Monthly Archives: August 2014

Cruise terminal to be built in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island is a stopover for 19 cruise ships departing from Singapore and traversing Thailand, Vietnam and other countries in northeast Asia. Without a port terminal, Phu Quoc receives small cruise ships bringing less than 1,000 passengers and crew members. Recently Saigontourist, a leading travel operator in Vietnam, implemented a pilot scheme to bring

People say their last goodbyes to Saigon Tax Centre

In recent days, young people in HCM City have been flocking to the Saigon Tax Centre, not only to buy products but also see the place, considered by many to be a symbol of the city, before it is torn down.   In recent days, young people in HCM City have been flocking to the

Cheap and delicious food not a thing of the past

While many have noted a marked increase in the price of food in the capital, there are still several stalls that are locally famous for selling quality Hanoian breakfast for reasonable prices.   Lining up for sticky rice The sticky rice stall on Hang Hom Street attracts many regular customers, charging only VND5,000. Having been

Two Vietnamese houses enter world’s top 10 super skinny

1. The house designed by Vo Trong Nghia, Sanuki Daisuke, Nishizawa Shunri Built for a young couple, the house is 20m long and 4m wide, typical of narrow but long ‘tube houses’ in Vietnam. Concrete planters span between the side walls to cover the front and back facades, and are spaced according to the height

A day on Cham Island

Just 15km from Cua Dai beach in Hoi An are the Cham islands which is an ideal choice for travelers who are looking for fun in the sun by the sea. The half-day trip provided by the Hoian Travel Company gives chances to explore life on the islands, visit cultural and historical sites, and go

Ho Chi Minh city invests over US$7.5 million to protect Cu Chi Tunnels

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner visits Cu Chi Tunnels in 2013. (Credit: VNA) The project’s first phase will work on the 2.3km tunnel from Trang Bang district, Tay Ninh province to the end of the relic site, in order to prevent expanding erosion from undermining part of the site in Ben Duoc and Ben

Non Nuoc Carving Village recognised as national heritage

The stone carving work that has made Non Nuoc Village, in Danang City, famous has also gained it recent recognition as an intangible national heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.   Shops in the Marble Mountains Famous throughout Vietnam, it was nominated to become a heritage because it met all major requirements,

Hoi An signs sister city agreement with Szentendre

Speaking at the recent signing ceremony in Szentendre, leaders from the two cities said sister city programmes increase tourism, encourage cities to send delegations and private citizens to visit, and provide reliable business contacts. They are a better way to understand cultural differences and the international markets in which they hope to compete, they said

Unicorns bring festival magic

Twenty days ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, an event that children are eagerly awaiting in Vietnam, craft shops and facilities in central Hue City are busy manufacturing unicorn heads, costumes and drums. As a tradition, children celebrate the festival by gathering in groups and visiting neighbours to perform the unicorn dance. Nearly all children aged

Unicorns bring festival magic

Twenty days ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, an event that children are eagerly awaiting in Vietnam, craft shops and facilities in central Hue City are busy manufacturing unicorn heads, costumes and drums. As a tradition, children celebrate the festival by gathering in groups and visiting neighbours to perform the unicorn dance. Nearly all children aged