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Month: October 2018

Two new stunning caves to welcome visitors in central Vietnam

Two new stunning caves to welcome visitors in central Vietnam

By Hoang Tao  &nbspOctober 29, 2018 | 02:13 pm GMT+7 Gieng Vooc cave in Quang Binh. Photo by Phong Nha Discovery Starting next month, the Vom and Gieng Vooc caves in Quang Binh Province will welcome visitors to their stunning interiors. A standard tour to the caves will be a two day-one night affair. Visitors can hike, camp, on simply go sightseeing in this area. The Vom cave is 1.6 kilometers long, 124 meters high and 150 meters wide. What…

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Hanoi-Ha Long Bay trip an affordable luxury, says UK newspaper

Hanoi-Ha Long Bay trip an affordable luxury, says UK newspaper

A night scene at the Temple of Literature, a popular destination in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Vu Quang Ngoc   The trip is included in a list of favorable travel options priced from £100 to £800 ($128-1,026). For £300 ($384), a package tour that includes two nights in Vietnam’s capital city and an overnight stay on a cruise boat in the world-renowned natural heritage site Ha Long Bay, is great value for money, the newspaper said. The Independent’s other recommendations include driving…

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Da Lat house’s clever use of waste

Da Lat house’s clever use of waste

By Thai Binh  &nbspOctober 29, 2018 | 11:43 am GMT+7 Waste from local factories has been upcycled to build a house in the Central Highlands city. This house with one main block and three small cabins is situated on the side of a mountain. It’s used as a homestay. It is built on a narrow, but prolonging parameters (the total area is 260 square meters but the width is only 8 meters). It also slopes, narrowing at the back. The main…

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Growing affluence sees more and more Vietnamese go on overseas cruises

Growing affluence sees more and more Vietnamese go on overseas cruises

Data from the Asia Cruise Trends report released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) shows that the number of Vietnamese going on cruise trips abroad last year soared to 59,000, 38 times up from as recently as 2012. This makes Vietnamese among the most promising groups of customers in the fastest-growing Asian cruise market, the report said. The boom has been attributed to the country’s economic growth.  GDP growth reached 6.98 percent between January and September. Prime Minister Nguyen…

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Vietnam’s haunted haunts are no Halloween joke

Vietnam’s haunted haunts are no Halloween joke

Belief in spirits and the afterlife is ingrained into the Vietnamese psyche, so Vietnam abounds in stories of ghosts and haunted places. These places are not in isolated, remote areas; they can be found in the heart of the most modern cities. Now that Halloween season is around the corner, a visit is warranted to three of the most famous haunted locations in Vietnam. Are they really haunted? Many, if not most, will tell you they are true. To paraphrase…

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A Khmer recipe for delicious, fragrant grilled chicken

A Khmer recipe for delicious, fragrant grilled chicken

Tri Ton District in An Giang offers more than the picturesque scenery that the Mekong Delta is renowned for. As a locality neighboring Cambodia, its cuisine carries influences from across the border, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its grilled chicken with kaffir lime leaves. This delicious dish makes for a perfect lunch amidst a tour of the province. This grilled chicken is a traditional dish of the Khmer ethnic minority people in southern An Giang Province. Its…

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Young Vietnamese boy bears most onerous burdens with a smile

Young Vietnamese boy bears most onerous burdens with a smile

Ho Minh Hieu lives with his aunt’s family and his swine and piglets. The story of the 12-year-old, who is studying in central Quang Nam Province’s Nguyen Thanh Primary School, documented by photographer Dinh Chi Trung, has touched the hearts of many people.  Hieu’s mother passed away when he was little and he has never heard from his father. After his mother died, he was sent to Laos to live with his uncle. Life on the other side of the border deprived…

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Overcoming adversity with a smile

Overcoming adversity with a smile

Ho Minh Hieu lives with his aunt’s family and his swine and piglets. The story of the 12-year-old, who is studying in central Quang Nam Province’s Nguyen Thanh Primary School, documented by photographer Dinh Chi Trung, has touched the hearts of many people.  Hieu’s mother passed away when he was little and he has never heard from his father. After his mother died, he was sent to Laos to live with his uncle. Life on the other side of the border deprived…

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Crêpe, Galette: Culinary extracts from a French experience in Saigon

Crêpe, Galette: Culinary extracts from a French experience in Saigon

Little crêperies, ubiquitous in France, can spring a surprise in Vietnam. A Saigon establishment shows how. Photo by Trung Lam There are two types of crêpes: sweet crêpes (crêpes sucrées) and savory galettes (crêpes sales). The crêpes, made with wheat flour, can be dessert or as part of a breakfast.  Galettes are made with buckwheat, usually filled with egg, meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and other ingredients, and can be a meal at all times. Most Vietnamese know of the sweet…

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Crêpe, Galette: Culinary extracts from a colonial experience in Saigon

Crêpe, Galette: Culinary extracts from a colonial experience in Saigon

Little crêperies, fancy or common, can be found all over France, and in some former colonies like Vietnam.   Photo by Trung Lam There are two types of crêpes: sweet crêpes (crêpes sucrées) and savory galettes (crêpes sales). The crêpes, made with wheat flour, can be dessert or as part of a breakfast.  Galettes are made with buckwheat, usually filled with egg, meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and other ingredients, and can be a meal at all times. Most Vietnamese know of…

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