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Bat Pagoda,  home of thousands of bats in Mekong Delta

  Bat Pagoda is one of the oldest Khmer temples in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Sóc Trăng. File Photo HCM CITY The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta is home oi about 600 Khmer pagodas  and each  temple has a unique feature. The Bat Pagoda, for example, is home to thousands of bats. Bat Pagoda,, or Ma Toc, Mahutup ... Read More »

Explore hidden waterfall in central Việt Nam

  The waterfall’s summit offers a gorgeous spectacle with its rocky brown crest protruding through soft, white cascades. File Photo HCM CITY Tà Puồng Waterfall is one of Việt Nam Central’s most impressive natural sights, with an unspoilt beauty. It is located in Tà Puồng Village, Hướng Hóa District,  120km from Đông Hà Town of Quảng Trị Province. The waterfall ... Read More »

Explore the first museum in southern Việt Nam

  The HCM City Museum of History was the first museum in southern Việt Nam. File Photo HCM CITY The HCM City Museum of History is located at Nguyễn Bỉnh Kiêm Street in District 1, set beside Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which were built by the French colonialists. The museum opened in 1929 with the harmonious combination of French and ... Read More »

Museum in Vũng Tàu houses weapons from around the globe

  The war uniform section of the medival period at the weapons museum in Vũng Tàu covers Chinese dynasties such as the Qin (221 to 206 BC), Song (960-1279) and Qing (1636-1912). VNA/VNS Photo HCM CITY — Thousands of weapons and war uniforms from around the world dating back centuries are on display at the country’s largest private museum in the southern city of ... Read More »

New tour of country's largest lake launched

  Ba Bể Lake, recognised by UNESCO as a wetland of international importance, is at the heart of the Ba Bể National Park in Ba Bể District. File Photo HCM CITY — Visitors can take a new tour of the country’s largest lake, Ba Bể Lake in Bắc Kạn and Na Hang – Lâm Bình Nature Reserve, in Tuyên Quang Province. ... Read More »

100-year-old Bửu Sơn Pagoda rests on one pillar

  Visitors at the 100-year-old Bửu Sơn Pagoda, known as the Hà Nội-based One Pillar Pagoda, in Đồng Nai Province, built in the 18th century. VNA/VNS Photo HCM CITY – The 100-year-old Bửu Sơn Pagoda in Đồng Nai Province, built in the 18th century, rests on only one pillar. The pagoda in Biên Hòa City’s Hòa Bình Ward was built initially with bamboo walls and wooden columns. The ... Read More »

Fish-sauce making village receives national cultural heritage status

  The fish-sauce making village of Nam Ô in Đà Nẵng City’s Liêu Chiêu District has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage. VNA/VNS Photo HCM CITY — The traditional craft of fish-sauce making in Nam Ô Village in Đà Nẵng City’s Liêu Chiểu District has received national intangible cultural heritage status. The recognition from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism came early this ... Read More »

Crossing Indochina Road Trip – Part 1: Crossing border gate and Sabaidee Vientiane

By Hồng Minh If you are already fed up with waiting hours at airports or sick to the back teeth of overcrowded night buses, then maybe you next choice of travel transport should be a good, old fashioned, road-trip. Pack up the car, get a great playlist ready for the stereo, and take a trip crossing the borders of Indochina, ... Read More »

‘Little Tokyo’ adds allure to HCM City

  Japanese ramen in Little Toyko area in the city centre costs around VNĐ100,000 (US$4.3). — File Photo HCM CITY — Established during the 2000s, an area in HCM City known as Little Tokyo or Little Japan represents a distinct cultural enclave in the city centre. Twenty years ago, only a few Japanese restaurants were located on Lane 15B of Lê Thánh Tôn Street and its ... Read More »

Must-visit tomb of Nguyễn Dynasty hero in HCM City

  The temple’s architecture is influenced by the Huế Imperial Citadel. — VNA/VNS Photo HCM CITY — Not far from a crowded market in HCM City is a temple that enshrines a revered hero with a bloody family tragedy. Ông Bà Chiểu Temple sits on a piece of land that is shaped like a turtle’s back and slightly higher than its surroundings. The temple’s ... Read More »