October 2, 2017

Sugar Candy

Sugar candy (chemical name: saccharose or sucrose) is mostly used in Vietnamese food and drink. Either used with tea for soft drink or used with lemon for cough treatment, sugar candy is always the first option to choose because of its taste and smell. It is also especially good for elderly people.

The material for producing sugar candy is white refined sugar. Firstly they cook white refined sugar with water.

Eggs are used to take out all foreign matters.

After being cooked for a while, the mixture between sugar and candy is poured into a jar.

After 7-10 days, the sugar is condensed and broken down into pieces.

Photo taken in Van Tuong Village, Quang Ngai Province.

September 22, 2017

Waste Tires Village

There is no other village in Vietnam but Hoa Binh Village in Nghia Hoa Hamlet, Tu Nghia District – 10km from Quang Ngai City – can earn a living from waste tires. When you reach the village, you will immediately see bunches of waste tires on the ground, in the garden, on the sidewalk, etc. with all types of tires from heavy trucks, cars, motorbikes, bulldozers, or excavators.

Waste tires are bought from every corner of the country and transported to the village. They are then classified. Those not too bad are re-sold for use in work sites. Others are cut and split into pieces in variety of purposes, used to make rubber sandals, to mend a puncture, or to make rubber particles for artificial soccer field, etc. Nothing is unused from a waste tire.

Estimated about 3,000 people in the area are involved in this industry.

August 29, 2017

Sedge harvest in Tam Quan

Vietnam has many villages across the country growing sedge, a kind of grass, in order to weave it into sedge mat. Vietnamese people, especially in the countryside, prefer sedge mat over modern mattress because of the airy feeling it offers.

Tam Quan in Binh Dinh Province is that kind of village. People can see the beauty of green sedge field alongside the National Road, especially in harvest season.

Farmers wake up very early in the morning for their work in the field, and try to finish when sun rises.

Carrying bundles of sedge from the field to the road

June 8, 2017

Tam Coc Rice Valley

Located in Ninh Binh Province, about 100km South of Hanoi, Tam Coc is considered the most appealing tourist attraction with its stunning caves and charming waterways through a beautiful rice valley.

You can hire a boat that will take you along the river, starting at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and through three natural caves. If you want to take panoramic photos of the entire area, you need to climb up to top of some mountains. You just simply ask the boat rider for that and give him/her some tips.

June 1, 2017

Preah Vihear Temple

Sitting majestically atop a perilous cliff among the Dângrêk Mountains, the Preah Vihear Temple is a gem of Cambodian temple architecture, although for a long time, many fought for this jewel to belong in Thailand’s crown. 

A temple has existed on the site since the 9th century, but the elaborately detailed temples that sit on the site today date back to around the 10th century. It was built by the Suryavarman kings who were replicating the glorious intent of the nearby temples at Angkor. While the temple buildings at Preah Vihear are not as glorious as those at Angkor, they were meant to represent the same holy pinnacle. The whole complex is set up in a long horizontal line along the edge of the cliff, comprised of multiple structures, each impressive in their own right. 

As the Dângrêk Mountains have borders belonging to both Cambodia and Thailand, the site’s ownership became an issue between the two countries when the temple was rediscovered in the early 20th century. Both sides wanted to own the ancient site and its rich trove of artifacts, and the dispute even went to The Hague. In 1962, the matter was finally settled when the international court decided that the temple belonged to Cambodia. A ruling that stands today. 

This contentious site might not be as famous as some of Cambodia’s other temples, but its delicate architecture and long, rich history make it just as amazing a place to visit. 


Thai military base next door.

Trench warfare