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Hổ Quyền (hổ, here, means tiger and quyền boxing) arena, four kilometres southwest of Hue, was for elephant and tiger fights to entertain Emperor and staff. [ more... ]
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When talking of food there is definitely a French connection in Vietnam. Witness the baguettes for sale on street corners at breakfast time. It may not be in the DNA, as the modern idiom goes, but it is certainly in the language. [ more... ]
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In recent months Mui Ne, that beach village two hundred kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City that in the space of a mere ten years has achieved fame of the same kind as tropical beach destinations like Kuta in Bali or Phukhet in Thailand, has seen a new kid on the block. Actually it is the block as it is the only accommodation that is a tower block among a long line of mainly bungalow accommodations. Hence its name Unique Mui Ne Resort. [ more... ]
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Twice a month at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House a theatrical troupe from Mekong Artists serves up an extravaganza of a whole colourful kaleidoscope of traditional song, dance, music, street life and legends from Vietnamese culture. [ more... ]
I hope all of the readers have enjoyed a happy New Year. Chúc mừng năm mới to you all! This is a great season in Vietnam with warm weather, great food and happy feelings in a great city. At a time when Northern Europe has been well below zero and dark, we have been warm and sun-drenched. [ more... ]
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The first time I saw the Long Bien Bridge was in the 1970’s – I was a young boy living in Connecticut in the United States. In my home there was a stack of old Time Magazines and dating from some years before was an article about the United States Air force bombing of Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi. [ more... ]
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T he record for the longest reclining Buddha statue in Vietnam was broken in 2010. The new holder, at 52 metres, is at a pagoda in the town of Thu Dau Mot, near Ho Chi Minh City. [ more... ]
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Four or five hours out of Saigon, to the west, the way the Hiep Thanh company’s minibus goes to Tân Châu, An Giang Province, you come to one of two main channels of the Mekong. [ more... ]
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In Hue, in 2010, I could smell the flowers and the still-living water of the Perfume River, and in the Celadon Palace hotel, in Hue, which is now the Indochine Palace, part of the Best Western chain, I could smell the wool of the carpets in the suite and the leather of armchairs in spots such as the Au Rendezvous lounge. [ more... ]
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On the eastern, or windward, side of the headland from which the fishing village Mui Ne derives its name, on a wide sweeping bay with a mile or so of sandy beach and standing in well tended gardens, you will find the Muine Bay Resort, which celebrates its first birthday this month. [ more... ]
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Pasteboard masks have been Hanoi kids’ toys, especially in the occasion of Mid-Autumn celebrations, for ages. But today, just a handful of people ...
In Phan Thiet, bánh hỏi with pig bowels (lòng heo) is synonymous with Phu Long Town, which is the name of the native place of this dish, where it is ...
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