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Hanoi family pursues mooncake mould making for decades

A family in Hanoi has spent up to 35 years on making wooden-made mooncake moulds.  Tran Van Ban’s family in Thuong Cung Village, Tien Phong Commune, Thuong Tin District is among the last households in the village which still pursue this work.  Every occasion of the Full-moon Festival, Ban’s family produces around 500-600 mooncake moulds. ... Read More »

Hundreds battle to get gifts for the dead in HCM City

Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday around the Cho Lon area in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5 to collect money thrown out by local families during the Amnesty of Unquiet Spirits Festival.   Amnesty of Unquiet Spirits Festival is widely-celebrated in Vietnam but more popular in the southern region on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, which fell ... Read More »

Fansipan in charming rice season

In the last days of August and early September, the Fansipan landscape becomes a stunning natural painting with wonderful green rice steps on terrace fields that will win the heart of any visitor. The green carpet is more miraculous when viewed from above. No longer as sparkling as at the beginning of the new rice season, when the terraced fields ... Read More »

Rat hunting season in south-west

Many people in the south-western region are flocking to fields for rat hunting which can help to improve their income.    This time of the year is seen as the ideal time to hunt rats as ripened paddy fields have been harvested, forcing rats to leave their holes, making it easier for people to catch them.   Every day, each person can ... Read More »

Children risk life and limb to collect bits of wood

Heavy rain in the past weeks has resulted in a high level of water and strong currents in streams and rivers in the northern province of Dien Bien. Despite the danger, local children have taken risks to gather floating wood in fierce currents. VNS reporter Phan Tuan Anh captured the dangerous activity.  Children hunt for floating wood in the river.  ... Read More »

Ancient pottery village discovery in Phan Rang

Visitors to Phan Rang-Thap Cham in the south central province of Ninh Thuan can’t help enjoying beautiful landscapes and exploring the most interesting things at traditional craft villages. Autumn is the best time for a tour of Phan Rang-Thap Cham city in the south central province of Ninh Thuan. The first destination during the tour is the Cham tower complex, ... Read More »

French photographer captures old temples of Vietnam

French photographer Nicolas Cornet has visited more than 30 old Buddhist temples across Vietnam over the last three years to keep their beauties in photos recently published in a photo book.  Nicolas Cornet first came to Vietnam in the late 1980s and has been attracted to the country over the last 30 yearsNicolas Cornet signs in his books for visitors ... Read More »

Hung Yen longan fruits during harvest season

Longan fruit is a specialty of Hung Yen. The fruit is round, its skin light yellow and firm, while its flesh is fragrant, sweet and succulent. Longan fruit is a specialty of Hung Yen, which has light yellow and firm skin, while its flesh is fragrant, sweet and succulentOn a farm of over 5,000 sq.m, the family of Tran Van ... Read More »

Walking through age-old shoemaking store in HCM City

The shoe-making store of Trinh Ngoc was opened in Ho Chi Minh City in 1975, among the oldest of its kind still operating today. The store on Ly Chinh Thang street in District 2 of HCM City  Ngoc’s workshop inside the store. The shoemaker himself has crafted shoes for many popular customers in Vietnam and overseas  A custom-made foot mold ... Read More »

Lively Hanoi in the 1990s via French photographer's lens

The following black and white photos of Hanoi were taken by a French photographer in 1991. French photographer Patrick Zachmann captured the soul of Hanoi city in 1991 via his black and white photos. As a freelance photographer since 1976 and a member of Magnum Photos since 1990, he has dedicated himself to long-term works, books and video films, all ... Read More »