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Month: December 2018

10 Vietnamese music videos that took over YouTube in 2018

10 Vietnamese music videos that took over YouTube in 2018

It was a year that millions of fans were wowed by quality, creative music videos telling stories of heartbreak with melancholy ballads also wildly energetic electronic rhythms bound to get the feet moving. Some were from the prominent faces in Vietnamese music, others were those who’ d been known for a long time in the underground scene, and there were unexpected surprises. One even broke the YouTube record in Asia until K-pop sensation BTS came along with their smash hit…

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Hanoians try to stay warm up as it gets very cold

Hanoians try to stay warm up as it gets very cold

The cold spell has surrounded northern Vietnam this week and people are trying to stay warm in different ways.  One man has a raincoat to protect himself from the cold wind while walking along the Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, which is usually crowded on the weekends.   Normal busy streets like the Dinh Tien Hoang pedestrian street near the Hoan Kiem Lake is neither noisy nor crowded.  Motorbike drivers are wearing masks, hats, gloves, coats and extra layers of clothing. This…

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Da Nang a top pick to ring in New Year for South Koreans: Agoda

Da Nang a top pick to ring in New Year for South Koreans: Agoda

By Nguyen Quy  &nbspDecember 30, 2018 | 07:00 pm GMT+7 Da Nang rings in the new year 2018 with a fireworks party on Han River. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong A new survey on South Korean bookings by Agoda ranks Da Nang among top 10 vacation destinations to celebrate the 2019 New Year’s Eve. The new year is closing in and vacation enthusiasts around the world have made travel plans, and South Korean travelers have shown great interest in the central…

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Man makes stilt house out of 200 kg of medicinal mushrooms

Man makes stilt house out of 200 kg of medicinal mushrooms

Luong Tan Oanh has built a stilt house covered in local varieties of mushrooms at his home in central Quang Nam Province. It is 2.9 meters long, 3 m tall and 1.5 m wide took seven people 10 days to make. Called green limestone mushroom in Vietnam, the species is used in traditional Asian medicine and boasts anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and other benefits. The house frame is made of iron and has a layer of plywood atop, and the mushrooms…

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Vietnamese travel agencies cancel Egypt tours after deadly bomb blast

Vietnamese travel agencies cancel Egypt tours after deadly bomb blast

Truong Thi Thu Giang, a representative of Vietravel, said at least 60 customers agreed with the travel agency that a tour to Egypt scheduled to depart Saturday is cancelled. It was an ‘easy’ decision to make because just a day earlier, a bomb blast had killed three Vietnamese tourists and injured 12 others. One Egyptian tour guide was also killed.  The Ho Chi Minh City-based travel operator had planned to take 70 other holidaymakers to Egypt in January, but it is…

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Eat authentic Vietnamese gumbo at Saigon market

Eat authentic Vietnamese gumbo at Saigon market

By Linh Sea   &nbspDecember 30, 2018 | 09:17 am GMT+7 A bowl of Vietnamese gumbo costs $1.29. Photo by Linh Sea A stall in Pho Co Dieu Market serves authentic Vietnamese gumbo ‘bun mam’, a signature dish in Vietnam’s southwestern region. Originally from Cambodia, vermicelli, broth and the aroma of fish sauce make bun mam (fermented thick Vietnamese vermicelli soup) a simple but wonderful dish. In the food court at District 11’s Pho Co Dieu Market (previously called Thiec Market in…

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How to enjoy a Mui Ne holiday to the fullest

How to enjoy a Mui Ne holiday to the fullest

Mui Ne is already a top beach destination in Vietnam, but the town has much more to offer. For starters, it is home to historical vestiges including remnants of the Champa Kingdom that once ruled south-central Vietnam. The added attractions of the town, part of Phan Thiet City in Binh Thuan Province, can be enjoyed at any time of the year, as Mui Ne enjoys a tropical hot climate all year round, but the best time to visit is from…

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Historic cave named after Vietnamese general to open next year

Historic cave named after Vietnamese general to open next year

By Hoang Tao  &nbspDecember 29, 2018 | 09:05 pm GMT+7 Inside Vo Nguyen Giap cave. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Tao The historic Vo Nguyen Giap Cave in the central province of Quang Binh will start welcoming visitors in 2019.  Vo Nguyen Giap cave has stalactites of various forms. Photo by VnExpress/Tran Cuong  The cave is located in Ngan Thuy Commune, Le Thuy District. It is named after General Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013), Vietnam’s legendary military leader who led the Vietnam People’s…

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Four Vietnamese homes among Best Houses of 2018

Four Vietnamese homes among Best Houses of 2018

Four Vietnamese houses made the cut from 4,000 different projects published this year by the world-famous publication on architecture. The Brick Cave and Hopper House are located in Hanoi, The Hut in Saigon, and the Long An House in the Mekong Delta province of Long An. The website says experts evaluated houses based on four criteria – architectural design, material and construction innovation, challenging topography, and meeting client’s desires. The complete selection contains houses from other countries like Japan, Portugal…

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Go to Hoi An for holidays in 2019, says French magazine

Go to Hoi An for holidays in 2019, says French magazine

Elle, the worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin named Hoi An among 10 stunning holidays ideas for 2019 that will “inspire you to live the way you’d like to”. Elle described Hoi An as arguably Vietnam’s most underrated and marvelous town, a melting pot of architecture, history and culture. Dating back to the 15th and 19th century, the port town has a statuesque-ancient-town vibe. “From ornate Buddhist monasteries to the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and from the bustling Riverside market…

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