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Good tips for “homestay” tourism in Vietnam
Eating, living together with native people is the characteristic of “homestay” tourism. It brings to us a close perspective and more reality about culture, history, daily life and human or cuisine… at the destinations in Vietnam.

“Homestay” is green-tourism type which is great ideal with the traveler who are interested in discovery local culture. Unlike with other type of tourism which often choose hotels in Sapa or in other cities for their accommodation, Traveler are homestay tourism often choose native people houses for sleeping during their trips in Vietnam. The houses choosing are typical for culture, life of local people. The owner of houses often attends almost of activities including sleeping, eating, relaxing… Therefore, you should prepare some basic knowledge about the homestay before departing to get good welcome and take care “full” from them.

“Homestay” tourism has been developing fast in many provinces in Vietnam including mountainous and coastal regions. You can choose the interesting destinations for yourself depending on your favorites. In the top list of “homestay” tourism, Sapa is the great destination which are approximately rate by domestic and international travelers. In Sapa, we can meet many local minority people who are located in Ta Van, Ta Phin, Cat Cat, Lao Chai… many of them can guide tourism very well and experience.

In Hoi An, “homestay” tourism will bring to us the chance for enjoying the beauty of the world cultural heritage and rustic lifestyle of local people. In the Lac village (Mai Chau), the tourist is lived in House on stilts of Thai people. At day, we they weave fabric, jungle, night falls and drinking wine, passionate voice praise, dance parties flickering firelight, enjoy traditional dishes such as rice, wine Mai Ha, fish streams, wild vegetables together with local people.
If you are fond of experiencing rive-life, you can choose destinations like fishing village in Ha Long Bay or the Southern delta Vietnam. The fishing villages or rivers of the Southern delta region which are characteristic of Ha Long Bay together the lush fruit orchards will make you remember so much!

Before you leave, you should read fast about the custom, Vietnam visa, culture of the destination you choose. That is helpful for you to familiar with the new environment and along with the native people. You don’t need prepare so much for “homestay” trips. You had better packed full of essential items for your holiday is the most important for a comfortable trip.
You should bring clothes just for the holidays and ensure compliance with local culture as well as the activities you participate. In additional, you should bring warm clothes in case cold weather or you choose “homestay vacation” in the mountains because of low temperatures at night going down. Also bring along shoes or sandal, the medicine and flashlights together.

When you choose “homestay” tourism. You will never get the comfortable feeling absolutely compare with hotels or resort… Instead, you will have life, realistic and interesting experience. When taking part in activities to experience living and working in it, you should express a positive attitude. Do not be too nervous or afraid because this is a good opportunity for you to explore yourself and closer to the owner. They are always willing to share, help to bring joy to you. At the moment is ideal for organizing cultural community, be actively involved and do not forget to tell them a few things about you. Whatever kind of tourism is a relatively new in Vietnam, homestay tourism promises to be a strong trend in the future development.

Stone Church in Nha Trang

Stone Church in Nha Trang
When you visit Nha Trang, you should not miss in Nha Trang is the stone church located at the height of 12 m in the city center. Every year, the coastal city of Nha Trang attracts many tourists. In addition to the famous sights such as the long coast with beautiful white sand beaches, the famous islands such as Hon Tre and Hon Tam with enough beach games.
Vinpearland resort, Vung Ro Bay, Cam Ranh long beach... Nha Trang also has a lot of cultural and historical relics located right in the city heart.
Located at a height of 12 m high in the heart of the city, the stone church is an attraction to many foreigner visitors who have visa to Vietnam, film-makers and photographers at home and abroad. The official name of the church is the King Cathedral, but local people often call it the stone church, Nha Trang church, Nui (Mountain) church or Nga Sau church. The church is one of the unique architectures of the French style in Nha Trang.

Aiming to spread the Catholic lifestyle in Nha Trang, priest Louis Vallet (1869 - 1945) built this church. After he died, the priest was buried at the foothills of the church.
On September 3, 1928, the construction of the stone church began on a small mountain named Bong. The name of Nui (Mountain) church comes from here. To create space on the mountain, people used about 500 mine cases. The church was built entirely with the western catholic church architecture. Its design is similar to the famous church in SaPa and some other churches in Vietnam. A high bell tower in the middle with three bells inside is the characteristic of Western catholic churches.

The church’s beautiful space is favored by photographers and cameraman. Young couples also choose this place to take wedding photos. The church opens to visitors every day, from 8am and it still maintains sermons in the morning and afternoon.

Activities for kids in Hanoi Vietnam

Activities for kids in Hanoi Vietnam
In Hanoi, your kids can enjoy many activities around the city as play at water park, go to the zoo... Today will introduce to you the best activities for your children when you have trips to Vietnam.

Play at Ho Tay Waterpark
We defy any child visiting Hanoi - and plenty of adults, for that matter - not to enjoy the slides, zipwires, wave pool and high dive boards of the waterpark on Ho Tay lake, all backed by the amazing skyline of Hanoi.

  • Location: Tay Ho district
  • Best for: Family, Children
  • Entrance: 20,000 - 80,000 VND
  • Hours: 8:00-19:00

Thu Le zoo
Located in a small village near Hanoi, Thu Le Park and Zoo is one of the favorite green areas in Hanoi, away from the buzz and the pollution of the big city. Visitors can see here rare species of birds, monkeys, cats and elephants, as well as some species specific to the Vietnam area. The park also has a lovely collection of trees and flowers. Ride a Merry-Go-Round

  • Location: Nguyen Van Ngoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Phone: + 84 24 834 7395
  • Open Hours: 06.00-18.00

Lenin Park
Lenin Park is a park in Hanoi which must-visit for anyone who wants to see the city at leisure. While adults marvel at mass aerobics classes, kids can ride merry-go-rounds, buy balloons, ride the lake in giant transparent balls, and enjoy a rare sense of space in this crowded city.

  • Location: Ba Dinh district, HaNoi
  • Directions: across the street from the mig parked outside the army museum. There's a big statue of Lenin

Explore the Museum of Ethnography
With traditional tribal houses you can climb inside, not to mention traditional balancing games and seesaw games, plus free water puppet shows on weekends, plus ice cream, we loved this open-air museum. There are many hotels in Hanoi near the Museum of Ethnology, but it’s a fair schlep out of town.

  • Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Phone: Tel: (84-24) 37 56 21 93
  • Opening hours is 8:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday to Sunday

Eat Hot Pot
Making your own soup is fun. And the narrow alley of Cam Chi majors on hot pot. A bubbling pot of steaming broth comes to your table. Then you add your choice of meats, seafood, veggies and noodles to the mix, and fish them out when they’re done. The pot is bottomless and the broth gets richer by the second.

  • Location: 246 Buoi street, Tay Ho district
  • Ngoc Hang restaurants, Cau Giay district (400000VND/4 persons)
  • Guang, 269 Kim Ma street, Ba Dinh district, Ha Noi
  • 52 Tran Nhan Tong, Hoan Kiem district (Chicken hot pot - 400 000 VND/5 person)

Go to the Circus
Not one for the animal rights activist, the circus in the big permanent tent in Lenin Park still delivers excellent fun, firmly in the Russian tradition of circus. Sunday morning performances are targeted at children

Visit the Temple of Literature
As a pocket introduction to Vietnamese culture and heritage, the medieval Temple of Literature is fantastic. And kids can feed the fish and turtles in their tranquil ponds as well. Stay at a hotel near the Temple of Literature and you’ll get to watch the park spring to life in the morning, with everything from calisthenics to badminton.

  • Address: Temple of Literature, Van Mieu, Dong Da district, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Open Hours: 06.00-21.00

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Well, I lost my virginity at 15 and just because I didn`t want to be a virgin any more but that didn`t mean that at that age I wanted a long term relationship. I`m not ashamed that from the age of 15 until the age of 21 I had a few one night stands and some very short termed relationships. As a matter of fact the only relationship that lasted longer then 3 months was with my husband. And I`m not ashamed of that either because we`ve been together for 23 years. And I`m quite proud of that. Because I had enough sexual experience before I got married and never wondered how it would be with another man, I`ve beeen loyal from the day I met my husband and I`m quite proud of that.

My daughters are 17 and 21, I would certainly never tell them that they should wait until they have a long term relationship or until they get married to have sex. I do tell them that they should wait a few months before they get sexually involved with a guy. But whether they do it or not is their decision.

I think everybody is aware of sexual diseases and unwanted pregnancies. But you sure can`t find a guy praying in church for it.

I guess you haven't read any of Dee Marie's posts where she shoots down the notion of chastity. There's one woman who is certainly proud of her sexual prowess.

When I was young we used to say, "what's the definition of promiscuous (or a nymphomaniac)? Someone who's having more fun in bed than you!"

There have always been a few tongues that wag, mostly in the heads of frustrated people who are not happy enough with their own lives. And who cares? Do you think the woman who was described as "trash" by some bystander cared, or that it took away from her good time?

One thing you should know about me is that unless what I am doing offends someone I deeply care about, the rest of the world can mumble about me under their breath as much as they please, and I do not give a hoot!

The big bugaboo, when I was growing up, was that men wanted to marry virgins so you better hang onto that insignificant bit of tissue. Come to find out, a few hypocrites wanted virgins (being that these were also guys who went to bed with everything that moved), but most men of my time had no interest in virgins. They wanted to marry a woman who had experience and knew what she was about in bed. They also were pleased that she'd already sown her wild oats and wasn't going to wake up 20 years later and wonder what she'd missed.

You made a remarkable leap there, from saying that a woman who has sex faces disapproval, to talking about promiscuity. Exploration and some short term relationships before marriage isn't the kind of behavior that anyone brands as promiscuity these days. It is understood to be part of the dating process. My friends and I, and most women I know, explored before marriage and no social disapproval of any kind fell on their shoulders.

So yes, the presumption that women who have sex face disapproval is outmoded.

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