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Tết: How to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year

Lunar New Year is coming. In many Asian countries, including Vietnam, the preparation for the biggest and most important festival of the year is gradually completed. The festival is called Tết in Vietnamese and millions of people are returning home to celebrate this special occasion with their family and friends.

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Hanoi French Quarter: A Little Paris in Vietnam

If the Old Quarter represents ancient Hanoi, the French Quarter reflects the time when Vietnam’s capital was under the influence of the French. With tree-fringed boulevards and mansions in French architectural style, this quarter evokes the image of Paris in the 19th and 20th century.

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Ha Long: The Bay of the Descending Dragon

Boasting an ethereal beauty, Ha Long Bay is unsurprisingly one of the most popular sites in Vietnam. Its name is recognised globally, and millions of people came here to behold this natural wonder. Nevertheless, not many visitors know about the mystery beneath that name. In Han-Viet (Old Vietnamese), Ha Long literally means “descending dragon” and it originates from a legend on this ancient land.

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Hanoi Old Quarter: Explore the Soul of the City

At first glance, Hanoi Old Quarter appears as a dirty, crowded and chaotic area. But if you take time and explore it more closely, you might find its charms hidden beneath the ugly appearance. From the sound of the street vendors to simple figurines made of glutinous rice powders, all these small things represent the eternal soul of Hanoi.

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