Cambodia Travel Guide

Cambodia is one of my all time favorite destinations. It may be a flawed, corrupt, barren country, but filled with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever encountered, rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a lively nightlife. Cambodia is a country still trying to find its way. Development hasn’t been great, as corrupt officials have hindered growth by selling off most of the country to investors. But in all my visits here, I always fall more madly in love with the place and can’t recommend it enough to everyone I meet. It always surprises you. This country guide to Cambodia can help you plan your trip.

Typical Costs

Accommodation – Dorm rooms in hostels start at around 17,000-21,000 KHR. Private rooms generally go for 20,000-40,000 KHR per night. You can get comfortable hotels for 60,000-80,000 KHR with air con, tv, and other amenities. Beyond that, the sky is the limit but I’ve never needed to spend more than 100,000 KHR per night for luxury in this country.

Food – Food is very cheap in Cambodia. Local street vendors will cost you about 4,000-8,000 KHR per meal, and basic restaurant meals will cost between 12,000-20,000 KHR. Western meals at nice restaurants go between 20,000-40,000 KHR. You can get some really world class food in Phnom Phen these days for around 32,000-40,000 KHR.

Transportation – Local city transportation is cheap, costing only a few dollars. You can get a bus anywhere in the country for under 40,000 KHR and renting a driver for the day will set you back between 60,000-80,000 KHR.

Activities – You can find a little bit of everything here, from free to relatively expensive. Those planning on visiting Angkor (most are) should factor in the cost of entrance fees, about 80,000 KHR per day, as well as the cost to travel there. Other tours, hikes, and entrance fees are between 40,000-80,000 KHR depending on the length and popularity of the activity.

Money Saving Tips

Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in Southeast Asia. There really aren’t any big money saving tips here because just by being here, you are saving money. Food, accommodation, and transportation are all dirt cheap.

Minimize your drinks – Drinks, though, really add up. Every drink is a dollar and before you know it, you’ve spent more money on beer than on food and accommodation. There’s no reason this country should cost you more than 80,000 KHR per day but if you drink a lot, you’ll need a slightly higher budget.

Top Things to See and Do in Cambodia
Angkor Wat – This huge temple complex is the reason most people visit Cambodia. The temple ruins are massive, and you’ll need a few days to explore all of them. While there’s a lot more to the country than this UNESCO site (too many people only come to visit Angkor), no trip is complete without satisfying your inner Tomb Raider and exploring these ruins.

Tongle Sap – Sailing down this river allows you to get a look at how closely Cambodian life is tied to this major waterway. You can take a boat all the way down one end to the other or just cruise around on a day trip.

Sihanoukville – White sand beaches, nearby deserted islands, great diving, amazing seafood, and a heavy nightlife filled with cheap booze make this spot a favorite among travelers. This was once a very seedy town, but has become a mecca for backpackers. It’s not a quiet place to hang out, but it’s good place to drink or use as a base to visit the nearby islands, which are quiet and serene.

Phnom Penh – As the capital of Cambodia, this place has a wild west atmosphere with dusty streets and a “devil may care” atmosphere. There are few good attractions to see and an up-and-coming foodie vibe to the city. Since the destruction of the lake, most of the action has moved towards the river.

Bamboo Island – Off the coast of Sihanoukville, Bamboo Island is a great place to unwind, an island that takes just 10 minutes to cross. Here, the local culture is the highlight – get to know the locals, and try your hand at Khmer, the traditional Cambodian dance.

Kep – This beautiful beach town is the quiet version of Sihanoukville, a nice place to relax near the ocean without the party atmosphere that is Sihanoukville. This city is famous for it’s pepper crab and empty beaches. There’s not a lot to do here, so it also makes for a good day trip if you don’t like the idea of chilling out for a few days.

Bokor National Park – Wander among the atmospheric French ruins while hiking a great rainforest. Bokor was a big destination for the French aristocracy back in the day, and you can see the ruins of their homes. It is a day trip from Sihanoukville or nearby Kampot.

Battambang – Known as a farming area and famous for its fading French colonial architecture, this is the place to get a real taste of Cambodian life. There are great temples, a bamboo train, and stunning architecture from long past here. This destination sees few tourists except for those who like to get off the beaten path and off the Siem Reap-Phnom Phen trail. It’s Cambodia without the tourism.

Prasat Preah Vihear – This breathtaking mountain temple is source of conflict with its neighbor Thailand, who also claims this place as its own. The trip here is not easy but nothing worth going to is ever is. Expect a 20,000 KHR entrance fee for foreigners.

Check out tarantula treats – Can’t go to Cambodia without indulging in this delicacy. Visit Siem Reap where you’ll find these critters are a favorite snack fried with butter and garlic.

Visit a river village – There are 3 floating villages to choose from in the country. The houses are built on bamboo stilts, an

Things to do in Cambodia

Be one of three nations in Indochina penisula, Cambodia owns a hidden beauty. Travelling to here, surely that many tourists will ask themselves that is there any things to do in Cambodia, in each region of Cambodia. But don’t worry, things to do and see in bwill be recommened to you in the next words.

Commonly, travelers may skip Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital and go ahead to Siem Reap. However, that would be regret if you pass Phnom Penh and do not spend few days at here. Stopping at Phnom Penh, a lot of stuff to do and see that also depends on your preferences. Here are some offers for your holidays to Cambodia, specifically Phnom Penh. First thing you can try is taking a city tour to discover the place was once called Paris of the East. Having a look around some attractions like Tuol Sleng Genocide museum where stands as an evidence under the Khmer Rouge or National Museum with sophisticated Khmer handicraft. The combination between white and gold of Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda will attract you at the first sight. You can choose to visit these attractions on foot or by tuk tuk, a special mean of transportation in Phnom Penh. Another idea for you is taking a cruise along Mekong river from Sisowath Quay to view Royal Palace and National Museum from water instead of visiting in land. Downstream to Kampot, a riverside town where you can taste many delicious foods, especially seafoods like fried crab with spicy peppercorn sauce, it’s enough to make you like it rightaway. Central Market is the place which famous for bargaining and you can buy some very interested souvenirs and handicraft things. From Phnom Penh, you can take a tour to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a relic of four-year terrorism in Cambodia. A painful past will appear in front of you and make you feel deeply sad when visiting here.

Leaving Phnom Penh by boat or car to Siem Reap, the land of UNESCO world heritage – temples of Angkor which is considered as heaven on earth, you will feel restful in your soul. The complexity of ancient statues, temples in Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom will glamor you in each step. Strolling and watching the ancient objects actually is an unforgetable memory. Besides Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, you can choose different activities near Angkor in order to reduce pressure towards the temples and help other regions develop gradually. Visiting Tonle Sap lake, immerging yourself in nature, discovering the life of native people are worthy experiences that you can try. Other activities include birdwatching at Prek Toal, butterfly watching at Banteay Srey Butterfly centre or participating in some classes like cooking, yoga and massage. If you want to fulfill your Cambodia trip,

Let’s spend your holidays to Cambodia now and discover more by yourself.

Top 4 Attractions in Ninh Binh

100 kilometers away from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is emerging as one of the most exciting destinations during your Vietnam tour. For a long time, it is known as a choice of short getaway from Hanoi. But in fact, many things to do in Ninh Binh to offer for everyone.

1. Admiring the Terrestrial Halong Bay

When driving along the National Route 1A, after passing Ninh Binh City, you will encounter one of the most spectacular sights in Vietnam – Tam Coc (means Three Grottos). Hiring a boat and it will take your through an extensive network of waterways between imposing limestone cliffs erecting from the flat rice paddies. Although the scene still cannot match Halong Bay in terms of size and the number of limestone mountains, Tam Coc is more accessible and less touristy. As the name might suggest, you will undergo three low and dark caves, another reminiscence to Halong Bay. During the trip, you can also have the chance to visit Bich Dong Temple (free entrance) which provides incredible views of the surroundings.

TrangAn is another nearby attractions that is quite similar to Tam Coc. Although TrangAn has more caves to pass through, it is more crowded, especially in high season.

2.Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

As Vietnam’s capital city, Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh is the predecessor of Thang Long (the former name of Hanoi). The royal city is a short bike ride from Ninh Binh City. It is surrounded by high limestone mountains which is believed to protect Hoa Lu from invasion. Inside the complex, there is an iconic archway in the entrance and several temples including the temple of Dinh Tien Hoang, who liberated the country from the Southern Han in the 10th century.

3.Cuc Phuong National Park

It will take you more than one hour drive to get to Cuc Phuong National Park from Tam Coc. Cuc Phuong is generally a well-preserved rainforest. There is an Endangered Primates Rescue Center near the entrance that you should pay a visit with a guide. This is house of about 150 primates being prepared to be released back to the wild. There are many ways to explore Cuc Phuong via the densely rainforested road, but biking is the best choice to slowly stroll through the jungle, the prehistoric trees and the caves. The park is also the home to many faunas, most notably butterflies and birds. The best way to watch the animals here is at night, but be sure to have a guide accompanied with you.

4. Van Long Nature Reserve

Not far away from Cuc Phuong National park is Van Long Nature Reserve. Although the scene is somewhat similar to that in Tam Coc, taking a one hour boat trip in Van Long is a great way to relax and discover numerous species of exotic birds in their natural habitat. You could also witness the endangered monkey living here. Watching the sunset while meandering along the river at Van Long is a great way to end an exciting day in Ninh Binh.

 

24h discovering little-known places in Ninh Binh

In addition to highlighted attractions such as Trang An, Bai Dinh pagoda, Ninh Binh also have many peaceful places for tourists to discover just in one day. Spending time to explore relatively new and interesting destinations like Thung Nham, Thien Ha cave, Dong Chuong lake is a good way to gain better understanding about the historical land of Ninh Binh.

7h: Temple of King Dinh-Le

Hoa Lu ancient capital is tied with three dynasties Dinh – Le – Ly, which is regarded as the land of “supernatural” with many famous Vietnamese celebrities. According to the records, in 968, Dinh Bo Linh came to the throne of the first feudal state in Vietnam, he chose Hoa Lu as the capital and built many palaces, temples in here. Nowadays, there are many monuments left in Hoa Lu, one of these is the temple of King Dinh and Le which are seperated approximately 500m and located in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district. Here you can learn about the history of King Dinh and Le’s reign. In addition, Hoa Lu relic still has some beautiful pagodas like Ngan Xuyen (near foot of Ma Yen mountain) and Nhat Tru (far away 200m from King Le’s temple).

9h: Thung Nham eco-tourism site

Belong to Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, which far away 10km from Ninh Binh city, Thung Nham (or Thung Chim – Bird Valley) is located in the core area of Trang An, beside the famous tourist area Tam Coc – Bich Dong. In order to come here, almost tourists choose to go to Tam Coc about 4km, through the Sun Valley then continue by road or boat if selecting go through Pagoda cave.  You’ll be sure to see here numerous species of birds and the most common ones are stork, teal, starling and so on. In particular, it is also home to many rare species of birds in the Red Book. After being amazed by the number of birds here, you can visit caves in rocky mountains. Leaving boats to walk on the shore, you can visit orchards, centuries-old banyan tree, primary forests and aquaculture zones.

12h: Lunch

Resting in Doi Nham valley, you do not forget to enjoy local dishes like hill chickens, fishes in natural lake, bamboo cane and forest vegetables.

13h: Thien Ha cave

After sightseeing and having lunch at Thung Nham, you will move to Muong Tho Ha, Son Ha commune, Nho Quan district to come up with Thien Ha cave. The cave has a length of 700m including small water cave inside. It’s not really big but due to located in the range of Tuong Mountain, which is a part of natural wall protecting Hoa Lu in 10th century, Thien Ha cave attracts a lots of tourists come to understand more about the ancient capital region.

15h30: Dong Chuong lake

Out of the cave, you keep moving to the two communes Phu Loc and Phu Long to go to Dong Chuong lake. Here you will find pretty pristine and quiet lake scenery. Around the lake, you can see pine hills reflected on the water, all create cool and dreamy space inside jungle. Near the lake, you can visit Ba Tua waterfall, Chin Suoi (Nine Stream line), pine hills and a pond with blue water which never shallow. You can take a boat around the lake, enjoy fresh air,  participate in fun games or go camping to end your long day roaming at beautiful places in Ninh Binh.

7 must-try dishes in Ninh Binh

Besides valuable historic relics, charming natural landscapes, Ninh Binh also attracts travelers because of unique gastronomy with delicious food characterized Northern rustic area. If you have chances to visit Ninh Binh, let’s note down those below dishes and try them!

1 – Ninh Binh rice crust

Rice crust is one of the special dishes of Ninh Binh. This dish is made from cooked rice sliced into round shapes. After cooled down, the round slices are soaked into hot oil pan until they turn yellow. Beef and pig’s heart and kidney are crushed into thin slices and mixed with spices and ingredients like tomato, carrot, onion and mushroom. Then the mixture is well-fried and put into the burned rice bowl. Ninh Binh burned rice owns light yellow color, crispy but still supple, fat but not bored.

2 – Nhech fish salad Kim Son

Nhech fish salad (or cá nhệch) is a special dish in Ninh Binh but you have to try this salad in Kim Son where considered as best place to enjoy it. This is complicated process to create this dish. The first bite of Nhech salad will bring you the attractive aroma of roasted sticky rice, light sour of vinegar interjected to the spicy of ginger, garlic, pepper, chili and lemon grass. You will never forget this taste.

3 – Mountainous snails

Mountainous snails are abundant in the limestone mountains of Tam Diep town, Yen Mo, Nho Quan. They usually appear from April to August every year, during the rainy season, when the weather is wet. Main food of snails is the plants that grow wild in the mountains including the valuable medicinal plants and it become a typical dish of Ninh Binh. Therefore, people only preliminary processing it to protect herbs inside snails. Mountainous snails’ meat  is chewy, crispy and sweet which can be processed into many dishes: steamed with ginger, stir-fried with chili, mixed salad .

4 – Rare goat meat

Tai De or Rare goat meat is a specialty food in Ninh Binh which can help both fostering the body and being a rustic medicine because goats eat many precious medicinal herbs. The limestone mountains of Hoa Lu are shelter of these free-ranging domestic goats (the wild mountain goat in Viet Nam, the serow capricornis sumatraensis is strictly protected and very unique). The mountain breeding goats are caught, well burnt, disemboweled, plucked and mixed with holly basil or duckweed for over 10 minutes. The goat meat is cut pieces (with skin), dipping them in boiling water until half-cooked. As they are cool, they are evenly sliced (vertically).
The half-cooked sliced meat shall be mixed with fried-sesame, which is roughly crushed, sliced-chilly, lemon leaf, ginger, chopped up-citronella, lemon juice and sodium glutamate. That’s it, a very excellent dish. Eating rare goat always accompany with fig leaf, green banana, star fruit…. particularly soybean jam.

5 – Yen Mac fermented pork roll

Nem Chua has been made for such a long time. Nowadays, Yen Mac roll appears in many local and other provinces’ restaurants and hotels. The number of locals in Yen Mac who can make this kind of nem chua is not many today because the work requires not only secret formula but also passion for the work. The production process need to be strictly followed; the finished fermented pork rolls ensure high quality, good taste, fresh colors, even slices, which can be kept for a week without degeneration of quality. The roll can be kept from 5 to 7 days and remain fresh, tasty and crispy. Yen Mac roll are served with a plate of lettuce or mint, they are supposed to wrap guava leaf, herbs around each roll, then dip it in fish sauce mixed with lemon juice, chopped garlic, chilly or pepper.

6 – Perch sour soup

Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district is the home of many caves with big and fleshy perch. Perch sour soup is the specialty of the karst along delta. In order to make this dish, you have to need pickles to remove smell of fish and create an attractive aroma for the soup. This dish has a sweet mixed with sour taste of pickles, the cool fresh taste of tomatoes & tofu, fleshy, crunchy and aromatic taste of perch.

7 – Ninh Binh eel vermicelli

Together with rice crust, rare goat meat, eel vermicelli is also one of famous dishes in Ninh Binh. Eels are washed carefully with vinegar, removed the inside, mixed with spices like red chili, onion pepper, fish sauce and then fried in hot oil until fragrant and yellow. Banana flower is cut into thin threads and soaked in salt water for 5-7 minutes and then fried with mashed onion. Eel vermicelli noodles is often eaten with ginger, “la lot” and sourness of lemon juice converge on the eel vermicelli bowl that make a try worth a thousand words.

Floating Markets – The Uniqueness of Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta area is the largest rice growing region in Vietnam which always covered with green rice paddies, orchads coconuts, mangos, pineapples, bananas and oranges. It is also the only region in Vietnam where riverboats and sampans are the main means of transportation due to low-lying, soft soil condition and dense system of rivers and canals. Also because of dense rivers and canals system, the uniqueness of Mekong Delta – floating markets are created to supply the demands of trading of local people. Gradually, it becomes attractive places for tourists when they travel to Mekong Delta area.

The Cai Rang floating market, the most facsinating and largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 5:00 am and runs until mid-day, however, it could be more interesting if you visit it before 9:00 am. Some historians say that it has been operating since early 1900s during the Nguyen dynasty. It means that this market has become a must in the life of local people for a long time. If you don’t want to discover this market by yourself, don’t worry because a day tour to Cai Rang floating market is the most popular Mekong tour from Ho Chi Minh city. Talking about the distance of 6km from Can Tho or about 30-minute boat ride, you will have a glimpse about life along shores. You’ll see vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river or houses built on stilts over waterface. Once you reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A strech of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. It’s not only the place of selling souvernirs, but also people come here to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole, if you want mango, simply scan for a hanging mango. And if you want, you’ll have an opportunity to interact with some of floating merchants to get more understands about their work.

Not far away from Ho Chi Minh city, approximately 2 hours by car, Cai Be floating market is an ideal place for those have limited time travel in Mekong Delta. Cai Be is a charming small town with lots of colorful fruits and vegetable gardens, traditional crafts, a French church from 1935 and an impressive traditional house which can be visited. Cai Be, one of well-known floating markets in western region of southern Vietnam, lies in Tien river, adjacent to three province Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre. This market is always busy from 3:00 am in buying and selling goods. Rafts and boats that full of fruits, vegetables and other products are anchored along two sides of river for kilometres. As same as in Cai Rang floating market, the merchandise sold in each boat is hung on a pole in front of the boat to attract customers. From floating markets, goods are shifted for selling at inland markets or small boats take them for delivery along canals in the Plain of Reeds.

Floating markets in Mekong Delta is an unique cultural characteristic, creating such a beautiful river painting. Apart from Cai Rang, Cai Be, you also can visit Phung Hiep floating market in Hau Giang province or Nga Nam in Soc Trang province. It can be denied that visiting floating markets is among can-not-miss experience in Southern Vietnam which will leave you the most impressive, meaningful and memorable moments in Mekong Delta travelling.

Moreover, it also is a necessary part in any Mekong day tour, so if you want to explore, you only need to join in our tour at Mekong Delta Tours

 

What to prepare for your trip in Mekong Delta Vietnam?

Normally, when you decide where to go on your holidays, you should consider what to prepare and what to do in your intended travel destinations. The same situation as in Mekong Delta area, where owns favorable natural conditions, mild climate and fruit seasons all year round, we will recommend you about what should bring and prepare for a best Mekong Delta travel.

1 – Personal luggage

Mekong Delta area is characterized by mild climate, cool, windy so when you travel here, you should not bring warm clothes like travelling in cold regions. Casual travel clothing like T-shirt, jean, short is recommended to bring here and a thin jacket as well to avoid harsh sunlight in the afternoon in this land. And especially because of the topography of this western waterway, you should not bring luxurious items or white items because they might be dirty or damaged. It is highly recommended that tourists bring comfortable walking shoes and lightweight long pants for both normal tour and Buddhist temple excursions because women will need to cover their shoulders and knees when visiting sacred places.

In addition, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, bathing suit, extra socks, and mosquito repellant, and of course, camera with charger and extra batteries are also should-bring stuffs in this promising trip.

2 – Transportation

If you join in tours, normally travel companies will arrange the transportation for you. It is often travelling by bus, if you require they will arrange the flight for you.

If you want to travel by yourself, there are some ways here:

By road: Mekong Delta is about 4-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh and Can Tho so it is rather easy to access this region by road although sometimes the road is quite crowed due to vehicles overload on this main route. You can catch the bus at western bus station in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh city to go down to Mekong Delta area.

By boat: Mekong Delta Vietnam has special river system running through most of provinces so you can choose to visit here by waterway. However this way attracts fewer tourists because of long moving time. There used to be hydrofoil connections from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, heading to Can Tho in around 4 hours, but this option does not exist anymore. Alternatives are speed boat transfers, or cruises will be the better choices for those who are interested in unspoiled nature, from Cai Be to Can Tho or backward.

By plane: There are some flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Rach Gia (the place that can be reached  by boat or plane from Phu Quoc) and also between Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island where tourists can then start Mekong Delta tour from here. However, the price is higher than by road and by boat and you have to check the availability first.

Mekong Delta is also a natural passageway from Southern Vietnam to Cambodia, which can be entered through mainland and/or by river. It is not so difficult to get a visa to Cambodia (but not for all entrance points), but you also need to obtain Vietnam visas in advance.

You can travel from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, to Chau Doc on a boat-bus journey; or you can also enter at the border crossing on the way from Kampot in Southern Cambodia to Ha Tien since bus stops are also now available between Phnom Penh and Can Tho.

3 – Shopping

Shopping in Mekong Delta Vietnam is another consideration to keep in mind when travelling here. You will be attracted by many items, jewelry, cosmetics & clothes here. Our recommendations is that you should purchase necessary items, the one you like the most then check carefully product’s quality to buy. Although local people are friendly, enthusiastic but you also should have the precaution to avoid unfortunate circumstances occurred.

Those above recommendations are basic but necessary things in order to have a promising trip in Mekong Delta Vietnam. We hope that you will find it useful and informative, we are always happy to answer your questions. Wish you have a good trip in Mekong Delta Vietnam!

Visiting 5 famous orchard in Mekong Delta area

Mekong Delta area, where owns favorable natural conditions, mild climate and fruit seasons all year round, is the best destination for tourists. Traveling to fruit gardens has become the favorite type of many tourists to visit Mekong Delta. There are orchards heavy with fruit all year round that making many visitors fascinated. Let’s make plan to visit these famous orchards and have the wonderful memory.

1. Lai Thieu orchard – Binh Duong

Situated along the Saigon River, the city of Thu Dau Mot is about 10km south of Ho Chi Minh City and about 20km north, Lai Thieu fruit garden with durian, cempedak, sapoche, delicious custard all seasons. With gardens stretching, red rambutan, purple mangosteens, or cempedak fragrant, Lai Thieu is one of the largest fruit bowl of Southeastern water area. At Lai Thieu orchard, mangosteen is grown a lot with extensive gardens to mangosteen dozen hectares with thousands of trees, each tree for hundreds of fruit.

2. Cai Be orchard – Tien Giang

Surrounded by numerous canals, around the year immersed in fertile alluvial delta of the Tien River, Cai Be is the area specializing in fruit trees provide much of the country and for export. Not only are large fruit basket on most of the Mekong Delta, Cai Be orchard also stop not to be missed by many travelers in the journey.
Compared with orchards in Mekong Delta, Cai Be have the fruits richest in 4 seasons change, they all wake season has delicious ripe fruit. Cai Be owns the same delicious fruit known as: durian, Hoa Loc mango, oranges, orange honey jackfruit and Lo Ren milky breast. Visiting Cai Be orchard, immersed in the lifestyle of the people here, visitors can relax, mingle with the natural and feel personality and mentality of people in the South to then have unforgettable impression when once setting foot on this place.

3. Cai Mon orchard – Ben Tre

One place not to be missed by travelers to Cho Lach District is Cai Mon orchard. Its land is dubbed “fruit kingdom”. Here, visitors will be attracted by green trees with sweet fruits such as durian, mangosteen, mango, longan and citrus, especially Cai Mon’s durian is particularly well known.
Dubbed coconut with year round mild climate, Ben Tre also large fruit bowl of the Mekong Delta with enough famous delicious fruits such as durian, rambutan, pomelo, mango, longan, plum… Guests access to the garden can hand-picked and enjoy the delicious ripe fruit.

4. My Khanh orchard – Can Tho

This is a large garden wide 2,2 hectare with more than 20 kinds of fruit, flowers and a variety of birds and animals such as turtles, snakes, crabs, shrimp …
Here, visitors can stroll in the garden, breathing the cool fresh air, hand-picking the ripe fruit to enjoy and savor gourmet garden without worrying about food safety issues. Visitors can stay overnight in the lovely home construction scattered under the trees and enjoy the nightly cultural shows very nicely.

5. Hạ Châu strawberry garden – Can Tho

Ha Chau strawberry is not only economic value fruit, but also as one of the specialty fruit trees of Phong Dien district. If visitors visit here on the main crops you will be watching the gold strawberry nursery garden, ample scattered from the root up to the tops. Ha Chau strawberries are sold on floating markets in the region and the province and exported to foreign countries.
Such an beautiful and delicious places for visitors in Mekong Delta area. You can choose to visit by yourself or have a look at some Mekong Delta tours offerd by local agencies. Let’s go to fruit gardens and relax there.

Beyond the Beach in Nha Trang

Nha Trang is the coastal jewel of Vietnam, with some of the best white sand beaches, luxury resorts and natural beauty that the country has to offer. But there’s much more to it then just the shore, take a look at what’s beyond the beach!


Located only 450 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang is known for being one of the most bustling beach cities in Vietnam, offering visitors more than just a sleepy oceanside town. Although the stunning turquoise water and stretches of pristine coastline is what makes Nha Trang a top destination in Vietnam, the city has much more to offer than sun and sand.

Into the Blue

While most travelers don’t venture too far beyond the sunny comfort of the beach, there is so much more to see once you go past the shore. Since Nha Trang’s water is still some of the clearest in Vietnam‘s stretching coastline, there is hardly a better place to take in the beauty under the water’s surface than here.

The marine ecological park around Hon Mun Island allows divers and snorkelers to see some of Nha Trang’s underwater life up close and in an area that is protected from destruction. The marine park’s close proximity to the city — a boat ride there will only take around 40 minutes — has established Nha Trang as one of the top diving destinations in Vietnam and arguably Southeast Asia.

Monuments of History

A view of the Po Nagar Temple Complex
A view of the Po Nagar Temple Complex – photo by Karen Hewell

Before it became a major tourist destination, Nha Trang was populated by the ancient Cham people, whose empire spanned a majority of south-central Vietnam and into parts of Cambodia and Laos. Consequently, ancient ruins of the Cham temples still stand in parts of Vietnam, including the Po Nagar Temple in Nha Trang.

As one of the most beautifully restored Cham temples in Vietnam, the Po Nagar temple resides on its own ‘island’ and overlooks the city’s skyline beyond the Xom Bong Bridge. Many still pray at the location, and incense is always burning in large bowls in front of the temple entrances, called bat huong.

Places of Faith

More modern testaments to the faith and history of the locals in Nha Trang are only just outside of the city centre, including the Kito Cathedral, or Nha tho Nui. Locally known as the Mountain Church, Kito Cathedral sits atop a small hill and is surrounded by a steep driveway that winds up to its entrance.

Built in the early 1900s, the church is still a place of worship for Nha Trang’s large catholic population, and a beautiful testament to French and Western architectural influences in the city.

A "sleeping buddha" statue at Long Son Pagoda
A “sleeping buddha” statue at Long Son Pagoda – photo by Karen Hewell

Only a few kilometres stands yet another religious icon in Nha Trang, at Long Son Pagoda. Long Son Pagoda is also perched along a mountain, and its many spots for prayer connected by steep stairways and stone walkways.

Long Son is home to some of the largest buddha statues and monuments in the country, with a collection of “sleeping buddhas” and an enormous sitting buddha statue standing almost 24 metres high at the top of the hill. The vantage point from where this magnificent statue stands offers one of the best views of Nha Trang city in the surrounding area, and is well worth the climb for the photo opportunity alone.

After Sunset

After the sun goes down in Nha Trang, an entirely new side of the city opens its doors. Nha Trang has one of the most vibrant night life scenes outside of Ho Chi Minh City, with many bars staying open well past sundown. The most famous late night bar is The Sailing Club, which remains one of the few bars in the city whose bedtime is well past midnight, and is popular with both visitors and locals alike.

Lovers of food will not be disappointed in Nha Trang either, which boasts seafood that hardly travelers a kilometre from net to plate. Most of the city’s best seafood restaurants are along Tran Phu street, which runs along the coast and operates as the cultural backbone of the city.

Yet, some dining establishments take the dinner experience right to the source, with makeshift food stands set up along the beach even after sundown. Taking a stroll down the sand just before sunset will have you stumbling across some of the best local food in the city.

Hanoi Holiday Guide: Christmas and New Year in 2015

Abroad for the holidays? Vietnam’s capital city is a great place to celebrate! We scoured our favourite city for the best spots to get into the holiday spirit.


Although winter holidays aren’t as popular in Vietnam as they are in countries on the other side of the world, Hanoi is known for having its fair share of holiday celebrations. Spending time travelling for the holidays can be the ultimate getaway – but for most of us, we’re not ready to completely abandon the holiday traditions. Looking for a way to celebrate like you would at home? This is what’s going on for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Vietnam’s capital city!

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake is not only one of the city’s best hotels, but it’s also home to one of Hanoi’s best New Year’s parties. With parties at not one, but three restaurants at their location, and you’re bound to find something you’re excited about.

Café du Lac

If New Year’s Eve is more about food and great company than New Year’s resolutions and partying, then this decadent (and wonderfully laid back) get together is your perfect way to ring in the new year. Plenty of great food and lots of live music makes this a great place to enjoy the holidays in style.

Price starts from VND 2,500,000++/Adult including free flow of wine

Milan

Decidedly cozier than most New Year’s parties, this New Year’s celebration is a festival of food and great views over West Lake. Enjoy a five-course menu and a relaxed ambiance with this one.

Price starts from VND 1,300,000++/Adult including 1 glass of bubbly

Sunset Bar

Get some Christmas shopping done in one of the most festive corners of the city. Plenty of sweet treats, festive pastries and even some Christmas carols, this is a great place to get into the Christmas spirit.

Grand Ballroom

Celebrate Christmas Eve in style with our dedicated family celebration at Grand Ballroom. Experience the ultimate festive buffet of delicious international and local dishes, complemented with exciting entertainment and cheerful live music. Look out for Santa Claus, who’s due an appearance!

Price starts from VND 2,000,000++/Adult including free flow of wine

Sofitel Metropole Hotel

La Beaulieu

At La Beaulieu Restaurant in classy Sofitel Metropole Hotel, the best place to enjoy your fine-dining New Year’s Eve is with a six-course set menu from 7pm. Don’t leave this one until the last minute, though — last order goes in at 10.30pm, and then the champagne comes out!

Note: Pricing includes a glass of champagne (VND 4,510,000). Vegetarian menu (VND 2,035,000) & children’s menu (VND 1,045,000) also available.

Spices Garden

If you’re looking for a nice mix between Vietnamese flavour and Western holiday spirit, the gala dinner at Spices Garden is your perfect choice. Get in your last order before 10.30pm for a five-course set menu, and everything is a tasty mix of Vietnamese specialties and global fare.

Note: Pricing includes live entertainment and a glass of champagne (VND 3,190,000). Vegetarian menu (VND 1,540,000) & children’s menu (VND 1,045,000) also available.

Le Club

Add some excitement to your NYE dinner at Le Club, where a glass of champagne and Jazz goes hand-in-hand. There are two seatings — one beginning at 6pm, the the second at 9pm — and each is the best “dinner and a show” you’ll find in town.

Note: Pricing for second seating includes a glass of champagne and countdown from our Jazz Diva and live Jazz performance. First seating is priced at VND 2,750,000 and second at VND 3,685,000.

Angelia

Six-course dinner and champagne in order? Head to Angelina for something delicious before you spend the rest of the night making resolutions. If you’ve got a taste for Italian fare, this one is for you.

Note: Pricing includes a glass of champagne (VND 3,685,000). Vegetarian menu (VND 2,000,000) & children’s menu (VND 1,045,000) also available.

Press Club Terrace Bar

Glamorous to say the least, the New Year’s Eve event at Press Club’s Terrace Bar is hands down the most extravagant of the parties in Hanoi. DJ Link Eva and Hot Chicks Band are set to take the stage for the evening, so this one is for those not scared to dance while sipping their champagne.

Let our travel experts at Buffalo Tours plan a unique trip for you to Hanoi this Christmas and New Year! 

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