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Ugandan dancer brings African cuisine to Việt Nam

In Uganda, egg-chapati is also known as Rolex, making many people mistakenly think this dish is related to the famous Swiss watch brand. In fact, this name comes from the strong pronunciation of the word 'rolled egg' by the locals, causing diners to mishear it as 'rolex'. The misinterpretation has stuck.

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Christmas in Việt Nam - an expat insight

Christmas is a holiday celebrated by people all over the world, and the expat community in Việt Nam is no exception. However, while most people spend the holiday with friends and family, for those in Việt Nam, that isn’t an option this year. 

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The past and the present: expats in Ba Vì

Like Tam Đảo and Đà Lạt, Ba Vì was chosen for its mountain climate as the site for colonial villas and retreats for French officials. However, in comparison to some of the stunning examples of colonial architecture still visible in Hà Nội today, those in Ba Vì are dilapidated and lie in ruins, hidden away in the forest that is trying to reclaim them. 

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True partners with a shared future

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Norweigan - Vietmanese diplomatic ties (1971-2021), the Norwegian Ambassador to Việt Nam, H.E. Ms Grete Løchen, looks back on the quality cooperation between the two countries and the shared vision for the future. 

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Saudi national day celebrated in Việt Nam

On September 23, 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates its 91st National Day. In Việt Nam, though unable to hold this celebration due to the measures in place to limit and control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, on this occasion His Excellency Mr. Saud F. M. Al Suwelim, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, expressed his pride in this day as it is the anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom at the hands of His Majesty King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.
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Russian motorcyclist falls in love with Việt Nam

Wearing a dark mask, dark glasses, a helmet and riding a rusty motorbike, you would be forgiven for thinking Ivan Os is not a usual part of the scenery in the central province of Bình Thuận. However, he is well-known to the locals. Os, who is 43-year-old and originally from Russia, had travelled widely around the world before his first visit to Việt Nam in 2015.