Culture

Saigon’s Reunification Day

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Everyone knows that travelling to Saigon during Tet can be a bit of a headache, with many restaurants and shops closed and transportation is limited. Tet, however, isn’t Vietnam’s only celebrated holiday that can throw you for a loop: Reunification Day on April 30 (followed a day later by May Day on May 1) marks the rejoining of North and South Vietnam under one government. Like a major holiday in any city, there will be some changes to the usually day-to-day operation of the city. If you happen to be in the city on Reunification Day, here are some things you can expect. Read the rest...

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Ever wanted to become a Travel Writer?

Say hi to this guy in Bali for me!

This year World Nomad'sTravel Writing scholarship will be sending a lucky writer to three different countries in Southeast Asia! This assignment is unique in that you are not only sent to three destinations but, you will also be mentored by professionals in your dream industry. In Singapore your mentoring starts by working with Rough Guide's own Richard Lim. Then you will fly to Bali for some cultural insight and adventure with my Travelfish boss and friend Stuart McDonald. Finally, you will conclude your journey with a Malaysian Food Odyssey. Eating your way through Kuala Lumpur and Penang...

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Saigon’s Tomb of Le Van Duyet

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Lately I’ve been talking about a few of the more popular pagodas in Saigon. All of these temples are revered places of worship where people actively go to pray and ask for guidance. Each one has had something unique: turtles, incense, or being the oldest temple in town. One thing that they all have in common is that they are tied to a religion or a religious symbol; most pagodas are, which is why the Tomb of Le Van Duyet and its accompanying pagoda are so interesting. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.  

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My First Vietnamese Wedding

I love going to weddings, they’re such a beautiful and fun way to celebrate a union between two people. Being such a big fan I jumped for joy when I was given the opportunity to attend a traditional Catholic Vietnamese wedding, of an American man and a Vietnamese woman, in the countryside, just outside of Bao Luc. I’d never been to a wedding in Vietnam, or outside the US for that matter, and I didn’t know what to expect. Read the rest of the article here on Tuoi Tre News.

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Life Lessons In HCMC

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Below is a sample of some answers to questions for my Seattelites back home wondering about my daily life here in HCMC. YES's, NO's & BUT's About Saigon (more to come.) YES, you will find delicious pho and Vietnamese sandwiches on every street corner BUT, beware some food carts are cleaner than others. NO, you can not drink the tap water BUT, there's plenty of bottled water to go around. NO, you will not find a Starbucks here, BUT if you ask the locals they will let you know that they would much prefer Vietnamese iced coffee aka Cafe Su Da anyday. YES, you can get a hamburger in Saigon...

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The Siesta Lifestyle

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As an American, taking naps or a siesta in the middle of the day has never been a part of my daily routine nor do I think it ever will be.  However, living in a different country, thousands of miles away from everything and everyone I know has taught me that the timely routines, that I  take for granted back home, are, in most cases, out of the ordinary to other groups of people.  For example, due to hot weather in Vietnam, some businesses you will find take a break in the afternoon from 12-2pm for lunch or a siesta. If you are walking around outside during this time you will see many people...

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What Can You Fit On Your Motorbike?

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Vietnamese Body Language and What It Means

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Having lived in Vietnam for seven months now, I have to say I have learned a lot, especially, in the form of communication. With differences in language and customs I find myself having trouble even in the most simple of interactions. You can read the rest of the article on Tuoi Tre News.  

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