Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers whether English could be a useful way to introduce traditional music, including tuong (classical opera), cheo (popular opera) and cai luong (reformed drama) which is difficult for foreign tourists to enjoy. Below are several responses. Elizabeth Rathbun, American, Ha Noi Your Say Bia hoi (fresh beer) has long been a popular drink in Viet Nam, especially in urban areas. The beer is typically found in small bars and on street corners. It is brewed daily and delivered to bars in plastic jugs. The beer is not only very light, it is also cheap, which may explain why it is so popular among Vietnamese people. According to the tourism website www.haivenu-vietnam.com, bia hoi is a "unique kind" of Vietnamese beer that offers drinkers a good opportunity to experience the reality of Vietnamese life first-hand. Have you ever tasted bia hoi? Do you find it different from the bottled beer in Viet Nam? How is it different? Do you prefer bia hoi to the bottled … [Read more...] about Traditional VN music aims to tackle language barrier – Opinion – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
A corner of Cat Tien National Garden will be impacted or even disappeared if the Dong Nai 6 and 6A hydro-power projects are built in southern Dong Nam Province. Photo nld.com.vn Under the current system, local authorities are delegated the function of evaluating environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports for small-and-medium sized hydro-projects. Many experts have pointed out that this has led to the unjust approval of too many projects, leading to extreme environmental repercussions. How do you justify this? At present, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is responsible for evaluating the EIA of big hydro power projects - those with a capacity of over 60MW and projects which might possibly affect national parks and reserves. The local authorities, therefore, are in charge of evaluating the EIA for the smaller projects. I have to admit that at local level, the authorities approve projects too easily. This is because of the limited capacity of their human … [Read more...] about Print
Last week, Việt Nam News invited readers' opinions on the rising competition betwen app-based motorbike taxi services and the traditional xe ôm service. Here are some of the readers' responses. Baku Takahashi, Japanese, Hà Nội App-based motorbike taxis are definitely better. You do not need to look for drivers; you do not need to negotiate the price; prices are reasonable; bikes and helmets are cleaner; service is better; and the company is there to troubleshoot if any. So why not? I have been in Việt Nam for 10 years, and I've long wondered why these motorbike taxis can't organise themselves to provide safer and more convenient services to their customers. Typical "traditional" motorbike taxis on the street are dirty with high risk of overcharge. Sometimes they ask for a price that is 10 times more than the normal, and this could happen even after agreeing on the price before the ride (they often do this to tourists). When customers face some problems, there are no windows to … [Read more...] about Your Say: Moto apps or the traditional xe ôm?
Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Hà Nội's first bus rapid transit (BRT) system will be ready in the next two weeks. This is among several public transport projects aimed to help the city reduce traffic jams. Hà Nội will also take measures to restrict motor vehicles and taxis on some streets and overpasses during rush hours to facilitate the new service. The BRT system is based on the idea that buses can travel faster and more efficiently on lanes of their own. Other vehicles are not allowed to use these lanes or park near BRT stations where passengers get on and off. Motorbikes and taxies were restricted to make way for BRT, and this means that some roads will be hit by traffic jams and some commuters will struggle to find taxis. What do you think about the measure? Will it help reduce traffic jams? Once the BRT kicks off, will you try it? Besides the measure, do you have any other … [Read more...] about What do you think about bus rapid transit system?
Next Week: Which is better - app-based motorbike taxi services or traditional xe ôm? It's become common for Vietnamese residents to use motorbike taxi mobile services like Grabbike or UberMoto. Several users said they are more convenient, their prices are more reasonable and their drivers offer better customer service. As this technology becomes popular, traditional motorbike taxi drivers in Việt Nam (called xe ôm) claim to be losing roughly 50 per cent of their monthly income. In Indonesia, thousands of traditional taxi drivers put on a strike earlier this year against these new services. Have you used both forms of motorbike taxi service in Việt Nam? Which do you think is better? Will the motorbike taxi apps heighten competition and help ease traffic congestion? Or should the Government intervene to make room for traditional drivers? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Việt Nam News, 79 Lý Thường Kiệt … [Read more...] about App-based motorbike taxi service or traditional xe ôm?