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#161 Alayna

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 02:00 AM

I am going to Saigon tomorrow for my 4-day year end trip...
I hope that I will enjoy my stay there... thanks for the info.

Edited by Alayna, 28 November 2008 - 02:02 AM.


#162 helena_hue

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 04:46 AM

I went to Vietnam this summer.. but didn´t visit many places.. but from the list above I went to Ha Long, Mekong, Phu Quoc & Saigon.

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 03:19 PM

Ive just come back from my trip to Vietnam and it was just amazing!! vietnam is so vibrant and everyone is just so active!!

We went to Hanoi and Sapa - which was so fun...scenery was great!!

we also went Nha trang, Mu Neh and Dalat.

We stayed in Saigon and that was really nice too :)

#164 Alayna

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 02:36 AM

Yeah... Vietnam is fnatastic and I hope that I can stay longer.. I just went round Saigon, visited all the museums, went to Chuchi Tunnel and Mekong River... but I'm sad because I missed the floating market since I arrived there quite late and the market started at 4 a.m in the morning...

Btw, maybe I'll go there again next year and will add Hanoi and Halong Bay in my initerary..

#165 leandroo

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:25 PM

I think the city looks simply amazing :iloveyou: Which Asian city do you guys like?

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#166 13sunshine

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:10 AM

oh I love Hanoi too!, only been there twice in my entire life....but i would love to visit again.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:46 AM

Wow! The pictures you've taken are beautiful. I've never been to Hanoi but I'm planning to go sometime next year for my sister's wedding. That's one of the cities I hope to visit the most. Other cities would be Seoul and Tokyo. I'm young so I hope to travel a lot as I get older.

Again, Hanoi truly looks beautiful. I know that winter is the best time to visit Vietnam.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 03:23 AM

I'm living in Hanoi :D.

I think autumn is the best season of Hanoi, but if U wanna try the cold season of a tropical country, visit Hanoi during Tet Holiday (CNY period) - this season.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:00 AM

awww...i feel ashamed to say that even though im viet, i've never really travelled beyond ho chi minhc city. i'd love to travl the whole way up and down vietnam, visitng the mostspectacular sites the country has to offer. i've seen pics of ha long bay and id REALLy love to go there,its looks fantastic!!!

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 08:29 PM

awww...i feel ashamed to say that even though im viet, i've never really travelled beyond ho chi minhc city. i'd love to travl the whole way up and down vietnam, visitng the mostspectacular sites the country has to offer. i've seen pics of ha long bay and id REALLy love to go there,its looks fantastic!!!


Nice pictures.

The building in the first picture looks kind of European, which brings me to the question: Is there any French colonial architecture left?

#171 leandroo

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 10:48 PM

Nice pictures.

The building in the first picture looks kind of European, which brings me to the question: Is there any French colonial architecture left?


Vietnam used to be a French colony. There are a lot of French architecture preserved, esp in the CBD area of Hanoi. The area around that opera house is the French Quarter. Hanoi doesnt have a Chinatown, but French Quarter clapclap

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 10:55 PM

Wow, I've been to Vietnam three times in my life, but I've never traveled to Hanoi before.
Those pictures are GORGEOUS. Makes me wanna go there right now. (:

#173 leandroo

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 12:01 AM

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 01:40 PM

I love hn, cuz it's my hometown ^^

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:41 PM

It has different varieties of dog cuisines for sale there and it's quite a unique experience.

#176 leandroo

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 09:50 PM

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#177 MizzLinhie

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 02:26 AM

I hope I'll be able to visit Hanoi soon.
Even though I'm Vietnamese but I have never been to Hanoi before.
It's a very beautiful place. Thanks for the pictures ^^


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Posted 25 April 2009 - 05:38 PM

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#179 leandroo

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 07:24 PM

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#180 leandroo

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#181 rosa_123

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 11:05 PM

i has a feeling u r trying the advertise the country or something -.-", so many pictures

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 06:21 PM

it's a new airport to be developed and finished by 2011.

Long Thanh International Airport
(Dong Nai - Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City)

Size and capacity

Designed capacity:

+ 120 million passengers/year
+ 5 million tons of cargo/year

Able to receive:
+ Airbus A380-800
+ Airbus A380F

Structure:

+ 4 runways divide into 2 parallel pairs.
Each pair consists of one sub runway and one main runway.
The size of each runway is 4000x60m.
Land bearing capacity (PCN) is about 100.

Grade: 4F

+ The total transportation capacity: 120 million passengers/ year.
+ Total area: 5,000 ha


The size of main facilities of the airport

- Passenger aircraft parking area: capacity of 120-150 aircrafts
- Cargo aircraft parking area: capacity of 10 aircrafts
- Maintaining aircraft area: capacity of 10 aircrafts

Passenger station:
- Cargo station: processing capacity of 5 million tons/year
- Traffic system
- The main roads of the airport connecting with outside traffic system have the loading capacity of 3,000 cars.
- Subway system connects with major cities in the south.
- Car Parking in front of the passenger station has the capacity of 5,000 cars.
- Internal road systems
- Oil storage system has capacity of 100,000 m3 (total area 10 ha).
Other facilities:
- management system, water and power supple, commercial services.

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#183 BigFish

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 04:49 AM

Nice picture :) and I love oriental robe :)

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 05:36 AM

I was going to say HN sux but after seeing those over-advertisement I am going to stay quiet....

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:39 PM

hanoi sucks, the duck noise(how i describe the car horns) was annoying. its really easy to present the best pictures without giving the worst parts which is about seventy percent of the city. too much smog, dirt water, overcrowding and short people.

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#186 BigFish

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 04:14 AM

Hanoi is developing. It will meet with difficulties as other countries :) . Please come and find good thing in this city :). I think so.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:45 AM

Hey Everybody.
Well I plan on going to Vietnam late august and early september... I talked with some of my relative in Vietnam, and they give me some rather disurbing news... such as people being held because of the swine flu, or that the swine flu situation is really big right now, or that people are being indiscrmanlty stop for fear of the flu. Can anyone help me vertify this?

Oh and BTW any suggestion on what to do in HCMC?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:53 PM

My reply might be too late, but I went to vietnam this summer. It's not really as serious as it sounds. Yes, you tend to get nervous due to the quarantine-rumours etc. On the airplane you will get an immigration card, with the immigration card you now get a yellow healt declaration card. It asks you whether you've had certain symptoms or not during a certain amount of time. If no, then you're pretty much free to immigrate. And if some are find suspicious or comes from areas/countried with serious cases of swine flu, then they take you in to a different room and ask a few questions..

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:21 AM

welcome to vietnam
Vietnam has an overwhelming beauty and is rich in natural sceneries and beauties such as deltas like the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta, as well as other beauties including green rice-paddy fields, divine beaches, soaring mountains, dense & misty forests and many more. Vietnam is in the south east of the Indochina Peninsula. The border countries are China on the north, Laos on the northwest, and Cambodia on the southwest. Located to the east is the South China Sea.
Vietnam Holidays Highlights
Vietnam has a very rich culture, amazing historical monuments, eye catching natural scenery, beaches, mountains, rivers and forests making for ideal eco Vietnam holidays.
Hanoi holidays
Hanoi,one of the most beautiful of the colonial Indochinese cities, is often the start or end point of a trip to Vietnam, and what a great welcome or farewell it is. Oozing with charm, Hanoi has gone through wholesale changes since Vietnam swung open its doors to tourism, but it remains true to its essential personality and is an amazing city to experience.
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Though considerably quieter than big sister Saigon, Hanoi still retains a vibrant atmosphere. From the early hours until late at night, the fig-tree shaded streets swarm with careening motorbikes, often with four, five or even six people aboard. A cyclo is available on most street corners, but unless you are making a particularly long trip, the best way to explore Hanoi is by foot
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Da Nang holidays
According to one tourism industry local, Da Nang has been asleep for 15 years. And while the city's cyclos still move along the leafy avenues at a sleepwalker's pace, there is definitely some stirring going on. Glossy new apartment complexes and shopping malls line the riverfront, where the scent of new paint seems to mingle with the salty harbour air. Some of the city's more important avenues have been widened, while buildings and hotels are continually being torn down and rebuilt -- don't be surprised if you show up somewhere to check out a room, and find the lobby covered in scaffolding.
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Da-nang
Ho chi minh Holidays
Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, situated in the southern part of Vietnam, is still called Saigon by most of the natives. This modern city used to be considered as the Pearl of the Orient by the French.
The wide Saigon River, which takes a huge turn from the east of Saigon, links the city with the sea. Unlike Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Saigon -Ho Chi Minh City may lack charm and elegance, but the city with its essential French colonial character has enough to draw your attention. The city\'s colonial villas, wide avenues and a lively cafe society remind you the days of French dominance.
Today Ho Chi Minh City has a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere, and having actively welcomed the new capitalist principle, the business-minded spirit of the people is much in evidence. Although relatively modern, it has still managed to hold onto its Asian character, and fine restaurants, smart hotels and chic bars line the sidewalks crammed with noodle stands, markets and shoeshine boys. The buzzing of motorbikes and scooters merges with the cries of street vendors and the urgent business of stall owners, selling barbecued dog and tropical fruits.

Ho chi minh Holidays

Halong bay cruise
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Situated in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border, 170km northeast from Hanoi, Halong Bay is one of the worldÃÔ natural wonder.
The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious: words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay The islands there represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Hạ Long Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 07:14 PM

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Where did you get this picture of beautiful ladies! :iloveyou:

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#191 theasianadventurer

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:19 PM

Cool photos. Thanks for sharing.

Vietnam is a wonderful country as it is home to beautiful sea beaches, mountains, traditional villages, historical cities and modern cities.



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:39 AM

Some information for who need:

Making Can Tho work for you

Being a paying guest and part of the family at the same time is an experience that opens up Mekong Delta’s attractions in new ways. Posted Image Foreign tourists pass a cau khi, literally translated as monkey bridge - a self-made bridge usually made from bamboos - in Phong Dien District, Can Tho City
Phong Dien District is undoubtedly one of the most visited places in Can Tho City.

As an eco-tourism area, it attracts people with its fruit gardens and the famous floating market. However, most visitors spend little more than half a day here, going around the gardens, enjoying fruits, and visiting the floating market, before returning to the air-conditioned comfort of their hotel rooms .

We decided to do something different and try a homestay arrangement instead. On a two-day trip where we stayed with two local families and met up with other locals, we ended up enjoying the stay much more than we expected.

Our first homestay was at the house of Lam The Cuong, known locally as Muoi Cuong, on the banks of Ong De Canal, which has been developed into an eco-tourism “road” going through fruit gardens.

From the famous Ninh Kieu Port, we took a boat. After a 40-minute trip, we reached Ong De, got off the boat and walked 100 meters to the house, which is actually a complex of several houses.

The houses not only serve homestay guests, but also Cuong’s big family - his wife, son, daughter, daughter-in-law and grandchildren live together. Thus three generations live under the same roof, something that is difficult to find in Vietnam these days. Our two rooms had entrances to the kitchen and an impressive, large garden.

The first thing we did on arrival was follow Cuong and his family to a cocoa garden for some harvesting and processing experience. We just followed their instructions.

First, they taught us to break the cocoa fruit’s skin and take out its flesh and seeds which can be fermented to make liquor. The flesh and seeds are then dried under the sun and roasted, the pulp is removed and the seeds ground. This powder can be mixed with water for drinking or with other ingredients to make chocolate. The family gave us a homemade bar of chocolate which did not look as good as those sold in shops, but was delicious nevertheless.

Then we enjoyed a surprising cocoa product. Fresh cocoa juice, made by mixing the fruit’s flesh with ice and sugar, makes for a sweet and sour drink that one should not miss if one gets a chance.

During our garden trip, we also picked various vegetables and did some fishing for our dinner.

The dinner was quite simple with rice, a dish of fried noodles with tofu and vegetables, a big bowl of soup cooked with tiny river shrimps, and southern Vietnamese spring rolls with a stuffing of tiny shrimps, pork and sweet potatoes. Simple but delicious, and having the meal sitting in the garden listening to Cuong narrate stories of local life made it special.

The next morning, after breakfast, we hired bicycles and headed for Nguyen Van Xinh’s house, which is located on the Sau Canal next to Ong De.

On the way, we dropped by the garden of Hai, a 70-year-old man famous for producing fruit liquors, especially from ambarella. The entire production process is manual, and Hai claims he can make liquor from any fruit.

Besides buying liquors, visitors can also order wooden furniture since Hai is also a skilled carpenter.

We also visited the house of Mai, who earns a living by cooking and selling tofu, soya bean milk and bánh bông lan (sponge cakes). Though we were too late to see her make the cakes or join in before they were taken to be sold at Phong Dien Market, she generously invited us to try a few of them.

After hanging around for a while, we finally reached Xinh’s house.

Even though we picked vegetables and went fishing again, it was a different experience because the vegetables and fish were different. It was the first time we picked Moringa oleifera leaves from a tree that locals call “chùm ngây,” or magical tree, and had them for dinner. And this time we had red tilapia instead of the giant gourami we had at Cuong’s house.

At night we joined Xinh’s family to catch toads and frogs for making porridge.

The fun did not stop there, but continued the next morning when the family took us to their garden of Burmese grape, locally known as dâu Hạ Châu (Ha Chau grape), Phong Dien’s most famous specialty. We fed turtles and fish, continuing our farmers’ existence for one more day.

A holiday where you do a bit of work, eat healthy, fresh food, learn new things and spend time with the “sons of the soil” – we certainly would highly recommend this to everyone.

THINGS TO KNOW

Contacts:

Nguyen Van Xinh’s homestay service: No.303, Ward 54, Sau Canal, My Khanh Commune, Phong Dien District, Can Tho. Phone: 0710 384 5511 – 097 999 6751

Lam The Cuong’s homestay service: No.275, My Ai Hamlet, My Khanh Commune, Phong Dien District, Can Tho. Phone: 0710 394 2573 – 093 942 7589

Prices:

A room for two people costs VND600,000 (US$28.53) (with air-conditioners) and VND400,000 ($19.02) (with fans). Prices include dinner, breakfast and a night’s stay.

Bicycles can be hired at VND50,000 ($2.37) for half a day and VND100,000 ($4.75) a day.


#193 Meow ♡

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

Nice pictures. It's been awhile since I've been back there. Vietnamese food is bomb!




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