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Vietnam among Asia’s best places for holiday: Travel magazine



Australian magazine Traveller has listed Vietnam among the eight “best places to go in Asia for a holiday.”


It recommended December-March, when the weather is “pleasant,” as the ideal time to visit the long, sandy beaches of Vietnam.

It particularly recommended Quy Nhon, the beach resort town on the south-central coast. “Long a staid domestic destination, beautiful beach-flanked Quy Nhon has acquired hipster mojo and is tipped as the next Da Nang.”

The magazine also advised tourists to explore Ninh Binh, famous for paddleboat tours through limestone karsts and paddy rice fields.

In the Central Highlands, Da Lat, a summer retreat of the French during the colonial period, is well known for adventure sports such as trekking, mountain biking and rafting, it said.

A lesser-known destination in the northwest not to be missed is Dien Bien Phu, which used to be a major battlefield during the war, it said. “The province is developing eco-tourism and offering indigenous village homestays amid stunning forested landscapes and Hmong culture.”

Other destinations on the list are Thailand, India, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines./.



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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