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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Alpha Books is putting 25 metric tons of books on sale for $3.9 a kg to celebrate Christmas A Vietnamese book company will celebrate Christmas with a special event whereby titles will be sold by weight, but not all booklovers are happy with the idea. During the ‘Year-end Book Hot Pot’ event, running from December 15 to 17 in Hanoi, Alpha Books will sell 25 metric tons of books not by the price on their back covers, but by weight, the book company said on Monday. The books, of all genres from economics and business administration to self-help and sciences, will be available at a fixed rate of VND88,000 (US$3.9) per kilogram. The event will also give “1,000 books collectively worth VND1 billion [$44,053]” to lucky visitors, and offer 2,000 titles at a 50 percent discount. The idea of selling books by weight and associating them with a ‘hot pot,’ a soup made with various ingredients, has sparked mixed responses from local bookworms. Making books cheap? … [Read more...] about Vietnamese book firm sells ‘books by the kilo’ this Christmas
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
The government is maintaining its target for GDP growth of 3 percent this year, according to Kobsak Pootrakool, deputy secretary-general to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.(Photo: bangkokpost.com) Bangkok (VNA) – The Thai government is maintaining its target for GDP growth of 3 percent this year, with a series of stimulus measures to boost economic growth. Deputy Secretary-general to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for political affairs Kobsak Pootrakool held a sub-committee meeting on October 4 to review economic development. He said the meeting’s assessments of figures in the second quarter and the first two months of the third quarter lead it to believe 3 percent is achievable. The tourism sector will be the main driver of the economy this year, while export is expected to slow down, he said, adding the country will welcome some 20 million foreign arrivals in the second half. During the first eight months of 2019, there were 26.5 million foreign visitors, … [Read more...] about Thai government maintains 3 percent GDP growth target
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