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Central Mosque – JAMIA AL MUSLIMIN (Dong Du Mosque) in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Central Mosque is one of the 12 mosques in Ho Chi Minh City. The Central Mosque was built in 1935.

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Ho Chi Minh City – More than 1,000 years ago, the first Vietnamese embraced Islam and charted the religion’s unique path into this Indo Chinese country.

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Nam Du Archipelago, around 40 kilometers away from Phu Quoc Island, is becoming an attractive destination for backpackers heading to the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.
Located in Kien Hai District, the archipelago has 21 islands, of which the Hon Lon (Big Isle) is the biggest.
How to get to Nam Du: 
-You can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia (Kien Giang). A two-way ticket costs VND300,000-350,000. It takes around 5-6 hours to get to Rach Soi Bus Station in Kien Giang.
-From the Rach Soi Station, take a xe om (motorbike taxi) for around VND60,000 per person to the Rach Gia ferry wharf.
-Buy a speed-boat two-way ticket at the wharf to Hon Lon (Big Isle) for VND440,000. Note that you do not need to book the ticket in advance from Monday to Thursday, but you have to from Friday to Sunday.
-The boat sets off at 8:15 a.m. It takes around two hours and 45 minutes to get to Hon Lon. The boat will drop by Hon Tre and Hon Son, two other isles in Nam Du, on the way.
-The boat’s return trip starts at 12:15 at noon. Please note that there is only one return trip each day from Hon Lon to the mainland.

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Binh Ba Island in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa is now among the most attractive destinations for sea lovers thanks to its pristine beauty.

Located in Cam Binh Commune of Cam Ranh Town, the small island has many beautiful beaches that have not yet been affected by rampant tourism services.

The island is also famous for its lobster farming business.

You can go to Ba Ngoi Port, which is five kilometers away from Cam Ranh Bus Station, to take a boat to the island. There are four trips, starting from 7 a.m., each day.

Binhba Island

Or you can take a high-speed boat, which takes only 20 minutes to reach the island.

Among the most beautiful beaches in Binh Ba are Nom, Nha Cu and Chuong. Visitors to the Nha Cu Beach are recommended to bring dive masks if they want to enjoy the beauty of many coral reefs there.

Meanwhile, the Chuong Beach is the most ideal place to watch the sunrise in Binh Ba. It is around 30 minutes’ walk from the pier of the wharf.

In Binh Ba, the most delicious food is lobster, sea urchin, snails and squid.


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Buckwheat, a plant that was widely cultivated by H’Mong people in Vietnam’s northern mountainous region in the past, is now attracting tourists to the areas for the beauty of its flower.

Several decades ago, the H’Mong ethnic communities in the northern provinces of Cao Bang, Lao Cai and Ha Giang cultivated buckwheat for its grain-like seeds. They usually milled the seeds and made cakes, which taste like corn cakes, from the buckwheat flour. 
The H’Mong ate the buckwheat cakes to replace rice in times of financial difficulties.
As the living conditions of the H’Mong communities have been gradually improved, the area for buckwheat cultivation has also shrunk. 
Over the last few years, more and more tourists have flocked to mountainous provinces in the north during year-end months to watch buckwheat flowers in bloom. 
Ly Trung Kien, the deputy chairwoman of Dong Van District in Ha Giang Province, said hotels and motels in the district had been all full of tourists during week days and weekends since early October. 
Initial statistics showed that the number of tourists coming to the town to watch buckwheat flowers this year doubled from the same period last year, she said. 
Kien said the district authorities are encouraging local residents to cultivate more buckwheat to attract tourists. 
Trieu Thi Tinh, deputy director of Ha Giang’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the province plans to support residents in the cultivation of buckwheat and will host activities to promote the plant as a “specialty” of the province, such as organizing the buckwheat flower festival.

As Vietnam’s cities develop, there are plenty of restaurants that offer up dishes at international (read: expensive) prices. While Vietnamese food is generally considered cheap, there are a few notable exceptions:
Đông Tảo Chicken
Dongtao chicken
Famous for its tasty meat and giant legs, Đông Tảo chicken can reach up to VND1 million per kilogram. However, buyers should be aware that these are not a special, magical breed, but rather old farm-raised chickens.

Spur Chicken

spur chicken
The 9-spur chicken is famous for its appearance in the legend of Sơn Tinh-Thủy Tinh. Few realize that it is a common name for the multi-spur chicken species which is usually born with at least 3 “spurs” on each leg. This chicken will set you back VND600,000 to VND1 million per kilogram.

Anh Vũ Fish

anhvu fish
The anh vũ fish is a kind of carp that is believed to transform into a dragon according to some Asian legends. Their mouths, which some say resemble those of a dragon, are oddly shaped due to its diet of seaweed and moss which requires it to hold tightly onto rocks as it feeds. Once respected for their legendary reputation, the species is now on the brink of extinction. A 2kg fish can be priced at least VND1.6 million.

Chìa Vôi Fish
chiavoi fish
Only found in the Nhà Bè River, chìa vôi can be cost anywhere from VND1 -1.3 million.

Sá Sùng
Sá sùngs, also known as peanut worms, are usually 15cm in length. Sá sùng are not only good for your health, often used in traditional medicines, but are also believed to act as a natural Viagra.

Ngán is similar to a clam, but can cost 10 times more. Apart from the many delicious dishes made from ngán, people also use them to make wine, which is super hardcore as they open the live sea creature, scramble and blend it with Vietnamese rice wine. The blood of ngán turns the wine pink.

Sâm Cầm
sam cam
Known for it’s high nutritional value, a 500g sâm cầm bird (or the Eurasian coot in English) can go for VND900,000. The species used to make Hanoi’s West Lake their home during winter migrations before being over exploited.

Have you tried any of these deliciously pricey dishes?