The Ho Chi Minh City fire police have worked out a plan to inspect the basements of trade centers and other public buildings to prevent gas suffocation or poisoning, according to Colonel Le Tan Buu, director of the local Fire Prevention and Control Police Department. The inspection will be carried out following an incident in which more than 20 people passed out at the Big C Supermarket located in the basement of The Garden building in Hanoi on March 14, Colonel Buu said. "So far, we have yet to record any cases of gas suffocation or exhaust gas poisoning at trade centers or large public buildings in the city," the official said. During regular inspections, officials always pay attention to exhaust gas discharge or exits in case of fire or explosion, and to areas vulnerable to gas poisoning, he added. Architect Nguyen Truong Luu, deputy chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Architects’ Association, said that large buildings should install CO2 gauges in their basement so … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City building basements to be examined after Hanoi supermarket fainting incident
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Besides people eating late meals and clients of late-night businesses such as karaoke parlors and discotheques, ‘sleepless Ho Chi Minh City’ now has one more witness: fishermen. Night fishers are not abundant, but there are enough of them to add to a sketch of the night-life painting of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City. Night fishing is not for business, it is just a hobby of some city dwellers when the sun disappears and lamplights begin reflecting off the Saigon River and its branches. These fishermen often choose to drop their lines near new bridges where roads are well built and private construction has not yet covered the area densely. On the riverbank opposite the iconic Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1, a group of three young men lit up a stack of firewood to broil some catfish the size of a wrist one night. The good smell of fried fish may make people feel like they are at a nighttime forest picnic. It is night fishing, in Saigon. And the three men are … [Read more...] about Night fishing in Ho Chi Minh City
An annual book street is poised to be organized in downtown Ho Chi Minh City along with the city’s hallmark flower street in celebration of Tet (Lunar New Year) in February 2015. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism quoted the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications as saying that the book street will take place from February 16 to 22, or the 28th day of the 12th month to the 4th day of the new year’s first month in the lunar calendar. The first day of the Lunar New Year falls on February 19. The book street, having "Ban Sac Viet-Hao Khi Vietnam" (Vietnamese Identity-Vietnamese Spirit) as its theme, will take place on a section of District 1’s Ham Nghi Street which spans from the Ho Tung Mau-Ham Nghi intersection to Ton Duc Thang Street. The opening is set to be held at a venue in front of the Bitexco Financial Tower at 7:00 pm on February 16. The book street will feature sections of e-books, children’s books, … [Read more...] about Book, flower streets to brighten Tet in Ho Chi Minh City
It is one of those questions that pop up whenever there is a new gathering of expatriates in Vietnam. Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City? Which do you prefer? This time it was at a soiree the day after Christmas, or "Boxing Day," as the Brits call it. Around the table were folks from Europe, North America, South America and New Zealand. As the young German explained his preference for Hanoi, I nodded my concurrence. This is a question that divides my wife and I. She was born in Saigon and left a few years later, after it was renamed in honor of the late Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh. So naturally she thinks of Saigon as home. She speaks with a southern accent and enjoys visiting not-so-distant relatives. She finds the southern food more flavorful, the society friendlier. She does not mind the heat and she likes the hustle and bustle. But I have never lived in Ho Chi Minh City. And Hanoi is starting to feel like. . . well, if not home, then maybe a bit homey. But it is not a matter … [Read more...] about Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?
Updated at Thursday, 04 Jan 2018, 11:05 The Hanoitimes - Follow the step of a reporter from Lonelyplanet, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City for six years, tourists can find another way to saw a Saigon not busy and bustling. The grand colonial-era facade of Ho Chi Minh City's central post office © James Pham / Lonely Planet. James Pham was born in Vietnam but grew up in the US. Now, he is the freelance journalist and love writing about tourism. James comes back to Ho Chi Minh City to explore this place by a special way, including the best way to discover Saigon cuisine cultural. According to James Pham, for cheap eats… if you don't want to eat from street food stalls, you can look for the words "Com Binh Dan", which means "rice for the common people". These small restaurants offer up hot, ready-made meals for less than US$1.50. They’re all over the city, often near universities and schools. All you have to do is point to the dish you want. Otherwise, many glitzy … [Read more...] about Foreign visitor to guide the best way to explore Ho Chi Minh City