• Bottoms up to cheap beer

    Bottoms up to cheap beer

    02/03/2013 02:38

    Ahhhh. After a hot, steamy day of exploring museums and pagodas there's nothing better than sitting in a pavement cafe, sipping a cold beer, and watching the world go by. The presence of Bia Hanoi, or freshly brewed, light, low-alcohol pilsener-style lager, is one of the best things...

  • Nosey Vietnamese parkers

    Nosey Vietnamese parkers

    04/02/2013 03:27

    At the height of the furore in the Western press about Facebook selling users’ data to ad companies, I asked my students if this concerned them that companies could track their movements on the internet and thus target them with advertisements suited to their interests. They gave...

  • How it feels in rainy season?

    How it feels in rainy season?

    16/01/2013 02:38

    A few months of indoor living, poncho motorbikes, damp clothes and sheets would do everyone good I figured- and by the time the heat rolled around again we’d all be ready for it. As October rolled in, so did the rain. But then something strange happened - it rolled back out as...

  • Ngu Hanh Son - A famous destination

    Ngu Hanh Son - A famous destination

    17/12/2012 07:50

    Nestled 8 kilometers southeast of Danang City, Ngu Hanh Son looks like five fingers rising out the ground. It was named after the five basic elements of the universe in which each mountain is assigned an element - metal, wood, fire, water and earth. This is a cluster of five marble...

  • Dyke civilization in Vietnam

    Dyke civilization in Vietnam

    13/12/2012 02:21

    Before they built dykes, the Viet people had lived as hunters and collectors of wild fruits in hilly areas such as the present-day Phu Tho, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa provinces. There was a revolution in Vietnamese agriculture at the start of the Dong Dau (Bronze Age) and the Iron Age, when...

  • Dinh Yen mat village in Southern Vietnam

    Dinh Yen mat village in Southern Vietnam

    11/12/2012 02:59

    Coming here, tourists will have a chance to attend the village’s market where millions of products of different kinds from the Cuu Long River delta and the eastern area of Southern Vietnam are exchanged every year. Collecting rush in Can Tho Province to supply...

  • Teachers’ Day

    Teachers’ Day

    20/11/2012 11:47

    On the surface, it may seem like a good idea – a little extra recognition for a noble calling that is often under-appreciated and underpaid, the latter of which is very true in Vietnam. But a Vietnamese friend doesn't like how Teachers’ Day creates expectations for families...

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