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25 fun and interesting facts about Myanmar that will make you want to go

25 fun and interesting facts about Myanmar that will make you want to go

Myanmar is quite the land of mystery. Closed to tourism for many years, this beguiling country has only recently welcomed travelers, and still retains a high level of exotic allure.

A particularly enigmatic destination for Western visitors, Myanmar continues to inspire and surprise even the most worldly travelers. To give you an idea of what makes the country so special, we’ve compiled a list of some fun and interesting Myanmar facts.

Find out why Myanmar women wear bark on their faces, why the traffic is kind of chaotic and if you’d be up for a game of chinlone, and start dreaming about your upcoming Myanmar trip…

Fact 1 – In Myanmar, you can eat tea

Why limit this lovely leaf to beverages? In Myanmar, tea leaves, lahpet, are fermented and eaten in the nation’s most beloved dish, lahpet thohk – tea leaf salad.

There’s even a local expression about tea leaves: “Of all the fruit, the mango’s the best; of all the meat, the pork’s the best; and of all the leaves, lahpet‘s the best.”

Fact 2 – Shwedagon Pagoda holds a bit of the Buddha

This most sacred of sites is believed to hold, among other relics, eight strands of Gautama Buddha’s hair.

According to legend, two merchants met the Buddha (who lived around 2,500 years ago) on their travels and returned to Burma with the strands of hair, which were placed in the temple with the other relics.

Fact 3 – Bark paste protects the face

Those chalky swirls you see on the cheeks of women and children is thanaka – a cosmetic paste made from the bark of selected trees.

The wearing of thanaka has been happening for at least 2,000 years; it is said to keep skin smooth and protect against sun damage.

Fact 4 – At one point, Myanmar ran out of Burmese cats

Purebred Burmese cats were once kept as royal pets; King Thibaw had 40 of them in the palace when the British took control of the country.

With no one protecting their bloodline, purebred Burmese had disappeared by the 1930s.

They were only recently reintroduced from the US, and now their numbers are slowly increasing, thanks to a breeding program by Inthar Heritage House on Inle Lake.

Fact 5 – Sea gypsies inhabit the islands

The Moken ‘sea gypsies’ are one of Myanmar’s diverse array of ethnic groups, inhabiting the spectacular Mergui Archipelago off the Andaman Coastline.

They traditionally live a nomadic lifestyle, spending most of their time at sea and setting up on land only during monsoon.

Their knowledge of the ocean is said to have alerted them to the 2004 tsunami, enabling them to move out of harm’s way.

Fact 6 -Fortunes are serious business

Astrology is taken very seriously in Myanmar. The Burmese zodiac comprises the 12 signs of the Western zodiac, plus 27 lunar mansions and 8 weekday signs.

E Thi, a blind, deaf-mute Myanmar soothsayer is one of the country’s most famous astrologers.

Her high-profile clients include exiled Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra and ex-junta leader General Than Shwe.

Fact 7 – Driving is chaotic (for good reason)

While the rule of the road in Myanmar was originally to keep to the left, the country switched sides overnight in 1970. Unfortunately, trade sanctions banned the import of cars from countries who make left-hand-drive vehicles.

Thus, the mix of cars currently on the roads includes extremely vintage left-hand-drive vehicles and newer right-hand-drive cars imported from Japan.

This is why we recommend a driver!

Fact 8 – Shwedagon Pagoda is encrusted with diamonds

This shimmering gold temple is not only entirely covered in gold leaf, its very top is covered in more than 4,500 diamonds. The largest, right at the top, is 72 carats.

Fact 9 – Birds like Myanmar

The country is home to more than 1,000 species of birds, of which six are endemic and 51 are endangered.

If you fancy a spot of bird-watching, Bagan and Mt Victoria are two places where you’ll see lots of feathered friends, as well as the wetlands of the Ayeyarwady delta region.

Fact 10 – New Year starts with a splash

Myanmar begins the Buddhist New Year (around April 14-16) with Thingyan, a multi-day celebration of prayers, offerings, traditional dance, parties and water fights.

The sprinkling of water over one’s head is a metaphoric washing away of past evils – a custom that has evolved into full-fledged water fights with cannons, pistols and buckets.

Fact 11 – You can visit the Himalayas

Up in the far north of Myanmar you’ll find the township of Putao, Kachin State, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

From Putao, it’s possible to trek up Mount Phongun Razi, with an elevation of nearly 3,635 meters (12,000 feet).

Thanks to its relative inaccessibility, this region is remarkably pristine, and you’re likely to spot endemic wildlife and rare orchid species.

Fact 12 – Myanmar is more diverse than the USA

Roughly 135 ethnic groups make up the people of Myanmar and it’s ranked 75 most culturally and ethnically diverse country in the world.

The government groups these into eight main ‘races’: Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan and Bamar (the dominant group, who make up nearly 70% of the population).

The collective number of languages spoken by these diverse peoples is upwards of 60.

Fact 13 – Myanmar has its own measurements

Myanmar is one of only three countries in the world not to use the metric system.

The country still uses its own units of measurement, though you’ll find gas measured in gallons and distances in miles.

Weight is a big trickier, with 1 viss (peittha) equal to 1.68 kilograms (3.5 pounds). Confused?

Fact 14 – You can use two different currencies in Myanmar

The local currency is called kyat (MMK), but you can also use US dollars when you’re traveling through Myanmar.

One USD is roughly 1,360 MMK – if you want to easily pay for things in local shops you should break larger notes and keep 1,000 and 500 kyat notes handy (a bowl of noodles is around 500 kyat).

Many places will only accept US currency that is nigh-perfect (uncrumpled, unfolded), so keep your bills pristine!

Fact 15 – It’s not a sarong, it’s a longyi

In Myanmar, you’ll see men and women wearing a longyi – a cylindrical piece of cloth worn around the waist, down to the feet.

Coming in all colors, patterns and fabrics (in particula silk), they keep the wearer cool in the summer, allowing air to circulate and protecting from sun.

Men’s (called paso) are usually plaid, striped or plain, while the women’s (a htamein) are more brightly hued.

Fact 16 – Magic can prevent misfortune

Yadaya is a form of ‘magic’ that enables a person to avoid misfortune if they fulfill a prescribed ritual.

Noteworthy instances of yadaya include, Myanmar’s first prime minister, U Nu, ordering the construction of 60,000 pagodas across the country to ward off evil and protect the state.

Also the aforementioned switch from left-hand driving to right-hand driving as ordered by General Ne Win, was on advice from the general’s wife’s fortune teller.

Fact 17 – There is a pagoda on top of a golden rock

If you are in Mon state, you’ll likely get to see Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, the well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site. It’s only small (around 7 meters), but it’s perched on top of a huge boulder that’s been covered in gold leaf.

The rock itself looks precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff. During peak pilgrimage season, chants float through the air day and night.

Fact 18 – Yangon is not the capital

Around 320 kilometers from Yangon lies Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s shiny new capital.

Construction of this planned city began in 2002 in the middle of empty countryside, and it was announced the new capital, taking the title from Yangon, in 2006.

The name literally translates to ‘abode of the king’, and is used as a suffix for royal capitals.

Fact 19 – Myanmar and Thailand have history

And like most neighbouring countries, that history was not always pleasant. During the Burmese-Siamese wars, the great armies of both kingdoms clashed multiple times, with Burma defeating Siam on most occasions.

In the sixth attack on Ayutthaya, the city finally fell to the Burmese army, moving the Thai capital downriver to Bangkok.

A couple hundred years later Siam then kicked Burma out of the Lanna Kingdom, to claim Chiang Mai as its own.

Fact 20 – Chinlone – part-sport, part-dance, part-martial art

The national sport of Myanmar is chinlone, a non-competitive game where a cane ball is kept aloft by a team of 6 players through a series of creative foot juggling.

The ball is passed back and forth between players who exhibit an acrobatic level of ball juggling.

The sport started as a form of entertainment in the royal courts 1,500 years ago.

Fact 21 – The thing everyone is chewing is betel leaf

Specifically, kwunya: betel leaves wrapped around areca nut with tobacco and cloves.

Chewed for its stimulant properties it stains the mouth red and can lead to tooth decay and oral cancer.

The practice of betel-chewing in Myanmar predates recorded history

Fact 22 – Myanmar has the world’s finest rubies

Untreated rubies from Mogok in the Mandalay Region and Mong Hsu in Shan State are high in chromium and low in iron, giving them high fluorescence and that coveted ‘pigeon’s blood’ hue.

The most famous of them all, the ‘Graff Ruby’ ring, fetched USD 8.6M at a Sotheby’s auction in 2015, setting a new world record.

Lifted sanctions make them available again in the US for the first time in years.

Fact 23 – It also has wine

The mountains of Myanmar offer a favourable climate for grape growing, and a couple of vineyards have opened up, producing their own wines.

Both Aythaya Red Wine and Red Mountain offer wine tasting, so you can sample a local drop after taking a tour of the winery.

Fact 24 – And lots of wildlife

The thick, unspoiled jungles of Myanmar are home to lots of cool animals: elephants, tigers, leopards and rhinoceros to name a few, as well as 28 species of turtles and tortoises.

Seven of these species are endemic, including the Burmese roofed turtle, which was thought to be extinct until 2002.

Happily, a conservation project has brought numbers up into the hundreds.

Fact 25 – There might even be unicorns

Marco Polo was so rapt by the jungles and plains of Burma that he wrote of them in his own 13th-century travel diary.

He spoke of hills full of gold and incredible animals – even unicorns (he was likely talking about rhinoceros). About Bagan he wrote: “The towers are built of fine stone, and one has been covered with gold a finger thick, so that the tower appears to be of solid gold. Another is covered with silver in a similar manner and appears to be made of solid silver….They make one of the finest sights in the world, being exquisitely finished, splendid and costly. When illuminated by the sun they are especially brilliant and can be seen from the great distance.” Sounds pretty magical, huh?


9 Japanese Customs You Need to Know Before Traveling to Japan

9 Japanese Customs You Need to Know Before Traveling to Japan

Chances are that Japanese Customs and Manners are very different from those in your native country. When you travel to Japan — no one expects you to be perfectly polite. However, it’s important to know the basics before your trip.
These 9 Japanese customs are the most common sources of embarrassment for travelers.

1. Take Your Shoes Off

Shoes are never worn in someone’s home or on Japanese traditional flooring (tatami mats). You may be expected to take your shoes off in a restaurant, hotel, hot spring resort etc.

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You’ll always be given a place to put your shoes. You’ll also be given slippers to wear.
There are often different slippers for the bathroom. Never wear the normal slippers into the washroom (if washroom slippers are provided). Never wear the washroom slippers outside the washroom.


2. Be Quiet With Your Phone

Japanese people don’t have loud public conversations on their mobile phones. People never speak on the phone in the train or in a shop. Most people keep their phone on manner mode (vibrate only).

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3. Kampai

When you go out for drinks it’s rude to drink before cheers (Kampai!).

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4. Chopstick Manners

There are 10 basic rules of chopstick manners in Japan. The main points to remember are:
Don’t use your chopsticks as a toy.
Never eat directly from common dishes — put it on your plate first.
Never stab something with chopsticks or stick your chopsticks in your rice.
Two people should never pick up the same food with chopsticks (i.e. if someone is struggling to pick something up you can’t help them). This reminds people of a funeral ritual in Japan. It’s downright morbid.
Avoid putting your chopsticks on the table. Use the chopstick holder.

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5. Language

Japan isn’t an English speaking country. When you speak English — speak slowly and be patient. Learning a few basic words of Japanese is recommended. It puts you on the same level (as you struggle with Japanese the person helping you is struggling with English).

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6. Escalator

Tokyo escalators are strictly stand left pass right. As part of the Japanese tradition of having two opposite standards for everything — Osaka is stand right pass left.

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7. Onsen

Japanese onsen (hotspring) bath have fairly simple etiquette:
At most of the baths nudity is required. You can’t wear a bathing suit.
Use the lockers. You can’t bring anything but a small towel with you into the onsen area. Sometimes you need your own soap and shampoo (other times it is provided). Usually, hotels and ryokan provide soaps.
Use the provided showers to completely clean yourself before entering the bath. No soap can enter the onsen water.
If you have a tattoo you may not be allowed to enter an onsen. Don’t get angry that’s just the way it is (nothing personal). Everyone may feel uncomfortable if you have a tattoo. Generally, its not recommended to go to onsen if you have large tattoos.
Don’t splash or play around in the water (it’s not a swimming pool).
Be careful to enter the correct side of the onsen. Red is female, blue is male.
Keep your little towel out of the onsen water. Onsen pros put the towel on their head.

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Onsen is a great cultural experience. Many foreigners go to onsen. You’ll be accepted with open arms if you follow the rules.

8. Don’t Tip

Never tip anyone in Japan. It’s rude.

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Japan waitress


9. Blowing your nose in public

It’s rude to blow your nose in public. Go to the washroom.
Acceptable loud noises are really different from country to country. There are many interesting noises you’re permitted to make in Japan.

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9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors

9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors

Danang has been the most attractive destination in the world recently. More and more tourists make their trip to Danang city to experience the beauty of friendly people, unique culture and impressive landscapes. Once you go there, you should not miss these 9 must visit places.

1. Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain or Non Nuoc is a well-known attraction among local and foreign tourists. It is considered as a “spiritual” land of Quang Nam – Da Nang. The Marble Mountain includes 5 spectacular mountains which are named after 5 elements of the universe: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. They look like bonsais emerging between a vast hillock. Every mountain has its particular beauty in shape, position, material with many caves and temples inside. Water Mountain is the largest and also the most beautiful one. The fanciful and dreamlike space, sacred temples, monumental caves, green trees, white sea wavesand the temple bell all contribute to the fairy picture of wonderful land. Marble Mountain – Da Nang is truly a heaven of all tourists.

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Marble Mountain is home to many caves and temples in Danang. Visiting this place, visitors can not miss these sarced pagodas: Tam Thai, Tam Ton, Linh Ung and beautiful caves: Huyen Khong, Linh Nham, Van Thong, Lang Hu, Van Nguyet or other places of “afterlife” such as Anh Linh, Phan Quy palace, Ming Wang palace, A Ty Hell, Giai Oan stream. In addition, Village Non Nuoc at the foot of Marble Mountain is famous for stone carving.

The unique thing here that nowhere can offer is that after hours climbing up and down hundreds of steps to visit caves and temples inside the mountain, visitors just need to head a few hundred meters to Non Nuoc Beach for an easy walk to enjoy white sand, blue water and soft waves in Non Nước.

Important information:

  • Location: Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son district, Danang city
  • Open hour: 07:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • Admission free: 1.5 USD
  • Best visit time: 8:00am – 11:00am

2. Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula is allso known as Tien Sa Mountain. Its name is from a legend that Son Tra was called as a stop for farries in the past. Known as the only jungle in Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula is considered as a hidden jewel of this coastal city.

9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors
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The journey to discover Son Tra can be started with monumental view from Vong Canh Hill. Then, you can be immersed in white sand and blue sea at Ngoc Mountain and admire Hai Van Pass from distance. Symphony of the sun and wind will carry you to the Chessboard peak. Go along the paths of Vong Canh Hill , you will have a chance to relax at the giant banyan tree while hearing the birds singing, and if you’re lucky enough, you can see many endangered animals. At the end of the journey, you can admire the highest Buddha statue where the majority of spiritual locals and tourists often go to.

In addition, Son Tra Peninsula offers a fresh cool climate, with beautiful natural landscapes with rich flora and fauna, it converges all the elements for visitors to have fun activities, camping, picnic and fascinating adventure of pristine jungle.

Important information:

  • Location: Son Tra Peninsula, Danang
  • Open hour: No opening time
  • Admission free: free
  • Best visit time: 2pm-5.30 pm

3. Ba Na Hill

Ba Na Hill is an eco resort combining relaxing and entertaining area with modern equipment. It luckily has an ideal climate all year round and is a perfect tourist destination with four separate seasons in a day. Particularly, morning – spring, noon – summer, afternoon – autumn and evening – winter.

9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors
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Go there, you not only discover amazing scene of mountains but also experience the longest and highest cable car in the world. From above, visitors can cover a vast space of superb beaches, the whole Danang city, green rice fields to the endless horizon

The entertaining area is designed for all ages, combined with lots of gardens such as love gardens, a vineyard, a fairy garden, an indoor amusement park named Fantasy Park. Especially, there is a village of villas which was buit in French architecture. This village is always a not-to-be missed stop for photo lovers.

Important information:

  • Location:HoaVang District, 40 km to the southwest of Danang
  • Open hour: 07:30 AM – 09:30 PM
  • Admission free: 15.5 USD – 24.0 USD
  • Best visit time: 10am – 5pm

4. Museum of Cham Sculpture

Museum of Cham Sculpture is the largest exhibition museum in Viet nam. This museum was built by the French in Gothic style with total area of 6,700 sqm and 2,000 sqm of display area. The museum specializes in collection, storage and presents of sculptural relics of Cham Kingdom with a total of 500 samples.

9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors
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The ancient specimens are exhibited in this tourist destination include decorative plaques, shrine, statue in sandstone and terracotta materials which are collected from the Cham towers in the Central of Viet Nam. Guests who visit Museum of Cham Sculpture get an opportunity for viewing many valuable antiques as Ganesa and Apsara goddess statues.

Important information:

  • Location: 2 Tháng 9 BìnhHiên, HảiChâuĐàNẵng, Vietnam
  • Open hour: 07:00 AM – 05:30 PM
  • Admission free:1.8 USD – 2.0 USD
  • Best visit time: 8:30am – 10:00am

5. Da Nang Beaches

Visiting Danang city, swimming is an indispensable activitiy. Danang East Coast beaches are great tourist destinations where you can swim into blue waters and experience extremely interesting water sports and games.

My Khe Beach – the most beautiful beach in Da Nang

My Khe Beach is voted by Forbes magazine as one of the most attractive beaches on the planet. With a coastline stretching to 90 meters, blue waters, fine white sandy beaches, and high-end hotels. My Khe is an ideal destination for those who are in love with beaches. Also, there is a great selection of water activitiws in Da Nang, which can help you to spend a day long in Da Nang beaches.

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Location:Trường Sa, Đà Nẵng, Thành Phố Đà Nẵng, Việt Nam

Pham Van Dong Beach

Pham Van Dong beach is where both locals and foreigners take delight in swimming, picnic and snorkling. For its quiet waves and cool vibe, Pham Van Dong is a great place to get an escape from the busy lives.

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Location: Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra district, Danang

Bac My An Beach

With nearly 4km of coastline, white sand, blue sea and the luxury resort, Bac My An Beach is considered as a resort of international class.

9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors
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Bac My An includes 5 beautiful beaches, including beach T18, My Da Dong 2, My Da Dong 3, Bac My An and the Furama Resort area, you can choose an appropriate stop which suits your interests and financial situation.

Location: Bac My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang City.

Non Nuoc Beach

Non Nuoc beach is a must-visit place for those who are in love with pink sand beaches and shadow bush to take rest after swimming.

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Visiting Non Nuoc beach, apart from taking a rest, swiming and enjoying fresh seafood, guests can visit the auspicious Marble Mountain, stone carving village or make a cruise on the Cổ Cò river.

Location:Hoa Hai, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City


Important information (all beaches)

  • Open hour: no opening time
  • Admission free: free
  • Best visit time: 4pm-6m

6. Impressive architectural bridges

Da Nang has been known as the city of bridges. Each bridge has its own beauty and architecture. The impressive bridges scoring records are pride of Danang people.

Han River Bridge: the only colorful rotated bridge in Viet Nam, a symbol of Da Nang city. Every day, the bridge will rotate 90 degrees around the axis at 0: 30, opening the way for large ships to pass, and close at 3:30 a.m.

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9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors


Tran Thi Ly Bridge: Tran Thi Ly Bridge is a romantic and poetic bridge which is lightened up by thousands lightings. From distance, Tran Thi Ly Bridge looks like a wing sail reaching the ocean.

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Thuan Phuoc Bridge: Thuan Phuoc Bridge is considered as the country’s most beautiful bridge. The bridge becomes at it best at late nights.

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Important information (all brigdes)

  • Open hour: no opening hour
  • Admission free: free
  • Best visit time: 8pm-9pm

7. Danang Cathedral or Chicken Church

Danang Cathedral or Chicken Church is one of the most well-known churches in the city. This 70m high building is the only church built in Da Nang during French colonial times.

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The church has Gothique architectural style with soaring lines and the diamond shaped dome. Inside the church, there are statues and paintings of Christ and biblical illustrations decorated in the form of Christian Western art.

Important information:

  • Location: 156 Tran Phu, Da Nang
  • Open hour: 7am-7pm
  • Admission free: free
  • Best visit time: 9am- 10am

8. Asia Park – Sun Wheel

The amusement area is designed with different types of active vibrant recreational activities, including adventure games. Some widely liked games are readily available in Asia Park like rollercoaster, elevated trains, freefall tower, high-speed slides.

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Currently, a new game has been completed and officially operated is Sun Wheel. This huge roundabout is 115 meters high (equivalent to a 25- floor building) and is among the top 10 highest turnover in the world, become the new icon of Da Nang with the name “Danang Vision “.
In addition, from top of Sun wheel cabin, visitors can have an overall view of brilliant panorama Danang at night as well as admire a great Buddha statue.

Sun Group has proposed putting the multifunctional performance area in Asia Parkto organize several events such as theater performances, opera, musical events, sports, movies, animal circus and dolphin performance. Additionally, a variety of water performance will also be held in Asia Park.

Important information:

  • Location: Asia Park, Hoa Cuong Nam ward, Da Nang city, Viet Nam.
  • Open hour: 07:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Admission free: free
  • Best visit time: 7 p.m-9p.m.

9. Con Market – Han Market

Situated right in the center, Con Market and Han Market have attracted more and more tourists. The markets are very diverse with various kinds of goods such as shoes, clothing, fabrics, handbags, souvenirs and gifts. The prices are relatively cheap because they are all wholesale markets.

9 Must Visit Places In Da Nang For First Time Visitors

Especially, Con Market is considered as a culinary paradise of Da nang with a long food court. Many specialties are served at the food court such as Quang Noodle, Gumbo, Grilled beef noodle,Vietnamese pancakes and sweet soup. Han Market is famous for its fresh seafood, fruits and specialties of Da nang like dried fish and other dried foods that visitors often buy as gift.

Important information:

  • Con market: 270 Ong Ich Khiem street, Hai Chau, Da Nang, Viet Nam
  • Han Market:TranPhu, Hai chau, Da nang
  • Open hour: 06:00 AM – 05:30 PM
  • Admission free: free
  • Best visit time: 8am-9:30am


Top 10 famous street foods you should try while traveling Penang

Top 10 famous street foods you should try while traveling Penang

People often refer to Penang as the kitchen of the world because Penang’s cuisine is a harmonious combination of various cuisines from India, China, Malay to Thailand. Therefore, Penang people are very proud of their rich and diverse cuisine. If you love walk in the old town, chat with locals, enjoy street food and admire the unique street artworks, Penang is the destination you cannot ignore. Kimberley Street Hawker Stalls, Gurney Drive Hawker and Persiaran Gurney are the most popular place that visitors often choose to enjoy delicious food in Penang. Here are top 10 famous street foods you can try while traveling to this state.

Hokkien mee

Hokkien Mee (via Cooking Pleasure – blogger)

It can be said that Hokkien mee is one of the most exotic dish in all Penang’s specialties. In local, Hokkien mee means noodle – noodles served with broth. A full bowl of Hokkien mee includes egg noodles, rice vermicelli, sliced pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and boiled eggs. Spicy broth, soft pork, greasy boiled egg, this is a must-try dish in Penang. You can easily find many eateries serving Hokkien mee on the food streets or at the night markets in Penang.

Char Kway Teow

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Char Kway Teow is also the famous street food in Penang. The ingredients of this dish are noodles fried with shrimp, oysters, bean sprouts and chives. In Penang, there are some versions of this dish to give a richer taste such as noodles fried with duck eggs or crab.

Fried Oyster Omelette

Fried Oyster Omelette (via Story Tourder’s)

Fried Oyster Omelette actually originated from Fujian province of China. It is simply fresh oyster fried with flour, eggs, pepper and other spices. This is also one of the well-known street foods in Penang. Its taste is very attractive with soft oyster meat, fatty fried egg eaten with sweet and sour chili sauce. You can savor this dish at most of restaurants in Penang.

Dumplings and Dim Sum

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There are many places for dumplings and dim sum in town area but the greatest restaurant we want to introduce is Aik Hoe Restaurant. With more than a hundred years, the restaurant serves both traditional dim sum and interesting creations like marinated eggplant “yong tau foo” and “nam Yue bao”. The dim sum at Aik Hoe will be great experience a lazy weekend morning with the rest of the locals.


Cendol (via PinkyPiggu)

Cendol is a favorite dessert of Malaysian. Only with 2RM, you can enjoy a delicious cendol bowl with shaved ice, coconut milk, chewy green rice flour jelly, red beans and brown sugar syrup. This ice cold dessert is a wonderful respite from the blistering tropical heat.

Penang Rojak

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Penang Rojak is considered a colloquial representation of variety and mixture. It is a salad of bean curds, fritters, bean sprouts, cuttlefish and assortment of fruits covered in a thick syrupy peanut sauce. Freshly tossed with pineapple slices so sweet you would widen your eyes in surprise.

Apom Manis

Apom Manis (via Story Tourder’s)

Apom refers to a thin crepe-like snack with a soft flour centre. It is often sold as street snacks by both Chinese and Indian vendors. There are many versions of Apom; an addition of egg, bananas, coconut shreds or even brown sugar to the flour centre. Each crepe is freshly made in a pan using traditional methods over charcoal fire. Apom is a sweet snack that could be enjoyed by all ages.

Nasi Kandar

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Nasi kandar is an Indian dish of Islam. This dish is usually sold in small eateries, located along the street. It includes meat curry eaten with steamed rice.

Lor bak

Lor Bak (via Asia Travel Blog)

Lor bak is a Chinese specialty in Penang. The minced pork will be marinated with 5 different spices before being fried. It is served with spicy chili sauce.

Assam Laksa

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Assam Laksa is the famous dish of the city, also called Penang Laksa. The balance of taste has made the attraction of this dish: sour tamarind juice and spicy chili mixed together creating a perfect assam laksa dish.