Discover the Uniqueness of the Ordination Ceremony in Myanmar

Like other nations in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is also a country with a strong cultural identity. The beauty of culture, activities and beliefs, customs here, is a tourist attraction to tourists coming from all corners of the world to Myanmar. One of the customs that many visitors are interested in is the ordination of the Burmese. The ceremony is called Shin Pyu or Ordination Ceremony is the most important ceremony in the lives of people here. For the people here, to become a good Buddhist, for one time, they must become a monk living the temples or monasteries. 

Children who just experienced ordination ceremony

For a Buddhist family, in addition to offerings, giving alms to monks, their children have to experience ordination ceremony, which is the noble ceremony that every Buddhist family in Myanmar want to perform, people believe that the children's ordination will create good karma for the family. The people here said that when children are able to chant Pali and the language spoken in Cambodia, they can get ordinated. Usually, they will experience ordination ceremony before the age of 19. The time of ordination is not fixed, it depends on the person, the time of ordination can be a few days, a few weeks, even a few years. In a human life, you can get ordination many times. The children here can go home, if not suitable, can return to the daily routine. Previously, in the month of March and April, Myanmar's streets were crowded with ordination festivities, when the people were free. However, today, the festival takes place all year round. At each monastery, there is a month of ordination.

On the festive days, early in the morning at around 5 am, with the gong sounds and loud noises, the people here get up early to prepare for their children to attend the ordination. Children of all ages, both male and female (around the age of 5-15) are dressed in beautiful clothes, traditional Burmese clothes, beautifully decorated, like princess and princes and are taken to the temple for the ceremony. At the ceremony, the organizers announced the ordination ceremony and open songs calling for people to donate money to buy bowls and buy medicine for the children getting ordination. After the ritual, the children will be picked up on horseback, horses were also decorated in shades and carry the children around the village. These ceremonies are similar to the ancient ritual of the Buddha.

While picking up children in the village, the songs are open, calling for donations. Families with children getting ordination feel pride in front of neighbors. While the horses carry the children, the back of the delegation are the beautiful Myanmar girls with their hands holding children's supplies or beautiful basket. Their relatives also line up and followed the girls to the temple.

Burmese ordination ceremony in particular and many unique customs and practices of Myanmar are attracting tourists to this beautiful country. If you join the Myanmar tour do not miss this unique ceremony.

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Top 7 Delicious Dishes with Chicken in Hanoi

The chicken wings and thighs are fried until they are yellow and crispy. Meat inside is soft, fragrant, not broken. There are two options for you to choose: fried chicken with chili sauce and deep fried Korean fried chicken. This dish is sold in Ba Trieu street, Xa Dan street... The price is about 70,000 to 100,000 VND (3-4 USD) per person.

Chicken noodle soup is sold in Ly Quoc Su Street, Cua Bac, Hang Voi. Chicken meat is thin, neatly put on the tray with chicken eggs, chicken bowel, ... Meat is usually taken from high-quality chicken, so it is very fragrant, sweet, firm. The broth is from chicken bone, very delicious. Pho bowl is quite large, full with plenty of chicken, chicken eggs, blood, chicken bowel The price of chicken noodle soup is 35,000 VND (1.5 USD).

Stew chicken noodle  is a popular dish in Hang Bo street, which is sold from 5 pm to 11 pm. The highlight of the dish lies in chicken broth, which is a mixture of many herbs, and carefully cooked so that it tastes rather cool. Selected chickens are young chicks. Noodle and beansprouts are moderate boiled, so the food is still tough and crispy. One bowl of stew chicken noodle is priced at 40,000 VND (1.8 USD).

Chicken porridge is less popular in Hanoi but is still popular with many diners. Boiled chicken is cut thinly and put into the bowl. Hot porridge is put into the bowl, topped with green onion, herbs and chicken. When eating, diners just add a little pepper and mix all together to enjoy. This dish is usually sold in the evening on the pavement of Nghia Tan street, Ly Quoc Su at 20,000 dong a bowl (0.8 USD).

Mixed chicken vermicelli includes vermicelli, chicken, herbs, roasted peanut, sauce, ... all are put into the bowl and mix carefully. Chicken is selected cleverly, so it is sweet and soft naturely. Sweet and sour sauce blends with the yarn of vermicelli, making it a soft dish without boring. In addition, you can also choose chicken noodle with broth to enjoy. Vermicelli chicken in Gia Ngu Street, Hang Hom, the price of a bowl is 30,000 VND (1.4 USD).

Chicken sticky rice is the right food in the cold winter. Characteristics of this dish is well marinated chicken and then it is skilfully fried. Sticky rice is steamed well, served with chicken meat. You can use more chili sauce or sweet and sour sauce to make it more delicious. Bake chicken sticky rice is sold in Nguyen Phong Sac, Lac Trung, ... for 32,000 (1.5 USD) a serving.

There are a lot of dishes made from chicken legs such as chicken legs soaked in vinegar, grilled chicken legs chicken, chicken leg salad, chicken legs soup, ... In particular, grilled chicken leg is the most popular. The chicken legs are soaked in honey and then grilled with attractive aroma, rich flavor with sweet and sour sauce, which is always attractive with all guests. Ly Van Phuc Street is famous for its grilled chicken leg. The price of chicken legs from 7.000 to 10,000 VND (0.2 – 0.4 USD) each.

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Exploring Hoi An, Vietnam

Lying on the gentle Thu Bon river, the ancient town of Hoi An is where visitors can leisurely walk on the road, admiring the ancient mossy houses or floating on peaceful water .

Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam province, about 30km from Da Nang city, is one of the attractive destinations for any visitor. Whether guests are domestic or international, just once set foot in Hoi An are also attracted by the oriental culture with ancient houses, bridge pagodas, lanterns, incense.

The best time to visit Hoi An is from February to April every year, as the sea is calm, the sky is blue and the air is cooler than the rest of the year. Especially, if you come here on the full moon day of the month, you can enjoy the shimmering colors from every house in the town.

Visit Hoi An, you will enjoy the exciting experience right early in the morning, when things are reaching out to wake up. When the weather is cool, when the sun shines lightly on the old town, walking along the streets, you will see a glimpse of some women in white long dresses walking, the vendors with conical hats or cyclos passing quietly. Consider some tours in Hoi An to take your discovery in this charming town.

The river life of the old town is gentle, peaceful as the beauty here. In the midst, when the sun is "lazy" and not awake, the dug-out boats rose to Cua Dai beach.

Hoi An is most beautiful at night, when there is no bustle, noisy, no visitors and no shops, only the old houses standing close together in silence ... It is said in Hoi An, everything are kept intact from the 17-18 century until now. The streets of the old town are still the same in hundreds of years old. The houses are standing side by side, beautiful but full of reflections in the shimmering light from hundreds of lanterns. Each lamp has a subtle, light and deep beauty. Walking on the street at night, sometimes you find yourself, facing your heart to find the old nostalgic, the beautiful memories of childhood in this strange but familiar land.

One day in Hoi An will end with a little tired, because there are so many places to go, many streets to pass through, but will be a day filled with memorable experiences.

Top 5 Beautiful Budget Hotels in Hoi An

Hotel Royal Hoi An Mgallery

The whole building is painted in super striking white and yellow colour - the easiest way to recognize of the Hotel Royal Hoi An. Probably no need to comment much about accommodations and amenities here, because over the review from guests have stayed at Hotel Royal, it is worthy of being one of the best accommodation in Hoi An.

The most favourite place for guests to check-in Hotel Royal Hoi An is the beautifully-designed pool area. From the top, floor tiles in the pool and umbrellas around the pool make an interesting combination.

Hoi An Chic Hotel

Situated on the banks of the Hoai River and in the heart of Hoi An, Hoi An Chic Hotel definitely will bring you peaceful, gentle and relaxed holidays. The hotel has only 17 rooms, but all have private balconies and utility, no less than the luxurious hotels. In particular, the bathroom with huge windows full of sunlight is what makes tourists love it more.

EMM Hoi An

Designed in the style of French and Vietnames architecture, Emm is so special in the heart of Hoi An ancient town with two primary colors : yellow and green on a white background. Especially the hotel has a big campus with large trees planted around and a large pool, making a broad and airy space.

EMM has 92 rooms, which are fully equipped and eye-catching thanks to the blue tones. In addition, the hotel offers views of the pool, the garden or the bustling streets of the old town. A further plus point of this hotel is the restaurant and bar area, very convenient for those who want to enjoy the full facilities of the holiday without having to move a lot. In particular, most of the guests had been staying at the EMM Hoi An appreciated the convenient service here.

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Vinh Hung Library Hotel

Vinh Hung Library Hotel is a well-known hotel in Hoi An thanks to its central location. With its unique design of combination of colors paintings and wooden bookshelves bearing slightly vintage beauty, this hotel was voted one of the most favourite boutique hotels in Hoi An.

Hotel lobby or restaurant area is decorated with artistic photos combined with ceramic pots arranged subtlety, creating an impressive space thanks to modern and ancient beauty combination. In your room, you will feel very interested and impressed with the furniture in the room scheme. Brick walls with subtle textures combined with very rustic furniture makes space warm and subtle.

An Bang Garden Homestay

Located about 3 minutes walk to An Bang beach, An Bang Garden Homestay is like a small house between a lovely fresh and airy garden. Here, visitors have only one option: garden view room. Thanks to the airy space, the bedrooms are always full of sunshines, cool breeze and the faint aroma of grass.

Homestay’s bedroom is very simple and modern. Not too fussy in decoration, An Bang Garden Homestay still makes guests feel satisfied by delicate way of arranging widgets, and relaxing corners.

Newly-Open Chinese House in Hoi An

A brand new Chinese Social House with unique architecture was opened for visitors in Hoi An city, Quang Nam.

Hoi An city has just established the tourism spot of Hai Nam Social House at 10th Tran Phu street. This Social House resides near the walking-only streets in the old streets section.

Hai Nam Social House was previously called as Quynh Phu Social House, built since 1860s of 19th century with Chinese ancient architecture. The house still has full sections like main hall, East hall, West hall, frontyard, backyard…

Throughout many times and historical events, Chinese Social House in Hoi An still be able to fully preserve the architecture, worship culture, cultural lifestyle. Before Hai Nam Social House, Hoi An city already allowed other historical monuments such as Phuoc Kien, Quang Dong, Trieu Chau Social House for tourism.

Hai Nam Social House has many differences compared to previous social houses, typically the altar set in main hall made of gold-trimmed woods describing the life activities of the Three Realm: ‘Heaven – Earth – Sea Palace’, which is extremely unique.

Inside the dragon gate lies tablets of 108 spirits of those who were merchants, unjustly killed by the army because they were mistaken for the pirates. Later on, king Tu Duc renounced their unjustly death and give them the title of ‘Nghia Liet Chieu Ung, then built a shrine to honor them.

All the wooden ornaments inside Hai Nam Social House were ordered and made by the craftmen in China. The ornaments were delivered via sea route to Hoi An seaport, then carried to the house for installment. These are approximately more than 100 years old.

From the main hall’s viewpoint, to the left there is God of Avarice’s altar, to the right there is Ancestors altar, both have the meaning of praying for good fortune and ancestors’ protection. The picture here features Ancestors’ altar.

In the Social House, there are many documents related to the story of 108 spirits renounced by king Tu Duc.

The house has two ancient chair-lines with more than 100 years old, which were assembled and imported from China. The back and the front of these chairs were embedded with natural stones, the surrounding was decorated with pearls. According to the Social House’s caretakers, several years ago the relics collectors came and asked to buy these chairs with the price of 10 million per chair. But the Social House refused to sell.

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The Beauty of 3 Traditional Villages in Hoi An

Tra Que Vegetable Village

Tra Que Vegetable Village is located about 2km to the northeast of Hoi An Ancient Town. Here is the place that you can witness the panoramic process of growing vegetable according to standards of "green-clean-beautiful".

The farmers in the village will guide visitors from planting, tending and harvesting vegetables, so you can do gardening work like sowing and watering vegetables. In addition, you can enjoy dishes prepared with typical green vegetables of Tra Que such as Quang noodle, cao lau noodle ... and do some sightseeing around the village.

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located right at the bank of Thu Bon River, belongs to Thanh Ha ward, Hoi An city, about 2km to the west of the old town. In the 16th – 17th century, Thanh Ha was a very thriving village, famous for ceramic and terracotta items which were exchanged, wholesale throughout the central provinces of Vietnam. The pottery village originated from Thanh Hoa, after acquiring some techniques, the pottery village was formed as guest can see today.

Main products in Thanh Ha village are the utensils serving daily life activities, such as cups, bowls, jars, jars, vases, bowls, animals... with many different styles, colors are very rich and especially lighter than the same products of other localities.

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Come to the village, in addition to witnessing talented hand of the artists in the art of handicraft, tourists are instructed to perform and try their hand with the traditional handmade products here.

Kim Bong Carpentry Village

Located in Cam Kim commune, Kim Bong carpentry village is now about 600 year old. Under the Nguyen Dynasty, Kim Bong was famous for exquisite carpentry work like boats and houses. In addition, the architecture of the house or the temple at the ancient town of Hoi An was also designed by the hands of Kim Bong carpenters.

To come to the village, we only need to take a boat from the old town of Hoi An in about 10 minutes. Once setting foot on this land, the distinct sound of chiselling or cutting makes travellers feel excited about an attractive tourist destination.  Wooden products of the village are considered gentle, rustic but very sophisticated. Here, visitors can buy the horizontal image, wooden statues, chairs or even small unique toy with natural colour.

Currently, Kim Bong carpentry village is no longer famous for shipbuilding  like the old time but very well-known for the production of handicraft products instead. However, the quintessence and ingenuity is still strongly imprinted on each product.

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Maison Vy Hotel in Hoi An

Impressed guests thanks to lovely settings a little bit vintage, Maison Vy will really make you fall in love at first sight.

Although newly built in 2015, Maison Vy actually achieves a considerable position in the hearts of tourists, especially foreign tourists.

Conveniently located, it is about 700m from Trieu Chau Assembly Hall, 800m from Hainan Assembly Hall and 1.5 km from Hoi An city center. Maison Vy is suitable for both leisure relaxing tour and business trip.

Maison Vy’s highlights of architecture is its unique and antique beauty with colourful corners of stairs tiled with multi-colored tiles or courtyard between two buildings with small wooden tables and chair in old style.

Maison Vy offers a wide range of room type for you to choose from with 45 rooms, designed very uniquely and diversely, such as Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Loft, Superior Family, Deluxe Family.

A guest stayed here commented, "The decoration of this hotel is just excellent, especially in the bedroom. I really do not want to leave it. The hotel brings me relaxing and peaceful feeling, plus excitement thanks to the creativity in a modern space with some Asian highlights. "

Also, if staying in the hotel, you can enjoy a relaxing pedicure at the end of the day with some free herb for free to have a peaceful and comfortable sleep after a long day of sightseeing and entertainment.

Maison Vy’s price fluctuates around 80- 100 USD/room/night, depending on room type.

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