Wednesday, 9 August 2017

It's my 3rd time in Mekong Delta and it was a 3-day long trip. Everytime I get here, I always have different feelings to the area. I still remember about my 1st time visit when I was  in my university. We spent about one week to go through the Mekong Delta from top to toe. My teacher told me all the tales and jokes involved in the land and its people. All were very interesting to me, however, those information didn't last long in my mind. 3 years later, I took a short course about guiding and I had one more trip to Mekong Delta. Therefore, I had the second chance to know more about the area.
Read my trip here:

Discovering Mekong Delta in One Day

For this time, I don't want to write about my detailed schedule, I will make it a little bit different so I will list some activities you can enjoy while visiting Mekong Delta. Hope you guys like it ^^

  • Visit a Local Temple and Study its Religion
On this land, beside the religions that have been brought in from abroad or brought by migrant groups such as Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, there are also many religions that born here with local nuances. For example: Bửu Sơn Kỳ Hương, Tứ Ân Hiếu Nghĩa, Cao Đài, Hòa Hảo. These religions are often integrated by doctrines derived from other religions which makes here become a diverse religion land. Therefore, temples, pagodas architectures here are the combination of many styles from all over the world. Mekong Delta is a young land just over 300 years old; however, it is home to many religions. 

Cao Đài Temple

Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda

  • Enjoy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables 

Although the area of agriculture is just less than 30% of the whole country, Mekong Delta contributes more than 50% rice productivity. Rice is grown mostly in An Giang, Long An, Đồng Tháp and Tiền Giang provinces. As a result, the Mekong Delta is the main rice export area. In addition, Mekong Delta is also famous for its fruits. You can easy find grapefruit, rambutan, longan, pineapple, oranges, durian, dragonfruit, mango, milkyfruit, watermelon, coconut, tangerine, etc in any local house garden.

You should try as much fresh fruits as possible. Picking fruits from trees is also a very nice experience for Mekong Delta's visitors.

I do love durian and mangosteen from here. What are your fav fruits? Mekong Delta sure is a kingdom for fruits-lovers.

Mekong Delta's fruits

Mekong Delta's vegetables and flowers

  • Take a Cruise and Behold the Floating Market

Mekong Delta is the land of rivers. Therefore, the most popular transport here is neither cars nor scooters, that is boats, a ton of boats, from little to big or super big ones.
Hopping on an arrow-boat and cruise to the unique and stunning floating markets (Phong Điền, Cái Răng) is a must-try for travellers. Sitting back on boat and drinking  morning coffee served by a coffee boat. Watching the view of green and beautiful channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages. Observing floating traders who have been happily living their floating life. You will feel like a local. 

Tips: You should wake up around 5AM to behold sunrise on the river and reach the floating markets at the most crowded time (6AM- 7.30AM). If you go there too late, there will not much to see.

Mekong River

  • Visit a Traditional Local Factory
Studying about local livelihood is a good idea to know more about people lifestyles and their culture. Some traditional livelihoods you can visit in Mekong Delta are weaving mats, making bricks and tiles, producing coconut candies, etc. This visit to Mekong Delta , I had some time to see a brick factory and its interesting production process. Coconut-candy-procedure is cool to see as well.

Local Brick Factory

  • Riding/ Driving in the Nature 
Another activity you shouldn't miss out is riding in the nature. Imagine that you go through all the amazing scenes where full of  bananas, coconut trees, or paddy fields. Breathe the fresh air. Rest in the gardens. Take a nap on a hammock. Listen all the nature sounds. What can you expect more to chill out?

Tips: You can use bike or scooters to get around in the area but roads might be slippery after rain.

Banana Jungle

If you want to visit  Mekong Delta someday, my information can be helpful for you. Hope you guys like it. 

8 August, 2017.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

It's a train tour to Phan Thiết- Mũi Né with a very lovely family. We took an early train from Ho Chi Minh city at about 6.40 AM. It's 200 kms away from Hcmc and took about 4 hours. Getting a sleeper can help your back feel more comfortable but a seat still good for sightseeing.
Ticket : ~ $8 USD

When we hit the Phan Thiết train station, as scheduled, a car driver came and picked us up to a restaurant and to a 4 stars resort. After having lunch, we unpacked and relaxed in the lovely place with very nice views.

Way to the resort

Then, we enjoyed swim time with pool and beach nearby.

Swim time

Amazing scene looking out the beach

After dry-up, we changed clothes and headed to a restaurant for dinner. Back to room and go to bed early. 

The next morning, we woke up and checked out the surrounding areas. 

  • First, we visited the fishery village. Local people were busy with trading while travellers were excited with taking photos and exploring new experience. Seeing local lifestyles and purchasing some fresh seafoods is a must for all culture vultures.

Morning in Làng Chài Mũi Né

  • Second, we moved to the Red Sand Dune ( Đồi Cát Đỏ). The sunlight in Mũi Né is scorching. We were there at about 7.30 AM but couldn't stay under sun too long. So the best time for you to get around is in the early morning ( from 4.30 AM to 6AM) or in the late afternoon ( after 5PM). It took 5 mins to walk up the hill.

Red Sand Dune - Đồi Cát Đỏ

Red Sand Dune - Đồi Cát Đỏ

Sand there is colorful. If you have a chance to visit all the famous places in Mui Ne, you will see the variety of sand dunes as well as its colors.

  • Third, Suối Tiên- Fairy Spring was our next destination. We had fun all the way walking on soft sand and amused by magnificent landscape.

Suối Tiên- Fairy Spring

Suối Tiên- Fairy Spring
And the Spring was also the last spot in our trip. We were hurry back to the hotel packing for the train home.

I always feel like I haven't enjoyed enough of this place so I need to come back soon.

And you shouldn't hesitate any more, just stuff your backpack and visit all the awesome places, I'm sure you won't waste any second of your life here.

7 July, 2017

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Monday, 17 April 2017

It was a very tough day for us yesterday. We (16 students ) were on a field trip with our teacher to discover Mekong Delta's beauty in a very short time. The trip was a little bit tiring but a lot of fun.

And here is how we start the day:

We booked a coach from Ho Chi Minh city. The route was HCMc- Mỹ Tho- Cồn Thới Sơn- Bến Tre:

After 1 and a half hour driving, we stopped at Chương Dương Restaurant to have breakfast. We ordered " Hủ tiếu Mỹ Tho " - one of the specialities of the city.

Hủ tiếu Mỹ Tho
Hủ tiếu Mỹ Tho

Right after that, we continued the journey to visit one of the most beautiful pagodas in South of Vietnam. It's called " Vinh Trang Pagoda ". Its uniqueness is the combination between Asia and Western architecture styles.

Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda
Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda

Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda

Then we moved quickly to the boat station heading to Cồn Thới Sơn.

Cồn Thới Sơn
bustling station with many boats  

On Cồn Thới Sơn, at the first stop, we had a short introduction about honey bee and some involved products like honey, queen bee's milk, pollen, etc. Beekeeping is one of the main livelihoods of the locals. Honey here is from longan's flowers and tastes not too sweet. Then, we had a chance to try tea with honey. Finally, we could take photo with a python (that's pretty cool, I didn't scare at all, even it's my first time tho :D, you should try).

Tea served  with honey and kumquat
Tea served  with honey and kumquat

Python in Mekong Delta
She's 15 kgs and total harmfulless ( when she's full )
P/s I looked at another camera that time lol

Walking for 10 minutes, we got in a place where performing " Đờn Ca Tài Tử" - UNESCO intangible world heritage, enjoyed the melody and beautiful songs from indigenous talented artists.

Đờn Ca Tài Tử
Talented performers

After that, we took a small boat to travel around the area. We visited a coconut candy factory, bought souvenirs, sat in a horse carriage to a restaurant, had lunch, and relaxed on hammock in a green garden. We couldn't be more local than that.

Mekong Delta

Saying goodbye with " Cồn Thới Sơn", we came to " Cồn Phụng"- the place was the cradle of " Đạo Dừa" , a very famous religion in Mekong Delta area in the 1960s. The founder of the religion built "Cồn Phụng" into a place where he could work, live, and teach his followers. With special architechture design, "Cồn Phụng" has become a must-see for travel-lovers. Besides, you can take part in crocodile-fishing activity.

Cồn Phụng
"Cồn Phụng"

Crocodile waiting to be fed 

Finishing with " Cồn Phụng", we were back to the river and head to Ho Chi Minh city. All of us couldn't believe the trip ended too fast and we still didn't get enough of it ( so that's the reason why we need to go back ^^ ). Mekong Delta includes 12 provinces and one city, to travel all of those, you need at least one week so one day is too short for everything. However, it is still a good option for you to recharge at the weekends. 

16 April, 2017.

P/s: I was on a field trip ( and my teacher was very tough) so I couldn't have enough time with nicer photos lol but the trip's still fun. Hope you guys enjoy my story.

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Friday, 17 March 2017


Born in northern India about 26 centuries ago, Buddhism quickly spread to other Asian countries, including Vietnam. On the first days in Vietnam, Buddhism had many similarities to the religion in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, etc.

Appeared in Vietnam from the 2nd to the 10th century, Buddhism deeply rooted in the people which could help to explain every single issue in the society ( ranging from life cycle to supernatural phenomenons) . From the 10th century to the 14th century, Buddhism was officially chosen by the Kings as the national religion, the old history once depicted the country in peaceful scenes with many pagodas and monks were seen in everywhere. In the Lý dynasty, there were prominent Buddhist named Vạn Hạnh. To the Trần Dynasty, the most prominent was the formation of a new Zen sect in Vietnam that was Truc Lam Meditation, founded by King Trần Nhân Tông.

1. Mahajana

After being taken over by the Ming dynasty, Vietnam Buddhism had endured a great pain which was the cleansing and burning of Buddhist scriptures. Then, Vietnam Buddhism imprinted the strokes of the Mahajana teachings, from the forms of practice, costumes, classics and pagoda architecture.

2. Theravada

In the land of the Mekong Delta, there was a kingdom of Phu Nam (from the 1st century to the 6th century, with the legacy of the Oc Eo Culture). This kingdom was quite strong in the military and the organization, directly influenced by Brahmanism (the ancient religion of India). After being overthrown by Chan Lap (Cambodia now), the land had become more desolate than ever before. There was a few Khmers inhabited on hills and most of them followed Theravada Buddhism, with was similar to Cambodia ( Bien Ho Lake) and Thailand religion.


1. Mahajana: 

+ in North Asian countries : China, Tibet, Japan, South Korea and North Vietnam

+ usually builds pagodas according to Vietnamese traditional architecture combines with Chinese architecture

+ worships Bodhisattva, Buddha, Arhat, other pagans

2. Theravada : often builds Ang-kor architecture pagodas

+ in South Asian countries: Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam.

+ offen builds the temples with Ang-kor architecture styles.

+ only worships Shakyamuni in different postures 

Monday, 13 March 2017

I'm actually not a fan of history but it's necessary for being a tour guide ( lol). I had to visited 3 museums and 2 pagodas on last Sunday ( exhausted >"< ) and now I will show you  the first museum " Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City"

The Museum of Vietnamese History is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, in Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam. Formerly known as the Musée Blanchard de la Brosse, built by Auguste Delaval in 1926, and The National Museum of Viet Nam in Sai Gon, it received its current name in 1979. It is a museum showcasing Vietnam's history with exhibits from all periods.


Tuesday to sunday
    + 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    + 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Closed on monday

Below is some photos taken by me:

Prehistoric Period (500,000 years ago to 2879 BC).

Shards of footed drinking vessels, crude chopping tools, pointed tools made from basal rocks bear signs of use by prehistoric man in hunting, cutting for cooking or in fighting. Evidence of actions frequently practised includes cutting, stabbing, throwing, shaving, etc. The use of sharpened and pointed tools show prehistoric man had progressed beyond animal life.
This piece of basal rock with sharp edges which fitted the men's hands and often used as a tool or fighting weapon.

stone tools
stone tools

Metal Age (2879–179 BC), including artifacts related to the Dong Son culture of northern Vietnam and the Sa Huynh culture of central Vietnam.

Production Tools of Đông Sơn Culture
These include socketed bronze axes and ploughshares. Bronze axes came in various forms: angular, fan-shaped or slipper-shaped, perhaps made for use in different situations. The ploughshare in the shape of a stingray and with a large socket shows good proportions and suitability for use in cultivation in a water-logged field.

stone tools

Bronze drum: tympanum and mantle. The mantle is divided into three separate sections: upper, middle and lower. The tympanum and the mantle are decorated with relief images of the sun motif with multiple rays, surrounded by concentric circles of saw-toothed designs and long-beaked birds moving from left to right. The upper section of the mantle also features saw-toothed designs, short parallel lines, and tangential circles. The middle section features lozenge designs, circles with dots, saw-toothed designs, human figures with feathered headgears, musicians, men pounding rice, boats and houses. Four handles with fishbone motifs are distributed evenly around the mantle.

Dong Son Bronze Drums
Dong Son Bronze Drums

 Weapons of Đông Sơn Culture
These include lances, spears, arrows, swords, daggers, battle-axes, and breast-plates.
Breast-plate: In the shape of a cleaver with angular head, long blade, and short back. Often of small size it was used mainly for self defence.
The Đông Sơn dagger is usually with a thin, wide, sharp double-edged blade, and a pointed head. The handle is elaborately made in the shape of the letter T, onion-shaped, or in the form of an appropriately-dressed female but with no hilt. The female form handle is a useful item for studying the clothing and jewelry of the Hùng kings period.
The onion-shaped handle is decorated with numerous rectangular perforations. But the absence of the hilt is a weak point in the design as it does not provide protection in close combat.
Spears and arrows are weapons used in distant combat. Spears may be equipped with retrieving rope, and arrows are shot from various types of crossbows. Archaeology has uncovered a storage house with bronze arrowheads in the Cổ Loa citadel – capital of Âu Lạc under An Dương Vương (present day Đông Anh, Hà Nội). The arrowheads are rather unique with long pointed tip and three sharp edges that enable the arrow to penetrate deep into the target.
The well-proportioned, flat, triangular spearhead that tapers toward a pointed tip has sharp edges and a mid-ridge along its length on both sides. The handle socket has a large diameter and a locking-pin hole to secure the head firmly to the handle. The tip of the spearhead usually features 2-4 small apertures.

 Weapons of Đông Sơn Culture
 Weapons of Đông Sơn Culture

Chinese Domination and Struggle for National Independence in the Red River Valley (179 BC – 938 AD)

Some tools and Artifacts
Some tools and Artifacts

Bronze drum: Found in a Mường grave.
This drum consists of 3 parts: a wide tympanum, a tapered mantle and a slightly splayed foot. The tympanum which protrudes beyond the drum body 2-3 cm, features a sun motif in relief with multiple rays and concentric circles of geometrical and floral designs. Distributed evenly around the edge of the tympanum are four toad figurines. The mantle is decorated with geometric designs and motifs of bo-leaf, lemon flower, dragon, phoenix, bee and bird. The shape and decoration are  entirely different to that of the Đông Sơn drum. According to Heger classification this drum is classified as a type-II bronze drum.
The differences in shape and decoration on Type II and Type I drums signify the demise of the Đông Sơn culture.

Ewer: It has a long, slim neck, mouth slightly flared vertical flange, and handle in the form of a dragon reaching up from the shoulder and holding the ewer mouth between its jaws. The spout is in chicken-head form, slightly inclined outward, and in symmetry with the handle on the ewer’s opposite side. This is a typical product of the Tang period. The glaze shows some deterioration

Ngô, Dinh, Anterior Lê, Ly Dynasties (939–1225)

Under Lý, Buddhism was highly venerated and the building of pagodas and towers was prolific. Buddha statues and altar pieces made in abundance show a high degree of technical competency and demonstrate national features.

AMITABHA statue in Phật Tích Pagoda, 11th century
AMITABHA statue in Phật Tích Pagoda, 11th century

Ngô Quyền on Bạch Đằng River Battle
Ngô Quyền on Bạch Đằng River Battle

Tran and Ho Dynasties (1226–1407)

 Trần Ceramics
Trần ceramics followed the Lý tradition with a variety of forms. Earthenware was used mainly in construction. Utility glazed wares included celadons, white wares, copper green-wares, brown-wares, and iron-brown wares. In particular there was a group of white-ware with light blue designs the precursor of the blue-and-white from Hải Dương province exported to markets in the Middle East, Japan and Southeast Asia in the early 15th century. Production centres of this period include Thăng Long (Hà Nội), Bắc Ninh, Hải Dương, Nam Định, Ninh Bình, and Thanh Hóa, and the famous complex of Mỹ Thịnh (Nam Định) with products which bear the inscription “Thiên Trường Phủ Chế” (天 長 府 製) or “Vĩnh Ninh Trường” (永 寧 長).

     Terracotta Tower (13th century)
In ancient times, the tower served as a reliquary for the remains of kings or important dignitaries. As Buddhism developed the tower was used to store relics of Buddha or as a reliquary for the remains of enlightened bonzes. The tower came to Việt Nam possibly during the period of Chinese occupation. Although during Trần numerous stupas were erected, only two remain today, Bình Sơn tower (Vĩnh Phúc) and Phổ Minh tower (Nam Định). The remains of King Trần Nhân Tông (1278-1293) are interred inside Phổ Minh tower.
As a reliquary for the remains of esteemed dignitaries the tower became a place of destination for pilgrims, and the tower itself became an object of reverence. As the tower is considered to help people focus their mind in meditation, miniature replicas were made and distributed among Buddhist practitioners  Such belief must have been widespread in Đại Việt as “Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư” (means the whole history of Đại Việt) recorded several instances during the Lý and Trần periods when the kings ordered thousands of miniature terracotta stupas for distribution throughout the realm. Numerous specimens have been recovered in provinces of northern Việt Nam.
These are multi-storeyed stupas with a square or hexagonal section and a tapering profile. The apex features a gourd-shaped bottle which collects essence from the universe. Each storey features narrow protruding eaves with openings on each side. The decorations on these miniatures are necessarily stylized and simple.

Dynasties from the Lê to the Nguyễn (1428–1788)

There are 80 original artifacts that showcase the arts and culture of the period, including: money, seal, warmth, iron, bronze incense bowl; Bowls, dishes, lamps, incense burners, Chu Dau pottery, Bat Trang pottery

Tây Sơn Dynasty (1771–1802)

Old Bronze Bell
Old Bronze Bell

Nguyễn Dynasty (1802–1945)

pottery and porcelain
pottery and porcelain

Costume plays the significant role in the lives of human beings since the dawn of history. It also shows the development of social conditions of each historical period.

In the history of Vietnam monarchies, the dress codes for Kings and royal officials weremeticulously established to discriminate on position and power in society.
Royal costumes of Nguyen Dynasty (1802- 1945) were the succession of the imperial clothing under the Le Dynasty, were added the normative elements and symbols influenced by Three Teachings (Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism).

Clothes of the Officials
Clothes of the Officials

Clothes of the King
Clothes of the King

Under the Nguyễn, cannons were made from bronze, iron or pig-iron, and with different types and styles. In accordance with their sizes, they were given 4 different ranks: general, middle general, great general and superior general. The latter two were often assigned high-sounding names such as “made by imperial order with divine power to destroy enemies superior general”( Ngự chế thần uy phá địch thượng tướng quân) (御製神威破敌上將軍) or “protecting country reassuring the people great general” (保國安民大將軍) (thêm chữ Hán). Among the nine dynastic urns in the Hue Imperial Citadel, two  feature 2 types of cannons: the first type named Đại bác (cannon) is carved on Cao urn with a robust 4-node form and mounted on a 4-wheeled carriage; the second type named Luân xa pháo (cannon on wheels) is carved on Nhân urn with a slim form and fitted with two large wheels with spokes.

The Cannons
The Cannons

Beside of Vietnamese history, the Museum also has many collections of artifacts of Champa, Stone sculptures of Cambodia, minority ethnics' clothes, cannons, etc and especially a MUMMYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! A Real One Yes, it's true. You can find her in the room number 15 in the museum at 2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Hồ Chí Minh city ( next to the zoo )  

Check it out here 

P/s Please Don't take photo of the mummy
      Don't say bad things in the area displaying the mummy
      Don't look in the eyes ( actually no eyes any more) of the mummy

Sorry I'm too terrified to show her here 

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Q1: What’s so special about Viet Nam ? Why should I visit?

Many are aware that Vietnam is famous for its history - but of course Vietnam is a great deal more than that, it is a very fine destination for your holiday vacation. Beside its natural beauties and traditional festivals, Vietnam has a special cuisine which cannot be found in other places. In addition, Vietnamese lifestyle is much more relaxed in comparison to most developed countries so it would be a good option for you to take some time away from your daily stressful life. Moreover, the Vietnamese people are very friendly, generous with their hospitality, and helpful so you will never be ‘’missing home‘’ here, I assure you.

Central Highlands
Central Highlands

Q2: When’s the best time to come?

Vietnam has tropical climate, which means you can visit our country all the year round. However, you should avoid high season if you don’t like to be touring amongst large number of people.

tropical climate

Q3: What sort of travel and sightseeing plan should I have? 

It depends on what you are looking for. For example, if you are a photography lover, you should have a list of scenic destinations or if you are a risk-taker then a list of adventures will suit you perfectly. Choosing a local tour guide will help you make the most of all the available opportunities and to have a stress free holiday. 

Q4: So, should I hire a local tour guide? What should I look for in that person? 

Yes, definitely. Your tour guide should be helpful, trustworthy, and knowledgeable about all the concepts of tourism and local lives, as well as be aware of and able to arrange for everything to meet visitors’ requirements. That’s why I started up a travel agency named ‘’Miss Holiday Saigon’’ to help travellers design the most suitable holiday according to their personalities, interests, and needs.

 tour guide

Q5: Can you tell me more about MissHolidaySaigon?

Yes, sure. MissHolidaySaigon is a small holiday company in Vietnam. Its mission is to show international friends the country’s beauties in a very interactive way. That means customers’ opinions are always highly appreciated. Customers can discuss and decide every single detail of their trips with our help. Therefore, customers won’t feel like being ‘’put on’’ or being made to do something ‘’unsuitable’’ so they can enjoy the trip more.

Q6: Who are your customers?

MissHolidaySaigon offers Personal Holidaymaking Services for Singles, Couples, Families, and Small Groups from 3 to 4 people.

Small Groups from 3 to 4 people

Q7: What other services do you offer besides tour guiding?

Beside guiding, I can also work as an interpreter if my customers want. Especially for families, I can help to take care of their children to give the couples more relaxing time.

Q8: How do I go about booking your services?

That’s pretty easy. You can book MissHolidaySaigon services via my official website/ email/ facebook / Skype/ Wechat/ or my direct number below. By the way, you can visit my blog to get more information about Vietnam as well as tourism. Booking a tour with MissHolidaySaigon, you will be completely happy with professional and caring services.

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