Two rooftop cafes to take your breath away in Hoi An

Needless to say, Hoi An is the apple of many tourists’ eyes. The ancient town in central Vietnam steals the hearts of visitors with a calm and genuine atmosphere that naturally flows through lines of rustic yellow houses standing humbly side by side, challenging a world of rapid change. There are different ways to experience Hoi An: strolling through the streets at night with glowing lanterns floating down the Hoai River, cycling around the outskirts and down to the beach or dropping by a cafe to have a drink and see how time stands still in this charming little town. Faifo Coffee. Photo by VnExpress/Tam Anh. When it comes to coffee shops, the rooftops at Faifo Coffee and The Chef Café are a great choice. Unlike bars in Saigon and Hanoi, where rooftops mean fancy and expensive, these two cafés stay close to the true spirit of Hoi An and allow you to escape into a quiet, gentle space as your souls dance over the antique tiled roofs. Sitting at 130 Tran Phu Street, Faifo Coffee is a two-story house with simple decor. Like other iconic houses in the Old Town, it's painted a mellow yellow and features wooden furniture. Not far from here, The Chef Café is hidden away at 166 Tran Phu Street and you have to keep an eye out because its easy to miss. Make your way to these rooftops to discover Hoi An from another perspective, because sometimes, you should stand back and take…... [read more]

Hanoian authorities have decided to turn Trinh Cong Son Street in Tay Ho District into a walking route, starting on August 19, to provide Hanoians with an additional space for walking and enjoying traditional artistic performances and cuisine. According to information from the People's Committee of Tay Ho District, Trinh Cong Son Street, named after the famous late composer, will be the core of the walking space, covering Alley 431 on Au Co Street and Alley 612 on Lac Long Quan Road. Nguyen Dinh Khuyen, Vice Chairman of Tay Ho District People's Committee said that the walking zone is designed to add additional entertainment areas for tourists and the youth and to develop tourism activities associated with the West Lake. The new walking street will offer visitors artistic performances and Trinh Cong Son music at a 2,000 square metre outdoor stage. There will also be other traditional art forms, such as quan ho (love duet) singing and water puppet shows at lotus ponds around the zone. In addition, approximately 50-60 booths simulating the traditional architecture of Ha Noi Old Quarter and Hoi An Ancient Town will be arranged along the walking street, selling souvenirs, food and refreshments for visitors. The walking space will be organised from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week, starting from August 19. Aimed at offering a new address for entertainment and tourist activities in the West Lake area on the weekend, local authorities…... [read more]

NDO – Hanoian authorities have decided to turn Trinh Cong Son street in Tay Ho district into a walking route, starting on August 19, to provide Hanoians with an additional space for walking and enjoying traditional artistic performances and cuisine. According to information from the People's Committee of Tay Ho district, Trinh Cong Son street, named after the famous late composer, will be the core of the walking space, covering Alley 431 on Au Co street and Alley 612 on Lac Long Quan road. Nguyen Dinh Khuyen, Vice Chairman of Tay Ho district People's Committee said that the walking zone is designed to add additional entertainment areas for tourists and the youth and to develop tourism activities associated with the West Lake. The new walking street will offer visitors artistic performances and Trinh Cong Son music at a 2,000 square metre outdoor stage. There will also be other traditional art forms, such as quan ho (love duet) singing and water puppet shows at lotus ponds around the zone. In addition, approximately 50-60 booths simulating the traditional architecture of Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoi An ancient town will be arranged along the walking street, selling souvenirs, food and refreshments for visitors. The walking space will be organised from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week, starting from August 19. Aimed at offering a new address for entertainment and tourist activities in the West Lake area on the weekend, local authorities have provided cards for…... [read more]

The annual Culture and Sports Week for ethnic groups, a platform for connecting different ethnic communities in the region, kicked off on Thursday in Tiên Yên District, Quảng Ninh Province. A special pedestrian street is being organised with live street music and booths selling local specialties to “awaken the ancient town of Tiên Yên District”, which was once the region’s cultural and economic hub.-Photo baoquangninh.com.vn “This is an opportunity for the province to promote its image, people, landscapes and the unique cultural characteristics of its different ethnic groups to both Vietnamese and foreigners,” said Trương Công Ngàn, chairman of Tiên Yên District People’s Committee. The culture week, which will go on till August 7, will feature a wide range of events such as a folk and music festival, traditional costume show, modern dance and sports dance performances as well as traditional folk sports competitions. The festival will also include an exhibition showcasing the paintings, logos and photographs of Quảng Ninh and a booth introducing tourist destinations in Tiên Yên. A workshop will be held on conserving heritage by creating a cultural tourism product. On this occasion, Quảng Ninh has also launched a Culture and Sports Centre for its ethnic groups. The VNĐ200 billion (US$8.8 million) centre, where most of the Culture Week events are being held, can accommodate over 1,000 seats. A special pedestrian street is being organised with live street music and…... [read more]

French photographer Rehahn opens heritage exhibition in HanoiPhi Vu A “Precious Heritage” exhibition featuring 35 of French photographer Rehahn’s photos highlighting the beauty of elderly women and kids from ethnic minority groups across the country is taking place at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Cau Giay District, Hanoi until October 1. In a statement sent to the Daily on August 2, Rehahn, who has been living in the ancient town of Hoi An for six years, says the photo collection is aimed to honor the exotic and colorful richness of Vietnam’s ethnic culture and preserve the vanishing cultural heritage in the age of globalization. Earlier, the Frenchman, who has taken over 45,000 photos about Vietnam’s landscapes and people, has put on a free outdoor exhibition, also called “Precious Heritage”, in the World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam throughout this summer. In Vietnam, tourists, including those in the country, are often interested in exploring Halong Bay, beautiful beaches in Nha Trang, and Hoi An’s Yellow City, among others. Therefore, Rehahn has tried to depict Vietnam in a different perspective. In six years of traveling around the country, he has witnessed more interesting facets of the nation. Rehahn published his first photo book about Vietnam in 2014, called Mosaic of Contrasts, followed by “Vietnam, Mosaic of Contrasts Volume II” in late 2015. Last March, his photograph ‘Hidden Smile’ featuring Madame Xong, a boat rower in the Hoai River in Hoi An, found its new…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his entourage have successfully concluded their official visits to Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Of great significance during Mr Dung’s engagements was the presence of the PMs of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand at the inauguration of Friendship II Bridge spanning the MekongRiver which links Thailand and Laos. The Bridge has opened the East-West Economic Corridor, linking Thailand’s north-eastern provinces and Laos’s central region with Vietnam’s central provinces, adding fresh impetus to tourism and trade activities in the economic corridor. For instance, Thailand’s 19 north-eastern provinces will have greater opportunities to export key agricultural products through the Da Nang seaport more easily and rapidly. Immediately after the inauguration ceremony, a caravan of hundreds of touring cars from Thailand went through Huu Nghi II Bridge for the first time to visit cultural heritage sites in central Laos. They then passed through central Quang Tri province’s Lao Bao border gate to visit Hue, Da Nang and the ancient town of Hoi An. The caravan returned to Laos via Kon Tum province’s Bo Y border gate. During their talks, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh and Thai Prime MinisterSurayud Chulanont affirmed determination to promote closer cooperation in all areas and accelerate the implementation of projects in the East-West corridor for the sake of the development and prosperity of each country. During his visits to Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, PM Dung was given a warm welcome by each country’s leaders and people. At the welcoming…... [read more]

Three generations of old man Tam, an offspring of the Le family, have been living on Lang Islet for a long time. Le’s family has a large graveyard on a hill facing the west. Tam lives alone in a thatched hut on the hill, next to the graveyard. He has a house in Lang Village but he likes to live on the hill because, he says, it is more tranquil. The owners of Dan Tri Restaurant have been in Lang Village for about 15 years. From the ancient town of Hoi An, Tri and his wife, Dan, bought land in the village, intending to make their living by fishing. Their land is now at the front of the village and welcomes visitors arriving every day by hydrofoil. This has turned Tri from a fisherman into a tour operator. He provides guests with sightseeing tours by boat around the islets, fishing and diving gear, and lobsters meals at reasonable prices. The Cham Island group was bustling last summer when a travel company in Da Nang City put the hydrofoil - Greenlines 5 - into operation to transport guests from the central city. A trip to the island group takes about an hour. Every weekend, the hydrofoil carries 150 passengers to the island, not to mention the same number arriving by speedboat from Hoi An. Lang Village seems to be crowded. After a short visit to the exhibition room featuring artifacts found on sunken ships off Cham lsland, guests flock to the…... [read more]

This is major focus of the project, “Promoting World Heritage sites in Vietnam’s Central Region” launched on May 8 in the Quang Nam central province’s Hoi An ancient town. The project, funded by Asiana Airlines through the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) and UNESCO Hanoi office, aims to connect three World Heritage sites in the region, including Hue Monuments Complex in Hue city, Hoi An ancient town and My Son sanctuary in Quang Nam province. Asiana Airlines will also fund solar energy lighting systems at all three sites, with the system in Hoi An scheduled to be put into operation this year. At the launching ceremony, Tran Minh Ca, Vice Chairman of the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee, spoke highly of the support from Asiana Airlines, which launched a new route in December, 2011 linking the RoK capital, Seoul with Da Nang . He expressed his belief that thanks to the Asiana promotion, the world heritage site in the central region will be broadly presented to international tourists. Ca said that with Hoi An ancient town, My Son Sanctuary and Cham Islands Biosphere Reserve, the province has received strong cooperation and support from international agencies, organisations and individuals on heritage site conservation and sustainable tourism development.... [read more]

This is the cruise ship’s first visit to Vietnam prepared by leading Vietnamese tour operator Saigontourist. The visitors’ itinerary includes visits to Phuoc Le Temple, wineries, banh trang (dried rice paper sheets) producers, and fruit orchards. After leaving for My Tho Province’s Thoi Lao isle, tourists can observe local beekeepers and coconut candy makers and sample the region’s delicious natural bounty. In Ho Chi Minh City the cruise passengers are scheduled to tour the Cu Chi tunnel complex, Thong Nhat Palace, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Thien Hau-Cho Lon Pagoda, and watch a water puppet theatre performance. Later, on June 15, the cruise ship will dock at Thua-Thien Hue Province’s Chan May seaport to explore the central region’s renowned relics, including Minh Mang King Tomb, Hue Royal Palace, and Thien Mu Pagoda. They will then leave for Quang Nam province, Hoi An ancient town, and its Thanh Ha Pottery Village before scaling the Ngu Hanh Son (Marble) Mountain in neigbouring Danang City. Costa Atlantica joins the ranks of other Costa Crociere S.p.A cruise ships Saigontourist has welcomed since 2006—the Costa Allegra, Costa Marina, Costa Classica, Costa Romantica, and Costa Victoria. The British and American-owned Italian cruise line’s 14 ships sail to and from 230 countries around the world In 2013 its ships will visit Vietnam 17 times. In 2014, the country expects to welcome the Costa Victoria 13 times and Costa Atlantica a further 4.... [read more]

The tourists, mainly Americans, British, Canadians, and Australians, will tour ancient relics in Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, and My Tho. The ship will leave for Chan May port on December 14, giving passengers the chance to explore Hue’s former imperial city, Hoi An ancient town, the coastal city of Danang, and the My Son Sanctuary. They will travel on to Halong Bay, their final destination, on December 17, and conclude the six-day tour on December 18. The ship is scheduled to return to Vietnam again on December 24 for another Halong-Hue-Ho Chi Minh City tour. The Celebrity Millennium is one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, renowned for its grand design and services including restaurants, a martini bar, cinema, theater, and shopping centre. Saigontourist has welcomed more than 170,000 foreign tourists and crew to Vietnam in 2013, cementing its position as the national leader in maritime tourism.... [read more]




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