Shan Tuyet tea – a journey from

Shan Tuyet tea – a journey from "cloud paradise" to Hanoi’s streets

NDO – Stepping into an old apartment building near Vu Ngoc Phan street (Hanoi), I immediately savoured the aroma of tea mixed with champak flowers. There were several guests sat at tea tables, chatting softly as if they did not want the sound to melt the fragrance of the tea and flowers. Vu Thien Tan – the owner of the tea house – prepared to marinate tea with champak flowers. In each champak blooming season, extending from early summer until late October, the special tea leaves from the high mountains are associated with the sweetness of the champak flowers’ aroma that could conquer any heart.  (Oct 10, 2018 08:23:23)



  Jun 28, 2018 07:23:49
NDO – Hanoi’s West Lake is now an interesting place to enjoy a cup of lotus tea, although the flower is now less commonly grown on the lake’s waters. 

What if one day Vietnam imports pho?

  Jun 25, 2018 18:14:01
NDO - It would be no surprise if one day Vietnam imports pho, its most well-known food. It is an inevitable result of globalisation and is no different from the way Koreans import kimchi or the omnipresence of pizza restaurants owned not by the Italians but by US and Japanese companies.  

When summer costs a lot: Parents shell out on children’s summer programmes

  Jun 13, 2018 10:05:17
NDO – Many parents in big cities are willing to shell out an astonishing amount of millions or even tens of millions of Vietnamese dongs to keep their kids entertained over the three-month summer break and prevent them from locking themselves away in a closed room with television, smartphones and tablet computers. 

Not just disasters, urban chaos turns into new kind of adventure travel

  Jun 06, 2018 18:04:04
NDO – Locals in the old town of Hoi An (Quang Nam province) had been worried about their empty guest houses during the flood season. But that was the old story, now the situation has completely reversed. Tourists have flocked to the UNESCO-recognised site to experience the flood season, making the Hoi An flood tour the most exhilarating experience! Flood prone Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can learn from Hoi An in turning disadvantages into advantages.  

Fed up with Facebook? For some senior citizens, it is a real lifeline

  May 30, 2018 09:08:06
NDO - The dishes had been already laid on the table and their colours looked appetizing. But no-one seemed interested in holding the chopsticks to pick up the food. They were all too occupied with their smartphones. 

A generation of ‘super parents’

  May 10, 2018 18:23:54
NDO - Parents across the world should admire Vietnamese parents as Vietnamese parents spend an average of 10 hours per week helping their children with homework, according to statistics released by the London-based Varkey Foundation in The Economist magazine. Vietnamese parents should be proud of themselves for ranking second among the 29 surveyed countries, for their care for their children, while Japan and Finland are the worst in the rankings.  

Caged childhood

  May 02, 2018 17:16:00
NDO – Living in the congested city of Hanoi and under huge pressure to perform academically, kids in the capital city almost have no space or time to play. Whatever happened to being young and carefree? 

Flying on air

  Apr 26, 2018 11:25:50
NDO - A sacred ceremony that is organised every five years in Hanoi’s Xuan Dinh village is dedicated to a local woman who brought prosperity to the locality in the 17th century. 

In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?

  Apr 18, 2018 16:51:32
NDO - Millions of dollars are being spent on building so-called “smart cities” throughout Vietnam. But whether or not the initiative can solve increasing congestion or serious air pollution is what city residents are really interested in.  

In rush for mural paintings, modern art clashes with local culture

  Apr 08, 2018 16:17:17
NDO – Starting from the humble Tam Thanh village, mural art has quickly spread to other localities across the country. However, in such a rush for mural paintings, there is a rising problem that modern art may clash with local culture and social backgrounds. 

Check mate!

  Apr 04, 2018 16:28:00
NDO - Upon arriving to Hanoi’s Ho Guom, or Returned Sword Lake, one cannot keep the strange feeling out of an established legendary story about a genie tortoise that helped King Le Thai To drive Chinese Ming invaders away in the 15th century and about the lake’s elegant beauty bestowed by the Creator. 

Memories from the flea market

  Mar 30, 2018 17:29:58
NDO – It seems that the flea market has become an attractive destination for both collectors and antique lovers. 

Unmissable sights and wonders of Sapa

  Mar 30, 2018 11:37:20
NDO – In addition to the brilliant yellow gardens of mustard greens across Fansipan mountain range and its pristine natural beauty, Sapa town in the the northern province of Lao Cai also impresses visitors thanks to many other places. Let’s explore the most checked-in places in the charming town. 

Community project preserves weaving craft in Ha Giang province

  Mar 23, 2018 17:58:52
NDO – Four foreign and seven Vietnamese young volunteers gathered for a community project to support linen weaving in the craft village of Lung Tam, Quan Ba district, in the mountainous northern province of Ha Giang.