THANH CHUONG VIET PALACE


A Palace Where Vietnam Soul Still Lives


 Only when you step in this Realm and begin to walk and merge into things that are visible here can you sense the wonder and profoundness of the Viet’s millennial life and culture.


It is a marvel that Thanh Chuong did not place all the priceless cultural relics in the same spot as people often do in most museums. 



Instead, he said them in a space, a natural environment and an installation artwork just like the life and culture of people a thousand years ago.


Things we contemplate or touch with our own hands as we do with our household objects are now returning to their ancient life.



To be more precise, the artist tried to revitalize the antiquities that date from hundred or thousand years and make them seemingly exhale life’s fresh, new and warm breath. 



There lie the marvelous of Thanh Chuong Viet Palace and the great talent and thoughts of its owner, artist Thanh Chuong.





-        Việt Phủ Thành Chương

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TAKE PHOTO ON TOP OF BANA HILL

Bana Hill is 25 km from Danang city, situated on the elevation of 1487 m above the sea level. It is famous hill resort in central Part of Vietnam. People get there by bus then cable car to reach the top.

Bana Hill is former French summer resort from early 20th century but has been extended and built since 2006. This is not only a luxury resort but also looks like a replica of a village in Europe.



We can get nice view of Danang Bay from the top of Bana hill.


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DAILY TOUR HANOI – PHU THO PROVINCE


Phu Tho province is former capital of Hung Kings dated back over 4000 years. Tour to Phu Tho starts from Hanoi city daily. We will visit Hung Kings Temple, Hung Kings Museum, traditional village of Hung Lo, and enjoy Xoan singing right in the village.



Hung dynasty is the first one in Vietnam. The people in Vietnam and oversea Vietnamese gather to pay respect to Hung Kings at Hung Temple on festival day, 10 March lunar calendar each year. This one day tour Hanoi-Phu Tho make the travel Hanoi and surroundings more diverse in aspects of culture, history, and sightseeing as well.

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XOAN SINGING - INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY

Young singers in Xoan singing group in Phu Tho province. In 2017, Xoan singing was listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 




The art includes singing, dancing, drumming, and clapper beating. The Xoan is closely linked to the worship of the Hung Kings, a belief rooted in the ancestor worship practice of the Viet people. PhuTho Tourism.

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DA RIVER CRUISE AND HOA BINH POWER PLANT


The power plant is located on the Da river, Hoa Binh province. This electric power plant is the largest one in Vietnam, constructed with the assistance from former Soviet in 1979. The plant has 8 generators, each with a capacity of 240,000 KW.



Drive over 90 km from Hanoi city the trip bring us to Hoa Binh, the mountainous land and gate way to North West Vietnam. It is interesting to have a cruise trip along Da reservoir which is almost 200 km long. 



We have time to visit some islands and villages along the trip like Xanh and Ngoc islet, Ngoi Hoa and Ke villages. In here we can stay in the local house, learn fishing, rafting, trekking in forest, cutting bamboo shoots, weaving cloth, camping and joining traditional dance with them.


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DIEN BIEN PHU AND VESTIGES


Dien Bien Phu is almost 500 km from Hanoi city in the mountainous area of North West. It is situated in Muong Thanh plains and surrounded by high mountains. Dien Bien Phu was once the location of the battlefield where historical combats between the Vietnamese People’s Army and the French Colonialists Expeditionary Corps took place.



The valley of Dien Bien Phu is 18 km long and 6-8 km wide. In November 1953, French paratroopers occupied the valley and built 49 strongholds in three sub-sections.

Hill A1: This stronghold is one of the most significant one valley controlling the whole battle of Dien Bien Phu. The hill lies on the direction of North West – South East with 2 peaks around 490 m high. On the night of 6 May 1954, Vietnamese soldiers won this decisive battle.



Muong Thanh Airfield: It was the stronghold 206 and central airport of Dien Bien Phu. Nowadays it is Dien Bien airport that is in the system of the Vietnam Civil Aviation.

The command bunker of De Castries: Commander De Castries worked and live inside the bunker that is 20m long and 8m wide surrounded by dense wire bars and 4 tanks. He was arrested here by a Vietnamese commander at 17h30 on 7 May 1954 and mark the end of the fierce fighting.  



Other Vestiges: Him Lam hill is situated on the North West of the valley where Vietnamese troops fought the first battle on 13 March 1954. Doc Lap Hill was liberated by Vietnamese Army on 15 March 1954. Hills C, D, and E are well preserved.

The commanding post for Vietnamese Army: The post is lied in the native forest at Muong Phang commune. There was a hut where General Vo Nguyen Giap, commander in chief, worked and other huts for information and military operation discussion. Nearby the General Giap’s hut is the observation spot where is over 1000m high and can control the whole view of Muong Thanh valley.



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LOTUS TEA IN VIETNAM


Vietnam lotus tea is a kind of special green tea that has been flavored with the scent of Lotus flower.
The tea leaves absorb the flower’s natural scent. It takes time and steps to make this tea.


-        Stuffing tea leaves into flower and leaving them overnight.
-        Pulling the entire stamen from the flower or just their anthers and then either.
-        Jar them overnight with the tea leaves with them.
-        Bake the tea leaves with them.


Lotus tea is often served hot so we could enjoy very attractive natural flavor of the flower.


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Dalat Market


Dalat market is one of the most colorful and lively markets in the country. There are hundreds of flower, fruit, and vegetable shops allocated here.



The market was built in 1929 but rebuilt and expended in 1960. The market is famous for dry fruits, teas, and flowers. The traffic is closed in the evening so you can access the night market here to buy souvenirs and clothing. #VietnamDiscovery

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Charming Ao Dai Vietnam

#AoDai or Traditional long dress combining with conical hat is well-matched and famous fashion for Vietnamese women. 
The fashion is quite unique and is dressed up at the special occasion. #CharmingVietnam

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PEACH BLOSSOMS IN SPRING


Peach flower plant is wildly planted in the North Vietnam. The flower bloom at right time when the spring arrives, normally by the end of January or beginning of February.



It is also the time we celebrate Lunar New Year. People believe that the red color of peach blossom bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year.

There are different colors of peach blossom including deep red, pale red, and white colors. The plant is planted in the garden and in a pot. We bench branch down and up to create a nice peach plant bonsai that  shapes dragon, flamingo bird, similar to banyan tree….

Beside the peach blossom plant people also buy kumquat trees as ornamental tree during Tet Holiday (or lunar New Year). They also hang red paper with nice wish on the tree like Happy New Year, Prosperity, Happiness, or Longevity, and Peace.


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LOTUS FLOWERS BLOOM IN SUMMER

Vietnam is now in summer time when lotus flowers bloom. The flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism.

The flower grows in muddy water but it comes out to rise and bloom above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The flower also means purification and faithfulness.
Lotus flower is National flower in Vietnam. White lotus refers to purity of the mind and the spirit. The red one refers to compassion and love. Blue lotus refers to common sense. The pink one represents the history and historical legend of Buddha.
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BEN TRE TOURISM


Ben Tre province is located in Mekong Delta. It is popular for coco nut cultivating area.
Ben Tre is 85 km from Ho Chi Minh city. The province is lied between 2 branches of Mekong river, and borders with Tien Giang and Trà Vinh provinces.



Ben Tre has rich resource for eco tourism. Enjoy landscape of coco nut forest, cruise along Mekong river by motor boat and sampan, walking in orchard garden and taste seasonal fruits, home stay in the local house, learn rural activities with the farmers…

Ben Tre is also famous for handcrafts, candy and sweets made from coco nut trees like tea cup and pot, kitchen utensils, masks, spoon, scoop, other souvenirs. The province processes the vast area of criss-crossed canals so it is quite interesting to have couple of boat ride along canals under thick coco nut plants through different villages.


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TAM COC BY RICE HARVEST SEASON


Tam Coc belongs to Ninh Binh province located in the Red River Delta, 110 km southward Hanoi capital. Tam Coc that means three grottoes. Board on rowing boat for two hours and move along Ngo dong river to enjoy the wonderful landscape of lime stone mountains called Halong bay inland.

If you come here at right time, May or June, you would be amazed by the sea of yellow rice paddy fields on 2 sides of the water way. Our boat will move through 3 grottoes named Hang Ca with the length of 120 m, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. The scenery is lovely and peaceful that helps you relax and enjoy life.



Tam Coc and it’s surroundings is also wonderful place for movie set. Some world movies were made here such as Indochine, and Kong Skull Island.



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TRADITIONAL DANCE IN MAI CHAU DISTRICT


Mai Chau District belongs to Hoa Binh province, 150 km from Hanoi capital. It is a mountainous district and home to Thai ethnic people. The long valley and fertile soil is good condition for rice cultivation.



Thai people still remain many traditional dances that are performed at special occasion like Tet (or Vietnamese New Year), spring festival, wedding ceremony, and others. The very interesting one is bamboo stick dance. You can join with them and practice together. After the dance we can taste some home made wine named Nep rice wind. People use bamboo rods to drink the wine from one ceramic jar.

The dance of Thai ethnic People reflects the love between a couple, their love with  home village, and the wishes for good rice harvest and happiness. 

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VISIT THAI'S VILLAGE AND HOME STAY IN MAI CHAU -HOA BINH

#VietindoTravel arranges authentic and adventure tour in Far North #Vietnam including North West and North East. We visit traditional villages of different ethnic groups.


Visit weekend market, walking through rice paddy field in mountainous area. Mai Chau is lied in a vast valley in Hoa Binh province where is home to white Thai people. They live in the house on stilts. We can stay in the local house, enjoy meals cooked by them. Stay in the house surrounded by mountains and green rice field. #VietnamDiscovery
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TOP PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR KAYAKING TOUR - HALONG BAY IN VIETNAM


Halong Bay was listed as one of New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012. The beauty of Halong Bay is marked by 3000 limestone islets, caves and grottoes, emerald water, and fishing villages....


Tour to Halong Bay is cruise and relax. You can stay on a cruise for a couple of days. One of the best water activities is kayaking.



Top places for kayaking tour in Halong Bayare Ba Hang village, Luon Cave area, Dong Tien lagoon and Trinh Nu cave area, Tung Sau lagoon, Cua Van fishing village, Vung Vieng village, Ho Ba Ham caves and lagoon, Van Gia village, Lan Ha Bay, Hang Do area, Cong Do and Tra San area.


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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology


National Museum of Ethnology is the largest Museum in Hanoi city. The Museum is in shape of the bronze drum, the treasure of Vietnam. It was opened to the public in 1997 after 8 years construction.



Vietnam Museum of Ethnology lies on Nguyen Van Huyen street, Cau Giay district, Hanoi. Indoor area for exhibition covers an area of 25,000 sqm. The outdoor exhibition is green garden fill with house models of ethnic Thai, Tay, H’mong, Ede, Cham, Viet, Bahna minorities.



The Museum contains of more than 27,000 objects relating to Vietnam and South East Asia, 15,000 black and white photos, and hundreds of video tapes and cassettes about customs, activities, and habits of 54 minorities in Vietnam.



Most of foreign tourists like to come to visit the Museum to get information before they start their journey to see landscape and people’s daily life in countryside. The museum is open daily from 8:30 – 17:30 except on Monday. Entrance fee is 40,000 VND.




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Visit President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum


Situated in the mid of Ba Dinh square, the Mausoleum is the final place for Vietnamese Revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, who read the declaration of independence for Vietnam on 2nd September in 1945.



The construction was begun in September 1973 and inaugurated on 29 August 1975. President Ho Chi Minh, a great patriot who was later conferred the title of “World Cultural Activist” in 1990. He was born in 1890 in Nghe An province in central part of Vietnam, and pass away in 1969.


The Mausoleum is 21,6 m high and 41,2 m wide. It is overlooking to Ba Dinh square where has 240 green grass squares separated by pathways. On the right side of the Mausoleum is the direction for visitors who line up and come to visit. On the right is entrance gate to Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House, and garden.



The Mausoleum is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:30 am – 10:30 am in summer time/ 8:00 – 11:00 in winter time. The open hour is extended 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Normally the Mausoleum is closed from 5th September till 5th December. It is free for entrance.



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Visit One Pillar pagoda in Hanoi


One pillar pagoda, formally name Dien Huu that means “long lasting happiness and goodluck” built during the reign of King Ly Thai Tong in 1049 in Hanoi capital, or Thang Long citadel at that time.


During Ly Dynasty (1009 – 1225) the pagoda was the place for annual royal ceremony on the occasion of Vesak, the birthday of Gautama Buddha. The pagoda is built of wood and stays on single pillar with diameter of 1.25m and 4m high totally. From distance it looks like a lotus flower that is a Buddhist symbol of purity.


According to folklore, King Ly Thai Tong, who had no children. He often went to pagoda to pray for having a son. One night in his dream he met Buddha who sat on lotus flower and gave the king a boy baby. Months later, his wife gave birth to a boy child. Soon after that event, the king order to build a pagoda supported by one pillar that looks like lotus flower in the honor of Buddha.


 The pagoda is behind Ba Dinh square and Ho Chi Minh President’s complex. It opens daily and no entrance fee.


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Co Loa citadel in Hanoi – Vietnam


Co Loa is one of the most ancient citadel in Vietnam and South EastAsia. It was built in the 3rd century BC to be the capital of Au Lac Kingdom.


According to folklore, Thuc Phan defeat the last Hung King then enthroned and chose Co Loa as the capital of Au Lac kingdom. Co Loa is located 16 km from Hanoi capital center, and in the mid of the Red River Delta. Co Loa means Old Spiral. In fact  the citadel of Co Loa was built in Spiral Shape with high thick walls and deep moats that made Co Loa become an undefeatable fortification.



The mythical story tells us that the citadel was being built at daytime but mysteriously destroyed at night time. At one night, Thuc Phan – later An Duong Vuong has a dream of meeting with a golden turtle. The turtle told the king that the citadel had built on the turtle’s carapace, then instructed him to move citadel to another area that present day of Co Loa. The king then completed the work of building new capital easily.


Archaeologists have found tens of thousands of bronze arrow heads, iron axes, other bronze weapon, and animal bones. To travel to Co Loa you can visit King An Duong Vuong temple, Co Loa communal house, old walls of Co Loa, and other temples.






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