The Hong Kong newspaper said "from stunning beaches and elephant sanctuaries to adventurous underwater activities, much of the region’s beauty has yet to be discovered" and Vietnam is recommended for those seeking "authentic travel experiences". It described Hue, the country's ancient imperial capital that witnessed the glories and collapse of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the last feudal rulers of Vietnam, as a must-visit place for more historical activities. "Visitors can embark on tours to explore the old temples and pagodas that make up most of the city and explore central Vietnamese cuisine with a street food tour." To the north of Ho Chi Minh City is the mountain town of Da Lat where adventure lovers can indulge themselves with canyoneering, white water rafting and a high ropes course, it said. Da Lat, situated 1,500 meters above sea level in the Central Highlands, was a summer getaway for French officials who built villas to escape the heat and humidity of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam a top holiday draw in Southeast Asia: SCMP
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Vietnam’s commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City, figures prominently this year among travel plans of vacation enthusiasts around the world. The city, which received more than seven million foreign arrivals last year, comes third on the list of top 10 trending global destinations this year, based on data collected by Kayak. Kayak is a popular travel booking site that allows people to look for cheap flights and hotels for holidays. A Kayak survey found a year-on-year surge of 49 percent in flight searches by its readers and users. The survey results, published earlier this month, also said round-trip flights from the U.S. to Saigon in 2019 ranged from just under $700 to upwards of $1,000, and hotel rates were reasonable, too. Tourists have food and beer around sidewalk tables of a restaurant in Saigon's backpacker street Bui Vien. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Quy On top of the list of trending destinations was Mexico, followed by Indonesia’s Bali, known as the Island of the … [Read more...] about Saigon a big lure for international travelers in 2019
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s beauty has inspired millions, and French painter Léopold Franckowiak is no exception. Houla Houp. The Frenchman of Polish origin has come a long way since first arriving in Hue eight years ago, with his latest exhibition perhaps his crowning achievement. Franckowiak’s Rendez-Vous wrapped up on Tuesday after a month-long exhibition in Phu Vang District, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. The exhibition displayed about 30 oil paintings curated by the Le Brothers, Le Ngoc Thanh and Le Duc Hai, founders of New Space Art Foundation, where local and foreign artists are supported. For many years, Franckowiak’s work consisted largely of installations and performances, but when he moved to Vietnam, he focused on painting portraits. “Canvases help him remember his childhood and the relationship with his friends and family back in Europe,” artist Thanh remarked. Franckowiak was born in 1951 and studied … [Read more...] about Vietnam inspires French artist
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Huynh Minh Hiep, organizer of the "Ancient Saigon" exhibition at the Institute of Cultural Exchanges with France (IDECAF) in District 1, reads a 1971 issue of the anti-French colonial Saigon newspaper, Duoc Nha Nam (The Torch of Vietnam). The living room furniture and settings reflect interior decoration trends before 1975, he said. Hiep can explain in detail to visitors every fragment of history that he has been collecting for 25 years, traversing French colonial and Vietnam War eras, among other things. Pointing to a gown that dates back to the 1940s or fifties, he said: "My grandfather used to wear this." A closer look at the crumbling but still readable Duoc Nha Nam edition shows that it cost VND100 at a time when VND1,000 (4.3 US cents) was the highest denomination. Then, the collector said, VND100 could buy you more than eight kilograms of rice or half a kilo of pork meat. The newspaper headline goes: "1971: Where does Vietnamese currency go?" Tran Tan Quoc, … [Read more...] about Everyday objects bring back a bygone Saigon