Back to English Comments Travel - December 24, 2018 | 06:05 pm GMT+7 On Christmas Eve, Saigon's alleys are festooned with colorful lights to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Alleys are the veins of urban life in most cities, and Saigon is no exception. They are places where close-knit bonds bind neighborhoods; places that are home to the best street food; places that hide the best cafes; and places that generate vibrant street art. And beyond the mainstream glitter of shopping malls and imposing churches, the festivity of a Christmas season seeps into the alleys of "Christian hamlets", imparting a glow all their own. As the country’s biggest archdiocese, Ho Chi Minh City is home to nearly 700,000 Christians. And the community goes to town to ensure that this time of the year remains magical and sparkling. A man and his grandchild walk on Alley 58, Au Co Street, Tan Binh District. Photo by Thanh Nguyen.Two women in white tunics walk home after attending the church … [Read more...] about Saigon’s veins sparkle with Christmas magic – VnExpress International
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Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Two Vietnamese comedies produced by private HCM City filmmakers will be released during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The 90-minute comedy Hồn Papa Da Con Gái (Daddy Issues) is expected to be a hit and a step forward for the season. Its producer, Vietnamese-American Charlie Nguyễn, hired Japanese director Ken Ochiai to helm the film. To ensure that nothing went wrong, Charlie invited talented comedian Thái Hòa and young star Kaity Nguyễn, winner of the Golden Lotus prize for best actress at the 20th Vietnamese Film Festival in Đà Nẵng last year. Veteran comic artists Hồng Vân and Thành Lộc are also featured in the film. The movie is about Hải (played by Hòa) and Châu (played by Kaity) as father and daughter whose bodies are switched because of a mysterious and magical curse. Hòa impressed audiences in his … [Read more...] about Comedies flick among holiday season releases
In any country, driving culture and etiquette, or a lack thereof, is a window into that society. Vietnam is no exception. Here's my take on being an active participant-observer of transportation in Vietnam on a part-time basis since 1996 and full-time since 2005. I ride a bike but not in the city. Yes, I wear a helmet because I value brain function over vanity. I've never owned a motorbike. I am a frequent pedestrian who has had too many death-defying experiences in city traffic to recount in a single article. My main mode of transportation is a car. What is it like driving in Vietnam? Much like the country itself, never boring, always an adventure. What to expect? The unexpected – virtually every minute of every day that you’re on the road. Drive defensively and, when need to be, offensively. Protect yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the road. A tall order? Welcome to the crazy world of driving in … [Read more...] about When in Vietnam, drive as the Vietnamese do
Viet Nam News “Everyone, I will sell rose bouquets tomorrow in celebration of International Women’s Day. Those who are looking to give flowers to their girlfriends or classmates, please come to support me in front of Gate A of Hải Phòng University.” So wrote 26-year-old Trần Thị Hoa in one of her last Facebook posts on March 6. Early on the morning of March 7, Hoa and her friend Trần Thị Trang rode on motorbike to the flower market Đằng Hải in Hải An District in the northeastern port city of Hải Phòng. Not born to wealthy families, the pair intended to buy flowers and utilise their craft skills to make elaborate bouquets, aiming to make some money to cover their study and living expenses. On that fateful morning, Cao Huy Hoàng was driving a container truck for an export-import company along his usual route. Stopped at a red light, he saw that two trucks ahead of him were already occupying … [Read more...] about Road accidents: When will the pain end?
Hoi An town in Quang Nam province is attractive for its unique and ancient culture. Recently, Hoi An has launched a number of new tourism products such as “Night in the ancient town” to give visitors a new experience. Hoi An streets are particularly exciting after the sun sets. Along the scenic Hoai River are stalls selling local souvenirs and handicraft products. These include colorful lanterns, toy figurines made by Thanh Ha pottery artisans, silk items, and local cuisines like noodles, rice cakes, and sweet soup. Walking through Hoi An’s narrow alleys at night induces a feeling of profound peace. Dan Phuong, a visitor from Da Nang city, said she visits the Hoi An night market at the weekend just to mingle in the crowd under the colorful lights, walk along the river, and stop at a stall to sample Hoi An food. She said, “I’m not sure exactly why it is, but Hoi An inspires me so much that I visit the town quite often. I particularly like the night market … [Read more...] about Hoi An promotes new tourist products