SEA Games 32: Karate artists win two more gold medals for Vietnam

Sunday, 07/05/2023 22:15
According to VNA, karate artists have won two more gold medals for Vietnam at the ongoing 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia.
Hoang Thi My Tam secures a gold medal for Vietnam at the tournament by beating her Indonesian rival 4-3 in the women's kumite 55kg event (Photo: VNA) 

One of them was secured by Hoang Thi My Tam by beating her Indonesian rival 4-3 in the women's kumite 55kg event.

In the women's under 68kg categories, Dinh Thu Huong defeated an athlete from the Philippines by 7-4 to seize the gold medal, the fourth so far for the Vietnamese squad in the sport.

In addition, Karate artist Nguyen Thi Ngoan of Vietnam completed her performance in the women's under 61kg category with a bronze medal.

Vovinam artist Nguyen Thanh Liem of Vietnam after his landslide victory in the men's 60kg combat event (Photo: VNA) 

Vietnamese Vovinam artists also obtained two gold medals at the Games on May 7 afternoon. Accordingly, Do Phuong Thao knocked out her Thai rival Kesinee Tabtrai for a 8-5 win in the women’s 60kg combat event, while Nguyen Thanh Liem overwhelmingly won 9-1 against Emmanuel Dailay Cantoresof the Philippines in the men's 60kg combat event.

Foreign journalist reveals interesting places in Ho Chi Minh City

VOV.VN - Travel journalist Antonio Diaz of Free Magazine has revealed a number of interesting locations he discovered in Ho Chi Minh City during his trip around the southern city, reported VOV.

The Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the oldest churches and the top famous attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. 

According to Diaz, Saigon represents an ideal place for coffee lovers.

“There are so many cafes and restaurants around, and the Vietnamese there really seem to love the coffee culture, always accompanied by delicious cakes and snacks,” says the reporter.

He shared that visitors can sample some delicious drinks at La Viet Coffee Saigon and Paris Baguette.

Diaz also recommended several popular churches, pagodas, and temples around the city that are worth a visit, such as Cha Tam Church, Tao Dinh Church, the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ten thousand Buddha Pagoda, and Giac Lam Buddhist temple.

Other interesting places include the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, and Reunification Palace with a nice collection of war machines from the Vietnam War such as  planes, tanks, and motorboats on display outside its main building.

The journalist shared that visitors can purchase a lot of small souvenirs around these places at a decent price.

“It had many interesting items mixing the Vietnamese flavor with Western popular culture characters,” he noted.

Hoi An named among top 10 trending destinations in the world

The ancient city of Hoi An ranked ninth on the list of the top 10 trending destinations in the world, VOV reported the recent announcement by The Travel, a renowned travel site in Canada.

Hoi An named among top 10 trending destinations in the world 

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An boasts a rich history, a bustling arts scene, delicious local cuisine, great beach life, and a nightlife not to be missed. The central city is always worth visiting, the site wrote.

The travel site recommended top places to explore in Hoi An such as Chùa Cầu (Bridge Pagoda), the old streets, the Quan Cong Pagoda Temple, and Hoi An Market.

This comes after Hoi An was listed among the 25 most beautiful cities in the world by Travel + Leisure.

It represents an exceptionally well-preserved example of a small-scale trading port that was active in the 15th to 19th centuries which traded widely, both with the countries of Southeast and East Asia and with the rest of the world, according to The Travel.

Along with Hoi An, other Asian destinations on the list include Siem Reap of Cambodia, Chiang Mai of Thailand, and the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.

Australian traveler discovers Vietnam destinations from 48-hour journey

According to VOV, James Booth, a travel editor of Australian newspaper Escape, has published an article introducing his 48-hour journey of discovery to a number of tourist attractions in Hanoi City and Ninh Binh Province.

Foreign travellers visit a tourist attraction in Hanoi

During his stay, Booth suggested that visitors sample delicious foods and drinks in Hanoi immediately after arriving in the capital, such as grilled chicken feet with lime and salt in Restaurant 1946, a 20-minute walk north of the city’s Old Quarter. Other delicacies include egg coffee in Giang Café on Nguyen Huu Huan street and bun cha (traditional grilled pork and noodles) at Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant, famously visited by Barack Obama and the late Anthony Bourdain in 2016.

“A cyclo tour of the Old Quarter turns out to be a great idea,” said the reporter. He explained that traveling by cyclo helped him work out his retinas in the historic part of town, where each street has a traditional specialty. For example, silversmiths once crafted ingots for kings on Hang Bac, while other streets were dedicated to selling spices and silk.

James also recommended a road trip to Bai Dinh pagoda, the largest complex of Buddhist temples in the country.

“Here you can learn about Vietnamese Buddhist history, watch devotees pay their respects in front of the giant Buddhist statues and marvel at the longest hallway of (hand-carved) luohan statues in Southeast Asia,” he wrote.

Furthermore, a short drive to Ninh Binh’s Trang An, a UNESCO-recognised scenic landscape complex home to an array of rivers and mountains, on the last day of the trip was also a must try.

“Take a boat ride down the river through the Trang An Grottoes. Your guide will scull you through the river’s caves and tunnels, and show you the temples peppering the banks,” he concluded./.