Saigon backpacker street undergoes major makeover

  • Beautiful beach faces destruction in Hoi An

Located about 5km from the ancient town of Hội An, Cửa Đại Beach was known as one of the most stunning beaches in Asia. Chickens come home to roost: An abandoned multi million dollar resort on Cửa Đại Beach. Its white sand and pristine blue water made it a popular destination among tourists. However, the beautiful beach has been threatened by coastal erosion in recent years. The rate of erosion has been rapid, with a yearly average of 10-15m with 2,000m in length, according to experts at…... [read more]

  • Seoul seeks tourism survival by transforming dilapidated overpass into pedestrian street

The Seoullo 7017 project, set to be completed this month by the Seoul Metropolitan government, features a dilapidated overpass in the South Korean capital that has been transformed into a large-scale pedestrian street and essential tourist attraction. The Seoullo 7017 project, set to be completed this month by the Seoul Metropolitan government, features a dilapidated overpass in the South Korean capital that has been transformed into a large-scale pedestrian street and essential tourist attraction. Once an elevated road reserved just for cars, the degraded concrete structure is now being turned into an exclusive area for local residents and tourists to…... [read more]

  • Festival to promote reading, life-long learning culture

The event is also part of activities of a project on developing reading culture among the community to 2020 with an orientation to 2030 and another project on strengthening life-long learning in libraries, museums, cultural house and clubs. The festival include various activities, including an exhibition showcasing books, newspaper and documents on the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh as well as outstanding examples in reading and self-studying. At the same time, a book arrangement competition will be held on the topic of homeland and President Ho Chi Minh, while children can join a programme to narrate the…... [read more]

  • Officials to be disciplined if sidewalks are encroached upon again

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - In a move to sustain its sweeping "sidewalk clean-up" campaign, the capital city's leader said the head of each local division will be held accountable if public space violations reoccur. The campaign, which originated in HCM City, is aimed at "reclaiming" sidewalks for their rightful users - pedestrians - from various parties encroaching upon public space for different purposes -- from parking of vehicles to exhibition of goods as well as one of Việt Nam's charm - street food stalls. Hoàng Trung Hải, secretary of Hà Nội's Party Committee, in a working session held…... [read more]

  • Hanoi celebration Children cultural festival for the first time

The Hanoitimes - According to announcement by the sponsors, include Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee, Children cultural festival 2017 will take place May 28 in the plaza surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake for the first time. The aim of the festival is to get children engaged and educated, whilst delivering it in an entertaining manner. Workshops will mostly be catered to children aged four to 12 years old, and will include carving, T-shirt printing, kite making, photography, storytelling, painting, magic, tile mosaics, beading, sculpting and more. Children cultural festival 2017 will take place May 28. There will also be a pre-school…... [read more]

  • Hanoi’s first book street promises to become new hangout for book lovers

>>> Hanoi launches first book street >>> Hanoi’s book street attracts nearly 20,000 visitors An official book street Situated nearby the Hanoi People's Court and the historical attraction Hoa Lo Prison, built during the time of French colonialism, the 200m book streets was designed in the form of a pedestrian street, stretching between the Ly Thuong Kiet and Hai Ba Trung Streets. Promising to become a popular destination, the first street in Hanoi dedicated to books welcomes thousands of visitors each day to look for books and enjoy a new reading environment, particularly during weekends. The book street stands out…... [read more]

  • HCM City launches weekend street art show

Ho Chi Minh City has launched a Street Show programme in Nguyen Hue walking street, with weekly performances every Saturday and Sunday. This month, the shows are being held under the theme "Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City", starting from May 13. According to the organisation board, the street art performances will combine both traditional and modern art forms, with the stages designed to feature traits of the city, such as city tour buses, vibrant parks and street food stalls. The programme is hoped to become one of the main tourism attractions of city, Director of the municipal Department of…... [read more]

  • Street show to be organized weekly on Nguyen Hue walking street

"Ho Chi Minh City Street Show", a street art performance program, will be organized on Nguyen Hue walking street on a weekly base, Saturday and Sunday evenings, from May 13th. The new point of the show compared to other art performance programs is the creative combination between contemporary street art in the world and the folk cultures in the three regions of Vietnam. In addition to familiar forms such as sleight-of-hand, singing, musical performance and dancing, the program also brings the special melodies of traditional arts such as Quan Ho singing, Don Ca Tai Tu singing and Gong Chieng dancing,…... [read more]

  • HCM City to hold street performances downtown on weekends

Viet Nam News HCM CITY- Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street in HCM City downtown will be alive with street artist performances every Saturday and Sunday night from May 13. The HCM City Street Show will feature a creative combination of international contemporary performances and Vietnamese traditional culture from three main regions, according to Bùi Tá Hoàng Vũ, director of the city's Department of Tourism. "Besides dancing, playing of musical instruments and magic acts, the show will offer beautiful melodies of quan họ (love duet), đờn ca tài tử (southern folk music) and gong ensembles," Vũ said at a press meeting held…... [read more]

  • 48 hours in Saigon for 20 bucks

Is it possible to spend a weekend in Vietnam’s largest city for 20 dollars? Yes. Yes, it absolutely is. Despite a surge in tourism, a recent survey by Forbes suggests that Vietnam is still one of the world’s most affordable countries to visit. One budget travel site even hinted that cash-strapped backpackers could survive on approximately 18 dollars per day. Always up for a challenge, we decided to go one better. Here’s our guide on how to spend two days and two nights in Saigon for no more than 10 dollars per day, including three meals and a bed for…... [read more]

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