Tag Archives: Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang – amazing, underground Vietnamese world

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang is one of the most amazing places in Vietnam. Located about 500 km south of Hanoi, right next to the Laos border and the former Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. It’s a huge complex which consists of around 300 caves. It’s estimated that underground corridors are 126 km long and a large part of them has not yet been discovered. Park was opened for visitors in 2010 and since then it has expanded its offer. I visited this place in 2014 when Phong Nha-Ke Bang was not as popular as it’s today. Can

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Vietnam – Sa Pa, somewhere far, far away…

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We’re arriving to Sa Pa at the crack of dawn.It’s 6 am in the morning, I’m bruttaly awaken by the terrible squeak of the breaks and a heavy hit on the head, when the train bounced on uneven rails. I’ve lost count of these hits, during 9-hour travel in a sleeping car, within this time we’ve covered only 380 km, the distance between Sa Pa and Hanoi. Sa Pả is located in the province of Lào Cai, at the border with China in north-western Vietnam. The landscape of this region is dominated by Hoang

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Girl on a (dangerous) Trail – roads safety…

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Before I went to Georgia, I’d thought that I’d seen everything on the roads. There were roads in Mexico, especially those in Mexico City, provided me adrenaline comparable to bungee jumping. There were no rules, except for one – parking ban, which, as a matter of fact, didn’t improve my situation. It was hard, even today I still remember these dilemmas before going through pedestrian crossing, cutting 7-lane, busy road. To make matters worse, I felt constant uncertainty there, whether a driver, driving a 7th right lane, would begin to make a sudden turning

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Girl on a Trail – Vietnam war, lost victory?

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Vietnam War is the most brutal conflict since World War II. Sophisticated techniques of tortures and killing, chemical weapons like: agent orange, napalm or phosphorous bombs, and thousands of dead and wounded. So it isn’t surprising that in memory of the Vietnamese, the war is still alive. Just take a short walk along the streets of Hanoi and you’ll see the remnants of the war….   The first point in Hanoi – Long Bien bridge. Its story dates back when Vietnam was a French Colony. It was built at the beginning of the 20th

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Vietnamese market

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Vietnamese market it’s one of these places which are must while visiting Vietnam. Local markets, stalls with various products are everywhere. The trade in Vietnam seems to be a primary branch of Vietnamese economy. Vietnamese people sell everything and everywhere and I can guarantee that every needed things you’ll find in this country always close at hand irregardless the time of the day or night. It doesn’t matter if it’s dy or night, trade here is always flourishing. Who knows, maybe somebody would have a taste for a watermelon at 2 am… There’re also

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Hoi An – a peaceful meeting place

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Hoi An is by far my favorite place in Vietnam. Hoi An means “peaceful meeting place” and in a fact this translation describes this place accurately.  Apart from quite a big amount of tourists, Hoi An is a very peaceful place where you take a break from the noise of mopeds. Hoi An is an exceptional place, where influences of different cultures mix together. Between 15th and 19th century, the town was an important port on the so called “silk route”. A lot of sailors from Asia or even Europe called at this place.

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Recipe – How to prepare Vietnamese coffee?

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To prepare Vietnamese coffee, you need special coffee maker called Phin, but you can also use coffee filter. Phin is a very simple device. It consists of a jug where coffee is placed, lower land upper lid. We also need Vietnamese coffee and sweet condensed milk. Fill the cup with small amount of milk. Warm the Phin up in hot water. Then add 4 teaspoonfuls of coffee. Vietnamese coffee should be very strong so this amount is for one cup. Next screw the lower lid. Pour boiling water but only to the lower lid. When coffee soaks,

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Vietnam – paradise for coffee connoisseurs

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Coffee is mainly associated with countries like Brazil Or Columbia but in fact Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world. Being a hopeless case of coffee drinker I could write about Vietnamese coffee endlessly. It’s a very thick and aromatic beverage with inimitable taste which combines a little coffee bitter taste and the sweetness of caramel and chocolate.  But it’s not the end… The process of roasting is unique. Sweet, chocolate taste is the result of adding butter or vegetable oil. Coffee beans roasted in this way have a little

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Real Saigon… How to survive on Vietnamese roads

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Our funny story with the hotel wasn’t the only attraction which we had during first day in Vietnam. Starving and exhausted after long journey, we decided to go out for a delicious Vietnamese meal. As experienced  drivers, we thought that we had seen every possible thing on the road but as it turned out later crossing Vietnamese streets is a real challenge. Vietnam is a real traffic jungle in the literal meaning of this world. Just imagine agglomeration with at least 7 million people and no traffic rules. Crossroads with traffic lights and pedestrian

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Vietnamese alcohol…

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Vietnamese beer is connected with colonial times. Then the first brewery was established in Hanoi. Its products were intended for wealthy elite. Before the beer was introduced to Vietnamese bars people had drunk mainly rice wine, which was popular till 1960’s. During the American War, its production was banned in view of depleted rice production. From that time beer was getting more and more popular. Additionally close cooperation with Czech Socialist Republic (which was the part of USSR) popularize traditional brewing methods. Vietnamese beer – Bia hoi is brewed every evening, matures through the

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Hanoi – money talks… socialistic version of money rush

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We were in Vietnam for one month but even so this country has remained one big mystery for us. It’s a very diverse and full of contrasts country, where from the European point of view simple everyday life sometimes goes with an absurd. This was the reason of one of our adventures in this wonderful place. It’s very surprising that this socialistic country is in fact is imbued close to the bone with sanguinary capitalism. In one word maybe money rules the world but Vietnam especially. During preparation for our journey I had studied

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