Vietnamese Traditional New Year

Tet Nguyen Dan Sino – Vietnamese for ‘feast of the very first morning of the first day’ & the name given to celebrate the lunar new year. ‘Tet’ as it is known by the locals, is Vietnam's largest and oldest national celebration and epitomizes its cultural identity.

Pho – The Quintessential Vietnamese Dish

It is impossible to visit Vietnam and not come across a bowl of Pho. This quintessential Vietnamese dish is more abundant throughout this country than 7 Eleven stores in Bangkok. Understanding the anatomy of Pho will make eating and enjoying it a more pleasurable experience.

Saigon’s Colonial Heritage ~ 5 Iconic Landmarks

Saigon Central Post Office The Ho Chi Minh City skyline has been reshaped following the frenetic development of the past decade. At street level, much of the past’s brick and mortar has been demolished to give rise to air-conditioned, steel and glass towers. With the global economic downturn, the appetite for construction is temporarily suppressed and lovers of heritage architecture can breath a collective sigh of relief.

The Passage of Time

The new year of 2015 is well underway. But in Vietnam, the old year is just drawing to a close and preparations for the Lunar New Year - Year of the Goat, commencing February 19, take centre stage. Vietnam, as with many Asian countries, marks the passage of time using simultaneous calendars. Whilst the Gregorian calendar is the official timepiece, important aspects informing social life are set by the lunisolar calendar, which is based on movements of the sun, earth and moon.