• The taco sultan of Ho Chi Minh City

    The taco sultan of Ho Chi Minh City

    10/07/2012 01:11

    The little street under Cong Ly Bridge looked like an unlikely place for Islamic pho. When we arrived, in the middle of a bright pink sunset, beer drinkers had sat down for a long night ahead and pork butchers were cleaning up for the day. The stall itself was attached to the front of a...

  • Xong dat or first-footing during the Dragon Year

    Xong dat or first-footing during the Dragon Year

    10/02/2012 02:59

    Among the many taboos and rituals connected with the Lunar New Year in Vietnam is xong dat, or “first-footing” as the Scots call it. It is a deep-rooted belief that the first person to enter the house in a year will have a bearing on the family’s fortune through...

  • A friend to the dead 

    A friend to the dead 

    06/07/2011 05:00

    Le Huu Tay has launched his small fishing boat out of the central town of Hue city for more than 40 years. During his many voyages, Tay has spotted the bodies of numerous annonymous kin — fellow fishermen, lost swimmers and unidentifed bodies — floating on the tide. Rather...

  • Northern Vietnam booms with ancient tea trees 

    Northern Vietnam booms with ancient tea trees 

    06/07/2011 05:00

    Vietnam boasts a vast wealth of ancient tea trees that are still waiting to be discovered, developed and protected. According to scant mention in historic materials and scientific research, ancient tea trees are mainly located in the northern highland provinces of...



    05/07/2011 05:00

    Sa Huynh jar tombs discovered in Quang Ngai Ten jar tombs dating back to 3,000 years ago were discovered in the central province of Quang Ngai on Monday. Archaeologists from Quang Ngai General Museum found the tombs after 2 months excavating an...


    04/07/2011 05:00

    Websites on music, Hanoi lakes make debut The Centre for Environment and Community Research (CECR) made debut a website on Hanoi lakes at www.cecr.vn on June 30. With six main parts featuring ecological environment protection, and climate change, lakes in...

  • Fake degree business thrives in Vietnam despite exposures 

    04/07/2011 05:00

    Nguyen Trung Kien and his wife (R) negotiate with a person who needs a master degree in Ho Chi Minh City. There have been several scandals about officials and others obtaining degrees from dubious universities and an equal number...

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