Written by Paul Christiansen. Photos by Alberto Prieto.
By (un)conventional standards, Saigon’s Geological Museum may warrant a score of 1.3/9, but if one considers it as a source of whimsy, it’s a solid 8.2/9.For years, Saigoneer’s editorial staff has discussed visiting and writing about the Geological Museum (Bảo tàng Địa chất), but it never got done. I’ve lived here for half a decade, and when I moved to a new neighborhood a year ago my daily walk to the office took me past the museum; yet I still had never entered. Then, on a whim, one random Tuesday morning several weeks ago, I went. The result? I didn’t think I could love Saigon more than I already did, and yet…
When a meteor, a hulking hunk of prehistoric mass, shreds through Earth’s atmosphere and slams into the surface, the impact vaporizes terrestrial scraps of minerals and sends debris into the sky. The molten globs float like glassy raindrops and fall thousands of kilometers away. Buried under layers of rock laid over millions of years, occasionally the shiny shards work their way to the surface; shimmering examples of Earth’s immensity and the intensity of time. Have you ever seen one? If not, you can.
A case filled with these tektites awaits in District 1 alongside literal pieces of lava, impressions made by long-extinct sea creatures straight out of a science-fiction movie, and wood transformed to stone. Can you imagine, wood to stone! What was once a tiny seed and then a towering tube of pulp pumping sap to a canopy of soft leaves made into solid rock by the geological machinations of our exceedingly strange planet. No one seems to care. Tiếp tục đọc “In Defense of Bảo Tàng Địa Chất, Saigon’s Most Neglected Museum”→
Năm nào trúng mùa, mẹ tôi đặt một đôi chiếu Bông và đôi chiếu Cỗ theo kích thước và màu sắc riêng do bà chọn. Bà nói: Để “ăn Tết” với người ta! Hồi đó sống dưới quê, nhà chỉ dám xài chiếu trắng. Sáng nào ngủ dậy, mẹ cũng dặn phải cuốn chiếu lại đem cất trong buồng (phòng ngủ). Thỉnh thoảng thấy mẹ đem chiếu ra sông giặt rồi đem phơi nắng. Còn chiếu Bông bà để dành, chỉ trải khi nhà có khách hoặc có lễ lộc.
Visitors’ concerns and worries about the safety of Vietnam as a destination amidst the COVID-19 pandemic can be swept away thanks to an application which will be launched on October 10 by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
Application to be launched to ensure safe trips for tourists amid COVID-19
Available to be downloaded in both Vietnamese and English from 10:10 AM on October 10 via http://vietnamtourism.gov.vn/live, the app is designed to make it easier for visitors to check out how safe destinations are and feel more secure about their trip.
The Government has approved a project on night-time economy development in Vietnam which will allow major cities and tourist attractions to pilot night-time services until 6 a.m.
Bui Vien Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City at night. (Illustrative image)
The project aims to take advantage of the potentials of night-time economy to boost the national economy and enhance the incomes of the people while ensuring social order and safety.
The 10 major cities, provinces and tourist attractions set to pilot the project include Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, Thua Thien Hue, Can Tho, Da Lat and Phu Quoc.
The efficiency of the pilot project will be reviewed and assessed to serve as a basis for the implementation of the project on a larger scale in the future.
Notably, the project proposes the building of several separate night-time entertainment complexes in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in the 2021-2025 period.
Under the project, the Prime Minister asked People’s Committees of centrally-run provinces and cities to build models on nigh-time economy in conformity with local advantages and conditions, particularly the infrastructure and investment resources. Nhan Dan
A H’mong ethnic village in the mountains of Lai Chau Province can make for a great weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life with its cool weather and picturesque landscapes.
Sin Suoi Ho, situated at an altitude of 1,500 meters and 30 kilometers from Lai Chau Town in the namesake province, also offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the daily life and ethnic culture of the local H’mong people.
Cưỡi voi – loại hình du lịch bóc lột sức động vật và chứa nhiều rủi ro cho du khách lẫn người quản tượng đã đến lúc cần phải bị loại bỏ. Sau vụ voi nhà quật chết nài voi tại Đắk Lắk, cơ quan chức năng mới liệt kê hàng loạt bất cập trong công tác quản lý loại hình du lịch này…
People holding a Vietnamese passport have free access to 54 countries and territories. Photo by Shutterstock/Hoang Truong.
Among those enjoying the least visa free access, Vietnam’s passport climbed two spots to 88th among 107 in the latest power ranking.
Vietnamese passport holders can now travel to 54 countries and territories against 51 from last year, according to Henley Passport Index 2020, released Wednesday by British global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners.
Chinese tourists buy souvenirs from a street vendor in Nha Trang, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc.
Authorities in central Nha Trang Town are investigating the hospitalization of 37 foreigners showing symptoms of food poisoning.
The group of tourists ate a buffet breakfast at Diamond Bay Condotel Resort in Nha Trang of Khanh Hoa Province on Tuesday that contained 30 dishes and served around 600 customers, including Vietnamese, Russians and Chinese.
Several hours later, many began suffering stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea and were sent to the emergency room at a local hospital, said Le Tan Hung, deputy director of the provincial health department.
Designed by leading global experts, Aquatopia in Phu Quoc may well be the most modern water world in Southeast Asia.
Vietnam’s premier developer of theme parks and entertainment complexes, Sun Group has officially opened the doors of Aquatopia Water Park on Hon Thom Island in the island district of Phu Quoc, southern Kien Giang Province.
The modern water park will immediately draw more travelers looking to ring in 2020 or celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year holiday) on the pearl island, now one of the world’s leading beach destinations.
NDĐT – Trong quá trình thi công mặt bằng để xây dựng năm biệt thự trên diện tích được cấp phép 1.300m2, Công ty TNHH Bệnh viện đa khoa Hồng Đức, chủ đầu tư Dự án khu điều dưỡng, nghỉ dưỡng và an dưỡng tiêu chuẩn quốc tế, tại Khu du lịch quốc gia hồ Tuyền Lâm (TP Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng), đã san ủi, “tác động” hơn 4.200m2 đất rừng phòng hộ.
VOA – By Ralph Jennings – December 18, 2019 05:17 AM
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Foreign tourists normally pour into Vietnam to see colonial architecture and limestone jutting out of the sea. Now some are headed to Vietnam’s clinics and hospitals. They’re part of Asia’s latest medical tourism industry.