Boating along O Lau River

A lotus pond along the river’s bank

Nguyen Dang Ky The boat then arrived at the junction of O Lau and Thac Ma rivers. These two rivers flow from the west of Phong Dien District to the east, crossing National Highway 1A at Cau Nhi Bridge on the O Lau River and My Chanh Bridge on the My Chanh River and meeting in Hai Lang in Quang Tri Province. From there, the river receives O Giang and Vinh Dinh tributaries before pouring into Tam Giang Lagoon, which is renowned nationwide. We sailed down the O Lau River. Along the banks are peaceful wharves shaded by bamboo clusters, here and there dotted with lotus ponds. The more we traveled down, the narrower the river became. Our boat arrived in Van Trinh where the O Lau River meets the Vinh Dinh River before flowing into Tam Giang Lagoon. At the section the river became wider, tourists could hear bustling sound from fishing boats of the residents of Tam Giang Lagoon from afar. Our boar sailed to Dai Loc where a big market used to be formed in the old days by traders along … [Read more...]

Smugglers get crafty to cross Chinese border as Tet nears

As the Lunar New Year (Tet) approaches, smugglers are adopting sophisticated tactics to evade authorised agencies. They keep a close eye on law enforcement officers' every move, frequently change times and places of operation and mobilise crowds to surround officers, hindering them from working or grabbing back the confiscated goods. Tin Tuc (News) correspondents in Lang Son province observed that smugglers took advantage of times when law enforcers were changing shifts or in the dark of the night. They focused on hot spots like Ro Bon (in Tan Thanh commune), Goc Buoi and Hill 386 (Tan My commune) and Khe Thot, Cot Co and Thac Nuoc (Dong Dang town). When discovered, they would change their ways to transport their smuggled goods along trails and other border openings in Loc Binh district. In Tan My commune, Van Lang district, which has a 6km border with China , thousands of people lining Highway 4B and waiting for law enforcers to be off guard so they could illegally jump across … [Read more...]

French academy keen on developing Vietnam’s contemporary culture


A French institution has conducted extensive research on contemporary Vietnamese culture alongside its academic studies since it resumed operations in Vietnam over 20 years ago. >> Vietnam at beginning of 20th century through French academy’s photos École française d'Extrême-Orient (French School of the Far East), or EFEO, which is dedicated to the study of Asian societies, was founded in 1900 with its headquarters based in Saigon. The institute relocated to Hanoi in 1902 before ending its operation in Vietnam in 1957. The institute’s main fields of research are archeology, philology and the study of modern Asian societies. During its early days, EFEO placed an emphasis on developing new science disciplines, which were in their infancy in the Southeast Asian country back then. The French academy reopened in Hanoi in 1993, which marked a new phase in cooperation between Vietnam and France in social sciences and the humanities. It … [Read more...]

Time-buying tactics

Anh Thu According to the Price Management Department under the Ministry of Finance, fuels account for 25-35% of transport costs for gasoline-fueled vehicles and 35-45% for diesel-fueled automobiles. Meanwhile, transport experts, the fee reductions last month, with 6-16% at coach stations in Hanoi, 6-7% in Haiphong and 2-11.33% in HCMC as reported by Nguoi Lao Dong, are not proportionate to the fuel price declines. Besides, many enterprises are still reluctant to lower their charges. Many transport associations and enterprises nationwide say they are reviewing input costs to determine new charges. Though the fuel prices were cut sharply on Monday and local authorities nationwide have been urged by the Ministry of Finance to strengthen the monitoring of transport charges, transport enterprises have yet to make a move. They have excuses for delays. To them, it is almost impossible to adjust their charges overnight. Re-calculating costs and reporting new fares to the management … [Read more...]

Discovering Beautiful Stretches of Northwest Roads


Lao Cai is a mountainous border-sharing province in the north of Vietnam. This is a famous tourist destination of Vietnam where there are many beautiful stretches of road. The recently opened Noi Bai - Lao Cai Highway, the largest expressway in Vietnam stretching a total length of 245 km, is an opportunity for the province to attract visitors to discover its famous landscapes.Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr Nguyen Hong Thang, Director of Laocai Sunrie Travel Company, on opportunities for visitors to enjoy spectacular experiences. Thu Huyen reports.The operation of Hanoi - Lao Cai Highway will create more favourable conditions for visitors to experience the famous cultural landmarks and tourism attractions in northern Vietnam. Could you please tell us more about this? … [Read more...]

Building a brand name for Vietnam’s ancient Lai Thieu Orchard


The once well-known Lai Thieu Orchard, home to thousands of ancient fruit trees in southern Vietnam's Binh Duong Province, is on its way to restoring its former glory. The fruit garden includes thousands of privately-owned fruit tree farms located in Lai Thieu, which now covers Binh Nham, Hung Dinh, An Thanh, and An Son Wards of Thuan An Town. … [Read more...]

American citizen fined for hitting Da Nang woman


VietNamNet Bridge - In addition to fines of VND2.5 million ($120), an American man in Da Nang has to pay $3,000 compensation to a woman whose nose he broke by accident. relate news American man fined for disorderly conduct in Da Nang A man placed a tire around Gray's neck in order to stop him. Photo from a clip. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/8

Obon Festival to kick off in Hanoi this week Obon Festival, one of Japan's most well-known traditional festivals, will take place at Hanoi's Times City urban area on August 9 and 10, Vietnamplus reports. The festival will highlight Bon Odori and Yosakoi performances together with other traditional Japanese dances, Japanese martial arts like Kendo, Aikido and Judo among others. Many animated activities will be staged during the festival including lantern, fashion shows, film screenings on Japanese culture and culinary arts of both nations. … [Read more...]

Relics of historic Dien Bien Phu campaign (P1)

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VGP - A total number of eight remarkable relics with grandiose natural sights and various forests and caves in Dien Bien Province have become historical evidence recording the glorious battle of Vietnamese soldiers, which ended the French colonial rule in Viet Nam. 1.Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 29/4

American pharmacologist Louis J.Ignarro, who was co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, attended a seminar on Nitric Oxide's role in cardiovascular treatment, held in HCM City on April 27.

Bridge wiped away, hamlet isolated The Chu Va 6 Bridge was wiped away on Sunday by floodwaters, turning Chu Va 6 hamlet into an island. The hamlet is located in Son Binh Commune, Tam Duong District, Lai Chau Province. Bui Quang Vinh, deputy chairman of Tam Duong District People's Committee, said a delegation was sent to the site and officials were building a temporary bridge. The bridge, which cost more than VND100 million (US$ 4,500), was built to connect Chu Va 6 and Chu Va 8 hamlets following the collapse of the original Chu Va 6 Bridge, which killed eight people in February. Nobel laureate Louis Ignarro comes to Vietnam He delivered a keynote speech at the event that attracted more than 300 medical experts, doctors and leading pharmacists in cardiovascular disease. Louis J.Ignarro is professor of pharmacology at the UCLA School of Medicine's department of molecular and medical pharmacology in Los Angeles. Over the past 50 years Ignarro has made a substantial … [Read more...]

Muong Phang – an historical tourism attraction


(Cinet)- Muong Phang commune in Dien Bien district was the headquarters of the Command Committee of the Dien Bien Phu campaign 60 years ago. Every square meter of Muong Phang contains memories between local villagers and General Vo Nguyen Giap, who led the Dien Bien Phu Campaign to the world shaking victory. Muong Phang now becomes a destination for those who want to come to see the vestiges of the battlefield. The historical relic site of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters is located in Muong Phang commune, Dien Bien district, around 40 km from Dien Bien Phu City. Along the road to the place, there are beautiful mountains, forests and particularly a 60 ha reservoir which provides water to the hydroelectric projects of Thac Bay and Na Loi. The reservoir also includes hundreds of small islands and over 200 ha of forest vegetation cover floristic composition, therefore it's very potential for developing ecological tourism. Lying around 1,000 m above sea level, the Dien Bien Phu … [Read more...]

VNMH held a meeting to review the works of the 1st quarter, 2014 and develop the 2nd quarter’s missions on April 1, 2014.

In the first part of the meeting, Deputy Director Vu Manh Ha reported last 3 months of workings in the aspects of management, administration and achievements gained in the museum's operation such as the exhibition of Japanese Culture in Hanoi, Dong Son Culture in Malaysia, seminar in Guangzhou, China and the research and excavation activities. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Binh - Head of Exhibition Dept reported working results after the exhibition held in Malaysia Also in the 1st quarter, the museum's Labor Union Unit has organized a visit to Thac Bo relic, Hoa Binh province for women staff on the International Women's Day. Besides, The Youth Union Unit also took part in a meeting in DongMo, Son Tay to celebrate the March 26 (Youth Union's Day) and held lot of voluntary activities. Director Nguyen Van Cuong gave presents to celebrate birthdays of staff Finally, Director Nguyen Van Cuong concluded the meeting. He congratulated the successes that VNMH made in the 1st quarter in spite of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 25/2

An exhibition themed "Chavez Passed By Here" featuring over 50 photos of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during visits with Vietnamese leaders opened in Hanoi on February 21.

Young Vietnamese talent honoured in France The final round of a music competition for Vietnamese students in France was held at Reuilly Theatre, Paris, on February 22, leaving a lasting impression on the international audience. The twelve finalists took part in the event, held by the Vietnamese Students Association (UEVF) in France, to welcome the new spring and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties. Tran Trung Kien, a Vietnamese student from Lille city, won first prize for his piano performance, while second prize went to 20-member Action dancing group that stole the show. Vu Ngoc Han from Amiens city was awarded third prize for her sweet voice in presenting songs in both English and French. In addition, The UEVF and the association of Vietnamese experts and scientists, presented six certificates of merit to Vietnamese students who achieved excellent academic results in 2013. Italy dedicates new library to Vietnam A library introducing books on … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 22/2

The structure of floating houses in Vietnam will inspire Western architecture and the sector in general, a Danish architect has said.

US Embassy funds documentary film project in Vietnam The Vietnam Cinema Association and the Center for assistance and development of movie talents (TPD) plan to launch a project under the sponsorship of the US Embassy in Hanoi. The project, entitled "10 months, 10 documentary films", is set to run from February to December 2014, and aims to nurture the development of Vietnam cinema by providing guidance and other assistance for movie talents. It is considered a pioneer project in effectively assisting young filmmakers to make their own films that do not require massive expenditure or huge investment in technologies. Those involved in the project will learn about the process of short film making from script-writing to production, and have a chance to exchange and learn experience from famous local and foreign filmmakers. The project deals with issues on gender equality, homosexual, women's rights, and environment protection. The jury includes renowned directors Bui Thac … [Read more...]

Vietnamese films screened at Vesoul Asian Film Festival 2014

Doi Cat (Stand Life) by Nguyen Thanh Van - one of films is screened at Vesoul Asian Film Festival 2014 (Photo: Internet)

(Cinet)- Vietnamese films are screening at Vesoul Asian Film Festival 2014, in France, from February 11-18. The festival's organisation board allocated a special space introducing Vietnamese cinematography. The Vietnamese films are Bao Gio Cho Den Thang 10 (When October Comes) directed by Dang Nhat Minh, Me Thao-Thoi Vang Bong (Me Thao, Once Upon a Time) by Viet Linh, Doi Cat (Stand Life) by Nguyen Thanh Van, Song Trong So Hai (Living in Fear) by Bui Thac Chuyen, Bi Dung So (Bi, Don't Be Afraid) by Phan Dang Di, and Chuyen Cua Pao (Pao's Story) by Ngo Quang Hai. There will be also a presentation during the event introducing Vietnamese cinematography. The 20th Vesoul Asian Film Festival has took place in Vesoul, France from February 11-18, 2014. 100 Asian films including films from Iran, Turkey, China and Tajikistan has sceenced at the festival. The Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema started in 1995 and focuses specifically on the development of cinema from … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 18/2

Paris fashion academy backs TV show Project Runway This year, "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" program has decided to cooperate with Atelier Chardon Savard Fashion Academy - one of the leading fashion institutes in Paris, aiming to improve its professional quality. Accordingly, top three contestants of "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" will have the opportunity to go to Paris to practise and work with the academy's fashion gurus to create the final collections for the Project Runway finale. In addition, the competition winner will be awarded a scholarship to train at Atelier Chardon Savard academy with VND200 million in cash from the leading fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. "We are very excited and pleased to be given the opportunity to work with Project Runway Vietnam this year," said Dominique Chardon Savard, Headmaster of the leading Paris fashion academy. "I hope that the cooperation will help young Vietnamese designers gain experience and skills as well as proving themselves … [Read more...]