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Fah Thai Magazine Sep-Oct 2018

HAPPENINGS VIETNAM HANOI

HAPPENINGS VIETNAM HANOI / QUY NHON SPOTLIGHT Elevated Luxury The Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, the third property in the portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam by the Anantara Hotels and Resorts, is scheduled to open in late November 2018. Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam in Binh Dinh province, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will have 26 one and two-bedrooms of ocean-facing villas on 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens. The spacious villas offer an enticing visual of sleek timber and granite sundecks with minimalist plunge pools with extended low overhang roofs that offer a fresh, contemporary feel. Vietnamese blue stone are among some of the design features, while granite and marble elements add a touch of modernity. Restaurants emphasise local seafood and regional flavours; a top-notch Anantara Spa perched on a hillside offers maximum wellbeing. anantara.com/ en/quy-nhon A TEMPLE OF LEARNING If you happen to be in possession of a 100,000 Vietnamese dong bill, notice the Temple of Literature depicted on it. If you’re in Hanoi and a fan of ancient architecture, consider a visit to some of the best preserved architecture styles and home to the first national university of Vietnam. The Temple of Literature dates back eight centuries, evident in the wood and tiles composition; and standing tall on the grounds are hundred-year-old trees that have witnessed incredible history. The Temple of Literature is about 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem lake in the northern capital, constructed in 1070 under the Ly Thanh Tong dynasty. The first to honour Confucius, it now archives and celebrates the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. With its many courtyards with pagodas and ponds, all have their great significance and picture-perfect views. Come examine time, the altars become popular among students wishing for good grades. People use to rub the blue stone turtles present in one of the courtyards but in order to preserve them, students (and everyone else) these days are discouraged from doing so. Entrance fee is 10,000 VND, opens 8:30am to 11:30am, 13:30pm to 16:30pm everyday except Mondays and national holidays. vanmieu.gov.vn 134