Weekly roundup: Tourism boom, New Year thrift, bizarre stories, and more

By VnExpress   December 24, 2016 | 02:00 am GMT+7

Revisit the week with top stories compiled by VnExpress International's editors.

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Vietnam leads Southeast Asia as fastest growing tourism market

These five countries have seen the sharpest increase in tourist numbers this year.

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Vietnam’s top leaders to skip usual Lunar New Year visits

The government's getting tough on gift giving and wasteful spending this holiday season.

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Money stands between Hanoi and its transport dream plan

A network of new roads and fast trains requires a huge investment, posing a problem for the city in times of budgetary stress.

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Vietnamese death row inmate freed, after years challenging murder conviction

'I told my family they don't have to cry no more. Because I'm home.'

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Did that really happen? Vietnam's most bizarre stories in 2016

Stories of a pregnant man, a mermaid and a lake of condoms took 'odd' to a new level.

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Vietnamese law to recognize transgender people in 2017

The legislation has been hailed as a step in the right direction.

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Foreign experts puzzled by science, math scores of Vietnamese students

The 10 percent of disadvantaged children in Vietnam do better than the average American child.

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Vietnam's urban boom fuelled by rural migrants

One in five people found in Vietnam's cities were born in the countryside.

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Op-Ed: Whatever happened to my Rock n Roll?

Saigon’s only decent indoor live music venue's been shut, so has one in Hanoi.

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Fall’s green rice flakes

Fifty years ago, fresh green rice flakes symbolized purity and renewal. They still do.

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We found you: Scientists discover 87 new species in Vietnam

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Men defy death and gravity high above Saigon’s streets

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