Most likely, you have been to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the United States without knowing it. Remember that Griswoldian summer vacation to the Grand Canyon? The high school field trip to Independence Hall in Philadelphia? The college tour of the University of Virginia? Congratulations! That's three in your pocket. But don't stop now. You can collect all 23, intentionally or accidentally.For more than 40 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and its nearly 200 member states have been preserving, protecting and promoting the most valuable heritage places in the world. At last count, the organization has crowned 1,073 sites in more than 170 countries. Of those, 832 are cultural, 206 are natural and 35 are a mix of both categories. The chosen ones vary tremendously: The Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino in Mexico; the Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania; and the Engelsberg Ironworks in Sweden were all part of the class of 1993, for … [Read more...] about World-class heritage: 23 globally recognized sites are right here in the U.S.
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For American travelers itching to visit Saigon but are discouraged by the four-digit air fares, the time has come to scratch that itch. Three of the world’s top airlines, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways and Asiana, are rolling out round-trip flights between nine U.S. cities and Saigon starting from just $484. Condé Nast Traveler said on Monday, citing Scott Keyes who founded Scott’s Cheap Flights, that the deals are valid for select dates between September and December 2017, and include the Thanksgiving weekend but not Christmas. Some of the routes include day-long transits in Hong Kong Tokyo, or Seoul, which could be either a burden or a blessing depending on the way you look at it. The roundtrip prices are: $484 from Los Angeles, $485 from San Jose, $486 from San Francisco, $498 from Seattle, $519 from Chicago, $528 from Honolulu, $547 from New York, $556 from Newark and $595 from Washington, D.C. According to Keyes, the cheap tickets will … [Read more...] about Unusually cheap flights give Americans perfect reason to visit Saigon
Mr. Francisco J. Sánchez, the U.S. Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, wrote for VietNamNet before his official visit to Vietnam. On November 13-16, I will lead a U.S. Department of Commerce infrastructure sector trade mission to Vietnam, providing an excellent opportunity to expand mutually beneficial economic and commercial ties between the United States and Vietnam. This will be my third visit and second trade mission to Vietnam since April 2011. It is intended to highlight how the U.S. Government, working with our public sector organizations, has made a long-term commitment to help build the critical infrastructure Vietnam needs for successful global integration using proven American products and technology. The mission delegation, which includes eight major U.S. companies, will travel to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to meet and work with government and business leaders to explore and engage greater American participation in … [Read more...] about U.S. companies to help build Vietnam’s infrastructure
He used to be a film producer and a student of the famous film director Martin Scorsese, but Gerald Herman choose Vietnam to be his living and working place for the past 15 years. He also did not choose to work in Hollywood, but silently brought Vietnamese films to the U.S in order to help Americans understand more about Vietnam. He added that he would spend all his life in this beautiful country. The road to Vietnam In 1992, Gerald decided to travel to Vietnam as a tourist when he was working as a manager in an advertisement company in Indonesia. He was charmed by this country immediately. He said that when he was a student at New YorkUniversity, he went downtown many times to protest against the American war in Vietnam. A scare on his forehead was the result of a clash with the police in the demonstrations. Since then, Vietnam’s image has always been in his heart. The trip to Ho Chi Minh City in 1992 changed his life. “At the time, the U.S still imposed sanctions on … [Read more...] about Herman’s journey to bring Vietnamese films to the U.S.
Best Street Food City Title Food For Thought By Nguyen Nguyen Thao Saigon has been named one of the 10 global cities of street foods. But both local authorities and street hawkers should expend more effort to make safe street foods available to tourists from afar. Food & Wine, a prestigious U.S. magazine on lifestyle with a focus on culinary delights, has picked Saigon as one of the world’s top-10 cities offering the most fascinating street foods [for your reference others are Istanbul (Turkey), Mexico City (Mexico), Marrakech (Morocco), Hong Kong (China), Los Angeles (the U.S.), Austin (the U.S.), Berlin (Germany), and Bangkok (Thailand)]. The accreditation is meaningful in that it not only instills in cosmopolitan tourists the urge to visit HCMC but also excites street hawkers in this city where street foods are ubiquitous and awesome. For ages, many foreign tourists have been delighted to experience Saigonese street foods. Apart from the distinctive tastes, they also gain … [Read more...] about Best Street Food City Title Food For Thought
Vietnam and U.S. firms clinch deals Hung Anh By Hung Anh - The Saigon Times Daily VietJetAir vice chairman Nguyen Thanh Hung (L) and Stanley Roth, Boeing’s vice president for international government relations, sign an MOC at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday - PHOTO: VIETJETAIR HCMC – Vietnamese enterprises have struck a number of cooperation deals with U.S. partners with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is in America for a historic visit until today, witnessing. VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company (VietJetAir) on Wednesday (local time) clinched agreements with Boeing and Honeywell on cooperation to expand the local carrier’s fleet and explore business opportunities. The Boeing Company inked a memorandum of collaboration (MOC) to back VietJetAir to expand its fleet using Boeing aircraft and related goods and services. The two sides will work towards a potential acquisition of Boeing planes while holding further discussions in the … [Read more...] about Vietnam and U.S. firms clinch deals
Unlike the previous two visits of U.S. presidents to Vietnam, Obama’s arrival in Hanoi seems no longer prominently haunted by the Vietnam-American War and its lingering legacy. The relationship is “better than anytime in the last century,” as said by Vietnam war veteran and long-time Hanoi resident Chuck Searcy. My question is “what’s next” for Vietnam-U.S. relations. Strong emotional link When I asked Henry Kissinger for an interview in New York City ten years ago, he said he would never answer questions from a North Vietnamese journalist. But he was emotional when I asked if he was still bitter about Vietnam. “Vietnam is a closed chapter in my life. I wish you well and I wish Vietnam well,” he said. To my amazement, he kept telling the guests around him that he wished Vietnam well, as if, I feel, it was a surprising thing for him to say. When I attended a Vietnam War conference in 2006 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and … [Read more...] about Obama visit shows Vietnam is now a country, not a war
The relations between Vietnam and the U.S. were highly honored at the Fourth of July reception in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday night. The relations between Vietnam and the U.S. were highly honored at the Fourth of July reception in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday night. The event, held by the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, was meant to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the American Independence Day. In his remarks, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius reviewed the results of the two countries' cooperation after 21 years of relation normalization and efforts to change the course of history. He also mentioned the historic visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in May, when the American leader was warmly welcomed by thousands of Vietnamese. "Twenty years ago, who would have imagined that our trade partnership would be blooming, that almost 19,000 Vietnamese youth would be studying in America, or that Peace Corps would be coming to Vietnam?" the ambassador said. "I want to … [Read more...] about Vietnam–U.S. relations honored at Ho Chi Minh City’s Fourth of July reception
VietNamNet Bridge - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning delivered a speech to representatives of Vietnamese ministries, agencies, trade unions and students at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi.The following is the full text of Obama's remarks: Watch the video here PRESIDENT OBAMA: Xin chào! Xin chào Vietnam! Thank you. Thank you so much. To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality that you have shown to me on this visit. And thank all of you for being here today. We have Vietnamese from across this great country, including so many young people who represent the dynamism, and the talent and the hope of Vietnam. On this visit, my heart has been touched by the kindness for which the Vietnamese people are known. In the many people who have been lining the streets, smiling and waving, I feel the friendship between our peoples. Last night, I visited the Old Quarter here in Hanoi and enjoyed some … [Read more...] about Remarks by US President Obama in address to Vietnamese people
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Xin chào! Xin chào Vietnam! Thank you. Thank you so much. To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality that you have shown to me on this visit. And thank all of you for being here today. We have Vietnamese from across this great country, including so many young people who represent the dynamism, and the talent and the hope of Vietnam. On this visit, my heart has been touched by the kindness for which the Vietnamese people are known. In the many people who have been lining the streets, smiling and waving, I feel the friendship between our peoples. Last night, I visited the Old Quarter here in Hanoi and enjoyed some outstanding Vietnamese food. I tried some Bun Cha. Drank some bia Ha Noi. But I have to say, the busy streets of this city, I’ve never seen so many motorbikes in my life. So I haven’t had to try to cross the street so far, but maybe when I come back and visit you can tell me … [Read more...] about Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam