The Hanoitimes - Laborers in Vietnam will have five days off (from April 27 to May 1) on the occasion of the National Reunification Day and May Day. Vietnam among world’s friendliest countries Vietnam among world’s cheapest places to live in 2019 Here are some of the best destinations in Hanoi that are not far away from the downtown, recommendable for holidaymakers to spend the holiday. Tram Mountain Tram Mountain. Tram Mountain is one of beautiful tourist destinations in Hanoi. Located in Chuong My district, the mountain is a place where you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery as well as experience the exciting climbing activity with your friends or family. Therefore, Tram Mountain is considered one of the best sightseeing places for people who like nature. Tram Mountain is more than 20 km from the center of Hanoi. This is the best sightseeing place in the city for a trekking day or a picnic at weekend. It is also recognized as a historical … [Read more...] about Top must-visit destinations in Hanoi for upcoming holiday
Old brick road
Bopha should be in school but instead toils seven days a week in a searing brick kiln on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, a 14-year-old trapped in debt bondage in a boom industry preying on the poverty of Cambodia's farmers. Unpredictable weather linked to climate change is laying waste to Cambodian fields. Saddled with debt from failed harvests, tens of thousands of farmers are turning to brick factories, where owners pay off their bills in exchange for labour. The factories feed a surging construction sector, with high-rises cropping up around the capital Phnom Penh and beyond as money -- much of it from China -- pours in. But for the farmers who shape and bake the clay bricks, Cambodia's newfound urban prosperity has passed them by. "I'm not going to school, I'm trying to help pay back the $4,000 that we owe, even if it will take years," Bopha told AFP, as she loaded clay blocks on to a cart. "For 10,000 bricks transported, we receive $7.50." The University of London said in an … [Read more...] about Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia’s farmers fight debt bondage
Travelling about 47km from the downtown of the capital city of Hanoi, people will arrive in the village and feel a real countryside atmosphere. The village gate was made of a special kind of stone, which is locally called laterite which has many pores and look like bee hives while two wings were made from iron wood (Tali) in the shape of a cricket. On the left there is a banyan tree while on the right is a green lake. In the past, the two wings of the gate served as a place for farmers to take a rest after their hours of hard working in the field. The ancient characteristics of the village show in all things, from the gate to the walls, and the brick roads. Walking along brick roads and contemplating the village, visitors will certainly find a lot of old-style houses with tiled roofs, brick yards and big jars. Those are unique architecture features of the ancient Red River Delta people. According to the … [Read more...] about Peaceful ancient village in Hanoi
Viet Nam News Phước Bửu Though they face each other across the Ô Lâu River, the old village of Hội Kỳ in Quảng Trị Province has had very different fortunes from its sister village Phước Tích in Thừa Thiên-Huế Province. Both villages were born some 500 years ago when imperial troops and migrants from the northern delta came to conquer the new land. For five centuries, Hội Kỳ has sat on the right bank while Phước Tích stands on the opposite bank on the same section of the river. But their fates differ. In the past, Phước Tích had more people than Hội Kỳ, so it had more old houses that could be protected. Today, about 30 old homes have been protected and restored in Phước Tích. Phước Tích was recognized as a typical old village of the country in 2009. Thanks to the recognition, the … [Read more...] about 500 year-old village faces preservation conundrum
Trương Nguyện Thành. — Photo Hoa Sen University A professor at Hoa Sen University in HCM City who shot to fame when he taught a class on innovation wearing a pair of shorts has come up short at the hand of some bureaucrats’ rigid interpretation of regulations. The professor, also famous for encouraging students to think outside the box, was chosen to fill the vacant position of the university’s chancellor by its board of directors, but the municipal education department vetoed the move, citing a “lack of experience”. Dr. Trương Nguyện Thành has since decided to part ways with the university, returning to a position he held earlier in a prestigious school in the United States. The relevant rule being cited from the Law on Higher Education says that a candidate must hold a doctoral degree and have at least five years of experience in a management position, either as faculty dean or the head of a … [Read more...] about Do we want to reverse or advance our brain drain?