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Best Western Hotels & Resorts moves into Bali

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has opened a new midscale hotel in the Jimbaran area of Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods.” Best Western Kamala Jimbaran is positioned in the heart of southern Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, less than a 30-minute […]

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New Year 2017-2018 celebrations at The Athenee Hotel

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

CELEBRATE AT THE RAIN TREE CAFÉ AND THE GLAZ BAR On the evening of New Year’s Eve (December 31) gather family or good friends for a farewell feast of fresh seafood and lobster, and participate in the lucky draw for a […]

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The Rex Hotel

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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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Fine Arts Museum

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Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie's Art Tour


Sophie's Art Tour

A journey through Vietnamese art history

Senate approves plan to end shutdown, reopen government

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The Senate voted Monday to end the government shutdown, extending funding for three weeks, following a deal being reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding assurances related to immigration. The bill now goes to the House, which is expected to pass it as early as Monday, and then […]

Hoa Vien Brauhaus

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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.

The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

Ho Chi Minh City: The Reverie Saigon - Outlook Traveller

Ho Chi Minh City: The Reverie Saigon - Outlook Traveller


Outlook Traveller

Take the Pearls of Saigon day-tour to know more about the city’s cultural history

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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Sweet ‘Art on the road part 4: Sophie’s Art Tour, Vietnam – by Corrina Eastwood

Sweet ‘Art on the road part 4: Sophie’s Art Tour, Vietnam – by Corrina Eastwood


Sweet 'Art

As sad as we have been to finish our travels, London is where we belong so back to sunny (yes sunny!!) London we have come with so many travel related inspirations. These are primarily surrounding …

Tune In, Party Begins at So Sofitel Bangkok

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

Curated under the “Tune in, Party Begins” concept, So Sofitel Bangkok’s gastronomic celebrations this holiday season were designed to make your heart, and stomach, sing! 2017’s festive program includes a Xmas cooking class available until December 25 at Chocolab, where […]

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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

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

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

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

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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Sophie's Art Tour in Vietnam

Sophie's Art Tour in Vietnam


My Guide Vietnam

Sophie's Art Tour, Vietnam - A great way to get a deeper understanding of Vietnam's modern and contemporary history through the eyes of artists...................

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.

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

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.

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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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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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

Event: Nat Pwe in Taungbyone, Myanmar

by hadzantonis @ CCASEAN

The week-long Nat Pwe in Taungbyone is the largest spirit festival in Burma (Myanmar), with tens of thousands of people attending the week-long celebrations around the full moon in August. They come from far and wide to pay tribute to two of the widest known Burmese nats, or spirits, hoping to gain good luck, let loose and watch the ceremonies, performed most often by transvestites. There are 37 original nats in Burmese history, who have usually come into being thanks to gruesome deaths. Throughout the year, nat pwe, or spirit festivals, are held across the country, but the most famous is in Taungbyone, a small village around 20 kilometres north of Mandalay. A nat kadaw, a spirit’s wife or medium, is in charge of the week-long ceremonies. If you ask the average local Yangoonie what they know about nat pwe, they will immediately call it the “gay festival”, as the mediums are typically transgender or transvestites; the festival has become a safe haven for the LGBT crowd to attend, though all are welcomed. The festival includes a large market full of venders hawking food, sweets, T-shirts and other merchandise. Masses of people shuffle and squish their way through tight walkways to pay tribute to....

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

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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5 factors that make a luxury holiday

by Amelia Curran @ Experience Travel Group Blog

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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5 LESSER-KNOWN LOCATIONS FOR SHOOTING FILMS IN VIETNAM

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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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.

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.

Commentary: Thai Vegetarian Festival

by hadzantonis @ CCASEAN

Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival is more than sprouts and tofu — it’s an assault on the senses, and for the most devout, on the body itself. Then they dance as massive strings of fireworks explode all around them. The annual festival in Phuket has become a tourist attraction, with several large, noisy processions complete with fireworks, gongs and drums passing through the streets. Many Phuket residents have Chinese ancestors, and devotees to the many Chinese temples on the island parade their shrines’ emperor gods on hand-carried carriages.The Vegetarian Festival begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar and is observed primarily in Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar. It traces its origins to the early 1800s, when a troupe of Chinese actors on tour in Phuket fell ill. It was decided that they should abstain from eating meat and soon all were well again. The festival and its sacred rituals are believed to bestow good fortune. Devotees observe a strict vegetarian or vegan diet that is believed to cleanse the body and grant merit. It is believed that those who endure piercings experience no pain while in the trance.

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.

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

by Art Radar @

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.

Netflix adds a record 8 million subscribers

by CNN @ GantNews.com

Netflix’s recent price hike isn’t denting its subscriber numbers. Netflix said Monday it added more than 8 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2017, marking the strongest quarterly subscription gains in its history. The company credited the “stronger than expected” gains in new customers in part to its “original content slate.” That likely […]

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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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

Silverland Sakyo Hotel and Spa

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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...

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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Festive Season at The Peninsula Bangkok

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

TEDDY BEAR AFTERNOON PICNIC December 16-17, 201 7 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Some children have an imaginary buddy or friend, whereas some have teddy bears to look after and play with. This holiday season, children will broaden their imagination by enjoying […]

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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...

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

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."

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

7 exhibitions to see during Singapore Art Week 2018

by Art Radar @

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

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

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.

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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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.

Booking.com: The largest selection of hotels, homes, and vacation rentals

Booking.com: The largest selection of hotels, homes, and vacation rentals


Booking.com

Whether you’re looking for hotels, homes, or vacation rentals, you’ll always find the guaranteed best price. Browse our 1,618,762 accommodations in over 85,000 destinations.

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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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

Trump hosts senators to discuss immigration as shutdown winds down

by CNN @ GantNews.com

President Donald Trump held two meetings with a handful of senators to discuss immigration reform on Monday, as the three-day government shutdown was coming to an end on Capitol Hill. The meetings mark Trump’s latest foray into passing an immigration deal and signal that the President is hoping for a more conservative plan than most […]

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

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


Easia

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.

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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You are still more likely to die in a hospital on the weekend

by CNN @ GantNews.com

Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten […]

Bringing Vietnamese History to Life -

Bringing Vietnamese History to Life -


Lookeast Magazine

Sophie’s Art Tour Hanoi Guide Fabiola Buchele talking at The Vietnamese Museum of Fine Art. Photo by Sophie Hughes Sophie’s Art Tour arives in Hanoi, promising not only a boost in local artistic expression but also connecting folks to Vietnam’s …

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

by Art Radar @

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

Li'l C - Big Shoe Lady

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

by Rene Yutiampo @ Expat Living Hong Kong

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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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.

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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“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.

As Larry Nassar faces accusers, USA Gymnastics leaders step down

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As one brave, young gymnast after another took the podium to lambaste serial molester and former gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, the national governing body for the sport announced Monday that its top executives were stepping down. USA Gymnastics, which counted Nassar as part of its medical staff or as national team doctor through four Olympic […]

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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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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...

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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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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Festive celebrations at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

The Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is celebrating the 2017 festive season with culinary offers and entertainment. Festive Afternoon Tea The Festive Afternoon Tea set is the creation of Executive Pastry Chef Frank Braun, inspired by European winter recipes and features […]

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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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Saigon Central Post Office

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Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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City Hall

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6 exciting experiences for when the kids leave home

by Philly Baines @ Experience Travel Group Blog

There’s a strange quiet after the kids are gone. Whilst it’s nice not to have…

“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".

‘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

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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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...

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.

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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How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

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

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

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.

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

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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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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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.

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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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

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.


Trump slaps tariffs on foreign solar panels and washing machines

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The Trump administration is imposing tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. The announcement marks President Trump’s first major trade action of 2018 and follows his campaign promise to get tough on America’s trading partners. A tariff, or tax, of 30% will be applied to imported solar panels, most of which come from China. […]

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 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

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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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.

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.

Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

Wilbur Ross: Reports of Trump criticism ‘obsolete’

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNN Monday that the suggestion President Donald Trump was unhappy with his performance was “obsolete,” amid new reporting that Trump has soured on his Cabinet secretary. Axios had detailed what it characterized as Trump’s displeasure with the commerce secretary’s progress in trade negotiations with China and reported that Ross fell […]

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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Sapa, Bac Ha and saying farewell to Vietnam

Sapa, Bac Ha and saying farewell to Vietnam

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

I had been more excited about the North of Vietnam than anywhere else on my itinerary...

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!

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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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

Anytime Fitness launches its first branch in Thailand

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

Anytime Fitness, the American fitness franchise, announced the opening of its first branch in Thailand, adding to its 3,600 gyms and 3 million members worldwide, becoming the seventh country to open in the region. “We are thrilled to be in Thailand […]

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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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“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.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts launches new hotel in Central Sapporo

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

Located in the Sapporo’s Chuo-ku, or “central ward”, Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen is a new midscale hotel in the center of northern Japan’s largest city. The hotel is surrounded by shops, attractions, offices, and it’s opposite the Odori Park, making it […]

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3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

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

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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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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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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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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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...

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

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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A big loss for Schumer and the Democrats

by CNN @ GantNews.com

All anyone needed to know about how the #SchumerShutdown was going to end could be found in the votes of five red-state Democrats who, on Friday night, bailed on their party’s leader and supported President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s position to keep the government open. Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Claire McCaskill […]

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 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.

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...

A New Year closer to the stars at ESTRELA Sky Lounge

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

New Year at Novotel Phuket Phokeethra. Food at AMOR restaurant will feature a curated menu, followed by cocktails and drinks at the ESTRELA Sky Lounge. The Lounge is situated on the 18th floor rooftop with views of Phuket’s Old Town, […]

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Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay, Vietnam

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

After a few days in Hanoi I headed to Cat Ba, the largest island in the Cat Ba archipelago off Halong Bay...

Event: Rainforest World Music Festival

by hadzantonis @ CCASEAN

Venue: Borneo, Malaysia Date: 5th to 7th August, 2016 Purpose: The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. Its formula of three afternoons of interactive and educational workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on the main stage has proven to be a hit with the audience, who come from near and far. The festival site is set up with a variety of food and drink stalls, an arts and crafts area as well as a counter for festival memorabilia, Sarawak souvenirs and CDs by the performing artists, thus contributing to a fun filled, wholesome festival experience for all.  It is World Music festival extraodinaire set against the magnificient backdrop of the legendary Mt.Santubong. The Rainforest World Music Festival, a not-to-be-missed occasion, guarantees a smashing time in the heart of the Borneo Jungle. Background Established in 1998 with an audience of only 300 people, it is now a major annual event in the State’s music calendar, eagerly anticipated by a crowd of over 20,000 people who flock from overseas, interstate as well as locals. It is a family-friendly event with an accent....

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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Countdown party with Khan Thaitanium at W Bangkok

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

This year, W Bangkok and Khan Thaitanium invite you to dance the night away at “REMIX YOUR YEAR” Countdown Party, at WOOBAR. Start the night from 9 p.m. with W Bangkok’s very own DJ Orawan. Then, Whatdagfrog continues, before Khan […]

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“Translating Images”: Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri goes West

by Art Radar @

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.

4 very different ways to make the most of a trip to Ho Chi Minh

4 very different ways to make the most of a trip to Ho Chi Minh


Expat Living Hong Kong

Here are four fun and quirky tours to maximise your time and indulge your interests on your next getaway in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

HOW VIETNAM CAN WIN THE TOURISM GAME

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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Event: Singapore Firework Festival

by hadzantonis @ CCASEAN

Venue: Singapore Date: 22nd-23rd August, 2016 Purpose: The Singapore Fireworks Celebration, formerly known as the Singapore Fireworks Festival, is part of the National Day celebrations held annually to commemorate Singapore’s independence from Malaysia on August 9th,1965. Because Singapore is a small city-state consisting of the tip of the Malaysian peninsula and the small islands surrounding it, citizens come from all parts of the city to celebrate the festivities. To attend the parade or celebrations, advance tickets are always required. History of the Festival Singapore’s first fireworks display at the National Day celebration was in 2004 at Marina Bay (marina-bay.sg), one of Singapore’s leading outdoor events venues. The Singapore Tourism Board (app.stb.gov.sg) sponsors the events, which include a parade, storytelling, costumes and theater. The parade is a march through the city of Singapore’s best military performers, complete with a fighter jet air show. In the evening, musical performances, multicultural displays and video displays honoring the country lead up to the epic finale of spectacular fireworks.

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...

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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Gather with friends and family at The House On Sathorn

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

“UNDER THE STARS” NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER Enjoy an evening in the garden of The House on Sathorn with live music as you feast on a buffet dinner at The Courtyard. The dinner includes a variety of stations starting from […]

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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...

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

by Rene Yutiampo @ Expat Living Hong Kong

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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.

Blue River Hotel 3

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Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City | Tourism - Cathay Pacific

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City | Tourism - Cathay Pacific


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Discover the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Find Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing tours, the latest shows, most talked about restaurants and local attractions.

17 restaurants were awarded MICHELIN stars in Bangkok

by Anita @ Lookeast Magazine

Michelin unveiled today the first selection for the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, which features a total of 98 restaurants. This selection highlights how the city embraces international dining without abandoning its own heritage and authentic cuisine, drawing millions of visitors worldwide. […]

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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

13 Things You Must Do in Vietnam – Vietnam Bucket List

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

From exploring the depths of a mysterious subterranean world to bargaining in a Mekong market, from sleeping under a bamboo roof in the mountains to scaling waterfalls in the Central Highlands, Vietnam is bursting with exciting things to do. In this XO blog post we outline the very best activities across the country – from…

Thai Vietjet launches Bangkok–Dalat route

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

At Lien Khuong International Airport (Lam Dong province, Vietnam), Thai Vietjet held its official inaugural flight ceremony for Bangkok–Dalat service, connecting Bangkok with Vietnam’s flower city Dalat, which is located on Lang Biang Plateau. The new route is expected to […]

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In case you missed Wonderfruit 2017…

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

Based on the six pillars of Arts, Music, Farm to Feasts, Wellness & Adventures, Talks & Workshops, and Family, the Wonderfruit festival made its fourth comeback on December 14-17. Around 13,000 “Wonderers” flocked to The Fields at Siam Country Club, in Pattaya, Thailand, […]

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The Best Tours in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog

The Best Tours in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog


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We have compiled a list of the best and most unique ways to experience Vietnam's landscape, environment and culture.

XO Tours in Hanoi

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi, and it’s unlikely we ever will. So why the misleading blog title? We felt the need to write this blog post to protect our brand, so that when our valued guests search for XO Tours they will know that XO Tours only operates out of Ho Chi Minh City…

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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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...

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

Marvel At The City’s First Robata Thai Experience At Izaya

by Shubham Ladha @ Verve Magazine

Izaya, chef Farrokh Khambata's newest eatery in South Mumbai offers a great Robata Thai dining experience

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

James Suckling’s Great Wines of Italy 2017 in Bangkok

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

American wine critic James Suckling returned to Thailand for the culmination of the “Great Wines of Italy” tasting tour, to pack the house at the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel in Bangkok on the final leg of his Asian tour. Over […]

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Tales of whisky with the experts, jazz & food pairings

by Editorial @ Lookeast Magazine

The St. Regis Bangkok, in association with Diageo, presents Whisky Tales, on January 26, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Decanter & The St. Regis Bar on level 12 of the hotel. On that date, The St. Regis […]

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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

Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Asia's backpacker heavens also offer cheap luxury

Asia's backpacker heavens also offer cheap luxury


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

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.

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.


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

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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

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.

Pho Binh Noodle Shop

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

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


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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. 

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

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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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...

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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Christina's Saigon

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A Comprehensive Guide to Vietnam Visas

by Scott Jones @ XO Tours Blog

*** Disclaimer: We believe all the information in this article was correct at the time it was published however, regulations in Vietnam change often so we urge travelers to not rely solely on the information in this blog post when planning their trip to Vietnam. We cannot be held responsible for any lost monies or travel time due to any…

Commentary: Sophie’s Art Tour

Commentary: Sophie’s Art Tour


CCASEAN

After living in Vietnam since 2009 working in visual arts and film, Sophie had begun to touch on Vietnam’s fascinating visual culture, and it time to take a more active role in the cultural and art scene in Vietnam.Along then comes Sophie’s Art Tour, in 2011, in Ho Chi Minh City, a symbol of the

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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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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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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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.


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

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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

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

Suggested seven (7) day Vietnam Itinerary Hanoi and Saigon

Suggested seven (7) day Vietnam Itinerary Hanoi and Saigon


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7-day Vietnam Itinerary - a complete plan, schedule and agenda for traveling to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Saigon in seven (7) days, things to do, places to stay

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.


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

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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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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HOW CAN VIETNAM BENEFIT FROM FILM-INDUCED TOURISM?

by Trang Nguyen @ Dulichable

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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

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.

“Jerusalem Lives”: the inaugural exhibition at the Palestinian Museum

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“Jerusalem Lives” at the Palestinian Museum looks at the relationship between a gloablised world and media and life in the city of Jerusalem.

Trump slaps tariffs on foreign solar cells and washing machines

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The Trump administration is levying tariffs on imported solar cells and washing machines. It said Monday that it will impose a tariff of 30% on imported solar panels, and tariffs beginning at 20% on large residential washing machines. The announcement came Monday from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “The President’s action makes clear again that […]

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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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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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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Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Sophie’s Art Tour launching in 2012

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

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

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