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The Grand was a popular name for a hotel during European colonialisation of much of the world. I remember being shown pictures from our family album of a stay when I was just a baby at the Grand Hotel, Singapore. [ more... ]
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The black and white pages of my guidebook just did not seem to capture the magical combination of blue water and rolling green hills visible from my window seat as the airplane lowered its flight path across Phu Quoc’s wave-splashed coastline. [ more... ]
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My knees felt closer to my chin than ever before. The driver was constantly on the wrong side of the road. He persistently honked his hooter, and locals continually turned and looked at us as though we were a species from another planet. In our attempt to get off the tourist trail, we might have got more than we had bargained for. [ more... ]
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For Saigoners (I am sorry HCMCers just does not seem the right word), with the only exception of Can Gio, which has far fewer attractions, Vung Tau is the nearest seaside resort. [ more... ]
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Mui Ne, that tropical, beach-resort village that has mostly sprung up in the last ten years or so east of Ho Chi Minh City, is a five-layered affair. Proudly lofting it above all else are the sand dunes. [ more... ]
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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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Silkworm cocoon cultivation at Co Chat Village, Phuong Dinh Commune, Truc Ninh District of Nam Dinh Province has long been praised in folk songs for ...
A short while ago, I was asked if the Vietnamese fondness for eating snails were a consequence of the former French presence here.
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