Hollywood's most powerful couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on November 10, bringing the 8-year-old Pax Thien back to Vietnam for the first time since he was adopted in 2007.
Brangelina's family, including six children, arrived in the city in the evening and lunched at a local restaurant on November 11, where they enjoyed traditional Vietnamese food before heading to Con Dao Island of the southern coastal province of Ba Ria- Vung Tau the same day.
The big family, including the couple, Cambodian-born Maddox, Ethiopian-born Zahara, Pax Thien, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne, together with eight assistants and bodyguards, will have a six-day vacation at Six Senses resort on the island.
According to Bui Van Binh, chairman of Con Dao District's people's committee, the famous family chose Con Dao to spend their vacation to promote the island's tourism and to promote Vietnam, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted him as saying. "We are so proud to welcome them."
Pax Thien, whose Vietnamese name was Pham Quang Sang, was adopted by the couple in 2007 from Tam Binh Orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City.
In an interview with the Financial Times in August, Jolie, who is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, said, "We owe Vietnam a visit, because Pax is due."
Jolie told the Financial Times that she and Pitt, 47, emphasize the importance of educating their children about their native countries.
"They are all learning about each others' cultures, as well as [are] proud of their own. They all have their flags over their beds, and their individual pride," she said.
On November 16, the family will leave Vietnam.