First VN coach transport company hires foreign CEO

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VietNamNet Bridge - Many passengers of the private coach firm Phuong Trang were very surprised when a tall foreign man, who could not speak Vietnamese but was always smiling and friendly, was dedicated to helping them. Tony Williamson talks with passengers. Tony Williamson – the new CEO of Phuong Trang Transportation Company - wears a black suit and has crew-cut gray hair. He is the first foreign manager in the transportation industry of Vietnam. "We will occupy the first position in Vietnam on transport by bus. In that position, we can lead, force other transporting firms to compete and improve services. Finally, your people and your country will benefit," he said. Williamson took the position before the Lunar New Year 2015, at a time when Phuong Trang was overloaded. These days, at the Western Bus Station (HCM City), people can see a foreign man running around the orange-color coaches to guide and carry luggage for passengers. Those who do not know that he is the CEO … [Read more...]

Homemade explosives easy to buy, but take heavy toll in Vietnam

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A young Ho Chi Minh City man has not attempted to create explosives since losing his left hand when an unintended explosion took place on February 3. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre Explosives are as easy to buy in Vietnam as meat, and playing with them as if they were toys has become a trend among the youths, some of whom were victims of accidents last month. The price for playing with explosives often comes in blood and bone. Vietnamese laws only allow fully state-owned companies to become licensed to use, trade or produce industrial explosives, but Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper uncovered that online forums have been up and operating for several years, which now have many members who gather online to discuss producing explosives and related activities. The members said there are hundreds of combinations of chemicals that produce different explosive sounds and colors. They mentioned more than ten destinations where such chemicals can be obtained in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including … [Read more...]

Serious traffic accident kills three, injures many

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In a serious traffic accident at 7.45am this morning, August 22, three people were killed and several others injured when a truck rammed into a 50-seater passenger bus on the Da Lat-Nha Trang Route in Sar Commune of Lac Duong District in Lam Dong Province. According to initial information, a 50-seater bus belonging to the Phuong Trang Transport Company traveling from Dalat to Nha Trang was hit by a sand truck, which was coming from the opposite direction. Among the three killed was one truck staff, 40-year-old Nguyen Van Hoi, a resident of Da Lat; an unidentified passenger; and one assistant bus driver, 25-year-old Cao Minh Son, from Quang Binh Province. … [Read more...]

Activities launched to support students during entrance exams

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The Student Support Center in Ho Chi Minh City has announced that the program Tiep Suc Mua Thi (Support Students in University Entrance Exam) which was launched by the Vietnam Students' Association will resume from June 3 till the end of the exams. Under the program, students' associations, students support centers and youth unions of 40 universities and colleges in the city will offer free meals, bus tickets, maps and free or inexpensive lodgings to candidates and their relatives. Quach Hai Dat, director of the HCMC Students Support Center, said the center had prepared 60,000 free meals and 40,000 lodging houses, including more than 8,500 gratis ones, for candidates from low income families. Dat added that the center along with Phuong Trang Transport Company will pick up 100 poor students from the southern provinces of Tay Ninh, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Ben Tre and the central province of Binh Thuan to bring to exam venues in the city for free. In addition, the organizers will … [Read more...]

Transport firms on road to higher fares

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Scores of Ho Chi Minh City-based transport firms are weighing up hiking fares on the back of escalating fuel costs. illustration photo The recent fuel price surge on March 29 made a number of transport firms mull plans to hike fares. Accordingly, a litre of petrol jumped 10 per cent to VND21,300 ($1.02) from VND19,300, while a litre of diesel rose from VND18,300 to VND21,000. The increase followed an 18 per cent hike on February 24. Ho Chi Minh City Union of Transport Cooperatives director Phung Dang Hai suggested a 10 per cent hike to current fare levels. "Otherwise, transport firms can not offset operating costs," Hai said. The 10 per cent hike was also the ceiling level members of the Ho Chi Minh City Taxis Association will shortly apply, said its chairman Ta Long Hy. Sixteen out of 32 taxis firms are reportedly operating in the southern growth engine and they will soon add VND600 to VND1,000 per square kilometre to current fares. Ho Chi Minh City Goods Transport … [Read more...]

National Day brings sudden boom to travel industry

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A four-day weekend means travel will be popular and keep the transportation sources busy during Vietnam's National Day. During the National Day holiday, Hanoi's My Dinh Bus Station expects to see an increase in the number of passengers traveling on shorter routes to Viet Tri City, Thai Nguyen City, Cam Pha Town, Cao Bang and Thanh Hoa provinces as well as longer routes such as Vinh City, Son La, Ha Giang and Dien Bien provinces. Nguyen Manh Tien, Manager of the My Dinh Bus Station said, "We will coordinate with transportation companies to mobilise 60 additional buses [for the holiday]. We are determined to strictly adhere to safety regulations and keeping our passengers in the best of care while using our services." Tien added, "This year's National Day holiday is close to the great celebration of Hanoi's 1,000 year anniversary so there will be a massive number of tourists visiting the city." Nguyen Nhu Truc, Manager of Gia Lam Bus Station shared, "The number of passengers … [Read more...]

Nation sets off for national holidays

With all public and private offices closed for four days on national holidays, tens of thousands of residents in big cities are preparing to come back hometown or flock to tourist hotpots, causing a dearth of bus, airplane and train tickets. Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City 's district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day. She was afraid bus tickets will not be available and so buy well in advance. Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of the major operators on this route, has no tickets left for April 30. It has also run out of seats on the HCM City-Gia Lai province, HCM City-Buon Ma Thuot routes. Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy head of HCM City 's Eastern Bus Terminal, said the number of passengers travelling during the holiday is likely to be 100 … [Read more...]

Nation hits the road for national holidays

Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City 's district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day. With all public and private offices closed for four days, she was afraid bus tickets will not be available and so búy well in advance. Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of the major operators on this route, has no tickets left for April 30. … [Read more...]

Quality coaches for Tet deficient

HCMC - Most transport companies in HCMC and other provinces announced on Monday that deluxe coach service for the Lunar New Year holidays, or Tet, has been sold out. As observed by the Daily on Monday at Mien Dong Coach Station in Binh Thanh District in eastern HCMC, most ticket agents shook their heads when passengers asked for tickets to their central and northern provinces. The hustle to buy deluxe class tickets at the Mien Dong Coach Station - Photo: Quoc Hung Tet falls on January 26 and the height of this season's transport demand will be from January 15 to January 24. According to Mien Dong Coach Station, demand for coach service is up 10% over last year. Vu Ngoc Duc of Phuong Trang Transport Company told clients on Monday that there were no more tickets to Qui Nhon, Danang, Nha Trang, Dalat and other provinces over these nine days. "We only have 20 coaches through Mien Dong Coach Station, not enough for the higher demand," Duc told the Daily. He said the company on Monday … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s week-long national holiday draws millions of tourists

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A national holiday that runs from Tuesday to the end of this week could not be a better chance for millions of Vietnamese to take on vacation trips across the country. The six-day holiday starts today with the national festival to commemorate the death anniversary of the Hung Kings, the founders of the nation, which falls on the 10th day of the third month of this lunar year. April 30 is Reunification Day and May 1 is International Labor Day, while May 2-3 are Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday saw more than five million travels countrywide flock to the Hung King Temple in Viet Tri, the capital city of the northern province of Phu Tho, to celebrate the main day of the festival. In Sunday alone, the number of visitors was as many as two million, said Nguyen Thi Tuyet Chinh, deputy director of the province’s tourism department. The arrival number will continue soaring the following days, she added. Police and security forces have been dispatched to the temple to ensure … [Read more...]

4 handed over after raid on illegal marriage plot

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Just as a young Vietnamese woman realized she might be sold into marriage, police raided the hotel where she was trapped to arrest four men plotting the transaction. Ho Chi Minh City police said Thursday they had transferred the four suspects, two Chinese and two Vietnamese, to law enforcement in Tan Phu District. Thong A Loc, 59, admitted to brokering the deal and to hiring Su Chuc Man, 43, as an interpreter for the Chinese suitors, Cen Yi Bin, 41, and Huang Hui Huang, 27. Loc, who left prison in late 2011 after a three-year term for a similar crime, reportedly drove two girls to Nhu Hoang Hotel in Tan Phu District on Tuesday. But a dispute erupted when one of the girls said she thought Loc was helping her find high-paying work overseas. Police rushed in mid-quarrel, as Loc was refusing to let the girl leave. Earlier, the Chinese men had "placed an order" for wives between age 18 and 23. Loc, who said other foreigners had paid him thousands of dollars per marriage … [Read more...]

HCMC plans ‘Bus Rapid Transit’ on Vo Van Kiet Road

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The Urban Civil Construction Investment Company (UCCI) along with relevant departments will construct a 'Bus Rapid Transit' (BRT) system on Vo Van Kiet Road in Ho Chi Minh City, to be sponsored by the World Bank, said deputy director of UCCI. The new BRT system from Western Bus Station in District 6 to Thu Thiem in District 2 will traverse the 21km route through Districts 1,2,5,6, Binh Tan and Binh Chanh. The cost of building one kilometre of road in the BRT system will be about US$1-2 million. The BRT route is the most efficient way to improve the traffic situation in the city. World Bank will finance US$300 million to help the city develop the system, of which the first stage is expected to be complete by 2013. Vo Van Kiet Road is an important link road stretching across 21.89 kilometres through eight of the city districts. Formerly, a bus service from Ben Thanh Bus Station in District 1 to the Western Bus Station in District 6 had been launched by the Department of … [Read more...]

New bus service on Vo Van Kiet road

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A new bus service from Ben Thanh Bus Station in District 1 to the Western Bus Station in District 6 has just been launched by the Department of Traffic and Saigon Passenger Transport company yesterday. The new bus #39 will run on Vo Van Kiet road The new bus number 39 will traverse the 16.9km route through the September 23rd Park, Le Lai Street , Ben Thanh Bus Station, Pho Duc Chinh Street, Vo Van Kiet Road, Ho Hoc Lam Street , Kinh Duong Vuong Street and finally terminating at the Western Bus Station in District 6. It will make 140 trips per day from 5 am to 8 pm at VND4, 000 per bus ticket. The new bus service will be the first transport link plying on the important and strategic Vo Van Kiet Road (former name: East-West Avenue) linking Ho Chi Minh City centre with surrounding economic zones. Vo Van Kiet Road is an important link road stretching across 21.89 kilometers through eight of the city districts. … [Read more...]

Public help students during university exam period

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Candidates from provinces are rushing to large cities to sit the first phase of university and college entrance exams for July 3-5. For many, this stressful period is worsened by trying to find places to stay in cities they know little about. To settle some of these pre-exam nerves, many people have rallied round to aid candidates traveling to the cities. To help the students, especially those who are poor, find comfortable places to stay during the period of exams, people from all walks of life, throughout the country, are joining hands to offer them suitable boarding places, as well as helping them to cut down on travel expenses. Despite the blazing sun or heavy rains, young volunteers throughout the country are patiently waiting at bus stations to give the candidates assistance as candidates arrive in the cities. Most volunteers are students from colleges and universities. Their task is to be present at bus stations to welcome the candidates, help them find places to stay … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-Hungarian and Hungarian-Vietnamese dictionaries introduced

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For the first time, two versions of a dictionary of Vietnamese-Hungarian, Hungarian-Vietnamese language have been compiled and introduced in Budapest, Hungary by author Tran Dinh Kiem, a former overseas Vietnamese student, a diplomat and a journalist in Hungary. Among a series of activities celebrating 65 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Hungary, the event was held at the Thang Long Center in Budapest on June 19th, with the participation of many Vietnamese and Hungarian visitors, including many former Hungarian diplomatic leaders. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Counselor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Hungary Nguyen Viet Khue appreciated the efforts of the author, who compiled and self-printed the two versions of the dictionary. Not only is the dictionary very useful for the Vietnamese community in Hungary, but as the statement of Vietnamese Ambassador to Hungary Nguyen Thanh Tuan, the two versions of the dictionary are more meaningful when Hungary is … [Read more...]

Vietnam cbank stocking foreign currencies after intervening in forex market

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The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is buying foreign currencies from the local market to increase the national foreign exchange reserves, a move it stopped for five months already, Nguyen Van Binh, Governor of the central bank, said at a conference in Hanoi on Saturday. The exchange rate between the Vietnamese dong and the U.S. dollar has been stabilized after the SBV devalued the dong by one percent earlier this month to stop market expectation of further depreciation of the local currency against the greenback, Binh said. The rate adjustment, taking effect on January 7, has limited the speculation of the greenback and bolstered the SBV’s foreign exchange policy, Binh said at the conference. Regarding the future exchange rate, Binh reiterated the SBV’s orientation announced earlier this year that the dong will not be devalued by over two percent against the greenback. With national foreign exchange reserves at over US$35 billion, this helps the central bank to make … [Read more...]

Vietnamese citizens in Australia raise fund to support the homeland’s sea and islands

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More than AUD3,600 has been raised by overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese representative offices in Sydney, Australia to support the "For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club on November 11. At a event, Ms. Truong My Hoa, former Vice State President and Head of the club, talked about the operation of the " For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club established by the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund. She also expressed her hope that patriotism and national unity would continue to be promoted in future. She also informed that the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund has built two primary schools on Truong Sa island district with money raised by the "For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club. Participants at the event suggested to organizing more fundraising activities such as cultural exchanges or art performances./. … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in Australia turn their hearts to the homeland’s sea and islands

Ms. Truong My Hoa, Head of the "beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club spoke at the ceremony (Photo: VNA)

(VOVworld) - More than 3,600 AUD has been raised by overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese representative offices in Sydney, Australia to support the "beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club. At a fund-raising ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday, Truong My Hoa, former Vice State President and Head of the club, talked about the operation of the "beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club established by the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund. She also expressed her hope that patriotism and national unity would continue to be promoted in future. … [Read more...]

Draft decree allows Vietnamese in casinos

Manh Tung Article 10 of the draft decree says foreigners, overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese citizens at age 21 or older could be able to play at domestic casinos. This is considered the most notable change to the licensing of casino business in Vietnam after years of intense debate. The Prime Minister would determine the detailed requirements and would decide which casinos could let Vietnamese citizens in. Currently, only foreigners and Vietnamese holding foreign passports and residing overseas are permitted to go to local casinos. … [Read more...]

Ministry to allow Vietnamese to go to casinos

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VietNamNet Bridge - A 21-year-old Vietnamese would be old enough to play at domestic casinos, under a draft decree on casino management from the Ministry of Finance (MOF). MOF, after repeatedly refusing to allow Vietnamese to enter casinos, has finally agreed to open some casinos to citizens. … [Read more...]