Hoi An is a famous South-East Asian trading port from the 15th – 19th century. Its house and street reflect the influences, both Vietnamese and Japanese, Chinese that have combined to build this beautiful town. Hoi An ancient town is combined with picturesque ancient house, pagodas, street-side cafes, local food and beauty of countryside. Hoi An is famous with hand-made tailor. You can get anything made from custom made suits to gowns, leather shoes or sundresses. Not only for shopping, Hoi An also makes for a relaxing in An Bang – Cua Dai beach or walking on small street around ancient quarter and tasting Hoi An street food.

Hoi An has no an airport and railway station either. The only way to get there is by land transfer from Hue or neighbor city – Da Nang. You can hire a car from Da nang to Hoi An (Distance Da Nang to Hoi An is 35 km source :http://huracars.com/tour/da-nang-airport-to-hoi-an-transfer/) or private cars transfer to Hoi An from Hue city where does have an airport with daily flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other Vietnamese cities. There is a railway station in Da Nang city as well and car transfer services, bus transfer are plentiful.


10 cheap, easy holiday gift ideas

Holiday shopping can be tough – especially if you’re on a college budget and have a long list of friends and roommates expecting gifts. Here are 10 cheap, easy DIY gifts that will help you check off your shopping list and stay within your budget!

1. Hot cocoa kit

Layer hot cocoa mix, chocolate shavings and mini-marshmallows in a jar. Tie on some festive ribbon and attach colorful straws or even a mini bottle of Bailey’s

The Yummiest Village on the Plains

The Loveliest Village on the Plains will soon be recreated in gingerbread as The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center prepares to hold their unveiling of the Gingerbread Village on Thursday, Dec. 4.

An annual event, the first Auburn gingerbread village was created in 2009. At the time, it only featured only three buildings – Samford Hall, the Auburn University chapel and the Auburn train depot. Since its origin, the event has rapidly grown in size and attendance.

The village is created through a partnership between the hotel and the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Auburn students create the framework for the houses using LiDAR technology. After the framework is constructed, hotel workers make the village come to life with gingerbread, candy and icing.

“Each building for this year’s village took three days each to assemble by the culinary team at the hotel,? said Allison Duke, marketing and social media manager for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. “They measured the framework and prepared the gingerbread pieces for the structures. It takes approximately 200 pounds of gingerbread to create the village. They use a special royal icing to apply for the gingerbread to the frame work and then add the additional details and candy accents.? 

The gingerbread village features popular buildings from both the Auburn University campus and the Auburn area. In addition to the original buildings, this year’s village will include The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, the Auburn University president’s house, the Jule Collins Smith Museum, Cater Hall, Langdon Hall, Hargis Hall and the Cary Center.

The 2014 Gingerbread Village will be unveiled on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. at the hotel’s Conference Center Pre-Function Foyer. Attendees will be able to view the Gingerbread Village while enjoying hot cocoa and eating cookies. A bell choir will be on hand to provide seasonal music.

The village will be displayed through New Year’s Day.

All photos courtesy of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center’s Facebook page. 

CHI PHIlanthropy

David Gullatte is a senior Chi Phi fraternity member at Auburn University.  Among his many activities, David finds it especially beneficial to participate in philanthropic events around campus and the Lee County area.  In early March, David participated in the SGA sponsored “The Big Event,” a project aimed at making Auburn a more beautiful area.  During his service, David worked at Kiesel Park painting fences while other members of his fraternity did landscaping and cleaned up graffitti.

In the future, David looks forward to using his skills learned at Auburn in his career.  He believes that his volunteering will greatly add to his resume and without Auburn University and Chi Phi he believes he would have never had the opportunity to help others.

The Auburn Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Bond senior in public relations at Auburn University is interning at The Auburn Chamber of Commerce. She is the personal assistant and intern to the director of communications and marketing there.

Ashley has worked meticulously updating information on their website as well as learning about all the different facets there. Another thing that Ashley has worked particularly on is The Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s e-newsletter that shows a list of events going on in the community.

She has thoroughly enjoyed her internship there thus far, and calls it a valuable experience. The staff has allowed her to try things out on her own, and she looks forwards to finding a job that will bring her as many rewards as this internship has

Security for Campus Events

Have you ever wondered who the security is for an event you have been to on campus? From Alpha Psi’s Rodeo to a sorority formal, you see guys in a gray and black  collared shirt making sure everything goes smoothly at the event.

It is FBL Security. It is a security company owned and managed by an Auburn Alum and a current Marine stationed in Iraq.

Daniel Finz, the prominent owner of FBL created the security company in April 2005. The company has a well-known reputation around the Auburn area, especially in the Greek community. Watch the video to hear more about FBL and the upcoming events they have scheduled for the next few weeks.

Film vs. Digital Cameras

Chris Walker is a Photo Journalism professor at Auburn University. For the Past 18 years Chris has been working on a project photographing people at local fairs.

For as long as he can remember he has used film to photograph people instead of jumping on the digital band wagon. Recently Kodak has discontinued the film that he has used for all of his fair shoot, and in order to adjust to the digital age he tries a test run using his film and also a digital camera.

Amelia: New York Internship

Amelia is a senior majoring in Public Relations and will be interning this summer in New York with HWH PR.

The internship will be full-time for 10 weeks. Amelia is excited to have the opportunity to live and work in New York.

Upon finishing the internship Amelia will graduate in August and hopes to go to work for a PR firm.