5 PLACES YOU HAVE TO SEE IN VIETNAM

HANOI

Temple of Literature Hanoi Vietnam

Temple of Literature in Hanoi

If you are business oriented, this capital is made for you. It has been more than 1 thousand years this city is living from trade, so be prepared to bargain the price on the streets  😉

From there, you can plan your trip to Halong Bay and directly look for the Halong cruise tours that will suit you the best.

Best months to visit: March-May & September-November 

  SAIGON

War Remnants Museum Saigon

War Remnants Museum in Saigon

Its actual name is Ho Chi Minh (officials’ order) but everybody still call it this way. Today, there are more than 9 million citizens, which make it the biggest city of the country.

There is two beautiful museums to visit: the History Museum & the War Remnants Museum

Best months to visit: November-February

 HALONG BAY

Relaxing in Halong bay - Bhaya Cruise

Relaxing in Halong bay

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A trip to Halong Bay is compulsory, designated a world heritage by Unesco in 1994, a conglomerate of 2 thousands islands floating on blue hot water… Needless to say Halong Bay cruises stay forever in your head.

There are many Halong bay junks that offer Halong bay tours of 1 or several days.

Best months to visit: March-May & September-November.

SAPA

Sapa in Vietnam

Sapa

This old French seaside resort is now a famous destination for trekkers. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, landscapes remains breathtaking.

Walk around on your own or book a tour guide to explore further.

Best months to visit: March-May & September-November.

NHA TRANG  

Sunset in Nha Trang Bay

Sunset in Nha Trang Bay

Simply the most amazing beach of the country, no more, no less.

You can relax or try out some scuba diving.

Best months to visit: February-October.

10 EASTER TRADITIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

Easter is a time for celebration in a lot of Christian countries, synonym of colorful eggs and lovely bunnies, as well as festivals of all kinds and fancy costumes, a period of Holidays which dates vary each year, beginning on the first day following the full moon. Traditionally, this feast was meant to recall the powerful Son of God resurrection, Jesus Christ.

Nowadays, many different festivities are taking place (almost) all over the world. Vietnam is not one of them for one simple reason: Christianity isn’t widely mainstreamed in Asia. That makes Vietnam a perfect place to visit during holidays, and experience an unforgettable trip to Halong Bay.

Indeed, unlike the Chinese New Year eve (February 1st), during which the entire country stop working, with unusual desert streets and 80% closed shops, Hanoi is full of life during Easter, and Halong Bay cruises tours deserve surely many beautiful and unexpected surprises…

Here are 10 places that will celebrate Easter on their own, traditional and sometimes very entertaining way!

  1. 1.       Argentina: Tinkunaco Ceremony

Mothers and grandmothers are gathered in two lines: one line with mothers and the other one the grandmothers, around an arch made of willow branches. The arch is decorated with fruits, flowers, cheese, sweets and tiny lanterns. The two groups meet under the arch and exchange a doll, which is touched on each other’s forehead. It is said to unite the women with a bond only death can break.

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  1. 2.       Australia: Royal Easter Show

Easter is celebrated in March or April, which is autumn unlike other countries in the Northern Hemisphere (spring). In Sydney, there is an agricultural show known as “the Royal Easter Show“, which offers the best produce from all over the country: farm animals, parades, rides, fireworks, food and sideshows.

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  1. 3.       Austria: Egg-knocking Game  

Green eggs are used on Holy Thursday while a modern festival is held. Every one pairs up and then chooses an egg. The two competitors defy each other, tapping their partner’s egg with their own. The first egg to crack loses; the winner then challenges other winners, until there is only one egg left.

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  1. 4.       Brazilia: Rio Carnival  

In Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most famous carnivals is held just before Easter. Carnival means “goodbye to meat”. This is due to the fact that people don’t eat meat during Easter. Thousands of artists spend most of the year preparing for the carnival, making costumes, practicing music and dances for the parades while others make giant floats.

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  1. 5.       Britain #1: Morris Dancers

In many parts of England, dancers called “Morris dancers” perform on Easter Sunday. These dances are very old spring dances to frighten away the veil spirits of winter. They wear white shorts, red sashes, black trousers and straw hats with lots of flowers and streamers.

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  1. 6.       Britain #2: Pancake Race

It has been more than 500 years that the town Olney organizes a pancake race. During his game, everyone gathers in downtown, the racers hold frying pans with hot pancakes that are still cooking. When the word “Go!” is said, they dash to the church, flipping their pancakes as they run. They must flip their pancakes at least three times before they reach the church.

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  1. 7.       Czechoslovakia: Food From Old Times

Easter in Czechoslovakia, called Velikonoce, is an important festival with many customs, some of them dating from the pre-Christian times. A special food eaten at Easter is Mazanec, which is a yeast raised cake filled with almonds, raisins and citron.

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  1. 8.       Ethiopia: Fassika

The Ethiopian Easter festival is called Fassika. Palm Sunday or Hosaina happens the Sunday before Easter. This day marks the beginning of the Holy Week and celebrates the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. On this day, Ethiopians wear headbands of palm leaves to remind them of the palm leaves that were laid in Jesus’ path.

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  • 9.       France: Egg Hunt

In France, Easter morning is a happy time for children, who are waking up to search for colorful eggs hidden in the garden by their parents. Moreover, this is the perfect time of the year for French master “chocolatiers” to display their delectable wares, with a great attention to detail, resulting in chocolate eggs that look like true artworks.

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  1. 10.   United States of America: Egg Roll

A group of people roll eggs down a steep incline, racing to see which egg gets to the bottom first. The most famous egg rolling takes place on the White House Lawn: hundreds of children come with baskets filled with brightly decorated eggs and roll them down the famous lawn, hoping the President is watching the fun.

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