The tourism milestone from the effect of “yellow flowers green grass”

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The term for Phu Yen tourism in the past year is definitely "yellow flowers green grass". If the story "I have seen yellow flowers in green grass" by writer Nguyen Nhat Anh brings every reader up to the "childhood train", to one simple homeland, the same name film by director Victor Vu surpasses that mission, bringing the nice images of the rural homeland and people to tourists near and far. THE EFFECTS OF "YELLOW FLOWERS, GREEN GRASS" Those into tourism of Phu Yen are amazed when the intact, natural beauty images…of the "Nau" land are shot into the film in such a picturesque way. The simple stories of the children about a time of : cricket kicking, flying the kites, playing marbles, being afraid of ghosts, flood, kids envious with each other, boys and girls like each other…are blown into the plot by Writer Nguyen Nhat Anh in such a gifted way, therefore, almost everyone can see her childhood somewhere in the story. With the experienced and talented mind and hands of … [Read more...]

An exhibition on Dak Lak’s Gong opens

Gong dancing. Photo: saigonact.info.vn

PANO – The Dak Lak Museum has just opened an exhibition themed "Dak Lak’s Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands." More than 300 photos and exhibits highlighting the cultural features, people, and nature of Dak Lak province, as well as the Central Highlands, are on display at the exhibition. The exhibition includes three main themes, namely "The Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Vietnam - An Unwritten Masterpiece and Intangible Cultural Heritage", "Dak Lak’s Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands", and "Preserving and Developing Cultural Value of the Gong in Dak Lak." The exhibition will run until June. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Over 3,000 exhibits displayed at Spring Flower Festival

A section of the display area. Photo: congan.com.vn

PANO – The Spring Flower Festival is held annually at Tao Dan Park, Ho Chi Minh City to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. This year, the festival lasts for over 12 days from February 3rd. The festival features more than 3,000 exhibits, including various types of domestic and foreign flowers and bonsai. Especially, a wild orchid collection with genetic mutations in size and discoloured cacti are displayed, attracting visitors to the festival. During the festival, visitors will have a chance to enjoy traditional art performances, children games, folk games, calligraphy and more. The 2016 festivalruns till February 14th. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Localities to organize activities to welcome Lunar New Year

Hanoi decorated to welcome new year 2016.

PANO – The Bac Ninh provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on January 27th held a press conference to announce a number of festivals in spring 2016. Accordingly, Lim Festival 2016 will take place on February 19th and 20th with various activities, including Quan Ho (love duet) singing, folk games, and a human chess contest. Meanwhile, Kinh Duong Vuong Festival and Ba Chua Kho Festival are expected to attract thousands of visitors. The organizing panel also promotes the observation of regulations to ensure social order and avoid traffic congestion to make the festivals full of fun and traditional culture for visitors. * The same day, Hanoi’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced activities to welcome the Lunar New Year 2016 and Vietnamese Tet 2016 program. 200 booths in the program displaying traditional trade villages, folk games, bonsai and Vietnamese cuisine will open from January 29th to February 3rd at the Hanoi Museum. Additionally, … [Read more...]

Command of Naval Region 3 visits two islands

Carrying gifts to islanders

PANO – The delegation of the Command of Naval Region 3, accompanied by reporters from press agencies, on January 26th started the journey to visit and present Tet gifts to officials, troops and islanders in Con Co (Quang Tri province) and Ly Son (Quang Ngai province) island districts. The gifts, including Tet newspapers, food and a number of essential items, will be presented to officials and troops of Radar Station 540 and 550 (under Regiment 351), local authorities and islanders. According to Captain Mai Trong Dinh, Political Commissar of the region and Head of the delegation, these gifts demonstrate the sentiment of officials, troops of Naval Region 3 and the people in the mainland towards the troops and islanders to enjoy a warm Lunar New Year 2016, and at the same time show the encouragement for the troops and people on the islands so that they could be at ease to firmly protect national sovereignty. As scheduled, the delegation will offer incense and pay tribute to war … [Read more...]

Exhibition “Spring paintings” starts in Hanoi

A number of paintings at the exhibition

PANO – An exhibition themed "Spring paintings" has recently held at 16 Ngo Quyen street, Hanoi by the Vietnam Fine Arts Association in celebration of the 12th National Party Congress and Binh Than Tet 2016. The exhibition is an annual activity to create a playground for artists and also a chance for them to meet after a hard working year. As many as 200 paintings, which are rich in both contents and styles, painted in various materials such as lacquer, oil, acrylic, silk, pastel and nepal-paper, are on display at the exhibition. The notable work groups are posters about the National Party Congress, works on the country’s landscapes, still-life works, and works on the monkey, the animal representing the coming Lunar New Year. The exhibition closes on February 5th. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Hanoi opens art and handicraft fair

Visitors at the fair

PANO – The country's biggest art and handicraft products fair, named Tet DOME 2016, is taking place at the Hang Da Trade Center in Hanoi from January 15th to February 5th. The center, in association with the Old Quarter Management Board and Gallery at 39A Ly Quoc Su, holds the fair to preserve the traditional Tet or Lunar New Year festival. About 200 paintings, 200 ceramics artworks, 50 "ao dai" (Vietnamese traditional dress) collections and hundreds of sophisticated handicrafts are showcased. According to the organizing panel, the artworks made by famous artists are expected to make the houses more beautiful during the upcoming holiday. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Festival Hue 2016 to start

The press conference introducing the event. Photo: dantri.com.vn

PANO – The 9th Festival Hue 2016 will take place from April 29th to May 4th with the theme "710th anniversary of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan - Thua Thien Hue: Cultural heritage with integration and development." The Hue Festival 2016 features typical art programs, performed by different cultures around the world, elite cultural heritages of Vietnam, especially Hue’s culture. During 6 days of the festival, visitors will have chances to enjoy special art performances to be executed by artists from countries around the world, such as France, Belgium, Poland, USA, Republic of Korea and the host Vietnam. Additionally, the art exhibition, Hue’s traditional festives of kite flying and chirography, scientific seminar, international trade fair, travel tour, and more will be organized during the festival. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

New cave systems close to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay unveiled

Stalactites inside one of the new caves hang loose from the ceiling. Photo:

Two new staggering cave systems near the UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay, which were discovered over three years ago, have been made public this month. The grotto systems are nestled in Hon Phat Co in Bai Tu Long Bay, one of whose sides borders Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is located in the northern province of Quang Ninh. The disclosure was made in early December by Nguyen Sy Binh, a fisherman residing approximately 50 kilometers from Ha Long City, the province’s capital which is also home to Ha Long Bay. Binh detected the cave systems more than three years ago. The revelation came shortly after the discovery of 23 stunning new caves near Ha Long Bay was announced. Binh agreed to pick up some Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters and take them to the recently announced cavernous wonders for a field trip. It took less than 10 minutes to travel by speedboat from the mainland to the caves. The entrances to the grottos are relatively treacherous, but Binh has fenced part … [Read more...]

The stunning charm of two new caves near Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Here, the giant stalactites will amaze any visitor.  Photo: Tuoi Tre     The sharp, spiky stalactites hang from the ceiling.  Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two new caves have been discovered by a resident in Bai Tu Long Bay, a neighbor of UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam. Nguyen Si Binh, a goatherd who found the new caves in Quang Ninh Province over three years ago, said he now considers them his brainchild. "There is only one path leading to the caves. I have made a metal door and locked it to protect the entrance from strangers. I also asked workers not to smear or touch the growing stalagmites and stalactites there," Binh said. The man revealed that he had accompanied a group of officials of Van Don District to the caves last week. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters are the second group that has visited the caves so far, Binh added. Pham Thuy Duong, head of the Ha Long Bay management department, said the two caves that Binh discovered are totally new. Therefore, the management board has never conducted any survey or check in this area. "We will examine the value and potential of these caves, and then … [Read more...]

23 new caves found in Quang Ninh province

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(Cinet)- Twenty-three new caves have been discovered in Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays in the northern province of Quang Ninh. A recent field survey at Ha Long and Bai Tu Long Bays in northern Quang Ninh province has added 23 new names to the list of local caves. The survey was conducted by Ha Long Bay Management Board and Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR) experts. This is the result of a study jointly carried out by Ha Long's management board and the Viet Nam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources under the natural resource and environment ministry from November 23 to 30. According to Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong, head of the Ha Long Bay management board, released the news, 18 caves of the new discoveries are highly valued for their beauty and scientific features. Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin in Quang Ninh Province, is 165km from Ha No. Spread over 43,400ha and comprising thousands of limestone karsts and isles of various sizes and … [Read more...]

Ha Long, Cat Ba shift focus to environment

Everlasting: A view of Ha Long Bay. Communities and businesses are getting involved in sustainable tourism to help protect the bay. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc

by Minh Thu HAI PHONG (VNS) — Communities and businesses are getting involved in sustainable tourism to help protect Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba, managers of the sites said at a meeting held yesterday in Hai Phong. The Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance held its second leadership committee meeting to review tourism activities during the year and discuss environmental protection at Viet Nam's leading tourist destination. Accordingly, site managers, local authorities and business representatives discussed designing certification standards for cruise ships in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and financial, technical and policy requirements. They aim to put in place a cost-effective collection and treatment system to manage cruise ships' waste water. Solutions Pham Thuy Duong, head of Ha Long Bay's management board, said a club was founded to protect the bay's environment with the support of the provincial government. The club is active in raising people's awareness … [Read more...]

23 caves discovered in the bays of Ha Long and Bai Tu Long

Stalactites in a new cave in the northeast of Bo Hon Island in Ha Long Bay. - Photo doisongphapluat.vn

Twenty-three new caves have been discovered in Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays in the northern province of Quang Ninh. This is the result of a study jointly carried out by Ha Long's management board and the Viet Nam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources under the natural resource and environment ministry from November 23 to 30. Eighteen of the 23 explored caves have high value in terms of science and aesthetics, Phạm Thuy Dương, the head of Ha Long's management board, said. "These new caves will add more data and tourism resources to help the management board preserve and promote values of Ha Long Bay, a world natural heritage site," Duong said. Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin in Quang Ninh Province, is 165km from Ha No. Spread over 43,400ha and comprising thousands of limestone karsts and isles of various sizes and shapes, Ha Long Bay is at the centre of a larger zone that includes Bai Tu Long Bay in the northeast and Cat Ba in the southwest. These larger zones … [Read more...]

23 new caves discovered in Ha Long, Bai Tu Long bays

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Bai Tu Long Bay, the less-famous neighbor of Ha Long Bay. Photo: Kim Dung Quang Ninh Province’s authorities have discovered 23 new caves in Ha Long Bay and its lesser known neighbor Bai Tu Long Bay after a week-long survey, news website VnExpress reported. The Ha Long Bay’s management board conducted the survey in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment from November 23 to 30. Pham Thuy Duong, chief of the board, said 18 of the 23 new caves were highly praised for their beauty and scientific values. She said the board will further survey the caves and advise local authorities on which ones should be preserved for scientific research and which one should be opened to tourists. … [Read more...]

New caves discovered in Ha Long, Bai Tu Long Bays

Quang Ninh, December 3 (VNA) – A recent field survey at Ha Long and Bai Tu Long Bays in northern Quang Ninh province has added 23 new names to the list of local caves. Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong, head of the Ha Long Bay management board, released the news, adding that 18 caves of the new discoveries are highly valued for their beauty and scientific features. Further research on those caves will be conducted before being classified for conservation or tourism purposes, she said. Ha Long Bay, which spans 1,553 square kilometres and houses 1,969 islands of various sizes, was twice recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and 2000. Together with the neighbouring Bai Tu Long Bay, they form a tourism complex with thousands of islands, considered among the most valuable biological and geographical assets of the country and the world. VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

National sporting event for disabled students to be held

At the press conference. (Source: cand.com.vn)

PANO – The Can Tho City Department of Education and Training held a press conference to announce the 6th national sporting contest for disabled students, on November 30th. According to the organizing panel, 540 disabled students from 19 localities and sectors will join the event from December 1st to 9th, to compete in the six categories of athletics, table tennis, badminton, football, chess and tug of war. During the event, a gala night named "Joining cordial hands" will be held at the meeting hall of Can Tho University. Additionally, the panel will present 300 scholarships, worth VND 2.5 million each, to disabled students. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 1-15 (DAILY UPDATE)

Performance of Classic Ballet "The Nutcracker" 10 and 11 Dec 2015, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội Come to performance of classic ballet "The Nutcracker" at Hanoi Opera House with: - Artistic Director: People's Artist Pham Anh Phuong - Music: Piotr Illich Tchaikovski - Choreography: Philippe Cohen - Stage director: Philippe Lormeau - Lighting: Reynald Bureau - Costumes: Mary Payne Nguyen - Costumes made by: La Hang With 50 dancers of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet The School of Vietnam. Performers: Clara: Chuc Quynh Casse - Noisette Han Giang (the Puppet) The Fairy: Thu Lan The Prince: Nguyen Manh Hung The Pricess of Forest: Huong Quynh The Friends of the Prince: Quang Hung - Anh Duc Spanish dance: Quoc Tuan - Minh Ha Arabian dance: Kieu Ngan - Tran Ngoc Hien The Clowns: Thai Son - Ngoc Truong Russian dance: Tuan Anh - Hoang Diep - Minh Thong French dance: Ngo Huong - Tuyet Dung - Hai Minh and others dancers of the VNOB and the Dance School … [Read more...]

Readers build house for poor family

Dan Tri readers have helped a family in Binh Thuan Province’s mountainous commune of Nghi Duc with construction of a new home. Duong Thi Von in the new house Le Quy Thich and Duong Thi Von are both from poor background but found a happy family life together. Unfortunately, Thich was injured in a traffic accident while Von was pregnant. Even though Thich survived, he lost a third of his brain, has troubles with walking and is unable to work. Von worked hard and borrowed money to cure her husband even though she was near childbirth. After their daughter was born, Von became the sole pillar for the family as she takes odd jobs to take care of Thich, raise their daughter and pay their debt. However, despite her hard work for the last six years, the small income hasn't quite covered the nearly VND100m debt. Von's daughter, Le Mong Thuy Duong "I paid them the interest if they seek me out. They'll yell and beat me up a little but they'll leave. I'll work until I have more … [Read more...]

Phuoc Hai, Vung Tau’s less famous cousin

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A corner of Phuoc Hai seen from the Minh Dam Mountains in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province. Photo: Khanh An Phuoc Hai, 90 km away from Ho Chi Minh City, offers a haven for those who want to give the city’s bustle a miss and enjoy quiet beaches, fresh seafood and trekking in hills. On beautiful beaches along the 18km coastline of the small town in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, early wakers can see fishermen collecting fish from nets in coracles. A couple of resorts have opened in recent years as local authorities, trying to promote tourism, established two major tourism areas along the coast, Hoa Anh Dao (cherry blossom) and Minh Dam. In January – February couples planning to wed go to Phuoc Hai to take photos with cherry blossoms that bloom along a road stretching five kilometers from Hoa Anh Dao to Deo Nuoc Ngot (Freshwater Pass). Backpackers can opt to stay at several hotels and guest houses that offer rooms at VND200,000 – VND600,000 (US$9-27). But white sandy … [Read more...]

Real estate festival to be held in HCM City

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For the first time, customers will have a chance to invest in properties and purchase homes in prime locations while enjoying the colourful, festive atmosphere at the Dragon City Festival 2015 – Dragons Gathering, to be held by Phu Long Real Estate Joint Stock Company on December 5-6. Organised at the PVGas Tower, a property developed by Phu Long JSC on Nguyen Huu Tho road in Ho Chi Minh City as part of Dragon City, the Dragon City Festival will display 15 signature townships, villas, apartments, hotels, and tourism property projects in key cities and tourist destinations like Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Danang, and Phu Quoc. These projects are developed, co-developed, and distributed by Phu Long. All projects occupy prime locations and aim to create prosperous communities and profit for investors. On the first day of the festival, Phu Long will launch sales of the Dragon Hill Residence and Suites 2 (Dragon Hill 2) and the Dragon Parc Villas 2. Following the success of the … [Read more...]