Moana lures Vietnamese tourist to remote Samoa

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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MOANA DISCOVERY: Robin Ton, keen to learn more about Samoa.

MOANA DISCOVERY: Robin Ton, keen to learn more about Samoa.

Most visitors to Samoa find out about the place through different means.

For most of them, they would have heard about Samoa in relation to Manu Samoa rugby, Seiuli the Rock Johnson and of course our world heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker. 

But for a young female from Vietnam, Robin Ton, she heard about Samoa in a very different way.

“The first time I heard about Samoa was through the movie Moana,” she told Dear Tourist.

“That was the first time I have ever heard of such a country and immediately I said to my friends one day I will be going to this country.

“I must see this country because this is one of the first movies made in the Pacific that I have watched and I must see what Samoa is like.

“So when my friend and I got the chance for a holiday I straight away told her that’s it we’re going to come to Samoa.”

The young lady began her research on the internet to get more information about Samoa.

“When we finally got all the information that we needed, we paid our fares and came to see this very strange place,” she said.

“It took us more than 12 hours to fly from Vietnam to New Zealand, and then 3 and half hours from New Zealand to our destination.

“We arrived on Wednesday night and we are staying at the Olivia Accommodation.”

Ms. Ton said one of the places that really drew her attention was the To Sua Trench.

“That place really caught my eye,” she said.

“[And] it is a must for me to visit that place because it’s unique and I just can’t wait to go and jump off that place.

“Today I am here at the cultural village because I wanted to learn more about the culture as well as the people.

“I wanted to get some ideas of where the people of Samoa are from and hopefully I will get something from this tour.

“I also wanted to learn about the Samoan traditional tattoo, it looks painful and I just want to know whether everyone in Samoa should get this tattoo or are there certain people who get this.

“There is so much to learn in just seven days but hopefully I will learn all that I need to know and who knows maybe when I get back home I’ll write an essay about my experience about Samoa.”

Moreover, Ms. Ton said when all is well, she will definitely return to visit but hopefully stay a little bit longer.

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