Hanoi (VNA) - In the mornings before he opens his traditional house to visitors, Meritorious Artist To Thanh Son prepares tea to welcome his guests. When Bat Trang commune on the outskirts of Hanoi was officially recognised as a tourist site last month, his traditional house with its beautiful garden, old kiln and showroom of pottery products started receiving many tourists every day. In October 2019, the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) brought smart tourism to Bat Trang, further highlighting it on the capital’s travel map. Smart tourism Bat Trang commune is located in Gia Lam district, 10km from the city centre. It comprises Bat Trang and Giang Cao villages. A century ago, people of Bo Bat village (now Yen Thanh commune, the northern province of Ninh Binh) followed King Ly Cong Uan from Hoa Lu to Thang Long - the new capital city (now Hanoi). They set up a pottery and brick-making ward on the banks … [Read more...] about Bat Trang – A star of Hanoi craft village tourism
When bad things happen to good people
As the tennis world mourned the death of Kobe Bryant, Kyrgios arrived at Rod Laver Arena wearing an LA Lakers shirt, and 15-year-old Coco Gauff had tributes to the basketball great scrawled on her trainers during the doubles. … [Read more...] about Nadal settles Kyrgios score to keep heat on Federer record
In (relatively) quiet and peaceful Hoi An, the streets have been hosed down, the mud jammed into the drainage system, along with this week’s consignment of cooking oil, fat and plastic and all’s right with the world. So long as my local coffee shop is brewing that wonderful aroma of coffee beans and hot milk, I’m as happy as a pig in mud. Squeal! Onk! Squeal! … [Read more...] about APEC and Damrey in Vietnam: Whew! It’s over!
One really nice event I like over the festive season is the number of local people putting together charity goodies to take out of town to poorer folks in the surrounding area or doing it tough in the mountain regions. Usually this involves young university students and working kids – again another reminder that people do care and are willing to do something about it. Quite a few foreigners also get involved, frequently donating clothes and cash for shoes, books and festive presents and food. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s festive season
In order to make the program more interesting in future years, Nguyen Ngoc Binh, Chairman of the Union of Friendship Organizations in Da Nang city said that the organizer plans to arrange Lao students to live with families near their schools to facilitate their travel and avoid stress that will affect their study. They will also team up with the Lao General Consulate in Da Nang to select Lao students with a good command of Vietnamese, so that the Lao children might be more confident when living under the same roof with Vietnamese families. Besides, the time to start the program will be adjusted to allow Lao students to get involved in all activities of the program. … [Read more...] about Lao children in Vietnamese families