The delegation, led by State President Tran Dai Quang, also a member of the Politburo, was welcomed with a solemn ceremony, full of flowers and flags of both countries. Faces radiant with smiles and big hugs between guests and hosts were the first impressions at the official visit of the Vietnamese State President to Russia at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Unforgettable memories That solemn atmosphere, engulfed with intimate friendship, reminded me of days in 1983 and 1984 when other students of the Academy of Social Science under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and I proudly stood right at this airport together with throngs of Vietnamese and Russian people to welcome the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Le Duan in his visit to the then Soviet Union. This was followed by the visit by comrade Truong Chinh, member of the Politburo and Chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee of the … [Read more...] about Part 1: Vietnam – Soviet Union, Vietnam – Russia, yesterday and today
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While unfriendly locals and scam artists have put off vacationers in many Vietnamese tourist attractions, the reclaimers of an island near the heavenly holidaymaking retreat of Phu Quoc have achieved the opposite due to their sincere hospitality in recent years. While unfriendly locals and scam artists have put off vacationers in many Vietnamese tourist attractions, the reclaimers of an island near the heavenly holidaymaking retreat of Phu Quoc have achieved the opposite due to their sincere hospitality in recent years. May Rut Island, approximately 10 kilometers to the southwest of An Thoi Town in Phu Quoc District in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, has emerged as a magnet for visitors on travel forums over recent years. Its growing appeal is attributed partly to its picturesque, pristine seascape, fringed with white-sandy beaches, though another reason is its heartwarming hosts, who are a far cry from the often dishonest tourism operators blamed for the declining number … [Read more...] about Local hospitality woos tourists to island off Vietnam’s Phu Quoc
As the country is getting ready to celebrate the Teachers' Day, the biggest event of the year in honor of Vietnamese educators, many parents choose to express their gratitude to their children's teachers through the medium of money. Nguyen Thi Thu in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi told Phu Nu Today newswire that she has consulted many of her neighbors over what to give her children's teachers on the Teachers' Day. "They all choose to present envelops with money inside to their children's teachers, hoping they will give their children more care and attention," Thu said. To show "proper" gratitude to her two kids' teachers, she has spent almost VND4million (US$200) of her monthly salary. Vu Xuan Manh living in Cau Giay District in Hanoi has also planned to give about VND6million in envelops to his son's teachers at an elementary school. "The gifts for my son's teachers cost even more than the gifts for my boss on Tet Holiday," he said. Though Huong's daughter is studying in a … [Read more...] about What gift to give on the Teachers’ Day?
Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, 32, crowned third place title at the Mrs World 2011 beauty pageant that wrapped up today in US. April Lufriu of the US won the title, followed by a Peru beauty. … [Read more...] about Vietnam beauty third at Mrs World 2011
by Thu AnhMost of the time it is just a few feet or a metre below ground level, but for most of us, it is a world farther than the proverbial seven seas that we cross on non-stop flights.Many people in HCM City and other localities nationwide earn their living working underground in a series of sewers.The work that these people do – clearing drains and blocked pipes, is crucial to prevent flashfloods during heavy rains or overflow of the sewers in cases of blockage.In fact, their work is indispensable for us to lead our "normal" lives, and we take their work for granted, not bothering to acknowledge the reality below.For putting their health at risk and entering a dirty, stinking, polluted, dangerous environment day in day out, the workers are paid, on average, a measly VND1.5 million (US$75) a month.Tran Van Sau is one of hundreds of such workers employed by HCM City Sewage Company, who spend their days clearing nearly 800 kilometres of drains and sewers around the city.He works … [Read more...] about Kaleidoscope (25-03-2012)