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Saigon was sometimes referred to as ‘The Paris of The East’. This is not a moniker lightly bestowed. As one who has visited the real City Of Lights fourteen times, I can see why. [ more... ]
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In his dictionary of southern Vietnamese, scholar Vuong Hong Sen writes, “Mangrove apple trees have beautiful green leaves. At night, the sight of many fireflies perched upon them is quite lovely. [ more... ]
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What makes an hotel a great hotel? Aside from well-appointed rooms, one would expect courteous and attentive, but unobtrusive, service. [ more... ]
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Bursting with colours, featuring spectacular natural ingredients galore and the original way of serving, Phan Thiet and Muine seafood hot pot (lẩu thả in Vietnamese) is one of the heartiest meals this coastal region has to offer to a hungry visitor. [ more... ]
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When our editor told me to go to ‘ell’ I wondered just what crime I was guilty of. Then I remembered she is not a lady for dropping her ‘aitches’ and I realised that I had been guilty in my misunderstanding of dropping a final ‘e.’ ‘Elle’, French for ‘she’, is about as famous as Perrier or Chanel as a brand name. [ more... ]
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It was Sunday evening and high time for some soothing relaxation. I had taught English for sixteen hours over the weekend, going from class to class, down corridors with screaming children bumping into me. [ more... ]
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Indians have been part of the Saigon scene right from its beginnings in the expansion of the Kinh majority to the south and in French colonial times. Witness the Indian temples dotted around town which have become popular retreats for all sections of the population. Indian cooking has influenced main stream Vietnamese cuisine in that mild curries have been incorporated into it. [ more... ]
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I was standing on the pavement on Nguyen Hue at lunchtime, in front of a medieval-style wooden door that it amused me to think would suit the entrance of a castle or dungeon. I knocked several times to no avail and a street vendor assured me the place opened only at dusk. [ more... ]
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The principal reason for a visit to the ancient capital of Hue has to be to see its historical attractions. Secondly, the city is renowned for its culinary delights. If you are seeking to combine these two activities I can recommend a brace of venues which are under the same family management. [ more... ]
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I hope all of my readers are doing well. Ho Chi Minh City is a place that makes people feel at ease. I find that almost every day here is like a vacation. There are always things one can find to enrich his life. [ more... ]
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Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai ...
In the heart of the darkness of Saigon's backpacker land,ambling along down raucous Bui Vien Street and wishing I had not come out without my ear ...
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