Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City (ever called Saigon) is the biggest center of economy, politics and culture in the South of Vietnam. Besides, it is also known as a famous tourism center with numerous interesting destinations. Dubbed “Pearl of the Far East”, this city attracts millions of visitors each year with many historical, cultural sites as well as gorgeous landscapes. If you haven’t set foot on here yet, do read this article to know where you ought to visit in Ho Chi Minh City.

1. Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the typical architectural structures of Ho Chi Minh City, located in the central area of 1st District.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
Saigon Central Post Office - one of the typical architectural structures of Ho Chi Minh City
This is the building which was constructed by French from 1886 to 1891 based on the design of the architect Villedieu. The structure is the combination of Western style and Eastern decoration.

Most of the tourists coming to Ho Chi Minh City can’t miss this special post office. They arrive to admire the unique architecture of this building or relax in the vast space after having a tour around the city.

2. Saigon Notre-dame Basilica

Experiencing over 100 years and going through 3 centuries, Saigon Notre-dame Basilica has been still magnificent and grave. It is regarded as a masterpiece of Saigon urban architecture. This is a unique Catholic cathedral with the largest scale in Vietnam.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
Saigon Notre-dame Basilica - a masterpiece of Saigon urban architecture
Situated in the main street of the city, Saigon Notre-dame Basilica gradually becomes the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. It is prominent with the Western architecture blending with Roman and Gothic style. This is the most beautiful and important church of Ho Chi Minh City, being the pride of inhabitants. Surrounding landscapes are also highly appreciated with beauty and spaciousness.

3. Ben Thanh Market

This is the oldest and most modern market of Ho Chi Minh City. With the ancient architecture, Ben Thanh Market has been a favorite destination of both locals and tourists.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
Ben Thanh Market - The witness of history in Ho Chi Minh City
If you would like to feel the lifestyle of Saigon people, come to Ben Thanh Market. It is not simply a place to buy and sell goods of this city and nearby areas. It has witnessed a lot of vicissitudes and changes of the city named after Uncle Ho over the last 100 years. There is likelihood that this place is the convergence of the beauty belonging to the eventful past and the magnificence of the city nowadays.

It is rare for travelers to find out a unique market like Ben Thanh in other places of the country. It draws tourists of many nationalities and skin colors. Through the gate, you will see a totally different world: noisy and bustling.

4. The Opera House

The Opera House is built in the style of Gothic architecture (popular in France in the early 19th century). The outstanding feature is the combination between architecture and sculpture. Bas-reliefs and decorative patterns which are finely carved can be found both inside and outside this building.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
The Opera House with unique architectural features
Having changed over time, the Opera House still maintains French architectural features. It is called “the French architecture midst Ho Chi Minh City”. Along with these above sites, it creates the beautiful image of Ho Chi Minh City in the heart of visitors.

5. Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)

After April 30th, 1975 (the Southern Liberation Day), Independence Palace becomes one of the most famous historical sites of Ho Chi Minh City in particular and of the country in general. The image of the flying flag on the roof of the palace has been symbolic of the victory of Vietnam in fighting against invaders.

Independence Palace - a special historical museum of Ho Chi Minh City
This palace is designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu – the first Vietnamese winning the international award of architecture. That explains why it is both classic and modern in the design.

In terms of the number of visitors, Independence Palace is not inferior to other historical museums in Ho Chi Minh City. That’s enough for you to understand its importance and values in people’ eyes.

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Enchanting Sunset in Van Long Natural Reserve, Ninh Binh

About 80km from Hanoi, Van Long lagoon located on the territory of 7 communes of Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. It is the ideal tourist destination on the weekends for young people and families.

Not a natural lagoon, it is formed in 1960 after dikes on the left bank of Day River are covered.

Being exploited for tourism since 1998, Van Long lagoon, however, are not as famous as Trang An or Tam Coc - Bich Dong. Therefore, it remains an unspoiled and tranquil beauty.

There are many beautiful caves exploited for tourism such as fish cave, Turtle cave ... However, during the rainy season, some caves are unable to visit due to high water level.

Known as "bay without waves", traveling to Van Long, tourists have chance to enjoy smooth feelings as the ferry woman gently moves the small boat across the water.

Egeria densa (Vietnamese: Rong duoi cho) is a variety of aquatics which grows most in the lagoon. This seaweed is very bitter, which is unable to be used as food for both human and fish. However, it has a great ability of filtering water, keeping water in Van Long lagoon always clear.

Van Long is a zone with a great area of biodiversity. Limestone mountains isolated in the center of the lagoon become a refuge for rare species of animals, avoiding the hands of human. In particular, it should be mentioned the population of white langurs with the numbers of more than 40 individuals - the largest in Vietnam recently. This is a species in danger of extinction, included in the World Red Book. Previously, they could only be found in Cuc Phuong National Park.

Reeds in the middle of the lagoon are where many birds nest. The best time of day to visit Van Long is in the late afternoon. At this time, the sun sets on the lagoon, creating dreaming and peaceful feelings. Van Long has many other rare species of plants and animals such as broadleaf tue, ma tien, iguana... The limestone mountains in the middle of the lagoon is home to many rare animal species.
Visiting Van Long at sunset, you may have chance to meet langurs swinging on branches or on limestone cliffs. But the most special thing is the sight of thousands of white storks flying to the shelter for night.

Before saying goodbye to Van Long, remember to return to the pier to thank gentle ferrywomen, and once again, feel the simplicity and sincerity of human and nature of the region

7 must-try travel experiences in Phuket Island, Thailand

Being a travel lover, you cannot ignore Phuket – the largest and most famous island of Thailand. Dubbed the tourism paradise of this Southeast Asian country, this island has become one of the most attractive tourist spots in this area.

Phuket is the dream of many backpackers in the journey to explore new lands regardless of good or bad weather. To have a great trip, read this article first to know what you should try on this tropical island.

1. Visit Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay (located in the northeast of Phuket) is a unique landscape of Thailand. The reasons for this comment are rocky mountains rising above the water surface to form unique shapes along with ecological diversity. Among them, the most impressive scenery is James Bond and Koh Paynee Island. Do you know why one of these two islands called James Bond? Exactly, it ever was the context of the well-known movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” in which James Bond was the male lead.
Phang Nga Bay - the symbol of Phuket's natural beauty
Coming here to admire the view of pristine beaches and playing with mischievous waves – you will have an unforgettable trip in Phuket.

2. Have fun on Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Unlike other beaches, Kata Noi still brings tourists the privacy by its peace and quiet.

Relaxing on Kata Noi Beach is a wonderful experience
This beach hasn’t been commercialized yet, so you can enjoy your wonderful trip with blue sea, bright sunshine and white sand.

3. Wander in the old town of Phuket

Phuket leaves its own mark about an old town in the central area. This historical place possesses many tombs, temples, museums and old villas… Built in the late 19th century, it has been well preserved to become a tourist attraction.

The old town in Phuket is appealing in visitors' eyes
The ideal time to discover this town is the early morning or afternoon. Surrounding areas are restaurants, cafes with the most polite and enthusiastic waiters.

4. Admire the Big Buddha

Being one of the most important sites of Phuket, the Big Buddha is located on Nakkerd Hills with the height of 45m.

Admire the Big Buddha - the outstanding Buddhism architecture in Phuket
This statue is made of Myanmar white stone to memorize the 80th birthday of Bhumibol King. Standing on the top of the hill, tourists can easily have a good view of the entire Phuket.

5. Go sightseeing in Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong – in the Southern outskirt of Phuket, is a highly respected temple on this island. Known as the largest and most crucial temple, Wat Chalong is elaborately designed among 29 Buddhist monasteries.
Don't forget to visit the most sacred temple in Phuket - Wat Chalong
This temple is the place worshiping two respected monks. They are those who helped the victims affected by herbicides and contributed to end the commotion in 1876. Many Thai people believe that these two monks have supernatural powers, so they visit the temple to be blessed.

6. Watch Simon Cabaret Show on Patong Beach

Every night, this unique show attracts thousands of tourists all over the world. They come to enjoy Thai traditionally cultural performances and watch Thai artists performing traditional shows of other cultures.
A colorful performance of Simon Cabaret Show
For travelers, having a vibrant night by watching this show is a must-try experience in Phuket, Thailand.

7. Take part in leisure activities on Bangla Road at night

In the evening, Bangla Road is strictly blockaded to create favorable conditions for entertainment activities. A lot of stores, bars, eateries with twinkling lights seem to invite visitors to come in every time.
Bangla Road - an entertainment paradise at night in Phuket
People are happy to stop at a stall or bar. Vivid performances, loud music and a variety of drinks are enough to begin endless happy events.

Do you feel eager about interesting experiences I’ve listed here? If there, why don’t you prepare for a trip to Phuket - Thailand Luxury Tours as soon as possible?

Recommendations for Trip to Bac Son Valley in Harvest Time

Bac Son Valley is located in Lang Son Province, about 160 km from Hanoi City center. Thanks to its flat terrain, the field in Bac Son town are quite advantaged to grow rice. In the harvest time, the field is covered with the golden color of rice. And it is truly a breathtaking scenery that attracts many tourists come to the town for sightseeing and photographing.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to “hunt” the harvest in Bac Son is from July to November when the fields covered with a stunning golden color. Otherwise, travellers can visit Bac Son all time in the year because the valley feature different beauties in different seasons.


From Hanoi, travellers can easily get to Bac Son in the direction of Thang Long Bridge, Noi Bai, Soc Son, crossing Thai Nguyen Province or the route Thanh Tri Bridge through Huu Lung. It would take about 4-5 hours moving from Hanoi to Bac Son District.

Upon arriving at Bac Son town, visitors should ask for direction to Na Lay mount, where traveller can have the most fascinating view of a large area in Bac Son Valley. Tourists can park their vehicles in local house with a fee of US$ 1 – 2 per day to hike the mountain.


If arriving at Bac Son late in the afternoon, visitors should book a room in a guest house or a homestay. The price for a night there is very reasonable, just about 10US$. However, for those who would like to admire Bac Son Valley from a high in early morning, hiring a tent and spend overnight on the top of Na Lay mountain. First, visitors need to ask for permission of the guards in the house near the phone wave tower there. Don’t hesitate because they are very friendly and willing to help in need.

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Travellers should wake up early in the morning to observe the magical aurora in the valley. The poetic scenery in slight sunshine will be an astonishing experience in the trip.

On the way back to Hanoi, visitors can pay a visit to Quynh Son communal resort nearby the valley. It is a Tay village where is home to many local stilt houses with characteristic architecture of Tay people. Most of the houses are harmoniously mixed with the beauty of nature here create a stunning scenery to admire. In this visit, tourists will be amazed by the rustic charm of the vast rice fields.

Necessary Items

In case of overnight in tent, travellers should bring food, water, flashlights, thin blanket, lighters, raincoat, and hiking shoes.

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Thailand foods people have to eat


Features in person Oriental cuisine located in the soup. In the West, we see the soup is a separate dish, no need to have food together. But in the East, the hot soup bowl to the middle tray always be considered the soul of the meal, the taste of the soup will determine the flavor of the dish remaining dry. Tom Yum Goong as a powerful affirmation for Thai food with pungent and sour characteristic. This shrimp soup just delicious when used as feedstock shrimp is freshest shrimp, and the basil leaves are used both hands, do up to taste the dish.

Thailand foods people have to eat

When out bowl, Tom Yum Goong always been sprinkled a little finely chopped fresh coriander leaves. Coriander leaves not only add fresh taste but also acts as a balance of color, so food was perfect both in taste and appearance. Westerners “fans” Tom Yum Goong for unforgettable tart taste of it, encapsulates all the taste of Thai cuisine in a spoon to slurp.


Cuisine Thai curry 4 basic categories: red curry, green curry, curry Massaman Curry and Penang. Red curry is the most popular, coconut milk and use many exceptional is very spicy. Penang curry is sweet, not spicy as red curry. Massaman curry is a curry special referendum and the south coast.
Thailand foods people have to eat

Food was exquisite combination between cardamom and cinnamon. Popular in the holidays, New Year green curry. The main ingredients of curry was chicken or pork, coconut milk, soy green curry, eggplant and spices.


Has come to the land of tropical fruit, no one could not try the banana porridge buat chee kluay this. Made from simple ingredients, keep the fresh taste of bananas, kluay buat chee discovered a very special meaning and strange.
Thailand foods people have to eat

In Theravada school of Buddhism (Theravada) in Thailand, the sisters often shaved head and eyebrows, draped in white and live in the temple. From there, the image evokes coconut banana porridge with images of nuns in white and carrying dishes from which such symbols.

To cook this banana tea, people usually roasted sesame first, then boil some water and slowly pour in the coconut milk. Then, we have bananas and slice into the pot to boil and add sugar according to the sweet spot. People usually give a little salt to balance the flavor to the dish. This dish does not have a formula for determining how each person cooks transform these raw materials according to their preferences, thereby creating the characteristic taste varies in different regions of the country Thailand .

7 favorite destinations of visitors in Vientiane, Laos

Located on the left bank of Mekong River, Vientiane is known as the capital city of the country of a million elephants. Famous landscapes in this city broaden the appeal of Laos - cultural tourism. There are so many places in Vientiane stealing your heart, for example, antique, unique and sacred temples. Now let's have a tour around the capital of Laos with 7 favorite destinations below.

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1. That Luang

This famous Buddhist stupa is the national symbol printed in the paper money and national emblem of Laos. It was built in 1566 under the reign of King Setthathirath. This stupa is in the shape of a gourd of wine and gold-plated outside. According to the legend, inside the stupa is the relics of the Buddha (a hairpiece and a lot of treasures). That Luang consists of a major tower with the height of 45m and surrounding gilded towers.
That Luang - the honorable Buddhist stupa of Laos.
Each storey reflects a part of Buddhist architecture. It has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, becoming an honorable historical structure of Laos.

2. Patuxay (Gate of Triumph)

Outstanding in the avenue Lane Xang is Patuxay (previously called Anou Savary). Patuxay was constructed in 1958, the below and the outer part is modeled after Arc de Triumphe in Paris while the remaining parts bring Lao architectural traits. Standing on the highest floor of Patuxay, we can have the entire view of Vientiane.

Tourists are captivated by the unique architecture of Patuxay
Many travelers state that Patuxay is the ideal place to admire the beauty of sunrise and sunset. That is the time when they feel the soul of Laos - land of a millions of elephants.

3. Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park)

Xieng Khuan is situated 25km southeast from Vientiane, being a sculpture park. There are more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues made of concrete in here. The most impress statue is the giant Buddha with the length of 40m. Besides, the park also has numerous statues with the image of humans, animals, gods and demons.

Xieng Khuan - Home to numerous valuable sculptures
For many decades, those statues have changed a lot because of moss on their surface. That can be considered the reason why this place is so attractive in visitors' eyes. The mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism is likely to bring you the sense of sanctity.

4. Wat Phra Keo

In Vientiane, Wat Phra Keo is the temple ranking second for fame and importance (just behind That Luang). Visiting this temple, we seem to get lost "the artistic world" with sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts. All are gold, silver or alabaster-plated with vivid colors.

Wat Phra Keo - The artistic world of sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts
Wat Phra Keo displays not only Buddhist statues but also works of Lao Taoist art.

5. Talat Sao

Lying in the central area of Vientiane, this market opens from 7:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. This is a renowned tourist attraction and shopping area of Laos. In the market, there are a variety of stores, restaurants, counters of jewelry, silk, crafts, music instruments, electronics, house wares...

Talat Sao - The famous shopping area in Vientiane
Talat Sao is the gathering place of traditional goods, so it's easy for tourists to buy souvenirs for their intimates.

6. Wat Si Saket

Built in 1818 by King Chao Anou, this temple is located in Setthathirath Street, Vientiane. Wat Si Saket gives you a strong impression with Siamese Buddhist architecture.

Siamese Buddhist architecture of Wat Si Saket makes visitors impressed
Walls of the corridor are decorated with over 2000 images of Buddha which are made of bronze, precious woods, ceramics, gold and silver. The total number of Buddhas is up to 6.840 units in various sizes.

7. Wat Ong Theu

Lying in the same street as Wat Si Saket, Wat Ong Theu draws visitors' eyes by the biggest bronze Buddha in Vientiane.
Wat Ong Theu -The temple having the biggest bronze Buddha in Vientiane
Its name means "The Temple of Big Statue". Inside the campus is the Buddhist Centre Sangha where monks around the country gather to learn about Buddhism.

You can see the photos of Vientiane - the beautiful capital of Laos. But images are probably not enough to talk to you about a Vientiane full of peace. If you have chances, don't hesitate to visit here and set foot on above places. I'm sure that you won't regret about your choice.

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Visit 5 most well-known Buddhism temples in Thailand

When it comes to Thailand, one thing we shouldn't miss is magnificent, large-scale and sacred Buddhism temples. With over 90% of the population following Buddhism, this country has more than 30.000 temples built. Now we will visit 5 most sacred Buddhism temples in Thailand to know why this country is dubbed "The land of golden temples". Visit 5 most well-known Buddhist temples in Thailand.

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1. Wat Traimit (Temple of Golden Buddha)

Located on Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong District, Bangkok, Wat Traimit always comes first on the list of the most sacred Buddhism temples in Thailand.
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Wat Traimit - The most sacred Buddhism temple in Thailand
This structure is famous for its unique architecture with white walls and yellow temple roofs. But the most impressive thing is the gold Buddha with the weight of 5.5 tons. Locals believe that this statue symbolizes prosperity, purity and power. It is considered one of the most beautifully sculpted Buddhas. It is no exaggeration to say that the Golden Buddha has helped Wat Traimit become a top tourist attraction in Thailand.

2. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha)

Situated in the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Wat Phra Kaew is mentioned as one of the most well-known Buddhism temples in Thailand. With the total area of 945000m2, this is the only temple having no monks.
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Wat Phra Kaew - The temple of national treasures in Thailand
It is renowned for not only its architecture but also Emerald Buddha - the most sacred Buddha in the Kingdom of Thailand. It is regarded as a national treasure which brings Thais a prosperous and happy life forever.

3. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Lying on the west bank of Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is symbolic of Thai tourism. One of the most outstanding features of the temple is the reflection of first light in the morning with pearly iridescence.

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Wat Arun - The temple of dawn attracts visitors by its splendid beauty
Standing on the balcony of the temple, visitors can admire the entire view of Chao Phraya River and Bangkok. The most interesting thing is the way of decorating temple gates. They are built of brick and coated with colorful porcelain. Being one of the most ancient Buddhism temples of Thailand, this temple attracts a lot of travelers every year.

4. Wat Phra Mahathat

Located in Nakhon Si Thammarat city, this temple was built in the 14th century. Wat Phra Mahathat is the Buddhism center serving Buddhists in the South of Thailand.

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The ancient beauty of Wat Phra Mahathat evokes travelers' curiosity
Up to now, this temple is still an appealing destination because of its ruins creating the sense of mysteriousness. Though it has been partly restored, Buddhas along with devastated walls still remain intact. All turns this place into an ideal place for travelers to come to understand more about the destruction of wars. In terms of architecture, it is really a masterpiece constructed by Thai people.

5. Wat Yannawa (Boat Temple)

If you are enthralled by unique architectures, don't forget to visit Wat Yannawa in Bangkok. This temple leaves a strong impression because of its shape like a boat. Most of the distinctive features of the complex are the viharn built in the shape of a Chinese junk vessel in the 19th century.
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The unique mixture of Chinese and Thai architecture shown in Wat Yannawa
Along with Thai architecture is the temple roof in the style of Ayuthaya period. There is a variety of spiritual activities you can try to express your hope for peace and luck such as asking for a relic, praying...It's easy to explain why Wat Yanna is listed as one of the most beautiful and sacred in Thailand.

Compared to the number of over 30.000 temples throughout the country, 5 above structures seem to be only a tiny part. But trust me! They are destinations deserved to discover. The spiritual space will help you remove the feeling of tiredness. If you have the chance to visit Thailand, don't miss these famous temples I have suggested.

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Discover the quintessence of Thai cuisine with some famous dishes

Thai cuisine can be said to be a good combination of herbs, spices and fresh food. Each food is the mixture of spicy flavor, sourness, sweet and bitter taste. Nowadays, Thai cuisine has a solid foothold in the world. It is simple but strong in its Eastern flavor enough to make visitors curious. If you have the same feeling while reading this article, follow us to discover the quintessence of some Thai foods below.

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Tom Yum Goong

Typical features in the oriental cuisine can be found in the soup. Western people regard soup as a separate dish, so there is no need to eat soup with other food. But Eastern families, in contrast, consider the hot soup as the soul of the meal. The taste of the soup will determine the flavor of the remaining dishes. Tom Yum Goong is like the affirmation of Thai cuisine with characteristics of pungent taste and sourness. This shrimp soup will be delicious if used ingredients are the freshest shrimp and herbs are added just enough to bring out the exquisite flavor of Tom Yum Goong.

Discover the quintessence of Thai cuisine with some famous dishes
Tom Yum Goong is the symbol of Thai cuisine's essence
When dished out, this food is always served with some chopped coriander above. Coriander enhances the flavor and balances the color of the dish so that Tom Yum Goong is really perfect. Western people love Tom Yum Goong because of its unforgettable taste. It is no exaggeration to say that Tom Yum Goong is the symbol of Thai cuisine's essence.

Types of curry

There are 4 basic types of curry in Thai cuisine: red curry, green curry, Massaman curry and Penang curry. Red curry is the most popular with coconut milk and spicy taste. Penang curry is sweet, not spicy like red curry. Massaman curry is the featured curry of the Southern and coastal regions.

Discover the quintessence of Thai cuisine with some famous dishes

Red curry is the most popular type of curry in Thailand with coconut milk and spicy taste
This food is the delicious combination between cardamom and cinnamon. The green curry is popular in holidays or Tet holiday. The main ingredients of curry are chicken or pork, coconut milk, soy sauce, eggplant and spices.

When it comes to curry, we can't forget Indian curries which are famous for different flavors and piquancy like chicken, beef, cabbage curry...However, eaten with fingers, Indian curries are drier cooked.

Kluay Buat Chee

Coming to the land of tropical fruits, nobody does not try kluay buat chee (bananas in sweet coconut milk). Made from simple ingredients, kluay buat chee brings a very special meaning. In a branch of Buddhism called Theravada in Thailand, nuns often shave their head and eyebrows, wear the white robe and live in temples. From that, people associate this food with the image of the nuns.

Discover the quintessence of Thai cuisine with some famous dishes
Kluay Buat Chee - The renowned dessert of Thai cuisine
To cook this dessert, people usually roast sesame first, then boil some water and slowly pour coconut milk into. Subsequently, sliced bananas are poured into the pot and sugar is added. People usually add a little salt to balance the flavor of the dish. There is no fixed recipe for kluay buat chee. Each cook processes ingredients depending on their preference, thereby creating special flavors of this dish in various regions of Thailand.

Som Tam

In Western countries, using unripe papaya as a cooking ingredient is something strange. Therefore, tourists who are interested in Thai cuisine can't overlook som tam (spicy papaya salad). This food brings the special flavor of grated-into-fiber papaya, the sourness of lemon juice, the salty taste of dry shrimp and the crispness of roasted peanuts.

Discover the quintessence of Thai cuisine with some famous dishes
Som Tam - one of the Thai foods favored by international tourists
The delicacy of salads is expressed through the cook's ability to make the sauce. The sauce is different in different areas though we can't distinguish what kind of ingredients leading to that disparity. The sauce is often made from fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice and chilli. Som tam is sometimes served with noodles to reduce the spicy flavor.

Thai cuisine reflects characteristics of Eastern cuisine style: strong flavor but superb and attractive. Don't forget to try above dishes or else you will regret of your trip.

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5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook

If you are about to visit Laos, besides wonderful landscapes, I will advise you not to overlook Lao cuisine. Why did I say so? 

With tourists around the world, Lao cuisine might not be appreciated in the culinary map of Southeast Asia. But there are still some impressive foods which make you desire whenever it comes to "The land of a million elephants". Now let's discover the delicacy of 5 famous dishes of Lao cuisine with this article.

Sticky rice (Khao niaw)

Rice is a food highly valued in Lao cuisine, especially sticky rice, although rice (Khao chao) and vermicelli rice (Khao poon) are also very popular in here. Family members in Laos often eat from a common bowl or each one a bowl. The sticky rice, however, is traditionally eaten by using fingers. While eating, the Laotians will hold sticky rice into small cubes, and then use them as spoons to dredge and herded food on the plate into the mouth or put into the sauce.

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Sticky rice - The popular dish of Lao cuisine
The Phu Doi restaurant's chef (Deinla) in Luang Prabang has shared the secret to create the perfect sticky rice dish: "Sticky rice should be soaked overnight before use and then rinsed several times before being steamed in a bamboo basket". Besides, coming here, you'll have the chance to enjoy fascinating Khao Lam sticky rice (glutinous rice will be put inside a bamboo tube and roasted over the fire).


In Lao cuisine, laap means luck, symbolizing wishes for peace. Raw materials to make laap are beef, pork, chicken ... mixed with chopped liver and spices such as lemon juice, chili, galangal. After being mixed, laap will be served with lettuce and cowpea...

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
The nutty flavor of Laap attracts all tourists
All spices blend together creating the extremely nutty flavor for this food. The sourness of lime juice, spicy chili, aroma of spices ... bring visitors an unforgettable feeling.

Tam Mak Houng

Papaya salad in Laotian is called Tam Mak Houng. Selected papayas are not too young and unripe. After being grated into fibers, papaya will be put into the mortar and hit gently. Spices include lemon juice, shrimp sauce, eggplant, pepper, chili.

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Tam Mak Houng (The papaya salad) is totally different from that in other places.
When eating papaya salad of Lao cuisine, the aroma of spices mixed with the sour taste will bring a distinct flavor to diners unlike this food sold in any other places. Most restaurants and eateries in Laos have this dish.

Crusty French bread

Because Laos used to be a French colony in a long time, French dishes are also popular in Laos. They can be easily found everywhere, especially in restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Crusty French bread can be found everywhere in Laos
In particular, crusty French bread or baguette is the popular breakfast dish of Lao cuisine. Laotians often dip baguette into milk coffee to eat, eat with fried eggs or stuff pate like a sandwich.


Khausoy is a famous dish in Luang Prabang. Looked outside, it's similar to "pho" of Vietnam (a type of noodles) but simpler ingredients and delicious taste. Khausoy broth is only boiled water which is used for blanching noodles. Afterward, broth and noodles are poured into a bowl. Khausoy is above, served with kale, raw spinach, dry onion, pepper, chili. Khausoy is the most important ingredient of this dish, made of minced pork mixed with garlic, tomato and spices of all kinds.
5 delicious foods of Lao cuisine you should not overlook
Khausoy - The symbol of quintessence of Lao cuisine in Luang Prabang
Lao cuisine and nearby countries' cuisine, in a way, have some traits in common. However, all foods boast their distinct delicacy with unique cooking methods of Laotians. Therefore, don't miss the opportunity to taste at least 5 dishes above if you set foot on this nation.

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