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MID-AUTUMN SALES PROMOTION FOR A TASTE OF VIETNAM CULTURE TOUR 11 DAYS BY INSIGHT ASIA TRAVEL – See more at: VIETNAM, July 31st, 2015 – The mid-autumn full moon festival (Tet Trung Thu) is one of the most famous festivals beside the Tet Holiday in Vietnam. It is very much like a good combination of Halloween and Thanksgiving in Western culture. Held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, Tet Trung Thu is believed to be a celebration and prayer for the fullness and completeness of life or to remind the sun to come back after winter, because without the sun the rice will not grow. Dated back thousands of years, the traditions surrounding this festival place a huge emphasis on children. For children, it is characterized by the sound of drums and the twinkle of star-shaped lanterns (den ong sao).rnrnOne of the most visible traditions related to this festival is the lion dance. There are groups of children parading through the streets, some of them maintain a martial beat on drums while others control an extravagantly decorated ‘lion’ crafted from molds and paper. Children also carry colorful lanterns in the shapes of fishes, stars, butterflies of different sizes. During Tet Trung Thu, mooncakes are the most important traditional food. Thanks to its distinct taste like no other, a famous brand of moon cakes or “Banh Nuong” has become known worldwide. It is the brown cake made from egg, pork fat, fried onion, peanut and lemon leaves and tastes salty. You also cannot miss “Banh deo”, the white cake, which is made of sticky rice and filled with sweet mixture of lotus seeds, pumpkin seeds or green bean.rnrnMid-autumn full moon festival is one of two biggest festivals of lantern in Vietnam, especially Hoi An. On full moon the 14th day of lunar month, the ancient town’s streets have been switched off their harsh, fluorescent lighting, closed to traffic and transformed by flickering candlelight, multi-coloured lanterns and traditional music. Insight Asia Travel is doing special tour promotion for A Taste of Vietnam Culture Tour 11 days 10 nights. The experience of a lifetime starts from US$ 1,229 per person based on two adults sharing. This special offer is valid from now until 31 Oct 2015. The tour package A Taste of Vietnam Culture Tour 11 days 10 nights is inclusive of private pick-up and drop off, private transportation, private sightseeing tours, private boat trips, experienced private English speaking guides, 4-star hotel accommodation shared in double/twin room with daily breakfast, 2 Vietnamese lunch set menu, 1 Vietnamese dinner set menu, water and tissues on coach and all entrance fees. This vacation package features 2 nights in Hanoi with full day city tour and overnight stay on traditional deluxe junk in the World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay. This tour continues with 2 nights in Imperial Hue and 3 nights in the lovely old town Hoi An. Day trips are included to explore Hue Imperial City, the tombs of the Nguyen Emperors, famous Thien Mu pagoda and major historical sites in Hoi An. The tour ends at Saigon with half-day tour to discover this hustle and bustle city and fantastic day trip to visit lively Mekong Delta.rnrnInsight Asia Travel is a professional tour operator teaming experienced and dedicated travel specialists and committing to deliver high-quality travel services and the holiday of a lifetime for each and every individual.rnrn###rnrnPlease contact the person or company listed above for information regarding the content of this press release. are not the issuers of this press release and are not responsible for the accuracy of the content. – See more at:

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Professor David Biggs with 13 Students from UCR from UC Riverside Summer Study Abroad Programs and 16 Hue University Students in Vietnam

UC Riverside Summer Study Abroad Programs Continue to Build Strong PartnershipsrnnnrnrnnnrnrnDozens of students get the opportunity to participate in a unique programrnrnRIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Ready for the experience of a lifetime? To discover and immerse yourself in another culture, language, country and its food? Well, every quarter, and every summer, dozens of UC Riverside students do just that by choosing to study abroad.rnrnElizabeth Claassen Thrush, who coordinates the program for UCR, said the campus is blazing new trails in the study abroad world. Not only is UCR Summer Study Abroad providing programs for large numbers of first-generation students to take courses abroad, but it is also forging unique partnerships between faculty and students around the world.rnrnUCR Summer Study Abroad creates those opportunities by offering eight unit programs with UCR faculty. “These are the same courses they would take here,” Thrush explained. “They are with the same faculty and the same financial aid package, but in a unique, rich setting.”rnrnVietnam StoriesrnrnSome of these programs are partnering with local universities to provide an in-depth and mutually-beneficial look at the culture. A prime example of this kind of partnership is happening in Vietnam, where 16 UCR students and 13 Hue University students are working together on ethnographic field work projects.rnrnProfessor of History David Biggs has taken UCR students to Vietnam three different times, but this is the first time students have worked with Hue University on this level and the first time the partnership with Vietnamese students has been formalized. UCR students work with Hue students to learn about Vietnamese history and culture. Likewise, Hue students learn about Americans and post blogs on their perspectives on these encounters. Biggs said this kind of program is unusual because it takes a great deal of planning and a very strong relationship between the universities.rnrn“The blog is an excellent way to focus student cooperation between the two groups. Student-contributed essays are published instantly and globally available. This gives students a sense of ownership, but it also gives them a seriousness of purpose — as they are communicating to a global audience. In our program we combine the blog with structured “challenge” assignments, follow-up discussions and some common readings on such topics as ethnographic interviews, participant observation, and oral history. The blog is both a memento of the program and a platform for working out ideas about travel writing, ethnographic description, and the like,” Professor Biggs explained.rnrnJosai International UniversityrnrnAnother group of UCR students currently studying abroad in Japan have the opportunity to participate in a strong partnership the university has maintained for many years with Josai International University. Students, as early as February, began meeting with students from Josai who were on the UCR campus. Professor Setsu Shigematsu has been working with Maria Shiguemi and Rieko Yamaguchi (both currently working at JIU) to establish a friendship program to continue these connections between JIU and UCR students.rnrn“By the end of the program, many of the students expressed that the trip had been a ‘life-changing’ experience and that they would like to come back to Japan. I look forward to building a new era of exchange between our institutions and developing genuine forms of intellectual dialogue,” explained Shigematsu.rnrnThe Hue and Josai programs are strongly supported by UCR leadership. Vice Provost of International Affairs, Kelechi Kalu said, “Education abroad is one of the pathways that enable us to internationalize our curriculum and learning experiences for our students. What makes the Vietnam and Japan education abroad experiences unique is that students are not only experiencing different cultures and cuisines, but are actually engaged with students from those countries to learn concepts and collaboratively solve common problems. I applaud the faculty for providing our students opportunities to enrich their knowledge through international experiences.”rnPossible Future PartnershipsrnrnUCR faculty continue to work with international partners to develop new programs. For example, Guillermo Aguilar, the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, has been working on a program with Tec de Monterrey and UNAM in Mexico. They hope to bring together 25 students from California and 25 students from Mexico for a Summer Study Abroad program.rnrnMEDIA CONTACTrnMojgan SherkatrnTel: (951) 827-5893rnE-mail: mojgan.sherkat@ucr.edurnADDITIONAL CONTACTSrnElizabeth Claassen Thrush rnTel: 951.827.7739 rnE-mail: elizabeth.claassen-thrush@ucr.edurnDavid Biggs rnE-mail: david.biggs@ucr.edurnSetsu Shigematsu rnE-mail:

Vietnam’s Laguna Lang Co Request for Concepts Deadline Extended to 15 September 2015

SINGAPORE, July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Laguna Lang Co, operator of the luxury resort located within the Thua Thien-Hue province,announced today that it is extending the submission deadline for Request for Concepts (RFC). The decision to extend the deadline has been made due to the significant interest shown in the RFC.rnrnrnThe new deadline, 15 September 2015, provides prospective investors and companies additional six weeks to submit their concepts for the world class integrated entertainment facilities at the resort managed and developed by the Banyan Tree Group.rnrnRequest For Concepts for the gaming facility was issued by Laguna Lang Co on 26 May 2015 for an integrated entertainment facilities, which would comprise a gaming complex at its Laguna Lang Co master-plan development located along central Vietnam’s coastline.rnrnIt recently entered Phase II of its master plan development: a condominium development and additional residential hill villas overlooking the East Sea. Phase I comprised of a 57-villa Banyan Tree resort, 229-room Angsana resort, luxury residences, a Nick Faldo designed championship golf course, two spas, ten restaurants and bars and a conference center. Phase IIA will include additional luxury accommodations and the possible addition of a gaming facility.rnrnAndrew Klebanow, a partner at Global Market Advisors, the firm conducting the gaming market assessment for the games facility, stated, “Vietnam is experiencing an exciting time in the gaming industry, with the potential loosening of the country’s gaming law expecting to attract more foreign investments. We believe that this extension is necessary in order to allow parties time to fine-tune their concepts as well as encourage more investors to participate in this RFC process.”rnrnAdditional information and RFC website:rnrnLaguna Lang Co is the first world-class integrated resort in Vietnam, and a premium second home destination in Central Vietnam. The 280-hectare community, which marks the first project in Vietnam for Banyan Tree Group, resides near Lang Co Bay, an area renowned for its pristine coastline and proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit to participate in the RFC process may be achieved by visiting the following website: http://www.lcmp-rfc.comrnrnPhoto Laguna Lang Co