Social activities
Welcome Reception

The welcome reception is held on May 18 from 18:00-19:40 at Melia Hanoi Hotel. After that, the participants will enjoy the water puppet show at Hanoi Water Puppet Theater near Hoan Kiem Lake till 21:00, and have a short tour of Hanoi till 22:00. All of these activities are free of charge, since they are offered by the local institutions.

People who wish to join the water puppet show and Hanoi tour should reply the "Questions to Participants" before 15/5/2005.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet is held at Melia Hanoi Hotel on May 19 from 18:30-21:30. During the conference banquet, the participants could enjoy one and half hour of Vietnamese traditional music performance.

Grand Ballroom at Melia Hotel

Tours and Cultural Activities

The local organizers are considering to offer various tours and cultural activities. If you would like to join some tours described below, please send your request by email to:

To: Nguyen Trong Dung ( or, Registration Chair
Cc: Le Chi Mai (, Local Organizing Comittee Co-Chair

Traditional Village Tour full-day
Visit old pottery, carpentry, and carpentry villages around Hanoi.

Bat Trang is 13 km south-east of Hanoi. Bat Trang belongs to Bat Trang Village, Gia Lam District. This is a potteryvillage with a half-millenary historic development. Some decades recently, the vitality of this village is still blown up by the thousands of pottery-kiln on fire day and night.
On the basic of tradition pottery technique, Bat Trang pottery workers have taken - abused-propagated greatly the progress of science technology into every stage in making pottery. It has made many types of top class pottery, that is useful and beautiful and it upgrades the sense of pottery art. The Bat Trang list of pottery getting high quality is longer more and more by day like bowl, dish, pot, cup, wine pot, a big flower-vase, leg lamp, lime-pot, big-bellied jar... It made by all sort of glazes as ancient pearl blaze, crackle glaze, dark glaze, indigo-blue flower glaze, Grey flower glaze, melt glaze... Thank to that the benefit of people in pottery village is getting higher.

Perfume Pagoda Tour full-day
Visit an accumulation of several pagodas about 60 kilometers southwest of Hanoi considered one of the most beautiful places in North Vietnam.

The Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong) is in fact a vast complex of pagodas and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. From the middle of the second lunar month to the end of the third lunar month, it is the site of a very popular religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims. You first start the trip by boating on a river among a beautiful karstic landscape, then you hike quite a long trail, which is all lined up with stands of food and religious souvenirs, to reach eventually the main sanctuary in a cave. Along the way, there are a great number of other places to worship. It is a festive occasion for the Vietnamese who often make the trip in large groups.

Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Tour (2 days/1 nights)
Visit world-heritage Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay
orgBay of the Descending Dragonh lies in the northeastern part of Vietnam and is 165 km from Hanoi. One of the main attractions of Ha long is the bay's calm water and the thousands of limestone mountains dotting the seascape. The Bay's water is clear during the spring and early summer. Some of the islands are quite large and there are small alcoves with sandy beaches where swimming is possible.


Water Puppet Show
Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Noode Soup
Spring Rolls
Bun Cha Hanoi
Cha Ca La Vong

Tet Festival
(Lunar New Year)
Ao dai
Ao Tu Than

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