Hip hop with a smiling face

Rap in Vietnam takes a gentler, more poetic approach than the American model. Read at the South China Morning Post..

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Homage to a goddess

Despite raids launched by pirates, the Po Nagar temple complex remains robust. Po Nagar – or Thap Ba as locals call it – stands on a granite knoll just outside the beach town of Nha Trang in south-central Vietnam.

Although I read of a tourist who once hopped in a taxi whose driver did not know of the landmark, and ended up taking her to a restaurant with that name, Po Nagar is easy to find.

The drive from downtown Nha Trang takes just 10 minutes. Read more at the Star..

 


Homage to a goddess

Welcome to a captivating spiritual hilltop complex by the Vietnamese seaside.

Despite raids launched by pirates, the Po Nagar temple complex remains robust. Po Nagar – or Thap Ba as locals call it – stands on a granite knoll just outside the beach town of Nha Trang in south-central Vietnam. Read more at the Malaysia Star..

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2012/5/5/lifetravel/11191996&sec=lifetravel


Tiger town: Nha Trang, Vietnam

WILD tigers once roamed Nha Trang which, today, is growing fast in step with Vietnam’s roaring “tiger” economy. The noise of circular saws chewing through cable is unnervingly common.

Still, the seaside town has maintained its charm.

Despite the furious pace of construction, the lush, fog-capped mountains surrounding Nha Trang remain visible. This place lies on Vietnam’s central coast at the mouth of the Cai River, 412km northeast of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). As applies to seemingly every other Vietnamese town, the easiest way to get there is from Saigon.

Read more at the Malaysia Star..


Karma and karaoke

I wound up at cool Can Tho out of a desperate need for peace.

Frantic Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon in the old days), where a friend of mine lived, was driving me mad, so I pored over an electronic map and researched what towns in southern Vietnam might be lively but mellow. It’s a criterion that few towns fulfil.

Can Tho beckoned. Read more at the Malaysia Star

 

 


Chase the dragon: Halong Bay, Vietnam

A sudden beam of light illuminates our coach and sparks a debate. Camera flash or lightning, we wonder on the way to Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam’s Qu ng Ninh province.

Steady rain I associate more with Ireland than Indochina smears the w indows. But we can still see signs praising the “marvellous beauty” of the Unesco site.

Routinely lauded in travel shows, Halong is a three-hour drive from the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Read more at the Malaysia Star…

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/6/21/lifetravel/1426441


Pressure points: How one man conquered extreme stress

Stress relief coach Sandy MacGregor started out as a Duntroon-trained Vietnam War “tunnel rat”.

Inside enemy tunnels, MacGregor narrowly dodged death. But appalling disaster lay ahead.

In January 1987 his three teenage daughters and their friend were murdered at their mother’s Sydney home by gunman Richard Maddrell, a schizophrenic who was eventually found not guilty on the grounds of insanity. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald…


http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/entrepreneur/pressure-points-how-one-man-conquered-extreme-stress-20101110-17n3e.html