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...]

Adding strength to the traditional craft village

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In traditional craft villages, women play a key role. With the passion and honor attitude towards the forefathers’ traditional craft, the women have made continuous efforts to preserve and "Add more fire" to the traditional craft villages in the provincial localities. The person who practiced the art pottery craft to Hoa Vinh townlet (Dong Hoa district) is Mrs. Tran Thi Chien. She realizes that although this profession takes a lot time and labor, the value is much higher than the traditional pottery craft. Therefore, besides molding pots, kettles, flower vases and pots as what she did more than ten years ago, Mrs. Chien learned and self-taught to make pottery wall lights and lamps as well as other ornaments. To preserve the forefathers’ traditional crafts, the inhabitants have to make efforts to look for consuming channels for their products. Besides meeting the demands and tastes of customers, and make it useful in life, every product has to meet the demands of being … [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...]

Entertainment News 20/1

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Hanoi to host Tet DOME Hang Da Galleria, in cooperation with the management of the old quarter in Hanoi, launched an artistic craft fair called Tet DOME 2016 at 39A Ly Quoc Su Street, Hanoi on Friday, according to Vietnam News Agency. Lasting until February 2, the fair themed "Tet trong ngoi nha Viet" (Tet at a Vietnamese home) aims to promote the conservation of Tet traditions in modern life. The event will feature around 200 paintings, 200 ceramic works, 50 ao dai (traditional Vietnamese long dresses) and hundreds of handicraft items. Famous painters Le Thiet Cuong, Do Dung, Duong Viet Nam, Vu Thanh Nghi, Do Khai, Dao Anh Viet, Doan Hoang Lam, and Tao Linh; ceramic artisans Nguyen Viet, Bui Hoai Mai, and Nguyen Tuan; and ao dai designers Vu Van Gioi, Nga CoCoon, Trinh Bich Thuy, and Adrian Anh Tuan will be attending the fair with their original works. The organizer said major activities at the fair include Ao dai fashion show, display of ceramic items and handicrafts from … [Read more...]

Phu My Hung Flower Fair to feature Vietnamese countryside

Hung Le According to Phu My Hung Development Corporation, the flower fair themed "Ve lang" (Back to the village) will have four main areas. Of them, the Duong Xuan (Spring Street) area will feature winding roads, gates of villages and other typical scenes of the countryside in Vietnam. Visitors will have a chance to get an insight into cultures of different regions from the north to the south via the gates. There will be many typical images of the country like wells in the north, watermills and thuyen thung (bamboo basket boat) in the central region, and vo ca (a bamboo tool used to catch fish) in the south in the Spring Street area. To welcome the Year of the Monkey, the organizer of the flower fair will reproduce a corner of the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve where there are monkeys in the Spring Street area. Besides, visitors will see vegetables and fruits such as tomato, pepper, gourd, squash, melon, grapefruit, plum, guava, papaya, pomegranate and paddy fields, among others. … [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

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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...]

MoIT extends tariffs on Chinese steel imports

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has acted to protect thousands of steelworker jobs across the country, by extending some of the biggest tariffs of recent years on steel imports from four countries. The MoIT has found that China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan have been dumping cold-rolled steel or selling it for less than its fair-market value and has enacted new tariff rates that come into effect as of May 14. The new rates on stainless steel from mainland China range from 17.47%-25.35%, inclusive and run through October 6, 2019. New rates imposed on Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan (China) are 13.03%, 9.55% and 13.79%-37.29%, respectively. Market analysts said the decision is welcome news to the steelworkers of Vietnam who produce steel products and are a giant step forward in the fight to make our nation's trade policies more aptly benefit working Vietnamese. Earlier, the MoIT ordered the imposition of duties ranging from 3.07% to 37% on imported stainless steel … [Read more...]

Worst drought in 30 years strikes Vietnam coffee

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Coffee growers across the key producing regions of the Central Highlands have been severely struck by the worst drought in nearly three decades to hit the country, reports the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (Vicofa). "The situation is very serious and could become catastrophic if rain doesn't come soon," said Nguyen Nam Hai, vice chairman of Vicofa. "A huge number of coffee growers in the region have already been put out of business." Over 20,000 hectares of farm land, primarily used for growing coffee, around the prime growing area of Buon Ma Thuot in Dak Lak province have been severely damaged by the water shortage, said Mr Hai. Mr Hai underscored the point that there are preliminary reports that as many as 165,000 hectares of coffee farmland may be at risk of loss from the drought and that 60,000 hectares might already have been wiped out. Based on Vietnam average yields for coffee, he said, a loss of 20,000 hectares of productive land could result in losses in excess of … [Read more...]

Fisherman successfully rescued in Hoang Sa waters

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PANO – Fisherman Huynh Thanh Binh was rescued and brought ashore for treatment by ship SAR 412 on May 1st in the waters of Hoang Sa archipelago. At 1:52 on May 1st, the Maritime search and Rescue Coordination Center Region II (MRCC II) received a mayday signal from ship QNa 94835 TS, captained by Dang Van Son from Binh Minh commune, Thang Binh district, Quang Nam province. Binh’s left leg was hit and broken by the ship’s cylinder. It kept bleeding, with Binh about 100 nautical miles from Da Nang. After receiving the mayday signal, ship SAR 412 of MRCC II quickly reached the scene with 2 doctors from Danang 115 Medical Center. According to the doctors’ diagnosis, the patient’s condition was dangerous, with a broken and swollen leg. At 17:35 the same day, ship SAR 412 transferred the patient to Da Nang Hospital for further treatment. Source: vov.vn Translated by Phi Hung … [Read more...]