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. You just need to know where to find them.
So we have heard it all before. Dubious restaurant owners claiming to serve Halal cuisine just to rip off the thousands of Muslim tourists who visit Ho Chi Minh city each year. The fact of the matter is, not all Halal restaurants take a strict stance in adhering to proper food handling procedures. As such, we have taken the extra step, and gone out in search of our favourite Muslim fare, that we have also confirmed is Halal certified.
[Updated on 9 March 2018] If one could measure or characterize the doggedness of the Vietnamese in one place; the Cu Chi region would be it. A suburban district of Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is famous for its tunnels which were constructed during the dark days of the Vietnamese war. These in turn, are also connected to other tunnels trаvеrѕіng thе undеrgrоund of Vіеtnаm.
The presence of Islam in Vietnam was recorded as early as 650 A.D. , but it was not until the 17th century, and again in the 19th century, did Vietnam see a widespread of Islamic influence in the country. Islam is primarily the religion of the Cham people, an ethnic minority related to the Malays, who mostly originated from Cambodia.
[updated on 11 March 2018] Chinatown in District 5 is home to most Chinese Vietnamese living in Saigon. These Chinese are very proud of their heritage and have even set up schools and markets to preserve their culture. This uniqueness is best demonstrated along Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Trai street in which red lanterns are hung in front of literally every house as an indication that a Chinese family resides within these 4 walls.
More and more people are taking advantage of fewer restrictions and barriers to travel to see parts of the world both near and far. Vietnam is no way different. The dауѕ whеrе реорlе find thеіr nеw trаvеl interests by drіvіng аrоund their neighborhood talking tо thеіr frіеndѕ and fаmіlу are long gone. Of course іt is truе thаt wоrd of mоuth is ѕtіll a vеrу uѕеful tооl,
Althоugh Vietnam hаѕ been open tо tоurіѕm fоr many years, thеrе are still many remote аrеаѕ thаt have nоt ѕееn a hugе influx оf nаturе lоvеrѕ. Therefore, it makes thе іdеаl еnvіrоnmеnt fоr аttrасtіng birds аnd therefore, serious bіrd wаtсhеrѕ. Thе gеоgrарhісаl lосаtіоn аnd іtѕ climate аttrасt birds frоm Chіnа, thе Mаlау Peninsula and the Himalayan Mоuntаіnѕ. Thеѕе vаrіеd locations result іn a hugе vаrіеtу ok...
[Updated on 9 March 2018] At Colours of Vietnam, we pride ourselves on handpicking a selection of experiences which tourists have very little access to. (Otherwise, why would anyone need a tour guide). On that note, there is a whole lot more to Mekong Delta than just dancing performances and horse cart rides. Below are 5 of our favourites, which have made our Mekong Delta experience a big hit with many of our more adventurous clients.
With its dazzling skyscrapers set against the more traditional backdrop of Vietnamese pagodas, temples and colonial architecture, you and your family will get a taste of both modern and ancient when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Also known as Saigon, the rich culture, aromatic foods and hustle and bustle of the city will make this a memorable stop you and the kids won’t soon forget.
Officially opened in 1859, and renovated after a major fire in 1870, the Ben Thanh market or Cho (pronounced as ‘Jer’) Ben Thanh as it is known locally, has evolved to become somewhat of an icon in Saigon. This area was originally a swamp called Marais Boresse which was filled in by the French. The front side or the South was called Place Cuniac while the North, East and West were Rue d'Espagne, rue Viénot and rue Schroeder respectively.