Like most events here, every town, city, and village will have some sort of event to mark the occasion. There were speeches, parades, fireworks, and a huge parade at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi in the past. In Hanoi, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum are popular places to visit. Large fireworks displays were featured in Ho Chi Minh City in previous years but that would be unlikely this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s National Day: Let the spirit rise forever!
Some cafés and restaurants had already encouraged the reduction of plastic by offering straws made of more environmentally friendly materials such as metal, rice and grass. Supermarket chains like Saigon Co.op, the biggest in HCMC, Lotte Mart, and Big C, have started using banana leaves to wrap some of their products and offering biodegradable shopping bags. … [Read more...] about Plastic remains major scourge in Vietnam despite changing habits
Policy level interventions have also lagged far behind in tackling the problem, with taxes on plastic products remaining very low. This has disincentivized major changes in public behavior, with plastic being far more convenient and cheaper than eco-friendly alternatives. … [Read more...] about Vietnam inches towards disposing disposable plastic