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Aobaba Hoi An is family-owned tailor shop in Hoi An Ancient Town that’s gained massive popularity amongst travellers for its extensive textile collection and impeccable tailoring services. You can either choose a design from its up-to-date catalogue books or bring a picture of your favourite designer outfit and have it made to measure here. Most suits, dresses, and jackets can be tailored within 24 hours but if you’re pressed for time, Aobaba Hoi An can deliver the finished product to your hotel. Set along Tran Phu Street, the tailor shop is a five-minute walk from the Fujian Assembly Hall.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 21:00
  • Address: 148 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 510 392 0666

Map of Aobaba Tailor Hoi An

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Lifestart Foundation Workshop is a non-profit charity organisation, retail outlet, and workshop in Hoi An Ancient Town, where you can purchase beautiful handicrafts made by impoverished and disadvantaged locals. A five-minute walk from the Japanese Covered Bridge, visitors can also get to know partake in lantern-making and traditional painting classes for USD33 per person. Among the unique products available here include woven handbags, hand painted tee-shirts, and vases made from chopsticks. As shop overheads and running costs are taken care of by the foundation, all profits from the sold handicrafts are given to the locals who made them.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 19:00
  • Address: 77 Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 167 355 9447

Map of Lifestart Foundation Workshop

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Reaching Out Arts and Crafts is a fair trade gift shop that’s set next to Tan Ky House, featuring handmade products made by disabled and disadvantaged Vietnamese. Founded by a Vietnamese disabled couple, all proceeds from the sold handicrafts go toward retraining and subsequent employment of disadvantaged locals in Hoi An. There’s also a tranquil café and garden courtyard, where you can also enjoy tea, coffee, and local sweets in a peaceful setting. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, jewellery, ceramics, lacquerware, stationary, toys, and embroidery, Reaching Out Arts and Crafts is a definite must-visit in Hoi An Ancient Town.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
  • Address: 103 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 510 3910 168

Map of Reaching Out Arts and Crafts

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Friendly Shoe Shop Hoi An boasts 10 years of experience in producing made-to-order shoes in local and international designs. Set along Tran Phu Street, this humble-looking retail outlet is around the corner from Hoi An Central Market. Priced at USD35 onwards, there are over 600 models on display, ranging from sandals and sports shoes to leather slippers and boots. You can also browse through numerous catalogue books or simply look it up online. Unlike most tailor or shoe shops in Vietnam, Friendly Shoe Shop Hoi An offers 100% reimbursement if you are not satisfied with the finished product.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 21:00
  • Address: 18 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An
  • Tel: +84 93 521 1382

Map of Friendly Shoe Shop Hoi An

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Located 20km from Hoi An town and about 40km far from Da Nang City, Cu Lao Cham is a fascinating destination that I chosen to make the trip last week. I did not buy a tour of any travel agency but I organized the trip with support of my friends.

Cu Lao Cham Island

To reach the island, our group had to change through 3 routes during 2 hours: bus from Da Nang to Hoi An, taxi from Hoi An bus station to Cua Dai wharf and boat from the wharf to Hon Lao – one of 8 islets of Cu Lao Cham.

I was immediately impressive with beautiful scenery of Chong beach. Since I came in the weekdays, this place is so quiet and perfect for me to rest. I swam, enjoyed sunbathe in the morning and dived in the afternoon. The water is so clean that I could see fish swimming around me.

I did not see any plastic bags during my tour on this island. I asked a local and he said it is a campaign here to ask the locals and visitors not to use plastic bags here to keep environment clean. A 10 point is for the idea and followers.

I love this island also because of fresh sea food with specialists such as Rock crab, “Vú nàng” snail or Abalone. The friendly Cham people also make any visitor would love to be back here at least once. Finding a motorcycle on the roadside with the plugged key is normal story and no scare to be stolen.

I will list this place in my to-do-visit list every year and will return next year with my family in summer holidays.

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On 1 st July, 2014, the Vietnam Heritage magazine in cooperation with Cannon Vietnam launched the “Vietnam Heritage Photo Award 2014” contest.

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After 2 successful contests held in 2012 and 2013, “Viet Nam Heritage Photo Awards 2014” contest is truly promising chance to draw much interest from public tourism opinion.

In series of the contest in 2012 and 2013, the contest in 2014 is designed to raise attention of foreigners who are planning their trip in Vietnam and then they will, of course, ask themselves that “wow, Vietnam has many must – go and do – not – miss places”. It might be said that all aspect of Vietnam’s beauty will be reflected fully. An Italian tourist – Mr David Lee shared his view on Twitter “I saw a picturesque photo of halong bay which was sent by my Vietnamese friend, he joined the Vietnam Heritage Photo Award 2012. After catching this photo, going halong bay is one of my big desires. And now it becomes true … it is so amazing. It is more beautiful than I expected”
In this year 2014, all natural beauty will be focused. If you are out –door photographers, you should focus much on nature (landscapes, marine resources, geography, wild animals, plants and the environment in general), tangible culture (architecture, sculpture, arts, traditional handicrafts and villages) and intangible culture (music, dance, festivals, folk games, religious and other customs).

Now let’s join this contest and widen Vietnam images to the world.

Source: http://www.visitourvietnam.com/

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To ensure a safe and successful trip before conquer the top, climbing lovers should consider the following points.

1. In Vietnam, the dry season from November to April of the year is an appropriate time for climbing. You have to carefully research the terrain to determine appropriate time to move in order to achieve the ultimate goal. Especially you should ask for help from those who have experience or from local people.

2. Personal item for trekking tour should be minimal but also enough. Pants, shirts, waterproof jackets, freeze proofand breathable clothes, lightweight shoes; knee, ankle, elbow protector floppy hats, lightweight raincoat. Other items depend on expected route: there are paths available or have to pave the way, there are people carrying your luggage and guide or not, the time of the trip. Knife and flashlight is also indispensable items.

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3. Beside necessary food for the journey, the food must be capable of providing high energy (chocolate, snicker). Water is extremely important; you should have a water tank with a straw to be able to drink in the process of moving constantly. Properly drinking water helps you to save energy and offset the energy at the right time. Lemon juice mixed with glucose, a little salt is perfect for trekking journey.

4. With the hard route, be prepared for the trip by GPS; mark the road in case of getting lost. On the top of mountain, there is no cell phone signal; the use of walkie-talkie is also an advantage.

5. Organize small groups to go, suitable for difficult and dangerous route. Do not ever forget to put personal safety first, so not make risky decisions which can be dangerous to yourself and other members.

Source: http://www.visitourvietnam.com/guides/how-to-climb-mountain-safetly.html

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