Phu yen boats shipped to Switzerland

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The Phu My trade village in central Phu Yen province's An Dan commune has won a contract to export the first batch of 200 basket boats to Switzerland. The modest deal presents a valuable opportunity for the village to advertise its traditional product. … [Read more...]

Basket boats shipped to Switzerland

The Phu My trade village in central Phu Yen province's An Dan commune has won a contract to export the first batch of 200 basket boats to Switzerland. Basket boats intertwined with Ngan Ha village's historyThe modest deal presents a valuable opportunity for the village to advertise its traditional product. The small, round bamboo boats, literally known in Vietnamese as Thuyen Thung, are typically usedfor tuna fishing, especially in southern and central provinces. "Prices of the exported basket boats are reasonable from VND900,000-2.5 million (US$43-119), depending on size," said Truong Thi Bich Kieu, who owns a production facility in An Dan commune. "It's now the fishing season so we have to speed up production in order to fill orders from domestic clients," she added. Her facility has created dozens of jobs for local people that offer a monthly salary of US$3 million (US$143), which is much higher than the local average. However, Kieu said, her business needs financial assistance … [Read more...]

Phu Yen boats off to Switzerland

PHU YEN (VNS)— The trade village of Phu My in central Phu Yen Province's An Dan Commune has won a contract to export the first batch of 200 basket boats to Switzerland. The modest deal represents a valuable opportunity for the village to advertise its traditional product. The small, round bamboo boats, literally known in Vietnamese as thuyen thung, are typically used for tuna fishing, especially in southern and central provinces. "Prices of the exported basket boats are reasonable from VND900,000-2.5 million ($43-119), depending on size," said Truong Thi Bich Kieu, who owns a production facility in the commune. "It's now the fishing season so we have to speed up production in order to fill orders from domestic clients," she said. … [Read more...]

Phu Yen’s coracle exported to Switzerland

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Ms. Truong Thi Bich Kieu, the owner of a coracle-making unit in An Dan commune, Tuy An district, Phu Yen province, let known that her family has just received a 200-coracle order to export to Switzerland to provide tourism companies. According to Ms. Kieu, with sleek, durability and affordable prices (an average of 1.5 to 3 millions for one coracle), Phu Yen's coracles are popular with the nationwide customers, and now getting popular with foreign market. … [Read more...]

250 dancers verge on Opera House for Hoa Muon Sac

People's Artist Ung Duy Thinh and director of the concert Hoa Muon Sac discusses the event in District 3.

VietNamNet Bridge - Hoa Muon Sac (Multicolored Flowers), featuring 250 dancers, will take place at HCMC Opera House at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The concert will feature nice professional art troupes such as Bong Sen Theater, HCMC Dance School, HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera and other troupes from Phu Yen, An Giang and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces. Audiences will have a chance to enjoy many genres of dance in diverse themes and styles from folk to contemporary. Each work presents a point of view of life, exposing hopes and beauty in the working life and spiritual world of human beings. "The is the biggest ever event, providing the professional working spirit of Vietnam Association of Dance Artists. The event is also a festive day for artists to have a chance to meet and share their passion and experience," said People's Artist Ung Duy Thinh, director of the concert. Visitors will get a glimpse of daily life in the Mekong Delta through the work 'Mua Ca' (Fishing Season), … [Read more...]

Phu Yen boats off to Switzerland

PHU YEN (VNS)— The trade village of Phu My in central Phu Yen Province's An Dan Commune has won a contract to export the first batch of 200 basket boats to Switzerland. The modest deal represents a valuable opportunity for the village to advertise its traditional product. The small, round bamboo boats, literally known in Vietnamese as thuyen thung, are typically used for tuna fishing, especially in southern and central provinces. "Prices of the exported basket boats are reasonable from VND900,000-2.5 million ($43-119), depending on size," said Truong Thi Bich Kieu, who owns a production facility in the commune. "It's now the fishing season so we have to speed up production in order to fill orders from domestic clients," she said. … [Read more...]

Hoi An old town to go eco

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched a pilot project to develop ecofriendly business models in the historic town of Hoi An, Lao Dong newspaper reported. Foreign tourists row traditional Vietnamese fishing boats called thuyen thung (basket boats) on a river in Hoi An. … [Read more...]

A new day dawns on Cua Dai Beach

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As Cua Dai Beach near the ancient town of Hoi An is pretty quiet in the early morning, it is preferred by tourists who want to experience the fresh breeze of the ocean and take a stroll on smooth white-sand stretches when a new day begins. Tourists can come to the pristine Cua Dai Beach on foot or by cycling through four kilometers from the heart of Hoi An to the beach located on the outskirts of the city nestled by Hoai River and surrounded with rustic nature. A couple walks hand-in-hand on Cua Dai Beach while a basket-like bamboo boat sways on the sea at dawn … [Read more...]

Creation of bamboo boats is a silent pleasure

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Most visitors go to Phan Thiet City's Thuy Tu Temple to witness the hundreds of whale skeletons but they forget there is also a lot of life in the nearby bamboo boat making craft village, the silent corner of sea life. Thuyen thung (bamboo boat) has been used by fishermen in the Quang region for over a century in central Vietnam. Due to the high demand of fishermen, the craft of making bamboo boats also developed, but these days just a few households preserve the craft. A worker in the bamboo boat making craft village in Phan Thiet City … [Read more...]

Basket boat racing in Hoi An

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If you like boat racing with the excitement but not the danger, join the basket boat race on the Hoi An Eco-tour, organized by Khoa Tran Travel Company. The family-run tour company in the ancient town of Hoi An operates tours with local farmers and fishermen, for tourists to sample how they live and work and have a bit of fun on the way. Erica Tubbs' husband takes pictures of her and a fisherwoman in thuyen thung chai (basket boat) - Photo: Minh Duy … [Read more...]

Fish the day away

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Catch a breeze and some fish at the beach outside Hoi An. Tourists share a day with pineapple sellers at Cua Dai Beach just outside the historic port town of Hoi An … [Read more...]

Hoi An Charms Miss Universe Contestants

Beauties on Cua Dai Beach

Hoi An, a quiet ancient town in the central province of Quang Ninh, was jubilant when 80 Miss Universe contestants arrived Wednesday. The sunny day was made hotter when long legs and the world's best figures arrived in the Palm Garden, a five-star resort on Cua Dai Beach. The young women took part in sea sports and folk games including casting nets with fishermen, kite flying, beach volleyball, water-skiing, parachute jumping, bit mat dap nieu (where a blindfolded person tries to break a clay pot), nhay sap (dancing on a bamboo pole), and thuyen thung (bamboo basket boat racing). The beauties put on ao dai dresses to participate in a parade entitled, "Hoi An ancient town at night." Some 10,000 watched as they travelled around the city on pedicab. More than 700 colorful lanterns with the names of contestants and their countries of origin were lit along Tran Phu Street. The beauties enjoyed a performance of traditional music and dance at Chua Cau Bridge and released colourful … [Read more...]

Basket boats intertwined with Ngan Ha village’s history

Ngan Ha villagers, both male and female, have got used to rowing the thuyen thung very early since childhood. Many still remember clearly the first day of learning how to row out from the shore without spinning around and around in a circle. Basket boats, locally called thuyen thung, dot the more than two-kilometre-long beach of Ngan Ha Village in Ninh Thuy district, south central Khanh Hoa province. The small, round bamboo boats put out to dry in the sun look like mushrooms growing on the sand. If you travel there for the first time, you may wonder why such a small fishing village has so many basket boats. To satisfy your curiosity, you should backtrack in the history of Ngan Ha, now located along the road from Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard to Doc Let, one of the most famous tourist parks along Khanh Hoa's coastline. You can find the tale about the history of thuyen thung in many documents and books. Hundreds of years ago groups of people from across the country moved to … [Read more...]

An obligation 22 years overdue

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A view of Phu My Hung. Photo: Nguyen Manh Hien When the Phu My Hung project was launched, no one could forecast that it would develop into an attractive residential area as it is today. Those who could - and could afford buying houses here right from the beginning - have all become millionaires. Except for a number of insightful leaders and the investor, most others believe that the Phu My Hung project was doomed to fail. Even after the Nguyen Van Linh St. was open in late 1997, the first 70 houses offered for sale were met with a lukewarm reception. Few thought this would become a good place to reside. It took a year and half for all of them to be sold. Most of the buyers were either risk takers or those who had ample money to spare. At that time, many people still believed that the developing of Nguyen Van Linh St. and of the Phu My Hung urban area was faced with insurmountable challenges, and expected a day would come when Lawrence S. Ting’s company would give up and … [Read more...]

The story of Saigon South

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The Star Light Bridge that connects the Crescent and the Canal District in Phu My Hung. Photo courtesy of PMH Development Corp. Phu My Hung was the third project of Lawrence S. Ting’s Central Trading & Development (CT&D) Group in Vietnam. The first two were the Tan Thuan Export-Processing Zone and Hiep Phuoc Power Plant. The Tan Thuan Export-Processing Zone (EPZ) was initiated by a group of economists in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in the eve of Doi Moi (economic reform). This group was famously known as "the Friday Group" since its members met every Friday to discuss their issues of interests. Much has been written about their efforts, struggles and sacrifices as well as the important role they played in the development of HCMC and the country in general. Built on a 300-hectare area of infertile alkali land in Nha Be District, Tan Thuan EPZ was the first in Vietnam. It was later considered a world-class EPZ and ranked among the best in Asia-Pacific. Now that investors … [Read more...]

Many educators and state officials found using counterfeit degrees

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Many general school teachers and university lecturers were recently found as not having education degrees required for their jobs, while they have been working on posts for many years. Hanoi Foreign Trade University The public has been stunned by the news that a lecturer at the Hanoi Foreign Trade University, one of the most prestigious schools in Vietnam, does not have a doctorate in marketing as he declared. According to the school’s president Hoang Van Chau, the lecturer (NHM) was sent to France in 2002 to study at Pantheon-Sorbonne University for a doctorate in marketing. The training course was funded by the state. When NHM returned to Vietnam in 2008, he continued working as a lecturer at the school as per a decision by the Minister of Education and Training and the decision by the school’s president. NHM’s inaccurate declaration about the doctorate was discovered recently. He has been giving lectures to students over the last eight years as a … [Read more...]

Incredible drone footage shows Saigon’s changing face, 40 years on

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How has the face of Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, been changing over the last four decades since April 30, 1975, when the country was reunified? Tuoi Tre Online, the online edition of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, in celebrating the country’s 40th anniversary of reunification. The last 40 years has seen Ho Chi Minh City continually changing its face, growing to become the most dynamic city of Vietnam, with its infrastructure, traffic, housing, and lifestyle undergone striking changes. The footage begins with aerial views of the city’s downtown area, which is its busiest area where people have the highest income and living standard. The Bitexco Financial Tower, the highest skyscraper in the city, is also highlighted in the video as a new icon of Saigon. Then comes the Phu My Hung urban area in District 7, which has grown from a wild marshland into a hub for expats who work and live in Vietnam. The revamps of such canals as Tan Hoa-Lo Gom, Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe, and Tau … [Read more...]

Saigon by night in photos

A tributary of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe, a recently "revived" canal, which runs parallel to Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thanh District. Photo:  Tuoi Tre

Tuoi Tre News introduces several photos which depict different locations in Ho Chi Minh City at night. Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, has undergone striking changes regarding infrastructure, traffic, housing, and lifestyle since April 30, 1975, when the country was reunified. The city glitters at night in the dazzling light from skyscrapers, streets, and new residential areas. The construction site of a skyscraper in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. On the left in the distance is the Nha Rong Wharf, one of the city’s icons, located in District 4. Photo: Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre A young woman is engrossed in her work at a bar located at the Dong Khoi-Ly Tu Trong intersection in District 1. Photo: Tuoi Tre Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! … [Read more...]

Iconic works of HCM City of the past 40 years

The Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone is about 4 km from the city center, covering an area of 300 hectares in District 7. This is the first export processing zone in Vietnam, developed by the Management Board of Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone (Tan Thuan Co., Ltd.). Becoming operational in 2009, the project has a total investment of US$1 billion, creating jobs for 60 thousand workers. Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone has nearly 150 enterprises, mainly joint ventures with Japan, Taiwan (China) and Korea.

The Phu My Hung urban area, Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone, and Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe canal are three of six major new symbols of Ho Chi Minh City that have been built in the past 40 years, the Vietnam Record Organization announced recently. … [Read more...]