At the showroom of the ‘Northern Agarwood King’, one can see sections of agarwood worth up to $1 million that cannot be found anywhere else in Vietnam.
The agarwood is extremely valuable and has not undergone any manipulation.
The businessman and owner said he spent 20 years to collect agarwood which is valuable for its natural, rustic, sacred and noble scent.
It is not just that you have money and want to buy incense, but fate has to intervene, he said. He said not all people can buy these products though they have money. One needs to be lucky.
There are other unusual collections in Vietnam:
Four months ago, the banana tree of Phan The Anh in Huong Son district of Ha Tinh province began blooming and growing. Each bunch of bananas had 8-10 bananas 3-5 centimeters long each.
Now there are more bunches that are bigger and heavier, hanging close to the ground. Since the bananas are heavy, the trunk is weak, Anh has built wooden stakes around the tree to prop up the bananas. The bananas have attracted many locals who come to see and take photos with them.
The market of pine treesis heating up with prices ranging from hundreds of thousands to tens of million dong.
This year, artificial pine trees made of dried wood are available. The skillful hands of humans turn dry, rustic, lifeless branches into new, creative and beautiful wooden pine trees.
They are in high demand. Some shops have said that products have run out. They are relatively expensive, priced from VND500,000 to VND 7.5 million each.
Fried pho shop in Hanoi old quarter
The fried pho shop on Bat Dan street has existed for tens of years through three generations. It may surprise many people that though the shop enjoys large sales, the owners do not intend to enlarge the chain.
|Since the bananas are heavy, the trunk is weak, Anh has built wooden stakes around the tree to prop up the bananas. The bananas have attracted many locals who come to see and take photos with them.|
The special pho is served only at the shop on Bat Dan street with traditional service.
The famous brand of Bat Dan pho contains fried pho with tapioca starch. The sauce made of tapioca starch is original and attractive. One plate of fried pho with beef is VND70,000, a relatively high price. However, 300-400 plates are sold each day.
Sweet and sour grated salad shop
The shop located on Hang Bun street is always crowded in the afternoon and evening. The owner, Do Trong Viet, said the career was handed down from generation to generation over the last 40 years.
The salad is made of 10 types of cow organs and different spices and fennel.
One of the original elements of the salad is the crispy fried garlic, spongy and spicy.
Viet told Dan Tri that someone sought to buy the recipe from his father in 1992 and offered a motorbike, which then was worth one tael of gold. But his father refused.
Ancient house made of precious stones in Ninh Binh
The house with original architecture is located in Xuan Phuc hamlet in Hoa Lu district in Ninh Binh province. It was built 100 years ago on an area of 300 square meters, created with big stones.
The owner of the original house had to carry stones from the mountain on banana rafts, and hired 30 craftsmen to work for two years. The patterns on the stone were carved in a very sophisticated way.
All the details of the house are handcrafted without adhesive.
Original café made of laterite
Son Café in Tam Ky City of Quang Nam attracts visitors with its original space. The shop is built with laterite, a type of solid stone, found several meters deep in the earth.
The owner of the café said it took him three years to collect enough laterite.
There are discarded items, especially agricultural products, in the shop. The owner of the café collected the items use as decoration.
Nam Can crab in Ca Mau province is famous for its high quality and delicious taste, while thoi loi fish is a wonderful dish for parties. These are among the many precious specialties available in the Mekong Delta region.
Localities across the country will host a string of activities to welcome New Year 2021.