Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite an exciting exploration by walking, while its many beautiful public spaces – lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards, and monuments – give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.


Begin your day visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed every Monday and Friday and also closes annually in October and November for restoration. Continue through the park to Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days (1969). Preserved in the same condition as, during his life, it may be viewed through the windows. Continue to the Temple Of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways; and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university.


Afterwards, visit one of Hanoi’s famous museums, the Museum Of Ethnology (Closed on Mondays and Vietnamese New Year), which brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.

In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, located in the heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. En route, pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (may be seen from the outside only) and St Joseph’s Cathedral.

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Why your organization need a year end party?

Why your organization need a year end party?

The corporate Christmas party – once a secure and sacred date in the office calendar – has been getting some tough breaks over the last few years.

We’ve all heard the same debates.

Do the benefits of hosting an end-of-year event really outweigh the costs? Is it justified to spend the precious budget on a party in precarious economic times? Does it send a good message to shareholders, to the media and even to employees?

The answer to all of these questions is YES!

An end-of-year event is not simply a nice-to-have. It is an essential team-building tool and a fantastic way of celebrating your staff and improving or maintaining your business health.

And just because an end-of-year event is fun, doesn’t mean it’s frivolous.


We see from our work with corporate clients that end-of-year parties have a number of long-term, beneficial effects.

The fun, celebratory atmosphere of the Christmas party is a great way for management to strengthen ties with employees, and for employees to strengthen ties with each other. We know that employee engagement levels significantly increase when there are given the opportunity to network with co-workers and superiors in a less formal social setting.

For your company or brand, an end-of-year party is also a fantastic way to showcase your culture, celebrate accomplishments of the past year, and communicate some key messages for the next business year in a more informal way.


This all adds up to a sense of feeling valued for the employee, and improved productivity levels across the organization.

Most companies say that their people are their most important asset. It’s therefore worth remembering that it is precisely these assets that will help your company to flourish in economic uncertainty – by going the extra mile for their customers and colleagues. This is why “investing” in a year-end party also has a hard benefit for the company and its bottom line, way beyond the softer benefits outlined above.

For ideas on how to throw the perfect end-of-year event for your employees, contact us at the@wowfactor.agency



What is “Wow Factor”?

What is “Wow Factor”?

I’m sure most of you have heard the term “Wow Factor”. Chances are you haven’t heard it as much as I have…well, unless you are also a designer or an event planner. Many clients come to me and say they want “Wow Factor” after struggling to find the exact words to describe what they want. At first, this term was something that caused a lot of anxiety for me. What is this “Wow Factor”? How can we define it? Thing is, “Wow Factor” is different for everybody. “Wow Factor” to me, can mean something completely different to you!

I would struggle with this term constantly, trying to add more and more to my designs. I realized about 50% of the time “Wow” did, in fact, mean adding complexity, but the other 50% of my clients viewed simple attention to detail as the “Wow Factor”. See where I’m coming from here? “Wow Factor” is highly ambiguous, yet people seem to know exactly what it is when they see it. I needed to find the definition of “Wow Factor” which would ultimately be the key to satisfying my “Wow” seeking clients.

Here’s what I’ve found: there is no definition for “Wow Factor”. There simply isn’t. Now before you question the point of this post, here’s what else I’ve discovered. “Wow Factor” may not be easily defined, but through experience, I’ve realized that it’s that extra amount of detail you add to your design or your event. After you design something, look at it and ask yourself “have I done everything I could to make this design the best that it can be?” if the answer is “yes”? Then you have unlocked the mystery of “Wow”.

Are looking for an event planner?

Are looking for an event planner?


Welcome to Wow Factor Agency!

We are the award-winning event and travel company. Whether you plan to inspire, motivate, or capture your audience, Wow Factors Agency will design a unique event concept exclusively for you, turning the day-time conference hall into the night-time world of exciting entertainment. We design and provide outstanding staging production, entertainers, and professional MC.

Are you planning to give back to society? Wow Factor Agency will work with you to organize a meaningful corporate social responsibility program. The CSR program is not only helpful but also delivers your organizational’s message.

Should you want to charter a direct flight for your guests? No need to transit in a third city. Should you expect a series of an engaging team-building program? Do you want to customize your branding in the airplanes, buses, hotel entrance, flags, t-shirt, room keys, or even on the team-building trophy?

Whether you are a big corporate, require a top level of quality, or you are a small business with a limited budget, we will work with you to customize a creative solution at an affordable cost. At Wow Factor Agency, we are the one-stop-shop destination for your next events.

Wow Factor Agency, in excellence we trust!

What makes bun cha must-try that Obama ate for dinner?

What makes bun cha must-try that Obama ate for dinner?

What makes bun cha, the Vietnamese street food which U.S. President Barack Obama had for dinner on his first night in Vietnam, a delicacy of Vietnamese people?

Popular in the northern region of Vietnam in general and in the Vietnamese capital in particular for its taste and simplicity, Bun Cha is a dish made from very simple ingredients. It is comprised of two main simple parts, bun (white rice noodles) and cha (grilled pork and meatballs), and always served with vegetables and dipping sauce made from fish sauce, carrot and green papaya.


Becoming a favorite of many Vietnamese, the dish could be found everywhere in the country from an outlet on the sidewalk, a storefront, or a stall at a market to a restaurant, and is easy to be made at home as well.


The dish could also be completed with an optional dish of Nem Cua Be (crab spring rolls).

Bun Cha has also become a choice for many tourists coming to the country, and been recommended by travel and cuisine sites. In 2014, the dish was chosen as the world’s best street food by the internationally-renowned National Geographic Travel website. The selection was made based on comments from National Geographic Travel’s Facebook fans, who were asked to share the best lip-smacking street eats they had sampled around the globe.




Street food tour of Vietnam

Street food tour of Vietnam

This half-day Hanoi street food tour will bring you an experience to enjoy local food which is displayed and sold in every corner of Old Quarter, Hanoi.


In the morning, our guide, who is a local chef of Vietnam, would pick you up at your hotel to start the Hanoi street food tour. We eat as we go, walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery.


Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.



Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Pho, Banh My Hanoi, and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!




It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!



At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or our car will take you back to your hotel.