Vietnamese martial arts finds way into foreign hearts

Foreign contestants at the Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts Festival 2010 impressed the audience with their striking performances. Despite the fact that they are not Vietnamese, they display a passion for Vietnam’s traditional martial arts. The foreign contestants practice just as hard as the Vietnamese do. They eat Vietnamese food, for...

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Saigon’s badminton players quit in protest

Six badminton players, including Vietnam’s top player Nguyen Tien Minh, don’t want to play for HCM City anymore because they disagree with the behaviour of the city’s badminton division chief.   Six players sent their petition to HCM City sports authorities on July 9, before Tien Minh goes to Australia...

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Saigon’s Banh Mi

Booming Saigon, a city on the move, lays claim to a specialty that Vietnamese-American writer Monique Truong, author of “The Book of Salt” and the coming “Bitter in the Mouth,” calls “the ultimate on-the-go fare”: the extravagantly stuffed banh mi sandwich. The most popular form is banh mi thit (“thit”...

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Hoi An: An unforgettable experience

Located 30 kilometres away from Da Nang City, the ancient and legendary Hoi An is one of Asia’s top destinations. Famous Thu Bon River, Cua Dai Beach, rice fields and old streets are adorned with souvenirs. The people are known to be friendly, honest and hospitable. Hoi An vendors have...

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Inflated egos popped in premier of ‘Shanghai’

Actress Ly Nha Ky and super model Vu Thu Phuong disappointed Vietnamese audiences after inflating their image and roles in the movie “Shanghai”. Media and fans were under the impression that these women had major roles in the Hollywood movie which recently premiered in Ho Chi Minh City. In the...

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Snake heart not for the faint of heart

The list of things I eat in Vietnam grows weirder by the month, and by the mouthful. The food in Vietnam is phenomenal. There is an abundance of flavour, variety, style, and personality to the dishes in Vietnam. Vietnam could very well be the cuisine capital of Asia. When I...

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Dog meat, ghosts, and $1.5 million

I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t know already by saying that most people who live in the U.S. find the custom of eating dogs extremely strange. Many people would go so far as to say disgusting and horrifying; and some people maybe even further than that. But actually...

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The real deal with eating dog

I officially crossed into uncharted cuisine waters when I finally tried dog meat in Vietnam. I know the repulse some might feel and am aware of the judgment others may send my way for it. I also know many will say, “It’s about time,” and shrug it off as no...

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Tourists flock to central region

The number of tourists to the central region on the occasion of Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day has increased remarkably against the previous years. In the coastal areas of Danang city, Cua Dai in Hoi An ancient town, Lang Co beach in Thua Thien Hue province, some...

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