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Word HCMC's Woman of the Year: Sophie Hughes

By: Duncan Forgan Posted: January-22-2011 in
Duncan Forgan

With its cutting-edge line-up of mini movies from Vietnam and elsewhere, Future Shorts has established itself as one of city’s coolest events. Duncan Forgan talks to Sophie Hughes, the driving force behind the Saigon installment of the global film festival, about a momentous twelve months.

“Can we go inside where it’s cooler?” asks a flushed looking Sophie Hughes as she pulls up outside the restaurant in Binh Thanh District that both of us call our local. “I’ve been running around like a madwoman all day.”

Word HCMC's Man of the Year: Ngo Bau Chau

By: Duncan Forgan Posted: January-22-2011 in
Duncan Forgan

Ngo Bau Chau’s groundbreaking work in the field of mathematics has elevated him to hero status in Vietnam this year. Duncan Forgan casts an admiring, if uncomprehending, eye over the academic’s achievements.

With his rimless glasses, standard issue haircut and quiet and meek demeanor, he is the antithesis of the glamour figures venerated by many young Vietnamese. Nevertheless, the elevation this year of Ngo Bau Chau to national hero is a heartening reminder that substance can still triumph over style.

Waste not, want not

By: Nguy Ha Posted: January-22-2011 in
Nguy Ha

It is hard to believe that nice cloth hangers, colourful plastic chairs and small dustpans are made from empty plastic bottles, worn-out plastic sandals, and broken toys. But almost anything with a recyclable use is being put back into action at Trieu Khuc village, Tan Trieu Commune, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi.

Beauties in Rocky Garden

By: Nguy Ha Posted: January-17-2011 in
Nguy Ha

During the 160 kilometres from Ha Giang to Dong Van, you can experience the beautiful and dangerous mountain passes that snake between rocky mountains and an ocean of clouds. Ha Giang’s landscape is beautiful all year round.. In the spring, Ha Giang may be cold but it is good time to come in order to see peach, plum and mustard flowers blossom, and experience the ethnic minority peoples’ new year, offering the chance to take part in their traditional games.

Hitting the right spot

By: Nguy Ha Posted: January-17-2011 in
Nguy Ha

With bars, cafes and restaurants in Hanoi’s Old Quarter playing up their gritty, Old Hanoi faux-French colonial credentials, it comes as a pleasant surprise to find a place that is willing to grasp modernity, comfort and the tastes of home as their guiding principle.

My 2011 Vietnam Tourism Wish List

By: Tim Russell Posted: January-11-2011 in
Tim Russell

2010 was a great year for Vietnam’s tourism industry, with an estimated 5 million visitors – the best ever. Here are my hopes for 2011…

1. Visa on arrival
I know I bang on about this incessantly but there is little point marketing Vietnam as a tourist destination and then making it difficult for people to actually get in. Introducing a genuine visa on arrival process, and scrapping visas for key markets altogether, would see a huge leap in numbers for both new and returning visitors.

Expats in Vietnam caught up in suspect visa scams

By: EAS Staff Posted: December-01-2010 in
EAS Staff

EAS has recently learnt that people have been surprised by several changes at the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh. Firstly, new application forms, secondly,  a $10 increase in the price of a 3 month multiple entry visa, and thirdly, people are being offered 6 and 12 month multiple entry visas which have not been available for some time now.

More Hotel WiFi Lunacy

By: Tim Russell Posted: November-24-2010 in
Tim Russell

By far the most popular blog posting I’ve made all year was my September piece about hotel wifi charges, about how 5* hotels have the nerve to charge for internet access on top of their already high room rates, while 3* hotels usually provide it for free.

Xin Chao!

By: The Word HCMC Posted: November-23-2010 in
The Word HCMC

Xin Chao! is a production that tells the amazing stories and brings to life the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam. The show will promote the culture and talent of Vietnam and present it in a world class setting in the form of a long running (365 days a year) live production.

Tiger Translate Metropolis

By: Nguy Ha Posted: November-17-2010 in
Nguy Ha

In the middle of November, 4000 Vietnamese rock fans had the chance to experience the combination of Rock and Temporary art show, Tiger Translate Metropolis, with the performances of local bands Ngu Cung (Pentatonic), RoseWood, the Canadian native metal band Hail The Villian and two painters Tran Trung Linh and Bertrand Peret.

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