling and details. As a result, so the prices of these designers are higher.

The last part of the show features Cuong’s limited-edition of white-dominant designs.
According to Cuong, these outfits are aimed at customers who attend big events and have a need to dress prominently with elaborate styling and details. As a result, the prices of these designs are higher.

The collection features dresses with 3D floral details, voluminous sleeveless skirts, wide-sleeved flared skirts, off-shoulder mullet tops, thin lace skirts and others.The designer also applied the method of cutting motifs, creating moderate gaps to make the designs more sexy and trendy.

The collection features dresses with 3D floral details, voluminous sleeveless skirts, wide-sleeved flared skirts, off-shoulder mullet tops, thin lace skirts and others.
The designer applied the method of cutting motifs, creating moderate gaps to make the designs more sexy and trendy.

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Vietnam Q2 GDP growth highest since 2011

The good economic news is piling up… Ranked 62nd for quality of life, Vietnam will likely to replace China as the World Factory and this one Q2 GDP growth highest since 2011… Vietnam is top Asia Performing Economy. Must See In Vietnam Editor

Q2 GDP growth highest since 2011

A customer (R) shops at a market in Ho Chi Minh City on June 22, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh TranVietnam’s GDP rose 7.72 percent year-on-year in Q2, the highest since 2011, driven by a strong rebound in manufacturing as the economy recovers from two years of Covid-19.

The growth rate helps bring Vietnam’s economic growth in the first six months to 6.42 percent, the highest in three years. Last year, the first-half expansion rate was 5.74 percent.

Manufacturing and processing in the first six months expanded by nearly 9.7 percent.

Industry and construction expanded by 7.7 percent, while the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors saw growth of 2.78 percent.

Sixty-one out of 63 localities in the country posted IIP growth, except for the provinces of Ha Tinh and Tra Vinh where the energy production sector posted a decline.

Exports in the first six months rose 17.3 percent year-on-year to $186 billion, while imports increased by 15.5 percent to $185 billion.

Retail and services revenue rose by nearly 12 percent year-on-year to over VND2,700 trillion.

A total 602,000 foreign visitors came to Vietnam, a seven-time jump from the first six months of last year as Vietnam reopened its borders.

This figure, however, is 93 percent lower than in 2019 when the Covid-19 pandemic had yet to occur.

The consumer price index, which measures inflation, rose 2.44 percent year-on-year.

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Have a taste of your next holiday in Phu Yen, Vietnam

Phu Yen, located on the south central coast, is the first point on the Vietnamese mainland to welcome the sun every morning. It has a diverse topography consisting of mountains, rivers, lagoons, bays, and islands and a myriad of beautiful natural sights. Phu Yen’s sunny season is from January to around August, and is perfect for sightseeing. There are also lots of local festivals during these months. We are publishing a report from E.VnExpress.net which will make your mouth water. Must See in Vietnam Editor

Phu Yen has some unique assets that set it apart as a tourist destination including amazing arrangements of basalt rocks and a pagoda built with corals and coconut shells.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

While it is lesser-known than Nha Trang about 120 kilometers away to the south, many people woke up to its charms after Victor Vu’s award-winning film was released.

The adaptation of Nguyen Nhat Anh’s coming of age novel “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” won an award at the Toronto Film Festival and premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

Between January and mid-August is the most ideal time to visit Phu Yen, when temperatures range from 23 to 30 degrees Celsius.

From April to May, it gets very hot and between September and December, it is subjected to the stormy season along the central coast.

WHAT TO EXPLORE

With just 500 meters in length, Bai Xep is one of the few beaches in central Vietnam that has retained most of its pristine nature.

Bai Xep beach with turquoise waters. Photo by Quynh Trang

At the foothills of Bai Xep in Tuy An District is a unique geological formation with black and yellow basalt rocks of all kinds of conceivable shapes – said to be the result of volcanic eruptions that took place millions of years ago.

To reach Bai Xep, visitors have to travel 17 kilometers north on the Doc Lap coastal road of Tuy Hoa Town.

The place is surrounded by casuarina equisetifolia, a tree that commonly grows in coastal habitats with white sands and cacti.

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Casuarina equisetifolia can be found along Bai Xep beach in Phu Yen Province. Photos by Quynh Trang

Hon Yen Islet, around 15 kilometers to the north of Tuy Hoa, is home to thousands of canaries, explaining its name. Camping overnight on the islet is a highly recommended experience.

Hon Yen Islet is seen from above. Photo by Tran Bao Hoa

Given its seclusion, visitors should remember to bring necessary equipment along.

Nature performs a magic show here with arpets of colorful coral reefs that are only exposed during low tide.

According to local fishermen, the low tide appears only in the afternoon of the first days of the month or between the third and seventh lunar months every year. The low tide lasts two to three days, revealing colorful coral reefs along the Ganh Yen beach.

However, the coral reef ecosystem on the islet has been damaged at an alarming rate as many ignorant and careless tourists step on the reefs to take selfies and photographs.

Authorities have imposed stronger measures to protect the coral reefs from destruction.

Coral reefs emerge on Ganh Yen beach during low tide. Photo by Tran Chi Trung

June is the busiest season of the year on Yen Islet as fishermen flock to the sea to harvest anchovies, considered a specialty of the central coastal region that is used to make the quintessential Vietnamese condiment – fish sauce.

Local resident Tran Bao Hoa said the fishermen start casting their fishing nets around 2 p.m. every day and return to shore at around 9 p.m.

Located in Dong Hoa district, around 35km from Tuy Hoa, the Mon beach was typically overlooked by travel firms because it lacked most tourist services.

But Victor Vu’s award-winning movie changed the status quo. It has now become a favored camping spot that tourists use to catch the sunrise. The sun is an early riser here, starting from 4 a.m.

Mon beach is seen from above. Photo by Ngo Tran Hai An

From Mon beach, a km long walking train leads to a hill with about 100 wooden steps that can be climbed to reach the Dai Lanh lighthouse, built by the French in the 19th century.

Dai Lanh lighthouse overlooks Phu Yen beach. Photo by Ngo Tran Hai An

Nhat Tu Son, a tidal island in Xuan Dai Bay, about 50 kilometers from Tuy Hoa, is another place that is usually overlooked, but worth exploring if visitors can remember the tidal cycle.

Once a day, a 300-meter sandy path linking the mainland to the island appears during low tide at 1-4 p.m. from the 1st to 15th day of each lunar month and from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the rest of the month.

Nhat Tu Son Island is covered in white cloud. Photo by Le Chi Trung

The island’s name originates from its resemblance to the character ‘First’ in Mandarin. According to locals, it helps protect nearby fishing villages, My Hai and My Thanh, from strong winds.

One of the oldest churches in Vietnam, Mang Lang, stands in Phu Yen. It was built by French missionary Father Joseph Lacassagne in 1892, almost three centuries after the first visit by Portuguese Catholic missionaries to Vietnam.

Built on 5,000 square meters of land, the church in An Thach Commune, 35 kilometers north of Tuy Hoa, took 15 years to build.

Named after a plant with purple-pink flowers, the church has the first book to be printed in the modern Vietnamese script. It was written by Alexandre de Rhodes, the French Jesuit missionary and lexicographer, who is believed to have played an important role in the creation of Vietnam’s Latin script.

The facade of Mang Lang church. Photo by Quynh Tran

Another landscape highlight of Phu Yen is the 800m long Binh Thanh Bridge, said to be the longest of its kind in Vietnam. The bridge, which crosses the Binh Ba River, is also called the God of Tiger Bridge due to its proximity to a shrine where locals worship the feline deity to cure diseases and drive evil away.

During the October-November flooding season, the bridge is invariably swept into the sea and has to be rebuilt from scratch. When the waters recede, local residents use toll fees collected to rebuild or repair the bridge.

Binh Thanh wooden bridge. Photo by Cao Ky Nhan

The Nhan Tower in Tuy Hoa Town is one of the few Cham towers still standing intact in Vietnam.

Built on the eastern slope of Nhan Mountain, situated 64 m above sea level, it is named after the many local swallows (or chim nhan in Vietnamese) that nest here.

It worships Thien Y A Na who is said to have descended from heaven to instruct the Cham ethnic people in plowing and weaving.

Nhan Tower from above. Photo by Quynh Tran

The Thanh Luong Pagoda in Tuy An District, about 10 km from the downtown area, hosts mystical stories passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation.

Nestled inside a small fishing village near Bai Xep beach, the pagoda is said to have been built by a group of Chinese merchants but no one knows the exact time when it was built.

The main hall of the pagoda has been built using coconut shells and corals. Coconut shells represent purity while corals are regarded as the refuge of marine species.

It is said that a precious wooden statue of Bodhisattva standing on a dragon drifted to Hon Dua beach, which is not far from the pagoda, in April 2004. The miracle statue is now worshipped in the Thanh Luong Pagoda.

The Da Dia Reef is a unique geological structure comprising black and yellow basalt rocks spread across a coastal area of more than a square kilometer.

From a distance, it resembles a giant black beehive.

Da Dia Reef comprises black and yellow basalt rocks along Phu Yen coast. Photo by Le Chi Trung

According to geologists, the reef complex, about 30 kilometers to the north of Tuy Hoa, was created by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The lava, when it came in contact with the water, cooled, contracted and fractured and formed vertical or horizontal columns before becoming polygonal rocks.

Besides Phu Yen, there are only other three places in the world that boast this magnificent phenomenon: Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, Los Órganos in Spain and Fingal’s sea cave in Scotland.

WHERE TO STAY

In downtown Tuy Hoa, some budget hotels and homestays offer prices of VND150,000-300,000 per person per night.

At luxury resorts like Rosa Alba Resort, Sala Grand Tuy Hoa Hotel and Saigon Phu Yen Hotel, a night’s stay can cost up to VND5 million.

One resort in Phu Yen that has received rave reviews from international travel magazines is Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho in Song Cau Town. It has three different types of Vietnamese-style villas with bamboo ceilings and antique rice baskets.

A swimming pool inside Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho in Song Cau Town. Photo courtesy of the resort

WHAT TO EAT

Banh beo chen (Vietnamese water fern-shaped rice cake) is a signature dish in central Vietnam.

Small bowls of hot water fern cakes are topped with pork floss, fried bread, and oiled scallions. One thing that makes the dish different from other places is it is served with a dipping fish sauce made of anchovies, a specialty of Phu Yen people.

A serving of banh beo chen is served at a stall in Phu Yen. Photo by Nam Chay

One tray has 10 small bowls and only costs VND15,000 ($0.66), for a serving for one person.

Food bloggers recommend No.3 Le Trung Kien Street at the foot of Nhan Mountain for this dish.

If the Northwest of Vietnam has “Trau Gac Bep” (buffalo meat) and Da Nang City has the fried beef, then Phu Yen province is proud of the half-fried beef served with yellow salted ant. Not only do people eat this food on the spot, but they also buy it for home. The beef in this area is taken from the cows that eat the grass of the mountains, so its meat is sweet and soft. With the good-quality beef, the cooks will spice it with seasonings, chili, garlic, and fried onions. Then, they will let it dry under the sun for one day or dry it for two hours. After that, the half-dried beef will be mixed with the yellow salted ant– which is also a specialty of Phu Yen. The dried food is portable so it can be gifts for family and friends after your Phu Yen Tour Packages.

Half-dried beef with yellow salted ant (Bo Mot Nang Muoi Kien Vang)

Banh canh he (fish cake noodle soup with chives) is a signature dish in the province. One of the ingredients that decides the success of this dish is fish cake. The fish is minced thoroughly, then seasoned and folded into pieces. Then, it is steamed or deep fried.

HOW TO GET THERE

Phu Yen can be reached by plane, train or bus depending on where you set out from.

Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways and VietJet Air have daily flights to Tuy Hoa, the capital of Phu Yen, with round-trip ticket prices ranging from VND1.5 million to 5 million.

Tuy Hoa airport is about 10 km from the town’s downtown area.

Train journeys cost VND400,000 to 1 million depending on the type of seat and place of departure.

A sleeper bus from HCMC departs from the Mien Dong station at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and arrives early in the morning. Round trip ticket prices start at VND540,000 per person.

Phu Yen coast is seen from above. Photo by Le Chi Trung

Story by Nguyen Quy for E.VNExpress.net

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Vietnam likely to replace China as factory of the world in near future

A second Day in a row with two posts ! As Omicron flare-ups in China’s manufacturing hubs, like Guangdong Province and Shanghai, disrupted supply chains, Vietnam’s Q1 economic figures appear to show promising outlook amid the pandemic … Nothing is magic, what happens is the result of a policy openness to the international market, illustrated progressively by Vietnam’s accession to ASEAN in 1995, then to the WTO in 2007, as well as by the proliferation of bilateral treaties. We reproduce this article published by Business-standard.com. All this makes Vietnam a land of opportunities and investments. Must See In Vietnam Editor.

Owing to greater opportunities with cheaper prices over land purchasing rights, labour wages, and operational expenses for factories and warehouses,  may replace  as the factory of the world in near future.

As Omicron flare-ups in China’s manufacturing hubs, like Guangdong Province and Shanghai, disrupted supply chains, Vietnams Q1 economic figures appear to show promising outlook amid the pandemic, reported Global Times.

According to Vietnams General Statistics Office, Vietnams economy expanded by 5.03 per cent in Q1 of 2022, compared with the same period of last year, surpassing  which grew 4.8 per cent. Whats more, Vietnams foreign trade rose to USD 176.35 billion in Q1, a year-on-year rise of 14.4 per cent. In comparison, China’s Q1 foreign trade rose 10.7 per cent in yuan terms.

Moreover, foreign investors and other foreign-owned businesses are pouring money into the Vietnamese market. Recently, Vietnamese media reports that business mogul Li Ka-shing invested billions in Vietnam’s infrastructure after retreating from the UK, reported Global Times.

As Southeast Asia eases its epidemic restrictions and  continues to battle Omicron flare-ups in its major cities, a new wave of headlines emerged over whether factory orders will continue to flow out of China, and if China should have a sense of crisis as global manufacturing may be weaning off dependence on the worlds second largest economy and turning to countries like .

China began its reform and opening-up in 1978.  followed China’s footsteps and started its own market reform known as “Doi moi” in 1986. For the past decades, economic growth on both countries has been remarkable.

But the eruption of a trade war between the US and China in 2018 has accelerated a fourth wave of industrial chain transfer, with countries like Vietnam and Mexico emerging as the biggest winners of the trade disputes.

Vietnams trade with the US has grown significantly since 2018. The latest data showed Vietnams trade surplus with the US rose to USD 81 billion in 2021 from USD 63 billion in 2020, hitting an all-time high, UK-media reported.

For the foreseeable future, Vietnam will continue to remain an attractive market for foreign investment and a destination for supply chain diversification.

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Vietnam Food Signature : Three signature dishes of Binh Dinh’s coconut region

Your Editor is a chemist by training. I could not overlook the health benefits of this fruit so abundant in Vietnam. Containing iron, magnesium and potassium, this fruit is very rich in dietary fiber, which prevents constipation and provides an ideal feeling of satiety in case of cravings. Its high content of saturated fatty acids has earned it a bad reputation, offset by its high concentration of lauric acid. It’s a reality. Raw, it provides 150 calories for 42 grams, including 12.6 grams of saturated fat. But it’s so good! Gentlemen, did you know that when we take a closer look at the benefits of coconut oil, we find that this miracle ingredient also has the possibility of making our hair grow? Now let’s read what Viet An of E.VnExpress wrote because I’m hungry and want to cook one of my favorite coconut meals 😋 Must See In Vietnam Editor

Binh Dinh is a province located in the South Central Coast and a location in Binh Dinh that is commonly known as the port city of Quy Nhon. Binh Dinh is located 1070 km south of Hanoi and 652 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. This province is famous for producing one of the famous martial arts.

Banh trang dua, banh trung and banh hong are the delicacy trio of Hoai Nhon, a district famed for coconut products in Binh Dinh.

Coconuts plantation in Binh Dinh

Coconut has become an essential part of people’s lives in Hoai Nhon District, Binh Dinh. The coconut trees provide food, shade and protect the area from the sun and the storms. That’s why the people here add coconut flavor in many of their dishes.

Banh trang dua (Coconut rice paper)

The main ingredient for making banh trang dua is flour. Cassava are peeled and pureed into a floury and watery mixture. Then the water is separated from the flour. The final product is mixed with clean water in a certain ratio along with some other ingredients to make the rice paper.

Coconut rice paper, of course, cannot be completed without coconut. The coconut must not be too ripe so that the pulp is sweet, thick and soft. The pulp is then mixed with thick coconut milk with some spices, scallion, pepper and put into the rice paper mixture. The final mixture is steamed to make a batch of delicious coconut rice paper.

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In the past, coconut rice paper here was quite big. But later, for convenience of transportation, the size has been reduced, though still bigger and thicker than other types of rice paper. On the charcoal stove, the coconut rice paper puffs up, the purple onion and ripe sesame bring up a fragrant aroma, mixed with the sweet coconut scent.

Stacks of coconut rice paper in Hoai Nhon, Binh Dinh. Photo by VnExpress/Viet AN

Banh trung (Black beans and coconut cake)

Just three or four banh trung can fill a stomach. Compared to other types of cakes, banh trung is less well known, partly because it is more difficult to keep fresh. This is a type of cake that is cooked and served immediately as it can easily go stale after a day.

The crust is made from whole wheat flour. The dough is kneaded thoroughly so that it is soft and does not stick to the hands. If too wet, the dough will melt, if too dry, it will break. Take a little piece of dough, stretch it out, add the filling and roll it into a ball. The filling of banh trung is shredded coconut, black beans, onions, garlic, pepper and spices. Black beans are stewed in advance until soft and then mixed with the rest of the ingredients. Then the cake is brought to boil or steamed for about 10-15 minutes until the crust turns clear.

When finished cooking, the cake is lightly brushed with onion or shallot oil to give it an amazing aroma and prevent sticking.

Banh trung has a thin, almost transparent crust and is slightly chewy. The black bean filling is soft and rich, with a touch of crunch from the coconut.

A dish of banh trung. Photo by Viet An

A dish of banh trung. Photo by Viet An

Banh hong (Pink cake)

Speaking of delicacies in Hoai Nhon, banh hong is essential. It is made from premium glutinous rice flour and shredded coconut. Wet glutinous rice flour is mixed with water to create a bit of chew and then cooked in a pan of sugar water. This stage requires the cook to stir constantly so that the dough is cooked evenly. When the dough is cooked, add the coconut that has been soaked in the sugar mixture.

The cooked dough is put in the mold and then sprinkled with some roasted tapioca flour to prevent sticking.

A batch of banh hong. Photo by Viet An

A batch of banh hong. Photo by Viet An

A big piece of banh hong is cut into bite sizes and served with Vietnamese tea to bring out the gentle scent of glutinous rice, the rich aroma of coconut, the soft and chewy texture and the sophistication of this delicacy.

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