Vietnam’s Da Nang earmarks ‘golden’ land for school, parks


The administration of Da Nang City in central Vietnam has decided to choose land plots at prime locations to build a school campus and two parks, instead of letting them be used for commercial purposes as usual. Such a decision will create more green spaces for the city and, more importantly, help ease the current student overcrowding in many Da Nang schools, local people said. Nguyen Kim Dung, deputy chairman of the Da Nang Farmers’ Association, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday that the association will move its office to a new place to leave its current premises for a project to build an elementary school. The office is located on a land area of more than 1,900m², in a very favorable position, with over 40 meters of its front looking toward Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Thanh Khe District, Dung said. As the land piece lies at a ‘golden’ location, many investors want to use it for their hotel or business projects, he added. "In a previous meeting … [Read more...]

Carnival promotes Ha Long as place to live and play


The attraction of Quang Ninh Province as a place to visit and live in was highlighted yesterday as a mass art show inaugurated the Ha Long Carnival. Dragon-like: Artists perform at the Ha Long Carnival held in northern coastal city of Ha Long. The show gathered thousands of audience and kicked off summer holiday season in the city. — Photo The gathering of 2,700 artists and residents in downtown Ha Long also set off this year's summer holidays in the northern province. Called Converging Quintessence-Spreading Smiles the show included art performances on stage and dynamic street performances by amateur and professional artists from Viet Nam, Thailand and Chinese Taiwan. Addressing the opening ceremony, Dang Dinh Hau, Deputy Chairman of the Province's People's Committee and head carnival's organising board said: First organised in 2007, the Ha Long Carnival has delivered different and fresh experiences to visitors each year. It has become a new, unique tourism … [Read more...]

Cultural events lead to fireworks competition


An International cuisine event will be held in the central city as a lead up to this weekend's scheduled seventh Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, a contest between teams representing five countries. Vice director of the city's Culture, Sports and Tourism department, Tran Chi Cuong, said the programme of events will explore the cuisine, lifestyle, culture and fashion of the competing teams from South Africa, Australia, Poland, the US and Viet Nam. Cuong said the schedule of events will take place at the Novotel Hotel Square on Tran Phu Street starting this coming Saturday and lasting through Tuesday. Then, on April 28 and 29, the teams' fireworks will compete to embody the theme of – A Symphony of Colours – and win over the expected 500,000-strong crowd. Da Nang has been the only city in Viet Nam hosting an annual international fireworks festival since 2008. It became the biennial event from 2013. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/4

Concert promotes experimental music A contemporary music concert will be organised by Parallel Asteroid and young musicians of the Dom Dom Experimental Music Centre at the French Cultural Centre L'Espace tomorrow. The concert is the result of a project jointly organised by Parallel Asteroid and the Dom Dom Experimental Music Centre. Under the project, Parallel Asteroid musicians — Vietnamese Cao Thanh Lan and Austrian Gregor Siedl – visited Viet Nam to hold an intensive workshop and practice sessions with young musicians of the advanced improvisation class of Dom Dom. Two musicians Vietnamese Cao Thanh Lan and Austrian Gregor Siedl will perform in Ha Noi tomorrow. – Photo Lan has a strong classical and contemporary music background, while Siedl is a jazz musician with roots in improvised and experimental music. Their common ground is free improvisation with vigorous use of extended techniques and new forms of expression. The duo is actively … [Read more...]

Social News 8/11


Quang Ninh police nab smugglers The Mong Cai City Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday temporarily detained Dang Thi Mai Lan, 36, for smuggling cigarettes. Lan was caught in the act on Monday in Ka Long Ward, while transporting 2,060 packets of cigarettes of the Zenlong brand that is manufactured abroad. Lan admitted to the police that she had bought the cigarettes in China. On Wednesday, the Mong Cai Police also caught Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 40, who was illegally keeping smuggled goods in a store in Tran Phu Ward. The goods included 400 electric bicycle batteries, 50 speakers and 120 electromagnetic cookers, as well as some electric tools, worth a total of VND252 million (US$12,000). … [Read more...]

Australian institutions seek Vietnam students

The Saigon Times Daily Around 4,000 students and their families are expected to visit the exhibitions to search for hands-on information about studying and living in Australia from the participating institutions. There will be sessions for alumni sharing their success stories and discussions on student visas and Australian Government scholarships. There will also be a vocational skills showcase. For the first time, the event is being staged in Danang where parents and students will meet 23 institutions from the group in a private event with agents. … [Read more...]

Australian institutions seek Vietnamese students focused on their future

(CPV) - Representatives from over 50 of Australia's top education institutions will travel to Vietnam for a four day national expo in Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city from November 6 - 9. Almost 4,000 students and their families are expected to visit the exhibitions for discussions about their future with institution representatives. The events are free-of-charge and will be open to the public at the following venues and times: * Da Nang: from 14.30 - 18:00, November 6, at Novotel Hotel, No 36 Bach Dang, Hai Chau district * Ho Chi Minh city: from 09.30 - 14.00, November 9, at InterContinental Hotel, Corner Hai Ba Trung - Le Duan, district 1 * Hanoi: from 08.30 - 13.30, November 8, at Pullman Hanoi Hotel, No 40 Cat Linh, Dong Da district Acknowledging that Australia continues to be the destination of choice for Vietnamese students seeking an international education, Australia's Ambassador to Vietnam, Hugh Borrowman, explained that an Australian education equips students with … [Read more...]

Modernising Information Infrastructure and Transforming Public Administration

Vietnam e-Government Symposium 2014 will be held for the 12th time on July 16-17 at Novotel Hotel, Da Nang, featuring the theme: "E-Government Development: Modernizing Information Infrastructure and Transforming Public Administration to Drive Higher Citizen Satisfaction". The conference is co-organized by the People's Committee of Da Nang City, Da Nang Ministry of Information and Communications, and the International Data Group (IDG Vietnam). The Conference will focus on the following topics: Integrated Information Infrastructure to Drive Critical Regional Economic Developments; Intelligent Information Infrastructure Developments: Building Strategic Governance and Collaborative Capability; Smart Public Service Delivery: Citizen Satisfaction,etc. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 23

Thirty one paintings by Japanese artist Toba Mika go on display on November 23 at an exhibition entitled 'Landscapes in Memory' at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.

Donation concert hosted for Zone-9 fire victims Monday's tragic fire was caused by welders during construction on Fuse Bar in Zone 9, leading to the death of six workers. The music at the concert will honour their memory, the organiser said. Various activities that were scheduled to be held at Zone 9 have been cancelled, including the French embassy's reception for Vietnamese alumni, the year-end party of the German Embassy, and the regular meeting of the German speaker. Musicians Yosi Horikawa of Japan; Jase Nguyen of HCM City and Tri Minh, Kim Ngoc and SonX of Ha Noi will participate in the donation concert as volunteers. Recently, the Goethe Institute had staged "Berlin in Ha Noi", with numerous art performances and film screenings in the art zone. The Goethe Institute expressed strong hope that art, music and creativity would soon find a home again in Zone 9 once it is rebuilt. The concert will take place from 6 to 10 PM at Goethe Institute Ha Noi, 56 - 58 Nguyen Thai Hoc … [Read more...]

Da Nang diners ready to indulge in first French wine festival

DA NANG (VNS)— The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel till November 30. This is the city's first traditional French wine festival. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

French cuisine week runs in Da Nang


DA NANG (VNS) — The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel from November 21-30. This is the first time a traditional French wine festival has been sponsored in the central city. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions, and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

Education UK Exhibition 2013 in Vietnam

Photo: Trang Vu

(CPV) - The UK Education Exhibition 2013 will see the largest ever number of participating institutions - 68 UK universities, colleges and schools. Organised by the British Council Vietnam, the exhibition will hit Hanoi (Melia Hotel), Ho Chi Minh city (Intercontinental Hotel) and Da Nang (Novotel Hotel). Vietnamese parents and students will find information on diverse undergraduate, postgraduate and pathway programs. Domestic programs leading to UK-accredited degrees will also be exhibited. In addition, attendees will received information about 60 scholarship programmes.. To register, please visit Also on this website, you can find out more about the participating institutions as well as details of the different scholarship programs. The UK Corner is one of this yaear's highlights. It will stage Living Books (Vietnamese alumni and students currently studying in the UK), IELTS high scorers and even a UK-themed musical! They have been invited to the … [Read more...]

Tourism sector kept positive growth in the first 6 months of 2013

(TITC) - On July 19th, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) held an online conference simultaneously in Ha Noi, Da Nang City and Ho Chi Minh City under the chair of Minister Hoang Tuan Anh.

According to the MoCST's report, in the first 6 months, in spite of global economic recession, the tourism sector still gained positive growth. Total international arrivals in 6 months reached 3,540,403representing a 2.6% growth over the same period of 2012; total revenue achieved 105 trillion VND, up 23.5%. Mr. Nguyen Duc Tuan, Director of Representative Agency of MoCST's Office in Da Nang City informed that many tourism events were organized in the Central region attracting a large number of tourists such as: 4th Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival - Buon Me Thuot coffee, integration and development (Dak Lak Province), Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2013 - the Quintessence of Vietnamese Crafts (Thua Thien Hue Province), Danang International Fireworks Competition - Love for Han River (Da Nang City), the 10th anniversary of UNESCO's recognition of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park as a World Natural Heritage Site… The number of international tourists to the South of Viet Nam also increased. … [Read more...]

Video captures sparkling Danang city


British photographer Robert Whitworth has introduced the colourful coastal city of Danang in a 1.5 minute time-lapse video clip with 15,091 photos. The photographer shot those photos from the roof of the Novotel Hotel by the Han River in Danang on the second day of the recent international fireworks competition hosted by the city. Along with nice images of Danang on the competition day, Robert Whitworth also captured images of daily life of local people along Han River in his video. The video, as Robert Whitworth confided, covers wonderful fireworks, as well as the vividness of the booming city. On a blog for the world's biggest fireworks, Robert Whitworth's video was assessed "the nicest-ever". Almost all foreigners praised the lively video of this British photographer. Some who have not visited Danang and Vietnam before sent their affection for the city. One reader, Aaron Anfinson, said that the video helped him contemplate the city he had lived for 1 year again, and to him, … [Read more...]

Novotel hotel opens in central coast city

DA NANG (VNS)— The Sun Group officially opened Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River with a ceremony on Tuesday. The 37-storey building is the highest in central Viet Nam. It includes serviced apartments, high-class hotel rooms, conference facilities and luxury restaurants and bars managed by Accor. — VNS … [Read more...]

The best places to enjoy fireworks on New Year’s Eve


In the coastal city of Nha Trang, watching the fireworks performance is the most expected events of many people at the moments of New Year’s Eve. Besides 2-4 Square and costal parks, tourists and local people often choose the buildings along Nha Trang beach to enjoy firework performance and to welcome the New Year’s Eve. This year, firework performance takes place at 2-4 Square, so the most beautiful and splendid place to enjoy firework performance is Novotel hotel. Therefore, the Novotel hotel organizes their own party to watch fireworks on the hotel roof terrace. The party includes different beverages: wine, beer, soft drink buffet with the price: 500.000 VND/Adults, 250.000 VND/children from six to twelve (Not including value added tax and service charge). Enjoy fireworks from the high position and close at Novotel hotel will bring you a full enjoyment of the bright colorful scene of the fireworks in the city sky. It’s a new feeling and impression on the … [Read more...]

New Year celebrations in town

The Saigon Times Daily Caravelle Hotel (19 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC) The last evening of the year will be marked in style with a black-tie, six-course gala dinner in Reflections, while Nineteen will hold a lavish dinner buffet with free flowing wine, premium cocktails and live jazz in the lobby until midnight. The year ends on a high with a week-long carnival party at Saigon Saigon Bar, led by Cuban band Corazon Latino and sizzling samba dancers. Hotel Equatorial HCMC (242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5, HCMC) … [Read more...]

Danang Tourism: Major Socio-economic Growth Driver


Tourism is considered a spearhead economic sector of Danang city. The city is becoming more attractive to tourists, especially international ones. In the coming time, the city continues to improve the quality and diversification of products and services and plans to increase the proportion of the tourism contribution to the city's GDP in 2015 to 7 percent. Danang, a coastal city located in a region with world heritage sites, and synchronous infrastructure - with seaport and international airport. The city is the final point of the East-West Economic Corridor that leads to the East Sea. With abundant and diverse natural resources, Danang has many advantages to develop its tourism economy. Thanks to these advantages, tourism sector has become the driving force in the process of socio-economic development in Danang while others keep sluggish in the context of economic difficulty. In the first six months of 2012, Danang's tourism sector has achieved quite satisfactory results. Total … [Read more...]

Accor opens Novotel Saigon Centre


On August 9, 2012, Accor, the leading international operator of hotels in Asia-Pacific and Vietnam, announces the opening of Novotel Saigon Centre, a newly-built hotel located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This new upper mid-scale hotel promises new experiences and convenience for both business and leisure travellers visiting this vibrant city. Mr. Patrick Basset, Senior Vice President, Accor Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, says, "Novotel Saigon Centre's prime location makes it an ideal place to stay when visiting this city. We are proud to introduce this new Novotel hotel as it completes the spectrum of Accor hotel brands that guests visiting the city can choose from - from luxury Sofitel, upper-midscale Novotel, to economy ibis. Saigon now has an Accor hotel to meet all travellers' budgets and expectations." The 247 guest rooms and suites have been thoughtfully designed to present guests with spacious, modern and efficient room functionalities, while … [Read more...]