Thursday, 23 June 2011

VIETNAM: Hoa Lu District

Hoa Lu in the Red River Delta was the capital of 10th century Vietnam and the delta is a major agricultural area with vast areas devoted to growing rice.

Tam Coc - Bich Dong in the Hoa Lu District is a popular tourist destination and it's described as the 'Ha Long Bay of the ricefields'. Tam Coc means “three caves” and they can be explored on excursion by boat along the Ngo Dong river proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by paddy fields and karst towers.

Vietnam is the second-largest (after Thailand) exporter worldwide of rice and it's no surprise that rice is also called ‘white gold’. The most popular varieties are the usual white rice (eaten during every meal), jasmine rice (commonly used by the upper class), sticky or glutinous rice known as Xôi (steamed rice sweetened and mixed with condiments eaten for breakfast or as a dessert dish) and broken rice (converted to Com Tam by steaming).

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