The Hanoitimes - At first glance, Hanoi is a hornet’s nest of motorbikes swarming Vietnam’s capital city. But look beyond the sea of roaring engines and beeping horns and a land of old-world Asian charm awaits, with wide tree-lined streets shading old French colonial-style villas.Vietnam remains very cheap by Western standards, so it’s possible to grab a big steaming bowl of pho — a brothy, aromatic beef or chicken noodle soup that serves as the country’s staple dish — off a sidewalk cauldron for the price of a cup of coffee. Still, in a city dotted with sleepy lakes and Buddhist temples where much of life is lived on the street, some of the best experiences truly are free. Here’s five picks: STROLL AROUND HOAN KIEM LAKE The lake is the centerpiece of central Hanoi. Its shady banks are a meeting place for young teenagers chatting on mobile phones alongside aging war veterans playing chess. Early in the morning, the lake comes alive … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s capital is a city of beauty – Attractions – Travel
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Way out: A peaceful view of Hon Heo Peninsula overlooking Ninh Van Bay. — VNS Photos Minh Thu Om: A tourist meditates near An Lam Waterfall on Hon Heo Peninsula. I planned to enjoy staying in bed late to enjoy the pristine hide-away I had found combing the beauty of beach and forest. However, the glow of dawn, the lapping of the waves and the song of birds urged me to be the first one to wake up. I spent the most wonderful morning in my life. The tide ebbed, leaving behind sparkling snails on a white sandy beach. Two squirrels chased each other on branches. A gecko snapped its tongue in and out. My first day on Hon Heo Peninsula had begun. The peaceful space seemed to belong to me and the local wildlife. An Lam Villas staff picked up me at Cam Ranh airport serving the coastal city of Nha Trang. After 40 minutes by car and 15 minutes by speedboat, I reached the resort on Hon Heo Peninsula overlooking Ninh Van Bay. Bungalows covered with palm leaves were scattered … [Read more...] about Wine-filled tree house adds to delights on peaceful peninsula
Before you read this, you must understand that I am not in the "Twilight Zone," delusional, on any type of prescription medication, nor do I drink-this is how fantastic and incredible you will undoubtedly find the following report. To begin my story, I must reaffirm some basic facts some Americans still fail to realize. There is only one Vietnam and the capital is Hanoi. When the war ended 30 April 1975, the nation was unified-similar to our civil war during the 1860s. Over 60% of the Vietnamese population was born after the war ended and thus has no personal knowledge of the conflict with the French or American armed forces. The official auxiliary language in Vietnam is English-there are hundreds of English schools scattered throughout the nation.Most Vietnam television and radio stations broadcast the news in both Vietnamese and English. Vietnamese food and cooking are some of the healthiest in the world. The vast majority of Vietnamese could have secured a part in "Schindler's … [Read more...] about Season’s Greetings and Holiday Cheer from Hanoi!
Binh Dinh Province, the land of martial arts and literature and the homeland of plain-cloths hero Quang Trung (also known as Nguyen Hue) who was the preeminent leader of the Tay Son upspring movement in the late 18thcentury and the early 19th century, is stirring up a lot of interest because of its great tourism potential in the southern area of the Central region of Vietnam. The land of martial arts One of the most prominent imprints of the land is the system of heritage sites of the Tay Son Dynasty in the 18th century established by three brothers, Nguyen Nhac, Nguyen Hue and Nguyen Lu who were considered "Tay Son tam kiet" (lit. the three greatest leaders of Tay Son). The resounding feats of arms as well as military careers of the three brothers, particularly King Quang Trung during the process of establishing the Tay Son insurgent troops, training them and victories over the invaders created a glorious legacy for this sacred land. A corner of the coastal city of Quy … [Read more...] about Binh Dinh – The Land of Martial Arts
Street Festival Day in Hanoi PRO HANOI – STREET FESTIVAL will take place in Dong Da Park on July 21. This is a free program organised by Converse for young people ages 14 to 35 to show their talent through various forms of art, such as skating, break dance, basketball, and graffiti. There will be a rock gala with the participation of four music bands, namely ITeu, Go Lim, Re-Cycle and 18 +. Visitors to the festival will have the chance to play different games for fun and fitting rewards.18th century citadel to be restored in central region The Hoang De Citadel in the central province of Binh Dinh will be restored in a manner that retains its historic and cultural values, the provincial cultural authority has announced. The citadel’s main gate. Located on a 900 square metre site in An Nhon township, the citadel was built by King Thai Duc in the late 18th century on a foundation dating from the Champa Kingdom. Several stone walls and granite-tiled roads remain from the … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 18/7