Quick Eats

Quick Eats

Because so much of life is lived outside the home, street food is an important part of everyday Cambodian life. Like many Southeast Asian people, Cambodians are inveterate snackers. They can be found at impromptu stalls at any time of the day or night, delving into a range of unidentified frying objects. Drop into the…

Popular coastal cities in Vietnam

Popular coastal cities in Vietnam

Nha Trang   With beautiful beaches, white sand, Nha Trang is a favorite destination of tourists in Vietnam and abroad. With the development of sea tourism for a long time, Nha Trang is always available from hotel system, various restaurants and a range of exciting activities such as walking under the sea to Hon Mun,…

Contemporary Cambodia

Contemporary Cambodia

Cambodia is at a crossroads in its road to recovery from the brutal years of Khmer Rouge rule. Compare Cambodia today with the dark abyss into which it plunged under the Khmer Rouge and the picture looks pretty healthy, but look to its more successful neighbours and it’s easy to be pessimistic. Cambodia must choose…

The process of production of opium poppy in Laos

The process of production of opium poppy in Laos

Harvest  Harvest starts generally by January 15 and ends in February-March. Women, and some men, take care of the harvest. This work is long and is undertaken twice a day. Bulbs whose petals have recently fallen are incised during a sunny afternoon with a 2, 3 or 4 edged knife. In fact, the head must…

How does the Tibeto-Burman family build a house?

How does the Tibeto-Burman family build a house?

Once the day is chosen, the whole village will participate in the construction, which lasts for one to two days. Reliable carpenters acknowledged by the community – 10 in Gnang Luang – are called by the family head, with whom the measurements in arms and elbow lengths will be discussed.    The erection of the…

A tattooed mouth is a ticket to heaven

A tattooed mouth is a ticket to heaven

Instead of opting to adorn one’s arms, shoulders, chest or back with tattoos, the Mảng, one of Viet Nam’s 54 ethnic groups, decorate their mouths.   A Mảng must be tattooed at age 16 or 17. The belief is that without this sacred sign, the soul of a dead person will not be allowed to…

Good deeds now may reap benefits in the future

Good deeds now may reap benefits in the future

When you see a collection box by the main altar in a pagoda, drop some money into it to help cover the cost of flowers and incense. You’ll be acquiring some cong duc for yourself and your loved ones.   Cong duc (gongde in Chinese), a Buddhist concept influenced by Taoism, Confucianism and popular beliefs,…

Old Thrity

Old Thrity

As a child I lived in Hemp Street in the heart of old Ha Noi. I can remember how I was frightened each time I went upstairs, especially in the evening. I would then have to walk pass a small altar dedicated to Mr. Thirty.   He was there, awesome in a big picture, with…

International visitors must pay a portion of money to the Tourism Development Assistance Fund

International visitors must pay a portion of money to the Tourism Development Assistance Fund

Part of the entrance fee, international visitor visa fees will be deducted from the Tourism Development Assistance Fund from early 2018.   On the afternoon of June 19 with 438 deputies voted (equivalent to 89.21%), Congress passed the Law on Tourism (amended).   Report explaining, receiving opinions of National Assembly deputies on the source of…

Traditions and anarchronisms

Traditions and anarchronisms

It’s now peak time for the “wedding season” – the “season of crimson kakis and green rice flakes” which begins in the Eighth Lunar Month. In sharp contrast to the Spartan “New Life” style adopted after the August Revolution of 1945 and that remained very strong throughout the two wars of resistance, people in both…


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