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Beautiful Viet Nam captured from above

Beautiful Viet Nam captured from above

“Green tea islets” are located alternately in Cau Cau dam in Thanh Thinh and Thanh An communes. Visitors can get a sightseeing boat tour to have the best view of the attraction.

Green tea islands dot among an irrigation lake near Vietnam’s border with Laos.
Green tea islands dot among an irrigation lake near Vietnam’s border with Laos.

 

Every tea islet covering an area of more than one hectare gives people a pure fresh atmosphere. When the boat arrive in the island, tourists can contemplate green tea gardens and enjoy tea in leaf huts. Additionally, travelers can visit other beautiful landscapes, such as Coi Falls, Lua Falls, Dong Danh dam in neighboring areas.

Women wash and bundle water lilies for sale in the market of Tân An.
Women wash and bundle water lilies for sale in the market of Tân An.

Water lily (bông súng – bong sung) is grown popularly in ponds, lakes in pagodas, temples and gardens in Vietnam for its beauty. It’s also used as medicine and foods. Its stem is airy four-celled tube floats, adapts itself to the depth, and stiffs in shallows. Dishes with water lily stems are specialties of Mekong Delta. Water lily stems should be peeled, cut in julienne and soaked in mix of water, salt and lemon juice/vinegar before cooking.

Farmers sell lychees in harvest season every June.
Farmers sell lychees in harvest season every June.

Lychees are described as small rounded fruit with white translucent flesh, pleasant smell and rough thin skin. Since lychees were cultivated in Vietnam more than a thousand year ago, lychees are always one of the favorite fruits among locals. They fall for its sweetness with

hint of grape and pear favors. Lychee season has already started in early May but only ripe at the end of June. Nowaday Viet Nam has become the second largest Lychee exporter.

Boats prepare to carry tourists on a three-hour ride through the grottoes of Trang An, near the ancient capital of Ninh Binh.
Boats prepare to carry tourists on a three-hour ride through the grottoes of Trang An, near the ancient capital of Ninh Binh.

Located at Hoa Lu district (Ninh Binh province, around 100 km away from Hanoi), Trang An, a large ecological destination, belongs to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex with the total area of 12.000 hectares. It was ranked as the the national heritage of great importance by Vietnam government and recognized as the first cultural and natural heritage of Vietnam by UNESCO.

Fishermen swim to connect new lobster cages with rope in the southern Phu Yen province.
Fishermen swim to connect new lobster cages with rope in the southern Phu Yen province.

With a large coastal area of 3,260 km (2,030 mi), and a 1 million km² exclusive economic zone, Vietnam has the potential for a large mariculture. One of the most valuable coastal aquaculture activities is raising spiny lobster, especially the ornate lobster, Panulirus ornatus, a highly valued species in the seafood industry, especially in Asia, Europe, and America. Spiny lobster farming in sea cages was first developed in Khánh Hòa Province in 1992, and has since expanded to 35,000 lobster cages in just over a decade and become a USD $100 million industry.

A woman dries incense in Hanoi. Making incense is one of the traditional crafts
A woman dries incense in Hanoi. Making incense is one of the traditional crafts

In Vietnamese, incense is known as “Hương” or “Nhang” (“Hương” in the North and “Nhang” in the South). For centuries, Vietnamese people have burned “Nhang”, from

modest temples to prestigious pagodas, from humble village huts to luscious houses. Incense is offered when a family member passes away, a baby was born, or as a way to pray for and commemorate ancestors. Until now, there are still a lot of incense villages along Viet Nam, especially in Ha Noi and Hue.

Construction workers finish their day on the site of a solar power plant in central Vietnam.
Construction workers finish their day on the site of a solar power plant in central Vietnam.

Vietnam has a great potential to develop solar power, especially in the Central and the South.The average number of sunshine hours in the North ranges from 1,500-1,700 hours of sunshine per year. Meanwhile, the Central and Southern regions have higher average annual sunshine hours, from 2,000-2,600 hours/year. By the end of June 30, 2019, 82 solar power plants, with a total capacity of about 4,464 MW.

Food prepared for the death anniversary in Viet Nam
Food prepared for the death anniversary in Viet Nam

This anniversary is one of the most important events of every Vietnamese family. When a person in a family dies, the alive people will remember that day. Annually, when coming to that day, they will prepare a feast to memory the dead person. It is because that Vietnamese people believe that when a person dies, only his physical body dies but his spirit or soul always exists and lives in another world. It’s also a day to connect people in the family and neighborhood as well, sit together, put aside busy works to have the meal and share the story with each others.

Buildings and roads resemble an electronic circuit board in Ho Chi Minh City
Buildings and roads resemble an electronic circuit board in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh is a city that never sleeps. You may think the city is amazing and bustling during the day, but the night takes it to a whole new level.

Workers harvest sea salt from Hon Khoi Salt Field in Nha Trang during the dry season.
Workers harvest sea salt from Hon Khoi Salt Field in Nha Trang during the dry season.

The Hon Khoi Salt Fields is one of the most unique tourist destinations in Nha Trang, where mounds of natural salt are manually harvested from shallow fields along Doc Let Beach. Salt production is a thriving industry in Nha Trang due to Vietnam's extensive coastline, generating about 737,000 tonnes every year. The best time to visit Hon Khoi Salt Fields are

between the months of January and June, when the summer climate (with temperatures that can go as high as 40°C) allows for the salt to be directed from the East Sea to the fields.

Dancers twirl during a cultural festival celebrating the Khmer people in the southern province of Kiên Giang.
Dancers twirl during a cultural festival celebrating the Khmer people in the southern province of Kiên Giang.

Festivals in Vietnam offer visitors the best opportunity for getting up close and personal with the myths, customs and fun-loving spirit of this proud nation. Despite undergoing modern developments, Vietnam is still a predominantly traditional country, with thousands of pagodas and shrines dedicated to Buddha as well as various deities and iconic figures.

Vendors make conversation while waiting for customers at Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta
Vendors make conversation while waiting for customers at Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta

The floating market came into being by the habits and diverse and rich garden products of people living near rivers and canals. There are many ways to exchange goods, but in Mekong River Delta people often use boats as major transport and all trading activities take place on boats. Since then, Cai Rang Floating Market in particular and floating markets in Mekong River Delta in general is formed. Interestingly, these floating markets are often organized at the junction of rivers. There, the water level of rivers is not too deep, and river surface is not too wide, which is convenient for boats to moor.

Children fly kites across the Mekong Delta during the annual flood season.
Children fly kites across the Mekong Delta during the annual flood season.

The flood season in the Cửu Long (Mekong) River Delta is a natural phenomenon that occurs each year on the downstream Mekong River. The season lasts for three months between the seventh and tenth lunar months.As the water rises locals look to switch trade. Instead of farming, they start to exploit aquatic animals and plants washed in by the flood waters.The beauty of peaceful countryside and famous Mekong Delta floating markets, along with abundant and diverse yield of the South during this season of immense water will charm and cling on the feet of anyone who loves nature and exploration

During holidays, flowers lantern float across the Perfume River in the central Vietnamese city of Hue.
During holidays, flowers lantern float across the Perfume River in the central Vietnamese city of Hue.

According to the original meaning, which means lights lantern flowers on the river. Lantern Festival is the festival drop lighting is decorated with flowers lights. Lantern is lit aims to honor the spiritual values, spiritual values and culture of Viet Nam on major holidays. Especially the New Year festival, Upper Highlands ceremony or Mid Fall festival celebration lamp, praying prosperous country, needs sound super positive attitude. Lantern was released on the river just a cozy, aesthetic, rich in tradition and brings spiritual values prelude to year.

 

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Editor: Vi Lam