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Untouched natural landscapes in Cao Bang



Cao Bang, a famous tourist province in the northeastern region of Vietnam, boasts many untouched beautiful landscapes that are waiting to be explored.

Untouched natural landscapes in Cao Bang hinh anh 1A view of Nui Thung (Thung Mountain) in Tra Linh district of Cao Bang province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Cao Bang, a famous tourist province in the northeastern region of Vietnam, boasts many untouched beautiful landscapes that are waiting to be explored.

Ban Sam Waterfall

Ban Sam Waterfall is located in Thuan Hoa township, Quang Hoa district, about 3km from National Highway 3 and 56km from Cao Bang city. The waterfall is part of the Non Nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark.

Ban Sam Waterfall is on Sam Xuyen stream, a small branch that blends into the Bang River. It is most beautiful from April to July every year. With spectacular, pristine landscapes and rich ecosystems, along with fresh and cool air, the waterfall is becoming a new destination for those who love to explore nature.

It is an ideal destination for any who wishes to find a place to relax, listen to the sounds of natures and enjoy delicious dishes with a strong mountain flavour.

Thong Loc Waterfall

Thong Loc Waterfall, located in Hong Loc hamlet, Doai Duong commune of Trung Khanh district, is a wonderful combination of alpine air and water, as it juts through the rocky landscape.

The best time to visit the waterfall is spring when its flow increases and wakes up after a long winter. Located at the source of the Bac Vong River, quietly and powerfully flowing from high cliffs, Thong Loc Waterfall boasts peaceful and poetic beauty.

Thong Loc Waterfall is a gift from nature to Doai Duong commune and Trung Khanh district. It is highly recommended for tourists to admire the beauty of the waterfall and enjoy the fresh air of a peaceful countryside on the borderlands of Vietnam.

Thung Mountain

Located in the middle of a beautiful valley in the border district of Tra Linh, Angel Eye Mountain, locally known as Nui Thung, is a favourite destination for young people’s camping activities of in Cao Bang province.

Nui Thung impresses visitors with its unique appearance as it has a great hole-shaped crevasse, measuring 50m in diameter, passing through its face, which looks like a giant eye at the centre of the mountain.

At the foot of the mountain, campers can find a perfect place to set up their camps on immense grasslands or by green lakes. They can admire the charming natural landscapes while walking around and taking photos.

When night falls, the temperature can drop as low as in winter. Even though a campfire may be built, campers should prepare warm clothes in advance.

Upon rising, an interesting activity at the beginning of the day is paddling a stand-up paddle-board (SUP) on the lake and listening to the birds singing while fog still lingers in the air.

After that, backpackers can join a trek to take a closer look at the “eye” of the mountain, which is a cave crisscrossed with clusters of tree roots. In their trek, backpackers can encounter Tay ethnic people with their traditionally friendly and warm smiles to greet visitors.

Canh Cao sinkhole area and pristine Little Son Doong

The system of limestone mountains in the Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark has many unique features with caves described as “Little Son Doong”.

The Canh Cao sinkhole area is located in the middle of Lung Ga Plateau in Ngu Lao commune, Hoa An district. From the headquarters of the Ngu Lao communal People’s Committee, it takes visitors 5km walking on zigzag roads to Lung Ga Plateau. After that, they have to walk about 2km of the trail to the Canh Cao sinkhole area.

The space under the Canh Cao sinkhole with nearly 100m high wall and a basin of several thousand square meters creates a feeling that make visitors feel like they are standing in a miniature version of the world famous Son Doong Cave in Quang Binh province.

Quay Son River

The Quay Son River starts from China and when it reaches Dam Thuy commune of Trung Khanh district, the mild river circles around Co Muong Mountain bottom and flows to the rice fields of Dam Thuy towards the large alluvial plain of Ban Gioc village.

Looming in the background of rice fields are villages of Tay ethnic people with ancient stone houses on stilts, creating a nostalgic beauty.

The river forms the border between Vietnam and China. The flow divides into many branches that create Ban Gioc Waterfall, a top tourist destination in Cao Bang province.

The 53m high and 300m wide waterfall is the fourth largest border waterfall in the world and was named one of the 10 most spectacular waterfalls in the world by travel site Touropia./.



Exquisite Lao cuisine in the heart of Hà Nội



by Bảo Ngọc

The food of Laos is a representation of the country as a whole: untouched, intense, and unique. It is sometimes overshadowed by the more well-known cuisines of its neighbours (Thailand, Việt Nam and China), but its unique flavours are unforgettable.

If you’re looking for the best Lao food in Hà Nội, make sure to check out the restaurants on our recommended list.

Khao Lao

Address: 1st floor, building M3 – M4, 91 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Đống Đa District, Hà Nội

Opening time: 11:00 – 13:30, 18:00 – 21:00

Khao Lao is a popular choice among many excellent Lao eateries in Hà Nội.

The restaurant’s design is one of a kind, fusing sophisticated and opulent elements with understated dark brown tones.

You may be taken aback by the restaurant’s striking decor, which is inspired by Lao culture. The restaurant decorates several areas with eye-catching embellishments, making it great for photographs.

There are more than 50 options on the menu, ranging from appetisers to main courses, and they include aromatic herbs, rice, noodles, fish, chicken, beef, and pork.

Lao salad, vegetarian silkworms, tofu with tamarind sauce, Lao sticky rice and seafood dishes including pan-fried prawn vermicelli and mango salad with deep-fried fish are some of the restaurant’s bestselling dishes.

Khao Lao’s meals, made using Vietnamese ingredients, retain Lao essence to the pleasure of guests. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

However, when visiting Khao Lao, you shouldn’t miss out on the seabass with three-spice sauce, duck larb, seafood spring rolls with durian sauce, or the suki hot pot.

Though prepared with Vietnamese ingredients, the dishes at Khao Lao nonetheless maintain the quality of Lao flavour, much to the delight of the diners.

Lào MeLao

Address: 296 Lê Trọng Tấn, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội

Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00

Lào MeLao restaurant is another appealing option for those fascinated in knowing more about Lao cuisine.

This restaurant is famed for its refreshing beer, perfect for the scorching heat of summer. However, booze aside, the food here is also sure to please guests.

Lào MeLao’s cooks have experience creating cuisine to complement Lao beer, ensuring that customers have a pleasant dining experience. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Lào MeLao is a hip hangout with plenty of room and a classic pub design. You’ll get a warm and welcoming vibe here, with the decor reminiscent of Vietnamese bars.

The restaurant’s chefs have extensive expertise crafting foods to go with Lao beer, guaranteeing an enjoyable dining experience for patrons. There’s a story in every bite, and the way the flavours mingle in each dish is something to behold.

Lào Quán

Address: 59 Nguyễn Khánh Toàn, Dịch Vọng Ward, Cầu Giấy District, Hà Nội

Operating hours: 09:00 – 23:00

Even though it has only been open for a short time, Lào Quán has already made a lasting impression on lovers of authentic Lao cuisine.

Everything about the restaurant’s cuisine, from the way it’s processed to the products it uses, is infused with Lao culinary tradition. It’s delicious and healthy as everything is made with all-natural ingredients and has no preservatives or additives. 

Lào Quán’s dish is blended with Lao culinary culture from preparation to ingredients. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Lào Quán’s architecture also has a youthful and dynamic style, and the walls are decorated with many colours, with unique and eye-catching images. It is a smooth combination between the two cultures of Việt Nam and Laos, both familiar and new.

The menu is also extremely diverse, combining Vietnamese and Lao cuisine. The decoration is also inspired by Lao culinary culture. The dishes are served in bamboo trays, banana leaves and woven baskets, creating a feeling of closeness to nature.

The restaurant is a gastronomic heaven, with more than 50 different Lao dishes available. A wide variety of meals, from snacks like crispy yellow fish and green mango salad to main courses such as stir-fried noodles with chicken and mushrooms, mixed vermicelli, braised pork sticky rice, minced beef porridge, and fried rice with pickled vegetables.

Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes are Lao larb, duck larb, Tomyum soup, and rare roast beef. VNS


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Asia, Australia getting close with promotion offered by Vietjet



To welcome a series of new routes including Ho Chi Minh City – Kochi (India) and Ho Chi Minh City – Jakarta (Indonesia), Vietjet is offering passengers tickets priced from 0 VND in its international flight network.

Asia, Australia getting close with promotion offered by Vietjet hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: Vietjet Air)

HCM City – To welcome a series of new routes including Ho Chi Minh City – Kochi (India) and Ho Chi Minh City – Jakarta (Indonesia), Vietjet is offering passengers tickets priced from 0 VND in its international flight network.

Accordingly, from now to December 31, 2023, from 0h00 to 23h59 every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, passengers have opportunities to hunt for 0 VND tickets on website and Vietjet Air mobile app, applying for all routes connecting Vietnam to Australia, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong (China) and Southeast Asia with flexible flight schedules from August 10 to March 31, 2024.

The international flight journey is even more exciting when passengers can double their privileges with Sky Care travel insurance package, accumulating bonus SkyPoints on each flight to redeem vouchers of Vietjet and services from 250 popular brands of dining, resort and shopping in Vietnam via SkyJoy mobile app or website

With a wide flight network across Asia and Australia, and hundreds of flights per day, together with modern and environmentally-friendly aircraft, professional cabin crews, organic hot meals of global culinary culture, the world is now at your fingertips with just one click at or the Vietjet Air mobile app.

Asia, Australia getting close with promotion offered by Vietjet hinh anh 2From now to December 31, 2023, from 0h00 to 23h59 every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, passengers have opportunities to hunt for 0 VND tickets on website and Vietjet Air mobile app.(Photo: Vietjet Air)

Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. As Vietnam’s largest private carrier, the airline has been awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars by the world’s only safety and product rating website and listed as one of the world’s 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal for many consecutive years. The airline has also been named as Best Low-Cost Carrier by renowned organizations such as Skytrax, CAPA, and Airline Ratings./.


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Sesame-Crusted Tuna Tataki with Wasabi Cream and Mixed Salad




Executive Chef Lâm Quốc Huy from Mai House Saigon Hotel

The combination of tropical fruit and succulent tuna, blended with rich wasabi cream of this standout starter is a perfect choice for those who are looking for a healthy and balanced meal.

The tuna is coated with toasted sesame seeds and then seared briefly on each side, resulting in a tender and juicy fish that is cooked to perfection. The mixed salad and a subtle kick of spicy wasabi cream provide a refreshing and crunchy texture that balances the flavours and adds more nutrients to the dish.

Sesame-Crusted Tuna Tataki with Wasabi Cream and Mixed Salad


  • Tuna: 120g
  • Dijon mustard: 50g
  • White sesame: 50g
  • Black sesame: 50g

Mixed salad:

  • Baby cucumber: 50g
  • Cherry tomato: 30g
  • Beansprouts: 10g
  • Edible flowers: 3 pieces

Wasabi cream:

  • Wasabi mustard: 5g
  • Whipping cream: 60g


• Marinate the tuna with yellow mustard, then roll in white and black sesame.

• Sauté the tuna for 10 seconds on each side.

• Thinly slice the baby cucumber and roll into delicate wheels

• Mix the wasabi mustard and whipping cream until the mixture thickens.


• Cut the tuna into thin slices and place on top of the mixed salad.

• Dab some mustard cream sauce on the tuna and around the plate.

• Garnish with beansprouts, edible flowers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber

You can enjoy Sesame-Crusted Tuna Tataki or a Business Set Lunch at C’est La Vie Restaurant, 2nd floor, Mai House Saigon Hotel, 157 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Street, Võ Thị Sáu Ward, Hồ Chí Minh City. Tel: +84 (0) 2873039000. — VNS


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