The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Displays in Phan Thiet

Thanh Hai is a Catholic neighborhood just east of Phan Thiet City center, and west of the 2 bridges in the neighborhood of Phu Hai. Thanh Hai is a strong community--one I'm told the authorities are not fond of, due to the association of Catholics with the former American presence. At Christmas the entire neighborhood is lit up with lights, giant Christmas stars, banners and life-size animatronic manger scenes. It is an amazing sight, and rivals anything back home in the USA. If you are in town, be sure to come see it before Christmas day, when the decorations begin to be removed.

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