Have a memorable visit to Ayutthaya – the former capital of Thailand

Ayutthaya - the former capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, is an impregnable fortress and the place where imprints of an eventful past are kept. With over 300 temples, gold-plated stupas and splendid sculptures, Ayutthaya is known as the land of Buddhism in Thailand. Take a look at some must-see destinations in this ancient city with our suggestions below.

1. Bang Pa In Summer Palace

60km north of Bangkok, Bang Pa In Summer Palace is the famous Royal Palace of the former capital Ayutthaya. This complex used to serve as the retreat of Thai Royal family in the summer.
The overview of Bang Pa In Summer Palace
The surrounding scenery is as pretty as a picture. The whole palace is surrounded by a poetic vast lake. Stepping into this place, tourists will feel all tension is completely dispelled.

With the mixed architecture of Western and Eastern style, Bang Pa In Summer Palace comprises outstanding buildings like a Thai style castle called Phra Thinang Aisawan Thippa-at, a two-floor building with Western design called Phra Thinang Warophat Phiman. Besides, there is a structure with Chinese architecture (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun) and a bridge in Greek architecture.

2. Wat Mahathat

This is not the most beautiful temple but the most sacred religious site in Thailand. Wat Mahathat is a big temple of Ayutthaya, built in 1374 and completed under the reign of Ramesuan King. In front of the entrance, there are a lot of tuk-tuks – the characterized vehicle of Ayutthaya.

The stone Buddha head embraced by the cluster of tree roots in Wat Mahathat
Inside the campus, the main temple is large with numerous stupas near red brick walls in ruins. Along the walls are stone pedestals with damaged Buddha statues above. Especially, the most attractive thing in Wat Mahathat is a stone Buddha head embraced by the cluster of roots of an old tree, which creates a vivid and weird scene.

3. Wat Phanangchoeng Worawihan

This temple is really a fascinating destination in Thailand. It was constructed before Ayutthaya became the capital of the country, being the most sacred temple in this province.

There is a flower garden with a gorgeous water fountain in front of the main gate. Visitors coming here often take some photo in this place.

The big Buddha statue in Wat Phanangchoeng Worawihan
In the temple, the Buddha statue called “Phrachao Phanangchoeng” boasts the magnificent beauty. It is a giant statue, 19m in height and gold-plated.

4. Ayothaya Floating Market

Coming to Ayutthaya, you should spend time in Ayothaya Floating Market. It opens from 12.00 am to 8.00 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. With over 50 boats and 200 stores, this is an ideal shopping area for tourists. Clothes, food, crafts… All are available.
A part of Ayothaya Floating Market
Don’t forget to experience traditions, customs and habits of Thailand through games, performances and the life of locals.

5. Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

This two-floor museum possesses almost all artifacts excavated from Wat Ratchaburana and other temples in Ayutthaya. On the first floor, Buddha statues in various shapes, porcelain objects and antique bullets are displayed. The second floor is the exhibit place of golf ornaments, the coffin containing Buddha’s relics…

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum - Home of religious artifacts and art works in Ayutthaya
Besides, there are also religious artifacts, art works under the reign of many kings, the traditional house of Thais in the central region and some daily supplies of Rattanakosin Period.

The peaceful nature and a variety of religious architectures in Ayutthaya explain why this former capital is a tourist attraction in Thailand. Leaving the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket, travelers probably look for the sense of tranquility in this Buddhism land. Come here and experience!

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The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos

Being a large province in southwest Laos, Champasak has abundant resources of forest, delta and plateau. The soil is fertile, which is favorable for agricultural development. Therefore, this place is considered one of the biggest garners of Laos. Besides, this province also has the potential to develop tourism with many famous landscapes like Wat Phou, Khone Phapheng Waterfall…Follow me now to know what makes Champasak attractive in tourists’ eyes.

1. Wat Phou – the World Cultural Heritage

Wat Phou is the most ancient temple in Laos, recognized as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2011. It is estimated to be built in the 5th century, having served as a center of Hinduism and worshipping Shiva. This temple is also called “Mountain Temple” since it is located at the foot of Phou Kao Mountain, 670km south of Vientiane.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
Wat Phou – a famous World Cultural Heritage in Champasak
The remnants indicate that Wat Pho has been an important religious architectural complex over a period of 1000 years of history. This is where Lao cultural and historical values are kept. The main gate and the front of the temple are in ruins now, but it’s still possible for us to observe the imprint of bas-reliefs carved with the image of Hindu Gods.

Wat Pho is the top tourist attraction in the country of a million elephants. Many visitors come here to go sightseeing and pray. This old temple brings not only the magnificence of a unique architectural structure but also sacred spiritual values.

2. Khone Phapheng Waterfall – the most beautiful waterfall in Laos

Dubbed “Niagara Waterfall of Asia”, Khone Phapheng is really a destination that cannot be missed in your trip to Champasak. With the length of 12km, it is known as the largest waterfall of Southeast Asia, having an enormous amount of water full of alluvium.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
The magnificence of Khone Phapheng Waterfall - Niagara of Asia
In the rainy season, the waterfall flows swiftly and the water rises, which makes Khone Phapheng extend by 10km. If tourists visit this waterfall in the dry season, they must feel overwhelmed by the spectacular beauty of landscapes around. Torrents, whirlpools and craggy rapids – if you see all of them, you will understand why this waterfall is compared with Niagara Waterfall – the masterpiece of nature.

3. Paksong – The peaceful town

Like Da Lat City of Vietnam, Paksong Town has cool climate all year round, being an ideal place for those are seeking the sense of tranquility. Paksong is well-known for many nice waterfalls of which Tad Yueng and Tad Fane are the most famous.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
Paksong with the tranquility and romantic beauty
Since Paksong is surrounded by immense forests, there is no other sound here but the sound of waterfall pouring down. Lovely houses, quiet, poetic and romantic beauty of Paksong are enough to make people absolutely relaxed.

4. Bolaven Plateau

Cool climate, fertile soil, Bolaven Plateau in Paske Town is the land of tea, coffee, rubber farms in Laos. Traveling around villages of this plateau, tourists will be happy due to friendliness and hospitability of Lao people.
The irresistible attraction of Champasak, Laos
Waterfalls on Bolaven Plateau are irresistible
Bolaven Plateau possesses the picturesque landscapes created by gorgeous waterfalls. The pristine and charming scenery here is the reason why it attracts a large number of visitors every year.

So if you intend to visit only Vientiane, Luang Prabang or Savannakhet…in Laos, please spend more time coming to Champasak to have a perfect trip in the country of a million elephants. Trust me! You won’t regret of your decision because Champasak is really a place deserved to discover.

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The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Located in the west of Cambodia, Mondulkiri Province is endowed with the exotic beauty of primeval jungles, green hills and majestic waterfalls. It is considered as a new paradise of adventure tourism in Cambodia with a variety of interesting experiences. Now let’s discover top destinations and things to do in Mondulkiri with this article!

1. Boo Sra Waterfall

Lying in the Pich Chinda District, 43km from the town, Boo Sra is the most beautiful waterfall in Mondulkiri. It is divided into 3 main segments of which the third one is the most dangerous because of the torrent, forest and wild animals.
The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Boo Sra Waterfall - a masterpiece of Cambodian nature
However, the other segments are always crowded with tourists owing to its magnificent beauty. Many visitors praise it as a masterpiece of nature due to its charm blending with surrounding landscapes.

2. Sen Monorum Waterfall

5km from Sen Monorum Town, this waterfall is really a tourist attraction of Mondulkiri Province. To come here, travelers must pass a road lined with vast forests of rubber, coffee, cashew… In contrast with the peace and quiet of Sen Monorum Town, the waterfall brings tourists totally different feelings with the majestic beauty.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Sen Monorum Waterfall - The paradise of adventure tourism in Mondulkiri
Surroundings are the immense and open space where tourists can relax, admire the view and enjoy the fresh air. Furthermore, climbing the mountains, conquering the waterfall, bathing in streams and relaxing are available activities for visitors.

If backpackers visit Sen Monorum on the occasion of festivals, they will have the opportunity to join unique cultural rituals.

3. Rum Near Waterfall

This is a new destination of Mondulkiri in Cambodia, 12km from the central area of the town. The waterfall possessing both the poetic beauty and a little mysteriousness attracts a lot of tourists to explore.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Rum Near Waterfall boasts its majesty amidst nature
Surrounded by green jungles and stacked huge stones, Rum Near Waterfall pouring down creates a beautiful lake with emerald green water.

Just come to Rum Near Waterfall and enjoy the majesty of natural landscapes, you will escape from your daily life with hectic schedules.

4. Mondulkiri pine forest

Another destination chosen by many tourists in Mondulkiri is the poetic pine forest. Despite being a wilderness (6km from Sen Monorum Town), this place still leaves unforgettable impressions on tourists. This pine forest lies on a hill covered by a green color of pine trees, especially old trees.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
The charming beauty of Mondulkiri pine forest
Visiting Mondulkiri pine forest, travelers can rest under the shadow of trees, listen to the melodious tunes, enjoy cool air and taste famous specialties of locals. Mondulkiri pine forest is also a source of inspiration of photographers when they come and immerse in the beauty of nature here.

5. Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary

Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary is a quite famous tourist spot in Mondulkiri with the area of 225,000 hectares. It is regarded as a conservation area of wild animals including endangered species. Among them, Asian elephant is the kind of animals carefully protected with the largest number of elephants in the east of Cambodia.

The pristine and mesmerizing beauty of Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Asian elephants are protected in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides animals, this place is also a colorful forest with winding rivers, impressive moments of the sunrise and sunset. I believe that you will be so surprised at the vividness and authenticity of the natural picture in Phnom Prich Sanctuary.

Gorgeous, quiet but full of interesting things, Mondulkiri should be a must-see place in your journey to the country of temples. Let’s go now and have fun!

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Must-try experiences when travelling to Bagan, Myanmar

With the number of temples, monasteries and many cultural values, and unique Buddhist beliefs, the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar always know how to conquer visitors.

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in the center of Myanmar, Bagan is the most flourishing ancient capital of Pagan Kingdom in 11th -13th centuries. This is the site preserving almost all Buddhism cultural values such as temples, stupas and monasteries.

The former capital of Myanmar consists of three towns: Nyaung U, Old Bagan and New Bagan as well as an area with many temples. Nyuang U is a large town with stations, trains, ports and airports. New Bagan is a new village built in 1990 for former residents living in Old Bagan. Old Bagan is a scenic area with a huge number of ancient heritages and temples which are preserved very carefully.


Discover Old Bagan by bicycle, horse-drawn cart or on foot.

One of the interesting things in Bagan is to learn and explore remote lands unseen by tourists. It is hard to access but in return there will be a lot of things to experience and visit by your own way. For example, walking, biking or taking a horse cart riding in Old Bagan, strolling leisurely on trails, watching the temples, pagodas and monasteries amid the immense space.

The temples in Old Bagan are quite close together and it's easy to make a tour exploring the whole region. If walking tour allows you to stop anywhere you want, a biking tour helps you roam further lands and vast temples without losing much power. You could also combine with a horse-drawn cart ride to get more enjoyable experiences.


Along the way, you can stop at temples and remember to take off your shoes, sandasl and socks outside, walk barefoot to visit the Buddha with your respect. The temples here are made of bricks with yard stretches hundreds of meters; when it is sunny, the ground is very hot. You should visit in the morning or in the afternoon to be more pleasant.

Feel free to ask locals if you have any question or do not know the way, because many people here can speak English. You should also take the chance to buy paintings and lacquer crafts as gifts with reasonable prices.

Explore each temple in Bagan

Visit Manuha pagoda to learn about the customs of making offerings of the people of Myanmar. They have a huge golden bell placed on a cement base in the center of the temple’s large chamber. For centuries, making offerings has become a unique cultural feature, happiness in people’s life in Bagan.

Any visitor travelling to Bagan must visit the most sacred and important temple - Ananda Temple, built in 1105 BC. It was badly damaged in the earthquake in 1975 but was later restored and gilded in 1990, serving visitors. The impressive thing when visiting Ananda is the giant Buddha statues overlooking the four directions.

You should also make a stop at the largest temple in Bagan with a pyramid-liked shape called Dhammayangyi, built by King Narathu.

Thatbyinnyu Phaya is the highest temple in Bagan with 61 meters high and built in the mid 12th century. Standing on the summit of the temple, you can get a panoramic view of the whole Old Bagan.


Known as the "sunset temple", Shwesandaw features a perfect position to admire the red sky at sunset. According to legend, the temple was built in 1057 BC by King Anawratha to keep one out of eight hairpieces of the Buddha. During a half to one hour, the scenery here changes quickly from bright red to purple and gradually disappears in the darkness.

In addition, there are other temples in Bagan you can visit such as Shwezigon, Shweguyi, Sulamani, Gubyaukgyi, Gawdawpalin, Bupayastupa, ...

Conquer the revered Mount Popa and explore villages

Located about 50 km from the south of Bagan, Mount Popa is a famous pilgrimage site of Myanmar. The mount is known for its Taung Kalat monastery located 737 meters high on the top of the volcano which stopped working. Visitors must past 777 steps and cross a crowd of monkey to reach the monastery. Mount Popa is over 1,520 meters high and considered a legendary home of the god "NAT".

Leaving Mount Popa, you could pay a visit to the villages on the footmount or on bumpy roads in Bagan. The people here are very hospitable. You could also ask to stay overnight and enjoy a Myanmar dinner.

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Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam

In this part, we will continue the journey to look for the most impressive waterfalls in Vietnam, so keep reading if you are curious about them.

Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam

1. Datanla Waterfall

7km from Da Lat City centre (Lam Dong Province), Datanla Waterfall is considered an attractive destination of this dreamy city because of beautiful nature.

There are many legends explaining the origin of the name Datanla. Those are the love of a young couple, fairies descending to earth or the fight to keep land of indigenous tribes…Besides legends, Datanla also evokes visitors’ eagerness owing to its charming beauty.
Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
The poetic and romantic beauty of Datanla Waterfall
Unlike other majestic waterfalls in Vietnam, Datanla can make you feel completely relaxed with its romance and serenity. From above, the water flow pours down, creeps through bumpy rocks before drifting downstream, which creates the spectacular scenery.

2. Prenn Waterfall

10km south of Da Lat City, Prenn Waterfall is a gorgeous natural landscape of Lam Dong Province. This waterfall boasts its grace and charm with the water pouring down into a small lake surrounded by flowers and a pine hill from the height of 10m.

Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Prenn Waterfall - a famous tourist spot in Lam Dong Province
Tourists will have the chance to admire the view of Prenn Waterfall by taking the cable car or walking along stone steps leading to the waterfall to discover the zoo, orchid garden or lovely huts on the trees…

3. Yang Bay Waterfall

This is a system of waterfalls deriving from Cau River with a lot of majestic waterfalls and lakes. Yang Bay Waterfall is located 100m above the sea level, in a valley with the area of 570 hectares, 45km from Nha Trang City.
Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Yang Bay Waterfall is well-known with 2 special cascades
Yang Bay is one of the most special waterfalls in Vietnam because it is divided into 2 cascades: a hot one and a cold one. That makes numerous travelers feel excited to come here and witness this spectacle.

Huge rocks in weird shapes are surrounded by green primeval forests creating a marvelous natural setting.

4. Thuy Tien Waterfall (three-storey waterfall)

Lying in the territory of Dak Lak Province, Thuy Tien Waterfall is famous for its picturesque landscapes. The way leading to the waterfall is beautiful with winding passes, green coffee and rubber fields.

Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Thuy Tien Waterfall with distinctive beauty of 3 tiers of waterfall
Thuy Tien Waterfall has 3 tiers, each of which owns the distinctive beauty. Amidst nature, this waterfall is like a hiding fairy. Hearing the sound of water pouring down or birds singing will make tourists immerse in the beauty of surrounding landscapes.

10. Dambri Waterfall

It is no exaggeration to say that Lam Dong Province is the land of natural masterpieces. 100km from Da Lat city, Dambri is the highest waterfall in Lam Dong (over 40m) with 2 majestic flows. There are 3 ways to conquer this waterfall: climbing 138 steps, taking the elevator or experiencing strong feelings with the waterslide 1,650m in length.
Top 5 most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam
Dambri Waterfall boasts its charming beauty amidst nature
On sunny days, tourists can explore the beauty of primeval jungles, participate in games or light the campfire…But if you come here on rainy days, there is no need to worry what to do. Sipping a cup of hot coffee, admiring the blanket of fog or listening to lyrical songs are all wonderful experiences.

5 above waterfalls are not enough to say to you about a nice country like Vietnam. But they surely make them imagine about well-known tourist spots of Vietnam with many interesting things waiting for you. So let’s hit the road to discover them now!

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Travel to Myanmar, Where Men Wear Dress and Use Sunscreen

The city without motorcycles: Yangon is the largest and the most exciting city of Myanmar with unique architecture of colonial British. It is also known as "London in Southeast Asia" with lines of cars in tandem. In this city, it is impossible to find a motorbike. Cars are often parked right on the road, so traffic jam often occurs in the region.


Men also wear dress: A tradition of Myanmar people is that everyone from the old to children, from women to men wear longyi dress. This is a type of dress or simply a piece of cloth wrapped around the body, but between men and women, there is difference in the way of wearing.


Everyone apply sunscreen: Myanmar women do not often makeup; they only use sunscreen powder of thanaka. The powder is made from the trunk of thanakha which is as large as the arm, cut into pieces of 10 cm. Then, the locals grind the thanaka trunk on a rock and then use the powder to apply on their face.


For Myanmar women, this is the most effective powder to protect from sunlight, makeup and care the skin all day and night. This is not only the sunscreen for women, but also for men and children when going out to work.


Meat is a luxury thing: For those who love to eat meat, experiencing in Myanmar is not easy. Here the majority of people are followers of Buddhism, Muslim and Hindu. Therefore, people do not eat beef and pork. So, it is difficult to find eateries with meat. Most people eat noodles, rice with eggs and grains. Except big cities, in tourist spots, you should visit restaurants for foreigners to enjoy dishes processed from meat.


Changing money is a problem: Myanmar uses Kyat. Many tourists bring dollars or euro to exchange at the airport or bank. But there's a note for you, bring new money without folds or stains, because you'll get your money back. However, the Kyat of Myanmar is almost old and crinkled, but still acceptable in spending.


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Enjoy an Excursion in “Halong Bay on Land” at Weekend

Located in the heart of Da River in Cao Phong District, Hoa Binh Province, Thung Nai is an ideal place for a short trip at weekend to enjoy the harmony of the water, mountains and gentle people.

The charming pier, the scenery of Thung Nai comes out as beautiful as a picture in front of your eyes. A large lake is surrounded by rolling mountains with hidden islands in the middle. That’s why Thung Nai is also known as "Ha Long Bay on land".


Located about 80 km from Hanoi, this is a place chosen by many travelers to avoid the heat of summer. You can send the vehicle at the pier and begin your excursion. Boat – renting services are quite diverse, some islands offer package services. In addition, you can also rent a boat to visit the sights. The price is at around 13 – 22 USD / boat depending on the number of destinations.


Windmill Island is a preferred choice of backpackers. This is one of the oldest accommodations, with beautiful views and not too far from the pier. Windmill Island is also considered a unique symbol of Thung Nai.


In addition, there is also the Coconut Island which is wider with the area of orchards. The stilt houses on the island are large enough to serve a large number of visitors every holiday season. However, because islands are located far away from land, so you need to book food and services with island owners in advance.


Coming to Thung Nai, the most interesting thing is to travel around Da River on boat. Cruising and watching the spectacular scenery of mountains, sometimes you see small islands, which look quite similar to the scene in Halong.


In summer, Trach spring is a special tourist attraction. It is the clear and cool spring water with charming natural scenery in the harmony of green trees.


Thung Nai has many small but peaceful villages. These households live mainly on feeding fish in the lake.


One of the special highlights of Thung Nai is the lake on the limestone mountain. Visitors must cross the narrow trails through the forest to reach the thick blue lake.


Dipping in the refreshing water is an interesting experience for anyone. Move carefully and require a life jacket when on the boat is something you should note during the journey.


Sunset on the water always bring about magical and spectacular scenery. Thung Nai will be an exciting option for visitors in this hot summer.


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Family Tour in Danang in This Summer


Summer is the best time for families to plan a short trip without crowd as in holidays. With the duration of 3 days 2 nights, your family is absolutely able to get memorizing experiences when exploring one of the most pleasant cities in Vietnam – Danang.

How to get to Danang?

Airplane is the best choice for your family either from Saigon or Hanoi. Currently, Vietnam Airlines are offering many promotions with extremely low price for flights to Danang. The price ranges from 22USD / person / way, so you can easily book cheap tickets for your family to travel around.

Where to stay

Going with your family, you have to choose a comfortable hotel or resort with convenient location for movement and many accompanying services such as the playground for children, swimming pool ... to ensure that all the family members can rest and relax in the best way. You could refer the Hotel of A La Carte Danang Beach.


This hotel only meets above criteria, but also offers an incentive price in this summer. When booking at least 2 nights, you will be staying at Light Studio or Delight Plus with free daily breakfast, a lunch or dinner at the restaurant of FishCa, one time to enjoy cocktail at the rooftop bar, free shuttle bus to Hoi An or Ba Na, a free service of airport transfer and 60 minutes of massage at the Spice spa.


Itinerary:

Day 1:

Depart for Danang. Check in your hotel, enjoy lunch and relax. In the afternoon, your family could go to My Khe Beach to enjoy fresh air. In the evening, you have a free dinner at FishCa restaurant and go up the bar at the rooftop with a swimming pool to enjoy cocktail and admire Danang from a high position.



Day 2:

After breakfast at the hotel, set off your journey to Ba Na Hills. The car of the hotel will take your family to this place for about 1 hour. Here, you will buy tickets for the cable car for your family and begin your excursion in Ba Na. Ba Na cable route is recorded as the world’s longest one- wire cable route, operating from the foothill of Ba Na to the top of Vong Nguyet Mount.


Sitting on Ba Na Hills cable car, you will admire the vast space of mountains and forest below you, admire the scenery of mountains, waterfalls  which is very impressive and spectacular.


Ba Na Hills is an extremely diverse complex of entertainment. You can admire the 27m high statue of Buddha in Linh Ung Pagoda, visit wine cellar, the flower garden of love or Fantasy Park.

The Buddha statue sitting in Linh Ung Pagoda
Fantasy Park - an indoor amusement park in Ba Na Hills
Le Jardin D’Amour Flower Garden
There is also a variety of catering services in Ba Na, so you do not need to prepare in advance. After a day exploring many interesting things, when coming back to the hotel, use 60-minute free massage at Spice Spa of A La Carte to dispel all fatigue.



If it is weekends, you could take a taxi to go to the city center for dinner and watch the Dragon Bridge blowing and firing at night. If you have time, visit the statue of Ca Chep Hoa Rong Fountain and the bridge of love nearby.

Day 3:

After breakfast at the hotel, if your family has children, send her/him to the Kid Club of the hotel so that you can have time to visit Con or Han markets, enjoy shopping gifts for your relatives. This is where the specialties of Da Nang are sold with reasonable price and quality.


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