Several expats living in Vietnam have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. Kim Cheng, from San Diego, California, USA My husband and I have been living in Vietnam for over six years, and I've celebrated four memorable Christmases and New Year's holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam. It was December 24, 2008 and Vietnam had just won the AFF Championship. Most of Le Duan Street and the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral had thousands of motorbikes with fans cheering and waving Vietnamese flags. Then, just before midnight, there was a wave of silence. It was really cool to see a mass of people become so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The weather in the city during December is similar to the weather in my hometown most of the year. This year, a small group of friends and I will have Christmas Eve dinner at Saffron restaurant. We're also doing a fun Secret Santa gift exchange. We have a … [Read more...] about That’s how they celebrate Christmas in Vietnam, how about you?
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Tan Dinh Church in District 3 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Global Magazine Timeout has recently named Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 among top 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world. Timeout described Ho Chi Minh City as a jewel that blends French colonial history with a robust street food culture and rapid modern development. The city is divided into 24 numbered districts, with District 3 portrayed as a buzzing but less well-trodden neighbourhood. Discovering the district, where exciting new developments coexist with a sense of history, visitors will find colonial-era churches and villas alongside Buddhist pagodas, and some of the city’s most renowned street food stalls. For a night out, Timeout suggested visitors head to one of the district’s live music mainstays which attract hip locals and a few of the more adventurous tourists. District 3 is also praised for having some of the best seafood on earth, which can be found on Nguyen Thuong Hien street, also … [Read more...] about HCM City’s District 3 among world’s coolest neighbourhoods
MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Hanoi-Dance Performance “J-Dance” in Hanoi Dec 7 and 8, 8pm Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung district Introducing the diversity of dance and physical expression in Japan with contemporary dance and Butoh performances from five dancers, who are currently active in Japan and at international festivals. Hanoi- Ballet Performance “Nutcracker – Wonder Dream” Dec 5 and 6, 8pm Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street, Directed by Tran Ly Ly, the ballet stars soloists Thu Hue, Thu Hang, Dam Han Giang, and Van Nam, and artists from the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. Under the baton of conductor Dong Quang Vinh, the ballet tells the story of Quynh Lan, who oversleeps on Christmas night and wakes up in a wonder land. She joins the Nutcracker Prince on an adventure with lots of surprises. Ticket prices: VND 300,000 - VND 400,000 - VND 500,000- VND 600,000 – VND700,000 HCMC- The Nutcracker HCM City … [Read more...] about What’s on December 3-9 (Daily updated)
UK-based entertainment magazine Time Out has ranked District 3 in HCM City as 18th on a list of the world's 50 coolest neighbourhoods. HCM City's District 3 among '50 coolest neighborhoods in the world' Visiting a 150-year-old pink church in Saigon Touring the pinky church in downtown Ho Chi Minh City Tan Dinh Church's pink colour attracts photo lovers. — VNS Photo Viet Dung As one of the city's 24 districts, District 3 is “a buzzing but less well-trodden neighbourhood where exciting new developments coexist with a sense of history", the magazine says. The article drew attention to the area's "colonial-era churches and villas alongside Buddhist pagodas" and live music mainstays. As part of Time Out's survey, around 27,000 city dwellers from around the world were asked for their opinions on their hometown's neighbourhoods. Time Out editors and contributing writers were also consulted. The Arroios area of Lisbon in Portugal was ranked the coolest place followed by … [Read more...] about HCM City’s District 3: 18th coolest neighbourhood in the world
A corner of Bangkok, Thailand (Photo: thainews.prd.go.th) Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s GDP growth forecast for 2020 has been set at 2.5-3 percent by Kasikorn Research Centre (K-Research) as compared to 2.8 percent growth seen this year. According to K-Research, the country needs additional stimulus to meet the upper edge of the estimated range. The 2020 economic outlook will likely suffer from external risk factors, particularly the US-China trade war and further dampening of exports. Amid this gloomy sentiment, the research house predicts Thailand's exports to contract 2 percent next year, said assistant managing director Nattaporn Triratanasirikul, adding fiscal policy should be the key instrument to support economic momentum while global uncertainties remain. Additional stimulus packages would help the economy to grow by 3 percent next year. Otherwise it would be below 3 percent. Otherwise, it would be below 3 percent, she said. Measures should be targeted towards … [Read more...] about K-Research predicts Thailand’s GDP growth at 2.5-3 percent in 2020