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Touring the North: World Heritage Sites Posted by on Jun 7, 2021

In the previous blog, I mentioned places to see in Hanoi. Continuing on a tour of the north, one should see all the UNESCO world heritage sites. What’s better? One site is already right in Hanoi. Others are just within a 150km radius from Hanoi, between 2–4 hours by car. Technically, you could make a…

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Touring the North: Hanoi Posted by on May 31, 2021

Thinking of traveling to Vietnam and wondering when would be the best time to travel? Don’t worry too much. The weather there is moderate and you can enjoy a visit any time of year, especially along the coastal areas. In general, the best time to travel is between November and April, after the monsoon season…

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Vietnam’s Climate Posted by on May 24, 2021

Geographically, Vietnam is not a big country. Horizontally, it’s narrow but vertically pretty long.  in terms of square miles, it’s about half the size of the Texas. However, surprisingly, it has many different climate zones. If you travel from north to south or east to west, you will experience different temperatures in different provinces in…

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WORDS FOR WEATHER Posted by on May 18, 2021

Thời tiết (weather) plays a critical role in our lives. It affects our daily activities and our moods to various degrees. I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do in the morning is quickly check dự báo thời tiết (weather forecast), so I know how to dress appropriately for the day, whether…

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Mother’s Day & Words for “Mother” in Vietnamese Posted by on May 10, 2021

I always know when Mother’s Day week is in America because my bearded Irish flower patch begins to bloom. For years, I observed this phenomenon and I now consider it a beautiful gift from mother nature to all mothers in the world. We all have a mother, and for many of us the first word…

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Vietnamese Sacred Animals Posted by on May 3, 2021

Similar to other neighboring countries, especially China, animism and the belief in sacred, mythical animals has permeated deeply into the Vietnamese culture throughout its history. Even to the present day, one can find images of dragons, Chinese unicorns, turtles, and phoenixes in Vietnamese architecture, home interior design, fashion, sculpture, painting, literature, and more. THE FOUR…

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Animal Vocabulary in Vietnamese Posted by on Apr 26, 2021

We have all learned vocabulary about animals at an early age. Most toddlers become attached to some kind of stuffed animal toy as their “buddy” on their beds, or have an actual pet to play with. Trips to the zoo is often on the list for children’s school field trips and family vacation itineraries. We all…

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