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Ninh Bình’s delightful local eatery



Grilled goat meat on a hot plate, the restaurant’s signature dish. — VNS Photo Bảo Ngọc

Family Restaurant, about 100 metres from the local pier, is lauded by travellers for its welcoming staff and reasonable prices, Bảo Ngọc reports.

Every year, the beginning of June marks the start of the ripe rice season in Tam Cốc of Ninh Hải Commune, Hoa Lư District, Ninh Bình Province.

In celebration of the event, tourists frequently take boat rides down the Ngô Đồng River, where they may take in the clean air, inhale the aroma of ripe rice, and marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the three Tam Cốc caves.

Many local restaurants and cafes can be found in the area surrounding the Tam Cốc wharf, providing visitors with a place to rest and enjoy delicacies from the region.

Family Restaurant, about 100 metres away from the pier, is lauded by many travellers for its welcoming staff and reasonable prices.

Crispy rice, goat meat grill, and duck roast are just some of the traditional Ninh Bình delicacies served at this, as the name suggests, family-run restaurant.

Roasted duck. — VNS Photo Bảo Ngọc

This plain-looking site comprises little more than a scattering of minuscule trees, brown brick walls, and wooden tables and chairs. This location’s vastness is a plus for many vacationers, particularly during the hotter summer months, when they would rather avoid entering a busy restaurant altogether.

As for appetiser, we decided to go with the owner’s recommendation and order some crispy rice, a well-known dish unique to Ninh Binh.

This mouthwatering dish is made up of chunks of rice that have been fried until they are crispy and is accompanied by a rich sauce made from goat meat. In contrast to its relatively uncomplicated appearance, the dish offers a unique blend of the crunchiness of the rice and the rich flavour of the sauce. Both elements contribute to the dish’s overall appeal.

The goat meat that is roasted and served on a hot metal plate here is, without a doubt, the restaurant’s crowning achievement. On a hot, sizzling plate, you’ll find tender slices of goat meat that have been seasoned with various spices and herbs. This one-of-a-kind meal has a highly gratifying flavour, but it keeps the meat’s natural freshness.

Residents of Ninh Bình believe that the province’s topography, which features several rocky areas, makes it an ideal spot to breed goats. As a result, Ninh Bình is well-known for goat meat dishes.

They also claim that the goat meat here is more juicy, fresh, and tender than the meat found elsewhere in the country because the goats here are grown on rocky slopes rather than hills.

Rare goat meat with lime juice is another delicacy that you have to try if you’re a lover of rolls. It is common to accompany this meal with unripe bananas, carambola, and fig leaves. However, to cater to the preferences of foreign guests, the restaurant has altered the original recipe and now serves it with pineapple, lettuce, and cucumber.

Rare goat meat with lime juice served with a variety of aromatic herbs. — VNS Photo Bảo Ngọc

Along with the meal itself, you will also receive a bowl of soya sauce and some rice papers.

To fully appreciate the meal’s fresh and gently sweet and sour flavour, guests should roll the rare goat meat and aromatic herbs in rice paper before dipping them in the soya sauce.

In addition, the restaurant also offers a selection of other dishes, including hot pot, fried rice, and a variety of alternatives, such as chicken, duck, and beef. These servings are plentiful and ideal for sharing if you are travelling with a large group. 

The prices for meat and salad meals range from VNĐ45,000 to 200,000 (US$2 to 9), while hot pot dishes range from VNĐ350,000 to 450,000, a great deal considering the generous servings.

Family is a low-key restaurant with reasonable prices, ideal for a sunny afternoon in Ninh Binh. It will not disappoint anyone searching for a great location with ample space and authentic local cuisine. VNS

Family Restaurant

Address: Tam Cốc, Ninh Hải Commune, Hoa Lư District, Ninh Bình Province

Tel:  091 419 66 10

Hours: 8.30am to 10.30pm



Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos



To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design contest and a tourism photo competition.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 1Thang Long Imperial Citadel (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and
contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism
industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design
contest and a tourism photo competition.

The two contests aim to select photos and products that meet
the artistic criteria, show a typical, rich and diverse culture, tourism
resources, tourist attractions, historical sites, festivals, traditional craft
villages, and the culinary culture of Hanoi for dissemination and promotion of
the capital city’s tourism to both domestic and international tourists.

Entries should show the difference and diversity in
materials and colours, and be friendly to the environment, safe to human
health, and not deformed or changed by the climate and weather. The
organising board prioritizes products that use available materials, are local
traditional crafts and convenient for mass production, and have high
applicability and reasonable prices.

All professional and amateur photographers, artisans,
painters, designers, organisations, enterprises and individuals can participate
in the contest held from June 1 to July 31.

The organising board will present awards and display works
from September to October.

All individuals and organisations can find out detailed
information about the contests’ rules on the website of the Department of
Tourism ( and on the mass media. Entries can be
sent to the Hanoi Department of Tourism’s headquarter at 11B Cat Linh street,
Dong Da district.

The capital city is making every effort to revive its
tourism after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 8.61 million tourists, including some 211,300
foreigners, visited the city between January and June, nearly tripling the
figure in the same period last year.

The city’s total tourism revenue in the first half of 2022
amounted to approximately 25.2 trillion VND (1.08 billion USD), more than three
times the figure in the first six months of 2021.

Local hotels rated 1-5 stars recorded an average occupation
rate of over 30% during the period, up 6.11% year-on-year.

The capital city, home to 24 recognised tourist
destinations, is offering a series of enticing products to attract tourists
given its reopening of the local tourism industry. These include night tours at
Hoa Lo Prison and Thang Long ancient citadel; a northern mountainous wet market
programme at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay
township; and the Hanoi City Tour by double-decker buses. 

In addition, Hanoi has also launched many tourism
exhibitions, trade fairs, and festivals.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 2Tourism gifts (Photo: VNA)

It is striving to welcome and serve 9-10 million visitors
in 2022, including 1.2-2 million international visitors. Total revenue from
tourists is expected to reach 27-35 trillion VND.

By 2023, the city is planning to welcome and serve 12-14
million visitors, including 2.5-3.5 million foreign visitors, earning a
total revenue from 42 to 55 trillion VND.

It eyes to welcome over 30 million visitors, including 7
million foreigners, by 2025, according to the municipal Party Committee’ draft
conclusion on tourism development for 2016-2020 and following years. The
visitors are expected to spend more than 130 trillion VND while in the capital.

To that end, Hanoi plans to expand new tourism products
based on the potential of each area, in a bid to gradually resume all tourism activities
this year in an important step to develop the tourism sector sustainably after
the pandemic.

Culinary and heritage tourism as well as MICE, a type of
tourism combining meeting, incentives, conferences and events will be promoted
in inner districts while spiritual and agro-tourism will be developed in
suburban areas.

Such types of tourism including resort and health tourism;
community and spiritual tourism will be prioritised in rural areas of the city.

The municipal People’s Committee has designed seven main
tasks and solutions to develop tourism in adaptation to the new normal, with an
emphasis on ensuring safety for both destinations and visitors.

The city will strive to devise unique tourism products to
meet visitors’ demand, and improve quality of tourism products and destinations
linked with heritage sites, relics and craft villages.

Seminars will be organised to train local residents at
destinations in knowledge and skills relating to serving tourists. Training
classes on community-based tourism will also be held in some districts at the
same time.

Hotels and resorts in inner and suburban areas are
encouraged to implement promotion programmes as well as services tailored to
satisfy tourists’ demand for short vacations./.


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Vietnam’s cultural heritage space to run in Hoi An



An exhibition of Vietnam’s cultural heritage space will open in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam, from July 8 to 13.

Vietnam’s cultural heritage space to run in Hoi An hinh anh 1Trang An landscape complex in Ninh Binh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – An exhibition of Vietnam’s cultural
heritage space will open in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam,
from July 8 to 13.

A total of 160 photos on display will introduce UNESCO-recognised
heritages, national special relic sites and intangible heritages in Vietnam
such as the Dien Bien Phu battlefield in Dien Bien, Hung Temple in Phu Tho,
water puppetry, and Binh Dinh martial arts.

Green tourist destinations and a trend of environmentally
friendly tourism will also be featured.

In another part of the exhibition, visitors will be treated to images of and items from traditional craft villages across the country.

Every day during the course of the event, an exchange programme
spotlighting folk art and culture is scheduled.

As an activity to welcome the Visit Vietnam Year 2022 hosted
by Quang Nam under the theme of green tourism, the exhibition will go online
from July 12 at


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Exploring Bat Trang pottery museum in Hanoi



The pottery museum in Bat Trang ancient pottery village forms part of the Centre for the Quintessence of the Vietnamese Craft Village and is about 15km from the heart of Hanoi. The museum houses myriad cultural and historical values from the village.


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