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Wat Ounalom
This wat (Map p79; Samdech Sothearos Blvd; admission free; 6am-6pm) is the headquarters of Cambodian Buddhism. It was founded in 1443 and com- prises 44 structures. It received a battering during the Pol Pot era, but today the wat has come back to life. The head of the country’s Buddhist brotherhood lives here, along with a large number of monks.
On the 2nd floor of the main building, to the left of the dais, is a statue of Samdech Huot Tat, fourth patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism, who was killed by Pol Pot. The statue, made in 1971 when the patriarch was 80, was thrown in the Mekong by the Khmer Rouge to show that Buddhism was no longer the driving force in Cambodia. It was retrieved after 1979. To the right of the dais is a statue of a former patriarch of the Thummayuth sect, to which the royal family belongs.
On the 3rd floor of the building is a marble Buddha of Burmese origin that was broken into pieces by the Khmer Rouge and later reassembled. On the front right corner of the dais on this floor are the cement remains of a Buddha stripped of its silver covering by the Khmer Rouge. In front of the dais, to either side, are two glass cases containing flags - each 20m long - used during Buddhist celebrations. The walls are decorated with scenes from the life of Buddha and were painted when the building was constructed in 1952.
Behind the main building is a stupa containing an eyebrow hair of Buddha with an inscription in Pali (an ancient Indian language) over the entrance.
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Hanoi's Tortoise Stupa (part 1)
Each morning, at six o’clock, Radio Ha Noi begins its programme with a lyrical song:
 
“Du co di bon phuong troi, long van nho ve Ha Noi 
Ha Noi cua ta, Thu do yeu dau
Mot thoi dan bom, mot thoi hoa binh.
Nho pho tham nghiem rop bong
Tieng ve ru nhung trua he
Va nho nhung cong vien vua moi xay, buoc chan em chua mon loi .
Oi nho Ho Guom xanh tham, in thap Rua nghieng soi bong."
 
(Wherever we find ourselves in the four points of the compass 
Our hearts are turned to Ha Noi 
Ha Noi, the capital city so dear to us,
Once showered with bombs, now in peace 
We recall the old dormant streets,
The shade trees, the chorus of cicadas at noon in summer, 
The newly built parks where the young grass 
Is not yet marked by the traces of your steps,
The Sword Lake with its blue waters
Where is mirrored the slanted shadow of the Tortoise Stupa).
 
The Tortoise Stupa (Thap Rua) used to haunt the nights of Viet Nam’s guerrilla fighters during the two resistance wars and the nostalgic minds of many Vietnamese overseas. Without having been made the official emblem of Ha Noi, it is nonetheless an emotional symbol and a decorative motif evoking the capital city in many Hanoians’ minds - not unlike how the image of the Eiffel tower reminds one of Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York.
 
The Tortoise Stupa is built on a tiny islet on the southern part of the Sword Lake, where a few giant tortoises sometimes come to bask in the sun. Let us recall that according to legend, in the 15th century, King Le Thai To after his victory against the Ming invaders, one day took a pleasure trip on this expanse of water. A giant tortoise came to the surface to claim and retrieve the sword that had been loaned to the king by a deity - hence the name given to the lake: The Lake of Restored Sword. In its waters live at present a few giant tortoises whose ages are estimated to be five hundred years.
 
While the Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc sitting on another islet can be proud of its origins as a Confucian shrine built on the site of a former seigniorial pavilion (16th-18th centuries). The Tortoise Stupa, a square-based coarse little structure, was built around 1886, some time after the colonial conquest of Viet Nam by France. The man who built it was Ba Kim, a petty mandarin (bang ta)in the service of colonial administrators, transmitting and executing their orders concerning the population of Ha Noi, A believer in geomancy, he schemed to bury the bones of his father under the structure after its completion. However, he failed in that attempt.
 
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Peasants' common sense and humour
Despite progress in industrialisation and urbanisation Viet Nam remains in essence an agricultural country with over eighty percent of its population living in the rural areas.
 
And the peasants of traditional Vietnam, like their counterparts everywhere in the world, are known for their horse sense and humour.
 
Examples of this abound in Cheo, the folk opera originating from the basin of the Red River, the seat of the Viet culture.
 
In Tu Thuc, the story of a man of letters in quest of a fairyland, the servant constantly turns to ridicule the Shangri La of his master’s dream.
 
In Quan Am Thi Kinh, the piece on a bonze ordained Bodhlsattva, the clown seats himself on the altar, and, with eyes closed and hands clasped, imitates Buddha in meditation. When asked if he wanted to get married, he jumps down with alacrity in order not to miss the chance.
 
The Vietnamese are no metaphysical animal. In all matters they want to remain on the human level, being a stranger to all things solemn and grandiose.
 
The people’s common sense leads to a huge sense of humour, which has helped them keep then optimism through all the ups and downs of their country. To them a mandarin seeing the chance of a lawsuit is like an ant smelling larded joint:
 
“Make yourself a mandarin and you can afford to be unjust," they say.
Or, “If you have money, people will listen 
to any silly things you can say."
 
Ca dao (popular songs) that poke fun at anybody:
“Don't waste your breath marrying a student.
His elongated body takes too much cloth to clad.
All day long he roams about, his books under his arm
At night he takes the lamp all for himself and wants to be left alone"
 
The privileged are a special target:
“Poor, you are an outcast 
Successful at court exams 
You'll have a thousand friends."
 
Humour is injected into bitterness when the sorry fate of concubines is deplored: 
"Sad is the fate of a concubine :
Transplanting, ploughing all day long,
At night all alone,
No husband, no sleeping mat,
Alone with the biting cold."
 
In the case of widows who have to wait three years to remarry, compassion is mixed with humour:
“A widow, I feel like a boat adrift.
Crying over my lot
I have to wait three years in an empty room 
While outside the wind blows and the bamboo sways.
How much of springtime will be left for me?"
 
Even clerics are not spared:
"The monk is deep in prayer 
When a young woman passes by
On her way to the fields to catch crabs,
Heart aflutter, he pushes aside the saint book
And runs after her.
'Which way has she gone? ’ He wonders 
His fingers toying with the string of beads.”
 
At times common sense verges on rebellion:
“Mandarins come and go while people stay on.”
 
Or,
“Stone stelae will wear out in a hundred years 
What is passed on by word of mouth remains indelible 
in a thousand years.”
 
In spicy stories, humour can be even more piercing.
 
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Mai Chau is the top 10 new tourist destinations in Asia
Mai Chau Valley (Mai Chau District, Hoa Binh Province) has been voted by readers of Asia's leading online hotel reservation site: www.agoda.com as one of the ten most innovative tourist destinations in Asia in 2013.
 
This is a ranking result by travelers and travel specialists of agoda.com chosing every year. In addition to the most attractive destination categories, agoda also offers information on how to get there, which hotels should stay and what time of the year is suitable for travel. You can refer the Mai Chau tour- 2 days 1 night for more information about this amazing place in Vietnam.
 
130km from Hanoi, Mai Chau valley (Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province) is an attractive cultural tourist destination for domestic and foreign tourists. Mai Chau valley is mainly inhabited by Thai ethnic people, formerly known as Muong Mun. The Thai villages are crowded, rich and maintain the traditional culture, especially Thai stilt houses. 
 
Mai Chau valley with its majestic nature, beautiful scenery, smooth blue, fertile with the poetic beauty of the mountainous region, creating a beautiful picture. When you come to this land, you will be attracted by rich farms, participe in the raft races, green tours, a wonderful world of water and clouds. In Mai Chau valley, there are many interesting sites such as Mỏ Luông Cave, Chiều Cave, Piềng Kẻm Cave and other archaeological relics such as Láng Cave, Khấu Phục Cave ... Mai Chau valley Is a model typical for the way to do cultural tourism community.
 
In the ranking list of the top 10 new tourist destinations in Asia of agoda.com still have the other destinations like: Tana Toraja (Indonesia), Ella (Sri Lanka), Ipoh (Malaysia), Hakone (Japan), Damyang County (Korea), Khanom (Thailand) ...
 
Phuket - cheap food paradise
 The famous tourist city of Thailand is not only known for its blue sea, white sand and turquoise but culinary culture is also worth exploring.
Eating is a favorite Thai theme and they can talk about the all day boring dishes, Phuket is no exception in 15 days in Thailand. Some people even think that if you learn vocabulary that is specialized in Thai food, you can understand 80% of the conversations of local people.
From flea markets to temporary stalls on the street or small family stores with just three to four cheap tables, all can be easily found at any corner. In Phuket. Even if lazy just wants to stay in the room or look at the sea on stretches of sand, you just call a phone call that will be served in person.
One of the easiest and most easy ways to taste street food is to have a good taste in attending a local festival. In Phuket, there are many festivals around the year, so visitors at any time have more opportunities to experience. In particular, some festivals can make you indulge in gastronomic delights such as Phuket Old Town Festival in January-February, Chalong Temple Festival held annually on Chinese New Year or Patong Beach Carnival in December. The Saphan Hin Phuket Festival every month also hosts a different theme festival, but one thing in common is that the stalls are always overwhelmed. Or an interesting suggestion for those who are vegetarian is to join the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in September - October each year.
The street food in Phuket is not only famous for its delicious, attractive, but very popular price. Foods priced under 50 baht (about 35,000 VND) that you should not miss such as hokkien noodles, dim sum, haw mok, roti (Thai pancake), satay (smoked meat) or kanom jeen ). In addition, there are a myriad of delicious snacks that are hard to resist for just a few baht on the island, such as khao tum mud (banana scrambled - 8 baht per unit), kanom krok (coconut cake), kanom buang Coconut, sangkaya fuk tong (coconut milk and pumpkin) or khao lam (rice).
 
Alongside the dishes on the street, in Phuket there are some delicious and cheap restaurants that you should try such as:
- Aroon Restaurant on Thalang Road serves roti, noodles and rice.
- Mee Ton Poe Restaurant at Clock Tower opposite Metropole Hotel, open from noon all day of the week. You should come early because it's here or there. The restaurant's famous dish is Hokkien noodles and grilled satay for $ 50/10 slices.
- N.C. Restaurant opposite Royal Phuket City on Phang Nga Road. This is one of the best places to eat the best kanom jeen noodles in Phuket.
- Ko Yoon Restaurant on Yaowarat Road is the place to sell delicious Hokkien noodles are not equal.
- Jade Restaurant opposite police station on Chaofa East Road, Chalong with famous dim sum.
 
Number One Seafood Restaurant on Soi Happy Bangla is a place where tourists are told that the seafood is good and cheap. This area also includes a series of numbered seafood restaurants that always attract a lot of tourists.
 
The Yang house in Laos
The Yang house is comparable to the Lue’s, even if the beliefs, rules and the space management are different within the house. It is erected on high poles placed on stones and is conceived on the basis of a rectangular layout to which access is made through one of the long sides. Four fifths of the house form one single room with a door through to an external platform and a small window at the back. The platform is covered by thatched roof and serves as a veranda where the family and the guests gather. 
 
Pillars are made of may kho and may tro wood. The walls and floor may be constructed in wood of different varieties – may hou, may tinpet, may kha, may ten – or bamboo lattice – hia, sot, sang, poh. The frame of the house is selected out of a range of hard wood such as may tro and may hou while the rafters are made of “bong” bamboo. The high hip roof is covered by thatch grass – gna kha – which is prepared in rectangular panels. Construction materials must be cut during the dry season in January and February and species must be carefully selected. The trees must not be forked, not knotty, and are cut on an auspicious day of the Chinese calendar. The may so and may sak (teak) are reserved for the construction of religious buildings. The thatch is cut in the mountains between December and January. The bamboo is cut after March and must be soaked in water for over one month before construction as treatment against parasites. 
 
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Don't miss out on Bangkok's best Bargains
 Bangkok International Gift & Houseware Fairs
If you are interested in innovative quality handicrafts and decor, time your visit to coincide with Thailand's biggest gift fair, so popular with overseas buyers that it's now held twice a year in March/April and again in October. Plan two days at "BIG." When the event opens to the public on the second to the last day. browse the displays and identify what you want and where it is. Return on the last day of the exhibition ready to dart past the crowds to your favorite booths and pick up some great bargainsóexhibitors begin selling off their displays in order to avoid lugging them home! A warning: prices drop later in the day, but if you've seen something you absolutely love, go early to make sure someone else does not snap it up! For dates of the next fair, click on the Event Calendar at the Exhibition Center website at www.impact.co.th.
 
Thai Craft Sales 
Support charity when you shop ese craft fairs that bring together village products from around the nation once a month for a one-day only sale at Bangkok's Imperial Tara Hotel. The Thai Craft Association is a non-profit organization that provides training and marketing support for artisans in order to keep traditional crafts alive. For more information and sale dates, visit the Thai Craft website at www.thaicraft.org. (The hotel is located at 18/1 Sukhumvit, Soi 26. www.imperialhotels.com/tara.)
 
Chatuchak Market, Sections 2 and 8 
This huge market may be the first listed in every guide to shopping in Bangkok, but what few guides mention is the fact that you can visit one weekend, then return four weekends later to find a whole new range of products, particularly in sections 2 and 8. Many shops in these areas were small-time ventures that have suddenly gone big-time, with major exporters and copyright pirates forcing them to release new products on a monthly basis. (For directions to the market, go to page 51.)
 
Phra Arthit and Khao San's Growing Student Art Market 
Think of community art fairs back home and this is the closest you'll get to the same in Thailand. On the back streets of Phra Arthit and Khao San Roads near the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang, every weekend sees more students setting up pavement stalls selling their own creative designs. Products range from street-side art and handmade hemp and leather sandals one day, to hand-painted t-shirts and unique candles the next.
 
Newspaper Listings 
Keen shoppers will also want to check listings of current events in The Nation or the Bangkok Post These reports usually include a few events in Bangkok that don't get the publicity they should. For example, a recent art show featured works from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodiaóall paintings were priced at less than 10,000 baht (approximately $250 US). Other sites that list current exhibitions include www.thaitradefair.com which mentions all major trade shows and www.nancychandler.ne1/cityevent.asp which covers shopping opportunities nationwide and also lists several small expatriate-oriented shopping fairs in support of charity.
 
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Cultural Exchange of Jeju Island - Halong Bay
On the morning of April 28, at the Ocean Park (Bai Chay, Ha Long City), the cultural exchange program "Jeju Island- Ha Long Bay" was opened. The program is organized by the Tourism Promotion Committee of natural Wonders of the new w Jeju (South Korea) in cooperation with the Quang Ninh Tourism Department (Vietnam), and is one of the activities to welcome Halong Bay Tourism Week - Quang Ninh 2017. For having the live experiences of this wonder, you should try the Indochina Sails cruise Halong bay.

Jeju Island (South Korea) is the only place in the world to achieve all three of the natural sciences of UNESCO as the Biosphere Reserve (recognized in 2002), World Natural Heritage (received in 2007) and Global Geopark (recognized in 2010). Jeju Island also possesses many elements that form a natural wonder of the world. In the past, two islands Jeju (South Korea) and Quang Ninh (Vietnam) have many cultural exchanges and tourism promotion cooperation.

With the theme of "Experience a beautiful Jeju at Ha Long Bay", the program has a variety of activities such as: Exhibitions of 30 art pictures on Jeju, Information promotion of Jeju tourism, wearing the traditional Hanbok costumes and South Korea cultural experience, etc. The program will take place in 3 days from 28 to April 30.
Vietnam go to the top international tourists to Laos, Cambodia
The forum of Connect the "Four Nations - One Destination" tourism space and the Expansion of cooperation in banking between countries in CLVM block (Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam - Myanmar) will take place at the end of this month. .

According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, CLVM block has attracted 22.5 million international visitors in 2015, an increase of 12% over 2014. Tourism revenue reached $ 21 billion. Intercity tourists reached 3 million, of which Vietnamese guests accounted for 2/3. Vietnam is currently the leading international tourist market of Cambodia and second in Laos during the Vietnam Laos Cambodia tour. For many years, Cambodia is also among the top five international visitors to Vietnam, but there has been a recent decline.

Therefore, one of the important objectives of the Forum is to promote tourism among the countries in the block through exchange, signing and cooperation in the field of tourism and banking... On that basic, countries will jointly develop product and promote jointly.

This is the proposed initiative of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). The forum is expected to be organized into a joint development event for tourism, bank biannual every two years. This year, the forum will take place from July 30 to August 1 in Yangon, Myanmar, attracting about 500 delegates.
Giant butterflies appear in the West
Mr. Pham Van Mung from Vinh Binh Commune, Hoa Binh District (Bac Lieu Province) said that a few days ago about 20 large butterflies fly to his garden. "Many are large like two fingers, wings length 35-40 cm, the body has a lot of stripes, picturesque," said Mung. If you are the curious person, should not skip this occasion for discover the West by Mien Tay Sampan cruise.

Talking with VnExpress, Dr. Le Phat Quoi - Institute of Natural Resources and Environment, National University of Ho Chi Minh City - said that this is the Khế butterfly, the scientific name is Attacus atlas, in the family Saturniidae. They are moths, with large trunks, vibrant colors and patterns, live in the tropical and sub-tropical forests of Southeast Asia, and are popular on the Malaysian and Indian islands.

"In Vietnam, these butterflies can be found in the salt marsh forests, the orchard of the delta. They reproduce from May to June, the highest density in October," said Dr. Quoi. The larva of the butterflies eats leaves, that can be harmful for plants.

According to Dr Quoi, this is a rare butterfly and included in the Red Book for protection. "Butterflies appearing with high density in the place where there are not previously unlikely to move from other place when the weather has changed, which also shows that the new habitat has a good environment," said Dr Qiu. 
 
Amazing bridges in Vietnam
Wooden bridge on the way to Diep Son Island
 
Diep Son is the name of three small islands located in the town of Van Gia, Van Phong Bay, Khanh Hoa.
 
Coming to Diep Son, many people are very interested in the 300m long bridge emerging between the endless sea. It is the bridge that the fishermen have built in order to connect pearls. It is therefore also known as Pearl Bridge.
 
Wind turbine bridge at Bac Lieu
 
While being a province located in the Mekong Delta, Bac Lieu is still a tourist site that few people know. Therefore, not everyone knows that this place possesses the largest wind turbine field in Vietnam.
 
Whether summer or winter, you can walk across the sea across the bridge and take pictures with 62 fantastic turbines.
 
If determined to admire the beauty of this paradise, you should come at nearly 4 pm. Meanwhile, the weather is not too hot, with light winds and it's also time for wind turbines to turn, creating an incredibly romantic setting. If you want to explore these amazing bridges, let's take Vietnam 1 week holiday to satisfy your curiosity.
 
Wooden bridge at Ngoc Suong Resort
 
Ngoc Suong Resort is the destination for many young people who want to admire a unique charming beauty. This place not only has a beautiful landscape but also an attractive wooden bridge between the sea, which lets visitors feel as if they are lost between the sea and the blue sky.
 
Here, visitors can still comfortably explore the peaceful surroundings of the resort. On the deck of this place, you will feel absolutely small.
 
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The Hotels in Vung Tau
 1. Petro House Hotel (89 Trần Hưng Đạo Str. Vung Tau City)
 
- The newest international standard hotel located in the heart of Vung Tau city.
- A colonial style hotel with 60 rooms and tastefully furnished with high standard amenities (IDD, satellite TV, business center, office for rent...)
- Authentic French cuisine at MA MAISON.
 
2. Royal Hotel (48 Quang Trung Str. Vung Tau City)
 
- Located right in the heart of Vung Tau distance of Front Beach.
- 53 bedrooms of international standard.
- Restaurant serving European and Asian dishes.
- VIP club. Tennis court. Satellite T.V, I.D.D  
 
3. Seabreege Hotel (11 Nguyen Trai Str. Vung Tau City)
 
- Located right in the heart of Vung Tau within walking distance of Front Beach, equipped with all modern facilities:
- Satellite TV, IDD, in-house videos, air-conditioners, plus a fleet of modern sedans, microbuses for rent.
- Cosy bar, nice swimming-pool, best western cuisine, pick-up at Ho Chi Minh city
airport and visa arrangement. 
 
4. Holiday Maision Hotel (477 Truong Cong Dinh Str. Vung Tau City)
 
- Located in centre of Vung Tau city.
- International standard mini-hotel, quiet area, adequate amenities. 
- Deluxe bedrooms. Night bar. Mod , ern communication systems! Physiotherapy.
- Car for rent 
- Satellite TV. 
 
5. Hai Au Hotel (100 Ha Long Str. Vung Tau City)
 
Welcome to HAi AU international hotel, one of the most exclusive deluxe resort hotels in VIETNAM at Vung Tau’s famous beach "BAI DUA" Built in 1990 by VIETCOMBANK, HAI AU international hotel is an ideal setting for business and social activities. All moms and suites equipped with individual air-conditioning, IDD phone, satellite TV, in room video movies, mini bar...
- 60 rooms & suites. 
- Round-the-clock room & laundry service
- Major credit cards acceptable
 
6. Beautiful Hotel (100 - 102 Thuy Van Str. Vung Tau City)
 
- BEAUTY HOTEL is localed close to Back Beach.
- Rooms of international standard, rặ Round-the-clock service.
- Warm refined service, reasonable prices. 
- IDD telephone & fax services to all over the word. 
- Coffee bar, restaurant serving - European-Asian dishes. 
- Souvenir shop, dancing, steam bath, massage. 
- Large and safe parking lot in front of and behind hotel 
 
7. Đông Nam Á Hotel (2 Thuy Van Str. Vung Tau City)
- 45 international standard rooms.
- Spacious and airy restaurant with 350 seats in the main dining-room and 30 seats in the small special one serving European and Asian dishes, special seafood. The restaurant is also a good place for wedding parties, birthday parties or conferences.
- Dancing, karaoke, coffee shop.
- IDD telephone and fax. 
 
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Bagging 4 places to watch international fireworks in Da Nang 2017 completely free
1. TRAN HUNG DAO STREET (SON TRA DISTRICT)
 
If you want to save money during the Holiday beach Da Nang 30-4 and 1-5 this year but still want to admire the full display of brilliant fireworks, the area of Tran Hung Dao will be a place pretty well. Standing opposite the fire area, watching fireworks at Tran Hung Dao Street will bring you a full firework experience with all the low-level fireworks, high altitude and water effects.
 
In the area of Tran Hung Dao Street (also known as Bach Dang Dong), the section from Han River bridge to the platform will be installed loudspeakers and large projection screens to serve the residents and visitors in the Contest of Da Nang international fireworks show this year.
 
You should come early to get a location near the riverbank - the better place. Although security will be tightened at the fireworks display during the competition, you should not be subjective on wallet, phone, personal items, avoid the loss of fortune in the unfortunate at crowded place.
 
2. BACH DANG STREET - NHU NGUYET STREET (Bach Dang extended)
 
Bach Dang - one of the most beautiful streets in the city - will also be one of the ideal location. The street is decorated with vibrant lights and visual effects on the buildings.
 
Like Tran Hung Dao Street, Bach Dang Street will feature loudspeaker and display systems in the Danang International Fireworks Competition this year to help residents and visitors enjoy the experience of the best contest.
 
The ideal place for you to enjoy the fireworks in the area of Bach Dang Street will be the area opposite the headquarters of the Da Nang People's Council and the Da Nang General Library. Vehicles will be banned from late afternoon to so if you want to enter this area, you will have to stop the car in outside.
 
3. HAN RIVER BRIDGE AND DRAGON BRIDGE
 
As a historic bridge linking the two river banks of the Han River and associated with the miraculous change of Da Nang city, the Han River Bridge seems to have become an indispensable symbol.
 
You will have a beautiful view of Da Nang city, the bridges and other famous works in the city such as Thuan Phuoc bridge, Dragon bridge, Tran Thi Ly bridge, Da Nang administrative center, Novotel Hotel ...
 
On the 2 nights of fireworks show, from the Han River bridge you will admire a sparkling Han River, fanciful with the beam of flowers and the colorful dragon boats drifting on the river.
 
You may choose to park your car at the eastern bridge or in the west bank of the Han River. In particular, you should not listen to any false information, avoid panic in case of trouble. Keep calm and immediately notify the police force on the bridge to avoid the situation can chaos. The Han River Bridge will also be one of the areas where transportation is prohibited during the competition, so you will have to stop the car if you want to see the fireworks.
 
4. THUAN PHUOC BRIDGE
 
Thuan Phuoc Bridge is a bridge linking Son Tra peninsula with majestic city center, connecting Nguyen Tat Thanh street with Hoang Sa - Vo Nguyen Giap - Truong Sa, forming the tourist route Hai Van - Son Tra - Hoi. Oh. Along with the other famous bridges of Da Nang, Thuan Phuoc Bridge is like a palm charm gracefully fill the picture of Da Nang river.
 
The ideal distance and height of Thuan Phuoc Bridge will make you really comfortable when enjoying the beautiful fireworks display at this year's pyrotechnics show. It is important to note, however, that the distance of 90 m above the surface of the river is not suitable for people with high altitude sickness. In addition, Thuan Phuoc bridge is a hammock bridge located in the mouth of the river, so when you are standing on the bridge to enjoy the fireworks can feel the sphere as vibrating when having the wind. That is the normal oscillation of the bridge.
 
Ngo Dinh Can
 Ngo Dinh Can was born in 1910 at Phu Cam. He was the 5th son and 8th child of Mr Ngo Dinh Kha.
 
Ngo Dinh Can (often called Ut Cun last-born Can) was less educated, he preferred enjoying pleasures, as in the style of Canton chiefs in feudal periods, but notoriously for savage and cruelty, cunning and evil doer. He was nicknamed as a tyrant, slaughter and landlord of the Central part and Highlands in South. When hearing the name of Ngo Dinh Can, everyone (especially inhabitants in Hue and a has still remembered his barbarous crimes toward' the Southerners.
 
Ngo Dinh Can was unmarried, but according to public opinion from some families, relatives and Christian in Phu Cam, Can used to have sexual relations with his cousin, her name was Nguyen Thi Sach (often called according to her spouse’s name as Old Lady Luyen). She was once a housekeeper of Can’s residence and he had 3 step children with this woman.
10 rules to eat right
If you are a food lover, do not forget 10 advices below to eat properly.
 
1. Eating sushi by hand
 
The famous chef Morimoto said eating sushi with chopsticks could be acceptable, but sushi is a kind of kitchen created to eat by hand.
 
Eating sushi by hand is a long time tradition. Sushi is considered a kind of fast food on the street. Do not forget to use a wet tissue to wipe your hands after eating them.
 
2. Do not use the left hand while eating common dishes
 
To some African countries such as Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia, eating family-style dishes by hand has become very popular. At a meal with the natives, use the left hand is taboo. This rule is also found in some countries in the Middle East and even in India.
 
3. Do not call overcooked steak (beef) in a luxury restaurant
 
In many luxury restaurants, asking for overcooked steak is considered an insult to the chef. The true high quality steak should still keep its natural flavor, fat and protein.
 
4. Do not eat cheese with Reuben sandwich
 
Many people like to add cheese in sandwiches, but this would not be acceptable with Jewish restaurants, where serves Reuben sandwiches (turkey beef burgers). Their rules of cooking avoid the mixture of the meat with cheese or milk.
 
5. Do not add Swiss cheese to Philly cheesesteak
 
Unless you want to offend the local population in Philadelphia (USA), never order cheesesteaks, a sort of sandwich, with Swiss cheese. With the natives, this dish should be eaten with Cheez Whiz, a yellow-orange cheese from the United States. If you don't like these complex rules, let's take a tour in Thailand Vietnam Cambodia to taste foods without rules.
 
6. Cappuccino drink after dinner is very eccentric
 
"Never call a cup of cappuccino after dinner at an Italian style restaurant," Bruce Lefebvre, owner of The Frog & The Peach restaurant, explains. In the culture of Italy, the kinds of coffee with milk are only drunk in the morning.
 
7. Do not eat Chicago hot dog with ketchup
 
If you need a sauce, mustard is the only thing you can add to this dish.
 
8. Eat pizza by hand immediately after receiving it
 
Many politicians in the United States have lost the support of the electorates, because they were seen cutting a pizza with a knife and eating it with a fork. With many Americans, pizza is a dish in hand.
 
9. Do not try to eat whole bread at the French restaurant
 
Do not try to be economical by eating whole bread, including small pieces of bread, in a luxury French restaurant. Sometimes you should agree to drop a piece of bread even if you are still hungry.
 
10. Do not eat taco with cheddar cheese
 
Taco, a traditional Mexican burrito, is never eaten with Cheddar cheese. In an authentic Mexican restaurant, this dish is consumed only with white cheese, a national product.
 
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Chiang Dao and the Chiang Dao Nest
If you’re in Chiang Mai and are looking for a special escape, forget about journeying to over-visited and over-rated Pai, and head 2.5 hours north to Chiang Dao. Whether you're looking for an active eco-adventure, seeking a romantic weekend away or simply want to perfect your vegging skills, Chiang Dao is the place to do it. Stunning mountain scenery, waterfalls, cave temples, bird watching, hiking, hill tribe visits, rafting, elephant treks and good old-fashioned relaxing are all at your fingertips. Stay at the recently opened Chiang Dao Nest, with its six simple but delightful bamboo chalets. It is a gem! Owners Khun Vicha (Thai) and Stuart (English) will take you under their wings while showing you the birds. Gather around the fire at flight while London-trained Khun Vicha prepares an affordable and scrumptious meal that most four-star hotels would be hard-pressed to beat. Enjoy some wine or beer and gaze the stars. Then collapse into your comfy bed, snuggle under your duvet and dream about extending your stay.
 
Come to visit Chiang Dao and the Chiang Dao Nest with itinerary 10 days in Vietnam and Cambodia
 
 
Nerve racking
The cause of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases has long intrigued scientists. Researchers of University of Warwick and IIT, Kaipor, zeroed in on a protein, the malfunctioning of which, they say, could he a possible cause for diseases.
 
The study noted that transferrin, a proteilt that transports iron from die blood to die brain, may net hr doing its job well. That may had to exposure of other cells to iron, and the diseases. The protein binds iron on to its surface. It then curls around the iron and seals it. This prerents the iron from getting exposed to other cells till it reaches its destination organ—the brain.
 
In the experiment, transferrin was placed on an open surface and observed over a period of time, "We simulated conditions for ageing so that the existing molecules interacted with each other. We found the molecules self-assembled into fibres and iron that was earlier wrapped inside the protein started settling in hands along the length of the fibre," says Sandeep Verms of the Department of Chemistry, IIT, Kanpur. "Iron when exposed to molecular oxygen, leads to degeneration of cells," says Verms, The study was published in Angtwandte Chemre (Vol 9W, Mo 2006). Although the researchers say exposure of brain cells to iron leads to the diseases, they say there is no clear reason for the exposure, "Dehydration may be responsible for it. There are restricted membranes where water does not go easily or has been removed horn the vicinity of the protein, resulting in the protein malfunction," says Verma.
 
However, their experiment Is not foolproof because the biological environment is more complicated. Experiments need to he conducted in that medium, "Definitive proof will come only from clinicians who can dice out a part of the brain and test for bon deposition," he added.
 
Power saver
Batteries of mobile phones may now last longer. The circuits, which draw power from batteries, currently run at around 1 volt. Scientists have come up with a technology that will allow circuits to function at 0.3 v, resulting in less power being drawn.
 
The circuit, also called chips, consists of memory and logic gates. Memory helps store information digitally and logic gates help rapid transmission of information. Power from the batteries helps circuits get activated so that they can transmit information. The researchers have added a convertor to the new circuit they have developed.
 
“The circuit had to be redesigned for the purpose so that memory and logic, along with the converter, are integrated to realize a complete system,” said Arnntha Chandrakasan, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chandrakasan helped a graduate student develop the technology, which they presented at the International Solid State Circuits Conference, San Francisco, on February 5.
 
The hurdles that the researchers faced while designing the chip were variations and imperfections. At lower voltage variations, imperfections become more prominent and hence more problematic but they were able to overcome the problems, they say. “Designing the chip to minimize its vulnerability to such variations is a big part of our strategy,” Chandrakasan said.
 
The researchers said the concept Had been put into design successfully but it would take at least five years for the product to become commercially viable. It would find application in portable and implantable medical, communication and networking devices. The researchers are also planning to refine it, especially for implantable medical devices. They say they are working on making the power requirements so low that just body heat can power it. 
 
Thành phố của niềm vui?
Vehicular pollution is common to most metros. A Kolkata-specific study has highlighted how vehicles in Kolkata emit cancer-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The study noted that specific vocs were found in very high concentrations in the city.
 
“Levels of BTEX—benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene—are very high in Kolkata because petrol contains higher concentrations of benzene (3 per cent during the study period),” says Subha Sen, the lead researcher who is with the chemistry department, Calcutta University. “Among the measured components of vehicle exhausts, benzene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde are carcinogens,” Sen adds.
 
Another study, published in Toxicology and Industrial Health (Vol 23, No 3) showed petrol pump workers’ exposure to benzene had altered activities of blood and immune cells. Sen and colleagues got interested in studying how a combination of btex with other organic compounds works in Kolkata.
 
The researchers studied air samples from three locations during March-June 2006. They found formaldehyde to be the most abundant organic compound followed by acetaldehyde and acetone. Besides vehicular emissions, photochemical reaction triggered by sunlight also generates formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, the researchers say. The findings of the study were published online on January 25 in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
 
The estimated lifetime cancer risk of an individual residing in the area for 15 years was found to be the highest for benzene followed by formaldehyde in all three sites. “Increased exposure to benzene may also lead to aplastic anaemia (total loss of blood production),” says Manas Ranjan Ray of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata. He says cleaner technology and safer fuel are the way out. 
Short news
ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Bats use a magnetic substance in their body called magnetite as an 'internal compass' to help them navigate. The researchers monitored movements in bats by using radio transmitters. But such monitoring is limited to short distances only. Magnetite is found in the cells of many birds and mammals, including humans, but humans appear to have lost its use long ago.
 
SIT UP: Sedentary people who complain of fatigue can increase their energy levels by 20 per cent and decrease fatigue by 65 per cent by doing regular, low [intensity exercise, says a study. About 25 per cent of the population experiences such fatigue and there is a scientific basis in exercising. There are advantages to exercise, compared to use of caffeine and energy drinks, the researchers say.
 
Stones tell a story (part 1)
As K K Muhammed approached the ruins of an ancient temple complex in the Chambal ravines in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district he saw a bearded man smoking. Visibly upset, Archeological Survey of India, Bhopal Circle superintendent admonished the man for smoking in the complex. The man retorted, “We have owned these temples for centuries and will do whatever we like.” Muhammed’s aide counselled caution: “Please be care-fid. He is Nirbhay Singh Gujjar.”
 
But Muhammed persisted, not wanting to waste this chance encounter with the dreaded dacoit of the Chambal Valley. “Please don’t mistake the archaeological survey with the police or its informers,” Muhammed told Gujjar trying to convince him that “his institution wanted to restore temples of deities they worshipped.”
 
After much convincing, Gujjar saw reason and allowed the archaeological survey to start reconstruction work. He also assured Muhammed that he and his gang would keep off the site.
 
The Bateshwar temple ruins, near Maianpur industrial area in Morena district were a hideout for generations of dacoits. Though the archaeological survey notified it as a protected site in 1920, there was no restoration work before January 2005 because all attempts by the archaeological survey to take possession of the site was met with stiff opposition. But according to Muhammed, “The presence of dacoit gangs was actually a boon because artifacts were preserved within the temple complex.”
 
Archaeological survey officials recall that dacoits would keep vigil while restoration work was underway. Once in a while, a few dacoits also pitched in with labour. The presence of Gujjar’s gang around the temple complex area kept the mining mafia at bay. But this was till November 2006 when the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force killed Gujjar.
 
 
Stones tell a story (part 2)
Illegal sandstone mining began soon after—according to a state government estimate the illegal mining business was approximately Rs 1,000 crore. Blasts from explosives used for mining sandstone quarries caused massive vibrations, damaging the newly restructured temples.
 
A worried Muhammed wrote to Madhya Pradesh’s minister for tourism, Yashodharaje Scindia who immediately ordered mining activities to stop. But Scifïdia was soon elected as Member of Parliament and had to give up her post as the state tourism minister. The mining mafia resumed its activities again.
 
Muhammed made repeated requests to various officials of the state government and the district administration. He wrote several letters to Laxmikant Sharma, minister of state for mineral resources, Akash Tripathi, Morena district’s collector, Abha Asthana, secretary, state department of tourism and culture and again to Scindia requesting them to take action against the mining mafia who was using all its muscle power and money power to intimidate archaeological survey workers. But all this came to little avail. Restoration work on the Bateshwar temples was stalled for most of 2007.
 
In desperation, Muhammed asked the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) chief K C Sudarshan to intervene. He explained how the archaeological survey was making efforts to restore the ancient temples and that even dacoits had pitched in the endeavour. “I tried my best to get the issue sorted out at all possible levels before approaching the rss chief. I thought the organization would take interest in protecting the ancient Hindu temples.”
 
Stones tell a story (part 3)
The request to the RSS chief had the desired result: the state government  stopped illegal mining in the area. The archaeological survey had also sent a detailed note of the events at Bateshwar since restoration work started in January 2005 to its headquarters in Delhi and the information was passed on to Ambika Soni, Union minister for tourism. Soni wrote a letter to Shivraj Singh Chauhan, chief minister, Madhya Pradesh, saying “you know about the Bateshwar temples and the illegal mining damaging the temple complex. Even though, the Madhya Pradesh government including the secretary, collector and the police were informed, no action was taken to stop mining. Though Yashodhraje stopped illegal mining for some time, it has started again. There have been complaints of use of muscle power by the mining mafia against the archaeological survey.”
 
Mining stopped, but the Madhya Pradesh chief minister was very displeased with Muhammed for writing to the RSS chief. He was also peeved at being chastised by the union minister for tourism. There were even plans to suspend Muhammed. But sources say they have been shelved.
 
Twenty five temples have been restored at the Bateshwar complex. The effort cost the government Rs 40 lakh. The archaeological survey now intends to restore 108 more temples at the site but faces a fund crunch. The union tourism ministry has allotted Rs 2 crore for improving infrastructure in the area. Muhammed has written to the ministry to sanction another 1 crore from special tourism funds.
 
Archaeological survey officials estimate that it will take another five years before the project is completed. Muhammed has visualized an important temple tourist spot on the Delhi-Agra-Gwalior tourist map, once the ancient temples are restored. 
 
 
Around the world in 64 years
An international research team has provided the first scientific evidence that deadly emerging diseases have risen steeply across the world, and has mapped the outbreaks’ main sources. Emerging diseases are those caused by newly identified pathogens, or old ones moving to new regions.
 
Researchers analyzed 335 episodes of emerging diseases from 1940 to 2004; then converted the results into maps correlated with human population density, population changes, latitude, rainfall and wildlife biodiversity.
 
The study found new disease hot spots are areas in sub-Saharan Africa, India and China; outbreaks occured on a smaller scale in Europe, and North and South America. It also says that conservation of biodiversity may be an important means of preventing new diseases. Following are the main findings of the study published in the February 21 issue of Nature:
 
• Disease emergences have quadruple over the past 50 years; some 60 per cent of the diseases travelled from animals to humans (called zoonoses) and majority of those came from wild creatures; expansion of humans into shrinking pockets of biodiversity and resulting contacts with wildlife are the reasons
• Humans have evolved no resistance to zoonoses, so the diseases can be lethal
• About 20 per cent of known emergences are multidrug-resistant strains of previously known pathogens
• More diseases emerged in the 1980s—likely due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which led to other new diseases 
• In the 1990s, insect-transmitted diseases saw a peak, possibly in reaction to rapid climate changes.
• Richer nations are nursing outbreaks including multidrug-resistant pathogen strains through overuse of antibiotics, centralized food processing and other technologies 
• SARS in Chinese bats cost up to us $100 billion
• Outbreaks of exotic African hbola virus have been small, but deadly.  
Safe at home
Most varieties of apples grown in India are susceptible to apple scab, a fungal disease. The disease is controlled using fungicides but horticulturists are trying to reduce their, use and develop apple scab-resistant varieties instead.
 
Apples originated in Central Asia; so did the fungus Venturia inaequalis which causes the disease. However, very little is known about the fungal isolates in Asia. A recent study carried out by researchers from China, India and the uk throws some light on the subject. “The idea was to understand genetic similarities/differences in fungal isolates in different countries,” says Vijay Thakur, who is with the department of mycology and plant pathology, Dr Y S Parmar University, Shimla.
 
Thakur and other researchers picked up 80 isolates: 20 from the uk, 30 from China and 30 from India. The researchers came up with two findings: one, the isolates were different in different countries, and two, local apple varieties were resistant to local fungal isolates; foreign isolates could cause diseases in local varieties. Most of the resistant genes have originated from small-fruited Asiatic apple species. Hence, these should be used to develop resistant varieties in Central Asia, the authors said in the paper published in the Plant Disease (Vol 92, No 2).
 
The results assume importance because several of the apple varieties are imported. In India, for instance, resistant varieties are not being developed and planting materials are imported from countries such as the us and the Netherlands. 
 
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