Vietnam among 20 most favorite countries: Condé Nast Traveler

Vietnam among 20 most favorite countries: Condé Nast Traveler

For its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, the travel magazine asked readers to rate their favorite countries across the globe, and attracted a record 600,000 votes. The listing, released Wednesday, was based on a scoring system representing overall average levels of satisfaction.  Vietnam scored 90.46 percent to rank behind Southeast Asian neighbors such as Indonesia (1st) with 92.78, Thailand (2nd) with 92.37 and the Philippines (9th) with 90.63 percent. Portugal came in third on the list. Sri Lanka and South Africa…

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Vietnam’s unique street food delicacy: duck embryo, fish noodle soup

Vietnam’s unique street food delicacy: duck embryo, fish noodle soup

Bun ca, or fish noodle soup, is a popular dish in An Giang, 250 km west of Saigon, but it is actually a Cambodian creation. Locals in the Mekong Delta tweaked the dish to appeal to their taste by adding hot vit lon, duck eggs with embryos inside, to the soup. Hot vit lon is a popular street food delicacy across Vietnam and in several Southeast Asian countries. It is known as balut in the Philippines. The duck eggs can be served boiled,…

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Hue follows Hoi An in launching bike tourism service

Hue follows Hoi An in launching bike tourism service

By Nguyen Quy  &nbspOctober 18, 2019 | 07:54 am GMT+7 Foreign tourists ride bicycles to explore Hue, a popular tourist destination in central Vietnam. Photo acquired by VnExpress. Vietnam’s former imperial capital Hue plans to pilot a public bicycle service that will provide hundreds of tourists with an option to ride bikes on its downtown streets. Some 400 bikes will be provided in the inner-city areas and some 2,000 in suburban areas. The project is to be completed before the…

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Decadence, arrogance and loss of innocence in Serbian’s Vietnamese novel

Decadence, arrogance and loss of innocence in Serbian’s Vietnamese novel

Author Marko Nikolic admits to some autobiographical influences on the novel’s protagonist, Nicholas, who initially comes to Hanoi to work in a hospitality company with an underlying agenda to mend his broken heart.  His romanticized notions about a peaceful, exotic Asian country are neutralized with a culture shock as he leaves the airport towards the capital: grey skies and an intrusive driver who asks the most personal questions including how much he makes a month.. And on the road, chaos…

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Khmer people’s grey sedge handicraft village in the Mekong Delta

Khmer people’s grey sedge handicraft village in the Mekong Delta

The compressed plants are used as material for local people to create household items. Ly Hoang Bao, who is in charge of handicraft arts at Phu My Species – Habitat Conservation Area, said people make about 200,000 pieces, earning several billion dong (VND1 billion = $43,400) each year. Source link

8 Vietnamese dishes to be introduced in France

8 Vietnamese dishes to be introduced in France

By Lan Huong  &nbspOctober 17, 2019 | 08:10 am GMT+7 Fresh summer rolls is among the dishes to be served at the “Vietnamese Cuisine Day in France” in Perpignan City on October 17-18, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Phong Vinh. The “Vietnamese Cuisine Day in France” in Perpignan City will feature Vietnamese foods, such as fresh summer rolls and crispy mini-pancakes. The event will be held by Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, UNESCO, and France’s School of Tourism and Cooking of Bourquin on October 17-18 with…

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Hanoians struggle for drinking water after river contaminated with oil

Hanoians struggle for drinking water after river contaminated with oil

The water ran over Nguyen Thi Anh’s hands as her granddaughter poured slowly from a plastic bottle. The 57-year-old woman used the water to rinse the dishes after cleaning them with tap water. In the last few days she has been unable to use tap water for much. Last night she had stayed up until midnight with her children to collect water from a tanker truck dispatched by local authorities. “I was sleeping when the security guy knocked on the…

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Vietnam among top 10 Asia-Pacific tourist destinations

Vietnam among top 10 Asia-Pacific tourist destinations

As of the second quarter of 2019, Vietnam had welcomed 8.48 million foreign tourists, making it a top 10 destination for international arrivals in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a report released Monday by the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA). The Quarterly Tourism Monitor report said the U.S. was most visited country/territory in the region, followed by Hong Kong and Mexico. Macau and Thailand rounded out the top five while the rest of the top 10 included Japan, Malaysia, Singapore…

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Da Nang prohibits scooters on peninsula following spate of accidents

Da Nang prohibits scooters on peninsula following spate of accidents

By Nguyen Dong  &nbspOctober 16, 2019 | 03:35 pm GMT+7 Tourists visit Son Tra Peninsula on scooters, 10 kilometers from Da Nang’s center. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong. Da Nang has banned scooters on the Son Tra Peninsula, a popular tourist attraction, following a number of deadly accidents involving scooters. The city People’s Commitee has required the Department of Tourism to start public bus services by October 25 at the latest to take people around the peninsula on a pilot basis for three…

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Young entrepreneurs take a step towards making coffee shoes in Vietnam

Young entrepreneurs take a step towards making coffee shoes in Vietnam

Tran had just ordered a cup of ca phe sua da, or iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, a drink that has become world famous over the last few decades. “I can’t get enough of Vietnamese coffee,” said Jesse Khanh Tran as he waited for his order at a coffeeshop in downtown Saigon. Tran is in the coffee business, too, along with his friend and partner, Son Chu, who he met in Finland while they were there for higher studies. …

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