TOP5 Ultimate Travel Essentials

Hi, Travel Junkies and Wanderlusts!

You may be one of those people who plan to travel very soon’ traveling at the moment and still trying to figure out the best items to take with you along; this is for you!

Forget about shampoo, deodorant, beauty products etc… This is not your usual guide. This is your ultimate survival guide for your dream trip! Here are the TOP5 items you never knew you needed.

1. Universal Adapter (Plug)

Yes! Adapter! I just knew this after traveling to 6 countries in Asia. The condition in most hotels are either you only have one to no electrical socket available in your room. Remember to take this kind of plug that has several plug options and additional built-in sockets.

You will thank me for this!

2. Waterproof Pouch

Another must-have in our list is a waterproof pouch! It will not only protect your phone/ underwater but it will also be an umbrella for your tech investment for the rainy season.

3. Portable Battery

This one is very important and you know why! 🙂 Gotta keep your phone charged for the GRAM!!!

4. Extra Memory Cards (or better yet external drive)

If you are a photographer or an inspiring vlogger, it is always good to have these anywhere you go. Capturing that perfect moment may take multiple shots. Multiple Shots equates to more memory usage. ( You know the drill)

“Not Enough Space” is the last notification you want to have on your gadgets!

5. Padlock with number code


“Ok na ang mas labis keysa sa kulang” tama? 

There is always threat wherever you go. That’s reality, and it’s always better to be extra safer than sorry. Hotels/ Hostels will give you private lockers but it gives you more confidence to leave your stuff if you have your own.

Note: Number coded padlocks is always the best option in case you lose your keys!

How about you? What’s your travel essentials? 

Comment down below for your own list!

Or did I miss something?

clarice



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Macau; Las Vegas of Asia

Macau is a special administrative district (SAR) located to the southeast of mainland China. Since Macau is using the “one country two systems” principle just like Hong Kong, acting as a special region of China, therefore it gained a lot of benefits from the principle. The population in Macau is approximately 582,000. Tourism is a major industry in Macau. It is famous for the blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures and its gambling industry, which includes Casino Lisboa, Macau, Sands Macau, The Venetian Macao, and Wynn Macau.  I have been to those casinos but of course I didn’t come there to gamble, (not my interest) but to see the richness of the countries gaming industry. There are a lot of choices of hotels and resorts since it is one of the world class tourism industry in Asia.

I visited this beautiful country last 2014 and yes! Free visa para sa mga pinoy so Go lang! It is a very organized and clean city. Let me give you a glimpse of how it’s like in the gaming capital of Asia, MACAU! No cameras allowed inside the casinos so limited lang ang pics, ang iba grabbed ko lang.

The best part of this trip is the free wifi everywhere! hehe

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The historic Senado Square
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Casino Lisboa

Lisboa

Venetian Macau
Venetian Macau
Wynn
Wynn Macau

 

 

Welcome to My Blog!

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“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take”

Hello Everyone,

I am Clarice and I am born and raised in the Philippines.

I am now base in Hanoi, Vietnam working as a full-time Marketing Executive and a part – time teacher. This blog is to document my ambitious travels. Ambitious because it seemed to me before that I can never be able to travel and see other places aside from my country. Impossible it may seem but I took the chances and tried my best. Now I have traveled 5 countries in  Asia and is hoping to explore more countries. I have just started blogging and learned everything from scratch so please excuse me for my lapses. My desire for travelling was inspired by a friend who I met in Vietnam. He seemed to me a person who have a better understanding about life, culture and other peoples situation. I wanted to be the same, maybe not the same but at least be able to understand other traditions and cultures. So I am now trying to reach my dreams, slowly but surely!

At first, I tried to save with the little money I earn from teaching here in Vietnam. Because I have to renew visa once every six months, then I make sure I travel to a new country each time I do so. So that’s the way it all started!

Join me in fulfilling my dreams and I hope I may inspire other aspiring travelers too.

Love,

Clarice

Philippines; Pearl of the Orient Sea

So how do you sum up the Philippines? An archipelago of 7,107 unique islands, home to volcanoes, tropical rainforest, paradise beaches, UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces, Spanish colonial architecture, vibrant festivals, a great music scene and some of the best diving in the world… (breathe) told you it is difficult!

Mabuhay! and Welcome to the Philippines, my native land. The Philippines, being an archipelago, offers countless of destinations to see, adventures to experience and activities to do. The country is blessed with a rich environment— lush forests, tropical islands, white sand beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains— and friendly, artistic and hardworking people who are always happy to welcome visitors and friends. When you come for a visit, be sure to stay for a long time so that you can enjoy the different exciting experiences that the country has in store for you.

The Philippines capital Manila is a city which actually comprises five cities – yes it is that big! The bustling city of Manila! One needs to explore deeper below the surface to discover its beauty. Intramuros (meaning Inside of the walls) is the Old Spanish Quarter where you can visit such landmarks as Fort Santiago and Cathedral Manila for a glimpse into the Philippines’ fascinating colonial history. Wandering around or taking a horse and carriage through the cobbled streets will make you feel like you have entered an ancient world. Museums vary from Historical ones, Science Museums, Art and can also be a 3D Art Museum. Amusement parks are everywhere. See the wildlife in Manila Ocean Park, or play like a kid to Star City a park similar to Disneyland. I have travelled a few countries in Indochina and honestly, I have never find malls as huge as we have in the Philippines. One must go to Mall of Asia (biggest mall in Asia) in Pasay to experience shopping galore. Nightlife in Manila is not to be missed. Explore Manila’s nightlife from Malate and Ermita’s nocturnal street scene, buzzing with lively clubs and gritty music alongside sleazy girlie bars to the posh and glamorous Makati City (also considered as New York City at Night) or Quezon City to seek out drum and bass DJ sets or sip the latest imported vodkas. If you will be lucky enough, you can get to party with famous International artists as a lot of Hollywood performers visits Philippines. Filipinos are musically inclined, so wherever you go there are some fantastic live music venues, especially in Manila with talented local bands singing everything from Filipino rock, to cover songs and traditional folk classics.

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Let’s talk about nature. Philippines having 7,107 islands offer endless selection of beaches with fine powdery white sand and clean, clear and cool blue waters that you can even see the seabed. The many islands offer countless activities to travellers. From snorkeling, scuba diving, cliff jumping, parasailing, kayaking, surfing and a whole lot more. You will always see one of our beaches in the Top 10 best beaches in the world. CNN even have a list of world renowned beaches in the Philippines. Some of the famous islands are Boracay Island, Aklan; El Nido, Palawan; Camiguin Island; Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte; Puerto Galera, Mindoro; Nasugbu and Lian in Batangas; Ternate in Cavite,Panglao etc.

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Trekking and hiking enthusiast will also love the Philippines. Banaue; considered as the new Eight Wonder of the World should be on top of the list. The total outline of this architectural wonder, or “stairways to the sky,” is about 13,500 miles long, or about half the globe’s circumference and ten times the length of the Great Wall of China making it to the “Top 3” in the list of Best Rice Terraces in the world by travel.spotcoolstuff. Another destination that should not be missed is Taal Volcano the World’s Smallest Active Volcano. It is described as “a crater within an island within a lake” because it stands as an island at Taal Lake. The lake was formed after the volcano, with used to be much larger, collapsed. Some of the suggested trekking destinations are Mt Pulag, Mt. Apo, Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Cleopatras Needle, Batad etc.

No country in the world does festivals quite like the Philippines! Colorful street parades, loud ethnic drum beats, trumpets, xylophones, incredible sequined costumes, dancing, singing and just for giggles, a spot of cross-dressing thrown in. Yes! We Filipinos  know how to party! Although most of the country’s festivals have deep religious roots in Catholicism, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t fun-filled fiestas and anyone can join in the celebrations. From Sinulog in Cebu, to Ati-Atihan in Kalibo and Dinagyang Festival in Ilo-Ilo City, there are over 100 festivals taking place across the archipelago during the year, so your trip is bound to coincide with an event of some kind. These events also mean “buffet”. Never miss Lechon, a Filipino pork dish, that’s best in Cebu. Even Anthony Bourdain names Cebu lechon the best! It is a suckling pig, roasted over charcoal. The meat is so unbelievably juicy and the crackling (the skin) is so wonderfully crispy, it’s awesome! So brace yourselves to the different Filipino dishes that will satisfy your cravings. Reminder, fiestas are really huge. Do your research beforehand – these authentic events are not to be missed!

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The beauty of the Philippines would have to be the diversity of experiences that this country has to offer. Up North you have mind blowing rice fields and mountains, while down south you have world class surf. Not to mention the amazing place that is Palawan where you can stay in the houses of local fishermen. One can have the best diving experience in Cebu and Palawan, swimming through World War II shipwrecks and alongside with thousands of sardines and whale sharks. It is too many to mention. Apart from those, is the Filipino people. We are one of the most amazingly happy and friendly people. Everywhere you go in the Philippines you will feel so welcome by the locals. It was like being part of one big family. There are no language barriers for 90% of the population speaks the language. In fact, the Philippines is one of the best English Speaking Country outside Europe. You will have the most genuine smile from the locals, friendly invites that don’t intend to rip you off and friends for keeps. Just wear a smile and you will definitely be fine in the Philippines.

So there you have it. To sum it all up in one word, the best thing about the Philippines is US.

A Philippine getaway will definitely give you a bunch of friend request on facebook, follows on instagram and contact requests on skype, and all these things makes us the “Pearl of the Orient Sea”

Mabuhay!

Clarice

Quickie Trip to Vientiane

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Most people travel to see the other side of the world, but for me, mostly for Visa Run. Lol. This is my quickie trip to Vientiane, Laos.

I started traveling last 2013. Then the next travel was this year and this time, it is to permanently move to a new city where I got no relatives, just few friends. A long story why I ended up being in Hanoi. No matter what the reason is, I love Hanoi itself, the people, food and the culture.

But I have to leave the country for almost every 6 months for visa renewal. This favors me a lot because I really have a reason why I should save up and  travel.

Day 01 & Day 02: The journey was a very long 20 – 24 hours land trip. We were just six in the bus, 2 Asians and 4 Westerners. We felt so happy getting inside the bus. We felt like we own the whole sleeper bus by ourselves not knowing that it will later load tons of goods. Those things didn’t bother me at all because it’s common in Asia but the other guys were surprised. But nonetheless, it was a fun journey. If you don’t mind long trips, then I suggest you take bus. A great chance of meeting fellow travelers and it’s relatively cheap. But mind that it’s not gonna be a luxury ride. We left Hanoi 7pm and arrived the next day 5pm.

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All of us didn’t know where to stay in Vientiane, luckily I got a recommendation from a friend to stay in Dream Home Hostel and it was just oh so perfect! With private pool, bar and billiard tables. A perfect place for people who wants to chill – out. Everyone decided to stay in the same hostel with me.

Later that day me and another lovely traveler named Alice who I will write about on my next blog; stroll around the Night Market of Vientiane. Bought some souvenir, had dinner and went home to sleep. The prices of goods there are relatively cheap. Some will charge you for tourist price, but a little bit of haggling won’t hurt.

Day 03: Woke up so early, showered and enjoyed the free breakfast in the hostel. Today I will be visiting the famous Buddha Park, Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. This one is a must – visit so I decided to just go. The best way to get there is by motorbike. You can get a motorbike for as low as 5-7dollars a day. Driving a motorbike in Vientiane is far too different in Hanoi. Watch out for my blog about bikibg experience in Hanoi!

There’s really nothing much to do in Vientiane. What I like most about the place is the slow-paced kind of living. So different from the bustling city of Hanoi. A must visit of you want to relax and just don’t do anything.

Budget

  • Bus – 25 USD
  • Hostel – 6USD
  • Motorbike – 5 USD
  • Transfers – 10USD
  • Plane Ticket – 88USD
  • Food – 15 USD

Total = 149 USD

27 Must – Visit Places in Hanoi, Vietnam

World renowned destinations in Hanoi, Vietnam.

These are the must – visit places in Hanoi. I hope this can serve as a guide.

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1. Hoan Kiem Lake 

(“Lake of the Returned Sword” or “Lake of the Restored Sword or Sword Lake”)

According to the legend, emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) surfaced and asked for his magic sword, Heaven’s Will. Lợi concluded that Kim Qui had come to reclaim the sword that its master, a local God, the Dragon King (Vietnamese: Long Vương) had given Lợi sometime earlier, during his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Lợi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, it was formerly known as Luc Thuy meaning “Green Water”). The Turtle Tower (Thap Rùa) standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend.

2. Turtle Tower 

(Vietnamese: Tháp Rùa), also called Tortoise Tower is a small tower in the middle of Sword Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam

3. Ba Đình Square

Ba Đình Square (Vietnamese: Quảng Trường Ba Đình) is the name of a famous square in Hanoi where president Ho Chi Minh read theProclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. It is named after the Ba Đình Uprising, an anti-French rebellion that occurred in Vietnam in 1886–1887 as part of the Cần Vương movement. When Ho Chi Minh died, the graniteHo Chi Minh Mausoleum was built here to display his embalmed body. It remains a major site of tourism and pilgrimage.

4. Temple of Literature, Hanoi

The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu) (known as Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám in Vietnamese) is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the “Imperial Academy” (Quốc Tử Giám, ), Vietnam’s first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The temple is located to the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long

5. Cổ Loa Citadel 

(Vietnamese: Thành Cổ Loa) is a citadel in present-day Hanoi’s Dong Anh district, about 16 kilometers (10 mi) northeast of downtown. It was erected during the end of the Hồng Bàng Dynasty (about 257 bce). The fortress is a spiral-shaped complex of the then new capital. Its name is derived from the Sino-Vietnamese meaning “old spiral.”

6. Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (Vietnamese: Hoàng thành Thăng Long) is the cultural complex comprising the royal enclosure first built during the Lý Dynasty and subsequently expanded by the Trần, Lê and finally the Nguyễn Dynasty. The ruins roughly coincide with the Hanoi Citadel today.

7. Presidential Palace Historical Site

Presidential Palace Historical Site (Vietnamese: Khu di tích Phủ Chủ tịch), which is located in Hanoi, Vietnam, is the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked in most of his revolutionary life (from December 19, 1954 to September 2, 1969). This site was listed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam in 1975.

8. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh) is a large memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

9. Flag Tower of Hanoi

The Flag Tower of Hanoi (Vietnamese: Cột cờ Hà Nội) is a tower in Hanoi, Vietnam, which is one of the symbols of the city and part of the Hanoi Citadel, a World Heritage Site. Its height is 33.4 m (41 m with the flag).

10. Hanoi Opera House

The Hanoi Opera House (Vietnamese: Nhà hát lớn Hà Nội, French: Opéra de Hanoï) is an opera house in central Hanoi, Vietnam. It was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911.

It was modeled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris’s two opera houses, and is considered to be one of the architectural landmarks of Hanoi. After the departure of the French the opera house became the scene for several political events, as well as the scene of street fighting during the fight for Hanoi.

11. Hỏa Lò Prison (Maison Centrale , Hell’s Hole) 

The Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam forprisoners of war during the Vietnam War when it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the “Hanoi Hilton”. The prison was demolished during the 1990s, though the gatehouse remains as a museum.

The name Hoa Lo, commonly translated as “fiery furnace” or even “Hell’s hole”, also means “stove”. The name originated from the street name phố Hỏa Lò, due to the concentration of stores selling wood stoves and coal-fire stoves along the street from pre-colonial times.

12. Perfume Pagoda

The Huong Pagoda[1] (English: Perfume Pagoda, Vietnamese: Chùa Hương, Chinese: 香寺) is a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. It is the site of a religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims from across Vietnam. The centre of the Huong Temple lies in Huong Son Commune, Mỹ Đức District, former Hà Tây Province (now Hanoi). The centre of this complex is the Perfume Temple, also known as Chua Trong (Inner Temple), located in Huong Tich Cave.

13. One Pillar Pagoda

The One Pillar Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Một Cột, formally Diên Hựu tự 延祐寺 or Liên Hoa Đài 蓮花臺) is a historic Buddhist temple inHanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam’s two most iconic temples.

The temple was built by Emperor Lý Thái Tông, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. According to the court records, Lý Thái Tông was childless and dreamt that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. Lý Thái Tông then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son.

The emperor constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049,[1] having been told by a monk named Thiền Tuệ to build the temple, by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream

14. Trấn Quốc Pagoda

Trấn Quốc Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Trấn Quốc, chữ Hán: 鎭國寺), the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of Hanoi’s West Lake, Vietnam.

The Trấn Quốc Pagoda in Hanoi is the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Lý Nam Đế (from 544 until 548), thus giving it an age of more than 1,450 years. When founded the temple was named Khai Quoc (National Founding) and was sited on the shores of the Red River, outside of the Yen Phu Dyke. When confronted with the river’s encroachment, the temple was relocated in 1615 to Kim Ngu (Golden Fish) islet of Ho Tay (West Lake) where it is now situated. A small causeway links it to the mainland

15. Quán Sứ Temple 

(Vietnamese: Chùa Quán Sứ, Chinese: 舘使寺) is a Buddhist temple located at 73 Quan Su Street, Hanoi, Vietnam. The temple is the headquarters of the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam.

Quan Su Temple was built in the 15th century under the Lê Dynasty. At that time there was no Buddhist temple here but some cottages used as a place of worship. According to Hoàng Lê nhất thống chí, during Emperor Le The Tong’s reign, Chiem Thanh (Champa), Ai Lao (Laos) usually sent ambassadors to offer tributes to Đại Việt (official name of Viet Nam under the Lê Dynasty). The Emperor ordered to construct a building called Quan Su (Embassy) to receive foreign ambassadors to Thăng Long. Because those ambassadors were all Buddhist, they decided to build a temple on the premises for worship. Today only the temple remains

16. West Lake (Hanoi)

West Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Tây) is a freshwater lake in the center of Hanoi, Vietnam. With a shore length of 17 km (about 10.6 miles), this is the largest lake of the capital and a popular place for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels and villas. A small part of West Lake is divided by Thanh Nien road to form Trúc Bạch Lake. One district of Hanoi is named after the lake, Tây Hồ District.

West Lake was created from a curved part of Red River and appeared in several Vietnamese legends. One legend suggests that West Lake was shaped after the battle between Lạc Long Quân and a nine-tailed fox spirit, that’s why the lake was once called “Fox Corpse Swamp” (Đầm Xác Cáo). Another folk story claimed that original name of the lake is “Golden Buffalo Lake” (Hồ Trâu Vàng, orHan Viet: Hồ Kim Ngưu) because it was formed from struggle of a buffalo after the disappearance of her calf. In the 11th century, the lake was named “Foggy Lake” (Han Viet: Hồ Dâm Đàm) from its misty condition and ultimately its name was changed to “West Lake” in 1573 to avoid the given name of king Lê Thế Tông which was Duy Đàm.

17. Trúc Bạch Lake

Trúc Bạch Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Trúc Bạch) is one of the many lakes in the city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is known outside Vietnam as the site where future United States politician John McCain landed during the Vietnam War after being shot down.

Trúc Bạch Lake is located northwest of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, immediately adjacent to the eastern shore of the city’s largest lake, theWest Lake (Hồ Tây), a former branch of the Red River whose west bank is nearby. Trúc Bạch Lake was separated from the West Lake by the construction of a narrow dike (Cổ Ngư, “reinforcement”) in the 17th century to allow raising fish. The inhabitants of the Truc Yen Village, located on the south shore of the newly formed lake, were in the business of making bamboo blinds and hence cultivated a small variety of bambo

18. Red River (Asia)

The Red River (Chinese: t 紅河, s 红河, p Hóng Hé; Vietnamese: Sông Hồng), also known as the Hồng Hà and Sông Cái(lit. “Mother River”) in Vietnamese[citation needed] and the Yuan River (元江, Yuán Jiāng) in Chinese, is a river that flows fromYunnan in southwest China through northern Vietnam to the Gulf of Tonkin. According to C. Michael Hogan, the associated Red River Fault was instrumental in forming the entire South China Sea at least as early as 37 million years before present.

19. Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Vietnamese Women’s Museum is located in Hanoi, in Ly Thuong Kiet Street, near the central Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter. This is the most ancient street in the capital city, with many French-style buildings, foreign embassies, hotels and government offices. The museum opened to public in 1995 and had been renovated between 2006 and 2010. This Museum is dedicated to the Vietnamese Women. More than 1000 materials, photos and objects displayed in the permanent exhibition show the role the Vietnamese women played in the History and currently play in Arts and in the Family life. The museum also organizes thematic exhibitions to show changes and development of the contemporary society.

20. Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts

The Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts (Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Việt Nam) is located in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a museum showcasing Vietnam’s fine arts from a range of historical periods.[1] It is the country’s primary art museum, the second being the smaller Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts.

Much of the 20th Century art presented in the museum is concerned with folk narratives of a nation in defence. As a collection it draws on themes of martyrdom, patriotism, military strategy and overcoming enemy incursion.

21. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam) is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located on a 3.27-acre (13,200 m2) property in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 km from the city center.

It is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi.[citation needed]

The proposal for the museum was officially approved on December 14, 1987. Construction lasted from 1987 to 1995, and it was opened to the public on November 12, 1997.

22. Vietnam Museum of Revolution

The Vietnam Museum of Revolution is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Located in the Tong Dan area of the city, it was established in August 1959 in a two-storey building, formerly used by the Trade Department of Vietnam. It was redesigned into 30 galleries and as of 2008 contains in excess of 40,000 historical exhibits.

Topics covered was notably are the National liberation movements of the Vietnamese against French troops before the Vietnamese Communist Party was established in the period 1858–1930, the National independence struggle of the Vietnamese under the leadership of the Communist Party from 1930–1975 and then the social construction of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 1976–1994

23. Ho Chi Minh Museum

Not to be confused with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

The Ho Chi Minh Museum is located in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a museum dedicated to the late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam’s revolutionary struggle against foreign powers. It was constructed in the 1990s.

24. National Museum of Vietnamese History

The National Museum of Vietnamese History (Vietnamese: Viện Bảo tàng Lịch sử Việt Nam) is located in the Hoan Kiem district ofHanoi, Vietnam.

The building used to be the museum of the Far East Research Institute under French colonial rule (École française d’Extrême-OrientEFEO).

Today, it is a museum showcasing Vietnam’s history with very large displays covering every period. It is housed in a colonial French building which was completed in 1932. The building, designed by the architect Ernest Hébrard, is considered a successful blend of French colonial and traditional Vietnamese architecture, called Indochina architecture. Hebrard created double walls and balconies for a natural ventilation system and protection from sunshine

25. Bát Tràng

Bát Tràng (literally: bát is bowl and tràng is workshop) is an old, well established village in the Gia Lâm district of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. It is about 13 km from central Hanoi.

It is famous for producing a unique style of ceramics called Bát Tràng Porcelain. Bát Tràng is well known throughout Vietnam for its beautiful ceramics.

26. Lệ Mật

Lệ Mật is a village 7 km northeast of central Hanoi, Vietnam, in the city’s Long Biên District. It is known the “snake village”, and locals have been employed as snake catchers in Northern Vietnam for generations.

27. Long Biên Bridge

Long Biên Bridge (Vietnamese: Cầu Long Biên) is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was originally called Paul Doumer Bridge.

The bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1903.[1] Before North Vietnam’s independence in 1954, it was called Paul-Doumer Bridge, named after Paul Doumer – The Governor-General of French Indochina and then French president. At 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) in length, it was, at that time, one of the longest bridges in Asia. For the French colonial government, the construction was of strategic importance in securing control of northern Vietnam. From 1899 to 1902, more than 3,000 Vietnamese took part in the construction.

Weekend Getaway

Xin Ciao everyone. This is my first time to write a travel blog. I decided to moved to wordpress because they obviously have better templates for beginners like me.

I just wanna share something about this trip. I am new in Hanoi, Vietnam and I was employed in a Tour Company called Hanoi Redtours. They are one of the biggest Tour Operators in Vietnam. They arranged a variety of itineraries and tour packages. They have personalized tour packages too. So, I was hired as a Marketing Executive/Sales even though I have no experience in Tourism. It;’s almost my first month and they want me to visit different tourist destinations in Hanoi first then all around Vietnam later on. See my clip for this trip.

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Le Mat Street

This is my first trip to a local destination. It is called “Le Mat” or “Snake Village”. Le Mat Snake Village is famous for its tradition of catching snakes. In fact, some say that the only snakes left in the village and its environs are the ones bred in captivity to supply meat to the snake restaurants in the village. Only a half-hour’s drive from central Hanoi, Le Mat Snake Village specializes in serving grass snake and cobra dishes such as soup with snake meat, snake tail with crispy lemongrass, deep-fried snake bones and spring rolls with snake. But I promise you. I didn’t dare to taste one. Lol.

Aside from the many “SNAKE” dishes you can try in Le Mat”, You can also enjoy the Pagoda in Le Mat Street. The temple also has fishponds and Lily pond probably infested with snakes,am not sure though.

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The temple has intricate design in the interior and exterior. Please see my gallery for the rest of my pictures.

Second is “Ba Trang” or Ceramic Village. You can have a pottery class where you can have an experience of molding ceramic wares. If you are into art and culture immersion, this is the right place for you.

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and presenting….. My finish products!. Ahem (^__^)

11855596_815007098614828_1074202970_nI just colored it. I am not an expert with this one. Lol It requires skills and expertise. Salute to the people of “Ba Trang”.

Clarice