is a coastal
town in central Vietnam, at about a one hour
flight from Ho Chi Minh City and one
hour and a half from Hanoi. Its origins
stretch back to the 11th century Cham
can be visited; indeed the region is rich in
historical remains. The present
town was officially founded over 100 years
ago. It is a small town of fishermen; its
people lives a simple and peaceful
unspoilt from turmoil of modern life and not
yet exploited by tourism. It has had a
for more than 50 years with 30000 students
with majors in Science.
In order to
enhance the interaction and exchange, all
participants will be accommodated, have lunch and
dinner in the same
hotel : the Seagull Hotel****, which is
- Participants will be expected to arrive on Sunday July 28th, and will leave on Saturday August 3rd in the afternoon. The cost
per person (full board for 6 days) will amount to $270 US for a double
room and $390 US for a single room.
If you wish to have alcoholic or soft drinks with your meals, these
will be charged to your account by the hotel. The meals will include
Payment for board and lodging should be done upon arrival either in
cash or with your credit card (the latter will incur a small
- Please note that the
accomodation at this hotel is guaranteed if your registration at the
conference is made before June 1st. After this date, if the Seagull
hotel is full, you will be accommodated in a neighbouring hotel.
reservations are made for the whole duration of the meeting (i.e., from
Sunday noon, July 28th to Saturday, morning August 3rd). Please note
that the total cost of the meeting cannot be reduced even in case of
- If you arrive before midday
and wish your room to be made available immediately, you will be
charged for an extra day. You must inform us so that the hotel can
prepare your room in advance.
- If you intend to arrive before July 28th (Sunday) or to leave after August 3rd (Saturday), please contact Hady Schenten in advance so that we can try to make the appropriate hotel reservation for you.
All sessions will be held in the new ICISE conference center, 10 minutes taxi (or one hour walk) away from the Seagull hotel.
facilities : The following equipment will be available :
- video projector for computer presentations, overhead projector
- internet access will be available at the conference site. In particular, we anticipate that a wireless hub will be installed.
History of Quy Nhon
Quy Nhon is the capital of Binh
Dinh province, until recently, it has
been isolated from the main tourism routes
roughly half-way between Danang
Trang. Although it was recognised as a
city as late as 1898, its history reaches back
to the days of the Kingdom of Champa. In the
11th century, the Cham
people migrated southwards and has moved
their capital city to a location about 30km
north of present-day Quy Nhon and named it
Vijaya. It survived until 1471, when the
citadel was sacked by the Vietnamese. The
nearby city of An Nhon (formerly Binh Dinh)
was an old Annamese capital.
The Cham Pa
legacy — Little
remains of Vijaya, it became the capital of
the short-lived Tay Son Kingdom in the 18th
century and abandoned thereafter. Now only a
few walls and a single tower remain standing.
There are fourteen Cham towers and monuments
around Binh Dinh province, but the most
convenient are a mere two kilometres from Quy
Nhon city centre. The Thap Doi Cham Towers are
good examples of Cham craftsmanship. Further
away, there are two notable sites. The four
remaining towers of the Banh It group are on a
hill just outside Binh Dinh town, about 25km
inland from Quy Nhon. Around 50km
from Quy Nhon, the three Thap Nga (Ivory) Cham
Towers are regarded as one of the best Cham
tower complexes in Vietna.
Quang Trung Museum, which is located in
Kien My village in Tay Son District, 45km from
Quy Nhon, has been created in the memory of
Nguyen Hue, a national hero of the 18th century.
He was one of three brothers who led the Tay Son
Insurrection. In 1788, he led a peasant army
northwards from Phu Xuan (Hue) to Thang Long
(Hanoi) where they defeated the occupying
Chinese forces and liberated the royal capital.
Nguyen Hue declared himself Emperor Quang Trung,
but his dynasty lasted only fourteen years
before his forces were crushed by the Nguyen