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Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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HAPPENINGS VIETNAM DANANG / HANOI / PHU QUOC THE WORLD’S LONGEST CABLE CAR Phu Quoc has the longest non-stop cable car in the world, as confirmed by the Guiness Book of Records. For riders, this means a breath-taking scenic journey over the sea and islands with a 360-degree view on board. The Hon Thom 3S Gondola Lift, also simply referred to as the Phu Quoc cable car, glides between Phu Quoc island and the smaller and greener Hon Thom sland. With a debut in February during Tet (the Vietnamese lunar new year), the Phu Quoc cable car promises riders a thrill and beauty from high up. With a panorama encompassing small islands, an emerald-coloured sea and coral reefs during high noon – the 15 minute ride in nearly 8 kilometres will feel barely long enough. THINK PINK Travel along Danang’s long strip of beaches in this evolving coastal city from the convenience and flexible itinerary of Coco Bus – a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus. Visitors can choose a one-day ticket (250,000 VND/person/route) and enjoy 29 tour stops that are available along Beach Route – or the generous choice of 55 stops on the City Route. Passengers can hop on and off on the bright pink bus along the routes to discover Danang’s best attractions and landmarks in order to sight-see at their own pace, or stay on the bus for the full duration of the tour. Coco Bus takes passengers to hotspots like the Museum of Cham Sculpture, the Dragon Bridge, May Ann Beach, Han Market, Danang Cathedral and Le Duan Shopping Street. +84 236 3954 666, A GO-TO WATERING HOLE If you’re after a well-crafted cocktail or beer and interesting conversation, Tadioto Bar is one of the coolest places for a nightcap plus a hangout that keeps the party going in the Vietnam capital. While there may be iconic spots like the Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel, Opera House, National Museum of Vietnamese History, and other establishments in the French Quarter, it can be said that Tadioto Bar has its own cultural relevance to make it a destination in its own right. Nguyen Qui Duc, a Vietnamese-American journalist and former radio commentator who relocated to Hanoi, established what is now the go-to watering hole. Its roots go way back to 2006 in a former artsy location where local artists and the creative crowd converged, staging poetry readings and other artistic performances. Like Duc himself, Tadioto has moved from place to place following the government shutdown of a street where creative types used to hang out. People have lost count of how many times Tadioto relocated before re-planting itself in the city’s French quarter. Duc himself is a painter and patron of Hanoi’s art scene. Tadioto is a small enough bar to mingle with the local crowd. Now you can pop in during the day for a quiet coffee and snack or drop in for a drink at night and check out what’s happening with the local scene. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24 Tong Dan Street, Hanoi, +84 24 6680 9124, SPOTLIGHT Under the Danang Sky A growing city like Danang is best seen when you’re perched at Sky 36 Bar observing the skyline. As the name suggests, Sky 36 is Vietnam’s highest rooftop bar with amazing views over the city. Situated on the 35th and 36th floor of the Novotel Danang Premier Han River, the bar fills up nightly with beautiful people. Swanky interiors showcase curved booths with glass and suede while a DJ rocks the tunes. Outside on the roof deck, it’s all about the neon lights, dancing and the irresistible glittering views. Drinks at Sky 36 run the gamut from imported beers to premium spirits, as well as a selection of wines by the glass. Cocktails range from classics like a margarita or mojito to contemporary ones like ‘Death in the Afternoon.’ Try a Vietnamese Sangria with fresh fruits. Once fuelled up with music and drinks, views of the Han River amidst the backdrop of modern architecture give you a sense of Danang’s future. 6pm to 2am, 36 Bach Dang Street, Danang, sky36bar 110