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    Raising environmental awareness in Halong Bay

    by  • 16/12/2012 • 0 Comments

    The number of visitors to Halong Bay is increasing every year and so too is the challenge of neutralising their impact on this beautiful environment. Lauren Williamson speaks with Guilhem Cavaillé, communications and responsible travel manager of tour company Handspan Travel Indochina, about the organisation’s work to raise environmental awareness in the area and help...

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    Orphans on an Operation Baby Lift plane

    A Vietnamese orphan tells her tale

    by  • 16/12/2012 • 0 Comments

    Operation Baby Lift was a definitive moment of the Vietnam War. In 1975, as Saigon was falling and Vietnams fate was becoming clearer US President Ford launched an operation that would see the largest ever exodus of children overseas. Starting on 25 April, more than 2000 Vietnamese orphans were put on aircraft with little documentation...

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    Digging into Cat Ba Island’s rich history

    by  • 17/12/2012 • 0 Comments


      Cat Ba Island on the edge of Halong Bay is renowned not only for its beautiful beaches, but also for its historical significance. Its rich history is noticeable throughout Cat Ba especially among the Islands inhabitants. Recent archeological evidence suggests that people have lived on Cat Ba Island for almost 6000 years. Cat...

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    Vietnam moves towards religious freedom

    by  • 13/12/2012 • 0 Comments


    From Confucianism to Catholicism, Vietnam is home to a complex patchwork of religions and beliefs. Since the days of mythical dragon-kings and ancient spirits, religion has and continues to spread a large blanket of influence over the day-to-day operations of Vietnamese society. Today, religion remains an integral part of Vietnamese life, dictating the social...

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    Secret of the Vietnam War unveiled

    by  • 07/12/2012 • 0 Comments


    Metropole Bunker from UQ Journalism & Communication on Vimeo. Guests have been coming to the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi for over one hundred years. Little did they know, that a war bunker was right beneath their feet since the beginning of the Vietnam War. Vietnam has long been at peace however war remnants such...

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    Rowlesy’s Wrap: Timeless practices inspire permanence

    by  • 06/12/2012 • 0 Comments


    Rowlesy’s Wrap: Timeless practices inspire permanence from UQ Journalism & Communication on Vimeo. Life for Ninh Binh residents is, as it has been for generations, simple. Age-old customs provide certainty and spiritual serenity, while new forays into global industries are giving villagers financial security and offering fair trade solutions for the future. Follow us,...

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    Tourism drives construction and economy

    by  • 05/12/2012 • 0 Comments


    Tourism drives construction and economy from UQ Journalism & Communication on Vimeo. There has been concious and noticable shift in the Vietnamese economy towards promoting the tourism industry. In the increasingly popular tourist destinations of Halong Bay and Ninh Binh, this is manifested in a shrill chatter of hammers and powertools throughout the respective...

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