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A snack offered by Da Lat, the city of mist

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Rather popular in Saigon, this snack—whose main ingredients are green papaya fibers and beef jerky—has a different name in Dalat City in Lam Dong Province, where it is called xắp xắp.

However, the version in Dalat has its own distinctive features beside a different name, which will please lovers of snacks.

A snack offered by Da Lat, the city of mist
Plates of xap xap are being prepared.

Although they share the same main ingredients, xắp xắp, the version in Dalat, is not totally identical to their counterpart in Saigon where it is called gỏi khô bò (green papaya and beef jerky salad).

Why is the version in Dalat called xap xap? An owner of a xap xap mini restaurant in Dalat says the name may stem from how the snack is prepared. As a matter of fact, only after all the ingredients are prepared will be they neatly arranged on a plate to be quite eye-catching. Some people might have called it “xap xap” then (which means “arrangement”), and the snack has been so named.

A dish of the snack includes young papaya fibers, beef jerky, chili sauce, roasted peanuts and Thai basil leaves. Yet the dressing soy sauce is equally important. The sauce of the Saigonese version is sour and that of the version in Danang is spicy. Meanwhile, the version of Dalat combines both. In Dalat, the sauce is made from tamarind fruits which give a delicate distinctive sourness second to none.

To make their dish outstanding, cooks of xap xap in Dalat are very choosy about the ingredients to be used. The papayas must be still green to ensure the necessary chewiness. The fruits are then shaved into fibers at certain lengths. Next, the papaya fibers are soaked in ice to keep them chewy.

A dish of xap xap must encompass the chewiness of papaya and the combination of all other ingredients to help a diner feel the deliciousness of this simple snack. It is arranged in the following way. The layer at the bottom is papaya fibers. Next, it is topped with beef jerky, roasted peanuts, chili sauce and basil leaves. Finally, a plate of xap xap is dressed in the sour soy sauce.

Diners who want to have a change for their snacks while on a visit to Dalat may find a xap xap mini restaurant. Try it once and you’ll never forget it!

Source: SGT

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/a-snack-offered-by-dalat-the-city-of-mist-797296.html

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Tourism board proposes complete opening of market from May 1

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The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Private Sector Development Committee (Committee IV) and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Alliance have proposed that the Government remove all domestic and international travel restrictions and completely reopen the tourism market from May 1.

Tourism board proposes complete opening of market from May 1 hinh anh 1Tourists in Hoi An (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Private Sector Development Committee (Committee IV) and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Alliance have proposed that the Government remove all domestic and international travel restrictions and completely reopen the tourism market from May 1.

In a recent letter sent to the Prime Minister, the eighth that the TAB has sent to the Government leader since COVID-19 broke out in Vietnam, the three agencies explained that they choose the date to give enough time for travel firms, hotels and airlines to make necessary preparations and for localities to complete the vaccination of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines to local residents.

They stressed the need for all central agencies to work closely together to design necessary mechanisms and procedures to implement the plan, suggesting the expansion of visa exemption for visitors from all targeted tourism markets and countries with strong investment in Vietnam.

In the letter, the three offices highlighted the Government’s success in making Vietnam one of the six countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the world, as well as efforts by ministries and sectors in reopening the country through pilot programmes to receive international tourists and resume a number of regular international air routes which is expected to help many travel firms survive.

They stressed that it’s time to define the time to return to the new normal situation.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to hold a conference on January 24 with the participation of representatives of six ministries and 20 localities and well as major travel firms to discuss the complete open of the tourism market on the April 30-May 1 holidays in a safe manner.

After two months of implementing the pilot scheme to welcome foreign visitors, the tourism sector has served nearly 8,000 with high safety level./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourism-board-proposes-complete-opening-of-market-from-may-1/221031.vnp

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Quang Ninh ready to welcome foreign tourists back

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The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh is ready to welcome international tourists back from late January or early February.

Quang Ninh ready to welcome foreign tourists back hinh anh 1Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh – The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh is
ready to welcome international tourists back from late January or early
February.

The province is among seven localities nationwide chosen to pilot reopening
doors to foreign visitors in a bid to revive the tourism industry after a long
hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuan Chau Group was selected to welcome and serve
international tourists to the province. The group has directed relevant
units to make thorough preparations, ensure necessary facilities, sufficient medical
equipment and supplies.

Travel agencies, businesses, hotels, accommodation
establishments and restaurants have prepared the best and safest options for
international tourists to feel secure when coming to Quang Ninh.

At present, Quang Ninh has 625 tourist businesses and establishments
that meet safety criteria for pandemic prevention and control set by the
province, of which there are 471 accommodation establishments, 79 shopping and
dining establishments, 13 tourist sites, and 62 tour and transportation
companies. With these destinations and service facilities, when visitors come
to and use their services, safety can be ensured at the highest level.

In order to attract both domestic and foreign tourists to Quang Ninh, the provincial Department of Tourism has stepped up tourism
promotion activities, created new tourism products and services and those with regional
linkage, develop a safe tourism programme, and select typical and safe tourism
products to introduce to travel and tourism businesses.

The department’s director Pham Ngoc Thuy said it is committed to accompanying businesses and tourists, issuing appropriate and
humane solutions to handle situations arising in the process of welcoming
tourists, and continue monitoring and making recommendations to authorities
at all levels to make timely and appropriate adjustments to the new situation so
as to ensure flexible and safe adaptation./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/quang-ninh-ready-to-welcome-foreign-tourists-back/220985.vnp

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Red River Delta listed among 52 best travel destinations in 2022

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New York Times has included Red River Delta, home to long-standing craft villages and a century-old cultural heritage, in its annual list of 52 best places to travel in 2022.

It was also the only representative in Southeast Asia to break into the list compiled by travel editors of the New York Times based on more than 2,000 suggestions. After two years of the Covid-19 crisis, this year’s list highlights places that can deal with problems like overcrowding and climate change.

“Once travel begins to normalize, tourists will undoubtedly flock to Vietnam’s world-famous beaches and dynamic megacities. But head north to the traditional villages of Red River Delta, and you can immerse yourself in centuries-old cultural practices and a way of life at risk of disappearing,” the U.S. newspaper wrote.

It added that Red River Delta is the cradle of quan ho folk singing, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/red-river-delta-listed-among-52-best-travel-destinations-in-2022/220961.vnp

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