The Hong Kong newspaper said "from stunning beaches and elephant sanctuaries to adventurous underwater activities, much of the region’s beauty has yet to be discovered" and Vietnam is recommended for those seeking "authentic travel experiences". It described Hue, the country's ancient imperial capital that witnessed the glories and collapse of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the last feudal rulers of Vietnam, as a must-visit place for more historical activities. "Visitors can embark on tours to explore the old temples and pagodas that make up most of the city and explore central Vietnamese cuisine with a street food tour." To the north of Ho Chi Minh City is the mountain town of Da Lat where adventure lovers can indulge themselves with canyoneering, white water rafting and a high ropes course, it said. Da Lat, situated 1,500 meters above sea level in the Central Highlands, was a summer getaway for French officials who built villas to escape the heat and humidity of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam a top holiday draw in Southeast Asia: SCMP
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VietNamNet Bridge - Asked if Hanoi is one of the two most polluted cities in Southeast Asia, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Le Tuan Dinh said there was no convincing proof. Petrotimes.vn cited a report from IQAir AirVisual as showing that Hanoi ranked 12th among the 62 most polluted cities globally in 2018. Analyses found that besides influences from emission sources, the air quality also bears impact from meteorological conditions. The AQI is good in favorable weather conditions and bad during unfavorable weather. The most polluted spots in Hanoi are places with high traffic density. At Trung Yen 3 and Minh Khai monitoring stations, the number of days with good AQI is low, just accounting for 8.1 percent. RELATED NEWS Hanoi city’s air quality remains poor Red alarm on air quality: will Hanoi become another Beijing? Thanh Lich … [Read more...] about Is Hanoi the second most polluted city in Southeast Asia?
Vietnam’s former imperial capital Hue is among the five must-go destinations in Southeast Asia listed by U.S. TV channel Discovery DCODE. Hue was the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled the country from 1802 until the end of the feudal era in 1945. "It is home to the glories of Vietnam’s feudal past with its Imperial Citadel and royal tombs that have made it a top tourist destination for years," says Discovery DCODE, which belongs to Discovery Channel. It’s best to enjoy an authentic Vietnamese dinner while cruising down the iconic Perfume River, Discovery DCODE recommends. "The chilly winter weather can also be a pleasant break from the usual sweltering Southeast Asian heat." In the first 11 months of this year more than four million tourists visited Thua Thien-Hue Province, up 19.7 percent from a year ago, including 1.73 million foreigners. Visitors from the Republic of Korea made up the largest group, accounting for a third of the total foreign … [Read more...] about Discovery names Hue among five must-visit places in Southeast Asia
An aerial shot of the ancient royal tomb of Tu Duc, the fourth king of the Nguyen Dynasty. Photo by Shutterstocks/Johhny Tran Vietnam’s former imperial capital Hue is among the five must-go destinations in Southeast Asia listed by U.S. TV channel Discovery DCODE. Hue was the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled the country from 1802 until the end of the feudal era in 1945. Located on Vietnam’s central coast, Hue proceeds at a leisurely pace unlike Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. "It is home to the glories of Vietnam’s feudal past with its Imperial Citadel and royal tombs that have made it a top tourist destination for years," says Discovery DCODE, which belongs to Discovery Channel. The Imperial Citadel at night. Photo by Shutterstocks/Khanh Nguyen It’s best to enjoy an authentic Vietnamese dinner while cruising down the iconic Perfume River, Discovery DCODE recommends. "The chilly winter weather can also be a pleasant break from the usual sweltering … [Read more...] about Discovery channel names Hue among five must-visit places in Southeast Asia
Economies in developing Asia and the Pacific are weathering external challenges thanks to robust domestic demand, while inflationary pressures are abating, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook 2018 Update report, ADB retained its regional growth forecast for 2018 at 6.0% and for 2019 at 5.8%. Excluding the newly industrialized economies of Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Korea; Singapore; and Taipei,China, the regional growth outlook is maintained at 6.5% for 2018 and 6.3% for 2019. Lower international commodity prices and central bank action to calm market volatility means inflation in developing Asia is forecast to be 2.6% in 2018 and 2.7% in 2019, down from 2.8% previously forecast for both this year and next. According to ADB Chief Economist, Yasuyuki Sawada, the truce on trade tariffs agreed by the United States (US) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is very welcome but the unresolved … [Read more...] about Asia’s growth outlook steady despite China-US trade conflict