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Beyoncé stuns in Vietnamese designer’s dress for movie premiere

Beyoncé stuns in Vietnamese designer’s dress for movie premiere

For the premiere of Disney’s The Lion King held July 14, Beyoncé turned heads in a shiny yellow gown with a high thigh-slit. The dress, made of crushed metallic organza fabric, was tailored and customized to fit her own style, including an asymmetrical neckline, one off-the-shoulder sleeve and a triangle cut-out on the chest. Cong Tri said the gown was made by three dressmakers in just three days after receiving Beyoncé’s order. The outfit attracted a lot of media attention,…

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Vietnam’s Cao Bang geopark among world’s most beautiful

Vietnam’s Cao Bang geopark among world’s most beautiful

U.S. news site Insider, which made the selection, describes Non Nuoc Cao Bang, recognized as a global geopark by UNESCO last year, as offering “magnificent views of its waterfalls, lakes, and diverse plant species.” Non Nuoc Cao Bang, founded in 2015, covers 3,000 square kilometers on the border with China. Its collection of fossil, sediment, volcanic rocks and karst landscape is believed to illustrate 500 million years of the earth’s history. Seven hours northeast of Hanoi, tourism has long been a…

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Google honors Vietnam’s Hoi An on its homepage

Google honors Vietnam’s Hoi An on its homepage

An image of Hoi An in central Vietnam with symbols of the Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) and colorful lanterns are Google’s logo for the day. The Google Doodle is a special temporary presentation that commemorates holidays, events, achievements and people. A screenshot from Google Doodle featuring Hoi An on its homepage, July 16, 2019. Vietnamese celebrations like Tet (Lunar New Year Festival), the Mid-autumn Festival, Teachers’ Day, and Independence Day have all been featured on the search engine’s home page. In…

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Bustling nightlife at Hanoi beer hub

Bustling nightlife at Hanoi beer hub

The sounds are unrestrained and very loud. There’s the clinking of glasses followed by zesty shouts: “zo, zo tram phan tram” (Vietnamese for bottoms up). Pham Tuyet Lan, 33, is both apprehensive and excited as she gingerly steps her way through the masses of small plastic chairs and people, drinking bia hoi (local draft beer) and chatting nineteen to the dozen. It’s the first time that Lan, a reserved, reticent accountant, is visiting Ta Hien, having gathered up enough courage to visit…

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Southern Vietnam pottery village, 150 years and going strong

Southern Vietnam pottery village, 150 years and going strong

It is widely accepted that traditional craft villages are being pushed into oblivion due to the advancement of technology as machines outperform people and artisans have to look for other ways to earn a living. But there are still exceptions. Tuong Binh Hiep, the oldest pottery village in the southern province of Binh Duong near HCMC, has a history going back more than 150 years. It makes various kinds of clay jars and pots for agriculture, fisheries and daily use. …

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Insects swarm a northern highlands market

Insects swarm a northern highlands market

The Na Si market in Hat Lot Town, Son La Province opens from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Apart from the usual assortment of vegetables, fruits and meat, the 500 square-meter market also sells various insect species, some hunted in nature, others bred. July seems to be a time when many insects reproduce, allowing vendors to bring locusts, dragonfly larvae, cicadas, bamboo worms, crickets and many other species to the market. Depending on the species, farmers bring…

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Gia Lai smothered in fog at dawn

Gia Lai smothered in fog at dawn

A corner of Pleiku Town, the center of Gia Lai, which is more than 500 km from Ho Chi Minh City, is covered by fog in an early morning of June. Photographer Hoang Quoc Vinh said dawn, 5.30 a.m. to 6.30 a.m., is a great time to go photo hunting in the province. “Driving a bicycle or motorbike through green pine forests when the first rays of sunshine penetrate the mist is also an awesome experience,” he said.   A motorbike…

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Misty enchantment of Gia Lai at dawn

Misty enchantment of Gia Lai at dawn

A corner of Pleiku Town, the center of Gia Lai, which is more than 500 km from Ho Chi Minh City, is covered by fog in an early morning. Photographer Hoang Quoc Vinh said dawn, 5.30 a.m. to 6.30 a.m., is a great time to go photo hunting in the province. “Driving a bicycle or motorbike through green pine forests when the first rays of sunshine penetrate the mist is also an awesome experience,” he said.   A motorbike driver on…

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Pho rolls an attraction of Hanoi cuisine

Pho rolls an attraction of Hanoi cuisine

The clink of beer glasses, the buzz of happy conversation and laughter, the fragrance of stir-fried garlic and beef – this is the night ambience on a 100 meter section of Ngu Xa Street near the Truc Bach Lake. This street section is the pho cuon (pho rolls) hub in Hanoi. The story is that one day, a noodle soup seller on this street ran out of broth for her pho bo (beef noodles soup). A thinker on her feet, she…

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An accidental dish makes Hanoi summer evenings memorable

An accidental dish makes Hanoi summer evenings memorable

The clink of beer glasses, the buzz of happy conversation and laughter, the fragrance of stir-fried garlic and beef – this is the night ambience on a 100 meter section of Ngu Xa Street near the Truc Bach Lake. This street section is the pho cuon (pho rolls) hub in Hanoi. The story is that one day, a noodle soup seller on this street ran out of broth for her pho bo (beef noodles soup). A thinker on her feet, she…

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