Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

HCMC adds more buses during New Year holidays

Ho Chi Minh City plans to increase about 1,300 buses on 15 routes which pass bus stations and amusement parks while reducing and halting operation on bus routes which mainly serve students during New Year holidays. Accordingly, routes, comprising of: Ben Thanh – Dam Sen, Mien Dong Bus Station – Hoc Mon, An Suong Bus Station – Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh – Moc Bai, Ben Thanh – Dai Nam Amusement Park, Cho Lon Bus Station – Tan Van, and Mien Tay Bus Station – An Suong Bus Station, will be added more buses. Moreover, if other routes see sudden increase in passengers, the city will mobilize more buses to ensure services. This year, Vietnamese people will have a four-day New Year holiday. … [Read more...]

Travel News 26/7

Two Vietnamese amusement parks named among best in Asia The Dam Sen Water Park in HCM City has been nominated as one of the 10 best water parks in Asia by tourism site On the website, travellers describe the park as an aquatic themed one with water slides, rides, and fun for locals and visitors alike. The park is open from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 6pm on Sunday. Vinpearl was named one of the 10 best amusement parks in Asia. Designed to be an independent recreational area linked with the five-star Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang, the park is built on an area of some 200,000sq.m and consists of unique and large modern facilities comparable to the top entertainment parks in the region and world, the website said. … [Read more...]

Two Vietnamese amusement parks named among best in Asia

The Dam Sen Water Park in Ho Chi Minh City has been nominated as one of the 10 best water parks in Asia by tourism site On the website, travellers describe the park as an aquatic themed one with water slides, rides, and fun for locals and visitors alike. The park is open from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 6pm on Sunday. Vinpearl was named one of the 10 beat amusement parks in Asia. Designed to be an independent recreational area linked with the five-star Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang, the park is built on an area of some 200,000sq.m and consists of unique and large modern facilities comparable to the top entertainment parks in the region and the world, the website said. … [Read more...]

Eight Tet must-see attractions in HCM City


(VOV) - Like Hanoi, HCM City also has the Calligraphy Street during the lunar New Year (Tet) Festival, but its other attractions include the Nguyen Hue Flower Road, Book Street Festival, and City Theatre. Six major Tet tourist destinations in Hanoi 1. Calligraphy Street The Street of Calligraphers has been a treasured Tet tradition for HCM City residents since 2007. It can be accessed at the corner of Pham Ngoc Thach Road, in front of the HCM City Youth Cultural House, and opens from January 19-30. Families gather to request traditional decorative scrolls from artisans as the young savour the spring atmosphere of apricot blossom branches and lanterns. The street is open from 8AM to 10PM. 2. Nguyen Hue Flower Road Nguyen Hue Flower Road is open from January 28 to February 3. Themed "HCM City—My Beloved City", the road is beautifully decorated with floral, fruit, and vegetable displays. The street's pedestrian space is adorned with horse graphics. 3. Book Street … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 26

A cultural and art performance titled Champa Journey Show took place today at the School of Theatre and Cinema of HCM City's Young World Theatre. The show introduces Champa cultural features that have influenced Vietnamese spiritual life.

Music gala to usher in 2014 For the New Year countdown, Hanoians will be treated to a lavish music performance that will take place in Cach Mang Thang Tam Square in front of the Ha Noi Opera House on December 31. The event will gather several new artists, including DJ Tenishia - a Maltese DJ duo comprised of Joven Grech and Cyprian Cassar, who were ranked in the 50 best DJs in the world according to British publication DJ Mag - and the Dutch DJ and music producer Ruben de Ronde. Leading Vietnamese underground artists, including JustaTee, Big Daddy and Mr A will also hit the stage during the night. The Ha Noi-based Rhapsody Philharmonic featuring young music students will be there to add diversity to the show. In addition, the performances will be embellished by a spectacular light show which is expected to offer audiences a memorable experience. An annual countdown event organised by Heineken will start at 8pm. Champa Journey show celebrates cultural influences Organised by … [Read more...]

City to welcome New Year with fireworks

HCM CITY (VNS) — "HCM City Welcomes New Year" is the theme of a six-day festival beginning on Friday at the September 23 Park in District 1. It will feature photo exhibitions on the city's development in 2013, food, traditional music performances, and games for teenagers. The city will organise two 15-minute fireworks displays on New Year's Eve at the Thu Thiem tunnel in District 2 and Dam Sen Amusement Park in District 11.— VNS … [Read more...]

Children amusement park developers enrich by collecting dimes


VietNamNet Bridge - Despite the economic crisis, Vietnamese parents don't cut down the budgets for food, children's study and entertainment. Having realized this, more and more mini children amusement parks have arisen, especially in the suburbs, where the land fund remains profuse. According to Do Thi Bich Tram, Managing Director of New Play Yard, which gives consultancy and the service of installing amusement parks, the investment rate is VND560 million on average for an amusement park, which includes VND300 million to be spent on children's toys and VND260 million on pre-engineered house. The playing field is about 200 square meters. With the current high demand, the investors would be able to take back the investment capital just after half a year. It would take them 3 months only if they open the amusement parks in summer, when children spend more time on play and less time on study. The reports of the market survey firms all showed that despite the economic crisis, which has … [Read more...]

Parents protest iffy response to son’s death at Dam Sen Park


The parents of a six-year-old, who died last week at an entertainment park in Ho Chi Minh City, have demanded further investigations into the death of their son. Six-year-old Nguyen Dinh Nhat Huy was found dead in a waste treatment lake at the entertainment park on April 26. District 11 police investigators found the body of Nguyen Dinh Nhat Huy in a waste treatment lake in Dam Sen Amusement Park on April 26. Huy, a pupil of An Phuc Primary School in District 3, went missing a day earlier during a school trip to the Dam Sen Park. The boy's parents, Nguyen Dinh Huy Cuong and Quach Ngoc Han, have questioned the police report, which suggests that Huy drowned in a sewage lake. They have also accused Dam Sen authorities of neglect, which contributed to the death of their son. In a letter to the District 11 procuracy, the district's prosecutor's office, the parents said that teachers went to the park authorities to report the missing student, and requested them to make a loudspeaker … [Read more...]

Foreign arrivals in HCM City rise by 10%

HCM City has received 341,000 foreign tourists this month, up 10 per cent year-on-year, according to the city's Culture, Sports and Tourism Department. Earnings from tourism reached VND6,900 billion (US$328.5 million), a 20 per cent rise. HCM City expects to receive 4.1 million foreign visitors this year. Nhan Dan (The People) Sugar stockpiles mount to 250,000 tonnes More than 250,000 tonnes of sugar are stored in manufacturers' warehouses in the country, according to the Viet Nam Sugar and Sugarcane Association. The association has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development that association members be allowed to export sugar. Lao Dong (Labour) Fireworks to light up Tet eve in HCM City According to HCM City's People's Committee the annual fireworks displays on the eve of Tet (the Lunar New Year) on February 10, will be set off at seven locations, including Thu Thiem Tunnel area in District 2, Dam Sen Amusement Park … [Read more...]

HCM City readies for New Year countdown


Ho Chi Minh City's annual countdown party to welcome the New Year will be held on Nguyen Hue Street in district 1 on December 30 and 31. It will feature laser and water shows, LED and other attractive lighting, and circus acts by international artists like Dennis Ignatov, Jennifer "Foxie" Marie Drilling, and "Cheetah" Russell Platt. There will also be DJs Mark Jolly, Drew Tudose, Alan Pham, and Jessica Nguyen, and singers Ho Ngoc Ha, Thu Minh, Ha Anh Tuan, Ha Okio, Minh Thu, and Ngo Thanh Van. The party will begin at 6pm on both days, and the countdown, 15 minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve. … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events (Dec. 27, 2012)


HA NOI Cultural events to celebrate New Year A range of cultural activities to promote traditional craft villages and celebrate the New Year and Tet (Lunar New Year) will be held in Ha Noi's Old Quarter from today until February 27. Visitors can enjoy paintings by artist Sy Tot and his family members from Co Do Village at Kim Ngan Temple, 42 Hang Bac, learn about traditional photography from the Lai Xa Village at Dong Lac Temple and experience Dong Ho and Hang Trong folk paintings at 87 Ma May Street. Meanwhile, information about plans to upgrade the Old Quarter will be available at the Old Quarter's Information Centre, 28 Hang Buom Street. American jazz artist begins Metropole residency American jazz singer Tabitha King will perform jazz regularly at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi from January 1 to April 30. King, who achieved worldwide fame with her self-titled CD Tabitha - Mind Games, will sing every night except for Mondays at 8.45pm. Bicycle … [Read more...]



A new law requiring xe om drivers to wear official name badges remains unknown and confusing A xe om (motorbike taxi) driver waits for passengers outside a shopping mall in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. A new regulation that took effect on January 1 requires all xe om drivers to carry a registered name card. … [Read more...]

Vietravel arranges FAM trip for Cambodia press

The group included the central and local television stations such as CTN, TVK, Apsara TV; and newspapers and magazines of Cambodia such as The Phnom Penh Post, Koh Sontepheap Daily, Raksmey Kampuchea Daily, and Popular Magazine. During four days in Vietnam, the press group visited numerous places in HCMC, Vung Tau and Binh Duong. The trip took in many beauty spots such as French-style constructions in downtown HCMC, Ben Thanh Market, Dam Sen Amusement Park, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden. The guests also spent their time at Binh Chau Hot Spring and Vung Tau City in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and Dai Nam Van Hien tourism complex in Binh Duong Province. … [Read more...]

Tet attractions in Ho Chi Minh City


Ho Chi Minh City is entering the final stretch in its preparations for Tet on February 3. If you are wondering where to go or what to do to partake in the country's biggest festival, here is a list of events and places that will be abuzz come the Lunar New Year. Tao Dan Park Catch the fireworks displays at seven spots around the city just after midnight on the Eve to welcome the Year of the Cat. High-altitude fireworks will be set off at the Caric Shipbuilding Factory in District 2, administrative center project site in District 7, the vicinity of Nguyen Van Linh Street and Phu My bridge in District 7, Gieng Nuoc crossroads in Hoc Mon District, Tan Tuc resettlement in Binh Chanh District, and the Ben Duoc Memorial Temple in Cu Chi District. The two other displays, at a slightly lower height, will be at the Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 and Suoi Tien Amusement Park in District 9. Tao Dan Park Shining streets in downtown You can stroll along splendidly lit downtown streets … [Read more...]

Deputy Prime Minister extends seasonal greetings


VietNamNet Bridge - The Christian community made a major contribution to helping Viet Nam overcome the effects of the global financial crisis and natural disasters this year, said Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem yesterday, Dec 23. He made this statement while expressing his best wishes for Christmas to leaders of the Ha Noi Archdiocese and the Vietnamese Protestant Church in the Northern Region. … [Read more...]

Social News 14/2

Home ownership extensions rejected The Ministry of Construction has rejected a proposal from the People's Committee of central Da Nang City to allow foreigners buy and own houses for up to 70 years instead of the present 50. It said this was in line with the Land Law of 2013 and the amended Housing Law. In a related movement, the ministry gave the green light to a city plan requiring buyers of social housing to make the payment in one installment. According to the People's Committee, a one-time payment enables investors to quickly recover capital and re-invest. The amended Law on Housing, which takes effect on July 1, is expected to attract more foreigners to come to live and work in the country. Quang Binh police seize firecrackers The Transport Police Department recently cracked down on illegal firecracker smuggling, catching nearly 150 kilograms of firecrackers being smuggled in Quang Binh Province. The Traffic Police patrolling the National Road No 1 discovered the smuggled … [Read more...]

Hospitals to tighten measles prevention measures

The health sector reported a total of 35 confirmed measles cases among 123 suspectedcases in 25 provinces and cities since the beginning of this year.

The health ministry has asked hospitals and medicalunits nation-wide to strengthen disease prevention, especially against measles. Director of the medical examination and treatment management department Luong Ngoc Khue said that the measles situation continues to be complicated. The health sector reported a total of 35 confirmed measles cases among 123 suspectedcases in 25 provinces and cities since the beginning of this year, added Khue. The ministry's instruction was released on February 11, following increasing number of measlescases being reported from across the country. The health sector asked provincial and city health departments to tighten patientclassification and examination for early detection of measles cases inpatient check-up centres. Hospitals and medical units have been requested to arrange for experienced staffs working at the check-up centres for receiving and examining patients. Suspected measles patients arerequired to be hospitalised in the infection wards … [Read more...]

More Tet gifts for child patients


(VOV) -The South African Honorary Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vien Dong Assurance Corporation (VASS), and student volunteers have presented Tet gifts worth VND40 million for child patients at Children's Hospital 2 in Ho Chi Minh City. The programme is part of the "Tet den moi nha" (Tet for every home) programme which was launched in January. So far the programme has helped hundreds of children, the elderly, and poor households have a happy Lunar New Year (Tet holiday). The South African Honorary Consulate and VASS have recently visited and presented more than 800 warm winter clothes to students living in two border communes of Hua Bum and Nam Ban in Nam Nhun district, Lai Chau province. … [Read more...]