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Saigon a big lure for international travelers in 2019

Saigon a big lure for international travelers in 2019

Vietnam’s commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City, figures prominently this year among travel plans of vacation enthusiasts around the world.  The city, which received more than seven million foreign arrivals last year, comes third on the list of top 10 trending global destinations this year, based on data collected by Kayak. Kayak is a popular travel booking site that allows people to look for cheap flights and hotels for holidays. A Kayak survey found a year-on-year surge of 49 percent…

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Heroic folk tale inspires Vietnamese designer’s latest collection

Heroic folk tale inspires Vietnamese designer’s latest collection

Ha has used traditional embroidery techniques to depict images from Thanh Giong, a popular folk story about a war hero in Vietnamese history. These images were originally painted by artist Nguyen Tu Nghiem. In the folk story, the boy Giong grows in size to be a giant hero, who rides on an iron horse leading the Van Lang kingdom (ancient name for Vietnam) to victory against northern invaders (Han Chinese). Brocade fabric with natural colors created by the Ta Oi ethnic minority…

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Artisan sustains legacy of clay statue making in northern Vietnam

Artisan sustains legacy of clay statue making in northern Vietnam

Clay statues have been a traditional type of toys in Vietnam, and are popular during the Mid-Autumn Festival and Lunar New Year. They are usually figurines of animals like turtles, birds and people in traditional clothes.  Today they have lost their popularity, and Phung Dinh Giap, 67, and his wife Nguyen Thi Dieu are among the last artisans to still make them. “The technique of making these figurines is simple, but the entire process, from preparing the materials to completing the…

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Young Hanoi craftsman helps preserve traditional music

Young Hanoi craftsman helps preserve traditional music

Dao Xa in Dong Lo Commune, Hanoi’s Ung Hoa District, was designated as a craft village for the production of traditional musical instruments such as erhu, zither and two-chord guitar three years ago, but visitors here can hardly see any musical instruments or hear music. Nguyen Ngoc Tua, chairman of Dong Lo Commune, says despite being named a traditional craft village, Dao Xa has less than 10 craftsman and they make few instruments. Duong Minh Cuong’s is the only family…

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Hanoi café wheels into a new level of recycling

Hanoi café wheels into a new level of recycling

Located in a small alley off Hang Tre Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, 95 percent of the items at the Hidden Gem Coffee are recycled. The coffee shop has four floors and each has a distinctive design. Nguyen Van Tho, the owner, explained that the name of the café represents its core value. “It comes from the teaching of my grandmother that we should not hastily throw anything away, but consider it carefully, and maybe we can discover its unexpected values.” Tho’s motivation in…

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In Vietnam, acceptance of divorce correlated with education level: survey

In Vietnam, acceptance of divorce correlated with education level: survey

The recent survey, which polled 1,400 people aged 18 and above in all provinces and cities, found that overall only 21 percent thought divorce was “not wrong” while 40 percent said it was. The higher their education level, the more likely they were to say divorce is “normal”.   The least approval for divorces was among seniors (50 years and older) and people with low education and income (less than VND5 million or $215 a month). Almost no one with postgraduate…

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H’Hen Nie heads Top 10 Timeless Beauty shortlist

H’Hen Nie heads Top 10 Timeless Beauty shortlist

Missosology.org, a leading pageant-related community forum, has put H’Hen Nie on top of the 10 beautiful women it has shortlisted to choose the Timeless Beauty title winner. H’Hen Nie, a Top 5 Miss Universe contestant, heads the list with 4,373 points, followed by Miss International Philippines, Maria Ahtisa Manalo (4,355 points) and Miss Earth Portugal, Telma Madeira (4,173 points). H’Hen Nie, 27, who belongs to the Ede community, is the first ethnic minority woman to win the Miss Vietnam contest. Photo acquired by VnExpress…

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In pictures: the best of Vietnam this week

In pictures: the best of Vietnam this week

Vietnamese pizza Grilled rice paper with toppings such as egg, dried beef, mayonnaise and shallots is considered one of the most popular street snacks in Vietnam. The snack is said to have been invented in Da Lat in the Central Highlands and is often dubbed “Vietnamese pizza” due to the way it looks and is prepared. Photo taken at a food stall on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in District 1 by Instagrammer foodiswhyimbroke. Read more Source link

One dish, five eateries – an exploration in Saigon

One dish, five eateries – an exploration in Saigon

Nguyen Hue, District 1 On the ground floor of an apartment building on the Nguyen Hue walking street, this eatery has been serving grilled pork with rice vermicelli (bun thit nuong) for more than half a century. The staff of this eatery are middle-aged women, each performing her duty smoothly – one mans the main kitchen, one grills the meat, one serves the dishes and another cleans up.  A small bowl of spiced fish sauce dip is an indispensable part of the…

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Thousands of piggybanks invite abundance in the Year of the Pig

Thousands of piggybanks invite abundance in the Year of the Pig

Pottery mills in Tan Vinh Hiep Commune, Tan Uyen Town, Binh Duong Province, do not have much time to rest these days. They have to supply thousands of colorful terracotta piggybanks to the market. It is almost noon, but Nguyen Thi Hanh, 49, does not take a lunch break but is pouring clay into the pig’s shape molds in an area of 1,000 square meters. “For years, this commune has had the tradition of making piggy banks. This year is…

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