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. (Jun 28, 2018 07:23:49)


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. 

Yen Tu yellow ochna flower - precious tree of a sacred land

  Mar 15, 2018 18:29:32
NDO - Whenever spring comes around, flower lovers wish to buy a yellow ochna flower tree to pray for a new year full of peace and luckiness and it is better if the yellow ochna flower tree stands on the holy Yen Tu Mountain. 

Vietnamese custom of burning ritual papers

  Feb 27, 2018 16:51:26
NDO - Most Vietnamese people are familiar with the custom of burning ritual papers for their ancestors and gods on their death anniversary and festivals from a young age. 

Southern locals welcome a peaceful and traditional Tet

  Feb 17, 2018 14:48:38
NDO – The southern region, at over 300 years of age, is still a relatively young land, but is home to an imposing cultural treasure with precious indigenous values, including its celebrations for the Lunar New Year (Tet). 

The serenity of renewal: Midnight on New Year's Eve at Temple of Literature

  Feb 15, 2018 14:14:45
NDO – For those lucky enough to see in the lunar New Year at Hanoi’s ancient Temple of Literature, at midnight on New Year’s Eve there is an unforgettable experience as it is a unique time when the past and the future exist at once in the present for a fleeting moment.  

Green trees - the city’s soul

  Feb 07, 2018 16:52:06
NDO – Whenever a type of tree is planted or felled in the streets, scientists usually consider scientific arguments to analyse suitable varieties; meanwhile the majority of people feel nostalgic and dispirited. 

Can’t stand the scent of milkwood pine flowers? It is still better than air pollution

  Dec 05, 2017 09:18:35
NDO - Since late autumn, many living in Hanoi have taken to social media to express their annoyance at the overwhelming scent of milkwood pine flowers, complaining that they are being suffocated by the so-called “scent pollution”.