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...]

Property rule hurts firms, buyers

New villas built in the Phu My Hung Urban Area in HCM City's District 7.

VietNamNet Bridge – The new regulation making it mandatory for property developers to make deposits is hurting both enterprises and home-buyers, as it is expected to be eventually absorbed into the selling price. Le Hoang Chau, chairman of the HCM City Real Estate Association (HoREA), made the remark at a conference to review the real-estate market, which was held in HCM City on Thursday. The newly promulgated regulations require investors to deposit 1 to 2 per cent of their total investment when they are allocated land by the State, leased land, or permitted to change the land use purpose of allocated land to execute investment projects. The new rules were supplemented both in the 2013 Land Law's Article 58 and amended Investment Law 2014. In addition, the revised Real Estate Trading Law 2014 stipulates that investors have to pay a guaranteed amount of money for property, which will be calculated by banks in the future. Investor will also have to pay a guarantee fee of 2 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/2

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Old Quarter exhibit recalls Hanoi's rich past An exhibition is highlighting daily life of the past in Hanoi's Old Quarter. More than 100 photographs and artefacts will be on show from February 2-15, giving an insight into life in the 36 streets of the Old Quarter during the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Highlights include an exploration of the area's unique architecture and traditional two-wheeled carriages that once plied the narrow streets. Historian Duong Trung Quoc said the exhibition would help visitors better understand the significance of the Old Quarter in Hanoi's history. The precinct is undergoing major redevelopment, succumbing to expansion pressures of modern Hanoi. Chef club debuts in central city The city's tourism association has debuted its Chef Club with the participation of 250 head cooks from hotels and resorts in the city. The club will host regular competitions and cuisine festivals for chefs to show off their skills and promote local food. School … [Read more...]

Flowers to bloom at expat-filled Phu My Hung fest next week

Two kids are seen catching fish at Crescent Lake during the Phu My Hung Tet Flower Festival in 2013. Photo:  Tuoi Tre

A pastoral Tet (Lunar New Year) flower festival will run in foreigner-packed Phu My Hung in Ho Chi Minh City next week. The Tet flower festival, whose theme is "Harvesting Season," will take place from February 11 to 17, or from the 23rd to 29th day of the 12th month of the current lunar year, the organizer said Tuesday at a press meeting. As in previous years, the venue is Phu My Hung’s Crescent Lake in District 7, which boasts a high concentration of expats. This year’s Tet kicks off on February 19. Organized on an area of seven hectares, the fest will be divided into four main sections, featuring grain-laden paddy fields typical of the southern region and a 1,500m² field of lettuce flowers which is suggestive of a gorgeous sight in the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang. Tuoi Tre The festival will also include a wide array of ornamental trees and flowers, including two 150-year-old tamarind trees measuring over 1.2 meters each in their base … [Read more...]

Phu My Hung Spring Flower Fair brings countryside to city

An artist’s impression of the Phu My Hung Flower Fair 2015 - PHOTO: LE HOANG

Le Hoang Starting from the 23rd of lunar January, the flower fair will cover seven hectares of the area around the Crescent Lake to celebrate the Year of the Goat. A section of 700 meters along the lake will be transformed into a yellow paddy field. The bustling atmosphere of the harvest time will be reflected in images simulating steps of harvesting paddy from cutting, carrying, beating the paddy to get the grains to drying the grains. Along with them are images describing the Vietnamese countryside such as thatched mud, stack of straw, straw man, and manual agricultural tools. As in previous years, the Vuon Xuan (Spring Garden) will feature different species of flowers and countryside vegetables and fruits such as cucurbit, loofah, and melon. Highlights of the garden will be a 1,500-square-meter field of yellow cabbage flowers and a real goat stable. On the water surface of the Crescent Lake, the Ben Xuan (Spring Wharf) area of the Phu My Hung Flower Fair will feature … [Read more...]

Singaporean icon set for Ho Chi Minh City

Advertorial – "Whenever I visit Singapore with either my family or friends, calling at VivoCoty is always on our to-do list. The place is really a shopper’s paradise with its multitude of shops. Spending a day at VivoCity is never enough for me. It is so amazing that I can shop, dine and be entertained all in one place," said Pham Thu Tra, a frequent shopper of VivoCity in Singapore. A new shopping destination in Vietnam VivoCity is developed and managed by Mapletree, a leading Asia-focused property investment, development, and capital management company. VivoCity has more than 100,000 square meters of net leasable area with over 330 retail, food and beverage and entertainment outlets. It has scooped many accoladesincluding as one of the World’s Top 10 Retail Destinations, and awards for being one of the Top 3 Best Shopping Centers, and the Singapore Service Class award. Last year, VivoCity saw 54 million shoppers and generated $693 million in sales. The … [Read more...]

Green touch in a busy city

Le Van Ke waters the seven-hectare paddy field two times a day. With more than 30 years’ experience in paddy farming, this job has helped him relive the old days

Nguyen Vinh Around 70 workers of Le Thanh Co. Ltd. are growing paddy, cucurbit, cabbage, water-fern, flowers, lotus, dismanthus, water lilies and water hyacinth, as well as some fruit trees on the green field. But the products are not for sale but for the Phu My Hung Flower Street, which will be opened to public viewing during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet. For these workers, who used to be farmers, this is a great opportunity to relive the old days in the middle of a modern urban area. … [Read more...]