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Great exchange: 86-year-old street vendor in Saigon converses in 5 languages

At the age of 86, Tran Thi Dinh still walks briskly between the small tables of her curbside coffee shop.

The octogenarian said she has been running the street stall for 37 years now.

Tran Thi Dinh, 86, can speak English, French, Cantonese Chinese and Khmer to her customers. Photo credit: ngoisao.net

Tran Thi Dinh, 86, can speak English, French, Cantonese Chinese and Khmer to her customers. Photo credit: ngoisao.net

She had earlier worked for some American and French employers before 1975, and her French and English skills were “enough to help me communicate with them,” she told news website VnExpress.

“I can speak French, English, Cantonese and Cambodian, but cannot read or write,” she said.

“I studied the languages because I need to understand my foreign customers. I had tried Korean and Japanese. But I gave up because not many of my customers are Korean and Japanese, so it’s a bit difficult for me to practice.”

Her small stall on Pham Ngu Lao Street in the popular backpacker area sees dozens of customers, many of them foreign tourists, every day.

She closes it quite early, at around 4 p.m.

“I want to go home and play with my four grandchildren,” said Dinh.

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Con Dao: Offshore paradise with a hellish history

To most modern-day visitors it is quite simply a breathtaking island destination, but Con Dao has come a long way from a notorious prison under French colonial rule to where it is today.

The video below was shot by Saigon-based travel writer Dave Fox and his companion Jeff Nesmith during a trip to the island.

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Last day of Ambassadors’ excursion into Son Doong Cave

Today, May 17 is the last day of the excursion into Son Doong Cave of the group of seven ambassadors to Vietnam and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. Let’s take a look at their five-day expedition into the world’s largest natural cave.

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Da Nang dragon bridge is majestic in this flycam video

The Rong (Dragon) Bridge in Da Nang City, the world’s longest dragon-shaped steel bridge, looks impressive in this video captured by a flycam.

As the sixth bridge to cross the Han River, the 666-meter long bridge was put into use on March 29, 2012.

The six-lane bridge boasts a system of 15,000 LED lights that allow it to change color at night. And yes, it can it also breathes out fire and water.

A new symbol of Da Nang, the bridge has won international awards, notably the Lighting Design Awards 2014 that recognizes excellence in architectural lighting design

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