Martin Rama This summer I spent time with my family hiking through Norway. Much of the enjoyment came from the stunning views of the fjords, where the sea enters deep into an imposing mountain range and pristine villages and green fields quickly give way to dark, almost vertical stone cliffs. But I was also amazed to visit some of the unique medieval churches that sprinkle Scandinavia. And I thought that the story of their preservation was relevant for the churches of Vietnam's northeast. More than one thousand churches supported by vertical mast-like pillars (or stave) were built from the 12th century onward in what is now Norway. The churches were small like chapels, with at most two dozen pillars supporting their wooden structures. But layer after layer of tiled rooftops irregularly piling on each other made then look tall, like gentle carapace-covered beasts grazing in the lush fields by the fjords. Stave churches were built at a time when a Viking nation was converting to … [Read more...] about Beautiful churches from a distant north
Best end of summer vacations
Children all over Việt Nam are out of school and excited about the summer holiday. How are they going to spend their free time? Phương Mai, San Hà and Ngọc Diệp talk to kids and their parents. Huỳnh Phong Sơn, a 12-year-old student from HCM City’s Hóc Môn District, says his parents want him to spend time on physical activities this summer. But that’s not all. He’s taking English and singing classes as well. “I play football with my neighbours every afternoon, and I swim with my cousins and friends on the weekends,” Sơn says. Though his family plans to travel this summer, he prefers to take part in summer camps and activities at cultural houses. “I can meet new friends and learn new things through fun activities.” To meet children’s needs, cultural houses, theatres and amusement parks in the city are preparing many kinds of programmes to welcome Children’s Day on … [Read more...] about What do kids want to do this summer?
Back to English Comments Travel & Life - December 14, 2018 | 10:32 pm GMT+7 Here is all you need to knowto visit this popular place in southern Vietnam.Best time to visit The ideal time to travel to Phu Quoc, Vietnam's biggest island, is from November to April. This is the dry season in southern Vietnam, and the sea will be calm and the weather perfect for outdoor activities. It is the best time to unwind and relax on the beach or take a dip in the cool water. Backpackers and those who want to go on an adventure should be mindful and bring enough water and sun-protection gear since things can get really hot. From April to October is the rainy season. But it is also the peak season on Phu Quoc since it is the summer vacation. The island gets extremely crowded and all prices go up.How to get there The best way to travel to Phu Quoc, from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is by plane. Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air have daily direct flights. Phu Quoc … [Read more...] about 2 days or more on Phu Quoc, the pearl island – VnExpress International
Sapa Sapa, about 5 - 6 hour drive from Hanoi, is a tourist paradise for visitors all year round. It is considered as an ideal place to avoid heat in summer while in winter, this small town in the Northwestern region wears a new coat weaved from mist. At the end of the year, when the climate in Sapa is getting colder, many tourists prefer Sapa for enjoying snow. Sapa Sapa has a wide variety of accommodations for tourists to choose, including motels, homestay, hostels, 4-5 star hotels, and luxury resorts. One of the interesting experiences for tourists, especially for foreigners, is trekking to villages inhabited by people of ethnic minority groups and exploring their life and culture. Visiting Sapa, visitors can enjoy a number of local specialities such as horse meat and viscera soup - called “thang co,” “Men Men” - a dish made from maize powder, fish soup, grilled meats, grilled sticky rice-in-bamboo-tube, and free-range pig. Hoi An ancient … [Read more...] about Five must-see destinations in the upcoming New Year holiday