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doctorhands replied to the thread Do you visit Hoi An Ancient Town of Vietnam? on the Vietnam forum on April 19, 2014:
RosyLe initially posted:
Hoi An Ancient Town is one of historic evidence of Vietnam and South East Asian developed trading port from 15th to 19th century. It is located in Quang Nam province, on the coast of the East Sea in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam. Hoi An Ancient Town is also recognized by the World Heritage; therefore, its architecture is mixed between indigenous and foreign one which creates its unique world heritage site. In the first century, the city possessed the largest harbor in Southeast Asia as Lam Ap Pho (Champa city). In 16th century, Hoi An became one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia and Hoi An had influences both Vietnam and others, especially Chinese architecture. The first influence is mostly from the Cham people whose kingdom originally stretched from Hue South to Phan Thiet (South of Nha Trang). The original Cham political capital was Tra Kieu, the commercial capital was Hoi An and the spiritual capital was My Son (Hindu). The Cham people were Hindu, and by the 10th century the influence of Arab traders to Hoi An led to some converting to be Muslims. The second influence is from Chinese, traders, especially, escaping from Ming Dynasty armies who were resident in Hoi An and after that expanded to South and created Saigon as a major trading port. The third and last influence of culture and heritage was from Vietnam and started when Cham Kingdom lost control of this area. Hoi An was lighted by lanterns with diversity of shapes like: round, hexagonal from China and even diamond or star shapes from Japan. Nowadays, its structure seems to remain the same as the past and Hoi An is considered a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle as well as the prosperity of center trading port of Southeast Asia. From the Fall of 1998, one night of each month is declared “lantern festival” and on the 14th of each lunar month, residents from some streets turn off the street lights and hang cloth and paper lanterns on the roofs in front of their houses and windows and other electronic appliances such as TV, radio, street lights and neon lights are turned off. Hoi An ancient town today is a special example of a traditional port city in Southeast Asia which has been well preserved. Hoi An still maintained an intangible cultural diversity and richness. Visiting Hoi An, tourists have chance to experience about ancient Vietnam and Vietnamese culture and one of most prosperous trading port in Central Vietnam and also enjoy many types of lanterns in diverse shapes and colors. Additionally, tourists can visit the relics of the Sa Huynh and Cham cultures and also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the romantic Hoi An River, Cua Dai Beach, and Cham Island. For foreign tourists wants to visit Hoi An Ancient Town; however, and afraid of getting Vietnam visa procedure; may help you to get Vietnam visa.
doctorhands replied on April 19, 2014 with:
The forum is not really a good place for long articles. You might either consider sending the article to the Admins or pay for advertising, but advertising here on the forums is called SPAM.
bluenz replied on April 19, 2014 with:
Oh yes, ' afraid of getting Vietnam visa procedure; ', a very scary prospect. Unlike other Ex Pat websites the moderators on this site don't seem to worry about the constant advertising. ( especially by non Ex Pats ).
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RosyLe replied to the thread Amazing Central Highlands of Vietnam on the Vietnam forum on April 18, 2014:
RosyLe initially posted:
Central Hihglands is in the centre of Vietnam and includes the provinces as: Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Lam Dong. The majorities of residents in Tay Nguyen are Jarai and Ede, the people of Malyao- Pholynesian languages, and the people of Mon- Khmer languages as Bahnar & K’nor. These ethnic minorities have settled in Central Highlands for long time until the immigration of the Kinh people appeared and led to many changes over the last few decades. Due to the policy of Vietnam Government namely “Construct the new economic area” in Central Highlands from 1961 to 1988, Vietnam Government aimed to reorganize and reallocate the population an labor so the Kinh People immigrated Tay Nguyen and changed the ethnic minorities’ habitats. Tay Nguyen is not located in a unique Plateau but lies on series of contiguous plateaus such as: Kon Tum Plateau, Kon Plong Plateau, Kon Ha Nung Plateau, Pleiku Plateau. Tay Nguyen can be itself divided into three sub-regions based on its deviation in topography and climate: North Tay Nguyen includes Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces, Middle Tay Nguyen includes Dak Lak and Dak Nong and South Tay Nguyen includes Lam Dong. With this kind of terrain Central Highlands are endowed fabulously natural sceneries, especially, Buon Ma Thuot is a provincial capital of producing coffees of Vietnam and Tay Nguyen is also one of three richest natural bauxite sources in the world. Tay Nguyen is a Geopolitics of Southern Vietnam and Indochina during war. Nowadays, Tay Nguyen pays more attention to develop regional tourism such as: the unspoiled forests, Dray Nur imposing waterfalls, Ako Dhong village, Yok Don, especially, Da Lat (Lam Dong province), one of the most beautiful city and fame for the love romance with flowers’ villas and known as city of eternal spring with diverse flowers type flaunted all the year and so on. All the places are suitable for tourists who want to get off the common tourist trail. You can enjoy the Gong music and traditional dance show, also enjoy local rice wine “ruou can”, and travel with locals by riding elephant and dugout. Moreover, you will experience and get surprised with grandeur of Central Highlands with the impressive and tremendous power of Dray Nur waterfall. Dray Nur waterfall is about 30 km from the Southwest of Buon Ma Thuot city. Dray Nur with two other waterfall, Dray Sap, and Gia Long are located on the Srepok river created by mingling the Krong No (Husband river) and Krong Ana (wife river). Therefore, the water pours violently, fogs spray out with powerful sounds that are all very impressive. Additionally, these waterfalls are surrounded by forest landscape created majestic scenery thus this place is also ideal one for tourist to walk along the river and wade through the suspension bridge or go for picnic together alongside the river. Yok Don National Park (Buon Don district) is about 40 km far from the west of Buon Ma Thuat city where preserves diversity of natural resources of precious national forest ecosystem with many species of birds, herbs and orchids, rare animals, national lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Travelling Yok Don National Park is home to many wild elephants receiving from Tanh Linh forest and other rare birds like eagle, land royal phoenix and some other animals named in the World Red Book. Visitors exploring Yok Don National Park have chance to attend some activities such as: hiking, camping, elephant riding, bird watching, and observing animals at night by pick- up trucks. It is certain that you will never forget this place at the first visit; the nature is really majestic and locals are friendly and live wildly as the place they were born. Vietnam visa specialist hopes that foreigners enjoy the beauty of Tay Nguyen. You can apply for Vietnamese tourist visa on arrival via as the following steps: Access to and fill full information Make payment and receive a scanned photocopy of approval letter via email after 1-2 working days And then print it and take to the Vietnam International Airport to stamp visa on your passport If there is any enquiry about Vietnam tourist visa or any travel service please don’t hesitate to contact
RosyLe replied on April 18, 2014 with:
because VN Government change its regulations frequently and some countries are still allowed 3 month visa but some not. and to get this type of visa depends on many other factors, u know so it cannot be fixed.
bluenz replied on April 17, 2014 with:
I was only taking the piss, I have a 5 yr Exemption, just wondering why on line VN Visa sites don't advertise 3 month Visa prices anymore????
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bluenz replied to the thread Perfect home away from home on the Vietnam forum on April 18, 2014:
Meowy initially posted:
Hello guys, I’ve got to share with you this amazing experience of mine in Ho Chi Minh City, where I spent my trip last week, especially the boutique hotel I stayed at. So we got the “Deluxe Room”, where the wifi, laundry service, some of the snacks, and water bottles are free. The price was pretty affordable!! $26 USD for a super clean double bedroom, extra mattress can be added for no extra fee. We can also use their microwave to heat up food and hang out with relatives at living room area. The staffs were super nice and friendly. Thuong, the receptionist, will happily answer your questions, to the small little details. If you are looking for affordable good restaurants or safe street food to eat, don’t be hesitated to ask her. The security guy made us feel safe, even though we got home a bit late at night. This hotel and this area are perfect spots for our vacation. There are many milk tea shops, restaurants, and street food around. By night time, even more food places are open for dinner, snacks, and desserts. Good thing is, these places are very affordable! Unlike staying at the Center – District 1, there are a lot less traffic, less discrimination, and less overcharged places. If you want to hang at district 1, then jump on a cab and less then 10 mins you are there. So far, I believe it’s a PERFECT HOME AWAY FROM HOME. Check this hotel out next time when you’re in Ho Chi Minh City. Meowy Boutique Hotel 359/1b Le Van Sy Street. Ward 12 District 3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam +84-944449020 They also have pictures of the rooms at [img][/img] [img][/img] This is the deluxe room I stayed: USD $ 26/day [img][/img] [img][/img] This is standard room: USD $22/day Each room is with a private bathroom. [img][/img] [img][/img]
bluenz replied on April 18, 2014 with:
' District 1, there are, ( IS ), a lot less traffic, less discrimination', hahaha, discrimination???? towards who???
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bluenz replied to the thread Building homes in Vietnam on the Vietnam forum:
amyblake initially posted:
Hello! I would really appreciate ANY info on decent builders and contracters all over Vietnam…building for tourist accommodation and personal homes to nice standards… Also if people have had good of bad experiences with which companies!! Thanks so much anyone who takes the time to help me out here. I am using the forum for the first time! Warm Regards Amy
bluenz replied on April 18, 2014 with:
Plenty of work for builders around Quang Ngai, many of the ' builders ' have bought fishing boats, more money in that, 200 mil per month, is better than 200k a day, ( and they were probably fishermen before they became ' builders ' ).
davidnguyen replied on April 18, 2014 with:
Hi! Feel free to contact us via : www.EandC[dot]Vn and Email: info[at] or[at] We can offering full service to build your house with Asian standard or EU standards to depend your needs! Regards! David Nguyen
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Meowy replied to the thread Kindle on the Vietnam forum on April 17, 2014:
Jumpmaster173 initially posted:
I wanted to order a Kindle ebook from, which is no problem. They just will not/can not ship it to me here in HCMC. Amazon said to send it to a friend and have them send it to you. I figure the safest and best way is to go with Federal Express International shipping. Can anyone give me any comments on this? Am I going to have to pay a tax on this? Thanks
Meowy replied on April 17, 2014 with:
a book store in Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city offers this service, they will buy for you , but they charge you a lot.
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VietLand126 posted 1-bedroom serviced apartment in WestLake Area on the Vietnam forum on April 16, 2014:
1-bedroom serviced apartment in WestLake Area Type: Serviced apartment for rent Area: 50 sqm gross Rooms: 1 bed, 1 living, 1 bath ID: 764 Fully equipped kitchen including dishes, glassware, cooking equipment, etc. Newly fitted bathroom and kitchen with all the facilities and appliances you would expect Near the latest shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, and yet on a residential street Cable TV including CNN and BBC, NHK (either World or Premium), ADSL with WiFi and internet connection Custom guide on using the appliances, TV, internet, and all the details about the apartment Swimming pool, gyms, kindergarten, mini-mart are at hand Price: 600 USD/month (VAT included) Contact Laura Ms Add: R301 Star Building 93 Linh Lang – Ba Dinh – Hanoi – Vietnam Tel: (84-4) 62758178 Fax: (84-4) 62758179 Mobile: 84912482879 Visit: and for more options
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Sweetpants replied to the thread Haircut in HCMC on the Vietnam forum:
allblackcapfan initially posted:
Anyone know of a decent barber in HCMC who can speak English and listen to what I actually want? Preferably District 1 but no worries if not.
Sweetpants replied on April 16, 2014 with:
Please do not guide frivolously. Do all street barbers speak English, as required by the enquirer?
Meowy replied on April 14, 2014 with:
Just look around the street and you'll see lots of haircut shops.
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Sweetpants replied to the thread Blood Test Clinic on the Vietnam forum:
Sweetpants initially posted:
Hi, I need to go to Medic Centre at 254 Hoa Hao , dist 10. Can someone tell me which bus goes there? Otherwise, is there any car parking spaces around there, or somewhere near? Thanks
Sweetpants replied on April 16, 2014 with:
Went there but did not feel comfortable. Ended up in FV Hospital and probably paid double the price, but feel safer..
Meowy replied on April 15, 2014 with:
It's difficult to answer. It sounds like you need to learn to speak Vietnamese in order to ask for information.
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