Upgrade of Ho Chi Minh route in Central Highlands begins

The National Highway 14

Nhan Dan Online - Improvements to a section of the Ho Chi Minh route through the Central Highlands provinces began on September 15. The total investment in the project is expected to be roughly VND4 trillion (US$188 million) and it is scheduled to be completed within 24 months. The upgraded route runs through Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces with a total length of over 120 km that is divided into two sections. The first section connecting Pleiku city with Dak Lak is 70 km long and the second … [Read more...]

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South Korea promotes MICE tourism in HCM City


(Cinet)- On September 12, the General Department of Korean Tourism held a roadshow introducing South Korea's MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) tourism in Ho Chi Minh city. The exhibition focused on travel and tourism conducted in combination with business meetings and conferences. MICE Director Min Min Hong said the RoK is an internationally renowned destination for this type of tourism. With its 5,000-year history and 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the country's rich … [Read more...]

President sends Mid-Autumn fest greetings to children

State President Truong Tan Sang has sent a letter to children nationwide wishing them a joyous Mid-Autumn festival. Mid-autumn festival planned for ethnic children The State leader expressed his warm feelings towards children nationwide, overseas Vietnamese kids and foreign ones living in Vietnam. "Looking back at the past year, I am so happy that you all have made great efforts in studying while actively joining in social activities, doing what you can to help friends living in remote and … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh city Red Cross spends hundreds of billions of VND on practical activities

Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh city Party Committee, on behalf of the State President, awards the second class Independence Medal to Ho Chi Minh city Red Cross. (Source: VRC)

In 2008-2012, the Ho Chi Minh city Red Cross conducted diverse practical activities to help the poor and unfortunate people. Of which, the agency gave medical check-ups and medicines worth over VND63 billion to poor people, provided meals for 576 elderly people per month, and encouraged nearly 1.5 million people to donate blood, satisfying 80% of the demand for blood in hospitals in the city. Other humanitarian activities were also carried out across the city, including building over 1,700 … [Read more...]

Amateur singing and the opportunity to become cultural heritage of humanity


(VOVworld) - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has submitted the dossier of Don ca tai tu or amateur singing to UNESCO for recognition of the art as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The cultural sector, artists and community have continually preserved and developed this art form over the years. Don ca tai tu developed mainly in southern Vietnam. It is based on ritual music, which flourished in the 17th century, blending the traditional music of northern and central … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s capital is a city of beauty


The Hanoitimes - At first glance, Hanoi is a hornet's nest of motorbikes swarming Vietnam's capital city. But look beyond the sea of roaring engines and beeping horns and a land of old-world Asian charm awaits, with wide tree-lined streets shading old French colonial-style villas. Vietnam remains very cheap by Western standards, so it's possible to grab a big steaming bowl of pho — a brothy, aromatic beef or chicken noodle soup that serves as the country's staple dish — off a sidewalk cauldron … [Read more...]

Mekong: ASEAN Lifeblood

TAT welcomed the first flight of VietJetAir's Ho Chi Minh-Bangkok Route on February 10, 2013

ASEAN has unveiled an ambitious plan to set up the "ASEAN Economic Community" (AEC) in 2015, which in fact aims to accelerate full free trade and services within the region. In accordance with this scenario, Thailand would be assigned as the main country responsible for cementing ties in the tourism and air travel industries. Since Thailand is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, it is strategically convenient to serve as the center for trade, tourism and other economic issues. Thailand … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City reviews 5-years implementing agricultural and rural policy

Ho Chi Minh city People's Committee grants certificates to outstanding organizations and individuals in implementing the Party's resolution on agriculture, farmers, and rural areas (photo: radiovietnam.vn)

(VOVworld) - The Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh city on Thursday reviewed the implementation of the Party's resolution on agriculture, farmers, and rural areas between 2009 and 2013. Over the reviewed period, the value of agricultural production in the countryside around Ho Chi Minh city has improved. The city has issued various policies with regard to developing urban agriculture and has mobilized investment resources of over 61 trillion VND. The rural economic structure has been developed … [Read more...]

Vietnamese photographer wins international award


Vietnamese photographer wins international award Vietnamese photographer Le Duy Hoang won third prize at the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) for his black-and-white photography. His winning photo depicted the joy of a group of Vietnamese fishermen coming back from a trip. It earned him prize-money of US$8,000. HIPA is an internationally-renowned photography award, launched in 2011 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of … [Read more...]

Vung Ro: A legendary and romantic bay


(VOVworld) - Vung Ro is a little pretty bay in the south central province of Phu Yen. The bay is famous not only for its romantic beauty but also for being a historical relic. Along the National Highway 1A from the north to the south, Vung Ro Bay is located at the foot of Ca Pass, 25 km from Tuy Hoa city of Phu Yen province. It is surrounded by three mountain ranges: Deo Ca, Da Bia and Hon Ba and looks toward the north, east and the west. The bay rubs a dozen of pretty beaches stretching to … [Read more...]