Wearing a thin T-shirt while sipping a cappuccino in my favorite coffee shop, surrounded by Vietnamese dressed for the North Pole, is another example of surreal Vietnam.Or maybe they’ve got things confused at Christmas time…I know it’s the rainy season but look at the locals in Hoi An, a small town in central Vietnam, they think it’s the beginning of a three-month Ice Age.Every local baby has been swaddled up sufficiently to cope with a snow blizzard. All you can see is a narrow slip for the eyes between a Swedish woolen hat and a scarf bigger than the kid. Mothers don thick hats, mittens and facemasks to protect them from the imaginary sunrays bouncing off the ice sheets covering the landscape. There’s the urban vs rural aspect too.The farmers around my area, not that far from the rice fields, slosh about the muddy fields in bare feet while Hoi An’s townsfolk begin to cover up with sneakers and dare I mention it… socks.The buffalo herders … [Read more...] about Are you warm enough, Hoi An?
VietNamNet Bridge - The spouses of APEC leaders and senior officials visited the ancient town of Hoi An on the morning of November 11.The delegation visited the Hoai River Square, the Bridge Pagoda, some relics in the old town, the statue garden and the Hoi An silk village. The tour was part of a series of events on the sidelines of the APEC Summit 2017.Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hien, President Tran Dai Quang’s spouse will host the program.The welcome ceremony was held at the Cultural Center of Hoi An City. Hoi An. After the welcoming ceremony, the delegation walked along the streets of Hoi An ancient town. They also visited the Bridge Pagoda, enjoying the ancient space, folk games and the daily life of Hoi An people.The delegates visited shops selling silk, embroidery products, lanterns, handicraft products and the silk village of Hoi An, which provides silk products made by traditional silk weaving methods with a history of more than 300 years in Hoi An town.Mr. Nguyen Van Dung, Chairman … [Read more...] about Hoi An before the visit of spouses of APEC leaders
VietNamNet Bridge – This morning the spouses of APEC leaders walked about 1km through the ancient town of Hoi An of Quang Nam province, including Chua Cau (Bridge Pagoda) – the city’s symbol.Wives of the heads of delegations from APEC economies visited ancient Hoi An city in the central province of Quang Nam on November 11 as part of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.Participants included wives of the heads of delegations from Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Singapore and Thailand.Nguyen Thi Hien, wife of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, guided her guests around Hoi An, a world cultural heritage site recognised by UNESCO.The foreign visitors expressed their impression about the ancient, tranquil and simple beauty of the old Vietnamese space as well as Hoi An’s architecture, which features both Vietnamese identities and mixtures of Eastern and Western culture.They were also introduced to the traditional silk making of … [Read more...] about Spouses of APEC leaders tour Hoi An
Authorities of Hoi An Town have issued a new regulation permitting permanent residents without foreign spouses to provide homestay service for tourists. A foreign visitor takes photos in the ancient town of Hoi AnAccording to a plan to develop lodging facilities in Hoi An in the 2017-2020 period, the regulation is aimed at preserving, promoting and introducing local culture, traditions, historical values and daily life of the people there.Homestay service providers are also required to live in families with at least two generations at the time they ask for permission to operate homestays.As for architecture, a homestay facility must have no more than two floors with ancestral altars and a common room. Investors are banned from building swimming pools in the area of homestays.In addition, homestay lodgings must have no more than seven bedrooms including no more than five for guests. Accommodations for tourists must be adjacent to the main compartment of the homeowner.Homestay … [Read more...] about Only local people allowed to offer homestay service in Hoi An
The dish was imported to Hoi An from Fujian Province in China when Chinese traders came to this city long time ago. For a dessert that’s so elegant, black sesame soup is surprisingly easy to make, requiring only a handful of ingredients such as black sesame, coconut, rice flour, sugar, sinh a (Radix Rehmanniae) and thuc a (Rehmannia glutinosa). The dish is cooked in a metal pot and is usually sold by street vendors. This sweet soup is the tastiest when it is served hot. The dish is served hot in small portion; very mild, not too sweet and is claimed to be very good for health. … [Read more...] about Black sesame sweet soup, a popular dessert in Hoi An