An old problem to many cities around the world, public urination leaves a stench at many busy places across Ho Chi Minh City, where public toilets are scarce. Puddles of urine soak the roads in the city’s central District 1 so badly that no one can walk by without feeling nauseous. Informal gig workers like motorbike taxi drivers and street vendors spend a lot of time outside without access to proper sanitation facilities, forcing them to urinate in public. A Grab motorbike partner urinates onto a fence of the 23-9 Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre The odor of urine is particularly strong in busy areas, such as bus terminals, bus stops, and crowded streets like Nguyen Huu Canh in Binh Thanh District, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai in District 1, and Vo Van Tan in District 3, where it is difficult to find a restroom. Ngo Thi Anh, 52, a beverage street vendor at the 23-9 Park in District 1, said she often witnesses people peeing on the … [Read more...] about Public urination ‘pisses off’ residents in Ho Chi Minh City
Taxi driver game
The People’s Committee of Ca Mau Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region granted an honorary certificate to a taxi driver on Thursday for returning a lost wallet containing US$4,000 in cash to its owner, a Vietnamese American . Provincial deputy chairman Nguyen Minh Luan handed the certificate to Nguyen Hien Phong, 24, in Cai Nuoc District on Thursday afternoon. Phong found a wallet left in his cab after a trip to Tac Say Church in Gia Rai Town, Bac Lieu Province on the afternoon of September 11. He drove his taxi home and reported the incident to local police in Cai Nuoc after he searched everywhere but could not find the owner of the wallet. He also looked for the owner via social media posts. Police officers later managed to identify the owner of the wallet as Huynh Nhu, a Vietnamese-American national. In the presence of police officers, Phong returned the wallet containing $4,000 in cash and personal documents to Nhu at noon on September 12. Like us on … [Read more...] about Cabby honored for returning lost wallet containing $4,000 to Vietnamese-American owner
Ho Chi Minh City’s commuters who depend on the Rach Chiec Bridge on Hanoi Highway for their morning commute have been spending their mornings baking in the hot sun due to serious congestion along the route. Every morning, a sea of motorbikes and cars inches over the Rach Chiec Bridge in Thu Duc City toward the city center, enveloped in scorching heat and engine fumes. This nightmarish daily commute has led to many motorcyclists riding on sidewalks and in automobile lanes out of desperation to shorten their commutes despite dangers from cars and tractor-trailers. Traffic congestion on the Rach Chiec Bridge in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, September 16, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre The nightmare does not end at the bridge though. After descending from the Rach Chiec Bridge and into Thao Dien and An Phu Wards, a complicated network of roads, intersections, and bus stops adds further headaches to the morning rush hour. Traffic congestion on the Rach … [Read more...] about Traffic nightmares on route connecting Ho Chi Minh City center with eastern side
Vietnam, like many other countries with a traditionally marked New Year, also celebrates the Western end of the year with gusto and more than a bit of chaos. Although you won’t find much in the way of big celebrations for the December NYE out in the countryside, there’s a lot of fun in the major cities of the nation. Here at the end of 2018, I think a lot is going to depend on the weather. I got the impression from a lot of people that the rainy season was late in central Vietnam and might last until Tet; the official New Year holiday in Vietnam which occurs in 2019 at the beginning of February. Either way, it will be chilly enough around Da Nang and Hoi An. Probably the hardest thing is to remain relatively sober until midnight. There’s nothing worse than not remembering who you kissed at midnight and what promises you may have made… While I’m generally happy to hang out with friends on NYE, I hate large crowds myself. A cozy bar or restaurant where I can sit for a few hours is … [Read more...] about Look out, 2019!
With the technological platform of Cake, Be-Cake Visa credit card applications are approved instantly. This enables clients to begin shopping online even before receiving the physical card. Notably, cardholders will get a 20 per cent refund – the highest on the market – for payments on the Be app and refunds for spending at other merchants. In addition, cardholders can convert transactions into instalments and even set up an automatic payment schedule through their Cake account. Visa Country Manager for Vietnam and Laos Dung Dang said, “The new Be-Cake Visa credit card was designed for the modern Vietnamese. It was made primarily for Gen Z and young professionals who we know are striving to get the most value for money.” “We are proud to launch the market’s very first collaborative card that offers consumers the best of three worlds; the speed and security of Visa digital payments, the versatility of Cake digital banking, and Vietnam’s top multi-service ecosystem managed by Be … [Read more...] about Be-Cake Visa credit card launched to enhance digital payment experience
Vietnam's cultural industry has recorded strong growth and is expected to become the next driving force of the economy. The culture industry will become a soft power and help propel the sustainable socio-economic growth of the country, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) Doan Van Viet said at a conference on September 12. The view of the workshop on the development of cultural industries on September 12. Photo: Lai Tan. Speaking at the conference on reviewing the 2016-21 development of cultural industries, jointly held by the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, UN-Habitat, and Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Viet said that the cost of reproduction in cultural industries is low but the growth rate is quite high (an average of 10% per year across the globe). Therefore, the culture industry is thought to become one of the spearheads in some countries. Vietnam considers the development of the cultural industry as … [Read more...] about Culture industry: A soft power to nation’s sustainable socio-economic growth
Wobbling out of the building in which I live, I’m bombarded by the habitual cacophony and commotion, all shapes and sizes of humanity and motorbikes flying in all directions. Every outing, bar absolutely none, is some sort of adventure – the unanticipated always lies in waiting, manifesting itself in a different form each time. The chummy, omnipresent security dude was at his post, guarding nothing as usual, flanked by his sidekick and the bắp xào (fried corn) vendor, both smiling like donkeys eating thistles, as if they owned the whole world, and all is laid out at their feet. In a way, they do, just depending on the perspective taken. There is a motorbike rigged out to be a portable lamination machine, the likes of which I’ve seen hundreds of times, but they always blow me away. I am astonished each time I see one of those contraptions, my mind flashing back to the parody of a corporate copy center in my country, manned by a bunch of bored, pimply, college kids with name … [Read more...] about Flawless imperfection in Vietnam