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Top 7 Must-Visit Destinations In July Throughout Vietnam

 
In Vietnam, July is the best time for you to enjoy a Vietnam private tour with your family and friends. Although the weather is hot, tourists still have the wonderful experiences when exploring the wonderful beauty of nature without the pressure of work and the bother in life. The followings will introduce to you top 7 should- go destinations that you cannot miss in July throughout Vietnam.



Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Nha Trang is known as one of the best destinations in Vietnam with a number of interesting places including beaches, ancient Cham towers and a typical cuisine of the coastal area.

Traveling to Nha Trang, you can visit Hon Mun Island with the blue water as well as the great coral ecosystem, Hon Tam Island with its marine exploration by glass bottom boat, Dai Lanh Beach with the peaceful beauty, the colorful Aquarium Institute, and a lot of beautiful landscapes. In addition, you can have a chance to stay at Vinpearl Land, the paradise of the country to have the fantastic experiences.

Da Nang
Da Nang city, the most attractive tourist city, is a truly must-go place in Vietnam. Coming to Da Nang, you will be impressed by the beauty of a green city with so many tourist destinations such as the Dragon Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Han River, Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham), Son Tra Peninsula; Linh Ung Pagoda, Ngu Hanh Son, and so on.

Traveling to Da Nang in July, you can join the “Ba Na Flower” festival that is taken place from May to 15th August in the Ba Na Mountain. Visitors will overview the romantic attractiveness of Da Nang, enjoy the most beautiful flowers, as well as breath the fresh air.

Bac Son Valley, Lang Son Province

If you still do not decide where to go Vietnam in July, Bac Son Valley is an ideal choice for you. Located about 160 kilometers to the North, this place attracts tourists at the very first sight. You will be enjoyed the immense paddy fields that are turning color. Bac Son Valley is also considered as a great destination to record the best moments, the most shining photos, as well as the most memorable experiences.

Co To Island, Quang Ninh Province

Many visitors choose Co To for their Vietnam private tours in July. It is famous for the most beautiful beaches such as Hong Van Beach, Van Chai beach, Bac Ho Beach, the small fishing village, the pine trees; the narrow green valleys in the rice season.

You also will be impressed by the amazing beauty of the Love Road, Cau My Reef, Co To Lighthouse. In addition, Co To Island owns many kinds of rare sea animals such as Hai Sam, Bao Ngu.

Da Lat
If you are planning for a wonderful vacation with family and friends in July, you cannot miss Da Lat, the best destination in Vietnam. It becomes an ideal place to avoid the truly hot weather in the cities.

Da Lat is known for a number of great stations, the attractive flower gardens, the large ripe berries, Bao Dai Palace, the Love Valley, the Than Tho Lake, the ancient Da Lat Station, the Rooster Church, and so on. All of them will bring the most entire view of Da Lat, a romantic city.

Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh Province
Recently, Quy Nhon becomes more and more popular with tourists thanks to the direct flights from Hanoi as well as Ho Chi Minh City. Traveling to Quy Nho, visitors will explore many sites including Cham Tower that is nearly 1000 years old, Twin Tower, Thi Nai Lagoon with the bridge crossing the sea between Quy Nhon City and Phuong Mai Peninsula (Nhon Hoi Economic Zone), Tien Sa Rapids, Han Mac Tu’s grave, etc.

Besides, Quy Nhon is famous for a lot of specialties such as king crab, Bau Da Wine. You will have an opportunity to try the freshest seafood in the Southern Central. Xuan Dieu Street is a suggestion for you with many kinds of seafood, noodles and sticky rice that are not only delicious but also at reasonable price.

Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc is a truly wonderful paradise for those who love the sea. This must-go destination in Vietnam attracts travelers with many fine beaches, Duong Dong Town, night market, Ham Ninh Fishing Village, An Thoi Archipelago, and so on. The specialties in Phu Quoc are many types of seafood and especially Phu Quoc Pepper.

The above are top 7 suggestions if you are planning to enjoy a Vietnam private tour in July. Hope that you will have a nice trip with many unforgettable experiences.


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Exploring Heritages 6 days

 
This tour can be named as a heritage tour as it goes through 3 world cultural heritages in central Vietnam including Hue Ancient capital, Hoi An ancient town and My Son Holly land.The trip starts with the flight to Da Nang to visit Cham museum, China beach, etc. Then comes to Hoi An ancient town to discover the uniquely old things such as the ancient narrow lanes of Hoi An, Tan Ky old house, and so on. The tour continues with the discovery of the Cham people’s style of architecture and sculpture in My Son Holy land. The last but not least interesting destination is Hue ancient capital, home to the formerly Royal family the tombs of Kings and other old-age but romantic places of interest.



Highlights
A 6-day trip to visit three world cultural heritages in the centre of Vietnam: Hue, Hoi An, My Son
The visit to Cham Museum, Marble Mountains, stone- carving village of Non Nuoc, Son Tra beach
Three day Hue city trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the tomb of King Minh Mang and King Tu Duc and Imperial Citadel

Itinerary
Arrival at Da Nang airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Check in and relax. Afternoon tour to visit Cham Museum, Marble Mountains, stone- carving village of Non Nuoc, Son Tra beach and free time on the beach. Overnight at hotel in Da Nang.

Transfer to Hoi An (30km), the most attractive ancient town in South East. Arrive in Hoian, explore the ancient narrow lanes of Hoi An. Visit the old house of Tan ky, Japanese Covered Bridge, Thu Bon river and Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and then at leisure for relaxing or swimming on Cua Dai beach. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Travel on rural roads to My Son (55km), where explore the architectural treasure and sculptures of Cham dating from the 7th to the 13th century. My Son still remains 20 of the original 70 structures intact. Then take a boat on the Thu Bon back to Hoi An. On the way back, visit wood carving village of Kim Bong, ceramic Thanh Ha village. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Hue (140km), widely known for its magnificent monuments built under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 -1945). On the way to Hue, stop over at Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach. Arrival in Hue, check in hotel and free time. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

A day tour of Hue, visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, the tomb of King Minh Mang and King Tu Duc and Imperial Citadel. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Spend last day Thanh Toan village by bicycle and Dong Ba Market. After lunch, transfer to airport for departure. End of services.

What’s Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Roundtrip transfer
  • English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Boat trip from My Son to Hoi An
  • Tours and activities as stated above
What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Extra food and beverages
  • Telephone and laundry
  • Tips and personal expenses

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Binh Dinh Hoi cake

 
Bánh hỏi is a Vietnamese dish consisting of rice vermicelli woven into intricate bundles and often topped with chopped scallions or garlic chives sauteed in oil, served with a complementary meat dish. The strings of noodles are usually only as thin as a toothpick; the texture is firm enough so the noodles do not fall apart, but is not at all sticky to keep the dish light and suitable for a breakfast treat.



Origin
Bánh hỏi originated from the Bình Định Province of Vietnam’s South Central Coast region. People in Bình Định eat bánh hỏi for almost any meal during the day, instead of rice or noodle soups.

Production
Making bánh hỏi is a multistep process. First, good rice is soaked in water overnight, then washed with water again three or four times until the water comes out clear. Then the rice is either ground with water into a mixture, or ground without water, but mixed into water three or four times afterward to leaven it without using any additional agent. The flour mixture is then either steamed and kneaded, or cooked in a pan, stirred continuously until it starts to coagulate, but no flour gets stuck on the stirring tool. This step is crucial in making bánh hỏi soft, light, and not sticky, but the strings of noodles will still have a firm texture. When the experienced bánh hỏi maker feels the dough is done, it is ready for pressing.



Special copper or aluminum cylinders, with several small holes (the size of a needle eye), shape the cooked dough into noodle form. Pressing the dough requires great strength, as the dough is hard and the holes are small, so it is usually done with leverage. When one person presses the dough, another “catches” the noodles coming out on the other side, presses them together and cuts them off every 10 cm or so, creating a kind of mesh of noodle, which is then laid onto a flat surface, but not in layers. Finally, the sheets are steamed one last time for about five minutes.

Serving
Like bún (rice vermicelli) dishes, bánh hỏi is served cold. Traditionally bánh hỏi in Bình Định is rolled into bundles and always served with chopped garlic chives. The garlic chives are quickly stir-fried with oil, its aroma and taste goes well with bánh hỏi, which makes the dish enjoyable by itself and without any other kinds of herbs.



In central Vietnam, such as Huế, bánh hỏi is eaten with dried prawns and nước chấm. In southern Vietnam, bánh hỏi is eaten with a variety of meats, especially roast pork or duck. There are also bánh hỏi chả giò, bánh hỏi with shrimp paste on sugar cane stick, and bánh hỏi with grilled pork, chicken, or beef. At the Gò Duối market in Xuân Lộc commune, Sông Cầu district, Phú Yên Province, one also finds bánh hỏi lòng heo Gò Duối, which is bánh hỏi with boiled pig offal.

Since making bánh hỏi is a skillful process, the dish is highly regarded, and is served at ceremonial parties, such as wedding and ancestor memorial days.

Covering bánh hỏi tightly reduces surface drying, which can make it sour, so market sellers put fresh bánh hỏi in bamboo baskets with banana leaves, and usually leave it open to air. For convenience or sanitary reasons, there are dried, packaged bánh hỏi, similar to dried, packaged rice vermicelli, for people who want to cook it themselves instead of buying fresh bánh hỏi from the markets.


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Trung vit lon

 
A balut (spelled standardized as balot) is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck or chicken) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It originates and is commonly sold as street-food in the Philippines. They are common food in countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos (khai look ໄຂ່ລູກ in Lao), Cambodia (pong tia koun ពងទាកូន in Cambodian), Thailand (Khai Khao ไข่ข้าว in Thai) and Vietnam (trứng vịt lộn or hột vịt lộn in Vietnamese). They are often served with beer. The Tagalog and Malay word balut means “wrapped”.



The length of incubation before the egg is cooked is a matter of local preference, but generally ranges between 14 and 21 days.

The eating of balut is controversial due to religious, animal welfare and human health concerns.

Description
Balut is a fertilized bird egg (usually a duck) that is incubated for 14 to 21 days, boiled or steamed, and the contents eaten direct from the shell. In balut that has been incubated for longer periods, the embryo is well developed and the features of a baby duck are recognisable. The partially-developed embryo bones are soft enough to chew and swallow as a whole. The mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchus), also known as the “Pateros duck”, is considered to be the most important breed for egg production to make balut.

In the Philippines and other localities where balut is a traditional food, it is a common street-food and is also sold in stores and malls. It is a substantially higher source of protein and calcium compared to a regular unfertilized egg, and it is relatively cheaper. The Philippines were influenced by the Chinese around 1885, and since then, balut has been included as a traditional part of the culture. Wherever Filipinos migrated around the country for work, a large market of balut would develop. Controversies arose as knowledge of the food spread around the South East Asian countries and then globally. People questioned the ethics of eating the food.

Nutrition
In the Philippines and Southeast Asia, balut is a common food that people eat. Balut is a fertilized chicken or duck egg with an almost developed embryo. The egg will be eaten in the shell once it has been boiled. There are different nutritional facts about balut since it can be either fertilized chicken or duck eggs. However, the nutritional data for chicken egg balut or duck egg balut are almost the same.

In general, balut nutrition specifications between chicken and duck have minor differences. Both eggs have around 14 grams of crude protein, 188 calories each, and around 100 milligrams of calcium. A duck egg might have a higher value of nutrition than a chicken egg but overall, both chicken and duck balut have around the same nutrition value.


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Canh chua ca loc

 
When it comes to soup, we usually think of it as a winter comfort food. But in Southern Vietnam, there are only sunny and rainy seasons. And we actually have tons of varieties of soups! One example is sweet and sour fish soup, or canh chua in Vietnamese, a popular soup that you can order at just about any restaurant or food vendor. It actually tastes heavenly when the weather is hot. It has the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spice, with more than three types of fresh herbs which really enhance the flavor.



Ingredients: (3-4 portions)

3 slices of fresh basa or catfish
1~3 fresh hot chillies, seedless, finely chopped
1 elephant ear stem, peeled, sliced ⅓ inch thick
1 cup okra, sliced ⅓ inch thick
1 cup bean sprouts, washed, drained well
1 tomato, peeled, cut in wedges
1~2 key limes, juiced
2 cloves of garlic, peeled, chopped
¼ pineapple, peeled
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp fish sauce
½ cup rice paddy herb, chopped into 1 inch lengths
¼ cup finely chopped sawtooth coriander
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
½ cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tbsp vegetable oil

It has the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spice, with more than three types of fresh herbs which really enhance the flavor.
Instruction

– Wash the fish, then use a paper towel to pat the fish slices dry. Rub the fish slices with chili. Sprinkle both sides with salt. Then let them marinate for 30 minutes.
– Meanwhile, prepare other ingredients. Mix tamarind paste with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it sit.
– Add oil in a sauce pan. Set over medium heat. When the oil starts to smoke, add garlic. Saute until the garlic smells good and turns light brown, then take the garlic out.
– Add 2 cups of water. Hot oil may splash out of the pan, so be careful. Use a sieve to s
train off the pulp and seeds only pour the juice of the tamarind paste in the pan. Then add sugar and salt. Cover and bring to a boil.
– Place the fish into the boiling pan. Reduce the heat to medium low. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Then take the fish out. Cover to keep warm.
– Add pineapple, tomato. Bring to a boil again.
Add fish sauce, lime juice in bit by bit. Taste the soup for a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty flavor. Adjust to your liking. For more depth of flavor, add a little more fish sauce, or more lime juice if it’s too sweet.
– Let the soup boil again. Then add bean sprouts, okra, and elephant ear stems.
Bring to a boil again. Add the sawtooth coriander, green onion, and cilantro and now you’re done!
Add the fish back into the pan if you don’t eat right away.
Before serving, sprinkle with fried garlic.
I love to eat fish dipped in chili fish sauce. It’s very tasty!


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The Famous Sweet Soup in Hue

 
Che (sweet soup) is a popular dish in Vietnam. It can be either served as dessert or mid-day snack. Che Hue is probably the most famous in the country. Like any dishes from Hue, Che Hue is delicious, sophisticated and subtle.



Hue Sweet Soup – a part of Hue culture
Hue Sweet Soup, It is said that Hue has 36 kinds of Che. However, in reality, there are much more than that. Che Hue comes in many different forms, colors, thickness and tastes, but they are often made from very simple ingredients like: cereals, fruits, cassava flour, sticky rice flour, sugar, etc. There are two main types of Che Hue: Che cung dinh (Royal Sweet Soup) and Che hem (Street Sweet Soup). Each type has specific types of ingredients. Indochina tours Vietnam

The royal type was, of course, served to royalty in the past. They have luxury ingredients and are cooked meticulously. Some notable Che cung dinh are: Che hat sen (lotus seed), Che nhan boc hat sen (lotus seed wrapped in logan), Che bot loc boc thit quay (grilled pork wrapped in cassava flour), Che hoa cau (areca flower), Che com (young green rice), Che mon sap vang (made from a variety of taro), etc. Fortunately, these ingredients are only expensive in the past. They are now affordable so we can enjoy food of the kings in the past.

The common type, Che hem, is sold commonly on the street. The recipes for this type feature more simple ingredients. Some popular Che hem are: Che bap (corn), Che troi nuoc (sticky rice cake and green pea paste), Che khoai mon (taro), Che dau xanh (mung bean), Che dau ngu (white kidney bean), Che dau do (red kidney bean), Che dau den (black turtle bean), Che buoi (grapefruit), etc. Some people like to mix all kinds of Che to create Che thap cam (mix all).

Traditional Hue sweet soup
Hue Sweet Soup, Cooking Che is mostly about boiling water, adding prepared ingredients in and then adding some sugar. However, making it delicious is difficult. It requires you to add the exact amount of ingredients at the precise moment. If not, your Che will taste really bad.

Traditionally, Che Hue is served in small bowls, but some restaurants or food stalls serves them in glasses, or transparent plastic bags for take-away as well. It is enjoyed in any kind of weather, and provides a nutritious energy boost for the day.

Che is also part of Hue’s culture. If you have a chance to visit Hue, have Che on your top list or you will miss a big part of Vietnamese cuisine picture.


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Hon Dam

 
I call this island as Love Island, because here there are the leafy houses, quiet space. It is so quiet that it seems only for some people.

During my long stay in Phu Quoc to relax and write, my friend tells me that several wooden houses is waiting for me to explore. He promised: “This place is great! Make sure you like it! “

About Hon Dam in Phu Quoc
The real name of this island is the Dam islet, located near the An Thoi port. I call it Love Island, or Robinson Island. After a night of eating and drinking in the island, the next morning wake up to the sound of the waves rushing through the windows, running to the beach for swimming, then discover the beautiful coral.



I do not think coral here is so beautiful, more than Cu Lao Cham, Koh Rong, Koh Samui… Dam Islet is located in the south of Phu Quoc. Here you will experience life without the Internet and the electricity running by solar energy.

In addition, there is no fan here because the sea breeze is always cool, space is extremely quiet, very suitable for couples. During the day, my two brothers are around the island and read at the door of the wooden hut. You can lie in the hammock near the sea all day to enjoy the sea flavor.

The sea is just a few steps from the door of my cabin. This is the most inhospitable place I ever slept on an island. The surrounding scenery is really beautiful. Here are some pictures of the bungalows looked from the outside, rustic with leaves outside.

Stop reading, you can also run out to swim, dive into the coral or take a boat ride around the island. This is also a private boat on the island used to shuttle guests from An Thoi port. The Island looking away from afar is also very beautiful. This is the rock I sat watching the evening sunset.

Late afternoon on the rocks is wonderful. Sunset in Phu Quoc is always beautiful. This angle is not noticeable when the sun crosses the horizon, but the color of the sea and the great space, just like the island is reserved for only a few people.

One day on ‘Robinson’ island in Phu Quoc
Hon Dam has no internet and electricity running from solar power, the island has only a few bungalows made of bamboo and wood, the back facing the sea. During the trip to Phu Quoc, Kien Giang, I had the opportunity to be “Robinson” during a two-night period.

The sea is just about 2 meters away from the door, and at night you can hear the sea waves. On the island does not use electric fans because the sea breeze is always cool.

The first evening, I came to the island to sit in a bamboo hut on the beach with a group of friends in Saigon. Shrimp, fish and freshly squid eggs are very fresh and delicious. The first night, I drunk and slept with the brothers in the house as a dormitory.

During daytime, I explore the small island and enjoy peaceful, pristine space for reading. In addition, I also go to the beach, dive into the coral, chat with the rare Western tourists know this place.

Outside the bungalows just look like the simple house on the deserted island, but inside the interior is quite adequate, suitable for travelers wanting to rest in peaceful places, less frequented. In addition to bungalows for couples or families, Hon Dam also has a dormitory room for backpackers.

I sailed around the island with new friends. This is also the private boat of Hon Dat island to pick up guests from An Thoi port. Sleeping here is also memoriable: the sea winds at night are cool so you need a blanket to cover. All night you only hear the murmuring sound at the door. Sometimes the engine sounds of fishing boats explode through. I slept well until morning …

Watching the sunset is an interesting experience on the island. I and my two German friends climb to the rock, jump on the highest cliff to watch the sunset. The sunset in Phu Quoc is always beautiful. Just like the island is only for some people, that brings a sense of excitement.


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