Xu Hướng 3/2024 # 8 Weird Things You’Ll Only See In Vietnam # Top 7 Xem Nhiều

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Considered as one of the happiest countries in the world, Vietnam also offer visitors tons of joy that you can easily find anywhere on streets. Taking a walk around any city of Vietnam, you’ll discover numerous Vietnam fun facts that will make your day. From motorbike-that-can-carry-anything to crazily-no-rule-traffic or simply a loud laugh of a rustic peasant. Here are 8 unique things in Vietnam that might cause you culture shocks.

Pyjama fashion

Vietnamese women in rural areas love to wear a pair of pyjamas during anytime of the day, anywhere, even go out for work. Pyjama fashion comes in numerous styles, from vintage floral to colorful pattern, in shorts or long loose trousers. The pyjamas are loved for its practical and comfortable form. It’s might look ridiculous but if you try it out, you would fall in love for the convenience it brings about. To get a pair of Vietnamese pyjamas, head to any local market you find in your way.

Super comfy Vietnamese pajamas!

Snake wine

Snake wine is usually sold in some touristy attractions or you can buy its authentic version in any rural town. The wine is made by cutting the snake’s tail open and let its blood drips into a bottle of rice wine. The snake body is kept inside the wine bottle, sometimes scorpions and herbs are added in. As one of the Vietnam fun facts, Vietnamese guys drink snake wine to increase their manlihood.

Different bottles of “snaky” wine

Communal smoking

“Thuoc lao” is a heavy type of tobacco, which is put inside a large bamboo pipe being passed around after meals. The bamboo pipe is called “điếu cày”, which literally means “farmer’s pipe”. The Vietnamese farmers in the North usually smoke “thuoc lao” to aid digestion. You might want to visit Hoa Binh Province, where “thuoc lao” is highly smoked. Here, Muong ethnic minority women gather in markets and share a pipe of “thuoc lao” together. Even you might find this is just one of the Vietnam fun facts, be careful if you try this “Thuoc lao”. It might cause a high amount of nicotine pumping into the blood stream suddenly that make you vomit.

“Ninja” on the road

As one of the Vietnam fun facts for female, Vietnamese women consider white skin is the most beautiful skin. They always try to avoid sunshine when they go out. Thus, they cover all their skin with hats, face masks and sunglasses, making them look like “ninja” on the road. The “ninjas” are also well-known for their “smooth” driving skill. Moreover, these cute ninjas usually cause some funny mistakes on the road such as turning on the left signal while they’re turning right.

People hired to cry in funerals

In the North of Vietnam, there are professionals who are hired to cry in the funeral in case the relatives can’t. The professional would talk about the merit and the contribution of the dead one while crying. The grief in the speech touches the hearts of relatives and guests, makes them feel the sorrow and then cry. Therefore, a standard crying professional must have a strong voice and can cry during the funeral, a good one would make people cry.

“I am paid to cry and make everybody cry”

Dancing in funerals

On the other hand, many foreigners are shocked to hear these Vietnam fun facts. In the South people are hired to play pumping music or sometimes even dance in funerals since they don’t want their guests to be upset. The funerals are usually hold magnificently, especially when people die old. The bigger the funeral, the more love the relatives want to show.Besides, in the Middle of Vietnam, there’s an old custom in funerals that called “paving the way”. The offspring of the dead person would lie down on the street, making a line from their house to where the dead person interred. The coffin would be moved above the line. This is how people show their respect to the dead one.

It is not always necessary to be sorrowful in funerals

Coconut-shaped boat

The Vietnamese have a type of boat that looks like a half of a coconut. There’s only one paddle moving from one side to another, making the boat move forward without engine. It’s very hard to steer, if you don’t do it in the right way, you’ll end up in never ending circles. The boat is most used in provinces of Mekong Delta and fishing villages near the sea, you can also find it in Hoi An. One of the Vietnam fun facts that not many Vietnamese even know is that, people use cow dung to make the boat. It may sound disgusting but that is how people keep the boat not to sink. The boat makers weave bamboo into a half coconut shape, then cover it with cow dung, let dry and finally cover the boat with otter oil. The Vietnamese also have the plastic boats, but they’re not long-lasting like traditional boats.

The ladies in “Leaf hat” know its best how to control the coconut boats

Wedding dresses photos before the wedding day

In Vietnam, wedding couples are photographed with their wedding dresses and suits before the wedding day. They’re willing pay a lot of money on the photos, and usually go far from cities for gorgeous nature scene in the photo. The photos will be displayed in the wedding day, as a proof of their love.

Đăng bởi: Mạnh Lê

Từ khoá: 8 weird things you’ll only see in Vietnam

Best Things To Do In Hanoi In A Week

Lies on the bank of Red River, Hanoi has been the capital of Vietnam for over 1000 years. It’s the place where the cultures of every region in Vietnam converge. Unlike Ho Chi Minh City where everyone is always hustling, Hanoi is all about the quiet and the peace. If you want to visit Hanoi, one to three days is more than enough. However, if you have a full week to explore Hanoi and the neighboring areas, the experience will be much better. Exploring the city and the neighboring areas will give you an unforgettable experience and deeper understanding of Northern Vietnam. This guide will help you find out what’s the best things to do in Hanoi in a week.

Some tips before the trip

First of all, Hanoi is an extremely crowded city, so traversing using cars is still a good choice but not the optimal one. For traveling in the city, some of the best choices would be bicycle, motorbike, or Xe Om (motorbike-taxi). With the appearance of Grab (Uber for motorbikes) getting around the city will be much easier for tourists.

Another thing that you should know is Vietnam looks more beautiful when it’s summer, everything looks different and more lively. So if possible, visit Vietnam when it’s summer to see the country for its real beauty.

And last but not least, if you don’t like the loneliness of traveling alone, always consider booking a tour. Exploring with other people can be much better than doing it alone. So, without further delay, let’s begins the guide on things to do in Hanoi in a week. This guide will be present in the form of an example one-week timetable, so if you want you can always switch the schedule to suit your needs.

Day 1: Hanoi city tour

Hanoi will act as your base of operation, so it’d best for you to explore it thoroughly. To explore Hanoi thoroughly, you should explore what makes the city famous, the historical sites. Before you go on the tour, which usually starts around 8 a.m., you must experience Hanoi early in the morning. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the fresh air, watch or join the elders practicing Tai Chi or join the children in a friendly game of football.

The first place to start your tour should be Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It’s the last resting place of Uncle Ho, the Vietnamese Hero. The building holds great architectural and historical values. It was heavily inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow but incorporates unique Vietnamese architectural elements, such as the sloping roof. The exterior is made of grey granite, while the interior is grey, black and red polished stone. Right next to the mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, another tourist attraction.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum credit: @silvipino/Instagram

It’s would be a waste if you visit Hanoi and don’t stop by Temple of Literature. This place is Vietnam’s first ever university. Built in 1070 under emperor Ly Thanh Tong. It is one of a few temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages, and scholars. It contained multiple pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors, which are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams took place.

Temple of Literature credit: @wanoneprem/Instagram

Those are just some must-see places in Hanoi. There are multiple places that you should definitely visit in your one week vacation in Hanoi, such as Bat Trang pottery village, Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Old Quater, and Ethnology Museum.

To make the most out of your time, you should find a local in Hanoi to help you plan out your day easier.

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Day 2: Heritage Site Trang An Complex and Bai Dinh Pagoda tour

After you have explored Hanoi, it’s time to start exploring other places. So let’s start with a day tour to Ninh Binh, where Trang An Complex and Bai Dinh Pagoda is. Both the Trang An Complex and Bai Dinh Pagoda are very famous among tourists.

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Bai Dinh Pagoda covers the area of 700ha, it is a group of large Buddhist structures. It is the biggest pagoda in Southeast-Asia and it also has the largest stupa in Southeast-Asia along with many large statues. From the parking lot, you can choose to take the electric car to get to the entrance or walk 4.5km, it’s entirely up to you.

Bai Dinh Pagoda credit: @rileyhjh/Instagram

The Pagoda is divided into The New Bai Dinh Pagoda and The Ancient Bai Dinh Pagoda. The new pagoda contains a wide range of new structures. Such as the magnificent three-door gate, a large bell tower, the 800sq m Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Temple. The ancient pagoda area is composed of the grotto where Buddha is worshipped, the temple worshipped Mountain God, the temple dedicated to Saint Nguyen, and the grotto where Holy Mother of the Forest is worshipped.

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After spending a few hours exploring Bai Dinh Pagoda, let’s move on to the Trang An Landscape Complex. It is Vietnam’ first World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. It covers an area of over 6.000ha and surrounded by a buffer zone of 6,026ha, mostly comprising paddy rice fields and villages. After arriving, you can take the boat trip along Trang An River to enjoy and marvel at its cave complex and deep blue river water.

Trang An Landscape Complex credit: @__yeenlee__/Instagram

When you’re finished with your day trip, let’s head back to Hanoi and relax.

Day 3,4,5: Halong Bay tour

One of the best things to do in Hanoi With its reputation as one of the most famous tourist destinations in Vietnam, Halong Bay requires time to explore fully. On this tour, prepare yourself to experience Halong Bay like never before. Experiencing in a Halong Bay luxury cruise is highly recommended. You can enjoy luxurious accommodation and meals on this cruise ship.

Exploring the gigantic beauty of Halong bay on a luxury cruise excursion is one of the best Vietnam travel experiences. Instagram @lehatruc

Find a cruise that offers a panoramic window in every cabin so that you can easily enjoy watching the marvelous views of the waters and more than 2,000 idyllic limestone islands and islets. You can see many iconic islets such as Trong Mai Islets, Dinh Huong Islets, or Hoa Cuong Islets. Beside the islets, the other attraction is the caves. You can explore many natural caves that Halong Bay has to offer. Caves such as Thien Duong Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Trinh Nu Cave are just some that you can see in Halong Bay. You can refer to our guide on how to choose the best Halong bay cruise for your vacation.

Halong Bay credit: @rockthetraveller/Instagram

If you want to have a more direct experience while exploring Halong Bay than consider kayaking. While kayaking you can reach small places that large cruise ship can’t. Other off-board activities include swimming and rowing. At night, you can also do squid fishing with the crew, it’s great for anyone looking for a nice and quiet way to relax at night.

You can also choose to visit many of Halong Bay’s floating fishing village. These villages are just some houses bound together and floating in the calm sea of Halong. You can experience the life of the villager or observe them doing their everyday work. After three days of exploring it’s finally time to head back to Hanoi and finish your one-week vacation

Day 6,7: Two days Sapa trekking tour

Rice Terraces of Sapa credit: @shiiyng.ang/Instagram

The first day of the tour will focus on getting to Cat Cat village, where the trekking begins. On your first trek, you can learn about the local life as well as see some sights. Explore many natural waterfalls of Sapa and visit a hydraulic power station built by the French.

Explore breathtaking Sapa trekking trails with a local H’mong

On the second day, the real Sapa trekking begins. See the rice terraces, the main way of planting rice in the mountainous areas, as you take in the spectacular landscapes of Hoang Lien Son mountain. Experience the life of the ethnic minorities more with the Black H’mong and the Dzay. The trekking distance is around 10-12km so it would take a few hours to complete. Remember to wear your most comfortable pair of shoes because you will do a lot of walking.

After you finished the trekking tour and return to Hanoi, it would also conclude your one-week vacation in Hanoi. I hope that you find this guide beneficial and I hope that from this guide you can form a great vacation schedule.

Đăng bởi: Thạch Lê

Từ khoá: Best Things To Do In Hanoi In A Week

Can Tho Travel Guide – 12 Best Things To Do

Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta and also one of the most popular places to visit. You don’t have to worry about getting bored as there are many things to do in Can Tho, such as the famous floating markets, cycling through countryside, boat trips, orchards and temples.

Best things to do in Can Tho 1. Cai Rang floating market

The best things to do in Can Tho is a visit to the Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most impressive floating market in Vietnam. To see the market at its peak, you need to get up early, because the market starts from 5am and after 10am it has already faded away. The costs for renting a tour boat are between 300,000 to 500,000 VND, depending on the number of people.

2. Phong Dien floating market

Cai Rang may be the best thing to do in Can Tho, but some smaller markets like the Phong Dien can provide a better, more intimate experience. The Phong Dien floating market is much smaller and therefore less visited, but other travelers say that it is therefore a more local experience than Cai Rang.

There are almost no motorized vessels and larger boats, but mostly dozens of sampans trading their local goods while the local vendors shop and gossip. Fewer tourists means you can easily navigate the market by boat and get up close and personal with the traders who love to chat, laugh and sell fruit. The Phong Dien floating market is at its peak between 5am and 7am.

3. Boat trip in Can Tho

The most popular way to see the region around Can Tho is by boat trip. The most commonly chosen option is the boats that start early in the morning to go to the Cai Rang floating market.

Most hotels and hostels offer early morning trips to the markets, all varying in quality. The quality ranges from quick trips to Cai Rang and back to half day excursions that go to both Cai Rang and Phong Dien and travel along the backwater channels and visit local villages. The longer tour is recommended as it can give you a better feel for the region. While the markets are the highlight, the peace and tranquility of slowly navigating the backwater canals and the slow pace of life in the surrounding villages is just as delightful.

4. Bang Lang stork garden

The Bang Lang Stork Garden is one of the few places in Can Tho to see the biodiversity of the Mekong Delta wetlands. To see the storks, it is best to go between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM when they are flying out for food or 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM when they return. You can see them sitting in groups on the branches and flying off the trees. It is a quiet and peaceful place in the rural area of ​​Can Tho.

5. Cycling

6. Visit local factories & villages

There is not only culture to be found on the rivers with floating markets, but also next to it, in villages and in the countryside. It is a completely different experience from other parts of Vietnam and it therefore gives you a unique insight into how life goes here. In small local factories you can see how local plants, trees, vegetables and fruit are used to make products. You can see how rice paper is made, candles, rice wine, coconut candies and more.

7. Kayaking

Instead of a boat trip, you can also get started yourself a bit more actively. You can easily explore the small waterways around Can Tho by kayak. Kayak tours last around 2 hours.

8. Ninh Kieu Wharf

The warf itself is beautiful, but it also occupies an important position – it is the symbol of Can Tho. At night, don’t forget to stroll around the river’s embankment and observe the authentic local lifestyle.

9. Pick fruit

Can Tho has long been known for its large and small fruit gardens and orchards that supply fruit to the markets and are transported by boats to Ho Chi Minh City. Go straight to the largest orchard gardens around Can Tho, such as My Khanh, 9 Hong or Vam Xang. Get ready to immerse yourself in the lush gardens, admire tropical fruits you’ve never encountered before, and of course eat them! You cube the fruits with your own hands and what makes the experience even better.

10. Trick Lam Zen Monastery

The largest monastery in the Mekong Delta, located in a quiet municipality and is over 38,000 square meters! The architecture of the monastery is inspired by the Ly – Tran Dynasty period, which was about a thousand years ago. Because this building is so important, the materials to build the monastery were also carefully selected. Just take a look at the 800 year old wood. The monks here are super hospitable, and during their meals you can stop by their restaurant to try authentic vegetarian Vietnamese dishes for free.

11. Markets in Can Tho

There are a number of night markets in Can Tho that you can visit with delicious dishes. Start with Tran Phu and Can Tho Market, then on to Tay Do Night Market which is located in Can Tho, and end at Ninh Kieu Night Market. Afterwards you can burn some calories and enjoy the nightlife of Can Tho right at the Ninh Kieu wharf.

12. Chua Ong Pagoda

Opposite the Ho Chi Minh Statue in Ninh Kieu Park is the small Chua Ong Pagoda, built in the 1890s. This was a secret hideout for communist revolutionaries during the Vietnam War. Now the pagoda is considered a national monument. It is worth seeing, if only for its artistic merit, with its altars.

How to get there

Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta and centrally located and the infrastructure has expanded enormously in recent years. For that reason, the city is easily accessible by car, bus and plane.

Tours to Can Tho

Join our Local Vietnam Mekong Delta tour to Can Tho and you will have the best time of your life with a hassle free experience, from biking through the countryside to boat rides along the floating markets and coconut plantations along the river. Not to mention the fantastic local food, beautiful orchards and the hospitable people along the way. There are 4 options:

Bus from Ho Chi Minh City Fly to Can Tho

Can Tho has a domestic airport, with which you can easily reach the city from other places in Vietnam. There are direct flights to and from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Phu Quoc by Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways. Flight prices start at as low as $ 50.

Fortunately, the airport is located just outside the city and about 10 kilometers from the center where most of the hotels are located. The best way is to take a taxi from the airport to your destination. Some resorts and lodges might have an airport shuttle.

From and to Phu Quoc

From Phu Quoc you can either take a flight or the fast ferry to Rach Gia (2,5 hours) and from here take a bus to Can Tho. You can also check our tour that can either starts or ends in Phu Quoc and go via the Mekong Delta: Saigon to Phu Quoc via the Mekong Delta homestay experience.

Best time to visit Can Tho

Can Tho has a warm and humid climate all year round, which is very pleasant compared to some other regions of Vietnam. The dry season lasts from December to April, while the rainy season starts around May and ends in November.

If your trip falls in the rainy season, you can enjoy the most fertile period and experience the floating markets at their best. When you travel in the summer you will find yourself surrounded by many kinds of ripe fruit. In fact, summer is the harvest season in Can Tho. In the middle of the fall time and full moon April, there are two major festivals in Can Tho. These are Thuong Dien and Ha Dien. People will organize different types of religious rituals to show their respect and gratitude towards the gods of the land.

Accommodation in Can Tho

Can Tho is the biggest city in the Mekong Delta, so it comes to no surprise that there are plenty of accommodation to be found. Most hotels are around the river on Hai Ba Trung Street, which is the tourist strip. From here the boats trips also depart to the floating markets and other sights that can be visited by boat.

But for a truly local and authentic feel, which should be part of any Mekong Delta experience, it is recommended to find accommodation outside the city in the countryside. There are several homestays, lodges and resorts. The best is to find one on a river, from where you can also take boat trips directly into the delta and to the floating markets. Although Can Tho is a beautiful city, the experience in the countryside is unique and a good base for cycling tours.

Travel tips for Can Tho

Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

If you plan to spend a night in an eco-tourism area, bring mosquito repellent

When visiting the floating market or taking river trips, choose reputable providers and boats equipped with lifebuoys and jackets. Safety comes first!

Can Tho itself is beautiful, but it is also a good place to explore the rest of the Mekong. If you have time, don’t forget to visit places like An Giang, Dong Thap and Ca Mau.

Đăng bởi: Lộc Hoàng

Từ khoá: Can Tho travel guide – 12 best things to do

This Weekend’s Fun Places For The Hanoi Sisters Association, There Are Places Where You Can Comfortably Take Children With You

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the day approaching the Lunar New Year, relaxing moments at the weekend becomes more and more precious to the sisters. Therefore, instead of being lazily covered with blankets all day, let’s “dress up” beautifully, and join your family and friends to participate in light and exciting experiences at the following locations.

Green Art Studio – Green Art Studio

In Hanoi, when it comes to pottery, everyone must “bounce” quickly to the most famous place, which is Bat Trang pottery village. However, this place is quite far from the city center, it takes at least a full day of experience before it is worthwhile to move.

And if you don’t want to spend too much time and still be “molded”, you should immediately come to the Pottery Factory You DIY. Each turn has only a maximum of 10 people, so the “experts” here “take care” are extremely enthusiastic. They will teach you techniques from kneading, shaping to finished products.

Photo: Ceramic Factory You Do It Yourself – Green Art Studio.

Address: No. 38, lane 141 Nguyen Khang, Cau Giay district.

Time: 9:00 – 17:00, Saturday, Sunday.

Cost: about 250,000 VND/person, the preferential heating fee is only 50,000 VND/product.($1=25,000 VND)

Vietnam Women’s Museum

As a familiar destination for Ikebana lovers, it regularly organizes art flower arranging activities imbued with Japanese culture. However, next week, Ikebana House will open a special workshop to welcome the new year with sisters.

Here, you will be able to make your own Wagashi-Nerikiri cake, with lovely and meaningful cakes around the theme of Tet. These can be mentioned as: the lucky cat, Chung cake, yellow apricot, peach blossom or fireworks, the swallow calling for spring.

Photo: Ikebana House.

Address: Ikebana House, Vietnam – Japan Cultural Exchange Space, 5th floor, Vietnam Women’s Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem District.


Session 1: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., January 7, 2023.

Session 2: 14:00 – 17:00, January 15, 2023.

3107 Florist

Photo: 3107 Florist – Flower shop.

Address: 5B Tue Tinh, Hai Ba Trung district.

Time: 08h00 – 20h00 (depending on the appointment of the guest).

Cost: about 500,000 VND – 890,000 VND/person (including all materials, accessories and bringing the product home).

Yen So Park

If you want to be closer to nature, you can take the whole family to Yen So park. With an area of ​​​​more than 300 hectares, including countless lakes and trees, grass, children will be free to run, jump, play sports games. And parents can grill together, sing, enjoy the fresh air, temporarily away from work and crowded city scenes.

In particular, if those who are passionate about camping by car, they must definitely be here on January 7. Because, at Yen So Park, there will be a Vietnam Camping Festival – CampFest. Not only can they admire the types of camping on pickup trucks, SUVs, motorhomes, etc. families can also participate in many interesting competitions with their children such as decorating the farm, painting or playing folklore recreation games.

In addition, within the framework of CampFest, there was also a Car Choice Award gala stage held in the evening with the presence of famous names.

Address: Yen So Park, Gamuda Central, Hoang Mai district.

Time: January 7, 2023.

– CampFest: 9am – 20h30.

– Gala Car Choice Awards 2023: 18h00 – 20h30.

Cost: Free tickets to Yen So park and participate in CampFest activities.

Photo: Internet (vinlove.net)

Đăng bởi: Yên Trần

Từ khoá: This weekend’s fun places for the Hanoi Sisters Association, there are places where you can comfortably take children with you

Visiting North Korea: All You Need To Know

North Korea was opened to tourism in 2013 and since then, many people have become fascinated with the idea of visiting this unique country. It’s also seen as one of the most unlikely travel destinations in the world, which makes you wonder what it is like to travel there. If you’re planning one, here are things you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable time.

Surprising facts that blow your mind

There is only a limited number of approved hairstyle, 28 for men and 14 for women in particular. Especially, none of the men’s approved haircuts are similar to their supreme leader’s one.

Wearing jeans is considered an illegal action.

Prohibited items include religious material, pornographic material, and political material. Any person who is caught owning these will be sentenced to death.

However, you can smoke Marijuana legally in North Korea, since it is not even classified as a drug here.

This country does not follow the same timeline like any other country in the world. Their calendar counts the year after founder Kim Il-sung’s birthday in 1912. So while we are living in 2023, it is just year 107 over there.

Visiting North Korea as a tourist

The ultimate question is: is visiting North Korea safe?

As long as you have a clear travel purpose, obey the rules and show great respect to the country’s leaders then there will be no problem. However, tourism in North Korea is unlike anything you have experienced. Travel throughout the country is mostly done via guided tours by international and local guides, which are very convenient in case you need any help.

If you choose not to join in a tour, you will still need the services of a local guide and are not allowed to leave your hotel, go sightseeing or use public transport without one. Always follow the rules of your tour as failing to do so will result in punishment for both you and your guide. In fact, tour guides in North Korea are very polite, helpful and good at speaking English. They take work seriously, but also are fond of meeting foreigners; therefore, you’re welcome to ask them anything except for history and politics-related issues.

Below listed a few travel agencies that offer tour services to North Korea:

Korea International Travel Company (KITC)

Korean International Sports Travel Company

Korean International Taekwondo Tourism Company (KITTC)

Korean International Youth Travel Company (KYTC)

Taking photographs

Sure you can, in fact, take many photos when visiting North Korea and even upload them on social media afterwards! However, please remember not to take photos unless you have permission to do so. Your tour guide will kindly let you know if there is any place or anything you are not allowed to take pictures of. These may include the airports, government buildings, military infrastructure as well as leaders’ statues/portraits. North Korean government authorities may view taking unauthorized pictures as espionage and could confiscate cameras, film and/or detain the photographer.

Things to do and see

There are many cool and unusual activities for tourists to experience when visiting North Korea, such as visiting a local market or join a mass dance during any national holiday. Most tourists take an interest in exploring the daily life of local people. You may want to wander around town, drop by a grocery store or play bowling games and get to know them better. Here below are the top 5 tourist attractions in North Korea that you should not miss:

1. Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in personally greeted North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un with a handshake on the demarcation line in the border truce village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the countries. Instagram: @lemondefr

The world’s most heavily militarize border

Known as one of the world’s most heavily militarized border, the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is like a scar that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. It was created in 1953 and has been serving as the best reminder of the war between North Korea and South Korea. This 160-mile-long treaty zone isn’t just a strategic place for political meetings, but also a tourist magnet. You are reading it right – the DMZ welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors each year, according to the Korea Tourism Organization.

When you travel to the Korean DMZ on an organized tour, you will visit the Joint Security Area (JSA), also known as the Panmunjom truce area. It’s easily identifiable by the vibrant blue Military Armistice Commission Conference Room, which straddles the Military Demarcation Line. There are tours available from both sides that would surprise you with two different viewing points of one same Panmunjom. Despite the viewing lines being only meters away from each other and the room you enter is the same one, they were both very different experiences.

A visit to DMZ will give you in-depth knowledge about the society, history and political relation between the two counties. Instagram: @kaltham

The story from both sides

A DMZ tour from DPRK side is often filled with tension. Visitors are given opportunities to look through historical artifacts, documents, and historical boards in a building designated as a North Korea museum – propaganda and all. It shows you North Korea’s perspectives on the Korean war, their life after the war, their views on the US and on reunification on the Korean Peninsula.

On the other hand, DMZ tourism in South Korea is more fun and uplifting. Like a trip into an unknown kingdom, the tour will trigger the curiosity of whom interested in history and current affairs. You will spend your time visitingthe Freedom Bridge – a symbol of the tragedies of the Korean War, then head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, which the North Korean Army used to infiltrate South Korea. At the Dora Observatory, you can use telescopes to look over the border and see North Korea with your own eyes.

A visit to the DMZ is undoubtedly a must-see for those who are eager to learn and to be inspired by the heartbreaking stories behind. If you decided to go on a DMZ tour, make sure to understand exactly why it stands for, why it exists and the people who have died protecting the border or trying to escape from it. After all, this unique tour full of wonderful experiences will leave you in mixed feelings that you wouldn’t forget.

2. Mansudae Monument

The Mansudae Monument is an iconic monument in Pyongyang, North Korea. Here stand the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il-sung and General Kim Jong-Il, at an impressive 22-meter tall. Korean will usually go visit the monument at least once a year and place flowers to tribute these former leaders of DPRK.

Behind the Mansudae Grand Monument, you will see the Korean Revolution Museum building, where items related to Kim Il-sung and his associates, Korean reunification, Korean diaspora, and various historical battles, are held. On either side of the statues, there are two other monuments with many statues of soldiers, farmers and workers during the anti-Japanese struggle.

Understandably, Mansudae Grand Monument is one of the most sacred areas in DPRK. Therefore, you should show your full respect during your entire visit here. Please make sure to always follow your tour guide as they will let you know all the rules that should be remembered.

3. Pyongyang Metro

What is so special about a metro in DPRK?

Pyongyang Metro is the main subway system in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea. Being one of the deepest subway systems in the world, this metro is entirely underground and consists of 16 public stations in total. Many of those are very grand and beautiful, which were similar in style and design with the Moscow Metro in Russia.

When visiting Pyongyang Metro, you will see it not only as a subway system, but also a national exhibition of North Korea’s history and idealism. Its stations take their name from themes reflecting the country’s revolution, such as “Reunification”, “War Comrade”, “Golden Soil” with artwork related to the theme of each station.

4. Tower of the Juche Idea

On the other side of Taedong River from Kim Il-sung Square, there is the massive Juche Tower. “Juche” was the ideology Comrade Kim Il-sung structured his empire around, which roughly translates to “self-reliance.” It was made of 25,550 blocks – one for every day of Il-sung’s life in celebration of his 70th birthday in 1982. The tower is a popular tourist attraction, where visitors can ride to the top in an elevator to overlook Pyongyang from 170 meters chúng tôi the best viewing experience, it is highly recommended that you go in the morning, as the sun is still in the east, lighting up the western, more interesting side of the city.

5. Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Located in the heart of Pyongyang, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum represents the North Korean viewpoint of the armed anti-colonial struggle against outside invaders during the Korean War. It is now opened to tourists and local people to visit and learn more about DPRK’s history. You will be taken around by a female officer dressed in military uniform, who is going to give you an in-depth explanation regarding a number of different areas, both outside and inside the museum.

The museum tour normally lasts for two hours. However, you still can’t manage to see all the exhibitions even if you could spend the whole day there. Please remember that only photographs outside the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum is permitted. In front of the main building, there is an area known as “The War Monument”. Then, the “Exhibition of Hero Equipment on the left” and the “Exhibition of Captured Equipment” on the right.

North Korea might not be your typical ideal vacation spot, but definitely a must-go before you die. A trip to DPRK is a journey of perception reshape. Therefore, let’s just keep an open-minded attitude and be prepared to embrace all the emotions. While there are still many things wrong with North Korea, it is better that we hold onto anything positive in the hope that it somehow paves the way for openness.

Đăng bởi: Tuyết Hoàng Ánh

Từ khoá: Visiting North Korea: All You Need to Know

6 Best Things To Bring On A Helicopter Tour For First

Embarking on a helicopter tour can be an exhilarating experience to travelholics as they would have a bird’s-eye view of the landscapes. To make your trip as rewarding as possible, remember to note down several things to bring on a helicopter tour.

Because most places offer short rides (12 -15 min tour) or medium rides (up to half an hour), you do not need to bring too much stuff along. You just need to pack the most crucial items in order to enjoy a perfectly pleasant outing.


1. Valid Identity Papers

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When going on a helicopter tour, identity papers are of great importance to conduct check-in procedures at the helipad. You should keep them in a small bag and always carry it with you during the flight as well as the whole journey.

2. Medicines and Medical Instruments

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Don’t let sickness ruin your interesting tour. As the helicopter is prone to swoop and change its direction suddenly, you may feel a little bit dizzy, even experience nausea and vomiting. Hence, it may be a good idea to bring common medicines and medical equipment like abdominal pain medicine, pain reliever, fever reducer, motion sickness medicine or bandage. In case of an emergency, you are highly recommended to put them in a small handbag to use on the spot.

3. Photography Equipment

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Of course you do not want to miss out on the breathtaking moments when flying through the sky and looking down at the scenery below. In that case, a smartphone or camera will help you capture the best shots. Recording videos is also a preferable method to preserve precious memories. Make sure those devices are fully charged before the flight.

However, it is important to know that your selfie stick should be left at home to avoid distracting the pilot and getting in other passengers’ way.

4. Sunscreen and Sunglasses

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Helicopters often possess massive windows. It means that you will get exposed to lots of bright sunlight while revelling in the panoramic flight. When you travel in summer months, even in colder months, the sunlight tends to be strong and intense as soon as you are off the ground. Therefore, it is necessary to protect your eyes and skin with sunglasses and sunscreen.

One thing you should keep in your mind is that hats, scarves or any loose clothing items are prohibited on the helicopter. It boils down to the fact that they can fly into the helicopter’s rotor system and cause damage to it. But you may rest assured that you can always wear them to the heliport, then leave them in personal safety lockers.

5. Wet Wipes and Dry Cloths

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6. Earplugs

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Helicopters may cause loud noise when flying, which will hinder some travellers from enjoying their good time. With those who are sensitive to noise, it is considered an irritating problem. In case you are not provided with noise-cancelling headphones, carrying your earplugs along will help you avert the noise effectively.

Special Notes

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Minimize carrying heavy objects, sharp objects, flammable substances, metal corrosive substances and bulky luggage onto the helicopter.

Loose jewelry, keys, backpacks and books are not allowed on board.

For those with wanderlust, a heli tour would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Remember to dress for the occasion and be aware of necessary belongings to thoroughly enjoy your itinerary.

Đăng bởi: Quỳnh Phạm

Từ khoá: 6 Best Things to Bring on a Helicopter Tour for First-time Travellers

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