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Unmissable tourist attractions in Da Lat resort city

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Situated on top of Lam Vien plateau in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong, the charming resort city of Da Lat is a popular tourist destination among travelers.

Visitors to Da Lat can enjoy cool air all year round, with the city proving to be a popular choice as a holiday destination.
Visitors to Da Lat can enjoy cool air all year round, with the city proving to be a popular choice as a holiday destination.
The city is surrounded by an epic pine tree forest that remains cool throughout the entire year and serves to create a beautiful and peaceful landscape.
The city is surrounded by an epic pine tree forest that remains cool throughout the entire year and serves to create a beautiful and peaceful landscape.
Da Lat is home to many lakes, most notably Xuan Huong lake in the centre, in addition to other sites such as Than Tho Lake, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Thien Lake, and Chien Thang Lake.
Da Lat is home to many lakes, most notably Xuan Huong lake in the centre, in addition to other sites such as Than Tho Lake, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Thien Lake, and Chien Thang Lake.
Da Lat is also well known for an abundance of flowers throughout the city.
Da Lat is also well known for an abundance of flowers throughout the city.
Hoa da quy, Tithonia diversifolia, also known as the wild sunflower, can be seen in full bloom during the spring.
Hoa da quy, Tithonia diversifolia, also known as the wild sunflower, can be seen in full bloom during the spring.
The city is home to many beautiful sightseeing spots which have romantic names. Most notably, the Valley of Love is one of the most romantic and scenic venues in Da Lat.
The city is home to many beautiful sightseeing spots which have romantic names. Most notably, the Valley of Love is one of the most romantic and scenic venues in Da Lat.
Cam Ly Waterfall proves to be a popular tourist attraction in the city.
Cam Ly Waterfall proves to be a popular tourist attraction in the city.
Da Lat Train Station gives tourists a fascinating insight into how people would have traveled in a bygone era.
Da Lat Train Station gives tourists a fascinating insight into how people would have traveled in a bygone era.
The city features plenty of villas in a French architectural style.
The city features plenty of villas in a French architectural style.
Da Lat Teacher’s Training College is widely recognised by the International Union of Architects (UIA) as one of 1,000 unique pieces of architecture worldwide in the 20th century.
Da Lat Teacher’s Training College is widely recognised by the International Union of Architects (UIA) as one of 1,000 unique pieces of architecture worldwide in the 20th century.
Bao Dai Palace is the location where King Bao Dai’s family both lived and worked in Da Lat.
Bao Dai Palace is the location where King Bao Dai’s family both lived and worked in Da Lat.
Da Lat Cathedral is also one of the leading tourist attractions in the city.
Da Lat Cathedral is also one of the leading tourist attractions in the city.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/unmissable-tourist-attractions-in-da-lat-resort-city-681716.html

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Sa Pa ‘love market’ set to rekindle pursuit of the heart

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Sa Pa ‘love market’ set to rekindle pursuit of the heart

Playing the Khen panpipe and dancing is a custom of the H’mong people. Photo by To Ba Hieu.


The ethnic H’mong romance exchange will be revived in mountainous town Sa Pa, starting this weekend.

The event, expected to attract hundreds of local artists and craftspeople, will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on November 28 and December 5 at No. 2 Fansipan Street of the resort town in northern Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province.

It is aimed at presenting and promoting indigenous cultural values, as well as helping young local generations and tourists learn about the town’s traditional ‘love market”.

Locals from across the town are expected to bring baskets of corn and rice as well as dogs and chicken to the fair.

Young men and women will dress in colorful and vivid traditional clothing for the event, exchanging messages of love and endearment via dances, panpipe playing, songs, and traditional games.

The culturally distinctive H’mong’s “hai pu” (bride dragging) custom, similar to a man proposing to a woman, will also feature at the event.

Specifically, young couples usually take their time getting to know each other. When both partners feel ready for love, they would set a date when the young woman is to be dragged to the man’s house. The young man can choose any location he wishes to drag his future bride, assisted by friends or brothers. When the time comes, he takes her hand and tells her he wants to drag her home.

The chosen woman, though having previously promised herself to him, offers up resistance. The man and his friends then carry her off “by force”, though without inflicting harm.

At his house, the woman remains in a separate room, guarded by one of the man’s cousins who tries to persuade her to get married. After three days, if she says “yes”, the family of the man would deliver some wine to the woman’s house to seal the union.

If, however, the woman says “no”, she will return home safely.

Traditionally, the man later delivers an amount of money to her home as a fine payment, along with some food shared with her parents. They then share a glass of wine, symbolizing their future alliance.

Visitors at the event can indulge in round sticky rice cakes, local donuts, seven-color sticky rice, and thang co, which is traditionally made from the meat and offal of horses or buffaloes.

Ha Van Thang, head of Lao Cai Province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said Sa Pa is expected to welcome 1.2 million domestic and foreign visitors this year, a big decline against the 3.5 million last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sa Pa is a top travel destination in Vietnam with major attractions like the Mount Fansipan, nicknamed “roof of Indochina”, terraced rice fields, Muong Hoa Valley, and a Gothic stone church at its center.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/sa-pa-love-market-set-to-rekindle-pursuit-of-the-heart-4198185.html

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HCM City plans pedestrianised area expansion

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Authorities in HCM City’s District 3 have proposed to open two pedestrian streets in the area.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Street is proposed to become a pedestrianised area.

Pham Thanh Kien, party secretary of District 3, said during a meeting on November 26 that they had carried out a research to open a pedestrianised area around Turtle Lake and Nguyen Thuong Hien Street. This is also a part of the action plan to better develop and overhaul urban areas.

According to Kien, the authorities in District 3 have worked with many departments and gathered public opinions about this project. Turtle Lake and Nguyen Thuong Hien Street were chosen because they are located in the city centre, near the Notre Dame Cathedral.

“Turtle Lake will be renovated to be better fit as one of HCM City’s major locations,” he said.

Talking about Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Kien said it was a major food street where most of the takeaways in the city were ordered from. This street has also appeared in several international tourism publications and forums.

“Opening a pedestrianised area in these two locations will not only help to ensure the service quality but also help boost local businesses,” he said.

Nguyen Thanh Nha, director of the Department of Planning and Architecture agreed with the proposal but said that they still need to gather opinions from the city Architecture Planning Council. Dtinews/Nguoilaodong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/hcm-city-plans-pedestrianised-area-expansion-693007.html

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Hanoi daisy gardens attract visitors

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Thousands of visitors and photographers flocked to daisy gardens in Hanoi for a good photoshoot.


The gardens in Nhat Tan Ward were packed during the weekends, from early morning until sunset. Many people love to take photos of the daisies or to check-in at the well-known flower village. As a result, it is not easy to take a photo without a large number of people in the background.

Nguyen Phuong Thuy from Cau Giay District, Hanoi, said this was her first time visiting the garden with friends.

“I can’t believe how crowded it is. I think a part of it is herd mentality. Other people were curious about why the gardens were so crowded so they also came there. It’s difficult to take a nice photo though,” she said.

The common daisy flowers bloom and fade very quickly. If flower lovers miss the blooming month, they will have to wait for the next year season.

Some photos of the gardens:

Crowded daisy gardens

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/hanoi-daisy-gardens-attract-visitors-692713.html

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