Vietnam men fix raincoats, hunt for killer and forest bees

The seasonal raincoat fixer

A middle-aged man in central Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province has spent 40 years mending raincoats, while another in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak risks his life hunting for highly poisonous hornets as their means of livelihood. Nguyen Van Sy, 55, has patched up raincoats’ holes or rips at a market along the Hoai River in Quang Nam Province’s Hoi An City for 40 years. … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12


National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 24/11


Bun Cha listed top 10 world's best street food … [Read more...]

Defence Minister to attend ADMM Retreat

Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh. Photo: VNA

PANO - A high-ranking military delegation, led by Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh on November 17th left Hanoi for Myanmar to participate in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Retreat. Other members of the delegation are Lieutenant General Vu Van Hien, Chief of the Defence Ministry Secretariat; Major General Vu Chien Thang, Head of the Foreign Relations Department under the Ministry; Major General Ngo Quang Lien, assistant to the Defence Minister; and Major General Vu Tien Trong, Head of the Institute for Defence International Relations. … [Read more...]

Foreign-style animal statues to be removed from monuments within three months

A Chinese-style lion statue.

VietNamNet Bridge - February 2015 is the deadline for removal of foreign-styled animal statues from historical and cultural monuments. However, monument managers are having difficulty complying with the regulation because of a lack of guidance. relate news Culture Ministry sends dispatch on the appropriate use of animal statues in VNCulture Ministry removes foreign-style animal statues from all templesSacred animals reveal the true Vietnam After an inspection team of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism worked with managers, three pairs of Chinese-styled lion statues at three gates to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province were removed. The monument managing board said they would turn the lion statues into Vietnamese-style young lions. … [Read more...]

Travel Highlights 7/11

Hau Giang to revive famous market Nga Bay floating market, one of most famous floating markets in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is an attractive destination in Hau Giang Province. At the market, hundreds of boats hang samples of their products, mostly agricultural produce, on bamboo poles. Sales begin early in the morning and end by noon. When the floating market was established in 1915, it was located at the meeting point of seven canals and rivers in Nga Bay town. It became one of the delta's busiest markets. However, when local authorities moved the market 10 years ago to a site three kilometres away to ensure traffic safety, sales began to fall. … [Read more...]

Poetic passages in Da Lat

The path to the pine hill next to the Than Tho Lake.

VietNamNet Bridge - Apart from the mild weather and blooming flowers, Dalat also impresses tourists with streets of pipes stretching across the city to the suburbs. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/10

More Vietnamese nurses, orderlies recruited to work in Japan The Department for Overseas Labour Management on October 20 announced the recruitment of 180 nurses and orderlies to work in Japan as part of the Vietnam-Japan economic partnership agreements (EPA). Selected candidates will take part in a one-year Japanese-language course, starting in mid-December this year. All expenses for tuition and accommodation are covered, while the cost of health check-ups and passport applications need to be carried by the successful candidates. … [Read more...]

New group links female entrepreneurs

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan (second, right) and Mai Kieu Lien (first, right), CEO and Chairwoman of Vietnam Dairy Products Joint - Stock Company, give milk to poor children in central Quang Ngai Province's Ly Son Island. Lien is the only Vietnamese woman to have been named among Asia's 50 Most Powerful Businesswomen three times by US business magazine Forbes. - Photo

HA NOI (VNS) - A congress held in Ha Noi yesterday launched the Viet Nam Association of Women Entrepreneurs and elected Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa its first president. … [Read more...]

Making the world run: Women’s Day in Vietnam


Three of my young Vietnamese friends are starting a small business in Da Nang City in the central region. The young lady has taken the risk and the plunge to create a business space of their own creativity and imagination. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/10

Thuy Linh shines at Miss International The strikingly beautiful Vietnamese model Cao Thuy Linh was chosen Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant on October 7. Eighty-five international contestants coming from different countries and territories around the globe participated in the gala affair held in Bangkok, Thailand. Daryanne Lees from Cuba was sashed winner of the MGI 2014. The two runner-up title went to Hiwot Mamo from Ethiopia and Kathryn Kohut from Canada. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/10

British dance ensemble to brighten Vietnam stages Two stunning contemporary dance productions "Without Stars" and "There We Have Been" inspired by Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood are set to light up Vietnam stages this October. James Cousins and his dancers will hit the Youth Theatre in Hanoi for a one-night-only show on October 22 and the IDECAF stage in Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-25. A graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, James Cousins founded his dance company in 2012 along with creative producer Francesca Moseley. … [Read more...]

10 action, romance films in cinemas this month


VietNamNet Bridge - In addition to horror and thriller movies, many action and romance films will be released in Vietnam this month, including "Outcast" and "Fury".1. Lupin the Third Release date: 3/10 … [Read more...]

Social News 30/9

Ministry brings attention to cracks in Vietnam's longest highway The Ministry of Construction has requested that the Ministry of Transport and the investor of the newly-opened 245-km Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway investigate the causes for cracks on the route, the longest of its kind in Vietnam. According to the Ministry of Construction, the State Agency for Construction Quality Investigation has visited the site for investigation. The ministry has also asked that the Ministry of Transport instruct the investor, Vietnam Expressway Corporation, to find out and divulge the causes these cracks and work out the quickest solution. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 29/9

Photographers capture Vietnam in Canon competition More than 3,000 professional and amateur photographers gathered at Quan Ngua Sports Complex here to participate in the Canon Photo Marathon 2014 event. Now on its 12th consecutive year, the competition for the best photographs of unforgettable moments taken under deadline pressure centre on themes highlighting Viet Nam, her culture and people. The top prize includes professional photography training in Japan and other awards. A similar event will be held on Saturday at Military Zone 7 Gymnasium in HCM City. … [Read more...]

Hanoi to honour top ten citizens


The ten most outstanding citizens of Hanoi, including musician Phu Quang, Doctor Nguyen Tien Quyet and Colonel Tran Duc Long, will be honoured on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the capital. … [Read more...]

Who is the second-ranked dollar billionaire in Vietnam?


VietNamNet Bridge - After Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, the following names are said to be the most outstanding candidates for the second dollar billionaire of Vietnam. relate news First Vietnamese billionaire on Forbes listVietnamese-American billionaire among 1,000 richest people in the worldSpecial heirs in Vietnam300 billionaires group as Vietnamese super-rich On September 17, Wealth-X and UBS (Swiss Bank) released the report "Billionaire Census 2014". In particular, Vietnam has two billionaires with total assets of approximately $3 billion. One of the two names is confirmed to be Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, Vingroup chairman, who was included in the list of Forbes billionaires for two consecutive years, with assets estimated at $1.6 billion (announced in March 2014). … [Read more...]

Social News 22/9

A/H5N6 flu virus: Quang Nam culls 800,000 ducks Quang Nam province has begun culling 800,000 ducks after the H5N6 avian bird flu virus was detected in poultry, reports the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Deputy Director of the Quang Nam provincial Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Muon, announced on September 20 so far 3,150 ducks have tested positive for the deadly A/H5N6 virus. Veterinarians have now taken preemptive measures to test ducks and poultry from over three household breeding farms in Phu Quy 3 hamlet, Tam My Dong commune, Nui Thanh district. … [Read more...]

Political News 22/9

Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand takes office Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Viet Dung presented his credentials to Governor-General of New Zealand Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony in the capital Wellington on September 17 to start his working term there. Governor-General Mateparae congratulated Dung on his new mission while showing his delight that the two countries are carrying out the second phase (2013-2016) of their action plan together with activities to herald the 40 th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/9

Survey to valuate patients' satisfaction over public healthcare services The Institute of Health Strategy and Policy under the Ministry of Health September 15 announced that it has chosen hospitals such as Tu Du Maternity, Nhan Dan Gia Dinh, Children No.2 and the Center for Preventive Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City for the project of valuating patients' level of satisfaction over public healthcare services. The project aims to investigate in what way people access healthcare services, transparence of information and administrative formality, facilities, medical workers' behaviors and manners to patients, how far healthcare services can meet patients' demand, and whether patients can afford medical charges. … [Read more...]