Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district

Mt.Phousi, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Phousi Mountain (Luang Prabang)

The Phousi Mountain is situated in the centre of Luang Prabangs. To climb up the mountain can be hard but it is definitely worth the trip. There is a formidable view from the top of the mountain where you can see "The Royal Palace", and the surrounding rivers and villages.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

The Shwedagon Pagoda officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw, also known in English as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a 99 metres gilded pagoda and stupa located in Yangon, Burma.

Thien Mu pagoda

Thien Mu pagoda, Vietnam

Thien Mu Pagoda is a historic temple in the city of Huế in Vietnam. Its pagoda has seven storeys and is the tallest in Vietnam.

Nov 26, 2014

UNESCO is considering the nomination of Bagan into the global heritage list!

Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture says the ancient city of Bagan could be nominated for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List within three years.
Local media reported that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is considering the nomination of Bagan to its global heritage list.
In June, the Pyu cities of Sri Ksetra, Hanlin and Beikthano became the first sites in Myanmar to be included on the heritage list.
Last month, officials from the ministry and UNESCO met international experts in Bagan to discuss how the city could be protected from ill-considered development caused by a sharp rise in tourist arrivals.
UNESCO has threatened to discontinue recognition at some important sites in Southeast Asia, including Luang Prabang in Laos, if checks and balances are not introduced to manage tourism flows.
During the Bagan meetings it was decided that an improved inventory of all the historical pagodas and temples at the site, as well as stricter enforcement of heritage laws, would be required before the site could be nominated, according to the culture ministry.
The Myanmar Times quoted Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library, deputy general director, U Thein Lwin, as saying experts from Japan and Italy were helping officials come up with a plan to maintain the site in line with international standards.
It could take up to three years for Bagan to achieve full recognition by UNESCO.
A 1998 law bans development inside cultural heritage sites, but some hotels  opened in prohibited areas before the law was enacted, while others were allowed later in direct contravention of the law.
Another task is cataloguing the large number of historical monuments in Bagan. In 1975, the number of identified structures stood at 2230, but rose to 3122 by 1997 and now stands at 3312.
One of the most important archaeological sites in Asia, Bagan is expected to attract large numbers of tourists in coming years, with arrivals forecast to increase to 5 million in 2015. UNESCO listing is likely to give visitors numbers a further boost.
The Bagan region attracted 200,000 tourists last year compared to 150,000 visits in 2013.
Source: Ttrweekly

Nov 24, 2014

Khen Be (Pan-pipe)

Legend has it that a poor young man named Lo went missing from his village. After some time his friends went to look for him and finally found him, dead by a stream with a Khen Be in his hand. 
In his memory, his friends made copies of his Khen Be. Since that time, young Thai men have carried theses with them day and night.

Khen Be looks a little like a large scale mouth organ or pan pipe, but with a single cross pipe/ sound box, into which you blow to create the musical notes. The sound comes from tiny swinging reeds inside the bamboo tubes, with the notes changing by closing the holes on the tubes.

The Khen Be of the Thai people consists of fourteen small thin bamboo tubes, arranged together and decreasing in height with one end connected to a sound box. It is divided into two layers, each consisting of seven bamboo tubes. The sound box is made of wood, with the one end hollow for blowing into and the other sealed with max. 

Whereas the Hmong Khen Be comprises only four hallow bamboo tubes attached to a sound box. The overall size of a khen be is determined by is maker, while the sound is dependent on the type of reeds used. These are usually made of bronze of silver, are as thin as paper, and are attached inside the bamboo tubes. Circular tones holes are made in the sound box. 

Thus the tone, pitch and range of the instrument depend on its reeds and the distance between the holes. A Khen Be with a long loud low-pitch is commonly used by old people at home, while a shorter low and high-pitched one is used by young people.

Lo Van Nhoi, a famous khen be artisan says, “A good Khen Be  while being played, should reveal its player’s and the maker’s innermost feelings.” Behind the severity and hardness of mountain living, the people are simple and quiet souls, and filled with the aspiration to be at one with nature.
The Khen Be is used in many difference aspects of daily life such as celebrations like the Lunar New Year festival, ceremonies to welcome guests and weddings. Its sound is seductive, whether it is played wild and fast or slow and gentle. The ethnic minorities use the Khen Be as an accompaniment to folk-songs and dances in their traditional festivals and when celebrating other significant events.
The music of the Khen Be has become an instrument of seduction used by young men to convey message and woo young women. When a young man knows how to hold and use a knife and hoe correctly to work in the field, it is also time for him to play the khen be well. 

The people learn how to play the khen be not only to entertain, but also to show off their talents and help them to find their life partners. Young men of strong build who can play alluring khen be melodies easily win young women’s hearts.
Source: VoV

Bun Cha is in top 10 world’s best street food!

National Geographic has named Vietnamese dish Bun Cha as top 10 world’s best street food.
Bún Chả is made from rice noodles with barbecue pork, often combined with Nem (spring rolls).  It demands a special fish sauce with sliced green papaya and fresh herbs.

momos of Nepal

baozi of China

Doubles cake of Thailand

Dahi Vada (deep fried fritters soaked in savory yogurt) of India

Donuts with spiced honey of Peru

Balut of the Philippines

Among other delicious cuisines include momos of Nepal, baozi of China, Doubles cake of Thailand, Dahi Vada (deep fried fritters soaked in savory yogurt) of India,  Donuts with spiced honey of peru, and Balut of the Philippines.
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Ao Dai museum in Ho Chi Minh City!

Ao Dai museum tells the story of the Vietnamese traditional long dress and its changes in the social development process.
Located at Long Thuan garden house, Long Phuoc ward, the museum realises the 10 years long dream of designer-artist Si Hoang.
Visitors to the museum will have a good chance to experience Ao Dai making process, from its design, cutting, sewing, drawing to embroidering.
The museum’s mainly located in a long house
On the right side are Ao Dai through historical periods
On the left side are Ao Dai worn by women who had great contributions to the country in the 20thcentury, including general Nguyen Thi Dinh, diplomat Nguyen Thi Binh, diplomat Ton Nu Thi Ninh, people’s artist Bach Tuyet, actress Tra Giang, professor and doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong and designer Minh Hanh.
Ao Tu Than or four-panel traditional long dress appeared in 1645
Ao Nam Than or five panel dress appeared in 1884
Long dress in 1958
Religious long dress in 1972
Long dress models in the international integration process
Ao Dai worn by hero Nguyen Thi Dinh
Ao Dai made in 1992 and worn by former Vice State President Nguyen Thi Binh and the other made in 1997 worn by Ambassador to Luxembourg and the EU, Ton Nu Thi Ninh
Actress Tra Giang worn this Ao Dai in Nghe An Film Festival in 2001
Ao Dai designed by Minh Hanh in Festival Hue 2012
source: Vov

Hoi an got top in eyes of tourists!

Hoi An, with its beautifully restored houses, shops and public buildings has a reputation of being a favourite getaway of budget minded travellers, the type of cultural hub where tourists come to visit for a few days and end up staying for weeks.

    Here are a few things tourists have been saying about the favourite seaside destination.
    Hoi An makes Agoda’s top ten cities with best hotels
    In early November 2014, the Agoda website announced its Travel Smart survey on destinations with best hotels in the world.
    The rankings were based on data collected from nearly 7 million customers who submitted reviews for hotels after their stays.
    Hoi An ranked ninth in the list. Hotels in Hoi An are highly appreciated for their reasonable prices.
    Hoi An among world's most famous canals
    Hoi An, the UNESCO-recognised world heritage river, ranked fourth after Venice, Amsterdam and Bruges in the list of the 10 most-famous canals in the world, announced by the US-based travel website www.touropia.com in September 2014,
    According to Touropia, Hoi An is a fishing village turned into a tourist hot spot in coastal area in Vietnam. It has been an international port from the 16th century although the serious shipping business has long since moved to the city of Danang. It is sometimes called the “Venice of Vietnam” because of the narrow canals that cut through part of the town.
    Hoi An among the 17 most stunning places in the world to take a selfie
    In March 2014, the US-based social news and entertainment website, Buzzfeed Travel listed Hoi An third among top 17 most stunning places in the world to take a selfie. The most famous melting pot attract tourists is old quarters.
    Hoi An - one of the most romantic cities in the world
    The India-based India times recently voted Hoi An as one of the most romantic cities.
    The magazine wrote the ancient town used to be a busy commercial port and a meeting place for traders from Japan, China and Western countries during the 17th and 18th centuries.
    Now it has become the most attractive tourist destination thanks to a unique combination between charm in abundance and new world attractions in the form of spectacular beaches and resorts fit for sun-worshiping couples.
    Hoi An among the top 10 Asian cities
    Last year, the ancient city ranked second, after Kyoto in Japan, among the top 10 Asian cities in US magazine Conde Nast's Traveler's Readers Choice Awards in 2012.
    This was according to an annual survey of Conde Nast Travelers.
    source: Vov

    Three photos of Vietnam has listed as best world food images!

    Rough Guides, a global leading publisher of travel guides, has listed three photos of Vietnam as best world food images from the photo-sharing and selling site.

    They include Floating Market in the southwestern region, Fish Drying in the Sun in Nha Trang, and Grilled Corn in Ho Chi Minh City.
    The floating market attracts tourists by not only the unique culture of Vietnam’s southwestern region but also abundant tropical fruits sold on boats. 

    Selling grilled corn and popcorn in Saigon’s streets

    Laying out fish to dry in the sun

    Other best food images:











    Man sleeping in amongst his beans at market, Mexico

    Noodles at Guan Temple in Tainan, Taiwan

    Locals queue for street food, Broadgate Circle, London


    Food stall in Marrakesh’s Jemaa el Fna, Morocco


    Source: vov