Mountain market a hub for ethnic traders

The Bắc Hà market in the mountainous province of Lào Cai is the largest market in this part of the country. The market is held every Sunday with people from 14 ethnic minority groups in nearby towns and villages coming together to trade, exchange news and socialise. The market used to be the region’s hub for the buying and selling of horses – the most popular method of transport in the mountains — but now it’s a bustling market with a wide variety of goods.

Thu Sy village boasts 200 years of fish-pot making tradition

A fish-pot is a traditional fishing tool to catch fish used mainly in Vietnam’s northern delta provinces. Thu Sy village in Hung Yen province is famous for its traditional job of weaving fish pots. Its products are sold throughout the northern region and exported to other countries.

Cống people celebrate Tết Hoa with crossbows

During the tenth month of the Lunar Calendar the Cống ethnic community in Nậm Khè Commune in Điện Biên Phủ Province is busy getting ready for Tết Hoa, the ethnic group’s biggest annual holiday.

I know why free birds sing

A trip to Lăng Cô Beach in central Việt Nam can stir your soul and rekindle your romantic spirit, Bùi Quỳnh Hoa discovers.

Thanh Thủy Village, a centre for art

People in Thanh Thủy Village in Bình Hải Commune in the central province of Quảng Ngãi have long taken pride in their natural masterpiece, Gành Yến, a volcanic lava reef consisting of hexagonal columns of basalt lying on their side.

Delicious dishes in Hoi An city

Talking about Hoi An city (Quang Nam province), people can’t help mentioning Banh Dap- a dish of steamed and baked rice papers, and mussels fried without water.

Chàm museum gets breath of fresh air

After nearly two years of refurbishment, the Đà Nẵng Museum of Cham Sculpture has re-opens all galleries. Housing the largest collection of Chăm sculpture in the world, the museum preserves the art and history of the Kingdom of Champa that once flourished in now central Việt Nam. Nguyễn Hoàng Hương Duyên explores.

Cua Ong temple overlooks magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay

Cua Ong temple in Cam Pha city, Quang Ninh province is closely linked to the tradition and religious culture of local people. The temple festival is the biggest of its kind in Cam Pha, attracting crowds of visitors.