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“Tolerance”, “generosity”, “the spirit of solidarity”, “the leaves protect tattered ones”, … are adjectives and proverbs used to describe Vietnamese people. . Those good personalities have lasted for many years, but that spirit is most evident during the Covid-19 pandemic through humane actions.
To maintain that spirit, Saigon Corners and Faculty of Tourism from Hoa Sen University responded to the “Get rid of Covid with Hoa Sen” to raise funds for Covid victims. Each member will record a short video with the music “Get rid of Covid with Hoa Sen”. The videos not only bring warmth and positive messages, but also contribute 20,000 VND/clip to the fund.
Always keep your bag in front
Whether you’re carrying a backpack or a shoulder bag, you’d better keep an eye on your bag all the time. Getting cut in your bag by a razor blade is one of the situations that can happen when you keep your bag unattended.
Cover your expensive jewelry while in the street
Try not to get much attention to yourself by wearing too much sparkling jewelry. If you must bring your jewelry, you’d better cover it. When going out for a tour or a walk in the street, you can keep your expensive belongings in a safe box in your rooms (most hotels in Vietnam have one).
Street vendors and pickpocket
Street vendors, who are considered a part of street-culture in Vietnam, have impressed many tourists with amazing shots captured by travel bloggers. The fact is that many of them are struggling with their lives, trying hard to get through a day with only a few bucks. However, you should also expect a downside, street vendors in Vietnam, in some cases that can be annoying. If you’re not interested in things they invite you to buy, you can just ignore them. However, many thieves undercover as street vendors create a scenario for pickpockets. Therefore, be careful when street vendors or some strangers approach you and create a confusing situation.
Withdraw money from the ATM.
Withdrawing money from the ATM and exchanging currency are ones of the most common things that tourists do when travelling, but always keep in mind that someone is watching you and maybe they also intent to rob you.
About exchanging currency, you should ask that agency for the exchange rate because some people tend to increase the exchange rate to make them more profitable.
Meter Taxi normally cruise the street but it is best for you to ask them about the price before hopping on because some meter bar is rigged and the price will go up faster than it usually should. In Ho Chi Minh City, we recommend you to choose these 2 well-known brands: Mai Linh and Vinasun based on convenience and fare. In other cities, we recommend you to choose taxis which have a speedometer called Grab, and they are also one of the easiest ways to travel because they will provide you information about the price, the drivers…
Don’t forget to bargain when buying things in an open-air market
Most products in the market should be bargained down because some of the retailers tend to increase the price for foreign ex-pats. There are quite a few sellers who want to increase the price of their products to make a profit from foreigners, but do not lose the opportunity to buy what you need. You can practice your bargains in the market and the best thing that can happen is that you win the bid and get the item for the best price.
In any culture, there are always do’s or don’ts, and in a place with a long-standing culture with many customs and rituals… like Vietnam, it is certain that taboos are one of the characteristics of Vietnamese people. This 2nd online event of Talkie Jolly – Tourism English Club with the topic “Taboos” had expressed the quintessence of Vietnamese culture through seemingly simple things but were actually taboos. With the number of participants up to 100 people, the event succeeded in bringing memorable experiences to participants through interesting guest speaking session with games and more importantly, the endless vibrant debate session with prizes up to 1 million VND.
Talkie Jolly Tourism English Club with the theme “Saigon – The melting pot” on 17th of July 2021 is an online meeting through Zoompro due to Covid 19 which helps participants to understand more about the cultural characteristics of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City. The specification of the city is covered through the humorous talk of a top professional guide. Many entertainment activities and direct exchanges with students living and studying in New Zealand during the meeting!
It is rare to hear an old man passionately talk about the Vietnamese Ao Dai, images like slow-motion film appearing before my eyes through the story of my grandfather. Living from the 40s to the present, he has witnessed many changes in the Ao Dai over the decades. Designer Si Hoang said: “Ao dai is beautiful, attractive, expressed by the character of a woman, discreetly beautiful, gentle, thoughtful, and ethical. This is one of the few traditional costumes that meet the requirements of the new era while maintaining the national identity. Always a symbol of gentle, loving beauty, like attracting all the eyes of people on the street. Talking about the history of Ao Dai, to this day, no one has been able to confirm or clearly write down the history and origin. There is a document that on the Ngoc Lu bronze drum appeared the image of a woman with split dress. Happily, despite going through a long time, many variations appeared, but the Vietnamese Ao Dai still retains the inherent essence of the costume with two split dresses. According to legend, Hai Ba Trung wore ao dai with two golden armor plates and splendid jewelry when riding an elephant to fight against the Han army. It is also said that out of respect for the Hai Ba, Vietnamese women avoid wearing two-piece robes and instead wear a four-part dress with four bodies representing four births (of the couple). Until the reign of King Gia Long (1802-1819), the four-dress Ao Dai was changed to a five-piece shirt, at this time the shirt has a small body symbolizing the wearer. In 1884, when the French received the right to rule from the Hue court, Western culture began to enter Vietnam and brought many changes with the Ao Dai. From here, the Ao Dai steps through another page of history and reveals many shapes of the Ao Dai today.
Attend a talk with guest Nguyen Hong Tan at Tourism English Club to hear him talk about the history of the formation of the Ao Dai, share more interesting stories as well as the role of the Ao Dai. Vietnam in each historical period!
𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗶𝗲 𝗝𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆 – 𝗧𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗹
Talkie Jolly creates an environment where you can confidently express your English at any level because you will always have a companion, a place to add more travel knowledge for you, and also create opportunities for you to expand your relationship.
Talkie Jolly Club is pleased to welcome Mr. Nguyen Hong Tan as an English speaker. Through the story, Mr. Tan will help us understand more about activities and culture on Tet holiday, help you strengthen your vocabulary and feel more confident to speak and pronounce English!
Surely many times we, who live on a planet with over seven billion people, have encountered images carrying an interesting life story or experienced a story of ourselves with remarkable personalities, or is it a story of love, sharing, effort, and happiness?
𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 would love to hear from you about the true stories of each land, your hometown or your city through beautiful pictures or a clip introducing those experiences. These stories will help us better understand the country and people from everywhere, spread warmth and love.
Moreover, those ones contribute to bringing optimism to encourage the country and the world to soon overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. You might have a chance to win these very attractive prizes. Please join the contest, share to spread the beautiful and meaningful stories! 🥰🥰
Vietnam is a country which is famous for its cuisine. Vietnamese cuisine is not only diverse in types but also unique to the rest of the worlds. Vietnamese dishes are healthy and flavorful thanks to our fresh sauces, special spices, various kind of salted fish and fish sauce. As Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) is coming to town, Saigon Corners would love to hold the “YUMMY! OUR VIETNAM FOOD” contest. We are looking forward to your videos about delicious and yummy dishes. A “Golden Buffalo red envelopes” is waiting for our contestants to join and win it for the Lunar New Year of the Ox!
Contest “Love Vietnam through music”
Digital Tourism is the trend of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the reason why Saigon Corners hold the “Love Vietnam through music” contest to not only spread the optimism and comfort to everyone but also promote Vietnam’s tourism to our lovely tourists. Music is limitless so we hope it can reach to every corners of your heart, regardless of your nationality, gender, jobs,…and overcome this deadly disease.