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Unique Halloween pumpkin garden opens in Da Lat city

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A special garden featuring pumpkins of various shapes that cost several billions of VND has become the latest hot tourist attraction of Da Lat, with the event being held to mark Halloween celebrations.

It takes gardeners around one year in order to grow such unique pumpkins and have them ready in the buildup to Halloween.
It takes gardeners around one year in order to grow such unique pumpkins and have them ready in the buildup to Halloween.
The majority of pumpkins on display are exported, therefore bringing a huge revenue for gardeners each year.
The majority of pumpkins on display are exported, therefore bringing a huge revenue for gardeners each year.
Due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, this year pumpkin exports face an array of difficulties.
Due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, this year pumpkin exports face an array of difficulties.
Most pumpkins are usually exported to European countries one month before the start of Halloween celebrations.
Most pumpkins are usually exported to European countries one month before the start of Halloween celebrations.
They are primarily used for Halloween decorations.
They are primarily used for Halloween decorations.
A pumpkin garden costs billions of VND each year.
A pumpkin garden costs billions of VND each year.
These pumpkins are typically ordered by hotels and restaurants nationwide.
These pumpkins are typically ordered by hotels and restaurants nationwide.
The pumpkins that come in strange shapes have higher prices.
The pumpkins that come in strange shapes have higher prices.
The pumpkin garden tends to attract thousands of visitors each year.
The pumpkin garden tends to attract thousands of visitors each year.
Each giant pumpkin costs tens of millions of VND.
Each giant pumpkin costs tens of millions of VND.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/unique-halloween-pumpkin-garden-opens-in-da-lat-city-684785.html

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Traditional food shops in Hanoi where customers have to line up

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At some popular restaurants in Hanoi, customers still have to line up to wait for their turn.

Roasted pork shop on The Giao Street

Hà Nội: Những quán bán đồ ăn gia truyền, khách muốn mua phải xếp hàng

This is a roasted pork shop on The Giao Street. This shop opens from 4pm to 8pm. Buyers usually have to queue in a very long line to be able to buy roasted pork here.

This shop has no signboards but is just two small tables set up on the sidewalk, right next to The Giao communal house. This shop has been here for 30 years.

Customers love roasted pork here for its special taste.

For the past 30 years, Ms. Thuy and her husband – Mr. Kha – the owner of the shop, have processed the dishes themselves to ensure the quality of product.

Pho restaurant on Bat Dan Street

Hà Nội: Những quán bán đồ ăn gia truyền, khách muốn mua phải xếp hàng

It is difficult to find another place in Hanoi where people line up waiting for their turn, then serve themselves like in the traditional pho shop on Bat Dan street, Hanoi.

Perhaps the traditional taste of this restaurant’s pho has become “addictive” for many people. Every morning, rows of people patiently wait for their turn to carry the bowls of pho in their hands and then find a seat to enjoy it.

Some old diners often wait for their turn with a daily newspaper on their hands.

Line up to buy sticky rice for VND5,000 in the Old Quarter

Hà Nội: Những quán bán đồ ăn gia truyền, khách muốn mua phải xếp hàng

Every morning, from 6am to 8am, at the sidewalk in front of the house No. 44, Hang Hom street, there are a lot of people buying sticky rice for only 5,000 dong.

The owner of the sticky rice shop is Ms. Huyen and her husband Hai.

Sticky rice buyers are mainly retired older men living in Hang Hom, Hang Quat, Hang Non streets. Some people have bought sticky rice here for 25 years.

According to buyers, this sticky rice shop has been in this location for a long time, offering cheap and delicious sticky rice of all kinds.

Every morning, hundreds of people come here to buy sticky rice.

By about 8 a.m., all sticky rice baskets are sold out.

Vong Thi donut shop

Hà Nội: Những quán bán đồ ăn gia truyền, khách muốn mua phải xếp hàng
Hà Nội: Những quán bán đồ ăn gia truyền, khách muốn mua phải xếp hàng

Coming to the donut shop named Vong Thi on Lac Long Quan Street, buyers often have to queue for their turn.

This shop has been here for nearly 30 years. A donut is priced only VND7-8,000 VND.

Although it is just a sidewalk shop, it is always crowded.

The shop is open from 10 am to about 6 or 7 pm.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/traditional-food-shops-in-hanoi-where-customers-have-to-line-up-693462.html

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Explore off the beaten path Central Highlands town

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At an altitude of 1,200 m, Mang Den, a lesser-known town in Kon Tum Province, is dubbed the ‘second Da Lat’ for its vast valleys and pine forests.

A corner of Mang Den Town early in the morning. Around 60 kilometers from downtown Kon Tum, Mang Den town of Kon Plong District is not as popular as Sa Pa in the northern mountains, Ha Long in the north and Hoi An in the central region.

Early morning in Mang Den Town, around 60 km from downtown Kon Tum.

Coming to Mang Den, visitors can experience the feeling of swaying through mountainous passes and beautiful valleys on the mountain top or  walk through roads with pine trees that makes Mang Den like the second Da Lat, a famous resort town in Lam Dong Province, known for its consistent cool climate and French heritages. Visitors could rent a motorbike at VND150,000 ($6.5) per day.

Visitors to Mang Den in Kon Plong District can explore the winding mountain passes, beautiful valleys and pine forests reminiscent of famous resort town Da Lat in Lam Dong Province, known for its consistent cool climate and French heritage.
Visitors could rent a motorbike at VND150,000 ($6.5) per day.

Kon Pring community-tourism cultural village in Dak Long Commune, is one of the four community-based cultural and tourism villages of Kon Plong District. The village is located along Highway 24 and is home to Ka Dong ethnic minority people. Community-based tourism, with locals directly partaking in tourism product and service offerings, is slowly taking shape in Vietnam.

Kon Pring in Dak Long Commune is one of four community-based cultural and tourism villages of Kon Plong District. The village is located along Highway 24 and is home to an ethnic Ka Dong minority.

Horse cart  is a newly developed service in Mang Den. The price for one-hour ride around the town is VND100,000 per person, carrying up to 5 people.

Horse carriages are part of a newly developed service in Mang Den. The price for a one-hour ride around town is VND100,000 per person, each carriage capable of carrying up to five people.

Tourists also visit rice fields on horseback for VND500,000 per hour.

Tourists can also visit rice fields on horseback for VND500,000 ($22) per hour.

A waterfall in the deep forest around 12 km from downtown Mang Den remains pristine.More than 10 years ago, many investors came to Mang Den to build and develop tourism projects, but this place still receive a small number of tourists. Nearly two years ago, many hotels and resorts have been built in the town.

A waterfall in the deep forest around 12 km from downtown Mang Den remains pristine.

Another must-visit spot is Khanh Lam Pagoda built on a primitive hill at an altitude of 1,200 meters. From the foot of the hill, visitors step through more than 200 stone steps to the pagoda. This sacred place is a hidden gem under the luxuriant forest canopy, creating a peaceful and pure beauty that captivates people’s hearts.

Another must-visit spot is Khanh Lam Pagoda built on a primitive hill at an altitude of 1,200 meters. From the foot of the hill, visitors can reach the pagoda via 200 stone steps.
This sacred place is a hidden gem amid the luxuriant forest canopy, creating a peaceful and pure beauty that captivates people’s hearts.

To Mang Den, visitors also enjoy ga nuong com lam (grilled chicken with bamboo tube-rice), a famous specialty of the region. It was one of 50 must-try dishes according to Vietnam Guinness Book of Records.

Ga nuong com lam (grilled chicken with bamboo tube-rice) is a famous specialty of the region. It was one of 50 must-try dishes according to Vietnam Guinness Book of Records.

A couple pitch a tent to experience local lifestyle in Mang Den.

A couple pitch a tent to experience a night beneath the stars in Mang Den.

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Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/explore-off-the-beaten-path-central-highlands-town-4199731.html

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A morning at Phong Dien floating market

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A morning at Phong Dien floating market

Phong Dien lies 17 km from Can Tho’s center to the southeast. One of two floating markets in the Mekong Delta city, Phong Dien is more rustic while better-known Cai Rang is more bustling.

A morning at Phong Dien floating market

From the early morning, traders gather to buy fresh vegetables and fruit to resell elsewhere. The most crowded time is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. when many boats clog the waterway.

In the past, Phong Dien floating market was located at an intersection on Phong Dien River but has since moved 800 m to Nhon Ai Commune. Its new location helps the market attract more customers, traders and tourists with its great scenery and peaceful waterway ambiance.

A morning at Phong Dien floating market

Visitors can ask traders to take them around the market while enjoying dishes like noodle soup. A tour costs about VND80,000 ($3.5) to VND100,000 per person.

A morning at Phong Dien floating market

From a boat, tourists could enjoy a close-up experience of Mekong Delta market life while listening to stories told by traders.

A morning at Phong Dien floating market

A bowl of noodle soup at the market costs from VND20,000 and beverages from VND10,000 a pop. It is a great experience to have breakfast and coffee when visiting Phong Dien.

A morning at Phong Dien floating market

Tourists are often surprised to see traders transport fish sauce, dishwashing soap, stockings, gloves, fruits etc. all on one small boat, similar to a mini convenience store.

Around 7 p.m., when the market gets less crowded, traders begin to move to small canals in Phong Dien to continue selling their stock.

In Phong Dien, you can find almost every product of the Mekong Delta. Whether you are a local or a tourist, the price remains the same.

Can Tho is considered the heart of Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s rice basket. The southern city is well-known for its floating markets, Ninh Kieu Wharf, picturesque rural canals, and abundant fruit gardens.

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