PATA: AT & RTCM 2015 closes in Bhutan

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The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2015 (AT&RTCM 2015) in Thimphu, Bhutan, successfully ended on Friday, February 6, 2015, with the Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, announcing that Bhutan will become a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Organized by PATA and generously hosted by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, the three-day niche event, under the theme "Explore Beyond Tourism – Celebrate Happiness," follows up on the success of AT&RTCM 2012 held in Paro, Bhutan, which was the first international travel trade event to be held in the country. PATA CEO Mario Hardy noted in his welcome speech that, "The aim of these events is to bring together tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism to discuss creating new opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry." "As we see the potential for … [Read more...]

Eye of the storm

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Illustration by Doã Dung At 5 o'clock this morning on September 26, the position of the eye of the storm was 16.4o north, 110.1o east, 120km off the coast of Da Nang-Quang Ngai with gale force 8 on the Beaufort scale near the eye of the storm and at times gale force 9 and 10. It was forecast that in the coming 12 hours, the storm would move northwest, moving about 10 to 15km each hour. At 19 o'clock tonight the position of the eye of the storm would be 16.6o north, 108.3o east in the sea area of Quang Binh-Da Nang and then it would make landfall on… The radio in the pagoda was blaring the information in a voice touched with fright. It was six o'clock then. Day was about to break. The Buddhist bonze had just finished his praying and turned down the kerosene lamps on the altar. Sanh knew that the bonze had the habit of listening to the radio in the morning, so right after the praying, he left and turned on the radio. The news about the coming storm was heard loud and … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Crazy House among the world’s most unique hotels

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Hang Nga guesthouse, also known as Crazy House, in the resort city of Da Lat in central Vietnam has been named among the 25 coolest hotels in the world on boredpanda.com. The house was built in 1990 on a plot of land of nearly 2000 square meters at 3 Huynh Thuc Khang Road, by architect Dr. Dang Viet Nga. The house was initially called the Hang Nga villa (villa of the moon) and then Crazy House. Described as a "fairy tale house", the building’s overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. Its architecture, comprising complex, organic and non-rectilinear shapes, has been described as expressionist. Nga has acknowledged the inspiration of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in the building’s design, and visitors have variously drawn parallels between it and the works of artists such as Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney. Since … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Musical about Navy to make debut

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Young actors to perform in the musical Cay Bang Vuong, which will be staged on December 22 in HCM City to mark the 70th anniversary of the Viet Nam People's Army. — VNS Photo Thuy Binh A musical on the work of the Vietnam People's Navy will be staged next week in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the city's cultural activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army (December 22). The 90-minute work, titled Cay Bang Vuong (Malabar Almond Tree), is being directed by Hoa Ha in cooperation with choreographer Le Viet of the HCM City Theatre, one of the region's leading State-owned art troupes, belonging to Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The city government spent 200 million VND (9,500 USD) on the production. Based on a script by Tran Kim Khoi, the musical is about the lives and work of young navy soldiers. The musical has attracted nearly 50 young theatre actors and singers, including Linh Son, Minh Quan, Ba Cuong and Tien Nam, Hong Hanh and Quoc … [Read more...]

Images: The sacred places of Vietnamese martyrs

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VietNamNet Bridge - These are the places where every inch of land is soaked with the blood and bones of the martyrs who died for the country's independence and unity. Truong Son Martyr Cemetery - located in Vinh Truong Commune, Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province - is the eternal resting place of more than 10,000 soldiers who died on the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War. This is the largest cemetery for martyrs in the country. … [Read more...]

Social News 1/10

Hanoi authorities seize 20 iPhone 6 The Market Management Unit No 1 under Ha Noi's Market Management Department yesterday seized 20 iPhone 6 smartphones from a man living in Dai Kim commune of Hoang Mai district. The man, named Hoang Ba Thuc, did not have any papers to prove legal possession of the 20 smartphones, which are worth a total of VND 500 million. Thuc admitted that he had bought the phones from HCM City via express service in order to sell them illegally. Captain of the Market Management Unit No 1 Nguyen Dang Khoa said that his unit was making further investigations in the case. … [Read more...]

Patriotic singer evokes love for country

Heart and soul: Singer Trong Tan performs patriotic songs in a unique style. - File Photo HA NOI (VNS) - For Trong Tan, who has been singing patriotism-themed songs for more than 20 years, it is a calling. Though he has released 11 solo albums featuring compositions in this period, his debut live show on Saturday at Ha Noi's Cultural Friendship Palace attracted more than 1,000 people. Speaking to Dep magazine before the event, he said: "I have improved myself through singing pieces of this music genre. … [Read more...]

Social News 17/9

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Vietnam joins global efforts to control containers The Prime Minister on September 15 approved Vietnam's participation in the Global Container Control Programme (CCP) which is sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through a non-refundable aid. Launched in 2004, the CCP has a global reach and aims to fortify the structures and processes that allow for the application of sustainable laws for States and selected ports to minimize the exploitation of maritime containers for drug trafficking and transnational organized crime activities. … [Read more...]

Social News 31/8

Six missing from cargo ship sunk off Hai Phong Six Vietnamese crew members were reported missing when a cargo ship sank off the coast of the northern city of Hai Phong in the afternoon of August 28. According to the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre, the vessel Phu Cuong 0148 carrying 3,000 tonnes of coal sank five nautical miles southeast of Ha Mai Island, near Bach Long Vy Island, at 3:40 pm. The information was passed on to search and rescue units in Hai Phong, and local authorities and boats operating near the site were deployed to search for the missing persons. … [Read more...]

Good friends

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Indonesia and Viet Nam are good friends.This friendship goes back sixty years when the two countries made a special agreement to be friends.Indonesia has now been independent for sixty-nine years. By Mayerfas, Indonesian Ambassador to Viet Nam … [Read more...]

Pictures: Saigon’s unique trees

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VietNamNet Bridge - After over 300 years of history, Ho Chi Minh City has preserved many ancient trees as the living proof of the primeval forest in the past. Mr. Nguyen Van Sang, an official of the Saigon Zoo, who has been working here for over 50 years, said this gui tree is the only and last living representative of the primary forest. Saigon today used to be a large primeval forest, which was explored by the French. This gui tree is even older than the zoo. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/8

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'Turbulence: A Survival Story' author arrives in Vietnam Annette Herfkens, the author of the memoirs "Turbulence: A Survival Story" and the sole survivor of a plane crash in Vietnam's central coast province of Khanh Hoa 22 years ago, has started her week-long trip to the country. … [Read more...]

Dong Nai lures $21 billion in FDI

The southern province of Dong Nai has 1,000 FDI operating projects with total investment capital of US$21 billion, according to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment. The department reported that local authorities had licensed 1,430 FDI projects worth $25 billion. This year, the province revoked licences of eight projects worth $86 million, including five in its industrial park. Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) Quang Ngai certifies heritage trees The Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) issued national heritage certificates for two banyan trees over 200 years old on Ly Son Island off the coast of Quang Ngai Province last week. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 30/6

Japanese encephalitis cases increase in Vietnam Because of increasing trend of Japanese encephalitis cases in the country, Vietnamese Ministry of Health issued June 27 some warning of the disease. The Ministry asked people to practice environment hygiene to eliminate residence of mosquitoes. Cattle rearing farms should be removed far from houses. People should use mosquito nets and not let children to play near cattle farms. When a child has a high fever, they should be taken to a medical clinic for timely treatment. … [Read more...]

Flying frog a new discovery in Viet Nam

In Viet Nam, scientists recently discovered Helens Flying Frog, (Rhacophorus helenae), a huge, green, "flying" frog discovered less than 100km from HCM City. - Photo WWF

Plants and animals that were not known have been found in south-east Asia.An interesting one is the Helen's flying frog, which can even be found close to Ho Chi Minh City.It stays away from humans, which is why it has probably not become known to the scientific world.It also jumps so far that it flies. HA NOI (VNS) — As many as 99 new species have been found in Viet Nam, according to a World Wildlife Fund report released last Thursday. … [Read more...]