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    quangwilliam212 is offline Junior Member
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    Default The Heartland

    Whether they live, when Vietnamese people hear world “the South Land” they feel moved.

    These words conjure up images of a huge bright sky and water. The silt in the Mekong Delta is so rich in nutrients that 300 years after the area was settled by Viet farmers, lush paddies and fruit orchards extend from the ancient districts of Saigon – Gia Dinh to Ca Mau.

    Today, people divide “the South Land” into two parts: South-West and South-East. Ho Chi Minh city is considered the center of this area.
    The cultivation of this fertile land required a great deal of our forefathers’ efforts. To understand the South Land in general and the south west in particular, we must look back at the area’s history. Some 450 years ago, Doctoral Candidate Nguyen Binh Khiem:
    “With a piece of Hoanh Son Mountain, a man an settle down for his entire life”
    These prophetic words shaped the nation’s destiny. A power struggle in the Trinh family had resulted IN Lord Nguyen Hoang being sent to the land of Thuan Hoa in 1558. This region was then known as “the dirty and devilish land”. Trinh Kiem felt that by sending Lord Nguyen Hoang to Thuan Hoa he could stop him from opposing his power.
    Thanks to Lord Nguyen Hoang’s relocation, the country of Vietnam began to expand southwards, into the region that was once Champa (the former Cham kingdom) and Thuy Chan Lap (an ancient kingdom in what is now southern Vietnam and part of Cambodia).
    Vietnamese settlers who could not accept the degeneration of the Le Kings and Trinh Lords moved south, armed with swords and gio nop (a type of basket). They brought with them images of Thang Long (Hanoi), pagodas, temples and villages encircled by bamboo fences. They began to cultivate wet rice.
    These early settlers were willing to face untold dangers in this strange new land, where unfamiliar statues were worshipped in Cham temples and crocodiles hid in the canals. The 14th century marriage of Princess Huyen Tran and the Cham king Che Man had brought the districts of O and Ly to Dai Viet. Full of fear and doubt, Viet people had entered the former Cham lands. They later learned to live with the local faith.
    The process of accompanying Nguyen Hoang to the South Land happened in a different way. In this fertile, challenging and severe land, the settlers began to adapt. For instance, they built their temples differently here. They began to trade on the rivers. Their cooking methods were based on local conditions.
    In this area, people covered snaked-head fish with clay and grilled it over straw. They invented Vong Co – a passionate traditional music that sprung from Ho Quang Tuong (classical drama) and Ca Hue (Hue Court music). They adapted to traveling everywhere by boat. In this wild land friendship grew stronger and people more generous. Life was more exciting. The strict Confucian principles of the north were loosened to form the southern way of thinking that endures to this day.
    As time went by, the process of urbanization spread from Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho to the distant lands of the South. Urban center like Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu, and Ben Tre continue to grow. High rises can now be seen in the South –West Land. Nonetheless, this region has kept its river-focused way of life. People still live in floating markets. Buffaloes still wallow in the canals and flocks of ducks still feed on the river banks. Some images are imprinted in my mind: Island covered with fruit trees; drinking honey tea in My Tho; rows of boats and canoes on the Tien and Hau Rivers, flocks of wild birds flying over Dong Thap …
    When I think of the South Land, I recall a poem by the famous general Huynh Van Nghe:
    “Since the time when they carried swords to expand the land, Thang Long is always in their hearts …”

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    nxttruong is offline Senior Member
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    This information is very useful. Thanks for sharing.

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    Canh Chua Ca is one of Vietnam’s most famous dishes and is especially good on hot summer days. Most tourists to go on Vietnam tour packages are attracted by its elegant and ancient beauty with many cultural and architectural works and places of beauty as well as many special dishes such as Canh Chua Ca.

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    quangwilliam212....! i I read your post very attentively and I must say that you have shared such really informative post with all of us. I am also travelling lover and I must say that your shared information would be useful for you for me as well as other travellers. Ho Chi Minh city is my most favourite one travel destination. I have been there a lot of times in my whole life to enjoy incredible beauty of this city. Every time had lots of fun there. I want to know about your next plan?

    My few college friends recently came back from niagara falls tour from nyc

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    This is something really great to see that you have shared here really a great kind of stuff. I just so much love such kind of informative stuff. I am really sure that it will prove really great and useful for me as well. surely I will love to share it with mates.

    bus tours from salt lake city would be really great to enjoy the fun.

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    Johsaf is offline Banned
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    The Heartland is a really nice, most wonderful and lovely state for visit as tourism point of view. It is famous for its alluring attractions. It is also my most favourite one travel destination. I also explored its most fabulous parks, gardens, rivers, museums and islands. In my point of view it is a perfect place for all kindof visitors. I want to know about your favourite attraction and why?

    I have a good experience of bus tours from denver to yellowstone while I was taking this tour.

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