Must See In Vietnam : MIKI Chef Chao Oc Tasting Event in Da Nang

You should have been there! Must See In Vietnam was covering this event. We are publishing few pictures of this Great Event organized by the eccentric MiKi Chef … Stay tuned for reading our articles tomorrow ! Must See In Vietnam Editor

MiKi Chef addressing a word to the guests !
The famous and delicious MiKi Chef Chao Oc
MiKi Chef with Du Y of Pho Viet Kieu
MiKi Chef with the Giants Alexis (right) and Thomas (left) of Phó Viet Kei where the event was held

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Harvest season comes in Northern Vietnam : Rice Fields turned Gold

Bac Son Valley (Lang Son) is a great place for you to admire the poetic landscape of rice fields. The combination of paddy fields and ripe yellow rice make up the colorful array of interwoven forms. it’s to see at least once in your life! Must See In Vietnam Editor

Late July to early August is the harvest season in the Bac Son Valley in Lang Son Province, and rice fields take on lovely shades of green and gold.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

Situated some 160 kilometers from Hanoi in the far north, Bac Son was once not as well known as other destinations like Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province or Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai, but has now found a place on the tourism map with its pristine beauty. 

Farmers in the valley in Quynh Son Commune, which borders China, grow two rice crops a year and harvest them from late July and early November.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

A panoramic view of Bac Son Valley with paddy fields stretching out in vast swathes of brilliant green and yellow.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

The rice harvest season in Bac Son Valley begins sooner than in other places and lasts about a week.

The area is home to 400 families belonging to ethnic groups such as the Tay and Nung who live in traditional stilt houses and mainly depend on farming. 

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

The growing popularity of the valley is prompting them to provide homestay services to tourists with prices ranging from VND90,000 to 200,000 (US$3-8) per night.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

Most houses in Bac Son Valley are roofed with yin and yang tiles, which are produced by the Tay people.

There are 30 families in Quynh Son Commune that make the tiles and supply them locally and to neighboring areas.

According to locals, the yin-yang tiles keep the house below cool in summer and warm in winter.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

To see Bac Son Valley at its best, visitors need to hike up Na Lay Mountain to a height of 400 meters above sea level.

Photographer Tran Hung who visited Bac Son Valley late last month said visitors should wake up at 3:30 a.m. and climb 1,200 stone steps to reach Na Lay Peak from where they can see the entire Bac Son Valley in the early morning sunlight. 

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

These days the rice is harvested mainly by machines. 

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

A local farmer carries paddy home on a small

This article is written By Phuong Anh, Tran Manh Hung for E.VNExpress.net

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Da Nang Pancake’s Street Stall

It’s worth stopping, getting out of our bubble and tasting what these brave people are concocting for us. For supper we ate pancakes (with shrimp for Nguyen and vegan for Minh). Two meals for less than VND 100,000 (USD 4.30) including two beers! It was absolutely delicious especially on a rainy day! Must See In Vietnam Editor.

We do, as we please, as a coating of what we like by putting in the rice paper, the pancake, vegetables of your choice, you can add garlic and hot peppers.
She is so well organized. We were there for 30 minutes and she never stopped. Four people are supporting her !
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Vietnam’s 10 best city hotels voted by American readers

Must See In Vietnam’s picks would match few exceptions to American magazine readers’ picks. The Vietnamese hotel sector is developing and increasingly serves the clientele of business people and tourists for wealthy people. Let’s not forget that Vietnam offers incomparable tourist sites in addition to attracting many investment contracts worth several billion USD. Must See In Vietnam Editor

Readers of U.S. magazine Travel + Leisure have selected 10 best city hotels in Vietnam, with Ho Chi Minh City leading the pack with five representatives, followed by Hanoi and Da Nang.

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Topping this year’s list is Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers on the iconic Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as Rue Catinat and made famous by Graham Greene’s novel “The Quiet American.”

The hotel features 485 rooms and suites that offer views of Dong Khoi, one of the city’s busiest tourist streets lined with an array of shopping centers, restaurants and hotels. 

“It has an unbeatable location in the center of the city. We loved that we could walk everywhere to all the trendy bars, restaurants and tourist attractions,” a reader commented. 

A night’s stay costs from VND3.45 million ($148). 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Capella Hanoi, which opened in 2021 amid the Covid pandemic, came second on the list.

Standing on Le Phung Hieu Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, just a few steps from the Hanoi Opera House, the hotel has 47 rooms and suites, each individually styled with operatic artifacts and custom portraiture that pay tribute to Opera artists, composers, designers and performances.

A night’s stay costs from VND6.5 million ($283.31) per person.

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Just around 100 meters from Dong Khoi Street, Park Hyatt Saigon, which overlooks the Saigon Opera House, came third on the list. 

Opened in 2005, the hotel has 245 rooms with its architecture inspired by the French colonial period. It is located just a few steps from tourist hotspots like Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office.

Room prices cost from VND8.4 million. 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Founded in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi was fourth on the list. 

Just around 160 meters from St. Joseph’s Cathedral, it is one of the oldest hotels in Hanoi and used to serve former U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama, during their visits to Vietnam.

The hotel has a total 364 rooms with a touch of French architecture. 

It is home to a two-meter-high wartime bomb shelter discovered by chance in 2011. It was where many famous figures of the Vietnam War, including actress Jane Fonda and author Tom Hayden, both anti-war activists, took refugee as bombs rained down on Hanoi.

A night’s stay costs from VND5.2 million. 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Located at the corner of Nguyen Du and Hai Ba Trung streets in District 1, InterContinental Saigon came fifth. 

It has 305 rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms and offer breathtaking views of Le Duan Boulevard that is home to skyscrapers and foreign embassies. 

A night’s stay costs from VND4 million. 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Sixth place was occupied by Hotel des Arts Saigon – Mgallery in HCMC’s District 3.

Opened in 2015, the 24-storey hotel has a total 168 rooms and boasts the city’s highest rooftop infinity pool that allows guests to explore the southern metropolis from above.

Room rates start from VND2.9 million a night. 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Located on Nguyen Hue Boulevard in downtown HCMC, Reverie Saigon Hotel was seventh on the list. 

The hotel has 286 rooms that combine modern design and traditional Italian craftsmanship. 

It has a 24-meter-long swimming pool decorated with unique tiles on the sixth floor where guests can enjoy music from the underwater sound system.

From 6 p.m. each evening there is an artistic light show beneath the pool.

A night’s stay costs from VND6.35 million. 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

The InterContinental Hanoi Landmark 72, the tallest luxury 5-star hotel in Hanoi, came in eighth position. 

The hotel opened in 2017 in Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower in Cau Giay District with 359 luxury rooms and 34 suites.

Room rates cost from VND3.1 million a night. 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Nestled by the West Lake, a popular hangout of the expat community in Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake secured ninth place. 

With 293 rooms and suites, the hotel is close to Hanoi’s places of interest like Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and Fine Arts Museum.

All rooms here are wood-paneled, have a minibar and a private balcony overlooking the West Lake. 

Room rates cost from VND3.4 million. 

American readers reveal Vietnam's 10 best city hotels

Located on Vo Nguyen Giap Street in the coastal city of Da Nang, Fusion Suites Da Nang rounded out the list. 

The hotel has 124 rooms that offer views of long, sandy beaches. 

A night’s stay costs from VND2.1 million.

Article written by By Phuong Anh for E.VnExpress.net

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Looking for a nature escape ? Consider one of these Vietnamese seaside resorts

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Set amid a world biosphere reserve or on a secluded peninsula along the south-central coast, four high-end resorts are ideal for anyone craving time in nature. 

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

Azerai Ke Ga Bay Resort on the coast of Binh Thuan, home to popular resort town Mui Ne, opened to tourists in 2020.

Located near Hon Ba Island where a famous lighthouse was built during the French colonial period in 1899, the resort has 46 rooms and suites overlooking a long, sandy beach.

The resort has four outdoor swimming pools that offer magnificent views of the sea. 

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

One of the biggest highlights of the resort is that its villas are surrounded by forests of frangipani trees. 

Besides, there are spas offering saunas and hair treatment. 

Visitors can make a trip to Cape Ke Ga, visit dragon fruit gardens or watch locals process salt.

A night’s stay costs from VND7 million ($300). 

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

Nestled inside Nui Chua National Park, recognized as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO, Amanoi Resort has 36 villas overlooking Vinh Hy Bay, a small fishing village where locals have started offering homestay or fishing boat rental services.

Each villa is designed in contemporary style in combination with Vietnamese architecture and has two to five bedrooms, a living room, private swimming pool, and an outdoor dining room overlooking the majestic bay.

Its most luxurious villa costs $8,000 a night, while the cheapest starts at $1,150.

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

Amanoi is the only resort permitted in the national park, and thus follows strict conservation regulations like promoting plant-based dishes, reducing food waste and limiting activities that may harm the national park ecosystem. 

Tourists can explore Vinh Hy Bay, one of the most pristine in Vietnam, by kayak or catamaran, explore coral reefs, or climb the peak of Chua Mountain, which rises 1,000 meters above sea level.

The resort is around 50 minutes from Cam Ranh International Airport. 

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

Banyan Tree Lang Co in Phu Loc District of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue is a complex resort built on Lang Co Bay, famous for its pristine beaches, majestic mountains and tropical forests.

The resort has 32 lagoon pool villas, 23 hillside sea-view pool villas, 10 well-being pool villas, and seven beach pool villas.

One of its highlights is the Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole championship golf course, meandering through rice paddies and streams against the backdrop of a mountain range. 

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

Villas here are designed in the traditional style of Hue, decorated with Champa sandstone sculptures, Dong Son drums, calligraphy, ceramics, and embroidered silk paintings. 

Room prices start from VND9 million a night.

The resort also offers experiences like a basket boat tour to explore Lap An Lagoon where generations of residents have subsisted on fishing, and a trekking tour of Bach Ma National Park.

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

Located on secluded peninsula in Ninh Van Bay in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, An Lam Retreat Ninh Van Bay has 37 villas made of eco-friendly materials like wood and bamboo. 

The only way to reach the resort is by boat.

4 Vietnamese seaside resorts that offer nature escape

Rooms here are mainly designed with wood, offering beach views. 

A night’s stay costs from VND12 million.

The resort offers visitors experiences like climbing, visiting Nha Phu Bay on wooden boats, kayaking, fishing and snorkeling.

Photos courtesy of the resorts & Article By Trung Nghia for E.VnExpress.net

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Architecture in Vietnam : A Glass house provides window on nature in Hue

It’s been a while since we’ve wanted to introduce you to this article…actually this unique home and truly innovative architectural design. Proof that there are no limits to making our dreams come true! Must See I Vietnam Editor.

A glass house made of four blocks of transparent glass stands in the heart of central Hue Town, surrounded by lush green trees and vegetation. 

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

Built on a 100-square-meter plot, the Labri project boasts a floor area of 55-square-meters and is located at the end of an alley at the center of Hue Town.

The owner’s desire was to have a one-story house that is functional enough to live in and close to nature.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

From that idea, the team of architects designed a house to the theme of trees growing from the soil. 

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

Labri has four blocks of different heights arranged at different angles. Four blocks of transparent glass make up the four proportionate family areas.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

Three outer layers of sound-proof glass, creeping plants and concrete protect the house from the hot sun. In the summer, indoor temperatures remain cool, while in the rainy or dry seasons, the house is airy and temperate.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

All four blocks include only one floor with plumeria trees planted on the rooftops. 

According to the architect, plumeria is a light-loving and drought-resistant plant, making it suitable for all climates, especially the tropics. 

Branches and leaves help shade the house from Hue’s harsh sunlight during the dry season. The tree is additionally resilient to storms in the rainy season.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

The house is surrounded by a variety of plants, especially vines and creepers that serve air filtration purposes.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

The blocks are inter-connected by corridors and stairs and are all bathed in natural sunlight.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

The interior of the house comprises red oak, a sturdy wood with good resistance to moisture and water.

Labri’s interior is minimalistic, with light considered a decorative element in creating visual and aesthetic effects.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

Its opaque design blurs the boundaries between the in- and exterior. 

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

Bedrooms are decorated with simple furniture, with curtains providing privacy as required.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

A depiction of Labri’s ventilation system.

Wind from the lake in front of the house blows through the main door axis, combined with windows and skylights to create air passages. Skylights help increase convection, provide natural and fresh air to the living space, and at the same time push hot air under the house to escape to the roof.

Glass house provides window on nature in central Vietnam

The house was completed after months. The owner does not disclose the construction cost.

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Travel Guide : Sa Pa … a top Tourist spot in Vietnam

Sapa is a remote town in northwestern Vietnam that’s known for its pristine rice terraces, cool mountain atmosphere, and community of ethnic minorities. It offers a wealth of trekking opportunities that take you through the region’s picturesque hillsides and smaller ethnic villages. While trekking is the number one reason why travelers make the trip from Hanoi to Sapa, it isn’t the only thing you can do there. Follow your travel guide to Sa Pa! Must See In Vietnam Editor

A summer hideout for the French colonialists once, Sa Pa is a top tourism spot today. Apart from its own attractions, it is a basecamp for discovering Vietnam’s northern highlands.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Located at an altitude of over 1,500 meters above sea level in Vietnam’s northwest mountains, Sa Pa enjoys cool climate all year round.

In the months of June, July, August and September visitors are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. Early in the morning and after 5 p.m., Sa Pa’s temperature drops to around 16 degrees Celsius, making it ideal to enjoy the town’s signature dishes like salmon hotpot and grilled skewers.

The autumn season from September to November is when the region’s famed terraced rice fields form undulating layers of golden yellow carpets, heralding the rice harvest season.

For those not fazed about cold conditions, the winter season between December and February is not a bad choice. The landscape takes on a completely different look and there is the chance of seeing snow and ice on mountain peaks, though this is not a frequent occurrence.

WHAT TO EXPLORE

Fansipan, at 3,147.3 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula, hence its nickname “the Roof of Indochina.” Conquering its summit on foot can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most tourists.

Visitors on the top of Mount Fansipan at the height of 3,147.3 meters above sea level. Photo by To Ba Hieu

But the trail to reach the summit of Fansipan mountain is not easy to conquer, especially for amateur trekkers, as they have to negotiate different terrains, steep slopes, towering cliffs and thick jungle.

In recent years, some tour agencies have begun offering Fansipan trekking tours that cost $70 per person for a two-day trek that include a hiking tour specialist, a picnic lunch, entry fee, and round-trip car transportation.

From hotels in the downtown area of Sa Pa, trekkers are taken to the Tram Ton Pass where permission has to be obtained from forest rangers to climb the mountain.

After four hours of trekking, visitors will stop for lunch beside a small peaceful stream at the height of 2,200 meters above sea level. In the afternoon, the journey continues to an altitude of 2,800 meters, where trekkers stay overnight in small camps, enjoying magnificent views of the northern mountains.

The next morning, trekkers will continue their journey to the summit and visit the complex of Buddhist pagodas that stands out with the Great Amitabha Buddha statue recognized as the copper statue located at the highest altitude in Asia by the Guinness book of World Records.

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The Great Amitabha Buddha statue on Mount Fansipan. Photos by To Ba Hieu

Built in 2015, the bronze statue is 21.5 meters tall and made with thousands of bronze pieces five millimetres thick. Its pedestal is decorated with a dragon and flowers.

“Climbing Mount Fansipan in one day via the Tram Ton Pass trail is something that most people in good health can do. However, it requires significant physical effort and, because of the altitude, breathing difficulties caused by lack of oxygen make the climb even more of a challenge,” said Mike, a tourist from the U.S.

A representative of the Hanoi-based Asia Charm Tours said foreigners typically book Fansipan tours between October and December as this period is more often than not free from heavy rains.

However, the best time for the trek to the mountain is from the end of February to the start of March, which coincides with the blooming season of violets, orchids, rhododendrons and aglaias.

A panoramic view of Sun World Fansipan Legend, home to Buddhist complexes on Mount Fansipan. Photo by Bui Xuan Viet

A cable car has made it easy to reach the peak now. The station is in Muong Hoa Valley, and the cable car runs from 7.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m every day.

A round-trip ticket costs VND700,000 ($30) for adults and VND500,000 ($22) for children.

The 1,850-meter Ham Rong Peak, which gained international fame after American publication Huffington Post described it in 2015 as one of the eight best places in the world to watch the most beautiful sunsets, is another tourist gem in Sa Pa.

Sa Pa Town in white cloud is seen from Ham Rong Peak. Photo by Bui Xuan Viet

Located right behind the Sa Pa stone church, the mountain is shaped like a dragon holding its head up towards the sky, hence its name, which literally means “dragon’s mouth.”

An VND70,000 ticket allows access to the tourist area that was established in 1996.

Here, while ascending the stone steps leading to the mountain, a flower garden with 190 species of orchids is a soothing sight.

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Sa Pa in the clouds. Video by Bui Tuan Viet

The last stop, at almost 6,000 feet above sea level, is the Cloudy Yard from where visitors can revel in the panoramic view of Sa Pa Town with clouds drifting past.

Located at the foot of the Ham Rong Mountain, a Gothic-style stone church built by the French in the 20th century has become a tourism symbol of the misty town.

The facade of Sa Pa stone church in downtown area. Photo by Lam Linh

The church, built of stone, features a cross-shaped bell tower towards the west. It has 32 colorful stained glass windows that shine in sunlight depicting Jesus’s life.

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Colorful stained glass windows that depict Jesus’s life. Photos by Lam Linh

In front of the church is the unique love market that’s held every Saturday evening, marking a distinctive cultural tradition of the Hmong and Dao ethnic minority communities. Young men and women dress in vividly colorful traditional clothing and exchange messages of love and endearment via dances, panpipe playing, songs, and traditional games.

Around 12 kilometers from downtown Sa Pa, the Ta Phin Village is home to the Red Dao people who have a long tradition of growing medicinal herbs around the town.

Using a secret blend of leaves and bark collected in the wild, the Red Dao people have created a formula for a soothing hot bath in a wooden barrel that they claim will ward off sickness and help women recover immediately after birth.

A Red Dao woman picks up leaves and bark in a forest that are used to create a formula for a soothing hot bath in a wooden barrel. Photo courtesy of Sa Pa Green Hotel

Today, the village hosts spas that provide the hot bath service.

Around two kilometers from the center of Sa Pa, Cat Cat is home to Hmong families who have preserved many customs and traditional crafts like weaving, silver carving, and jewelry making.

Cat Cat Village in Sa Pa Town. Photo by Shutterstock

The winding roads to the village road with terraced rice fields on either side makes this a specially beautiful trip. 

Homestay services offered by local families are opportunities for close encounters with the distinct culture of this community as well as to witness first hand their efforts to keep their traditional crafts intact for generations to come.

Tickets to visit Cat Cat village cost VND50,000 per person.

A 600-meter-high suspension bridge called Rong May on the top of O Quy Ho Pass with separate wooden planks hanging amidst beautiful vistas in Sa Pa offers a thrilling experience, but this might not be an adventure for the faint-hearted.

Rong May bridge features separate wooden planks hanging amidst beautiful vistas in Sa Pa. Photo by Trung Kien

Visitors who chose to take the challenge of “walking” on the 171 wooden steps to cross the bridge are rewarded with stunning panoramic views of O Quy Ho Pass and the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, which stretches 180 kilometers across the northwestern provinces of Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Yen Bai.

O Quy Ho mountain pass is one of the most challenging routes in northern mountainous region. Photo by Thanh Tung

Sa Pa is home to several ethnic minority groups including the Hmong, Dao, Giay, Xa Pho and Tay who live together in harmony with nature and with each other. This can be experienced in part by visiting one of the markets that take place once a week around town every Sunday morning, like Muong Hum or Bac Ha. 

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Foreign tourists visit Bac Ha flea market in Sa Pa. Photos by Huong Chi

The sight of Vietnam’s ethnic minority communities dressed in their traditional costumes, hawking native products and offering samples of their local cuisine will be great memories to anyone visiting Sa Pa.

WHAT TO EAT

In Sa Pa, visitors can see how a Hmong-style pizza is made as chefs knead the dough, bake it in a blazing oven and add local sausages.

The traditional Italian way of making pizza crust with fermented flour, tomato sauce and cheese is retained. After the baked crust comes out of the oven, the chef chops Sa Pa sausages and puts them in the middle of the pizza instead of spreading them evenly. Herbs like cilantro and mint are added next.

Hmong-style pizza is served at Pi’s Boutique hotel. Photo courtesy of Pi’s Boutique’s Facebook page

This pizza is the signature dish at Pi’s Boutique, a hotel on Fansipan Road in the center of Sa Pa Town.

A pizza costs VND185,000-215,000 ($8-9). The restaurant is located on a slope, and so there is no parking space in front of the restaurant.

Its cool and chilly weather throughout the year makes the northern mountainous town an ideal place for breeding salmon. A variety of salmon dishes are served by almost every restaurant in Sa Pa – soups, hotpots, raw salads and other dishes.

A plate of Sa Pa’s salmon is served with raw salad. Photo by Phuong Anh

The salmon in Sa Pa is well-known for being firm, low in fat, and high in nutritional value. 

It is often served in a hot pot with sour broth with vegetables, mushrooms. A salmon hotpot for two costs VND300,000 ($13).

Salmon hotpot served at a restaurant in Sa Pa. Photo courtesy of Sa Pa Tourism

Some places to try Sa Pa’s salmon hotpot are Thac Bac Restaurant at Silver Waterfall and Song Nhi Restaurant in O Quy Ho Ward.

Known as a unique dish with a special aroma, thang co, which is traditionally made with the meat and offal of horses or buffaloes, is a signature dish of the Hmong people in Sa Pa. The dish has been around for more than 200 years.

The name of the dish means soup cooked in a big pan. The main ingredients are meat, bones and internal organs of the horse or buffalo combined with more than 20 herbs and spices including cardamom, citronella, ginger, star aniseed and cinnamon bark.

The soup is served at A Quynh Restaurant at 15 Thach Son Street and A Phu Restaurant at Xuan Nguyen Street.

Con sui, known as dried pho, originates from Chinese-origin people living in Sa Pa. The dish comprises a bowl of rice noodles, crispy fried shallots, roasted peanuts, herbs, chillies, beef and a small bowl of dipping sauce.

Grilled and skewered meat, chicken egg, sweet potatoes, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers and carrots are a big part of Sa Pa cuisine that can be tasted at street food stalls in the downtown area.

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Grilled dishes in Sa Pa. Photos by Ngan Duong

WHERE TO STAY

After the cable car project leading to Mount Fansipan began operation a few years ago, Sa Pa has witnessed a tourism boom, prompting investors to pour money into hotel projects.

Some luxury resorts that have won mentions in international travel magazines for their unique architecture and other features include the Topas Ecolodge, Sapa Jade Hill, Hôtel de la Coupole – Mgallery and Silk Path Grand.

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High-end resorts in Sa Pa. Photos courtesy of the resorts

Budget travelers can book homestay or motel services in villages like Cat Cat, Lao Chai, and Ta Van, with room prices starting at VND100,000 per night and bungalow double-room prices at VND500,000 per night.

Some favored homestays are Eco Palms House, Phori’s House and Sapa Heavenly.

HOW TO GET THERE

From Hanoi, a limousine journey of four to five hours or a bus journey from the My Dinh terminal costs VND230,000 – 350,000 per person.

Hanoi – Lao Cai trains run every day. After a four-hour train journey, a bus or taxi can be taken to downtown Sa Pa. Train tickets cost from VND160,000 to 800,000 per person depending on seat class and train type.

Those driving to Sa Pa by themselves can follow the Noi Bai – Lao Cai highway, then turn to the 4D road to reach Sa Pa. The road is easy to travel on, but weather conditions need particular attention.

In the future, it will get easier visit Sa Pa. Construction of an airport near the tourist town began in March this year with a total investment of around VND7 trillion ($306.5 million).

Story by Hoang Phong for E.VnExpress.net and a touch by Must See In Vietnam

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Our Love Story with Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar in An Bang Beach / Hoi An

How can we introduce you to Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar at An Bang Beach in Hoi An? Why not starting by … Once upon a time… a couple of volunteers (reporter and editor) from Must See In Vietnam on a business and reporting mission with a very tight budget find themselves in full restrictive measure of the pandemic of… you know which one… at An Bang Beach. After exploring the surroundings this couple is looking for a place to stay for a while… and by chance discovers a small sign on which is written in Vietnamese… House for rent! As the house is pretty, neither one – nor two, your Editor calls and luckily makes an appointment. The rest is the story of love at first sight with the house, the owner and her husband and you guess the rest… Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar

It’s the smile of Le Thi Thu Diep which shine in Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar

The story begins with an immediate affinity between Your Editor and Diep, whose joy and good humor are the common bond as well as respect and discretion. There is also a 100m alley that connects the main street where we live to the beach.

Contagious Smiles of Diep and MiKi Chef ( Your Editor ) @ Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar
The Restaurant & the View !!! @ Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar

For those of you familiar with An Bang Beach, you will recognize the series of restaurants overlooking the beach.

This Alley leads us to these restaurants by, depending on your choice, the main or secondary entrance.
Wind & Moon is the first restaurant at your left

This Alley also leads us to the before the last restaurant and this restaurant is that of Diep

The Bar @ Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar

You can imagine that during the period of February-March 2022 An Bang Beach is almost deserted and few restaurants are open or are open to serve the local clientele.

Imagine our surprise to see, one good morning, very early, during our daily walk… Diep and Thai working on the re-opening of Wind & Moon! When I described Diep as a discreet person, she had never revealed this secret to us.

The friendly Uyen, wearing proudly Must See In Vietnam cap. Uyen support Mom & Dad in servicing Wind & Moon in the restaurant or @ The Beach

Then, a late afternoon. during our 2nd daily walk on the beach, on the way back home, Diep cordially invited us to toast with her, her spouse and friends… Không Say Không Ve! It was a great evening! And the beginning of a beautiful friendship

@ Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar at the Beach – Relax, Drink, Eat and Enjoy Life !

Diep did us the honor of being the first customers invited on the day of the official opening… This invitation will always remain with us!

Diep has prepared this appetizer yesterday
+ Delicious Oysters
+ Fish soup with rice
The menu is varied
and prepared with love and a special Vietnamese touch
The trip is worth it because Wind & Moon offers a unique snack that everyone loves to savor while drinking a good very cold beer … Hoi An Grilled Chao Oc

Diep has extensive experience as an event organizer…

Wind & Moon is the perfect place for all kinds of events
And for Team building events …
Cheers with Thai, Minh and Nguyen !
Make your Event @ Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar
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What an Inviting Smile only @ Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar / An Bang Beach – Hoi An
YOU SHOULD BE HERE ! Wind & Moon Restaurant & Bar / An Bang Beach – Hoi An