Vietnam’s fourth annual Mountain Marathon (VMM) brought scores of visitors to Sa Pa at the tail end of the low season. Roughly 1,700 runners, their families and friends flooded the mountain resort town for a weekend mercifully lacking in rain or strong sunshine. About 90 of those who checked-in on the morning of September 23 left that night to brave the new 100km ultra marathon, which Topas, the organizer, billed as “the hardest one-day race ever in Vietnam.” Guided by headlamps alone, the racers set off toward a finish line; fewer than half would cross before 24-hours had passed. Shorter races began in the wee hours of Saturday as runners decked out in spandex, bra-like backpacks, and sharp shoes rose to disappear up in the mountains, slide down muddy slopes and trudge through ethnic minority villages. Some tumbled onto their bottoms, others gave up after finding themselves lost and exhausted. Nearly all who finished emerged scratched and bruised. And … [Read more...] about Vietnam runs 100km Ultra Marathon (and likes it)
The Hanoi Times - A travelling promotional tourism program, “Vietnam Show 2009,” kicked off in Japan last week. The program, featuring cultural activities such as a fashion show, performances of traditional music and dances, opened in SakaiCity, Osaka, where the Consulate General of Vietnam was recently introduced at the beginning of September. “Vietnam Show 2009” is one of the biggest Vietnamese promotional tourism programs in Japan, said the director of Vietnam Airlines (VNA) Representative Office in Japan, Nguyen Quoc Tuan. The event aims to give Japanese people knowledge of the land and people of Vietnam and draw more Japanese visitors to the country. As planned, seminars on tourism will be organized at every destination with the participation of tourist companies from the two countries. The program will give out free Vietnam guide books to visitors. The event, co-organized by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), VNA and Da … [Read more...] about Roving Vietnam tourism promotion launched in Japan – Tours – Travel
In the framework of the 4th Conference of ANMA,Vietnam National Museum of History (VNMH) has organized for delegations attending ANMA 4 visit some historical sites and traditional trade villages of Vietnam in Hanoi . The deligations were divided into 2 groups according to two programs. Program 1: visiting Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam historical site and Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Program 2: visiting Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and trade village of Bat Trang pottery. In program 1: In the morning, Ph.D Vu Manh Ha - the Deputy Director of VNMH took the delegation to historical sites of Hanoi : Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam and Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. The staff at monuments Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam enthusiastic guided and introduced the history of construction; steles of Ph.D,The shrine at Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam ... Some pictures of delegations visiting in program 1, Ph.Vu Manh Ha was head of delegation.Ph.Vu Manh Ha , along with … [Read more...] about ANMA Diary four dates October 9, 2013, the delegation attending ANMA 4 visited in historic relic and traditional trade village of Vietnam.
The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh city is filled with the fragrance of grass and rice, punctuated by the lingering smoke of cooking fires. Foreign visitors watch on as old women - once guerrilla fighters - cook the rice which will then be pressed into balls. There in the museum they can also try various kinds of foods popular during the war years, liked baked sweet potatoes for soldiers who went out to crawl among deadly munitions, or dried banana skins - a rather unusual âspecialty' consumed by revolutionary prisoners of war. Such aspects of the recent wars in Vietnam are easily overlooked but are now experienced at one of the most popular museums in Ho Chi Minh city. "We invited former prisoners to come over and make dry provisions from banana peel, and former guerrillas to make rice balls and baked fish," says Huynh Ngoc Van, director of the museum. The event of sharing food with the veterans in a cosy fire-side chat is considered a unique specialty by the museum. "While … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s museums learn to think outside the box
The Vietnam National Museum of History was officially launched on September 26, 2011, integrating the Vietnam History Museum and the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution. These two museums were the first museums in Vietnam. The Vietnam History Museum was at 1 Trang Tien street in the 1926 building that previously housed Louis Fino Museum of the French School of the Far East. The Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution was at 25 Tong Dan street in a colonial building the Commercial Department of Indochina built in 1917. These two museum buildings, adjoining the Hanoi Opera House, make up an impressive architectural complex, which attracts a large number of tourists. Vu Manh Ha is Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Museum of History: "According to historians, history is a current and revolution is part of history, so it is important to merge these two museums. The Party, State and historians hope that this merging will create a national museum that introduces the thousand-year- old … [Read more...] about Vietnam National Museum of History