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Ma May ancient street in Hanoi

Ma May street is also the oldest existing ancient house, usually in the form of the tube, but the long narrow front, some do not get wind in the middle. Old Quarter of Hanoi capital city there are many street store is the old definition with the old folds, remains of temples or some traditional crafts. But perhaps bring more feature of ancient streets, leaving the impression to tourists and those who are interested in Hanoi’s Old Quarter is Ma May (Hang Buom Ward, Hoan Kiem District.)

To remind a street name people to remember the ancient house at 87 Ma May with cultural events are often held here, the temple Nguyen Trung Ngan, remember the Black Flag Army anecdotes abducted children and teach customers address water outside the home cooking at 25 Ma May. Ma May is really the business streets, bustling service, mainly serving visitors to the tourist office, hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter close. Length of streets beginning Hang Bac– Ma May junction to Hang Buom, curving form of a curved shape is very different paths to the other town.

Ma May is the name of the second pair is the ancient streets Hang May and Hang Ma (other Hang Ma near Dong Xuan market), which is known street of the two streets. The segment of old Hang Ma often serves as funerals, wedding, worship. While old Hang May is making goods appliances made from rattan and rattan fiber material. History books record that the treet’s land borders of the Huong Tuong, Ha Khau ward, while the Hang Ma belong Dung Tho village. This area near the estuary Lich River connect Red River, trading boats in crowds, traders often on Hang Ma and exchange, buying and selling goods.

French colonial period, Ma May street, also known as the Black Flag Army street which is general headquarters of the Black Flag Army, a group of Northern troops from the country had drifted to cause terror to make the French and Vietnamese. Initially, the Black Flag Army was the Nguyen dynasty accept to combat bandit on the border. When the French invaded North States Army Black Flag French participation in the battle, had killed two commanders of the enemy in Cau Giay make sure the French terror. They also become frightened of people so as looting, harassment or kidnapping, especially children.

Historian Professor Le Van Lan said that: “My house in Ma May, formerly I lazy eat, my mother often warned not to eat the Black Flag Army will start there.” Professor since then, this street is a center of kidnapping children for ransom. Black Flag Army abducted children here, but do not know how to exploit children for ransom to be, challenged by four children locked in a room, for a night of fasting one day, next morning laid out a series of flower soup, very hot white porridge called the children to eat. The children from poor families, used to eat porridge, hungry bring porridge drink around, they will cast out. But whom did not used thisporridge, only eating delicacy do not eat food like that even dainty, we recognize for ransom. It was the childhood memories of Professor Le Van Lan on this street.

French colonists established the jail to detain prisoners at the No. 5 Ma May, well before the Black Flag Army headquarters, the French prison in the opposite way. This prison was set up before the Hoa Lo prison.

Ma May street is also survived the oldest lot, usually in the form of the tube, but the long narrow front, with no wind in the middle range. If all of Hanoi old quarter around the neck, the 1000 ancient house that Ma May accounted for 1 / 10 the number of old houses, old houses in which 87 Ma May is preserved quite intact, became the center organizes cultural activities and the sights not to be missed for visitors arriving Hanoi’s Old Quarter. In 1999, the house was renovated in the pilot project for conservation of the old town between Hanoi and the city of Toulouse (France). Ma May house no 87 is typical spatial layout for residential architecture built in the early 19th century and intended to be in sales. Home shows the technique and art of the traditional construction of ancient streets.

Ma May temple, 64 Ma May worship Nguyen Trung Ngan, who works under the 5 reign of King Tran, each person holding Dai Doan Kinh Su, head of Thang Long, like the People’s Committee Chairman of City now. At the temple are still kept 6 of the third deified monarch Le, Tay Son and Nguyen, along with seven stone tablet. The contents of all epitaphs are a rich repository for the historic name, the name of the land, the specific events of local celebrities. Home at 25 Ma May street of Ms Anh Tuyet, a culinary artist, culinary become the pure Vietnamese food in Hanoi and for foreign visitors. Ms Anh Tuyet as the Hanoi original, creative passion for good food, has introduced the culinary arts of Vietnam in Hanoi and the world by road travel. Stories, many tour operators take visitors to and now she has expanded into both the 22 Ma May.In the early days of new year, the travel itinerary to welcome Tet in Vietnam, visiting Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Ma May is the place attractive, attract foreign tourists to visit, learn about culture, Hanoi human history.

Source: Get Vietnam Visa

Unforgettable Experiences to Have in Vietnam

40 Unforgettable Experiences to Have in Vietnam
From must-do activities like cruising around Halong Bay or crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels to brag-worthy feats like drinking snake wine or scuba diving in the South China Sea, here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Vietnam. See how many you can check off on your trip after applying visa to Vietnam.

  1. Ride a classic cyclo, Vietnam's ubiquitous three-wheel bicycle taxis.
  2. Tuck into a bowl of steaming pho at a street-side restaurant.
  3. Light incense at the famous Perfume Pagoda, one of Vietnam's most famous Buddhist shrines.
  4. Take a bike tour of Hoi An's charming Old Town.
  5. Hire a motorbike and zoom along the city streets.
  6. Attend one of Vietnam's unique festivals like the Elephant Racing Festival in Tay Nguyen, the Huong Pagoda Festival or the Le Mat Snake Village Festival.
  7. Take a hill tribe trek through the Sapa Valley.
  8. Get a suit or dress tailor-made in Hoi An.
  9. Learn about Vietnam's turbulent war years at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
  10. Watch a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  11. Take a street food tour of Hanoi.
  12. Ride a dug-out canoe around Lak Lake.
  13. Visit the Cai Be floating market on a cruise along the Mekong Delta.
  14. Try scuba diving in Nha Trang.
  15. Crawl through the famous Cu Chi Tunnels on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City.
  16. Check out Vietnam's tallest temple, the seven-story Tien Mu Pagoda in Hue.
  17. Top up your tan at the white sand beaches of Phu Quoc island.
  18. Go sandboarding down the Mui Ne sand dunes.
  19. Experience Vietnam's rich cultural heritage with a show at the Saigon Opera House in Ho Chi Minh.
  20. Hunt for bargains at the markets of Ho Chi Minh City.
  21. Enjoy wildlife spotting and bird watching in the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Biosphere Reserve.
  22. Savor the unique flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class.
  23. Visit the UNESCO-listed ruins of My Son.
  24. Attend a traditional Vietnamese wedding.
  25. Ride the scenic Reunification Express train all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city.
  26. Hike through the Cuc Phuong National Park.
  27. Get off-the-beaten-track and explore the natural grottoes of Tam Coc.
  28. Take a cruise in Halong Bay on a Junk boat.
  29. Purchase some typical Vietnamese souvenirs, like a conical hat, a tailored silk blouse or local handicrafts.
  30. Discover Hue's UNESCO-listed Imperial City
  31. Pay your respects to the founder of unified Vietnam at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex in Hanoi.
  32. Photograph the spectacular rice terraces surrounding Sapa.
  33. Ride a seaplane over Halong Bay.
  34. Look down over Ho Chi Minh City from the Saigon Skydeck.
  35. Join the festivities at the vibrant Tet Festival, the Vietnamese New Year.
  36. Scale Vietnam's highest peak, Fan Si Pan.
  37. Try Vietnam's scariest beverage, Snake Wine - if you dare.
  38. Stroll through the spectacular Paradise Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
  39. Take a steamy bath in the Thanh Tan Hot Springs.
  40. Enjoy a traditional foot massage while lounging on the beach.

Passport awareness at the airport

Warning! Passport awareness at the airport
I read this post from my cousin's wall in Facebook. Thanks dear cousin for sharing this. I  also love travelling and was quite scared after reading this. Thanks God that it really did not happened to me and I hope and pray  will never ever happen in the future also. To all travellers out there, please  read. This might help you  as precaution when you travel. Just be very careful. Have a safe and sound travel to all of you!

Please be Careful at the Airports, This is a well organized conspiracy by Immigration, Police, Customs and Airline staff with networking at all International Airports. Be careful when ever you give your passport to Immigration/Customs/Airline staff. The passport can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found an easy way of making money. This is the way it works:

  • At the time of the passenger's departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over the country they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above.
  • On arrival next time, he is interrogated.
    Subject to the passenger's period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice.

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airports. Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Airlines or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention. Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over the world to rob the passenger the minute he lands.

A similar case happened with Aramco's Arifuddin in Pakistan. He was travelling with his family.
They had six passports. They got the visa for Vietnam and decided to go via Jeddah. When they reached Vietnam, the page of the Vietnam visa on his wife's passport was missing. At the time of departure from Pakistan it was there, the whole family had to return helplessly. On arrival at Pakistan, they were caught by the police and now it is over 2 months, they are running after the Police, Immigration officers and the Courts. On going in to details with him, he found out the following: One cannot imagine, neither can believe, that the Immigration dept can play such a nasty game to harass the innocent passengers.

All the airlines passengers must be aware of this conspiracy. Every month 15 to 20 cases are taking place, at each mentioned airport, of holding the passengers in the crime of tearing away the passport pages. On interviewing some of them, none of them was aware of what had happened. They don't know why, when and who tore away the page from the middle of the passport. One can imagine the sufferings of such people at the hands of the immigration, police and the court procedures after that. The number of cases has increased in the last 2-3 years. People who are arriving at the immigration, they are questioned and their passports are being held and they have to go in for detailed interrogation. Obviously, the conspiracy started about 2 to 3 years ago, now the results are coming. Some of the Airline counter staff too is involved in this conspiracy.

So make sure not to let the passport go off your sight even for a second. The immigration counters are high and tired and short passengers really have to work hard to keep the passport in sight, specially after the exhausting journey, everyone wants to get over with the airport formalities and go home. So being vigilant for an extra minute will save you a life time of misery. Best of luck in your travels.

Kindly send this to as many of your intending travellers and friends across the world request them to check the passport at the checking counters and before leaving the airport. I think at least have a full photo copy of passport and keep scan of your passport in your hard drive or flash memory and i will advise same for ticket also.

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