Calendar Calendar

Blogs Blogs

diving in Vietnam

If you’ve never tried diving – you should. It’s a completely different world down there. It’s hard to describe. Imagine feeling totally weightless, you can do what you want; use your lungs to hover right above the surface or you can be upside down looking at a funny fish. And the life down there, just amazing. On every single dive you see something you’ve never seen before and sometimes “what the fuck is that?” is the only thought in your head.
I’ve always been very curious. I remember myself turning over stones when I was a kid to see what dwelled underneath. I would catch bees, spiders and whatever I could find back home in Vietnam (which isn’t that much mind you and foreign tourists can apply visa to Vietnam online). I once spent a whole weekend digging up what I thought was dinosaur bones but I later learned I had excavated a whole horse. When I was a kid I told my mom that I was going to become a diver when I grew up so I could find her a pearl. I’m still looking mom, don’t worry.
So why do I like diving so much?
To me, it’s just like a treasure hunt. What can I find and see that I have never seen before and most people never see in their lifetime. Also, just defying the laws of physics breathing underwater is awesome.
The diving on the Vietnam trip was amazing! All in all, on the way there and back I did 23 dives bringing my total number of dives close to 50. So, I could do a divemaster course in the not so distant future when I can afford it. Diving in Nha Trang Vietnam can be quite challenging. Strong currents and cold waters can be a bit much for the novice divers so I missed on a couple of dives on the way over. One dive only took 7 minutes as we got caught in a strong current and FLEW several hundred meters in a few minutes. But was AWESOME while it lasted!
The dive sites varied a lot: from bubbling volcanic sands to drift dives, walls and pinnacles. From tiny nudibranchs to turtles, gigantic mantas and dozens of sharks. Often schools of manta rays can be found in cleaning stations in the national park. Although not so lucky to find the schools, I spotted four mantas and one of them came close enough to swallow me whole. Good thing they don’t eat humans. On most dives I saw at least one turtle and a moray eel, and a couple of times we spotted a beautiful blue and black, but extremely venomous sea snake.
Source: Get Vietnam Visa

what to do in Hanoi

If you are wondering what to do in Hanoi at night, here are experience of some foreigners in Long Bien night market. Every week, Henry visits the night market at midnight. There are also some wholesale markets in his countries, but the trading style in Long Bien Market is totally different. At the first time visiting, Henry really feels overwhelmed by various goods, from vegetable, fruit, to fresh food. But what he often buys are herbs and fruits.
Henry said: “I feel really interested. I have visited many countries but Long Bien Night Wholesale Market is completely different. Everybody does business simply by oral trading and a textbook, from night to morning.”
According to him, if you visit and stay at hotels in Hanoi Vietnam without going to Long Bien Night Market, it’s really a pity because you have missed an interesting experience. It should be on your priority of what to do in Hanoi at night. “If you just order goods from the supermarket to the restaurant, you just only can make industrial food. Being actual chief cooks, people are really interested in each kind of vegetable and choose material by themselves.”
Standing near Mr. Henry for a long time, I have seen him taking various kinds of vegetable to his basket. All are made in Vietnam. “Interesting” is his comment about the market before going to find other materials for special dishes of his restaurant.
Wandering in the market at 4AM, I chanced on some French tourists. Not like Henry, they visit the market to see how the local people do business and know more about an “unsleeping Hanoi”. With travelers, traditional markets bring them deep attraction and its own meanings.
Michael – one of French tourists shares: “It’s really interesting when visiting Hanoi center, not far from where we live is a busy night market. I feel quite strange about your crowded market with many trucks and manual transporting.”
His wife supposes that striking colors, noisy and hurried businessmen… in the night market are the reasons why any foreign tourists would like to visit Long Bien Night Market when going to Hanoi. They can easily discover more about local people’s culture and life style there.
When being told that this night market may be abolished in the future, French tourists show their deep nostalgia. “Long Bien District or night markets are interesting places. Traditional markets attract lots of tourists. You can improve this market to be cleaner and safer instead of abolishing it.” – A young girl of them said.
Indeed, many tourists agree that visiting Long Bien Night Market is an essential part in their itinerary. It becomes one of the most attractive and interesting markets in the world because it brings tourists a different insight of Hanoi, with most truthful experiences about normal busy life of hurried but charming Hanoi people.
That’s why Dulichso magazine has ever chosen Long Bien Night Market as one of 5 most interesting markets in Southern East Asia. Recently, Conde Nast Traveler – a famous travel magazine – has also listed it in top 7 most interesting whole sale markets in the world. Conde Nast Traveler notes that tourists should visit this market before the sun rises. The market opens the whole night and becomes busiest from 2 – 4 AM. It provides all goods from fresh food to fruits and becomes the biggest food providing market of Hanoi.