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Vietnam has 6 international airports and flying is considered as the safest and most cost effective way. Welcome to another world, a world where the colours are more vivid, the culture is richer, and the history more compelling. This is the world of Vietnam, the latest Asian dragon to awake from its slumber. Nature has blessed Vietnam with a bountiful harvest. With soaring peaks like Hoang Lien mountains and a killer coastline, with beaches like Quy Nhon and Nha Trang, Vietnam is simply stunning. Blanketed from head to toe with a patchwork of emerald-green rice paddies, timelessly tended by peasant women in conical hats, this time the brochures don’t lie.

In addition, booking a flight in Vietnam is very easy via internet. Book it online or refer to any travel agent / tour operator. Flights during the Vietnam Tet Holiday will be more expensive and a pain on the neck to be booked, so, take your time and book them in advance if you travel on those dates. Vietnam’s most popular airlines including Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jestar Pacific, providing the most convenient international and domestic flight routes.

Airports & airlines: There are six international airports in Viet­nam

➝ Cam Ranh International Airport: Located 36km south of Nha Trang, with expanding range of flights including Hong Kong and Seoul.

➝ Danang Airport: International flights to China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore.

➝ Noi Bai Airport: Serves the capital city, Hanoi.

➝ Phu Quoc International Airport: International flights including Singapore, Bangkok and some charters to Europe.

➝ Tan Son Nhat International Airport: For Ho Chi Minh City. south of Vietnam

➝ Cat Bi International Airport Near Haiphong, 60km west of Halong City, with flights to China and South Korea.

Popular Domestic Airlines in Vietnam

vietnam flights

Vietjet Air

 Jetstar Pacific

Vietnam Airlines:

Is the state-owned flag carrier, and the majority of flights into and out of Vietnam are joint operations between Vietnam Airlines and foreign airlines. Vietnam Airlines has a modern fleet of Airbuses and Boeings and the level of service on its international flights is starting to catch up with its bigger rivals.

Many international flights leaving Hanoi and HCMC. Departure tax is included on your ticket of Vietnam airline.

Vietjet Air:

Currently, Vietjet airline operates a route network covering destinations nation-wide and more than 30 regional destinations to Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Burma. Most of fleets are of A320s and A321s with average age of under 4 year old. The airline was named as The Best Asian Low Cost Carrier at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, and “The most favourite carrier in Vietnam” by the Economic Times.

Jetstar Pacific:

Jetstar’s mission is to offer low fares to enable more people to fly to more places, more often. Since we launched in Australia in 2004, we’ve carried more than 250 million passengers. We have one of the Asia Pacific’s largest low fares networks by revenue. Jetstar-branded carriers operate more than 5,000 flights a week to more than 85 destinations.

Domestic flights & Airfares in Vietnam

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Hanoi – Danang

Hanoi – Hue

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Hanoi – Dalat

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Dalat – Hanoi

Dalat – Ho Chi Minh city

Ho Chi Minh city – Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh city – Hue

Ho Chi Minh city – Danang

Ho Chi Minh city – Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat

Ho Chi Minh city – Phu Quoc

Can Tho – Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc – Hanoi

Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh city

Phu Quoc – Can Tho

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Top 4 Luxury Cruise to Set Sail to Southeast Asia http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/top-4-luxury-cruise-to-set-sail-to-southeast-asia Tue, 04 Dec 2018 02:29:57 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=2974 The post Top 4 Luxury Cruise to Set Sail to Southeast Asia appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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Ahoy there! Set Sail to Southeast Asia on our top 4 pick of luxury cruises: The waters of the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Ayeyarwady and Chindwin River in Myanmar are simply thrilling. Wind through rivers, swamps and islands and witness the colorful floating markets, villages, grottos and pagodas in this magical maze. The best way to explore these spots is with a luxury cruise, fit for royalty!

You will understand why Queen Elizabeth II loved her ship, Britannia, to visit the British commonwealth. Life aboard a luxury cruise ship is undecidedly opulent with comforts you might not expect. Continue your southeast Asia vacation in style aboard our preferred vessels of desire. With an expert, local crew on hand to provide you with exceptional service, these are affairs to remember!

The Jahan Cruise: An Indo-British Escape

the Jahan cruise - an into British escape

Our most luxurious cruiser, The Jahan provides you with a glittering experience that begins with the pop and a sizzle of Prosecco being poured out for your morning feast from the comfort of your own private balcony. Watch the waves skip after a delightfully tranquil night’s slumber in your well-appointed cabin room. You can rest your head in one of the two decadent suites, 12 superior staterooms, one of the eight upper deck deluxe staterooms, or in one of the four perfectly placed signature suites, complete with a four-poster bed.

You can spend your time in the Apsara Spa or on the pool deck, which boasts a jacuzzi and an intricate Turkish mosaic tiled swimming area. In the afternoon, you can dress to the nines to enjoy a traditional high tea in the al fresco, British-styled Viceroy Hall, a whimsical nod to yesteryear, as your paper fans flutter in the fresh breeze. As the sun sets, head to the colonial-oriental themed East India Club for a tipple. With its panoramic windows, the observatory is an ideal spot to watch life on the Mekong pass by or for a private candlelit dinner.

The Jayavarman: A Khmer-French Abode

The Jayavarman cruise A Khmer-French Abode

Celebrate local arts and culture on this unique luxury cruise ship! Named after the venerated Buddhist King Jayavarman of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, The Jayavarman vessel embraces 1930s art deco charm with Khmer artistry of bas-reliefs, lacquer paintings and intricate woodcarvings. From the Khmer artifacts of Henry Mouhout Lounge (named after the French archeologist who discovered the Angkor Wat complex), and Club 1930 Bar, to the Indochina Dining Hall, there are plenty of airy places to mingle with other guests and share your travel experiences. The top sundeck boasts a jacuzzi with stunning views throughout the day, before you sleep peacefully in one of the exquisite 27 graceful cabins aboard. Experience a regal cruise vacation on one of our suggested Vietnam and Cambodia tour packages

Anawrahta cruise: A British-Buddhist Sanctuary

Anawrahta cruise A British-Buddhist Sanctuary

Experience the finest cruise in Myanmar! The great Anawrahta was built to resemble a British paddle steamer, as a nod to the opulence of the British Empire during its colonial reign of Myanmar, with its polished laquer, shining brass and intricately carved woodwork. The ship provides an impressive stay with its large cabins and, named after the royal founder of Burma, (what is now modern-day Myanmar), the influence of Buddhist architecture is intertwined with the colonial presence that resounds proudly throughout.

Expect delicious cuisine presented on pressed white tablecloths in the elegant Hintha Hall restaurant, and comfortable rattan chairs in the Mandalay Lounge, which much resembles an old colonial club. You can enjoy relaxing treatments in the vessel’s spa, which is inspired by Mandalay’s White Hsinbyume Pagoda, before heading to Kipling’s Bar for a drink, where you can watch the world float by.

The Ginger cruise: Indochinese-Ming Discovery

The Ginger Indochinese-Ming Discovery

Allow the natural beauty of Halong Bay extend indoors when you take a cruise on the gracious Ginger. Taking on the elegance of the Ming Dynasty and classic Indochinese design with warm timber floors and marble bathrooms, this boutique vessel is home to 12 spacious suites, beaming with fresh, natural light and a private balcony. You can rest your head in one of the three categories. The restaurant provides a live cooking display, which is beautifully framed by an al fresco seating area. Unwind in the indoor bar before or after dinner. On the sun deck is a swimming pool with comfortably shaded sunbeds, ideal for viewing Halong Bay in style. There are also several spa rooms, including one with a steam bath, which look out onto the dramatic vistas with floor to ceiling windows.

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The Most Beautiful Paddy Fields and Rice Terraces in Vietnam http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/the-most-beautiful-paddy-fields-and-rice-terraces-in-vietnam Mon, 26 Nov 2018 03:00:57 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=2929 The post The Most Beautiful Paddy Fields and Rice Terraces in Vietnam appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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The vivid picture of the vast terraced rice paddies in Vietnam by the hard working passionate farmers has become a very interesting option for anyone who’s vacationing in the country. Bellow, we gathered top most beautiful and sometimes lesser known places you can travel to see the amazing rice terraces in Vietnam.

HA GIANG

ha giang rice paddies in vietnam

Ha Giang will pop up in your mind looking to find out about the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam. The rice paddies here are cascading and stretching along the other side of the mountain. On each occasion, professional photographers will come from a ll around the world to capture the amazing rice paddies.

This picture was taken mid-September when the rice is still not ripe. Late September will be the best time to look at the Ha Giang rice terraces when the yellow color covered the hillsides.

rice terraces in Hoàng Su Phì vietnam

In Addition to Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi hamlet with its beautiful rice terraces is the most famous rice terraces and a hunting spot in Ha Giang area. It’s not easy to get to Hoang Su Phi, you will have to cross the spectacular Mã Pí Lèng Pass. Despite the bumpy road, you will have the vast area covered with ana amazing cascaded rice terraces which you will not see it anywhere in Asia, a big smile is guaranteed.

LẠNG SƠN

LẠNG SƠN rice terraces vietnam

Located about 160 km from Hanoi, Bac Son Valley (Lang Son) is also a great place for you to admire the poetic landscape with the great rice fields in northern Vietnam.

The rice paddies you see in Bac Son are growing in different time because they have different harvesting time. The combination of the green paddy fields and ripe form the colorful spectrum will make an interesting mix throughout the valley. The appropriate time to look at rice in Bac Son / Lang Son is mid-November.

LÀO CAI

LÀO CAI rice terraces in vietnam with photos

Lao Cai, located in the Bat Xat district  together through the Y Ty pass is where beautiful rice terraces attracts tourists. This mighty mountain land possesses meandering fields like hundreds of captivating golden waves that give you a completely different feeling.

In addition to Y Ty, Bat Xat district, you can also drive through the mountains to find other beautiful and less visited rice paddies in A Lu, Ta Cu and Ma Sao communes.

sapa vietnam rice terraces with photos

Another familiar name in the tours of Vietnam, Sapa, where terraced rice paddies will capture anyone’s eyes. Come and explore the harmonious beauty and golden rice in the mountainous scenery.

The magnificent rice terraces in Sapa have been selected by Travel and Leisure magazine in the USA and voted as one of the seven most beautiful terraced fields in Asia and the world. Interested in Sapa, click to explore best Sapa tours from Hanoi

YÊN BÁI

yen bai rice paddies

Dont look further if spotting the most majestic place to photograph the rice paddies in Vietnam is what you are looking for. The Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) will stand at the top of the lost, the area is located right at the foot of Hoang Lien Son, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields is like the keys to the graceful sky.

Come to Mu Cang Chai in September, you will see the the golden ocean of rice terraces, Also, that is the time to see the splendor vibrant of the harvest season.

mu cang chai rice paddies

Not as magnificent as Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le valley (Yen Bai) with a beautiful rice terraces will bring peace and beauty to the area. Just look at the photo and i am sure you will feel the serenity and shocking beauty of the rice fields.

NINH BÌNH

ninh binh rice paddies with photos

Tam Coc – Ninh Binh, when you drive about 100 km from Hanoi, you will completely admire the wonderful scenery of the golden rice fields in Tam Coc during the weekend.

Enjoy the nature in the countryside, you are free to enjoy the romantic view of rice fields bloom in the river. The terraces are almost in beautiful light color. Ninh Binh offer the easiest and most interesting rice paddies to see from Hanoi

PU LUONG / THANH HÓA

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PHÚ YÊN

phu yen rice paddies with photo in vietnam

KHÁNH HÒA

rice terraces fields in khanh hoa

AN GIANG

rice terraces in southern vietnam

Ta Pang rice field in the Tri Ton district of An Giang province is one of the most beautiful rice fields in the Mekong Delta and southern Vietnam. Step into the romantic rice field is very simple and rustic here, you feel the peace as it is back to the childhood years.

Ta Pa is not only a destination for hunting beautiful rice terraces but also help you get rid of all sorrow, indulge in the peaceful nature through the simple yet amazing typical sceneries of of Southern Vietnam.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Guide to cruising in Halong Bay Vietnam http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/infographic-guide-to-cruising-in-halong-bay-vietnam Thu, 22 Nov 2018 02:29:53 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=2922 The post [INFOGRAPHIC] Guide to cruising in Halong Bay Vietnam appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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Halong Bay, is the most magical place that one would expect to when traveling to Vietnam, the scenic Bay is represent all the charm and beauty of Vietnam and located within north of the country and for an about 4 hours driving from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Halong Bay is known as the descendants of the Dragon (Vinh Ha Long).

Where is Halong Bay?

Halong Bay is a place of over 2,000 karst rock islets scattered along 120 kilometers of coastline, involving more than 15,000 m2 of extension, creating an atmosphere and a place of unparalleled beauty. Obviously, the best and most chosen way to explore and experience such a magical place would be on board a Halong Bay Cruise in such there will be a variety of cruises to choose from, whether superior class boat or a luxury high end cruise with all the facilities one could expect on a cruise vacation. The best and most taken tours are 3 day and 2 night as well as 2 day and 1 night to which all cruises has their own itinerary to follow.

infographic halong bay vietnam

Explore Caves in Halong Bay

When you’re sailing through Halong Bay, tourist cruise will stop to visit some famous caves that have formed in the vast islands of Halong. The most famous caves are Hang Sung Sot Cave (Stun), Hang Dau Go (Cave Escondido Wood), Hang Thieng Cung Grotto (Heavenly Palace), Hang Bo Nau Cave (Pelican), Dong Tam Cung (cave three palaces) and Hang Trong (Drum cave). Some luxury cruises are offering dinner in cave along with the special activities based on your program.

How much is a trip to Halong Bay?

This is pretty much depend on what cruises you choose to go with, generally a 3 star cruise would cost as low as $120 or above which is included shuttle bus transfer from / to Hanoi, overnight stay in a cabin along with the full board meal but not drink.

halong bay vietnam luxury travel

With more value on other luxury or high-end deals on Halong Bay you will get tour with more flexibility along with the better program to explore the Bay along with more activities while sailing through the less visited areas such as in Bai Tu Long Bay. This higher end options usually cost more than $250 to up to $450 per person for a 3 day and 2 night cruising. For more information, visit Halong Bay Vietnam and learn more about activities before booking your trip.

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A JOURNEY FOR A “PHO BO” http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/a-journey-for-a-pho-bo Tue, 20 Nov 2018 02:54:23 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=2914 The post A JOURNEY FOR A “PHO BO” appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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No matter when you make your way for traveling to Vietnam, whether its winter or summer, there is always a melted mouth for what is called Pho Bo, a Vietnamese noodle soup. Is not yet light and a group of women is doing tai chi beside Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake, their cheeks red from the cold. Dressed in padded velvet jackets and black trousers, they raise their arms in unison, watched by an old man who sits at a sidewalk stall, eating a bowl of steaming beef soup. Pho Bo says a hand a hand-lettered sign hanging nearby, where a woman stands over a huge cauldron, warming her hands. Hunched on an ankle-high plastic stool, the old man is joined by other diners: office workers stopping for a quick breakfast; school kids bundled up against the January chill; two old friends who’ve worked up an appetite over an early morning game of badminton.

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WHAT IS PHO NOODLE SOUP?

What is Pho Bo? A clear broth poured over rice noodles and beef or chicken, is as much as ritual of Hanoi life as are early morning exercises. In the early decades of the 20th century, the best pho bo (noodle soup) in Hanoi was served by mobile street vendors, who carried a charcoal burner, a pot of soup and serving bowls strung from bamboo shoulder poles. Today, any time of day or night, you’ll find Hanoians seated at sidewalk stalls or in plain, open-fronted restaurants enjoying simple yet delicious meal. Often identified as the quintessential Vietnamese food, pho is served throughout Vietnam. Hanoians, however, refer to pho as “Hanoi-Soup” and insist that phi found outside of the capital is but a poor imitation of the real Vietnamese cuisine.

what is pho bo in vietnam?

When you order a bowl of Pho Bo, the cook ladles boiling broth, made from stewed meat, bones, dried shrimp, ginger and fish sauce, into a bowl containing thin rice noodles, strips of boiled beef or chicken, sliced onions and green onions. Add a little lime juice, some vinegar, chili peppers and fish sauce, and you’ll understand why almost tourists would love to try this simple happiness while they travel through the country.

hanoi special noodle soup pho bo

PHO BO IN VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Vietnamese cuisine are vary and different from one region to the other, you may find even different ingredient for making a Pho Bo (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) in different cities, generally, having a Vietnamese food is not about ordering a single dish when you are in a restaurant, in such most of the travelers are wondering what to eat and how to order, here is the tips, go for one food and choose different side dish such as salad and or soup, the best practice is to have a local friend with you.

pho bo in Vietnamese cuisine

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World’s Most Popular Animals According to Social Medias http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/worlds-most-popular-animals-according-to-social-medias Wed, 31 Oct 2018 02:30:10 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=2862 The post World’s Most Popular Animals According to Social Medias appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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What are the world’s most popular animals? Well, more people keen to keep animals / pets than before. Surveys show that people around the world share more and more of their lives with animals and pets at home, and every day, more original options emerge. The data is revealing: only in the United States is it estimated that 62% of the population keep at animal at home. The number of pets is usually related as a good indicator to know the economic level of a country.

The world National Wildlife Day that is on the 4th September / each year, our blogger, Hamid, has made a research to find out into which are the most popular animals according to polular social medias such as facebook and Instagram as well as Twitter. Some believe dogs are the most popular animals while other believe in cats and or in small birds, whatever, these two are among the most kept pets and animals by humans.

Below, showing the estimate of the most popular animals and pets in the United States that was made a few years ago:

Ranking Animals Population in USA [Millions]
1 Cats 202
2 Dogs 171
3 Fishes Unknown
4 Small Mammals Unknown
5 Birds Unknown
6 Reptiles and amphibians Unknown

World's Most Popular Animals According to Social Medias

Cats

Speaking of animals, the most popular pet in the world in terms of population is the cat. Researches show that there are around 202 million cats as pets around the world. In 2008, an estimated number of 93 million cats lived in 38 million American houses.

Since the domestication of the cat, around 7,500 BC, cats have gained popularity due to their ability to adapt to urban life in flats, as well as their ability to colonize rural areas. They are loving companions who can live in any condition and in any place, also, very well adapted too live by humans.

cats worlds most popular animals

Dogs

Although in the United States there were 45 million homes with dogs in 2008, they are the first favorite pet all over the world. The most recent data from dog owners is from 2006, and shows that there are 171 million dogs that live as pets all over the world.

The American Kennel Club recognizes more than 200 dog breeds, ranging from toy poodles that almost fit in your pocket, to a “very large” St. Bernard, which can weight up to 80 kg. Dogs are loyal, affectionate and have been a constant companion of human since millennia. They are partners, tutors, workers and helpers, although for many, they are also a terrible source of allergies.

dogs worlds most popular animals

Fishes

The third most popular pet are freshwater fishes. Popular throughout the world, the largest population of goldfish, guppies and other aquarium inhabitants is found in the United States, where in 2006 there were 170 million fish in more than 13 million houses, and offices. While in the United Kingdom, there were about 24 million fish as pets.

Although they are less affectionate than their hairy or feathered counterparts, fish enthusiasts are very attached to their aquatic companions, and enjoy them for their tranquil beauty rather than for their loyal companionship.

fishes worlds most popular animals

Small mammals

This category includes a large number of small mammals, such as squirrel, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils and many other adorable creatures. More than 5 million American families own a small animal and in the United Kingdom the number of houses that keep mammals is more than 2 million.

From rabbits to small hamsters, there were about 16 million of these small pets in the Australia. in 2008, and the number continues to grow. Their small size makes them ideal as pets for children.

small mammals worlds most popular animals

Birds

We can find countless popular birds that people usually keep at home as animals, so much so that they can fly (nymph, parakeets, canaries, diamonds dove birds, lovebirds, java sparrows, goldfinches, parrots, cockatoos, macaws and many more) and also the birds that cannot fly includes (partridge, quail, Chinese quail).

Birds are one of the most popular pet options in the world. In 2006 the Chinese had more than 71 million pet birds, making it a country with the most bird friendly country in the world. It is estimated that in the United States there are more than 18 million birds in more than 5 million houses.

Like its very distant relative, the reptiles, the birds can be relatively small and require little food and space, so it may be a more pleasant companion.

birds worlds most popular animals

Reptiles and amphibians

Although it is not the best option and it may not be in the list of world’s most popular animals for everyone, some people love their lizards, turtles and snakes. In the USA. There are about 4.7 million houses in which, as part of the family, there are some of these cold-blooded creatures. From small geckos to alligators (in some cases), reptiles make up a growing part of the pet market.

Although the possession of an exotic pet like a reptile requires its own treatment and special care, they are popular for several logical reasons. Their lack of hair or dandruff makes them a better option for owners with allergies, and this popular reptiles and amphibians does not require daily walks or extensive areas to walk them around, which is very important for many.

reptiles worlds most popular animals

And for you, what is your favorite pet, and what is a popular animal?

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Why Vietnamese Burn Paper Money On Eve Of Lunar New Year? http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/why-vietnamese-burn-paper-money Tue, 30 Oct 2018 02:21:34 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=2853 The post Why Vietnamese Burn Paper Money On Eve Of Lunar New Year? appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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Origin Of Burning Hell Money Tradition In Vietnam


This may become a big question to either expats who are living in Vietnam or the traveler who come on a visit: “Why do Vietnamese burn hell money”? Locals believe that their ancestors can receive them. Moreover, why don’t they burn the real money instead of fake one in order to show more respect to their ancestors? Get all your questions cleared on following article.

According to a very popular legend, the culture of burning hell paper notes is that it all started from a scam. Some dude, called Lin, in China had a business selling paper. Paper was not a popular commodity then because of low literary rates so few bought it. In order to boost the demand, Lin plotted an act with his wife. He faked his death and the wife arranged a grand funeral for him which attracted the attention of many people. Lin’s wife proceeded to burn paper as a sign of offering. At the height of the funeral, Lin’s coffin suddenly opened, shocking the attendees. He proclaimed that the paper burnt transformed into money in the underworld which he used to bribe the Ruler of the Underworld to let him escape. The story spread like wildfire and sales skyrocketed. It is still unsure whether Lin plotted his funeral or he actually died and revived. Still it would be more interesting though to take it as the former. Ultimately this is but 1 of the many legends floating around the Chinese community.

Why Vietnamese Burn Hell Money On Eve Of Lunar New Year

Severe Influences Of Burning Hell Money To Environment And Human

Recently, many studies have shown that burning this paper, traditionally made from bamboo, emits large quantities of carcinogenic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbonyls and benzene. Besides, the smoke emitted from incense, widely used in religious rituals, has similarly been found harmful to health. Research undertaken in Taiwan and Singapore has now identified an associated increase in cancers of the lung, throat and mouth in people exposed to ghost money and incense, particularly temple workers and women making offerings at home.

Visiting pagodas and temples in the New Year

Controversial Talks About Burning Hell Money

Nowadays, on the awareness of dangers and waste from burning hell money, many people believe that people should not burn hang ma offerings to the dead. Instead, they ought to behave respectfully to their parents, love their fellow man, lead useful lives and donate money to the poor instead. According to deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Council, Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, it’s wrong to expect riches from offerings to the dead, the dead can’t be bribed. Likewise, Ms. Linh, a Hanoian said: “To express my nostalgia for the dead, I don’t waste money on hell dollars and luxury goods. I just buy paper clothes similar to what they’d have worn in life.”

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In light of these health hazards, and combined with the growing awareness of the contribution to climate change of burning more than 100,000 tons of paper annually, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration has for some time been asking citizens to find cleaner and safer ways to express their religious piety and reverence for ancestral spirits. So as a Vietnamese citizen or an expat who has fallen in love with this country, which solution do you come up with?

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Saigon Travel Guide http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/saigon-travel-guide Fri, 26 Oct 2018 02:45:16 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=2848 The post Saigon Travel Guide appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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Saigon, is a cacophony of sights, chaos and sounds that is rewards urban explorers willing to get a little lost in what is called “largest city of Vietnam”. Ho Chi Minh City is filled with non-stop action, grit, character, and some of the best eats in Asia, perhaps in the world. By Vietnamese standards Saigon, or ‘Ho Chi Minh City’ as it is officially known, is a modern city thriving on the fast-paced lifestyle that comes with the commercial gains. Despite this, there are still many historical sites and locations to see and visit in and around Saigon, including the Mekong Delta to the south and the famous Cu Chi Tunnels to the west.

For many, Saigon is an starting point of a trip through Vietnam and of even South East of Asia, there are frequent flights to/from the city to neighboring Cambodia including Siem Reap and Phnom Penh as well as flight to Vientiane to Laos, to Bangkok, Myanmar and other destinations in Asia, so, to plan your trip you just need to be there and you will get a wide array of options to start a long journey through South-East of Asia.

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Mekong Delta, is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta is an important region economically as it is the world’s largest exporting region of rice. Home to 15 million Vietnamese, this is a world of waterways, backwaters and canals and a not to be missed of any holiday within the country, also, a popular part of almost any tour within Vietnam. When you visit Saigon, you discover what this diverse city has to offer. It may be a busy metropolis and a different one from what you see even in Asia, so, be ready for a surprises that you see at any corner. Also, the city is a great place for shopping and like the rest of Vietnam, there’s a lot of negotiation and bartering: haggling at markets is the norm, getting the best price item is all depend on your negotiating skill. Come here and you’ll find a wide range of activities to amuse yourself, from the historical and religious to shopping, galleries, and spas, and yes, to shaking night-life in a city that never sleep.

No matter when you plan your Ho Chi Minh City trip, it will be hot. Vietnam’s weather pattern is roughly split into three different zones. The north of Vietnam has a distinct summer and winter, with the high humidity monsoon/wet season lasting from May to October. The center of the country experiences a long dry season, lasting from January to the end of September, before having its compact wet season.

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Best Time To Visit Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The southern part of Vietnam including Saigon and Mekong Delta has two distinct seasons; wet and dry, with the high humidity monsoon lasting from May to November. During the wet season in the south, it usually rains daily with a heavy but short lived downpour in the afternoon. However, the best time to visit Vietnam is from November through to March but April, May, September and October are also popular months.

Transportations

Motorbike is the main means of transportation in Vietnam and of course in Ho Chi Minh City. Traffic is unavoidable if in a car or other vehicle. Public transportation is rapidly improving, and the Buses are running almost everywhere in the city. There is no MRT and or Skytrain yet in Vietnam. Metered taxis are also available anywhere in the city and run on your request, the easiest and I believe the fastest mode of transportation is Xe Om (Motorbike taxi), which are available at any corner, the price for 1 km ride with motorbike taxis shouldn’t be more than 20.000 VND, negotiate the price before you get the ride

Time zone & Language

Vietnam is 3 hours behind Eastern Standard Time in Australia and 7 hours a head of GMT. The official national language is Vietnamese. English is widely spoken by willing to learn younger.

Entry Requirements to Vietnam

Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. A Vietnam tourist visa is required for Australian, American and Canadian. Holders of UK, Spain, Italy, France, Germany are allowed to get a 15 day free visa at any border, make sure to apply for a proper visa if you are staying for more than 15 days.

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Inspiring and mystical; This is Halong Bay http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/halong-bay-experience-inspiring-mystical Wed, 07 Mar 2018 02:53:42 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=1765 The post Inspiring and mystical; This is Halong Bay appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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We have breakfast and checked out from the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi and met with our guide and heading to the bus for a four-hour transfer for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay, directly east of Hanoi. Our drive takes us through urban, suburban and rural areas, through nice neighborhoods and some pitifully poor ones. The farther we venture from the city, the rougher the road becomes.

Our guide Minh fills us in on the history of Vietnam, its economic and political climate. Along the way, we stop at a roadside shop which is HUGE and sells many, many products, some of which are very high quality. Rose tells us we will return here tomorrow for lunch and a chance to shop so we begin to scope out our potential purchases. Back on the bus, our scenery becomes more and more rural. Men and women in rice paddies, wearing conical hats. Water buffalo standing in wet fields. Ancient temples and graves speckled the countryside. As we approach Halong Bay, the steep karst formations appear on the horizon. They are limestone outcroppings. They are silhouetted in a mist – the coast is not clear. I have seen many beautiful photos of Halong Bay – mine are not going to be the sunny kind.

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Halong Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Legend has it that dragons were sent to this “Bay of the Descending Dragons” to help defend the land against ancient invaders; they spat out jewels and jade that became the many emerald-green islands and islets that dot the bay. making spring rolls and carving tomatoes to look like flowers. I sneak in a foot reflexology massage in the spa, which it turns out is a two-deck chair space on the deck. I wear all my layers (camisole, long-sleeve tee, fleece jacket and raincoat). All I need was a babushka to complete the look. My feet, of course, are naked.

We board the pre-booked luxury Halong bay tour , a wooden junk combining traditional oriental design and modern amenities, for an overnight cruise among the thousands of limestone islands. Wow, so happy the group is…

Lunch is first … a buffet of tasty seafood and other items.

We then head to our cabins … we are lucky enough to have a corner unit so we have big Asian windows on two of our four walls and a deck off the back with a deck chair! Our view of the limestone spires is spectacular.

We anchor in the middle of the bay and tender transports us to row a boat, “manned” by young girls in traditional straw hats. They take us on a one-hour tour of the bay, moving through Vung Vieng fishing village where 300+ people live in houses that sit on the water. Near the end, we travel through a naturally formed grotto with spires on the other side

Speaking of our Vietnam tour package , I always like to count the number of modes of transportation that are involved in a single tour. So far, five:

1. Traditional motorcoach
2. Buggy through Colonial Hanoi
3. Wooden junk in Ha Long Bay
4. Cruise ship tender in Halong Bay
5. Wooden row boat through Halong Bay

We share dinner with Frank and Peggy , also of St. Louis. Five-course gourmet meal, heavy emphasis on seafood (we’re in a fishing village of course). One of the appetizers is a carved out pineapple with diamond-shaped windows showing a candle inside. Fried spring rolls and fresh pawns are skewered to create an exotic tropical showpiece. Following dinner, the cruise line offers squid fishing and a viewing of the movie, “Indochine,” starring Catherine Deneuve. But jet lag and a day in the fresh air has nabbed the last bit of energy from everyone, so Deneuve was talking to herself as Patrick and I left the dining deck.

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Reflections from my tour of Phnom Penh, Cambodia http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/reflections-tour-phnom-penh-cambodia Fri, 02 Feb 2018 01:47:12 +0000 http://www.vietnameseluxurytravel.com/?p=1746 The post Reflections from my tour of Phnom Penh, Cambodia appeared first on Vietnamese Luxury Travel.

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36 years later, across the street from the Royal Palace’s gate, on a public square, a dozen young children were playing. Their parents, mostly in their twenties, had not yet been born when the horrible Khmer Rouge event took place. They looked as cheerful and as innocent as their kids. Time has healed, life has moved on.

Phnom Penh rose to become the capital of the Khmer kingdom in the 15th century, replacing much regretted Angkor. Legend has it that an old woman named Penh found four Buddha images that had come to rest on the bank of the Tonle river. A city grew up around the hill where she housed them for worship and came to be known as Phnom Penh (Hill of Penh)

phnom penh royal palace

For centuries, Phnom Penh struggled to survive from repeated attacks of its two powerful neighbors, the Vietnamese and the Thais, until the arrival of the French in 1863, who made Cambodia a protectorate, and actually protected it from foreign invasions until their departure in 1953.

The French gave the city the layout that we know today. Phnom Penh has therefore a specific colonial feel: large boulevards bordered with old trees, elegant villas surrounded by lush gardens; however, a new visage of the capital seems to have been formed, as some modern structures are being built, a landmark of the modernity that the country is striving for.

The capital indeed appears to enjoy a clearly higher standard of living than the rest of the country: large suv’s abound, the safe deposit box business is a huge success as people find ways to store their new wealth and international schools are filled with children of local wealthy families. Of course, that image doesn’t represent the majority of Phnom Penh’s inhabitants. The working class is certainly still much concerned with their daily earnings. Nonetheless, an impression of ease and of abundance is quite characteristic of the city today.

colonial phnom penh

I decided to walk to the riverside in front of the Royal Palace. It is a place where you can meet Cambodians from all walks of life: monks, intellectuals, businessmen, housewives, food vendors and beggars, drawn by the river’s fresh air and healing effect. At one corner, there was a small Buddhist shrine, where devotees offered candles and lotus flowers fixed on a fresh coconut. I noticed a middle-aged couple who was ceremoniously shaving the head of their young son. The later was sitting on a chair, eyes closed, hands joined in a gesture of reverence. Apparently, he was preparing to enter monkshood to fulfill his duty as a man and a son, bringing merit to his family, a tradition shared in all Theravada countries such as Thailand, Laos and Burma.

For all Phnom Penh’s interesting sightseeing tours, its easy-going markets, bars, restaurants and the seemingly carefree laughter of its youth, I could still not forget the tragic events that have killed one quarter of this country’s population less then half a century ago. I entered a bicycle shop to to rent a bike and take a ride. The shop keeper, a young girl in her early twenties didn’t know how to get to my destination. She had  never been to the Choeung Ek Killing Field, a museum of her country’s past genocide just 13km away, it’s probably a part of history she prefers not to know.

Choeung Ek Killing Field was surrounded by serene rice fields and villages. At first glance, the gracious memorial tower situated at the center of the site didn’t appear horrible at all, until I saw the pyramid of skulls with thousands of victims who had been killed at this site during the Khmer Rouge’s regime. My audio guide led me through all the spots of mass graves then back to the memorial tower. There were no words to describe the feeling resulting from touring the site. The entire site was a frightening display of the darkest side of human psyche, where circumstances turned people into killing machines, incapable of connecting with the most basic human conscience: that of the value of life.

shoeing killing field

“The choice of the divine bird Garuda and the divine serpent Naga on the roof of the memorial tower is symbolically very significant” said the tour guide. “In mythology, they are eternal enemies. Therefore, when they are used together as ornaments, they stand for a strong desire for reconciliation and peace.”

Indeed, this reconciliation spirit had been an attitude adopted by Cambodians in order to be able to move on, keep their smiles and rebuild their country. That’s how Phnom Penh has managed to put traumatized memories into museums and books, looking ahead to the future, and living life to the fullest now.

Traveling to Cambodia?

Cambodia is a beautiful and an amazing destination to plan a vacation to, nestled between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos and its a wonderful country with lots of amazing things to see and to do. Remember to plan your trip in right time and do not forget to explore Phnom Penh, a city that has too m much history behind itself. For more trip idea you may plan a Cambodia tours and or learn more about Phnom Penh holidays on here.

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