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Conquering the northwest’s Pu Ta Leng Peak

Often acclaimed as the queen of flowers in northwestern forests, the rhododendron is commonly thought to grow all over the Fansipan mountains or Mau Son region. However, Pu Ta Leng Peak with its magnificent terrain and harsh climate nurtures the most beautiful rhododendrons. Tourists of all kinds have fallen in love with this natural beauty.

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HCMC offers free fruits for tourists at next week’s festival

Tourists staying in four to five-star hotels in HCMC can enjoy free fruits or fruit juices within a week starting from June 1 on the occasion of the Vietnam Fruit Week.

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Cat Tien National Park still teeming with rare wildlife

Cat Tien National Park, with its 74,000ha, is one of  Vietnam’s largest parks but pinched in the middle by a population of people that divides Cat Tien into different sections, the park is just not big enough. The park consists of three sections: Nam Cat Tien (38,302ha) in Dong Nai province, Tay Cat Tien (5,382ha) in Binh Phuoc province and Cat Loc (30,635ha) in Lam Dong province. All the three were merged under the unique management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in December 1998.

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Lim Festival – A festival of Quan Ho folk songs

For centuries, men and women in the northern province of Bac Ninh have participated in a festival that draws on their poetic and musical talents. During this famous Lim festival, Quan Ho folk songs are performed between groups of singers who converse elaborate questions and answers. While the answers are improvised, there are strict rules. Singers, therefore, must not only be quick-witted, they must also have a strong grasp of the traditional tunes, as well as a deep understanding of the history and culture which gave rise to this art-form.

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Vietnam Water Puppetry

No discussion of  Vietnamese performing arts would be complete without treating an ancient folk art form unique to Vietnam called “mua roi nuoc”, or “water puppetry”. Public performance by villager-based artisans manipulating wooden puppets over bodies of water date from at least the tenth century. The practice originated from in the villages of the North and is derived from harvest festival involving dancing, wrestling, boat races, and other popular amusements.

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How much money backpackers need for a day in Hanoi and Saigon

A travel database has confirmed that Vietnam's biggest cities are indeed very affordable.

Price of Travel, a database of travel costs, has just revealed 50 cheapest cities for backpackers.

To almost nobody's surprise, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An have been named among the most affordable.

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Kayak tours to clean up Hoi An waterways

A kayak service operator has launched tours that will give both locals and foreigners the chance to clean up waterways in the vicinity of Hoi An City.

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Non Nuoc Pagoda – an architectural masterpiece in a Hanoi suburb

Located in Ve Tinh commune, Soc Son district, Hanoi, as part of the Soc temple complex, Non Nuoc pagoda and Vietnam Buddhist Academy are part of a monumental architectural work that has been in use for seven years. It is also a spiritual tourism address, increasingly attracting pilgrims.

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Co Loa – the oldest citadel in Vietnam

Co Loa Citadel was built near Phong Khe, about 20 km to the north of today’s Hanoi, during the end of the Hong Bang Dynasty (about 257 BCE). The fortress is a spiral-shaped complex of the then new capital. The site was the source of various relics of the Dong Son culture of the Bronze Age.

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