Category : - By Brian Vu - At 7/16/2017 08:40:00 PM - No comment - Location: Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Chicken rice, Vietnamese bread recipe, Vietnamese Cao Lau recipe, .. have long been familiar to both national and international tourists and has been mentioned as distinguishing characteristics of Hoi An by magazines inside and outside the region.
The tasteful and rich Hoi An chicken rice is characterized by the color of rice, various kinds of herbs, and even the chicken meat. Tourists can order a portion of chicken rice priced at 2$ or order other dishes if you travel in group. Of course, there is no shortage of restaurants that serve this dish, but for the most highly complimented ones, I would recommend the restaurant of Grandmother Buoi on Phan Chu Trinh Street, Ms. Huong on Le Loi Street, and Ly chicken rice restaurant.
Vietnamese Cao Lau recipe
A bowl of Vietnamese Cao Lau recipe consists of noodles boiled with water, a little bit of beansprout slightly scalded with boil water, and a variety of herbs, the specialty of Tra Que village. Moreover, it is covered by thin slices of Cha Xiu and crispy skin of pork. Thus, you definitely enjoy a bowl of tasteful and fragrant Cao Lau and full your stomach with only 1$ at the same time. The dish is served food stands and restaurants in Hoi An, but for the reason of the most famous ones, I would recommend that of Thanh on Thai Phien Street and Grandmother Be’s on Tran Phu Street.
Vietnamese bread recipe
Bread is definitely one of the most “must-try” dishes during your cuisine exploration in Hoi An. It is filled with pate, grilled pork, pork rolls, herbs and special sauces. As you can guess, there id no shortage of food stands that serve this tasteful and fragrant dish, but for the reason of the most famous ones, I would recommend that of Phuong and Madam Khanh. They promise to satisfy your appetite for food, even that of the gourmet, picky eaters, and fastidious guests. The price of a loaf of this special bread fluctuates from 20,000 to 25,000 VND.
Grilled meat on skewers
Walking along Tran Phu Le Loi, Tran Hung Dao, and Bach Dang Streets, tourists definitely see numerous food stands that serve grilled meat on skewers. The tasteful and fragrant pork, which is grilled on a charcoal fire, is rolled with thin rice cake, herbs, sour star fruit, cucumbers, then, served with a special sauce. A skewer of grilled meat is priced at 5,000 VND.
Banh Trang Dap
Banh Trang Dap consists of two pancakes grilled on a charcoal fire, of which a wet pancake is kept in the middle. To enjoy this fragrant cake, you have to spread out your hands, top the cake slightly till it separates into pieces, then, roll up them and eat with a special sauce. The sauce is made of sugar, fried dried onion, minced pineapple, garlic and green chili. The most famous restaurant that offers this cake is Ba Gia restaurant, Cam Nam commune.
Banh Beo (Steam rice cake)
Hoi An Steam Rice Cake, which is served in small bowls, is filled with pork, shrimps, crispy pork fat, fried shallots, dried shrimp powder, and fish sauce. The tasteful dish is offered at small shops in Cam Chau, Cam Nam, and Hoi An Market. Price for a bowl Banh Beo is 3,000 VND.
Tao Pho (Silken Tofu)
Sauntering along Hoai River in the evening, you would probably see many street vendors which offer Silken Tofu. A bowl of Tofu is added in ginger, white jelly, and coconut milk, so it’s one of the most favorite food during these hot days. A portion os silken Tofu is priced at 10,000 VND.
Category : Top Destinations - By Brian Vu - At 7/13/2017 09:21:00 PM - No comment - Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Sora City Café
Sora City Café is characterized by the Japanese architectural styles right in the heart of the city. Entering the coffee house, you might not imagine that it is actually a bike shop. Although it offers a simple menu of famous Japanese desserts, dorayaki (red bean cake) with matcha cream, for instance.
Sugga Café has long been known as a coffee shop or a dessert restaurant. Featuring and pastel wooden furniture, the shop is undoubtedly an ideal destination for those who love taking check-in pictures. In addition to the desserts, the shop offers main courses, so you certainly full your stomach.
Simple Day Cafe & Ice-cream Shop
Being owned by the same owner, Simple Day Café and Ice-cream shop shares the same design style as that of Think Cafe. While Think Café mainly offers mousse and bread, the shop serves breakfast and ice cream.
Vanilla Bake Shop Cafe & Bakery
Characterized by the architecture and design of a classic cake factory, the open space of the open kitchen in Vanilla Bake Shop Cafe & Bakery enables its guests to smell the fragrance of cakes. Housed on the grounds of the Vanilla Garden complex, the bakery becomes a popular destination with locals, tourists, gourmets, and celebrities although it has just been opened.
The Commons Complex
The Commons is the complex of hipster restaurants, the café and restaurants rather than a shopping mall. Featuring 28 stores, the complex is the custodian and curator of unique values of creative arts.
The Bloc Complex
Think of Cafe, Simple Day, About Life, Tree Box, etc seem to be unrelated to this complex, but they are actually owned by the same person and oriented in distinct styles. Although The Block Complex is housed far from the center of the city, you should definitely give it a try, especially during the happening of the workshops to explore the distinguishing features of this mini community.
China Town Night Market, Yaowarat Food Street
Having been known as the street food paradise of Bangkok, China Town definitely satisfies your appetite for food. When you are hungry, you should get there to savor tasteful foods and full your stomach at the same time. It promises not to disappoint you. You should enjoy fresh seafood at T & K or Rut & Lek that is highly recommended by those who did visit the market. In addition, you might try pomegranate juice, crab noodles, mango sticky rice, and a bowl of Hong Kong noodles recipe in the small alleys. Sounds amazing!
Thip Samai Pad Thai Restaurant
If you get there at rush hour, you might definitely join the queue for your turn. Because it is hot and humid in Bangkok in these days, you should take a seat near the air conditioner to comfortably enjoy the food. You shoulS give traditional Thai pad and special Thai pad a try which is usually served with a glass of orange juice. It’s such a wonderful day if you visit the Royal Palace before having dinner at Thip Sami.
Going shopping or even doing window shopping one of the “must-try” activity when traveling Bangkok. Walking along Sukhumvit Street to Siam Square, you see up to 10 shopping centers, namely Terminal 21, Siam Center, Siam Paragon, Central World, etc. If you get there at discount season, you definitely find high-quality items of famous brands of reasonable prices.
3Howw Hostel Sukhumvit 21
3Howw Hostel Sukhumvit 21 is one of the few popular guesthouses featuring simply modern decoration and style in Bangkok. It offers a variety of rooms, from dorm rooms to private rooms, fully equipped conveniences, so you can choose the one that meets our need of relaxation. Moreover, it only takes you 10 minutes to walk to the main road of Sukhumvit, sky train, and Terminal 21 shopping mall. Noticeably, the guesthouse often hosts Muay Thai matches attracting a large number of audiences on the highest floor.
In addition to famous landcapes, Japan has been attracting a large number of local and foreign tourists by leading amusement parks. Stepping onto these parks, travelers would definitely enjoy their full vacation in charming fairy spaces.
Tokyo Disneyland Park
Spreading across an area of 47 hectares, Tokyo Disneyland Park definitely enables tourists to have unforgettable experiences like those in the United States do. The park is one of the 5 oversea largest parks following the first Disneyland model.
Visiting Tokyo Disneyland, tourists have a chance to transform themselves into favorite Disney characters. Additionally, you might definitely play with famous Disney cartoon characters namely Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck or Daisy and all their friends from Walt Disney cartoons.
In addition, visitors can immerse themselves in seven theme parks, namely Fairyland in fairy tales (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, etc), adventuring games (Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, etc), adventure in the wild jungle (Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean), etc.
If you are not engrossed with adventuring activities, you might give Fantasyland and Mickey's Toontown a try. It will also give you a lot of fun and surprise when interacting with hilarious cartoon characters of Walt Disney.
Universal Studios Japan Park
Launched in 2001 in the Osaka Bay, Universal Studios Japan Park is ranked the second of top most popular theme park in Tokyo (the first is Tokyo Disneyland). The park consists of eight areas, particularly “The World of Harry Porter". As the name would imply, it displays Harry Porter's magical world exactly what we have seen on film. Stepping onto the park, tourists can admire Hogwarts Castle, visit Dumbledore's office, and experience "meals of witches" at Three Broom Restaurant.
Tourists can also engage in thrilling games “Hollywood Dream” roller coaster, explore tropical jungle where dinosaurs live, experience the adventurous cruise in the shark-dominated sea join the "Water World" where adventuring water performances are shown, etc.
In addition, the park provides visitors with an area in which they can grasp pictures with famous cartoon characters such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and puppets of Sesame Street. Noticeably, the park hosts a variety of programs, including a night parade with shimmering lights every day.
Legoland Japan Park
Spreading across an area of 9 hectares, lying in the charming Nagoya City, Aichi province, Legoland Park is an open - air recreation area that displays the miniatures of famous Japanese landscapes, which are made up of 17 million lego bricks of various sizes and famous adventuring theme tourist attractions in the world at the same time.
Significantly, the park is distinguishingly characterized by the giant masterpiece of Arts - Nagoya Castle made of over 200,000 bricks of lego.
The park is divided into seven lands corresponding to the featuring worlds in Lego Movie such as Bricktopia, Knights Kingdom, Pirate Shores, Miniland, and features 40 kinds enjoyable games, and interesting live performances. Creative and colorful, Legoland Japan definitely mesmerizes all of its guests, from children to adults.
Setting foot in Legoland Park, kids have a chance to discover the amazing worlds that have been shot on Walt Disney cartoons. These worlds are delicately built from marvelous bricks and offers everything that human might imagine such as fairies, zoos, wonders of the world to series of adventure games for children, etc.
Category : Top Destinations - By Brian Vu - At 7/13/2017 07:43:00 PM - No comment - Location: Hualien County, Taiwan
The Mataian Wetlands Ecological Park is home to the ancient Ami people, the largest of the 16 officially recognized tribes in Taiwan.
The 12-acre Mataian Wetlands Ecosystem Park is located at the foot of Masi Mountain in the Guangfu Township of Hualian County, Taiwan. The name "Mataian" derives from the name "Vataan," meaning "bean" in the language. Ami language. Since in the past, there were so many tides, the Ami called the area "Vataan". The Ami usually bring bean seeds and plant them wherever they go, because they believe it brings good luck.
In the park there are springs from Mt. Masi. The summit is the site of convergence of groundwater, forming the Fudeng River extending down south from Mataian, which is the main source of nutrients for the park. The change in flow, the depth of river water also makes up the river. The ecosystem is very rich for Mataian park with nearly 100 kinds of water plants. The diversity of birds, frogs, insects and aquatic animals is also remarkable.
At any drainage ditch of the Mataian Swamp Ecological Park, you can find traces of fish, shrimp, shells and twigs. Today, thanks to the efforts of local authorities and local people, this wetland ecology has become an ideal tourist destination attracting many visitors travelling to Hualien, Taiwan.
The best time to visit the Mataian Wetlands Ecological Park is from May to August, the lotus blossom season. Most visitors come here to watch the lotus. In particular, visitors will experience the unique Palakaw ecological fishing method of the Ami tribe.
Along with smart fishing, the Ami invented a way of cooking with heated stones. When the hot stones are put into a pot of water with vegetables and fish, you will get a delicious hot pot.
In addition, visitors also tasted many unique, delicious wild herbs, including tidbits, celery, betel leaves, gesian rice ... Through the local method of cooking by Ami women, each of these wild herbs is transformed into unique and delicious dishes.
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Category : Vietnam Travel Guides - By Brian Vu - At 7/10/2017 09:58:00 PM - No comment - Location: Singapore
Pandan chiffon cake in Bengawan Solo
Pandan chiffon cake has long been popular with both locals and tourists in the Bengawan Solo bakery chain. Featuring the « eyes – catching » green, fragrance of pandan leaf, and soft rich filling and wrapping, this « mouth – watering » cake promises to stir up your appetite with the mouthful.
Originally appeared in California in 1927, Pandan chiffon cake’s recipe was varied in Indonesia and Malaysia, where the pandan leaves play an essential role in processing cake. Thus, it created the same color and flavor as the current version in Singapore. Before Tjendri Anastasia, the founder of Bengawan Solo took advantage of the pandan leaves to create new flavor for her family dishes, and then expanded into a chain of 40 bakery shops which is currently very famous in Singapore, cakes made of pandan had been considered as « must – try » foods during cuisine exploration of tourists to this dynamic country.
Bengawan Solo is also available in Changi Airport (near Gate C, T1 Terminal and Gate E, T2 Terminal), so you can buy this tasteful cakes as souvenirs for your relatives and friends right at the airport.
Singapore Bak Kwa (dried pork) in Fragrance Foodstuff
Bak Kwa is actually slices of dried pork, similar to sour and sweet dried beef in Vietnam. This dish is a distinguishing feature of ancient Chinese cuisine, which is widely preferred by the Fujian community. The main ingredient of this “mouth – watering” dish is pork but they might replace it with beef, chicken, etc.
Bak Kwa has served as a popular gift presenting during the Lunar New Year in Singapore for several decades.
One of the oldest shops in Singapore offering Bak Kwa is Fragrance Foodstuff shop. Originally opened in 1969, the shop enables visitors to find the various flavors of dried meat, including from Honey flavored Bak Kwa, Bak Kwa made from chicken, or even Bak Kwa processed from crocodile’s meat.
Stuffed Orang Utan at the Singapore Zoo
Ah Meng used to be the graceful famous "orangutan", the star of the "Breakfast at Singapore Zoo". Before he died at the zoo in 2008, Ah Meng had been an international symbol, shot on film in more than 30 travel films, and appeared in more than 270 articles over the world. The staff of the zoo often talk about the charm of Ah Meng including her ability tea in the cup of tea as human beings do.
Admirably, the charming Ah Meng orangutans have met big celebrities, namely Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Prince Philip in her life. In 1992, Ah Meng became the first of its kind to be awarded the Ambassador of Tourism.
You definitely see and own these stuffed orang-utans at the Singapore Zoo or the souvenir shop at Gate E, Terminal T2, Changi Airport.
Gilding jewelry with RISIS orchid
Orchids has widely known as the national flower of Singapore. Featuring the pure colors and extraordinary endurance against the hardship to bloom, the orchird reflects the strong spirit of the Singaporean facing difficulties and challenges.
Since 1976, significantly, a luxury fashion brand and accessory in the lion - island country named RISIS, has embraced 24K gilding technique plating on orchids with the aim to preserve and conserve the immortality of this pure flower.
After an unforgettable visit, you might buy pretty items of jewelry as a souvenir for yourself or for someone you love.
Merlion Sea Lion has long served national symbol in Singapore featuring a half- lion and a half fish chimery. Especially, the lion's head represents the original name of the country, Singapura (means lion city). In term of the second half of the body in the shape of a fish, it refers to the origin from a fishing village of the lion – land country. So, that is the reason why visitors see the image Merlion appear scattering along the souvenir shops and the streets themselves when stepping foot in this dynamic country.
Some of Merlion's souvenirs that tourists highly preferred are keychains, lighters, photo frames, etc. Additionally, you might buy T-shirts, candies, chocolate and other various products capturing this national symbol as a useful and pretty souvenirs for friends and family.
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Category : - By Brian Vu - At 7/09/2017 09:59:00 PM - No comment - Location: 1A Thùy Vân, Thắng Tam, Thành phố Vũng Tầu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu 790000, Vietnam
These 7 resorts in Vung Tau are well met the 4-5 star standard but still ensuring reasonable price of just over 50 USD per night, so you are now having more choices to choose from when travelling to Vung Tau.
Lan Rung Resort & Spa Vung Tau
Lan Rung Resort & Spa Vung Tau is located on the peaceful Ha Long Road known as one of the most luxurious resorts in Vung Tau City. Lan Rung is proud to own a spacious space, scenic landscape with beautiful green trees surrounded by green sandy white sandy beach of the pineapple as the heart of tourists.
In addition to the advantage of good location, Lan Rung Resort & Spa Vung Tau is fascinated by the harmonious appearance between the architectural art has both classic and modern European, elegant appearance and elegant, meticulous with each interior details.
Lan Rung Resort & Spa Vung Tau is the only resort in Vung Tau located right on the beach. Choose this place, you will be watching the sunset on the beautiful sea and relax under the palm trees cool. If you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life and return to nature, enjoy a holiday with class customer service, choose Lan Rung as your second home.
Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa
Situated on a romantic coastal road, Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa is built on an area of 80,000 m² with the idea of nature but still meet the needs of a high-end resort. Especially all rooms at the resort are designed in a new way, full of light, with high ceilings, open bathrooms to create a wider room as well as receive more light. In addition, each room has a private balcony with a very romantic view.
Delightfully blended between elegant architecture, quiet space, this is the ideal place for you to seek peace and enjoy life.
Tropicana Beach Resort Long Hai
Located about 5 km from Long Hai town along the provincial coastal road, Tropicana Beach consists of 27 rooms and 24 bungalows in the total area of 2.6 hectares. The bedrooms are designed impressively, full of facilities and modern amenities overlooking the sea or mountain, bringing the peaceful feeling for guests when immersed in nature. All the rooms are well arranged with clever mix with green trees, creating a quiet gentle private space.
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Category : Vietnam Travel Guides - By Brian Vu - At 7/07/2017 08:34:00 PM - No comment - Location: Xinh-ga-po
According to Skyscanner, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Arcade Little India, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple ... are some of the destinations you should not miss when visiting Little India.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Situated in the heart of Little India on Serangoon Road, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. A temple built by Tamil workers in 1855 and dedicated to the goddess Kali - the Goddess of Strength. During World War II, when air raids took place, many people resided at the temple. The temple and the civilians lurking inside were calm and free from the violent bombardments.
In the 80's of the 20th century, the temple was renovated. One more unique gate tower with eight main domes and many other small domes, making the temple one of the most magnificent place in Singapore.
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Also located on Serangoon Road, the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is a typical temple architecture in South India, characterized by a pyramid. In particular, this is also the starting place of the Thaipusam festival annually. At the festival there are many fun activities, entertainment is the scary corporeal scars that the participants seem to no longer feel the pain. They skew sharp objects on the body, hook iron hooks on the flesh, nails and countless other forms of mortal.
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
This is a beautiful and sacred temple, one of the most visited Buddhist temples in Singapore, also commonly known as the "Temple of 1,000 Lamps". The temple, built in 1927 by Thai monk Vutthisara, will recognize the strong influence of Thailand in the architectural style and decoration of the temple. Enter here and you will immediately notice the majestic 15m high Buddha statue, surrounded by a long line of seemingly endless lights.
Little India Arcade Area
Arcade Little India is a bustling business district nestled in the center of Little India, a great place to enjoy traditional Indian cuisine, music and fashion. Arriving here, visitors will feel like walking in Mumbai or Delhi over Singapore by long rows of houses combined with shops built in the 1920s and carefully preserved.
Here, you can find electronics and clothing as well as traditional Indian souvenirs at good price. Do not forget to sample some of the tasty dishes available here, such as the curry on banana leaves - one of the best Indian dishes ever sold everywhere in Singapore.
Located in Little India, the Mustafa Shopping Center is packed with tourists visiting Singapore and the most popular shopping destination in the Lion Island. This will be a destination you can not ignore if you want to find a bargain or enjoy shopping moments late at night. In particular, here you can bargain almost with all items, from clothing, perfume, souvenirs, electronics, cosmetics, candy to food.
Serangoon Road is considered as the "heart" of India in the heart of Singapore, where the colorful colors of the buildings will make you like a fairy world. Here, you can easily admire the colorful Indian-style costumes and smell the warmth of Indian spices. Those who love to indulge in a completely different space can choose Indian-style bars, unique from the interior to the music and drinks to relieve stress at night.
Tekka is located in the center of Little India and is the largest indoor market in Singapore. There are more than 300 stalls selling Indian spices and spices. In addition, guests can also find a lot of fresh vegetables and seafood here. The market operates later than other places and usually closes at late afternoon. Tekka is located in the heart of Tekka, No 665, Buffalo Road.
Category : Top Destinations - By Brian Vu - At 6/30/2017 01:03:00 AM - No comment - Location: Cam-pu-chia
Guests will be immersed in the natural scenery and majestic monumental architecture in the ancient Bokor Plateau.
Wat Sampov Pram is also known as the 5-boat Pagoda, located on the Bokor Plateau (Ta Lon Mountain), Kampot Province. The work was built by King Monivong in 1924 for the purpose of worship and prayer when traveling to Bokor.
The temple is not large but calm and peaceful. The most striking feature is the five large boulders shaped like sailboats, completely masterpieces that nature devotes to this highland. The main space of the temple is next to a cliff, where Buddhists from near and far come to worship and pray each time there is a great ceremony.
On the top of Ta Lon, in addition to colonial architecture, everything else is almost tied to a story and 5-boat pagoda is no exception. It is said by the natives that the five stones are the five treasure-laden vessels associated with the beginnings of the Khmer civilization.
Earlier it was said that a prince called Preah Thong fell in love with Princess Nagani - the daughter of King of the ocean in a walk in the morning. After receiving the consent of the father of the princess, the couple got married and were given five huge sailboats filled with dowry jewels. Together with the servants, the prince and his wife went to the land where the temple was located, and the boats stranded. There is no way to continue, so Prince Preah Thong decided to build his kingdom there.
Over time, the sea receded, the ground gradually rises and the five huge sailboats turn into rocks. Visitors to the Samprov Pram can see five boat-shaped stones that still exist today. Prince Preah Thong is known as the father of Khmer civilization. Around the temple there are stately statues carved. Besides, many small towers are scattered throughout the temple grounds with unique architecture.
Cambodia has countless mysteries that foreign tourists want to explore. It is also a chance and challenge to visitors from everywhere to find out the secret in this pagoda land. Set foot on Bokor Plateau, visitors will get rid of the hustle and bustle of busy streets , immersed in a vast space with green trees and cool breeze, mountain clouds floating next to the tower full of mystery. In addition to the pagodas and 5 majestic sails, visitors can also watch the immense blue sea. Especially, if you are lucky you can also see Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam when the weather is nice.