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Beginner-level Vietnamese phrases to know for travelling

Being a Cantonese speaker, I recognise the similarity in complexity and sound to the Vietnamese language. Like Cantonese, a different tone used for the same word can give it a completely different meaning. Unlike most languages in Asia, Vietnamese uses the Latin alphabet. These letters (together with their accents) help express 17 consonants, 11 vowels, and 6 tones.

11 ideas for your first week in HCMC

District 1 is considered the downtown area and is home to towering office headquarters, luxury hotels, and cosmopolitan nightlife. For other areas that are popular with foreigners, you can check-out District 2 (where many expats and international schools are based) and District 7 (home to many Korean people).

A stroll around Nakajima Park in Sapporo

Sights, or sites, need to have social value. Often, people visit a place for the amount of subsequent recognition their experience can reel in on social media. The feedback loop is almost instant: did you really go somewhere if you haven’t told your friends that you’re there?