Life after lockdown in Vietnam: This is what it’s like when an entire country reopens

May 15, 2020

As the faint smell of smoke rose up from the sidewalk and into my bedroom, I jumped up and stepped out onto the balcony to survey the Hanoi streets. The owner of my building was burning joss paper (fake money) as an offering of good fortune to their ancestors. After a week with no new Covid-19 cases, Vietnam’s government had just eased its 22-day social distancing initiative, allowing some businesses…

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Vietnamese cuisine honored as Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination

October 18, 2019

On 12 October, Viet Nam was honors as “Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia and Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019. This is the first time Vietnamese cuisine has been recognized by a prestigious and world-class award organization. Particularly, Vietnam also is being voted to be the World’s Leading Culinary Destination. Vietnam had diversified and plentiful cuisine with the must-try menu including Pho (rice noodle soup), Bun (rice vermicelli), Nem (spring rolls), Cha…

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