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The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What is it about lighthouses that appeal to so many people? We live next to two lighthouses in Australia, and we love them. So maybe that has something to do with it. Check …

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Dinner with Lisa

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Today has been the second day of my new beginning- six weeks by myself in the house- since Jessica departed for Taipei, and then the United States, yesterday morning. I have resolved to begin a new work schedule, in which I will concentrate most of my work into the morning and have a more relaxed afternoon. I aim to write one thousand words towards my book before lunchtime every weekday, and after lunchtime send emails, read my book and do other tasks towards my project. Yesterday I wrote zero words; today I wrote 350, which is an improvement if not yet quite on target.

After lunch I went for a little walk around the neighbourhood, a daring venture to undertake at midday in April, even with one of Jessica's massive hats on for shade. Recently we have been having sporadic rain which has cooled the air to a reasonable temperature most days. Today was not one of those days. I took a rest in the shade by one of the ponds in the neighbourhood parks and enjoyed the serenity.

The afternoon was spent sending out some email interview questions, and god knows whatever else I idle my time away on. In the early evening I took the bus into town. Five-thirty is a really interesting time of day to see the city, with the setting sun casting a beautiful golden light, the streets bustling with people finishing work and school, and everywhere full of life. It is something that can be appreciated from the comfort of a bus, when you don't have to negotiate through these streets yourself. I had made plans with Lisa, who taught some Vietnamese classes to me when I first arrived in the country, to meet up for dinner. I hadn't seen Lisa in a long time and remembered that she had bought me a Vietnamese language textbook once, and I had yet to return the generosity. I went to the Artbook bookstore on Dong Khoi and picked up a brilliant photo book called Welcome to Britain, something I believed would be a great introduction to British culture for somebody learning English, with its illustrations of fish n chips, caravans, derelict buildings, humorous sign boards, the English seaside and fat people. I wondered whether she would 'get it' or not, but I liked this book myself so much that I felt compelled to buy it.

I met Lisa at the bottom of the Sunwah tower, where she works. This used to be Jessica's headquarters when she worked for Towers Watson, and I remember her telling me that when she first arrived in Vietnam fifteen years ago, the Sunwah tower was the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Looking at the skyline today, it is difficult to conceive this. Sunwah is now totally dwarfed by the magnificent Bitexco building that stands next door. We ate at Central Cafe outside the entrance to Sunwah, with Bitexco and other giants looming over us. Or rather I ate, as Lisa had eaten earlier. It was essentially a fast-food restaurant, and I ordered deep fried fish in a fluorescent orange sweet-and-sour sauce with rice, which I unashamedly enjoyed. Lisa promised to take me out again before I leave for some real Vietnamese food, something I look forward to. I presented my gift, and it was quite clear that she really didn't 'get it', despite my feeble attempts to explain the British sense of humour to her. Lisa invited me to practise my Vietnamese with her, but I was far too shy to do so and was also ashamed at how very, very little I know. She showed me up with her confidence in speaking English, and in fact led the conversation. We mostly talked about her preferred topic, marriage. One of her first questions to me after we sat down was 'So, when will you get married?'. I told her that I won't be thinking about that for a long time yet. Lisa is thirty-three and considers herself to be getting on a bit. Her problem, it seems, is not in meeting men but in developing any interest in them. Our conversation became more interesting when she told me about how she doesn't like Vietnam and wants to move away. Salaries for graduates are too low, she said, to match the cost of living. It is almost impossible to buy a house. Even more, it is hard to get away as it is very difficult to apply for visas to travel overseas. The government is inefficient at solving problems, the traffic is dreadful, the men are useless and, most disturbingly, she thinks that life is given little value here. There are so many traffic accidents, and the compensation offered for those who die is meagre.

Life is not all doom-and-gloom for Lisa though. At the end of the month she will be making use of the national holiday (to mark Victory day on 30th April), to travel to Taiwan with some friends on holiday. In October she hopes to go to Hong Kong, and after telling her about my recent trip to Laos, she has added that to her list too.

Explore North of Vietnam and Laos- 10 Days

by Saigon Ben Tourism @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival Day 2: Hanoi City Tour Half Day – Night Train To Sapa Day 3: Sapa Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi – Halong Day 5: Halong – Hanoi Day 6: Hanoi – Luang Prabang Laos Day 7: Luang Prabang Day 8: Luang Prabang – Vientian Day 9: Vientian Day 10: Vientian Departure

Christina's Saigon

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Calligraphy and Coffee Trail - Saigon Food Tours

Calligraphy and Coffee Trail - Saigon Food Tours


Saigon Food Tours

Spend a morning learning about a traditional art form with one of Vietnam’s youngest calligraphy masters, while sipping delicious Vietnamese coffee.

What’s on in Hong Kong: January 18–24

by Melissa Stevens @ Expat Living Hong Kong

There's something for everyone!

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Fansipan Summit full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

This Fansipan Summit full day is offered for anyone who likes adventures. It is a memorable experience with conquering the Roof of Indochina – Fansipan peak in Hoang Lien Son range and enjoying fully the emotion of the winner when you reach the top of the mountain at the height 3143m.

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Fashion Icon Saloma – Marilyn Monroe of the East

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Seeking shelter at National Museum Kuala Lumpur It was heavy rain that unexpectedly drove me inside Kuala Lumpur’s National Museum that day. I walked past it, heading for the nearby Lake Gardens, totally ready to skip the museum. From the outside it looked boring and dated and the gardens appealed more to me. But the [...]

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Savor the Flavors of Summer in South Africa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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Tweet   Savor the Flavors of Summer in South Africa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa ~ Swirling sundowners, decadent dinners, vegan high tea, and more ~ DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018 – Overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean, The Twelve Continue reading →

Transforming an artist’s studio for prayer: Studio Jum’ah at Tate Modern – event alert

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Studio Jum’ah will take place at London's Tate Modern this Friday 19 January 2018.

SAIGON’S HIDDEN ALLEYS - I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

SAIGON’S HIDDEN ALLEYS - I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR


I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

Come to Saigon, you would not only be allured by the modern beauty of Saigon, but fascinated strangely by the colorful and hidden alleys also.

Frites Atelier Antwerpen

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Crazy about fries! Remember my blog post about the beautiful railway station of Antwerpen? Visiting the station was part of a day trip to that city, together with my father and brother. My mother passed away shortly before the 62nd wedding anniversary of my parents, so my brother and I decided to take my father [...]

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Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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#1 Hotel in Ireland – Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal has been named ‘No 1 Hotel in Ireland’ by TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row, 2017 ‘Travellers Choice’ Awards on its websi…

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Vietnam – A Paradise Of Vegan Cuisines

by Huong Lien @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

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Phu Quoc Adventure Boat tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Spending a day to discover Phu Quoc Island is really an enjoyable trip. With Phu Quoc Adventure Boat tour, you take part in exciting activities: snorkeling, swimming & visit the islands, and join an interesting itinerary.

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The 6 Best Shopping Destinations in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Shopping in South Korea is a serious business. In fact, it might seem that all South Korean’s do is shop. But having explored the shopping districts of the city, I can sympathise. The diversity found in Korean design is exhilarating, as are the multitude of markets selling fabrics, haberdashery and handicrafts. There are way too many to mention them all, but these six destinations were particular favourites of mine. Within them I found everything that is integral to contemporary Korean style, from antiques to Hanboks, vintage fashion to cultural crafts, and stylish concept stores to sensational street food. Exploring the city in this style will serve you well. If you love shopping you’re gonna love Seoul, so let yourself get sucked into the mad but exciting consumerist culture that South Korea has to offer. Dongdaemun Market Dongdaemun market is one of the biggest haberdashery and fabric markets that I’ve ever had the joy to visit. There are over 50,000 manufacturers selling wholesale clothing, fabric, trimming and unique fashion items. The maze-like mini-metropolis is spread over two buildings and six floors. Give yourself plenty of time to explore this cave-of-wonders. The crowd here is mixed; expect to bustle your way through […]

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Preparing for Your Cycling Holiday

by Ashwini @ Art of Bicycle Trips

As our guests get set for their multi-day cycling holiday, they often ask – What do I do after booking my cycling holiday? How do I prepare? So here’s a handy guide that clearly outlines the steps involved in preparing for your cycling holiday of South/Southeast Asia. This post includes information on insurance, visas, vaccinations and travel […]

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5 LESSER-KNOWN LOCATIONS FOR SHOOTING FILMS IN VIETNAM

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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My Feeling About Hue Buddhist Tour – a Special Tour in Hue

by Trâm Nguyễn @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

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Paradise of the Blind

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Today we are in the middle of a five-day national holiday to mark Victory Day, which is tomorrow. Thirty-eight years ago on this day, NVA tanks entered Saigon and famously rolled over the gates of the presidential palace, reunifying the country under a communist government after decades of war. Many of my friends have gone away to pass their holiday on the coast in Nha Trang, in the highlands of Dalat or overseas, in Thailand. I myself have been invited on a daytrip to the seaside at Vung Tau tomorrow with some friends. We will depart at 3am, in order to see the sunrise... Well, at least we will make the most of the day.

It is interesting that in the run-up to this huge national celebration, I have been reading a book that is banned in Vietnam for its political message that criticizes the Communist Party. Paradise of the Blind (Duong Thu Huong, 1993) is the story of a Vietnamese family that is torn apart by the Viet Minh party's land reform programme in the 1950s. The novel acts as a commentary on the devastating impact of political upheaval on the lives of ordinary Vietnamese. Considering this, I will have plenty to think about tomorrow as the country celebrates Victory Day. Please click here to read my full review of this book.


Full-day Saigon Art Tour with either Mandarin or Indonesian-speaking Guide

Full-day Saigon Art Tour with either Mandarin or Indonesian-speaking Guide


BeMyGuest

This morning your tour starts when your guide picks you up at your hotel in city center and transfers you to Si Hoang Ao Dai museum. This mu...

“Sealed Time”: Nadia Kaabi-Linke on historical memory and the legacy of colonialism – interview

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Nadia Kaabi-Linke's sculpture practices often engages with the materiality of historical memory, particularly in relation to the legacy of colonialism as it exists in relation to the European nation state’s bureaucracy systems. Art Radar talked to Nadia Kaabi-Linke about her latest retrospective exhibition "Sealed Time".

What to do in Katakolon, Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Katakolon, Greece is a hole-in-the-wall port that is surprisingly charming. The port of Katakolon or Katakolo is a popular stop for cruise ships, offering an opportu…

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Capturing working life in Kefalonia

by Nick Warner @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

The photographer for our Kefalonia In Pictures feature, explains how he tackled language barriers to capture life on a goat farm

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24 hours in Dublin

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let’s face it, 24 hours in Dublin is never going to be enough time, but if that’s all you’ve got, then here is how to make the most of it. 24 hours in Dubl

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Getting soppy

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

This morning I went to Hang's house as I did this time last month to help her and her neighbours to prepare food to give out at a local hospital. I took a taxi at 6.30am and found myself getting emotional looking out of the window and trying to absorb the surroundings that I will be leaving behind in two days' time. The narrow streets and tall buildings, the dark webs of telephone lines, the stacks of red pastic stools set beside peeling yellow walls, the faces of people drinking coffee on the streets, and even the motorbikes; this is the scenery I have grown to love and will soon feel millions of miles away from.

I had pulled myself together by the time I reached Hang's home in district three; it was nice to see her again. The boxes being prepared this month were rice, beancurd and vegetables served with a hot, oily plastic bag of sweet and sour soup. I helped at various points on the amateur production line that was assembled on the street outside the house, but I did struggle with the strain of sitting on a low stool in a cramped spot, leant over and working at a fast pace with the sun on my back. Hang could see I was tired and set me to the easy task of serving the food parcels from a makeshift stall set on the back of a row of motorbikes to the street workers, elderly people and children who approached us. Later I went with a few others to the same hospital in district five we visited last time to hand out some of the 750 meals that had been prepared. The experience was slightly tainted by the suspicion of Hang and her friends that a nurse who had taken a box of twenty meals to deliver to bed-bound, disabled patients had in fact taken them for the hospital staff; Hang thought the food should go to the patients and not the staff, but there was little she could do. Her friends seemed disappointed; "Charity is difficult," said Minh.

I spent the afternoon back home, working on my PowerPoint slides for tomorrow's presentation. I spent some time working in the cafe at the end of my street where I indulged in a Ca Phe Sua Da (iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk), one of my favourite culinary discoveries. In the evening I met up with Gretchen at Crescent Mall for a farewell dinner at Boomerang, an Australian/international restaurant. She can't attend my leaving do tomorrow as it coincides with her school prom. This farewell dinner was not at all emotional, as yesterday's with Yvonne, Jessie and Jasmine was somewhat; it was a nice, casual meal and a last chance to hang out together.

However, I got a little emotional again at home after Thuy had come to my room to present me with a little gift she had made for me, the second thing she has made for me on her sewing machine in recent weeks. I feel really close to Thuy, particularly so in the last six weeks while Jessica has been away, and I will be so sad to say goodbye to her.

Saigon to Siem Reap Bike Tour & Cycling Holiday | Art of Bicycle Trips

Saigon to Siem Reap Bike Tour & Cycling Holiday | Art of Bicycle Trips


Art of Bicycle Trips

Casual Inns14 days / 13 nights - From $2,695Easy RiderTake in the best of Vietnam & Cambodia. Mekong Delta, tropical islands of Cambodia & Angkor Wat. Truly a memorable trip.

How to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

As the 2017 European Capital of Culture, here is how to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark and make it a very worthwhile experience. In our opinion, Aarhus is a contempor…

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Ghost Money: American artist retraces his steps through Vietnam

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Artist and filmmaker Lawrence Johnson was based in Vietnam in the 1970′s, his candid sketches, portraits and raw paintings reveal an entirely different side to the war. In 2012 the artist returned to Vietnam to retrace his steps through a … Continue reading

Pho Binh Noodle Shop

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Are you suffering from back pain?

by Michaela Bisset @ Expat Living Hong Kong

A Hong Kong Adventist Hospital specialist shares some expertise

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The Rex Hotel

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Sapa Motorbiking full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

With this tour, you will sightseeing Sapa’s amazing scenery of mountains and rice paddy fields on terraces as far as the eye can see home of the H’Mong people with scenic landscape of the mountain. In Ta Phin, you will witness the daily life of the Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities.

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1000s of La Catrina Parade Through The Streets of Mexico For Día de Muertos 2017

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Over 1000 costume lovers paraded through Morelia in Mexico yesterday dressed as the cultural icon of death, La Calavera Catrina.  Held on the first day of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), families, friends and foreigners flooded the city’s streets for the second year running to see the spectacular congregation of elegant skeletons march towards the central Cathedral. “Death is democratic, because in the end, the mother, the brunette, the rich or the poor, all the people end up being skulls” – José Guadalupe Posada La Calavera Catrina was an illustration created by the Mexican political print maker Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913). Published in local papers the early 1910’s at the start of the Mexican Revolution, the elegant looking skeleton was designed to mock Mexico’s Euro-centric elite, who were believed to be abandoning their indigenous heritage by starting to emulate the fashions and mannerisms of Europeans from Paris and London. Today La Catrina has been fully absorbed into Mexico’s annual festival of the dead and can be seen on everything from t-shirts to porcelain dolls, reminding everyone that no matter how beautiful we are on the outside, we will all end up looking the same in the grave. The costume […]

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Protected: Here are the winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards 2018!

by Rene Yutiampo @ Expat Living Hong Kong

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The Fresh List 2018: Utsav Batra

by Amit Patil @ Verve Magazine

Known for running several start-ups, Utsav Batra now plans to establish a language school in Gurugram

Vegas – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Romantic Picnic and Movie at BEER PARK

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Tweet weet it: Take your lover out for a picnic on the #Strip at @BeerParkLV @ParisVegas for #ValentinesDay. #Vegas #VegasValentine   LAS VEGAS (Jan. 17, 2018) – BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas invites couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a “Picnic in the Park” at Continue reading →

Sapa Trekking full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes, cool climate and colorful markets of ethnic minorities. With Sapa Trekking full day, you will visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority and have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.

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SAI GON ART TOUR FULL DAY

SAI GON ART TOUR FULL DAY


Ginkgo Voyage| Vietnam Travel

Take a full day to appreciate the vibrant art scene and rich architecture of Ho Chi Minh City. A guide takes you on a private tour to visit an internationally renowned painter, several well-curated art galleries, and the impressive Bitexco Tower.

“Art, Ritual and the Everyday” at M+ REORIENT: Conversations on South and Southeast Asia – Part I – Interview with Doryun Chong

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Art Radar finds out more on the occasion of M+ Deputy Director and Chief Curator Doryun Chong’s conversation with acclaimed Indian artist Sheela Gowda.

The Reverie Saigon launches new ‘Pearls of Saigon’ art history tour

The Reverie Saigon launches new ‘Pearls of Saigon’ art history tour


The Arts Shelf

Images © 2016 Matthew Shaw This month, The Reverie Saigon launches its new ‘Pearls of Saigon’ art history tour, a full day exploration shedding light on the lesser known art, museums, galleries and…

“Translating Images”: Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri goes West

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Art Basel Miami Beach hosted the conversation “Translating Images” in conjunction with "Farhad Moshiri: Go West", curated by José Carlos Diaz for the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Baden-Baden Germany festivals and Events

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TweetFestspielhaus January 18 to 21, 2018 “Dirty Dancing” After its world premiere in Sydney, “Dirty Dancing” has been touring the whole world and taking audiences by storm. The next stop: the Festival Hall, Baden-Baden. January 27, 2018 Anne-Sophie Mutter & Continue reading →

Mai Chau 2 Days Classic Group Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Within 2 days, tourists will visit some villages of Mai Chau including Lac Village and Poom Coong village by biking and a hiking to visit 1000 Steps Cave, optional to stay overnight in a homestay of Thai people or bungalow.

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Nick the Greek and Exploring the island of Corfu in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let me tell you about Nick the Greek and exploring the island of Corfu in Greece. I am fairly sure that when you get off a cruise ship in Greece, the waiting hordes of taxi dr…

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Stay at home: Isle of Wight

by Mark Rowe @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Fossil-rich cliffs, a Literary Heroes Trail and great restaurants are among the island’s many attractions

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Vegas The Joint Concert Calendar

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Tweet The National, Incubus, Pod Tours America, and more! This message contains graphics. If you do not see the graphics, click here to view. THIS WEEK Saturday, January 20 The National GET TICKETS UPCOMING EVENTS February 2 – 3 & Continue reading →

Hoi An and Hue

Hoi An and Hue

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

I'm not sure if my stay in Hoi An flew by or the opposite but I extended it to just over a week and quickly lost track of time, settling into a delirious painting, cycling, shopping, eating, repeating existence...

Art jobs and opportunities | Palestinian Museum, Setouchi Art Triennale, Oslo National Academy of the Arts… and more

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Looking for new career options in the arts? Art Radar Opportunities is an archive of openings in the visual art world.  Whether you are an artist or an aspiring curator, a market analyst or a scholar, Art Radar Opportunities has listings that will pique your interest. Every week … Continue reading

Corners of Arts in Saigon - Sophie's Arts Tour

Corners of Arts in Saigon - Sophie's Arts Tour


Saffron Travel

The tour provides a truly fascinating and thoughtful introduction to the development of contemporary art in Vietnam, introduced to you by Sophie, a warm and fun host whose knowledge of Vietnamese Arts is just amazing.

NEWS: Artist in Residency Programme: San Art: Laboratory

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

San Art, an independent, artist-run exhibition space and reading room located in Ho Chi Minh City, recently set up Laboratory, the first first home-grown ‘studio/residence’ programme in Vietnam. A nationwide call for applications resulted in three candidates being chosen. For … Continue reading

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Viet Nam Women’s Day

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

Viet Nam Women’s Day is a special day to honor the women of Viet Nam and the vital roles they play in Vietnamese society. How did Viet Nam Women’s Day originate? The date 20th of October, 1930, is a significant date in Vietnamese history. On this day the women of Vietnam united and created a special organisation which later became known …

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Cu Chi Team Trip

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

This week the In Country Tours team took a trip to Cu Chi. It was nice to take a day for the team to get to know each other better and experience some of the services we offer guests too. We visited a cricket farm, rubber orchard, vegetable garden, the Cu Chi Tunnels and had a lovely dinner with a …

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Saigon Private Tours | Authentic Saigon River Private Tours

Saigon Private Tours | Authentic Saigon River Private Tours


Les Rives

Our Saigon private tours are hugely popular with businesses want to treat their employees a memorable day out, encourage team building or entertain clients.

Stavanger in Norway is the City of Street Art

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Stavanger in Norway is the City of Street Art. This affluent city has an edginess to it that we were not expecting when we arrived on their National Independence Day. The …

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Choosing Effective Photos for Your Website (with Examples)

by joshzukas @ Dulichable

Choosing the right photos is vital when it comes to marketing your travel products. It’s also one of the hardest things to get right. In this article, Erika Braeger talks to the experts, breaks things down, and presents some case studies to make things easier. Stunning landscapes and gleeful families on the beach have held […]

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Hot new hotel openings for 2018

by Michaela Bisset @ Expat Living Hong Kong

Make your hotel a highlight of your next holiday!

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HOW VIETNAM CAN WIN THE TOURISM GAME

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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Grab Your Complimentary Tickets to Carlos Daniels – Tribute to Juan Gabriel at House of Blues on 1/29

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7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi. Hijabi is women or girl who wears the Islamic head-covering respectfully, called Hijab. This article has been written by a guest co…

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30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

It appears that I am not the only one with a thing for lighthouses, and here are 30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World. It all started when we visited Hook Lighthouse in Ir

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These sneakers come with free subway travel for a year

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Tweet Adidas has found a way to make traveling easier and a lot more fashionable — by slapping train tickets on the tongues of its sneakers. The German-based manufacturer is releasing shoes on Tuesday that will be fitted with a Continue reading →

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The Meeting of Two Amazing Women – I Love Vietnam Tour Ceo and Facebook Coo Sheryl Sandberg

by ponta666 @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

APEC is probably the biggest event in Danang, you can find many people who have great influence on the humanity to come to Danang, from the most powerful world leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, etc. To heads of the most important enterprises such as Sheryl Sandberg – the COO of Facebook, Mark Konyn – […]

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CU CHI TUNNELS & CAO DAI TEMPLE

by Saigon Ben Tourism @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Code: CC-CD Tour Route: Saigon – Cu Chi – Tay Ninh Starts/Ends: Saigon Tour Duration: 8 hours Departure dates: You may go whenever you wish Tour Type: History & Religion Activity Level: Easy & Regular itinerary Morning departure, leaving Ho Chi Minh city to see the Cu Chi tunnels, where there was one of  the most famous battlegrounds [&hellip

Learning about Lisbon from a local

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We spent some time with Nuno, a local Lisbon man from Lisbon Riders, a tour company where we spent our day Learning about Lisbon from a local. There is nothing like spendi…

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Tangalle, Sri Lanka

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

As with everywhere I've been so far I dreaded leaving Ella. How could the coast possibly live up to the hill country? But then I arrived in Tangalle...

Awesome pink christmas tree

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Merry Christmas ! Hello dear folks! Hope you’re having wonderful holidays and wishing y’all a cosy and relaxed Christmas. Thanks for stopping by on my blog. A big MWAH for all my readers! I’m in wintery Holland during the holidays. We already had a lot of snow this year! Many people get all excited about [...]

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“Sub-Plots: Laughing in the Vernacular”: Exploring Indian contemporary art with a sense of humour – curator interview

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Curated by Meena Vari and supported by Sakshi Gallery, this exhibition is on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai until 14 January 2018.

CONTEMPORARY ART AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN HANOI AND HO CHI MINH CITY - Dulichable

CONTEMPORARY ART AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN HANOI AND HO CHI MINH CITY - Dulichable


Dulichable

By no means large in scale, the contemporary art world in Vietnam is responsible for some of the most exciting and unusual cultural events and activities.

HAPPY VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR! CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour wishes you a Happy Vietnamese New Year. May the year of the horse be your most beautiful year yet! Please scroll down for more information about the tour or choose from the tabs above.

Top 10 largest music events in Spain attract more than 1.6 million visitors

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Tweet What does Live Nation España, RockNrock, the Valencian Generalitat government, Canaries, Jaén Provincial Council, Adra City Hall (Almería), Infoticketing and Sony Music all have in common? They will be, among others, showcasing their proposals in a new staging due Continue reading →

River of Time

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

I made another trip to town yesterday and did a little more souvenir shopping for presents to give to friends and family on my return. I also got my suitcase out from under the bed for the first time since I had pushed it under there after unpacking my things eight months ago. It had gathered dust. I realised how I may have trouble packing nine months' worth of life into this piece of baggage. In only eighteen days it will have to be filled and closed ready for my departure.

Today I have been dreaming of rolling green hills and sheep and dry-stone walls. I am looking forward to being back in beautiful Yorkshire, God's own county.

In the meantime, I have completed another book review, this one of Jon Swain's 1996 memoir, River of Time, which recalls his five-year love affair with Cambodia and Vietnam where he worked as a freelance reporter between 1970 and 1975. Although he experienced a very different Indochina to the one I am living in now, Swain's tender nostalgia for those lost times resonates with me, and I understand how much I will miss this corner of the world after I have left. I already feel nostalgic for places I visited in the past months- Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hue, and especially Hanoi- and I know I will miss the Indochina countries searingly after I have left, despite the longing that I feel for my own home right now.


Hong Kong restaurants: new venues and new menus

by Melissa Stevens @ Expat Living Hong Kong

All the latest on the city's dining scene

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14 Reasons Vietnam Is The Best Destination For Textiles Right Now

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Call me biased, but I say with conviction that Vietnam is the most unique and authentic country in South-East Asia. It has 54 distinct ethnic groups, many with their own language, lifestyle and long traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Between the tribal traditions, natural beauty of the landscape, incredible food and hospitable hosts, Vietnam is a must visit country worthy of anyones travel list.  However. Vietnam is rapidly changing, and the changes affect all of it’s diverse people. Increased access to technology, media and mass produced goods are making the world a smaller, more generic place. In Vietnam, this is as evident amongst the younger generations of indigenous ethnic groups whom are now being exposed to a new way of life and opportunities previously unknown to their elders. Naturally, these young people are affected by what they see happening across the country, and they strive to fit in to a culture that was never their own in order to earn their place in the new world encroaching on them. As a result, traditional visual identities through dress are rapidly beginning to evolve, or worse, becoming extinct. This makes Vietnam one of the best destinations for anyone […]

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Blue River Hotel 3

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HOW CAN VIETNAM BENEFIT FROM FILM-INDUCED TOURISM?

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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ART TOUR

by saigonben @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Code: Art Starts/Ends: Saigon Tour Duration: Within 4 hours Departure dates: You may go whenever you wish Activity Level: Easy & Regular itinerary We will visit one of the outstanding art gallery in the city, afterward driving to the outskirt of Saigon visiting Ham Long village where we see the artist village with different types [&hellip

Top 4 Drink in Sai Gon You Must Try

by Trinh Cherry @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

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Sophie’s Art Talks: Vietnamese History in Colour

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour is now offering lectures in Vietnamese art history. The talks are an engaging and alternative way to understand Vietnamese history. Using images of artworks, photographs, footage and the personal stories of artists, Vietnam’s fascinating history is illuminated. … Continue reading

STATIC FRICTION – THE PROPELLER GROUP

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Last night artist collective ‘The Propeller Group’ spoke about their solo exhibition Static Friction. The event took place at Galerie Quynh; one of the two spaces to host the exhibition, the other being Sàn Art. The exhibition comprises entirely of new … Continue reading

Where to find Street Art in Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Away but within earshot of the cacophony of motorbikes and beeping horns in Hoi Chi Minh City, you will find a little alley full of Street Art in Saigon. Most things in Sai…

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Luxe British brand comes to Causeway Bay

by Michaela Bisset @ Expat Living Hong Kong

Heyland & Whittle's new store is a treasure trove of gorgeous goodies

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Sophie’s Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour


Travelfish

What began as a personal research project has morphed into an informative, insightful half day tour. Sophie’s Art Tour tells a story about Vietnam’s t

Visit Hook Lighthouse, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

An excellent day trip from the charming town of Kilkenny in Ireland is to go and visit Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.Hook Lighthouse …

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Langkawi: Rescuing a reef

by Ben Lerwill @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Play a part in saving the reef around one of Langkawi’s most luxurious resorts — one coral cutting at a time

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The Handsome Hanbok & Where to Buy One in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Hanbok is the traditional dress of Korea, worn by men and women, rich and poor, across the north and the south for over 1600 years. Throughout this time, its general design was similar to the sloping eaves of the Korean traditional house – the hanok – with a soft division of lines and angles. Throughout the centuries, it’s obviously maintained its popularity for good reason. It’s a garment of pure beauty, synonymous with Korean aesthetics and tradition. Thoroughly theatrical and distinct, it’s hard to not admire the strong visual structure of the hanging sleeves, bulging full-length skirt, floral detailing and pretty bows. Women’s Hanboks are comprised of two elements: the jeogori (cropped blouse) and the chima (skirt). It’s said that the wide curved arms of the jeogori represent the warmth of the embrace of the Korean people, and the wide flowing chima symbolises space and freedom. A sad representation, given the borders that now divide the Korean people. Under neath the dress is special type of (adorable) Hanbok underwear and a petticoat which adds the fullness to the silhouette. The whole look is completed with accessories such as a Norigae (hanging good luck charm) and hair accessories. The loose cut of the style […]

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Heaven and Earth

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

This weekend has been predominantly spent reading Le Ly Hayslip's 1989 memoir, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, the hugely moving and gripping story of Hayslip's return to the country she fled in 1970 to escape the unfortunate life that befell a peasant girl surviving during the war. Her memoir is her testament to the spiritual and emotional significance of returning to her home country and seeing her family again in a new, post-war era. I also watched Oliver Stone's 1993 film adaptation of Hayslip's life story, Heaven and Earth, which I found to be much less compelling. Today I completed a review of the book; please click here to read it.

Regrettably, there has been little to report besides this since my last book review, which was the last time I posted on this blog. The days have been going by very quickly, which is mostly encouraging but somewhat disconcerting too. The pattern of my life at the moment is of doing some reading or writing and a certain amount of procrastination during the day, watching my favourite sitcoms over mealtimes and doing exercise in the evening, whether Zumba, running, swimming or just a walk around the area. Going for a walk is one of my best opportunities to give my mind some air and think things over. I often think about how many days have past since the last time I went for a walk, what I was thinking back then, and how close it will be to my departure the next time I tread these same streets. Counting down the days is always on my mind.

Winter walk around Haarlem- Oosterplas

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

I recently wrote a blog post about a winter walk that lead me and my friend Saskya from my house in Haarlem, via restaurant De Stinkende Emmer, to the beautiful estate Elswout. Today I am taking you along on another beautiful winter walk around Haarlem. Actually; two walks in the same area, but in different [...]

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How to get to Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Just a ten minutes uphill walk along Seoul city wall near Daehakno district  sits the Ihwa Mural Village. Climbing away from the city, the air clears, the noise stills and suddenly as you reach the very top of Mount Naksan you find a village dedicated to something quite unexpected; street art. Eleven years ago, Ihwa ‘moon village’ (so called because of it’s fantastic hill-side views of the moon) had been destined for destruction, due to it being rather run down and slum-like. Historically, moon villages were homes to the working class, who couldn’t afford housing down in the flatter, central parts of the city. The village was saved in 2006 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, who decided to transform the village as part of their ‘Art in the City’ initiative. Artists selected by the committee were commissioned to design 64 installations under the theme of ‘Mix, Connect and Get Together’. Over the course of six months, 70 painters (including local volunteers, art college students and visiting artists) covered the village from schools to homes, underpasses to stairways, walls, fences and rooftops with beautiful and diverse murals. After having become something of a tourist attraction the once slum-like […]

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Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

When you visit Vietnam, these are the Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon). Saigon is the more familiar name of this very popular city to visit. The city is beaut…

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Romancing Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Finally I have come to the end of the book I have been reading, and have completed my first book review in almost a month. In part this delay has been due to my recent travelling; in part it is due to the fact that I really struggled to get through this book, for reasons I have explained in my review of it. Romancing Vietnam is a journal written by Justin Wintle, English writer and journalist, of his travels in Vietnam in late 1989 and early 1990. This is a period of recent Vietnamese history that I knew little about before, and have not covered in my book reviews before now. Please click here to read my review.

It has been an insufferably hot day today- I have known this without having to leave the house, as I was sweating at lunchtime even with a fan blowing into my face. I would have liked to have gone to the outdoor swimming pool but I didn't think it was a good idea, as I have to cycle there and face a good chance of getting sunburn, even after applying suncream. That is the last thing I need, as I am going out this evening and my fair hair doesn't suit a red face. The heat has forced me to stay inside and do work on a Saturday. But at least I can enjoy myself tonight.

Jeep Tour Saigon - Discover the art of Saigonese cuisine by Jeep Army

Jeep Tour Saigon - Discover the art of Saigonese cuisine by Jeep Army


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VIETNAM – Ho Chi Minh City – Sophie's art tour - Easia

VIETNAM – Ho Chi Minh City – Sophie's art tour - Easia


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An art tour with Sophie, who has worked in the Ho Chi Minh City arts scene since 2009, is one of the best choice in Saigon to approach the Vietnamese Art.

Are these the most Instagrammed locations in Hong Kong?

by Melissa Stevens @ Expat Living Hong Kong

Do you recognise these local landmarks?

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Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

The Mid-Autumn Festival, known as “Tet Trung Thu” is one of the biggest celebrations in Viet Nam. Second only to the Tet/Lunar New Year celebrations, this festival is also based on the Lunar calendar, and has been significant to Vietnamese families for many years. Traditionally held on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month, in 2017, the Mid-Autumn Festival …

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Silverland Sakyo Hotel and Spa

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This school offers the IGCSEs and IB Diploma programme

by Michaela Bisset @ Expat Living Hong Kong

It’s been a year of accolades and achievement for this IB World School set on two campuses in the New Territories International College Hong Kong (ICHK) offers a complete educational pathway, starting from playgroups for babies to secondary school, following the PYP programme in kindergarten and primary and the IGCSEs and IB Diploma programme in […]

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Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon) - In Country Tours

Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon) - In Country Tours


In Country Tours

Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Sai Gon) is Viet Nam’s largest city, a centre of culture & business, based in the South on the Sai Gon River.

Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon is looking to the future

Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon is looking to the future


The Independent

'It's 40 years since the end of the American war," says Vu Vo," but in Saigon people have a way of looking forwards, never backwards."

Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum Set Spirited “Summer Plays On Tour” for 2018

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Tweet Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker Set Spirited Summer Plays On Tour For 2018 Starting This July, The Long-Time Friends Hit the Road for Run with Special Guest Russell Dickerson Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker’s Summer Plays On Tour | Size: 8.7MB | File: Continue reading →

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Haputale, Sri Lanka

Haputale, Sri Lanka

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

The train from Kandy to Haputale was six hours long, and having bundled myself and all my belongings into the packed carriage I realised...

5 Of The Best Dressed Destinations To Get Your Freak On This Halloween

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Halloween or All Hallows Eve is by far our favorite annual celebration. Traditionally a Pagan turned Christian holiday for remembering the dead, today Halloween is a fully fledged festival treading the fine line between fun and fearsome. It’s a wonderful holiday that encourages people to embrace creativity, let go of your inhibitions and celebrate inner fears. Here’s Haute Culture’s top five global Halloween parties on our blood filled bucket list.  1. GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE, NEW YORK CITY, USA The NYC Halloween parade is the biggest in the world. Sexuality, politics and pop culture infuse through many of the costume designs and all combine to create a hedonistic spectacle of epic proportions. This year, 60,000 participants are expected to attend. The 2016 parade included a papier mache Trump, whilst the 2001 parade was themed ‘Phoenix Rising’. A phoenix puppet led the parade to represent the strength of New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11. A troupe of dancing rod-puppet skeletons always lead the way, dancing through the streets of the city for one day of the year, celebrating the life and soul of NYC.  31st October 2017 http://halloween-nyc.com/ 2. DIA DE MUERTOS, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. Whilst The Day of the Dead is […]

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Sophie's Art Tour - Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Guide

Sophie's Art Tour - Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Guide


Tour Guide - Vietnam tour guide

Depart at 0900 from your hotel to a café to enjoy traditional Vietnamese sweet coffee and have an overview of the art tour

New batch of “17 Seconds Art” arrived!

by LL @ Lena Lapschina

For my solo show at Vykhod, the center for media art in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, I produced a new batch of “17 Sekunden Kunst” video pizzazz. These boxes were served fresh to attenders of the private view, who had the choice between “Making friends”, “Once around the block”, “Bowing takes practice”, “Artist in residence” (my trilogy […]

SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA (My Tho)

by Saigon Ben Tourism @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Code: MT Tour Route: Saigon – My Tho Starts/Ends: Saigon Tour Duration: 6 to 7 hours Departure dates: You may go whenever you wish Tour Type: Mekong Delta Adventure Activity Level: Easy & Regular itinerary Details : We leave Saigon behind and head to Vietnam’s rice basket, We will travel through idyllic, rural scenes [&hellip

Fairy Stream at Mui Ne

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

Mui Ne is well known for stunning sand dunes, beautiful beaches and wind & water sports, but a hidden gem worth visiting is the Fairy Stream. What is the Fairy Stream? The Fairy Stream may not amaze at first, but as they say, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover!’. From the road it looks just like a brown stream only …

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Spectacular Costume & Dance at Korea House in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Korea House is a stunning traditional venue in the center of Seoul promoting the arts, culture and cuisine of Korean people.  The beautiful house and grounds sits on the former residence Paengnyeon Park, who was one of the most highly respected royal subjects during the Joseon Dynesty in the 1400s. The traditional Hanok house was inspired by Jagyeongjeon (Queen Sinjeong residence) from Gyeongbokgung Palace and designed by Eung-soo Shin as a “important intangible cultural property” to showcase Korea’s artistic architectural carpentry. The interior is decorated with ornate painted ceilings and carved wooden panels, and the gardens and courtyards regularly host traditional weddings and ceremonies due to their immaculate beauty. For costume and culture lovers the sites main attraction is The Folk Art Theater. Offering twice daily performances the incredibly talented dancers and musicians showcase their countries cultural heritage through traditional dress, instruments and variety of different dances. The Buchaechum fan dance and the Pungmaul ribbon and drum dance are some of the many highlights during the show will leave you in no doubt about Korea’s contribution to the world of performing arts. The cultural performance at Korea House in Seoul is to date the most spectacular show for traditional costume, dance […]

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Hotel Post St. Anton perfect location

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

After explaining to you why winter sports is not my thing, let me continue on a more positive note. Starting with the fantastic hotel that we stayed in: Hotel Post St. Anton. Hotel Post St. Anton perfect location The hotel is really located in the heart of St. Anton, with the main pedestrian street at [...]

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Come and Join the Party!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour has got off to a fantastic start, I’ve met some lovely people this week and really enjoyed showing them a side of HCMC that doesn’t always make itself apparent. I am currently taking bookings, for more information … Continue reading

SLS Las Vegas Announces February Club 52 Player Promotions

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TweetLAS VEGAS –SLS Las Vegas is spreading extra love this month with Club 52 February promotions including weekly slot tournaments, Go for the Gold kiosk game and a BMW giveaway. The full lineup includes: BMW Giveaway: Players have an opportunity to win a Continue reading →

Virtual Sensation: Huda Kattan

by Shubham Ladha @ Verve Magazine

She is a household name across the world, all thanks to the internet and her own enterprising attitude. Meet social-media influencer Huda Kattan, who is poised to stir up a storm with the launch of her eponymous brand Huda Beauty in India this month

Family travel: Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds

by Pat Riddell @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

An eco-friendly, lakeside stay in the heart of England offers tranquil, peaceful wilderness

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“Homecoming”: Eminent Indian-American artist Natvar Bhavsar – artist profile

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Curated by Kishore Singh, the exhibition is on display at the Mumbai gallery of DAG Modern until 25 January 2018 and is the first retrospective of the artist in his native India.

The Vietnamese Monkey Bridge

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

One of Viet Nam’s most unusual and iconic images… the Monkey Bridge! What in the world is a Monkey Bridge? A Monkey Bridge (‘cầu khỉ’) is a traditional, handmade, wood or bamboo walkway built across rivers or gullies in Viet Nam. These bridges sometimes consist of just one piece of wood or bamboo log, either with or without handrails. They …

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3 Indian Abstractionists to see: “Troika” at Art Musings, Mumbai

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Art Musings brings together the works of Ram Kumar, Prabhakar Kolte and Laxman Shreshtha in a compact group exhibition.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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If I had to describe Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is more commonly known, in three words they would be hot, busy and noisy...

Family travel: E-biking in Tyrol

by Donald Strachan @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Untethering kids from their mobiles is always hard, but to do it for the sake of a cycling holiday in the rolling Tyrolean hills is a Herculean task

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Opera Australia Releases Set Details for La Bohème

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Tweet Tags: Sydney Harbour, Giacomo Puccini, Puccini, Fireworks, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, sydney, la boheme, opera australia, opera Flurries of snow will take the outdoor opera experience to a whole new level with this stunning new production of La Bohème set in a wintery 1960’s Parisian streetscape and featuring beautiful Continue reading →

Saigon Hanoi Essentials – 7 Days

by Saigon Ben Tourism @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Code : SGHN7 Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi Departure Tour Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights Dates: Up on request Starts/Ends: Ho Chi Minh city/ Hanoi Brief Itinerary : Day 1 : Saigon Arrival Day 2 : Saigon – Cu Chi – City Day 3 : Saigon – [&hellip

Visiting Saigon During TET – 2017

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

TET or Lunar New Year occurs at the end of January in 2017. The lead up to the Year of the Rooster will be very festive, but during the actual holiday period, the atmosphere around the country will change completely. The...

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Sophie’s Art Tour Launches Today!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Cut the ribbon! pop the champagne! Sophie’s Art Tour launches officially today! Whether you are passing through HCMC or you have lived here for years this tour is a fascinating exploration into Vietnam’s visual history. For more details about the … Continue reading

Cycle Touring the Western Ghats

by Ashwini @ Art of Bicycle Trips

I have had a great time recounting my bike tour from Bangalore and Chitradurga via Hampi and the beaches of Mangalore on the West coast of India.  Today we continue from the coast through the mountains on the fourth and final post of this series. Having left the coastline behind, the ride from Kollur to Agumbe was lovely! I passed […]

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Hong Lok Yuen a ‘hidden gem’

by Michaela Bisset @ Expat Living Hong Kong

'There are so many reasons to be living here'

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5 Best Ways to Travel from Hue to Hoi An

by Trinh Cherry @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

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Hero Day

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Today has been a national holiday here in Vietnam. Lisa told me that this is in remembrance of the nation's heroes, although I haven't found anything on the internet to confirm this. I spent my morning at my friend Huyen's apartment. She has been something of a heroine herself in spending all of last night preparing three saucepan-fulls of grated vegetables to fill eight hundred spring rolls, to be given to the poor next full moon. As everybody had the day off work a group of us assembled at her apartment to help out- namely by doing the rolling. Huyen taught us how to do so, with her 'twenty years' rolling experience'. As well as being a charitable thing to spend my morning on, I now know how to make spring rolls and am pretty pleased with that. For lunch Huyen prepared some of the fruits of our labour deep fried and served with noodles, salad and peanuts in a big bowl. A great example of lovely fresh, simple, tasty and (mostly) healthy Vietnamese home cooking. The rest of the spring rolls were bagged up uncooked to be delivered to Huyen's friend, who will fry them and then distribute them in poor areas with her family.

I had taken the things I needed for the rest of the day with me to Huyen's so I decided to stay in Phu My Hung until my Zumba class in the evening rather than cycle the fifteen minutes' home in the unforgiving heat. I went to my favourite cafe/lounge and enjoyed a fresh coconut while reading my book. What I love about this place is that I can order one drink and nurse it for three or four hours and none of the waiting staff will even slightly pressure me to buy a second. In fact they refill my complimentary glass of iced tea any time it is less than two-thirds full, and change it if the ice has melted too much.

After idling my day away as thus I hopped over the road to the Tavern for Zumba. Our teacher, Kate, is going home to Hungary for her wedding at the start of next week and won't return until I have already left the country. So today was my last class with her. I will see her again, however, tomorrow, for her hen party, which I am really looking forward to but which I am sworn not to divulge any information about until after the event. I will report back.

Sophie’s Art Tour on CNN Go

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour has been listed on CNN Go’s ‘Insider Guide: What to do in Vietnam’. Click on this link to read more. Sophie’s Art Tour is currently taking bookings, please get in contact to find out available dates. For … Continue reading

Visiting Flåm in Norway

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

It was a day when everyone woke early on the cruise ship because we were Visiting Flåm in Norway. I am talking 4am early because we were sailing along the Aurlandsfjord, …

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Asia's backpacker heavens also offer cheap luxury

Asia's backpacker heavens also offer cheap luxury


Traveller

Cambodia and Vietnam are far from being destinations most suited to backpackers.

Multigenerational Travel – Why We Do It – Contributing Writer

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Multigenerational travel is certainly one of hottest travel trends these days. Taking a trip with three or more generations of a family is making the travel ind…

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Soon, Tennessee Williams: Ne Refuge But Writing

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Tweet Irving Penn (1917–2009), Tennessee Williams, New York, 13 March 1951 (negative), 1983 (print), gelatin silver print on paper, The Morgan Library & Museum. Purchased as the gift of Richard L. Menschel and with the support of The Horace W. Goldsmith Continue reading →

Presale Code Inside! – Between the Buried and Me with The Dear Hunter at House of Blues Las Vegas! H House of Blues Las Vegas Reply|

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27 Things to do in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

27 Things to do in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)


Haute Culture Textile Tours

27 Things to do in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City shows you the secret places to shop, amazing street art to see, and the best bars to view the electric skyline. 

The Privatization of Art Journalism: Journalist Talk at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 – video summary

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Content writers and art reporters Sarah Douglas, Ossian Ward and Mary Louise Schumacher contemplate the future of art journalism in the uncertain times ahead.

Sophie’s Choice: Telling Vietnamese History Through Art

Sophie’s Choice: Telling Vietnamese History Through Art


Khiri Travel

Join an innovative small group tour in Hanoi and HCMC that traces a unique journey through Vietnamese modern history as told through the eyes of local artists.

Yuki Terase Appointed Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Asia

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Yuki Terase will lead Sotheby’s auctions and private sales of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western Contemporary art in Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Arrival at Medaka Family School, Saping, Nepal

Arrival at Medaka Family School, Saping, Nepal

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

 For somewhere so remote and backward it's incredible how much seems to have happened in the week that I've been settled in Saping, a dusty hillside village in Eastern Nepal...

Alienated Bodies: two young Russian artists investigating the Mirror Stage

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Russian artists Elena Artemenko and Elena Yamlikhanova take over Moscow’s Fragment Gallery in a comprehensive exhibition about the body and human corporeality.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang adventure: kayaking and zipline

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

The Phong Nha – Ke Bang Adventure tour is the perfect option for visitors who would like to get to know more about the National Park and its geology, biodiversity and history rich environment within full day. Especially, It is the first time you experience a great feeling when taking part in zipline to discover Dark Cave, and other adventure activities.

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The Youth of Today!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Tours for Families, Young People and Working with Schools. Sophie’s Art Tour has been having a lot of fun recently engaging with children and young people, art is subjective and it can be wonderful to look at it through a … Continue reading

Bonsai Saigon River Cruise – Resurrection!

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bonsai is Back!!! It’s my great pleasure to announce that as of April 2017, Bonsai Dinner Cruises has a brand new boat, “The Bonsai Legacy,” and is re-open for business. I often get queries from my readers about which night...

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Sidebar Post With Slideshow

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Hue City Tour With 13 Lovely Guests – the Special Hue Tour

by Trinh Cherry @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

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CAN GIO – MANGROVE FOREST

by saigonben @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Code: CG Tour Route: Saigon – Can Gio – Sai Gon Starts/Ends: Saigon Tour Duration: 6 to 7 hours Departure dates: You may go whenever you wish Tour Type: Adventure Activity Level: Easy & Regular itinerary About 50 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the Can Gio Forest was recognized as the first mangrove [&hellip

THE BEST OF VIETNAM

by saigonben @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Route: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY – HUE – HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY – THE MEKONG DELTA Tour Duration: 10 days/9 nights Dates: Up on request Starts/Ends: Ho Chi Minh city/ Hanoi. You may go whenever you wish Tour Type: Traditional and adventures PRICE : PRIVATE TOUR FROM 1748AUD/1329USD/1062GBP BRIEF ITINERARY [&hellip

Protected: Win a luxury hair treatment from Emmanuel F worth HK$2,030

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Saigon Central Post Office

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Australia: Land of the six seasons

by David Whitley @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Rough and remote, the Top End in Australia’s Northern Territory may have thwarted British settlers, but it’s home to an Aboriginal community with stories to tell — and more than a few crocodiles

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Sophie’s Art Tour launching in 2012

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After many months of research, Sophie’s Art Tour of Saigon is getting ready to launch in 2012, year of the dragon. It has been an intriguing journey gathering together the strands of this story. Along the way I have consulted … Continue reading

Hoa Vien Brauhaus

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Explore Viet Nam By Cyclo

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

See Viet Nam from a different angle, by three-wheeled cyclo! Viet Nam is a country full of wonders and visitors who explore can witness its hidden gems. For a unique perspective,  ICT suggests travellers try and explore Viet Nam by cyclo – an adventure in itself! There is no better way to get up close and personal with the hustle and bustle …

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20 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We recently published The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World, and then we received another 20 Best Lighthouses in the World. Considering that everyone loves lighthou…

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Swimming

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

The past days have been spent ambling away in a familiar vane. I have done a lot of swimming recently; on Saturday afternoon I went to the local pool to swim some lengths and was asked for some tips from a girl a similar age to me who was struggling with her front crawl- something to feed my little ego. On Sunday I went for a splash around at another pool with my friend Nga, her boyfriend Josh, the manager of the Tavern, and Josh's dad and sister. The only other vaguely notable thing I have done since I last posted was to visit the LIN Centre on Friday morning, where I will be hosting my leaving do presentation. The centre is in Bin Thanh district, down a little alleyway off a main road. LIN is an organisation that supports networking between non-governmental, not-for-profit organisations in Ho Chi Minh City. Their office is a tiny place and I was met by Phuong Anh, who showed me the room I will be able to use and gave me instructions about turning on and off the electricity and water supplies, as there will not be any staff on the premises at the weekend. I am a little bit daunted about having to take responsibility for the building by myself, and am especially haunted by the prospect of not being able to get the projector to work and therefore scuppering the entire purpose of the meeting. But there is plenty of time yet to worry about such things. After my visit to the centre I headed back into district one and made a stop at the Saigon Square shopping mall where, thinking about my imminent return to cold and bleak England, I made a sensible purchase of a knock-off twin-layered North Face jacket for a bargain 800,000 dong (about £25). Filling my suitcase with souvenirs is a happy prospect for the weeks ahead.

THE BEST OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA

by Saigon Ben Tourism @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Code         : DDV1514 Tour Route       : HA HOI – HA LONG BAY – HOI AN – SAIGON – SIEM RIEP Tour Duration: 14 Days/ 13 Nights Dates                 : Up on request Starts/Ends     : Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi. You may go whenever you wish Tour Type       : Traditional and adventures PRICE : FROM 3196AUD / [&hellip

I Love Vietnam Community Projects – the Core Value of Youth

by ponta666 @ I LOVE VIETNAM TOUR

From a social enterprise in Hue city, the I Love Hue Tour has grown up and become I Love Vietnam Tour, which operates tours in 4 main cities in Vietnam. Despite the rapid growth, I Love Vietnam Tour still keep the core value of a social enterprise – support the community. As there are many community problems […]

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The Best Cooking Class in Tuscany in Italy

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We went to the best Cooking Class in Tuscany in Italy. This is a tour which is bookable on TripAdvisor. This was something that I have wanted to experience for a long time. …

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Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

The lonely Planet describes Hoi An as a culinary Mecca. The same could be said for the shopping and the painting...

Winter sports is not my thing

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Winter sports to me is what Extreme Ironing is to you Ever heard of Extreme Ironing, Underwater Hockey, collecting navel fluff, Toe Wrestling and Bog Snorkelling? No? That’s not surprising, since these sports and hobbies are considered to be weird and obscure. Meaning that for most of us it is hard to relate to these [...]

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Viet Nam Teachers’ Day

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

Viet Nam Teachers Day honours the contribution of teachers past and present Vietnamese culture has an ingrained respect for elders and family. Many families have several generations living together in the one family home and families often work together too. When people greet each other, even as strangers, they call them by family terms (hello older brother, hello uncle, hello grandma …

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Alex Barrett’s ‘LONDON SYMPHONY’ arrives on DVD on 12 February courtesy of New Wave Films

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A wonderful love letter to London, and a faithful homage to a genre that flourished in the 1920s, Alex Barrett‘s poetic, silent feature, LONDON SYMPHONY, will now be released on DVD on 12 February, 2018, courtesy of New Wave Films. Featuring original music by James McWilliam, the film offers a poetic journey through the city, celebrating its [&hellip

Sapa trekking and homestay tour by bus 2D1N

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Explore and experience Sapa by road via the new Noi Bai highway, Lao Cai, with length of 245km. This new road shortens the travel time and distance from Hanoi to Sapa. Moreover, you will have chance to admire the beautiful scenery as you travel the longest highway in Vietnam before enjoying yourself in Sapa – the city in cloudy. Let’s come and join with us!

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I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece. Rhodes  (pronounced rho-dos) is an odd little place, with a highly controversial history. Visi…

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Up and Running!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour is now up and running and has been taking good folk around the hotspots of Saigon’s art scene. Here are some testimonials: “I’ve learnt so much today, it’s really surprised me what an active role artists have … Continue reading

Duis vestibulum quis quam

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Visiting Valentia Island in Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

To be quite honest I had never heard of Valentia Island in Ireland. When we were planning our road trip of 3 weeks in Ireland, we knew we couldn’t do everything beca…

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Mai Chau Adventure 2 Days Group Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

This 2-day adventure group tour offers tourists the chances to visit the best of Mai Chau with many exciting activities such as biking to villages to see the rice fields, weaving scarves, trekking to visit remote villages and having special BBQ party in the garden, watching traditional music show and tasting local wine.

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Bye 2017 and hello 2018

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Bye 2017 and hello 2018 Another year went by and a new one is awaiting us. I hope 2018 is going to be a good year for all of us. Happy New Year to you! 2017 was rough and tough I don’t know how your 2017 was, but for me it was not an easy [...]

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17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Vietnam is one of the most rewarding places you can visit, but you need to be aware of these 17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam. From the frenetic cities of Ho …

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Cartoon Network Signs Content Partnership with Mobile Game Developer ZiMAD Turning Top Shows Into Digital Jigsaw Puzzles

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Tweet ZiMAD, an international game developer, has signed a partnership with Cartoon Network to bring content from the network’s most beloved series to Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, the premiere digital jigsaw puzzle mobile game. The initial roll-out of content will consist Continue reading →

Insider’s View. Episode 7 – Jean Ngo (The Expat Shop)

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Editor’s Note: Episode 7 of Insider’s view comes from Jean Ngo, owner of “The Expat Shop.” Jean is yet another visitor who fell in love with this crazy city while on holidays and returned to make Saigon her home. As...

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An Insider View Of Saigon's Burgeoning Art Scene

An Insider View Of Saigon's Burgeoning Art Scene


Verve Magazine

For a country where freedom of expression has not always been nurtured, Vietnam boasts a thriving collection of riveting art

Saigon-Sophies-Art-Tour-AugSep-2017 | Expat Living Hong Kong

Saigon-Sophies-Art-Tour-AugSep-2017 | Expat Living Hong Kong


Expat Living Hong Kong

Learn about the history of Vietnam's art in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Ho Chi Minh City in three days: holiday itinerary

Ho Chi Minh City in three days: holiday itinerary


the Guardian

Discover fascinating history, fantastic food, art galleries and a year-round party scene in one of Asia’s most exciting cities … once you’ve mastered the art of dodging the motorbikes, that is

Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella, Sri Lanka

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

I have to admit my heart sank as I arrived in Ella. After the isolated nirvana of Haputale...

Happiness and a few nerves

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Yesterday and today I have been working on my PowerPoint presentation for Saturday's leaving do. The first step of this was to have a major panic when I realised that I didn't have the PowerPoint software on my computer; the next was to download a free trial and get cracking. My foolish belief that the presentation could be completed in the best part of a day was my reason for not starting this task earlier and now, into day two, I am starting to get a little edgy. Of course, I do not want to put doubt in the minds of the people who will be attending; I am really fairly confident that it will be successful. I am just a little bit nervous, particularly as a friend who couldn't attend has generously offered to pay for a cameraman to film the event- an offer I couldn't really refuse but which I has now doubled the pressure for me!


Today we had an unplanned power-cut in the afternoon and it quickly became uncomfortably warm in the house. I took my laptop and headed to Phu My Hung to work in a cafe, but was surprised to find that the power-cut had extended to there too (I was later to learn that it affected friends across district seven and in district one and Bin Thanh). Luckily the electricity returned not long after I had arrived and the giant fan behind me charged into life with a massive gust. I really enjoyed my few hours sat in the cafe relaxing and working on my slides and I felt in an altogether good mood. This was only extended by my Zumba class in the evening, which would be was my last ever at the Tavern, and the drinks and cake I invited everyone for afterwards.


Enter May

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

It may be a little early to judge, being only two days into the month, but it seems that entering May has done wonders for my spirit. By entering the month in which I will be going home, I feel I can realistically be excited for this big event. Besides the fact that this thought cheers me up, I've found that I've also had a renewed focus on my work as a result. Yesterday I suffered a brief moment of depression after counting how many words I had actually written towards my book and finding it to be- and I am embarrassed to admit this- a piddly little six thousand six hundred and forty three. But I got over myself with the realisation that now is a chance to make a change. I hope this positive attitude will last.

I try to exercise every day; often, this is the only time I go out during the day, in the evening, when it is cool. And this is usually the highlight of my day too. Yesterday I went running and this evening I went to the pool and swam fifty lengths, not something I do often. My Zumba classes are off all week as all the instructors are on holiday, so I hope to get back into swimming as an alternative exercise. And the more I do, the more I can feel my fitness improving; thus the exercise feels easier and I feel better and better by it.


Art, Music, Poetry… Cowboys

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Tweet Art, Music, Poetry… Cowboys Check out our National Cowboy Poetry Gathering tips for newbies and veterans alike to wrangle the most from this town-wide, full-participation celebration of authentic western cultural arts. With this year’s theme, Basques and Buckaroos, honoring our state’s heritage, there’s Continue reading →

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

It's as if Cusco was built for the travelling artist. A group of sunlit squares lined with whitewashed and red brick porticos and connected with cobbled streets...

Sunrise 3

by wmnQeBHQ @ Craig Thomas Gallery

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“Crash Dig Dwell”: intersecting art and architecture with Indian artists Asim Waqif and Yamini Nayar – in conversation

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“Crash Dig Dwell” features sculpture and photography by Indian artists Asim Waqif and Yamini Nayar at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai.

Get Inspired with 6 Effective Travel Websites

by joshzukas @ Dulichable

When building a new website or refreshing an old one, it’s best to start with a hunt for inspiration. In this article, Josh Zukas talks to the experts to round up six of the most eye-catching and effective travel company websites from around the world. Authentic Asia This continental tour company focusing on bespoke luxury […]

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Trinidad, Varadero, Havana and home!

Trinidad, Varadero, Havana and home!

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

In the end I spent five nights in Trinindad. Although very touristy in Cuban terms it's a lovely little town but in my opinion it has nothing in Havana. I spent a happy few days pottering around...

Shopping tourism drives choices of travel destinations

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Tweet In the January 18 session, the FITUR SHOPPING section will be discussing some of the key issues for this tourist segment that is already one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a Continue reading →

Chicago Restaurant Week Returns Jan. 26-Feb. 8

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Saigon Riding and Dining Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

The Saigon Riding and Dining tour is designed to get you out on the road when Saigon really comes alive. Eating, drinking and spending time with friends out on the town is a big part of the social fabric of being Saigonese. From restaurants, bars, street stands to the many parks, people like to get out and relax.

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Many great reasons to visit Kilkenny, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

From the hole in the wall pub run by the towns cardiologist, who was the doctor for Metallica, to the milk bar where you can get a whisky, to the hospitable publicans at the …

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Islands/Beaches for Christmas

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

For many, visiting Viet Nam islands/beaches for Christmas or New Years Eve sounds ideal for relaxing and having fun in the sun. As we head towards 2018 the 2017 festive season is rapidly approaching. With more than 3000 kilometres of coastline, plus islands, there are many coastal destinations to choose from. Here we give you a summary of our favourite …

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The end of an adventure and the start of a new one

by noreply@blogger.com (Amy Beswick) @ A Year In Indochina

Finally, I completed the work I needed to do to complete my A Year in Indochina project and the whole experience remains an incredibly valuable one to me. I often look back on the time I spent in Vietnam and am overwhelmed by the things I did and the opportunities I had there. It has been an incomparable experience for me and one that I am incredibly grateful for. I finished the book I was working on, thereby completing the project, in the first few months of starting a History degree at the University of Liverpool; now I am half-way through that degree.

But obviously I couldn't stay in one place for too long. Through my desperation to travel again, some hard work and some good fortune, I was granted the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Melbourne, Australia. My new adventure begins in just under a week when I set off on a journey across the world, and I have created a new blog called Backpacker Student with which I will record my travels, studies and new experiences Down Under. I hope that those people who took interest in this blog will be equally interested in my new one, and I hope I will have some interesting stories and new discoveries to share from a totally different part of the world!

Cycle Touring through Hampi

by Ashwini @ Art of Bicycle Trips

Continuing from the first part of this series about Cycle Touring the Heart of Karnataka, we pedal on in Hampi after which I headed to Goa during this solo cycle tour. Nestled on the banks of the river Tungabhadra, Hampi is perhaps the largest and most widespread archeological site in India. Excavations are still going […]

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Hello world!

by jeeptoursaigon @ Discover the art of Saigonese cuisine by Jeep Army

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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7 exhibitions to see during Singapore Art Week 2018

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Art Radar brings you 7 highlights not to miss during Singapore Art Week 2018. Singapore Art Week 2018 runs from 17 to 28 January, concurrently with Art Stage Singapore, and presents a rich programme of events across the city. The … Continue reading

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

by Alice Boggis-Rolfe @ Blog - Alice Boggis-Rolfe

If I had to describe Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is more commonly known, in three words they would be hot, busy and noisy...

Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I am calling it here and now; Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination. I probably shouldn’t tell people this and ruin what is one of the most delight…

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Sophie's Art Tour - Vietnam's History, Through Artists' Eyes - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Sophie's Art Tour - Vietnam's History, Through Artists' Eyes - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Sophie's Art Tour provides a unique perspective on 200 years of Vietnamese History. A journey in time through the eyes of Vietnam's artists. Enthralling.

A SHORT FILM ABOUT SOPHIE’S ART TOUR FROM RUSTY COMPASS.

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Watch a short film about Sophie’s Art Tour by clicking on THIS For great tips, stories and recommendations about traveling in Southeast Asia have a look at Rusty Compass: www.rustycompass.com

Thien Duong cave – kayak and zipline Dark Cave

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

A special day tour in Quang Binh will give you the most interesting experience.Your journey is a discovery trip in Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park with two famous attractions: Paradise Cave and Dark cave with the beauty of the natural creation. Taking part in many exciting activities with a boat trip on Chay River. Join us for a lifetime experience.

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Off the beaten track tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Off the beaten track tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.


mrlinhhomestay

Mr Linh’s Adventure is a professional, enthusiastic travel company, specialising in off-the-beaten-track and jungle adventure tours in remote areas Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Visiting ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We visited ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, in Sweden. Gordon wasn’t really fussed, but I said, ‘take a chance on me.‘ He said well, ‘you are the danc

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Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I can’t say I knew a lot about this town, but I can tell you that Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain was one of those serendipitous moments. This city was amaz…

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Taipei Biennial 2018 “Life-support, Living, Survival System” announces co-curators

by Art Radar @

Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) has announced Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda as co-curators for 2018 Biennial edition. The 11th edition of the Taipei Biennial, titled “Life-support, Living, Survival System”, will open on 17 November 2018 and will focus on … Continue reading

Sunrise 2

by wmnQeBHQ @ Craig Thomas Gallery

1 Tran Quoc Tuan_Binh Minh 2_Sunrise 2_2018_Acrylic on canvas_80 x 150 cm

‘A Transformative Disguise: Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’ at Sàn Art

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

‘Transformative Disguise’ is Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’s first solo exhibition. Composed of 9 new paintings and 5 ceramic sculptures, this exhibition plays with ideas of reflection, transparency and transformation, inviting the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of their behavior … Continue reading

Tour of duty: the Saigon “Road Show” photo session

Tour of duty: the Saigon “Road Show” photo session


Lena Lapschina

Here's a fleeting glimpse of "Road Show", a photo series I shot during my recent stay in Vietnam. The mise en scène queries the endeavours of museums to help visitors more fully engage with the art on view and to offer a range of opportunities for visitors to experience and share ideas about works of…

Sophie’s Art Tour Gift Voucher – give a thoughtful gift to a curious mind.

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Gift vouchers are 950,000vnd or $45 per person and can be purchased for individuals or groups. If you would like to book a private tour please get in contact for rates and availability. For HCMC residents the vouchers will be … Continue reading

Vimeo Video Post

by jeeptoursaigon @ Discover the art of Saigonese cuisine by Jeep Army

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Adventure Activities in Da Lat

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

Da Lat is one of our favourite playgrounds for adventure activities! Located in southern Viet Nam’s Central Highlands, Da Lat has a cooler temperate climate and is known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’. With colonial architecture and a pretty central lake, the city is surrounded by mountains, forests, valleys, lakes, waterfalls, and farmlands. There are many activities and attractions …

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Winter walk around Haarlem- Elswout

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Walking against diabetes Last september I started getting a bit more serious about walking. “Who? You???” Yes, that’s right, me, notorious couch potato, I know. Changing your diet, doing more exercise, and taking medication are the main three ways to get your diabetes under control. Since I did not want to get even more strict [...]

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The Cool Kids Of Queer Fashion: Bobo Calcutta By Ayushman Mitra

by Sadaf Shaikh @ Verve Magazine

The eccentric label's installation at Queer Aesthetics Now! celebrates the right to love freely and live without fear

Sophie's Art Tour in HCMC - Feet on Foreign Lands

Sophie's Art Tour in HCMC - Feet on Foreign Lands


Feet on Foreign Lands

Viewing and engaging with the art of any destination adds an extra dimension and texture to your experience of that place. And Sophie's Art Tour in HCMC is the perfect way to come to terms with Vietnamese art.

China – 2018 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide

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Tweet BEIJING, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Meituan-Dianping, China’slargest service-focused e-commerce platform, today launched its first Black Pearl Restaurant Guide, an ultimate list of quality restaurants, each selected from a unique Chinese perspective. The inaugural edition highlights a total of 330 restaurants in Continue reading →

Cycle Touring the Konkan Coast

by Ashwini @ Art of Bicycle Trips

There I was in Karwar after cycling solo across Karnataka and through Hampi and Goa. On Entering Karwar you cross a huge bridge over river Kali as it enters into the sea. A spectacular view opens up and in the sea you see a couple of islands all thickly wooded and some even have resorts and beaches […]

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“Gateway”: Chinese Xuan paper artist Lin Yan at Fou Gallery, New York

by Art Radar @

Art Radar reviews the site-specific exhibition in the Brooklyn apartment gallery.

Visiting The Medieval Village of Eze in France

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We started our tour of Monte Carlo in Monaco, and Visiting the Medieval Village of Eze in France, by driving along the scenic roads of the Moyenne Corniche. From here we h…

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A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Le Meridien Saigon is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most ultra-modern 5-star hotels. If you like bright and shiny things, you will love this hotel. It is located across fro…

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Welcome to Sophie’s Art Tour

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour is based in Ho Chi Minh City and looks at Vietnam’s fascinating history through the lives and works of it’s artists. For bookings please contact Sophie via email – sophiesarttour@gmail.com or via telephone – +84(0)121 830 3742. … Continue reading

The Walker – A Group Exhibition

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

On Friday 30th March the White Building of HCMC Fine Arts Museum was pulsing with life, throngs of people milled around drinking icy beer from disintegrating paper cups to the multifarious sounds of elfin pop singer Thảo Trang, Saigon punk … Continue reading

Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

A screaming kid with a gold fist; a woman who looks like me first thing in the morning and yes, we were Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway.

Frogner Park is the largest p…

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A room of one’s own: Iranian-American Afruz Amighi – artist profile

by Art Radar @

Sophia Contemporary Gallery in London presents "Echo’s Chamber", the artist’s first solo show in the UK.

United States Artists Announces 45 Fellows For 2018

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Tweet      Pictured above, clockwise: My Barbarian (Alexandro Segade, Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon), Tarell Alvin McCraney, Cassils. The Chicago-based United States Artists (USA) has selected its annual fellowship class of 45 artists and collaboratives, across disciplines and selected from all Continue reading →

Deeper Discovery Vietnam – 15 days

by Saigon Ben Tourism @ Saigon Ben Tourism

Tour Code         : DDV1514 Tour Route       : Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay Tour Duration: 15 Days/ 14 Nights Dates                  : Up on request Starts/Ends     : Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi. You may go whenever you wish Tour Type        : Traditional and adventures [&hellip

Where to find Street Art in Saigon - Contented Traveller

Where to find Street Art in Saigon - Contented Traveller


Contented Traveller

Away but within earshot of the cacophony of motorbikes and beeping horns in Hoi Chi Minh City, you will find a little alley full of Street Art in Saigon.

Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Rip Van Wafels is Cookie of the Skies with American Airlines Partnership

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Tweet YEAR OF THE COOKIE – RIP VAN KICKS OFF 2018 WITH MAJOR GROWTH The contemporary Dutch stroopwafel – Rip Van Wafels – flies high in the sky with American Airlines and introduces new flavors January 17, 2018, New York, Continue reading →

Cycle Touring Karnataka

by Ashwini @ Art of Bicycle Trips

I awoke one morning with a sudden urge to just cycle all over around Karnataka, India. Over the years, I have met several people who have cycled at length all over the world. A friend’s cycle tour from Bangalore to Ladakh especially inspired me. So I decided to go on solo recreational cycle tour and […]

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A taste of Mumbai

by Chetna Makan @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Take a street food tour of India’s most lively city with former Bake Off finalist and rising star food author, Chetna Makan

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Travel video of the week: Bordeaux

by National Geographic Traveller (UK) @ National Geographic Traveller (UK)

There's more to Bordeaux than fine wines and grand architecture

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Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie's Art Tour


Sophie's Art Tour

A journey through Vietnamese art history

Âm Binh ‘The Undead’: Pioneering Vietnamese Theatre

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Âm Binh took a long hard cathartic look at the human side of war. A visceral Vietnamese drama of two soldiers from the north and the south, both saved by the same women whose only child has just been killed … Continue reading

A Tête-à-Tête With Shriya Saran

by Amit Patil @ Verve Magazine

In vibrant hues and edgy and feminine silhouettes, Shriya Saran walks a gastronomic trail through High Street Phoenix. The star who has earned her share of the spotlight continues to live life on her own terms

The World of Sound and Surface 1st June – 5th July 2012

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Dewey Ambrosino and Tam Van Tran are friends from L.A, practically neighbors Dewey tells me at the opening reception of their collaborative exhibition at Sàn Art. The exhibition comprises of a conversation between their works, Ambrosino’s is metallic, pulsing and … Continue reading

Li'l C - Big Shoe Lady

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Top 20 FREE things to do in New York City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, and here is a list of the Top 20 FREE things to do in New York City. Just walking around the city is enough to keep y…

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Fine Arts Museum

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Supercars in Singapore

by Anja @ Curly Traveller

Almost tripping over supercars in Singapore When you walk around in Singapore, it’s inevitable that you will spot at least one and probably multiple so-called supercars. Per day. Maybe even per hour. In my hometown, Haarlem, I NEVER see one. During the yearly F1-weekend you come across even more of them! ‘Super-cars’ or ‘hyper-cars’ are [...]

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Tamay’s Textile Workshops, Ta Phin Village, Sapa, Vietnam.

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Are you captivated by the stunning traditional dress of the Red Dao hill tribe people? Would you like to learn more about their symbolic motifs, complex embroidery and elaborate embellishment? Come and immerse yourself in a one on one workshop with Tamay and friends. Nestled high in the hills of Ta Phin village, just 20 minutes drive from Sa Pa town. During you workshop you will… Hear about the significance of textile skills in Red Dao culture today. Discover the meaning behind the symbolic motifs used in the elaborate stitches. Get the opportunity to study various items of the Red Dao traditional dress up close, such as; the coat, trousers, jewelry and children’s hats. Participate in either a hand embroidery, natural dyeing or embellishment workshop with Tamay by your side helping you every step of the way. Who is this textile workshop for? This amazing workshop is suitable for anyone interested in fashion, textiles and ethnic culture.  It will give you real insight and appreciation into the amount of creativity and skills required to maintain this invaluable aspect of Red Dao culture. How to Book Prices start at 800.000 VND per person, per day (5 hours), including all materials and […]

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Viet Nam’s Traditional Ao Dai

by ICT Team @ In Country Tours

The In Country Tours logo consists of a Vietnamese woman wearing an ‘Ao Dai’ standing on a ‘monkey bridge’. But what does that even mean? Let’s take a closer look at the Ao Dai. What is the Ao Dai? The Ao Dai is the Vietnamese national dress, in its current form consisting of a tight tunic and long silk gown worn …

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Purépecha Style, An Indigenous Identity Stitched With Pride

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Purépecha are an indigenous group of people located in Michoacán state Northwest of Mexico city. They speak their own language and reside predominately in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range on a volcanic plateau surrounded by forests and lakes. The women of this region dress in a style soaked with Spanish influences and stitched with stories of folk life. The Purépecha people were a considerable pre-columbian civilization that maintained their independence from Aztec Empire despite numerous failed conquest attempts. It wasn’t until the 1530s when the Purépecha were eventually overruled by the Spanish conquistadors and their armies. Despite being converted to Catholicism the region has managed to maintain it’s rich traditional customs, as well as it’s reputation for producing folk art and fine crafts. Copper, carpentry, painting, ceramics and textiles have been traded by the same towns for over a thousand years, making Purépecha products some of the finest and most sought after in Mexico and beyond. The Purépecha people have a well earned sense of passion and pride about their artist ancestry and culture. This can be witnessed on the local women who strut their textile skills daily on their traditional dress. Purépecha women have a distinctive ethnographic dress adapted from […]

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48 hours in Helsinki, Finland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What to see, what to do, where to stay and where to eat when you have 48 Hours in Helsinki, a city that will pleasantly surprise you. As the capital city of Finland, spendin…

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A flourishing Iranian art market: Tehran Auction of Contemporary Art 2018 – round-up

by Art Radar @

The 8th edition of the Tehran Auction of Contemporary Iranian Art took place on 12 January 2018, breaking auction records.

Art internships and opportunities | MOMA, Guggenheim, Pékin Fine Arts, Site and Space in South Asia… and more

by Art Radar @

Looking for new career options in the arts? Art Radar Opportunities is an archive of openings in the visual art world.  Whether you are an artist or an aspiring curator, a market analyst or a scholar, Art Radar Opportunities has listings that will pique your interest. Every week … Continue reading

Big Moments And Red Carpet Fashion At The 24th SAG Awards

by Shubham Ladha @ Verve Magazine

The women of Hollywood shone in both, spirit and ensembles last night

Review Sophie's Art Tour Saigon - Curly Traveller

Review Sophie's Art Tour Saigon - Curly Traveller


Curly Traveller

Review Sophie's Art Tour Saigon. I loved this very informative tour about Vietnam's recent art, history and art history. Great tour guide and high quality.

Textile Tribes of Vietnam: The Ha Nhi’s Traditional Textiles & Rapunzel-esque Hair

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Ha Nhi are one of the most decoratively dressed but elusive ethnic groups in Vietnam. The various sub groups that encompass this diverse culture reside in mud clad houses, sloping up the mountain sides of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Each Ha Nhi village dons differently styled traditional attire, showcasing a multitude of textile skills across the region.  In 2017 Haute Culture visited the Ha Nhi of Y Ti village numerous times and built relationships with artisans there. Together, we developed a textile workshop for our annual Hill Tribe Textile Tour of Vietnam. In Y Ti, the residents wear a unique black cotton ensemble meticulously appliquéd with motifs made of coloured cording and a stunning head dress braided from black acrylic yarn and real human hair.  Who are the Ha Nhi The Ha Nhi are a collective of different ethnic sub groups living in the north of Vietnam. They speak their own language, which is said to be similar to the Akha people living in Thailand and Laos. Before 1986, the Ha Nhi were known to farm poppies for the opium trade. The Vietnamese government have since illegalised the trade, so they now live off the rice they grow on their terraces and keep […]

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High 5 Art And Weekend

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

We got completely lost trying to reach our destination last night: the final night of High 5 Art And Weekend. After snaking along HCMC’s district 8 canal system for a good hour and a half and looking like we weren’t … Continue reading

Sunrise

by wmnQeBHQ @ Craig Thomas Gallery

Tran Quoc Tuan_Binh Minh 1_Sunrise 1_2018_Acrylic on canvas_80 x 150 cm

Visiting the Seaside Town of Weymouth in England

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Located just 20 minutes from Portland, we spent a day Visiting the Seaside Town of Weymouth in England. Weymouth is the archetypal English seaside holiday destinatio…

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