Christmas Bazaar 2013
Sunday 15th December - 10am - 6pm
Entrance fee is 50,000vnd for adults and 25,000vnd for children and all money raised goes to Children's Education Foundation. This year's festive Christmas Bazaar will be full of fun for all with food, drink, lots of stalls and of course santa!!
The Vietnamese basket boat: A new angle on fishing
The first time I visited a beach in Vietnam, I was confounded by the sight of numerous large baskets dotting the shoreline. Certainly, I thought, these were too large for carrying produce and yet they also appeared too small to fare the waters – although it turned out they are designed exactly for that; in fact for many years they were the most common of Vietnamese fishing boats. Since I rarely wake early enough to see these light crafts embark, the purpose of them eluded me for ages. When I finally forced myself out of bed before sunrise and headed to the beach to watch these big baskets – or Thung Chai in Vietnamese – launch into the sea loaded with nets, I was still baffled as to why anyone would choose such an awkward-shaped boat to paddle around in search of a day's catch. I was intrigued and seduced by the challenge of navigation in open water in this miniature, dinghy-sized fishing boat and determined to prove myself as a pilot of one.
Soaking in the Soggy Season
Whether on holiday or an expat here for the long haul, you've probably been warned of the impending months of inundation about to send us running to higher ground in Central Vietnam. Monsoon rains are on their way (or already upon us) and life in our beautiful beach town is about to get wet.
But don't fret yet. While tanning and long bike rides through sunny countryside villages may be off the table for entertainment, Hoi An's got much more to offer than it's long days of sunning on sugary white beaches and hours of sweating off last night's fresh beer binge on a bike ride through lush scenery.
A Model for Special Education in Vietnam: The Kianh Foundation
At present, a child with disabilities in rural Vietnam has little hope of being integrated into society but the Kianh Foundation (KF) in Hoi An is attempting to change this outlook. Disabled children such as Cuong, a boy whose autism had left him non-verbal, isolated and frustrated, and destroying his parents' home daily, have been given a chance to learn how to speak and communicate their needs, thus drastically reducing behavioural issues.
Another student, Trieu, has gone from being unable to walk to now riding a tricycle to school and getting around classes easily with the help of a walker. These children were overlooked by the Vietnamese school system and often by their own parents as being lost causes. The KF has brought hope to such children in Dien Ban.
Counting Your Blessings: I’m a Fan
Not long after you arrive in Vietnam, you quickly notice the occasional street pedlar. Ha! If only they were occasional! It can be fairly annoying considering you’ve worked all year, saved your dough, booked the ticket and have been anticipating your Vietnam experience for months.
All you want to do is relax, explore and enjoy that local coffee or take in the view of the river, but it seems that every friendly face has an ulterior motive – something to sell.
GAM: A Precious Attraction For Hoi An
There is something magical, ethereal even, about the realm of precious stones and minerals. Rare and brilliant jewels have been treasured by humans since the beginning of written history – and lapidaries, or artisans of fine gemstones, have been long-esteemed for their ability to source and carve such special stones into extraordinary sculptures or objetd'art. Fortunately for those of us living or visiting Hoi An, we now have the opportunity to view some remarkable examples of mineral art at the recently opened GAM (Gemstone Arm Museum). Thanks to the combined efforts of collector and director Dzung Duong, his daughter, jewellery artist Nga Duong, and her husband Marco Fantini, an architect and artist also, the GAM is poised to be one of Hoi An’s more precious attractions.
First Impressions of Hoi An: A Newbie’s Perspective
Every issue Live Hoi An will choose a person who has just moved to our heritage town to contribute an article about their initial experiences and feelings about living here. Alastair Craig, a writer from Brisbane, Australia, recently moved to Hoi An with his French wife Anne-Gaelle, an accountant and travel/food lover.
As a proud member of Team Winter, I've never been entirely down with the concepts of sun or sweating. I wear shorts about twice a year. Listen closely, and you can hear my freckled white skin sizzling.
Community-based tourism: An Ethnic Minority Experience with the Catu
We sat mesmerized as a group of young adults danced before us – a menagerie of people dressed in brightly woven dresses and beaded headwear – all in sync to the two-toned melody of traditional flutes.
We were witnessing a tung tung ya ya show; a traditional Catu performance, usually reserved for special occasions such as harvest time or the annual village buffalo festival.
On this particular day however – we, a select group foreigners invited to the community for the day – were the special occasion and it was both a privilege and honour to see this unique performance up close.
Приглашаем Вас в наш ресторан"Самовар"
Уважаемые гости прекрасного города Хойана!
Приглашаем Вас в наш pусский ресторан во Вьетнаме!
Островок русской кухни в дали от родины, в уютном старинном доме 18 го века.
Русский шеф-повар Евгений Eрмаков приятно порадует Вас русскими блюдами приготовленными по домашнему, с любовью!
Так же красная икра,сёмга и водка!
Для Ваших детей- детское меню.
Для любителей азиатской кухни-азиатское меню.
Ждём всех с нетерпением!
К вашим услугам администратор Иоланта