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Etymology

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Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

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How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

VietnamCupid.com – VietnamCupid is the best online dating site in Vietnam. If I only had money to spend on one site, this is the site that I would spend it on. If you log on at any given time, there will be hundreds of singles online.VietnamCupid is run by one of my most favorite online dating companies, Cupid Media. Cupid Media owns sites that I’ve used in the past like Afrointroductions.com and BrazilCupid.com, when I was living in Africa and Brazil, respectively. The site has a vibrant community, a polished design and killer features. The translator app in particular is an amazing feature, massively growing the pool of matches you are able to connect with. [visahunter]

Cherryblossoms.com – Cherryblossoms.com (also known as Blossoms.com) is a popular pay site in Vietnam (and the Philippines as well) and is ideal for the guy who is really looking to get serious (i.e. find a wife). Blossoms.com is a long-standing dating site that’s been up and running successfully since 1995 when the Internet was first introduced. This company has more than 40 years of experience in the dating game, originally having begun in 1974, in the form of a personals’ magazine called “Cherry Blossoms.” The reason Blossoms has been so successful for such a long time is because it’s easy to navigate, has solid features, strong security measures and a lot of quality profiles. If you want to meet single people from Vietnam, this site is worth checking out. [visahunter]

DateInAsia.com – I know a lot of friends who love this site because it is free, has a lot of members, and they’ve had success with it. However, as is the case with any free site (think OKCupid or PlentyofFish), you get what you pay for. I find the quality on DateInAsia pretty poor, and there seem to be a lot of profiles that look fake. However, if you prefer a free dating site, this is an ideal site for you. The benefit of this site is that it has a lot of members in not just Vietnam, but all over Asia. If you work hard enough, you are virtually guaranteed to come away with some contacts. However, at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. You will have to spend a lot of time weeding through low quality profiles. [visahunter]

Tagged.com – Tagged – Tagged is similar to Facebook, but instead of staying in touch with those you already know, which is what Facebook is primarily used for, Tagged was launched in 2004 to help users meet new people. Since 2004, the website has grown into a virtual behemoth, with 300,000,000 members, with more joining every day, spread over 200 different countries. Given the site’s popularity, I was surprised to see how plain the web design is throughout the entire site. The profiles and tags all look very sub-standard in my opinion. I recommend you sign up for Tagged and give it a try after you’ve exhausted the other options above. [visahunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

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Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Ha Long Bay – Ha Long Bay, in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border is one of the world’s natural wonders. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500sqkm. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, for many visitors, this surrealistic place is like something right out of a movie. [vietnam-guide]

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long Hanoi – The large central sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site just in time for Hanoi’s millennial anniversary in 2010. The ancient site was the political centre of the country for 13 consecutive centuries and served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries. [vietnam-guide]

Hoi An Ancient Town – Hoi An is more than just a charming seaside town; it was one of the most important trading ports connecting Asia and Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. Though large-scale trading had long moved elsewhere Hoi An has been successful in preserving and restoring its charming roots. [vietnam-guide]

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – Ho Chi Minh is probably the most popular leader of Vietnam and known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi (albeit against his wishes). Started in 1973, the construction of the mausoleum was modeled on Lenin’s mausoleum in Russia. [vietnam-guide]

Cu Chi Tunnels – The Cu Chi Tunnels are basically a huge war museum offering visitors a sneak peak at the underground life of Viet Cong-era soldiers. Comprising more than 120km of tunnels, they were first started around 1948 when the Viet Cong were fighting the French. The work never stopped and resulted in a massive collection of tunnels. [vietnam-guide]

My Son Sanctuary – My Son Hindu Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. It was an independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century, at which time it was occupied by Vietnam. [vietnam-guide]

Complex of Hue Monuments – The Complex of Hue Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the city of Hue in central Vietnam. Hue was founded as the Vietnam capital city by Gia Long, the first king of the Nguyen Dynasty in 1802. It held this position for nine Nguyen dynasties until 1945. [vietnam-guide]

War Remnants Museum – The War Remnants Museum once known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’ first opened to the public in 1975. It’s a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War with many graphic photographs and American military equipment on display. All these weapons were used by America against the Vietnamese. [vietnam-guide]

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – Phong Nha-Ke Bang is more than a National Park, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Quang Binh Province, north-central Vietnam. The result of earth crust development 464 million years ago it’s the oldest major karst formation in Asia. Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park features a 2,000 sqkm of limestone zone. [vietnam-guide]

The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne – The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne are the most important tourist attraction apart from the beaches of Mui Ne and Phan Thiet. Some 65 km northeast of Phan Thiet, the massive dunes range in colour from gold to white. There are also red dunes to be found further south, close to Mui Ne. [vietnam-guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Tet Nguyen Tieu – After the Lunar New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan), there will be a big festival of Tet Nguyen Tieu. Chinese people and Vietnamese people in the Cho Lon area of Ho Chi Minh City welcome a big festival with colorful lantern and drum sound. Nguyen Tieu is considered the traditional cultural festival which is held annually and it contributes to keep and develop the national personality of Chinese community in Vietnam. Meanwhile, this festival helps to create a jubilant atmosphere for the New Year days. [festivalinvietnam]

Vu Lan Festival – Vu Lan ceremony is the festival of Buddism in 15th of seventh lunar month. The purpose of this ceremony is to wish for the dead relative’s soul would avoid the punishment of the next life. [festivalinvietnam]

Mid-Autumn Festival – Mid-autumn festival is called Tet Trung Thu in Vietnam. It is organized in the middle of the Autumn which is the eighth lunar month of the year. Mid-autumn festival is the festival of the children. [festivalinvietnam]

Lunar new year (Tết Nguyên Đán) – Tết Nguyên Đán, more commonly known as Tet in Vietnam, is the most important and the biggest holiday in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Lunar Calendar. In Chinese history, Tet originated from the 2852 to 2205 BC and was adjusted in each period. Before 1967, Vietnam takes Beijing’s time for the standard time of Lunar Calendar. In the 8 August, 1967, Vietnam’s government issued the policy to take the GMT +7 zone as standard. Since then, Tet is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, though Beijing is advantaged one hour. [festivalinvietnam]

Yen Phu Communal House Festival – Yen Phu communal house festival is a historical and cultural vestige which is listed in national vestiges since 1986. This is the only communal house in Hanoi to be built in the later half of 17th century. The communal house is not built like others. There is a gold inlaid palanquin in the house and the stele since Le Gia Tong (1672 – 1675) era. The big and beautiful house of a peninsula in West Lake of Hanoi looks back to the water. In 2003, the house is restored. [festivalinvietnam]

Mach Lung Temple Festival – The temple worships three Kings in the King Hung XVIII: Minh Lao Hung Dai Vuong, Minh Lao Hung Doan Dai Vuong and Minh Lao Hung Nghi Dai Vuong. Three people are good at history, geography and fengshui, so they are granted to be the generals and assigned to prevent the enemy from the sea and Red River. After receiving the mission, they chose Lung Trang to be the place to build general headquarters. Then he thought this is a good place and bring his mom from Hai Duong province to build the house and farm together with helping people in Lung Trang in agriculture. Then people love the three generals and the mother, so they build the temple. [festivalinvietnam]

Buffalo Fighting Festival in Phu Tho Province – The buffalo fighting of Phu Ninh district (Phu Tho province) is not only the oldest but holding deep traditional features of Hung Vuong era with the spirit of sportsmanship, and it is also the ritual to wish for proper climate and nice crop. [festivalinvietnam]

Public Transit

Public Transit

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Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

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Language Exchange

language Exchange

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LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

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Resources

Resources

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Places in Vietnam

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