Ho Chi Minh city has seen accelerated progression, which has led to a new definition of the term, “local culture”. Many entertainment venues have sprung up like mushrooms all over the city, catering to a new generation of customers looking for new activities. So if you are planning to visit Ho Chi Minh city anytime soon, check out for yourselves this curated list of 10 fun and unusual things to do, to go completely off the tourist grid.
Ho Chi Minh city is fast emerging as one of the most intriguing shopping destinations in Southeast Asia. But shopping here is not represented by gigantic shopping malls, or neon-lighted streets lined with fancy boutiques. Instead, many locals prefer to hunt down trends and bargains in markets which have not succumbed to the temptation of tourists dollars (eliminating Ben Thanh market and Saigon Square from the list).
If you are a visitor coming to Hanoi, it is likely that you will reside in Hoan Kiem District near the Old Quarter. This is where most tourism activities are, and also where most tourists would congregate. It is by far, the most convenient and safest area to stay at. And since many of the top attractions in Hanoi are located in this vicinity, it is inevitable that many of the Halal restaurants in Hanoi would be found here as well.
Due to its small community of Muslims, the Al Noor masjid is the only mosque in Hanoi. It has a capacity of 300, of which less than 20% are made up of local worshippers. The mosque is situated at 12 Hang Luoc, Hang ma, Hoan Kiem, which is just a few minutes walk from the popular Dong Xuan market, in the heart of the Old Quarter. As such, there are also many popular Muslim friendly hotels and Halal restaurants and in the vicinity.
Many hotels in Hanoi have claimed to be Muslim friendly. The fact of the matter is, not all of them actually observe Muslim practices. This may result in very awkward and uncomfortable situations for Muslims traveling to Vietnam. Just as we did with our research on Affordable Muslim Friendly hotel in Ho Chi Minh, Colours of Vietnam reached out directly to these hotels, to determine if they do indeed comply with these observances.
Many hotels in Ho Chi Minh city have claimed to be Muslim friendly. The fact of the matter is, not all of them actually observe Muslim practices. This may result in very awkward and uncomfortable situations for Muslims traveling to Vietnam. Just as we did with our research on Halal certified restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, Colours of Vietnam reached out directly to these hotels, to determine if they do indeed comply with these observances.
Visitors coming to Phu Quoc island do so to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, in exchange for some sun, sand, and sea. Needless to say, every article on Phu Quoc will point you to some of the world’s best beaches, right here in Vietnam. Imagine soft, warm sand right under your feet, and crystal clear, calm waters in the horizons. With over 20 unspoilt beaches, there’s certainly no better place to be on earth.
Ben Thanh market is a market that serves mostly, and most tourists. It is situated about 30min away from Tan Son Nhat international airport. Anyone coming to Ho Chi Minh city would visit this place at least once during their stay. The market is located in the heart of District 1, where most tourists would congregate. Surrounding it are hundreds of hotels and restaurants, together with other amenities such as massage parlours, tailors, and beauty salons.
Vietnam, as a travel destination, is known to its millions of visitors for many things - its rich culinary offerings, colourful cultural and historical past, and cheap buys. But not many people outside of Vietnam actually know about its beautiful natural backdrops and magnificent ecological surroundings. It is our hope that through these day trips, more people will come to know of these destinations, and be able to appreciate Vietnam for what it truly is.
Muslim travelers always seem to have the shorter end of the stick when it comes to enjoying food abroad. In the case of Vietnam though, we would like to call the bluff on that. In fact, we would go as far as saying that besides the pork (and some other strange meat) dishes, there will be halal equivalents of almost every popular Vietnamese dish. In this article, we list down 10 of the most popular halal Vietnamese food.