HOT SPRING IN MONG VILLAGE

Traveling to many regions and bathing in hot springs of other places in whole country but the place which makes tourists most satisfied is Mong village with its exciting hot spring in Hua La commune. Here visitors not only immerse themselves in hot spring but also enjoy traditional dishes of ethnic groups in Vietnamese Northwest.

The potential of tourism service

No one can know when the hot spring of Mong village appears, just know that local people used this water resource in daily life long time ago when Mong village was established. The hot spring is a tourism destination for domestic and foreign tourists. Local people officially began to exploit in form of tourism service in 1997. The spring has temperature of 38 degree. With physic-chemical properties and composition of mineral nature the hot spring has been effective in treating some skin diseases, rheumatism, nervous system…

Nowadays with sensible exploitation this area has become an attractive destination for all tourists. Alongside the road of this area there has 16 households in hot spring business. Their houses on stilts are built following traditional architecture of Thai ethnic group in Northwestern region. Bathrooms are also designed and decorated sensibly to attract increasingly crossing tourists. Here they can sightsee, enjoy traditional culture of Thai ethnic or go shopping handicrafts items. In addition, they can enjoy specific dances of Thai ethnic girls.

Many people consider that the pleasure of this hot spring is in water temperature which changes following season. In the summer water temperature is softer hot. On other hand, in the winter the temperature is such hot that visitors cannot feel the cold winter. In addition, they also like the beauty of ethnic culture, dedicated service of local people here. These make tourists feel like at home.

Specific culture in Mong village

After fresh feeling with good spirit, tourists continue to enjoy traditional dances around flickering firelight under houses on stilts or traditional dishes such as fried chicken. This dish is cooked carefully by Thai ethnic women. Next, visitors will eat smoked meat with typically tasty spices of Thai ethnic. With these typical dishes, everyone can enjoy grilled bamboo-tube rice.

Throughout Northwestern region, no one does not know a unique sauce made from fried salt, grilled chili, garlic and other herbs. This is the only special sauce which only Thai ethnic people have. It is used with several dishes from chicken, fish, bamboo shoot or sticky rice…

Local people are very friendly and hospitable when they serve tourists. They always make close environment for visitors.

The unique combination of bathing in hot spring and enjoying traditional culture of Thai ethnic group, Mong village really becomes an attractive destination which is not ignored when tourists travel to Son La. Stress, tiredness in work, study or a long journey would be disappeared when tourists immerse themselves in hot spring. Not only having moment of relaxation, but also enjoying traditional dances or typical dishes of Thai ethnic. There is nothing more exciting for a journey.

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WEDDING CUSTOMS OF XO DANG ETHNIC GROUP

A simple wedding culture

Customs and festivals of Xo Dang people are really plentiful and various. However, wedding customs here are so simple and the sacrifices such as Can wine, sticky rice, fish are prepared before the wedding.

If a man loves a woman and wants to marry her, the man’s family must ask a dependable old man to come to the woman’s family and ask them for making a marriage. If the woman’s family agrees, both families will plan and prepare for the wedding,

The man will prepare such presents as bracelets, necklaces and earrings for his fiancé as keepsakes and let everyone know that she is getting married.

The woman family cuts a cock’s throat and let the blood flow into a bowl. Then, they will take a small stick and divide the blood bowl into two for each family to bring a bowl to home. At night, in their dreams, if they dream of water, planting banana or trees, these things will be a good presage. However, if they dream of toads or falling tree, it will be a portent and the wedding will be postponed.

 

The wedding takes place in a happy way

As the customs, after the man and the woman get married, they will have a small celebration together and sing, dance and drink until they are all drunk. After the wedding, the wife goes home with the husband and brings along a bunch of firewood as the symbol of living in the man’s house. At the husband’s house, the wife has to stand outside and waits until the sky gets dark and only when there are all people in the husband’s family coming will the wife be allowed to come in and celebrate.

When all relatives come back home, the man’s family prepares a cock and cut its throat to mix the blood with wine and boil the cock. After that, they give those things to the young couple to eat and drink it. This custom means the peace and happiness in marriage. Eating and drinking in the wedding night means good health for the new couple and wishes them to have many healthy children.

After the wedding day, both wife and husband are not allowed to produce things or go to the water trough of the village. Both have to stay at home. The woman stays in the husband’s house to cook and burn her firewood. In the following days, they go to the stream and scoop up fish in front of relatives’ witness. If they scoop up the crab, they will have fight frequently in the future, but in contrary, if they shovel a fish, they will live happily together.

In the marriage, Xo Dang people often have married challenge rites of the woman’s family to the man’s. The indispensable sacrifices are gongs and a small jar – the traditional things. Gongs and thr small jar are considered as presents for children when they get married and these things will help the young couple have lots of children, plentiful grains and rice as well as assert the husband’s family belief. If the husband’s family does not have such these things, it will be said that they do not have any houses or properties.

Xo Dang ethnic people are now living in Kon Tum, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam province. Xo Dang people have their own traditional customs and habits still preserved and promoted until today.

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The charm of women through the Thai wind Pieu towels

The Pieu towel is a traditional beauty of the customes in particular and culture of the Thai people in general. The Pieu towel was appeared in poems, songs as a nice symbol reflecting the charm of the Thai women.

“Pieu” means head scarf in Thai language. The White Thai wear square towel while the Black Thai wear Pieu. In other words, Pieu towel is unique feature of the Black Thai customes. The Pieu have different types depending on each locality: some are embroidered by colored thread, some are cotton fabric dyed indigo

 The charm of woman through the Thai wind Pieu towel

Origin of the Pieu towel

The origine of the Thai women wind Pieu towel is attached with a legend. Formerly, there is a village with full of women living together. Any man who came over was killed. One day, a woman went to the forest and met a man in another village, they lived together and had a son. When the son grew up and witnessed unreasonable life of the “ Mother village”, he mobilized the forces of “Father village” to attack the “mother village”. The “mother village was failure and promised to live in peace. Since then , the women in the village often wear towel with the sign of printed finger, called “cut”

The Thai woman embroidering the Pieu

Beauty of the Pieu towel

 

The Pieu towel of the Thai women is made of cotton. The cloth is dyed with indigo until it becomes dark blue. The Thai women don’t embroider the towel from the right side, they use the techniques to embroider from the left side to highlight the patterns on the right side. The patterns of the Pieu are quite complicated that requires ingenuity and exact thinking. The Thai women need to start from middle pattern, then surrounding motifs and finally they append “cut pieu”, “ cop pieu” and “ hu pieu” to highlight the motifs.

 

“ Cop pieu” is a colored strip of fabric ( usually red) is embroidered four corners and two edges of the towel. “Hu pieu” is tied from the small strip of “cop pieu”. “ Hu pieu” looks like a flower with three petals. “Cut pieu” is made from a piece of red cloth, wrapped with the core of thread inside, curled under the helical shape. “ Cut pieu” is arranged in odd clusters.

Pieu towel are embroidered from left side with beautiful patterns abd “cut pieu”, “cop pieu”, “hu pieu”

 

The Pieu towel not only helps cover the head under the sun and prevent wind from cold winter but also is an important ornament of the Thai women in daily life, especially in festival days. Moreover, the Pieu is aslo the symbol of love, the bridge for the love of couples. The girls often give the boys the most beautiful Pieu towel to express their affection. In the Thai’s weddings, the Pieu towel is precious gifts the daughter-in-law give the parents and siblings of her husband. The Thai women learn how to embroider the Pieu since they are young. The Pieu towel is one of criteria to assest the virtues of the Thai girls.

The Pieu towel plays an important role in the Thai people’s life

The Thai wind Pieu towel brings not only the aesthetic value but also social value. This is unique culture of the Black Thai’s life that leaves deep impressions on both domestic and foreign tourists.

 

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Japanese cherry blossom festival to take place at Thang Long royal citadel

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has agreed to organize a Japanese cherry blossom festival 2015 on April 11th-12th at the Thang Long royal citadel in Ha Noi.

During the festival, Yosakoi traditional dance, cosplay performances, martial arts performances, and an introduction to special Japanese  food will be held.

Apart from the usual Sakura decoration, there will be interesting activities such as Sakura planting, exhibition, and an area introducing Sakura and photography.

The Japanese cherry blossom festival was first held in 2007. Each year, the festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors. This is an outstanding cultural activity in Viet Nam to introduce Japanese culture to visitors.

Last year, the festival took place at the Viet Nam Exhibition and Fair Centre on Giang Vo Street, Ha Noi in March. Organised by the Japan-Viet Nam Cultural Association Foundation, fresh cherry blossoms were imported from Japan and displayed at the festival.

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IPU delegates share their views on Viet Nam

As part of the ongoing Inter-Parliamentary Union’s 132nd General Assembly, a city tour around Ha Noi and a visit to the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Dong Mo were organised for participants and their relatives.  

The participants also enjoyed a stage performance named “Colours of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups” introducing a number of traditional arts. Viet Nam News took the opportunity to ask some of the international guests about their impressions of Viet Nam.

Juan Pablo, Chile

“I have great impressions of Viet Nam. The country combines the old and the new. It has thousands of years of history but it is also a new nation of independence. Recent development has brought tremendous changes. I think this country has a lot of history, but is still a young nation.

“I’ve had a great time and feel a sense of expectation.

“This is my second visit to Viet Nam. Compared to my last time four years ago, I can see more buildings now. It’s a growing Viet Nam. Vietnamese are very proud of their culture, and they say it with pride.”

Stella Chungong, Switzerlands

“When I first landed in HCM City, my first impression was that the people here are very nice. Everybody is very helpful, very polite and very positive.

“Then I came to Ha Noi and learnt about the different seasons here and how it moves from spring to summer.

“Before my trip, I knew that the food here is great because near my house in Geneva, there is a Vietnamese restaurant and I used to go to sometimes. The food there is very nice, but the food here is even better than Geneva.

“Today we went to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and learnt about the history of his life. I was so touched because it’s very rare to find a great man like that. And he gave so much for the people.

“When I return to Geneva, I will tell my friends that they should visit Viet Nam where the people are warm and the food is good. There are also a lot of things to learn and to see from the history and culture.”

Mwaula Solopi, Zambia

“Before coming here, I knew a very little thing about this country. I want to learn more about the culture. There is a lot of development that I want to know about.

“I can feel the warm atmosphere from how people treat me here. You can’t get this from a book. You have to really come and experience it yourself.

“When I get back to my country, I will tell people that Viet Nam is a place you much visit. It is a long journey from my country, but it’s worth it.”

Batzandan Jalbasuren, Mongolia

“Viet Nam has become a destination for many official events such as this Inter-Parliamentary Union General Assembly and I think the country has a great future.

“The food here is delicious. In Mongolia, people really like pho, which is quite similar to Mongolian traditional soup. I see that Vietnamese people are like Mongolians. There are many similarities between us.

Iman Altarawneh, Jordan

“I like the culture here. Vietnamese people are helpful and friendly. Viet Nam also has a very nice nature. I like the food here.

“If I want something special in my country, I will try Vietnamese food. There are some Vietnamese restaurants in the Middle East, especially in Dubai.”

Petra Osarsson, Sweden

“This is the first time I have been to Viet Nam. We are staying in a hotel in central Ha Noi. I have had a chance to see the daily life of people around my hotel. I feel Vietnamese people are very hospitable. It is interesting to find that Vietnamese people often live in big families.”

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‘French Village’ to open soon to tourists in Da Nang

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Work on a six-hectare area that consists of 20th-century French-styled castles and houses is set to be completed by the end of April on popular tourist mountain Ba Na in Da Nang.

French Village, as the site is officially known, also includes a hotel, a shopping mall, restaurants, and an indoor theme park, news website Zing reported.

Its investors expect the US$70-million village to bring tourists back to the time when the mountain, about 46 kilometers southwest of Da Nang, was home to a luxury resort built by French colonialists in 1901 for military officials and high-ranking civil servants.

Ba Na, which is nearly 1,450 meters above the sea, once had more than 200 French-styled villas, hotels, market, opera house, and stadium.

Most of them, however, were destroyed after the 1945 August Revolution that forced the French to withdraw from Vietnam.

The remains of the former resort are now just small paved paths, moss-covered walls, or ruins of fireplaces.

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Vietnam to launch non-stop tolling on spinal highways

Vietnam on Tuesday announced a new plan to replace toll takers with electronic collection systems on the National Highway 1A and Ho Chi Minh Highway, a move that aims to eliminate delay at toll gates and cut costs.“Three ETC stations have been put into use, in Hanoi, Quang Binh and the Central Highlands, on a trial basis,” Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong said at a press briefing in Hanoi.

An ETC station determines whether vehicles are enrolled in the program, alerts toll collectors about those that are not, and electronically debits from the accounts of registered car owners without requiring them to stop.

Truong said the new system will gradually replace all current toll gates, including 35 on the National Highway 1A alone.

In order to use the system, vehicles have to be equipped with a tag on its windshield with electronic information to be read by the station’s sensor.

Vehicles without the tag will have to stop and pay manually, the ministry said.

The transport ministry said it is considering upgrading toll stations so that they can also automatically detect overloaded trucks.
Cutting costs

The new system is expected to save costs significantly due to less personnel and no more delay on toll roads.

“Taiwan has 127 people operating 350 toll stations nationwide while Vietnam has 100-120 for just one station alone,” Truong said.

“The new system requires only 10 people per station.”

According to Pham Hung Dung, chairman of TASCO, a company that invests in most of Vietnam’s toll stations, around 100 ETC stations in total will be launched by the end of 2016, when the upgrading of the National Highway 1A and Ho Chi Minh Highway completes.

“These ETC stations will reduce operating costs by VND3.4 trillion (US$159 million) a year in comparison to traditional toll gates,” he said.

Ho Chi Minh and 1A are two major highways that run from the north to the south.

The National Highway 1A connects Lang Son and Ca Mau, running more than 2,300 km (1,430 miles) through 32 cities and provinces.

Meanwhile, the Ho Chi Minh Highway runs along the west side of the country, connecting Cao Bang and Ca Mau via the Central Highlands with a total length of 3,167 km.

Source: www.thanhniennews.com

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Ugly as sin: Vandals deface iconic Notre Dame Cathedral despite pleas from church


Names, love vows are written all over a brick wall of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: VnExpress

Vandals in Ho Chi Minh City seem to have found their new favorite target: the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The walls of the 138-year-old icon, which were made of bricks brought from France, are turning into a public board, with many love statements scribbled all over them.

People also wrote prayers or sentences proving that they had been there.

Priest Vuong Si Tuan told news website VnExpress that young visitors started to write on the walls more than a year ago.

He said the church attracts many people every day who come to take photos, meet with friends, , and at some point, they just decide they want to leave some notes.

“They are not aware that what they did was not right for such a famous building.”

He said the church has put up signs asking people to respect the religious site, but vandals just don’t stay away.


The church has fenced off a hidden corner or it would be turned into a garbage dump or public toilet. Photo credit: VnExpress

He said some people even left trash and urinated in hidden corners around the walls, forcing the church to fence off some of corners recently.

The church of more than 3,200 square meters was built between 1877-1880 by the French and is part of the city’s colonial core, together with the Post Office and the former Cercle des Officiers on Le Duan.

It is not only the main Catholic church in the city, but also a must-visit for tourists.Tuan said the church has reported to local officials about the vandalism and they promised they would deal with it.

“We cannot arrange people to guard the building day and night. The city needs to protect all the old buildings in the city, because they are its soul,” he said.

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Are you for veal? Vietnamese villagers believe this is how meat should be roasted

There is a famous dish that is often served during Tet and other special celebrations in Vietnam: roasted veal.

It can be found in many parts of the country, but the most authentic version is believed to be in Cau Mong, a small rural neighborhood in Dien Ban District of the central province of Quang Nam.

Cau Mong roasted veal has been known for more than 50 years.

In 2013, it was recognized as one of the top 50 Vietnamese famous dishes by the Vietnam Book of Records.If you come to Cau Mong, you can find the dish at any smoke shops or restaurants.

The calf used to make this dish usually weighs around 40 kilograms.Western cooks often roast their beef in an oven using different parts of the cow. In Vietnam, a whole young cattle is roasted over an open fire until the skin blackens.

The blackened outer layer of skin is then scraped off, and then the veal meat is sliced thinly and arranged on a dish.

The best roasted veal will have a pinkish color while the skin is thin and the meat is very tender.

Veal meat is believed to be much more tender and sweeter than beef. Maybe it is the method of roasting a whole calf that makes Vietnamese veal very special. When a dish of veal is put on the table, it is usually accompanied by a lemon, cut in two. People say the veal needs some fresh lemon juice.

Roasted veal is served with fresh herbs, roasted sesame rice crackers, pickled green papaya, cucumber, green bananas, chili, garlic and of course, a dipping sauce made from fish sauce, sesame, chili and garlic.

Some people are so eager that they pick up a slice of veal with chopsticks and dip it in the sauce to eat right away.

But the best way to eat, locals say, is to put veal meat, herbs, pickles, cucumber and banana slices in a thin rice paper to make a roll, and then dip the roll in the sauce.

All the tastes are so well combined in your mouth: the sweet, delicate flavor of the veal goes really well with the minty herbs, the fragrance of roasted sesame, the crunchy cucumber and pickles and the spicy taste of the sauce.

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5 temples that bring a touch of serenity to the ever-bustling Ho Chi Minh City

More often than not, people see the fact that Ho Chi Minh City has been changing too much and too fast as a curse in disguise.

They complain about the disappearance of many ancient buildings that have been wiped out for the construction of new and more modern works.

However, in contrast to this common belief, centuries-old buildings are still standing across the city, formerly known as Saigon.

These five pagodas with histories dating back more than 200 years have survived the invasion of urban development and are well-liked by the public.

Giac Lam

 

Built in 1744, Giac Lam is one of the most popular and oldest pagodas in the city.

The pagoda in Tan Binh District is most famous for having 113 ancient Buddha statues, mostly wooden, and many sculpture works.

A seven-floor tower in front of the pagoda is specifically used for keeping Buddhist relics. Not far from the tower is a Buddha statue overshadowed by a sacred fig that was brought from Sri Lanka in 1953.

Giac Lam has a quite big garden with lots of trees aside.

Giac Vien

 

About two kilometers from Giac Lam, Giac Vien is like a smaller replica of the former.

In fact, Giac Vien’s location was originally the place where the wood used in the 1789 restoration of Giac Lam was stored.

A pagoda keeper who was asked to look after the wood built a hut so that he could stay here and carry out religious practices. When the repair work was completed six years later, the head monk of Giac Lam ordered the hut to be upgraded to a full-scale pagoda.

Giac Vien has 153 Buddha statues, mostly wooden.

Lady Thien Hau

 

The pagoda, which is dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, a Chinese patron goddess better known as Mazu, was built in 1760.

Located in the Cho Lon China Town, the pagoda is one of the oldest religious sites built by Chinese immigrants in the city. Its architecture still stays true to the original, regardless of numerous repairs.

While the pagoda is popular, attracting many visitors every day, it is especially crowded during traditional holidays.

It even has its own festival that is organized on lunar March 23. 

Phung Son

 

The pagoda was built in the early 19th century from a small house of worship.

It has gone through two major renovations, but its original architecture is still intact with wooden frames and ancient roof tiles.

About 40 Buddha statues are worshiped at the pagoda, located in District 11.

Sung Duc

 

Another popular destination among Ho Chi Minh City natives, Sung Duc was built in 1806 in Thu Duc District.

The pagoda boasts many antiques like a 1.3-meter high cooper bell, a 1.3-meter high wooden statue of the Buddha, and a drum that is more than 1.3 meters long.

The original Vietnamese story can be found here on Phu Nu news website

Nguồn: www.Thanhniennews.Com