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Nhi Phu (Ong Bon) Temple in Ho Chi Minh City

Religious sites are special features of Vietnam travel. There is a variety of temples and pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City such as Vinh Nghiem Pagoda and Thien Hau Temple. These religious sites have contributed substantially to the holy aspect of the long-established city. That is also the reason why temples are irreplaceable despite changes in city's l...
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Cho Lon: Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is famous for the diversity in a cultural combination of different ethnics. Some areas have been established for a couple of centuries, and despite the developed modern world, they still keep their historical aspects reflected in many ways of life. And Cho Lon - the largest Chinatown in Vietnam - is one of the oldest, busi...
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Guest — Doris Roy
I recommended my friend to take the tour with i Tour to cho lon and they were all so happy about it
Friday, 25 October 2019 21:11
Guest — Ivan Gonzales
Do you have tours to this area?
Saturday, 19 October 2019 23:47

Saigon Pagodas: Jade Emperor Pagoda

If you travel to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), besides some historical attractions such as Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, and War Remnants Museum that we highly suggest you should come and visit, there are other exciting local places which we ensure you would want to see. Some of these are old temples and pagoda...
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Guest — Timothy
a very crowded temple and they could have done a better job maintaining the conditions
Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:14
Guest — Caleb Ray
highly recommend i Tour if you want to learn more about the hidden sides of the city. I had such wonderful experience with these g... Read More
Friday, 25 October 2019 20:51
Guest — William Allen
However, due to lack of knowledge, this tradition could be doing much harm to the natural world, according to Associate Professor... Read More
Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:13

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

After more than 10 centuries since Buddhism first came to Vietnam, a lot of temples and pagodas have been built across the country. Besides Jade Emperor Pagoda and Xa Loi Pagoda, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City is one of the famous and most important pagodas to Buddhism in Vietnam. Read our guide to this beautiful religious attraction and ad...
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We visited here during the tour and it was amazing
Friday, 25 October 2019 21:09
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Vietnamese Music

Music and cuisine are perhaps the most important components of any culture. But unlike food, one may find it difficult to grasp the essence of a song with lyrics written in a different language. Here is a brief walkthrough of our extremely diverse music culture.Traditional MusicIn North VietnamCa Tru/Hat A Dao: The performance involves a female sin...
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Ong Pagoda - Nghia An Assembly Hall in District 5

Ho Chi Minh City is considered as a cosmopolitan city since it is a combination many cultures. In particular, the most prominent is the development of the Chinese community, especially Trieu Chau people (Chaozhou). For over 100 years, ethnic Chinese brought along their cultural heritage from their fatherland to Southern Vietnam, in which General Qu...
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Best Vietnamese Movies

One of the best ways to learn about a country’s culture is to watch their films. Below are 5 best Vietnamese movies that would show the normal life of Vietnamese people in different eras.Read also: What to know about Vietnamese cultureMui Du Du Xanh (The Scent of Green Papaya)Director: Tran Anh HungRelease year: 1993 (released in the US, not in Vie...
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Nha Tho Cha Tam (St. Francis Xavier Parish Church)

The Chinese are an important community in Ho Chi Minh City with their fascinating culture. Cha Tam Church built to serve the Chinese Catholics, because of which, becomes more exceptional and distinct, a must-go destination for those who want to explore the other side of Ho Chi Minh City.How to Get to Cha Tam ChurchAddress: 25 Hoc Lac, Ward 14, Dist...
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The Beauty Trend behind Black Teeth in Vietnam

Black teeth in Vietnam is a strange yet common tradition that has only fallen into obscurity since the late 20th century. Female commoners and royals alike dye their teeth black. Nowadays, this trend can only be spotted among females from traditional tribes or women from the oldest generations.Cultural Reasons behind Black Teeth in VietnamIt is ass...
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Really enjoyed the stories on our tour, turns out your blogs have more wonderful cultural insights will definitely check out more... Read More
Saturday, 26 October 2019 14:08
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Diverse Vietnam Food Culture

Vietnamese dishes are loved for their healthy and flavorful taste. Almost anyone who has tasted Vietnamese food commended the perfect seasoning, and this delicate, impeccable seasoning is also why Vietnamese often find it hard to adjust to the bland seasoning style of western cuisine or the strong spiciness or sourness of Thai and Indian taste...
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Guest — Dai
I completely agree, It is great. And I am always surprised when I read posts about the food. This great content.
Monday, 02 November 2020 19:58
Guest — Marcia Dixon
The food tour will take you to some of the best places to eat in saigon
Saturday, 26 October 2019 13:52
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Sunday, 07 October 2018 15:37

Why Vietnamese Love White Skin

This obsession is similar to the tanned skin craze in the West, only a bit more extreme. Spend a day on the streets in almost any city, you will find women covered from head to toe to not be exposed to sunlight (the “street ninja”). If you see any cosmetics ads while strolling, most likely it’s about skin bleaching products. This “white cultur...
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Guest — Diepiriye S Kuku-Siemons
Wonderful discussion here. But we forget one crucial factor- Vietnamese DO hurt themselves for the sake of being white. When peopl... Read More
Monday, 20 July 2020 21:42
Guest — Ian
I know this is an old article, but i am inquisitive. Completely understood and respect the origins of the behaviour, however I hav... Read More
Monday, 26 August 2019 17:44
Hoang Pham
Hi Ian, Thank you for your questions. The Vietnamese only like white skin because we think what the beauty standard should be. Bu... Read More
Monday, 26 August 2019 21:10

Vietnam Ghost Month

The seventh month in the lunar calendar is a busy time for many Vietnamese since there are two big festivals, the ghost festival, and Vu Lan - a Buddhist event. In fact, these two big days both happen on the 15th of the month. In this guide, we will focus on giving details into Vietnam ghost month.Vietnam Ghost MonthWhen is Vietnam Ghost Month?Viet...
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Guest — Diana Muaray
No wonder some temples are filled with people sometime. Good to know
Saturday, 22 February 2020 17:26
Guest — Madison Glance
I saw people burning stuff and incense on the street at night, it's pretty interesting to know about the local culture ... Read More
Friday, 10 January 2020 17:22

DMZ Vietnam Map

 DMZ Vietnam Map in 1954Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone, or V-DMZ for short, was established in Quang Tri Province in 1954, surrounding the historically famous Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge, to mark what goes down in Vietnam history and among the natives as the painful partition of the country. This blog will help you learn more about Viet...
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this is good information, thanks
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 16:14
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Rice Fields in Vietnam

The majestic views of rice fields in VietnamRice is a symbol of Vietnamese culture and cuisine. Rice fields are not only the key food suppliers for millions of people but also ideal destinations for photographers and nature lovers. Thanks to the diversity of types of terrain, there are different kinds of rice fields in Vietnam. While the lowlands h...
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Guest — Sammy Tara
We drove by these amaing paddy fieds while on the phu my tour. Best tour I've had in Vietnam
Monday, 27 January 2020 17:37
Guest — Miriam
We did the motorbike trip in northern Vietnam earlier this year in May with a group of friends, and I have to say, it was so worth... Read More
Sunday, 27 October 2019 12:47

Vietnamese Funeral Customs

In many orient countries, funeral is deemed one of the most important events of a lifetime since Eastern people hold a belief that there is afterlife where the dead ones continue their lives. One purpose of the funeral is to show respect to the one that passed away. Another purpose is to prepare well for his or her afterlife. In this blog, we will ...
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Guest — Dee
Hi Hoang Pham! I have a question. How soon can the widow(er) start dating or get married again? Is it after 49th day and before 10... Read More
Friday, 01 October 2021 12:40
Guest — Angie
Hello, Thank you for this post. I have been invited to an annual death ceremony, the father passed away some time ago. Is ther... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2020 11:51
Hoang Pham
Hi Angie, I'd recommend buying some small gifts for the family such as a basket of fruits. We also have a blog on the annual deat... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 14:00

Saigon Temples: Thien Hau Temple

Beside some tourist attractions in Saigon as Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Palace, Saigon Central Post Office, there are some local places where you should visit to explore and learn more about the lifestyle and history of Saigonese. Ancient temples in Saigon are the folk religious sites that we highly suggest you come to see and visit on your...
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a very lovely spot on the tour
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 11:41
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Vietnamese Tet: What to Do on Tet 2018 (Part 2)

Many travelers to Vietnam may face some difficulties when coming to the country on Tet holiday because most of the attractions and other businesses are closed to celebrate this event. But don’t worry, it is the good chance for you to have a new experience. Let see how Vietnamese spend their time and what you can do on Vietnamese Tet 2018.Apart from...
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Guest — Mabel
Best to book your trip and accommodation ahead of time as places get booked out during the holiday
Sunday, 27 October 2019 12:53
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What to Expect from Vietnamese Tet (Part 1)

Vietnamese Tet or Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration of a year in Vietnamese culture. There are several activities taking place during this time to celebrate Vietnamese Tet. In this guide, you will learn what is Tet, several traditions on this occasion, and what to expect from Vietnamese Tet.What is Vietnamese TetVietnamese Tet or Lunar New ...
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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 09:43
Guest — Maggie
Many stores and restaurants are closed during Tet holiday. And why only the restaurants open sell only vegetarian food?
Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:30

The Best Churches in Ho Chi Minh City

Religious sites are destinations many choose when coming to Ho Chi Minh City to understand more about religions in Vietnam. Christianity came to Vietnam a few centuries later than Buddhism (started with Catholicism and later joined by Protestantism), but it still plays an important role in the religious practice of Vietnamese. As a major metropolit...
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Guest — Jesse
Where are the TRADITIONAL LATIN TRIDENTINE MASSES held ? I do not want any novus ordo ... I want Traditional Masses in Latin... Tr... Read More
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 01:40
Guest — Jonah Rotenberg
Wow, a very nice selection
Friday, 11 October 2019 22:06

Vietnamese Clothing: Ao Ba Ba

What is “ao ba ba”? When you first hear the word, you may find it seems weird to you since this is a Vietnamese word with no proper translation. Ao ba ba is a traditional Vietnamese garment that has become symbolic of the culture, elegance, and beauty of women in the Southern countryside. This Vietnamese clothing could surprise you with its un...
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Guest — Delise Means
Where can I buy the traditional AO Ba Ba in Southern California?
Tuesday, 07 September 2021 04:36
Guest — Emilia
Is it easy to get this custom made for a large size?
Saturday, 26 October 2019 14:27
Guest — Ollie Wilde
Thanks for the information, can I ask where to find these costumes?
Friday, 11 October 2019 22:57


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