Travel News 17/11

Conde Nast Traveler lists Long Bien Market a world's best Conde Nast Traveler named the Long Bien wholesale market in Hanoi located under the famous Long Bien Bridge that was repeatedly bombed and repaired during the war with America on its list of the world top 7 street markets. Heralded by the Communist party as a symbol of Vietnam's resilience, today the bridge watches over a buzzing hive of vendors selling live frogs and sweet mangosteens. Since this is a daily market, it's best to make … [Read more...]

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Can Tho seeks Japan funds

-HA NOI (VNS) - Officials of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho last Saturday called on Japanese investors to fund key projects in exchange for favourable conditions. The offer was made at a meeting with business representatives of Japan's International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC). The key projects range from high technology, tourism and logistics to industrial parks and real estate. The Vietnam Plus online newspaper quoted Nakagaki Yoshihiko, concurrent FEC vice president and Japan-Viet … [Read more...]

Patriotic singer evokes love for country

Heart and soul: Singer Trong Tan performs patriotic songs in a unique style. - File Photo HA NOI (VNS) - For Trong Tan, who has been singing patriotism-themed songs for more than 20 years, it is a calling. Though he has released 11 solo albums featuring compositions in this period, his debut live show on Saturday at Ha Noi's Cultural Friendship Palace attracted more than 1,000 people. Speaking to Dep magazine before the event, he said: "I have improved myself through singing pieces of this … [Read more...]

Travel News 9/8

Stork Island eco-tourism site gets $66,000 infrastructure upgrade Authorities in the northern city of Hai Duong have invested VND1.4 billion (US$66,000) in upgrading the Stork Island ecological tourism site. According to Nguyen Duc Minh, Chairman of People's Committee of Chi Lang Nam Commune, the fund would be spent on building a new concrete road, parking lot and infrastructure upgrades at the site. "The need of embankment to protect the islands where the storks and night herons reside is a … [Read more...]

Travel News 31/7

Fansipan-Sapa cable car to open in 2015 The world's longest three-rope cable car system, extending from the northern Lao Cai Province's Sapa Town to Fansipan peak, will open to passengers in 2015. The project's investor SunGroup announced this at a recent meeting with the leaders of Lao Cai Province and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). The construction of the cable car is being carried out in the first phase of the Fansipan Sapa tourism complex. The construction … [Read more...]

Can Tho offers interest assistances to attract investors

Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy chairman of the People's Committee in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, has signed a regulation on interest assistance to projects calling for investment. The city authorities will aid investors with 20 percent of interest rate of a certain loan amount to carry out projects. 140-hectare Con Au eco-tourist site in Cai Rang District, Con Son tourist site in Binh Thuy, technical infrastructure construction and trading projects in Hung Phu 1, 2A and 2B, O Mon and Bac O Mon … [Read more...]

39 grottos discovered at Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognized national park

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Another 39 new grottos totaling the length of 17km have recently been discovered at UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in central Vietnam's Quang Binh Province. Le Thanh Tinh, director of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, said on Wednesday that the findings came as a result of a field trip, which was jointly conducted by the British Royal Cave Society, the Hanoi University of Science, and the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park from March 16 to April 25. … [Read more...]

Lonely Planet ranks eight most beautiful beaches in Vietnam

Coming to Ho Coc, you can welcome the early dawn with fishermen and taste fresh fish and shrimp from their boats. Located in Ban Bien Commune, Xuyen Moc District in Ba Ria - Vung Tau, 175km from Ho Chi Minh City or about three hours by road.

VietNamNet Bridge - The world famous travel site has designated Phu Quoc, Con Dao and My Khe beaches as the most beautiful in Vietnam, which lured a lot of foreign tourists in the past few years. Here are the top eight beaches in Vietnam, according to Lonely Planet: Phu Quoc Located off the coast of Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc Island is a destination for those who love sun, sea and wind. Phu Quoc Island is the largest island in Vietnam, with long beaches and many luxury resorts. Upon … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 19

Six tombs of primitive people dating back over 6,000 years have been discovered in Na Mo cave, Huong Ne commune, Ngan Son district, the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan.

Vietnam, Japan cooperate in protecting Thang Long Citadel Over the past four years, Vietnamese and Japanese experts have joined efforts to preserve the UNESCO-recognised Thang Long-Hanoi Citadel while promoting its image to the world under a project financed by the Japanese Fund-in-Trust. The US$1.1 million project aims to build a suitable management system for the benefit of long-term citadel preservation and sustainable development in the locality, said Nguyen Van Son, Director of the Thang … [Read more...]

Awards bestowed for local children’s literature works

HA NOI (VNS)— A Danish embassy-sponsored project to promote literature for Vietnamese children completed its first phase with an award ceremony on Wednesday. Con Ma Da Sau Vuon (Water Ghost Behind The Garden) by Nguyen Ngoc Hoai Nam won the top prize and Trang Vam Cop (Vam Cop Moon) by Kao Son took the second prize in the topic "Vuot Qua So Hai"(Overcome the Fear) in a writing contest for the 2012-13 period. For the "Le Hoi Que Em" (Festivals in My Hometown) topic, there was no first prize. … [Read more...]

Outstanding children’s literary works awarded

Danish Ambassador to Vietnam John Nielsen and HCYU Secretary Nguyen Thi Ha present the first prize to Nguyen Ngoc Hoai Nam

Outstanding short stories and cartoons submitted to a writing contest for children, in the framework of a project on supporting literature for children between Vietnam and Denmark, were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 17. In prose category, the first prize went to 'Con ma da sau vuon' (Skin ghost in the garden) by Nguyen Ngoc Hoai Nam and the second prize was given to 'Trang Vam Cop' (Vam Cop moon) by Kao Son. 'Chuot nhat 7A3' (7A3 Mouse) by Ngo Thi Y Nhi won the third prize … [Read more...]

Getting rich from organic tea

Workers at Hung Cuong Trading Co, Ltd are packing tea products

(VEN) - Known as the green gold of the northern province of Ha Giang, Hung Cuong Trading Co, Ltd's organic tea products have conquered many hard-to-please markets and brought big profits to both local enterprises and people. As a border province in the northern region spreading along Tay Con Linh Mountain Range, Ha Giang is bestowed with very favorable weather conditions for the growth and development of tea which has helped people in the mountainous region of Ha Giang eliminate hunger, … [Read more...]

Strategy focuses on synchronised oil industry growth

As a key economic sector of Vietnam, the oil and gas industry has made great contributions to the country's GDP, energy security, food security and national sovereignty protection in the past years. Report by Vietnam Business Forum. The Vietnam Energy Sector Development Strategy until 2020 and towards 2050 accentuates its focus on synchronised development of Vietnamese oil and gas industry, including prospecting, exploring, extracting, transporting, processing, storing, distributing, servicing, … [Read more...]

Oil & Gas Industry Development Strategy until 2020 and towards 2050

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As a key economic sector of Vietnam, the oil and gas industry has made great contributions to the country's GDP, energy security, food security and national sovereignty protection in the past years. The Vietnam Energy Sector Development Strategy until 2020 and towards 2050 accentuates the focus on synchronised development of Vietnamese oil and gas industry, including prospecting, exploring, extracting, transporting, processing, storing, distributing, servicing, importing and exporting … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for 11/11

A free film festival with the theme 'New Wind Blowing - Japanese Film and Animation' will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from November 15 -21.

Vietnamese beauty shines at Miss Grand International Khanh, 21, is vying for the title against 74 candidates from many countries and territories around the world at the event. Her performances were appreciated thanks to her natural beauty and gracefulness in Vietnam's traditional long dress (Ao Dai) and Non La (traditional conical hat). Designed by famous designer Thuan Viet, Khanh's Ao Dai features the beauty of Vietnamese silk and lotus - national flower. Themed "Stop the war", the Miss … [Read more...]

Where to celebrate Halloween in Saigon

Paradise Bay Resort Company Limited will pour a total of US$300 million into Alma resort project - the first of its kind to develop the "holiday ownership" concept in Viet Nam.

Time share project to make luxury holidays affordable Covering an area of around 30ha in Bai Dai Beach, central Khanh Hoa Province's Cam Ranh City, close to the Cam Ranh Airport, Alma will feature 200 villas and 400 apartments, together with restaurants, bars, shops and other amenities. The resort, backed by Blenheim Group, will be capable of facilitating around 30,000 holiday visits per year. According to Brian Martin, General Director of Alma, the concept of "holiday ownership" - which … [Read more...]

Can Tho to call off three delayed projects

CUU LONG DELTA (VNS)— Can Tho City authorities are set to pull the plug on three projects that have been delayed for long because of their investors' financial shortcomings. They are the five-star Cai Khe Resort - Hotel project, Con Khuong Eco-tourism Park, an office building at 102 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, an official from the Department of Planning and Investment told a meeting held on last Friday. Deputy Chairman of the Cai Rang District People's Committee Le Thanh Tam urged the city … [Read more...]

7 seized for assaulting Ukrainian man, snatching handbag

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Police in Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, in south-central Ninh Thuan Province, reported that they have arrested seven thugs that assaulted a Ukrainian national and stole his handbag on Monday.>> Crime on rise in HCMC The detainees are Dao Van He, 27; Dao Van Lam, 25; Dao Thanh Phong, 21; Nguyen Huu Sanh, 27; Vo Van Thong, 26; Pham Khac Phong, 17; and Dao Thanh Doan, 23. The first two are from Dong Hai Ward, Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, while the others are from Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan … [Read more...]

Top bartender hopes to inspire next generation

Vietnam's number one bartender Le Thanh Tung, 25, is hoping to inspire the next generation by lecturing at the Tourism School in HCMC and bartending clubs.

HCMC to host 2013 YxineFF Film Festival The 2013 YxineFF International Short Film Festival, themed "Choice," will open in Ho Chi Minh City on September 21. The online forum Yxine.com launched the festival to encourage the cinematic passion of young filmmakers all over the world. YxineFF Film Selection Committee Chief Marcus Vu Manh Cuong promises the festival will introduce audiences to the short films of cinema's emerging talents spanning animation, psychological thrillers, action, and … [Read more...]

The giant fish in Vietnam

This is a giant barb of 130 kg, nearly 2 m long, sold for more than VND1 million per kg to a restaurant in Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province.

VietNamNet Bridge - A shark of half of a ton, a 4-ton whale, giant barbs and ocean sunfish are among the "monsters" that were caught in a net in Vietnam.Catching a giant whale shark of 800 kg Fisherman Vu Ngoc Dien, who caught the whale shark, said the fish was dead when it was found. This is the largest whale shark ever to be captured by Nghe An fishermen. "I and other sailors on this boat have not seen any fish that is big and weird like this for many years. When we found it, the fish … [Read more...]