Consumer price indices in the two largest cities saw strong increase in August due to a surge in health care service prices and petrol products. According to statistics from offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, August's CPI in Hanoi rose 3.16 per cent over July and 0.31 per cent in Ho Chi Minh City. The Hanoi Statistics Office said the city's CPI saw a year-on-year surge of 8.7 per cent. The growth rate for August's CPI, at 3.16 per cent, was 2.5 folds higher than the rate for the CPI during the month for Tet festival when the price of goods and services often increase sharply. The strong surge of August's CPI in Hanoi was due to an increase in the price of health care services, the office said. The CPI would rise only 0.59 per cent if the price of health care services was not used to calculate the CPI. In August, the price of health care services gained the highest surge of 63.94 per cent, followed by the transport service price with an increase of 1.23 per cent due to the effects … [Read more...] about Cost of living rises again in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
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Tens of thousands of holidaymakers returning back to Ho Chi Minh City after a long weekend holiday caused severe traffic gridlock in all the entry roads leading into the City on September 4. The increased number of vehicles on the Hanoi Highway, particularly on the section in front of Suoi Tien Tourist and Culture Park caused a severe traffic jam after 4pm on September 4. As the road section here is comparatively narrow, even though it has several bus stations located below the Suoi Tien pedestrian flyover, the traffic jam worsened by the evening, with commuters jostling for space and traffic crawling inch by inch. Traffic gridlock also occurred in surrounding areas of the Mien Dong and Mien Tay Bus Stations, what with the increased number of buses plying from holiday routes and hundreds of holidaymakers returning on their own motorcycles. Thuong Thanh Hai, director of the Mien Dong Bus Station said that on September 4 alone, about 1,500 buses had been deployed to transport … [Read more...] about Holidaymakers choke entry roads to Ho Chi Minh City
(CPV) - The Australian Navy warship, HMAS SYDNEY will pay a goodwill visit to Ho Chi Minh city from October 29 to November 03, announced the Australian Embassy to Hanoi on October 24. The visit is expected to strengthen the relationship between the two navies and to enhance the nation to nation ties between Australia and Vietnam. The guided missile frigate will carry 35 officers and 194 sailors. The Commander - Captain Luke Charles-Jones, Royal Australian Navy (RAN)- and crew will meet with senior officers and sailors from the Vietnamese People's Navy to engage in a range of goodwill activities and to conduct a professional exchange on ship borne helicopter operations. … [Read more...] about Australian Navy warship to pay goodwill visit to Ho Chi Minh City
Pschumacherquartet PANO - The European Jazz Festival is back to stir up the jazz scene in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. True to its mission, the present, 6 th edition of the Festival, will offer concerts of unsurpassed diversity and calibre, from 28 November to 9 December 2006. The Festival is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture and Information, the European Commission Delegation to Vietnam and the Embassies of 6 European Union Member States - Denmark, Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium), France, Sweden, Luxembourg, and Finland. Well-established on Vietnam’s cultural calendar, the European Jazz Festival is certain to be, once again, a firm favourite on the cultural calendar of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Jazz, a traditionally urban art form, has a long history of openness and has successfully integrated musical influences from different cultures. This has allowed to Festival to break down all cultural and language barriers, and thus to contribute to promoting cultural exchange … [Read more...] about European Union Jazzes up Hanoi and 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?