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5 Of The Best Dressed Destinations To Get Your Freak On This Halloween

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Halloween or All Hallows Eve is by far our favorite annual celebration. Traditionally a Pagan turned Christian holiday for remembering the dead, today Halloween is a fully fledged festival treading the fine line between fun and fearsome. It’s a wonderful holiday that encourages people to embrace creativity, let go of your inhibitions and celebrate inner fears. Here’s Haute Culture’s top five global Halloween parties on our blood filled bucket list.  1. GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE, NEW YORK CITY, USA The NYC Halloween parade is the biggest in the world. Sexuality, politics and pop culture infuse through many of the costume designs and all combine to create a hedonistic spectacle of epic proportions. This year, 60,000 participants are expected to attend. The 2016 parade included a papier mache Trump, whilst the 2001 parade was themed ‘Phoenix Rising’. A phoenix puppet led the parade to represent the strength of New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11. A troupe of dancing rod-puppet skeletons always lead the way, dancing through the streets of the city for one day of the year, celebrating the life and soul of NYC.  31st October 2017 http://halloween-nyc.com/ 2. DIA DE MUERTOS, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. Whilst The Day of the Dead is […]

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1000s of La Catrina Parade Through The Streets of Mexico For Día de Muertos 2017

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Over 1000 costume lovers paraded through Morelia in Mexico yesterday dressed as the cultural icon of death, La Calavera Catrina.  Held on the first day of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), families, friends and foreigners flooded the city’s streets for the second year running to see the spectacular congregation of elegant skeletons march towards the central Cathedral. “Death is democratic, because in the end, the mother, the brunette, the rich or the poor, all the people end up being skulls” – José Guadalupe Posada La Calavera Catrina was an illustration created by the Mexican political print maker Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913). Published in local papers the early 1910’s at the start of the Mexican Revolution, the elegant looking skeleton was designed to mock Mexico’s Euro-centric elite, who were believed to be abandoning their indigenous heritage by starting to emulate the fashions and mannerisms of Europeans from Paris and London. Today La Catrina has been fully absorbed into Mexico’s annual festival of the dead and can be seen on everything from t-shirts to porcelain dolls, reminding everyone that no matter how beautiful we are on the outside, we will all end up looking the same in the grave. The costume […]

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A First-Timer's Guide to Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

A First-Timer's Guide to Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog


NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Trekking in Sapa is one of the must-do activities for visitors to Northern Vietnam. Here's the lowdown so you can choose the best options for your trek.

Heading to Vietnam? Want to Get Clothes Tailored? Read This. - Pretraveller

Heading to Vietnam? Want to Get Clothes Tailored? Read This. - Pretraveller


Pretraveller

One thing we were encouraged to do in Vietnam was to get some clothes made in Hoi An. Why Hoi An? Quite simply, its...

Top 3 Snow Play, Skiing and Snowboarding Day Tours Near Tokyo

by Anne Sutherland-Smith @ Pretraveller

Visitors to Japan may not realise that even from Tokyo there are some great day tour options to visit the snow nearby at Mt...

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14 Reasons Vietnam Is The Best Destination For Textiles Right Now

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Call me biased, but I say with conviction that Vietnam is the most unique and authentic country in South-East Asia. It has 54 distinct ethnic groups, many with their own language, lifestyle and long traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Between the tribal traditions, natural beauty of the landscape, incredible food and hospitable hosts, Vietnam is a must visit country worthy of anyones travel list.  However. Vietnam is rapidly changing, and the changes affect all of it’s diverse people. Increased access to technology, media and mass produced goods are making the world a smaller, more generic place. In Vietnam, this is as evident amongst the younger generations of indigenous ethnic groups whom are now being exposed to a new way of life and opportunities previously unknown to their elders. Naturally, these young people are affected by what they see happening across the country, and they strive to fit in to a culture that was never their own in order to earn their place in the new world encroaching on them. As a result, traditional visual identities through dress are rapidly beginning to evolve, or worse, becoming extinct. This makes Vietnam one of the best destinations for anyone […]

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Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 5–7 days

by We Ride VN @ Motorbike tour – We Ride Vietnam

Northwest Vietnam offers fantastic roads mixed with steep mountain passes and hill-tribe villages. Start in Mai Chau and head up the middle road to Sapa and over the highest pass in Indochina.

5 Days from $860

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U.S Army M.43 Jacket.

by dan @ Military Mode Publishing

A well-used example full of character with plenty of we [...]

North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa


Two Monkeys Travel Group

Who have thought that Vietnam has winter, considering that it’s in South East Asia? Leaving the cold Scandinavian country to escape winter and headed down to Vi(...)

3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Đà Nẵng youth brings multi-purpose jacket to APEC

Đà Nẵng youth brings multi-purpose jacket to APEC


vietnamnews.vn

Đà Nẵng City resident Mai Nguyễn Công Thuận, 20, was inspired by road-trip adventures with friends in remote mountainous areas in Việt Nam to design the first made-in-Việt Nam multi-purpose jacket—a jacket, sleeping bag and packpack—for off-road trekkers and people in flood-affected areas.

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Hanoi 1 day motorbike tour

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Visit Duong Lam Ancient Villages and Ba Vi Mountain National Park or to Cuc Phuong National Park on this one day motorbike tour. Great if you don't much time but want to see Vietnamese traditional life.

1 Day tour from $115

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Shopping in Hanoi - What to buy and where to buy it! | XO Tours Blog

Shopping in Hanoi - What to buy and where to buy it! | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

The most comprehensive guide to shopping in Hanoi, with a complete list of the 36 streets in the Old Quarter and what each street specializes in.

VIETNAM TOUR JACKET SIZE LARGE WITH TIGERS AND MAP ON BACK BLUE  | eBay

VIETNAM TOUR JACKET SIZE LARGE WITH TIGERS AND MAP ON BACK BLUE | eBay


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VIETNAM TOUR JACKET SIZE LARGE WITH TIGERS AND MAP ON BACK BLUE | Collectibles, Militaria, Vietnam (1961-75) | eBay!

Vinh Hung Resort

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

A romantic hotel in Hoi An, located on the bank of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is within a 5-minute walk over the bridge to the ancient town. The 4-star resort, which blends Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities, offers guests gracious hospitality and impeccable service. Guests who stay here can enjoy the beautiful pools, delicious breakfast, internet cafe, spa, etc. The resort has 89 well-appointed rooms set in the coconut-tree-shaded gardens that meander along the river. All the rooms are elegantly designed and furnished with the comfort of guests in mind. Guests here can...

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A review of our “Foodie” tour by a renown New York Chef

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2010.  Mr. Tolentino, a street food fanatic, decided to take part in our “Foodie” tour on August 6th, 2011.  He was kind enough to send his review of “The Lunch Lady” and…

TOP 5 Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

We recently put together for you an itinerary for exploring Ho Chi Minh City as part of our Custom Itineraries for Vietnam series.  After you have explored Ho Chi Minh City and if you have an extra day in your travel itinerary, short day trips are a great option.  Fortunately, outside of the city, there are several places…

How to get to Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Just a ten minutes uphill walk along Seoul city wall near Daehakno district  sits the Ihwa Mural Village. Climbing away from the city, the air clears, the noise stills and suddenly as you reach the very top of Mount Naksan you find a village dedicated to something quite unexpected; street art. Eleven years ago, Ihwa ‘moon village’ (so called because of it’s fantastic hill-side views of the moon) had been destined for destruction, due to it being rather run down and slum-like. Historically, moon villages were homes to the working class, who couldn’t afford housing down in the flatter, central parts of the city. The village was saved in 2006 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, who decided to transform the village as part of their ‘Art in the City’ initiative. Artists selected by the committee were commissioned to design 64 installations under the theme of ‘Mix, Connect and Get Together’. Over the course of six months, 70 painters (including local volunteers, art college students and visiting artists) covered the village from schools to homes, underpasses to stairways, walls, fences and rooftops with beautiful and diverse murals. After having become something of a tourist attraction the once slum-like […]

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Things to Know about Sapa Before you Go (Sapa tour: Day 1)

Things to Know about Sapa Before you Go (Sapa tour: Day 1)


GRRRL TRAVELER

Things to Know about sapa before going and what to do in Sapa. 18 Things to Know about Sapa Before you Go

Bob Hope's Vietnam Christmas Tours | HistoryNet

Bob Hope's Vietnam Christmas Tours | HistoryNet


HistoryNet

Bob Hope entertained U.S. troops in Vietnam on his annual Christmas tours from 1964 to 1972. The shows, featuring popular entertainers, were filmed live on air bases and ships, and the edited footage was broadcast as a television special in January.

Hanoi to Saigon via the Ho Chi Minh Trail: 12- 14 Days

by We Ride VN @ Motorbike tour – We Ride Vietnam

Drive from Hanoi to Saigon via the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Experience the entire length of the country on this fascinating tour, Jungles, war sites, beaches and ancient cities this motorbike tour has it all.

12 Days from $2340

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Amazon reviews of The Life of a Warrior

by Bob @ US Wings

 The Life of a Warrior, a book based on the life of SFC David Hack, CEO of US Wings, traces the tragedies & triumphs of Sarge’s life, including his impoverished childhood, his military service in Vietnam, and his business & personal successes.  Life of a Warrior is the story of a man who rose from a childhood […]

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Vietnam absentee Donald Trump's military look raises eyebrows

Vietnam absentee Donald Trump's military look raises eyebrows


the Guardian

Twitter comment suggests Trump is ‘cosplaying as a military man’ after president donned bomber jackets and naval cap during warship visit

Vintage Vietnam Era O.D. Ripstop Jungle Jacket

Vintage Vietnam Era O.D. Ripstop Jungle Jacket


Fatigues Army Navy & Surplus Gear Co.

Fatigues Army Navy stocks the Vintage Vietnam style Era Ripstop Jungle Jackets are a spec copy of the 1960's Military version. They are made with the slant pocket front of washed out ripstop cotton for that authentic feel and look.

North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Nina Bosken @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

Now this is the way I like to see the world! You experienced a culture through people. That homestay is something I'm sure you'll remember for the rest of your life. Nina aworldofdresses.com

No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Megan Ogden @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

What a beautiful place. You're brave for visiting, I'm so scared to leave the U.S. Great pictures.

48 hours in Seoul: Shopping, Sightseeing, Ceremonies and Shows!

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Seoul is a thoroughly modern city that dances to a consumerist beat. The enthusiasm for style, fashion and visual identity here is fuelled by centuries of design traditions and a rich cultural heritage that carries through to contemporary life. There’s plenty to do, see and experience, but the metropolis can be overwhelming if on a short itinerary. Here’s my 48 hour snap shot for people that love fashion, textiles, art and culture. Day 1 9am Start your trip by stepping back in time to visit Bukchon Hanok Village in the heart of the city. This traditional village is totally beautiful, with hundreds of Hanok houses that date back to the Joseon dynasty, maintained till today. It’s free to wander around but I definitely recommend renting a Hanbok to do so in. Make the most of the photo opportunities under the sloping roofs that rise up through the village. 11am Insadong Street is where to go for traditional antiques and cute crafts. Pick up some trinkets at the flea market, get your own personalised stamp and if you’re lucky, strike gold in one of the many vintage shops. It’s a lovely spot to stop for lunch – try and get a table […]

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Spectacular Costume & Dance at Korea House in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Korea House is a stunning traditional venue in the center of Seoul promoting the arts, culture and cuisine of Korean people.  The beautiful house and grounds sits on the former residence Paengnyeon Park, who was one of the most highly respected royal subjects during the Joseon Dynesty in the 1400s. The traditional Hanok house was inspired by Jagyeongjeon (Queen Sinjeong residence) from Gyeongbokgung Palace and designed by Eung-soo Shin as a “important intangible cultural property” to showcase Korea’s artistic architectural carpentry. The interior is decorated with ornate painted ceilings and carved wooden panels, and the gardens and courtyards regularly host traditional weddings and ceremonies due to their immaculate beauty. For costume and culture lovers the sites main attraction is The Folk Art Theater. Offering twice daily performances the incredibly talented dancers and musicians showcase their countries cultural heritage through traditional dress, instruments and variety of different dances. The Buchaechum fan dance and the Pungmaul ribbon and drum dance are some of the many highlights during the show will leave you in no doubt about Korea’s contribution to the world of performing arts. The cultural performance at Korea House in Seoul is to date the most spectacular show for traditional costume, dance […]

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“Assassination of a King: Details of the Latest Annamite Intrigues” from Le Matin, 4 August 1883

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Kien-Phuc, nephew of Tu-Duc – The assassination of his predecessor – A palace revolution – Causes of our Expedition – The role of M. de Champeaux – The poisoning of Hiep-Hoa We know by dispatch of the death of the king of Annam, Kien-Phuc, who was aged just seventeen. Who was this sovereign? How had […]

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Purépecha Style, An Indigenous Identity Stitched With Pride

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Purépecha are an indigenous group of people located in Michoacán state Northwest of Mexico city. They speak their own language and reside predominately in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range on a volcanic plateau surrounded by forests and lakes. The women of this region dress in a style soaked with Spanish influences and stitched with stories of folk life. The Purépecha people were a considerable pre-columbian civilization that maintained their independence from Aztec Empire despite numerous failed conquest attempts. It wasn’t until the 1530s when the Purépecha were eventually overruled by the Spanish conquistadors and their armies. Despite being converted to Catholicism the region has managed to maintain it’s rich traditional customs, as well as it’s reputation for producing folk art and fine crafts. Copper, carpentry, painting, ceramics and textiles have been traded by the same towns for over a thousand years, making Purépecha products some of the finest and most sought after in Mexico and beyond. The Purépecha people have a well earned sense of passion and pride about their artist ancestry and culture. This can be witnessed on the local women who strut their textile skills daily on their traditional dress. Purépecha women have a distinctive ethnographic dress adapted from […]

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The Authenticity and Cultural Value of our Vintage Vietnam Military Combat Shirts

by Sgt. David Hack @ US Wings

I recently came back from a vacation and I brought the grandkids to a cave near the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, we went camping with the Best Tent and let me tell you that we had a lot of fun.  It was a common tourist trap kind of place, trinkets for sale, small geodes on […]

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How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Nicolas Puegher @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

Super interesting post! I love Vietnam and I am sure I will go there in the future but I am not sure when. An amazing culture and people, love all the pictures! Thanks a lot for sharing.

Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 5–7 days

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Northwest Vietnam offers fantastic roads mixed with steep mountain passes and hill-tribe villages. Start in Mai Chau and head up the middle road to Sapa and over the highest pass in Indochina.

5 Days from $860

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North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Rose Sahetapy @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

Staying with local people is definitely the best way to get to know the culture and how the local live their lives. What a great adventure you had! Some countries in SEA have places with temperature as cold as in western countries the part that located high up in the mountain.

North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Elizabeth O. @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

It's been a while since I last trekked and it would be nice to do that in place as beautiful as Vietnam! Sorry about the weather though, who would have expected that it would be cold there. Thanks for the very detailed guide! That's very much appreciated.

The 6 Best Shopping Destinations in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

Shopping in South Korea is a serious business. In fact, it might seem that all South Korean’s do is shop. But having explored the shopping districts of the city, I can sympathise. The diversity found in Korean design is exhilarating, as are the multitude of markets selling fabrics, haberdashery and handicrafts. There are way too many to mention them all, but these six destinations were particular favourites of mine. Within them I found everything that is integral to contemporary Korean style, from antiques to Hanboks, vintage fashion to cultural crafts, and stylish concept stores to sensational street food. Exploring the city in this style will serve you well. If you love shopping you’re gonna love Seoul, so let yourself get sucked into the mad but exciting consumerist culture that South Korea has to offer. Dongdaemun Market Dongdaemun market is one of the biggest haberdashery and fabric markets that I’ve ever had the joy to visit. There are over 50,000 manufacturers selling wholesale clothing, fabric, trimming and unique fashion items. The maze-like mini-metropolis is spread over two buildings and six floors. Give yourself plenty of time to explore this cave-of-wonders. The crowd here is mixed; expect to bustle your way through […]

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I'm Riding A $450 Motorcycle Across Vietnam

I'm Riding A $450 Motorcycle Across Vietnam


Gizmodo

Buying a $450 motorcycle to ride across a communist country devastated by war with your own sounds like a great idea, right? I thought so. Here's how you can do it too.

The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

Massenet Première in Saïgon, 1900

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

From Le Ménestrel, journal de musique, 30 December 1900. A first in Saigon!  The new Saigon Theatre, a marvel of architecture inaugurated earlier this year, recently presented the première of La Navarraise, the poignant lyrical drama by Jules Massenet. Great success! Our brave soldiers, just returned from the campaign in China, were thus able to experience a […]

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Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 7 -9 days

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

The northwest is a great region to explore by motorbike, join us on our ride from 5 to 7 days from Hanoi to Sapa. Terraced rice fields, tea plantations and high mountain hill-tribe villages.

7 Days from 1180$

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Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 5-7 Days

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Northeast Vietnam is a place known for its scenic views, romantic Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc waterfall on the Chinese border and the limestone kharst surround by lush green fields.

5 Days from $800

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Best Japan Family Holiday Package Tours for 2018

by Anne Sutherland-Smith @ Pretraveller

Japan is an amazing destination to visit, but as a typically time-poor family sometimes you want someone else to make all of the arrangements....

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Ho Chi Minh Trail Motorbike Tour: 7 Days 7 Nights

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail from Hanoi to Hoi An. Experience the legendary supply route that takes us across the DMZ. Battle sites, National parks, beaches and ancient cities this ride has it all.

7 Days 7 nights from 1430$

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Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 8-10 Days

by We Ride VN @ Motorbike tour – We Ride Vietnam

Northeast Vietnam including Ha Giang is the premier adventure ride in northern Vietnam, Ride the stone highlands up to the Chinese border and experience the life of hill-tribe culture.

8 Days 8 Nights from $ 1340

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RARE VIETNAM WAR US 101st AIRBORNE SOUVENIR / TOUR JACKET Flight jacket  | eBay

RARE VIETNAM WAR US 101st AIRBORNE SOUVENIR / TOUR JACKET Flight jacket | eBay


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RARE VIETNAM WAR US 101st AIRBORNE SOUVENIR / TOUR JACKET Flight jacket | Collectables, Militaria, 1961-1975/ Vietnam War | eBay!

Trump vows US resolve to Asian allies

Trump vows US resolve to Asian allies


BBC News

He spoke to troops at a base in Japan at the start of his marathon Asian tour.

What to Wear in Vietnam: Unexpected Items You Should Bring

What to Wear in Vietnam: Unexpected Items You Should Bring


Travel Fashion Girl

Wondering what to wear in Vietnam? This all-season packing guide shows you exactly what to bring in your suitcase! Learn more!

TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Indy US Wings Jacket

by Bob @ US Wings

My name’s Abel and in October of 2015, I ordered a Genuine Texas Steerhide “Indy” jacket from US Wings. It was an item I’d long coveted, and I’d done no shortage of searching before I finally squeezed the trigger on buying from US Wings as opposed to a lot of the other companies selling “authentic” […]

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Joyce Margo

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“City tour of Hanoi” Our guide led us through the streets of old Hanoi which included the markets, the Opera House, the lacquer making shop and other interesting stops along the way.   Visited Dec 2017 This review was originally posted on TripAdvisor

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“Monsieur Doumer, his Emperor and his King,” Figaro (Paris), 21 January 1898

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

The King of Cambodia, H M Norodom I, and the Emperor of Annam, H M Thanh-Thai, have just paid a visit to the Governor-General in Saigon. The stay of the old Khmer sovereign and the young Annamite emperor in the old capital of French Indo-China took place on the occasion of splendid week-long celebrations. Celebrations […]

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Textile Tribes of Vietnam: The Ha Nhi’s Traditional Textiles & Rapunzel-esque Hair

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Ha Nhi are one of the most decoratively dressed but elusive ethnic groups in Vietnam. The various sub groups that encompass this diverse culture reside in mud clad houses, sloping up the mountain sides of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Each Ha Nhi village dons differently styled traditional attire, showcasing a multitude of textile skills across the region.  In 2017 Haute Culture visited the Ha Nhi of Y Ti village numerous times and built relationships with artisans there. Together, we developed a textile workshop for our annual Hill Tribe Textile Tour of Vietnam. In Y Ti, the residents wear a unique black cotton ensemble meticulously appliquéd with motifs made of coloured cording and a stunning head dress braided from black acrylic yarn and real human hair.  Who are the Ha Nhi The Ha Nhi are a collective of different ethnic sub groups living in the north of Vietnam. They speak their own language, which is said to be similar to the Akha people living in Thailand and Laos. Before 1986, the Ha Nhi were known to farm poppies for the opium trade. The Vietnamese government have since illegalised the trade, so they now live off the rice they grow on their terraces and keep […]

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Laos Motorbike Tour: 11-14 Days

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Cross the border and ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail from Hanoi to Hoi An down the legendary supply route. jungles, beaches and ancient cities this Laos Motorbike tour is a great adventure.

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Hanoi to Saigon via the Ho Chi Minh Trail: 12- 14 Days

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Drive from Hanoi to Saigon via the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Experience the entire length of the country on this fascinating tour, Jungles, war sites, beaches and ancient cities this motorbike tour has it all.

12 Days from $2340

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The Handsome Hanbok & Where to Buy One in Seoul

by Donna @ Haute Culture Textile Tours

The Hanbok is the traditional dress of Korea, worn by men and women, rich and poor, across the north and the south for over 1600 years. Throughout this time, its general design was similar to the sloping eaves of the Korean traditional house – the hanok – with a soft division of lines and angles. Throughout the centuries, it’s obviously maintained its popularity for good reason. It’s a garment of pure beauty, synonymous with Korean aesthetics and tradition. Thoroughly theatrical and distinct, it’s hard to not admire the strong visual structure of the hanging sleeves, bulging full-length skirt, floral detailing and pretty bows. Women’s Hanboks are comprised of two elements: the jeogori (cropped blouse) and the chima (skirt). It’s said that the wide curved arms of the jeogori represent the warmth of the embrace of the Korean people, and the wide flowing chima symbolises space and freedom. A sad representation, given the borders that now divide the Korean people. Under neath the dress is special type of (adorable) Hanbok underwear and a petticoat which adds the fullness to the silhouette. The whole look is completed with accessories such as a Norigae (hanging good luck charm) and hair accessories. The loose cut of the style […]

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Customized American Made Veteran Apparel

by Bob @ US Wings

Customized American Made Veteran Apparel! To honor our military veterans, we now offer Customized American Made  Veteran Apparel! Choose your jacket, then add a selection of patches (including branch of service & Vietnam Veteran patches) on the left sleeve, right sleeve, left chest, or back. We currently offer a Black Goatskin A-2 Jacket, a Brown […]

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“Excursion to Hue: Court, Palace and Tombs,” published for the Hanoï Exposition, 1902

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Marred by the usual colonial condescension and obvious ignorance of Vietnamese art and architecture, this French article of 1902 is published here in translation only for its interesting historic references and intriguing images Indo-China has experienced a definitive rise under the impetus of a very talented governor, Paul Doumer. The visitor to the Exposition in […]

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Leather Bomber Jackets at US Wings

by Bob @ US Wings

 Leather Bomber Jackets can be found at US Wings.  Who has the world’s largest inventory of  Leather Bomber jackets and military apparel?  US Wings!  From A-2’s, to G-1’s to B-3’s,  US Wings has the jacket or coat for you.   Leather Selection is the first step in purchasing your Leather Bomber jacket.  What type of leather do […]

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“The Court of Annam modernises,” Les Annales coloniales: organe de la “France coloniale modern,” 14 December 1912

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Packed with the usual colonial arrogance and assumptions of western superiority, this short 1912 article by Henri Cosnier sheds interesting light on French Governor General Paul Doumer’s policy towards the royal court in Huế The powerful breath of modernism carries off, one after the other, the sumptuous traditions of the court of Hue. The republican […]

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Jamie C

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“Legends” Ngoc, Psu and Tinh were absolute legends. Heroes. They made my trip around Vietnam 10x better. They were extremely knowledgable and were able to answer every question. Taking us out of the normal tourist packed areas around the real authentic Vietnam. Thank You exotic voyages for a wonderful trip.   Visited Sep 2017 This review was originally posted on TripAdvisor

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The first public motor vehicle in Indochina, 1901

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Published in La Dépêche coloniale illustrée, 15 April 1907 We publish here a photograph depicting the first public motor vehicle in Indochina, which was put into circulation here in Saigon in 1901 by a motor transport company whose engineer and director was M. V. Ippolito. The latter, now the agent-général of Établissements Peugeot in Indochina, […]

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Lisa C

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“Family trip to Vietnam” We have just returned from a family trip to Vietnam. Our holiday was arranged by our travel agent in London and was run by Exotic Voyages in Vietnam. From the moment we arrived in Hanoi, everything was fantastic. Our guides were Ngoc in Hanoi, Phu in Hoi An and Tinh in Ho Chi Min city. They were all friendly, helpful and full of knowledge and they really made the holiday special. We did lots of trips and felt extremely well looked after. Thank you Exotic Voyages.   Visited Sep 2017 This review was originally posted on...

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Did you know Military Bomber Jackets are at US Wings ?

by Bob @ US Wings

Military Bomber Jackets largest supplier in the United States is US Wings .  Located in Hudson Ohio, US Wings is the world’s leading authority on Military Bomber Jackets and aviation apparel. Vietnam Veteran-owned since 1986 and online since 1994, we have the world’s largest inventory and are a supplier to the US Military.   From A-2’s, G-1’s, and B-3’s,US Wings […]

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EpsomJaunt

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“Very professional service” We have just completed our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia where all of the hotels, transfers and guided tours were organised by Exotic Voyages. They worked to our budget and provided good advice in the planning stage. They were patient when we requested different hotels but were insistent when they believed our choices were bad ones. On the tour itself they responded quickly and to our satisfaction when there were issues such as a typhoon. The pick ups and transfers to the various airports all ran smoothly and I was most impressed that we only had to...

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North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Jam and Tea Blog @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

WOW! Looks like an amazing trip. I never thought about winter in Asia. I love our photos. Thanks for sharing!

Ha Giang Cao bang Vietnam Textile Tour Haute Culture lolo noir jacket woman - Haute Culture Textile Tours

Ha Giang Cao bang Vietnam Textile Tour Haute Culture lolo noir jacket woman - Haute Culture Textile Tours


Haute Culture Textile Tours

Traditional Black Lolo hand applique and embroidered jacket

North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Carrie @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

Looks like a fun place to travel. I've never been any wear in Asia so I would love to go one day.

Vietnam tour jacket with black power embroidery

Vietnam tour jacket with black power embroidery


National Museum of African American History and Culture

From the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Emperor Khai Dinh in France: A Victory for French Cuisine, Le Monde illustré 8 July 1922

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Our host, His Majesty Khaï-Dinh, Emperor of Annam, has on several occasions shown himself to be an Asian sovereign who knows how to appreciate European customs. At the time of his reception at the Hôtel de Ville, when he was obliged to sign the registers of honour, the Emperor, before taking his calligraphy brush as […]

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North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Ana De- Jesus @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

What could be better than a homestay and some trekking to go? It is great that the family were so warm and welcoming!

Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in Japan for Tourists in 2018

by Anne Sutherland-Smith @ Pretraveller

A popular option for many tourists to Japan is to rent a portable pocket wifi device, this enables you to have ready access to...

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“Saigon Life,” from Société de géographie de Lille, January 1883

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Life in Saigon changes little from day to day. Indeed, it will be much the same tomorrow as it was today and yesterday. The days when the Messageries Maritimes courrier vessel arrives from France are without doubt the most interesting days for everyone in this town. The arrival of the courrier vessel within sight of […]

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North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by Claudia Blanton @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

what an adventure, even if it is not for me. I am a spoiled German-American, I need my comforts, like coffee machine, heater and computer. But the treck sounded awesome, and the Happy Water makes me happy just thinking about it. Blessings!

10 great Vietnam war films

10 great Vietnam war films


British Film Institute

With Michael Cimino's Oscar-winning epic The Deer Hunter back in UK cinemas, we take a tour of duty around 10 of the best Vietnam war movies.

Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 8-10 Days

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Northeast Vietnam including Ha Giang is the premier adventure ride in northern Vietnam, Ride the stone highlands up to the Chinese border and experience the life of hill-tribe culture.

8 Days 8 Nights from $ 1340

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Vietnam War Facts, Stats and Myths

Vietnam War Facts, Stats and Myths


US Wings

The memory of the Vietnam War is studded with occasional misinformation and errors. This list of Vietnam War Facts, and statistics helps set things right.

World War II Stories of a Cult Fashion Jacket

World War II Stories of a Cult Fashion Jacket


Messy Nessy Chic

Isn't she gorgeous? I was taking my morning roam around the internet when I stumbled upon this vintage embroidered silk jacket for sale online at Etsy. Unfortunately, when I clicked the link, I was told, "Sorry, this item has been sold". Of course it had. But I never give up that easily. And, just a

The Best Time to Go to Vietnam • The Blonde Abroad

The Best Time to Go to Vietnam • The Blonde Abroad


The Blonde Abroad

One of the safest and cheapest destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is an incredible year-round destination. Here's the best time to go to Vietnam!

Pu Luong Drone footage 2017

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

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Packing List For Vietnam - Travel Happy

Packing List For Vietnam - Travel Happy


Travel Happy

Here's a comprehensive packing list for Vietnam to help you bring all the essentials and enjoy your Vietnam trip to the max.

Vietnam Era Military Green Shirt Jacket With Fortunate Son Lyrics

Vietnam Era Military Green Shirt Jacket With Fortunate Son Lyrics


John Fogerty Store

Limited Quantities! Original Viet Nam Military Jacket w\/ Fortunate Son Lyrics | Great for men or women! | The authentic vintage design makes the sizes run small!

sjandb

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

Vietnam and Cambodia adventure Highly recommend Exotic Voyages for your travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Our 10 day journey was fantastic, with guides, hotels and transportation that largely exceeded our expectations. The company communicates very well and made the entire trip easy.   Visited Jan 2018 This review was originally posted on TripAdvisor

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North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

by lex @ North Vietnam in Winter: Trekking and Homestay in Sapa

the trekking part o fthis seems the very best tell of divine, warm welcome also does the magic on such trips. i like the pictures and clearly you had fun.

SamR1234

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“first experience with a travel agency, used for vacation in Vietnam and Cambodia” I travel pretty often, and this was my first time and only time (so far) using a travel agent. With that said, I’m not sure what I should expect from using a travel agency. We used it to plan a trip for Vietnam and Cambodia. Pros: – Upfront logistics were handled really well. Hotels recommended were all great quality. – Communication of the agents were great and speedy (even with the time difference). – We waned to keep the price down, so we had quite a few...

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Michelle Thompson

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“30 days in Indochina” Exotic Adventures did an excellent job in preparing this long adventure through 6 countries. They were always ready to answer our questions with immediate feedback which we find is very important! Our flights, hotels and tours were all done with a very personal touch and exceeded our expectations as to the quality of hotels they chose for us. The people of Southeast Asia are their most valuable asset, as Americans we were humbled by the people we met in all the countries we visited. (Hong Kong, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore) Having just returned 2...

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Vietnam Cycling: Bike Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Vietnam Cycling: Bike Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi


REI

Cycle through Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi among backdrops of rice paddies, emerald jungle, and white beaches at REI.

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Northwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 7 -9 days

by We Ride VN @ Motorbike tour – We Ride Vietnam

The northwest is a great region to explore by motorbike, join us on our ride from 5 to 7 days from Hanoi to Sapa. Terraced rice fields, tea plantations and high mountain hill-tribe villages.

7 Days from 1180$

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Anh Gordon

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“Top quality, customized luxury tour” I usually do all the work for our family vacations—I read the online research and reviews and book all the hotels and activities. But I had not kept up with Vietnam’s progress economically and based on my previous experience in Vietnam plus having to book domestic flights in Vietnam (which I knew nothing about) and just not having the time to do all the research, I decided this time to hire a travel agent to help me out. My brief Google search landed me on the webpage for Exotic Voyages. Exotic Voyages specializes in customized...

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Ruths4

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

20 Day SE Asia AMAZING tour We toured Chiang Mai, Thailand, Luang Prabang, Laos, Siem Reap, Cambodia and HaLong Bay, Vietnam. Absolutely amazing trip, start to finish. Tented camp, private dinner under the stars, private picnic lunch at secluded ruins with foot massages, day with elephants at a real elephant rescue facility, private cooking class, lantern festival, private monks blessings. Incredible hotels and excellent guides. Take a look at our other reviews to see the places Exotic Voyages booked us for. I would use this agency again in a heartbeat.   Visited Jan 2018 This review was originally posted on...

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Mathew T

by Mark Le @ Vietnam Tours & Vacations – Exotic Voyages

“Memorable 15 Days Viet Nam’s trip from South to North” We booked our trip through sale rep Linh Nguyen (Ha Noi). Ms. Nguyen was professional and well organized. She helped putting together a private tour for our group of 17 people. Hotels were 4 to 5 Stars and nice private transportation. Tour-guides were friendly, well spoken english and knowledge. Tour guides from each destination were wonderful. Specially our tour guide in Hanoi, Mr. Kien was friendly and knowledgable about Vietnam’s history. Exotic Voyages is highly recommended. Visited August 2017 This review was originally posted on TripAdvisor

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No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

Southwest Vietnam Motorbike Tour: 2-4 days

by We Ride VN @ We Ride Vietnam

Perfect for people who only have a few days to ride. Lush valleys, village home stays and wonderful countryside riding, our Mai Chau / Pu Luong southwest tour is great for all riders.

Starting from 320$

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The Emperor of Annam – The Investiture Ceremony at the Court of Hue, from Saïgon Républicain, 6 March 1889

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

It was in the prison where he had been confined since the death of Phan-Dinh-Binh that they found the new king, designated as heir by the Grand Dowager Empress, the Court and the Co-Mat, and conducted him to the palace. The induction ceremony took place on 31 January. It was a marvellous spectacle; more than […]

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“The Little King,” Le Petit Parisien: journal quotidien du soir, 25 October 1895

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

M. Rousseau, Governor-General of Indo-China, is on his way to France. We know that he was recently elected as a senator of Finistère. And since, on the eve of his departure from Tonkin, he went to visit the king of Annam in Hue, the rumour has circulated that this was a farewell visit, and that […]

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A Cultural History of the Souvenir Jacket

A Cultural History of the Souvenir Jacket


HYPEBEAST

Get to know a little bit more about the contentious and luxurious outerwear staple.

Heading to Japan? Want to Find the Best Japan Tours for 2018? Read This.

by Anne Sutherland-Smith @ Pretraveller

Japan is an awesome place to visit, however due to the language barrier it can be a bit more complicated to work out your...

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U.S M.43 Field Jacket.

by dan @ Military Mode Publishing

A great jacket that is lightly used with a little frayi [...]

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