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THE TRAIN STREET IN HANOI (North Vietnam): Unique attraction where visitors can watch a train speeding by along a cramped thoroughfare.

T here’s a residential street in Hanoi, Vietnam, that a speeding train passes straight through all nights of the week and all day on the weekend. The street is so narrow that all residents must ensure their bikes and precious personal belongings, as well as their roaming children, are all safely inside the house before the train passes.  Built by the French in the beginning of the XX's century, this line s preading across Vietnam from North to South. Dating back to 1881, the 1,730km North-South  railway  line passes through 21 provinces and cities across Vietnam. When  Hanoi  Station opened in 1902, the  train  lines that entered it were built in barren areas. But as the city grew and became more populated, houses were constructed closer and closer to the tracks. There’s no way I could let myself go to Hanoi so many times without visiting this unique place.  Dating back to 1881, the 1,730km North-South  railway  line passes through 21 provinces and cities across Vietnam.
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THE EXTREMELY BEAUTY OF HA GIANG (North Vietnam): Awesome beauty of the land and people of Ha Giang Plateau

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TEMPLE OF LITERATURE (North Vietnam): The most important monument of the Vietnamese heritage

The Temple of Literature is definitely a must-see for any tourist desiring to explore Hanoi’s ancient beauty and culture. Below are the reasons why a trip to Hanoi’s Quoc Tu Giam is worth spending Have you ever noticed that what an ancient complex used as the symbol of Hanoi as well as printed on one side of the 100,000 VND note? The answer is Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s oldest Imperial Academy under the feudal courts and the first national university. The temple was built in dedication to Confucian philosophy and still holds a spiritual significance to each generation of students and educators in Vietnam at present. The temple was first built in 1070 in Ly dynasty the reconstructed during 1225 – 1400 under the command of Tran Kings. Having strongly stood through centuries of wars, disasters and major restorations, the temple still maintains its solemnly ancient look reflecting the architectural styles of various feudal dynasties and histories. In 1070, according to the orde

TRAN QUOC PAGODA (North Vietnam): The oldest pagoda in Hanoi, a striking symbol of the Vietnamese Buddhism

Being one of the most spiritual pagodas in Vietnam, Tran Quoc Pagoda is a renowned attraction for its deep cultural and Buddhist values. Coming to Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi (over 1500 years old), you will enjoy a delightful and antiquated picturesqueness in the center of the crowded and fast-pacing city. Built in the sixth century during the reign of King Ly Nam De, the pagoda was first named Khai Quoc, which means “founding the country”. Since then it has undergone a move, refurbishment and numerous name changes, but it remains a serene place to visit. It was first constructed on the other side of the dyke road, by the river, but was moved in the 17th century to its current location on West Lake. Clearly the builders recognised what a prime piece of real estate Duong Thanh Nien was and that the lakeside location would add to the beauty to the pagoda. The Buddhist pagoda is accessed via a short causeway lined with palm trees. The causeway leading to the temple

THE FAMOUS AND HISTORICAL PAUL DOUMER BRIDGE (North Vietnam): “A Misshapen but Essential Component of Ha Noi’s Heritage”

The Long Bien bridge, formerly known as Paul Doumer bridge was built by the French company Daydé & Pille between 1898 and 1902. It is 1680 m long. In 1902, it was the longest bridge in Indochina. The Long Biên Bridge was conceived primarily as part of the government-run (Chemins de fer de l’Indochine, CFI) railway line from Hà Nội to Đồng Đăng (built 1899-1902), but from the outset it was also intended as a means of connecting the capital with a second railway line then under construction. The line from Hải Phòng to Lào Cai and Yunnan (built 1901-1910), operated as a franchise by the Compagnie française des Chemins de fer de l’Indochine et du Yunnan (CIY), did not enter the capital, so a connecting service had to be provided across the river from Hà Nội to Gia Lâm. Because of its dual function, the bridge became part of a “communal” railway line administered jointly by both CFI and CIY. The bridge was originally named after Paul Doumer, the French Governor General who champion

FOREIGN TRAVEL ADVICE (Vietnam): personal safety, the fact we must know; Vietnam is the 43rd safest country in the world...

Vietnam is a relatively safe country for visitors, including solo female travellers. In fact, given the country’s recent history, many tourists, particularly Americans, are pleasantly surprised at the warm reception that foreign travellers receive. That said, petty crime is on the rise – though it’s still relatively small-scale and shouldn’t be a problem if you take common-sense precautions. Generally, the hassles you’ll encounter will be the milder sort of coping with pushy vendors and over-enthusiastic touts and beggars. At street level it’s best not to be ostentatious:  forego eye-catching jewellery and flashy watches, try to be discreet when taking out your cash, and be particularly wary in crowds and on public transport. If your pack is on the top of the bus, make sure it’s attached securely (usually everything is tied down with ropes) and keep an eye on it during the most vulnerable times – before departure, at meal stops and on arrival at your destination. On trains, eithe

THE IMPRESSIVE LADY BUDDHA (Center Vietnam): It's the Vietnam's largest Buddha statue depicts a female sage, Stunning beach views and a giant Lady Buddha...

There’s something different about Vietnam's  tallest Buddha statue. It isn’t your typical male Buddha effigy—this enormous structure depicts a woman. Buddhists the world over have built plenty of tall statues of Buddha. But “Buddha” does not just mean the man born Siddhartha Gautama. “Buddha” also means “Enlightened One,” and there’s no reason why a great sage can’t be a woman. The Linh Ung Pagoda , just outside  Da Nang , Vietnam, decided to build the world’s largest statue of an indisputably feminine Buddha. The resulting Lady Buddha towers 220 feet (67 meters) tall and is perched atop of a lotus-shaped temple. Be careful, book before because the pagoda is a bit over six miles (10 kilometers) from downtown. The statue has 17 floors, with each floor dedicated to a different Buddha. Though the multi-level trek is tough, it’s worth it for the spectacular views of the city. There’s more to see at the temple in addition to the Buddha. The grounds display an impressi

THE SURPRISING AMAZING VIETNAMESE'S WOMEN MUSEUM (North Vietnam): Despite being a patriarchal society, Viet Nam still reserves a special, if not sacred, place to honour Vietnamese women...

Despite being a patriarchal society, Viet Nam still reserves a special, if not sacred, place to honour Vietnamese women. Not only is October 20th is made Vietnam’s Women day but there also exists a museum dedicated to women. The museum displays rather recent history of women, such as women and ethnicity; women and the national struggle; Vietnam women association and the feminism; women and traditional costumes; and women’s cultural traits expressed through handicrafts. Inside, over 25,000 objects spread across 1500 square meters and five stories, shedding more light on the history and culture of Vietnam. Unlike most museums that I had visited before, this one was more about presentation than actual artifacts. Larger than life photos dominated most of the rooms, complete with English captions for foreign visitors.  There are three permanent exhibits:  Women and Family,  Women and Society,  and Women’s Fashion.  Each exhibit uses a different colour and theme. Wome

THE SOUTHEAST ASIA'S LARGEST BUDDHIST COMPLEX OF BAI DINH PAGODA (North Vietnam): Bai Dinh pagoda is a large population known as many records such as: the largest pagoda of Vietnam, the biggest gold - plated copper of Asia and the longest lobby in Asia. The pagoda is located at the western of the ancient capital Hoa Lu, belonging to Gia Sinh commune, Ninh Binh.

Bai Dinh Pagoda situated in Gia Vien distr, Ninh Binh Province. 95 Km to the south of Hanoi. Where had known that the Ancient capital of Vietnam. It's become one of the most famous pagoda in Vietnam. Visitor travel to Ninh Binh  should not miss visit this pagoda. The ancient Bai Dinh pagoda is situated on the western slope of Dinh mountain and snuggles in the quiet forest. The pagoda homes an ancestor worshipping house at the centre. Bright cave on the right hand side that Worships the Buddha and the little temple worshipping Genie Cao Son. Additionally, on the left hand side of the pagoda is another temple. Where worshiping Saint Nguyen and adjacent to it's Dark cave that worships the Fairy. With fanciful scenery and quiet atmosphere. It will make visitors feel likely to live in fairy lands plus peace in minds. In addition. Visitors can research a number grottos and caves. The beautiful ones like Fairy cave or Ba Chua Thuong Ngan cave. You will find a huge variety of

MU CANG CHAI (North Vietnam): Mu Cang Chai in Vietnam’s northern highlands is a spectacular base from which to explore the country’s undiscovered rice terraces...

Mu Cang Chai is a rural district of Yen Bai Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. With a population of nearly 45,500 for a district covering an area of 1,199 km ². Mu cang Chai is on the same path to the way to Sapa. Unlike Sapa or Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai doesn't have many things to do besides its main draw: golden terraced rice fields. Travelers do not really visit Mu Cang Chai out of its best time from September to October. Yet when the harvest season comes, everyone tries to get to Mu Cang Chai, just to have a look at the man-made wonder that the people here have diligently created over the years. In this time of every year the city turns into a paradise of rice fields around.    What to eat in Mu Cang Chai? 1. Tu Le sticky rice with chicken Tu Le glutinous sticky rice is a famous specialty of Mu Cang Chai Vietnam. Tu Le rice is planted at Muong Lo field, famous for its special aroma. When cooked, the rice taste sweet and heavenly fragrance. Tu Le stick