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Month: October 2018

Finding Phong finds a paying audience in Vietnam

Finding Phong finds a paying audience in Vietnam

Will people pay to watch documentaries in Vietnam? A film about a transgender person has raised hopes they will. The audience cheered and clapped as the screen faded to black at a cinema in Hanoi. The applause was not for a sold-out Hollywood blockbuster, a Vietnamese action movie or a tear-jerking romance. This time, the audience was cheering for Finding Phong, the first independent Vietnamese documentary to be commercially distributed in the country’s hubs Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi….

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Happiness in the dumps: stories of Vietnamese children

Happiness in the dumps: stories of Vietnamese children

A photographer goes through the looking glass into the lives of children in difficult circumstances and holds up a mirror. Dinh Chi Trung and the children during his trip to Ha Giang in October. It was a frustrating afternoon in late May. Dinh Chi Trung, 30, had spent half a day wandering around Phu Quoc Island in southern Kien Giang Province and failed to find characters for his project to tell “100 stories of Vietnamese children”. He decided to call…

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​The palm that sweetens life in Mekong Delta province

​The palm that sweetens life in Mekong Delta province

Known locally as the thot not, Borassus flabellifer, commonly known as doub palm, palmyra palm, tala palm, toddy palm and even wine palm, this species can be found everywhere in An Giang. The local name is derived from th’not in the Khmer language.   They provide a thirst-quenching drink, toddy, made by collecting the sap of its flowers. The palm sugar made from this also carries a special sweetness. The tall palms also beautifully break the monotony of rice fields in the Mekong Delta province.  A thirst-quencher The thot not juice…

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A bowl of fish cake noodles that will leave you wanting for more

A bowl of fish cake noodles that will leave you wanting for more

When the weather starts to turn chill, nothing can be as satisfying as slurping on a steaming bowl of delicious sour and spicy noodles soup. Besides bun rieu (salty tomato broth, served with crab or fish) and bun oc (snail noodles soup), another popular choice among Hanoians is bun ca (fried fish cake noodles soup). When it opened a decade ago the fried fish cake noodles soup restaurant on Le Van Huu Street was just a small eatery, but it now has branches…

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A bowl of fish cake noodles that will leave you wanting for more

A bowl of fish cake noodles that will leave you wanting for more

When the weather starts to turn chill, nothing can be as satisfying as slurping on a steaming bowl of delicious sour and spicy noodles soup. Besides bun rieu (salty tomato broth, served with crab or fish) and bun oc (snail noodles soup), another popular choice among Hanoians is bun ca (fried fish cake noodles soup). When it opened a decade ago the fried fish cake noodles soup restaurant on Le Van Huu Street was just a small eatery, but it now has branches…

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Vietnamese opera costumes inspire a fashion journey to the east

Vietnamese opera costumes inspire a fashion journey to the east

The fashion show, “Journey to the East,” held last weekend at the Lang Co township in Thua Thien- Hue Province, was a celebration of the 11th year of collaboration between the fashion duo. The show consisted of two parts, one that was based on traditional styles and the other that incorporated traditional aspects into modern designs. The first part, true to the Hat Boi tradition, was flamboyant in colours and design.  Sixty out of 90 outfits presented at the show were…

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Stairways to heaven: New photo props offer magical backdrops

Stairways to heaven: New photo props offer magical backdrops

By Khuong Nha   &nbspOctober 30, 2018 | 04:22 pm GMT+7 In the tourist hotspots of Da Lat, Hoi An and Nha Trang, youngsters are flocking to stairways that disappear into the horizon. “Infinity stair” is a new popular destination for young Vietnamese. The staircase in Da Lat City in the Central Highlands is designed in such a way that in photos it looks deceptively like it ascends to the sky. Photo by Huynh Phuong Hung One of them is…

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Renowned artists to perform at Saigon International Guitar Festival

Renowned artists to perform at Saigon International Guitar Festival

By Tam Ky  &nbspOctober 29, 2018 | 08:13 pm GMT+7 Some guitarists expected to perform at the event. Photos acquired by VnExpress The fifth Saigon International Guitar Festival (SIGF) will feature five concerts featuring renowned artists from all over the world. The five guitar concerts will be held from October 31 to November 4 at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street in District 1. This year’s opening performance will have 40 young guitarists from…

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Pristine Nam Du islands offer a quiet getaway

Pristine Nam Du islands offer a quiet getaway

The 21 islands that form the Nam Du Archipelago offer visitors a real break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It takes a seven-hour drive on a bus from Ho Chi Minh City and a two hour boat ride from Rach Gia City in Kien Giang Province. The islands can be visited anytime of the year, but it’s best to go between November and May when the sea is quiet (and clean) and tourists can avoid getting seasick….

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Nam Du pristine islands offer a quiet getaway

Nam Du pristine islands offer a quiet getaway

The 21 islands that form the Nam Du Archipelago offer visitors a real break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It takes a seven-hour drive on a bus from Ho Chi Minh City and a two hour boat ride from Rach Gia City in Kien Giang Province. The islands can be visited anytime of the year, but it’s best to go between November and May when the sea is quiet (and clean) and tourists can avoid getting seasick….

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