The nCoV virus has spread from mainland China to Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, France, Canada and Vietnam. Chinese authorities said as of Tuesday morning, January 28, 106 people had died of the disease. The number of confirmed cases of individuals infected with the virus reached over 4,500. … [Read more...] about Da Nang cathedral and hotel turn tourists away amid coronavirus fears
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Legend says that an old fisherman, who lived on the Danang coast, suddenly saw a dragon emerging from the water to lay an egg. After the dragon had disappeared back into the water, a golden turtle, who claimed to be a god named Kim Quy, came and dug a hole in which to bury the egg. … [Read more...] about Marble Mountains – icon of Da Nang tourism
Hoang Van Tuyen, director of the Lao Cai International Tourism Joint Stock Company and president of the Lao Cai Tourism Association, said, "This year, because of the nCoV pneumonia, the number of tourists traveling through the Lao Cai border gate has fallen by 99 percent." … [Read more...] about Vietnamese tourism hubs wary of Chinese tourists
These Lao children at first were like fish out of water and some were shy. Some even worried about their command of the Vietnamese language and found it difficult to integrate into the Vietnamese family. However, they all quickly socialized, had fun, felt more confident and became official members of the family thanks to the closeness, listening and sharing skills of their Vietnamese parents and “siblings.” … [Read more...] about Lao children in Vietnamese families
I can’t speak for other expats but I felt APEC was an underwhelming spectacle of sirens, motorcades and young policemen repeatedly waving their traffic truncheons in the pouring rain. It was a bizarre feeling as roads became deserted while other avenues were lined with crowds waiting to catch a glimpse of someone in a black tinted car whizzing pass. … [Read more...] about APEC and Damrey in Vietnam: Whew! It’s over!